Thursday, March 31, 2011

Movie of the Day

Title: Full Metal Jacket
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Ermey

Pic of the Day

Not many people know this, but Rihanna is actually one of my many secret girlfriends. Just kidding, but she does make some great dance music.

Song of the Day

Title: Open Your Eyes
Artist: Pusha-T
Album: Fear of God Mixtape

Friday, March 25, 2011

Album of the Day

Title: God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise
Artist: Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs

Some Thoughts on Japan

First off, may the people who fell victim to the natural disaster in Japan rest in peace. Events like this are particularly tragic because they are relatively unpredictable and certainly unstoppable. This is not the time to make bullshit, ignorant comments like Glenn Beck did, who essentially said this disaster was deserved because of the attack on Pearl Harbor. If karma had anything to do with this then the U.S. is in for quite a heap of trouble from mother nature due to our heinous track record. Let's pray that's not the case and just hope Glenn Beck has some bad luck of his own (kidding, but seriously Glenn Beck needs to stop spewing ignorant bullshit for ratings). Anyway, the issue I wanted to address that has been a popular topic of discussion is the lack of funds Japan has been receiving from the U.S. in comparison to the Haiti earthquake last year. That's not to say we haven't chipped in both monetarily and with human resources, but it seems most people think because Japan is such a wealthy nation (3rd highest GDP last I checked) they don't need the charity Haiti received. While that may be a valid point, people in need are still people in need and disasters are disasters so I'm encouraging anyone who has time and a fat wallet to contribute what they can. If you're feeling adventurous, take a vacation for humanitarian purposes and lend a helping hand. Peace.

Song of the Day

Title: Player's Ball
Artist: Outkast
Album: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Pic of the Day

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Song of the Day

Title: Masters Of Our Fate
Artist: Raekwon feat. Black Thought
Album: Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Song of the Day

Title: Man of the Hour
Artist: Pearl Jam
Album: Live at Benaroya Hall (Disc 1)

Tidal waves don't beg forgiveness
Crashed and on their way
Father he enjoyed collisions; others walked away
A snowflake falls in may.
And the doors are open now as the bells are ringing out
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
Goodbye for now.

Nature has its own religion; gospel from the land
Father ruled by long division, young men they pretend
Old men comprehend.

And the sky breaks at dawn; shedding light upon this town
They'll all come 'round
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
Goodbye for now.

And the road
The old man paved
The broken seems along the way
The rusted signs, left just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down
I feel that this is just goodbye for now.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Movie of the Day

Title: Predators
Director: Nimrod Antal
Starring: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo

I'm Being Facetious

You think I'm an idealist don't you?
Just another starving artist, another penniless poet
Lamenting about the way things should be
Instead of the way things are
Distanced from the world and its bullshit.

You think I'm self-righteous don't you?
Not because I think I know everything
But because I'm not willing to fall in line
And march to the beat of someone else's drum.

You think I'm insecure don't you?
That I hide behind a bad guy persona
And refrain from showing emotion
Exuding an air of misplaced machismo.

You think I'm all these things
An insecure, self-righteous idealist
And even if you were right
It still wouldn't matter
Because I'm bipolar and nothing I do makes sense
So fuck you and you're opinions
I'm being facetious.

Song of the Day

Title: Shallow Days
Artist: Blackalicious
Album: Nia

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Song of the Day

Title: Science is Ignorant
Artist: Jay-Z & Coldplay
Album: Viva La Hova

Thought of the Day

If the Big Bang was created by a confluence of dust and "primeval atoms," what created the confluence of dust and "primeval atoms," and what created what created the confluence of dust and "primeval atoms," and so forth??? Things don't just appear out of nowhere do they??? Almost as mind-boggling as the idea of creationism. Someone needs to come up with a new theory for the creation of the universe, these two traditional ideas do not satisfy my untraditional mind. I'll have to think of something.

Movie of the Day

Title: House of 1000 Corpses
Director: Rob Zombie
Starring: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Karen Black

Album of the Day

Artist: Blackalicious
Album: Blazing Arrow

How I Went From Being A Loner, To A Social Man, Then Back To A Loner

In the days of my youth I was what most consider a loner. I was shy and reserved and didn't have many friends. I was and still am white and my best friend was and still is black. In 7th grade he moved to a different school district so we didn't have as much time to hang out, but we still did stuff on the weekends. We learned a lot from each other about the differences between white and black America and why things are the way they are. I guess that is why we had and still have such a special relationship. Not to mention we share the same two surnames. I don't know why, but it only dawned on us recently that generations ago my family may have owned some of his. Still, there is no love lost. In retrospect, sharing my life with him (no homo) was the best and only way of me saying, "Hey, white people aren't so bad. Except for the ones who are. Which is a lot in this country. Fuck it, let's listen to 2Pac."
Anyway, I had a few other friends and we still remain good friends despite the effects of space and time. We mostly kept to ourselves and never really wanted to integrate ourselves with the "cool kids." In high school, we had little interest in going to parties or chasing girls. Instead, we made ridiculous home videos of us pulling pranks on unsuspecting victims, reenacting the show "Cops," and causing general disarray in our relatively boring suburban town. It made sense to us at the time. We were pretty much dorks. I didn't even go to my high school prom, opting instead to attend my step-sister's wedding. It was probably one of the best choices I have ever made.
After a year at a boarding school, I broke out of my shell a little and became a much more social individual in college. I became incredibly confident in myself and found it easy to make friends from all sorts of backgrounds with interests often different from my own. I rediscovered my love for art and senior year found a circle of friends interested in pretty much the same things I was into: art, music, sports, and partying. We were all decent to exceptional students and partied like champions (too much so in retrospect), especially towards graduation. But as graduation approached, I began to realize something: I was beginning to stretch myself out so much socially that it was becoming difficult to build the strong, close friendships I was used to when I was younger. I had established plenty of friendships over my four years in school, but few of them were particularly intimate. I was in unfamiliar territory and it felt suffocating to have so many social obligations. I missed the old days when friends were fewer and so were my social complications.
The point I'm trying to make is that humans are social creatures, but it comes with a consequence, especially since the inception of Facebook and Twitter. There is little face-to-face intimacy/interaction between people anymore. We "know" more than enough people and have more than enough friends, both the Facebook type and the real type. Although I am on Facebook and occasionally indulge in needlessly posting my thoughts and activities, I am beginning to see this as a caustic trend. It just reaffirms my belief that most people, especially our age, are being dumbed down by TV, excessive drinking, and working for "The Man." And that's why I have cut ties with these three things (though I still watch "60 Minutes" and sports games) and reinvented myself into a state of existential, blissful hermitage.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Forget About Her

They say 'forget about her,
She's bad news'
And every time I think about her
It just gives me the blues
When she told me she loved me
It took me by surprise
I didn't know how to respond
Couldn't even look her in the eyes
Maybe I felt the same
It was too early to tell
I know I still care about her
But she won't even pick up her cell
I've been trying to move on
Trying to stay strong
And tell myself she is forever gone
Because she told me she loved me
And I didn't know how to respond.

If I learned anything
It's that when feelings get involved
Relationships become complicated
And difficult to solve.