Thursday, August 31, 2006

Google Book Search Up

Google Book Search
Your search - "vomited chili" - did not match any documents.
Suggestions:
- Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
- Try different keywords.
- Try more general keywords.
- Try fewer keywords.
I'm not impressed.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Yes, I am amused easily.


Sunday, July 02, 2006

Qooqle Video: cool Japanese youtube video search and downloader.

Just stumbled across Qooqle Video. A very cool japanese youtube search engine with a familiar interface plus a nifty .flv downloader.

Bonus!
The crayayayzy Sega Saturn commercial that pointed me to the above.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Earache! Extreme Metal Racing!! The Video Game!!!!

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING!!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Transcript of Stephen Colbert's WHCA Speech

"Wow, what an honor. The White House Correspondents' Dinner. To actually sit here, at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper -- that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face. "

Friday, May 05, 2006

Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2K6

Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2K6

This has been going around for a while now, but I just want to personally thank this Paul Robertson person for creating such a fine piece of animation. Never have so few pixels been so very disturbing.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Photos of Immigrant Rights Rally yesterday.


Pictures I took yesterday of the rally downtown.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Sega Genesis Guitar

Music thing link to Sega Genesis Guitar

Saturday, April 22, 2006

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Monday, April 03, 2006

The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Movie Teaser Trailer on YouTube.

They played this during tonight's episode (which was pretty good for a change). But when is the Cap'n Crunch movie coming out? And will it be rated R or "hard" R?

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Wow, I think I'll get 2!



Friday, March 24, 2006

Virtual crap so lame you'll swear it's really dumb!

O'Reilly -- Inside Animusic's Astonishing Computer Music Videos:
"Scientists say they've gotten new ideas as they watched Lytle's music animations, while elementary school children who had never shown an interest in drawing suddenly fill walls with Animusic pictures. My 76-year-old mother, who recoils from all things digital, was mesmerized by the 'Pogo Sticks' and 'Resonant Chamber' animations on the Animusic 2 DVD."

I can’t speak for the scientists/children/elderly mothers of the world, but my reaction to (*ugh*) Animusic was to fill my mouth with used aluminum foil, spray WD-40 directly into my eyes, dry hump a cheese grater, and then fire a revolver into my PC monitor.
I hate this sort of crap. The only value CG video comps like this have ever had is to showcase what shitty videogames will look like in two years. Computer animators of the world, until your primary goal (perfectly rendered boobs) has been accomplished, please go away and leave the tech demos to bored European teenagers. No offence to the demo scenesters. Check this out. That was probably made on an Gameboy running Linux or something. These Animusic guys should be planting tender kisses on Xplsv's rump instead of trying to make babies drool for $19.95 a pop. Fuh.


Monday, March 13, 2006

I AM 8 BIT 2006 (too bad it's in LA)

I AM 8 BIT (official(flash(web(site)))

Tim Biskup's Mega Man @ Gameinformer

Friday, February 24, 2006

Myspace hacked.

General [M]ayhem - LOL myspace hack

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -5 - 6

emails.txt

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Shoryuken.com reborn as blog/wiki/site worth reading.

From the new and improved Shoryuken:
"Ask anyone how they became addicted to fighters and they’ll tell you a story about some amazing player they saw somewhere. What you won’t here is anything about polygons, newfangledness, or any of the rest of the stuff a marketing department can tell you about. If you want something to happen, make it happen. Stop waiting for something new and realize that you’ve already been graced with some of the finest competitive games ever created. Stop being ashamed about video games, or about the fact that your game of choice is not just another FPS. "

Street Fighter = good. World of Warcraft = bad.

Gamasutra - Soapbox - "World of Warcraft Teaches the Wrong Things":
"Another very important lesson was that winning at Street Fighter is a meritocracy. Your race doesn't matter. Your religion doesn't matter. The only thing that matters in a tournament is your ability to win. The community looks up to those who can win, regardless of ethnicity. There is no substitute for growing up in an environment that cares about results, rather than race. Nothing a teacher or parent could ever say measures up to that life experience about race-relations."

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

scanner_darkly_a_tlr2_qt_700.mov (video/quicktime Object)

scanner_darkly_a_tlr2_qt_700.mov

Friday, February 17, 2006

It's a Wi-Fi kind of town

Chicago Tribune sez we could be getting city-wide wi-fi soon.

A Cost-Effective Touchscreen Interface for Winamp

TouchAmp

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Reservoir half full.

