Categories: Guess Who's Back?, History, Nerdcheck
1st entry into my new “fun facts” category: Today is July 4th, our Independence Day, here in the good ol’ US. The 4th of July signifies freedom to us and while it may not equal the popularity of Christmas, Thanksgiving and arguably New Years, it still ranks up there on our list of big days of the year. Unfortunately July 4th equals a different kind of freedom to 3 US Presidents; as it is the day they died and they were freed of their mortal coils. On July 4th, 1826, on the day of the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, both, the 2nd and 3rd presidents, respectively, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died. “Many say that a few of Adams’ dying words were of Jefferson, even though he was unaware of his passing just a few hours earlier.”¹Exactly 5 years later, we lost James Monroe (5th prez) to heart failure and tuberculosis. So of our first 5 Presidents, 3 died on the same date, forever linked to the Declaration of Independence, which the former two signed themselves exactly 50 years earlier.
So anyhow, have some fun this Independence day, get drunked up, think about how good this country is, even w/ all of it’s flaws, past, present and future. And hey try not to lose your fingers, toes or ‘hair de genitalia’ whilst effin around with bottle rockets and/or other fireworks and/or OTHER homemade mistakes waiting to happen.
Categories: Awesome, DIY, Nerdcheck, Nerdgasm, Nerdtastic, Nostalgia
I realize that should I proceed and build this, I will be nowhere in the neighborhood of Fort Knox level protection, but, as a guy who’s spent more than a couple bucks (possibly a couple thousand) and hours (possibly a couple krotillion) on Lego blocks and kits well into my adult life, I WANT THIS. I mean, it’s a damn Lego safe with working gears (not that Lego is foreign to complex working gear structures. I’ve hand built a few complex mechanisms while just freestyling builds -You should’ve seen the A-815 Battlehawk and the blueprints for the unbuilt A-822, both manufactured by the mysterious Drachius organization, James knows what I’m talking about. That plane was a monster. The Battlehawk had 4, Double-barreled, recoiling, pulse blasters, mounted on the underside of the airjet and a removable pilot’s pod-). So I love the idea of this safe and it does have a fair layer of protection, plus, it’s completely up Omar’s alley. Though I may sound kinda childish on my social networks and this blog, I’ve actually rid myself of most of my material ‘Kiddy Stuff’. All of my remaining categorical toys sit on two shelves in my room along w/ my books, DVD’s and CD’s and that’s far too little. I’ve given up pretty much all of my old Lego kits and blocks when I moved here and haven’t purchased any replacement kits because of the money suck that Lego blocks are to a guy like me, but I think this safe may get me to jump ship on that pattern. I love building stuff, I love thinking through concepts and I love being a kid at heart and I have a LOT of free time these days, you know, with the whole, “I have a disease and a lifestyle so erractic I can’t handle most normal occupations”, so I believe that this would be a nice little distraction of a project and a way to ease back into them Lego and the child I actually am, internally and externally. I dare you to block me from finishing this project. *rimshot*
Categories: Political, Quickie, Soapbox
Irony [ahy-ruh-nee] noun: “A Fox News correspondent attacking a leftist think tank for “just [taking] the days talking points and try to reproduce them. It’s pretty clear what they are and what they do, they’re just party hacks, they’re the worst sort of people in politics.” He then goes on to call Obama a socialist.
Dear Mr. Fox correspondent, your homework tonight is to find a dictionary and look up the word ‘Hypocrite’ . That is all. Have a nice day.
Update: Later in the show, They run a talk about how the media is supposedly scared of Obama. That he supposedly runs monthly newsconferences and the ones in primetime are costing the networks millions, but they’re afraid to not run the conferences for fear of Presidential retaliation. So let me get this straight; Obama is running press conferences that are just fucking TV stations of big big money and networks are just teeming in fear because he’s gonna just run them into the ground if those press conferences aren’t aired? I have heard from Fox, more than once, that Obama needs to be more communicative about these uncertain times we’re in. So now that he IS communicating w/ the public on a regular basis it’s bad because he’s forcing them? And these multibillion dollar corporations are just crying in a corner for what may happen should the conferences not be shown? Fox, the main, big, national Fox channel (Fox 5 Atlanta, over here) didn’t run at least one of his prime time conferences and I heard nothing from the democrats about that, you know who I DID hear from, Fox News pundits basically applauding themselves for having their sister channel ignore the press conference. Also, I think I only count 3 primetime conferences and one was the state of the union address thingee (that isn’t really the state of the union adress, because incoming Presidents don’t do one on their rookie year) and the others were dealing w/ the financial crisis. Those, I personally think, are a bit more important than the latest episode of Deal or No Deal. I’m gonna drive myself crazy following these political antics. Cause both sides do shit that make me want to just drop out and be ignorant.
