Sunday, September 03, 2006
It's just no fun and it hasn't been for some time, and if you aren't trying to change the world, making cash off of it, hyping yourself, or overinflating your overall importance both in cyberspace and in the "real world" then there just ain't no point in it if it ain't fun.
Thanks for reading this and thanks for commenting on it. Thanks also to the Bflo News for hyping this blog up... that was fucking great, super. I had no idea this blog here was so hot, so prominent in the "Buffalo Blogosphere*" but hey, there you go. Show's you how much I know.
Thanks and I'll see you in the funny papers.
* A godawful and thoroughly self congratulatory name that provokes either no response whatsoever from John Q. Public, or expressions of mild amusement (usually in the form of a snort and a "tchah") from those who know better.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The surround sound on the new Pink Floyd Pulse DVD is mind boggling, a wall of sound. Kudos to Gilmour and James Guthrie.
But how am I blogging during the "show?" Relax, it's the lamentable Roger-less section and I've already gone to the men's room and the fridge (this would've also been when I'd hit the souvenir stand). But soon it will be Dark Side Of The Moon (I've only waited years to hear it in surround sound) and it will be another story all together.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
More shameless corporate love.
In honor of the World Cup- one of my all time favorite commercials. Behold- the WORLD of football.
Unfortunately ABC's coverage is woeful, almost painful. I have never heard such blathering on by on air commentators. Any why bother showing the WHO'S WHO of European anything if you're not going to tell us who it is you're showing us. Bloody painful.
Oh glorious day.
Think about Golf, US beaten by Europe in the Rider Cup...
Tennis, James Blake is your number 1, that says it all.
Americans are not about sports, they are about entertainment, hot dogs
Posted by: Mark July 8, 2006 11:23:49
And when you factor in our recent lousiness in other international competitive endeavours (not to mention not one American in the Wimbledon quarterfinals!!) one has to suspect that Mark is absolutely right.
And that breaks my heart.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Does that count as 3 out of 4?
OK OK, no it does not. And what the fuck happened in Germany to Germany? Losing to an Italian side in the heart of a biblical soccer scandal? We're talking about a side that had guys who's club teams are about to be literally banished from the premiere league of Italian soccer. Whoa. That one came out of nowhere. What goals. The first one by Fabio Del Grosso at the death of extra time was profound. The pass back and that bending ball that just caught inside the post- a fucking vision to be sure. I won't even hazard any half assed assessments about Italian national character, but I will say that to almost back into the World Cup semi finals and then win like that... damn. Wow.
An annual tournement of croquet featuring both singles and team play. In the both the singles and team tournement there will be 3 or 4 games varying on the number of entrants, with the top finishers competing in the tournement championship, with the winners recieving a commemorative white straw hats or engraved gin and tonic glasses and the losers The (dreaded) Stickey Wicket.
Stay tuned for more information. Coming in 2007.
At least the Space Shuttle went up (up and away) without incident. That was key.
In any case fuck it. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY. It's a celebration!! Enjoy your freedoms while you can.
Reports are coming in that it fell to ordinary citizens to have their own firework fun all over WNY without official sanction, and that in some parts of WNY we did damn good. Good for us.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Attempts at reading more into anything posted here, or to ascribe ulterior motives are misguided, and if any offense has been given or taken in the course of this experiment I apologize for the discourtesy and any pain I might have caused you. It's a cold world and we've got to stick together.
GERMANY V. ITALY - Germany all the way. It was a good run for Italy.
PORTUGAL V. FRANCE - France. It's about destiny now. And they did beat Brazil.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Saturday, July 01, 2006
I must be going insane.
This extra time has been amazing. High drama. The dreams of a nation (not ours) hanging by a thread.
Why are fellow travellers needed? Because the cost of gas is gonna suck ass in August. $40/50 a body for gas won't be too bad at all... We'll drink beer and talk about football.
Scrubs, gun nuts and weirdos need not apply.
Yes... I raided the used Doctor Who bin at the new FYE on Transit.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Argentina v. Germany. A total classic. I'm rooting for Argentina. Tevez!!! Riquelme.
Italy v. Ukraine. Maybe not a classic, but the Italians are always fun to watch. Italy. And how about that Serie A scandal?!? Ay - yiy -yiy - yiy. Damn... Juventus (the Yankees of Italian soccer) is going down (to Serie B). Oh well.
England v. Portugal. Either a total upset or the British finally get their shit together. Portugal.
Brazil v. France. Ronaldo v. Zidane- the Battle of the Ancients. Unless Thierry Henry shows up Brazil all the way. Sayonara Zidane.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The buzz is wrong. The buzz is wishful thinking. The buzz is a media company hoping to recoup some cash and some fanboys helping them by re-living their youths... at all costs.