Columbia's new student run website, Reservoir actually ain't too bad. I'll leave it at that.

New(!) Dreamcast game out in march.

Under Defeat

Oddly fitting title for a Dreamcast game. Japan only of course.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

No giant buttocks glued onto Mario’s forehead.

Mario Adventure: The Best NES Game Hack of All Time

Awesome! Think I'll play it now on my Palm T|X* via the Little John multi-system emulator. It's quite possibly the best open source app for PalmOS ever. Hell, maybe just the best app ever, period!


*Thanks Pop!

Shit Fighter vinyl CI Boys.

Shit Fighter post on Kotaku.

Cool, I want. Hmmm, not listed on Kidrobot. Eh, I'll check around later. Prolly a c-note for the whole set anyway.

Chicago Smokers To Pay Through The Nose

Pack Of Cigarettes To Hit $7.59

That's almost 40 cents a square! So why am I one of only a handfull of people in this city that roll my own?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

You have the audacity to present me with that guitar sound, you idiot? It's an insult!

In 1997 The Onion interviewed Dennis Flemion.

O: What's the worst song on the radio right now?

DF: Um, I don't know. What's that silly one? That one I fucking... I don't know the names of them; I just hear them. I would never purchase their... If you're all listening, I would never purchase your shit, ever. I will never support you. And mind you, these bands are selling millions, so fuck 'em. At least the big ones like us. I don't know. And we're good! Why can't we get the throngs? What is with these idiots? Why won't they come? I don't know, you analyze all this stuff after a while. Maybe it's a sex thing; maybe our band has to be more sexual, have more sex appeal. If they like your face... Almost invariably, all the bands that succeed are the ones with a lead singer who's good-looking. It's funny that that's not dumped upon, that people don't say, "You know, that's played out. That's not cool anymore. If you do that, you're an asshole and an idiot. We're going to laugh at you, as if you were in Vegas. You've got a fuzz pedal? Phhht. Blow me. You've got a big amp? Get the fuck out. Ooh! You've got big amps! Ooh! I'm impressed. The lead singer's got his shirt off?" I don't know. Bring a gun. That's got to be the new thing in rock. After the millennium, there has to be a guaranteed one death per show. Not the rock star—it's in his court. You take a chance going to the rock show. Somebody's going to die that night, guaranteed. The lead singer runs out, the band's just starting to jam, and boom! He just shoots, and then starts singing. That'd be perfect for a video.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Riot Porn

Yes Jeremy, you are correct. Webster's third definiton:
the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction <the pornography of violence>


Sunday, January 08, 2006

HOT XXX HA-HA!

AVN award nominee for 'Hottest Xerox of 2005'.

From the very sexy funny Dirtfarm which somehow manages to be both embarassingly vulgar yet wholesome enough for the whole family. You should buy ben's stuff.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

SALE!SALE!!SALE!!!

Yes, SALE!!! But are they cheap? Perhaps now I can finally afford a fine garmet that will honor my dead ancestors averted eyes. Their deaths, however, were actually quite useless.

Via a better blog: Bill Gates mentions Street Fighter II

Better blog RetroGaming with racketboy tells tales of Street Fighter II Coming to XBox Live Arcade, and for some reason i feel compelled to pass it on here.
Gates said that one of Capcom's most popular old-school arcade titles, Street Fighter II, will be available via Xbox Live Marketplace later in the year.
That's so stupid it makes me want to pee in a hat.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Dear Hounoured Brothers of the Seventh Pillar of Slorm,

Yes gentlemen, indeed I do have one final issue I cannot in good faith let wait to be brought before the council of Azmogoth. Truly I feel I cannot put stress upon this point with sufficient strength:
Please, before making any plans, trivial as they may be, please be sure to first check against
The Grand Master's Itinerary for any possible scheduling conflicts. We all know what a fucking dick he can be about that sort of shit.

In Scared Screed this day of Molook,
Mortimer P. Frumpybuttons
First Asst. Secretary of peeing into brown hats.

...

<--- Look at that shit. How cool is that, huh? That boombox is just like orbiting the earth in the most chill, who-gives-a-fuck, lazy-sunday-morning type trajectory. Damn, I don't even think that thing is ON! If it is, it's probobly bumpin' something by War, or maybe that 'White Horse' jammy from bakinnaday.

Since I found that pic at The Boombox Museum, I am a better person.

