Thursday, May 27, 2004

The Next Generation

While watching an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I was amused once again by Captain Picard's brilliant strategy of dispatching his top commanders to yet another mission fraught with life-threatening danger. This time he sent Riker (second-in-command), LaForge (chief engineer) and Data (weird android officer) to a battle-damaged spaceship on the verge of exploding into smithereens. One would think that on a spaceship filled with thousands of passengers and crew members, the top brass wouldn't need to risk their own lives every time there's a suspicious cargo ship drifting around in deep space or an encounter with a planet filled with dangerous electromagnetic radiation occurs. Watching Picard personally frying an unruly Klingon baddie with his phaser may be gratifying, but the absurdity of seeing the head honcho having to defend himself against potential bodily harm somewhat disrupts the suspension of belief that's necessary to enjoy TV. After all, the probability of Bush, Cheney and the rest of Neocon Inc. actually doing any fighting in the War on Terror is undoubtedly order of magnitude higher than the probability of me experiencing interstellar travel at the speed of light. I might actually have some respect for Bush if he had put away his booze, flew to Vietnam, sprayed some agent orange, napalmed some helpless peasant girls, and lived to tell it with a shrapnel in his ass.

On the other hand, Cheney is not all that far from becoming a robot himself, with his implantable cardioverter defibrillator delivering shocks to his heart to keep him alive. Maybe that's why he doesn't give a rat's ass about the environment, because he will soon be a Cyborg!


I got an email that started with the following sentence:

"On June 26, the Asian American community will celebrate July 4th in its' annual parade in Chinatown, NY."

Is it me or does it make no sense at all? Why are they celebrating July 4th on June 26?

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Workout Playlist

Artist Name
50 Cent 21 Questions
Beastie Boys Intergalactic
Björk Hunter
Blink-182 I Miss You
Blink-182 Adam's Song
Deltron Mastermind
Dr. Dre The Next Episode
Eminem Cleanin Out My Closet
Fiona Apple The First Taste
Flaming Lips Fight Test
Gorillaz Clint Eastwood
Linkin Park My December
Mario Winans I Don't Wanna Know (feat. P Diddy)
Massive Attack Dissolved Girl
Missy Elliott Get Ur Freak On
Moby South Side
Modest Mouse Interlude (Milo)
Nas One Mic
Nelly Furtado The Grass is Green
No Doubt It's My Life
NOFX Bottles to the Ground
The Offspring The Kids Aren't Alright
P.O.D. Youth of the Nation [Album Version]
The Prodigy Breathe
Rage Against the Machine Testify
Sleater-Kinney One Beat
Sneaker Pimps Tesko Suicide
Sum 41 Fat Lip
Tool Sober
Usher Yeah! (feat Lil' Jon and Ludacris)
Van Halen Jump
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Y-Control
Kill Bill Vol. 1 Soundtrack Battle Without Honor Or Humanity