Monday, March 31, 2008

Not so perfect weekend

As an unusual department from my usual way of spending the weekend, this past weekend has been pretty shitty, cause I was down with some sort of flue for the entire saturday and part of Sunday. Obviously, I know it couldn't have been a real flue, since it takes a bit more than two days to cure from tht, but still, I felt pretty fucked.

I woke up on Saturday with a terrible headache and feeling sick in my stomach, so after taking a long shower I decided I didn't feel any better, so I just went straight back to bed. I stayed there until about 8 in the evening, deciding if I felt good enough to go to Irene and Marlieke's graduation party, which I was looking forward to. Since I still felt terrible, I thought it best not to go, so I took another show, didn''t feel any better, but couldn't sleep again after already sleeping the entire day.

Luckily enough it was Saturday night so there are always movies on television. The Runaway Jury was on, so I watched that one. It's a movie version of one of my favourite John Grisham novels, although I was a bit dissapointed to see a major plot change: instead of the trial being about the tobacco industry, in this version it's all about gun control. Interesting enough, but not what I'd expected.

After the movie, I went back to bed, this time fortunately being able to fall right back to sleep. It's amazing how much sleep a person can actually get... I woke up on Sunday at about 1 in the afternoon, deciding I didn't want to spend my entire weekend doing nothing. So, i called Ziena to ask if she and her boyfriend wanted to go for a drink later that afternoon. Wet to the record store first, to buy myself another James Bond DVD (A View To A Kill, starring Roger Moore) and then hooked up with Ziena and Harm Jan.

Once back home, I watched my new DVD and went to bed early. It wasn't a perfect weekend by no means, but at least I'm feeling better now, and well enough to be back at work.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Vanity Fair



Does she look great or what? Behold Madonna's latest magazine cover for the promotion of upcoming album Hard Candy. This Vanity Fair cover will do very well in my collection!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Co-existing isn't just an illusion

5 Million hits along, Fitna still hasn't resulted in riots or terrorist attacks, so I guess I was right yesterday when I proclaimed it doesn't live up to its hype. Of course, this is something to be happy about, for two different reasons. First, who knows how many casualties could have happened if an attack did occur. After the attacks on New York, London and Madrid, we all know where it can lead to, so it's something to be thankfull for so far nothing has happened in the Netherlands.

Furthermore, in a way the fact that nothing happened, proved Geert Wilders wrong. It means there is still a majority of Muslims who want nothing to do with fanatics and just want to co-exist in peace with people from all different races and religion. If Wilders was right about the fact that the entire Islam is driven by terrorists, something would have happened by no I'd say.

As you know by now, I'm against organised religion because of all the harm it can do to society. Just think about how many wars started in the name of faith and you'll get my point. However, I don't see anything wrong with someone practicing his or her faith in his or her own home. Whatever it is that makes you happy, as long as you don't harm others in the process. It's good to see that apparantly most Muslims want exactly just that: practice their faith in their own homes.

Also, this will give Europeans, and maybe even Americans, hopefully a somewhat different vision on Islam. Of course you can't really blame people for having a somewhat blurred vision considering there have been so many attacks in this past decade, but we should never forget to also look at the positive things. Hopefully one dat we will be able to co-exist and just respect everyone in whatever they choose to believe or not.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The release of Fitna

Just this evening, the controversial movie Fitna by Geert Wilders has been released through the internet, and I must say, I don't think it really lives up to its hype. I'm sure there will be a big international fuss about it all, but I suppose that's just because everything has been blown so gigantically out of proportions already, there really is no other choice than to cause a big fuss.

So, I'm wondering if there are going to be any more Dutch flag burnings in Afghanistan (it would help by the way if they did some more research and actually managed to get the right flag this time). For that matter, I wonder what kind of riots will take place anywhere in the world because of this overblown piece of propoganda.

Let me get one thing straight: I think it's a good thing Geert Wilders made this movie. I don't think any religion should have the power to threaten our freedom of speech, even though all religions would do just that, given the chance. When it comes to that, I don't see any differences between Chritianity and Islam. The very fact Wilders still dares to release his controversial movie, proves to me there are still people brave enough to fight religion and fantics' threats.