New Stiks™ on Byrdo's site.

The only possible explanation is that Byrdo is simply a vessel that god works through. I'm not sure why god would need so many fucking rad joysticks, but shit, tell me this thing didn't just fall out of heaven's rumpus room.

Somewhere sitting atop a shining golden throne, some dude is totally owning on SF2 with this blessed weapon of Gods vengance. If this dude is not named Jesus H. Christ, I just found a new motherfucker to accept as my personal lord 'n' savior.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Get well, soon Ryoko.

Cuz without you, we're just a bunch of lame white people.

Get ready man, here comes the fast part!

Say what ye will about Vice, but shitty little flash games don't come any better than this.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Via a better blog: Legislating your A-hole.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Street Fighter Salsa (not nearly as delicious as it sounds)

Spinning bird kick, cha cha cha!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Nerd Alert: Street Fighter controller review on Shoryuken.com

This review of the official PS2 aniversary controller is absolute poetry. Check it:
"For Customs, it's difficult to do, for example, Sagat's standard Custom: Jab Tiger Uppercut into Close-up Standing Fierce into Roll, repeat."

"I could perform things such as Ken's Double Midscreen Jab Uppercut on the pad, very basic Genei-Jin Combos, Makoto's standard 100% Dizzy Combo on Akuma, and Hugo's delayed 720's without much problem at all."

"In terms of basic use, it felt fine, and doing "Tiger Knee'd" Air Hyper Viper Beams off of Standing Roundhouse with Cable was a breeze... I think it was actually the easiest time I've ever had doing it."
Wow.

I'm sure John would be honored.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Via a better blog: Hacking St. Nick.

Even more evidence of the war on Christ-ian-mas brought to you by better blog hackaday. First the lynchings in the south then the homos, and now this evil Jolt swilling terrorist hacker is taking aim at the jolly one in a blatant act of character assination! Ha! Nice try poindexter, but what you don't know is that Santa's head was built with logical-paradox absorbing crumple zones!*



*Be the first to find the Futurama reference in this post and win a handsome Nerd Alert™ bumper-sticker.

Come back car thief!

It's finals time, and I'm trying to work on a bitch of a paper. Down on the street directly below my window, a car-alarm has been going off for the last 3 hours. I tried turning on music, but it was too distracting. I'm pissed. I doubt anyone in the neighborhood would hold it against me if I dropped a cinder-block on it's windshield.
Mr. automobile owner, be forewarned. Tomarrow, after I turn this paper in, I am coming to kill you.

Um, no thanks.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Christmas: a time to be gay.

Video Of Santa Hanging From Noose

Man, that cat sure knows how to swing!

Open this link in Media Player, or click here if you like to watch commercials.

via a better blog: Young person does dumb thing.

Better blog Boing Boing linked to: Bad-ass Brass Knuckle Implants

In my ten-plus years of web surfing I have found that if a topic on a blog/forum has generated more comments than a person cares to read, he can scroll directly to the last one and it will, without fail, sum up the discussion perfectly. The rule goes unbroken here. Being linked by BB caused the proverbial shit-storm of comments on the page in question. The opinions voiced ran the gamut from, "you people are fucking sick" to, "knuckles are for punching". There was much mention of something called a "straight edge". However, I think the final comment* really brings it home:
12-14-2005 00:17:30
If I ever saw a girl this dumb I'd come flying across the room and punch her in the chest as hard as I could, just so that shit would all pop and she would (hopefuly) die from the infect all that burst silicione would give her and never reproduce.
Projectile vomiting right now!
This comment forum is now closed.
*Posted with the author's permission. **
**Just kidding.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Flickr: Photoshop for Retards

Photoshop for Retards: A place for retarded photoshoppers like you and me.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Beautiful insprirational photographs for your church's next devotional.

Have you ever just sat in your grey florescent-lit cubicle and dreamt of visiting such picturesque locals as Budapest Hungary, Wuhan China, or Le Chable Switzerland? Yeah? Well dude, that's just fucking sad. Quit daydreaming Henderson, management needs those reports filed yesterday! Maybe on your lunch break, you should check out my brother (genetic, not soul) Adam's photosets on flickr. Really great stuff. I absolutly promise you'll want to kill yourself for wasting your life counting beans in Lawndale, Idaho or wherever the hell it is you wait to die.


Saturday, December 03, 2005

Nerd Alert: Awesome 3rd Strike combo video.

