Vitriol
© 2001 by Andersen Silva (7-30-01)

This is the strangest life I've ever known...

Saw the Soft Parade, a Doors cover band, Friday night with Jon and some friends. They were pretty good, but the sound system (and the sound guy) needed some work... I needed to get out Friday, I was rather annoyed at the marked lack of appreciation for me on Systems Administrator Appreciation Day. Not that I'd expected flowers or gifts or anything... heh-heh. But not so much as a paper or a cyber card. :::sigh::: While I enjoy what I do for a living, it's one of those jobs no one ever really thinks about or considers very important. Until the sysadmin is gone and everything goes down. Oh, well. Jon and I played "Star Wars Starfighter" on his brandy-new PlayStation 2 for over seven hours Saturday night/Sunday morning! lol One of those addicting games... This weekend seems to have left me so tired that I left the apartment this morning without my chain ring. I may sometimes leave for work in such a rush that I forget my shades, or the power adapter for the iBook, or even occasionally my phone, but I never forget my ring! Heh-heh...

It's bad enough that Dubya looks like an idiot to the American people, but does he have to look like an isolationist to the rest of the world? I cannot understand why he's so intent on keeping the U.S. out of the loop on so many important issues. It's time America started acting like a member of the world community, and not the owner of the toys, who sulks and skulks away when everyone else wants to share on equal terms. Putting the interests of the American people (though I fear it's the corporations he's more concerned with) over the interests of humanity at large is small-minded, petty, and pathetic.

Let's hope the Macedonians (and the ethnic Albanians) have learned from their neighbors and will pull back from the brink. Look at how many people died in Slobo's wars! And Bosnia (where Muslims were recently attacked while trying to commemorate the massacre at Srebrenica, and were then billed by Serb police for providing security during the second, safer ceremony!) and Croatia (where the government risked collapse just because it cooperated with the UN war crimes tribunal) are hardly stable nations now. Macedonia still has a chance to avoid its own civil war, which would almost certainly lead to the partition that the government wishes to prevent. Both sides must compromise. Few things, very few things, are worth war.

I don't even know what to say about Israel and the Palestinian Authority anymore. Officials on both sides should know better. Unless they grit their teeth and make the painful compromises necessary for a final deal, the intifadeh could very well last for years, with innocents on both sides being injured and killed, and all because Sharon and Arafat are strong enough to fight a war, but perhaps not quite strong enough to bring about peace.

Not sure how I feel about Beijing getting the Olympics in 2004. But if there's even a slight chance that exposing China to the rest of the world so dramatically can help effect some positive change, then why not? Everything else we've done to scold them for their actions has been shrugged off; denying them the Games would only have been an insult, anyway. Now, to get some kind of Falun Gong event into the Olympics... Heh-heh-heh...

The more I hear about Office XP and the forthcoming Windows XP, the happier I am that I use Macs at home. ;) Sounds like a lot of people are going to be spending a lot of time on the phone with Microsoft... Of course, I hear Linux is very nice. Heh-heh. I recently installed MacOS 9.1 on Paulene, my souped-up Power Macintosh 6100 (a 240-mHz G3 processor has neatly taken the place of her original 60-mHz PowerPC 601), and it seems to be running quite nicely. Now, to bump Dana the iBook up to MacOS X! And then to quickly download and install the updates to it... lol

Lucy Lawless is going to be on "The X-Files?" Hmmm... Well, it should be interesting, to say the least. As my friend Barbara suggested, maybe the storyline will have Lawless' character pick a catfight with Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully during the investigation of a hot oil wrestling club. lol Guess we'll see when the season starts! Bye now... - A


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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