Stream of Consciousness #2

Stream of Consciousness is a process of composing a written equivalent of the thought process. I use this to scribble down inconsistent or incomplete thoughts so as to move on. I’ve done this before.

I’m supposed to be working on my September installment, but I’m either too tired or not quite motivated enough to proceed with it. As long as I have a new header ready for tomorrow, things won’t bork. That’s good.

This last week, or these last two actually, have been rather confusing and busy. Now there’s a drivers license I need to worry about getting. Did you know that most scooters (those that go up to 45 km/h) actually have to drive on the main road and not the part of the sidewalk reserved for bicycles? Most scooters don’t know it either.

I turned on the news tonight. Katrina caused some serious pain and misery. 80% of New Orleans is under water. Hundreds—maybe soon more than a thousand dead. Zap to next news item: panic in a pilgrimage of hundreds of thousands Shia-Muslims causes more than a thousand people trampled to death. Turns out somebody yelled “suicide bomber”. These kinds of news items cause a certain numbness… after all, the pain and misery is far away, and I have a drivers license to worry about.

The day before this I read that the global increase in amount of tropical storms is a direct consequence of global warming. Ironic that I’m now getting a drivers license.

Israel pulled out of their Gaza strip settlements last week. A historic moment for the peace process, although the withdrawal is not quite extensive enough should one read the EU stance on the matter. Let’s hope it brings some peace to both the Palestinians and the Israelis, although I fear it will make only little difference. There’s an inherent problem in the fact that both peoples believe that Jerusalem is their promised land. How do you settle such an argument?

I often find myself wondering if the world would be a better place if the concept of religion did not exist.

I was listening to the Blade Runner soundtrack the other day and was reminded just how great a soundtrack it really is. Then I came to the “End Titles“, and noticed a striking similarity to something I had listened to shortly before. Unusually, I immediately remembered that it was Kraftwerk’sMetropolis“. Upon quick re-inspection there was indeed an uncanny resemblance. Oh, and Allmusic needs login, so get the BugMeNot Firefox extension and save yourself the registration hassle.

Siouxie and the Banshees is also something I’m listening to (as of today). My good friend Tommy introduced me to them, and it’s nothing less than fantastic. I haven’t been this excited about a band since I discovered The Cure. Check out “Cities in the Dust” from Tinderbox.

On the topic of Firefox Extensions, also go grab a copy of Session Saver. It saves your open tabs and textarea contents. It even saved what you’re now reading from a crash.

Today also marks the completion of my Valerian collection. I purchased, expensively I might add, the two remaining comic albums. The collection now spans 19 beautiful pieces. Damn they were hard to track down in Copenhagen, but now I can finally understand the whole story arc. Perfect timing for the animated TV Series which is rumored to air on French channel 3 in September 2006!

17 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness #2”

  1. Nik says:

    On the topic of Firefox Extensions, also go grab a copy of Session Saver. It saves your open tabs and textarea contents. It even saved what you?re now reading from a crash.

    I don’t want to turn this post into a Firefox extension list, but I’ve just discovered Chris Pedericks Web Developer Extension for Firefox… which is very cool too!

  2. Joen says:

    I already have that extension, and use it daily 🙂

    On that topic, I just stumbled on “Google Suggest”: for Firefox — which is probably the best use of Google Suggest yet. It’s like a search history/auto complete made by others.

  3. greymullet says:

    Does Session Saver really save textarea contents? I think that my version must be out of date, I lost a comment that I was typing earlier on when the computer crashed. It’s always been the most superb extension as far as stopping me losing what I’m reading though, never lost anything.

  4. Joen says:

    bq. Does Session Saver really save textarea contents?

    It might have been added in a recent release, but yes, it does. I’ll test it for you right now. Close! Open! Hello unfinished comment 🙂

  5. Chris says:

    Its funny you should mention having to get a license. I’m actually looking forward to moving in November so I can bike to work again. Especially considering that gas prices are expected to go up 14? every day until New Orleans gets back on their feet. The correlation being that New Orleans is the big supertanker port, so no oil getting in that way (yadda yadda, you get the idea). And all the Gulf of Mexico oil rigs being out of commission.

  6. Joen says:

    I always boggle when I hear the American gas prices.