Yeah, you may think you have it all. Designer pants. Complicated athletic shoes. A big plastic townhouse on the North side. Fresh hair plugs. The flattest TV money can buy. A lobotomized trophy wife with new tits. Maybe even one of those gay ass Porche Boxters all you pricks drive. But you know what man? You will never, ever, evAr be this good at Street Fighter 3. So fuck you.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

blog-pile: Stuff On Fire

Stuff On Fire is, without a doubt, the shit. The style reminds me of something like Mister Pants five years ago. It’s not really ‘about’ anything, but it feels way more focused than 95% of all the regular weblogs out there.

No reason for you not to just go ahead and bookmark it right now, but i feel compelled to write some flowery bullshit. Check it:

Matt Norwood is no sweater wearing pink-boy. No, an adventurer is he. A haggard old sea captain perhaps, taking you on a stomach-turning tour 'round the perilous Horn of Stupid off the coast of Mongoloid Isle. You travel with sound mind however, as Norwood has sailed these black waters on near 12 score years (as the crow flies). He shares tales of the wide-eyed explorers who journeyed before, only to discover their graves. Their big, dumb, wet graves.

You know actually, I guess he's some sort of weird cowboy or something.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Martin Gore still wearing those stupid goddamned angel wings.

Tonight Bonnie and I make our public transit pilgrimage to Rosemont to see Depeche Mode. I'll be sure to let you know how fabulous* it was.

*I'm not gay, I swear.

I always thought Johnny Cash's life would make a good movie...

Oh, you did too? Well, it did. Not everyone thinks so, however. Walk the Line definatly twists the truth for entertainment's sake, but it serves it's pourpose admirably. For a more factual biographical viewing experience I reccomend the 2003 BBC documentary The Last Great American (played ok on my Apex DVD player, your mileage may vary).

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Every Video Game.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Speak English Stupid!

On Gizmodo.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Need some mini-comics?

Opinions on reptilian ATV activity aside, Onsmith is actually a pretty cool guy and one hell of an artist. You should buy his stuff.

Rocked by robots.

Would you believe I forgot to take my camera to the Captured by Robots show Wednesday night? Yeah, sucks huh? Good thing these people remembered when they went. It was one of the craziest things I have ever witnessed. It’s hard to believe all that junk actually works.

Monday, November 07, 2005

What business does a turtle have riding a 4-wheeler anyway?

I don't care what Jeremy says, this person is sick.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Kool Keith's 98-Year-Old Fridge

This video is totally worth waiting through the commercial for (and you might have to open the link in IE). He put out an entire 70 minute DVD this sort of thing. Wow.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

World Can't Wait rally in Chicago.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Pictoplasma character design archive.

Almost too good to be true. 6500 designs by over 1000 artists. Sort by Artist, country, character type or style. A great place to waste (a lot of) time.
The mind boggles. The one above is by someone named Tubbypaws. Thanks Tubbypaws.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Kool Keith: "Retarded people are more advanced than the normal people."

Extremly entertaining interview with Kool Keith from August on koolkeith.co.uk. Infinitely quotable. A few examples:
"I am just that retarded funk maker."

"I went out to Africa to see that they are banging on the bongos. You get on the train in New York , you see bongos. Everybody's banging bongos. We funky right now."

"You got your gun talking motherfuckers who just gun talk themselves to death. Then you got me. I am the piss man."
That's right, he's the piss man. He says his next project will be called "Pissy Pete the Bed Wetter".

Free Culture @ NYU - DRM Protest

Pix on Flickr

I think digital rights management is a horrible practice and might even peacefully demonstrate against it if given the chance, but I doubt I'll ever be this upset about it.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Dude, you shoulda been there...

Don't worry if you missed the RFID tracking party @ San Francisco MOMA. Next year the State Department is throwing one, and we're all invited! Yeah, I know some people would rather stay home, but why not check it out? They're serving Chinese.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Chicago Transit Authority map on Google Maps

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Retro 80's fad taking college kids by storm!

And speaking of 1984 here's SOS: Students for an Orwellian Society.

Remember what the leader says; if you're not happy, take happy pills.

I've never payed attention to the comedy short film site channel101.com. I love good sketch comedy, but the only thing I was exposed to really was House of Cosbys and it was way overrated IMHO. Utopia however, an ultra-campy take on 1984 and similar distopian sci-fi, is fucking awesome. If Equilibrium had been filmed for $12 it would look like this.
Also, The Most Extraordinary Space Investigations is really good. Sarah Silverman always amuses me. Jack Black plays the villian in Laser Fart #2 so that's worth a look too i spose, but watch Utopia first.

