Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Hello, Puffy Cloud Baby:

Do you ever think about scientific certainties and wonder how long they're going to remain sacrosanct?

Lately I've been wondering about the law of conservation of energy. It states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, and that the total amount of energy in the universe remains the same, always. Energy's just changing hands all the time like money, except no new energy is ever minted or burned or degraded over time.

Something about this law really pisses me off, and I'm really pissed off at everyone who just accepts it without question. It's based on such archaic concepts, first of all: for example, the word "universe." That's such a retarded concept at this point, when we know damn well there's about 40 xillion dimensions we haven't yet discovered, not to mention the possibility of many "universes."

Furthermore, how do we know energy isn't being lost or gained in increments or dimensions we don't have the tools to measure? That's the trouble with science: It's always limited by the technology and prejudices of the day.

I just read something on the commentor aK's website by a guy who came up with a theory that light travelled faster in "the early universe." This seems perfectly possible to me, but to his scientist comrades it was embarrassing silliness.

People are so stuck on certainties that limit their vision. It makes sense to me that light could change speed, since we all know that time changes speed.

Ah, time. Time itself is a kind of goofy idea. To me it's not a thing, just an expression of movement. But I think I've said this before.

I just read a way cool email about Suede, the mighty Suede, doing a concert in Beijing. If you're into Bowie-copping heroin-sex Brit rock, this is your band. God bless the Suede. I wish they'd been my first concert. (Well, maybe not. Culture Club was pretty fantastical.):

"this account comes from the London-based mgr. of London based group, Suede, who are legally known in the U.S. as The London Suede tho as Suede every where else on the planet.

the best shows in beijing since 1949? well that's how suede's 2 shows were described by a chinese journalist, which isn't bad i suppose. early indications were not good - there has never been a concert like this before, the official permit was only granted a week prior to the show which meant tickets were hard to obtain as no-one knew where to buy them. press in the run up to the band's arrival was as much about how band and audience should react and dress at a rock concert as the music. should we get an audience it was pretty clear that, for most of them, it would be the first concert they'd been to.

it was the first time that the audience was allowed on the floor of a venue in china, apparently for previous events they were located about 50 metres from the stage in bleacher style seating. doors are approaching and the police roll in and decide they will have a line of police in front of the stage to keep people in their seats, which is going to look very strange. doors open and within a few minutes it becomes obvious that there is going to be way more the 350 people in tonight. the bleachers at the back (the cheaper tickets) are starting to look really busy and the seats down the front are looking pretty respectable. i wander outside to check the box office and there is a reassuringly large queue down the street, obviously advance tickets are not the way forward for beijingers.

the gig kicks off with the venue looking great, very busy, and dj youdai brings some people down from the balcony to fill up some of the floor space which helps the vibe immensely. everyone is on their feet but staying in their seats, having a great time but still quite orderly. by the 2nd song people have moved down to the police line and there's a bit of a scrum going on and by the 3rd song the police are overcome by the weight of the audience who all rush down the front, start a mosh pit and it's business as usual for the rest of the show. the police were really cool, just hung back, i even caught a couple of them tapping their toes. ..."

The image of a line down the street in Beijing to see Suede warms my gizzard in ways I'd never imagined.

In other news, you gotta laugh at the latest scramble by the RIAA (Retarded Idiots of America, Associated), to hold back the mighty, mighty river. Now they're threatening companies whose employees swap music at work. What next--suing computer manufacturers? Why not sue browser companies? Or Internet access providers? Oh, I forgot--they are. They're blaming everyone but themselves.

I'd love to know how many employees of the RIAA swap music files. Gimme a break, people.



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