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... Sherlock gets some recognition in the actors categories as both Cumberbatch and Freeman take away the awards. I'm really happy about that!

It's just a shame that Peter Dinklage didn't get one for his work on Game of Thrones this year. He was simply amazing.

FWIW, I think that one or 2 awards should be enough for long-running series - longer running series are nominated every year and take away the possibility of shorter running ones getting nominated. Think Mad Men, all the Comedy-nominees... even Breaking Bad. That's a bit annoying because there are tons of other series that don't get any recognition because the nomination-slots are filled up with those top dogs, even if they decline in later seasons. But at least this was the final year for Breaking Bad, so that opens up one slot (perhaps for Hannibal?!?).
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Just now I saw a repeat of the live-news reports from 10 years ago, the way the collapse of the first tower didn't really register with the reporters, and the silence and disbelief after the second came down. And again, I was hooked and felt the same shock as I did 10 years ago.

So, where was I when I first heard of the attacks?

Well, I went to get my photos of my visit in New York in July 2001, that I had magnified to put on the walls. One of them is a view of the south of Manhattan from the Empire State Building, of course, featuring the twin towers. This picture still has a special place in my heart and on my wall. I heard from the attacks in the shop, payed for my photos and I remember I rushed home just in time to see the second tower collapse.

I remember my being lost and the distinct feeling that I had just witnessed the end of the world as I knew it. And in a way I was right. The world hasn't been the same since then - wars have been fought without reason, civil rights neglected and subverted, people have been abducted and tortured without those methods really being questioned... I'm not sure that this is the way to go in order to protect the free world - in fact, I'm sure it isn't. But I guess it will take a lot of time still for the world to get back its confidence, to realize that you can't fight against fundamentalism and sheer hatred with weapons, restrictions and prejudice. Granted, you might leave yourself open to attacks, but, honestly, isn't that better than living in constant fear and anger?
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Well, I finally managed to watch "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"...

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The best part, though, was that I got to see the movie with my dear friend, [livejournal.com profile] quillscribe, who I had the opportunity to finally meet personally after years of emailing. And since we met through Harry Potter-fanfiction it was only too appropriate to watch the end of an era together. :)
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As a distraction from my ongoing "West Wing"-addiction - and at some point I'm planning on writing an analysis of my dislike of Toby, based on his behaviour in "17 people" (but not only that), and the way I absolutely adore Josh and "Noel" (well, not only "Noel" but in fact every episode he's allowed to show some vulnerability and depth of character) -, I stumbled upon Navy CIS... yeah, I know, not nearly up to par with TWW but it's entertaining enough to write about it as it got me thinking about the commitment issues within my favourite programmes, or rather the problem the portrayal of serious relationships in non-soap opera-ish series seems to pose.

But let's start at the beginning...

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And on that note, I'll stop my outpouring thoughts for now. I think I really have to get another hobby than watching (and obsessing about) TV-shows... yeah... not likely.

What else happened in recent weeks? I got around to watching "Black Swan" and now have the incredible urge to go and see "Swan Lake". *sighs* Maybe next season it's going to be on schedule in one of the opera houses here.

And on another note, I'm in the middle of moving to my new flat and I found out how incredibly difficult the planning of a kitchen can be - do I like cream coloured cupboards, do they clash with the white walls? Does the wooden counter top work with the wooden floor? Do I want to have either my dish washer or my oven or both elevated in height? Etc. And beyond those life-deciding questions I'm actually supposed to get something done at school?!? Yeah... not likely, either.
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Surfing on the internet and reading a positive review on amazon just now, I was just reminded that the new Vorkosigan book called "Cryoburn" already hit the shelves... and, if everything works out right, I'll be holding it in my hands in just a little over a week!! If that isn't reason enough for happy squealing, I don't know what is. *g* I can tell you it's been quite some time I've been looking forward to my birthday present as much as this year. :)

