September 24th, 2004

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Reality: look into it

Good news analysis from the San Francisco Chronicle:

Flip-flopping charge unsupported by facts
Kerry always pushed global cooperation, war as last resort

Washington -- No argument is more central to the Republican attack on Sen. John Kerry than the assertion that the Democrat has flip-flopped on Iraq.

President Bush, seated beside Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, said Tuesday: "My opponent has taken so many different positions on Iraq that his statements are hardly credible at all.''

The allegation is the basis of a new Bush campaign TV ad that shows the Democratic senator from Massachusetts windsurfing to the strains of a Strauss waltz as a narrator intones: "Kerry voted for the Iraq war, opposed it, supported it and now opposes it again.''

Yet an examination of Kerry's words in more than 200 speeches and statements, comments during candidate forums and answers to reporters' questions does not support the accusation.

And for something really silly:

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Why must I sleep?

I swear, the worse part of my day is the one hour period after I wake up. If somebody had shot me with a tranquilizer dart, I'd probably feel better than I do now. I ache all over, my eyes are gummy, I stink, my mouth is filmy, got a headache, feel nauseous, I'm really tired... and this is pretty much how I normally feel when I wake up. I know I get the headache from closing my eyes tight against the sunlight that escapes around my blinds, but for the rest of it, I blame evil demons.
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I can't remember my mobile # for the life of me.

Any time somebody asks me for it when I'm out and about, I pull out the worn piece of paper I keep in my wallet.

Any time somebody asks me and I'm online, I log in to T-Mobile's web site and copy and paste the #.

One reason I can't remember it is that it's quite close to my home phone and I fear that I'll get the two confused. I already have to remember Caleb's #, my parents' #, and my work #... the brain will explode trying to remember numbers. Often I fear I'll forget my S.S. number, the numbers swim before me so...
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Great early 90s mix

Was pawing through my CD collection and found this great CD I used to listen to a lot, an "alternative music sampler" from like 1990. I forgot how many of the songs on this I love. Also, forgot how I keep wanting to investigate some of these groups. (I know, it's years and years after the fact but typical me.)

Here's the track listing.

1. Be Kind to My Mistakes - Kate Bush
2. Bury Me Deep [Special Version] - Poi Dog Pondering</font>
3. She Says (Come Around)
4. Let It Be Me - Social Distortion
5. Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution [Live] - Living Colour
6. Come Back Down - Toad the Wet Sprocket
7. Overflow - O-Positive
8. House [Long Version] - The Psychedelic Furs
9. Welcome to the Terrordome - Public Enemy
10. If I Were John Carpenter - Big Audio Dynamite
11. Run Through the Fields - Nuclear Valdez
12. Kid Fears [Live] - Indigo Girls
13. Shotgun Down the Avalanche - Shawn Colvin
14. Another Life - Big Dipper
15. Triple Stage Darkness - 3rd Bass

I think my favorite of all of these is Welcome to the Terrordome.

Raw metaphysically bold
Never followed a code
Still dropped a load
Never question what I am God knows
Cause it's comin' from the heart

Actually there hasn't been a Public Enemy track I've ever heard that I didn't think was awesome, mainly because I love music with samples and hell they made the best use of them!

*Adds to CD wish list...*

The only song I don't like is the Indigo Girls song, but then again, I've never liked them. Which was a pretty lousy thing when I lived in the all-queer dorm and all these women would blast I.G. and Melissa Etheridge and other stuff I couldn't stand. (They thought techno was antifeminist because it wasn't acoustic... barf.)
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    "If I Were John Carpenter"
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Catching Up

I'm having one of those days where I can't seem to leave my desk because one after the other thing keeps coming in. Haven't had lunch yet and it's 1:30. Think I will break off work for a while to have something for lunch and then clean up the living room. I have to clean the house SOMETIME and if I keep waiting for a time when I have all my work done, I could be waiting a lonnnnng time.


Meanwhile I meant to post about my day at work* yesterday, but didn't.

Once again, life in the office was easy. So much simpler to work on just one thing or least with one client. Much less stressful actually.

Stuff I did yesterday at work:
- Fiddled a bit more with the new site design.
- Arranged meeting with Lea, GTRI communication czar, to go over it.
- Met with guy from Support Services about updating their Facilities web site.
- Got DBAs to give me access to SSD web site files.
- Got informal updates from Ellen, Carl and Raj on state of our dept. & institute.
- "Worked" with super cute hardware tech to set up new Win profile, MS Exchange, etc.
- Familiarized myself with MS Exchange, got web mail to work
- Attempted Dreamweaver tutorial, got frustrated by tutorial not matching reality
- Filled out more paperwork

It was not demanding at all.

For lunch I went over to Moe's for a burrito. I love the fact Tech Square is right there now -- so much easier to get a good lunch.

After work I took the bus straight to Caleb's to help him set up his new washer/dryer. This thing is AWESOME. We sat around watching the thing clean for a while. I was lucky and got to have some of his leftover pasta. Very yummy per usual. Afterward I was there 'til like 8 but I don't know what I was doing... just hanging out I guess.

Came home and winced at the mess. Ignored it and got into some work and then some writing. Experienced aforementioned writer's angst. Finally xanath came online and I was able to share my frustrations. Shared a plan I came up with for a major story edit, and she agreed with me, so I guess like 1000 words are getting cut. That's kind of a relief but at the same time, a bummer.

* Any time I say "at work," assume I meet at Georgia Tech, where I now have a temp assignment 2 days a week. Otherwise I work at home.
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    "Triple Stage Darkness"
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Election Action

Saw this on AlterNet and thought some of you might have stories to send in:

Your Part in the Election
AlterNet wants to hear about the work you have done to educate, register, and mobilize voters in your family, group of friends, or local community. Tell us your success stories so that other readers might learn from your techniques and get inspired to do the same. We'll publish the all the best responses. Please try to keep your story to no more than 300 words. Email it to: .
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Some semblance of order emerges...

Well, housecleaning is coming along *pretty* nicely. Took me an hour to do the kitchen/dining/living area, including sweeping/vacuuming, tossing ton of stuff in the trash, and while I was at it, cleaning out the birds' cage. After that I had a break doing a drawing, and just now I did the bathroom, which took all of 28 minutes. It's funny how I can put off for 2 weeks or more something that takes only like 1/2 hour to fix. And in the meantime I live like a pig.

*Bad Wendy!*
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    Corvus Curax
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Whoo hoo!

Well, whatya know?! It's 6:30 and I've managed to pick up my WHOLE place! I decided to do this at 1:30, started around 2, took at least an hour off for art/email/LJ, so what was that.... 3 1/2 hours? Hmmm, not bad. Cleaning time also included running about 4 loads of laundry and putting away 4 loads I'd piled on the floor last week. So I have all clean clothes & sheets & towels, closets full, shoes are all put away. I'm itchy as heck from all the dust, also got a headache, but heck it's so worth it.
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So I got Medúlla last Sunday and have been listening to it all week. Have concluded it's my new favorite Björk album. Of course they're all my favorite but... Gosh, REALLY good stuff!

Anyway, I mention this because I just found a review of it on AllMusic that does a great job of conveying what the album is about. Saying "it's an experimental a capella album" just isn't enough!

AllMusic reviews Medúlla

Lots of right on description of the sounds in the album. I partiuclarly like this one:

Throughout Medúlla, her voice is miked very closely, and with the dense layers of vocals surrounding her, it often sounds as if you're listening to the album from inside her larynx.

So true!
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