Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Don't Look Here

Go look at 24 Hour Party Pooper. There's actual stuff to read and argue about over there. All we got 'round here is black sheep and word nerds.
Oh, and a little pig in a can.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

word peeve

Anyone else out there bothered when people use the term 'blog' to mean what is actually a 'post'. I have met so many people over the past month (another story altogether) who consistently referred to a single post as a 'blog'.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

It's Memorial Day. I don't sit on either side of any [recognizable] political fence anymore but Memorial Day is not about politics. It may well be about philosophy, but not politics. At least not the cheap sham of politics in the US.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

New Slang

If you are a person who uses the work "click" when what you mean is "clique" then you are a moron and I don't want to know you. Please see:

moron, unbelievable ,aw geez,creep.

The Quotable Click:

"I hate “clicks” and I hate groups of people who think that they are better and more knowledge then everyone else."
(Yeah,I hear ya. Except I disagree and am totally more knowledge than you.)

"Sorry but I hate clicks." Actually found in a blog written by advertising designers within a post called Why Advertising Sucks: A post from a friend No. 3: Excuse Me, I Don’t Speak Moron
(Come on, dude, don't sell yourself short. You do speak moron.)

Have fun with Google today. Can't you tell I just did?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Led Zeppelin

Since no one else has bothered to mention this I will: two days ago (May 6, 2007) was the 70th anniversary of the exploding of German zeppelin Hindenburg in Lakehurst, NJ.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Reposted here for fun and information

Dear MySpace Members,

I like you. All of you. Honest to God, no questions asked, I think you're all the most awesome people on any planet. I like all you emo dorks, computer nerds, New Wave poseurs, punk rock die-hards,heavy metal tattoo dudes, weirdo biker gangs, corset-bound goth chicks, ninjas, micro-indie labels, mid-level AOR promoters, grandmothers, tribute-pages, pets, buildings, graphic design freaks, plumbers, architects and jerkfaces.

Since I like all of you so damn much I figured it'd be cool if I asked a favor or you. Or, actually, a few favors. To make it easier...I listed them!

1) Your awesome new project is AWESOME! I appreciate that you'd like to share it with me by posting a 7" x 12 " flyer in my comments section. However, since I just moved into this comments section with all my own stuff I really just don't have room. Unfortunately, in order to dissuade the most enthusiastic of you I had to disable HTML in my comments. So, if you try to post a flyer it will come out looking like an ancient cookbook.

2) I like girls. really, honestly. I don't even mind slutty chicks when shown in decent light with proper editing (think: Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County). However, I am not terribly inclined to add you as a friend if I can immediately discern that you're any of the following:

a) a web-cam whore
b) a stripper, dancer, for-hire romancer
c) a Russian/Ukrainian/Eastern European model whose page was probably designed by some white-slaver
d) a random person who tried to befriend me because they found my name in the friends list of some modern hardcore/emo/ metal band that I happen to like. Yes, I like a few of them. And others I like very much. But that doesn't mean we share some secret fan-bond where all fans of one such band should be friends with all the other fans. Sorry, that's just how I feel. Feelings are important.

3)Bands, I really like you. I can't think of a single band I don't like. When it comes to bands let's make one thing crystal clear: I LIKE ALL THE BANDS. Being in a band is cool. For one thing, you get to be in a band. For another, you get to stand on a stage and make some sounds and sometimes people will clap and you sometimes get some money at the end of the show! hell, no one claps for me at my job so any job where people clap at you is an AWESOME job. So, ergo, being in a band is AWESOME.
But:

a) If I've never met you I feel a little weird when you send me a comment asking me "how's it goin' and have you checked out our new song?" Well, first off, yes. I did check out your news song. It was REALLY GOOD! Like, the best song ever. Man, that was such a good song I forgot all the other songs I had ever heard. But, if I've never me you then I fee like you don't really mean it when you ask me "how's it going?".
It's going OK, I guess, but why would you care? See what I mean?

b) You're playing a show? AWESOME! Shows are cool. I like ALL the shows. But, see, I live in Athens, Ga. So why are you telling me to please come see your show in Los Angeles? You know I can't afford that. I feel like I'm being teased when you do stuff like that. I also get the suspicion that I'm not the only girl you've asked to the prom.