And the 3d wasn't that frigging exciting. Goddamnit, I really wanted to like that movie. Seeing Superman The Movie for the first time was like a fucking religious experience for Jebus's sake. Aaaarrrgh.
I am going to bed.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Oy jackasses! It's either the Super Hi-Fi digital reworks of Star Wars or lo-fi* old school Star Wars. You can't have both simultaneously.
* and hey, Dolby Digital 2.0 ain't no joke. Me, I'm looking forward to the old school Star Wars- for nostalgia don't ya know.**
** nostalgia however that will not surpass my appreciation for the Super Hi-Fi digital reworked SW. Those are great, and they TOTALLY hold up and match up to the Super Hi-Fi prequels (which I also like- but you already knew that).
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Perhaps he did all that heroic vomiting on purpose. What a wanker.
I love Canada. People get to act like adults, concert security wasn't there to be DICKS (unlike at Darien Lake where that is their sole purpose, that and harshing your taxpaying citizen mellow), and they even sell you bottled water with the plastic top on- because apparently in Canada unlike the US they don't use the plastic bottle tops as weapons. What a country.
I just hope they don't take after us.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
The big matches of note this weekend:
Mexico v. Argentina, today. My pick: Argentina of course.
England v. Ecuador, tomorrow morning. This could be mighty interesting, considering the profound pressure Team England is under and the surge in mojo Ecuador's got. For England to prevail they're going to need legendary games from somebody. Rooney? Gerrard? Walcott?
Netherlands v. Portugal, tomorrow afternoon. Two perfectly matched teams right down the line. A potential classic.
Tomorrow... the Hip in Toronto. Booyah!
I like Halloween when it's not Halloween, and I like Halloween people when it's not Halloween, and it was a gas.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
America needs to face it, our national soccer leaves a great deal to be desired. Sending journeymen overseas for international experience is all well and good, but our native soccer needs some juice, some oomph, some goddamned spirit. MLS just doesn't do it. Nobody is playing for their jobs, for their team's livelihoods day in and day out because there's nowhere to go- you're team is in the league and you stay there, you're good to go. Everywhere else in the world of soccer however the league lineups change from year to year because the lame teams get the boot down into lower leagues and the best move up to a higher level, and THAT is what we need in the US. The training, the commitment, the drive, it's just more intense in a promotion/relegation system and that is where our national game needs to go. That passion and intensity also carries over to the fans and the way the interact with the game, and I have to think that would help grow the game here too- fanatical fans at the local level, fans caught up in the very battle for the existence of their teams, become fanatics for the national game and national team. That's how you make the game of soccer our game.
Bruce Arena, our US manager, needs to go. They just weren't ready for the Czechs and we never fully recovered.
Oh well, the World Cup dreams of the US in 2006 are done, kaput. At least Freddie Adu, the future of US soccer will be a legal adult in 2010, and he might even be playing for Chelsea.
Anyhoo... let's go Argentina!!!!
USA 1 Ghana 2 in the 83rd minute.
Italy 2 Czech Republic 0 in the 88th minute.
A national disgrace in the making.
USA!?! USA. USA!!!
Oh yeah, the Argentina v Netherlands was a dud, the first dud of the Cup. Alas while some games are about pride and others for a chance to do more, some games are just about not getting injured. Oh well, the knockout stage begins Saturday...
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
In any case, our quest across the pop culture desert continues.
Doctor Who- The Pirate Planet was fan-fucking-tastic: well produced, clever on the verge of satire, and thoroughly hilarious. It even ended with the Doctor giving the newly liberated Zanaxians the black power salute.
Douglas Adams was / is a genius, and the British were brilliant for giving him their BBC airwaves to spread it around.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Due to technical difficulties and a sucky day so far you get yesterday's blog today: Dave Chappelle's Block Party is the shit. I want to live in his America: a country where people are cool with one another and where people of all creeds and colors come together to listen to our finest American rap music and enjoy a good BBQ. It's the feel good movie of the year.
Random thoughts on Block Party: Mos Def is the coolest cat in the USA, Questlove Thompson is a musical/drumming genius, The Fugees were and are hilariously overrated, the return of Big Daddy Kane brought a smile to my face and triggered a subconsious time travel trip back to the late 80's riding on the 22 Summer Best Metro bus to school, Erykah Badu is a goddess, Jill Scott is a radiant, beautiful Odetta, Dead Prez so drop the true science, and only African American folks should be allowed to do marching bands.
