Archive for October, 2007

Samhain meditation.

Posted in Holidays on 31 October 2007 by jason

In the Celtic year, according to legend, Samhain was a day outside of the normal year. On this day, it is said that the veil between the spirit world and our world is thin, allowing communication with the dead, as well as other forms of divination.

On a more practical note, this was also a time for the peasents and farmers to take stock of what they had: all the food supplies and all the cattle. If there was not enough food to keep the family and the livestock alive, the herd would have to be culled. Samhain, then, is a time to cast off the baggage, the things that hold you down, as well as a time to say final farewells to the dead.

There were no deaths in my life this year, thankfully. As far as baggage is concerned, I don’t see any of that, either. The only main loss this year was my divorce, which was, in many ways, a gain and not a loss.

However, though I know of none, I cast off any baggage from my marriage and divorce, and move on. I hope she does to.

Happy Halloween!

This post was edited on Dec 14, 2007. I noticed a factual error. Oops!

Close Encounters of an Ohio Congressman

Posted in Aliens, Kucinich, Politics on 31 October 2007 by jason

Kucinich admits he saw a UFO. Gracefully, even.

My favorite quote:

It was an unidentified flying object, OK? It’s, like, it’s unidentified. I saw something.

OK…NOW you can make jokes about him. Except you, Amuirin. You’ve already had your fun. 😛

We all shine on!

Posted in discussion, Movies, otter on 31 October 2007 by jason

The otter and I just watched The Shining last night. Neither of us have read the book, so, based on the movie:

1) Does Jack Torrence “shine”? Is this why he is vulnerable to the “shining” of the Overlook? Is this why he drinks? Remember, Halloran says that some people don’t realize that they shine, and that his own grandmother did shine, implying heredity in…um…shininess.

2)What was the narrative purpose of showing Halloran sit around, make phone calls, get on a plane, and drive to the Overlook for his BRIEF scene with Jack? Was he the reason Wendy starts to see other inhabitants of the Overlook?

3)Was Lloyd an inhabitant of the Overlook, or was he Jack’s own “little boy who lives in my mouth,” like Danny’s Tony?

4) When was Jack’s point of no return? Was it when he takes the “drink” from Lloyd? Or was it on the way to the Overlook? Before then, even?

5) Was Jack a reincarnation of a previous caretaker, or did he get absorbed by the Overlook?

Come on…discuss!

Kucinich is the man!

Posted in Kucinich, Politics on 31 October 2007 by jason

Kucinich questions Bush’s mental health

Get in line, Dennis. Get. in. Line.

(No cracks about Dennis seeing aliens, OK?)

Have a solemn Samhain

Posted in Holidays on 31 October 2007 by jason

…for those who celebrate such things!

Vote Elizabeth Kucinich for FLILF!

Posted in Kucinich, News, Politics, Television on 30 October 2007 by jason

On The Daily Show last night, Jason Jones interviewed, among others, Elizabeth Kucinich on whether this country is ready for a FLILF. Here’s an article with a link to the footage.

I’m voting for her!


What I’ve Been Listening To

Posted in Music on 28 October 2007 by jason

Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve done this. I’ve listened to a lot of things, so lets just do the one’s I’ve really liked.

Spoon-Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. I thought I had already reviewed this one, but I guess not. Anyway, It’s a great album, though not as good as Kill The Moonlight. The opening track, “Don’t Make Me a Target,” rocks, “I’ve Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” makes no sense but still stands out, “The Underdog” has a kind of early ’80s Billy Joel sound (back when he didn’t suck), and “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case” is one of my favorites. Lyrically, “Black Like Me” is probably the most meaningful (“Black Tar in Summer/will do a job on your sole/Black Tar in Summer/will do a job on your soul”). The only song that doesn’t work is “The Ghost of You Lingers”, in which the melody is too hard to find. I like challenging music, but this song just doesn’t go with the rest of the album.

