Wednesday, July 30, 2008
In about 12 hours, I'll be on a plane heading to the other side of the world. Don't know anyone there. Got no one to drunk text/dial. Quite a bit of a new start, but unlike all the other times where it's just a different state, this is somewhere far far away.
Even as often as I do this, there is always that fear. It's not like I'm doing this with someone. It's just me and Pup. He's probably just going to find a pub, but me, I've actually got to go out and set myself up with a crew. Find new people to be with.
We'll see how successful we are. We could be back after the year is over or there's always that chance..
Don't know if I'll come back again....
Monday, July 21, 2008
So many people like McCain because somehow he seems he may be better at foreign affairs than Obama. Why? Cause he's old? Cause he was locked in a cage for years? No, those are not good reasons that he would be better at foreign affairs.
In March of this year, during a visit to Jordan, McCain said SEVERAL times that IRAN was training and financing Al Qaeda. Yea, to most of you that sounds reasonable. Unless you have been keeping up with the world and knew that Iran is a Shiite country. Al Qaeda is a Sunni insurgent group. They would NEVER get together being that they HATE each other.
Can you imagine if Obama had misspoke like that? But no, it was McCain, and people just let it go.
Last week, McCain repeatedly referred to Czechoslovakia. A country that hasn't existed since 1993. What's he going to say next? We need to stop the spread of the Persian empire?
This morning, in an interview with Good Morning America, asked by Diane Sawyer whether the "the situation in Afghanistan in precarious and urgent," McCain responded: "I think it's serious. . . . It's a serious situation, but there's a lot of things we need to do. We have a lot of work to do and I'm afraid it's a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq/Pakistan border."
That's right. He's gonna focused on the Iraq/Pakistan border. Sir, you don't deserve to run a country if you don't know that Iraq and Pakistan doesn't share a border. BTW, I have some beach front property in Nevada I'd like to talk to you about.
McCain knows very little about the economy and of world affairs. This is a serious election, and we need a serious person to run things. We don't need someone who only cares about wars.
If you are even remotely thinking of voting for McCain, please do reconsider. After all, I think we've had enough of your great 'decision making ability' these last 8 years.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Batman comes out this Friday. That is a must see of course. I love the Bat. I understand his anger. I understand his wanting to personally clean up the scum that's plaguing his city. I understand his need to be scarier then the things that go bump in the night.
That part is interesting, but I don't think that's what really fascinates me about Batman though. I'm fascinated by his enemies. Parts of me can really relate to them, or at least I think I have parts of them in me.
Scarecrow - Who doesn't like someone who wants to spread fear? He does it for fun and for research. I can respect that. I really like the idea of being able to spread fear and have people paralyzed within their own minds. All those thugs, low-lives, molesters, murders out there causing fear on people. Wouldn't it be great to have them trapped in their own minds with a nice dose of gas so they can experience what they do to others? How interesting would it be to become fear itself?
The Joker - Who doesn't love this villain? And no, the one in my head is not the happy or goofy Joker that's been portrayed in the 60s TV show or by Jack in the first Batman movie. The Joker I know is a sociopathic sadistic murder who does things with little reason or care. He is interested in causing chaos and that's about it. I can appreciate that. I understand even the Joker does things for reasons. People always have some agenda. What if one day there was a person that didn't have an agenda? A person that just wants to cause death and destruction for the fun of it.
Of course, Mamma Mia also comes out this Friday. As the guys will tell you, I've been wanting to see Mamma Mia for years now. Every time we're in Vegas they hear me bitching about not going to see Mamma Mia. I know it's not much of a decision for most people. The Batman crowd and the Mamma Mia crowd doesn't really mix, but then again, most people aren't Pup.
Monday, July 07, 2008
I think that's the best word to describe the Wimbledon finals match I watched this Sunday between Federer and Nadal. It was an amazing match with every point being so impressively played.
I've always watched tennis. I was on our high school tennis team and have always liked watching the game. I can't remember the last time I didn't watch the Wimbledon finals. This one this past weekend was different though. It was just another finals like so many years before.
There was so much back story to the match. There is such great competition between Federer and Nadal. There was so much building up to it. I would say 3 years in the making. And unlike so many sporting events that gets so much hype, this time, it was worth every bit the hype.
There are such stark contrast between the 2 players. There are obvious things like age, right vs. left handed, one wears a vest, the other wears pirate shorts. One plays with an elitist surgical precision in style. The other plays with a raging beast roaring through each point. Never have I seen a match with this high caliber of skill and intensity. These were Titans playing the game this last sunday. The match was everything a fan could wish for. It went to 5 sets, with a final set score of 9 -7.
This will surely be one for the history books. I'm just glad I was able to witness it.
