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April 14, 2004

Kee-rist today was a ball of suck. Started with a bit of very good news, and was then followed by current money woes, future money woes, anxiety about friends, anxiety about employment, and taxes. A lot of the background comfort and stability I'd been riding for months, just up and left in less than a week. So I was feeling edgy, frazzled and depressed.

Then, when I went for a drive to soothe my nerves, I got hit by a car.

I'm fine, no need to worry. The passenger side of my car is kinda fucked up, but I think my insurance or the insurance of Evil Lexus SUV Driver will pay for it. First thing I do after the crash is ask her if she's okay. She responds by blaming me for the accident. I have to ask her three more times before she tells me that she "feels very bad." Never got around to asking me how I was.

This is, of course, Phase 2 of my car's plot to ruin my life. As you may recall, my car was outright stolen about 2 weeks ago. Frustrated that I was able to recover it, the car then decided to let itself get smashed up in an intersection.

Y'know, writing about all this is making me feel better. Hooray for that.

I need a vacation. This is too much. I've kept my troubles at bay, but right now I think I need to hide away so that they don't even know where to look for me. I'll bet they'll never look for me curled up under my desk!

While I'm thinking of it, the LMB button giveaway is over. Winners were:

Brian from Albuquerque
Piper from Fredericktown
Miriam from Saint John
Chris from LA
Andy from Chicago
Brad from parts unknown

Yes, that's more than five. What can I say, I'm generous with my new bounty.

In conclusion, if someone could magically erase today from history, I would love you forever.

Posted by Jake at 11:08 PM | TrackBack (0)

That is some amazing bad luck you have. Glad you're okay though!

I can't tell you how many times I thought my life was in danger because of SUV drivers. They're all insane up here near SF. Every single one of them.

I also cannot believe that she tried to blame you for the accident. haha. She should know better...oh wait, what am I saying?! She owns an suv...that explains a lot.

I hope you feel better soon!

Posted by: margaret at April 15, 2004 04:49 AM

Glad you are OK. Did she hang up her cell-phone before telling you she felt bad?

Posted by: Woody at April 15, 2004 10:07 AM

Did she have a bumber sticker that says "i'm a soccer mom?"

Posted by: Piper at April 15, 2004 12:14 PM

Like, how dare you get in the way of her SUV. Don't you know, oh mere human, that SUV owners are the Gods of the road?

JUlie W in AR

Posted by: Julie W in AR at April 15, 2004 01:52 PM

I use the right leg of Voltron joke all the time, Jake. No one remembers Voltron though... I'm glad you're alright.

Posted by: Buddy/Brian at April 15, 2004 02:19 PM

1) Thanks for the love, everybody

2) Actually, I suspect that she probably was on her cellphone.

3) That Voltron joke was not made by me, but by blogger Dong Resin. He/she has one of the funniest damn blogs around. Unfortunately, she/he's been MIA for a while.

4) Come to think of it (re: Dong's quote), although she was driving a Lexus and not a yellow Hummer, the other driver really and truly is a dentist!

Posted by: Jake at April 15, 2004 02:48 PM

I do member that Dong created the saying, but I found it through your site...but I'm glad you're not as down in the dumps. Anyhow, if I remember correctly, you like Bad Religion. I got an advance copy of the new album, "The Empire Strikes First"- and while it is no Proccess of Belief, I might pick up 2 copies when it is released.

Posted by: Buddy/Brian at April 15, 2004 04:18 PM

Know what you mean by money woes. I've had collection agencies on my back for some time now with little money circulating in my account. I haven't been hit by a SUV yet, but I'm sure it's a matter of time.

Posted by: Eric at April 16, 2004 04:00 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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