let me be the first to say it: if you didn’t happen to notice that garish, that obtrusive and, yes, just a wee bit hopeless message to the right, today is tom ewing’s birthday. i first met him when he was my current age. scary.

a tom moment: our first encounter was in alt.music.techno, nearly four years ago. i posted in a thread about the chemical brothers, how the mainstream media was willfully overlooking their indebtedness to hip-hop. well, apparently, i didn’t know what i was getting into as there was something much larger going on within the thread, and so he brusquely pushed me aside. i hated him then, and i hate him now.

happy birthday, tom!