29 May 2005 @ 11:20 PM 

Nine Inch Nails Drop Out Of MTV Movie Awards Over Bush Dispute

bq. “While we respect Nine Inch Nails’ point of view, we were uncomfortable with their performance being built around a partisan political statement. When we discussed our discomfort with the band, their choice was to unfortunately pull out of the Movie Awards.”

What I find amazing about this is that MTV can, without any hint of irony, refer to a simple photograph of the President of this country as “a partisan political statement.” What does that say about the bizarre extremism that has gripped our public speech, when a photo of our leader is considered partisan?

Trent Reznor made this post on his site, NIN:

bq. Nine Inch Nails will not be performing at the MTV Movie Awards as previously announced. We were set to perform ‘The Hand That Feeds’ with an unmolested, straightforward image of George W. Bush as the backdrop. Apparently, the image of our president is as offensive to MTV as it is to me. See you on tour this fall when we return to play in America.

I guess MTV doesn’t trust their viewers to have opinions that aren’t spoonfed to them. If it’s not approved by AOL Time Warner Viacom Twentieth Century Paramount, it’s not a viable point of view. And, more importantly, the American people are apparently so stupid that they can’t decide what parts of a performance to pay attention to and which to ignore. I’m sure there are plenty of Republicans who like NIN, just as there are a number of Democrats who do. Who freakin’ cares what political party you belong to when you’re watching the MTV Video Music Awards escapes me, though.

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Last Edit: 29 May 2005 @ 11:23 PM

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 28 May 2005 @ 8:09 AM 

As reported in What’s New:

bq. It’s been traveling for 28 years and is now 8.7 billion miles from Earth. It just reported that it has entered the region of the heliosheath, where the solar wind begins to dissipate. It may be in this region another 10 years. Its Pt-238 radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) should keep operating until about 2020. When Voyager 1 crosses that final boundary, becoming the first human artifact to enter interstellar space, Earth won’t know. Communications with Voyager will be cut off to save $4.5M of NASA’s $16.5B budget (.025%), for Bush’s Moon/Mars “vision.”

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Last Edit: 29 May 2005 @ 11:24 PM

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 18 May 2005 @ 4:53 PM 

Why has The secret Downing Street memo received so little (some would say no) coverage in the United States? Is there perhaps something to the theory that our entire news media are corporate shills afraid to upset the administration?

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Last Edit: 18 May 2005 @ 04:53 PM

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 18 May 2005 @ 6:51 AM 

Ferrett’s ruminations on comic books reminded me of the two longboxes I’ve got sitting in the closet. Most of what I bought was purchased because I liked the artwork or stories in them. A few were bought for possible collectibility (some Batmans of the late 80s and early 90s mainly). And then there’s the book I didn’t remember I’d bought.

I was a big fan of the miniseries “Black Orchid” – authored by the now-famous Neil Gaiman. After that run, he came out with a permanent series, and I purchased the first issue of that series, found it had pretty pathetic artwork, and never bought another one. Want to guess which Gaiman book I have? That’s right, sports fans, “Sandman” number one. The only Sandman I ever bought, and it’s a first edition of the first issue. If I’d known Gaiman was gonna be more famous than Eastman and Laird, I probably would have the first ten issues in nice polybags.

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Last Edit: 18 May 2005 @ 06:51 AM

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 17 May 2005 @ 9:27 PM 

You must drink this.

That is all.

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Last Edit: 17 May 2005 @ 09:27 PM

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 15 May 2005 @ 6:30 PM 

Because Jenn tagged me and I’m a sheep…

Total books owned:
Somewhere upwards of 300, but I’m not counting them!

Last book purchased:
V for Vendetta (if non-comic book, Year’s Best SF 9)

Five books that mean a lot to you:
Ender’s Game
The Long Run
Foundation Trilogy
Ape and Essence

Tag five others who you’d be interested in having do this meme:
That’s all the people I want to torture. 🙂

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Last Edit: 20 May 2005 @ 08:56 PM

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 11 May 2005 @ 3:26 PM 

Thank krishna, thank buddha, thank allah, thank anybody – I’ve completed my last final test for my Bachelor’s Degree. Now I just have to wait anxiously for the tests to be graded, then wait for them to send my diploma. There’s a nice spot above my Army shadowbox for another piece of “I love me” swag. 🙂

Only took me (looks at calendar) too damned long to finish it, but a milestone nonetheless, right?

