messages to cosmokane:
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from area4 :
i decided to write again... had to change my "name"... would like to have access to your diary... i enjoyed reading, responding and receiving back in the day...
from cinnamontree :
Let me know when you do re-establish your online presence. And I promise not to ask you anything about your personal life.
from cinnamontree :
Did you lock your diary as a way of closing it? I still want to be able to read your old entries. Anyway, I hope you're doing well. I feel sad that I don't know what you're up to anymore.
from italianbeef :
i love "battle of the hands"! that's awesome man. not too late. i'll ask the rest of the crew. how are you doing? welcome back. do you have the same phone number?
from cinnamontree :
Well, I guess that's it. If you decide to keep another online journal, then please let me know where it is. And good luck!
from solarlab :
welcome home and bravo on a fantastic journey. it feels like you JUST left. awesome awesome awesome.
from italianbeef :
welcome home cos!
from silveringrid :
i would love to talk to you about morocco - i always forget to check my hotmail accounts - i'll go do that though - also, you can email me at [email protected] i'm terribly excited you get to go there - i'm still in love with that country.
from italianbeef :
i totally relate to your feelings on languages. and i hate the fact that this list only ever grows (at least for me...). it seems like the only way to really learn a new language at this point is to live in the native country for an extended period of time. the US is definitely not the place to learn any language properly. i'm glad that you're getting along with europe. each new entry you post is a joy for me. enjoy yourself and be well!
from cinnamontree :
Happy birthday!
from solarlab :
holy shit, cosmo. it's happening. i'm so excited for you. have an amazing adventure. xxx. bon viaggio!
from cinnamontree :
Have fun in Rome! And everywhere else you go. Hope to hear about at least some of your travels...
from cinnamontree :
Korean food is my favorite, man. But then, the things you don't like about Chinese food are the things I love about Korean food.
from johnnieutah :
don't drink the kool-aid cosmo. take a chill pill and listen to a little air america. kerry might lose but it's going to be a squeaker either way.
from habbit :
congrats on the gig. i think his name is pronouced 'seen-kay-vitch', a comic book artist from the 80s had the same last name. good luck with the set.
from habbit :
TECHNO! I hear you, it rules my life (un)fortunately. What is music academy about? Have you heard this guy Jacek Sienciewickz?
from cinnamontree :
I like the songs!
from cinnamontree :
Why is a 45 year marriage a tragedy or a lapse of judgment? Maybe it's just two people who enjoy each other's company. Would a friendship of 45 years be a lapse of judgment? Is there something inherently awful about sexual fidelity? Anyway, not to be too combative (combatative?), but someone's got to stand up for love and romance and all of that...
from italianbeef :
i don't know if you can call it art, but ... http://www.spamradio.com unfortunately, i know more than one male who has saved every spam email he ever received without a thought given to using it for some creative, artistic purpose. they use it to design and test spam filters...
from gigabit :
HA HA HA HA task is entering the social consciousness as a verb and YOU BETTER LIKE IT! also my brother is a manager at a financial company so he definitely said "you're tasked with cooking" and I totally made fun of him.
from anisettekiss :
WOW!! Thank you for your note! Seriously. It feels so nice when us Diarylanders get together and chat...you know?
from italianbeef :
nice lyrics on the punk tune. i'm a fan of interpolation. can i drop a bassline when you record it?
from johnnieutah :
great way to spend a fullmoon weekend! i miss la la land.
from cultofme :
congrats on red bull! on of 7 in the us, i am impressed. any way i can get some of your cds before you blow up? and i totally feel you on mobb deep. i have been looking for that 12" for a while now.
from johnnieutah :
come on cosmo! republicans are people too. plus, haven't you ever heard the old chestnut "keep your friends close, your enemies closer"?
from cinnamontree :
Congratulations!
from ironfist :
Congrats, Cosmo! I don't even like *driving* 26 miles.
from italianbeef :
congrats cos! you're an inspiration (i need to get some exercise...:) now you get to rest
from jhxd :
congrats, dude. you're amazing.
from italianbeef :
Dude, Rick is sick. That's a pretty funny story, though. My office mate just gave me the evil eye after I burst out in spontaneous laughter. Good luck with the marathon! I know you'll kick ass, and can't wait to hear how it goes. Let's make some music when I visit the bay in a few weeks!
from shellstu :
Jeff's wedding. Brent emailed me about it. Yes, I did go see the Rodman/VanDamme moooovie with you. You hooked me up with all kinds of free passes that spring.
from shellstu :
Did you go with us to the free preview of Anaconda back in the day? Everytime I see that movie I think of you guys. By the way, are you coming to the wedding in So.Flo? I don't want to step on any wedding toes, but I'd love to see you.
from solarlab :
i have a very specific taker and giver for that matter. but he lives in another state. maybe one day he and i can actually carry it out. but for now...only in words.
from ironfist :
I like Pico too, but the thing is he's so jaded and bored that it's starting to bother me. It's almost like he burned out before he started travelling. Yet he still describes it all so well. . .
from habbit :
why so angry cosmo? you usually seem pretty upbeat. is it too much metal? i feel ya on the programming, as well as on the lack of compassion. nyc has been exceptional at teaching me how to limit my compassion. while it is frequently painful, it also seems to be necessary. speaking of metal, have you heard khanate?
from italianbeef :
that's cool. i didn't realize that there was a "time-honored hip-hop" way :) so "band-pass" is DSP speak for a filter that let's a band of frequencies pass through. picture the filter as a box in the flow of your setup. there's some input which is fed into the filter box, and the output goes to whatever's next in the chain (e.g., your guitar plugged into a filter pedal which then goes to your amp). "low pass" filters let the low frequencies "pass through" (so high frequencies get cut). "high pass" does just the opposite, cutting the low freqs. "band pass" allows some band to go through. usually you can play with the center and width of the band of frequencies which is allowed to pass. band pass filters usually make things sound like they're being played over the telephone but it works really well in your tracks!
from italianbeef :
your mashups rock! nice work dude. how hard was it picking out samples and isloating the vocals? i'm super impressed!
from cultofme :
sigh, as i did one think in tab as well. you know that little solo was ok.
from cinnamontree :
What are trackbacks and google caches? I followed your link, but remained unenlightened.
from angichau :
i think out of all my friends, i'm the absolute least political person i know. the fact that even _i_ am pissed off by the state of things means that something is seriously wrong. who ARE these people who are happy with bush, who say no to gay marriages, who laugh at william hung, and who deserve a serious kick in the face??
from italianbeef :
ha! thanks for the suggestions. i think i might go with "prince fm" instead of "will smith fm". i liked the 70's hair band castrati one too, but i think someone else might already have that shift on thursday nights...
from solarlab :
my childhood pet was named fluffy. i was talking about her but 3 hours ago- for the first time in ages. fluffy synergy. spooky.
from italianbeef :
i don't know how representative of the general american population, but i can tell you that before your post a few days ago about going to the bball game, i had never heard of william hung. i wouldn't worry too much about his time... i definitely don't agree with the asian male = feminized male = metrosexual. first off, how idiotic (besides self-contradicting) is "feminized male". and i thought "metrosexual" was just supposed to be modern-day rhetoric for a non-grunting, well dressed renaissance man? does sexual preference even play into it?
from cinnamontree :
I think it's bizarre and illogical to call killing a fetus the same thing as murder. I think it should be enough to call it assault on the woman, without bringing in this whole other area of open-endedness. Especially if there's no exception for fetuses that aren't viable.
from soperstar :
I've been toying with the idea of a half-marathon...I'm only up to about 8.5 miles on very rare long days though, & I'm pretty sure I'd never make it on a trail that was anywhere near as mountainous as you describe. congrats, anyway...
from italianbeef :
hey cos, how can i get a hold of the new mix? is it online anywhere? if not, can i get a copy when i'm out later this month? have fun with the half-marathon!
from ironfist :
So I went with the Henckels Twin Signature line. . . they make awesome knives, and if you only want one knife, go with a Henckels 4-star chef's knife. The Twin Signature are made in Germany from very good-quality ice-hardened steel, but they're stamped instead of forged so you won't get the same edge retention that you would on a 4-star or Pro S series knife from them. On the other hand, it's $58 now for a starter knife block versus $75 for one knife. When you actually buy one go to a store a try a few in your hand; make sure the balance is good -- it makes a big difference. I have big hands so I like the ergonomic handles on the 5-star and Twin Sig lines. Also, be warned that the harder the metal, the harder it is to sharpen and re-set the edge at home. But as long as you handwash your knives, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Man, I'm a nerd. Sorry.
from frankohara :
hello! your punk mix is in the mail! (sorry it's taken so long. . .)
from frankohara :
hi. drop me your address at [email protected] and I will be glad to mail ye olde punk mix your way. oi!!!
from johnnieutah :
glad i could help! i'm an expert on cheap ways to eat well.
from angichau :
*shakes fist also* i miss being one of you!! and now, when i say 'the city', it can be read to mean palo alto...*single tear*. but i _was_ thinking of SF and i shall def let u guys know. u will hear my call to play from a mile away (i'm a poet and i know it).
from johnnieutah :
i'd just skip the sausage, since the sausage substitutes don't stew well. they tend to turn to glue. you could add some braised tofu chunks for the extra protein, but i'd just skip it. maybe add a touch more oil than you normally would, and a little more cayenne pepper. this will compensate for the pork fat and sausage spices. it's a southside soup because it feeds four and only cost me about 10 bucks (the sausage from the italian deli cost five dollars).
from cinnamontree :
Interesting article. It hits kind of close to home, since I'm in one of those WM/AF relationships right now. I guess I always feel a little bit guilty for contributing to the skew. I do think there are a lot of those "rice kings" out there. I even dated one once... But I guess I agree with the author that that doesn't explain everything, since I think most girls try to steer clear of that action. Anyway, who do Asian guys date then, if all the Asian women are off with white guys?
from angichau :
a copy of lullaby for sure has been burnt and is sitting on my desk, awaiting delivery... :)
from italianbeef :
i think you hit it right on the head. not even "torment anyone?" just plain old f'n "torment?"
