Vitriol
© 1995 by Andersen Silva (03-95)

As I'm writing this, I'm suffering from some kind of cold, or flu, or virus. I'm not sure what kind of effect this will have on my writing.

On one hand, I'm drugged up right now, having taken two analgesics and one of those non-drowsy cold/allergy pills. In all fairness, they don't generally make me drowsy, but they do make me numb, and rather mellow. On the other hand, I rarely get sick, so when I do, it aggravates me to no end to be incapacitated in any way. I've been shut in all weekend; the highlight so far was my dad's chicken soup, which may well be the best in the modern world.

A few more thoughts about the Speaker with the lizard's name: Someone posted Mr. Gingrich's E-mail address on the Internet a short while ago. I'm sure that address (whether legitimate or not) was flooded with mail, both pro and con, but I really couldn't think of much to say to the man myself, so I didn't bother. I must agree with Gingrich's observation that space exploration is vital to us. A manned mission to Mars would undoubtedly boost the morale of the American people, just as the first Moon landing did. Granted, such an expedition would cost a lot, but it could be done in collaboration with the Europeans, or the Chinese, or just about anyone else who's interested and capable, really. I don't think we can afford not to go back to space. The Space Shuttle program is nice as far as it goes, but it's no substitute for the real thing.

I've shaved off my asymmetrical facial hair. Not because people begged me to (though some did), but because I got tired of it. It was a different look, which appeals to me (I've always related to the line in "Life During Wartime:" "I've changed my hairstyle so many times now / I don't know what I look like"), but, in the end, I've never been crazy about facial hair. It's a hassle to maintain, and you've got to keep food out of it. My fair skin is also a bit sensitive to the scratching.

I've been subscribed to the newsgroup "alt.zines" for three months now. I'm still very new to this, and reading the postings there keeps me abreast of what's going on in the 'zine world; I've learned a lot in the last few weeks. I saw a posting almost a month ago which read, "If you are a legit presence in the zine marketplace (stores, not just bedrooms and kinko's) and want to trade ads... I am always up for trading...on a dollar for dollar or circulation to circulation ratio." This irked me, and in my response I asked, "Have 'zine editors sold out and turned a revolution into yet another industry?!?" Anyone who takes himself so seriously as to elevate his 'zine above those produced in bedrooms and reproduced at Kinko's is no longer working on a 'zine, but is now doing a magazine. Which is fine; there is nothing inherently wrong with magazines. What most of us are doing is putting out our own concepts of what a magazine should be; what makes them 'zines is the fact that their circulations are smaller and they're independently produced.

There's also been some debate over whether or not 'zine editors should run ads. I haven't run any yet, and I'd prefer not to (except for the occasional trade with another 'zine, of course), but I suppose there really isn't anything inherently wrong with running ads, either. If I were to adopt a policy of allowing advertising, though, it would have to be under my terms. I would not accept ads indiscriminately but would have to make individual determinations. There are two important rules to keep in mind: 1) an advertiser cannot be allowed to have any say whatsoever in the creative process, and 2) one should only run ads for products or services with which one feels completely comfortable. I think this adequately sums up my feelings on the matter.

"Voyager" is getting better and better. Unfortunately, so is "Deep Space Nine," and so I'm stuck taping one while watching the other so that I can see both. John Leguizamo's PinC (that's Politically inCorrect, don'tcha know) "House of Buggin'" is also a good show, though I don't know how long the PC police will let it slide. And, finally, "Babylon 5" is really good this season. When the two-hour movie kicked off two years ago, I figured it was another knockoff of "DS9." Since then, however, I've changed my tune. There are some really strong characters (I was sad to see Sinclair go, but Sheridan's starting to grow on me) and some really thick plot lines. While Deep Space Nine is a station placed defiantly at the edge of a wormhole to enforce peace, Babylon 5 is a desperate attempt to maintain a precarious peace. My praise to this show's creators.

I still feel numb, but I think I managed OK. See ya later!