Monday, October 24, 2005

The President's pimp hand is strong.

Daily News Exclusive: Bushies feeling the boss' wrath
"'This is not some manager at McDonald's chewing out the help,' said a source with close ties to the White House when told about these outbursts. 'This is the President of the United States, and it's not a pleasant sight.'"
Yeah, I'd probobly be a bit testy too . It can't be easy to have people calling you "The Most Powerfull Man in the World!" Especialy when you know in your heart you couldn't competently manage a Pep Boys station.

I wonder if he's off the wagon yet.

The most intresting thing about this article is it's the first time I've read a report that cast's Bush as a "top". With bear's like Cheney and Rove up in there I always figured he'd play catcher.

First they divide, then they conquer, and later we all get to eat cake.

Saturday night race riot in Birmingham, England. So unbelivably stupid. A man had to die over this foolishness? Let me get this straight, black immigants and asian immigrants in pasty-white England (a country that still celebrates monarchy) are fighting each other?!!! Jesusfuckingchrist.

BBC NEWS - Man killed in Birmingham clashes

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Images from 'Fucku Fucku Jar Mayokun' episode 1


Saturday, October 22, 2005

A Fucking Jar of Mayonaise needs friends.

"He said he wanted to be a sound engineer."

Revolutionary Mathmatics

As the natural ideas of equality developed it was possible to conceive the sublime hope of establishing among us a free government exempt from kings and priests, and to free from this double yoke the long-usurped soil of Europe. I readily became enamoured of this cause, in my opinion the greatest and most beautiful which any nation has ever undertaken.

- Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Nieuwe Turbojugend vidie eet poopendoopen.

Turbonegro - City of Satan

Yup, It's dumb. Real dumb. Looks like something White Zombie might have made 15 years ago, and they sound like a Judas Priest tribute band. No deathpunk™ here.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Oh (big) brother, not again.

Yes, your printer is spying on you.

Via Engadget with link to EFF.

Monday, October 10, 2005

You are in breach of international copyright law!

Especialy if your number is 867-5309. Link

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Unauthorized Reproduction bill has been drafted

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Broadcast Flaggots

This Cracker's Salute to Hollywood

For anyone with an IQ greater than their shoe size, it is completely obvious that 99.1% of Hollywood product is pure lama vomit. At least half of it borders on outright propaganda intended to pacify the will of the slave class. Is it any surprise that the subjects of race portrayed in American (and Americanized) film, television, and CD-ROM might not be reflected in a realistic manner? Huh, well is it?

Here some realities of race in Hollywood as seen through the eyes of one lame Midwestern white guy:

•Most small town / suburban whites never come in contact with minorities outside of work or Wal-Mart. Their ideas on different racial segments of our population are almost entirely based on media portrayals.

•Hollywood has invented a fictional “grey race” to portray minority characters in able to fit them comfortably within the entertainment universe. Network sitcoms are are especially guilty of this. The Cosby kids might as well have been able to fly and shoot lasers from there eyes.

• “Realistic” minority characters are usually broad characterizations that place zero emphasis on individuality. Of course everyone knows that.

•Everything on UPN is idiotic as fuck. Most TV and movies marketed to black or minority audiences are apparently written by the KKK.

Do these things even need to be said? Whites seeking more information on this subject are encouraged to visit the Steven Urkel Museum of Media History located in South Chicago.

Do I even have the balls to watch this?

American Eunuchs. I've been keeping an eye out for a torrent of this documentary for a while now. So far no sources have surfaced. Maybe that's for the best. Here's the trailer. Beware, not safe for work or anywhere else.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

When the UPC Symbol Takes Over Completely.

Cover of the April, 1978 issue of MAD Magazine from Doug Gilford's Mad Cover Site. I thought it was pretty intresting, and not just because that was the month I was born.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Obama on John Roberts

Friday, September 23, 2005

Wonder Bread

I have to give a personal narrative in my speech class today. I'm supposed tell some tale significance to my family or culture. I struggled for a while with the idea, because as a white male athiest raised in the bible-belt, my cultural history doesn't extend much further back than Thriller.
Here's what I threw together. I think it's just obsessive enough to be a componant. Peas.


I thought hard about what to speak on and only drew blanks.

