Monday, December 25, 2006

Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram - Somewhere Out There


Somewhere out there,
Beneath the pale blue night,
Someone's thinking of me,
And loving me tonight.
Somewhere out there,
Someone's saying a prayer,
Then we'll find one another,
In that big somewhere out there.

[Chorus 1:]
And even though I know how very far apart we are,
It helps to think we might be wishing
On the same bright star,
And when the night will start to sing
A lonesome lullaby,
It helps to think we're sleeping underneath the
Same big sky.

[Chorus 2:]
Somewhere out there,
If love can see us through,
Then, we'll be together,
Somewhere out there, out where dreams, come true.

[Repeat Chorus 1]

[Repeat Chorus 2]

This is for Jimmy! Merry Christmas, sweetie!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Star Wars Christmas



I will be returning to update this blog soon!!!

Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah


I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong, but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you;
She tied you to a kitchen chair,
She broke your throne, she cut your hair,
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe I've been here before
I know this room, I've walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you
I've seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What's real and going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you,
The Holy Dark was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there's a God above
And all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you;
It's not a cry you can hear at night
It's not somebody who's seen the light
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Anyone who’s familiar with me knows how fascinated I am with anything weird, bizarre, complicated, and non-mainstream. I love this song. It’s so incredibly unusual and out of the ordinary.

Look at the odd mixture of thematic overtones… it’s religious, sexual, existential, and romantic… the qualities of a truly dynamic and vibrant relationship, yet the lyrics and melody imply of something more sympathetic, sorrowful, depressing, and even tragic.

First off, I’d like to give credit to Leonard Cohen as he is the songwriter who originally wrote and performed this song back in 1984. I chose to use a version performed by Rufus Wainwright because I love his voice, especially with this song! Some people may even recognize this particular version from the first Shrek movie.

Anyway, back to the song… the lyrics are pure genius. The religious references are classic… David playing the harp for King Saul, David’s affair with Bathsheba after watching her bath from his rooftop, the loss of Samson’s strength when Delilah cut his hair, etc…

Take the word “hallelujah” itself. The dictionary describes the word as an interjection, a command, to praise the Lord. Obviously, most people praise the Lord in times of joy, happiness, and jubilee… however, this song sings hallelujah anytime… all the time… perhaps the way it should be sang! Sometimes it is composed in times of joy, and others in times of despair and brokeness.

The melody’s chord progression even follows the lyrics right at the beginning referencing the "secret chord": "It goes like this (major first chord), the fourth (major fourth chord), the fifth (major fifth chord), the minor fall (minor sixth chord) and the major lift (major fourth chord)". I wonder if my amazing music major boyfriend Jimmy will be impressed with that! Hehe! The song is simply brilliant!

It’s seems as if this song has played at each of the darkest times in my life, either simply in my mind or I’d actually heard it that day. So when I listen to it now, it serves as a vivid reminder as to the darkest places my heart has resided, while at the same time serving as a constant reminder that the while I may get lost there at times, the Lord always resides there too within me and in those who love me, ready to help me face whatever turmoil lies ahead.

That being said, I had a great weekend at the Bobcat Awakening retreat for those who are curious. I highly recommend it to anyone. I promise you’ll have a magnificent time… and this is coming from someone who was literally dragged there against his will! I’d love to tell you all things that make this retreat amazing, but alas everyone who attends it is sworn to secrecy on the happenings of the weekend.

Everyone probably gets something slightly different out of the retreat… some renew their faith, some open up for the first time, etc… For me, I learned to trust people more, as that has always been an ongoing issue for me, and probably will be for awhile… but this retreat certainly helped me on a path to helping me work through this. I was also reminded of all the people who love and care for me… so for those of you who made this possible (you know who you are), I love you all SOOOOO much! I would be nothing without all of you!

Anyway, I’m moved into my new apartment; however, I’m not anywhere close to being complete with the unpacking. I’ve got the computer and the tv up and running… so I’ve the essentials working thus far.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Third...


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.

Five For Fighting - Superman (revisited)


I actually posted this song's lyrics on a blog entry several months ago, so I'm not going to repost them now. I just wanted to revisit the song and actually post the mp3 file (as I'm listening to it right now).

As I read that original post of this song, I can't help but realize that not much has changed from then. The song still has the exact same meaning for me now as it did then.

As much as I can relate to this song, I'm not Superman. I'm not someone others should come to as a source of strength or look up to. I am no one special.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

And You Thought I Was Gone...

Ok, I’m finally updating this thing… so now the constant harassment from everyone can come to an end! LOL!

One reason I haven’t updated the old blog very often is simply that I’ve been so freaking busy. I’m at work constantly. I’ve been working ridiculous hours… and for no reason. They’ve been working us like slaves for absolutely no reason at all!

Another reason I haven’t kept up with this blog is because this blog was originally a place I’d go when I was lonely or sad. I’ve been neither of these for quite a while. In fact, I’ve never been happier over the last few months.

I have been both lonely and just plain sad over the last couple days. There’s just so much crap going on… I feel like my whole life is falling apart.

I’m getting ready to move… a move that’s gonna suck bad! I have to be out of my current apartment by Sept 30, and I can’t move into my new one until after Oct 7. So that in itself sucks… not to mention I have very little help. My dad is gonna help me move my crap into storage on Wed… and that’s all the help I’m gonna get with that unfortunately.

I caught a nasty cold a few days ago. I was feeling perfectly fine, I took a nap for one hour, and when I woke I had a cold, hard-core! I don’t even know where it came from! I’m actually feeling better, though I think the cold moved into my chest. With any luck, I’ll get pneumonia and just die! LOL!

And then there’s work… the name for my pain! It is truly a den of thieves… a bordello of lies… a wretched hive of scum and villainy. I don’t know how much longer I can put up with it. It is driving me crazy. I can no longer tolerate the backwards-talk and hypocrisy anymore.

I’ve also just been lonely, hurt, and miserable. Who can I turn to for support? I kinda just feel numb of all emotion right now. I haven’t felt this sad in awhile. I don’t want to get into this too much. I’m just plain miserable. That’s all I have to say about that. :-(

I’m just plain scared. I don’t feel like I have any control over my life right now. I feel like I’m headed on a course of destruction, and I have no one to help steer me clear of it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Yet Again...

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Superman
You are strong, but a little on the shy side, you are talented. But a word of advice, don't go changing in telephone boths, you can get arrested!

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles Movie

Oooooooooooooooooooooooh!!! This is exciting!


Friday, July 14, 2006

Rocky Balboa

Yeah!!! I love all the Rocky movies (except for Rocky 5 which sucked royally!!!)


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?

I took this quiz from Jennifer's mypsace profile.

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 20% Conservative, 80% Liberal
Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

So, I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest last night with Ron, Jennifer, my dad, Angelica, and Anna. I certainly have mixed feelings about the movie in general. Overall, it was a great movie… all the things that made the first movie great were in this one. Same kind of humor, great acting as most of the leading cast from the last movie returned, great action.

