June 2nd, 2002

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"Dark threat"

Bush gave a comencement speech at West Point recently. I sure hope the blurbs they gave on CNN are out of context, at least the ones that could be out of context.

"We will lift this dark threat from our country and the world"

Can i sign up for the light and happy threat next time around?

"America has no empire to extend, no utopia to establish."

True, we've already got out empire, now we just need to defend it.

"In defending the peace, we face a threat with no precedent."

Yeah, nobody in the past had to worry about someone killing them for idealistic reasons!

"I am sure wherever we carry it, the American flag will stand not only for power, but for freedom."

Those bloodthirsty writers of the Constitution were always going on and on about power this and power that. It's good that someone finally had the courage to bring up freedom too, even if it was just as an aside.

And CNN added "Bush's other commencement address, to be delivered June 14 at Ohio State University, will deal with volunteerism and other ways to serve beyond the military."

Well i'm glad to know that he'll tell the rest of us slackers how to help out the people who are _really_ important.
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Online books and stuff

Grrr, this has apparently been sitting there trying to update since about five or six in the morning. I'm going to try sending it again and see if it works this time.

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Waiting for data to finish building and looking at an interesting new site that Morna showed me.

http://www.bartleby.com/

The first thing i stumbled upon was an index of online works by H.G. Wells. One of the books there was "A Short History of the World."

I jumped in at the middle, "The Expansion of the United States," since it's always interesting to get an outside view on things.

It starts out with a mixed view, after talking about America dispensing with "state-church and crown," he goes on to say "Its method of voting was barbarically crude, and as a consequence its political life fell very soon under the control of highly organized party machines." No argument from me there, although i'd be interested to hear what ideas he had for a better voting system.


A bit later he says "If we had the resources of the cinema it would be interesting to show a map of North America year by year from 1600 onward, with little dots to represent hundreds of people, each dot a hundred, and stars to represent cities of a hundred thousand people." He then goes on to describe a a timelapse map like you'd expect to see on a modern histroy tv show.

Did most people think in terms of multimedia presentations back then? Or was that just another way in which he was ahead of his time?

What i found really interesting though was his closing statement, given the present state of world afairs, "At the beginning of the war there was no railway to the Pacific coast; after it the railways spread like a swiftly growing plant until now they have clutched and held and woven all the vast territory of the United States into one indissoluble mental and material unity—the greatest real community--until the common folk of China have learnt to read--in the world."

The US is finally having to worry about the rise of China and what effect that is going to have on world affairs. At the time of the writing, Russia had udnergone it's Communist revolution, but was pretty much dead in the water in any particular way you cared to measure. In the time since it rose to become a superpower and then collapsed again, leaving China once again the biggest non-US power. (For soem definitions of big.)

It was also interesting to note in later chapters how Wells stated quite bluntly that despite the misconceptions of the times, the Europeans were in no way inherently superior to the rest of the world, and that as soon as science and technology diffused to the rest of the planet that the countries that were being conquered just a few decades before his time would be quite capable of taking care of themselves.
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Wow

I've been downloading a lot of techno the past few weeks, but i didn't realize how much until i transfered it all over to my laptop and made a new playlist on there. Includeding every song in the Techno directory (with the exception of one or two songs i don't like too much, and one or two that got broken before fulyl d/ling) resulted in a _7 hour and 50 minute_ playlist! There 108 songs in the list, and quite a number of them are five minutes long or more.

If i got rid of _all_ the "duplicates," including the different mixes of the same song and such, i _might_ get it down to 7 hours, maybe. However a lot of the different mixes i like all of. So far i've only found one song where the two different versions are similar/identical, and after i double check it i'll get rid of one of the two.

The problem is just about any song or tv show from the 80's has at least one techno song based off of it. Many have multiple different mixes all of which i might want, or at least d/l to listen to before deciding what to keep. And being techno a lot of them have extended, well, techno-y bits that significantly add to the length of the tracks. And all of these tracks are easy to find on P2P programs, and very few of them are blocked, even if the original song it remixes is blocked.

Altogether the techno folder comes out to about 455 megs. The whole Mp3 folder is 1.8 gigs, and i've used up a total of 10 gigs on the 20 gig data partition. Need to buy some CDs and start burning stuff, especially the Final Fantasy episodes.

Oh, and speaking of which, Vanora is still being strange. She'll never initiate conversation with me, but she'll sometimes talk to me for quite awhile if i msg her first, and she's started d/ling Final Fantasy episodes to give to me, and gave me an ftp account on her machine so i could grab them from there.

*confused*
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