Saturday, October 25, 2008

who knew?

this started out as a comment on a friends blog, but it got too long so i decided to post it here. you can tell where i changed it because the language goes from personal to slightly more formal, as i am addressing more than just my friend. ha.

you know me well enough to anticipate that i am/have been a pretty strong opponent of Prop 8. Yours has been one of the better thought out opinions that i have read on it (and i've read my share). After having read it, i read a lot more (though i've read a lot in the past as well). And have been rolling it around. I'm finding that I had fallen victim to the dichotomization of political thought that is all too prevalent in US politics. It's either A or B, no 3rd option available. The issues that i have are these:

A- Gays are denied certain rights and privileges afforded to straight couples based purely on their sexuality and inability to marry. Some of these are for the best (i dunno how i feel about adoption), whereas others are wrong. The gov't should have no place in it.

B- As a mormon we, theologically, don't really believe in the validity of state marriage anyway. If it's outside of the temple, to a certain extent, it doesn't count. Subsequently i don't believe in gov't involvement in marriage at all.

C- i don't believe that legislating morality can or should occur. i cannot help but separate church and state. i know a lot of people say the same thing and then talk about how their religious views guide their political views. I'm afraid i am not so privileged. My religious views dictate my life and my stances for myself. My political ideas are those that i feel can be applied to everyone regardless of their faith, without violating their personal choices.
(there are others, and even these are quite dumbed down, but you get the picture. this is sufficient to explain that i don't love prop 8).

This obviously clashes with my desire to follow the council of the leaders of the church, which is more difficult than people paint it. Many describe it as "simple council" or say "the prophet said it, just do it." That's not my style, nor is it the church's. We are admonished (there's a sweet church vocab word) to heed the brethren, but also to pray about every council so that we have a testimony of its veracity. When the church does something that seems to violate my personal conscience it is up to me to understand why, and attempt to reconcile the ideas. i believe whole heartedly that there is nothing that church may/will do that will be irreconcilable with my ideas. I'm not always the sharpest and sometimes need to think about things from a different perspective, and sometimes (though rarely (ha)) i'm just wrong.

I have come to terms with the fact that i could vote yes on prop 8 (if i could vote at all). My position on gay rights has not changed, nor do i believe in legislating morals more than i did before. However, as i mentioned before the american approach to the issue --"Prop 8, Yes or No"-- is insufficient. It creates a false polarity between "I love homosexuality and have no qualms with it permeating public life" and "i hate Fa$*#^s." However, that divide just does not exist. Voting yes does not make you a homophobe any more than voting no makes you a homosexual. There needs to be a rethinking of the entire situation and concessions need to be made.

Wanting to preserve marriage as a union between man and woman does not necessitate the denial of rights and privileges currently suffered by homosexuals. the rights can be afforded without redefining what is into what should not be. that is what i would like to see happen.

voting yes to prop 8 does not close the door to gay rights. however, voting no on prop 8 does soil the sacred and redefine the divine as regular. so if you are a member of the church, you have to decide for yourself. but the excuses to vote against prop 8, in my opinion, are fairly slim.





and yes. i am as surprised as you to hear myself saying this.

Old news.

I apologize in advance as i am sure what i am posting is old news. Being in England i have been too a large extent blissfully ignorant to the current presidential campaign. I'm typically a very political person. I enjoy politics. I feel as though i understand them as well, or better than most people. i have become a lot more moderate than i was a few years ago, though i do find those views appealing as a utopian ideal.
I was just sitting down to do some reading about speaking and hearing when i was distracted by amanda's blog. it had shared a video with a witty anti-sarah palin song set to the melody of some pop-acoustic song that was quite popular, and that if i am being quite honest, has a spot on my guilty pleasures list. after watching it and smirking a time or two i spent a while sifting through the other recommended videos on youtube. when i came across this video (like i said, it's old- i apologize)...

what a terrifying prospect that this woman could become the vice president. truly petrifying. While watching it i literally covered my mouth in horror and said "oh no." I have heard a lot of people say "if McCain and Palin win, I'm leaving America." While I tend to think that's a stupid idea, i can't help but sympathize after watching this video. I am wanting to return to the states to do my PhD...but maybe a few more years here will help me miss out on a dark time.
if this isn't the first thing that came you your mind, let me help you compare that video to another video that also made a big splash in the news.

honestly i can't tell the difference between the two videos.
I am not a big fan of Barak Obama either and i despise the idea that we choose "the lesser of two evils," but i fear it may be necessary.
God help us.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

an Update...the most scattered blogpost ever.

i haven't updated this lately as i've been rather busy. strange for me but true. it's hard for me to update this blog when i don't feel interesting. right now im not feeling like a very interesting character, but im going to do this anyway.

a strange epitaph that i saw on a gravestone recently:
And when the Earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

From my notebook:
"Hoje, na igreja pensei em dar uma facada na pessoa sentado ao meu lado"
Translation: "Today in church i thought about stabbing the person sitting next to me"

There are 8 names in the book of mormon with the م-ل-ك root.

From Tao Te Ching (which i am rereading and loving again (i do consider it scripture)):
The Sage puts his own views behind
so ends up ahead
He stays a witness to life
so he endures
What could he grab for
that he does not already have?
What could he do for himself
that the universe itself has not already done?

I saw a real life fox the other night. It was a beautiful woodland creature in the middle of london. we connected on a spiritual level i think. Then there was a lady on the bus talking of the "white mans" conspiracy. How "the white man doesn't hesitate to kill the black man" and "wants the african woman disrespected". I love a conspiracy theory. Those of you that know me well know that i REALLY LOVE a conspiracy theory. i just fail to see how i would benefit from killing black people or disrespecting african women.

I went to Bath and Stonehenge over the weekend with Misty and Tom. It was a lovely trip. Bath is a charming place that was overrun with tourists, but didn't feel to terrible considering i live in london. There was a great little antique book shop that had the world's tiniest copy of the Rubaiyyat there. I wanted it, but maturity got the best of me and i didn't purchase it. We went to the Roman baths after which Bath is named and saw the ruins around it. The more i think about it the more i enjoyed it. Bath is also built near a river, and is full of scenic parks and views of the countryside. It was a really beautiful place. I enjoyed it. Then we drove for what felt like a long time (i have no time-telling implements here in england (more on that later)) in order to get to Stonehenge. Upon arrival we were promptly told that Stonehenge was closed. So we stood at the street and took pictures of it. And to be honest, even if you go in you can't get much closer to it than we did from the street so bottom line: 5 pounds saved. Here's a great picture (no photoshop!)

From recent conversation (edited to remove identities and content) with a friend (F) and me (J):

F: what time is it there? 2011?

J: yes. July 2011. 1:12 in the afternoon. you must kill a man and keep Skynet from being created.

F: could you get me a sports almanac?

J: sports have been abolished by the robots... you should see the &$*# John McCain has done....

F: hahahaha. i'm going to vote today

J: i wish i had made that joke with Sarah Palin instead...Pres. Palin

F: ZING!

J: i studied qabbalah today! we read the lyrics to 'like a virgin'

F: haha wtf?

J: yeah good class right? im in grad school. reading madonna

F: but it's the grad students that decide what higher education is, so who can argue?

J: haha. who WOULD argue? it seems obvious that Madonna belongs in the bible

F: at least i'm pretty sure my face is melting

J: just put clear plastic over your skull so you have a rad skull face!

F: ooh

(when i left the house after this conversation i really saw a van that said "Skynet" on it. i was afraid)

uhmm. im done with this now. I'll post more real stuff later. maybe.

Friday, October 3, 2008

arsenal plays at sunderland this weekend

this video is arsenal legend P. Vieira speaking to Keane, who is now sunderlands manager. pretty funny.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

sabedoria.


Quem vem ao mundo é para sofrer
Uns fogem da vida
Mas eu quero viver
Quem não sabe sofrer não tem amor a Deus
Carrego a minha cruz
Deus me ensinou a suportar os sofrimentos meus
Assim eu vou até o fim, feliz
Nesse mundo é quem pensa assim
Sou pobre mas sou rico
Que bondade que Deus me deu
Deus não esqueceu!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Champions' League

Arsenal 4-0 Porto.
I don't understand how arsenal can be so bad at the weekend, and so good 3 days later. I hope that this goal is a turning point for Adebayor. Last year he was scoring goals, but that sorta dried up. He hasn't scored much this year (that hat trick barely counts (serious)). But he had not one, but TWO, well deserved goals this match. That should snap him out of it. Everyone looked pretty sharp. I still dont think Denilson should be in the starting XI. whatever.

Today was my first classes. Mystical Traditions, and Research methods of Anthropology. Mystical traditions looks challenging, but cool. I feel like i'll learn a lot in that class. I've always been interested in the occult and mystical teachings that are inherent in every religion. I've always felt that mystical experience is the culmination of religion, the end that the religious are searching for. But somehow it is also the part we deny ourselves the most. We talk about miracles in the details of life, and feeling the spirit, but if i came right out and said "Last night i dreamt a dream and the Lord told me..." or "I had a vision this afternoon as i walked on the path to the library" we (myself included) would scoff. Yet, we do the things we do and believe what we believe in hope of attaining something that is completely mystical in nature. Further, studying the mystical, at least in mormon tradition (and in many others), is typically shot down and called "looking past the mark." I think i've blogged about how much that bothers me in the past. Bottom line, i am really looking forward to this class. I legitimately can't think of a topic i would rather study right now. (It also will help me with a comic idea i've been working on...haha).