However, when it comes to the actual story is where I begin to question the movie. While the story in genuinely a good one, it seems a bit more complicated… not in the effect that it’s difficult to follow or understand, but more in that it feels that there’s too much emphasis and time spent on minor subplots, which leads me to my one and only complaint about the movie. It was too long, and it felt too long.

I don’t mind long movies as long as it’s constantly flowing and I don’t realize how long it is while watching the movie. Examples of great long movies that flowed very nicely include Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Superman Returns, Night Watch, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, etc… Some examples of great movies that felt entirely too long and didn’t flow (i.e. I’m looking at my watch wondering when the damn movie will finally be over) include Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Brokeback Mountain, etc…

In closing, I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it. It’s not necessary to have seen the first Pirates movie, but it certainly adds some great depth if you have. While this new movie is good and well worth a viewing, the first one is still far superior!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Billy Joel - Keeping The Faith


If it seems like I’ve been lost
In lets remember
If you think I’m feeling older
And missing my younger days
Oh, then you should have known
Me much better
Cause my past is something that never
Got in my way
Oh no

Still I would not be here now
If I never had the hunger
And I’m not ashamed to say
The wild boys were my friends
Oh
Cause I never felt the desire
Til their music set me on fire
And then I was saved, yeah
That’s why I’m keeping the faith
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Keeping the faith

We wore matador boots
Only flag brothers had them with the Cuban heel
Iridescent socks with the same color shirt
And a tight pair of chinos
Oh
I put on my shark skin jacket
You know the kind with the velvet collar
And ditty-bop shades
Oh yeah
I took a fresh pack of luckys
And a mint called sen-sen
My old mans trojans
And his old spice after shave
Oh
Combed my hair in a pompadour
Like the rest of the romeos wore
A permanent wave
Yeah
We were keeping the faith
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Keeping the faith

You can get just so much
From a good thing
You can linger too long
In your dreams
Say goodbye to the
Oldies but goodies
Cause the good ole days weren’t
Always good
And tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems

Learned stickball as a formal education
Lost a lot of fights
But it taught me how to lose o.k.
Oh
I heard about sex
But not enough
I found you could dance
And still look tough anyway
Oh yes I did
I found out a man ain’t just being macho
Ate an awful lot of late night drive-in food
Drank a lot of take-home pay
I thought I was the Duke of Earl
When I made it with a red-haired girl
In the Chevrolet
Oh yeah
We were keeping the faith
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Keeping the faith

You know the good ole days weren’t
Always good
And tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems

Now I told you my reasons
For the whole revival
Now I’m going outside to have
An ice cold beer in the shade
Oh
I’m going to listen to my 45s
Ain’t it wonderful to be alive
When the rock n roll plays
Yeah
When the memory stays
Yeah
I’m keeping the faith
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Keeping the faith
I’m keeping the faith
Yes I am
I’ve just been busy beyond belief the last several weeks, primarily with work. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit overwhelming at times. Although things haven’t really calmed down any, I feel that over the last week, I’ve begun to manage my time more efficiently at least. Far from what would be ideal, but a great start nonetheless.

Last weekend, Jimmy and I traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to attend one his close friend’s, Katie, wedding. Great trip all around. We ended up renting a car that had GPS in it, which was so convenient and absolutely awesome! For those who have never used such a device, it is just wonderful. You type in the address of where you’re wanting to go, or use the built in yellow pages if you don’t know the address… it will then calculate the directions to your destination based on where it finds you currently. Not only are the directions there, but the GPS unit physically speaks the direction to you as you drive telling you when to turn and what lane to be in. If by chance you miss a turn or something, it’ll quickly recalculate a new set of directions and get you back on course!

Jimmy had a great time seeing Katie once again, as I believe he hadn’t seen her in over a year. He actually ended up playing the piano at the wedding pretty much last minute. He did wonderfully. Very beautiful wedding… very well planned. Other than the best man almost fainting twice and accidentally setting a trash can on fire in the church, the wedding went completely according to plan.

The night before the wedding, Katie’s fiancé and soon to be husband Matt held a rehearsal dinner / outdoor party at his parents’ house about 40 minutes away. The party was pretty fun. I got to meet a lot of Jimmy’s / Katie’s friends that live up there. They’re all great!

Anyway, as Jimmy caught up more with his friends at the party, I went back to the table to eat some more (remember, I’m always hungry). As I ate, I was accompanied by the priest who was going to be conducting the wedding, Father Steve. He had just been recently ordained about 3 weeks prior, so this was going to be his first wedding as a priest. We chatted for about 45-60 minutes on just a multitude of things, primarily religion. He was thoroughly impressed with my knowledge about very specific matters relating to religion, Christianity, and Catholicism in general.

We talked about our histories with the church… turns out we actually had quite a bit in common. During college, he drifted away from the church altogether. He attended medical school and became a doctor. He hadn’t attended mass in over ten years. He said he felt something missing in his life, and decided to come back to the church. He later decided to attend seminary school to become a priest. We talked about my reasons for not attending church in so long, and also how I had recently come back. We discussed the various sacraments and such, and he asked when I had last gone to confession. I couldn’t do anything but laugh initially as it’s been years. I honestly think the last time I confessed my sins was when I was like 16 years old (10 years ago.) He offered to get to the church a bit early the next day prior to the wedding to hear my confession if I was up for it. I thought, what the hell, I really should.

Prior to actually going in for confession, I was trying to make sure I could think of as much stuff as I could in preparation. I turns out that I really didn’t have very many unique sins, just multiple instances of the same ones over and over and over and over again. I also came to realize that I had completely forgot the Act of Contrition, the prayer one prays right after confession to ask God for forgiveness and the piety to try to sin no more. Father Steve was more than happy to help me out with it… it actually started coming back to me as I began to recite it.

As he began to give me my penance he said it was going to be pretty hefty, to which I immediately freak out thinking it’s gonna be like 500+ prayers. It turned out not to be bad at all. Simply pray the rosary one time through to which ever mystery I wanted to focus on. He also said I didn’t have to do it immediately, such to get it done within a week… which was good since I didn’t know where my rosary was and needed to get a new one anyway.

Anyway, I can’t even describe how great I felt after the confession was over! I was absolutely shocked! The effect was completely overwhelming… I wasn’t prepared for this at all. I can’t remember feeling so free. I felt like I had the weight of the world off my shoulders. Everything was so clear! Even now, as I sit here typing this blog post, I’m completely aware that I have changed quite a bit over this last week due to that confession. Things that I once thought were important seem less significant, and things that I thought were once inconsequential are now very much important. This is definitely something I'm going to do on a weekly basis.

So, while I still don’t know what I ultimately want to do with life, I don’t feel burdened by that. I know that as long as I’m true to myself and to God, I will have the strength to do whatever it is that I’m meant to do.

I’ve even decided that I need to go ahead and receive the sacrament of confirmation. I’m actually glad that I didn’t receive this sacrament during high school as I would have really only been doing it at the time because I would have felt it expected. I simply would have been going through the motions… completely negating the true reason for confirmation. Now, as an adult making the decision to do this because it’s what I really want to do, it is much more meaningful for me.