I'm a little concerned that it's a story that takes place off Barrayar since I usually prefer the books set on Barrayar - but nonetheless, I'm simply looking foward to finally reading more about one of my favourite book heroes of all time. I just hope Miles' voice still rings true, after all, it's been quite some time since Diplomatic Immunity resp Winterfair Gifts... and it's been known to happen that authors just lost the touch for their characters. *sighs*

I think that calls for a scream of frustration here. Patience has never been my strong suit. But I'm going to make it... it's just 11 days after all. And then a whole 3 days-weekend to savour the reading experience. If it were here already... ;)

And now I've got that frustration scream out of my system I'll go back to my squealing happily.
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I just watched Twilight and New Moon... and (without having read the books) I have to say that I don't quite get Bella's motivations. I think she's selfish and naive - she's asking Edward to cross the line he's built his entire existence around. And I don't think she actually understands what she's even asking for. Eternity can be a very long time, always being afraid of getting caught, always having to fight your basic nature.

I'm not sure this gets explained better in the books than in the movies, but so far I think *she*'s bad news for all around her, be they vampires or werewolves, not the other way around. She should really have a long talk with that blond "sister" of Edward's who was the only one who declined her request...

And I'm not so sure I like the way vampires and werewolves are portrayed so far. Werewolves who just change at will or when they get angry? There's no connection to the moon cycle? And vampires who show up on photos?

Well, I'm curious enough to see what happens next. (Or maybe I'll just spare me the wait and read the rest of the series. *g*)
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Okay, who else was a bit stumped by the news that Radcliffe and Watson were about to film a scene where both appear nude in DH? Apparently, it's going to be some sort of dream sequence... but am I the only one to not remember such a scene in the novel? Granted, I only read DH once, but I *think* that such a juicy scene would have stuck in my mind. Small wonder they need two movies to cover DH when they're filling up the time with such nonsense. *eyeroll*

On to CM-matters: In today's "Slave of Duty" we saw lots and lots of suffering/coping Hotchner. *sighs* I really guess I have to have some kind of sickness wanting to see my favourite characters suffer and in pain. But given from what I've gathered on the net in recent years, this disease seems to be quite a common one, so I'm not going to worry... yet. *g* I just hope they keep it up and won't have Hotchner going back to business as usual with the coming episode. And I'm already looking forward to more Reid, now that Gubler's finally off crutches (if he'd just return to the haircut he sported during the early season 4... nowadays whenever I see him I just get the urge to grab my scissors *g*). Episodes focusing on him have always been among the best, after all - so I'm eagerly awaiting the rest of season 5 (but not the month-long christmas-hiatus).
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I was most impressed by Obama's acceptance speech in November - calm, daring, reaching out his hand to those who didn't vote for him, warning his followers of difficult times ahead... And now IMO he outdid himself with the speech he gave today.

What a change from Bush's policies of the last years - and what a way to introduce that change with Bush sitting right behind him! I especially loved the bits about respect, peace vs. ideals, the offers of cooperation etc, he must have spent days, or rather weeks, cleverly putting together well known phrases and allusions to prior speeches. But I think he really managed to address everyone individually, to touch every single person, be it in Washington or in front of the TV... and that's quite a feat. That man's definitely a born leader, aware of dark times and of setbacks - I just hope, once the hysteria has vanished the people will let themselves be led even through setbacks.

Honestly, I also liked the way the Obamas accompanied the Bushs to their chopper. It sends a very interesting message, especially given the difference of opinions and attitudes... a message of respect, and I didn't get the impression that all the hugs and smiles were just for the media.

I even liked the fact that the actual swearing-in wasn't flawless. Even though it wasn't Obama's mistake (except his being too fast in repeating the first part), it put quite a human touch to the whole ceremony.

Quite a historic day - not only for the US.
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Honestly, while I reasonably liked the features of Itunes, I just hated being dependant on just one programme, just to use and synchronize my Ipod. And I don't like that Itunes, the music programme, comes with immediate access to Itunes, the music shop.

