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Thoughts and Dreams of Aaron Schmidt

This is the online journal of Aaron Schmidt where he records his thoughts (when they seem relevant) and his dreams (when he can remember them).

20 August 2004 Population control

I sometimes wonder if the United States has it right.

They promote guns and violence and killing in their media and at the same time suppress nudity and sex. At the cinema, it is far more common to view the graphic destruction of human body parts than to see a single female brest.

So what message does this deliver? That sex is bad and death is good. And the end result? Quite simply: population control.

Population overcrowding is going to be a major problem before the middle of the 21st century, so it appears the US has got a good jump start on the issue.

04 August 2004 Rivers after school

Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of the band Weezer, has released an interesting article about his life and his music.
I recognized that the feeling of sublime ecstasy I once got from music was just one more of these forms of love.

What I’ve Been Up To Since I Left School

31 July 2004 Break dance karma

After dinner, Aurélie, Siba and I decided to walk down to the Seine to spend a little time in the open air. As we were passing through Notre Dame, we were lucky enough to catch the beginning of a break dance spectacle.

And this was no ordinary break dancing. This was a full out dancing production with the craziest moves I've ever seen (and I've seen some impressive dancing on the streets of Paris).

Besides the dancing, they also demonstrated some cool "tricks". One guy did this crazy flip jump over 7 people lined up and bending over at the waist. 7 people! At another point, there was a race between two of them which they then played in reverse (with the music in reverse) and then again in slow motion.

During the show, one of the guys went through the crowd collecting donations. With over 200 people watching and most throwing in a couple Euros, I'm sure they did pretty good. I love these kind of shows on the streets of Paris with people who are passionate about what they do, so I figured what the hell and threw in €10.

At the end of the show, they did this "we are champions" kind of thing with the lead guy pretending to count the change in his giant bag of money. With all the other dancers bowing down around him, he then pulled out the €10 bill, got down on one knee and held the bill suspended above his head.

Chances are excellent that the bill was mine ... and I felt a rush of good karma. :)

People should always be encouraged for doing what they love.