from gigabit :
"just isn't cutting it" eh? hehehehehe
from solarlab :
thanks. and i'm not even going to tell you the content of my dream last night. pretty deranged and certainly shameful. and of course, nice knife pun. xxoo.
from habibi :
well, "moving to NYC" is on my list of things I'd like to do in the future. there are no concrete plans as yet, but I'm fairly certain it'll cost me a pretty dime to get there. so the moving fund starts now! that is, unless I blow all my money on a trip to Japan. we'll see...
from frankohara :
green chard is "basic stuff," really?
from solarlab :
carrots in your omelet(like me) and yoga. you are a bodhisatva now. i love it.
from akagrl :
you are an amazing person.
from akagrl :
you are an amazing person.
from johnnieutah :
you are your own accomplice. to your heart from mine: double-plus empathy.
from cinnamontree :
I just wanted to let you know that I'm happy for you, that you can let your scars heal. And thank you for sharing them with us. --love from June
from solarlab :
yes. always namaste:the divine in me sees the divine in you. always.
from angichau :
yay yoga! i'm proud you went and i agree that it feels nice to sweat out all the bad stuff. :) namaste! (i don't think namaste goes with '!' it doesn't feel too yogic)
from angichau :
i'm sorry, cosmokane. :( i hope you won't feel blue for too long. lemme know if there's anything i can do/ice cream i can buy/etc.
from italianbeef :
heh, realizing now.... i'm way too dense man :) needs to get me a massage or beer or something. where is it? ;)
from italianbeef :
the entry "i put the non in nonprofit" just ends with "ironically, the methods the governor proposes are ". in the html there's a link that starts there and i think you need a quote mark between href= and http:
from italianbeef :
"looks like somebody has a case of the mondays...." hope the day has gotten better bud. fyi - i think there's an html bug near the end of your last entry.
from angichau :
i feel out of touch...who's l?
from cinnamontree :
I already came down to California. It's time for people to start coming to Oregon. After the snow melts.
from cinnamontree :
Oh, so if 25 is the year our bodies start dying... then how old are YOU? If I knew an onomotopeia for an outraged snort, that would be what I'd write right now. *outraged snort noise*
from angichau :
oooo MACE! i like it!! it'll be funny when i get arrested - "why did you mace him?" "because i didn't want him to know i didn't recognize him. that would be so awkward!"
from johnnieutah :
there already is a nursing home for ex-ravers. it's called silicon valley.
from cinnamontree :
Twenty-five. I hear this is the magical car insurance year. Oh, I hope it is.
from jhxd :
yes, the vertical bar shifts left and right. best way to ensure consistency along the x axis is to use the invisible spacer images; they serve as toothpicks to make sure that the table widths work properly. the table cell widths aren't reliable, and turn quite pliable depending on the length of text therein. i just noticed also that you're using a table width of 600, cell widths of 110 + 480 = 590, and a cell padding of 50. the cell padding ends up as a margin around each of the cells, so what you're really getting is 50 + 110 + 50 + 50 + 480 + 50 = 790 pixels totally width constrained by a table that should only be 600 pixels. this could be another explanation for why the cross is coming up inconsistent.
from boxingnun :
yeah it seems that the vertical line shifts place, the horizontal stays the same....but honestly, it's not a big deal....
from johnnieutah :
i loved that book. you can weave! just take a more objective perspective...
from johnnieutah :
your dispatches from minot are a riot. my mom just sent me a clipping from the sequim local paper profiling a father-and-son team of possum trappers.
from elsquid :
I'm giving my brother "dude where's my country." Or I bought it half for me and half for him and I read it being very careful not to mess up the spine so it looks very barely used. But he's 19, so it's a bit different. But my friend Shauna's dad gave her Zinn when she was in 7th grade and she really liked it and she turned out pretty good. Better to aim high than low. (Speaking as someone who got laughably insulting books for Christmas throughout the growing up years.)
from cinnamontree :
Give her a good science book. Science is good for critical thinking.
from triet :
there is no cool "gavin" -- only good gavin and his evil twin brother, newsom. i'd recommend A Young Woman After God's Own Heart: A Teen's Guide to Friends, Faith, Family, and the Future by Elizabeth George for your sister. or maybe Atlas Shrugged -- by Ayn Rand. j/k
from habibi :
it's civil. and no offense, but lawyers are not as smart as i thought they were. i'll tell you all about it when i'm done. it'll be another week or so until then though. meh.
from fireflyinfog :
Your last two entries were great!! The blog was quite a crack up. And Gonzales did have better music choice, I'd have to agree! Too bad he didn't win.~Nikki
from jcruelty :
haha i totally forgot about the "cool" gavin
from johnnieutah :
your post today was the best political commentary i've read in months. while i like freddie freeloader as much as the next jazz guitarist, a joy division bootleg pretty much kicks everyone's ass. and though i am a staunch howard dean supporter, i'm afraid of his top 5 collection. gonzales for president! he'd definitely give ralph nader a boot in the ass.
from triet :
cool article. but newsome gets no props -- just like a politician to pick the 5 most run of the mill (SAFE) CDs. wouldn't want to OFFEND anyone. santana is washed up -- just like all the baby boomers who sold our generation out!
from cinnamontree :
How old are these mayoral candidates? I secretly hope that they are both in their sixties. At least in their upper-fifties. With stately paunches.
from jcruelty :
let's be honest, the main reason to vote against gavin newsom is his name. how can you vote for a guy named "GAVIN"?!
from fireflyinfog :
We all have our secret indulgences that lead us into temptation and do not deliver us from evil. The "hot now" sign is quite heavenly I'd have to agree. Damn I'm being very religious. Way out of character. Oh well. Night.~Nikki
from habibi :
what is animal style grilled cheese?
from cinnamontree :
I just heard a minimal effort song on KTRU. But I don't know which one it was. I hate those six-song long playlists. I can't keep track of songs in my head that long.
from johnnieutah :
man, if you *do* find those sweatshop-free jeans, please let us know! i've been searching forever.
from fireflyinfog :
Red House Painters is awesome~Nikki
from habibi :
very good alpha list. my "m" would probably have been "monkey".
from fireflyinfog :
Man, your entries are bomb ass. haha...anyway, yeah rush hour traffic out of SF is horrible. I remember going home a couple of weeks ago and it taking me an hour to get from SFSU to the end of the Bay Bridge. It sucked...and it doesn't help that I have severe road rage so the whole time I was in a terrible mood.
from italianbeef :
glad you enjoyed shuggie! that's a pretty sweet album. have you checked out the live jb yet? i gave you that one, right? right now klute and ltj bukem are both in my cd changer. the "mike pak (tm)" is a bottomless pot of aural goodies. thanks again dude! been playing that gtar much lately?
from angichau :
garbage: actually i like their first album too. and! i liked them when they opened for smashing pumpkins in houston my sophomore year. so wee! game: it's basically pente (connect-5 plus a bit of othello) but in 3D!!! of course, pente is just fine without being 3D but shhhh
from fireflyinfog :
Did your last entry have Garbage lyrics in it? I love the rain too...the sun is irritating the shit out of me. haha. night night~Nikki
from angichau :
'only happy when it rains'...is that the garbage song?
from fireflyinfog :
Hey--I just randomly read one of your really old entries...good things DO come to those who wait...I definitely believe in that...alright well have a great day...or night~Nikki
from italianbeef :
yay cosmo! it's good to hear that you're going to make some new mixes. can't wait to hear them. massively laid ... always deserved?
from cinnamontree :
What exactly is getting massively laid? It sounds kind of painful.
from cultofme :
doesn't your work break your heart? if so... is it worth it?
from johnnieutah :
Distraught in Dana Point Constipated in Capistrano Left Wanting in Los Angeles Ennui in Encino Suffering in Studio City honestly, i could go on forever with these. AIM me if you need more.
from habibi :
so maybe houston isn't san francisco, but i think it still has its charms. excluding everything being closed on mondays. and the limited number of duck ponds. why don't ducks live in the bayous? moo.
from fireflyinfog :
Your various circles of hell was great...I was nodding my head as i read down the list. The last one was the best!~Nikki
from cinnamontree :
While you're in Houston, eat lots of cheap Vietnamese and Indian food. Stop by the Menil. Get overpriced gelato at Dolce and Freddo. Eat at Taqueria la Tapatia at four o'clock in the morning. Go to Randall's and eat ice cream in the parking lot. I miss Houston so much. Say hello to it for me. Say hello to all the cheap and wonderful restaurants. Don't forget Mai's, and of course-- House of Pies... I'm sad. I want to go to Houston too. Oh yeah, tell Jessica to take you to the Tasty People restaurant. It's a vegan Chinese buffet. Sigh...I'm jealous.
from perena :
alright that would work what website?
from beatlesgyrl :
I fear perhaps your CD-burning scheme is more organized than mine. I tried to think of a "wants" list, but all I can think is "I want everything." This has generally been a problem since childhood. But, really, I'm intrigued. Tell me more. In my club, I send an e-mail with the "subject" of our burn (like Songs Starting With the Letter "S") and let everyone roam free like wild boars.
from akagrl :
i'm so sorry i missed your birthday...happy belated./i just watched a slide show of your LA trip....beautiful: the pix and the places/thank you for your constant support/be well/akagrl
from perena :
hey im not alowed 2 give out my adress on the internet can u e-mail me a song? [email protected]
from perena :
Hey i saw the message u left 4 smartypunk and u can send ME a copy of ur cd what genre is it?
from smartypunk :
Thanks for posting the link to your L.A. trip pictures. The orchid photos are beautiful!(And Fugazi IS very panther-like in the photos!) I hope it was a great weekend.
from angichau :
haha according to buffy quiz, i am tara! (the witch who was willow's girlfriend)
from solarlab :
it's such a blurry video but it was out-of-control-fun. robert barely spoke any english and i spoke italian but he barely interacted with us. i was on medication but EVERYONE else in the video was on special k. i was like having a dream where you got to dance to whole time. my life. ha!. and i speak enough mandarin, well i barely speak out loud but i talk to merchants and cab drivers. and when i'm with my frineds, i always understand most of what's going on. i'm going to hire a tutor a few nights a week.
