16.3.02

SHADOWBLACK


Ah. Lexx was satisfying. Great chess game, lots of gratuitous cranial damage.
Today's music selection is another 80's dustie band clickclick,
which I just found out have been producing new music under the name "PaPERHOUsE". Add that to my wishlist. The good news is that their songs can be listened to here. Their old label refuses to re-release any of their albums, so they are collector's items. And stupid me lost their vinyl many years ago. All I have is Bent Massive and Shadowblack on CD, and a few of their older songs on a grungy mixed tape. I love these guys, so much so that I named a musical project after their album "Rorschach Testing". It was called Rorschach Test and was a gothic-industrial-eclectic effort with a few guys in Denver. I wanted to do harder tekno stuff with the programmer (which became mindvirus), so the bass player (James Baker) of RT ran off with the name and a few of my songs, called himself a singer, and made it semi-big in the Seattle scene. He avoids me now, every chance he gets. But he cannot avoid me when I show up their gigs and tell him that they may NOT play my songs tonight. The first time I did that was hilarious: he sees me, turns ghost white and tries to escape to the green room, but I catch up to him and tell him he is going to be sued for copyright infringement if he plays any of my songs. It was quite funny watching him explain to the rest of the band why they can't play one of their most popular songs from their CD, "cripple touch". To avoid the lawsuit he re-tooled the song and renamed it "cripple". I'm over it now, I don't care about that song or the others anymore since I've written far better material since then. But I am still a little bitter that they achieved some success from my work.
Oh well, that's the music biz for you. At least we got to open for them a few times and upstage them before they can play. I'm glad it went the way it did, because I met up with an old friend from Hawaii who was a much more talented bass player and all-around cool guy.
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What else is interesting today? Anthrax update: BBC NEWS seems to have intuited (that is a word, right?) yesterday's question by reporting this: "A Newsnight investigation raised the possibility that there was a secret CIA project to investigate methods of sending anthrax through the mail which went madly out of control. The shocking assertion is that a key member of the covert operation may have removed, refined and eventually posted weapons-grade anthrax which killed five people." Of course I am not suprised. Have you ever heard of the fringe conspiracy involving depopulation?
According to the theory, multinational corporations in conjunction with various NWO organizations have been implementing a plan for some years now to drastically reduce the earth's population using biological agents and viruses, such as AIDS. First to go are the "undesirables", minorities, homosexuals. People scoff at this, but I think there's some truth to it, and is supported by reputable doctors and researchers. The theory continues that when AIDS was developed, so was a cure. The virus was introduced to the population via the hepatitus-b vaccine in the 70's. When enough people have died from it, the cure will suddenly be "found", and the survivors vaccinated. I actually heard about this many years ago by a friend (the same fella who became our bass player) who was holding Bill Cooper's manuscript for "Behold A Pale Horse", which he let me read before it was published. I can't remember if that story made the final cut, as it is a long read and it's been awhile since I referenced it.
Okay, that was depressing. Think about something else. Play this for awhile. Or take a look at some of these flash experiments. And THESE from Tokyo. And you've probably seen this floating around the web as well. You are travelling the links I provide, right? And you know I collect links to cool flash sites, right? Go to greynothing. It leads to all sorts of fun corners of the web. I especially like sites with pretty colors. And here's a site featuring JS Rossbach's weirdkool art. And THIS guy is almost as obsessive as I am.
.I won't bother mentioning tonight's Art Bell guest. I find the claim of "channeling" rather dubious, especially those who claim to channel angels. And I find it difficult to take seriously a white woman who gives herself a Native American name in an effort to lend credibility to her claims. I don't doubt that channeling is possible, my Dad could do it, I just know there are so many charlatans and cheats out there trying to sell a book, and/or meditation CD. One channeller who cannot be denied, however, is Jane Roberts. Reading the Seth material WILL affect change in your consciousness. Jane had workshops, but never blatantly tried to oversell her product, and remained largely un-noticed by the general poulation, and I respect that. Here's a group who claims to channel God Itself, and that Seth was given direct instructions from It. I just found that site, will have to delve deeper into it later, to see if it meshes at all with what Neil Donald Walsch says about The Big Kahuna.
Finally, some other interesting sites I want to dive into, when time permits.
The Daily Lovely is going to go right into the site from now on, because I get the feeling no one is clicking on the links.