“You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb”:

The High Strung-Get the Guests. This one took a few listens to digest just becaue of the sheer number of songs. “What a Meddler!” sets the pace for the rest of the album. In brief, the High Strung combine elements of Disco, Punk, and Twee, making them difficult to compare to any other bands. My favorite tracks are the opener, “Childhood,” “Watch Me Sustain The Early Days,” “There Was No One Before You, There Was No One Before Me,” and “Arrow.”


Radiohead-In Rainbows. I haven’t had this one long enough to let it digest, but so far, I’d say that there is no filler. Every song is good. I SWEAR. I love Radiohead, and I rarely find fault with them, but on their last two albums, I could point to a couple of filler songs. This album has less electronic stuff than Hail to the Thief. There’s a drum machine, but little else that doesn’t sound like they’ve just come from OK Computer, and Yorke’s voice is clearer and more intelligible than it’s been in a long time. “15 Steps” is great, “Bodysnatchers” rocks in the same way that Hail‘s “2+2=5” did, and “Faust Arp” is a non-stop string of lyrics like “Wolf at the Door” from Hail. Nothing on this album sounds like Yorke’s solo album…this is Radiohead, as they should have been when they released Kid A.

Happy (almost) Halloween!

Posted in and other fun, beer, Holidays, Music, otter on 28 October 2007 by jason

Last night, the otter and I had a fun night of costumed parading and drinking! (No, I’m not referring to any bedroom-related activities; get your mind out of the gutter! I’m looking at YOU, David B!)

Our night started with a trip to Akron, Ohio’s Highland Square. This was one the first places the otter and I went together, back before we were even dating (we were in Akron for a job fair). This time, we went to shop at Square Records, a music store that has stuff I can’t find anywhere else. I bought The Boy Least Likely To’s The Best Party Ever and The Mountain Goats’ Protein Source of the Future…Now!, while the otter got a Steely Dan LP and a used copy of The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Good stuff.

From there, it was on to Two Amigos Mexican Grill. The food there is a bit pricey (though not too bad), but they have the best nachos I’ve ever had. (I think they put sugar on them!)

Next, we were off to Kent for the Halloween festivities. I wore my Green Lantern Costume (I’ll have pics later), and the otter wore a black halo. The two of us met up with my brother and his girlfriend (dressed as a samurai and an obscure anime character, respectively.) We bar-hopped, watching the drunken partygoers make asses of themselves.

What madness ensued? Well, I was molested by a native american warrior brave. I watched Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart almost fight said native american for grabbing Marie Antionette’s ass. I told the Flash that Batman wasn’t around because he was a punk. I saw 300 (well, more like 30) spartans marching to victory or death. The cast of Super Mario Cart raced down the street. The otter gave my phone number to some guy who was flirting with her while I was getting drinks. I recited the Green Lantern Oath to curious onlookers. I told Shaun that he had red on him, and he slurred back “‘ows that fur a slice of fried gold!?!” Batman threatened me and cussed me out. I tried to stop a crime in progress (an indoor smoker). Several Justin Timberlakes had their dicks in boxes.

All in all, a good time was had by all, and some of us even remembered it this morning!

Mixtapeology 101

Posted in Cover Songs, Holidays, Music, otter on 26 October 2007 by jason

For Sweetest Day, I made the otter a mixtape. The songs were chosen either bacause they were romantic or because the otter liked them. Here is the tracklist:

Chelsea Hotel No. 2-Rufus Wainwright
Paris 2004-Peter, Bjorn, and John
Piazza, New York Catcher-Belle and Sebastian
Watch Me Sustain-The High Strung
(Do You Wanna) Come Walk With Me-Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
Just Like Heaven (Live)-The Cure
Alibi-The Mountain Goats
The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1, 2, 3-Neutral Milk Hotel
Over at the Frankenstein Place-Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast
Chelsea Hotel No. 2-Leonard Cohen

New Radiohead album- I has it!

Posted in Music on 26 October 2007 by jason

Thanks, Dan! I’ll let you all know what it’s like on Sunday. To celebrate, here are some Radiohead videos:

No Surprises:

2+2=5 (NSFW, not an official video, but it should be)

Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Fake Plastic Trees