from cinnamontree :
Xander's the only one without superpowers, but he still manages to save the world every once in a while. Anyway, I took the test and I was Buffy's mom. Bleh.
from angichau :
my honest answer will have to be that xander is supposed to be the dorky-guy-friend-with-no-special-powers-but-still-lovable character in the group. but he's really funny and went out with this hot ex-demon for a while. also, he didn't go to college and worked as a construction worker.
from robin-smith :
Being Xander is DEFINITELY a good thing. Raar. (As long as you're the svelte season 1-2 Xander, and not the later-season, disturbingly puffy, demon-boinking, fat-Elvis Xander.)
from angichau :
*wiping away tear* i'm so proud that you took the buffy test. i'm going to do that now....well, ok maybe after class. but for SURE.
from angichau :
SO weird...i just read your entry and when i was reading it, i was listening to kind of blue. SO weird.
from angichau :
i knew someone who had an even more unfortunate last name. so unfortunate that he officially changed it. but i won't post it here where everyone can see. when u see this note, email me and i'll tell u. mwaha.
from red-cous :
because of the capabilities to think and feel, man doubt. and we believe in what we choose to believe: clairvoyance, fortune-telling, religious practices... whatever it is, it's a channel in the hope for answers, isn't it? in our own ways, we'll all be healed.
from johnnieutah :
you are right, there's no description that could have done that justice. thanks for the second funniest mp3 i've heard in 24 hours.
from johnnieutah :
may air kisses and distorted guitar solos wash over you and unclench everything that's clenched. may constellations sparkle along your spine.
from habibi :
a sleepwalkers convention would be frightening indeed. did you know people can hold conversations while they're sleepwalking? either it's true or people like to yell at me when they're supposedly asleep so it provides a convenient excuse when they're really awake. "it doesn't count as me yelling at you because i was asleep." a likely story...
from johnnieutah :
my condolences, californians. i keep thinking it can't get much worse, and then somehow it does.
from cinnamontree :
That sounds like an interesting band. I really like the whole post-O-Brother-Where-Art-Thou revival of country music and bluegrass. I spent the weekend listening to the greatest hits of Hank William.
from angichau :
thanks so much for the magnets!!! i WUV them!! :)
from soperstar :
well that was a lovely note! I'm up for tea or scrabble anytime.
from elsquid :
Being a bad speller is a perfectly legitimate reason for lack of interest.
from soperstar :
I would wager most composers don't perform their own works bc a) they can't play the instrument b) they can't play, say, seventy instruments at the same time (eg orchestra) (I've tried to curb my frustration many a time when family members suggest I "play that new harp and cello piece you wrote for grandma on the living room piano"...???) also it's a whole new experience of the music to hear it performed outside of your mind, as it were, and after all, realtime performance is thouroughly a part of composition in a way that realtime reading aloud is not such an integral part of novel writing, no? COME TO MY PARTY I made sangria!!!
from jcruelty :
that must have been a good feeling!
from frankohara :
Gee Cosmo, I'd love to go west. it does sound like it's one rollocking good time. the sun, the sand, the surf, the DIY rock bands. . .sigh.
from italianbeef :
yeah, the orchestral metal never agreed with me either. i'm sure it was fun for the orchesters, just because that's not the typical gig. possibly even fun hatfield et al. so, whose idea do you think it was? metallica's or their producer/publicist/label's? hope things are going well out there. i miss making music...
from red-cous :
thanks for your notes
from jhxd :
congrats man. you done good.
from angichau :
you're not boring! although...i can sort of understand the feeling. i feel the same way many many times, especially since our group of friends are so quick-witted ALL THE TIME. damn them!
from angichau :
haha the comic thing is AWESOME! i made one too! http://www.monkeydyne.com/rmcs/opencomic.phtml?rowid=40089
from robin-smith :
The office retreat! My nemesis! Word of advice: Joy Division and soul-sucking corporate tomfoolery do not a happy camper make, unless you're in the market for a Paxil prescription.
from robin-smith :
That's funny, we read "Life of Pi" not too long ago. I liked it a lot, although it gets pretty brutal in spots. The conversation about "Animal Farm" was pretty predictable. Which is why most people read and discuss it in HIGH SCHOOL. Pleh.
from italianbeef :
hmm....ignorance is bliss...but ignorance is no excuse. i'd have to say i'd rather be born blind than loose my sight. i hate loosing things. at the same time, when i get something new, i just want more.... tough call.
from elsquid :
Yeah, after the week of the road trip I can totally relate to not wanting that coming-down feeling. Still worth it though. ;)
from robin-smith :
That is a shame. My book club SUX lately. ("Animal Farm"? Come ON!)
from habibi :
4. Which is silly. (silly!) I mean, what should I call the thing I carry? A womanpurse?
from habibi :
3. If I ask David to put something of mine in his purse, he gives me a nasty look and growls: "MANpurse!"
from habibi :
2. It's okay to refer to your bag as a "purse."
from habibi :
1. I'm sorry your purse was stolen.
from boxingnun :
i almost want to ask why you even have a manpurse if you carry your keys wallet and cellphone on your person...but i won't....instead i will just congratulate you on minimal effort's excellent release...it's good. congratulations....
from johnnieutah :
good things which come in fives: fingers, toes, minidiscs, glasses of wine in a typical wine flight, flower petals...
from frankohara :
Thanks Cosmo. But semiology is such a great word, how it sounds, the feel of the "io" combination in the mouth. And I love The Minimal Effort, which I received yesterday.
from cinnamontree :
Hey, I forgot to ask you or Laura while I was down in California, but can I snag a copy of the minimal effort CD?
from beatlesgyrl :
OK, you asked for it. Here's your interview... Don't forget to post the rules, now. THE RULES 1. Leave a comment in my guestbook, saying you want to be interviewed. 2. I will respond; I'll ask you five questions. 3. You'll update your Web site with my five questions, and your five answers. 4. You'll include this explanation. 5. You'll ask five other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. NOW FOR THE QUESTIONS: 1. What phrase do you say so often it could be your trademark? 2. What was the last thing you stole, you kleptomaniac? 3. How high is too high? 4. Quote one of your favorite song’s lyrics. Why do you adore these words so? 5. Are you a slave to safety rules? If not, don’t you know that running with scissors is directly linked to losing an eye?
from akagrl :
i need to wirte again, and so i've come back to the Land.... i just read my book and was so sad to see that i had missed an oportunity to meet up with you. i'm disapointed. if you ever head back to the east coast, please let me know....
from smartypunk :
I would L-O-V-E a copy of your band's CD!!!
from robin-smith :
Sure. I have very eclectic taste in music (and unlike most people who use the word "eclectic", I actually mean it). Boards of Canada is good stuff.
from smartypunk :
I know it's not that I'm married that's making me feel bad about myself. Rather, it's single friends making comments about me being married and (therefore boring and) how I "don't count" now that I'm not single anymore that's contributing to my (already) poor self image these days. But, screw them! On a totally separate note, I'm really glad to know you're working on the band thing. Very cool. Very admirable. You go, Cosmo! - Gina
from habibi :
also, is the fabric modal? i am in love with modal. so very soft.
from habibi :
as for the boxers, they can't very well be singular when one unit is a "pair," right? and what is it a pair of, anyway? a pair of leg holes? i never understood that. humph.
from mutabaruka :
i know! i saw that this morning and just had to giggle. i mean it's scary and it has consequences, but you have to admit, as theatre it's really entertaining
from angichau :
YAY for the return of the fist-sized peaches!!!
from mutabaruka :
instead of acting as spoilers, the greens should coopt the democrats by forcing it to move leftwards. think of howard dean as the nader of the possible (meaning, of those who stand a chance, he's the most promising)
from triet :
a few comments. 28 days later was great. it's ok to hate indie rock. and i hope you feel better soon. you're always welcomed to come down to LA and visit when you need time away from foggy SF.
from anticrew :
#01--I totally SEEN 28 Days Later, too and oh man, was I feckin' scared. Um. Scared in the "cool" way. Yeah. That's it! #02--I totally HEARD The Donnas, album, too! I like this album but I think I like "Skintight" better. The lyrics are more clever and junk. But those girls have really, um, developed as musicians. And I'm totally NOT talking about their rack size. Have a nice day. Rhonda
from robin-smith :
Thanks for the tips. One batch of boiling oil, coming right up! And BTW, word up on '28 Days Later'. That movie was brilliant on so many levels. ...And, no worries about the template! I've got tons on my plate right now anyways. Give me a shout whenever you're ready.
from silveringrid :
thanks so much for your note - i would love to talk about morocco with you - it was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and i dream of it constantly. my email is [email protected], if you want to email me. once i scan a few pictures onto my computer, i could send you pictures too!
from jcruelty :
i thought you guys were gonna call yourselves the Minimal Effort Band. i really like that name, no joke.
from red-cous :
in one of the projects, we had the chance to create a character bible for a guy named michael. no questionaires but we spent a great deal of time discussing, and analyzing. we were creating a life out of our fantasies, somebody other than ourselves. we go thru his thought process, we argue why he did the things he did, and imagine how he live his life. we enter his psychic, and paint numerous pictures of him walking, driving, smoking, drinking, working and thinking. we were so into his character, and it's freaky cos at the end of the day, we speak of him as if he's just a few steps away from us. we were creating somebody.
from cinnamontree :
I know, usually I bowl with a red nine pound house ball at Dart Bowl, but that is in Austin, and they don't look kindly on "borrowing" in Texas. Also, may I remind you that in bowling it is not size that matters.