I thought about embellishing some scrap of family history or making something up completely.

I'm sure there are many wonderful tales of family tradition and the hardships of immigration hanging on the branches of my family tree. But neither myself, my parents, or my grandparents have heard or choose to remember anything notable.

I doubt that my situation is uncommon.

Unlike the close knit immigrant neighborhoods of Chicago or New York that have celebrated their old world heritage with pride. I was born and grew up in the cultural vacuum of Middle-America that consumes the other 98% of the nation.

Some people have taken to calling it the Heartland, but any heart is purely artificial.

The view of American heritage presented to me was one of fast food chains, strip malls, and pre-fab trailer homes.

Every construct in my environment was designed to be cheap to build, quick to throw up and quicker to tear down.

I saw my small town's quaint downtown area turn into a ghost-town within a year of the Mall opening.

While our downtown wasn't Budapest, it was made up of locally owned businesses housed in well constructed buildings

Some still in the late displayed yellow and black metal signs showing that it would be used as a fallout shelter if the commies nuked us carrying out their insidious plans of world domination.

In the years before I left, that Mall became unpopular and the corporate chain stores fled back to wherever they came from. Most malls built in the 70's and 80's are empty. Consumer tastes changed again apparently.

Super Wall-Mart, Borders, The Gap built Lots on the other side of the freeway and put up tacky grey concrete and painted aluminum stores waiting to be torn down within 10 or 15 years.

my point is that it's no surprise that with the temporary nature of my community's surroundings and the near-sighted dedication to "progress" that any "antiquated" notions of heritage would be forgotten just as quickly.

Within less than 200 years, the "culture" of small towns like mine has become homogenized into a tangable sense of pride in the collective ignorance and xenophobia of the citizens.

Any cultural family ritual that doesn't begin in an automobile and end at Denny's is considered suspect.

Jews, Hindus, Catholics, Islamists, and atheists are well advised to begin worshiping our federally approved deity at the new high-tech mega-church conveniently located just off I-40.

This way the other citizens won’t worry about you holding any funny allegiances to some backward foreign land that would rather not be modernized by America’s gracious corporate representatives.

I never felt happy with this arrangement. So I have left the bland wonder bread safety of middle-America and moved into a large culturally diverse metropolitan city. I feel more at home here than I ever did in the town that I was born.

A steadily growing number young people who grew up in my situation are doing the same and many smaller cities are driving away the young talent they will need to grow economically.

The importance of cultural heritage, art, music and ceremony respected and practiced by generations for hundreds maybe thousands of years is huge and should not be lost to ideas of nationalism or progress.

I may never know where my great-great-great-grandparents were born or of the rigors of the frontier that they helped build, but the lessons I’ve learned about the fragile nature of society could be just as important.


Hi Mom!

I read that Hemingway said that it's always a mistake for a man to write about one's father. I can't recall reading if he thought it was a good idea to write about your mom, but Hemmingway was a total fucking asshole so who cares?

This week my mother is visiting me for the first time since I have lived in Chicago.

I think it's best I keep that statement concise, because I've been sitting here for twenty minutes trying to write a sixty word opening statement. Mom comes to us live via frequent-flier-miles from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (the city so nice they named it one and a half times) near where she has lived since my birth. She is, like most all mothers, the sweetest, most beautiful, absolutely perfect product of genetic coupling in natural history. Mom is extremely bright, free-thinking, culturally aware, and socially conscious. These are all qualities I hope to have myself someday. She is also, I must add, great fun to spend time with, a wonderful conversationalist, and possibly the least obtrusive houseguest to have ever guested a house. I love her unendingly and am forever indebted to her, not only for her deciding to allow me physical existence, but for allowing me to develop with her guidance the thought-tunnels that I can now perceive my universe through.

Hmm, that last sentence really just makes her (or maybe me) sound like some mud encrusted hippy with no aspirations beyond bong ownership. That is defiantly not the case, as hippies are not allowed to own property or to show themselves outdoors after mid-day without the escort of an elder Christian male captain in all of Oklahoma and most of Kansas. So forget that bit about the tunnels and shit.

Not my mom.


Friday, September 16, 2005

Ephemera

Robocop stickers: $1.00 - Bought at Quake Collectables. I waste too much time browsing in Quake and always feel like I need to prove that I haven't been shoplifting by spending a buck or two before I leave.