From the Inbox, screaming to be shared:

Dear Friend,[a cordial start, but a bit presumptuous]
REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP. - STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
It is with my profound dignity that I write you this very important and highly confidential letter. First, I must solicit your strictest confidentiality in this transaction. This is by virtue of its nature as being utterly CONFIDENTIAL and "TOP SECRET".[All the more reason to publish it on the web] Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried,[apprehensive, yes. Worried? No.]considering the fact that we have not met each other before, but I am assuring you
that all will be well at the end of the day. We have decided to contact you by email due to the urgency of this transaction, as we have been reliably informed that it will take at least a minimum of two to three weeks for a normal post to reach you, so we decided it is best using the e-mail,which is quicker and also to enable us meet up with the first payment quarter for the year 2002 which has already begun.However, let me start by introducing myself properly to you. I am Engr.Kingsley Okhah, a Director General in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)[Nigeria...I smell trouble already...] and I presently head a seven man tenders board in charge of Contract Awards and Payment Approvals. I came to know of you in my search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential business transaction which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account requiring maximum CONFIDENCE.[Likely story,buddy. If you HAD done an accurate search on me, you would not have e-mailed me.] I and my colleagues are Top Officials of the Federal Government Contract Review and Award Panel. Our duties include Evaluation, Vetting, Approval for payment of Contract jobs done for the N.N.P.C e.t.c. In order to commence this business we solicit for your assistance to enable us transfer into your Account the said funds.The source of this funds is as follows: In the first quarter of 1999 this committee was mandated to review and award contracts to the tune of US$400 million US dollars[but is that American dollars?] to a group of five firms for the supply construction and installation of Oil Pipe lines in Warri and Port Harcourt.During this process my colleagues and I decided and agreed among ourselves to deliberately over-inflate the total contract sum from US$400 million to US$428 million United States dollars with the main intention of sharing the remaining sum of US$28 miilion amongst ourselves.[and here comes the trouble. This guy wants me to trust him when he just admitted to lying.] The Federal Government of Nigeria has since last year approved the sum of US$428 million for us as the contract sum, and the sum of US$400 million has also been paid to the foreign companies concerned as contract entitlements for the various contracts done,[not confusing at all] but since the companies are entiltled to US$400 million dollars only, we are now left with US$28 million dollars balance in the account which we intend to disburse amongst ourselves, but by virtue of our positions as civil servants and members of this panel, we cannot do this by ourselves, as we are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/or operating foreign accounts in our names while still in Government service, making it impossible for us to acquire the money in our names right now.[more admissions of highjinx] I have therefore, been delegated as a matter of trust and urgency by my colleagues in the panel to look for an overseas partner into whose account we would transfer the sum of US$28 million. Hence we are writing you this letter.My Colleagues and I have agreed that if you or your company can act as the beneficiary of this funds on our behalf, you or your Company will retain 20% of the total amount (US$28 million), while 60% will be for us(OFFICIALS)[reverse these numbers and I might consider it] and the remaining 20% will be used in offsetting all debts/expenses and Taxes incurred both local and foreign in the cause of this transfer. Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return we demand your complete honesty and trust.[YOU demand honesty of ME??DEMAND??] You must however NOTE that this transaction will be strictly based on the following terms and conditions as we have stated below;
a) Our conviction of your transparent honesty[read:adept liar] and diligence
b) That you would treat this transaction with utmost secrecy and
confidentiality[sure thing, cap'n]
c) That you will not ask for more share or try to sit on the funds once it is under your custody, or any form of blackmail.[Now, why would I blackmail nice folk like you?]
c) That upon receipt of the funds you will release the funds as instructed by us after you have removed your share of 20% from the total amount.
Please, note that this transaction is 100% legal and risk free and we hope to conclude this transaction seven bank working days from the date of receipt of the necessary requirements from you . We are looking forward to doing business with you and solicit your Total Confidentiality in this transaction. There is no cause for alarm. I give you my word that you are completely safe in doing business with us. Transactions like this have been successfully carried out in the past by most Government executives.[ which is good enough reason for me not to trust you.] Here in my country there is great economic and political disarray and thus looting and corruption is rampant and the order of the day,[but you can trust ME, I'm only some anonymous spammer looking to bilk my own government] thus explaining why you might have heard stories of how money is been taken out of Nigeria, this is because everyone is making desperate attempts to secure his or her future, so that when we retire from active service we donot languish in poverty. I will explain more to you when I have heard from you.Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter using the above e-mailaddress. I will bring you into the complete picture of this pendingbusiness transaction when I have heard from you and also receive your confidential telephone and fax numbers to enable me fax to you all necessaryinformation you need to know about our pending business transaction.I will also send to you my private telephone and fax numbers where you can always reach me.Your urgent response will be highly appreciated to enable us transfer the funds under this first quarter of the year 2002.
Thank you and God Bless.
Yours faithfully,
Engr.Kingsley Okhah.
N.B. PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION IS 100% LEGAL AND COMPLETELY FREE FROM DRUG MONEY OR MONEY LAUNDERING. THIS IS A COMPLETE LEGITIMATE BUSINESS TRANSACTION.[as seen on 20/20]