April 2004 - The real final Vitriol, Howard Stern, Dubya, etc.
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March 2004 - Dining out with my baby, Virtual PC, and the end of Vitriol... or is it?
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February 2004 - Two weeks between jobs, three new songs, grabbing Panther by the tail
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January 2004 - Ice skating with Gina, sushi at my sister's wedding, war-riding, the pink slip
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December 2003 - Moving pains, goin' places with Gina, Christmas bells
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November 2003 - The looong month of October, finding an apartment, Ozzy's gone
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October 2003 - I'm in love with her and I feel fine, Boston, the Dalai Lama, apartment for rent?
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September 2003 - Andy, happy? it could happen!, taking time off from work, Ringo Starr, "Discworld," the blackout
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August 2003 - (W)here (M)ight (D)ose WMDs be?, gay marriages and the people who fear them, '80s metal bands, Computer Man to the rescue, Philadelphia freedom
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July 2003 - Boondocks.net is back!, rudeness on public transportation and elsewhere, "Hole in the Wall"
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June 2003 - Science fiction movies, where is Boondocks.net?, still no weapons of misconstruction...
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May 2003 - How 'bout them weapons of mass distraction, huh?, Def Leppard, Michael Palin, another Silva, wireless networking, and a damned good raspberry margarita
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April 2003 - They're still French fries, dammit!, a new guitar for Andy, music-music-music
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March 2003 - The buildup for, and the protesting against, war
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February 2003 - The destruction of the Columbia, the National Day of Poetry Against the War, hard and soft atheism, Pete Townshend, and the gift shop
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January 2003 - Christmas loot, "Swingin'," more war talk
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December 2002 - The year in review, moving again?!?, moving world leaders around, too
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November 2002 - "Scarlet's Walk" and Tori's penguin, jackasses, and killing in the name of...
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October 2002 - Boston, Aimee Mann, and Palpatine/Bush
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September 2002 - George Darius Bush and George Xerxes Bush
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August 2002 - Movin' out of Paisan-town, and far away from the Regal Beagle
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July 2002 - Church and state: you gotta keep 'em separated, Dubya still doesn't want to play nice with the rest of the world, John Entwistle's gone
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June 2002 - Movin' on from town to town, Dave Barry and the Rock Bottom Remainders
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May 2002 - Science fiction movies everywhere!, jail time for virus creators, Dubya finally learns to pronounce 'occupation,' Andy gets a promotion?!?
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April 2002 - Terrorism on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people who don't interact with me or the Web site, "For Dana" to be released on a compilation CD
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March 2002 - Chip implants, the children of God and the followers of Christ commit murder in His name, ultranationalism American style
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February 2002 - Dubya says, "These pretzels are making me- ack!" Sharon continues playing Napoleon, and... the return of Foogar?
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January 2002 - Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, and other Christmas-related items, stealin' cars, karaoke!
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December 2001 - George meets his sweet lord, terrorists EVERYwhere!, Tomb Raider II finished finally, and the Segway, finally!
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November 2001 - Anthrax (the band), WSOU rocks - but for how much longer? and a minute of silence?
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October 2001 - Osama bin Laden and anthrax and the women who love them
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September 2001 - Governments and armies and the assholes who love them, more misspellings, and a large lack of feedback
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August 2001 - Dubya's isolationism, the Macedonians and Albanians search for peace the Israeli/Palestinian way, 2004 Olympics in Beijing
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July 2001 - Not the Sexiest Geek Alive, war (what is it good for?), murdering citizens American-style
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June 2001 - A dead hitchhiker, the Taliban, and an independent Senator Jeffords
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May 2001 - Joey Ramone's dead, and "Joey Ramone's Dead"
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April 2001 - Brazil (not the Terry Gilliam film), Dubya and carbon dioxide, Yugoslavia begins coming to its senses, Israel and the Palestinians still haven't come to theirs...
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March 2001 - New look for the Web site, upcoming vacation in Brazil!, the pig-headed Taliban, "Hannibal"
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February 2001 - Tomb Raider II, Dubya plays with his new toys, nature plays with El Salvador and India, and the inevitable Chechnya and Israel/Palestinians references
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January 2001 - Snow, a new year/decade/century/millennium, screen resolutions
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December 2000 - The iBook, "The X-Files," the Grinch, the pathetic turn of events in the U.S. elections...
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November 2000 - Got the iBook! the Village Parade, trouble still brewin' in the Mideast, the upcoming U.S. elections...
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October 2000 - Andy turns 30, the Middle East, the anniversary of the invasion of Chechnya...
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September 2000 - A random act of kindness, Great Adventure, new music, new iBooks?
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August 2000 - Palestine and the Israelis, Milosevic, Speight, and breaking the speed of light!
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July 2000 - Israel & the Palestinians, the missile defense shield, and (who'da thunk it?) Chechnya
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June 2000 - Um, Chechnya again, gun-totin' Charlton Heston, misspellings, and xenophobes
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May 2000 - Communism on the last May Day of the twentieth century, and Andy's life ("Don't talk to me about life...")
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April 2000 - Hold on, it's more Chechnya rantin', and an appeal on behalf of a friend caught behind red tape
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March 2000 - Hey, hey, Pinochet, Russia and China won't go away, "The X-Files," the American presidential race, and a prelude to vacation
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February 2000 - Again with the Chechens, and Elián, Pinochet, mp3.com vs. the recording industry, and snow
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January 2000 - Made it through January 1st, Syria and Israel, public transportation, and, er, Chechnya
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December 1999 - Indonesia comes apart, Chechnya (no shit), Seattle's burning, 'n Happy Xmas
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November 1999 - Halloween, my bad knee, Russians? in Chechnya?!? Buchanan and the Reform Party, NIN
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October 1999 - Hurricane on the East Coast, earthquakes in Taiwan, Turkey, and Greece, and Apple Computers
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September 1999 - I'm not getting you down, am I? I'd hate to think I was getting you down...

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April 1999 - the return of Vitriol, Kosovo, a foreshadowing of the Russian invasion of Chechnya (!), and Libya

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September-November 1995 - the Underground Press Conference, a co-worker bites the dust, Rabin really bites the dust, Remington Bond, Win95, and the Sex Pistols
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August 1995 - the death penalty, the V-chip and violence in pop culture, and "TV Nation"
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June 1995 - Oklahoma City, 'zines, "The X-Files" and "V.R.5"
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March 1995 - I'm sick!, the space program (ha), alt.zines, "Star Trek" and "Voyager"
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February 1995 - the very first Vitriol! Newt Gingrich, political correctness, media overkill, Howard Stern, the Apple goon squad?
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