Monday, April 26, 2004

new level

Article in Reuters about an Iraqi group (the Green Brigade) that have released a tape saying that they will kill three Italian hostages in a few days unless there are protests in Italy against the war:

I don’t recall ever hearing of a terrorist group making such an explicit demand on an entire country. I think it is interesting that they would be so forward about it. If protests do occur, it would certainly transcend the Al-Qaeda-Spanish train bombing-Spanish election outcome contention.

Talk about holding an entire country hostage. Maybe this is a prelude of how such groups will put overt pressure on societies - no longer inferences of outcomes, but specific social demands?

This does not bode well all around. if anyone protests, they will be accused of giving in to the terrorists. interesting way to shut down any type of legitimate protest -- accusing them of being sympathetic and/or giving in to terrorist demands

Sunday, April 25, 2004

funny and true, unfortunately.

got this off of boingboing -- it is from a comedian named Bill Hicks. I don't remember him, but that don't mean nothin.

"The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey - don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride..." And we... kill those people.
Very Cool

this is the way to go -- thank goodness some creative people are thinking around here. look for this on all of the stuff i produce.
Life's ROI

it's kind of bizarre when you think about how much time and effort we invest into becoming social beings that can function in society and the return that we get on it in the long run...death. think about all these years we spend learning, working, thinking, crafting, realizing, reflecting, etc., and we ALL know that one day, we ain't gonna be no mo.

kind of weird ROI, yes?

Thursday, April 22, 2004

branching out

I have decided to grow a bit. i think that this will be fun. if you know of anyone in need of these services, drop me a line. i want to work as much as i can, wherever i can.