from smartypunk :
I have the address of a person to whom you can send your mailing address and movie ticket stub for 28 Days and get a FREE copy of the soundtrack and some other promo materials in return. I think they have 28 Days Band-Aids and stuff. Let me know if you want the address and I'll forward it to you. I sent my ticket off in the mail today. I thought the soundtrack was pretty close to excellent - odd for a horror movie! Gina
from johnnieutah :
some have suggested that our obsessive imagining of a war against computers will become a self-fulfilling prophecy (tying in neatly with the 'terminator' and 'matrix' series obsession with predetermination). other think its just human chauvinism, since our brains are the thing which most differentiates us from the rest of the visible world. but i think its the secret fear of a world without god. environmentalism may be the obvious antidote! perhaps others will welcome a world without petty human emotional drama.
from beatlesgyrl :
I'm not sure if I have an answer yet, but perhaps I will create a questionnaire for the characters in my next novel to see if they become more personal to me after 40 pages of Q&A. An experiment, so to speak.
from robin-smith :
Personal experience can be a fantastic basis for fiction, in my opinion. Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage" is one of the most affecting novels I've ever read, and it's highly autobiographical. I think the key is in the expression of that experience -- an author can write about real or imagined experience, but if that experience isn't couched in language that allows for a sort of universal empathy, it'll fall flat.
from elsquid :
I just had one of the best reads in a long while too, called "a language older than words." Killer good. I also want to discuss the leaving the country vs. staying and fighting question in person with you as well.
from habbit :
that's the basics of 'method acting'. figuring out ways to get really into your character etc. robert deniro is notorious for gaining weight, changing his looks etc to get into a character etc.
from elsquid :
You have absolutely nothing to worry about. I am delighted with your wish for the after-life.
from mutabaruka :
i was taken aback when i saw those bus signs that are all ass. they're ridiculous.
from robin-smith :
I think that sometimes the point of speaking out is just to have done so. Even if it feels like holding up an umbrella to stem off a tidal wave, at least you've done SOMETHING. I want to know that even if I haven't made one iota of difference, at least I wasn't part of the problem. I'll feel better, and that's one less miserable person in the world, right?
from earplugs :
funny, i have been wrestling with the same issues and am left with a quiamire in my head. it seems that injustice and indiferance are directly proportionate. as well is my outrage and feelings of hopelessness. i'm also asking if i fight or if i run. i'm not sure how to attack the massive issues. and the only place i know to run is the bottom of a pint or the middle of a mix. i look forward to hearing what others have to say.
from habibi :
I was rooting for April because she seemed so sad--refusing to believe she would/could win. Probably a more realistic mentality for competing, but much too disheartening to not cheer on. Plus, her dog was really funny too. Also, my friendster photo is supposed to be devilish, not cute. See the HORNS??
from habibi :
Hey hey... band practice! Laura told me you were starting up a band. Have you picked a name yet?
from mutabaruka :
haha i love that you are punishing metallica. stick it to em!! also, we have that aerosmith game at work. it's even worse in practice than in theory, if you can believe that.
from boxingnun :
WHAT?! you don't like the le tigre remixes?....that is not possible!...everyone loves those remixes...they are so good....ktru had a copy on vinyl and they are what made me get a record player (even though i eventually bought the remixes on cd instead of vinyl)....those remixes.....DAMN!
from shellstu :
so I had a dream that there was a head in the attic and the heads ghost was trying to tell me to bury the head through my dreams, but I wasn't getting the hint and the head was throwing itself against the attic door to get my attention, but that just scared me. Evenutally, the head was buried and peace was restored. Miss you. Kisses ;)
from elsquid :
does that mean you cast your vote with moving option #1? The question is weighing on me heavily these days. Very fun to think about.
from jcruelty :
yeah i'm into the celeb spotting on friendster too... you know the glitch/laptop artist Twerk? he's on there. i found bam too. scott baio?! get out.
from peth :
you will have to just smack me over the head with the appeal of friendster a bit more, I'm just not getting it yet. I am slow like that. The guy in the tutorial looks like he is wearing a Lei.
from robin-smith :
I wonder how many Friendsters there are between us and Kevin Bacon?
from smartypunk :
Cosmo, The Hammett tour takes you through some urine-soaked backalleys, so I wouldn't say it's totally touristy! It IS fun, though. I never made it to see Le Cercle Rouge - dinner plans took too long that night, got too busy during the week, etc. I'm sad I missed it. I DID see the MC5 movie at the SF International Film Festival and it was incredible. Super great editing of old and newer interviews and awesome old live footage. Hey, a while back you said you had some One Man Army 7"s... As it happens, a friend of mine in Australia is looking for a couple of the early ones. Which do you have? Are you still interested in possibly parting with them? We could do some kind of a trade. You can e-mail me, if you like (see my diary for the address). - Gina
from habibi :
This has nothing to do wtih frittatas or mangoes or typing monkeys, but at Rice, the "bell tower" would chime each hour. Except the bells were merely megaphone-style (4 of them in an Easter lily configuration) loudspeakers that played a recording of chiming bells on the hour. I always felt cheated somehow. So now I associate bells with deception. And who wants to eat deception? And what's the difference between a regulat church bell and a "wedding" bell anyway? And "eating mendacity"... that's funny. It reminds me of the time when Ligatura emailed some Real Wasabi company to congratulate them for the manufactury and sale of wasabi-based wasabi instead of horseradish and mustard based "wasabi"... All of this has nothing to do with anything. I am still riding out my djembe high.
from habibi :
What is a frittata?
from cinnamontree :
I've been eating mango salsa the last couple of days (mine is store-bought). I'm thinking about cooking it with chicken or something. I think it will be fancy. It's really sad, the way I cook. Also, it would be fun to meet up this weekend, but I'm not sure what I'll be doing. Do you have contact info or do you exist only on the internet?
from habibi :
I strongly believe that anything with mango in it must be delicious. No worries.
from robin-smith :
I have confidence that if you chose to use Outlook, you could figure it out in about 0.5 seconds. It's Microsoft! Anyone with opposable thumbs can figure it out! There is no need for training! Argh.
from cinnamontree :
Also, thanks very much for the CDs. I got them a couple of days ago. Very nice.
from cinnamontree :
hello cosmokane-- I'm going down to Berkeley this weekend. Any tips on fun stuff to do?
from robin-smith :
Thanks! In response to your question...uh, not exactly. I have a working knowledge of Photoshop, pirated HTML editor software, and a book called "Web Design for Complete Fucking Morons". Heh. I'm trying to teach myself CSS right now so I can do fancy tricks.
from disfigurine :
hey- i heard (through amar) that you went to BU Law? i'm headed out there this fall...did you like it? i haven't actually talked to anyone who went, but i'm pretty excited about their health law program...i'd be interested in your perspective though.
from angichau :
i wish i could have joined everyone for dinner!! but as they say, it was 'game over' on this ass midterm. booo...i'm giving up tonight and going to bed. hope you didn't "accidentally" eat the sausage-stuffed shells at bepps like sandeep did a while ago.
from elsquid :
thanks so much!! I'm listening to the 2002 mix right now and am very happy. Totally made my day.
from robin-smith :
Government office meetings are nothing BUT unnecessary comments. I generally try to keep my head down so no-one can see me rolling my eyes.
from jhxd :
the other day we were chatting about some place in europe where they use bicycle as the primary mode of transportation. another idea was to dis-allow cars from urban environments, and use only public transit within cities and cars from the city boundaries outward.
from shellstu :
I agree that having nothing again is extremely liberating. You never notice the leash until it's gone.
from boxingnun :
yeah i would only use the board to get around campus with (bc i'm too lazy to walk around) which makes the issue of ridiculosity more pertinent bc the risk of people i know seeing me would be very high
from cinnamontree :
This makes me want to see The Apostle, but I'm pretty sure I already have. Or maybe that was Leap of Faith. Anyway, I don't have a soul, so religious movies tend to be lost on me. Maybe it's because my mom always made us watch biblical movies when we were growing up. I bet I've seen every movie about Moses that has ever been shown on cable television. We used to have to watch science documentaries too, but I still like those. I guess you can't blame your parents for everything. Anyway, I hope you're doing well. I'm almost done with this week, which is a very very good feeling. love, cinnamontree
from cinnamontree :
*People* were into them? *People*? What about you? Did you like them? My backup plan, if the whole Ph.D. thing doesn't work out, is to buy a white robe and join the band.
from johnnieutah :
what would you prefer to fall into, deeply?
from cinnamontree :
That sounds like what I had for breakfast, and there is no increased fitness regime for me. Except for the soy turkey and soy cheese. I remain unconvinced by the imitation soy products.
from angichau :
i have the memento dvd!! and i have actually heard of the easter egg before but have not had the time to sit down and try to test myself. as if i need more tests...
from cinnamontree :
Re: PEOPLE PLEASE LEAVE NOTES FOR CINNAMONTREE. i don't want to be the only creepy person leaving notes! >I'd rather have just one creepy person leaving notes than many creepy people.
from johnnieutah :
ps: you are the only one who ever leaves me notes. thanks for making me feel less alone in the scary virtual world.
from johnnieutah :
dear cosmokane, its easy to lose (even to shy away from) the human touch these days. but i feel certain there is a real, warm, smelly, cranky, loving person behind your spare text and basic channel. the persona-to-persona thing can be a treacherous and tender trap, full of feigned intimacies and exploded fantasies. sometimes it feels better to slip into a persona before divulging the softest secret parts of ourselves. the thirst for love is hardcoded into every one of us. don't scratch away the thing that keeps you human. love, johnnieutah
from cinnamontree :
I just read your latest entry. I'm really not offended at all. I'm sorry that you thought I was.
from cinnamontree :
hey cosmokane, I was just trying to be facetious. But I do enjoy profuse apology notes-- however unnecessary they may be-- so everything works out in the end.
from cinnamontree :
Yeah, I was horribly offended by your entry.
from habibi :
And, to answer your question: to make me use the dictionary, I guess.
from habibi :
Yes. Everyone except vegans. But I said vegetarians. I guess because all my favorite carnivores have recently become vegetarians. But they still eat cookies.
from cinnamontree :
I like signing off with "love." It's nice. It's like the hugs people used to greet you with when you lived in Texas.
