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:: 2009 14 March :: 9.18 am
:: Music: HLN

So I'm 4 chapters into "Atlas Shrugged" and I am already frustrated. I realized that it is a book singing the praises of free markets and capitalism, but I didn't expect it to be quite so "on the nose".

C'est la vie.

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:: 2009 7 March :: 11.50 pm

Watchmen - The Movie
Having both just recently finished reading the book, both Elizabeth and Myself have been looking forward to seeing the Watchmen movie. I found the movie to be an incredibly enjoyable experience, but as is often the case, the movie fell short of the novel. Of course in this instance that had to be expected. Watchmen was the only graphic novel to appear on Time's 2005 list of "the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present" and there are many devices which can be used in it's authored medium that cannot be readily transferred to film. In general the casting was amazing the the musical score added a lot to the comics story.

All things being equal, I found 10 items which I thought the movie did poor justice to the novel.

--see comments for spoilersex--

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:: 2009 26 February :: 9.52 pm
:: Music: Revolution - The Beatles

This is in response to my last post...

What can I say... I'm a trend setter.

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:: 2009 24 February :: 7.04 pm
:: Mood: pissed off

Honest people are never touchy about the matter of being trusted.

The libertarian portion of my being has been turgid ever since the fifth of November. It has ebbed and flowed in steep juxtaposition with the markets and my 401k. I have become enraged with the demonization of profits and the exaltation of the ignorant. I have screamed over the snowy beaches of Lake Michigan passages of our Declaration of Independence, that "...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." And to my surprise, I heard an answer coming back from the other side of the lake.

When Rick Santelli called for a Chicago "Tea Party", my libertarian essence wasn't the only thing that was turgid. I set myself a goal to read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" so that I can quote relevant passages to a willing audience.

So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

Long story short, I ordered a hardcover edition on Amazon for $22.92 from a user named noah74. However, what I received was a sodding used paperback edition worth $6.39!

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.

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:: 2009 19 February :: 8.20 pm
:: Mood: rejuvenated

Is what they say true?
that time and space heals all wounds?
Good morning, woohu!

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:: 2005 6 September :: 5.28 pm

I've decided to do it.
I've become so turned off by woohu as of late in its cattiness and its hypocrisy.
I'm moving on.
I'm sorry to leave this site which I have been on for so incredibly long. I was the first of Stef's "new friends" to adventure into the world of woohu, and I now (similar to her) am stepping away from woohu, only to post once every other full moon.

Goodbye to everyone.

My new journal, leave the bitching at the door

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:: 2005 3 September :: 8.04 pm

Things are getting way to fucking heated on this site.
Here's a couple of things I saw on my most recent trip on an airplane that made me look twice...

more availible at

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:: 2005 3 September :: 4.15 pm

I feel my last post should be clarified.

I am not, nor was I in danger of hurting myself.
I am just upset with the cards life has delt me. It's not that I have a bad hand, I have a great one. But I am tired of the fucking game and I don't want to play this bullshit anymore.

Love doesn't exist. The world makes more sence that way. People are just running around trying to fill their emptiness inside with whatever or whoever is convienient. Last night I realized how much what happened a few months ago has effected me. It was a shock to see me change from the "Love rulez" posterchild I was to the person that detests it's idea today.

I was also annoyed that while I can rationalize away the notion of love, for some reason I cannot change certain aspects of my nature. I feel like one of fucking Pavlov's dogs.

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:: 2005 3 September :: 3.00 am

Fuck life.

I stopped believeing in love a few months ago, and I just lost momentum.

I want to fucking die.

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:: 2005 1 September :: 11.54 pm

There's a girl who I have a crush on... she's on her way over to watch Famliy Guy. I'm so anxious, scared, excited... I'll keep you posted.

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:: 2005 31 August :: 12.07 pm

Silly Jesus

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:: 2005 31 August :: 11.38 am

Played volleyball with some peeps from TBW. It was a BLAST! In the past few months, a lot of e-friends have become just friends. They're good peoples.

Last night was the heaviest drinking I've done since I started this diet. I'm not supposed to because alcohol is a form of carbohydrate, but after I started last night I just couldn't stop. There is something about getting thrashed and whooping peoples asses at scabble. I had my greatest word ever I think. "ziti" with a double letter on the "z" and a triple word score. 69 fucking points... Do me!

Anyway after all that drinking I am amazed that my weight continues to drop, and I am skirting the big 20...

It's a good time to be me.

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:: 2005 30 August :: 5.26 pm

I had a moment today. Actually I've been existing within the moment for a while now.

My journey is not about finding myself, it is about creating myself.

For all of the people from my past who didn't wish me a Happy Birthday, I pause to think of how we have all grown apart. It doesn't matter anyway. I remember the way things were and I smile, sometimes. But I cannot live my life looking backwards, or trying to hold onto things I'm destined not to have.

The me I am creating has better things to do.

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:: 2005 29 August :: 9.23 am

I'll let you know.

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:: 2005 27 August :: 12.44 pm

I'm searching for something but I don't know what it is.

I feel good. I feel healthy. I feel complete. What more can I need?

I think I'm going to find it soon.

It looks like rain.

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