So, yesterday, once I downloaded Songbird, I thought I had finally found the programme that'd satisfy me... well, it imports my media library from Itunes, it connects with and synchronizes my Ipod - but I can't change the directory of my profile. I hate having user data on my system partition, because, in case the system crashes irrevocably, all my saved data is gone as well. So I started years back to save my Firefox and Thunderbird-profiles on another partition... and I thought that'd be possible with Songbird as well. But it isn't because Songbird just recreates the old profile in the same directory regardless of what's written in the profiles.ini. That's a major setback because I really like Songbird, its flexibility due to the addons - and finally I had an add-on that found the lyrics to the songs playing, and I could stop singing "lalala" and start with the actual text.

Okay, apparently it's back to Itunes, on the other hand, I also discovered (yes, yes, better late than never) the advantages of Internet radio. With Winamp you can even save the streams on your harddisk - but not with Itunes. But other than that, I just find Winamp too confusing - I just don't like the user interface at all... And that *was* my main reason, after all, for stopping to use it years ago!

Seriously, isn't there any player out there that's easily managed, can import an Itunes-library and connect with an Ipod, let's you change the user directory *and* is able to record streams???

*sighs* Utterly frustrated, I'll go to sleep now...
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Most days, there's nothing worth watching on TV - but today, Fellowship of the Ring and House both fought hard for my attention. I hate such days... really... and to think that I've an exam coming up tomorrow (or rather today) doesn't help at all. *g*

I just spent the last hour reading over my very first entries on this lj... beginning with how much I enjoyed learning for my forensic medicine exam, drifting into the realm of law, and perhaps having an inkling as to what would happen 3 years later. I can't believe I graduated from medschool 3 years ago, time really has a way to pass by so quickly when you're not looking. And just how much experience I have gained during those 3 years, working as an assistant nurse, as a medical doctor working with drug addicts, and last but not least, back again at school as a law student. All this allowed me to grow as a person. Sometimes it's been a challenge to face the emotional challenges work in the medical sector has to offer - and it has certainly be a challenge to go back to school and attend classes among people nearly half my age. And honestly, it's been a huge reward to see I've not lost my ability to focus, to more or less instantly understand the subject matter at hand...

I'm not certain where this path will lead me - but I guess this doesn't really matter at all, as long as I'm the one choosing which path to follow and not the other way around as it was not so long ago.

Perhaps that's why I enjoy The Lord of the Rings so much... it's a very simple story about seemingly insurmountable obstacles, hope, friendship, growth and redemption. I guess there isn't anyone who hasn't faced these topics at least once in his life. And who looking back regrets facing and overcoming those obstacles? They are necessary to grow as a person, however painful they prove to be. It's up to us to embrace them... albeit a difficult and most demanding endeavour, but a very rewarding one as well.
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Considering the US reputation as being one of the most democratic nations, I can only shake my head at some issues that come up at every single presidential election:

* voter registration: Sorry, but here in Austria you're automatically registered as a voter if you're 16+ years old and an Austrian citizen and have your main domicile in Austira (which is a requirement for other issues anyway) - exceptions are Austrians living abroad but let's not get into this. No need to go register just to be able to vote anywhere.

* ID: Of course, you have to prove your identity in some way... just take your passport, driving license or other official personal ID with you, and you have no problems at all. No need to get confused as to exactly which IDs allowed.

* voting machines: Honestly, voting machines that might just register your vote for the other candidate than the one you actually voted for? Sounds a bit ridiculous to me - just give me a sheet of paper with the candidates' names and I'll just make a quick cross in front of the candidate of my choosing. That takes about 10 seconds instead of the minutes Obama spent casting his vote (as broadcasted live on TV).

* voter suppression: Well, maybe the EU should send over election observers like they do in elections in the Third World (my brother used to be such an observer) - but alas, observers weren't invited/allowed in 2004 or so I hear.

* all or nothing/electors: First of all, a system where someone could become president without even getting the most votes, just seems wrong - sorry. And what with those electors? I understand that they were necessary back in the 18th century with the long distances in the US, but nowadays they just complicate a system that's complicated enough without them.

I'm not saying that the Austrian voting system is perfect, far from it as evidenced in recent elections. But at least, you don't have to cross mountains of difficulties to even be able to vote.