Research Methods, seems less cool and ugh. but i'm only auditing it, so i can bear sitting in there for an hour on tuesday afternoons. His lecture today consisted of reading a pre-written speech about his early days as an anthropologist and his ethnographic research in India. It was sufficiently interesting, i just don't know what i was supposed to learn from it. In the course of his talk he spoke about how outgoing he had to be to make in-roads with the locals. I couldn't help but think to myself "oh jeez. there's no way i can do that. I don't talk to anyone."

Later this evening i went to the pub to watch the Arsenal v. Porto match. I bought myself dinner (which was too much money, truly more than i should pay. But i wanted a decent meal. I've been eating a lot of crap). So i ate well, and was fairly satisfied, though perhaps i should feel a bit of buyers remorse. Then i watched the arsenal match content on my barstool. Eventually i somehow ended up conversing with the two guys next to me. From what i gathered they were from birmingham, but were in london for some work (which sounded like construction work, something to do with fireproofing?). We spoke about a bunch of stuff. From football, to the US political and economic situation "that prime minis-errr president of yours is a real prick, and tony blair just lickin up his ass." I also learned that he was the youngest, and had 6 brothers. He told me about his parents funerals, how his family was originally from Scotland, and how moving to birmingham was difficult because he felt like an immigrant (justifiably so). We talked about his friend who went to the US to live, and got busted drink-driving 3 times and did 12 months in the clink which then developed into a commentary on race relations in the US prison system. we talked about a lot of stuff. There was a kid in between us, and i could not understand a single word he said. It was literally like a different language. I couldn't even pick out words that seemed familiar. Except "birds". he did say that a few times.

As i left the pub i thought to myself. ok, perhaps i could do ethnographic research if i needed to. So i feel better about anthropology right now. I'm still a little intimidated, but i'm optimistic.

i think that's all i have for tonight.
goodnight.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I truly believe.

I truly believe that we could have fielded the Carling Cup team that stomped Sheff Utd. on Tuesday against Hull on Saturday and we would have won.

In other news I went to 3 hours of church today. It wasn't so bad. I took copious notes of my observations about the ward (nothing actually religious, more like "there are as many cheesy kids here as there are in wards at home" type stuff).

Classes should start tomorrow. Huzzah.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Curiosity.

Part of me wonders:

Is the reason the United States has not yet had a black president because other races fear the political ramifications of the phrase "Once you go black you never go back"?

Monday, September 22, 2008

a classic conversation- yet very typical.

This is a conversation that i just had and really enjoyed. I have withheld the name of the person with whom i had the conversation for his protection. It has also been edited for content.

Friend: have you started class yet?

ME (J): no. school over here is organized super weird...
aka not at all.
i never know what im supposed to be doing/where i should be
haha

F: you go to hogwarts

J: HAHA
except i don't learn anything so useful as magic

F: yeah right
its 100% magic
you will be a wizard when you're done

J: i hope so.
i'll magic me up some f*#*@*n money

F: if i was a wizard i would never be without money, or without naked babes

J: yeah.
that would be the first/only spell i learned
and maybe an asskickin' spell
so i could #**$& people up
haha

F: and my friends would never be without money or naked babes either

J: unless they made me sad or mad
and then it wouldn't be out of meanness, just because it would make me too lazy
to cast the necessary spell

F: i would wear a cape

J: oh, i would dress like Dr. Strange


F: and cast a spell that made capes awesome

J: i would want everyone to look at me suspiciously
like "what is he up to?

F: also i would cast a "fountain of youth" spell on myself
wizards are so badass

J: and a "fountain of skinny" so i could eat whatever i chose

F: totally

J:i would levitate when i slept.

F:dah! i have to go to school!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday.

After going to bed last night at some stupid hour (i think it was like 5:30 a.m) I woke up around noon. I thought about going to church, but I wasn't feeling well due to something i ate last night (probably that super spicy thing). So i thought, for the sake of my possible future social life, i would give myself a chance NOT to poop my pants at church. So i went back to bed, waking up this time around 3:00 pm.
I was feeling much better when i got up and knew that I had a few things that i still wanted to do. So I went downstairs and registered with a doctor near my school, so i can get health care. Soon I believe I will have a National Health Service number. God bless universal health care! The internet tried to tell me that there were no tickets to Tuesday's Arsenal match left, but i was suspicious, and wanted to see Arsenal stadium regardless. So i hopped on the train and rode up there, a measly 2 stops from me. Went walking and found it. I bought my ticket for Tuesday (not sold out) then went to the All-Arsenal shop and bought myself a scarf. Then i took a walk around, tried to find hangers while i was in a different neighborhood, but failed. I also saw a paper with a headline that said "Ronaldo's Girl is a 2k Hooker!" which i laughed at.
then i came home for a minute. ate some food. and then decided to go out walking again. Thats when i found that park that used to be a cemetery that i found all too charming in my own creepy way. That was actually the second park i stopped into, but it won my heart over the other one. The idea of having dead bodies under the park...just too rad. That and the graves everywhere.
Oh, I found hangers too. They were super expensive (roughly $1 per hanger) but i bought them. I only bought a few and put multiple pieces of clothing on each one. If you haven't noticed yet, i'm cheap. I've even gone back and removed all my little comments about how much things cost (e.g., the train ride, the McDonalds, etc.).
Now i'm back at my place, listening to miles davis, talking to friends and relaxing.
I'm a happy boy.
For people who read this and don't have facebook, here's a link to some fotos.

http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2211590&l=a1cb2&id=17830946

wish me luck getting up in the morning, i have no alarm clock, and no control over my sleep lately.
Goodnight!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

here's some stuff.

This is an email i just wrote to my family, but it gives a fairly decent summary of...today, and my england experience so far (coughcough-today).


It's nearly 4 in the morning and my eyes just shot open (by "just" i mean 50 minutes ago). Something I ate upset my stomach (it was so so spicy) and I think I left my pepto out of my bags at the last minute. Oh well. I'll just stay up late writing *blogs*.

I'm legitimately loving it here currently, though my inability to find a place to buy hangers frustrates me to death. The fact that it gets pretty chilly at night has me a touch worried about cold weather and the warm-factor of my clothing, but I'll deal with that issue when it comes along.

Everything here is (at least) 5 pounds. Which lulls you into thinking, "that isn't much money..." then you stop and realize that it's like 10 bucks, and it makes you cry. Then you find toilet paper (the cheapest you can find) for 1.50 and you're like "Yeah! that's cheap!" but once you've bought it you realize that 3 dollars for 6 rolls of TP is not cheap, and on top of that you've gotten what you deserve for buying cheap toilet paper. I have to keep reminding myself that in a city I don't quite know yet, that price hunting is not typically the best option, and to stop being cheap. It especially isn't the best option when you've spent a large portion of your day looking for an item and found it, and if you turn your back on it hoping to find it cheaper, chances are you won't be able to find your way back.

I watched the Arsenal match in the bar across the street from my house this evening. The fact that I watched it in the evening instead of at 10:30 a.m. is thrilling to me. I don't care about watching it at a bar, but I suppose its something I should expect to do while I'm here...off to a good start then. (oh- and Alex Song the dude I've said since BEFORE the season should be starting Defensive Midfielder for Arsenal got a start tonight and did well defensively as well as putting a header off the post and having a doozey of a shot saved. Can I just say "I told you so" to nobody in particular, because nobody reading this cares? ha) I met some random dudes with thick accents watching the match. They were really nice to me and seemed pretty impressed by an Arsenal fan from the US that actually knew something about the club. They were funny and loud and fit every stereotype you would want them too. They even referred to women as 'birds' at one point. That made me laugh.

Speaking of which, I find that the English accent makes me laugh more than it used to. It's almost as if, despite logically knowing that everyone here talks like that, somewhere in my subconscious I had believed that it was something that they played up for movies to please me. As such I laugh a lot. I talked to Tyler recently and he called them "Tiny Tim voices" and now I laugh even more. *Naomi, why don't you talk funnier? You talk entirely too normally in comparison with some of these people. (haha, what a terrible thing to say. sorry.)*

Tomorrow, I have to find my way to church. It doesn't look too hard, but getting lost on the underground system worries me- expensive. Oh well. I also need to figure out if I can go to the Arsenal match on Tuesday without disrupting my school schedule. It's a Carling Cup match and I can go for just 10 pounds (cheaper than the 33 for regular league games). I'm also still on the search for hangers and super glue. People act like they've never heard of hangers around here- drives me crazy.

I keep updating that google map i made with the random places I've walked to as an exercise in learning my way around (obs. i've not been to buckingham palace or any of the other famous landmarks yet, those are just for reference).