So overall, I feel absolutely wonderful now that I’ve accepted a faith that I once set aside for vain and petty excuses. On a side note, this past Monday I went out to purchase a rosary so that I could complete my penance. I got one commemorating St. Patrick. Anyway, I've noticed that when I pray the rosary, I feel like my grandmother is right there with me more than ever... so this is now something I'm trying to do at least once a day.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Superman Returns

"Even though you've been raised as a human being you're not one of them. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son." - Jor-El

So, I watched Superman Returns today for the second time (just to make sure I didn’t miss anything the first time with all the excitement and anticipation from the first viewing). I can honestly say that I absolutely loved the movie!
  • All the characters were perfectly cast! Brandon Rough, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington, and even the late Marlon Brando! Everyone fit their role so perfectly. Wonderful acting all around… no weak links!
  • Wonderful cinematography. Bryan Singer is a fucking genius! There were countless scenes that were just… picture-perfect for lack of a better word. A few off the top of my head… Superman’s descent into the Fortress of Solitude, Superman rising towards the sun to regain his strength, etc…
  • Great references to past movies (Superman I & II). Some examples… Lois’s first interview with the Man of Steel, “I Spent the Night with Superman,” Superman’s little speech about how flying is still the safest means of travel, all of Brando’s greatest lines back on the big screen, Kitty’s reference to Lex Luthor being in the Fortress of Solitude before, etc…
  • Solid story. This wasn’t a remake of a great story or even something we’ve already been exposed to in the Superman universe. It was a continuation of an already excellent story… and though it was a very different story (nothing from the comics or other Superman lore), it stayed true to Superman in every way. Like the first and second X-Men movies and Batman Begins, this new Superman story fits into the world of today in a very realistic manner.
I can’t wait for the dvd release so I can watch it over and over within the confines of my comfortable abode. I’ll definitely see it several more times while it’s still showing on the big screen… so needless to say, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who has not already seen it. I personally have not talked with anyone who was disappointed in it. So far, all I’ve heard from my friends is that they each loved it.

"You will carry me inside you all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your own eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father the son" - Jor-El & Superman

Friday, June 23, 2006

One More Superman Returns Trailer

I'm posting this one last trailer before the movie is officially released this coming Tuesday night! Excited!!!

Btw: Have I ever mentioned the fact that Brandon Routh is fucking HOT!?!



Monday, June 19, 2006

I'm Still Alive, Despite Rumors Of My Demise!

Long time, no post. So much time and so little to post about. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it.

Let’s start with work, i.e the bad and ugly! So… my company grand opened a new, bigger, prettier store about 5 miles away from me, draining my business… a competitor grand opens a new store also about 7 miles away, thus reducing my customer traffic even more. How does my company respond to this to help my store out??? They increase my sales budget/target by over 20%!!! WTF!!! That is sooooo not what I needed!!! Needless to say, work sucks… and not in the good way!

Then, I was out of town last week in Dallas for a company regional “rally.” Now while I admit there was great information given at this “rally,” I still don’t understand why it was called a “rally.” Doesn’t rally imply something fun and exciting??? Dictionary says… A gathering, especially one intended to inspire enthusiasm for a cause. This being the case, this “rally” was certainly a gathering, but nothing more than that. To make matters even more interesting, I got a terrible migraine the first day I was there because we didn’t eat for such a long period of time.

After the meeting that lasted a couple days, someone decided that a trip up to the Ardmore distribution center (located in Oklahoma) would be a great idea since we were not really all that close by. The manager of the distribution center looks like Rowan Atkinson, and the inventory control manager looks like Laura Bush… so that was quite amusing! It was only supposed to be a three hour tour, but just like the Gilligan's Island debacle, the trip lasted forever!!!

Other than that, there’s really not a lot going on with work right now… I’m currently on vacation til Saturday, so things are slightly laid back. I say “slightly” because I can’t completely relax as I constantly worry about how things are going at work in my absence. After returning from Dallas, I stopped by the store to take a look at how things were proceeding only to be shocked at how it looked as if particular parts of the store were falling apart. The store standards looked like poop! I was quite disappointed… but even more than that, that is a major factor in my not being able to relax now while on vacation. I’m worried that things may be worse by the time I get back.

Josh is leaving the company, and I couldn’t be happier for him! Another company made him a nice offer, and he accepted. Good for him! I have to say that his departure from the company that we both have served at for over five years now has certainly got me thinking about what I want to do. As much as I love my job and the people there, I feel as if there is something else I should be doing. Not sure what though. All I know is that I definitely don’t want to be doing this for the rest of my life… perhaps not even for another year. I just don’t know. This will be something I need to carefully consider over the next few months.

That’s all I got on the work front… now onto the good. Back on May 18th, there was something I desperately needed to get done that day as it was pretty much the last day I could finish it on time… my online defensive driving course. For people unfamiliar with this (i.e. Edward), the completion of a defensive driving course allows a traffic violation to be removed from one’s driving record. In my case, the traffic violation was speeding. Yes, I speed. I have a lead foot; I have a need for speed. I’m particularly fast when certain songs play on the radio (i.e. Top Gun’s "Danger Zone").

Anyway, for those who have ever taken a defensive driving course, they’re boring as hell! I, being the expert procrastinator that I am, decided to do absolutely anything else that day other than complete the course. I even went in to work that day, despite it being my day off… that’s how badly I did not want to take that course. Hell, Troy even sent me the answers to the test (as he has taken the course countless times), and I was still too damn lazy to just get the damn thing taken care of.

So, I continued to put the course off by browsing myspace profiles. I came across one profile in particular of a graduate student, Jimmy, attending Texas State (about 25 minutes south of where I live). He had posted some awesome lyrics to some songs he had written on his myspace blog. I was thoroughly impressed with what he had created… so I emailed him expressing how much I enjoyed his song lyrics. He also happened to be procrastinating that day on myspace too (with editing his thesis). We emailed each other back and forth for awhile. He asked if I wanted to meet him that evening and watch some dvd’s with him… YES!!! Another great excuse for me not to complete (or rather, begin) my defensive driving course.

We met that evening at his place, went out to eat with one of his friends, and watched Rent. There was a mutual and natural connection/attraction between the two of us, so we started dating. Every time we were with each other was just great. I honestly can’t remember a time that I’ve been happier.

On June 5th (the night before I had to leave for the Dallas “rally”), Jimmy asked me to be his boyfriend. As exceedingly guarded as my heart has been for awhile do to extremely painful, past relationships, I went ahead and took the risk and haven’t looked back since. I just sometimes wonder what he sees in me. I certainly don't feel deserving of the love he constantly gives me. I'm just not used to someone caring about me the way he does.

Right after I got back from the “rally” and Ardmore tour of duty, Jimmy and I went to Laredo to see his family for the weekend. It was his mother’s birthday, and he wanted to surprise her by showing up. That was my first trip to Laredo… it reminds me a lot of McAllen, just prettier and cleaner! Haha! His family was absolutely great! So open and so caring!

