Vitriol
© 1999 by Andersen Silva (09-29-99)

Another fun-filled birthday for me... 29 on the 29th. Big f'n deal. I don't care about the numbers. I decided years ago that no matter what happened on the outside, a part of me on the inside would always stay 18. And I think I managed to pull it off, until several months ago. Now I'm starting to feel like I've outstayed my welcome on this planet...

But, what can I do? Really only two choices, and I've still got too big an ego for suicide, so... "Though I grow so weary, I must linger on, 'til I've done it all, and my will has just gone..." Happy freakin' birthday, right? ;} I'll be OK as soon as we get to that blues bar tonight.

On to the macrocosm... Hurricane Floyd has touched me personally. Took me three hours to get to work that Friday morning after, instead of the usual half-hour. I ran out of gas on Route 17, luckily within a hundred feet or so of a gas station. A woman stopped to help me get the car to the station entrance, and then an attendant and a customer helped me get it the rest of the way to the pump. I got to work an hour and a half late, and realized that my boss wasn't in yet, so I had to scramble to get the company's LAN up and running! My mobile phone was out of commission most of the weekend, and the four feet of water I drove through (Lake Teterboro) seens to have had an adverse effect on my Toyota's engine. She never died on me, though. :) My boss actually never made it to work that day, nor was he able to call in.

All that paled in comparison with the news from Taiwan a few days later, though. We work closely with several factories in the Republic of China, and I was relieved when I heard two days later that everyone at them was OK. There was, however, a tremendous loss of life, even if it was only a percentage of the death toll in Turkey. I couldn't help thinking that, were China not dependent to a certain extent on the rest of the world, this would have been a chillingly perfect moment to invade the 'renegade province' they consider Taiwan to be and effect reunification.

Speaking of Turkey, it was heartwarming to see the Turkish and Greek governments reaching out to each other in their respective times of need, despite their long-standing differences. While Beijing did entend generous offers of financial and other assistance to Taipei, the cold war of words continues, and it's a shame. China refuses to see the reality that Taiwan effectively is an independent nation, even without the formal recognition of the rest of the world. But the Taiwanese government does want reunification with the mainland, so perhaps it's time the Communists dropped the rhetoric and began negotiating with the island on equal terms. Neither side wants a war, and a war would unfortunately not be isolated to those two parties, but could quickly escalate into a regional or even global conflict. For all its bluster and military might, Beijing is not capable of swiftly and decisively entering and overtaking Taiwan.

I hope the destruction in Taiwan doesn't add to Apple's already extensive delays with the G4s and the breathtaking iBooks. I'm planning on getting one of the latter (in blueberry) myself within the next few months. But Motorola is already hampering the G4's production lines, and it would be a shame if the Cupertino company, rejuvenated by the iMac, G3s and G4s, and now the iBook, suffers a major setback because factories in Taiwan were devastated.

  "And I raise my head and stare,
    Into the eyes of a stranger...
  I've always known that the mirror never lies...

  People always turn away from the eyes of a stranger,
    Afraid to know what lies behind the stare." - Queensrÿche, "Eyes of a Stranger" (from Operation: Mindcrime)

No more for me, thanks, I'm drivin'. See you in a few weeks... - 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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