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Thursday, October 31st, 2002
9:12a - Another Comic
I owe this one to Charlie Stross:

http://www.angusoblong.com/cutietoon/pages/page0_jpg.htm

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11:24p - Music Videos
I'm downloading, via KaZaA, the last few music videos I can imagine wanting. It's been expensive, what with me running over my limit in hours letting the computer download it, but I've accumulated an excellent collection, I'd think, some 3.5 gigabytes--Garbage, Eurythmics, New Order, Shakespears Sister, Sinéad O'Connor, and so on. I'll post a list later, once I figure out how to tkae a directory listing in Windows XP and transfer it to a text file.

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11:40p - "California"
Right now, I'm listening to Mylène Farmer. I've written about her before in my livejournal. She can be wonderfully dark. Nice image, too, in her videos: She does the whole seductive dangerous woman thing quite attractively. The lyrics to a cool song of hers, "California"--yes, I've got the video--are rather interesting. It's interesting how they sum up the whole outlook that so many people seem to have about California, as a land of sex and death and an interestingly creative sort of brutality.

French lyrics first, my English translation after, both taken from this website. (I've improved the English translation, I think.)

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"California" (M. Farmer/L. Boutonnat)

Aéroport, aérogare
Mais pour tout l'or m'en aller
C'est le blues, l'coup d'cafard
Le check out assuré
Vienne la nuit et sonne l'heure
Et moi je meurs
Entre apathie et pesanteur
Où je demeure
Changer d'optique, prendre l'exit
Et m'envoyer en Amérique
Sex appeal, c'est Sunset
C'est Marlboro qui me sourit
Mon amour, mon moi, je
Sais qu'il existe
La chaleur de l'abandon
C'est comme une symphonie

C'est sexy le ciel de Californie
Sous ma peau j'ai L.A. en overdose
So sexy le spleen d'un road movie
Dans l'rétro ma vie qui s'anamorphose

J'ai plus d'I.D., mais bien l'idée
De me payer le freeway
C'est l'osmose, on the road
De l'asphalte sous les pieds
Vienne la nuit, c'est le jet lag
Qui me décale
L.A.P.D. me donne un blâme
C'est pas le drame
Se faire un trip, s'offrir un streap
Sous le soleil en plein midi
Six a.m., j'suis offset
J'suis l'ice dans l'eau, j'suis mélo, dis
Mon amour mon Wesson
Mon artifice
La chaleur du canon
C'est comme une symphonie

C'est sexy le ciel de Californie
Sous ma peau j'ai L.A. en overdose
So sexy le spleen d'un road movie
Dans l'rétro ma vie qui s'anamorphose

***

Airport, air terminal
But for all the money I need to go
It's the blues, depression
It's checkout for sure
Let the night come and the time pass
And I'm dying
Caught between apathy and gravity
Where I'm staying
Changing angles, taking the exit
Going off to America
Sex appeal, it's sunset
And Marlboro smiling at me
My love, my ego, I know it exists
The warmth of abandon
It's like a symphony

Sexy's the sky of California
Under my skin, L.A. gives me an overdose
So sexy the spleen of a road movie
In the mirror, my life in anamorphosis

No I.D., but still the idea
Of taking the freeway
Osmosis, on the road
Between the asphalt and my feet
Let the night fall, as the jet lag
Puts put me back
L.A.P.D. gives me a fine, no tragedy
Having a trip, tasting a streap
In the sun, in full midday
Six a.m., I'm offset
I'm ice in water, I'm mellow, say
My love, my Wesson
My clever trick
The warmth of the barrel
It's like a symphony

Sexy's the sky of California
Under my skin, L.A. gave me an overdose
So sexy the spleen of a road movie
In the rear-view mirror, my life in anamorphosis

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