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odd weekend

some punk ass bitches stole "the scream" - after the shit that happened 10 years ago, you'd think they woulda lojacked the art or something. we are never going to see another major exhibit in oslo during our natural lives.

not that i was planning on hitting up oslo anytime soon.

still, i hope these guys are smart enough to not try and ransom it. or, if they are, at least they will be smart enough to take it to another country first.

i heard about this fairly momentous heist in a snippet on BBC news, as i was flipping around lookin for julia child specials (which were airing all over today). i had to turn to my dear nemesis friend the internet to get the details, as i was unwilling to spend 20 minutes listening to olympics blather.

oh, snap! yeah, i am talking shit about the olympics. it has nothing to do with the patriotic claptrap (or lack thereof) that is oft foisted upon naysayers of the event. my problem with the olympics is that they have nothing to do with real life anymore - it is a completely vacuous machine. the fact that that first 20 minutes of bbc was largely devoted to the details on the stripping of two athletes' medals on account of chemcial influneces (i kept checking back to see if they were gonna talk about "the scream") strongly reinforced the bitter outlook i have had on this incarnation of the games.

see, when they started these things, it was a way of offering recognition to those who were the best at the crafts of the day. soldering being what it was back then, many of the things which required evaluation for accolades were heavily physical events. some fishermen were kick ass swimmers. fucking everyone ran and walked, so seeing who the best was at that meant something. what fucking percentage of the contemporary population uses a goddamn javelin in their day-to-day?

nowadays, the bulk of human endeavor has been moved away from the physical daily way of doing things. it has not disappeared, but it is definitely not what the majority can claim an in-depth firsthand on i don't want to watch the world file-collating/power stapling exhibition anymore than i want to watch a bunch of overstressed athletes stake their entire "careers" (and no small amount of corporate backing/futures) on whether or not shaving their balls will give them that .0013 sec "edge" in "the competition".

my, that was an awful, yet vivid run on. i think i will leave it anyway.

really folks, there is a reason these games are still around, and it doesn't have anything to do with pure athleticism anymore. nike is still alive in athens today, but in logo only (oh man, a greek pun within a pun, bad sign). that statement is overly pessimistic of me, and i am trying not to be compeltely pessimsitic verbally anymore. i will restate my assertion in a slightly more positive manner.

it is obvious that the olympics have less to do with corporate sponsorship and commercial agendas than american politics do.

wait, no, fuck...lemme try again.

the best thing about the current incarnation of the olympics is that even though they are rife with corruption and hopelessly far from the original spirit of the games, they keep american politicians out of the tv news for the first 20 minutes, for at least a week, during the waning portion of an election year.

speaking of news, my much lamented lost hat turned up under mysterious circumstances. i think it was abducted, and replaced by a clever facimile, which explains why some serious oxy-cleaning it was in need of managed to bleach the shit out of it. damn those harlem extradimesnional portals. regardless of the hows and whys, i am overjoyed at it's return from whatever mysteriously lettered dimension it had found itself in until very recently.

enough outta me. shouldn't you be watching the womens' barefoot one-legged hopping relay?


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Aug. 23rd, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
i think it wasnt the scream but two lesser-known (i,e: more sell-able) munchs that were stolen, yeah? i dunno, i heard the news whilst half asleep last night...

damn, now i wanna go to oslo! ;)
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
scope the linkage man
it was def the real deal.
oslo is def a cool place to go, but not for hte art.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
Re: scope the linkage man
shit dude! i had to get on my other machine (too lazy to log into nyt, heh!) to read that article, and sure enough... damn! ahh, thats what i get for laying in bed and falling asleep while the wife watches the news... a half-asleep grip on breakign news stories, heh.

wow. it ought to be interesting to see how this unfolds...
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
eh, priorites sound in order to me
i mean, sleep is defintiely better for you than tv news.
i don't even need a study to back that shit up.
icb - you got a server somewhere?
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: eh, priorites sound in order to me
heh. i am bad about letting the tv subconsciously influence me by sleeping with it on, (un)fortunately, this doesnt seem to apply to news though! sine says she has a permanent craving for coke due to sleeping in front of the tv too often while living in atlanta (where coke ads run all the freaking time, heh).

but i digress.

icb! http://www.icb.net/ theres some infoz there. if you have a shell/client, you casn connect to any server. im enjoying it lately due to the oldskool feel, heh. i think im on an icb kick, which may or may not wear off in the near future.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
i got a client n shit still - never un installed, just stoopped using.

i was curious if you had a particular server you haunted - like irc, there is a limited range to the communication network, mwhich is why, ultimately, i think it lost out to the aim's and ym's out there.

i love oldschool chat - i still use /commands in trillian, cuz i can't remove them from my life.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
"enough outta me. shouldn't you be watching the womens' barefoot one-legged hopping relay?"

I taped it

and yes i agree...there wont be any real deal art passing through oslo anytime soon.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)
i find it amusing
in the modern world of tivo and on-demand shit, saying "i taped it" is kinda like saying "yeah, i have that song on cassette"
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
Re: i find it amusing
true...thanks for making fun of me because i'm poor =)
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
i'm not making fun of you cuz you are poor - i don't have vhs or tivo
Aug. 23rd, 2004 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: bah
to hell with tivo anyway.....the time warner DVR kicks ass. it will be mine
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
Re: i find it amusing
in the post-modern world of bittorrent and omni-platform media transfer, saying "tivo" is kinda like....

heh! ;)
Aug. 23rd, 2004 08:02 am (UTC)
oh definitely
personally, i agree, but the % of the population that is in on that cross-section is pretty damn small, as it relates to the usual watercooler crowd.

but yeah, bittorrent is awesome shit.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
Re: oh definitely
oh yes. it has helped me accomplish what i previously thought unthinkable- filling a 100gb hard disk :)
Aug. 23rd, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
i'm coming up on a terrabtyte (7/10ths of the way there), and i don't know how i feel about it.

once you get to this point, backing up is what your problem is. it is so fucking annoying.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 08:27 am (UTC)
Re: mwah
yeah! say hello to robot-arm tape backup or immense server farms of raid arrays! :D
Aug. 23rd, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)
i'm actually considering buying an old cd tower to do hd mirrors over scsi.
i just wish i had the bank to set things up the way i want them.
damn inspiration exceeding cash flow
Aug. 23rd, 2004 09:10 am (UTC)

They really should update the Olympics for the modern world.

I think I have a good shot at the gold in Ignoring Stupid Memos, or maybe the Robotic Voicemail Message All-Around.
Aug. 23rd, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
me too
i'd be going for "speedcoding under rediculous deadlines" and "ignoring dress code"
Aug. 23rd, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
Re: me too
i'd get the gold for "strolling in late" or "screaming obscentities at the phone". :D
Aug. 23rd, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
isin't that a much more inclusive competition?
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