from cinnamontree :
hey cosmokane, my last note was almost verbatim from an evolution class I took at Rice. Anyway, I'm glad you liked the octopus pictures. If I get any more, I'll send them your way. Things are going okay here, but I'm pretty sleepy now. love, cinnamontree
from cinnamontree :
I think organized religions are quite sophisticated. The religions which thrive are those that counsel their followers to go forth and people the world. Look at the Mormons. Compare them to the Shakers, who practice celibacy. Perhaps this is not a calculated goal of the religion, but as is the way of the world, only those religions that spread will persist. And so on with cultural institutions like monogamy.
from cinnamontree :
STDs.
from gigabit :
I think it's pretty well known that evolution created all different kinds of reproduction desires... like, since each pregnancy for humans is a big risk, fewer of them are had. And the children need lots of care-taking (whereas some other animals are okay on their own from birth), so it's best if there are two parents to do that. Women want to find a partner who will stick around until well after the pregnancy is over to help take care of the child. I think some birds are like this too, and maybe some male birds even help with the hatching? I'm not sure. So what I'm saying is, by saying we are driven to propagate our genes, our instincts take both reproduction itself and the child's chances for survival into account.
from solarlab :
you are hysterical. enjoy the city of lost angels. just don't move there. and if you have time and desire, find n-poledancer. she is fabulous.
from syrinx :
i think you killed the other dj when you took the stage. and made a pretty kickass display out of him, along to some phat beats.
from johnnieutah :
well, noone knows how the opsound.org project is going to play out, because it only just launched. i think its an opportunity for people to get their stuff out there and get some ears on it. i have read through it and it is a lot of complicated legalese. but the concept is simple. of course you could just steal a bunch of stuff as long as noone found out about it. but you can do that with anything, including copyright material. that's why the p2ps are freaking out the record companies. opsound is a place to share spontaneously, the good and the bad. i think she's hoping it will evolve into a space where people can kind of control our own cultural products. i sometimes don't think my stuff is good enough either, but then i play it for someone and they are blown away. that good feeling i get from sharing is always greater than the initial anxiety about it not being good enough. my dearmond is dope, i bought it second hand in brooklyn and didn't even know what i had until recently. its such a wonderful instrument i could write long eloquent paragraphs about its sweet tone, moody tremolo, glossy finish. no guitarist could ever have enough axes, but the dearmond was my first electric and none has ever eclipsed her in my favor. you never forget your first love.
from johnnieutah :
that was the dreamiest fan note i've ever received! thanks tons. i'm going to forward it to my musical partner in crime. opsound is the opensource record label being launched by abovementioned partner, a more complete description if you're curious is <a href="http://www.opsound.org/opsound/about.html">here</a>. i don't know if you produce original musical material, but if so you are surely welcome to participate in the opsound pool. thanks again for the kind and supportive words. it really really made my day. ps: my mom is salivating over grandmotherhood as well, i can totally relate. she's gone so far as to 'adopt' grandmotherless kids in the her church and does all sorts of gransmotherly activities with them. and calls me and tells me about it in detail. oi. the guilt.
from habibi :
Ha ha. I caught your note to CinTree before it was deleted. Stole a tee, eh? Did you put it in your pocket? I stole a glittery bumper sticker of a unicorn from an auto store when I was six. But I put it up my shirt, against my belly. I felt guilty too, and didn't end up sticking it anywhere. I guess theivery wasn't for me. Such a crying shame.
from habibi :
And what would the Chinese equivalent of "pish posh" be? Hmmm?
from boxingnun :
thanks for the heads up. i've sort of finished the diaryland paper, but i am now writing out a presentation for a different class that will be on war related web activism and i was going to include blogs as a major part of it, with the agonist as one of my case studies....
from johnnieutah :
nowadays i think the only revolution that *can* be enacted is one person at a time. g.w.s. trow talks about the way modern life is polarised into the grid of one and the grid of millions. the grid of one: the variety of personas each of us develop to lead compartmentalised lives. the grid of millions: the way mass media can send information through a global system instantly. in the past, people had several different interlocking grids to live on; church, community, neighborhood, etc. as these grids atrophy we are forced simultaneously into great isolation and great global contact. however, unless you helm a massive corporation in the global media infrastructure, effecting change on the grid of millions is likely impossible. but effecting change on oneself or on one other person is actually much more possible than before. i highly recommend trow's book: _within the context of no context_. it was very influential for me personally. in my opinion, tho, people are getting sick of the polarisation and are beginning to form little communities and pockets of change everywhere. diaryland is an excellent example. so are p2p networks. and even bookclubs! but the internet is a powerful tool for one-to-one communication and for that reason i think its our culture's best hope for chipping at the media monopoly. i think djing is just as important an activity. excellent opportunities for one-to-one communication and change. the tension i see is between the two grids, in the brilliant phrase of benjamin barber 'jihad vs. mcworld'. whatever you are or are not doing about it, i think the most important thing is to keep communicating your experience, which you are obviously doing. right on!
from cinnamontree :
And what was your e-mail again, so I can send you octopus pictures? I hope you get to meet the East Bay girl, even if you weren't really in earnest. I think internet dating is kind of cool. You get a chance to market yourself, yet somehow it's not as sleazy as print ads. Or even bars, really. Anyway, I do love all the notes about octopus sex. Please leave more.
from cinnamontree :
Sometimes it is hard to accept that attractive twenty-somethings have sex. I think attractive people are too unreal to have actual bodily functions.
from johnnieutah :
when i say art became 'pure', i meant that it no longer needed to serve interests other than its own. as a result, painting *has* become insular, incestuous, and self-referential. i personally don't mind that. most of the art in the Art World isn't about reflecting real life, i don't think people are looking for art to fill that role any more. i don't know if it even can do that in the same world with 24hr CNN. materials do have a cost but a lot of contemporary art challenges even those basic foundations by using performance, video, direct action, found objects, etc. art is fundamentally the expression of the artist. and when that expression becomes unfettered from collectors, art markets, critics, de medicis, and even the audience, then the expression can be at its purest. of course, most artists need dealers and audiences and art supplies. hence: the Art World apparatus. to put it another way: choosing to be a painter is a terrible career path. so only those who truly love painting would ever choose to do so. am i still even addressing the issue? and why aren't you painting train wrecks? or at least making videos of your friends? (or are you?)
from smartypunk :
Ah, craigslist is a wonder when it comes to selling excess unneeded items! Thanks for the book recommendation. I'll run it by the group and see if anyone's read it yet. For now, the book club is at a stand still. Everyone's too wrapped up in their lives to be bothered with meeting up. Harrumph.
from solarlab :
of course it would. i am so craving a good night out too. it has been too much survival, not enough celebration.
from johnnieutah :
art *can* get some of this bandwidth, but its fighting an uphill battle. media saturation is a real factor. photography is an important discipline for apprehension, but as you point out, the images that we usually recieve are so mediated as to be nearly artless (see http://www.fotolog.net/johnnieutah). i think motion pictures and even video also have a great potential for art that connects with people, and that talks about important cultural issues, but these forms suffer even more from corporate mediation. but don't get depressed. the current situation is not static or linear. people are getting slowly sick of cultural domination by megacompanies. blogging is a good example! people want to connect with one another more than they want to connect to faceless profit mongers. and in the case of my own discipline, painting; its a good thing that painting was freed from the need to describe the world factually. painting has become more pure and less mediated as a result. people now paint because they love it, not because the medicis pay for their images. of course, there's a lot more sucky painting in the world now, because there are more sunday painters. it just means that as a fan of painting one has to work a little harder to seek out the good shit.
from johnnieutah :
i think folks today are so inundated with information of all kinds that art has kind of lost its traction. used to be that films and paintings stood alone in delivering the images of world events. we are not in that world any more. painting long ago became more about the act of painting than anything else. it had to, we have CNN 24 hrs a day now and don't need to paint train wrecks and war atrocities.
from cinnamontree :
I don't know. I think a description of octopus sex is kind of salacious. You know, if humans did what octopi do, I think that would make sex very interesting. And bizarre.
from habibi :
I like the California flag, but only because it has a bear on it. It would, of course, be better if the bear were a hippo.
from habibi :
I wish my muscles were stronger. I guess that means bigger. It would make bike riding easier.
from gigabit :
I love that excerpt. why can't I be so funny and insightful?
from robin-smith :
Thanks for the good wishes and well-intentioned proferral of organ donation...I'm sure I'll need it. Heh.
from habibi :
Why did I send that to you? I do not know. More like a Cinnamontree note... Anyway, I am bored. And reading diaries.
from habibi :
I am picking the scabs off my knee because there is no one to stop me. Just so you know...
from habibi :
Um. Late reply to your augh note. (I say argh... kind of an augh...) Yes. I wasn't impressed with the level of intelligence assignments at the end of the piece, but I thought the article was funny. I find many things funny when I am at work. Like growing your own couch. Merp.
from smartypunk :
I knew Fugazi was your far-away cat, but I wasn't sure if you had another fuzzy friend at home. I'd love to see a pic of him, though!
from smartypunk :
Because Abba sucks unless you have a particular penchant for their specific brand of 70s Scandinavian glam pop. Probably too much gold lamé (sp?) and not enough guitar for you. (For some reason the Aussies love 'em though - and THEY all seem to be a particularly masculine breed. It's very puzzling to me.) Don't discount the newer Swedish pop, though. I know it's hard to get to ALL the new music you'd like to these days. But I am currently absolutely obsessed with a band called Caesars Palace (called simply The Caesars in the U.S. to avoid litigation). They're Swedish. They rule. And they're opening for Soundtrack of Our Lives at Bimbo's on April 8th. I am SO there!
from syrinx :
glad to see you kept the grey, for the sake of my dying eyes.
from elsquid :
1. that's pretty much exactly how it happened, all at once :) 2. of course I want a copy 3. i like the grey better than the red...