Why is Artvoice sleeping on Block Party? They've got a great ad for the movie but no review. It's even directed by Michael Gondry. What's that about?
The poster for Block Party is great, one of my favorite posters ever: in addition to all the musical stars from the movie and Dave front and center it also features the old Bed Stuy hippy lady, the Central State U. marching band director who helped get those kids to NYC for the party, and some of the folks from southwestern Ohio who got golden tickets to come to the party. The movie is as much theirs is it is anybody else's. Dave Chappelle is cool, no matter what anybody says.
And oh yeah, the Sabres are AWESOME. Keep it rolling lads, you are DOING IT.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
I fear that our national mojo is fucked.
The spirit of America might also have been embodied today by Phil Mickelson, who played the final hole of the US Open like he was drunk, or playing like he was me or my golfing buddies, and thus totally gave away the US Open. Two hilariously bad shot decisions in a row... profoundly bad decisions. What great television.
But... Phil admitted his error and called himself "an idiot"... is that American? It certainly ain't Bush-like. Frankly I think it was just pure cockiness and it killed him when he should have played it conservatively. Oh well. I still love Phil.
Yes, there is hope, and it is alive.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
And for your blogging pleasure The New Republic's World Cup Blog. And it's actually about soccer. Great stuff.
Civil War #2 (Marvel Comics)- Chuck said "no cosmic reset button" is going to fix that and he is right. The post 9/11 mindset hits Marvel Comics and the war against superhero civil liberties starts. Stunning shit. <- Check the link!
Wonder Woman #1 (DC Comics)- Beautifully drawn and wonderfully written by The OC's Allen Heinberg, a damn fine first issue.
Ex Machina Special #2 (Wildstorm)- Pure prequel sci-fi / superheroic action straight up, no politics, unlike the excellent Ex Machina ongoing series that juggles perfectly the sci-fi / superhero action with the sharp West Wing talk and NYC political history on a monthly basis.
Liberty Meadows #37 (Image)- I love funny talking animal / good girl art / soap opera comic strips drawn by Frank Cho. The hilarious Star Wars bit (from Episode I no less!!!) was also much appreciated.
Gnarles Barkley, St. Elsewhere. Booyah.
Episodes 1 and 2 of The Pirate Planet, a spiffy Tom Baker Doctor Who story on DVD... a story written by Douglas Adams. Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy-a-riffic, and intriguingly not cheesy at all production wise. I even think that's the dude who played Baron Harkonnen in the Sci-Fi Channel remake of Dune acting almost Harkonnen-like as the Doctor's foe. There might even be a critique of capitalism in there somewhere. It's ri-goddamn-diculous, but I can't wait to watch the last 2 installments.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
England and Sweden both snatching victory out of the jaws of mediocrity in the closing moments- England finding enough mojo in the presense of a resurrected Wayne Rooney for Beckham to set up the Jolly Giant Peter Crouch and later a stunner from Steven Gerrard, and Sweden pulling some poetic bullshit off in the 88th minute. Stunning shit.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
My favorite political moment of the World Cup thus far:
Watching my Republican roommate rooting for Mexico versus Iran in a match that took place in Nuremberg, where the Nazis were succesfully tried for crimes the President of Iran says never happened.
And tomorrow, Trinidad and Tobago plays England in a classic battle between former colony and former colonial power.
What a great sporting event.
And a new question, am I pretentious enough to hang out over at Cafe Aroma to watch World Cup games?
Monday, June 12, 2006
We're officially the worst team in the World Cup, potentially for the second World Cup in a row. The only thing we have left is for Ghana to stun Italy and potentially get that traditional yet scandal-ridden powerhouse to pack it in before our game against them next week and then a stunner against the gigantic question mark that is team Ghana. Can team the US Team pull it's shit together? It's going to be a long, strange 4 days.
The US team is as of right now rubbish.
And is Ben Rothlisberger a TOTAL RETARD? Getting in a motorcycle accident without a helmet? The guy is frigging King of the County. Jesus Christ.
Kudos to the US team for getting to the Cup in the first place. Now let's do this thing. USA!! USA!!!
Sunday, June 11, 2006
You know what that means.
The caravan is leaving Buffalo NY no later than 5 PM.
And behold their new video for "The W.A.N.D." Easily one of the best videos ever as you will soon see.
President Bush may give the event a miss - one can only wonder what he would make of a game in which the U.S. has a negligible chance of being world champion; for Americans with qualms about their country's imperial role, by contrast, supporting the plucky and rather well-liked outsiders of Team USA is an opportunity for guilt-free patriotic fervor. But you can be sure that Bush allies like Tony Blair, Angela Merkel, Jacques Chirac, Junichiro Koizumi, and Silvio Berlusconi (who actually owns AC Milan, one of Italy's top teams) will watch their countries' every game.