Anyway, I’m gonna to head to bed now. I’m physically exhausted. Today, about half an hour before my workout with my trainer, my energy just disappeared. It felt like I took some prescription drug that nearly knocked me out cold. No good. My workout was lousy, at least as far as I was concerned. On the drive home, I constantly felt like I was going to fall asleep at the wheel. Dunno what’s wrong. Hopefully I feel better and more energetic tomorrow.
Btw: I have to say I'm quite surprised that I didn't get abuse from the blog nazi, Jennifer, for not posting anything in such a long period of time... apparently Edward is now picking up her slack! Haha!!! Thanks Edward for the abrupt friendly push to continue my postings! I greatly appreciate it!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Dumb Ass Thinks He's A Jedi

Yep, yep... the title says it all.


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Embarrassed Bush

I was looking through my extensive video archive for some videos that I've not had the chance to post up. This one's pretty funny... but for that matter, anything I've got on Dubya is bound to be funny! What a jack-ass!


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Humor Style

the Cutting Edge
(61% dark, 57% spontaneous, 21% vulgar)
your humor style:
CLEAN | SPONTANEOUS | DARK


Your humor's mostly innocent and off-the-cuff, but somehow there's
something slightly menacing about you. Part of your humor is making
people a little uncomfortable, even if the things you say aren't
themselves confrontational. You probably have a very dry delivery, or
are seriously over-the-top.

Your type is the most likely to appreciate a good insult and/or broken bone and/or very very fat person dancing.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: David Letterman - John Belushi




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Thursday, May 18, 2006

What Video Game Character Are You?

Ok... one more from Ron...

Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Are You?

Taken from the bassman himself, Ron...

Take the quiz:
Which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle are You?

Leonardo
You're mature and get the job done. You are a natural born leader, and normally want to be the better of the group. You take your job seriously. You must! It may NOT be a game. When you select a sport, or something you want to do, you train continueously, constantly trying to perfect it. You're always prepared for a challenge, and are normally found one step ahead of your enemies. Loving family more than life itself, you are a good friend, and can be depended on at all times.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Which ArchAngel Are You Most Like?



Which ArchAngel are you most like?


Michael. You're most like the ArchAngel of Defense. You like to hit things, and you like naked people, preferably cute naked people. A real down-to-earth angel who likes frogs and is easily distracted by bright, shiny things.
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Monday, May 15, 2006

The Muppet Personality Test

You Are Kermit

Hi, ho! Lovable and friendly, you get along well with everyone you know.
You're a big thinker, and sometimes you over think life's problems.
Don't worry - everyone know's it's not easy being green.
Just remember, time's fun when you're having flies!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Melissa Manchester – Don’t Cry Out Loud


Baby cried the day the circus came to town
Cause she didn't want parades just passing by her
So she painted on a smile and took up with some clown
While she danced without a net upon the wire
I know a lot about her cause, you see
Baby is an awful lot like me

Don't cry out loud
Just keep it inside, learn how to hide your feelings
Fly high and proud
And if you should fall, remember you almost had it all

Baby saw that when they pulled that big top down
They left behind her dreams among the litter
The different kind of love she thought she'd found
There was nothing left but sawdust and some glitter
But baby can't be broken cause you see
She had the finest teacher - that was me - I told her

Don't cry out loud
Just keep it inside and learn how to hide your feelings
Fly high and proud
And if you should fall, remember you almost had it all

Don't cry out loud
Just keep it inside and learn how to hide your feelings
Fly high and proud
And if you should fall, remember you almost made it

Don't cry out loud
Just keep it inside and learn how to hide your feelings
Fly high and proud
And if you should fall, remember you almost had it all
Today marks the one year anniversary of this blog. In some ways the year went by all too quickly; in others it seemed to just drag on miserably. I remember that day as if it were yesterday… in fact, I remember just about any given day pretty vividly. So let that be a note for many of you: If I tell you I don’t remember something, I really do… it’ll just be for one reason or another I just don’t want to talk about it.

Since I typically remember most days pretty accurately, I don’t ever really read this blog. Once I post something, I’m pretty much through with that particular post (unless I’m commenting on a comment.) So today, I actually went back and read every post. I look back on the list I posted on 8/20/05 of things I wanted to accomplish by year’s end. Some were completed, some weren’t.

• “Swimming… I love to swim. I need to get into a routine where I’m swimming on a regular basis. I’ve always found it to be completely relaxing!”

Status: Incomplete. I always forget my swimming trunks when I’m at the gym. For that matter, I have no freaking idea where they currently are, so that’s the root of the problem. I just need to stop being lazy and purchase some new ones!

• “I need to get some discrepancies removed from my credit report. From what I can tell, the two negative items on it are not accurate. I’m really close to having a superior credit rating; I just need to retain some legal services to get these inaccuracies removed.”

Status: In Progress. I don’t have it completely fixed, but I did get it cleaned up enough for when I needed my credit to be decent last year. Ever since that went through, I’m really in no hurry at the moment to completely polish it up. Anytime this year is fine now.

• “I want my six-pack back on a more consistent basis! It comes and goes in about a 3-day rotation. I simply want to maintain it! In all fairness, it won’t take me the rest of the year to achieve this… rather about one week. I just need to maintain the high level of cardio exercise that I’ve been doing (since I eat like a garbage disposal!)”

Status: Complete!!! Finally, got one freaking goal done! Now I just need to work on the lats!

• “Begin fencing again. I need to find someone genuinely interested in learning it. I have a great wealth of knowledge in the area; it’s just not a big sport in TX. It’ll also be fun to take my aggressions out on someone by beating the hell out of them with an epee, foil, or saber (guaranteed to leave welts!) Surely someone wants to learn the dark art!”

Status: Incomplete. I’ll be perfectly honest here… no one around here is worthy to receive my secrets on this dark art!!! Haha! Actually, I just really haven’t made the time to do this yet.

• “Get some new contact and glasses prescriptions. I’ve got a great vision plan I pay for each month, I need to use the service! Besides, it’s been nearly 3 years since I got my prescription for my glasses renewed, and almost 5 years since I had my contact prescription updated!”

Status: Complete!!! Well, it’s complete for the most part. I got some new contacts. I’m not so worried about the glasses since I primarily just use them at home. Besides, when I wear them in public, people still recognize me. WTF!!! How does Superman get away with it?!?

• “Move closer to work. Let’s face it, gas prices are jacked! I spend $35 every 4-5 days fueling my car! That’s about $270 a month (about $150 more than I’m use to!) I also won’t be required to wake up at the ass crack of dawn to try to beat rush hour traffic.”

Status: Complete!!! I honestly don’t know if this is a good thing or not. I’m at work all the freaking time now! I practically live there. Luckily, I enjoy what I do and love the people there, otherwise it would be pretty sad (as if it’s really not sad that work is more or less my entire life!)

• “Finally get my car fixed! Damn… the rear has only been jacked up since March! I’m tired of looking at it! I just need to find some time (and gather the money) to just get it done! I want my car to look hot again!”