Bravo to both players.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Once again, here's another installment.What is with the culture in this country of whenever something goes wrong, we always look for someone or something to blame? No one ever looks at themselves as the cause for problems. Let me tell you something. Most of the time, it's YOUR fault something has happened. I'm not saying others may not have caused something bad, but the majority of the time, yea, it's you.
Let's take this insanely high oil prices that's going on right now. When you ask anyone why this is happening, I bet some of the answers you get will be related to global world demand, not enough supplies, or commodity traders driving the price up.
Why is it that very few of you will say that it's becasue of our fault in the decisions that we've made in last few decades? The technology for electrical cars has been around for decades, though not a sophicated as it's needed today, it was there. I mean come on, Henry Ford's wife's car was all electric. Yes, they had something back then. Yes, the oil companies have kept those technology from coming out. Yes, the government has not pushed for this, but all that is because you didn't care. You made conservation and alternative fuels four letter words. You never noticed the problem or cared much because oil was cheap. It's your damn fault.
I suggest watching the documentary 'Who killed the electrical car'. It has very interesting information about the electrical car and why we're in the spot we are today.
Let's say that's not your fault. You weren't around back then. Ok, so how about this. If you bought an automobile in the last 5 years, and you spent more than $25K, if your car does not get more than 35 mpg, then yes, you're part of the problem. Let's not talk about the people that has to buy specific cars or trucks for work or businesses, that doesn't count. That is also probably just 5% of car sales.
Most of you do not need the car that you have. Do you really need to upgrade to a giant SUV because you have 1 child? Some of you buy SUV cause you think they're cool and large, or a sport car because you want to go fast (even though you're stuck in traffic most of the time like the rest of us. Great use of that engine buddy). Don't you people EVER compain about how much gas prices are. It is your fault. You and your stupid decision making skills.
You kept demand bigger cars instead of more fuel efficient cars. I mean seriously people, the Hummer? Really? Y'all thought that was a good idea? Who the hell are you invading driving that thing? When you're driving it around town getting 10 mpg, it makes you look like a douch with a small penis.Here's another something you need to consider. Sure, we all drive faster than the speed limit, but so many of you drive much faster than you should. You think it's a damn NASCAR race out there. You race to the red light, you swerve around on the highway, you seem to have an uncontrollably heavy right foot. All this burns more gas than is necessary. All this is your fault.
Take a look at yourselves, are you guilty of these behaviors? Do you rather bitch and find someone to blame rather than change your own behavior? I think most of you rather bitch than change your own behavior. That's the problem. That's why we are where we are today.
Now, instead of wanting to make a change in your own life, you're looking elsewhere like offshore drilling and drilling in Alaska to get your fix of bad behavior. You dumb fucks. This is not going to help lower the gas prices anytime soon. It will take at least 10 years for any oil comes out of those places. Instead, you could change your behavior the next time you get in your car, and that will have an immediate impact on the demand for oil. That is what will drive the price down.
Before you bitch about the gas prices, look in the mirror. It's probably your fault. You're probably part of the problem. The sooner you realize this, the sooner we can find a real solution.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
A short list this time. Enjoy!
1. WAR "All Day Music"--Honestly, I'm a noob when it comes to War, but "Music" is a good place to start. This disc has flavors of hip-hop, jazz, funk and dare I say, gospel. "There Must Be a Reason Why" is especially enchanting. Here the lead vocalist chants one-liners: "Jesus!" "Lost My Soul!" "Reason!" A choir responds to each of his cries, ("Jesus gave his life to give/Not for you;" "Lost my soul in '68/Where were you?;" "There must be a reason why/I don't know") while the music builds and eventually collapses around a broken black man screaming in agony. In a later song the shattered man finds himself "Slippin' into Darkness," searching for redemption. The title track is a mellow soundtrack for any scene featuring a group of brothers throwing down dominoes, talking trash and taking in the fragrance of the potent marijuana leaf in a city park. Classic.
2. The Beatles "Let It Be"--So it goes like this: "Sgt Peppers" is great for its shock value screaming "We take drugs!!!" "Magical Mystery Tour" echoess that sentiment with a twist; "You should too!!!" The "White Album" is.... And a few albums later we get to "Let It Be," the one that says, "Fuck how it started, this is how it ends, you boys take it from here." My earliest memory of hearing the title track finds me watching Sesame Street, learning all about the "Letter 'B'." Stylistically, the album is everywhere. "Two of Us" fits right in with today's college radio. "The Long and Winding Road" is reminiscent of the soft rock heard on B98.5. I can picture any jam band extending "I've Got a Feeling" to the 20 minute mark. Such a great album, such a shame it had to end, boys. jai guru deva om.
