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Ben
General Information

Main blog:Random Thoughts
Age:29
Birthday:July 14th 1988
Gender:Male
Occupation:Student
Education:High school, School of life
Religion:Agnostic
Service Attendance:Never
Race/lineage:White / Caucasian
Location:United States, New York


Contact Information

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Appearance

Body Size:Slender
Height:5' 10" (178 cm)
Eyes:Dark Brown
Vision:No assisted eyewear
Hair Color:Dark Brown
Hair Style:Straight - Medium
Facial Hair:Unshaven
Skin Tone:Fair
Clothing Pref.:Thrift Store


Personal Information

Relationship Status:Single - Never Married
Family Info:Fortunately, I have a good family
Sexual Preference:Straight/Heterosexual
Astrological Sign:Cancer (June 22 - July 22)
Existing as:Human
Smoking:No Way
Liquor:Never
Exercise:Regularly
Your Home:Live with parents
Likes:Doing my own thing.
Interests:Music, reading, games, computers, thinking, playing baseball


Personal Favorites

People/Heroes:Frank Zappa, Jeff Lynne, Bertrand Russell, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Books:The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe, 1984 by George Orwell, Sphere by Michael Crichton, Speaker for the Dead by Orso n Scott Card, The Hitchhiker's Guide Series by Douglas Adams, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, Foundation by Isaac Asimov, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Authors:Novelists: Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, Ken Follett, George Orwell, Mark Twain, Tom Wolfe, Philosophers: John Dewey, Siddhartha Gautama, Bertrand Russell
Music Genres:Rock: Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Progressive Metal., Classical: Baroque, Modern Classical., Jazz: Bebop, Post-bop, Fusion.
Bands/Artists:Bands/Soloists: Ayreon, The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, George Harrison, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Jeff Lynne, Charles Mingus, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Traveling Wilburys, Van der Graaf Generator, Roy Wood, Frank Zappa, Composers: J.S. Bach, Antonin Dvorak, W.A. Mozart, Igor Stravinsky, Edgard Varese, Frank Zappa
Albums/CDs:Absolute Favorites: Eldorado by ELO, Aqualung by Jethro Tull, The Wall by Pink Floyd, The Human Equation by Ayreon, Brainwashed by George Harrison, Still Life by Van der Graaf Generator, More Favorites: ELO II by ELO, The White Album by The Beatles, Out of the Blue by ELO, Animals by Pink Floyd, Songs from the Wood by Jethro Tull, Red by King Crimson, No Answer by ELO, Volume 1 by The Traveling Wilburys, Pawn Hearts by Van der Graaf Generator, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel, Freak Out! by Frank Zappa, I'm Wide Awake It's Morning by Bright Eyes, Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
Songs:Way too many to list...
TV Shows:Monty Python's Flying Circus, Mr. Bean, Black Adder, Rocko's Modern Life, Boston Public, Keeping Up Appearances, Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Benny Hill Show, All in the Family
Movies:Star Wars, Pink Floyd - The Wall, Lord of the Rings, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Man from Elysian Fields, The Sixth Sense, I Heart Huckabees, John Q, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Matrix
Actors:Rowan Atkinson, Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss, Natalie Portman
Games:Age of Empires, Civilization II, Dark Castle, Super Mario World, Final Fantasy VII, Thief: The Dark Project, Halo, Chuck Yeager's Air Combat, Wings of Glory, Crimson Skies, Sim City 3000, Metal Gear Solid 3, LoZ: Ocarina of Time
Sports:Baseball, skiing, golf
Colors:All of them
Drink:Iced tea
Quotes:"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." -Mark Twain, "Boredom as a factor in human behaviour has received, in my opinion, far less attention than it deserves." - Bertrand Russell, "Where there's great disappointment, there must be great love." - Martin Luther King, Jr., "And all that's to come, and all that is under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon." - Roger Waters, "If Jesus saves, he better save himself." - Ian Anderson., "You should be glad this is called the Department Store of Torture."- Samurai Champloo


Four Most Recent Entries

Roger Waters - Ça Ira
Roger Waters' new album, Ça Ira, came out on Sept. 27, so I will shamelessly plug my review here. I got it on the release date, so I am a special person... Roger Waters makes a triumphant return with his first new studio album since 1992's Amused to Death. Ça Ira, an opera about the French Revolution sure to be divisive among fans, is a big gamble for the former Pink Floyd bassist. It's been over ten years in the making (it was shelved for some time), but it's been well worth the wait. French songwriters Etienne and Nadine Roda-Gil wrote the original libretto for their country's...
 
Technology Has Turned Its Back On Me
I used to be the king. Technology bowed before me. I scoffed at all the people with broken computers. Then, Windows XP finally realized that I hated Microsoft and decided to commit suicide. What the hell happened? It would boot and get up to the point just before the account select screen would come up, but instead of getting that screen, it would hang up. Just a black screen. I was able to boot in safe mode and I did multiple virus checks and scans. Nothing. I ended up having to reinstall Windows -- fortunately, all my files were saved, but I had to reinstall drivers, etc. I have been able...
 
That's What I Hate About School
"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." - Mark Twain Well, it's that time again -- back to the factory. When you get so used to the freedom of summer, it's always hard to go back. But, what's made me despise the institution that I'm forced to return to each year? The American education system is pitiful -- worse, even, it sometimes sinks to the level of a poorly played-out joke. The obsession with reducing knowledge and learning experiences to numbers is not only a futile effort, but inherently harmful. Learning is discouraged and original thought frowned upon. Every day,...
 
The Beginning of the End...?
I'm a little late on this, but I just saw the news about Sony's settlement in the latest payola scandal. So I thought to myself...is this the beginning of the end for the music industry as we know it? The cracks were beginning to manifest earlier on, but this is real progress. Sony has agreed to stop bribing stations to play their songs (the whole affair is much more complicated, involving third party companies, etc. but this is essentially what it is) and to pay ten million dollars in fines. Elliot Spitzer has also asked for documents concerning payola scandals from EMI, Warner, and...
 






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