from smartypunk :
Hey, Cosmo. I just got your notes (both of 'em) - thanks!! It's likely that I already have the One Man Army 7"s as my darling husband is a dj (not the same kind as you - he just plays punk rock records between bands) for live rock shows. Anyway, he's friends with the One Man Army guys and their manager. He tends to get lots of freebies, which is very nice for our record collection. (Yay!) I sure appreciate you thinking of me, though! Stella is a monster princess cat. She drools and whines and claws people. I love her anyway. She's my special lady! \m/ Do you have kitties?
from gigabit :
do you think something like a murderous dictator is definitely a moral evil? Maybe if it's all uncertain, we should just leave all those other countries alone, and let the self-destructive ones kill their own people until they do self destruct? I suppose then people would say, the existence of that kind of tension is what causes terrorism.
from gigabit :
someone told me that was illegal, too... but I'm trying to ignore politics with that statement. Like, morally, should we try to take care of these people? I mean how crappy would it be to have been born under that kind of dictator.
from habbit :
totally want the mix cd. find me on AIM at habbitron and we'll tawk. nyc sounds good, what are you up to out here? are you gigging, coming out for work, or both? mebbe we should have an eastcoast dland geek party.
from robin-smith :
Whoops! That was meant for someone else! Sorry. But my advice stands! BUY SANDINISTA (or the terrorists have already won)!
from robin-smith :
Sandinista's worth the dough. The tracks on their own aren't much to listen to mostly, but as a whole the album has a wicked feel to it.
from triet :
man, i don't care for the new color scheme. but yay on feeling better! that was definitely one of the funnier entries i've read from you in a long time. remember, only you can make the cup half drunk.
from solarlab :
i don't know if i told you, but i rarely can read your page. but now i can. i've missed you. red works for me, you have the best taste anyway, do whatever the fuck you want. congrats to s when she busts. xoxo s
from anticrew :
robin, shobbin...i'm the real deal, holyfield, you dig? yah, the cky show was pretty good but i don't like being at a rock show with kids they always act like assholes. and you know how i'm such a sensitive and delicate soul...how i weep for the beauty of the world...
from jcruelty :
ooh, that new color makes my eyes hurt.
from robin-smith :
So no raping and pillaging then, I suppose?
from robin-smith :
That'd be great! Or, we could attend one of my book club meetings. Either way.
from habbit :
i feel you on amoeba. i used to live within walking distance of the one in the haight. so after years of hitting the smaller stores to have a behemoth like that nearby was profound. i loved it, like going to a library, but it was always this weird solitary depressing experience. lots of click/clacking of cd cases and bad rawk on the PA. with vinyl there was always this despair that you'd come away with a shitty 12" or a scratched used double, or the 'wrong' album by an artist. no girl i ever knew wanted to go to ameoba with me. click/clack.
from habibi :
Man, oh man... if they weren't so expensive, I'd buy me some bat wings! Flapping bat wings!
from cinnamontree :
Yeah, so I didn't have any concrete ideas about that. But you're right. A bowtie would be very scary and wrong.
from cinnamontree :
I just killed a man who looked like me. Some days I do feel like a tired old man. But the murderous instinct is still weak. I've decided to just humor the boy, but am trying to think of trashy guy lingerie to send him. I'm not sure if that's getting him back or not.
from habibi :
Moo in return. And not even! I had a friend in college whose boyfriend got her garter thingees to wear because they are supposed to be sexy. Sexy like the clippy elastic bands that old men use to attach their socks to their undershorts... I think the whole garter obsession comes from too much Victoria's Secret catalog perusal. By the by, I got to go the the birthplace of Big Bird's suit. Which, incidentally, is the same place where the make the wings for the Victoria's Secret angels. All of this has not very much to do with the rest. But I like getting notes. And replying to them. Even if I only say silly things.
from gigabit :
my favorite line from that article: "The French Embassy in Washington had no immediate comment, except to say that french fries actually come from Belgium."
from robin-smith :
Hee! Word. Henry Rollins is already enough of a caricature of himself.
from smartypunk :
Happy to be back! Thanks for saying hello. I often write my entries in Word before pasting them into the d-land formay - this was one of those moments where I had a lapse in brilliance and just wrote the damn thing on-line. Oh, well. I promise to post some highlights of the trip soon.
from cinnamontree :
Location based socks? That's an interesting concept. Paper is finished and so completely over. I'm feeling really good right now, so I think I'm gonna get some coffee and hit the sack. Be good.
from cinnamontree :
It made me so happy to learn that. I love how it is so complex and elegant and simple and messy all at the same time.
from elsquid :
I got your package yesterday! Correct postage and everything. Last night I had a little "spoon album coming back into my life" celebration and it was beautiful. Thank you so much.
from elsquid :
I'm so sorry I let the name of the tree slip! You're a vegetarian?! Food will be the topic of our next conversation. And now I'm off to another meeting. :)
from habbit :
yeah! almost anything considered 'new' in our generation is at least 20-80 yrs old. sad but true. i like the acct of how recording changed the way eqyptian bands played (ie, from endless 4 hour sets, to tight 15-30 min sets to accomodate the medium)
from cinnamontree :
Also, yellow is a happy and open color for a journal.
from cinnamontree :
Hello! Your journal is also quite good. Stop comparing yourself to others, unless they happen to be more unfortunate than you. And then compare and laugh. love, cinnamontree
from habibi :
<sigh> Why must you knock the navelgazing??
from shellstu :
I saw the Hours and did not like it. I was supposed to meet a large group of ladies from work but no one showed up. I did not find this out until I had bought a ticket and entered the theatre. I thought I was just late. I later found out it was because we had a blizzard. When I got out of the movie there was 3 feet of snow on the ground. But anyway, sitting there alone in the movie theatre watching these women be SO SAD was just torture. The cinematography was great, the acting good, but watching these women wallow was not my idea of entertainment. Maybe because I am a woman who sees other women deal with bouts of depression all around her and have myself dealt with bouts of depression, the message of the movie was like saying the sun rises in the east. Well duh. Maybe there is someone who is open in a way that I am not and can take something away from that movie. I am not that person.
from robin-smith :
Hey, good suggestion -- I've been meaning to read Proust anyway. I WAS going to try to slog through it in French, but if it's that mind-numbing maybe I'll stick to the translation.
from akagrl :
cosmokane...DJ Krush?! i'm buying txts tomorrow! we'll have to swap stories!....i'm so excited to see him!
from cinnamontree :
Yes, sex and parasites are a riveting subject of discussion. Especially the interrelatedness thereof.. I'm planning on making the trek down to Berkeley in a couple of months, because I think falafel will be there for a week, maybe.
from jcruelty :
are you sure it was me who reviewed that album? i have zero memory of it, which is odd.
from solarlab :
FYI, deconstruction is one of my bibles. i had a dream one night, about the week after it came out in ny, and the dream was all about things breaking apart. it was about deconstruction. so i was in a sam goody in a suburb of nyc flipping through random d's and when i saw that, knowing NOTHING about it, i figured fate brought me to it because of the dream. i didn't care if it sucked. but guess what? it doesn't suck at all. it is a desert island album for me. long note...xoxo
from habbit :
yeah, ive been dj'ing techno since 96 or so. never made much of it in SF. dj'd undergrounds occasionally, and held down a night in the mission.
from akagrl :
(i'm hummbled...it's bad enough that i can't spell, but to type out, "you're music", and "you're ...." i feel like an idiot. someone actually sent me a note informing me that i spelled something wrong! it made me laugh). i just wanted to send you a message of thanks. be well.-akagrl
from cinnamontree :
It's not my real name, but I thought you'd like to know that my bowling handle is George.
from robin-smith :
Aw, you're a doll! Thank you. The literature site is basically going to be us making fun of classic literature. Um, that's pretty much it right there. We're pretty easy to amuse. But the template features a mostly-naked Betty Page, so you should go see it for that.
from habbit :
i think 'cinemascope' is great. monolake (robert henke) is really worth catching when he comes to SF. saw him there at storyville. rother can do no wrong in my book too.
from jcruelty :
sabeer bhatia's got balls of steel. keep in mind that micro$oft originally offered him a (relatively) piddling sum for hotmail. he refused to back down from his eventual taking price of $400 million, even though his friends & family thought he was insane for turning town the initial offer. gotta respect the killer instinct in a brown skinned brotha. anyway see you at 1015 tonight.
from robin-smith :
Hey, thanks. I'm a wanna-be English major, so that works for me. Angst-filled and short -- yep, gotta love the Lost Generation.
from habibi :
In fact, I think I like Habibi better than my "real" name. Pish posh "real" names.
from habibi :
I think diarynames are more fun than real names anyway. I'll give you a hint, though. Cinnamontree's real name is not Bob. Or Fred.
from akagrl :
i wish i could give you a hug. to express how much i adore you and because i think you could use one. did i ever thank you and tell you how much i enjoy you're music? you're creativity? well, i do....it makes me smile. be well señor cosmokane.-akagrl
from cinnamontree :
Sinister is definitely the first word I think of when thinking of elsquid. She's a sly one. I'm doing all right these days, a little loaded down with midterms and research and relationship drama. Some days I wish that people reproduced by binary fission. Sex makes things too complicated.
from cinnamontree :
Hmm.. what is that elsquid up to? I read her notes before I read yours, and didn't immediately get it. Now it seems slightly sinister. Anyway, I've always thought (or at least very recently always) that I could be a cheating heart. But anytime that I've even had the inkling of the beginning of a chance to do such a thing, it gives me a panic attack. I think I'm afraid of bad karma.
from robin-smith :
Yeah, my liver twitches just remembering it...I don't know where we put it all. Blech.
from elsquid :
Infidelity is definitely in the air. Twice in the last month I have gotten the same little speech, "I'm in a really good relationship right now and don't want to do anything to fuck it up, blah, blah?" Then what the hell are you doing sitting here with me? And what am I doing? ...
from smartypunk :
I heard an announcement on Live 105 yesterday afternoon about him appearing at PopScene, so I had a feeling it would be a zoo. Anyway, I had a similar experience last night - the line was ridiculous and we drove on by. Sad for us! The crowd there is often young(er than me), but usually early and mid-20s rather than late teens! I managed to get myself good and drunk at the Parkside while watching a friend's band instead. Hopefully, I'll have some great photos from Australia and I'll plan to post some where you can peruse them on-line. Happy February!
