Good evening blog, glad to see you in good health. What's that? You've been plagued lately by online poker and Viagra spam? Well, not to worry blog, although you may get ~20 "holdem" and "bigger member" spams per hour, I've installed some nice anti-spam features that prevent all but the craftiest spammers from getting a comment through. I know, I also wish that your usage stats were once again meaningful, rather than a record of spambots trying to post comments. It's the nature of the internet, blog, that's just the way it goes.
Argh... why does the "war on terrorism" have to look so much like a war on Islam? Word around the web is that we're posturing against the next member of the "axis of evil," Iran. It was interesting that the rumour of covert US forces in Iran was this morning's story, and this afternoon the "Americans evenly split on how they feel about the Iraq invasion" story was the lead headline. But have no fear, the orderly and completely representative democratic election this month will set Iraq squarely on the road to non-barbarianism.
Sorry for the sarcasm, but I've lost all faith that this vote is anything more than a sham, a parade by the administration for the sake of perceived progress. The news is rife with stories of polling places kept secret out of fear of violence; 60% of voters think they're voting in a new Iraqi president (they're not); candidates can't campaign for fear of death; and more than one million absentee voters are registering from over fourteen countries. This election is nothing more than a dog and pony show, I don't understand how it will accomplish anything at all. Not everyone can vote, people who are voting don't know what they're voting for, and the candidates can't get their message out even if they did. I guess I'm pessimistic.
Enough about it already, I realize there's nothing for complaining.
Having my entire music collection here at work with me is awesome. I can listen to such a wide variety of stuff during the day. I've got about 80% of my CDs ripped to MP3, so I have almost my entire collection on-hand. I need to get around to ripping that final 20% (which consists mostly of Beatles' bootlegs), so I can be done with it. After I've got everything ripped, there'll be a period of "cleaning" up the tags and directory structure. But for now, it's awesome to be able to pick from the same selection I've got at home while at work. Just tonight, for example, I got the complete Miles Davis Montreux recordings (a 20CD boxset clocking in at almost 2GB when digitized)... how cool is that to have on-hand when I feel like rad jazz? (Ugh, after downloading this beast it seems like it's all from the 80s and is with Miles' electronic band... I dunno if I can get into this...)
I relented from my hardline stance of not doing work-work in the evenings (my much cherished off-time) tonight, mainly because I didn't make full use of my time at work today... and I'm once again pressed for time this week. Finally made my reservations for the first of my two upcoming trips to Taiwan, the initial jaunt commencing in late February and lasting a week. The second trip comes sometime in late March and lasts 2-3 weeks. I got worried at first, because it looked like my favorite swank hotel was completely booked up the week I was going. The thought of not being able to stay in that now familiar environment really bummed me out... I like that hotel, I feel like the king of the castle there. Anyway, I did manage to book a room for the week, and am now looking forward to the trip, and subsequent sky miles. Too bad I couldn't arrange something where Sharaun could join me...
Man this entry blows. Goodnight.