The thing is: it's just not such a good movie. Of course it makes its point, but it's a point we've all heard and seen before. The movie was expected to be so much, but in the end is just some sort of Discovery Channel documentary (which can be a good thing, but not in the context). I think it's a missed chance, cause now we've still got the fuss, without the real discussion.

Spring is in the air

Finally, after about two weeks of horrendous weather and a lot of snow (in March, no less), it seems Spring has finally kicked in. The weather's fine, the sun is shining and as I'm writing this my window's open and there's a light breeze coming in. When I woke up this morning there was already pretty much of a hint towards this nice change in conditions, so I was already pretty joyfull when I went to the office. So now, a couple of hours later it's almost sunglasses-proof weather, so you can imagine I'm pretty much psyched right now!

As I've wrote many times before, I'm not really into extremes when it comes to the weather. When it's summer hot, I can't function normally anymore, and generally turn into a very grumpy guy. it can be dangerous talking to me in times like those, since practically anything you say can spark a huge fight. Conversely, I also hate winter colds, cause they make me feel depressed and not wanting to do anything. Best thing to do on winters is to cuddle up on the couch, but the lack of a boyfriend doesn't help.

So, as you can imagine this is why Spring is my absolute favourite time of the year. it's not too cold, but not too warm either. the world sort of wakes up and everything looks a lot more happy than it did just a short while ago. When I look at my window right now, I can't help but smile!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Showing my age

Yesterday evening I've been flipping through some old pictures (well, as far as going through them on a computer screen counts as flipping), and it's amazing how much older everyone looks now than they did just two or three years ago. It's funny, cause usually when you see people (like friends or family) every day, you don't really notice.

While watching the pictures, sometimes I even had to look twice to figure out who the person in the picture actually is. Sometimes they gone bald, sometimes they've ballooned, sometimes they just generally look really different. I'm not saying I'm an exception to this rule in away (although i didn't go bald and I didn't ballon, but I'm sure I look a lot older than I did a couple of years ago), but with some people the difference is really telling.

On the other hand, there were also people who just look exactly the same now as they did a couple of years ago, which is also a bit weird. You'd think they would look at least a bit older, wouldn't you? I guess I wouldn't even want to look 20 anymore, even though sometimes I say I do. I guess it's a lot more difficult being taken seriously at work when you look as if you've just finished high school, so there are some advantages to looking older.

Anyway, tonight I'm gonna watch some more pictures, and maybe afterwards I'll post an old and a new one here, so you can be the judge.

Sales figures

It is with great joy I'm able to report both Madonna's new single 4 Minutes and her upcoming album Hard Candy are doing extremely well. With not even a physical single released yet, 4 Minutes is already entering single charts very high based upon legal downloads alone. For instance, in the UK, 4 Minutes had entered the official Top 40 at number 7. The single isn't even released until over 3 weeks, so how great is that?

Even better news is the fact that the album, Hard Candy, is both number 1 and 2 in a lot of countries in the iTunes pre-orders. There is a deluxe edition being released that has some extra tracks on, and since iTunes counts this as a seperate release, the deluxe edition is #1 while the standard edition is #2. Let me state again, this is only on pre-orders, so I can't even imagine how much it will sell when the actual release date has come. Also, Madonna's constantly somewhere in the Top 3 on Amazon, again, only on pre-orders.

So, with both 4 Minutes and Hard Candy becoming smash hits (with radio airplay going like mad as well!), it seems this will be yet another year with Madonna on top, where she belongs! Now if only they would announce those tourdates!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter Monday

Easter Monday turned out to be a lot less boring than I had expected and wrote about yesterday. Just a couple of minutes after I wrote my previous entry, my friends Arjen and Sjeed suggested I'd come to Utrecht (which is where they both live) to spend the afternoon. Since I didn't have any plans, it seemed like a great idea, so after a quick shower I went to the station to catch a train.

It takes two hours to get from Groningen (where I live) to Utrecht, and the battery of my iPod was empty, so that was a bit shitty. Fortunately enough I didn't forget to bring a magazine so it wasn't a boring ride after all.

When I arrived in Utrecht we went to a nice bar where we had a couple of wines and did some catching up. One thing lead to another so before I knew it we were in the bar for like 4 hours, so it was about time to go back home. Another two hours in the train, which was terribly crowded and not comfortable at all, especially since the guy sitting in front of me was like 2 meters tall, so I had nowhere to put my legs...