View Larger Map

i'm pretty interested in World War II right now. Does anyone know of a good book to read on the subject? Nothing intense, just something interesting that i could read for fun?

alright, let's give this sleeping thing a shot.
goodnight.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

ideas.

i do not like the idea of Barack Obama becoming the next president. Nor do I like the idea of John McCain becoming the next president. What am i to do?
I watched the RNC tonight to scope out Palin and what she's all about. a few observations.
-the speeches delivered tonight really turned me off to the Republican candidates. They were critical, sarcastic, and lacked any sort of grace. I am not naive to the fact that politicians criticize one another in speeches. I watched every day of the DNC and heard plenty of criticism of McCain, Bush, and the republican party. But the criticisms offered at the RNC tonight (by both Giuliani and Palin) were not necessarily helpful to the undecided voter nor did it help McCain's image, campaign or anything else. Truth be told. I've never been as likely to vote for Obama as I was while listening to a room full of pompous republican dicks literally laugh at Obama's record as a community organizer. If you want to point out that it is not executive experience, that's fine- point it out. but do it with some shred of dignity. Do it because it's in America's best interest, or your best interest. But this felt like the condescension of the "cool kids" in school toward an outsider.
-where were the minorities at the RNC? speaking of which- where were the people. There were lots of empty seats, and those that were filled were full of old white people. Don't get me wrong, i noticed the token black person and the occasional latin person holding the VIVA McCAIN sign, but when compared with the DNC it looked like a Klan meeting.
- it is a constant criticism i have of politicians that they speak with no direction. they don't tell you of plans, or the methods they hope to employ to bring about the changes we all hope for. they merely talk around the issues, employing the necessary buzz words to instill the listener with the idea that they have actually discussed issues. Obama did this in his speech, and does it really well whenever he speaks. Giuliani and Palin however, did not even attempt to use this time-tested technique. Instead they spoke of Obama's inability to do ANYTHING and McCain's record as a P.O.W., a senator of the Reagan revolution, a maverick, a nice guy, etc. and to tell you the truth, i can't say that they even did that very well.

I came from the RNC feeling that maybe Obama is deserving of my vote. I felt it more strongly tonight than i did at the end of the DNC.
(if i'm honest with you, i'm not going to vote. but i like thinking about it)

I was wondering today, is John McCain 2008's Bob Dole? Does the Republican party want him because they think he can win, or do they want to reward him for his long period of service to the party?

i'll probably rewrite this tomorrow. i recognize this is poorly written and doesn't express my thoughts well.
i can't think straight right now. must sleep soon.

p.s. why can't BYU and Provo get on the same page to make this city much much cooler for all who live here?

Saturday, August 30, 2008

good day.

Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle (RVP x2, Denilson)
Now watching Speed Racer.
Vicki Cristina Barcelona is among my favorite movies this year.
I love comics.
I move in t-minus 19 days.
I'm starting to collect photos of friends after whom I can pattern the physical appearance of characters in my comic. if you are interested in that, let me know.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

for Francesco. and me.

i like making lists lately.
Francesco asked me to make a top 5 records i listened to in High School. i changed it to 10 and this is what i came up with (in no specific order):

-Hot Water Music- Forever and Counting

-At the Drive In- in/casino/out

-Promise Ring- Nothing Feels Good

-Cave In- Until Your Heart Stops

- Get Up Kids- 4 Minute mile

- Curl Up and Die- the Only Good Bug is a Dead Bug

- the Casket Lottery- Choose Bronze

- Cave In- Jupiter

- Saves the Day- Through Being Cool

honorable mentions:
- Rancid- Life Won't Wait.
- You and I- self titled
- Cursive- Storms of Early Summer: Semantics in Song
- Twelve Hour Turn- Victory of Flight


and the best EP's ever are as follows:

-Hot Water Music- Moonpies of Misfits

-Cave In- Creative Eclipses

-Get up Kids- Red Letter Day

-Promise Ring- Boys and Girls

-Elliot- If They Do

- Ink and Dagger- Drive this 7 inch stake through my Philadelphia Heart





man. music used to be awesome.








what happened?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Almost nobody I know will be interested in this, or This one is for me.

I've been worried about Arsenal this preseason. As they've been, I don't think they've got it in them to win things. However, i've figured out the line-up that i would trust most. So, if i were Arséne Wenger, this would be my XI:
Goalkeeper: Almunia (Fabianski)
Defenders:
(L)- Clichy (Traore)
(C)- Gallas (Senderos)
(C)- Toure (Djourou)
(R)- Sagna (Eboue/Hoyte)
Midfield:
(L)- Nasri
(C-Attacking)- Fabregas (Denilson/Wilshere)
(C-Holding)- Song (Diaby/Ramsey)
(R)- Walcott (Vela/Eboue)
Forwards:
Adebayor (Bendtner)
van Persie (Vela)

As far as the Defense go, the line-up writes itself.

In the midfield i've excluded those permanently injured (Rozicky) as well as those i know nothing about (Amaury Bischoff). I hope that Amaury Bischoff surprises me and becomes obvious first team/starting choice on the right (or Rozicky has a miraculous healing) in order to free up Theo to be the first choice striker behind RVP (who I expect to injured any time now, and who hasn't quite refound his touch/positioning). If i'm being honest I just want Eduardo back as first choice.
I chose Song as the holding midfielder because A- Diaby is made of glass and I don't know if he has the chops to play game in, game out, B- Song's experience playing as a center back would calm my concern for the mediocre relationship between Toure and Gallas, and C- when played as a defensive minded center mid-fielder for Cameroon Song has shone, even getting named as one of the Africa Cup of Nation's best players.
Cesc is the obvious choice, as is Nasri on the Left.

Adebayor is our obvious first choice striker. As dumb as he made himself look over the summer, we need him to keep scoring goals. RVP will be the proper attack partner for Ade if he finds his touch again soon. If not i would like to see Theo getting the start partnering Ade. As soon as eduardo is back i want to see him getting time.

For my money- thats the best line up. in my opinion, that line up can win trophies.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Best songs ever...

As of late i've been trying to decide on what the best songs ever are... i'd like to hear your opinions too. (obs. Im not taking into consideration classical music.)

My indisputable #1 is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen


Tied for numbers 2/3 are Kashmir by Led Zepplin


and Tonight, Tonight by the Smashing Pumpkins


Arsenal plays their first champions league match on wednesday against Steve McLaren's FC Twente. We shouldn't have a problem- but who knows lately. After that we have our first league match on the 16th against West Brom. Should be an easy match. but never say never.
(this is where my friends stop reading)

I would love to say that i believe that Arsenal is going to win everything this season, but if i am honest I don't think our team is deep enough to do it. I really do feel that the back 4 needs an overhaul (obs. Clichy and Sagna are wonderful. Its really the centerbacks that worry me (obs. on my obs. if there are criticisms of Clichy or Sagna it's that they are sometimes caught out of position on the counterattack)).

On top of that we NEED to sign someone to take Flamini's role on the team. I would love Gareth Barry, and be excited about Gokhan Inler. We were recently linked with Giavinco- he looks like class, but he looks like he would fill the same role as Nasri (who is already injured...ugh). I would love to see a signing to take the place of RVP. I've lost faith that he will be fit enough to play throughout the season- and he seems to have problems positioning himself properly lately. If i'm honest i really just want Eduardo back. I love him. A lot.

im impressed to death with Jack Wilshere. i wish i had half that talent when i was 16.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

comic con wrap up

i almost got barfed on my an irishman.
i almost got barfed on by a little kid.
i successfully gave my pitch to 2 companies (boom! and oni)
i stared at corey feldman.
i went to the US premiere of pineapple express (it was rad. most of the cast was there. super fun/funny).
i saw step brothers. super funny.
i saw the rock.
i saw mark hamill in a rolls royce.
i saw harold and kumar.
i saw method man.
i went to the watchmen panel and was aroused.
i saw lou ferigno again. this time i didn't have to cut in line.
i saw the girl that was tank girl and the romance interest in point break.
i saw the guy who killed uncle ben (that bitch) his last name is Poppajon. i think he owns pizza. all of it.
i saw peter mayhew (chewbacca) again. this time we were at peace with each other.
i bought books (Contract with God trilogy, the Damned, Fables (vol.1), Last Call).
i told/heard lots of dirty jokes.
i broke my headphones.
thats all i think. no need to elaborate.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Update and Observations.

A recent email sent to my brothers and my friend Kory:
Well, day zero of comic con is all done. The highlights? a long car ride, dirty jokes, no sleep, a decent philly cheesesteak from a bar, and a nearly being vomited on by one of a group of irish kids who were on the train yelling "Sheeew us yerrrrr puuuuuuubbbeeess" (yeah, you read that right).
I was up all night writing this damned pitch for the comic. There is no "right" way to write a pitch because, the more time i spend around comics the more i recognize, comics are not a professional community. They just a bunch of grown ass fanboys (the word fanboy is in the dictionary now, don't judge me).
Anyway, I'll probably mull this over throughout the day and print it tonight to have it ready for day 2. I'll go ahead and try to make some contacts today, as well as going to some panels on "How to Pitch Your Comic"- to see if i can't get any last minute pointers on how to go about doing this. tomorrow will be the day that i have the comic ready for anyone who wants to see it. Hopefully by then I will have made some contact with someone so that I will have someone to show it to, rather than just meandering around like a waif with a comic book.

