Empty Days

Friday, July 02, 2004



Headaches.

As usual with new endeavors, my french blog soon required a french spell-checking service of which I could find no trace online (there is none, nowhere, it doesn't exist) so I finally unearthed some GNU creature that I had the hardest time configuring but it was worth it in the end - I just make too many mistakes, especially with accents, and it's actually unforgivable since the french are so snotty and I get snotty myself when I write their language. The effort of writing is hard but also pleasant because the language is so rich in possibilities - I suppose english can be too but not in its american variant which is the one I happen to use (having no deeper grasp of it than the standard newspaper vocabulary, and forget Milton and Carlyle and who else was there). I know Brits are a whole notch more advanced even in their everyday use, but I can't learn from them since I absolutely do not live in UK. There is of course a bastardization of the english language that is naturally occuring around the planet due to its current international vernacular status (of which I am but an humble example), and I am speaking of the american variant of course. I believe India still has more of a british english which is why they usually speak it better as they move to Amerika to grab all those IT jobs (haha) despite a huge accent and a deceptive third-world appearance. In fact, it would seem americans themselves are more third-world in many ways than their indian employees - but I may be exaggerating.

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In other news I've been having tremendous tooth-aches since my last visit to the dentist (guess why I hate those guys - what mercantile butchers they are indeed) so I guess I will have to make another surprise visit and raise some hell though it's probably useless because the bastards are still masters of their crappy world - which is my very own mouth but they still rule it unempeached.

Goddam crooks. I don't consider dentists to be doctors - in fact, they're just small-time businessmen who learn a dubiously obscure skill to scam as many people as possible with their malpractices and for a hefty price too. Chiropractors are less nocious, by far.

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Despite the tooth-aches I've been advancing through Houellebecq's Plateforme but still without as much glee as I would have liked. The author is currently engrossed in a protracted description of upper management in the travelling business - I can't say it's fascinating. It's a boring world and he describes the boringness well but I could dispense with so much detail. People make money, then they go home and have sex, then they die. That's pretty much the picture. Very close to reality, I know, but I happen to hate this reality - I wish he'd shoot it with a power-rifle for once.

It could be said that the violence in Hollywood movies is a direct result of the general boredom of everyday life most people experience in this wonderfully comfortable world of ours. If we had bears eating our small children every now and then, we'd have less violence in the movies, I tell you. Unfortunately bears and most such hasards are banned from our city-streets and occasional wholesale massacres by individual loonies are televised as a prime example of what we usually *do not* have to deal with.

So let's just say that Hollywood is not doing anything wrong - it's us, not them.





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