Back home I was just in time to catch Project Runway, and then off to an early night sleep. All in all, a good day!

Monday, March 24, 2008

A bit bored

Easter weekend is something that doesn't mean that much to me, but at least it gives me an extra day off from work, so I'm happy with that. Bad thing is, I'm a bit bored right now so I hope I'll find something to do later today.

The weekend has been nice. There was a party on Friday night, Saturday I went for a drink with Roel and bought myself another James Bond DVD (You Only Live Twice, this time) that I watched on Saturday evening.

Yesterday I went to Leeuwarden to visit my parents, so I had a nice afternoon and evening as well.

So, if anyone can think of something to do for me, please let me know!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good friday

Good Friday is upon us, and so all of Holland, except for me, seems to be having a day off from work. I carpooled with Ziena to the office this morning, and the road was practically empty, making us feel a little bit sorry for ourselves knowing eeryone else was still in bed while we were heading off for a day at work. Luckuily enough, once we got there, it turned out there were many co-workers who also came in today, so that made us feel a little bit better.

Not that it matters much, since I'm planning on leaving early as well. I don't have a lot to do today, so there's really no reason for me to stay until 5. I guess I'll stick it out until after lunch and then decide what time to go home. I would like an afternoon on the couch, watching a movie or something.

Tonight, I'm going to a party, something to look forward to! I like having parties on Frday night, cause they really get me in the weekend mood. Lately I'm not that much of a clubber on Saturday anymore, so I gues I'm really showing my age here. However, by going out on Friday, I sort of compenate for that, right?

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Candy Tour 2008/2009

Just a few moments ago, Madonna fansite DrownedMadonna.com announced that tickets for Madonna's upcoming world tour 2008/2009, supporting her new album Hard Candy, will go on sale May 2nd. This is according to a rumour going around at LiveNation. The rumour also states the tour will be huge, and will take Madonna to places she hasn't visited in a while (basically since The Girlie Show World Tour 1993), so this could very well mean she'll visit Australia and South America.

The downer is, they also state tickets will be pricey, with front row sections being charged a premium. I hope this is about seated shows, and not General Admission. Usually to get front row places at a general admission show, means you just have to wait for a very long time, but there's no need to pay more. Let's hope she keeps it this way.

Anyway, the fact that tour rumours are getting stronger every day, is something that makes me very happy. I'm looking forward to seeing Madonna once again (a couple of times of course, one show just isn't enough).

On a mission

Once every couple of weeks Annelies and I need to catch up for drinks and Madonna talk, and so yesterday evening it was one of those times. With the 4 Minutes single firmly on the airwaves, Hard Candy coming up, a promo tour and a world tour just around the corner, it was about time as well!~

The fun thing about catching up with Annelies is, that we're both completely crazy about Madonna, and approve of virtually everything she does. A face full of botox? She looks lovely. Justin and Madonna almost sound the same thanks to the vocoders? It sounds amazing.... And so on. We're both very good in double talking everything about Madonna into something positive.

Obviously, people around us must go absolutely insane if they listen to us for too long. I don't think it's easy for a non-fan (non-believer) to hear us being totally biased and enthousiastic for hours at a time. It's like we're on a mission trying to convert others. Still, we're having fun, and that's what matters!

So, we hooked up at about 6, and stayed until 10-ish, which had the unfortunate side effect of the supermarkets being closed after I left, leaving me hungry. Good things I had a chance to have a good breakfast this morning!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spending's the word

Yesterday evening was great! Right after work, Ziena and I went downtown to have dinner and go clothes shopping, as I mentioned yesterday. So, when we arrived we we're really hungry, so we decided to have dinner first. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced, so that was a succes!

After dinner, we went clothes shopping. I was in it for a new pair of trousers, but I ended with with both trousers and a new shirt, both of which I'm wearin as we speak. I love buying new clothes!

After that, we went for a couple of drinks to one of our favourite bars, which was nice as well. Of course, all this couldn't take up too much of our time, since the seasons finale of my favourite show Dirt was on. So, we went to Ziena's place, made some popcorn, and watched the rather exciting final episode. I can't wait for the second season!