And an observation:
Nas (a rapper) has recently launched his own campaign to denounce Fox news' apparent mistreatment of Black people, with specific focus on their portrayal of Barack Obama in the news media. If he were smart, Barack would denounce Nas' anti-Fox campaign. As a presidential candidate surely he recognizes the abuse that he will take in the course of the campaign. Further, Nas will reintroduce the race issue that Obama has worked so hard to avoid during his campaign up until this point. The repercussions of this will make it so that nearly any criticism of the Obama can be written off as racial criticism. It will only further taint an election process that is already foolishly full of foibles (alliteration! bam!) I am not attempting to say that Fox news' portrayal of Barack or his campaign. But i do think that this will potentially damage the ability of the news media to portray Obama with the amount of "fairness" or political criticism that he may deserve. Further, if Fox news is truly being as unfair as Nas would have me believe, surely this would do more to damage their reputation than that of Americas first viable african american candidate.

I am not an Obama supporter. In fact, i am not an anyone supporter. These days i really wish i lived in a monarchy... good thing im moving to one soon enough.

i feel sick and i can't eat and im too tired. but optimistic.
ciao bitches.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Players

I wish i could have seen
Garrincha


and Pele


and Zidane


and zico
and socrates
and maradona
and beckenbauer
and cruyff
and henry (for arsenal)
and many many others.

recent favorites

Drinks:
1. Coke
2. Mountain Dew
3. Full Throttle/AMP

Comics:
1. Invincible
2. Iron Fist
3. Daredevil

Records:
1. Lil Wayne 'Tha Carter III'
2. N.E.R.D "Seeing Sounds"
3. Russian Circles "Enter"

Movies:
1. The Dark Knight
2. Iron Man
3. The Bank Job

TV:
1. 30 Rock
2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
3. Curb your Enthusiasm
4. Battlestar Galactica

Cartoons:
1. Metalocalypse
2. Gotham Knight
3. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
4. I like Justice League and the Batman when i can catch them. And batman the animated series

Activities:
1. Sleeping
2. Writing
3. Stressing about what on earth i'm doing.

Foods:
1. Coke
2. Sandwiches
3. anything not hot.

Soccer Teams:
1. ARSENAL
2. Real Salt Lake
3. America
4. Hull City (they're the Tigers!)

Basketball Teams:
1. the Jazz
2. Golden State (or what's left of them- that may change soon- as i have no brand loyalty to the warriors)
3. Pistons

Things i'll miss when i leave:
1. Sporting events with friends
2. going to movies whenever i like

Things I'm looking forward to:
1. Comic con (starts Thursday)
2. Arsenal season
3. moving away
4. the Watchmen movie

Goals i have:
1. growing up a little/getting my act together
2. publishing my comics
3. becoming a more well-rounded person

im working on a comic submission to show around at comic con this week. wish me luck.
i have some other things going to. wish me luck on that too i guess.
ha.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

As I've always said...


Coca-cola makes the world go 'round. I've always said it and i will always stand by it. I know a lot of people who boycott it for supposed wrong doings- but really. That thought is based on misconceptions of the coca-cola corporate model.
Coke is the best thing the planet has to offer. If i could give the world a coke...

read this. From the Economist:

Index of happiness?
A bottle of Coke tracks change in Africa

AFRICANS buy 36 billion bottles of Coke a year. Because the price is set so low—around 20-30 American cents, less than the price of the average newspaper—and because sales are so minutely analysed by Coca-Cola, the Coke bottle may be one of the continent’s best trackers of stability and prosperity.

“We see political instability first because we go down as far as we can into the market,” says Alexander Cummings, head of Coca-Cola’s Africa division. The ups and downs during Kenya’s post-election violence this year could be traced in sales of Coke in Nairobi’s slums and in western Kenya’s villages. Events in the Middle East, such as the 2006 war between Hizbullah and Israel, can dent sales in Muslim parts of Africa, though anti-American feeling usually wears off quite quickly.

Coca-Cola says it is the largest private-sector employer in Africa. Its system of distribution, which moves the sugary drink from bottling plants deep into slums and the bush a few crates at a time, may employ around 1m Africans. A study at the University of South Carolina suggested that 1% of South Africa’s economy was tied up, one way or another, in the distribution and sale of Coke. The company has been in Africa since 1928. Its outgoing global boss, Neville Isdell, grew up—barefoot, he says—in Zambia. Mr Cummings is from Liberia. In Africa, as elsewhere, the company has to defend itself from critics who accuse it of “mining water” for production, encouraging expensive and environmentally harmful refrigeration, and hurting local producers of juice and water.

At a macro-level, when Coke fails, the country whose market it is trying to penetrate usually fails too. Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Eritrea hardly works because the country’s totalitarian government makes it impossible to import the needed syrup. The factory in Somalia sputtered on heroically during years of fighting but finally gave out when its sugar was pinched by pirates and its workers were held up by gunmen. Mr Cummings admits that Coca-Cola is “on life support” in Zimbabwe.

Still, if Coca-Cola’s predictions are anything to go by, Africa’s future is mostly bright. The company expects sales in Africa to grow by an annual 10-13% over the next few years, handily outstripping economic growth. The biggest markets will be in petro-economies such as Nigeria and Angola, and countries like Ghana and Kenya where a middle class is emerging. Kenya’s citizens may like to know that, despite their country’s many troubles earlier this year, Coca-Cola has invested $50m in a new bottling plant and $10m in new offices.

http://www.economist.com/world/africa/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11670946

Saturday, June 28, 2008

i've been thinking.

Tomorrow is the Euro 08 final. Germany vs. Spain.
I predicted Germany to win from the beginning, and I'm not going to abandon that prediction- however, for Cesc Fabregas' sake I would prefer Spain to win. I love Cesc. I can't say enough for the caliber of player he is. As far as Arsenal fans are concerned, allegiance is divided between Cesc and Spain, and Jens for Germany. I'll miss that mad german. so crazy.
I wish that home phones would make a resurgence. I may let my contract expire and not get a new phone. Cell phones are a tedious instrument. And i feel as though having a home phone and nothing else would slow the pace of life and require one to make plans and be more considerate. Cell phones certainly can increase the ability of a person to be spontaneous. Hrmm i can certainly see the benefits of cell phones. but i think im going to regress to a home phone.
man i am amped for hellboy 2 and the dark knight.
i have a new job in provo, so i am there every day now. its nice to be somewhere with friends, but it is crummier than i anticipated to live on random couches throughout the week. And teaching high school kids isn't the raddest either. (By the way, can i come sleep on your couch?)
Comic con is coming up soon. I am really excited about that. The plan is to have enough of the artwork complete on one of the comics that i am writing so that we (the artist and I) can show it around to publishers and make some submissions. Soon enough we can get published, insha'allah.
speaking of me regressing in time. I wish that boxing were still a major sport. I've always loved watching boxing matches. it just ain't what it used to be.

thats really alli have today.
nighty night.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

whats going now!...or 'we are not the same, i am a martian'

R. Kelly and Soccer blogs make the world go round. so say i. but for your sake i'll push them to the end.
In recent news, i went to Kanye West's "Glow in the Dark" tour. And i can say it was one of the most impressive things i've seen before. it was bananas! With a line up of 4 different hit makers (Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D., Rihanna, and Kanye), the show was crazy from start to finish. I would go further into the show, but there is really no describing it. Less like a concert and more like a play, ridiculous special effects, an inspirational message, a free inspirational book, sensory overload to the max and all the sci fi a nerd like myself could want...it was rad.
My opinion on Kanye hasn't changed really. I still think of him more as a pop star than as a hip hop MC- but i've got a lot of respect for Kanye's drive to do interesting/epic stuff.
Now, to contradict myself, Mr. West recycled another sample for Lil Wayne's new record, using the same sample in both Alicia Keys "You don't know my name" and Lil Wayne's "Comfortable". both tracks are hot, so im not really complaining- merely observing. it doesn't bum me out as hard as the sample biting K. did on "they say" by common and "Drive slow". i still love you kanye.
Speaking of new records: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" is rad. the more i listen to it, the more i want to listen to it. N.E.R.D.'s new record "Seeing Sounds" is a must purchase. Just when i was looking for some new music these two popped up and quenched that desire with exactly what i would want. Im also looking forward to new records by R. Kelly and Phoenix. May they come soon. Im sure there are other records im waiting on too, but those are the ones that come to mind right now. Oh, Rancid's new record too- I hope its better than "invincible"- that record was a bummer.