Still shaking my head... and hoping the "Change We Can Believe In" is going to happen.
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I snatched this little quiz from [livejournal.com profile] derry667 who in turn got it from [livejournal.com profile] wpadmirer...

First, list your 6 favourite TV-shows - and don't cheat and look at the questions below the cut!! Believe me, it will take all the fun out of this! ;)

Okay, let's have it:

1. Stargate SG-1
2. Supernatural - I'm only about through with season 1... and boy, do I adore this show (as evidenced by my most recent entries after all...)
3. Stargate Atlantis
4. 24
5. House, MD
6. Gilmore Girls

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Now, it's your turn!
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Derzeit laufen in Schweden gerade die Alpinen Ski-Weltmeisterschaften - für Österreich ja nicht wirklich erfolgreich... leider... oder vielleicht auch glücklicherweise. Jahrelang sind die österreichischen Läufer allen anderen um die Ohren gefahren, Rufe wurden laut, dass der Skisport durch die Dominanz eines Landes ruiniert wird, und möglicherweise hat sich auch eine gewisse Bequemlichkeit bei den Läufern breit gemacht.

Keine Frage, ich will Österreicher siegen sehen, aber ganz ehrlich, wenn ich mir teilweise die Präpotenz von Läufern und Trainern - und auch Reportern - zu Gemüte führe, beschleicht mich doch auch eine gewisse Schadenfreude. Skifahrer werden hierzulande praktisch wie Helden vergöttert, wobei man auch wissen muss, dass der Alpine Skisport im besonderen eines der wenigen wirklichen Aushängeschilder dieses Landes auf sportlicher Ebene darstellt. Das gibt trotzdem keinem Skipräsidenten die Allmächtigkeit, während Olympischer Spiele absolut unprofessionelle Interviews zu geben - und zu erwarten, dass auch ausländische Journalisten ihm so aus der Hand fressen, wie die inländischen es tun.

Aber die rein sportliche Ebene regt mich gar nicht so auf. Die Rennen bisher reflektieren die Saison, zumindest was die österreichische Ausbeute betrifft. Und es ist gut für Läufer, Trainer, Zuseher und Reporter, dass die anderen Nationen auch nicht auf der Nudelsuppe dahergeschwommen sind, sondern sich ihre jahrelange beinharte Arbeit mal bezahlt gemacht hat. Diskussionen über Material und/oder Startnummernregelung sind da lediglich Beiwerk, wenn auch v.a. im Super-G sicherlich letztere eine maßgebliche Rolle spielt. Fakt ist, dass sich die Waage lediglich wieder ein wenig ausbalanciert, und das kann dem Sport, wenn auch nicht der österreichischen Seele, nur gut tun.

Was mich allerdings ärgert, ist die Berichterstattung im österreichischen Fernsehen. Anstatt die Gegner mal zu loben, wird nur auf die eigenen Läufer geschimpft in einer Art und Weise, die dem Fass den Boden ausschlägt. Jeder kleinste Fehler wird mit einem ungehaltenen Seufzer quittiert, jede Platzierung außerhalb des Podiums als fast schon persönliche Beleidigung gesehen. Dazu maßen sich sogenannte Sachverständige Urteile an, die jenseits normaler Kritik im Reich der persönlichen Antipathie anzusiedeln sind. Anders kann ich mir jedenfalls nicht erklären, wie sich ein Assinger seine Bewertung von Maiers Form und Fahrt aus den Fingern saugt. Unbestritten ist, dass Maier nicht mehr in der Form ist, die er vor seinem Unfall hatte. Unbestritten ist auch, dass er entweder aufhören oder aber einen Materialwechsel vollziehen soll, der ihm einen Neuanfang und damit neue Motivation verschaffen kann. Unbestritten ist weiters, dass Maiers ständiger Hinweis auf die Materialabstimmung langsam nervt. Aber es ist ein himmelhoher Unterschied, ob man als Kommentator die Problematik objektiv anspricht oder sich richtiggehend mit leuchtenden Augen, weil man *endlich* etwas gefunden hat, an den Niederlagen von Maier weidet. Als Assinger vor über 10 Jahren als Kommentator die TV-Berichterstattungen erobert hat, waren seine Aussagen (mehr oder weniger) objektiv, informativ und erfrischend. In der Zwischenzeit jedoch ist ihm der Ruhm zu Kopf gestiegen, und er maßt sich einen Tonfall an, der ihm als Kommentator nicht zusteht. Kritik ja, Beschimpfung oder persönliche Fehdezüge nein. Ich hoffe, der ORF besinnt sich bald wieder der objektiven Berichterstattung, sonst bleibt bei mir der Bildschirm zukünftig schwarz - oder ich weiche zu Eurosport aus.

