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:: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 ::

Pwesents (Go Away, Harry Knowles)

[mood - too bored to look for a picture]
[music - OutKast - 'Hey Ya!']

I haven't posted much here recently because I'm about to move onto a LiveJournal, but I need to make a list of all the books I am or plan to buy people for Christmas. More will be added as I go along...

Roger - 'Smoking In Bed: Conversations With Bruce Robinson'
Giles - 'Lies and the Lying Liars That Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right' by Al Franken
Hester - Umm. Dunno yet.
Tim - 'The Victorian Underworld' by Donald Thomas
Olly - 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' by Chuck Barris
Suzanne - 'Lynch On Lynch'
Eric - 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' by Alan Moore
Mum - Dunno yet either.
Granny - 'The Bell Jar' by Sylvia Plath
Granddad - 'Goodbye To All That' by Robert Graves
Ste - 'The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay' by Michael Chabon
:: Graham 2:30 PM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 ::
Fancy a Laugh?

[mood - dandyish]
[music - Keane - 'The Last Time']

Go to amazon.com and read reviews for Al Franken's excellent book 'Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right'. I'm not, per se, saying that all right-wingers are idiots and all left-wingers are verbose intellectuals. It's just that some days, it does seem like it.

The Left: I never really listened with much interest to the crap coming from either the far left or the far right. Both extremes seem nutty and scary to me. But having read this book I have to say there were a LOT of things about the extreme right that I really wasn't aware of, particularly how they have taken control of the media, the Republican party - and consequently - the country - and have done so using gutter tactics. These people are a disgrace. We have to get rid of them and get some decent, people back into the top political offices of our country. I've voted for both main parties over the years. But I will NOT vote Republican again until decent, honorable, reasonable, normal thinking human beings (like John McCain) are back in charge of it.
The Right:Al Franken is a moron with moronic ideology and if you don't see it his way he has no compunction about salandering you,your family or anyones for that matter.

The Left: Read through the 1 star reviews. They make the point of Franken's book so well. The Right utilize misrepresentation, bullying, and flat out denial to promote themselves and encourage allegiance. Al's Book shows how shameful it is that it has worked so well. We need more people like Franken who don't have anything to lose by pointing out the hypocrisy.
The Right: Al Franken is a greasy and oily four-eyed midget with a very short thing between his legs. Conservatives lubricate their car wheels with the grease extracted from Al Franken's face using a sponge.

The Left:The most compelling reason to read this book is to see how easily some of the misleading statements might have been corrected by the authors skewered by Mr. Franken. Perhaps the most revealing part of this book is that so many statements in the books of others are flat-out untruths. [Whether they are lies is another issue!] The authors, their editors, and their adoring fans appear utterly impervious to the principle that oen should only contribute reliable information to the public debate. What may be worse, many of our fellow citizens seem indifferent to the specious or false information that some of the targets loose on the world. Mr. Franken's volume, read in concert with similar works by Joe Conason and David Corn, suggests that some misrepresentation or mendacity is not even considered an ethical lapse any more. Has our culture gotten so used to self-evident falsehoods that we do not even worry about spreading misinformation if it suits our purposes to do so?

The only concern that I raise is that Mr. Franken's satiric use of irony and other rhetorical devices provides him an escape route that he would not permit and has not permitted Ms. Coulter, Mr. O'Reilly, or President Bush. Mr. Franken gets to say "Just joshing" or "Can't you take a joke?" when he veers over the line. That gives him an easy out that he denies to others. I hope that fair readers will consider this difference between the satirist and his sanctimonious targets.

Both the reason to read the book and the caveat about Mr. Franken's humor may tell readers much more about the sorry state of public discourse than they care to acknowledge!
The Right:I didn't read this book, but Al Franken is a liberal weiner who has no logical bones in his body. I would never even consider reading this book because after viewing this idiot on television, I am convinced that he is as stupid as every other liberal in this country.

Like the man says, I'm starting to grow discouraged about the tone this debate is taking.
:: Graham 11:27 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 ::
Like Am I Hot Or Not, Only Good

[mood - flirty
[music - Tomoyasu Homei - 'Battle Without Honour Or Humanity']

Yep, I've been severely neglecting this place and a proper catch-up will follow soon. In the meantime...

Like most human beings, you are seeking a mate. Do not defy biology! But are you the type who flirts with strangers and ends up with a saucy tale to relate, or are you that person's friend, envious but shy, destined to go home alone?
With a highly paid team of apes and Norwegians, TheSpark.com has finally developed the capability to tell you just how easy (or difficult) you are to hit on successfully. Our slick new Pickup Test, manufactured with only the purest natural oils and not tested on lab animals, will sidle up to you and ogle your inner desires. It's guaranteed to score. So click here to take The Pickup Test, brought to you by Panasonic. To the testmobile!