Kells:
-R. Kelly, may not be innocent, but sending him to jail is just punishing Society as a whole. Locking up Kells is like locking up love...and if you don't buy that surely his sexual depravity will only be served by jail time. ha.
Soccer:
-i knew Croatia is good (one of my favorite players is Croatian (kinda, he's really brazilian naturalized in Croatia)). but a win over Germany was unexpected. I can say they outplayed germany, but really their second goal was a miracle fluke-but Olic's positioning was right, so you can't whine too much.
-the netherlands are going to stomp the shit out of france tomorrow. im excited to watch it. but France may surprise me, especially if Domenech pulls his head out of his ass and fields a decent team (meaning the Henry and Viera (both ex-Gunners) will need to be back). It would have been easier for him to field a decent team had he made better selections when building his squad.
the euro's are taking over my life.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

well...

apparently people don't like blogs on soccer. well suck it. we're 2 days into Euros and so far my predictions are 100% correct. Today i not only picked the teams that would win, but also the scores, and who would score goals. man. im rad.
i was on the radio last night, did anyone listen? it was plenty ridiculous. but super fun. i hope to do it again.
tonight america plays argentina. we are going to get thrashed. my prediction is 3-1. and the 1 for america is being hopeful/generous.
tomorrow is the hard day for predictions. ugh.
tomorrow im going to see Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, NERD and Rihanna. pretty hyped on that.
im still poor and still need a job.
R Kelly is still innocent! (maybe not innocent, but not guilty? not deserving of jail? ...uhm.) well i dont want him in jail. the end.
Does anyone screen print anymore, i want to make a shirt.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

nothing is going on.

im watching soccer matches from last year because theres nothing else.
i constructed my Fantasy team for Euro 08 this is it. If I didn't have a money limit it would look different.

Goalkeeper-Iker Casillas
Defenders- Metzelder (Ger), Pepe (Por), Senderos (Swi), and Sergio Ramos (Spa)
Midfield- Aquilani (Ita), Miguel Veloso (Por), Argen Robben (Hol), and Samir Nasri (Fra)
Forwards- Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Hol), Luca Toni (Ita), and Karim Benzema (Fra).

I've also filled out my brackets, I'll save you the game by game details but heres who i have coming through.

Group A- 1-Portugal 2-Czech Republic
Group B- 1-Germany 2-Croatia
Group C- 1-Italy 2- The Netherlands (this very well could be france- but i think that the netherlands can pull the upset. they've got a lot of talent right now, and i dont feel as though France is taking advantage of all the young talent it has access to. This is the group nobody wanted to be in.)
Group D 1-Spain 2- Greece

thats all for now.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

i've returned home.

i've returned to blogging after quite some time. i hope that i remain on top of it and blog more frequently than i have recently.
i've found that i love google reader and subsequently i spend a lot of time reading other peoples blogs and not so much writing my own. im okay with that. I suggest you too sign onto google reader and that we become gfriends so that i can share awesome comic/movie/soccer news with you via reader.

In recent news. I've moved to sandy where i live with my brother. That should be good i think. We've always been good friends and so thats good.

I'm moving to London in September (for Grad School (Masters (Social Anthropology))). Everyone is invited to visit. I doubt that (m)any of you will, but the invitation is extended. if you know of any fabulous way to finance that education i would appreciate your insight. i am currently unemployed and rather enjoying it, but truth be told, i need some money- i got a speeding ticket, expired license ticket, and a parking ticket the other day. downer.

i saw thrice and pelican the other night, and it kinda restored my faith in the fact that i can go to shows and enjoy them. Both are bands that i've been into a lot lately, and i had seen neither before. Soon i will see joan of Arc (which i am HYPED about) and Kanye West/Lupe Fiasco. rads.

i haven't seen some of my friends in a ridiculously long time. that needs to be remedied. you know if you are on this list. call me.

the new indiana jones was rad, and if you didnt like it there is something wrong with you- not the movie. yes it is about aliens. i too would have preferred they hadn't dealt with aliens, but they did, and they did it as well as can be hoped for. disagree? hit me up, i'll happily tell you why you're wrong.

i get asked this a lot so i'm going to go ahead and say it here. My favorite comic movies are
#1-Iron Man
#2-Hellboy
#3-Batman Begins
#4-X2
#5-Superman Returns/Sin City/Spiderman 2/V for Vendetta

Arsenal didn't win anything again. 3 seasons now. ugh. but we're now into the summer months were rumours abound about who Arsene intends to sign. There are some rumours to be excited about, but they're rumours. So it's best to just sit back and trust that Arsene will sign who we need. The pictures i've seen of the new kit are cool. I hope they're legit.

REAL salt lake still sucks and it still makes me mad.

i'm unemployed. if you want to hire me at a better than living wage to just hang out and be rad, i will surely consider your offer.

i bought new shoes recently. pretty content with them.
im in saint george and my parents have the HEAT on. im pretty irritable about it. i should be kinder about it. but its so hard when im sweating.
i have a cut on my mouth that won't heal. weird. i've been sick a lot lately. i think i have tuberculosis.... not really. but who knows.
this is a long stupid entry. my apologies.

oh. i have two muxtape things. they're not up and working just yet. but will be soon. probably tomorrow night (tonight).
songs to wake to: conquerorworm.muxtape.com
songs to say goodnight to: josauh.muxtape.com
be on the lookout. i'll update them on occasion.

ok. i'll sleep now.
until i write again. be good.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Now.

i can't lie: the fact that Arsenal was knocked out of both champions league and contention for the league title may, in fact, be the source of my current period of melancholy. do not misread. it is not the ongoing reason for said period. but it may have been the kick-off point.
I went to Real on Saturday. They won. It was a temporary distraction from my current morose state.
I woke on sunday to watch arsenal give away the league once and for all. i was upset so i went back to sleep.
Then i woke up again and went to watch the Bees play. They won. Baseball is fun, but lasts soooo long.
Today i went to the Jazz game. We won. I like basketball, but im not invested in it like soccer. So it passed the time, but didn't conquer any sullen feeling away.

Go listen to Isis.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

i want it to be true.


This is purported to be Joseph Smith. I want it to be real.
What are your thoughts?

Monday, March 31, 2008

my favorite lyricists.

in no particular order:

Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music/Rumbleseat/Chuck Ragan (among others)
-somehow chuck always was able to infuse punk rock emotion into old time wisdom and positive vibes. I've always loved him for it. And i still do.

John K Samson (Weakerthans, Propagandhi (like 2 songs))
-approachable poetry about the day to day and insight into the human condition from the point of view of cats.

Aaron Weiss (mewithoutYou)
-just awesome. i dunno what to say about it. obscure religious references and subtle Christianity make him a winner in my book.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

DUNE remake.

If the MUST remake DUNE- i think that Tarsem Singh is the director to do it. He directed "The Cell" in 2000 (i didnt much like the cell bit it was really cool looking). He also has a new movie coming called "The Fall" that Bret told me about/showed me the trailer for. It looks remarkable visually. It seems to me that Tarsem Singh is full capable of making a visually stunning sci-fi film without making it uncomfortably sci-fi, or sacrificing story for action/asthetic.

Comments.

i was just on the radio for the Real Salt Lake post-match show. I got cut off really fast so i didn't get to say even a beginning of what i had to say. these are my comments on the RSL game:

Defense:
We need one defensive player who is going to be the rock in the back. We used to have Eddie Pope and you could always count on him to do what was necessary. Too often we tried to salvage the ball and it cost us chances on our goal. We need someone who will step up and clear the ball out of danger. A safety first center back. The job of the center-backs is to be a wall. Clear it out. don't toy around.
I liked that Wingert played from right-back all the way into the attacking third. Ian Joy played with panache that i appreciated.

Midfield:
Our midfield did a good job finding each other and giving options off the ball. However, i feel they need to train keeping shape. By working to maintain the midfield shape, not only can they find each other and give more chances, but they can use that shape to stretch the defense. As it was during the game a lot of the passing consisted of 4 foot, barely out of danger, passing. By keeping shape you let your strikers play up front; they should be receiving service from the midfield. not vice versa. Keep shape, maintain space, provide opportunities, take advantage of the speed of the pitch.

Strikers:
I DO like robbie findley. But i don't know if he's a 90 minute player. I'm not that familiar with him. He's got great pace, and i think that will make him a great sub. If i were to pick starting forwards, I would like to have Deuchar and Movsisyan train together and see how they gel. Deuchar is obviously a killer with his head. He won every header that came his way. Further, his headers aren't pop-up pinball headers. he brings the ball down with his head really well. Combine that with Movsisyan, who strikes me as being very goal-oriented striker (i'd be curious to see how many shots he took tonight). I think you have in Deuchar someone who can score with his head or play it to the feet of his striker counterpart. i think movsisyan should be that partner. He's not afraid to shoot, he seems a cool finisher.

Referees:
Ridiculous. Comedic at times, infuriating other times. MLS has bad refs- i know. But there has to be some way to improve. The FA can fine refs for game changing calls, can MLS? Does the MLS even review their refs? Can the MLS even hope to be taken seriously as a league while the refs are this bad/while they cannot exercise any sort of control on the refs? these are my questions.

These are all early judgments. but i believe it.

Friday, March 28, 2008

i don't normally want things for my birthday...