Status: Complete!!! But complete at what cost? I had to get in an accident where firefighters told me: “Dude, how did you survive that impact?” Because that's just the way of things! In the end though, I didn’t have to pay for the repairs. So, mixed blessing on that one!

• “Register for spring classes. My company just brought back tuition reimbursement last week. Ever since then, the thought has constantly been on my mind! I’ve got a great job with decent hours and good pay… and if they’ll also pay for me to go to school on top of that, then I think I’ll do it!”

Status: Incomplete. Er, I don’t know if I’m ever gonna get this done. I barely give myself time to sleep as it is.

Today's Moment Of Zen

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Colbert At White House Correspondents' Dinner

The White House Correspondents' Association is an organization of journalists who cover the President of the United States and works with the presidential administration on issues regarding coverage and logistics. The WHCA's annual dinner, begun in 1920, has become a Washington DC tradition and is usually attended by the President and Vice President.

The last WHCA's annual dinner on April 29th was absolutely hysterical with special guest speaker Steven Colbert. I highly recommend watching it! You won’t be disappointed with his extremely ballzy yet ultimately hilarious performance.


Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Robbie Williams - Angels


I sit and wait
Does an angel contemplate my fate
And do they know
The places where we go
When we’re grey and old
’cos I have been told
That salvation lets their wings unfold
So when I’m lying in my bed
Thoughts running through my head
And I feel the love is dead
I’m loving angels instead

[Chorus:]
And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I’m right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won’t break me
When I come to call she won’t forsake me
I’m loving angels instead

When I’m feeling weak
And my pain walks down a one way street
I look above
And I know I’ll always be blessed with love
And as the feeling grows
She breathes flesh to my bones
And when love is dead
I’m loving angels instead

[Chorus x2]
I’ve been wanting to do a post on angels for long time as I’ve always been exceptionally fascinated by their nature. I wouldn’t consider myself a religious person, but I am an avid admirer of the stories written about angels.

All the stories have their own deviations on angels, for example the classification and rank of angels (Choirs of Angels)… Seraphim, Cherubim, Ophanim, Principalities, Virtues, Powers, Dominions, Archangels, and Angels; each hierarchy having a specific purpose. One thing most stories have in common is the fact that angels and human spirits are two totally separate entities. People do not become angels upon death… angels are different beings altogether.

There are two angels specifically that intrigue me above all others, the first being St. Michael the Archangel. If we were ever to truly have patron saints, I would want Michael to be mine. I personally identify with this angel above all others in literature. Though I cannot relate to his greatness, I do relate to his lot in life / existence.

For the longest time I wondered how someone other than a human could become a saint… from what I’ve discovered, the title of Saint is just an honorary title for Michael. There is no record of any actual canonization.

St. Michael is essentially the ultimate protector of humanity. He is accepted in lore as being the special patron of Adam. Supposedly he was the first angel in all of the heavens to bow down before humanity.

In art St. Michael is represented as an angelic warrior, fully armed and standing over Satan, who he pierces with a lance. In Paradise Lost, Michael commands the army of angels loyal to God against the rebel forces of Satan. He also holds a pair of scales in which he weighs the souls of the departed, or the book of life, to show that he takes part in the judgment. So at the hour of death, St. Michael descends and gives each soul the chance to redeem itself before passing.

I find his character marvelously admirable. Constantly a guardian and protector for eternity, I’ve always wondered about other parts of his personality. How does he feel about his existence? It is a burden or an honor to always be the defender of others? Does he ever feel alone or scared with what he must do? I’d really love to find a book that explores his character and gives it more dimension. That being said, he is definitely a great role model… someone very self-sacrificing and compassionate.


The next angel that’s always fascinated me is the fallen angel, Lucifer. I’ve never really believed in a “devil” in opposition to God. It’s ridiculous as it totally negates the entire notion of God being omnipotent (he’d just crush Satan instantly) and omni-benevolent (how could he allow evil to exist.) Besides, I think it’s immature for people to blame their mistakes and sins on some evil being tempting them. People need to take responsibility for their own actions and not blame some fictional character. However, that being said, the character of Lucifer is most interesting.

Lucifer was the most highly regarded being to God. Even his name suggests of how great he once was; Lucifer meaning, “light-bearer.” He had it all. This was perhaps the primary reason for his inevitable fall. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It almost seems that in all his glory he was destined to betray God.

He’s most interesting when he’s mischievous. As I previously stated, it ludicrous to believe him to be some sort of opponent to God. Even the bible suggests multiple times that he has no power of independent action, but requires the permission of God, which he may not transgress. So according to the bible, God allows Satan to tempt and destroy people.

This is where things become extremely interesting. Here’s a related quote from John Milton / Satan (Al Pacino) in The Devil’s Advocate:
“Let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do, I swear for His own amusement, his own private, cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Look but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow. Ahaha. And while you're jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is he doing? He's laughin' His sick, fuckin' ass off! He's a tight-ass! He's a sadist! He's an absentee landlord! Worship that? Never!”

In stark contrast to St. Michael, the character of Lucifer is highly developed in almost any story he appears in. He has radical emotions and a clear sense of self-being. He has weaknesses and imperfections… he’s quite human in nature. It seems that we as humans have a lot in common with this particular character, but should try to become more like St. Michael.

Oooops! Damn!

I typically never perform the automatic Windows updates simply because one time several years after I had clicked the little pop-up on the Windows status bar for complete an update, and whatever the update consisted of, it totally crashed my computer.

Anyway, I noticed earlier this morning that I just had too many applications running in the Windows status bar, so I went to start closing the ones I knew I didn’t need running. In closing several of them, I accidentally started a Windows update that had been sitting down there for months.

Fuck! I couldn’t stop it! Fuck! I couldn't undo any of the changes either! Fuck! So after it was completed, all I could do was restart my computer and see what damage had been done. Fuck!

It turns out the Microsoft has finally gone “Big Brother” us! When Windows starts up, I get an enormously distracting message that says: “You may be the victim of software counterfeiting.”

Then I get a star looking program that constantly runs in the Windows status bar that I cannot terminate. When clicked on, this program brings up an Internet Explorer window (IE sucks btw; long live Firefox) that gives me the details on why my version of Windows may not be genuine:
You may be a victim of software counterfeiting. The Windows product key installed on this computer is not genuine.
The Windows product key installed on this computer is a Volume License Key (VLK) that has been blocked. A VLK is typically licensed to organizations that want to use multiple copies of Windows. However, if a VLK is reported as stolen or leaked, it is blocked from passing validation and is not considered genuine.

Buy a genuine product key online
Special offer: Purchase a genuine product key online and convert your system to genuine Windows.
No shit!!! I purchased this version of XP years ago from the University of Texas, who is an authorized discount Microsoft provider. They give the same software key to everyone! This is ridiculous! Microsoft can kiss my ass! I’m not falling for their thuggish and remedial approach to get more of my money.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Luchador Name Generator

You may be wondering… WTF is a luchador? Great question! Simple, a luchador is a performer of the Mexican wrestling sport entertainment called Lucha Libre (free-style fighting).