If I could, could I please make a couple of more suggestions? Remember, I really like you and this is all between friends. It's pretty cool that you have altered the HTML on your page so it loads with all sorts of fancy, glittery stuff like 400 pictures of you and your friends on Spring Break, a few embedded FLASH-items, a profile song, a whole bunch of JAVA hoo-ha and other what not. I mean, that's AWESOME. It's pretty cool that anyone can be a programmer and you don't even have to live in the Pacific Northwest or Northern California to do it! It's especially cool when you can make your background any number of cool things like a really big picture of Lil' Flip, a waterfall, a bunch of rainbows or even a series of signs that say "Impeach Bush!". But, know what? My poor Lil' browser (the totally awesome and foxy Firefox) just seizes up when asked to handle all that. It says to me, "Gordon, Carpe Browser" (that's Latin for "seize the browser").
Still, feel free to make your awesome page however awesome you want it. If I can't navigate it, I'll simply sail away and shan't return again. It's NOT that I don't like you (because you're my awesome friend) but that I find myself ill equipped to deal with the neediness of your MySpace page.

So, that's it. Thanks for being my awesome friend and being in an awesome band and being an awesome member of MySpace.

Stay awesome,
your friend for real,
Gordon

Monday, April 16, 2007

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Themes

Three themes/concepts that are completely played out and make me want to scrape my teeth when hearing about them or when asked to write about them:

1)Prom themed anything.
2)Zombie themed anything.
3)Any type of 'battle-of-the-bands' anything.

So there.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

New Music Posts

I'm not sure why but I've decided to start sending all music related posts over to 24 Hour Party Pooper. Actually, to be honest, I guess I am sure why. In the throes of an over-caffienated frenzy I thought if I was going to make a new music blog then I might as well do it on April Fools Day. Which I did.
No, the world doesn't need a new music blog...but I do.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I take it back.

Never mind my previous post about being bored with Hip Hop. I quite like this and, thematically, it incorporates so many of my favorite things: flea markets, mini-malls, starter-home furniture and empty parking lots. Easily the best Hip Hop I've heard this year.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Finally.

This is out today. I can only give it my highest recommendation.


No other show captured contemporaneously how bizarre the 1970's were. It's perfect.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Worst Cover Ever

"The Final Countdown" always sucked. Even when it was a brand new release I never fell for it's cheesy Emerson, Lake & Palmer pomposity and melodramatic lyricism (which, to be fair, was only mildly worse than Nena's "99 Luftballons"). It seems like justice, though, when a band as horrible as Europe is tribut-ized (my word) by a band that make The Kids Of Widney High sound like Anthrax.
Please watch. You will not regret it.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

American Cheeseburger

American Cheeseburger is the best Athens hardcore band of the moment. Why?

1)Because they are named after the most perfect food ever.
2)They still inspire circle pits and not the weird, Kung Fu, Boston Beatdown style of dancing.
3)They just rock so damn hard.

Hells yes.



Monday, February 19, 2007

Shiny, Shiny, Bad Times Behind Me

You will rise, You'll return. The phoenix from the flame.
You will learn.You will rise. You'll return.
Being what you are-There is no other Troy for you to burn.




On another note, there is a Hall Of Fame for everything!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Friday, February 16, 2007

1:45 AM on a Thursday night...

...and the tap drips drip drip drip drip drip.

Review Questions for test tomorrow. Feel free to take a stab:

1. What does Peirce mean by ‘Cartesianism’, why does he reject it, and what is his alternative?

2. What four methods of fixing belief does Peirce distinguish, and what are their relative strengths and weaknesses?

3. What is Peirce’s doubt/belief theory of inquiry?

4. What is Peirce’s rule for attaining the third grade of clearness? How does the ‘diamond example’ figure in the development and explanation of Peirce’s theory of meaning?

