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22 December 1999

2:32 PM: Snappy Solstice, everybody! Oooh, new CDs. One of them, Singles Going Steady, I know already, yay Buzzcocks. The other two are unknown. Let's listen!

First, Propeller by Guided by Voices. Pretty good. I guess this is an old one? I don't quite remember. So out of it. The radio noodling reminds me of something, maybe the Who. (The which? No, the Who. ha ha. thud.) Uh oh, bosses. Gotta look busy.

3:01: Next up, Warm by Velvet Chain. Um. So far it sounds like a band in a TV show, or the first CD by a band that's been playing clubs for a long time, and everyone who saw them live said, "Oh yeah they rock! And that chick is hot!" They're one of the Buffy soundtrack bands. Hmm. Now they're doing a rock-out cover of a Portishead song. Hmm.

Ah hah! Here's the soundtrack song, "Strong", and they play it at about twice the speed. Another band saved by a remix, clearly.

4:06: Have to wait for these cranky young folks to leave before playing Buzzcocks. Noise annoys, you know. Entered some dumb contest to win a Rio 500 MP3 player. They're neat, but $270 worth of neat? I don't think so.

Hey, this is neat - hydrinos! Damndest things! They're new! Miniature hydrogen marshmallows. Put em in your gas tank or paint your body with them and laugh at that armada storm! Science rules. Even the funny kind. Gosh she's cute. Oh, sorry. That just slipped out.

6:26: Slashdot is carrying a story about a press release from the Leonardo Association, some kind of online arts journal connected to MIT, saying that they were being sued in France by a company that had trademarked the name "Leonardo". The press release says that this company is complaining that if you look up Leonardo in a search engine, you get this arts journal's site as well as their own pages.

Which is pretty stupid, n'est-ce pas? Oui. A little too stupid. Especially the bit about the police breaking into the headquarters, disturbing his 80-year-old mother and 8-year-old son, to copy any paper with the word "Leonardo" on it. IF this is true, it's truly ridiculous. But is it true? Dunno. Seems funny that nobody else has picked up on it. But I guess we'll find out.

It's really hot in here lately. Suppose that's better than freezing but it does make that thinking stuff difficult. Or am I possibly just a wee bit dismotivated? Ah no.

8:19: OK, so I guess it really is true. The thing I don't understand is not how can there be people stupid and greedy enough to try to do things like this, but how can the courts accept these lawsuits? Is there no kind of reality filter? What am I asking. Sorry, sorry... just wasn't thinking for a second there.

Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.

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