So, das musste jetzt echt raus. Nun geht's mir jedenfalls besser. *g*
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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] defcons_treklit's journal and immediately went over to the Wikipedia to see what other important things, apart from my own birth, happened on October 29th. The requirement on his journal was to list 3 events, 2 births, and 1 death - and I almost meet that requirement. ;-)

October 29th

Events

1863 - Sixteen countries meeting in Geneva agree to form the International Red Cross.
1929 - The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or Black Tuesday, ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression.
2004 - In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution.

And since I'm Austrian, love Mozart's music, and this year he'd be 250 years old:

1787 - Mozart's opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.

Births

1923 - Carl Djerassi, Austrian chemist - contributor to the invention of the oral-contraceptive pill
1971 - Winona Ryder, American actress

Death

1911 - Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-born newspaper publisher (b. 1847)
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As I indicated in an earlier entry, I'm not a very religious person. Nevertheless, Good Friday always manages to get me into a certain pensive mood. It's the one day of the year that I take the time to ponder what happened during that past year - more so than New Year's Eve or Christmas which would invite such things much more. But it's not just my own life that passes through my thoughts, but in a sense Good Friday and what it represents for Christians brings home the cruelty of mankind then and how little we've outgrown that in the 2000 years since. To cover both, I spent my evening watching a documentary about how the crucifixion of Jesus might have taken place, beginning with the design of the cross and ending with the question as to what really killed him (and any other victim of this most painful way of punishment and humiliation the Romans apparently used quite regularly) and after that "Schindler's List".

Of course, the daily news are full of reports of the darkest sides of human nature, but usually I keep myself from sympathizing too much. On some days, though, it's good to just sit back and allow yourself to *feel*, to be reminded of humanity's darkest hours and accept the fact that it was humans just like yourself who comitted those unimaginably horrifying and utterly despicable acts - just as much as it was humans just like yourself who endured them. Good Friday usually is such a day.

I remember when I was quite little that TV stations aired no ads on Good Friday, the programme itself was designed to fit the mood of the day. "Ben Hur", "Quo Vadis?", and other movies such as these made their yearly appearance on TV - and they still do. But nowadays more and more stations schedule comedies which to me just seems somehow wrong. Anything would be better than this - and to be honest, "The Two Towers" which will be aired on Sunday fits the mood in a much better way than any comedy ever could. It's a movie about sacrifice, endurance beyond imagination, despair, but also hope and friendship, all of which I associate with the spirit of Good Friday.
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At least last friday I had to experience this when I found my rabbit dead in its cage, with virtually no warning beforehand. Granted, he seemed calmer in the days before, but nothing really prepared me for this. I think I still haven't realized it quite yet. I still get up in the morning to put fresh food in his cage, I still find myself wanting to let him out to run around in the afternoon, I still startle when there's no light in the room where he used to be when he was out of his cage for the last 5 and a half years... far too short a life time for a rabbit (even if longer than his brother's...).

Perhaps it's hard to understand but it's as if an important part of my life is suddenly missing. I got my rabbits during a very difficult time in my life, they suddenly gave me back a reason to get up in the morning and not just wallow in self-pity. They required my care - and I took up the challenge and gradually got my life back on track. And later on, they were just there when I came back home, no matter what happened. Again, I don't know if anyone can really relate to this - especially people who don't have pets.