    Let me get this right: you expect after all the disasters, war etc, that the gas prices will rice to 14 ¢’s? And is that per gallon (i.e. 3.785 litres)? That can’t be right.

    In Denmark, people are paying ~10 kronor a litre, which is roughly 1.7$ a litre, so that makes 6.4$ a gallon.

  7. Joen says:

    Ah, I read that wrong:

    are expected to *go up*

    Nevermind my previous comment.

  8. Chris says:

    if it makes you feel better there are some areas of the country where the price has already gone up over 6$ a gallon. still less than you pay though. A gallon being more than a lliter of course.

    I imagine, locally where I am, the price will level around $4+ per gallon. To tell you the truth, despite the hardship on my wallet this will be, I look forward to American prices becoming commensurate with European prices. Perhaps then we’ll finally accept that the price of oil is far too high a price. Perhaps then we’ll finally get or asses in gear and create that new fuel that we can all live with.

    I’m not going to point them out but those last few sentences are rife with double meanings.

  9. Chris says:

    As promised, an explanation for why Americans freak out when gas prices rise.

    The federally mandated minimum wage is $5.15/hour. Many, many Americans earn just that. Keep in mind the manner in which Americans are wed to their cars. ‘Tis a big country. We’re not just spread out between the states. We’re spread out in our own communities. I live in one city but I work two cities away. My average commute, one-way, is about 30 miles. This isn’t out of the average for most Americans. In fact, it may be below average; I’d have to check the census stats.

    Now, consider, a gallon of gas (convert to metric as you please) at $4/gallon. The average car making 30miles/gallon. I’ll skip the math and tell you that if you work 5 days and drive 60 miles/day just to get to work then you spend 40$ a week just on gas to get to work. And, if you’re single earning $5.15/hour at 40 hours a week you bring home roughly $170 after state, federal and social-security taxes. So, you’re down to $130/week after subtracting gas money.

    You can do the math and guesstimating to figure in things like food/shelter/electricity/heating/etc. Pretty soon it looks like Americans aren’t the richest people in the world. Pretty quick, we look like paupers.

    Now, I understand that a lot of this is a problem of our own making. We shouldn’t have built homes so far from work. We should have invested in mass transit. We should have invested in more fuel efficient vehicles. We should have handled Iraq better. We should just be nicer folk to everyone else.

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Doesn’t matter now. Now, we’re just screwed. This Hurricane could have economic repercussions for years to come. Remember, gas prices go up, all prices go up. Cost of shipping goes up, cost of groceries go up, cost of home heating oil goes up, cost of keeping people employed goes up as fewer can afford to shop, unemplyoment goes up, shit hits fan.

    Karma. Sucks don’t it?

  10. Joen says:

    Some comments deserve to be posts in themselves. You should think about that some time.

    It made a few lamps inside my head blink, that’s for sure.

  11. Chris says:

    bq. Some comments deserve to be posts in themselves. You should think about that some time.

    Yeah but then what would happen to my notoriety for being a massively long winded commenter? Besides, no one reads my site. Everyone reads noscope. 🙂

  12. Joen says:

    I’m sure not everyone reads noscope. Only the Copenhagen Conspiracy, and a few other devout commentators post comments here. Plus, since I switched referrer software to “Refer 2.1” I’ve had no idea how many people visit here daily.

    Then again, as long as there’s this goddamn fantastic community here, which I have NO idea how I gathered, then I’d prefer things to stay just as they are. This size, and no more!

  13. Chris says:

    bq. This size, and no more!

    Ok, Gandalf.

  14. Joen says:

    Har har har. But seriously, you know how badly things can go if too many people comment …

  15. Chris says:

    bq. But seriously, you know how badly things can go if too many people comment …

    Absolutely. We don’t want to be seeing the property values around here go down like they have in _those_ places.

  16. Jonas Rabbe says:

    Don’t property prices usually go up with added interest in the real estate? Maybe you could start charging for comments… Of course if the crowd brings down the property to _their level_, then the value may diminish…

    Nevermind, shutting up.

  17. Joen says:

    Just to run with that delicous metaphor (thanks Chris), I’d add that there are deluxe houses with space and room between neighbours, and there are quickly thrown up shacks, side by side.

    In other words, cleverly written comments, and few of them. That’s a rare and positive thing 🙂 (thanks). I wonder how long it’ll last.

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