I probably shouldn't have to mention that if you get one of these e-mails, ignore it. It is in fact a complete rip-off. You will not get one thin dime from it. They expect you,as an American to be greedy and not research this scam. If you fire off an angry e-mail in reply, you will only get more of the same, but the english grammar becomes increasingly poor and hostile.
Nothing in life is free, especially not money, especially not that amount of money.

15.3.02

ICH BIN EIN AUSLANDER


[repost] Go HERE,and come back here while you wait for the movie to download. If you haven't seen it, you might thank me for it.

Winona, I think you are innocent. But even if you're not, I don't care. You are still one of the top nymphs in my book. Andrea Yates, on the other hand....I'm glad she got Life instead of the death penalty. I am against the death penalty because I feel it provides the criminals an easy way out of the suffering they deserve. Death relieves us of all human concerns, including guilt and regret. Life in a box with other dangerous criminals to reflect on their indiscretions for the rest of their life seems an adequate punishment, though still rather tame compared to the crimes committed. I'm still undecided about post-partum depression being much more than a very convenient excuse.I don't know enough about it to make any kind of conclusion. I do feel that,"Mental Illness" or not, she knew what she was doing while she was doing it. This type of crime seems to be occurring all over the world these days, it is not exclusive to "clinically depressed " women, and seems to happen more frequently in religious families. This is not suprising to me. Lots of horror stories are surfacing regarding the indiscretions of the devoutly religious, which is a problem as old as religion itself. Take this pastor for example.Religion does not make one person better than another or exempt anyone from psychological abberrations,
and in fact, it can be argued that religious faith is itself a chemical imbalance in the brain.
Perhaps people will start waking up to the fact that christianity is a cult just like all the other religions.
A cult is not defined by the amount of it's followers.This theory makes much more sense to me than what monotheistic cults postulate. Ah, but stories like these detract the public's attention away from the fact that no one knows (or admits to knowing) who is responsible for the anthrax attacks.
It just doesn't get talked about much anymore.

While watching WW's "The Good Things" yesterday, I noticed that he's left-handed, like me. So this article is for you, Wil, and for all the other "sinisters" out there.

Today's musical selections are Pop Will Eat Itself and The Creatures,two bands I became interested in around 1985-6, the "Blurry" years. Though I had been a great admirer of S and the B's for a number of years, "Miss The Girl" was my introduction to The Creatures, a haunting melody from "The Feast",which showcases Budgie's genius percussion abilities. That album was recorded in Hawaii during the time I was living there, I believe. An old friend introduced me to them. I should also mention, for posterity, that this old friend was the one who intorduced me to Madonna waay before anybody had even seen a picture of her. "She is gonna be BIG".I doubted him then, but he was right.But ah, I remember that autumn day in Denver,drinking a 40 in the early afternoon and blasting "Boomerang" to the delight of 3 college cuties(one of which had an intoxicating southern accent, but "cared about me too much to date me"???) sitting on the front steps of my building. In those days, I saved my money for drinking and ate mostly potatoes and onions, which I didn't how how to properly prepare. I thought, if I ever got so low as to want to "off" myself, I would turn on the gas, put on "Boomerang" and light my final cigarette. Luckily,as low as things did get, I only felt a passing inclination to give up on life. I would always tell myself that if I did go through with it, I would never see What Happens Next.And I would have missed out on the whole "mindvirus" era. Besides, the poorly-cooked potatoes just about did me in anyway.
For PWEI, it was "There's no love between us anymore," also a haunting melody and quite appropriate at the time. I was a dj at a nightclub in Hawaii, playing Skinny Puppy between every other song, when we got a call from PWEI's PR man asking to play the club. They sent an EP with that song on it,which got maximum rotation, but they never ended up playing the gig. We got The Vandals instead, who we (as The Skeletones)opened for. We got so roudy though that we blew out their PA, and they had to play the first 15 minutes of their set without vocals or guitar. But they were nice about it, and the bass player filled much of the time with a beautiful improvisational solo.