Indeed Tony Karon's How to Watch the World Cup: Politics and War by Other Means is a most handy guide to the world (as it is right now) during this exciting World Cup month. The other day one of the chaps on The Daily Show said that the reason why Americans don't get crazy about soccer is because if soccer is metaphorical socio-political warfare Americans already have the real thing and thus don't need the metaphors (or something to that effect), and he is indeed correct. I however like metaphors, larger meaning, and shit like that. That's why when the roommate and I triumphantly advanced the US to the quarterfinals on the PS2 FIFA World Cup (after enjoying the end of the Netherlands vs. Serbia Montenegro match) game I listened with such pride to the "Star Spangled Banner" at the conclusion of the game. In it's entirety. I was that proud.
And who do we have to play in the videogame quarterfinals? The Czech Republic.
We definitely ain't playing that until after the actual game tomorrow. That would be bad juju no matter how you cut it.
I love Buffalo
Was it me or was yesterday the best Allentown day EVER? I'm still gobsmacked.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Also for the record, the teenagers of Williamsville need to get their shit TOGETHER, especially the teenage girls who occupied the row in front of us. Goddamn it you were in public.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
- 1 more day till the FIFA World Cup. Matches of note over the next few days: Costa Rica vs. Germany 6/9 (opening match of the tournement), England vs. Paraguay 6/10, and the US vs. Czechoslovakia 6/12.
- The almost hilarious national saga that has been the recent life of injured England striker Wayne Rooney is reaching it's apex.
- Bruce Springsteen is the MAN, and free as a bird. I can't wait to see what he does next.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
8 more to go but the third disc is out over at the Blockbuster. I might have to cruise on by to see if I get lucky...
Monday, June 05, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
I cannot wait for next week's conclusion.
* Early reports from the UK indicate that the new Doctor David Tennant is more than adequate in the currently running second series/season.
** Amazingly, it's still in continuity, going all the way back to the 1963 first episodes. The advantage of building your show around an immortal time and space travelling Time Lord who occasionally regenerates himself in totally different male guises thoughout his long history.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
John Murphy seemed almost choked up.
Briere is a warrior. The future of the Sabres.
I am so proud of this team. No bitching. Anybody.
I would never admit to anybody upon pain of death that I was at Thursday in the Square tonight after 7 PM. Ever.
They rescued everyone
They lifted up the sun
A spoonful weighs a ton
Giving more than they had
The process had begun
A million came from one
The limits now were none
Being drunk on their plan,
they lifted up the sun.
Forcing it off with their hands
The trapdoor came undone
Above our heads it swung
The privilege had been won.
Being drunk on their plan,
they lifted up the sun.
Yelling as hard as they can
The doubters all were stunned
Heard louder than a gun
The sound they made was love.
"A Spoonful Weighs A Ton," The Flaming Lips
Of course this made for a fine conversation at Seeley's. Obviously the consensus is that we're cool with it, and sure I'll read it if only for one issue because not even that will keep it in my stack for long.
I am a fan.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
OH MY GOD!! DANIEL BRIERE!!!! DANIEL BRIERE JOINS THE LIST OF ALL TIME GREAT SABRES HEROES!!!
GAME 7 THURSDAY NIGHT!!!! LINDY RUFF WILL PICK UP HIS CELLPHONE CHARGER IN PERSON!!!!! PJ KEEPS THAT DAMNED BEARD A WHILE LONGER!!!
Now it's overtime. Katie Burd called from the HSBC and she said it: THIS IS IT.
Let's Go Buffalo. Let's Go Buffalo!
Monday, May 29, 2006
The Tom Baker disc I haven't finished yet but that doesn't appear to be THAT cheesy at all and appears to be a Sherlock Holmes riff of the highest order, and as a Holmes reader in my youth I can't wait to finish The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
When ABC splices together another Peter Coyote narrated clip show before next season I strenuougly recommend you give it a shot for shits and giggles.
Happy Memorial Day! And to all our servicemen and women, thanks*.
* Except for the ones who don't deserve it. Read the papers.
But we've gotta persevere and go for it. The fans at the arena tomorrow night will have a Herculean challenge before them, but they too will have to do what they will have to do. Go Sabres. Go Sabres fans.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
The reception also featured the best Chicken Dance and Hooky Pooky's I've been gotten down to in a long time. Congratulations Kevin and Mary, and on behalf of Brother Tim and myself I apologize for fucking up the runner. What a cock up that was.
Now if only my GODDAMNED neighbor wasn't running all of his yard tools at 9 AM today...
