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Gordon has been visiting

I bought a $30 ticket to a New Years Party at Finn Maccools tonight in the University District. Seems like it should be a good evening and smart too. I'm a little concerned that I have ticket #1, but I'm assured many others have committed. If it's a mistake, I'll surely learn from it. No harm in making a few misjudgements along the way.

I love riding on the bus. It's a completely different world - there's a significant population that know each other, but furthermore, everyone seems so eager to tell their life story. Right now, it seems my two favorite pasttimes are waiting for the bus, and travelling on the bus. On gives me insight into myself, the other into the rest of the world. Who says boredom isn't stimulating?

Exercise is great too. I've never really bought into the chemical aspect of physical exertion - endorphins and all that. However, there is something strangely satisfying, relaxing and theraputic about exhausting oneself frequently. I hope I can keep this up.

Fate doesn't hang on a wrong or right choice; fortune depends on the tone of your voice. The Divine Comedy. What's it all about really?

Too much gin.

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Debating war in Iraq

While the debate on the war in Iraq rages on, I just heard a fascinating panel discussion on MSNBC.

Paraphrasing

(on the preparations for the war in Iraq)
I have an interesting quote. "It is my intent to prepare this country for unconditional military willingness and military readiness". Do you agree with that?
Yes
Do you know who said that? Hitler said that.

While it is probably somewhat unfair to compare the Bush administration to Hitler, it does raise a very interesting point.

There's something very wrong with sunrise at 7:52. I'm sure it never used to be this late.

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Post-Christmas party report

Needless to say, I had had a few drinks before my previous post, and have had several more now.

The party was good, and I followed the guidelines and rules almost to the letter.

Indeed, from one of those articles

But office parties are very self-regulating. If a staff member is making a fool of themselves, someone more senior will usually say 'Look, behave yourself, the boss is just over there'

This had special meaning tonight; with my manager singing Blue Velvet before the five hundred of us.

She has a fantastic voice, one that I'd never really appreciated amidst our many conversations.

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Changing the meaning by changing the words?

I just heard about CleanFlicks on the TV. This is ridiculous - this company is making money by taking films and editing them for easily-offended population. Surely you change the entire meaning of a film by filtering out such 'extreme' content. Apparently the version of 'Good Will Hunting' is selling without it's 139 F-words. Some people just don't get it.

CleanFlicks is a family-oriented company based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. We love movies, but prefer to watch them without the sex, nudity, profanity or extreme violence. Because we recognize others may have a similar desire, we provide this editing service to you. Our mission is to provide access to Hollywood entertainment free from objectionable elements, thus helping maintain high moral values.
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Numbing the mind

It's been said so many times before, but I'm certain TV really does rot the brain.

Although I fully appreciate the entertainment value, it really does stifle the imagination. I can semi-happily spend a couple of hours watching TV. The time passes quickly enough, but one can hardly describe the experience as productive or even worthwhile.

I find myself spending a great deal of time sitting and thinking these days. I revel in the minutes waiting at bus stops - amidst the noise and the haste (traffic in this case) there's something very tranquil about the world of thought.

With this said, I'm still pleased that the only time I seem to get bored is when I'm actually watching TV.

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It's called entertainment

I could stay up for a while to watch a show called 'Extreme Funerals', but in an out of character move, I think I'll judge a book by it's cover and get some sleep.