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May
29
2000
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Daily Condition:

In CD player: Jesus Jones, Doubt

my condition: getting over *cough* a cold.



May
29
2000
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Derek Recommends:

book: Good Omens, Neil Gaiman



May
26
2000
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Derek Recommends:

book: The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester.

Scifi & cyberpunk, but from a non-computerized point of view. Refreshing in this day and age of all scifi books revolving around AI and/or evil computers.



May
26
2000
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First, a very young, well-dressed boy ran out from around the side of one of the mansions on 8th Street. He was carrying a well-endowed Super Soaker; not one of the older ones with the lozenge-shaped water-tank on the top. This gun is one of the brand-new, futuristically styled SuperSoakers, it's bright colors not dulled by sun and dirt yet.

Right behind this boy came 2 other boys, a little older, equally armed, also in the similar Gap-Kids style of dress. All 3 stopped for a second, looked around, and headed to the south, running across impeccably manicured lawns, in front of equally beautiful century-old houses.

The younger boys were out of sight before the next crowd appeared from behind a mansion. These boys were older, with the largest squirt guns I've seen. They did not run; they stepped from out of the shadows, looked both ways, and turned to the south, in pursuit of their khaki-clad friends.



May
26
2000
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Daily Condition:

in CD player: soundtrack, Run Lola Run

my condition: out of sorts; stayed out too late last night, took a nap from 5 to 6:30, haven't eaten yet, and so my evening is all messed now.



May
26
2000
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Derek Recommends:

drink: Crown & Coke



May
26
2000
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Destiny needs Pez.



May
21
2000
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A couple days ago, I bought a laser pointer on sale. It came with a number of different projection filters; a sun, a star, etc.

For fun, as I was putting Destiny to bed, and the lights were off, I set it for the spaceship filter, and shone it on the wall -- "Look! Aliens on your bed! Aaaaaaah!"

Destiny looked at me blankly.

We had just finished watching the X Files, and tonight's topic was alien abduction. Destiny was not amused by the idea of aliens in bed.



May
21
2000
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I have an ongoing List of things I'd like to do, "when I get the time". There are things like finish hooking up the voicemail modem, or cleaning my bedroom, or figuring out where the RF leak is in my car.

On days like today, nice days with nothing planned, nothing urgent, I think to myself "I should go and....", debating finishing a project, cross something off the List.

However, it's rare that I end up with time to do nothing, so the List stays long, and I get a chance to lie on the couch and read a magazine.



May
21
2000
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Derek Recommends:

magazine: Q Magazine

good music, intelligent writing, and since it's a European magazine, more nudity than us Americans are accustomed to.



May
21
2000
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Daily Condition:

In CD player: Portishead, dummy

My condition: lazy; not tired, just lazy. However, having a 3-year old means little time to lie on the couch quietly without interruption.



May
19
2000
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Derek Recommends:

film: Run Lola Run



May
18
2000
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Daily Condition:

in CD player: tool, undertow

my condition: disappointed that I buy books faster than I can read them.



May
15
2000
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5/15/00 copier king

Things to Come is a movie from the 1930s, based on a work by HG Wells. It predicted society's downfall due to war, and the rebuilding of the world under the rule of scientists, engineers, and other seekers of truth. At a time when Europe was devastated by war, and unrest was still approaching rapidly, Wells looked ahead at what could happen if selfish gain was pursued instead of knowledge or the benefit of all mankind. The movie makes many points which are still valid today, but thankfully we are approaching the results in the movie without resorting to annhilation before building a technocracy.

I know I'm probably using the term "technocracy" wrong in the rest of the document. I use it to mean a society where technology is the means for existence, as opposed to capitalism where supply-vs-demand is the means for existence. Continue reading…

May
14
2000
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Everybody -- and I mean everybody -- needs to complain to Burger King. At least in my area, they have discontinued the Big King sandwich. That was the main reason I ate there so often, and not I have far fewer reasons. Looks like Arby's or Hardee's get my money instead, which sucks because I really like Burger King's fries.



May
14
2000
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Daily Condition:

In 8-track player: Buick Presents....The Sound Around You, a demo tape for new Buicks with factory-installed 8-track decks. Incidentally, the 8-track player I'm using is run through my PC, so I can record 8-tracks right to MP3. My brother loved the theme from Shaft

my condition: very annoyed that my local internet POP was down all weekend long.



May
8
2000
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I'd like to have a job in the New Media.

Well, not exactly a job; I want to make my own mark in the internet, while it's still relatively young. It doesn't have to be employment, exactly -- just look at Kevin Mitnick, although I'm not exactly trying to follow in his exact footsteps.

The WalMart receipt site is a start, but I'm sure I can do better. "What to do next?" is the question which needs to be answered.

Ther must be something I can put my knowledge in to, use my experiences to round it out, and apply my talents to present it to the online world.

But, then again, that's me and 20 million other humans, all with the same goal.

I've got time, though. As long as I stay on top of things, something will present itself someday.



May
8
2000
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Daily Condition:

music playing: various & sundry, possibly illegal, MP3s sent to me by my brother -- Banditos by the Refreshments right now.

my condition: tired, full, not wanting to go to work tomorrow. I want to just lie around the house all day.



May
7
2000
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Daily Condition:

in CD player: Dead Can Dance, Into the labyrinth

my condition: writer's block



May
5
2000
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Daily Condition:

in my CD player:: leftfield, rhythm and stealth

my condition: antsy, dissatisfied, cranky, uncomfortable. I want to be doing something besides hanging around my apartment, but I'm not sure what it is or how to do it.



May
4
2000
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Clothes drape over the edges of drawers as I dig, trying to find something worth wearing.

In the past, I was a bit more punk-rock, but these days that style is neither in-style, nor does it fit my lifestyle.

I toss a few shirts over my shoulder, on to the Pile to Donate to Charity. The garments spilling on to the floor accumulate into the Pile I Can't Part With, Whether it's Wearable or Not. To my left, the bare space on the carpet will become the Pile to Wear In The Near Future. Unfortunately, the only additions I have to that pile are a few solid black t-shirts, and one I just got for free from IBM.

I'd like to go shopping, but, god clothes are ugly these days.

However, I remind myself that next time I take Destiny to the park, I do not want to be assumed as either her big brother, or a stalker looking for prey.

I keep digging.



May
4
2000
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Daily Condition:

on record player: Herb Alpert & TJB, Whipped Cream and Other Delights

my condition: happy to get an e-mail full of positive comments on my webpages.



May
2
2000
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Daily Condition:

on the radio: classical music from MPR, which I listen to all day at work, every day.

my condition: pleased that I got a lot of work done this morning; displeased because half of that work was behind schedule.



May
2
2000
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"I'm showing you have a $6.95 late fee from...wow..."

I stand there, holding out a $20 bill.

"You returned _A Portrait of a Lady_ 4 days late, way back in...wow.....that was.......it was a long while ago..."

I continue to stand there, offering the money, until she recovers from the shock.



May
1
2000
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Daily Condition:

on record player: Dave Brubeck quartet, Time Out

my condition: excited to go home -- I haven't gotten any mail since Thursday, which means I'm guaranteed some mail today! I like getting mail.



May
1
2000
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When I started working here, along with my desk I inherited a small plastic rock-like thing inscribed with the company logo, and the phrase "NEVER NEVER QUIT".

I think it was intended as a inspirational, motivational item, meant to keep employees in a bourgeoisie-initiated state of contentment with work.

I, however, look at it as a paperweight of doom. I am stuck here, in this cubicle, destined to NEVER NEVER QUIT.





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