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
- Bob DiCesare (I think) on 550 AM this morning.
"I love singing and frequently, and cheerfully, on my own, too frequently and too cheerfully for those who live with me. But from age fifteen on I had lost the ability to lose myself in the spell of a group song. For me every meeting was revivalist, and hence impossible.
What pleasure then, at the Bentigodi, to rediscover the crowd and it's choral pandemonium. I could, even, after a while raise my hands at the appropriate moments. Like church, the curva (curve of stadium) embraces all comers. In particular, I love the ragged end to almost all the songs and chants; you launch with great gusto unto something inanely repetitive- nella pioggia e sottio il sole, nello stadio ci sarooooo ('in rain or sine, I'll be there' - the tune is 'La Marseillaise'). You sing it once, you sing it twice, then all of a sudden it breaks off, there is predetermined end, you can never know when it is going to stop, so that someone will be left with his arms in the air when all the others have sunk away. That person looks round, amazed, faintly embarrased. I remember one time in particular a man in his forties on the station platform when we arrived in Vicenza. Bundling out of the train, the fans were yelling Vicenza Vicenza vaffanculo! and so taken with the excitment of yelling fuck off into the faces of people he didn't know, that he went on a good thirty seconds after all the others stopped. His voice at last trailed away. His face was the picture of embarrasment. Then he burst out laughing. In the football crowd one moves constantly in and out of the spell, in and out of the group, in and out of the law. Singing together you are all-powerful, singing alone you are a fool. People are aware of this. And however stupid they may be, at least the songs are not addressed to God. They are not that stupid. Then, once in the stadium, they have a definite purpose: to incite the team, to raise these mercenaries' adrenaline levels. Dark eyed, sharp-nosed, chinless and turkey necked, Captain Leo Colucci says: "For us the fans are like the motor in a car, without them we wouldn't get any mileage. It's they who give us the drive when things get tough, and if it wasn't for them I don't know how we would manage."
- Tim Parks (no relation), from A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy In Search Of Illusion, National Character and... Goals!
Our work is cut out for us tomorrow night people: in bars, in your car, in your homes and at the game itself- we gotta make some noise. This is what we do.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Now let's see what the Republic of Ireland can do...
* One of the best videogames ever. Seriously.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Monday night. 7:30 PM. Game 2.
It's about to become a shared sense of possibility. That is all we ever wanted.
09:31:09 am, Categories: Radio Show Updates, Corporate "Responsibility", 126 words
Even Better Than The Real Thing
A huge thanks to Michael Blanding from The Nation and Barry Crimmins for joining us this morning. heartily The Real Deal recommends:
http://www.michaelblanding.com/ for more from Mike.
http://barrycrimmins.com/ for more Barry Crimmins stuff and his excellent, excellent Blues in the Key of W online album.
The Real Deal also wants to thank Ed from Buffalo for alerting us to the http://www.cokekills.net.org.com/ hoodwink that alas does direct you to a Pro Coke site so foul that it actually comes off as being anti Coke reflexively.
Gail also had a great story about the Sabres that we didn't have time to get to but trust me folks- it is a fine piece. Thanks Gail!
Hell, thanks everybody. Go Sabres!
09:33:52 am, Categories: Radio Show Updates, Arts and Crafts, 70 words
Odds and Sods
And for those who care, the music from today's show featured:
"After the Garden" Neil Young, off of his new album Living With War.
"Coke" Flickerstick, off of Welcoming Home The Astronauts.
"Even Better Than The Real Thing" U2, off of Achtung Baby.
"We're Gonna Win That Cup" sung by Maria Sabastian.
And yes yes, the new Neil Young album is amazing:raw, honest, spiritual, and wise. The record of 2006 because frankly it's a time capsule of 2006, of an age that hopefully /ideally we'll look back on in a few years and scratch our heads over.
I am an Anglophile. I like Radiohead. The BBC. 2000 AD. Monty Python. Pink Floyd. The Beatles. Zeppelin. The Stones. JRR Tolkien. The Office. Bass. Harry Potter. Fish and chips. Judge Dredd. English soccer. Sky Sports. Luther Arkwright. Black Sabbath. The Police. The Beach Boys were huge in England for years after America deserted them and Brian Wilson is venerated over there the way I venerate him myself. James Bond. The new Doctor Who.
U2, The Flaming Lips, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Wilco, and R.E.M. are huge in England.
I also like sinking ships. I read A Night to Remember in grade school. I think the original Poseiden Adventure is magnificent. The book in my uncle's Time Life collection about ships that was my favorite was the one about the sunken ones. I couldn't wait to find out what was in the Andrea Doria's safe. I liked Titanic. I had to see Poseiden on the IMAX. Actually I don't know what that's about.