You are the fearsome:

el puta de la dolor
(the whore of doom)

What's your Luchador Name?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Just When I Thought That I Was Out They Pull Me Back In

It appears that LucasArts will be releasing a sequel to their highly successful videogame, Star Wars Legos. The first game dealt with the Star Wars prequel trilogy; the new one will focus on the original Star Wars trilogy. With any luck, this second game will be at least equally addictive as the first! If nothing else, it’ll give me something different to do while constantly playing the Superman Returns videogame!


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Superman Returns Trailer

It's here!!! The official Superman Returns trailer is here!!! OMFG! Like I was just telling Ron a few minutes ago, I really didn't need to see this trailer. Now I'm completely wired! This trailer is so awesome! I was pretty confident that the movie was going to to be great before I saw this trailer; now I know it will be!

I'm soooooooooo excited!!!


Adding To The Collection

The entire month of May truly sucks as far as new release DVD’s are concerned. Nothing good is coming out all… nothing. Not even one thing! Thank God for older movies going on sale for ridiculously low-ass prices!!! I purchased some eight DVD’s yesterday, and hardly spent any money!!! Of the eight, there are only two that I’ve never seen before.

Smallville: Season 1
It’s hard to believe that I already didn’t have this box set. It just so happened that when I purchased seasons two, three, and four, we were out of the first season and never got anymore in. I wasn’t too worried about getting this one at the time I got the others because I had actually already seen all the episodes in the first season, as I was regularly watching TV at that time in my life. It’s just nice to have the complete set now. All I need now is for the fifth season to be released on DVD!!!

Karas: The Prophecy

This is one of the two movies that I had not previously seen. Quite an interesting anime! The graphics and animation were absolutely astounding… and the story was great too. It took me about 75% of the movie to understand what the hell was going on… and then just I was really getting into it, it just ends! Apparently this DVD is only the first half of the entire story. The second half isn’t going to be released until September. WTF!!!

Helen of Troy
This was actually a made for TV movie back in 2003. If I remember correctly, it was shown on the USA channel. I love Greek mythology, but the only real reason I watched this show back when it came on was because the guy who played Paris, Matthew Marsden, is unconditionally gorgeous!!! The story wasn’t great (wasn’t very much like Homer’s Illiad at all, but neither was the recent movie Troy), but damn that guy is so hot. Movies that suck but have good-looking guys is always a great reason to purchase them on DVD!

Les Miserables
I haven’t seen this movie in years!!! Such a wonderful story. Whenever I begin to lose my faith in humanity (remember, I work in retail and encounter some of the worst people on a daily basis), I think of this movie and how Jean Valjean, a completely heartless convict, transforms by a single act of mercy. The perfect example that everyone has the power and strength to truly change. Not to mention it stars Liam Neeson and Geoffery Rush, who are simply outstanding in the movie!

Dominion
This the other movie that I hadn’t seen yet (and actually still haven’t). This is the original prequel to the Exorcist. A good friend, Nathan, swears that this movie is much better than the newest prequel the recently came out, Exorcist: The Beginning. So, I’m anxious to see if the movie truly stands up to the level of quality he’s lead me to believe that it is.

Top Gun
Yes, I hate, I hate, I hate Tom Cruise!!! Regardless of that though, this movie rocks! This is the typical 80’s movie… cliché dialogue and countless memorable quotes! I actually owned this DVD for quite some time, but I don’t know where it is. Someone jacked it, and then never returned it. I’m definitely gonna have to create a database or something for all who commandeer borrow my DVD’s.

Jason and the Argonauts
This was another made for TV movie created several years ago, but unlike Helen of Troy, this movie is definitely more inline with classic Greek mythology. And it too has a super hot lead actor in it, Jason London. One of the fantastic things about Jason London is the fact that he has a twin brother, Jeremy London. Imagine a three-way with the two of them!!!

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
I remember when this movie first came out. It received a lot of bad press. Basically, everyone said the movie sucked, and I believed them. So I never went to see it while it was in theaters. Months after it stopped showing at the theaters, Josh, guaranteed me that the movie was worth watching and made me a copy. I was shocked. The movie wasn’t super great, but it surely was good. I was most impressed! Very interesting take on a strange array of characters. Most enjoyable! Anyway, the copy he gave me lacked in quality, so I decided to actually purchase it! And despite what others may think, Sean Connery kicks ass!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

New Superman Clip

So the official Superman Returns trailer is set to appear before Mission Impossible 3. Less than TWO months before the movie is finally out!!! Here's a little clip with the hottest Superman ever!!!


Saturday, April 29, 2006

Boomstick

The great quote of the week brought to you by the one and only Bruce Campbell...

"Now listen up, you primitive screwheads. See this? This... is my boomstick! The 12-gauge double-barreled Remington. S-Mart's top of the line. You can find this in the sporting goods department. That's right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Retails for about $109.95. It's got a walnut stock, cobalt blue steel, and a hair trigger. That's right. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart. You got that?"

Six Easy Pieces

So earlier today while browsing some bands on myspace, I ran into an Austin band with the most peculiar name, Six Easy Pieces.

It just so happens that Six Easy Pieces is also a title to one of my favorite books that I’ve owned since my junior year in high school. It is a condensed collection containing the six easiest chapters from Dr. Feynman’s landmark work, Lectures on Physics. These six easy pieces include atoms in motion, basic physics, the relation of physics to other sciences, conservation of energy, the theory of gravitation, and quantum behavior.

He also has a book out that I purchased my senior year in high school, Six Not So Easy Pieces, dealing with vectors, symmetry in physical laws, the special theory of relativity, relativistic energy and momentum, space-time, and curved space. I can’t tell you how handy this book was during college engineering physics.

Dr. Richard Feynman was that rare scientist who excelled in his field and loved to teach others about what he knew. The thing that distinguishes Dr. Feynman from other physics teachers is his incredible ability to simplify complex and seemingly unintuitive physical phenomena and make them a little more understandable.

Dr. Feynman died in 1988, but his works made such a huge impact on me when I first read them. I was so pumped-up and just plain enthusiastic about physics, especially in high school… oh how I wished I could have attended one of his lectures. Hell, I still do wish I could have!

Anyway, I’m finished with my little tangent that all started with an Austin band’s name that brought back some wonderful memories.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Fabulous

I can’t say that the last 24 hours have been eventful, but rather interesting…

After I got off of work for the day yesterday evening, I came home to get something eat (because I’m always freaking hungry) and change. I headed back to work to paint a new kiosk that we made for the front of the store (long boring story on why we have the new kiosk, so I won’t go into that.)

Sean and I went to Home Depot to purchase some spray paint for this little project, red and yellow. I figured that I could easily do some spray painting without fucking up my clothes… I was wrong (All I hear is now Obi-Wan’s voice echoing in my mind… “I took it upon myself to train him as a Jedi. I thought that I could instruct him just as well as Yoda. I was wrong.”)