...and i suppose i still don't really want things in the sense of "someone please get this for me" (because i don't expect anyone to, and i would feel bad if anyone did). But were i going to get things for my birthday this year these are things i would be into.
1-the new US Men's National Team Home Jersey


2-Freaks and Geeks

3-Long sleeve Arsenal away jersey

4-Tickets for comic con (4 day pass)

5-Real Salt Lake away jersey

6-battlestar gallactica season 1

7-to get into grad school

8-to have someone pay for my grad school

Monday, March 24, 2008

thoughts on arsenal. (i expect no comments)

well, its been a while since i've written anything on here so i figured i would write a few random thoughts that i've had today.

Arsenal recently lost to Chelsea and dropped to third place in the league. i hate it. im really bummed. angry. here are my recommendations:

-DROP Hleb!
Let Inter take him. Make sure they pay for him, but let him go. With the money (and let's face facts, Arsene's transfer policy ensures that we have plenty of money even if we didn't sell Hleb at a high price) we could buy someone to fill his spot and will want to work harder. Here's my beef with Hleb. A. he doesn't seem dedicated to doing what it takes to win trophies. He's happy to get his big fat check, he doesn't have to compete to get playing time. That's all he wants. B. He doesn't take shots. He stays on the ball too long and often tries to thread impossible passes through defenders, giving the ball away. He dribbles so well, but if you can't take shots, and you can't provide service to the people who can take shots, what good are you?

-DROP Eboue! I don't even care if we get anything out of him. worthless piece. He's got a terrible first touch, a terrible attitude, stays on the ball too long, doesn't score goals, ALWAYS gets cards, and is terribly irrational. I would rather have Walcott start EVERY GAME. Eboue is shit.

-Play Senderos instead of Toure. I think Toure is great. But i think that Senderos has really stepped up his game and is the solid last man that Toure is not. Gallas and Toure like to bring the ball up and play an offensive role. Senderos seems to enjoy being the last defense. I like a defensive player that loves to play defense. I think Sagna is that way. While he does play up the right constantly, he never fails at being back in time to defend. He is a defender first and foremost. (in fact i would say that Sagna and Clichy are probably my favorite players on the team right now. Not goal scorers, but so so so solid in their role on the team.)

-give Flamini what he wants. Do what's necessary to make sure he stays.

-extend Fabregas until the millennium. He wants to. We want to.

-Invest some money in some solid players to ride the bench. We need to be deeper to provide opportunities to rest the starting 11. When we've had injuries decimate the team this season we have had to shift people out of position and play reserve players, in order to put together a team. a little ridiculous. And i don't want to hate on Arsene's system in the slightest, because i think its great. but i am certainly not opposed to spending some money on players that are over 18.

- I would be curious to see 3 strikers up front. i am a steadfast believer in the 4-4-2, but i would be curious to see how Arsenal's attacking football would look with three strikers up front.

-Win Trophies.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Future Ghosts.

i've been thinking a lot over the last day or so and i'm starting to come to some conclusions about life. i am making decisions that are simultaneously counterintuitive, surprisingly mature (though they bring on negative ramifications), but make me feel pretty good about me.
here is a good playlist that you should assemble with purely downloaded music and listen to throughout your day. it's what i'm listening to today. and i like the idea that you and i are somehow connected/on the same page.

First Time-Junior Boys
I Know- Jay Z
Sexual Explosion- Snoop Dogg (or sensual seduction if you have baby ears)
Don't Stop- Brazilian girls
Punchbag- Band of bees
Track 3- Ivy (i don't know the title)
Oh Horatio- Tiger Lou
Last Night they had to carry me home- Tiger Lou
August Day Song- Bebel Gilberto
Blue Light- Bloc Party
Let It Fall Apart- Helio Sequence
Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse- Minus the Bear
One With The Freaks- Notwist
One step inside doesn't mean you understand- Notwist
Loro- Pinback.

let these pictures of people eating giant burgers make you smile.


Friday, March 14, 2008

mellowing.


im going to a movie soon.
for now im listening to music. and sitting around...
i'll organize some comics i think.
yes.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Snoop Dogg


Can i just say that the fact that Snoop Dogg exists makes this world a little bit brighter to me? Whether you like him or not, whether you like hip hop or not, Snoop Dogg is a pop culture icon that can't be ignored. He's had reality shows, a comedy show, he's been in movies, he's made porn and is a musician consistently selling ridiculous amounts of records. And he's been around since the 90's. I love knowing that of all the years of my life that have mattered (before 12/13 you're not really a person), snoop has been there cranking out tracks to bump to. I remember being 13 and buying Doggystyle and Murder was the Case and knowing all the words to the singles. I remember being relieved when he was exonerated in his homicide case. I remember thinking it weird when he left Death Row to go be on No Limit Records (i hated Master P. Hard (i was down with Mystikal though)).
He was gangsta before gangsta was cool (obs. he's still Gangsta).
He was pimpin before pimpin was hip cliche.
And here we are 15 years later and he's still cranking out the jams.
man.
Take a minute to be grateful for snoop dogg.

p.s. on his new record "Ego Trippin" (out on the 11th) you need to here "My Medicine" as its dedicated to Johnny Cash "a real american gangster." Oh, did i mention that its a country track. DAMN RIGHT. and its cool

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Places to Visit.

While i maintain that there isn't a place on this planet i wouldn't like to visit, there are a few that i yearn to visit. As of late these are the places i most want to visit.

1. Jerusalem
-i don't think that one needs much explanation.


2.India
i can't say for certain what part of india i would like to see, but i would like to see india. I've wanted to since i was a kid. I grew up reading Rudyard Kipling stories and subsequently have fantasies of India and what its like ingrained in my brain. I want to see the jungle. I want to see tigers. I want to see the Taj Mahal. I want to see Zoroastrian fire temples, and Jain temples. I want to eat indian food CONSTANtLY.

3. (recent addition) Croatia.
Croatia is beautiful and has interesting history. It has early Christian history, Roman history,it was part of the Ottoman empire, it has history stemming from its time as one of the Warsaw Pact nations...and beaches. They also have soccer. Decent soccer at that.

4. (recent addition) Sudan
Did you know that Sudan has MORE pyramids than egypt! The history of Nubia really intrigues me lately. I want to check that business out.

5. Any portuguese speaking country (brasil, portugal, angola, moçambique, the açores, etc.)
i speak that, there is no reason i shouldn't see these places. speaking that language feels like an open door policy.

6. Baghdad.
it's babylon for heaven's sake, how could you not be interested? On top of that it was the capital of civilization and education during the Abbasid period.

there are certainly more. but those are top of the list for now.
what about you??

Thursday, March 6, 2008

a dream...and a nightmare?

today i had a dream while napping. in my dream i had been set up on a blind date with Katherine Heigl by my sister and brother in law. She seemed nice enough, but was pretty self involved. I, of course, was a little bit shy because thats how i am by nature. Add to that the fact that i was on a blind date with a celebrity and of course i'm going to be a little bit unnerved.
So we went to this fancy sushi place, but all i remember about it was that the tables were all so small that i had to pull them together to sit down (on this date was Katherine Heigl, me, my sister and her husband, and a few other random friends).
After sushi we went to this club/bar and Danzig was playing. But instead of playing Danzig songs they were playing covers of old hits from the 70's. There were lots of old people there and they were all singing along. Danzig was wearing a hybrid of a RUN DMC style adidas track suit and a StormTrooper uniform. It was rad. At a certain point he left the stage and came down to the bar area where i was sitting. He asked why i wasn't singing along with everyone else. I told him that i didn't know the songs. he was surprised, but didn't seem offended. You could tell that he wasn't hyped on doing 70's covers. I told him i liked his StormTrooper get up and he appreciated that, said "catch you later" and went back to the stage. I went back to the table and chatted with one of my friends who was there for a minute before Katherine Heigl came back from (i assume) the bathroom. She had decided she was going to leave. She was nice about it but expressed that she wished that i had talked more and not been so shy. i tried to explain myself a little bit, but it developed into and argument. she told me that she felt like i was too reserved and that she hadn't learned anything about me. i told her that she hadn't asked me anything about me, but had talked about herself all night. She took offense. I told her that it is natural for me to be slightly intimidated being out with a celebrity. We eventually made peace, decided that we should hang out again, and parted ways. I think we're dating now.
Future updates will come when we have our next date.

in other news. pictures of the costumes from watchmen have been posted. i don't like them. am i being nitpicky and overly critical? YES. But thats that. i'm tired of talking about it right now....barf.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Scott Pilgrim Casting.

i was talking to tyler recently about the upcoming scott pilgrim movie and how awesome its going to be and who should have roles in the movie. i could not come up with any really decent recommendations off the top of my head so i have made it my mission in life to come up with what i think would be decent casting for scott pilgrim.
Scott- based on looks alone, i've come up with Aaron Stanford, who played Pyro in X3. i know that's not a huge endorsement, but i think he looks the part, and he seems a decent actor. (the dude in the picture is who i think would be a good Scott.