Who's easier on the eyes AND less annoying? Titus' Erin or Grounded For Life's Claudia?
Erin or Claudia?

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Here's an interesting article about the late, great William Cooper, who died just as he probably imagined (or hoped) he would; in a shootout with the Feds.
I forgot to mention yesterday that Michio Kaku would be on Art Bell that evening, talking about (among other fascinating things) one of my favorite speculative subjects, time travel. (It will be repeated tonight at 8pm PST)I had a Jungian synchronicity (which is becoming common for me these days), in which, just the day before, I had been pondering some problems with time travel. I hadn't known yet that he would be a guest on Art Bell.Maybe it's because of the release of "The Time Machine" remake and "Clockstoppers" ( which is a great premise, but looks like a dissapointing teen date flick). Anyway, I was considering the problem of travelling into the past and affecting the outcome of certain events, such as killing oneself or preventing someone from being killed. Long to short, I figured that, no matter what you did in the past, it would have absolutely no effect on the present. And this is pretty much what Dr. Kaku said last night. It's too long to explain here, so I recommend going to his very informative site. The question always arises:"If time travel were really possible, why don't we see Tourists From The Future visiting now?"
Think about it....if you were a Time-Traveller, would YOU tell anyone? First, it would ruin the fun because everybody would want to interview you and study you and pester you about how it is done. I wouldn't want anybody else to know how to do it besides myself. Second, why would you want to visit this particular time? I'm only peripherally interested in the past 200 years. I'd rather go back 2000 years and further into ancient civilizations (even into the Before Time) and am far more interested in the distant future.
And I would have little interest in altering history or preventing certain events from happening, either. Everything happens for a reason, Good Or Not So Good. Stopping something from happening would probably have a worse effect than not, as vital lessons and opportunities for spiritual evolution would be circumvented. Again, even if you did, it would not affect the present anyway. By altering the past you would create a fork in the time stream with both realities and circumstances existing independantly of each other. By simply observing, you would have a better chance of remaining in the proper timestream.
So, it's Open Lines on Art Bell tonight. Watch Lexx instead. BTW, the new season of Farscape starts Friday, April 5th at 9pm, finally.
Oh, and I apologize for going on a rant about Blogger yesterday. Everything seems to be working fine now, except BlogThis! which might be my own damn fault.

14.3.02

DOG WITH SHARPER TEETH


Cheeses Firetrucking Christ on a cracker, what the hell is up with Blogger? I had to wait almost 10 minutes to log in! I want to edit my template, add more links, but there's nothing there, it's blank![update:it's working again, for now.] Somebody in U-to-U Troubleshooting mentioned this happens quite often.So my theory is that Ev (who appears to be the sole owner of this site and the only one who does any sort of maintenance) is so busy working on the pay-for-Pro (which I hear has even bigger problems) that he completely neglects the main Blogger. He almost never updates the statusblog, and when he does, he never goes into any detail about what the hell is going on. I could not access anything here at all on Sunday...any mention why in statusblog? NO. Oh yeah, and my BlogThis! doesn't work, either.
It's a good thing this is not a business site. I may have to look for a more reliable service, one with eyes sharp and teeth sharper, like GreyMatter or Moveable Type, like Uncle Willie.I recommend watching his short film "The Good Things" here. Registration is free, and worth it, both for you, and for Wil and the director, who could win a nice chunk of change if it gets enough votes.

So, who is easier on the eyes? Laurie Dhue or Paula Zahn?
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I don't care much for blondes, but Ms. Dhue has very mesmerizing lips......