3. Belle and Sebastian "Tigermilk"--No! I did not go out and buy this album after hearing "Expectations" in Juno. I have not seen Juno, and I have no idea what all this Juno crap is about. But apparently it has a kick-ass soundtrack! I am not sure how I fell in with Belle and Sebastian, but here is a bit of irony Alanis Morissette style. During my teenage years I would stay up at night watching 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation. I must have watched at least 2000 videos but I never saw a B&S video. Here is the glitch. I have a distinct impression of a Bettie Serveert video from those sessions, but two years ago I'm shopping at Wax 'n Facts when I pull out a record that reads "Belle and Sebastian--Tigermilk." I think about the Bettie Serveert video, try to connect the two and eventually I buy the record. Was I disappointed? No. The songs are situational. "She's Losing It" breaks the silence of a maladjusted young girl confronting homosexuality. In "We Rule the School" a milquetoast boy has visions of using graffiti to assert his aggression. "I Don't Love Anyone" gives voice to a teenager's frustration with relationships. It's all good. Then there is Juno...? I'll have to watch the movie, I guess.
4. Boards of Canada "In A Beautiful Place Out in the Country" (4 track ep)--The title is a reference to the Waco compound of the Branch Davidians. The track "Amo Bishop Roden" gives it away; if not by the title, then perhaps you recognize Amo Bishop Roden's voice in the loop. Boards of Canada are known for incorporating number theory within their music and from what I have discovered there is a group of BoC fans actively working to decode the music. But there are no complex equations involved with "In A Beautiful Place...." Moreover, I am guessing that back masking the ep has revealed nothing. What we are left with is straightforward ambient music inspired by BoC's research of the infamous cult. So there are no tricks on this one, right? Not quite. BoC uses samples of chattering children to entice the listener to "Come out and join a religious community in a beautiful place out in the country." They almost had me, too. Darn kids. But I aint doing it. I won't move to Waco. Nope. Nice try, guys.
5. Stereolab "Margerine Eclipse"--I had a difficult time beginning the review for this album. But after cueing it up in my disc player, the brainstorming began immediately. The reason for the mental block is this: Laetitia Sadier's vocals are in French, English or both within the same song. I've read the lyric sheets and have a firm understanding of the message, but when I listen to the music I don't always think back to the translations. Instead, I reach for my polyester bellbottoms! "Margerine Eclipse" was released in 2004 making it the youngest of the albums reviewed in this list. It's also the first album by the 'groop' released in the wake of Mary Hansen's (backing vocalist) premature death ("Feel and Triple" is attribute to Mary and the album is dedicated to her). Stereolab have not faltered creatively since Mary's passing, and I'm not bold enough to say they have improved. However ... "The Man With 100 Cells" maintains Laetitia's petitions for social reform; "Refusing what you are given/You want things to be the old way/Resisting the revolutions/Changes are coming anyway." "Margerine Melodie" provides a perspicuous examination of the monotony of capitalism. "Dear Marge" blames religious bureaucracies for social distress and chaos. These songs and others among the groop's canon represent the norm. But there are a few songs that leave me baffled, and it's not because I'm lost in translation. "...Sudden stars" may as well be a pop song expressing heartache over a lost love, and "Cosmic Country Noir" goes as far as third-eye magic. This seems like a new creative direction for the band. Perhaps I would have saw it coming if only I knew French. Maybe I lost something along the way. Must learn French!
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Theatrical Release: July 2, 2008 Wide
Box Office: $0
Synopsis: Who would ever think that zombies need a vacation? Well as it turns out in the latest film release from Drunken Pup Studios, zombies like all of us enjoy some R&R. In this film we watch unsuspecting vacationers become infected. But after the zombies takes over their human hosts, the real party begins!!! The drunk zombies dancing the dance of terror at beach resorts. These zombies enjoy beers, stumble on their own feet, soak in the sun, bump into one another, take body shots, and of course, eat some flesh. Just like any regular vacation.
Early reviews of Zombie Vacation
ZV is a fun ride that’ll make you laugh and leave you rethinking about your summer vacation – Random movie dude
Watch this movie bitches! – Pup
Good easy plot to follow even though I’m stone out of my mind. Thanks for thinking about the audience - Jeff
A notch above any movie made for less than $20 – Thrifty movie dude
Well paced, fun, and desperately cheesy, it’s like a vacation for your mind – Amanda Hugnkiss
What’s brilliant about this movie is that it doesn’t mess with any philosophical trapping, sociological subtext, but instead could be used as an afternoon special to warn kids about what happens when you drink too much for days at a time – Mr. Frog’s reviews
Zombies and vacation? What could anyone else ask for? – Low expectation dude
This movie was pretty good. Ok, now where’s my 40 oz for saying that? – Ray Ray
This movie has a definite place in my heart due to the witty script and dialogue of the actors. They make it sound like everything was improvised and thought out at a bar – Burma Times
Seriously, watch this movie or I’ll stab you - Pup