October 5th, 2005

The FADER Magazine – New York Mythology – The Warriors: an oral history

I have never seen this film, but everything I’ve read about it fascinates me.

On the list.

Oct 19, 2005: Sore Thumbs channels The Warriors.


October 5th, 2005

First he quit. Then he un-quit. Now I just don’t know.

The Times-Tribune – News – 09/30/2005 – Political relations tense in Throop as withdrawn resignation accepted


THROOP — Bounced checks, declined credit cards and council members who barely speak to each other have relations in Throop borough government as tense as some people have ever seen them.

I’ve been through a lot of administrations, and I’ve never seen problems there like now,” Councilman Thomas Lukasewicz said.

Embattled Borough Manager Robert J. Hegedus Jr. said there’s plenty of money in the bank, and that the bounced checks — $77,309 worth — were the result of him not knowing the borough’s accounting software, not of malfeasance. As of Thursday, he said, the borough had $421,426.27 in its general fund. There is no money missing, he said, and the borough credit accounts are paid up or will be soon.

Mr. Hegedus unsuccessfully ran for council this spring with the current majority, but has fallen out of favor with his former allies — like Council President Daryl A. Menichetti, who says she wants Mr. Hegedus out.

“I’m sorry this had to happen,” Ms. Menichetti said. “I had a great deal of faith in him. I thought that he was intelligent and had integrity.”

Mr. Hegedus resigned Sept. 16 but took it back three days later, and is still on the job. However, The Borough Council voted 3-0 with three abstentions Monday to accept his resignation anyway, and Ms. Menichetti said she doesn’t think Mr. Hegedus is still a borough employee. She is awaiting an opinion from the borough’s solicitor.

If Mr. Hegedus didn’t understand the borough’s accounting software or was otherwise in over his head, Ms. Menichetti said, he should have asked for help.

Mr. Hegedus said he had hoped to play the part of Throop peacemaker when he took the job, but the majority got angry with him when he started talking with the minority.

“I was just trying to figure out ways to make the town better,” Mr. Hegedus said. “I never intended to keep anyone out of the loop.”

Mr. Lukasewicz and fellow minority Councilman James A. Barnick said the level of trust between them and the majority is so low they don’t talk without a third party — often the police chief — present.

A special meeting of the Borough Council has been set for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Contact the writer: mmcnarney@timesshamrock.com


October 5th, 2005

I blame Jeffery Rowland for introducing me to the concept of Machine Elves.

Machine Elves (also known as self transforming machine elves) is a term coined by the writer and philosopher Terence McKenna to describe the entities that he claims one becomes aware of after having taken tryptamine based psychedelic drugs such as DMT. According to McKenna, their constant dance creates the reality as we perceive it. By following their dance, one can stay in contact with the Logos, a subconscious world of spiritual and other information. A close similarity is the Hindu Dance of Shiva.

Although, truth be told, I should have read Terrance McKenna years ago.

I am a reality slacker.

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