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Saturday, November 20, 2004
 
Rockin'

Laibach was great on Tuesday. Pretty intense, as you might imagine. The two girl soldiers who played the drums were fucking amazing. I preferred the brunette. The moment I saw the blonde I thought, "Graeme has got to see this girl." Very much your type I think. Their job consisted mainly of banging the drums in perfect rhythm in a greatly exaggerated manner. It's the kind of work that builds amazing arms. Very hot.

Tonight it's the Dwarves at the Lion's Lair. I saw them play 11 or 12 years ago at the original 9:30 Club. They were drunk and sloppy, and before the show ended, the singer pulled away the fishnet body suit he had been wearing and cut a hole in the crotch so that he could light his pubic hair on fire. I hope I don't have to smell that tonight. I'm up for just about anything else though.


Monday, November 15, 2004
 
Laibach Tomorrow

Still no one wants to join me for Laibach tomorrow, eh? Like this song says, "Only one day's left. Only one day." [Song is 5.4 mb]


 
Regarding Condoleezza

I'm glad to see Dr. Rice get the Secretary of State gig. The only thing better would have been for her to get the VP job. Do you remember reading the election rumors that Cheney was going to use his heart condition as an excuse to step down and let the President to put someone more poll-positive in the slot? Did a similar scenario go through your head this weekend when he checked himself into a hospital? I was wondering if Cheney was about to follow Ashcroft out the door perhaps with Rumsfeldt following him.

Good to see Ashcroft go, by the way. It will be real interesting to see what the new guy is like. I get the impression that he and Bush are best friends but that no one really knows what he's like judicially. I had sort of wondered if Bush might nominate him for the US Supreme Court since he had briefly been on the Texas Sumpreme Court before Bush hired him away.

I hope Condi does well as the Secretary of State. She is certainly a popular political figure in the (my?) blogosphere. Hmmm. How do you measure a Secretary of State? Henry Kissinger and Thomas Jefferson are the first two that pop in my head if you asked me to name famous ones, but I couldn't tell you whether or not Kissinger was a good Secretary. I always think of him in the context of confidant of the President. Here is a list of the historical Secretaries of State from Jefferson to Powell. There are a lot of names that you will recognize there, but not too many that you recognize because they were Secretary of State.


Sunday, November 14, 2004
 
Cheap Music

I recall Gizmodo mentioning the site allofmp3.com a few months back, and he mentioned it again recently. I decided to go over there and check it out. Very cool. You select the file format (mp3, wma, ogg, flac, and many more choices) and quality (128, 192, or 320 for mp3's) and then download the music. Instead of being charged by the song or the album though you are charged by the bandwith. And it's only 1 per megabyte!

I just downloaded the following albums in their entirety: Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady; DeVotchka - SuperMelodrama; DeVotchka - Una Volta; Laibach - Kapital; Laibach - NATO; Laibach - WTA; and X - Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go. That is a total of 98 mp3's at the 192kb sampling rate. The total cost? $5.25.

Sweet!

You have to prepay before you can start downloading, but that's no big deal when you get so much bang for your buck. I prepaid $25 for 2.5 gigs of songs. I couldn't find a link that said how much music they offered, but I think you can tell from my choices that they have a great variety of stuff.


Saturday, November 13, 2004
 
Vuelva de la Playa

La boda en la playa fue una fiesta mas grande! Mis felicitaciones a la novia y novio.


 
Dry Spell

What's the longest you've ever gone without sex? How long do you think you could go? 10 days? 30 days? 100 days? 365 days? 730 days? 1000 days? 1500 days? 1825 days? 2000 days? 2509 days? At what point would you kill yourself? At what point does it become generally acceptable to kill yourself? Leave your answers in the comments.


 
Work

The new job is going ok. It sure was weird to work five consecutive days. I told an old friend at the wedding that I have spent the better part of the last two years unemployed. That's true.

And so it seems strange to be back. The job primarily will consist of me bringing in headphones and disks packed full of mp3's to listen to while I read annual reports. Dull but not unbearable. At least until about June of next year I will be performing segment analysis on public companies. That is, I will be breaking down their corporate numbers in to their geographic or operating segment numbers if the company presents those numbers in the annual report. In June I will probably move over to the domestic financial research side where they handle the corporate numbers. It seems very laid back if a bit unexciting. I'm still not convinced it's what I should be doing, but what I should be doing is working and not laying around like an unemployed bum.


 
My Bartender

Florida was a great time. I keep telling people you know a guy is a serious alcoholic when he keeps in touch with his college bartender but none of his college professors. Geoff and I drank like we were back in DC: an entire bottle of Grand Marnier, shots of jager all over town, and, of course, plenty of Budweisers to wash it all down. And that was just my first night in town.

Youth Brigade - My Bartender. Thanks Geoff!


Tuesday, November 02, 2004
 
Tom Wolfe Says

Perhaps not surprisingly, Tom Wolfe is able to eloquently express a couple of points.
I think support for Bush is about not wanting to be led by East-coast pretensions. It is about not wanting to be led by people who are forever trying to force their twisted sense of morality onto us, which is a non-morality. That is constantly done, and there is real resentment.
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I cannot stand the lock-step among everyone in my particular world. They all do the same thing, without variation. It gets so boring. There is something in me that particularly wants it registered that I am not one of them.
He has a new book coming out next week. Nice interview.


Monday, November 01, 2004
 
Halloween Pic

Click on my picture over on the upper right to see a punk with three safety pins and two earrings through his ears standing next to Miami's own Don Johnson who is laughing because he is being tickled by Pierre - that's right, a French tickler. Homer and ukelele boy are there too.