Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Taco-Flavored Kisses

My psychic link with the South Parketeers is two weeks in a row now, since I've always been personally offended by that "Jenny from the Block" song. There's no excuse for making that song. She deserves a lot worse than they gave her on the show.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

Rusty the Psychic / Rusty Just Agrees with Jason Again

Ding dong, the witch is dead anyone?

I noted the South Park thing. The best song, of course, from that episode was Cartmans "Cause I hate Stan and Kyle... I really hate those guys..."

I also noted the Daily Show thing. I meant to write his quote here (since I'd taped it--it saves me having to sit through ten minutes of commercials to just watch it after it's over... which is what I'm doing for most of my shows--I'm my own Tivo). I felt psychic again when he said that after I'd commented, since it was the perfect representation of that balance that I love.

I suppose this isn't an entirely new thing to hate, but I really do hate when people can easily just pick their "sides" because they already know which side they're on and what the rules for that side are: this goes beyond politics, of course, and extends to clothes to wear, wallpaper to hang, books to read, music to listen to, cars to buy, etc. etc. etc. Just kind of a dull way to live, believing there are things to do and not do based on some little group you want to be in.

Back in the days of manual windows, I was a lot faster at rolling them down than the electric kinds are. I kind of like the one-time push-to-slide-down feature, but when I have to actually hold the button and wait for it to slide up, it's an impatient agony. "Jeez, take one and one half seconds, why don't you?"

Saturday, April 12, 2003

War. Hunh. Good god, y'all. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing... except maybe for stopping evil genocidal dictators who torture and murder lots and lots of innocent people.

(Disclaimer: Yes, I do realize that the current situation and the real reasons and events leading up to it are far more complicated and morally, politically, and legally controversial than that. I just couldn't resist the joke, given the topic of the discussion and my cynical nature.)

That "Have You Forgotten" song made me genuinely confused. I was like, "What the hell kind of anti-war protestors has this guy been listening to? He's responding to nonsensical arguments that people aren't even making..."

Rusty, you must be psychic or something, seeing as how the whole lame-pro-war-country-songs vs. lame-anti-war-rock-songs thing got brought up on South Park the next day.

Agreed on your point about The Daily Show. I liked that bit Jon Stewart said the other night: something along the lines of how if you can't feel the least bit happy that the Iraqi regime is no longer opressing the people, you're hopelessly lost to the extreme left, and if you can't understand that it's bad that it had to come about through war, you're hopelessly lost to the extreme right.

And on a more non-serious note...

You know what I wish someone would invent? I wish there were some kind of method for manually raising and lowering the windows in a car. For all those inevitable times when the electric motors or wiring or window switches stop working, which almost always seems to happen on the front driver's side door. If only they could start putting devices like that in new cars, that'd be great. Someone should try to figure out how to make that work. Maybe that guy who created the Segway scooter is smart enough to think of a way.

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

I'm All War Out

Rusty had a good time too. It's fun to lose at Acquire, too, though I usually don't learn that, since I rock the Aquire boat.

What, our government has done something? Really, though, the main thing to talk about in a time of war is... war songs:

I've heard a handful of these, both pro and anti war. For the most part, I think they all suck and that both sides are incredibly naive. All of the pro war songs I've heard are country songs. Garth Brooks has one called "Iraq and Roll." The best (worst?) one is the "Have You Forgotten?" song where he says "I haven't forgot Bin Laden," as if he has anything to do with this at all. But then you get crap like Lenny Kravitz for the anti side (something to the effect of "I want peace" said twenty times in a row), and that's possibly even more horrible.

The thing is this: Most war songs favor the message over what should be a key ingredient, that these are still songs and should be good. Anyone who says "You have to listen to the words to like the song" is missing the point of a song. If someone writing a war song isn't concerned with the goodness of their song, then they should write a poem--or better, an essay. If the argument is that people will hear the radio and that's how their anti/pro war message gets across to the masses, then it's even more important that the song be good.