Ramona-should be everyone's favorite pregnant teenager, Ellen Page. That's what i think.

kim-should be played by Nora Zehetner of Brick fame. I kinda love her.

knives-could be played by Nan Zhang. she's on gossip girl, and i think could look young enough to be knives.

young neil is hard, because he's supposed to look like Scott. I dont know.

steven stills- i'd love Charlie from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" he's too old for the movie, but Steven still is supposed to be old.

Wallace-Zach Efron

natalie adams (scotts ex)-should be played by Leighton Meester, also of Gossip Girl.

Thats all of the main characters and some smaller ones too. that's all im coming up with for now.

Friday, February 29, 2008

We've Been Decieved.

Ron Paul and Noam Chomsky are the same person. Both hate the American empire. both love conspiracies and a return to constitutional/moral government. However, when this man feels appropriately libertarian, he cleans up his look in order to appear sufficiently conservative and campaigns for President. On other days he lets himself go a bit, rocks his glasses and extols the virtues of the left.
So often i hear people criticize Superman by saying "why don't people recognize that Superman is Clark Kent! All he does is put on glasses and people don't see that its him!?"
And yet we face the same issue. "Why dont people recognize that Ron Paul and Noam Chomsky are the same person!? All he does is put on glasses!"
I'll let you decide which one is the champion of the people.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

and it was alright.

so today someone challenged me to come up with my ideal concert event. any 5 musicians/bands, alive or dead. i'm still having a hard time coming up with what would be ideal, but this is what i came up with as being a rad show, if not the ideal show.

Opening: Outkast (post Speakerboxxx/Love Below, pre-Idlewild)
2nd: Michael Jackson (Thriller era)
3rd: At the Drive In
4th: David Bowie (Aladdin Sane tour)
5th: Queen

It's hard. I really like that line up, but i dunno.
People who almost made the cut:
Crass
Minor Threat
Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
Iggy and the Stooges
Led Zeppelin
Wu Tang Clan(Circa 97)
there are others too. Im sure im forgetting some.

things that i love
comics.
sports.
soda.
music.
air conditioning.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

tonight.

tonight i feel old and inexplicably sad.
the end.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

oh shit!



holy shit! its rorschach wrecking a cop! perfect!

wolverine.

in the new wolverine movie Hugh Jackman will be back as Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds will be showing up as Deadpool, and Will.I.Am will be Wraith.
I like the inclusion of will.i.am. that seems rad.
Ryan Reynolds as deadpool...
I like deadpool. I like ryan reynolds. But i think he should have held out for a better role. He has the face and the build to play a better hero. there's no reason that he should be considered for Cap or Thor instead of a b-lister like deadpool.
i dont hate deadpool. i like him. but he's not going to take on a larger role than being a supporter in the wolverine movie.
it does however reveal that deadpool will be in the wolverine movie. which is interesting considering deadpool's history with Weapon X and all that business. Further both wolvie and deadpool have the healing factor, so they could make for interesting rivals.
I dont know much about Wraith who will be played by will.i.am. but cool.
Taylor Kitsch will be playing gambit in the movie. i guess he was in friday night lights. he looks appropriately dreamy/feminine to be gambit. and once they black out his eyes and give him a cajun accent i can see that being really cool.
who knew that i would be optimistic about the wolverine movie???

Things to be looking forward to...

There are lots of movies that i am looking forward to this year. they are (in no special order)(and i always forget some of them)

*Iron Man

*Hellboy II

*Dark Knight

*Incredible Hulk

*Pineapple Express: Judd Apatow produced comedic goodness.

*Where the Wild things are

*Indiana Jones

*Be Kind, Rewind

*Clone Wars animated movie: i need a star wars fix. so what?

*Speed Racer

*The Fighter: darren aronofsky's newest

*The New James Bond movie: james bond is sweet

*Wanted: maybe. its based on a comic, but doesn't look much like the comic. sheesh.

*Choke: hopefully. it's based on a Chuck Palahniuk book. high hopes.

*The Happening: can m. night shamalamalamalamalan make a good one following that stinker? who knows. it has mark wahlburg. thats cool.

*Get Smart: looks funny. I used to watch that show growing up

*Wall-E: i like pixar movies, and this one seems really interesting

*Valkyrie: brian singer is a decent director. Tom Cruise is a nazi that is going to assassinate hitler...no in the movie.

*The New Star Trek movie: i normally don't like star trek, but this intrigues me.

i should be writing a quiz right now. yipes.
Everyone pray for the gunners today.
first leaked pics of 2-face in dark knight (obs. these are not 2 Face. they are the planned action figure for the movie. so it will tell us what to expect from the movie); http://www.darkhorizons.com/news08/080220c.php

Friday, February 15, 2008

I just wanted to point out...

the comments on Provo Push have vindicated my initial instincts. People are starting to backbite and treat each other terribly. It's sad. But it was destined to happen.

I received one comment on my last blog saying that they disagreed with my stance. And I agree with disagreeing! I'm glad that someone disagreed. Someone with a bigger heart than mine would disagree.
My stance in it-what i tried to put forward (only semi-successfully??) is that a gossip blog is a bad idea- because gossip is inherently bad. and i'll go a step further to point out that everyone knows gossip is wrong! (((((UPDATE: having gone back and read my post i can tell that i did not express that idea well. i, like many others, was caught up in the initial humour of the situation. as such i supported it. i dont think id do any different if i went back in time. but i think everyone has known since the beginning it was a bad idea/destined to go wrong. i'll attempt to express myself more clearly in the future. back to your originally schedule program....)))))
but in life, i believe, we get what we want. and for a period of time (may it end soon) we wanted to talk down to each other, share information that is not ours to share, and find humor/drama in the difficulties of others. we wanted to say cruel things to each other, and about each other and hide behind the anonymity of the internet. well, i hope that our hunger for unnecessary drama is quenched and we can be done with it.

i wrote a small article on comics for bardhi's up and coming zine. check it when you get the chance. it's entitle 'the ultimate nullifier.' it was almost called "the belly of the worm" but bardhi didn't like that one so much. so look for it.

i don't like that people love kanye west so much. don't get me wrong. i like him. but be realistic. -more on that at another time.

go listen to:
Hieroglyphics
Quasimoto
Busdriver

and read:
scott pilgrim
torso
the amazing adventures of Kavalier and Klay.
bye.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

It's All Fun and Games...

well, i spent the weekend in provo (as i'm sure a few of you noticed). it was a good time. it's nice to go down there and have friends. I love my friends in salt lake- but i get out far far less.
a big topic of conversation while i was there was the creation of the provo push blog, in connection with a secret BYU football loving identity on facebook. although i haven't yet seen that it has been updated since its creation, it purports to be a blog of juicy provo gossip. i like it. i am in favor. as has been pointed out it is our very own Gossip Girl blog. Since it's creation everyone has been attempting to guess the identity of our mysterious gossip blogging friend. I have my theories, and i'm sure you do too. but the point of this blog is to advocate the abandonment of all our theories.
I think everyone is pretty hyped on the idea. However, when the identity of the person/people behind it is discovered our beloved source of juicy gossip will be lost. so please- let it go. don't worry about who is doing it. just be content that it exists. contribute if you have good stuff- and enjoy the lecherous joy of gossip.
it is enjoyable right now, but eventually it will suck. its going to hurt peoples feelings and share things that people don't want shared. that is the nature of this beast. as they say "it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt." i believe thats a true statement. For now, this is fun and games. Eventually someone will get hurt. But before you think "maybe this isn't the best idea!" let me see if i can change your perspective a bit.
When someone is injured in a sports game- they are applauded as they are taken off the field. Nobody ever stops and says "you know, maybe we should get rid of sports, people get hurt!" instead, they say "well, s/he knew the risks when he got into it."

And so with gossip, its all fun and games until someone gets hurt (which is why its fun to those of us unhurt). So let the fun and games proceed, but we should also be aware that at one point this will lead to its inevitable end- someone, perhaps everyone, perhaps you or i, will be hurt. if it still sounds good to you, well good. happy birthday bret. may 23 be your best year yet.
the end.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

People do this.

Now I do too.
I pick my records based upon what i actually listen to. not by what is complicated, acclaimed, or otherwise praiseworthy. there are records that i recognize are amazing, but i don't listen to them much. so be it

My Records of 2007 are as follows (in no specific order):

Alchemy Index- Thrice
The Cool- Lupe Fiasco
Desire- Pharoahe Monch
Graduation- Kanye West tied with Double Up- R. Kelly
Reunion Tour- the Weakerthans


Honorable Mentions:

Bangers & Cash- Benny Blanco and Spank Rock: super dirty booty rap. exactly what you'd expect from Spank, exactly what you get.

Mirrored- Battles- deserves all the acclaim it gets, i just can't listen to it for long periods.

Finding Forever- Common- strangely enough i felt like this records lyrical content was its weak side. strange from common who is normally a great lyricist

Wincing the Night Away- The Shins-their best record. i dunno if people agree i don't care. its nice to have production value

Versions- Poison the Well- not the poison the well i grew up with. a change for the better i think

Free at Last- Freeway- this almost made the best of list. his first record had one track on it i was into. i think this one only has one im not into.