So I am listening to Daisy Chainsaw today, they were so under-rated in their time. Great angst over atypical female vocals, genius guitar work. Too bad they broke up. Another oldie-but-goodie is Cabaret Voltaire's 1985 release "The Arm of the Lord". RH Kirk is pure genius himself. He was my inspiration when I first started writing tunes on the old EPS Classic.
Watched the 90 minute celebrity Fear Factor last night. Joe ate a huge hissing cockroach without flinching or complaint. He finally made an abbreviated entry in his weblog the other day. Network television seems to be mellowing him out considerably. Anyway, I think Today's Lovely, Ali Landry, should have won, instead of the Baldwin Buffoon. Not Alec (who's on Politically Incorrect tonight), he's the only Baldwin Brother of note. A favorite line from SNL;
Alec as the new priest discussing how he eats an oreo with an enamored Julia Sweeney during confession:"I like to spread the cookie apart and eat the creamy center." In context, it's hilarious.
Speaking of hilarious and SNL,I also watched Colin Quinn's new show, and it was way funnier than I thought it would be. His opening monologue is witty and clever in that "funny-cuz-it's true" sort of way; a group of ethnically-diverse neighbors ignore post 9/11 "CW" and crack wise about each other's
race, and actually get big laughs joking about 9/11 itself. I see big things for this show, though the acting-out of Local News needs much polishing.Another great new NBC show is "Watching Ellie". Julia Luis Dreyfus has got a great singing voice,excellent comedic timing, and not hard to look at either.She will be the only Seinfeld alumni to succeed in episodic television, if Alexander's and Richards' failed sitcoms are any indication. The beauty of this show is that there is no canned laugh-track,and it's all in real-time, which I didn't care for at first, but now find it integral to it's overall dynamic.Yes, I tape everything I like and watch it later in bed during home-made snack time. I still haven't watched "Celebrity Boxing", and other shows and sites keep spoiling the results for me. Luckily I catch the offenders and switch off before I hear or see the results. "Firestarter:Rekindled" was a big dissapointment, despite the casting of Malcolm McDowell and Dennis Hopper.

I drank a beer last night. The taste of beer has lost it's appeal for me, and it really made me feel disoriented. Yes, one beer. Was a time when a 6-pack barely buzzed me, and I felt like I had to drink in order to feel creative. I couldn't image myself not drinking beer, but I succeeded in giving it up cold turkey, and without outside help (other than my ever-tolerant better half). Now, I still get cravings, and will have one every so often to remind me why I don't drink it anymore. And I never crave a second.
It feels really good to be in control of one's faculties, especially after 16 years of consistant drinking.
Another plus, my beer-belly is receding! Now it's just a subtle pooch.

Take a look inside the Afgahn caves at this flash site. And finally, I recommend Orisinal for some nicely-designed flash games. Off to the ever-frustrating editing of the template.
There are 17 hyphens in today's entry.

13.3.02

AXIOM TRAUMA


I've had so many problems with Blogger these past few days, that I just had to vent my frustrations, so I went to User-To-User and spilled it there. I decided to start an open community for other frustrated Bloggers, which can be found HERE.
It's easy to join, users will be able to change the title and background images, and rant about anything they want. You KNOW you want to join..........
Today's Lovely.

12.3.02

STARLIGHT IN A JAR




I have been in A shitty mmmHell (if you say it real fast, you'll get the meaning) for the past few days, trying to decide how I want this site to look. I have some great ideas, but it's a long task getting everything placed properly, from scratch. Blogger's got some ticks,(as in not being available for posting when it's prime time, and at the moment I can't even edit my own template) but it's still the best free weblog site I've found so far.
So here's a few things I found worth sharing: This from FAZED , who described it sufficiently enough to include it here:"I'm not really into violence, but there's something gratifying about seeing a big group of the kids I hated in High School get beat down by a lone skater."


All ducks aren't sweet and innocent and you prove that. You have a nasty streak. And you are a freak because you actually collect devil-ducks. But you will never find green.Mwahahahaha.
Find your inner rubber ducky.


This is a cute diversion:Ice Age.
An amusing comparison beteween Fight Club and Calvin & Hobbes

[radiohead] Their songs first hurt, then heal the soul. Each song is truly a memory receptacle, starlight in a jar. Conversely, I was indifferent to (the) Smashing Pumpkins, until I saw THIS. Even if you don't care for their music, it's beautifuly done, and leads to lots of other places, like THIS.

What Flavour Are You? I taste of Death.I taste of Death.


Doesn't everyone want a taste of death? Well they should. Most people deserve death. Keep away from me unless you think you're better than that. I probably won't like you. What Flavour Are You?

Not a bad way to taste, if you appreciate the Sandman graphic novels, as I do.



Which Star-Crossed Marvel Lover Are You?

Trying to find a certain melancholy song, instead I found Red Meat - from the secret files of Max Cannon