Shitty quarterback* and PETA nemesis, Michael Vick, was released from jail today yesterday, headed to house arrest and we here want to celebrate that with the only song that could properly honor his release from the big house. Also I had to show the T-Shirt that I bought like a week after Vick was arrested, from the Goodwill store. It doesn’t even fit me, but I saw it and it was a situation where it HAD to be bought, I don’t even think I had a decision in the matter, the universe decided for me when it comes to peer pressure, the universe is the worst. I also realize that today’s musical pick is in no way original, but come on now, sometimes something is too perfect and you have to follow the pack. So Mike, I dedicate this to you.
* Vick isn’t a horrible QB, he just makes horrible decisions at times. Doesn’t know when to give up the play or not run w/ the ball when he should dump it or make a perfectly safe pass, he just forces shit he shouldn’t. The funny thing is his backup made much better decisions when he got the starting job in Atlanta, then last year, the rookie QB, Matt Ryan, made better decisions too. Vick can make good plays and can make tremendous highlights with his feet and he has a cannon of an arm, the problem is he lacks accuracy when he has to rely on the cannon. He’ll probably work in NFL again, probably even start, but there are better quarterbacks than him and his backups in Atlanta were frequented that category. -The Mgmt.
One of the factors that subtracted cool points from my younger day is the fact that I had ALF comic books. Like, monthly, go to the comic store, pick up this issue of X-Men, and Wolverine, maybe a Punisher War Journal and…ALF and there are far too many people who can verify this (people who should watch their backs if I ever become famous, because I have to protect myself from ‘anonymous leaks’). I dug me some ALF, I can STILL sing the chorus of ‘Cookin’ with ALF’, a song, released on a shitty paper thin, square, plastic record in an advertising scheme from Burger King. Now even at the time, the dad from ALF, was always a little…off, somehow. So how do you make that guy seem weirder? Well you let David Lynch edit episodes of ALF and if you can’t get Dave himself, you get some guy on youtube…still, equally as interesting and entertaining, but seriously odd. Here’s all 4 episodes (so far) of Andrewhussie’s ‘work’.
Today I thought of Alanis Morissette and my train of thought made me think of a conversation w/ Jaqai where I said “Irony, is having a song called ‘Ironic’ that lacks Irony”. Which is not an original observation, but true nonetheless. Then my train of thought made me think of something from a while back. Around the turn of the century, we all remember all the hype and remembrance of the last 1000, 100, & 10 years that were about to wholly leave us or had left us and the days that were soon to come. (we also had an irrational fear of impending dysfunction, anarchy a/o the end of…everything). Best of lists were HUGE and one was the VH1’s top 20 albums of the 90’s, which featured amazing and groundbreaking and successful works. Albums such as Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’, Pearl Jam ‘Ten’, Fugees ‘The Score’, but the #1 Album of the Decade was ‘Jagged Little Pill’ by Mz. Morissette. I have to say that the pick kinda blindsided me as I hadn’t recognized it hadn’t shown on
the list yet (I honestly thought it would be ‘Nevermind’), but when they ran the resumé of the album, I honestly submitted to their pick. It was a huge and original album. Do you remember how many times they played ‘You Oughta Know’ and ‘Ironic’ alone? There were 3 #1 singles, 5 in the Top 10. The album was the 2nd best selling album of the 90’s (S.Twain, Come on Over #1), one of only three albums to spend over a year in the top ten, Nominated for 6 Grammys, 4 win’s and right now, stands at 16million unit sales in the US, 33m worldwide and is currently the 20th best selling album of all time. With all that, at that time, those were hard stats to vote against. So as much as I would’ve preferred something else, not that I hate the album or songs (I did get tired of them), I didn’t dispute the ranking. But here’s the question (because you know I love input), do you still think it stands there? ~10 years later, you don’t hear much from the album (or Alanis, for that matter). So now, what would be that #1 album born from the decade that truly formed me? Again, I tend to think of Nirvana, because today, we still see the impact that album has formed, it took the glam out of ‘real rock’ and made known the melancholy attitude of the generation, but there are others. OK Computer, honestly, to me, one of the top 10 front to back albums of all times and easily vys for #1 in my eyes. Pearl Jam released just as many impactful singles from ‘Ten’, I wasn’t a big fan at the time, but I don’t deny it’s stature. There’s Shania Twain, ‘Come on Over’, while totally not my cup of tea, revitalized the entire female country/rock industry and if you don’t believe me, ask Taylor Swift or Leann Rhimes, The Dixie Chicks, I’d even say Kelly Clarkson.
There’s Shania’s male equivalent, Garth Brooks, who revitalized country. Period. He’s not around much, but his impact sure is. Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, Tupac, all, certainly made a still massively visable mark on not only music but everywhere, ask your neighborhood neo-wigger. Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Tupac, U2, Green Day, Metallica, Backstreet Boys and Britney goddamn Spears (there’s certainly some sort of visible remainder of her impact), what’s the number #1 Album. Is it still Jagged Little Pill? You oughta know. (Yeah, I totally forced that one).