5. What is Peirces’ theory of the categories, and how does their derivation involve reference to the ‘phaneron’?

6. What is Peirce’s theory of signs, and how does it involve his theory of the categories?

7. What are the main divisions of Peirce’s classification of the sciences, and what is their importance for his philosophy?

8. What is Peirce’s theory of truth, and how is it related to his fallibilism? What are four serious errors whereby philosophers often block the way of inquiry?

9. What does Peirce mean by ‘nominalism’, and why does he reject it? What is his alternative?

10. What is Pragmaticism?

11. What is psychologilism concerning logical validity, and why does Peirce reject it? How does mental rehearsal differ from rational instinct? What is the importance of the distinction between A-reasonings and B-reasonings?

12. What is the distinction between abduction and induction, and what is the importance of each for the process of scientific discovery?

13. What Is Peirce’s architectonic approach to metaphysics? How does evolutionary theory influence Peirce’s metaphysics?

14. What is the doctrine of necessity, and what are Peirce’s eight reasons for rejecting it?

15. What is the law of mind, and how does it involve both synechism and tychism?


Friday, February 02, 2007

I Don't Get It

Being without cable television is not anything of which to be proud. It's actually horrible. I really want cable again. Still, even when I had cable there would be these shows on that were fabulously popular but whose popularity confuses me completely. American Idol, for one. But that seems obvious.
But what in the world is going on with shows like Top Chef, Iron Chef, etc. Has the culture gotten so soft that it prefers extreme cooking? I dunno.

Then there's stuff like CSI (which I'm going to have to start renting old season of because I need to know what this is [and I know that saying that makes me seem utterly out of touch]) and a whole slew of forensic/detective/crime investigation shows which were given rise based on the popularity of real-life stories shown on Court TV. Why does someone want to watch dramatized, Hollywood stories when real-life stories are so much more compelling and scary? True, tey tend to take place in locales such as Butte, Montana but I've never been to Montana so that's interesting to me.

I dunno. I like The OC. My favorite show, probably of all time is Beverly Hills, 90210.

I really need cable. Badly. At least then I'd know what I was talking about and wouldn't have to speculate.

Oh, I know, though, that I don't like those shows where people go to flea-markets and antique sales and then sell stuff. I don't like shows that show operating room procedures, either.
I really hate TV advertising but I don't mind infomercials. Especially since I'm going to make a fortune with The Internet Treasure Chest, lose my bothersome "love handles" and buy real estate with no money down. And from the convenience of my own home, too.

I will, however, be buying this as soon as it's available. Actually, that's probably my favorite show of all time. Not 90210. But I do miss the good 'ol days with Brenda, Kelly, Brandon, Nate, Steve, et al.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Cyber Punk?

Google Ads targeted me with this so I thought i'd share it with y'all.

Wanna Join The Most Awesome Band Ever??! Then contact The Internet Band!

Rock Revenge

This rarely happens but there's a certain band that has had it's revenge on my soul. A band I sorely misjudged about 4 years ago and is currently rocking me to my core. Like I said, this doesn't happen often, but oh man are these guys great. Please enjoy the best video ever made featuring Atlanta's Black Lips.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I'm Lovin' it!

I finally found a Podcast to wich I would subscribe if I subscribed to such things. But,I don't. So, If you're sick of a bunch o'amateurs all podcastin' about on such topics as Indie Rock and politics and want the scoop from some real experts, get this one.

Click here. Just Do It!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Eurythmics. 21st Century Style.

Circa 1985





Circa now:

A True Hero

Sure, James Brown and Gerald Ford have passed recently but this news really hits home.
Ramen King Dies at 96.

Friday, January 05, 2007

A Bargain At Twice The Price

Now this is an example of 2 All American Boys giving the old Protestant Work Ethic the Old College Try.

By One For Valentines Day!