After that, of course we also had to watch Law And Order: Special Victims Unit (or Criminal Victims Unit as wel -for some reason- call it), and then I went home. I was pretty tired back then, so I went straight to bed, to wake up all happy and fresh this morning. Tonight, after work, I'm having drinks with my fellow Madonna fan Annelies, which is something I look forward to as well!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The emperor's new clothes

I can't wait for me to get off work, cause Ziena and I are going shopping and have dinner somewhere. I really need a new pair of trousers, and while I'm at it, I'll probably buy myself a new shirt as well. Shopping always makes me really happy, so I'm looking forward to it already!

Prt of the deal was to go for dinner as well. Apparantly Ziena's not to keen on shopping for someone else (I thought all women loved that, but I guess I was wrong), so I sorta needed a catch to get her to go along. She came up with the dinner scheme herself, which is fine by me since I really like eating out.

So, obviously I'm looking forward to tomorrow as well, as that will be the first time to wear my new clothes!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Thirteen days

Sorry for not posting for a few days, I wasn't really in the mood for writing a blog entry. Not that there was anything wrong with me, I just didn't feel like it.

So what did I do this weekend? Well, actually, it was all pretty standard, except for the fact I ordered the DVD from Thirteen Days online, and it arrived by mail on Saturday. As you may know, I'm obsessed with nuclear weapons (for more than 3 years now, so obviously it's not just a passing craze), so this movie really needed to be in my collection. I've been searching for it in stores for some time now, but never managed to find it, so I'm glad I got it now. It's packed with extra's, too, so aside from the movie itself there is a lot to see!

The rest of the weekend generally consisted of doing fun stuff with friends on friday and Saturday, and visiting my parents on Sunday. So now it's Monday already, and today marks the premiere of Madonna's fabulous new single 4 Minutes. Also, if you happen to live in the Netherlands, be sure to watch RTL Boulevard tonight, where the first part of Daphne Bunskoek interview with madonna will be broadcasted tonight!

Friday, March 14, 2008

The cover of Hard Candy



There it is: the cover of Madonna's fantastic new album Hard Candy!

A letter to One News Now

The following letter I have send to One News Now, I will publish their reply, provided they dare to send any

Dear reader,

Since every time I try to write a comment, you censor it because it doesn't fit your needs, I would like to know through this means how you defend a couple of things:

- You violate AP policies by changing every use of the word 'gay' into 'homosexual'. I already, and many with me, notified AP about this illegal (is that a Christian way to go?) way of using news items.

- You add comments from totally irrelevant people to try and defend your point of view, yet you censor everyone who tries to tell the truth. By this, you try to give your readers a biased view of the world, yet you condemn groups that you don't aprove of, of doing the same, even though they try to give a balanced view of the news.

- You clearly censor comments on your articles. I've send in at least 20 comments in one week, yet none of them has been published. I've read your terms of agreement and found no reason for not publishing my comments, other than they don't comply with your twisted worldview.

- You do nothing else but trying to influence politics. Yet, when a group you don't agree with (mostly homsexuals as you caal them, gays, as I call them) do the same, you acusse them of a hidden agenda. Does this mean only Christian Right has the right to try and influence the way of life through politics?

- You actually try to make people believe things that are clearly not true. I'm sure you make a lot of money with your ministry, but surely... the world is re-making oil? Global warming isn't really happening? Who are you kidding....

I would really like to get an answer to all these questions, and so would my readers. This entire letter will be published on http://totallytheo.blogspot.com for my readers to read, and I think we all deserve an answer. In the unfortunate situation you wouldn't answer, I'm sure there will be more interesting platforms on the internet to put this letter on. Also, beacuse of your violation in using AP policies, this letter will be forwarded to them as well.

sincerely,

Theo van Dijk, Groningen,

Tour mayhem

Now that all the promotion for Hard Candy and 4 Minutes is on it's way, there's a little interesting tidbit on the AOl ticket website! As of yesterday, they list a Madonna show in november in Orlando Florida, further fueling all the rumours that a 2008/2009 Madonna tour is on its way! Don't get all too excited, you can't buy tickets yet, but the very fact the show is listed is pretty good news!

The fact that this tour will be in the winter, makes it the first of Madonna's tours since The Girlie Show World Tour 1993 to have an initerary like that. I sure hope the tour doesn't come to Europe before spring 2009, since European stadiums work according to the General Admission system, meaning your standing place in the stadium will be assigned to you according to a first-come first-served basis. What this means is, to get front row, you need to spend about 20 hours in front of the entrance to be the first in line. I love doing this for Madonna shows, since during Drowned World, Re-Invention and Confessions, the weather was fine and the crowd was great. During a winter show on the contrary, I can't imagine having a good time while freezing my ass of.

