2001
10.31

I just got an email about a new zine on the streets, O My Soul. It touts itself as being a rock n roll theology magazine.

2001
10.31

Take a look at Tim Burger’s Art Gallery.

From MSNBC:

  • Time to think about torture – an op-ed piece orginally in Newsweek by Jonathan Alter. It is extremely disturbing and downright immoral to begin to justify torture of any kind, for any reason. This is a prime example of the evil that is justified by moral relativism. (when the ends are allowed to justify the means) I’m sure fascists like US Attorney General John Ashcroft would love what he said.
2001
10.31

Back in San Marcos again… time with the family was good, and the funeral was very bitter-sweet. It was so sad to lose my grandpa but at the same time it was so encouraging to hear all of the stories about him and the life he led. I would consider my life to be a success, if when I die that my life was half as meaningful as his.

The drive back was beautiful. I went straight south from the farm to Apache, then to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike (I-44) near Lawton, then south on it until Wichita Falls, TX, and then south on US 281 to Blanco, TX, before cutting east to San Marcos. I don’t think I will ever take the I-35 to San Marcos again.

2001
10.29

Crazy enough, I’m posting from an internet terminal in a Flying J Truck Stop just south of Waco, TX in route to Oklahoma. Kinda silly, but I had to try this out for novelty sake. only 20 cents per minute.

This afternoon I read about an interesting project in the NY Times, Here is his website.

2001
10.29

Well I’m leaving San Marcos yet again for Oklahoma. My grandpa’s funeral is tomorrow, so I’ll be in OK until Wednesday night.

Also, for any Austinites look for me downtown on 6th Street on Halloween. I’ll be working that night in my ussual job as a pedi-cab driver. If you mention this website to me, the ride is free. (unless it’s real long or uphill, then you better tip me good 😉

2001
10.29

From MSNBC:

  • An interesting opinion piece on why women should have to register for the draft – I don’t think I agree with this, because I don’t think anyone should be drafted. But, the author does make an interesting point concerning gender equality. Equal rights come with equal responsibilities.

    However, I would also say that life isn’t 100% equal. Biology gives women the greater responsibility for bring life into the world, at least for the first nine months after conception. It might not be fair, but women get stuck with the harder role.

    I really don’t know. I’m for equal rights and am opposed to drafting anyone, male or female.

2001
10.29

Curtis Publishing has a gallery of the 25 favorite Norman Rockwell covers of the Saturday Evening Post. I know many folks may think Rockwell was too sentimental or sappy, but I love his work. His technique is without compare and his vision of the world was amazing.

Also, people forget that Rockwell in his later years painted several anti-war paintings during the Vietnam era.

From NY Times:

  • The Rising Career of a Young Director. No, Really Young. – a fascinating story on 12 year old documentary film director Chaille Stovall .

    Here are a few quote that I thought were especially good…



    Chaille’s wry commentary about the election process is interspersed with the interviews, which can be both tough and comic. Meeting Florida Governor Jeb Bush, he asks, “Are you jealous of your brother?” Christine Todd Whitman, then governor of New Jersey, is asked why there aren’t more women in the top levels of government. Other candidates are asked to explain the differences between Republicans and Democrats. . .

    But Chaille was not satisfied with the opinions of candidates and television journalists. “Kids are out of the political loop,” he said, and he wanted to bring them in. During the Democratic convention in Los Angeles, Chaille and his crew attended an MTV “Rock the Vote” event at the House of Blues. He met Wilmer Valderrama, a star of “That 70’s Show,” a Fox sitcom popular with teenagers, who was exhorting young people to become more politically active. Chaille asked him point-blank, “Do you know who your local congressman is?” The actor did not. Within minutes, Democratic press aides evicted Chaille and his crew.

    AT the Republican convention, Chaille ran into a young boy sporting pink hair and an earring. “Do you know the difference between a Democrat and a Republican?” Chaille asked. The boy’s retort, “I don’t care,” seemed to reflect the views of many young people.

    “Most voters don’t know who their congressmen and senators are, don’t care and aren’t familiar with the issues,” Chaille said.

    No less experienced an interviewer than Larry King, himself one of Chaille’s subjects, praised the young filmmaker’s approach. “I loved his whole attitude, his aggressiveness,” Mr. King said. “He came right up to me and said, `I’m a young kid, but I want to be like you, I want to do interviews.’ ”

    Mr. King added: “When I was growing up in Brooklyn, I wanted to be a sports broadcaster. Chaille reminded me of my own early childhood when I practiced in front of a mirror broadcasting Dodger games. The kid is very professional and handles himself well. I don’t know if he’ll become a broadcaster, but whatever he chooses, he’ll succeed. He’s got half the battle licked: he goes to the hunt. The odds are, eventually, he’ll catch the fox and win big time.”

2001
10.29

The AP reports that Gunmen kill 16 at a church in Pakistan

Also, The Guardian has an interesting article that discusses the situation in Pakistan and the danger of the country falling apart.

2001
10.28

From MSNBC:

  • Sunday strikes kill at 13 civilians – Sheesh, we bombed the Red Cross yesterday, and now it’s residential neighborhoods?! It looks like I was wrong about Bush’s “restrained” war.
2001
10.27

Just got word a few minutes ago that my Grandpa just went on to be with the Lord.