What of my results, you ask? Well...

You have achieved the Golden Mean! You are 39% pickup-able! You're like Jen. Do you know my friend Jen? You're just like her—she's like this cool girl who's attractive and funny. I should call Jen. Or maybe you're like my friend Steve. Regardless, you like to flirt, but not with ugly people. And when you lock eyes with the right person, you know how to turn the sparks into a towering inferno. But sometimes you won't give people the time of day, which is mean when they really just need to know what time it is. In general, make sure you smell good.
:: Graham 10:13 AM [+] ::
:: Thursday, September 18, 2003 ::
A Double Post On My Own Blog?

A double-post on my own blog? Haven't had that one before.
:: Graham 6:33 PM [+] ::
Albums of the Year on Quizilla!

you're an idealist, and perhaps a bit childish...but loveable.
We Are Going To Be Friends, "White Blood

Which song by THE WHITE STRIPES are you?
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De Stijl
You're "De Stijl." You're deeply
intellectual, and most people find you very
engaging, if a little serious. However, you are
also known to at times cut loose and just have

Which White Stripes album are you?
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You are 'maps' a sweet ballad that grows
increasingly desperate
In Karen O's words 'It's a love song, rooted in the
emotion of missing someone. It's a real song,
it comes from a genuine place,It's a good song
to listen to and think about someone you love'

Which song by the yeah yeah yeahs are you?
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you are:the amazing sounds or orgy.
you are:the amazing sounds or orgy.
a hurricane would be happening outside,but you
don't mind.besides,you're in love.

what radiohead b-side are you?
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I'm not sure that fits my own perception of 'Amazing Sounds of Orgy' - "fucking" and "terrifying" would make the shortlist of my adjectives.

Early Bowie

Which David Bowie are you?
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Graham Coxon
WOW! You are most like Graham Coxon.

What member of BLUR are you most like?
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Oh, and this year's best albums thus far? Are:

The Thrills - 'So Much For The City'
The White Stripes - 'Elephant'
Radiohead - 'Hail to the Thief'
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 'Fever To Tell'
Electric Six - 'Fire'
Blur - 'Think Tank'
David Bowie - 'Reality'
Northern State - 'Dying In Stereo'
Goldfrapp - 'Black Cherry'
Spiritualized - 'Amazing Grace'
:: Graham 6:33 PM [+] ::
:: Sunday, September 07, 2003 ::
Apropos of Ass-All

[mood - elegiac
[music - Dido - 'White Flag']

A fuller entry will come soon, I promise. In the meantime, am I the only one who finds this song deeply affecting? The repeated line "I will go down with this ship" is up there with REM's use of "go it alone" in 'Half a World Away' in the 'touching use of cliches' department, and I'm not sure it should make me feel like that. Isn't it meant to be about having faith in a relationship, not despairing for it?

Oh, and I'm rightly proud of this:

jack g.
You are Captain Jack Sparrow. You love to drink rum
and you walk around like you live wherever you
happen to be. You are a very dishonest person
and therefore you can be trusted to be
dishonest, honestly... You are very clever and
never forgive people if they betray you. You
are also very agile (good for climbing up ropes
and standing on the masts of sinking boats).

Which Pirates of the Caribbean character are you?
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:: Graham 10:39 PM [+] ::
:: Monday, September 01, 2003 ::

[mood - casual
[music - Madonna - 'Vogue']

Alright, this is just about a 180 degree turn from the last two entries, but man, writing the score to Young Girls And Happy Endings is so much fun! So far I've got about nine or ten songs near completion, and a few more that need a final polish. They're all really good, too.

When me and Roger resume writing the script - which shouldn't be long now - I'm going to set to work on the lyrics too. I think this has the potential to be something really special.
:: Graham 8:12 AM [+] ::
:: Saturday, August 30, 2003 ::
Drunken Stream-Of-Consciousness

[mood - almost dead
[music - Radhiohead - 'Lost At Sea']

So let's go.
My life isn't worth as much as no-one thinks it is.
And who would notice?
And who would notice?
I can still stare
And smile
And hurt
And lie about myself
But I can't move
Soon I won't breathe
I can't
I try to recover
But I can't
Nothing is good enough
I can't
The end is nearing
There is nothing that is good enough to keep me alive
Because I can't.
:: Graham 8:37 PM [+] ::

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