I heard the new R.E.M. protest song (called "The Final Straw," which is available on their website) and they seem to be a nice exception here. The song isn't the greatest R.E.M. song ever, but it's not a bad song. In fact, it's even better than a war song because it doesn't make any specific references. In fact, if you didn't know any better, you might not know it's a war song at all--which is a plus... certainly in terms of lastability. R.E.M.'s always been pretty good about this, about making good political songs, songs which surpass the time/event they are singing about and go on to be classic in their own rights. Bob Dylan did a few of these (but he had some duds too).

(R.E.M., by the way, is coming to Austin in September. Also to New Orleans on their tour. And some other places that people reading this might be near.)

Celebrities and war is kind of annoying to me anyway. They have as much right as any other US citizen to say what they want, but the fact that they already have a pre-created stage for speaking their mind is kind of unfair to less famous people who probably have smarter things to say, either for or against... or--shudder to think--somewhere in the middle (since really what I'm annoyed by is people jumping quickly to their pre-prescribed "right" sides depending on what is the always-already popular/acceptable thing to say). I haven't heard too many smart, balanced celebrities. Jon Stewart, perhaps? The Daily Show in general seems to be the smartest thing on television right now concerning the war, certainly more than the 24 hour news networks (and I'm not just talking about Geraldo).

Hey look, an actual rant. Possibly I shall transform this into a We Like Media essay.

Woodie Guthrie.

Sunday, April 06, 2003

Practically Impenetrable

Eric and I had a kewl time with Rusty and Liza this weekend. Remember, Rusty, next time dinner's on you. Really.

Some things I learned over the weekend:
It is possible to care too much about speakers.
It is fun to win at Acquire.
It is important to pay attention to what your government is/is not doing.

Sleepwalkers are people too.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

The Only Carnation I Know About Is My Instant Breakfast

I agree with ya, Jason. I more or less believe in the collective unconscious in all of its forms, and that various "spirits" (however you want to define that) go from thing to thing. Which maybe sounds just as far-fetched as reincarnation, but yeah I see what you mean about people automatically jumping to reincarnation.

I really don't drink those instant breakfasts anymore, though. I lied about that. In high school, I was convinced that I was William Blake in a past life, even though I've never believed in reincarnation.

Ghost Dog.

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

What's the deal with leaping to conclusions about reincarnation?

Because I'm sure it's still fresh on everyone's minds, back on the subject of the possible afterlife fates of Nell Carter, her vacuum cleaner, and the goldfish, what's the deal with all the assumptions people make about reincarnation? People point to all these past-life-regressions in hypnotherapy as evidence of reincarnation, but how do they know it's that and not something else? Even the term "past life regression" is a major assumption in itself. How do they know that it isn't some bit of genetic memory passed down from one of their ancestors that's being accessed? How do they know they're not tapping into some collective human subconscious, and stumbled across the preserved thoughts of some random person who lived a long time ago? How do they know they're not simply psychically peering into the memories of a ghost? So many possibilities, and yet everyone seems to automatically assume that they're that person's soul reborn into a new body. I don't get it.

And I remember one time reading an article or seeing a report on tv about some small village somewhere where a woman's son died, and the day after the funeral, a giant lizard (like a gila monster or a big iguana or something) crawled into the house and started living there. Everyone claimed it was the reincarnation of the woman's son, since it came to that house and it ate all of his favorite meals and stuff. Didn't anyone bother to ask how the lizard could possibly be his reincarnation, when the lizard was obviously born long before the guy had died? Any rational person would have realized that it was obviously either a normal lizard that had been possessed by the disembodied spirit of the dead son, or a freeloading lizard scam artist who was tired of living in the wild and wanted to live the good life we humans have. Or maybe that her son's mind was transferred into the body of the lizard by a mad scientist before the human body died. Geez! It's so obvious!