No music yesterday, aside from some Divine Comedy that Louise played while we prepared dinner. I confess that i didn’t even remember which album it was. Sorry. Checking the AMG, it turns out to be Promenade. Call me middle-brow, but “The Booklovers” had me grinning ear to ear in good humor. I feel like a bad influence on Louise, as she doesn’t own Regeneration yet, and i feel like it’s my fault. Often what she listens to without my presence is more entertaining than what i would pick on my own. It seems to come to the effect that she’s willing to take risks and be surprised, nor to be remotely embarrassed by quirky nostalgia. I’m terrible about being easily swayed., It could be a song that i’ve heard dozens of times before, and found unremarkable, but if Damien put it on a nice compilation, it took on a new life. Until now, i would attribute it to how the song was put into the mix, making it sound fresh, but today it’s more obvious that i like hearing things through other people’s ears. While it’s obviously helped me in appreciating music on terms beyond my own thickheaded prejudices, even manufactured nostalgia is affecting me now. After watching television last night, i started getting a little softer in my feelings towards all sorts of early ’80s New Wave and synth-pop that i have always hated before. Musically, it doesn’t seem that bad, but i hope this attitude doesn’t spread into other interests.
I’ve started posting on the People Talk Too Loud message board, but i tried that before on I Love Music, and got a bad case of stagefright. (Part of it is because i felt too “rockist”, and didn’t want to taint a forum that i enjoyed for its own character, but as someone has pointed out, ILM has become more rockist lately anyway. It seems ages since i’ve joined an online music discussion. Not that PTTL are remotely twee, if any obsessive Belle & Sebastian are reading this, search their message board and you’ll find a cool surprise.
Michael Moore is still directing music videos. This time it was for REM. I’m glad that he’s doing something, as it still seems that he’s been keeping a low profile since the Presidential election fiasco.
This piece on the death of the protestor in Genoa is more thoughtful and directed than anything i’ve tried to write lately. Blunt, clear-eyed, empathetic observations. (often i find a link to as story that i want to link, but anything i can say has already been written.) No, i don’t agree that humans are basically bad, but the weird focus by the mainstream media on the “eye for an ey, tooth for a tooth” sentiment is creepy and primitive. I’m not sure if anyone deserves to die ever anyway.Via Jejune.
Is the CIA demented? History often is revealed to be subjective, but if they accidentally reveal that they were interfering with the governments of Indonesia and Greece illegally, shouldn’t there be further investigation instead of allowing them to say, “Pay no attention. Hand that over without looking at it. National security, you know.” Via Plastic.
Corporations are looking to control the internet. They believe that commercial traffic deserves to be of higher priority, and take more bandwidth than academic and personal use. Weirdly, i’m not worried about their evil intent. The internet will survive without them. In an odd way, i’m fond of the days of Lynx, and BBSs before that.
NASA hires a bioethicist. I’d love that job, as i have all kinds of opinions. It might turn pretty tough when life on Mars is revealed. Some scientists are going over the old Viking data, and finding that some of the gas that was expelled from soil samples taken reflect the cycles of gas generated by microorganisms in the soil on Earth. Previously they had be attributed to superoxides. Personally, i believe that certain people at NASA was aware of this all along.
Okay, i’m still against mucking about with cloning and genetic manipulation irresponsibly, but wouldn’t it be cool if an ancient extinct hominid was cloned from the DNA extracted from the blood found on stone tools? The blood is supposed to be 1.8 milllion years old. They don’t mention exactly what species it’s from, or whether it’s a direct ancestor.
Have been enjoying the Capote collection, but it’s difficult to focus on the art of his words with a headache and this mild heat. I feel silly in admitting that, but i switched to Bukowski, and already finished Post Office. My head hurts too much to say anything worthwhile, but it was quite a shock to switch back and forth from Capote and Bukowski. What a pathetic understatement.
remember that comment from George Bush, telling someone on July 4th, “Who cares what you think?” Apparently it came from a man named Bill Langley and he stands by his story. Maybe George did slip up.
Haha. The missle defense test was indeed rigged!
Katherine Harris is hiring her own computer expert to make sure that she didn’t send partisan emails during the election last year. doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of an investigation? Who cares if he is a Democrat? It’ still all very Bubba-ish.
So if the crust of the earth is 200 million years older than previously suspected, does this mean that the starseed theory is less likely, as it gives more time for life to arisen on earth? Or is an axtra 200 million years merely a pittance on this scale? Or does it push it back the tiniest fraction enough to push back evoluytion enough to allow for those mysterious fallen advanced civilizations that i insist on believing in?
Another thing i don’t like about living in the city. Chlorinated water. I betcha that there’s flouride in there too. When i drink water i want it to quench my thirt, not make me thirstier from . I guess that i need to start boiling the water, and keeping it in a jug just to make it seem potable.