16-17 Sep 2010
I woke up at 2:00 PM and took 1 piracetam and choline, and again at 9:00 PM at 4:00 AM. I actually got 9 or 10 hours of sleep last night, and I've been feeling really good today. I'll have to wake up earlier tomorrow, since my Kindle is apparently on the way here and I can't wait to get my hands on this thing. I recorded, edited and posted a new video tonight, which most people seem to like so far. It wasn't a very deep one, though. I'll continue editing the next big one, and put together an announcement for dprjones' fundraiser tomorrow. I've also been listening to The Birthday Massacre's new album, "Pins and Needles", which is amazing. All of it is great and none of it sucks. You know how you usually expect albums to have some good songs and some that are just average? This is pretty much awesome all the way through. It took a little while for their previous albums to grow on me after I first heard them, but this was immediately enjoyable. Maybe it's because they all sound more or less the same, but that's okay, because it sounds good. I would totally recommend it. If you haven't listened to TBM before, go check it out!
One thing I forgot to mention was that a reporter from a local paper recently contacted me and expressed interest in doing a story about me. This kind of surprised me. I tend to draw in a diverse, but sparse crowd from around the world, and I never really expected the local area would care much about what I do. I guess it's passed some threshold of notability, though, and that's okay. I do live in a town that already has an office of the Illinois Family Institute and a fake "abortion" clinic meant to convert people (they have their own float for our parades). I figure I might be able to provide some balance. Of course, I have no idea what angle they're going for here, or if there will be sufficient space for them to accurately represent my views and motives. My family is a bit concerned about my name getting in the paper for this, but I practically dropped off the face of the earth for about five years after I left school, and I'm pretty sure most people have moved on and won't remember me - or, by now, even recognize me. I'll let you all know how it goes, and maybe provide some scans if possible.
I did manage to find something else to severely bother me today. The cartoonist who started Everybody Draw Mohammed Day has been forced into hiding with a completely new identity after Anwar al-Awlaki issued a fatwa calling for her assassination. Al-Awlaki is believed to have inspired a number of high-profile Islamic terrorists, to the extent that the US government is now willing to have him illegally killed on sight without trial if the opportunity presents itself. Think about this. She just drew a damn cartoon, one which did not even contain Muhammad. She's now forced to live in secrecy and fear, in the United States of America, because this religious pyscho is actually ordering his followers to kill her over a cartoon that offended his delusions. This is insane. Everything about this situation is like something out of a satirical dystopic fantasy. The very point of Everybody Draw Mohammed Day was to not be scared out of expressing ourselves by threats from religious extremists. Yet this is exactly what could happen again if nothing is done to show that this is still absolutely unacceptable.
So, I'm going to do something about this. I'm going to do something very stupid, and inadvisable, but necessary. Someone has to, for the same reasons we drew Muhammad in the first place. I'm also pretty irritated by the inordinate attention being given to an Australian lawyer who smoked a page from the Qur'an and posted it on YouTube. This is actually worldwide news now. Someone set a piece of paper on fire, and this is treated as a major story. I can barely comprehend how something like this is even remotely notable, but I am interested to see what will happen once I do what I'm planning to do. If anything, I'll be sure to call out the media and ask if they'll run a thousand stories on this, too.
The coming days may be very interesting.