The Parallel Universe (aha! a DC Comics trope!) Al Gore bit on last week's SNL (I figured I'd fast forward to the Paul Simon stuff) was great, the Seinfeld curse bit even better (almost joyful? serendipitous?), and the new Paul Simon stuff sounds amazing- I had a Brian Eno moment (OVERCOME BY SOUND!) as I watched it, and the lyrics resonate (why is it usually the old guys who can produce such resonant art?).
I'll have to add it to my list. The rest of SNL I fast forwarded through except for peyote gag and the end credits when everybody hugs (the Al Gore Paul Simon embrace was nice, real, two soldiers). Al Gore is and always will be the shit. Just when you think the man is kaput you see the glimmers of a second coming and you start to wonder "hey- the current asshole has certainly fucked everything up- ya never know"....
The Real Deal's in 8.66 hours and Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in in 13.66.
Friday, May 19, 2006
"Yes, I know we are nothing but vain forms of matter- yet sublime too when you think that we invented God and our own souls. So sublime my friend! that I want to give myself this spectacle of a matter aware, yes, of what it is, but not throwing myself into the Dream that it knows it is not, singing the Soul and all those divine impressions that gather in us from earliest childhood, and proclaiming, before the Nothingness that is truth, those glorious falsehoods!"
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Definately the small things.
OK, I admit it... it is the small things....
And regarding the actual OC finale: holy smokes. I didn't that coming.
Check out how many Americans from the US squad are playing in the English Premiere League next year! Marcus Hahnemann (Reading)! Tim Howard (Everton)! Carlons Bocanegra (Fulham)! Cory Gibbs (Charlton)! Eddie Lewis (Leeds)! Bobby Convey (Reading)! Claudio Reyna (Manchester City)! Brian McBride (The Pride of Fulham)!
I'm very proud of these dudes.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
It was a great Champions league final despite a lose for Arsenal which I've been a fan of for 13 years. It was just a shame that the referee was just a complete asshole as well as his 2 assistant referees, who were complete fuck ups. They really gave Barca all the help they needed and more. Don't think that I was disappointed that Barca won because I am a fan of them but just wished that it was refereed fairly. The referee(shithead of the year) should have called more fouls on Barca than he did. But obviously he must have liked Barca more than Arsenal. If it was called more fairly the outcome might have been more different, like an arsenal win. This didn't happen but Arsenal will be back and will be better than ever. That I can truly say will come to light . Long live" ARSENAL" forever.
I should have had him write that earlier when he was really angry. Now he's more boozed up and mellow.
Fuck Arsenal. Barca forever!
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Barclay's English Premiere League:
The odious Chelsea and Manchester United took the two top spots, due most likely to their assorted bullshit. Liverpool tried (gotta root for the Beatles' hometown), Arsenal poisoned Tottenham* to clinch the final Champions League spot for next year, and my north country Bolton Wanderers crapped out near the end enough to miss European cup play altogether. I always root for the newly promoted teams and amazingly enough Wigan and West Ham (The Hammers!) landed in the top 10. Sunderland however died a horrible death along with Black Sabbath's Birmingham, both of which got relegated along with Birmingham neighbour West Bromwich Albion. No doubt alcohol consumption in that region of England has tripled...
I don't give a shit about France or Germany. Lyon and Bayern Munich always wins that shit.
Italy's Serie A:
Juventus (a team I used to root for before I found out they are considered "odious" by everybody else in Italy) and AC Milan (Berlusconi's AC Milan) are under investigation for all sorts of wrong doing and just might lose their championship in disgrace. Gotta love that Italian soccer. The "best" fans in the world (ie crazy).
Spain's La Liga:
My Barcelona FC took the top spot and beat Real Madrid (Franco's Real Madrid) down. Of all the European Leagues I confess that I like Spain's the best, and the best soccer moment of the year had to be Espanyol's heroic avoidance of relegation with an extra time goal that sent Gol TV's Scotsman and the Espanyol faithful into paroxyisms of joy and disbelief.
And no I don't watch soccer all the time... just TiVO'd highlight shows, which alas will be ending until August. But now it's time to get ready for BARCELONA FC and the Champions League.
And then... THE WORLD CUP.
* Okay, it was an airborne virus and not food poisoning (although who's to say Arsenal didn't pull some James Bond shit? The Champions is muy, muy importante).
Monday, May 15, 2006
Also, the Internet is back ON for me. Hot damn. The PC Medic is the MAN.
