I’m not used to having neighbors. Until last week, when i wanted to ROCK OUT, and get wacky with loud, abrasive music, i’d crank the stereo up, and if the horses, cattle, or sheep got upset, well, they’d have to give me a written complaint. As i type right now, i can hear people thumping about in the house next door, and no matter how well i can lie to myself, i cannot quite convince myself that they’d run out the in street rejoicing that i’ve decided that this afternoon’s most appropriate soundtrack should be the Stooges’ Raw Power. How can you city folks put up with this? Playing quietly raucous music just loses the vibe, and headphones make me paranoid about losing my hearing even more quickly than i already am. Rather than listen to loud music softly, i’m finding it easier to play soft music, in spite of my moods. That leaves me with Pernice Bros’ Overcome with Happiness, an album i rather love, but it’s like forcing me to sip a nice wine instead of washing down fistfuls of amphetamines with oversweetened coffee.
While i wasn’t that excited about the new Spiritualized album, as i liked the band that recorded the last album, but not enough to buy Lupine Howl, the fever is beginning to grow again. September 10th is the day that i’m waiting for. Thighpaulsandra says that it makes the last album sound like demos. That’s bad… possibly overproduced? However, i heard some dancey remix of Spiritualized in Virgin today, so bombastic production might be fun.
Just finished Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor. None of my friends’ had recommended it to me, but i was curious to see whether it lived up to the reputation of the movie commentary on Fight Club, as they raved about the book, but i didn’t want to read it since i assume that i might know large portions of the plot. What impressed me? All of the vaguely perverse Hints from Heloise tips that were strewn through it… the misanthropy that will not admit to being humor. What bothered me: the fact that it relies on the same trick of narration of Fight Club. All through the book, i was becoming eager to read another Palahniuk book in the future, but if that’s all that he has in his bag of tricks, i’m not so certain. Sometimes i even want to shake Vonnegutt by the shoulders for such recycling. Nonetheless, David Fincher wants to make more movies of Palahniuk’s novels.
Have started reading Umberto Eco’s Foucalt’s Pendulum, another book that i intended to read on the plane, but it’s proving to be labor intensive, although i am hooked by the beautiful language, elaborate imagery, and esoteric references that i keep being surprised that i actually get. However to have something to read as i drop off to sleep might
An unknown species of spiders! cool! i might have to jump in a train and steal one, and make it my pet, and call him Stanley. Mysterious live poisonous spiders are so much more exciting than more dinosaur fossils.
Via Plastic. So opinions are supposed to be genetic? I dunno. If my grandparents knew a quarter of the stuff i posted on this page, they might have reported me as a “communist,” not that it took much to do that. Then again, one grandmother used to call up the college and tell them that they were communists for teaching the Bill of Rights. Such are the effects of McCarthyism.
Shh… Don’t pay attention to the Cydonia conspiracists who say that the Face was demolished by a nuclear weapon. That’s too far gone. This site does a pretty good job of showing the pattern of release of certain images in certain angles, with certain filters, and it hasreaffirmed my distrust of NASA, while at the same time i want more funding for the agency.
Cyberspaceorbit got all clever, and started checking for German references to Antartica. Trusting that he must have translated through Babelfish these pages supposedly talk about what the Nazis (CIA) testing UFO-type vehicles down there because of the magnetic anomalies and isolation, and apparently there’s also mention of parallel universes.
I don’t know how to accept the accompanying comments, but the resemblance between these two photos, one being McVeigh, and one being an ATF agent at Waco, is just damned eerie. It deeply bothered me that McVeigh was executed, with all of talking heads babbling on and on about “closure” when “closure” seemed really to mean closing further avenues to investigate
The General Accounting Office is looking into Cheney’s energy task force. No sense in much comment. I thought, as it seemed that they had the goods on Karl Rove and his Intel stock. Cheney will frown, and it will all disappear. Enron’s stock will rise more.
Today i walked up Caerphilly Mountain, which was surprsingly easy, as i overestimated how tall it was, and how steep the slope might be. The real problem was foolishly walking all of the way from Roath before climbing, as it took half of the day when i needed to get home. It was amusing to see the hoof and mouth warnings at the beginning of the path, with the decayed carcass, the intact spine and ribs laid bare as a xylophone, witha fleshy head, as a warning to scare any walkers off.