May 7th, 2003


o/~ and nobody knows me/ I can't fathom my staying o/~

My calendars are still on April. Fixing that.

I have two calendars, one with pictures of lighthouses, and one with pictures of black Labradors. (I *adore* lighthouses, I think it's something about the metaphor involved. And the calendar of Labs is simply because I miss Britney.)

I am sicker than a dog right now, but I've been awake most of the night since I slept most of yesterday away. I'm going to go put on day clothes and go down to Student Health, because I'm almost sure this is a sinus infection, and I need the good pills to kill it. Besides, being able to breathe would be a nice change. When it *hurts* to breathe through your nose, there's a problem.

It's now Wednesday. I have so much to do. At least my afternoon class is canceled. I should catch up with Glushko and see why he dislikes me. So much on my mind at the moment, that's all.

Okay. I think I'm together now.

Now to get jeans on, and change out of this shirt that has snot all over it. My nose leaks when I'm sleeping, I guess it's better than it all staying there, but it sucks.

I have so much more to say, but I think I'll go deal with this first.
  • Current Music
    Tom Waits - 04 - Shiver Me Timbers
sleepy, awww

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It's a sinus infection I have. I'm going to bed here.

In good news, Salam Pax has returned from his long silence. For those of you not familiar with Salam Pax, he's an Iraqi who lives in Baghdad, and courageously blogged about conditions there during the last months of Saddam. As you can imagine, this was extremely dangerous. And then the war, and a monthlong silence. I missed that voice telling it like it is. Here's a snippit from his latest posting:

"Let me tell you one thing first. War sucks big time. Don’t let yourself ever be talked into having one waged in the name of your freedom. Somehow when the bombs start dropping or you hear the sound of machine guns at the end of your street you don’t think about your 'imminent liberation' anymore.

"But I am sounding now like the Taxi drivers I have fights with whenever I get into one.

"Besides asking for outrageous fares (you can’t blame them gas prices have gone up 10 times, if you can get it) but they start grumbling and mumbling and at a point they would say something like 'well it wasn’t like the mess it is now when we had saddam'. This is usually my cue for going into rage-mode. We Iraqis seem to have very short memories, or we simply block the bad times out. I ask them how long it took for us to get the electricity back again after he last war? 2 years until things got to what they are now, after 2 months of war. I ask them how was the water? Bad. Gas for car? None existent. Work? Lots of sitting in street tea shops. And how did everything get back? Hussain Kamel used to literally beat and whip people to do the impossible task of rebuilding. Then the question that would shut them up, so, dear Mr. Taxi driver would you like to have your saddam back? Aren’t we just really glad that we can now at least have hope for a new Iraq? Or are we Iraqis just a bunch of impatient fools who do nothing better than grumble and whine? Patience, you have waited for 35 years for days like these so get to working instead of whining. End of conversation.

"The truth is, if it weren’t for intervention this would never have happened. When we were watching the Saddam statue being pulled down, one of my aunts was saying that she never thought she would see this day during her lifetime."

Check it out, good stuff.

Anyway, I'm reading through the rest of his new blog entry and then going to bed. See you all later.
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    Harry Chapin - Let Time Go Lightly
thugs, politics


thanks to serendipity

This article, on the 14 points of fascism, are very very scary. Especially when contrasted with the current mess in the United States. I'd be hesitant to out and out call it fascism,'s pretty damned close and it's scary.

Read it for yourself.

A woman came up to me and said
"I'd like to poison your mind
With wrong ideas that appeal to you
Though I am not unkind."

-TMBG, "Whistling in the Dark"
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    They Might Be Giants - Whistling in the Dark