I got paint all over my new Monster Squad shirt, on my favorite pair of jeans, and on my shoes. My grandfather helped me get the paint off my shirt and almost completely off my jeans (using WD40)… despite our best efforts, the shoes could not be saved. I guess that’s fine… I now have a reason to get some new ones that I’ve been wanting for awhile now. Only problem is that they aren’t offered anywhere in the US, so I have to order them online. I’m always weary of ordering any kind of clothing online simply because I can’t try anything on.

Anyway, everything still smells like WD40… that is until this morning!!! I went back to work briefly to finish up with the kiosk (looks fantastic btw)… then I came home to take a quick shower before going out to get some groceries. I was in a huge hurry for no apparent reason. I didn’t dry myself off very well, and I went to use my hairdryer… I have never received an electrical shock like the one I got this morning!!!

I can’t even really describe the way it felt. The most I can say is that it really hurt and I could swear it stopped my heart for like five seconds. For the next hour or so, all I could smell was burnt hair… though I can’t find any burnt hair, so it may be burnt flesh or something. I guess I should feel lucky that the shock didn’t ignite the fumes of the WD40… but I’m actually just happier that I don’t smell that WD40 crap anymore. It was starting to give me a headache!

WTF Is Wrong With Me?

I honestly don't know how many times I've seen this over the last year, but I every time I watch it, I can't help but laugh my ass off! What's more is the fact that it isn't even really that funny. It is so ridiculously slap-stick, it should just be plain insulting to watch.



Wednesday, April 26, 2006

David Bowie - Underground


No one can blame you,
For walking away.
Too much rejection, (na na)
No love injection. (na na)
Life can be easy,
It's not always swell.
Don't tell me truth hurts, little girl,
'Cause it hurts like hell.
But down in the underground,
You'll find someone true.
Down in the underground,
A land serene,
A crystal moon, ah, ah.

It's only forever,
Not long at all.
Lost and lonely,
That's underground.
Underground.

Daddy, daddy, get me out of here.
Ha ha i'm underground.
Heard about a place today.
Where nothing never hurts again.
Daddy, daddy, get me out of here
Ah ha i'm underground.
Sister sister, please take me down.
Ah ah i'm underground.
Daddy, daddy, get me out of here.

No one can blame you,
For walking away.
Too much rejection, (na na)
No love injection. (na na)
But down in the underground,
You'll find someone true.
Down in the underground,
A land serene,
A crystal moon, ah, ah.

It's only,
It's only forever,
It's not long at all.
The lost and the lonely,
That's underground.
Underground.

Daddy, daddy, get me out of here.
Heard about a place today,
Where nothing never hurts again.
Daddy, daddy, get me out of here.
Ha ha i'm underground.
Sister, sister, please take me down.
Ah ha i'm underground.
Daddy, daddy, get me out.

Wanna live underground. [x7]

Daddy, daddy, get me out of here.
Ah ha i'm underground.
Sister sister please take me down.
Ah ha i'm underground.
Ah ha i'm underground.
Ah ha i'm underground.
Daddy, daddy, please...
Daddy, daddy, please...
Wanna live underground.
Wanna live underground.
Wanna live underground.
I heard this song on XM today, and it reminded me of how much I really enjoyed this song and all the others on Labyrinth. What is this song about… it’s about suicide. Granted it takes on an entirely new meaning when placed in the movie that it is in, but nonetheless the song is about a lonely soul’s, constantly plagued by depression and rejection, contemplation of suicide and how its effects are irreversible. Ironically, the song actually sounds very hopeful and uplifting, negating the lyrics of the song. So full of wonderful absurdity!

“It’s only forever… not long at all.” This is a fine example of some sort of weird-ass paradox… an optimistic pessimism (or pessimistic optimism, can’t decide on which.) As many know, I love paradoxes and absurdities… not just because they are odd, but because they are so incredibly prevalent in everything, everyday, everywhere. Most people just seem to overlook these precious gifts that make life so interesting!

Enough about the song… I’d rather briefly discuss the movie and its inherent ironies and absurdities. First off, a brief overview of the movie for those who have never seen it. This is a classic 80’s movie that I vividly remember watching as a child. It tells of how a girl could no longer stand her life and wishes for goblins to take away her screaming baby brother… she must then journey to rescue him in a strange land (The Labyrinth) ruled by the king of the goblins. What’s not to like? Hell, it’s even produced by mastermind George Lucas (in his prime before he went psycho and arguably fubar’d the prequels to his wonderful masterpiece Star Wars.)

Over the years and after viewing it countless times, I’ve come to the conclusion that Labyrinth is clearly a symbolic tale of a young girl's acceptance of her sexuality. Unfortunately this take on the movie is completely overshadowed by David Bowie’s bulging penis sheathed in spandex. Honestly, his protruding penis should be listed first on the opening credits of the movie as it’s prominently featured in nearly all of his scenes… the penis explicitly steals the show. Labyrinth is definitely chock full 'o cock.

So my question… how did this movie ever get a PG rating? This is considered a “family” movie. This movie is completely overrun by sexual innuendo and pretty damn explicit imagery (in my opinion, all the elements necessary to be at the top of my movie list… which in all fairness is probably why I love it so much!)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Brian & Stewie Stoned

How is it that drug induced states of consciousness can bring such clarity to just about anything? (Note: This is simply a rhetorical question… obviously any kind of drug induced state will have some sort of effect on the way the mind functions!)

Anytime when I take medication (not a pain killer, rather a triptan that activates serotonin receptors) to alleviate a terrible migraine, I usually have an incredibly heightened state of awareness for several hours. It’s like being awaken into a new state of existence that is always truly there hiding in the shroud of reality.

Anyway, here's a funny little clip of such a phenomenon demonstrated by Stewie!


Superhero Quiz

Your results:
You are Superman
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.


Superman ................. 100%
The Flash ................. 90%
Green Lantern ............. 75%
Supergirl ................. 75%
Iron Man .................. 70%
Robin ..................... 65%
Spider-Man ................ 65%
Wonder Woman .............. 60%
Hulk ...................... 60%
Batman .................... 50%
Catwoman .................. 35%
Click here to take the "Which Superhero am I?" quiz...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Batman: Dead End

I've seen my share of "fan films." For the execption of special effects, most are pretty awesome films (hell, many even have great effects at that!) A great place to find these fan films is at TheForce.net. There are tons of them there!!!

Here's a badass Batman fan film I've come across. Very interesting. It's only about 8 minutes long, so if you have the time I highly recommend that you give it a quick view. Quick bit about the fan film: Batman faces an old nemesis and the greatest challenge of his life.

Back Online!

Got the internet back up and running at home. It turns out that I only needed to buy a new dsl modem, new ethernet cables, a new ethernet card, and trash my router. When everything was finally said and done, the connection was restored!

Anyway earlier this morning at work, I noticed Gilles watching some seriously crazy-ass shit up in the office. Take a look for yourself!