And now a new part in my life has begun. At the moment I'm still feeling empty and I'm going to miss that little rabbit for quite some time still. On the other hand, I need to consider the opportunities my no longer being required to stay in Vienna has opened up for me... not yet, though... whenever I'm ready.
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I just discovered the TV-programme "House, MD"... and I'm thrilled. I mean, not that *I* particularly want a doctor who doesn't take me seriously, but it's just fun to hear all those lines he throws at people. I'm afraid I'm a sucker for sarcasm and cynicism and of course it helps that this is a medical drama. I'm already waiting with bated breath for the next episode.

Right now I'm suffering through one of my twice a year colds... Ahhhhh, I'm hating all that stuff, beginning with throat aches, ear aches, stuffed up nose, cough, so I'm really hoping I'll be through with it in another couple of days.

During the last week I've been fighting a hard battle with my computer. First some components had to be replaced, then I had software problems which led to reinstalling my system twice in 3 days. Right now everything works as it should - I hope it stays that way. But actually, while it's a pain to reinstall all that stuff, it's kind of fun as well. I like figuring out why something doesn't work, so of course I try to work around the problem first without formating the harddrive. That's only the last resort which unfortunately this time couldn't be avoided.

On another note, I recently watched the Star Wars-DVD and I'm sorry to say that I still have issues with that film. I watched some of the scenes that were cut out and I think that the film would have made more sense if at least some of them had been left in the final cut. Particularly the scene where Padme confronts the Emperor and Palpatine later on subtly pushes Anakin into distrusting her, would have fit in perfectly. I'll just list my issues with the film again:

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Of course, the film is full of strong pictures, like Anakin and the stormtroopers entering the Jedi temple and slaughtering the children (I *hate* the term "youngling"!!!), the senate session where Palpatine finally realizes his plans of an Empire and the applause to those plans etc. But George Lucas just isn't capable of writing good dialogues, and that's ultimately what the prequel trilogy is suffering from most. Special Effects aren't everything and quite frankly, I would love to see what a director who relies less on technical progress and more on actually telling the story through the characters would have turned out as prequels.
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I have been a fan of Lance Armstrong's for quite some years, faithfully following his Tour de France efforts and cheering him on. In 2000 during a very difficult time I read his book "It's not about the bike" and while he didn't come across as a very likeable character I couldn't help but admire his open honesty, his determination and be inspired by it. Of course, I have been less and less involved with the Tour until now I'm just following it whenever I come across it instead of actually making time to watch it.

Having said that, I have to admit that I think that any sports on a highly competitive level is suspicious of performance-enhancing drugs such as EPO. I'm not that naive to believe that just because doping tests come back negative every one is clean. *But* I don't go around and accuse anyone of using drugs when I don't have solid proof to back up that claim. And that's what's happening time and again with Armstrong.

Right now "L'Equipe", a French sports-paper, implicates Armstrong with doping in the Tour of 1999. By then, there were no real testing methods for EPO, so apparently urine-samples were frozen to be tested at a later date when a solid testing method was found - which happened in 2000, first applied in the Tour in 2001. L'Equipe now claims that the urine-samples of 1999 were tested positive for EPO... 6 years after the event, one month after Armstrong's retirement from active sports. They also say in their article that those samples were tested in 2004... and do you really believe that such a bombshell would have been left sitting quietly in some lab for a whole year??? Again, I don't deny the possibility that their allegations are justified... I just find the circumstances highly suspicious...

I already mentioned the poor timing. Does anyone really believe that Armstrong would have been admitted to the Tour if they had published their findings earlier considering the Tour management's restrictive policy about doping? In my opinion the French media have been so involved in the witch hunt for years that they can't let up. Given their prior accusations that have been unfounded so far, they simply had to come up with something at some point. But still, why not drop the bombshell prior to the Tour, or even better during the Tour???

