Sunday, January 28, 2007


After this long, what you give me is - nerdcore???

Yep! World of Warcraft is great (lev 21 on my main) and I've not been fired and I'm still not smoking cigs, and this made me all teary-eyed!

Love the fan culture!

Nerdcore Rising

And besides this, Bush abdicandum est*.
(*Bush must resign)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Orwell, Lenin, and Louie the 16th

Are sitting talking - part 2 (part 1)

Orwell: I wrote 1984 about what happened to Russia, what was happening there, Vladimir.

Lenin: I know - but in today's context, your critique of the Soviet failure leaves the battlefield to this new breed of pirahna capitalists. Which, surely, you would never have endorsed.

Orwell: Christ no! While I was thinking about Party control in the 50s, this current crop of imperialists seems to have taken my views to heart. The Osama/Saddam Two Minute Hate. The Memory Hold. We are at war with Iran. We have always been at war with Iran.

Louis the 16th: I resent you putting these nouveau riche rabble-rousers into the realm of kings and emperors. Their hands are stained with blood and oil; their hearts are full of revenge and domination; their imaginations are as limited as the Puritan.

Lenin: As if the Sun King's wheaten crown wasn't grown from the pain of the French masses.

Orwell: Yeah - we should be listening to Mr. Let Them Eat Cake on being out of touch.

And besides this, Bush abdicandum est*.
(*Bush must resign)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

This Sunday - January 21 2007...

Is the day that Vladimir Lenin, Louis the 16th (that's Marie Antoinette, French Revolution Louis), and George Orwell all died.

(Two of them more-or-less naturally, Louie kinda in an execution way.)

So I'm wondering - how would they look at what's going on right now, and what would they all say about it?

Orwell: Well, chaps, looks like you're both kind of 'dead ending' it. Communism and the aristocracy - where are they now?

King Louis: Oh, I dunno - looks to be one heck of an elite building at the top of those corporate structures.

V. I. Lenin: And calling the end of the USSR the failure of communism! As if!

And besides this, Bush abdicandum est*.
(*Bush must resign)

Friday, January 12, 2007

No, I'm not playing World of Warcraft.

Brainiac4 is over. He's playing. I'm just reading about it online.

And besides this, Bush abdicandum est*.
(*Bush must resign)

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Nguzo Saba - The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

I used to think that Kwanzaa was lame, because it was made-up.

Then I thought better (and realized every holiday is made-up.)

Then I thought it was lame because it was pushed by the same people who insist you use the term "African-American", but think using the term is all you need to be racially aware and you can go on thinking all drug dealers are dangerous black people.

Then I heard that Kwanzaa was considered too radical by some.

So now I think it's kinda cool. Like the principles, and stuff. So here it is on my blog, so I'll know where to look for it if I want to read it again.

NGUZO SABA (The Seven Principles)

Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

­ Maulana Karenga

(The quitting smoking is continuing. It's gotten psychological and lame.)

And besides this, Bush abdicandum est*.
(*Bush must resign)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Day 4 of my quit....

Being a Minnesotan, and since not every last bit of tobacco-settlement money got sucked up in the general fund when we ran out of state cash (oooh, about three rants there), I get to participate in QuitNet for free.

It's an online quitting support community, and my sweetie used it extensively when she quit.

There's a whole vocabulary - being a Minnesotan and over the age of 10, I have experienced the 12 Steps in some way and they have a vocabulary too...

Anyway - the reason for this discursion is the use of the phrase 'my quit.'

I don't know if it's intended to avoid the 'quitter' label, but the word 'quit' becomes like a noun. It's not Day 4 of my quitting process, it's Day 4 of my quit. "How's the quit going, dude?" "It's a good quit. Yours?" "Shaky, dude, shaky." "Keep the quit, brother, deep breathing and chew on some cinnamon sticks." "Thanks, dude, you helped me rescue my quit."

Although most of the people using quitnet are working class women in their 30s, so the whole surfer dude stuff is atypical.

Anyway, back to my quit. I get my bracelet today!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Still not smoking...

But not much else to report. Some WoW characters have gotten somewhere. Some sanity returning.

And besides this, Bush abdicandum est*.
(*Bush must resign)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Last Cigarette

Ghawds, I hope so - it's 5:30, I drank coffee booze all night, and spent the last couple hours figuring out what was wrong with a computer so I could replace smoking with World of Warcraft.

That's all!