Vitriol
© 2000 by Andersen Silva (08-28-00)

Wasssssaaaaaaaaaaaaaappp?!?

Got my hair cut. Finally.  ;)  It had been just over a year since I'd last had it shorn, and it showed. I've now gone from looking like someone you'd see at a Metallica show (back in the day, anyway) to being a poster boy for the new wave. Heh-heh-heh... I inevitably gravitate back towards the short 'n spiky look.

Friday evening, as I was wending my way toward Astor Hair (my fave place for a cut), I was hit by a random act of kindness. I was standing on line to buy subway tokens, when a young man walked up to me with something in his hand. As this was Manhattan, I'd kinda figured he was going to give me a story and a request for money, and I guess the resignation must have shown on my face, because he quickly said, "No no no," and proceeded to explain to me, in a slight African accent, that he'd bought it for all day ('it' being the MetroCard in his hand) but didn't need it anymore, and then he handed it to me with a smile and walked away! The bad day I'd had at work just melted away. I'd planned on reciprocating his gesture by giving the card to someone else once I'd finished with it, but alas, I had to run to make the 7:00 bus home, and I didn't get the chance. I will do something, though, in his honor. :)

Went to Great Adventure (a Six Flags theme park, for you non-Jerseyites) yesterday with Barbara, my first time there since '86. We had a blast! I don't often get to go on the wild rides, and it's less often still that I'm with someone who's willing to go on them, too. Babs was more than game, though, and so we tackled Medusa, the Viper, the Pendulum, Batman the Ride, and several other fun-filled screamfests. Barbara played a few games of skeeball, and I went for a go-'round on the Star Wars podracer video game, where I quickly learned that I'm no podracer. Heh! Well, had I been willing to spend a few more dollars and another half hour or so, I'd probably have gotten a little better, but... that's all right.

Dead Russians in a submarine, dead Russians in Chechnya. One set got a whole lot more press than the other. Moscow needs to seriously reconsider its priorities.

September will bring elections (ha) in Yugoslavia, the possible formally announced statehood of Palestine, and my 30th birthday. Big trouble all around...

My latest recording, "Joy in the Now," will be hitting the Internet by the end of the month. The song itself is done, but I've got to encode the .mp3, and create a graphic for it. Anyone who has listened to "Human Thing," "Troll Doll," and "J-ded" and therefore assumes that I'm an electronic kind of artist (listen.com, are you listening?) will be in for a bit of a surprise. ;) "Joy" sounds much more like me; it's a rock song, with bass, guitar, and drums (well, programmed drums, but drums nonetheless). There may be more electronica in my future, but for now I'm going to be focusing on the guitar stuff.

I'd like to think that the fact that there were only two votes cast for "Who is Augusto Pinochet?" means that lots of visitors to my site do know who he is. Judging from the lamentably low number of total votes, however, I'm guessing that most of you just aren't bothering to vote. Fine. You come up with an interesting poll. I'll put it up if I find merit in it. ;P Have any of you gone back and read the old Vitriols? Nah, probably not.

The buzz in cyberspace is that Apple will very shortly announce a new batch of iBooks, including an SE that's been bumped up to 466 mHz and includes a FireWire port. If true, then that's the machine for me! Anyone hear anything more? - 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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