The new Doctor Who BBC imports on the Sci-Fi Channel are also brilliant. While I doubt that I'd ever find a woman attractive in a US flag t-shirt the sight of Bille Piper running around London during the Blitz with a lovely Union Jack on her chest is something I will cherish forever. The sight of all that other fucked up shit in that episode I will not: a genuinely freaky zombie nightmare that simultaneously reminded me of Pink Floyd's The Wall and a Sigur Ros music video until the cathartic end.
The White House fucking up El Presidente's televised speech was not brilliant. Ay carumba. And just you wait for the Conservative outcry even though I'll bet you dollars to donuts that some dingus in the Oval Office pushed the wrong button on the camera at the wrong time. Whoops! Gotta get that practice speaking in sir!
Gay mobsters in love. Carmella recognizing once again the moral quagmire she's a willing participant of. The pain of Ginny Sack. Gay mobsters losing it because they can't deal with the button down, rural handyman life when they'd rather be back in Jersey breaking legs, and because they lost their battle with their wristwatch and the long boring work day. Tony recognizing that Dr. Melfi is right about his relationship with his sister Janice and by extension his relationship with his mother all equals another killer Sopranos.
I'll miss Jed Bartlett and his staff, and I wish them well. Watching the President of our dreams, the President of the country of our dreams end his adventure on last night's West Wing finale was profound, touching, and very sad. All the gracenotes were there: Charlie, Lily Tomlin giving tips to the incomming Executive Secretary, Josh and Donna, Sam, the ghost of Leo, and the beautiful relationship of Jed and Abby. It was good, beautiful, graceful, and sweet.
America and NBC are the poorer now that The West Wing has ended. That said, the commercial for Sorkin's new show this fall looked awesome, and I cannot wait.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
And now the finale.
- Smallville's season finale was boffo and the best use of computer effects on TV I've seen in a while. Serenditpitous. I can't wait for the conclusion, even if they haven't officially announced that it's been renewed for next season....
- The Champions League Final.... Barcelona FC vs. Arsenal FC... live from Paris France Wednesday May 17... the capper of the club football season before the soccer world (ie the rest of the world) holds it's breath in anticipation of the World Cup. Profoundly exciting.
- Tonight: the finale of The West Wing. The smartest show in the history of network TV reaches it's end and I'm sad, and you should be sad too... trust me.
THE REAL DEAL is also the name of the radio show. Things have changed. We have changed. We now speak for ourselves. Tune in next Saturday at 9 AM on News Talk 1270.
THE REAL DEAL.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
I am crosseyed and painless. Born under punches. The bags under my eye have bags. But me and my people, my tribe, are strong.
That said, no matter what happens the Sabres have been there for me, been there for us and it is time to show how much we love them. Their wins have been OUR wins- they're joy and resolve has become our own. Tonight's game is going be HUGE, and yer man here will be there. Game 4. Sabres up 3-0 in the series. The moon was brighter last night and the air had a wonderful scent upon it... the scent of JOY JOY JOY. Go Sabres.
- The 2nd season finale of Veronica Mars was cold, hard, and brutal; and this season has been one of the best tributes/homages to the LOOONG, dark crime fiction sagas of James Ellroy.
- Brad Whitford's mojo was surging last week on Real Time With Bill Maher, his keen moral logic and eloquent moral outrage trumping the conservative tomfoolery of the former governor of Virginia and member of the Foundation for Readiness and Preparedness. Bully for him.
- The new Neil Young and Flaming Lips albums have gone into constant rotation. These records... folks... these records give you something to chew on, to draw on, to see yourself and your philosophy in... and they are good.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
People also shouldn't do heroin. Bad shit.
Why oh why did NBC choose to:
1) air the pilot episode of The West Wing before the West Wing finale instead of a dignified clip show as originally planned?
2) air the pilot episode at 7 PM and the finale at 8PM instead of it's 9 PM timeslot?
3) not air the pilot at 7 PM, the clip show at 8 PM, the finale at 9 PM, and whatever the hell the show at 10 PM?
I like that Gatorade commercial honoring the US National which is getting ready as we speak for the World Cup in a little over a month. It really was a bitch qualifying, and based on my efforts with the new FIFA game I can say based on my woes with the US Team that qualifying campaign is long and it is hard with one pivotal game after another for 2 years running. USA!
Oh yeah, I finished listening to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince audiobook on CD and the finale is wonderfully evocative and painfully emotional. Jim Dale is truly a magnificent performer. Damn, Rowling really has crafted an intriguing saga and jim dandy popcorn book, dense both with plot, and emotion; a modern mythology/pop culture touchstone in the making.
Game 2 and 24 tomorrow night with the fellas, and at some point this week when I get a chance, my wrap English Premiere League wrap up.