Not to worry though, if the Orlando show takes place in November, Europe will probably be a couple of months later, as it appears this tour will also visit Latin America, which would be a logical move after orlando or Miami.

So, the tour rumours are really starting to get started, which is good! Of course, there's also the album and single promotion!. Yesterday, Warner Music launched their new website http://www.tick-tock.tv which at this point doesn't offer that much, but definitely can be seen as a teaser campaign. Next Monday, March 17, the single 4 Minutes (also featuring Justin Timberlake) will premiere on radio, and will be shot right into A rotation from the start.

I love being a Madonna fan!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bit of a cold

Since yesterday, I'm feeling a bit sick, but not sick enough to stay at home. Actually, I guess it's more a bit of a cold, which of course is harmless as can be, but still a bit of a pain. I've been sneezing all day long and I've had a terrible night with practically no sleep, so right now I look like absolute shit.

Luckily enough my day at the office was made up out of studying contracts with our clients, which is quite tranquil to do, and something that doesn't have a deadline, so I was able to take it slow. Still, I'm pretty tired right now, and can't wait to get home and get something to eat.

For the rest of the evening, I'm planning on taking a long hot shower, and spend the rest of the time on the couch watching a movie, either on television or on dvd. I sure hope I'm feeling better tomorrow!

Bond.... James Bond

Some of you will know that I'm a huge James Bond fan!~At the moment I'm collecting all 21 of them on DVD, so yesterday, because I quit smoking half a year ago, my mother texted me to go and buy a new one on her expense, which was of course a very welcome gesture. So, after work I went right to the record store, where I bought For Your Eyes Only, featuring Roger Moore.

Of course, I've seen every 007 film numerous times, but I still love seeing them again, so I was very happy with my new DVD. When it was over, I also watched Thunderball, featuring Sean Connery, again. All in all, this meant about 5 hours of watching James Bond movies, am I pathetic or what haha?

I can't really put my finger on it which Bond actor I like best. Daniel Craig (the current Bond), is definitely not my favourite, but with the old ones, I basically like Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan about the same. Contrary to many 007 fans, I don't even dislike George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton. Basically the storyline is always good enough to hide their flaws.

So, let me know: which Bond is your favourite?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I heart Perez Hilton

I'm sure you all heard of Perez Hilton, self proclaimed gossip queen, but still I would like to direct some attention to his hilarious site http://www.perezhilton.com . This fantastic showbizz news site can count on me for several visits every day, each of which ends with a smile.

The thing that distincts him from other gossip sites, is the fact that he always gives his own (usually very bitchy) opinion, and writes words on the pictures accompanying his acrticles. For instance, before Britney Spears was doing better, he routinely wrote the word ´trainwreck´ all over her pictures. Also, it´s very obvious which stars he loves, and which he hates. For instance, there isn´t a single positive article on Avril Lavigne. Actually, he loves the fact her tour isn´t selling that well at all, and loves writing about it.

Another thing that obviously works well for me, is the fact he adores madonna, although he´s not afraid to point it out when she´s doing something wrong or looks hideous (which, yes kids, even madonna does sometimes). He's also a big fan of Britney Spears, despite the aforementioned nasty comments.

What good does it do to write a whole entry on him, when it's a much better idea to go and check it out yourself? Remember: http://www.perezhilton.com

Half a year

The moment has finally arrived: per today, I'm a non-smoker for half a year already! How cool is that? I realize it may sound a bit silly to mention the fact every month, but I'm so fucking proud of myself for not smoking for such a long time. When I quit on September 12, I didn't think I would make it this long. Actually, I think I didn't even expected it to last for over a week, and here I am...

I guess after half a year it's safe to say I'll never start smoking again, especially since our government is totally taking the fun out of it, with smoking bans as of June 1st almost everywhere. It's not as if it's really inviting to go and have a nice cigarette, since you have to go outside all the time. Besides, since I'm planning on moving houses pretty soon, it would be nice to actually keep the walls white in my new place.

