Monthly Archives: May 2004

Still alive.

Yes – I’m still alive – I know I haven’t updated in over a week! The conference I’m going to in Orlando next week said they’d include a demo CD of my blogging class if I brought enough copies so I’ve got a CD factory in the apartment. Only 50 more to go! Burn baby burn!

Anti-Virus Disables HIV

The therapy itself is a virus. The Lawrence professors created a virus altered to latch onto HIV and mute its ability to become AIDS. They’ve tested the theory in a computer model and in cells in a dish. The results have been promising, and if they continue in that vein, the researchers could begin animal testing by the end of this year.

It took Adam Arkin and David Schaffer just $200,000 and a grad student to develop a potential treatment for AIDS. And that scares them.

Vonnegut Goes ‘Cold Turkey’

Leave it to an octogenarian to sum it up wholly and succinctly:

Here?s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.

Videotape of Al-Queda Beheading American Contractor

Update: If you are looking for discussion regarding the June 2004 murder of Paul Johnson please click here.

The circle completes itself for another repetition:

The video showed five men wearing headscarves and black ski masks, standing over a bound man in an orange jumpsuit – similar to a prisoner’s uniform – who identified himself as Nick Berg, a U.S. contractor whose body was found on a highway overpass in Baghdad…

Reality Jamming

Improv Everywhere took over their local Starbucks. They repeated the same set of events and interactions repeatedly for over an hour. I love this!

Bystander: Here it comes, here it comes!

Actress: (rushing out): I can’t believe you’re doing this.

Actor: Come back … come back! Katie! (exits)

Bystander: See, I told you! “Come back, Katie!” Ha ha haa, s’like that
every time… (whole table cracks up)

Bystander 2: What are we, in a time warp?

Racism Alert

Ron just called from Toronto – he’s watching the hearings about the prisoner abuse and keyed me into the subtle condescending racism towards Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba – the high-ranking Filipino who wrote the damning report that got leaked. Notice how they treat Taguba like he’s lucky to be an American and they gush at how impressed they are with his service.