And I ain't just saying that because they didn't choose the Lips. I even have a Blondie "Best Of" in my cd collection, but Blondie man... Blondie.
The real question now is whether the run of stellar DC Comics cartoons that began almost 20 years ago with Batman The Animated Series is coming to an end. It'd be a sad day indeed if that's the case. Hopefully they'll do The Legion of Superheroes next...
Saturday, May 06, 2006
OFF THE MAIN BAR: Civil War #1 (Marvel Comics)- the Marvel Universe goes to war with itself over the individual rights of superheroes in the Post 9/11 WMD age; Infinite Crisis #7 (DC Comics)- the universe shattering conclusion to DC's most recent superhero orgy blowout. Sad, inspiring and profound. I totally should have known it was "Free Comic Book Day" when both of these comic book company humdingers came out in the same week.
OFF THE TABLE TO THE LEFT: Infinite Crisis #1-6 (DC C0mics). Excellent stuff. Dense but strangely readable because hey, you know the archetypes.
OUT OF THE BOOKSHELF AT THE END OF THE BAR: Alan Moore's Watchmen and V For Vendetta tradepaperback collections (Vertigo). Books that have kicked our popular culture up a notch in and of themselves and the artists and writers they have influenced in the realms of literature, film and television.
ASK CHUCK FOR: Astonishing X-Men #1-14 (Marvel Comics)- Joss Whedon's verisimilitudinous take on the ubiquitous Marvel heroes; the last 4 issues of Superman and Action Comics respectively, which features an excellent jumping on point for the revamped and rejuvenated Superman titles and some of the best writing The Man has seen in a while (which is saying something because they weren't bad before they got rejuvenated); anything good. Chuck knows his stuff. His Good Stuff rack has never let me down.
You really can't go wrong with this stuff.
- Ron, from PC Medic is a wizard, a true star. The PC is back.
- The Sabres are magnificent, glorious; profound. To come back 5 times and take that game on their ice is a tremendous accomplishment, and the oppurtunity to lock it down and play confidently Monday might be the difference against a potentially desperate Ottawa. Mike Grier is my hero, Joe Vip's hero, yes, he is moving up the list. What a game for Grier. And Drury, and Roy, and Connolly. The defence needs to tighten up however and people need to lay off Miller- the guy can't be expected to stop 3 and 4 point blank shots over and over. The kid made the big stops and that's what matters.
- Monday night is going to be sick: Game 2 and 24.
- Live Barcelona vs Espanyol while I go through a week's worth of e-mail. Thank God. And the TiVO will catch what I really want to see: the celebrations at the Camp Nou having won La Liga Wednesday. What a show. The GolTV coverage is also excellent, far better than OLN's coverage of last night's game.
- And the new Neil Young album is titanic; a record for RIGHT NOW, a record that sounds like it was recorded yesterday- and sounds like you are in the room with Neil and the band and the big choir. Yes, a choir... a choir that makes this rocker a bonafide sing a long about living in a country that's gone a wee bit off the rails. Sweet, honest, sharp, loving and a little wise.
- Is a road trip up to Toronto in the offing to see CSN&Y at the Air Canada Centre? A CSN&Y that could beautifully translate the choiral parts for songs off the new Neil album? Hmmmmm.
- Tickets for Radiohead in Toronto however are a bonafide no go, sold out before I could get on it 25 minutes after the tickets went on sale.
Friday, May 05, 2006
- Bloc Party is the only new new wave band that actually matters beyond being a new new wave band with nice trousers.
- Ya hate to say it but god doesn't The Office perfectly skewer office life, office tension and conflict, and the madness of mangement? Last night's episode, an ode to conflict management, was brilliant. Painful.
- Enjoy yer Cinco De Mayo.
- The NHL and OLN are off my Fecal Roster.
- GO SABRES!
Thursday, May 04, 2006
- The original versions of Star Wars, Empire and Jedi are coming out on DVD. While not overly obsessed with the original versions like some of the fans I will still absolutely grab them up because they are the movies I grew up with. Nostalgia ya know. What will be interesting however is seeing how the match up with the prequels. Personally I think some people might be suprised...
- Are people with superpowers WMD's? And if so, do they still have individual rights as American citizens? These are the questions driving Marvel Comics' new extravaganza mini series Civil War that just started the other day, and it is hot stuff. Traditional superheroes and traditional superhero tropes have never been presented in such a thoroughly modern way, and yes, it is cool that Captain America has chosen to take the side of superhero rights. Good stuff.
- Round 2 starts tomorrow night. No rest for the wicked. Get ready people.