Archive for March, 2008

jaynova interwebs guitar school-Alpha Omega.

Posted in Cover Songs, Music on 21 March 2008 by jason

Another Mountain Goats cover. My cat makes a special appearance at the end.

Constructive criticism is welcome!!!

jaynova internet guitar school-Window Song

Posted in Cover Songs, Music on 21 March 2008 by jason

This is a cover of a Mountain Goats song. My cat plays with the window, ironically, and the beam of light distracts me. Anyway, any advice on singing and playing is appreciated!

The otter’s Hearsay Movie Review: I’m Not There

Posted in Movies, otter on 19 March 2008 by jason

Comprised of things the otter said as she MST3K’d her way through the Bob Dylan not-quite-biopic, I’m Not There.

How long is this?
Wow. Christian Bale is either doing the worst Dylan impression ever, or the best George W. Bush impression ever.
Heath Ledger and Charlotte Gainsbourg are not a believable couple. He is stereotypically…hot, and she’s all weird and gangly.
Is it over?
No! It’s too late to introduce new characters!
THAT’S Richard Gere? I thought it was just some old dude.
When does it end?!?
Seriously, Christian Bale needs to just…not be in this movie.
Julianne Moore CAN NOT act.
This movie was made by baby boomers. The probably did lots of drugs and said, “yeah! This will be a good movie!” Only they were wrong.
This movie was as bad as Bobby. It just shows you that you can get a bunch of great people behind something, it it will still suck.
This was the worst movie I have ever seen.

Haiku Movie Review: I’m Not There

Posted in Movies on 19 March 2008 by jason

This film was just like
a poem of epic length;
I HATE poetry.

Folding in (ROUGH draft)

Posted in Writing on 16 March 2008 by jason

…and he was there. Or, perhaps, it would be more appropriate to say that he was then, because he hadn’t actually moved more than six feet. I did it, David thought as he stared at himself, or rather, at the two-minutes-in-the-future David, who was jumping up and down for joy, shouting “I did it!” His wife, that is, his two-minutes-in-the-future wife came running into the chamber to celebrate with a bottle of wine.

I wonder if I, …er, I mean, that I, can see me, David, present David, David who two minutes from now would be jumping for joy and celebrating with his wife and some wine, thought. I should try to talk to him, me,…er, dammit! I should have read more science fiction about this sort of thing! I don’t have the words to describe it!

David-the-now shouted at David-to-be. “Hey! Can you hear this! I’m you! We did it! We fucking did it!” David-to-be did not respond, but instead began to unzip his skin-tight chrono-suit.

“The suit started to run hot at the end,” Future David said to his wife. “But besides that…” He suddenly looked distracted. “Hey,” he said, facing present David, much to his, Present David’s, surprise. “I can’t see or hear you, but I know I was there. Congratulations, man!” The David-to-be then slipped out of the chrono-suit and stood naked in the chamber, surrounded by monitors, gages, generators, and his wife. “We fucking did it.”

Present David wanted to stick around and see what happened next, but he noticed that his chrono-suit was starting to run hot.

Copyright 2008 J. Robert Novak

Grey. Or is it Gray?

Posted in Art, otter, Writing on 16 March 2008 by jason

Well, I haven’t written on my blog recently. Actually, I haven’t written much of anything recently. I’m working on a script for My Very Own Adventure, but besides that, I just haven’t been in the mood to write.

It’s not that I have writer’s block, mind you. I have lots of ideas. I’ve played around with them a little, but that’s all it is. Playing.

It’s the weather. Last weekend, I was completely snowed in; my car was under 2 ft. of snow. Yesterday, the otter and I went to Akron to visit my favorite music store, amongst other things. Usually, I buy 2 or 3 CDs, but I could only get excited about 1 this time (Tallahassee by The Mountain Goats). While in Akron, a chilly breeze washed over the grey afternoon, and the otter said, “This is the quintessential Ohio day.” And she’s right.

It’s not all bad: I didn’t lose any work last week due to snow or anything (actually, I picked up an hour), and I work during Spring Break, so money isn’t really a problem right now. And in Akron, we found a nice local art gallery (The Red Light Galleries), which was very cool…I want to go back in a few weeks. And Karaoke last night (during a farewell party for one of the otter’s coworkers) was some of my best singing.

Anyway, hopefully the sun comes out soon, or at least things warm up so I can open a freaking window!

That didn’t go well…

Posted in Kucinich, Politics on 5 March 2008 by jason

Well, Hillary beat Obama in Ohio. And Texas. And Rhode Island. Also, accross the board, as of last night, all the school levies were failing.

So, was there any good news? Yes, actually.

Ohio had a record turn out for a primary. Just proof that people do actually give a damn what happens to this country.

And…Kucinich won the Congressional Primary in the 10th District! If he can’t be president, then we need to keep him as a law maker. I’m not in the 10th disctrict, but I was watching this one.

Political Musing

Posted in Kucinich, Politics on 2 March 2008 by jason

Ok, as many of you know, I am hugely in favor of H.R.676, the Conyers/Kucinich health care plan, which would insure every American under a universal payer system. The way I see it, when medicine is being run for profit, it’s not being run for patients.

I am also against Clinton’s plan, which essentially forces everyone to participate in a for-profit system that is already broken. Her plan would fix some of the problems of the system, but I think that forcing us into a system that already doesn’t work makes the problem worse. This is especially true for someone like me who makes enough money to not get the government assistance her plan would give, but who is in so much debt that I am practically in poverty.

I really didn’t have an opinion on the Obama plan. He would insure children who need insurance, so that all children would be insured. I have no children, so this doesn’t affect me. Or so I thought.

I got to thinking, though…what happens when these universally insured children turn 18? Well, to start, they lose their insurance. More importantly, though, they gain the ability to vote. I’m not sure it’s Obama’s intention, but by showing people that universal health care can work, then taking it away from new voters, he is actually promoting the ideals of H.R. 676. the Obama play is not a band-aid on a gushing wound, as I thought it was, but a baby step towards universal health care for all.

Shhhh…don’t tell the Right about this.