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Miserable Destiny

Publisher's Note

Baltimore - 8 November, 1999 - That line on the cover by Sean Altman is probably one of the wittiest song lyrics of this last decade, methinks. It comes from his song entitled "Miserable Destiny," the theme of this week's edition of The World's Magazine. More on that below...

Though these editions are dated for Monday, when most of you will come looking for our latest material I reason, it's usually my habit to launch the magazine on Sunday evening. This week I didn't. In fact, I spent most of Sunday evening sleeping. That's when predating comes in handy.

I think you'll find this one of the more thoughtful issues of the GENERATOR 21(G21). Each and every essay has thought-provoking things to say. FEED THE HUNGRY. You can help someone else in this world and IT WON'T COST YOU A DIME. If you simply remember to drop by The Hunger Site every day that you surf and click a simple button ONE LESS PERSON WILL GO HUNGRY. The food is distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme and paid for through the sponsorship of companies that care. Do your part.

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Event # 191: Miserable Destiny

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ABOUT THIS ISSUE: This is another edition I recommend to you without qualification.

FELICITY USSHER's piece in LONDON CALLING! on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is a must-read.

I also highly recommend JEAN-YVES DUROCHER's essay in this week's MEMOIRS OF THE INFORMATION AGE. I'm sure it will provoke pithy comments from members of the MOIA Discussion List.

And following your endorsement of our producing a public policy feature, this week we premiere AGENDA. Bon appetit!

A very naughty child.LIFE OF ROD: It started on Friday evening. I had been busy most of the day, running errands, buying groceries, I had spent the last hour playing some silly computer game to stave off... I decided to make a sandwich. Eat something. As soon as I sat down to eat the sandwich, and was no longer "busy," I started to cry. I sat there crying for half an hour. Then I ate the sandwich and went to bed.

I had seen this coming, of course. I always do. The first sign was a couple weeks ago. On my way to the shower, I stopped, turned to the bathroom mirror and said, "I hate you."

I am not sick, I am not well.
My quondam dreams are shot to hell,
My soul is crushed, my spirit sore;
I do not like me any more.
--- Dorothy Parker

I sit and argue with myself. All I want to do is lie on the bed with the shutters closed. And then I reproach myself because every passing hour heaps on that much more pressure to get the writing out, get back on the treadmill.

Why are you doing this to us? I ask myself. The Mature Voice answers that things are better for us than ever before. We aren't worrying, worrying, worrying about money or bill collectors. This is necessary, it says. And I immaturely respond, I murmur, "But I hurt."

Get up! Get back to work!

The Mature Voice tells me and anyone else who will listen that we must leave a legacy. That the responsible thing to do is contribute. I grouse that it's working me to death to build this cathedral of words he insists on leaving behind. That I want to have some fun.

You have a short memory, he retorts. Don't you remember the wolf at the door? Don't you remember all the misery and pain in those relationships you used to have? Tell me that you can honestly say that you were any less miserable in some of those bent-coin affairs of yours than you are now? And you get paidfor this, stupid!

I give up arguing and get back to work. Keep busy. Don't think about it.

A friend of mine once told me that if you remain chaste long enough you become a virgin again. I remember laughing at that idea....

So with my new found innocence, and this great legacy I am leaving behind, I should be happy, right?

REMEMBER: Tell every single one of your friends about this Web site. Me mother thanks you, me father thanks you, me advertisers thank you.

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EDITORIAL CORRECTIONS: It was a good week.
ROD AMIS has published this magazine since 1990. It first appeared as a hardcopy 'Zine. In March, 1996, he launched it here on the Web. Rod was a Contributing Editor at, where he wrote the " 'Net Publishing" feature. His work has been featured in the San Francisco Bay Guardian Online, NRV8, and at WebLab's Reality Check site. Rod was also a contributing writer on technology for Faulkner Information Services.

Andover News NetworkRod is now a columnist for the Andover News Network, where he writes on web design and development issues every Thursday. He is principal writer and Editor for IT Manager's Journal, where he reviews technology issues five days a week. His opinions on the Info Age began appearing on MethodFive's HYPER technology newsletter in March.


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