Monday, April 29, 2002
I'm out of NYC for a while now. I have a new consulting gig in suburban NJ. Nice job. Shorter hours and a shorter commute. This should improve the quality of my family life for the summer and hopefully beyond. Juggling a business and a family with all of the other trials and tribulations of modern life can be maddening.
Friday, April 26, 2002
Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Pipers at the Gates of Dawn I'm watching VH1's Behind the Music on Pink Floyd. The show has given me a new appreciation for Syd Barrett, the band's original lead guitar and creative founder. Barrett drove much of the band's sound and wrote all of the music for their first album. By the second album, he was too far gone to be part of the band. What brought him down were the drugs and scizophrenia. I think the show really does a great job dealing with the origins of the band. I don't think you can understand Pink Floyd unless Barrett's seminal contributions are considered. What the show completely ignores is a body of music between 1968 and 1973 which in my mind was the some of the band's greatest music. Its a shame they just leap from "Saucer full of Secrets" to "Dark Side of the Moon" because there are some great songs getting lost in the rush. The albums missed are: More, Ummagumma, Zabriskie Point, Picknick, Atom Hear Mother, Relics, Meddle, and Obscured By Clouds. If anyone out there is a fan and you haven't heard this music please do yourself a favor, run out and buy some of these CDs. You'll be glad you did.
Thursday, April 18, 2002
Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Monday, April 15, 2002
Small Pieces Loosely Joined I've finally made it around to reading David Weinberger's book. I was very please with it. Doc W peels away the layers of the Internet onion and in some cases leaves us weeping with tears of joy and laugher. I guess he is preaching to the choir when it comes to your's truely. Still this book was worth reading. I whole heartedly agree with the books central idea: the way we go about our daily business, interact with business associates, and in some cases our personal contacts are forever changed. Now that we've realized this what's next? Or is it happening already?
Friday, April 12, 2002
Wednesday, April 10, 2002
Tuesday, April 09, 2002
The New York Times is my primary news source during my long commutes. (At least until someone sets up reliable wireless internet access along the Northeast Corridor Line of New Jersey Transit .) Today was no exception but instead of it generating fuel for my blog because of the news contained in the paper I have to comment on the paper itself today, or more accurately, an ad in the paper. As I was flipping through the first secion of the paper, my eye was caught by a full page add on page A13. There staring out at me from the page was Mike Bloomberg's face beaming out at me. At the top of the page were the words "At Last, an Honest Politician". A big word balloon, containing the words "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.", was hovering above Mike's head. At the bottom of the page "It's NORML to Smoke Pot. Hello! I couldn't believe my eyes. Mike is going to catch hell for this one. Hey but at least he's honest. Let see what the media does to him. Personally if he had anything to do with the ad I applaud his candor and honesty. The extent of the criminalization of Marijuana is probably overboard in this country. People are doing life sentances for growing plants in their own homes for their own consumption. Seems strange for a drug no more addicting than alcohol. I never bought the argument that Marijuana use leads to harder drugs. It doesn't make sense. I think there are some people that are just as likely to experiment with illicit drugs regardless of where they start. Most people I have known started using alcohol and cigarettes long before they start smoking pot or using other substances so why aren't they cited as triggers for harder drugs. Most people I know that used drugs when they were younger don't use drugs now. But some folks I knew that had problems at home or with self esteem did end up having substance abuse problems. Most of them are over that stage in their lives. I think what is criminal, or at least what should be socially unacceptable, is when the use of these substances turns into abuse but this is how I feel about most substances. This includes alcohol, tobacco, and even fast food. What you don't think fast food is a problem. Look around you next time you have to squeeze your tubby ass next to some other hefty guy in a crowded train. So I have no problem if a man or woman come home after a hard days work and instead of reaching for the liquor cabinent and mixing up a martini, instead reaches for his stash and lights up. It doesn't bother me one bit and it probably shouldn't bother the government either. What should bother us and the government is drug abuse (and remember I'm talking booze and cigarettes here). This concern should focus on treatment not incarceration. Nuff said. Now let's see what the press does to Mike.
Friday, April 05, 2002
Thursday, April 04, 2002
The Electronic Intifada seems to be making the rounds. I think it's important to try to see as much "unofficial" news about what's happening in the region. What I find disturbing is the lack of coverage on events such as the one reported at the Kalandia checkpoint. A Google search I ran this morning turned up no western sources. Of course this Palestinian source even had links to pictures. As usual there is much more depth to the events happening in Israel and the West Bank, but we'll never see it on television or in our news papers. The net may help to give balance to this terrible time but only if we have the time to dig through and try to confirm each story. It's worth the trouble if you care. GWI may be getting a clue. But maybe as the story suggests it may have more to do with the price of oil and mid-term elections than the mounting death tool on both sides.
Tuesday, April 02, 2002
This situation is out of control. There is nothing that seems to be able to stop the Israelis and the Palestinians from killing each other senselessly. The U.S. seems completely impotent and our president is sending inconsistent messages. Of course we've backed ourselves into this corner. The "Bush Doctrine", which wages unrestricted war on terrorism, can be invoked by anyone willing to kill his neighbor. I doubt W realized it would be such a popular U.S. export. I also think he had no idea it would come back to hamstring his own forign policy. The Israelis keep justifying their military action by comparing it to what we are doing in Afganistan. I don't think either action is going to help much with respect to stopping terrorist actions not long term. And that is the crux of the problem. No one is taking a long view approach. No one is attacking the roots of the problem. There is a real war brewing here under the surface. It could spark a world war. I pray that it doesn't come. I don't want my children, or anyone's children, to be wasted in a conflict that could be avoided.