May 2008


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Diary

Grown up?- Never-never-!

Like existence itself

Which never matures

Staying always green

From Splendid day to splendid day-

I can only stay true

To the stupendous monotony

Of the mystery.

That’s why I’ve never abandoned myself

To happiness,

That’s why

In the anxiety of my sins

I’ve never been touched

By real remorse.

Equal, always equal,

To the inexpressible

At the very source

Of what I am.

1) You put these values on your website;

Things we hold true:

  • Teammates respect each other
  • Customer satisfaction is an ongoing process
  • Continuous improvement is a neccessity
  • A positive attitude makes for a more enjoyable workplace
  • Personal integrity makes you a better person
  • Diversity promotes creativity
  • Community involvement is good for the soul
  • Technological innovation will guide our future
  • A strong work ethic yields personal satisfaction
  • 2) You have this at the footer of your email;

    When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.

    — Anna Quindlen, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, 2000

    3) You are hiring for a 3-11pm shift that only pays 11/hr. 11/hr to work at what appears to be some sort of fascist  techno  cult of  neo-liberal self -realization.   Can’t I just photocopy and be alienated in peace!? Aren’t I-pod’s a more effective way of elaborating hegemony then the fatuous bullet points of drivel!

    And…The only hope of having sole custody of my life is if it’s not a fucking commodity to sell to people like you.

    I’m busy following MES’ advice; “leave the capitol/ exit this Roman shell”;

    There is a heartbreaking moment in the Go-Betweens DVD, That Striped Sunlight Sound, when Grant McLennan talks about the bands future. Its heartbreaking because it captures what would never be. McLennan died shortly after the DVD was made. But, in this scene he talks about how great he thinks the Go-Betweens future will be. As fan of McLennan’s genius, this scene makes his death all the more tragic; not only was a great musician lost, but so was a human being who felt so positive about the future.

    Robert Forster, McLennan’s partner in the Go-Betweens, describes these reactions far better then I do. I came across his obit for McLennan after reading Forster’s article about his new album, The Evangelist, which is so a testament to McLennan and includes some of the songs they had written for what would have been the tenth Go-Betweens album. Read both of the articles, watch the vids and listen to the Go-Betweens. Oh, and go to Roberforster.net, to hear The Evangelist, its almost as great as what should have been.

    I have been busy wrapping up my semester, working and preparing to move. This afternoon was the first time I was able to pause reflect for quite awhile. But, instead of coming up with something to blog, I tried to experience Albany for one of the last times. The remainder of the week will be full of growing sentimentality as I say goodbye to more of the good people I met in this mediocre town. So, in lieu of anything to write, I thought I’d post this golden moment from Burden of Dreams, Les Blank’s excellent documentary about the making of Fitzcarraldo.

    Why the new mayor of London is a piece of shit


    Boris Johnson in his own words

    The wannabe mayor on race, sex and politics:

    On homosexuality

    “Gay marriage can only ever be a ludicrous parody of the real thing.

    · Daily Telegraph, 2005

    “If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog.

    · From his book, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, 2001

    “We don’t want our children being taught some rubbish about homosexual marriage being the same as normal marriage, and that is why I am more than happy to support Section 28.

    · Daily Telegraph, 2000

    “The clerics gave us [journalists] a wigging for being so mean to the Church of England … Why did we draw attention to tricky subjects like homosexuality, aka the Pulpit Poofs issue?”
    · The Spectator, 2000

    “I’m not bisexual so far … not that I would condemn myself if I later discovered I were.

    · Daily Telegraph, 2008

    On Africa

    “No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird.

    · In 2002, on Tony Blair’s visit to the Democratic of Republic of Congo, Daily Telegraph

    “Right, let’s go and look at some more piccaninnies.

    · Reported remark, while visiting Uganda, to Swedish Unicef workers and their black driver, the Observer, 2003

    On the Commonwealth

    “It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.

    · Daily Telegraph, 2002

    On failing to recognise his Filipina housekeeper

    “When our housekeeper appeared on stage in her hot pink strapless number [as a finalist of the Mrs Philippines 2005 contest in London], I failed at first to recognise her, surrounded as she was by 10 other Filipina mums, each shimmering in every shade from fuchsia to Germolene … Was that Luz, the No 6, the one with the cleavage? Or was she No 5, with the smile? Surely she wasn’t No 11, the one with the legs. No: wait – that was her, with her hair up. No 8! ‘We want eight,’ we screamed, and waved at good old Luz, a woman who has been exposed to the full horror of the Johnson family washing and yet contrived to look little short of $1m.

    · The Spectator, 2005

    On his prospects

    “My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.

    · The Independent, 2004

    On George Bush and Iraq

    “He liberated Iraq. It is good enough for me.

    · Daily Telegraph, 2004

    “The Americans were perfectly happy to go ahead and whack Saddam merely on the grounds that he was a bad guy, and that Iraq and the world would be better off without him; and so indeed was I.

    · Daily Telegraph, 2003

    On Islam

    “The most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers.

    · The Spectator, 2005

    On race

    “I’m down with the ethnics. You can’t out-ethnic me, Nihal … My children are a quarter Indian, so put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    · To Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Asian Network, 2008

    On cannabis

    “It was jolly nice. But apparently it is very different these days. Much stronger. I’ve become very illiberal about it. I don’t want my kids to take drugs.

    · GQ, 2007

    On sex

    “I’ve slept with far fewer than 1,000.

    · On whether he has slept with fewer than 30 women, like Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, Daily Telegraph, 2008

    “An inverted pyramid of piffle.

    · The Mail on Sunday, 2004, on allegations that he had an affair with Petronella Wyatt, later confirmed.

    On obesity

    “Nothing but their own fat fault.

    On transport

    “I don’t believe [using a mobile phone at the wheel] is necessarily any more dangerous than the many other risky things that people do with their free hands while driving – nose-picking, reading the paper, studying the A-Z, beating the children, and so on.

    · Daily Telegraph, 2002

    “The whole county of Hampshire was lying back and opening her well-bred legs to be ravished by the Italian stallion.

    · GQ, while in a Ferrari

    On Liverpool

    “A society that has become hooked on grief and likes to wallow in a sense of
    vicarious victimhood.

    · A Spectator editorial, 2004 (Johnson didn’t write the editorial, but he approved it)

    On his arts role

    “Look, the point is … er, what is the point? It is a tough job but somebody has got to do it.

    · On being appointed Tory Arts spokesman, 2004

    On stag hunting

    “I remember the guts streaming, and the stag turds spilling out on to the grass from within the ventral cavity … This hunting is best for the deer.

    · From his book Lend Me Your Ears

    What a travesty. Can’t wait till its Mccain’s turn.