from smartypunk :
I just heard last night that Mr. Marr will not be performing! Drag. I also heard a rumor that they were intending to charge $20 at the door, but I think that may be off now that he's only signing autographs. Oh, well. I'm going to try to go tonight anyway (after a quick stop to see a friend's band play at another venue). I'm trying to squeeze in a lot of visits with friends before I leave for Australia on Saturday. I've been to PopScene half a dozen times - for bands or just for dancing - and I've had a GREAT time everytime I've been. If you decide to go tonight, enjoy! I may be lurking in some dark corner (or perhaps dancing my ass off!) as the mood strikes me.
from robin-smith :
I love "Office Space"! That movie is gospel truth to anyone with a desk job. This woman is more like Howard Hughes in a miniskirt, though. I'm surprised she doesn't wear a HasMat suit to work (she probably would if she could find one in faux snakeskin).
from smartypunk :
From your entry regarding The Smiths, I was reminded. Were you aware that Johnny Marr is playing an acoustic set at 330 Ritch in SF (for the 7th Anniversary of PopScene) on Thursday night? Just thought you might want to know. THIS old, married lady is going to try and make it down there!
from habbit :
post the playlist! making mix disks is tough. the spontaneous things you might do live just don't pan out the same way at home.
from cultofme :
can you keep me informed on how i can get a copy of your new mix? i have 'seeking heat' in my car right now and i have to say it is one of the better dnb mixes i own.
from habibi :
No. You are not allowed to end this diary.
from solarlab :
you're the best. i will learn chinese electronica by the time i see you again. xoxo. unless you come to the cd release party at 02 bar this sunday. and my party on saturday. xoxo again.
from habibi :
so this note isn't a reply to a note or provoked by an entry but rather a piggyback off a note you left Soperstar that you wrote regarding something somehow related to me. Is it bad diaryland etiquette to reply to notes left to other people? I guess it's too late for that, given the whole croc head/ski mask "who's right"-athon... BUT ANYWAY. Oh wait. Now I've forgotten what it was I was going to tell you. Something about fried foods... Mmm... fried foods...
from shellstu :
Once I bought a big pack of clove scented candles because I love the smell of clove. Except that it was poor, nasty, imitation clove and when I got it home, the smell of it made me ill. I hid it in the guest room, hoping the scent would stay in there...I don't go in there. But the smell creeped out into my living room and so I had to start giving the candles away as gifts just to get rid of them. I know, I know, it isn't nice to put that awful smell into other people's homes, but maybe they like the smell of nasty, awful, imitation clove. And hey, that is why they call it the present, because every day is a gift...
from solarlab :
you are a delightful and nobel human being. it was so good to spend time, albeit brief, discovering a little more about each other. i think i could learn a lot from you. i wish you bliss. xo.
from habbit :
a mix cd for your own wake is a good idea. i always figured id leave it up to someone else, but now that i think about it, it could be done way ahead of time, and even duplicates could me made for everyone... as a parting gift. hm ill have to work on the tracklist. but dnb for a wake?
from cinnamontree :
Anyway, for all that stuff (that kissing kind of stuff), it is more important to be enthusiastic than experienced. Mostly.
from cinnamontree :
How do you know you're a lousy kisser?
from cinnamontree :
I think it would be okay if Conan were a boring dinner guest. No one should always have to turn on the charm.
from shellstu :
Can you recommend a good exfoliant for sensitive skin? I've got dry skin on my face and I don't like it. Winter in the midwest just sucks.
from solarlab :
oh my god. that was YOU! i am so brain damaged. on the salon nights, i am the only one working and i see a lot of people i know and kind of know...so i thought you were just someone who heard my name and you were cosmo...i feel like an idiot. don't you think i would have been more excited if i knew it was you? next time...thank you...
from cinnamontree :
Yay for New Year's Eve kisses! I got drunk on champagne and danced around the house in a black velvet party dress while everyone else sat on the couches and smoked. We watched the countdown on Conan O'Brien, and I told everyone I would marry Conan if only he weren't already married. We listened to eighties music and to Joe Piscopo doing lounge versions of heavy metal rock songs. And then I fell asleep on the couch.
from angichau :
ew why are the books writhing? and no it is never wrong to buy stuffed animals for oneself...or for any purpose period. stuffed animals are cute and make statements about society (i cite here whaley the seal, a study in identity issues).
from binkerton :
You're a rocker. You rock out. Wish I had your e-mail and such.
from shellstu :
Have I told you lately that YOU ROCK?! It sounds like you had a great new years and I hope that the first 12 days of January are tremendous for you.
from solarlab :
i'm ok. it was a big week. i saw some very significant people, i almost met habbit, and i have faith in love again. i really do. come in tomorrow night after 9pm if you are in the mission. xsolar
from solarlab :
do it. make sound that gives you pleasure. it is the opposite of silly.
from habibi :
SPECTER OF IMPENDING DEATH... pish posh. And even if I were a bad driver (which I'm *not*--Croncal is just a bit on the squeally side) wouldn't you rather your last words be grammatically correct?
from smartypunk :
Um, yeah. Not "who's." Rather, I am one of those people whose eye goes to the typo. Damn.
from smartypunk :
There are typos, misspellings and slang galore throughout d-land and you expect a d-land user to use the subjunctive?! :) While I myself am not the best typist in the world (and am therefore prone to errors quite often), I am also one of those people who's eye goes directly to the "shrimps little hot", etc. on Chinese food menus. Glad to know my entries of late aren't boring you to tears. I just feel like I'm all tasks and no fun these days. I want my pre-wedding planning rock n' roll lifestyle back! Happy holidays!
from habibi :
"Were." Indeed. Just like the sparktest answer: There ARE more fish in the sea. And like when Boxingnun and I are driving together and he shouts: "You're going to kill us all!!!" When really it's "You're going to kill us BOTH." Of course, no one listens to the pesky grammar-correcting fiend anyway.
from habibi :
Wait wait wait! No takebacks on the pro-croc-hood stance! Think of the felt teeth and the green plush fluff! SO SCARY! Scarier than a mask, I'd say.
from habibi :
Poach away. Glad for the vocab lesson. And pay no mind to that crazy ol' Elsquid. Not scary at all. Not even with hybrid ski-mask croc-hood headgear.
from elsquid :
I laughed out loud for a long time at your note. I think since you have such a detailed vision of the thug look in your head, that's the one you should go with. And definitely be scared of my zapatista gringa ass! That is the idea. :) I am scary. Don't mess with me.
from habibi :
Thanks for backing me up on the ski mask. Sometimes I wonder about that Elsquid... :)
from cinnamontree :
The presentation went fine until I totally blanked at the second to last slide. I literally could not process words. It was so uncomfortable for everyone in the room. I wanted to hide under the table, but I just paused, started over, started over again, and finally finished the presentation. The best thing about the whole ordeal is that now it is over. Hopefully, this will somehow lead into making me a better person. Because, really, life is all about living through the uncomfortableness. My new goal in life is to someday be suave. Or maybe I could just buy a crocodile hood and join your gang.
from smartypunk :
Thanks for the note! I've been reading your entries for a while now and don't even remember how I found your diary on d-land. Anyhow, it's always an enjoyable read. The book with the Minutemen story is called "Our Band Could Be Your Life" by Michael Azerrad. There are chapters on different indie/punk bands that were around between 1981 and 1991 including The Replacements, Minor Threat, etc., etc. It's remarkably well written for a book of its kind (pop culture insights) and has lots of interesting stories and information about the way these bands formed and their individual DIY ethics. I'm borrowing my copy from a friend, but I know you could find it in the music section of most any good bookstore.
from cosmokane :
ok the subject of thugs and croc heads has now officially become a thread. go see the long and incoherent note i left for elsquid to see my reply. note that i misread habibi's suggestions as croc head _masks_ instead of croc head _hoods_. a big difference, you know. (and no, i am not so starved for attention that i am driven to leave myself notes, even though it seems that way, doesn't it.)
from habibi :
Um. Well maybe thug is okay, but no ski mask...
from habibi :
No thug. I don't want to have to tell you as well as ELsquid that ski masks are not going to intimidate hooligans. You should invest in a crocodile-head hood. Don't you think that would be more scary?
from cinnamontree :
cowboy?
from elsquid :
Thug! Go for the thug look! I am going to buy myself a ski mask--partly so I can look tougher and partly because I am a Zapatista. The only problem is I can't find one anywhere. I asked a guy on the street yesterday where he got his and he said in a hair salon. ?
from triet :
i played your arrangement for my new track last night. i hope you noticed it! bling bling! however, i got all the credit and stardom. the entertainment industry is a stingy mistress. or something like that.
from soperstar :
ha! so THAT'S what they do with audition tapes...I can't think of a more fitting end to my poor botched bach, chopin, haydn & debussy...
from soperstar :
dr. g doesn't teach advanced electronic music anymore: they hired a new guy this year so that (in dr. g's words) we could "finally have someone who knows what they're doing"--there's been a BIG shift over to software, we're all still playing around with the moog/wavemaker dinosaurs & their friends but I used alot of digital stuff, msp, protools etc. for my pieces. no one did anything too terribly ambient last night--we're all pretty edgy--although my stuff sounded a bit more like a horror movie soundtrack than I'd have liked it too...my dream is a home studio, someday, although of course there'd be a ton of research/$$$ involved...anyway yes, the studio is quite the magical little wonderfunland, I'm finding. :)
from elsquid :
For the record, my express purpose in being here is to provide distant but passionate hugs.
from jcruelty :
au contraire, the dj of the future will not be a he or she
from crazycurlz :
hey, i didn't know you read. thanks for the concern, or comment, whatever. you know, thanks. take care. -d
from angichau :
meow....meow.
from elsquid :
My now-gone friend moved down to Mexico for a few months to study for the bar exam on the beach. He passed. Does that sound like a workable idea to you? I would like to spend growing old time on the beach too.