Ministry "Twitch" LP: $2.99 - I walked over to Lorie's Planet of Sound with this album in mind. It holds a lot of high-school nostalgia for me. I sort of re-discovered it a couple weeks ago through Soulseek and haven't listened to much else since. I was happy to find this unplayed copy of Al's 1986 pre-heroin masterpiece priced just shy of $3.


Infra-Man VHS: $5.99 - Also from Lorie's. The Shaw Bro's hallucinogenic Hong Kong take on Japanese masked-rider superhero flicks. I have always wanted a copy of this. A shop in OKC wanted 80 bucks for the same damned thing. Awesome.

Conspiracy Journal: $3.00 - Apparently, "they" are all out to get me. I had no idea.


Friday, September 09, 2005

Brand New for 2005: Our full line of components redesigned to be 73% more obsessive!

Damn, it seems the last time I updated this thing was over a year and a half ago. I am completely amazed I remembered the login. Yes, the ancient god of the internets is surely watching over me tonight. And thus, it which must be done shall be done. Until ye golden trumpets toot from on yonder holy golden arches above ye promised kingdom of Jerusalem 2.0.

They ask, “But why?” Why resurrect this half-assed stab at a blog after letting it spin around Sol de la Tierra nearly 1.5 times untouched and unloved? Well friends, this week I started attending class full-time at Columbia College Chicago. You know, it’s that other art school downtown on Michigan Ave. The one where you can get work after graduation. My major area of study is audio production; however I still need to get some of my general education classes knocked out. Apparently our education in American high schools is a bit too general, and we must pay a college great sums of cash if we want to learn to write and comprehend a single language or perform long division. Anyway, my first intended GE KO at Columbia is English Comp II, which requires all students keep a journal. This caused me some anxiety at first. Must I suffer the disgrace of scribbling my secret crushes in a pink Hello Kitty diary adorned with a shiny gold lock? Thankfully, our most gracious instructor will allow the journal to be kept online. I assume that she knows someone who owns a computer with a dial-up modem or perhaps uses a public web access terminal at the airport or something. Well friends, no better excuse need I to don my bathrobe, sandals and crown of thorns and play amateur Jesus to this digital Lazarus.

Unfortunately, The whole point of keeping the journal is to practice writing, so ObCom can no longer just be my HTML driven letter to Santa (It seems Santa hasn't updated his site in quite some time either). So apologies in advance if either of the two people known to have visited stumble back to this site expecting more links to the greatest Korean vaporware of spring 2004. As for now, http://obsessive-component.blogspot.com will mostly be me attempting to coherently string together three-hundred words per week to fulfill my journal requirement. Count on learning the tedious minutia of my day to day existence, brilliant ideas for recording and electronic media projects that will never exist save as electro-chemical impulses waiting out their time on the death row that is my cereberal cortex, and witnessing how what used to be a cute "Gen-X disillusionment" has mutated over the last 10+ years into paranoid delusions of global Illuminati conspiracies and federal mind control devices. Damn that was a long sentence. I bet my instructor puts a big red circle around that one. Oh well, it will have to do. The backspace key on this computer has stopped functioning and I can’t afford to have it replaced until the college cuts me a check for the remainder of my student loans (8.3 million USD). God speed SFS, god speed.



Sunday, May 02, 2004

GBAx.com - GP32 review

holy crap I want one of these.

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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Friday, April 30, 2004

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Tokyoflash : Unique futuristic Japanese Watches

Glad I didn't buy one of these yet, because Wal-Mart (no shit) has the same damn watch for $9.95. differnt logo on top, but same fukkin' watch.

BIOS : First for IT Product News

Why are all the best tech sites in the UK?

Worth1000.com | Photoshop Contests | Are you Worthy� | contest: "Vintage Products 4 Photoshop contest at Worth 1000"

Sunday, April 18, 2004

dude... saw kill bill v2 today... maybe the single most entertaining movie theater experience of my life. thanks mr. tarentino.

(yup, it's a lazy lowercase kind of day)

Saturday, April 17, 2004

I was fashionably late to ZOMBIE-Q 2 tonight, so I missed out on the promised edibles from Bob's BBQ, but had a splendid time on an empty stomach anyway. Thanks Scott and Melissa! I think you guys are onto something with the whole cannibalism thing, could be 'the next big thing'...

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Damn, this blogspot stuff is way easy. Hell, I bet that even a Cox Communications broadband customer could set up one of these pages! Thankyouthankyou, what a great audience. But seriously folks...

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