the magic carpet

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July 31, 2003

'cause I like you, yeah I like you.... and because, maybe, just maybe, you like The Dandy Warhols too.

July 30, 2003

Betting on future terrorist attacks!!!???? Fuck the craaazzzies in Vegas, it's the wackos in Washington that we have to worry about.
Nevada is an oddball place, but I think it gets even weirder in the summer. Maybe it's the heat. But clearly these people have lost their collective minds... First, the big event in Reno this week was a giant Monopoly game, and now this decision by a Las Vegas court. If it gets any hotter there, I see a smoking ban in Sin City's future...

July 29, 2003

etc. etc.

In case you didn't already know this, don't fuck with Graydon Carter.

So that's the deal with Friendster.

Redneckapalooza???

I've always been a big fan of Merle Haggard. "Sing me Back Home" has got to be one of the most poignant protest songs ever written. So I'm really pleased he's back and as ornery as ever.

July 28, 2003

I'm in the middle of Douglas Coupland’s latest book, Hey Nostradamus!, and it's got me thinking again about what happened just a few years ago in Colorado at Columbine High School. I grew up in Colorado, and the events that took place there still really sadden me. Anyway, the book is really decent, and Coupland's still got it, but I'm having a little problem with one thing--the plot surrounds a high school massacre which occurred in Canada. I thought Michael Moore had proven that Canadians don't kill people. So who's right? Mr. Gen X or Mr. Bowling for Columbine? I keep going back to the idea that black and white viewpoints usually come up short. Coupland has beautifully tapped into the problematic nature of extreme thinking in its manifold forms, and grasps the struggle of the human conscience in being decisive and self protective while remaining open to life’s possibilities. Maybe that’s his point- that things are often not how we choose to define them, but rather things exist, quite simply, as they are. And that sketching out the tragedy of senseless loss of life is tantamount to finger pointing.
We'll see what happens next.