from solarlab :
i love thunder. it reminds me of vermont. i don't know why i don't have tickets. head up my ass maybe. are they sold out yet?
from angichau :
haha...hey WAIT!!! i'm an asian girl. awww i can't dance. :|
from shellstu :
You are so not fat and you are SUCH a badass, even if you were not un defensor. In spanish, I'm like a bologna or something.
from habibi :
And furrier. Unless you happen across a really hairy baby.
from cultofme :
happy birthday. may you find an outlet for your happiness and love.
from angichau :
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR COSSSSSSSSMMMMOOOOOO HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! (aowaowaow!)
from cinnamontree :
Hi cosmokane. I am indeed in Eugene, but the people seem rather nice. Unlike your ex-girlfriend's grandparents. And your mother's uncle's cousin's boyfriend. Although maybe he is nice. I doubt I've ever met him.
from habibi :
Mine is Hahmah. (That's Korean for "hippo")
from habibi :
What animal is your stuffed animal? (the one you told Gigabit you still sleep with... or maybe that is none of my business...) meuh
from cinnamontree :
Seven years? That sounds like a fairy tale punishment.
from jcruelty :
ps i appreciate the thought, for real
from jcruelty :
cos you dork. i aint got no best friend but i do have best friendSSS, and you are one of them.
from shellstu :
Aaahhhh, I am so excited. I never ever pack until 4 in the morning on the day I leave, but I am already packed. I want to go now.
from jcruelty :
ha three notes in a row from me. anyway i saw donnie darko last night. cross between an afterschool special and twin peaks... so odd. the tears for fears sequences were rad, even though i didnt like the movie version as much as the original
from jcruelty :
oh weird... it's always been white for me, so i thought that's how it's supposed to look. doesnt look bad.
from jcruelty :
damn i'd forgotten how many great lines come from casablanca. we should all watch that some time... i sense a drinking game in the ether
from lemonaide :
whoahhh i forgot to respond to your note until this very moment. it was good to meet you too. asdlfjk 20 seconds left, hope to hang out with you soon! sarah
from habibi :
e*vax. Yes... I like that cd too.
from angichau :
yay! thanks for the party! i really was surprised!! actually on a 'friends' episode, they threw rachel a bday party a month before, except at the party, they found out chandler's bday actually comes before rachel's. haha! wrah wrah wrahwrah.
from angichau :
holy crap! thats a huge-ass peach! also, funny entry - i laughed all the way through it. also, jenny wants to see your fist.
from angichau :
embarassingly enough, i'm guilty of commiting those greeting crimes quite often. i remember one time i was going on a trip or something and i think it was the person taking my ticket at the gate who said to me "have a great trip!" and i said "thanks. you too!" before i even realized it. i felt so dumb. jenny's wah-wah noise would be highly appropriate here.
from captainb :
my fav butchering of sayings take it easy + see ya later= "take it later!"
from triet :
you know what's even more irksome? when you ask somebody how they're doing, and they reply with the same question! "hi, how's it going?" and the person responds, "how's it going?" huh? shawn and i have had several exchanges like this...
from jcruelty :
ps were you thinking of s's wedding during ritual? f*** that noise, you know our party was better!!
from jcruelty :
i don't know why, but i was filled with energy the whole night. i hardly felt cold even! it did start late, but i was happy that it went till dawn. i liked your set a lot-- it's so different (and so much better) to hear drum n bass on a big system, how it was meant to be experienced. you gots to feel the vibration! it's a rare treat to hear it done properly. btw, i want to get some track listings from you-- you were playing some evil mechanical shit towards the second half of your set that i really dug. one track was "total [something]"-- i couldn't make out the second word. PS i still have your dischord sweatshirt, will trade you for Q... maybe next time we play racquetball. PPS the amount you owe me for pizza is = to amount i owe shawn for diner breakfast, so can you just pay him instead of me? PPPS there is no PPPS
from shellstu :
Your entry reminds me of when we were packing up your room at Rice. It was such a different room, in those last few moments, from the room I had gotten to know you in. All of the Cosmo was gone from it, put into boxes or given away.
from angel-oscura :
But Sonic Youth are old, too. Older than me! So what does that make them?
from triet :
dear cosmo, i hope you live the life that you want every second, every minute. and sonic youth rocked my world, too.
from jcruelty :
"...besides this head i mean." haha!
from akagrl :
happy two zero zero!
from jhxd :
congrats on #200. i'm still reading. :) btw, i forgot to thank you for the cd's. it's now in my rotation (along with hip hop, pop, dmb, and quiet days) while i'm coding at work. my favorite's basic.
from cultofme :
i can relate. living by myself and only feeling tenuous connections with the best of my friends, my booksshelves bow with the weight of records. i could spend days listening to the backlog of records i want to learn. but instead, i'm out digging.
from soljah :
codename john! your musical tastes are too good. really feelin that entry about your first year at lawschool, it is amazing how music can take you not just to another place in time but to another memory and state of mine as well. that isn't always good :(
from angichau :
yikes hang in there cosmo! you can do it! also, if you want an auto ins suggestion, i have one for ya: www.ekemper.com. it's the cheapest for me (but may not be for everyone).
from gigabit :
thats it then its decided. no more taking work home. no! not another word! its final. how do you feel about these no apostrophes?
from elsquid :
I-m a fan of J Church too. But I must insist that you realize that clawfoot tubs are a huge advantage for an apartment. You do, don-t you? There-s a Denton band called Mingo Fishtrap and it-s always fun to drive through that intersection. Must be acknowledged verbally while doing so.
from gigabit :
you can not run away! this is the same formula. j is the same as i, square root of negative one. two pi is simply all the way around the unit circle, and pi is only half way around, therefore the negative one vs. the positive one. e to the j pi is negative one. e to the j two pi is one. and, unforgettably, and once again, soylent green is people. (I feel like that phrase is the only way to conclude these sorts of claims.)
from shellstu :
I like your journal the way it is. It is so clean. It is refreshing to know someone can express themselves so precisely. I forget that anyone but me reads my journal entries, they are such a mess. If our journals were a reflection of our lives, I'd take clean any day.
from jcruelty :
haha i think "small, yellow and aggressive" is a very apt description of you!
from shellstu :
Sheesh Cos, there were discount plane tickets to SF advertised, I thought it would be nice to come visit, but SF is starting to sound like a crazy, grumpy, mean person town. Hopefully your new neighborhood will be happier.
from drowning13 :
Parking in SF can be a challenging misadventure. Maybe you should trade your car in for a tow truck. Then you can create your own parking spaces. And no one would mess with somebody driving a tow truck with "Planet of Sound" blasting from the stereo. --hrld--
from gigabit :
shit cosmo, I don't know what I would have done with that guy... it sounds like it's a good time to move out of your neighborhood... maybe that's where some of the paranoia comes from...
from triet :
holy crap! usually the fire truck comes because they're always the first to arrive at any emergency.
from habibi :
Cosmokane--it's probably not a good idea to ignore the dead mice in your kitchen. You might want to get on that straightaway. Or at least de-prioritize your current primary action items so you can give this task a status upgrade. *Slide*...
from jcruelty :
jesus cosmo! that's scary.
from elsquid :
Here is your project for the next few days--compassion for yourself (before others). Specific ways to do this are not coming to be at the moment.... but I think you can find them. And think about ways to enjoy the bus. Remember how much more stressful driving your own car would be. (it would be right?) Bring something for distraction. Or make up stories about your fellow passengers.
from angichau :
hee hee nice poem! i'm wondering where jodo is too.
from triet :
hell yea we need to start a band. WALL OF BASS MUTHAFUCKA!!!
from gigabit :
does this mean I have to lurn how to drum now? ha ha I didn't mean to spell it that way I'M TIRED
from jcruelty :
that is a kinda morbid job you got there. i wonder if you will eventually adopt gallows humor like surgeons do. humor is a good recipe for coping.
from habibi :
Ah... but I disagree with triet. There are good guidelines. Like yours. But you forgot the one about wearing socks with sandals.
from akagrl :
your honesty keeps me reading.
from akagrl :
just got the package. it was like opening a birthday present. and i want to say, "thank you, thank you, thank you" (a big smile is attached). i'm excited to hear this.....(i'll let you know what i think after i've listened and digested).-akagrl
from jcruelty :
ah, the first day. for a brief shining moment, people expect nothing of you. enjoy the honeymoon while it lasts! when you can't see the angles, can't see the angles, can't see in the angles... you in trouble. (that quote is apropo to nothing, i'm just listening to that v records comp.)
from sfreject :
i got that exact same fortune about the taming of the cat. it wasn't true.
from widower :
Thanks for listing me as a favorite. Enjoyed reading several of your entries this morning. Though it's a little late, congrats on passing the bar exam. One more thing: Raymond Carver rocks!
from jcruelty :
interesting thoughts on the skakel case. don't know what i'd do if someone i knew confessed murder to me. the one time that angi did, i mostly took it in stride.
from akagrl :
thanks for your (guest book) words. and for you, a belated "congrats!" (trying to catch up...)
from triet :
haha nicely done cosmo!
from jcruelty :
damn, wish i hadnt missed your drunken rampage! i'm gonna have me one of them reallll soon.
from angichau :
holy buckets! even i don't think i've ever had that much to drink!! i am very proud of you. good work, boozy!
from triet :
yay cosmo!
from jcruelty :
you already heard my congrats. woohoo free advice!
from elsquid :
Congratulations! Felicidades! When I come to California, we will have to have another (much-belated) celebration.
from angichau :
CONGRATULATIONS!! (when you say it in all caps, it's more effective. either that or more annoying) we will take you out to celebrate. i think our goal should be to get you as drunk as triet was last monday.
from cultofme :
congrats... i've been listening to your mix. really good.
from jhxd :
congrats dude. you rock. :)
from jcruelty :
man you sound like a cat power song. hope your outlook brightens. i have been going through crazy mood swings lately-- though not as dark, i think. 14 people is quite a lot.
from gigabit :
i played blectum from blechdom on ktru yesterday

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