Click Here To Play Video

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Lemonade & Apple Juice

Soooooo... until my dsl connection is back up and running (God only knows when that'll occur), my posting will be temporarily limited as I now only have access to the internet at work. Hopefully Monday or Tuesday, everything will be restored to normal. Ad praesens ova cras pullis sunt meliora!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Lasciate Ogne Speranza, Voi Ch'Intrate

My DVD collection has been a bore lately. I feel I’ve over-watched everything I’ve got, which I have. I desperately need to get some new ones, but nothing good is coming out anytime soon. Nothing! Absolutely nothing. Nothing even remotely interesting.

So for the last several nights before bed, I’ve been rereading one of my favorite books that I haven’t even touched since high school… The Divine Comedy. I should probably clarify that I only really enjoy the cantos of "Inferno" and "Purgatorio." "Paradiso" is great too, but it lacks the most intriguing character of the combined collection, Virgil.

I’m sure that anyone who’s read the book can clearly see that Virgil is supposed to be a very noble and wise character. He knows the way through Hell and can act as Dante’s knowledgeable guide while he struggles alongside Dante when they enter Purgatory together for the first time.

It’s often discussed in school that Virgil is an allegorical representation of human reason… both in its immense power and in its inferiority to faith in God. But that’s not what I find interesting about him in this book. What’s best about him, most unique about his character to me, is that he seems to be comically sadistic.

Virgil praises Dante for an outburst of temper, yet at other times he criticizes him for not being compassionate enough. It seems that Virgil, despite his piercing moral clarity, seems puzzled at times… or is he? I think he truly enjoys seeing those suffer who he feels deserve it.

Maybe that’s just my own bizarre and twisted view, but I honestly feel this guy gets off on how hell tortures people. I don’t think Dante intended Virgil to come across in this manner, though I think it makes the story much more entertaining and witty. Does anyone else see that, or is it just me?

Anyway, I'm noticing some things about the "Inferno" I hadn't noticed before… or if I had, I'd forgotten them, which is just as good. For one thing, hard as it is to believe, I had never particularly noticed how each circle of Hell (with the exception of the outer circle, Limbo) has its own guardian, something that, in video game circles, remind me of an "sub-boss." Minos stands guard over Circle 2 (the Lustful), and has the great pleasure of informing sinners which level they've been condemned to. Cerberus stands guard over Circle 3 (the Gluttons); Plutus over Circle 4 (the Greedy and the Wasteful); Phegyas over Circle 5 (the Angry). At that point they come to the walls of the City of Dis, the barricade that separates the not-so-bad sinners they've encountered so far and the really bad sinners who follow. Once inside, the way opened for them by an unnamed angel, they find Circle 6 (the Heretics). The first round of Circle 7 (Violence against others) is guarded by the Minotaur; the second (Violence against self) by the Harpies.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Coming Soon To A DVD Shelf Near You

As stated in Jennifer’s recent post, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. is finally arriving to DVD on July 18… one of my most favorite TV shows of all time.

The saga begins simply enough when one of the greatest lawmen the West has ever known, U.S. Marshal Brisco County, Sr., is killed on a train by outlaw John Bly and his evil Gang of 12. The Marshal's son, Brisco County, Jr., a Harvard law graduate, is hired as an unlikely bounty hunter by the members of San Francisco's Westerfield Club to track down the outlaws. Brisco straps on his father's gun belt with its famed ivory-handled six-shooter, which he handles better than a western trick star, and never looks back.

Brisco, ably assisted by Comet the Wonder Horse (who has more intelligence than most people), meets a variety of friends and foes as he pursues his goal and also stumbles onto an incredible legend… the tale of a supernatural golden glowing orb that bestows unimaginable powers on the person who possesses it. Brisco soon realizes that Bly will stop at nothing to obtain the orb and wield it for his own evil purposes.

Bruce Campbell is absolutely perfectly cast for the role of Brisco County Jr. He brought a warm, human depth to the character along with an inside wink to the audience underscoring all of life's wonderful absurdities. He also gave straight deliveries of puns laced with sexual and non-sexual overtones.

This show is definitely a cult classic series! It was highly underrated during its run on FOX on a Friday night timeslot… certain death for any TV series good or bad. Truly an awesome show! A definite must see for anyone who never caught it!

Whether or not you ever had the opportunity to enjoy the show, many people don’t realize that the show’s theme song is now used all over the place, particularly on several sports events. I’m sure you’ve heard it before!

Bush On Myspace

Here's a pretty funny video... though I think you'll probably get the best kick out of it if you're familiar with myspace.com.


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Friday, April 14, 2006

The Monster Squad

Tomorrow evening, Easter Sunday, I’ll be attending an Alamo Drafthouse special viewing of the 80’s cult classic The Monster Squad. Film director Fred Dekker will be attending the event with a few of the actors from the movie. I haven’t seen this movie in years, but I remember vividly enjoying it for the first time back in 1987 (I was 7 years old at that time living in Midland, TX.)

The effects (and dialogue for that matter) are pretty outdated now, but the monster makeup is classically cartoonish and overall just plain fun! The movie is overrun with memorable one-liners, i.e. Horace’s/Fat Kid’s classic line, “Wolfman's got nards!”

Other scenes were quite fun and memorable, especially to a kid watching this back in the 80’s. The montage where the Monster Squad prepares to do battle by sharpening stakes, making silver bullets, and developing nude pictures of Patrick’s sister was pretty cool when I was a kid, and I’m sure it’ll have the same effect today.

The acting isn’t bad at all, just a bit remedial which makes it a true cult classic example of an 80’s monster-movie that took nothing too seriously. Overall, I’d call it a fun B-movie which carries on the tradition of the old monster movies of the 50’s! I’m still anxiously waiting for it to be released on DVD!

For those of you who have seen and enjoyed this movie, I have a special treat for you! I give you the cheesy funny Monster Squad theme song played during the end credits!

The Great Lion

In rereading The Magician’s Nephew, book 6 of 7 in The Chronicles of Narnia, I realize how much I truly enjoy the character of Aslan. His character is so paradoxical… so simple and yet complex, very original and also quite stereotyped.

To think that a lion created the magical land of Narnia and the creatures that inhabit it is quite odd. In doing so, Aslan is the original and true king of Naria, even above all high kings of Naria throughout the entire saga. I tend to think that it’s unusual for an animal, such as a lion, to be the creator of a world. In most stories, this is left up to a god-like figure that is more human than anything else.


His character, in my opinion, becomes much less imaginative with all the parallels he has with Christ… in The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe he essentially dies for the sins of man (Edmund), yet rises from the dead to defeat evil… in The Last Battle, the saga concludes with Aslan stepping in to bring Narnia to an end… he judges all the creatures and beings of Narnia; those who were true to him pass through the doors into the “true and perfect” Narnia (heaven), while those who have opposed or deserted him do not pass through the door… the fate of those left behind is uncertain.

Even his personality is contradictory. He’s all powerful and all knowing, yet he still has a vulnerability to him. He can be hurt, both emotionally and physically. His paradoxical persona makes his being a lion is most suitable. He’s a truly awesome symbol of goodness, yet he is still to be feared. Throughout the series, it is often repeated that Aslan is "not a tame lion", since, despite his gentle and loving nature, he is powerful and can be dangerous.