Another big factor to count in, is the fact I've saved approximitely EUR 1040.- since I quit, which is good money! So, as a reward I think I'll go buy myself a nice CD or DVD tonight after work! I think I deserve that much!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Madonna and Justin



Here it is, the cover for Madonna's (and Justin Timberlake's) fantastic brand new single 4 Minutes, taken from her forthcoming album Hard Candy.
The single will have it's official radio premiere (after already being leaked) next Monday, March 17. Can't wait!

Shortage of water

Because one of the main pipelines around Groningen crashed yesterday, we spend part of the day entirely without water. It all started when I woke up, to find out I couldn't take a shower, and couldn't make myself a cup of tea. So I went to work, being stupid enough to think we'd have water there, which of course wasn't the case.

The supermarkets ran out of bottled water as early as 9 in the morning, but luckily enough my office bought hundreds of them, so we didn't have to die from thirst. Funny though, how a little inconvenience like this makes people stockpile their goods as if nuclear war is about the break out. People really acti as if it's some kind of disaster, while in the end it was only for a couple of hours, and institutions like hospitals, where water is critical, had their own supplies. In other words: there was no danger at all.

Anyway, water is back on again, except we still can't drink it cause it might be polluted. It feels a bit like camping, I like it!

Monday, March 10, 2008

On the cover of a magazine

Doesn't she look absolutely smashing? It's good to be a Madonna fan with covers like this one, from the latest issue of Interview magazine. Looks like the Hard Candy promotion is really on its way!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Relaxation?

Friday is passing by pretty quickly, so the weekend is almost upon us! I'm not having any plans this weekend, which is kinda nice for a change. Probably in the end the weekend will be filled up to the point of gridlock, but at least for now I can pretend I will actually do some relaxation. I'm actually planning to go and watch some Madonna shows on DVD tonight. One of my favourite pastimes, I rarely get the chance to actually watch one from opening to encore, so I hope tonight it will work out!

Tomorrow I hope to do some shopping, without any destination. Maybe I'll buy something, maybe I won't, either way will be fine. Does this sound boring or what? Anyway, I'm sure I'll enjoy myself!

So, a couple of hours to go, and then I'm off! Hope you all enjoy your weekend as well!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Theo's Top Ten Albums

Just for the fun of it, here's my current Top Ten of most listened to albums:

1. Madonna - The Confessions Tour
2. Kylie Minogue - X
3. Mika - Life In Cartoon Motion
4. Take That - Beautiful World
5. Take That - Never Forget, the Greatest Hits
6. P!nk - I'm Not Dead
7. Madonna - I'm Going To Tell You A Secret
8. Kylie minogue - ShowGirl Homecoming
9. Nelly Furtado - Loose
10. Spice Girls - Greatest Hits

Missing white female

Yesterday evening Dutch late night talkshow host Jensen had an entire show dedicated to the disappearance of Nathalee Holloway. All the key figures were in the show one way or another: Peter R. de Vries, who is the crime reporter who lead the investigation, Patrick, the guy who lured Joran van der Sloot into the trap, Beth Holloway, Nathalee's mother, Bram Moscovitz, her lawyer, and Joran van der Sloot himself through a phone in.

It made me wonder why we're so interested in this story, not just over here in the Netherlands, but also in Aruba (where she was killed) and in the United States (where she was from). I read about something called the 'missing white female syndrom', which means that press and public pay an enormous amount of attention to certain crime stories, because it sort of appeals to them as if it were a movie script. Nathalee fits into this description perfectly. She was a young girl, with a whole life in front of her, who suddenly went missing. There's a guy involved who can easily be pointed at as the killer, and there's the mother in tears.

Don't get me wrong, I feel really sorry for Nathalee and her family, and I wish Joran van der Sloot will be put to jail (although I doubt it will happen). Still, I can't help but wonder why this case means so much to us all, while there are people missing every day, without ever showing up in the press except for maybe a two sentence story somewhere on page 17. Isn't it quite painful for family of those other missing persons, to see their loved ones being blatantly ignored while others get all the screen time they wish?

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The race is still on

Of course it's all over the news already, but I would like to mention it here as well: Hillary Clinton has won the primaries in the two defining states Ohio and Texas. Had she lost, she wouldn't have any chance in securing the Democratic nomination for the Presidential election in November, so her victory this week has made the race all the more exciting.