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Last Edit: 11 May 2005 @ 03:26 PM

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 11 May 2005 @ 3:12 PM 

Fox News Alert! Bizarre Sex Habits of The Extreme Right-Wing

Radical anti-abortionist assists in killing doctors, and admits to past beastiality. Also, hints at past gay sex. Oh, the hypocrisy! The humanity!


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Last Edit: 11 May 2005 @ 03:12 PM

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 09 May 2005 @ 11:23 AM 

Court has ruled against the broadcast flag, making many pieces of hardware legal again. Yay!

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Last Edit: 09 May 2005 @ 11:23 AM

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 07 May 2005 @ 11:07 PM 

Because my ISP now provides more disk space and bandwidth for the same cost, I’ve brought back my LJ Userpics subdomain. I might not be making any custom userpics soon, but there’s stuff there for folks to peruse at least.

Have fun.

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Last Edit: 10 May 2005 @ 07:29 PM

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 05 May 2005 @ 3:19 PM 

Gore to Get Lifetime Award for Internet

Nuff said.

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Last Edit: 05 May 2005 @ 03:19 PM

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 05 May 2005 @ 12:00 PM 

jippy table

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Last Edit: 29 May 2005 @ 11:25 PM

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 04 May 2005 @ 10:49 PM 

Once again, the challenge is to identify the lyrices without resorting to Google. Anyone?

Yo, I used to check out lyrics upon the format
Build with skill with technique. Computer A-DAT

My lyrical form is clouds on your brainstorm
I get hyped think thought flow. Acrobat, sink the track, pump the track

Dance missions,clubs like spores react by. Strong visions
And hurrying more. Reflects on the dancefloor

Flow it up and having now people showing up
Packing crowds jam packed venues
Needles collapse, while atmosphere continues

Sprinkle that,
Winnin’ like that, movin’like that, hittin’ like that
The melody is phat

Yeah, I’m on the energy source
The cosmic force

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Last Edit: 05 May 2005 @ 06:45 AM

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 04 May 2005 @ 6:52 PM 

Evolution on trial in Kansas

bq. The Kansas Board of Education has scheduled six days of courtroom-style hearings to begin Thursday in Topeka. More than two dozen witnesses will give testimony and be subject to cross-examination, with the majority expected to argue against teaching evolution.

C’mon! Are you guys serious up there? Nikki – tell me your neighbors aren’t all insane.

Anyone read the Crucible? I’m so embarassed to be in this country some days.

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Last Edit: 04 May 2005 @ 06:55 PM

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 03 May 2005 @ 10:52 PM 

So I decided to break the mold of simple grilled salmon (which is good, don’t get me wrong) when I saw a recipe for chipotle-glazed salmon in Cuisine Magazine. It was way too spicy for me, but I’m a spice wimp. Alex was put off by it, and Ang thought it was good but not appreciably better than salmon on a grill.

The pineapple-cilantro rice bed was good, though.

Ah, well – nothing ventured and all that. Tomorrow is a simple crockpot pot roast. No worries about problems with that one.

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Last Edit: 03 May 2005 @ 10:52 PM

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 03 May 2005 @ 3:45 PM 

Remember that song stuck in my head?

That was (Even) More Human Than Human by the X-Ecutioners. Don’t you hate when songs get lodged in your brain like that?

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Last Edit: 03 May 2005 @ 03:46 PM

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 01 May 2005 @ 10:56 PM 

Who can name it without resorting to Google?

I am the planet
The monster
Anti martyr
The balance of human
Constant fire starter
Pry apart your soul
Find the footprints
All of a sudden touch the button
Crash course and yesterdays out
The mathematics class until the last chapters mastered
Smile for the star wars one where the wild things are that hide from the sun
I am the truth – aint buried in your head
The proof you pretended to carry ‘til the end
Barely alive, but nowhere near dead
I’m still standing here instead
More than a fistful of issues, more than a misfired pistol
Click – click
My heart ticks
More human than human, more sicker than sick

Chorus: More human than human (3x)
(More human than human, more sicker than sick)

I am the nightmare
Right where the soldier over stands warfare
Caught in the crosshair
The moment when focus becomes more than what’s noticed by the starving locust
Burning of the pride
Turning of the tide
Searching through the fight
Snuck in with the shadow that broke that castle
Let’s take the cell
Let hell out of the capsule
I am the hunted that stalks my aggressor
I am neurosis
I am the measurements used when its time to choose which tools are proper for the opportunity to break it loose
When it breaks it’ll all come together now
Armageddon – just a change in the weather now
I am the one – I’ve come to let the pressure out
More human than human so you can feel better now

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Last Edit: 29 May 2005 @ 11:27 PM

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