Monday, April 15, 2002

Well the reading tonight went well! More details soon. And kudos to 21 Grand on their great new space!!

Friday, April 12, 2002

Okay, I have to say that Boy swallows 87 condoms of heroin is the most striking headline I have ever seen.

Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Reading this Sunday (4/14/02)!

The Text Collective (including mikl-em)

This will be a really fun reading, as part of a writing group I've been working with called The Text Collective at 21 Grand [note the gallery's new location--here's a map it's 2 blocks from the old one, within marching distance].

I'll be reading new stuff, there are 6 other talented writers to choose from, and there will be fun participatory aspects to the show. More details are here.

In internet search news.... an article on Google in the New York Times touches on how cool they are, but we knew that.

Meanwhile from (yeah, pretty stupid, huh? "" no, they didn't get bought out or nothing. it's just branding. ugh.] HP will push the pay-for-click search services of Overture Inc. (f.k.a. on their new machines.

iPod gets hacked to greater functionality from WiredNews.

Monday, April 08, 2002

From The New YorkerBack in Egypt after 30 years; thoughts on how the country has changed and interesting observations and reflections such as this:
"The humiliation so many Arabs are experiencing now reminds me of what it was like to be from Dallas after Kennedy was assassinated. For years people hated us, even though Dallas had nothing to do with the killing of Kennedy."

I ask myself...
What do I think about this?

a moment of my restless political mind:

I oppose George W Bush attacking Iraq--and I've suspected from the start that (after he was done ignoring the California energy crisis) it has always been tops on his to-do list. But
today's piece by columnist William Safire in the New York Times both makes me question whether Iraqi intervention of a sort (increased support for the Kurds) is advisable after all and reaffirms to me that Bush is not after what's best for the innocents in Iraq (duh.). The article details a suicide attack aimed at Kurdish leader that occured while US diplomats were in the area, and how the Kurds captured one of the attackers and thus learned of the existence of "sixty Islamic terrorists, trained in Afghanistan by Osama bin Laden," who are currently in Northern Iraq as "guests of Saddam Hussein." According to Safire, they intend to attack Kurdish leaders in an action similar (his parallel) to that which took out Afghan opposition leader Massoud on 9/9/01. Safire comes off as 1) a decided anti-Iraq Hawk, and 2) criticial of Bush for not giving meaningful support to the Kurdish opposition (frankly, the 2 is the only reason that I gave an ear to 1).

So what do I think about that?

I'm trying to figure that out. I think that Saddam is dangerous, but I don't think that an overt US attack is a good idea--I don't trust Bush, his cabinet, or his advisors in their motives or their capabilities. And I feel certain that we will not get the blessing of any Arab state to carry out such an attack both because it is a frightening precedent to set and because they are indignant over our complicity in Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. So any attack would damage our relations with the Arab world in general which seems like an awful thing to do right now.

shocking confession #x: You know, I only ever knew Safire's notorious On Language column, I never knew his deal (which is kinda weird), and I've (seen but) never read his editorials before today. In situations like this, I often turn to the hyper-catalog of knowledge that is From whence I get a brief bio and a spooky letter never sent. So, the background of the author explored, now how do I feel about the op-ed written by a former Nixon spin-meister & decorated commander of the English language? I feel spun. Again. And tired of it. It has been on my mind since 9/11 that we are like Risk tiles, with stars n' stripes on our backs to help keep score easy. We're like tops, too. Bleah. I have no witty or wise wrap-up to this, just leads me toward favoring personal isolationism from National politics. And wanting to get back to creating things.

UPDATE [4/12/02]

well now that I've read another of his columns it's clear that Saffire & I are on different planets (or at least different poles). But I do have to agree that the point about not having more active support of the Kurds seems a valid critique--at least in as much as they are an analog of the Northern Alliance. But then such analogies are the stuff of which persuasion (and manipulation) are made. How many new Hitlers have we had? Comparison is a powerful and imprecise method of communication. It can be used for great poetic effect, but in the communication of facts its... somewhat like a sieve. But not exactly.

Friday, April 05, 2002

I went to the Saint Stupid's Day Parade on Monday (4/1). It was incredible, as always. A great turn out. A stupid time.
I also made up some signs for it. These signs! I'll have a proper page up there sometime soon. Right now it's just a directory listing of the images. Thanks again to Bishop Joey of the First Church of the Last Laugh for giving us divine Stupidity each and every year and the year before that.

I missed a couple in there, but this is either the fourth or fifth St Stupid's Day that I have paraded in. And I was there for last year's inaugural parade and I very, very nearly read my inaugural character poetic assassination. Here is photo-aspic evidence that I (and BIGFOOT!) were at that parade.

There's something different on this page.

I've added some new sets of links to the left sidebar:

This is the beginning of me putting more music content on the web (both on this site and others in my dominion). Comedy links and my original humorous writings will follow, too.

Thursday, April 04, 2002

certain things are not certain.

Tuesday, April 02, 2002

I had a great day while browsing for books at thrift stores last week: I picked up Catch-22 (the film of which I had just seen again a few weeks ago, and I'd been planning on re-reading it), Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. and The Stars' Tennis Balls by Stephen Fry (oh look, I found the first chapter online!) whose novels I have been am pushing on anyone who will listen. All that plus I scored a Greg Bear book, just as I was nearing the last 100 pages of Eon which has been blowing my mind. I'll write an entry on that book soon, as it really did grab me.

In the process I found an interesting correlation that I had never noticed before, in regards to judging books based on their cover--beware any novel where the AUTHOR'S NAME is printed larger than the title [whoops! I reversed that initially! It's correct now--hope I haven't disappointed my MILLIONS of fans.]
. Pay attention next time you are passing Safeway's book racks. Or maybe I should give Mary Higgins Clark a chance? Nah.