To tell you the truth, I don't really care anymore if Obama or Clinton wins for the Democrats. The most important thing is that a Demcorat wins the general elections, be it Barack or Hillary. Now tha Huckabee has stepped out of the GOP race, the only Republican left is McCain, who I hope doesn't stand a chance after the disaster George W. Bush has left the United States in.

The next defining primary is weeks from now (Pennsylvania) so the race will continue to be exciting, with millions of campaign money being thrown in from all sides. It's days like this I wish I was an American, so that I could get a front row seet. In fact, I feel kinda sorry for my friend Leendert, who lands in Houston for the first leg of his trip around the world today. Did he leave one day earlier, he would have landed right into the circus that surrounded the Texan primaries yesterday. Ah well, we can't have it all...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

One News Now

Today I would like to direct your focus to a very fun, hilarious even, website called One News Now (http://www.onenewsnow.com/). This site is affiliated (owned, perhaps) by the idiotic American Family Association (http://www.afa.net/) about which I wrote before. Now, while AFA is the activist part of the organisation, One News Now is the so-called non -partial news organisation.

So why is this funny? Well, for two reasons (please go over there and have a look, and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about). First of all, the way they present their news, is a way of always making sure their own believes and statements come across, no matter what the original article said. The regularly change AP headlines to fit their own needs, they add comments from people with absolutely no authority on the subject, and they even change words, like consequently changing the word 'gay' into 'homosexual' (I guess they see the latter as some sort of name-calling).

One thing that's apparent immediately, is the fact the consequently everything the Democrats do, is wrong, and everything the Republicans do, is no less than fabulous. So much for being unbiased... The weird thing is that ONN, being affiliated to AFA, has a tax exempt, meaning they should not favor any of the two parties. (I could be wrong about this, not knowing American law that particular, so if I am, please ignore above statement).

The second reason I really love ONN, is the fact that readers can leave comments on the articles. Allthough there are always a couple of people like me actually making comments that make sense, that's not the reason for the fun of these statements. The good thing is, there are many people who believe everything this website sttes, and basically live in the Stone Age when it comes to their worldview. I'll give you a few examples of what your average ONN reader believes:

- Oil is a fuel the world will never run out of, since the planet is able to produce it continuesly
- American constitution should be re-written in order to comply with the Bible
- Israel has a holy right to the country the're occupant of, and Palestins should not complain

This is just a random pick out of several thousand hilarious comments. So, if you want to have some fun, please visit ONN!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Party time

The weekend has been great (don't I say this every week? I guess I'm just really into my weekends) with loads of things to do. Friday I left the office really early, so that I could get a jump started of three days of fun. I went to Cleopatra to have a couple of beers, which was nice.

When I got home, I watched my new DVD Brokeback Mountain, which my mother gave to me last week. I really love that movie, and I think it deserved any Oscar it got! The only strange part about it now, is that of course Heath Ledger has passed away in real life. I't's weird watching someone who has just recently died, but then again, it's not as if it's a happy movie in the first place, so I guess it kinda fits the mood in a strange morbid way.

Saturday I woke up quite early, cause I needed to do some shopping. Leendert was throwing his going away party, and Sunday it was my sister's birthday, so both of them of course needed presents. When I got downtown, it seemed as if the entire north of the Netherlands, and then some (Germany?) had decided to also come to Groningen. It was way too crowded for dunshopping, so I just bought my presents and went straight back home.

Saturday evening I went to Leendert's party which was great. The bad thing was, the booze was free, so as you can imagine we were all pretty much loaded by midnight.

Sunday morning my parents came over to bring me my new microwave and take me to my sister's birthday. The whole family was there, I guess for the first time since Christmas, so it was a nice afternoon. Got back home at about dinnertime, so I ordered some Chinese and watched the James Bond movie Dr. No, also new in my DVD collection. As you may know, I'm a big fan of James Bond movies, so I'm happy the collection is growing almost weekly nowadays.

So, I've fone plenty of things, and generally had a good time. Can't wait for the next weekend!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Listen to 4 Minutes

French radio has finally premiered Madonna's fantastic new single, featuring Timbaland and Justin Timberlake: 4 Minutes (previously known as 4 Minutes To Save The World), from her long awaited new album Hard Candy. Click on the following link to listen to it:

http://www.zshare.net/audio/82978307347021/

Enjoy! I think it's got #1 Hit Single written all over it! I love it!
 
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