Then of course there's the testing method: L'Equipe writes that the samples were used for mere scientific purposes, the testers didn't know whose sample they were testing since the vials were not labeled. So there's no option of a second test to verify the first. There's not even proof beyond what l'Equipe claims that the vials really contained Armstrong's samples. And of course, let's not forget that even in frozen state biological matter changes, slowly but surely. But it's always easy to write something that the accused can't fight against. They even admit that, due to the testing methods, there's no way Armstrong can be punished according to anti-doping policies in cycling, i.e. be banned or be deprived of his subsequent victories. That doesn't mean that he can't be punished by court, though... not to mention the loss of reputation.

Another thing is that there's no official statement by the UCI yet to approve or deny the allegations. It's like a couple of years ago when Armstrong's team was officially investigated for doping. The investigation lasted for 2 years or so and then was just quietly discontinued. And let's not forget those other samples that were allegedly tested positive as well - interestingly, l'Equipe didn't publish the names of those other offenders.

Again, it's not that I think it impossible, it's not that I just close my eyes and pretend everything is alright when in fact it isn't, and I certainly don't take Armstrong's claims of never having taken performance enhancing drugs for absolute truth. It's the way a symbol, that was never quite accepted in France - well, it's always the people in second place that gain more of the public's sympathies -, is slowly being destroyed that bothers the hell out of me. They didn't have proof before, and now that they have "something" that points in the direction of doping everyone just jumps on the occasion to say that they've always known that it's impossible to defeat cancer and come back two years later to start a never thought possible winning streak at the Tour without drugs. And quite frankly, this attitude pisses me off. Reading all the headlines in newspapers today that range from "We always knew, now we have proof" to calling Armstrong liar, traitor and what not makes me so angry. This isn't objective writing, this is mere slander, a witch hunt that's based on one newspaper's article, not on solid facts. Accused, tried and convicted, all in one go, and I'm sick of this.

In dubio pro reo. Armstrong is entitled to the benefit of the doubt. And I'm appalled to see that so few newspapers and news stations all around the world are actually ready to grant him that.
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Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.


Both are by Albert Camus. I think they are incredibly insightful and thought-provoking... and what better way is there to define what friendship should be all about? Or what it means to really live the life you have been given?

Holidays...

Apr. 8th, 2004 05:53 pm
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I am not the most religious of persons. I haven't been to church for a year and I don't pray. But I do believe that there is "something" out there that awaits and welcomes us when we die.

To be honest, I haven't seen "The Passion of the Christ" yet - and I don't plan to ever watch it. You ask why? Well, in my opinion it's one thing to show those last 12 hours of Jesus' life - but I don't think those 12 hours are the important ones in the life of Christ. However, of course, they are easy to turn into a movie, full of blood, torture, and action which is what most films nowadays seem to revolve around. But is this actually what Christianity is all about? I say no.

Christianity has always been a source for hope, why else would it spread among servants and slaves before gaining access to the ruling class? I doubt very much that if Jesus' life had only been about the crucifixion there would have been much hope to gain for those who desperately needed it. Make no mistake, I don't say that it's not important that Jesus was willing the bear the cross weighted down by humanity's sins and die - far from it. But it's not his death that's celebrated on Easter Sunday, but his life and resurrection. And both are missing in this film. I wouldn't have minded a movie about Jesus, maybe 150 minutes long, that shows *every* aspect, his life, his deeds, his death (even in all those gory details) and his resurrection. And I highly doubt such a film would have created such an uproar as this one certainly has.

I'm not opposed to violence as long as it is embedded in a story and not the story itself. For example, "Schindler's List" or "The Pianist" wouldn't have worked at all without showing the cruelty of Nazi-Germany. But the violence only served to emphasize the plot, to make it stronger, more poignant.

So, I return to the initial question: What's the point of "The Passion of the Christ"? What does Mel Gibson want to accomplish by showing 2 hours full of pain, torture, blood and suffering? The more sarcastic side of me says that he already has achieved everything he ever hoped for - no officially planned PR could have had the impact the public outcry against this film had in driving the masses into the cinemas... and the money into the pockets of Mel Gibson.
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