Vitriol
© 2003 by Andersen Silva (6-1-03)

'Cos everyone's your friend in New York City,
  And everything looks beautiful when you're young and pretty...

That's a nasty cough y'got there, you should get that checked out...

Lots of attractive young tennis-playing women in the news these days... I'm sorry to hear that one of them, Jelena something-or-other, apparently has ultra-nationalist Serbian tendencies. Still cute, though. At least my Simonya Popova is a good freedom-loving rebel. And a blonde.

Most of the people I know who've seen "The Matrix: Reloaded" have not really enjoyed it the way I did. Maybe I'm more easily amused. I agree there were some slow scenes, and some of the story seemed incidental and expendable, but I do think there was a story there. I like the fact that Neo's no longer so certain of himself, and that he's not just an infallible, all-powerful messiah. Well, only a few months 'til the second sequel arrives... I also truly enjoyed "X2: X-Men United," and there's not nearly so much dissension on this one. Of course, with attractive mutants like Mystique, Dr. Jean Grey, Storm, Rogue, and Lady Deathstrike, what's not to like?  ;)  And Nightcrawler was just way too cool... I'm not generally fond of Disney movies, but I think I'd like to see "Finding Nemo." It looks to be fun, and the folks at Pixar seem to have done an incredible job with the animation.

I haven't lopped my hair off yet, but most likely the locks won't survive into July. The weather should be getting warmer (any day now), and anyway it's getting to be unruly. Summertime = spikes, most of the time, for me...

I saw Mart and his Three again last month, and dug the show as usual, even if the Lion's Den was even less occupied than usual. Got a chance to chat with Marty before the show, too, which is always nice. Truly a great guy... They Might Be Giants rocked the Bowery Ballroom, too, and my old bus buddy Alex and I had a great time over dinner and the show. As if the Johns and the Dans couldn't supply enough entertainment on their own, they were joined on stage at various times by Frank Black, Gordon Gano, Syd Straw, and others...! And the opening act, Corn Mo, was... well, I think the name says it all, really. After we've listened to what TMBG and Weird Al can do with an accordion, Corn is there to remind us that it's NOT all good. Heh-heh... On the other hand, he's opening for the Giants, and I'm not.

Am I the only person who finds it odd that Aaron McGruder's "The Boondocks" Web site has disappeared? At least the strip can still be seen online, and in many newspapers nationwide).

OK, we've found no WMD in Iraq, many of the priceless relics from the cradle of civilization are missing or damaged, a fundamentalist Shiite movement seems to be growing amongst the population, 20 American troops have died since Dubya announced that the war was effectively over... and now the media are moving on, as they did after Afghanistan, and focusing on the 'road map' for Israeli-Palestinian peace. And Iran. I'm sure the Bushies are as convinced of the Iranians' quest for nuclear weapons as they were (excuse me, still are) of Hussein's stockpiled WMD. (And speaking of Hussein, how embarrassing is it that not only is he most likely still alive, but the bunker that American forces attacked in a first strike to eliminate the despot turned out not to even exist?) I love the Russians' suggestion that the United States get involved in Iran's nuclear program, thereby giving them the opportunity to keep an eye on it. The response, if one is given, ought to be interesting...

I see that Toys "R" Us isn't doing so well financially, again. A seven million dollar loss for the first quarter of this year; that place just hasn't been the same since I left.  :::smirk:::

Finally finished my solo recording of "Swingin' in the Park (After Dark)" last month, as well as a remake of my own "Human Thing." Both will be on my CD, which I'm really, really going to try to have finished by the end of this year. Really. I'm starting to waver on the name, though. Joey Ramone's Dead seemed like a good idea at the time, when Joey was freshly dead; while I still like the guy, it seems kinda old-news to use that title now. I'm still going to record the song of the same name for this album, but I'm not so sure I want to call the album Joey Ramone's Dead. Any opinions out there?
  - A (webmaster@andersensilva.com)


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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