Yeah, I Just Don’t Learn

September 28, 2009

Two things coming together at a ‘perfect’ time…  Motivation combined with spark of an idea….

Then again, I have to construct this ‘idea’ on these oddly shaped tracks, and there’s a whistle of something approaching.  I’m sure I have enough time to construct it, before I look up to see how close it is…

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Madgirls

August 31, 2009

I seriously, seriously love my wife.  Wouldn’t trade her for anything.

But maybe one good fling with a madgirl would have been fun! 

 gg1

All love and credit to Phil and Kaja Foglio at http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/


Internet Commerce is making us Dumber!

June 11, 2009

So… there’s this site, called bookswim.com, where you can ‘rent’ books just like you can rent movies using NetFlix… 

Now, of course there’s an obvious flaw or hole or “DUH” to this business model, but they claim that they offer ‘textbooks’, and remove areas of the country.  So, my idea was that maybe they have a good graphic novel section, and it would be worth the subscription.

So, they do indeed have a graphic novel section.  It’s good… not WOW… but solid…  Better than my county library catalogue, but not as good as other catalogues I’ve seen.  So, seems worth it to me to apply and get my comic fix that way…

I go to the ordering page, and for the most basic plan (1-3 books at a time), the fee is $9.95 for the first month (the price I expected to pay) and $19.99 for each month after that.

WTF!

This is so dumb, I don’t even know where to begin.

First off…  Libraries!!!!  Most places have them.  Fine, some might suck…  Sure…  Most of them want you to read more…  And are somewhat willing to get you stuff.

Secondly… Unless you want stuff that was just released in hardback (and costing $30.00), and want it immediately…. (and I didn’t even see that much ‘new new’ releases on the page, it was mostly hawking ‘Twilight’), paperbacks are like $8.00 and there are used book stores, and previously mentioned libraries, who constantly get the latest hot titles in books.

And finally there’s ebay and other book trading sites.  I mean wouldn’t that make more sense?

Grrrrrrrr


The Way Things Have Always Been Done

June 3, 2009

Start with a cage containing five monkeys.

In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey will make an attempt with the same response — all of the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Keep this up for several days.

Turn off the cold water. If, later, another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.

Now, remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Replace the third original monkey with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four monkeys that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original monkeys, all the monkeys which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs.

Why not?

“Because that’s the way it’s always been done around here.”


Anniversaries…

February 3, 2009

Anniversaries of pop culture events simply let you know that time is passing you by.  To a degree, what is the difference how many times the earth has revolved around the sun since an event occurred, except to remind you that Holy S#!t, it’s been X years since Y occurred.

That’s not quite the case in this posting.  As I am blogging about the anniversary of the death of two people who passed away outside of my awareness of time.

Today, specifically is the 50th anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper.  American Pie and all of that.  We all know the story, saw La Bamba or the Buddy Holly Story, or at least have listened to American Pie enough times. 

To me Buddy Holly is one of the greatest “what ifs” in music.  Even bigger than “What if John Lennon hadn’t been shot”.  How would the 1960s have evolved if Buddy Holly had been alive?  Would he have continued to make music, or would he have started making country music?  Would he have gone down the road of drugs and alcohol of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley? 

Or the other possibility is that the only reason Buddy Holly is remembered more than the 50 other rock and roll artists from the era is because he passed away so young and so tragically?  Would he be more of a bump in the road, rather than an innovator of the music that dominated the last three- four decades of the 20th Century.   

Or, could Buddy Holly have emerged, rising from the ashes during the British Invasion, and being the elder statesmen during an era that needed a voice.

It’s interesting… at least to me it is….

Buddy Holly’s music was always there, in the background for me.  Whether it was the original versions of the songs, or cover versions, I had heard his music throughout my life.  (Plus, I seem to remember some sort of Ronco collection of Buddy Holly music probably advertised during an episode of Hogan’s Heroes or some such nonsense).  I knew the song American Pie, and learned that Buddy Holly died in that plane crash.  In spring of 1991, I went to Broadway for the first time to see Buddy (a musical of the Buddy Holly Story).  And the show probably cemented my kinship with Buddy Holly and his music. 

As they say in the musical, “And the rest, and the rest is simply rock and roll!”

The other anniversary occurs later this month, and it is the 15th year anniversary of the death of Bill Hicks.  For those who are uninitiated, Bill Hicks was a comedian who challenged the status quo in ways the few white comedians have done in recent years.  For my money, you have to go back to Carlin for someone who really, on a stand-up stage spoke and joked and preached about the levels of hypocracy and human foibles.  He condemned ‘religion’ but embraced the ‘one living god that lives in all of us’.   He trashed commercialism and marketing.  He refused to sell out in any way whatsoever.  Never backed down. 

I’d like to tell you that I remember where I was when I heard about his death, but it passed by without my notice.

I’d like to tell you that I was too young to know about Bill Hicks during his life, but… while I was young…  (23 when he passed away), I wasn’t that young.

Uninitiated…  Like someone living in Jerusalem 2000 years ago who hadn’t heard of Jesus til after he died. 

I watched a comedy special sometime between 1995-1997 on Comedy Central, and my jaw hit the floor.  I was rolling on the floor.  I could not stop laughing.  I had never heard anything quite so funny. 

And then I found out that he was dead… I found a prophet to believe in… to follow… to drink the Kool-Aid and let him take me to the promised land… and he had already been crucified on the cross on pancreatic cancer.

Obviously, I’m going overboard, slightly here… 

But I think you know what I mean.  There are things in life that are enjoyed by everyone, like chocolate, Disney Animated Movies, the sound of the ocean… things you say that you like, and it’s not a revelation…. it doesn’t define you… it just simply is very likeable

Then there  are those things that cause you to have an opinion, one way or the other about them.  You either love Henry Rollins or you don’t.  No one just kindof likes sushi.  No one says, “Yeah, I was going to go to sleep, and a Felini film was on. I hadn’t seen it yet.” These kindof describe your tastes and preferences, and separate you from the crowd.   To a degree, a liking of Buddy Holly’s music falls in this category.

Then there are those things out there, that seem to have been created just for you… that speak to you on a level that is deeper that just enjoyment.  An echo of sentiment that already existed.  A capturing of your akin spirit that is expressed through their creativity.  Food or art or work that brings together likemindedness and reminds us that we are not alone. 

My list would be (and I’m sure I’m forgetting things): Strangers In Paradise, High Fidelity, ECW (the original), Southern Culture on the Skids, RENT, craft-brewed beer, The Commitments, and Bill Hicks

Anyway, there’s not much else I can say about that except to “Enjoy the Ride”.

P.S. After writing this… I found out that Bill Hicks owned a “Chevette“!!!!!  HA!  Four door, but what can ya do….  Connections, my friends…. connections…  Either a karass or a granfalloon… not sure which


Bawitdaba… and welcome to Storytellers

January 30, 2009

Okay, this is old news…. I wanted to post something about this in the past… but just didn’t get around to it….

Several weeks ago… I saw a commercial for VH1 Storytellers where the featured artist would be…. Kid Rock…

Let that soak in a minute….

Kid Rock… on VH1 Storytellers….

 

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Innauguration Thoughts

January 22, 2009

Yes, back in this blog… was going to put this in my personal journal, but decided to come here instead.  Not sure if this means I’m going to be back on this blog or not.

Just a few thoughts about the innauguration of President Obama.

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