Archive for August, 2007

My first political post!

Posted in Kucinich, Money, News, Politics, Television on 31 August 2007 by jason

Nothing to say, really, except “Vote for Kucinich!”

The Path to Here

Posted in Poetry, Writing on 29 August 2007 by jason

First, nothing. Then a blast of gas and rock.
They say this was the beginning of it all.

The first thing I remember was hitting my head: age two.
The last thing was writing this line.

Time moves quickly when I want it to slow,
but it stops in all the right places.

The path to here was easy to follow.
But still, the journey was long.

In the mirror, I am as I was years past.
It seems I have a long way to go.

Why is Japan doing this to me???

Posted in Conspiracies, Movies, Television on 29 August 2007 by jason

Apparently, next week, the 1st of 4 Evangelion movies comes out in Japan. They take place after episode 6, and rewrite the series from there. Just when I though I was out…!

Here are the trailers for the 1st movie.

Quicky, Spoiler-Free Review: Bait and Switch

Posted in Books and Literature on 29 August 2007 by jason

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) pursuit of the American Dream, by Barbara Ehrenreich, would be hilarious if it weren’t so goddamn depressing. In the book, Ehrenreich goes “under cover” as a would-be executive to reveal the hoops one must go through in order to get and maintain a white-collar job. The real story, though, isn’t what she goes through; she has no real stake in the job search. The real story comes from the other job seekers-people who are more-than-qualified to work as PR people, managers, and accountants but get stuck at Wall-Mart or selling Mary Kay cosmetics.

As a college graduate with no health insurance, I can relate. Even with a job in my field, I’m struggling just to pay most of my bills. Actually, I’ve already blogged about all that last month.

I reccomend this book to any college graduate looking for work.

Odd.

Posted in Music, otter on 29 August 2007 by jason

I’m at work. We are no longer allowed to bring headphones to listen to music when there are no students (which is a rule I tottally agree with, actually), but I suddenly have a craving, that’s right, a craving, to listen to Belle and Sebastian’s The Life Pursuit. It’s not my favorite B & S album by far…that would be either If You’re Feeling Sinister (which the otter bought me as a gift a while ago) or the 1st disc of Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, which collected the Dog on Wheels, Lazy Line Painter Jane, and 3…6…9…Seconds of Light ep’s. I have “To Be Myeslf Completely” and “The Blues are Still Blue” stuck in my head right now.

Quicky, Spoiler-Free Review: Crooked Little Vein

Posted in Books and Literature on 28 August 2007 by jason

Warren Ellis’ Crooked Little Vein is offensive, irreverent, and at times disgusting. And those are it’s good points! If you’ve been reading his blog at http://www.warrenellis.com, or if you get his “Bad Signal” e-mails, you know exactly what to expect from him. In fact, a lot of the book reads much like his blog (He even lifts things like the idea that Americans should give each other blankets for Thanksgiving).

The book is entertaining, if not far-fetched. It’s an Alice in Wonderland adventure through America, full of conspiracy theories, people who are debatably sexual deviants, and people who are sexual deviants without the need for debate.

It’s a quick read (I have ADD, and I read it it 2 sittings), so if you can find it at your library (or have time to sit at Borders), go ahead and read it.

Back to Work!

Posted in beer, Comics, Food, Money, Music on 28 August 2007 by jason

Home again, home again. The new semester has started at the local tech school, so I’m back to criminally-close-to-full-time hours. It feels good. Having the last 2 weeks off has made me feel kind of useless, and my hours over the summer weren’t that great, either. Now that I’m back, I can afford to eat, drink beer, read comics, buy music, and most importantly, read comics. Of course, I still have to wait two weeks for my next paycheck, so I’m not out of the woods yet.

What I’ve Been Listening to

Posted in Books and Literature, Magick, Music on 27 August 2007 by jason

Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy Appendix. Nice SHORT album. Kind of folkey, kind of country-y, and very whiney, but in a good way. “Another Radio Song” is probably the best track.” Apparently, this is a companion to the album Black Sheep Boy, which I’d really like to hear.

David Bowie Station to Station. Not the best of Bowie’s 70’s work, but it’s better than most of his 80’s and 90’s stuff. Another short album. “TVC-15”, “Golden Years”, and the title track are great, “Wild is the Wind” is my favorite. I read an interview with the Thin White Duke where he said that the song “Station to Station” was his treatise on black magic. The Kaballah references are obvious.

Bloc Party A Weekend in the City. When I saw their first video from the album Silent Alarm, I thought they sounded alright but seemed a little pre-fabricated. I didn’t really give them a chance. This album changed my mind. Not brilliant stuff, but danceable pop-rock. The first song quotes Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero, so they get extra points.

Wilco Sky Blue Sky. I’ve never been a fan of Wilco, but this album has changed my mind about them. Sky Blue Sky was the musical highlight of my week. You’ve probably heard “Either Way” on the Volkswagen commercial; it’s the 1st track of the album. Other highlights are “Sky Blue Sky”, “Shake it off”, and “Leave me (Like You Found Me)”. On “Impossible Germany”, Tweedy and Co. sound like Walls and Bridges era John Lennon. I’ll give this a “Buy It”, a 3.75 stars, and 2 random appendages up.

Single: Serj Tankian “The Unthinking Majority”. Serj’s, as well as his band System of a Down’s, political songs are a lot like the video that goes with “The Unthinking Majority”: ritiously angry, loud, meaningful, but essentially cartoony. What, Serj? “Anti-depressants /Controlling tools of your system/ Making life more tolerable”? Yeah, because we know how the government makes all kinds of drugs affordable. Anyway, Serj wants us to know that we allowed Bush to get into power, that the war in Iraq is wrong, and that the Republicans are evil. I’m glad he is here to tell us this, as no one else is. [/sarcasm]

The Ironic Thing Is…

Posted in Irony on 23 August 2007 by jason

I’m looking into ways to become politically active, as America is not working the way that it is, and I realized that I cannot afford to join The Democratic SOCIALISTS of America!

Local Color Call for Fiction!

Posted in Local Color, otter, Writing on 21 August 2007 by jason

The latest call for fiction at Local Color is finished. Go there to see stories bt myself, the otter, and contributor Christian Verotik!