City of Echoes- Pelican- this is slowly going to overtake all the records on the best of list. so good.

Records Worth Missing:
8 Diagrams- Wu-Tang Clan- what a let down. ugh.

The 3rd Hand- RJD2- rad dj. bummer of a weird pop artist. (jury is still out as to whether i would like this if i didn't know rjd2 as a dj first... i'll let you know.)

p.s. a remake of Nightmare on Elm Street??? NOOOOOOOOOOooooooo......!!!!
a remake of DUNE??? NOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo.......!!!

Obs.

ive started working on a script for a short movie. i dunno if i'll ever invest the time or effort to try and rally people to make it (i suppose it depends on how i feel about it after the script is done). but i like the idea. and im excited to get into it. for now its called either middle america, or my connection is disconnected. should the day come where i want to make it- i will expect your full cooperation.

confession: i have a soft spot for piano driven female pop singers.

20 Years Later

It's been 20 years since Alan Moore's "Batman: the Killing Joke" came out.
I don't care how much you think you like or know about Batman. If you haven't read "Killing Joke" you don't get it. You don't get Batman. You don't get the Joker. There are few other books I can hold to that same high standard. I think every character has books that define the character, but few as strongly as Killing Joke does for Batman
Perhaps:
Killing Joke, and Arkham Asylum for Batman.
and
Man Without Fear and Guardian Devil (by Kevin Smith) run for Daredevil.
Anyway, there's a good article on Killing Joke here. Check it out.
I recently read that Adrien Brody wanted the part of the joker. No offense to Mr. Ledger, but that seems a better fit to me. I have no doubt Heath will do a great job, but as a comic geek its hard to see past my own preferences and be happy with a good job. I think Adrien Brody should be in every movie. I think Woodie Allen, Darren Aronofsky, Wes Anderson, and Danny Boyle should direct every movie. Clint Mansell, Jon Brion, Danny Elfman, Mark Mothersbaugh, Yann Tiersen and as of late Dario Marianelli should score every movie.
This is an exaggeration, but you get the point.
There are essentially two ways that joker is portrayed in comics: clean, handsome, calculating, brilliant, etc.


and dirty, disease ridden, maniacal, creepy, and otherwise disgusting.
I prefer the second. I like my joker insane. Good stories have been told with both. but the crazy joker scares me more.
i'm glad that that is the direction they are taking Ledger's batman. I personally wanted them to cast Steve Buscemi as the Joker, because in my mind the Joker is older than Batman, but Adrien Brody would have been sweet.
I will be happy with heath ledger. but until i can have that fact confirmed to me i worry.

But it should be a good year for comic movies. Hellboy 2 is going to be cool. Iron Man is going to be awesome. New Batman should be rad. and then next year we see Watchmen. Good things are coming up. in the more distant future we have film versions of Surrogates and Scott Pilgrim to look forward to.
awesome.
thats all.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Oscars 2008

I decided halfway through not to publish full predictions, as i don't feel i've seen enough of them. But these are strong opinions i have.

Best Actor in a leading Role
-Daniel Day-Lewis: There Will Be Blood. 0% doubt.


Best Animated Feature
-Persepolis. It was beautiful to look at, and a fabulous story. Ratatouille was fun and well animated, but Persepolis had more substance.

Best Film
There will be Blood.

Movie that should get no awards: Atonement.
I hated this movie hard. Romance, england, long crane shots, war, keira knightley? sounds like a movie i would love love love. but NO.
Only redeeming characteristics of the movie:
Music
the Letter
looking at Keira knightley for a few hours. (the movie tried its best to make even this beloved past time tedious. may it be cursed)

Movie that deserves the "its a solid OK award": Juno.
Contrived dialog nearly destroyed this film for me. Why do people who write screenplays think that teenagers talk completely in wack ass jibber jabber code language? Much of the dialog in this movie was on par with Bill and Ted's, which i love, but one is nominated for oscars, and the other was Keanu Reeves in the 80's.
I wanted to love this. But everytime there was an unnecessary pseudo-teenager slang term was like fingernails on a chalk board for me.
could i do better? probably not. but i don't have to, i paid 8 dollars to have an opinion, popular or not.


when will Phoenix's new record be out? i'm tired of waiting.

I'm afraid of space and time.


i think space is the scariest place ever. everything in space is infinitely hot, or infinitely cold. radiation floats around screwing stuff up. black holes destroy and create universes. speeding dust particles can puncture your body and kill you. essentially everything in space can kill you. the universe is against us. our planet floats naively through space bickering about silly things, ignoring the fact that any minute some physics principle that we're incapable of imagining (let alone understanding) could destroy all we've ever known. and its infinite. let that resonate for a minute. INFINITE. such a tidy word for such a ridiculously difficult concept. the fact that our planet has been around for billions of years really seems to defy the odds. we're on borrowed time. surely some galactic destruction awaits us any day now. thinking about it makes me nauseous. whether we've been to the moon or not aside, man moving to the moon and back is the galactic equivalent of a first step. not even that. its the first time a baby shuffles on its belly.
it makes me question the concept of an objective reality. the fact that i live on a minuscule chunk of floating dust rotating its way like toilet water towards its inevitable doom really puts an objective understanding of reality in question.
ugh. im nauseous right now.
while space is super scary, it doesn't bother me too badly. my perspective is too limited to worry about my little planet careening through space.
Time on the other hand scares me terribly. it doesn't do it justice to say it scares me. It petrifies me. It leaves me paralyzed with fear sometimes. Time is an unstoppable tyrant that will, inevitably, destroy you, everyone you love or hate, and everything you've ever known. And once it has done this it will bring about new ages and new people who will walk on your bones and your memory as if you and everything that was once important to you never existed. you were nothing but a work of fiction. the things that made you happy and sad, the things that were earth-shattering and revolutionary to you will be lost in time. brushed off like detritus in time's unending march to unknown territories.
surely as you and i breathe, this will happen.
there are today cities buried underneath our cities. Ancient Egypt's majestic cities were buried and forgotten in time. Ancient Rome existed for nearly 2000 years before time evoked its death rattle.

Eccl. 1: 2, 14
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Eccl. 4:
4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

7 ¶ Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Now that i have pointed out the seeming meaninglessness of everything (which i don't believe in) i can move on.
you can expect my Oscar predictions soon.
Go listen to Team Sleep. It's better than whatever you're listening to, no doubt.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Covers.

I think cover songs are interesting. Subsequently i made a playlist of some of the covers i like a lot and they're originals. It's not all the covers i have, just the ones i wanted to include. If you know of other rad covers i should know of-you should tell me. and i will check them out. I intend to continue adding to this. There are some things im missing on it. but they will be added. guaranteed.

"10:15 Saturday Night" by the Living End- orig. by The Cure
"Wonderwall" by Ryan Adams- orig. by Oasis
"Warsaw" by Swing Kids- orig. by Joy Division
"Two Sides" by Strike Anywhere- orig. by Gorilla Biscuits
"This Night has Opened my Eyes" by At the Drive-In- orig. by the Smiths
"This Charming Man" by Death Cab, and Braid- orig. by the smiths
"Things We Say" by Defiance, OH- orig. by Gorilla Biscuits
"These Boots were Made for Walking" by 7 Seconds, and operation Ivy- orig. by Nancy Sinatra (the Op Ivy cover is entitled "One of these days")
"Six Different Ways" by the Casket Lottery- orig. by the Cure
"Ringing of Revolution" by the Weakerthans- orig. by Phil Ochs (i cant make it through the original. haha)
"Red House" by the Casket Lottery- orig. by Shudder to Think
"Never Meant" by Owen and American Football (i dunno that this really counts as a cover)
"Mrs Robinson" by Weezer- orig. by Simon and Garfunkel
"The Man Who Sold the World" by Nirvana, orig. by David Bowie
"I'm Always in Love" by Owen- orig. by Wilco
"I Want You to Want Me" by Propagandhi- orig. by Cheap Trick
"I Can't Get No Satisfaction" by Otis Redding- orig. by the Rolling Stones (i think?)
"Hybrid Moments" by Burning Brides- orig. by the Misfits
"Here Comes My Baby" by Yo La Tengo- orig. by Cat Stevens
"Don't Look Back in Anger" by Owen- orig. by Oasis
"Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (1. O Fortuna)" by Botch- orig. composed by karl orff in Carmina Burana
"Femme Fatale" by Owen- orig. by the Velvet Underground
"Dazed and Confused" by Cave In- orig. by Led Zepplin
"Clash City Rockers" by Saves the Day- orig. by The Clash
"Chesterfield Kings" by Owen- orig. by Jawbreaker
"AstroZombies" by Pennywise and My Chemical Romance- orig. by the Misfits (haha- those are good ones)
"All is full of love" by Death Cab- orig. by Bjork (i hate the deathcab version)
"Across the universe" by Fiona Apple- orig. by the beatles.

p.s. Arsenal is back in the top spot in EPL.
p.s.s. I miss mikey taylor. if you read this mikey. i love you.