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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Music with a Message

The songs that offer the best life-lessons/reflections on life/things to think about (in no particular order):

  1. "Needs" by Collective Soul
  2. "Wheel in the Sky" by Journey
  3. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by CCR
  4. "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit T. Frog :-D
  5. "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce
  6. "Take It Easy" by The Eagles
  7. "Hands Held High" by Linkin Park
  8. "Say" by John Mayer
  9. "Firefly Theme" by Joss Whedon
  10. "I'm Movin' On" by Rascal Flatts
  11. "The Underdog" by Spoon
  12. "Imagine" by John Lennon
  13. "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  14. "Piano Man" by Billy Joel
  15. "Even Rats" by The Slip
  16. "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
  17. "Monkey Wrench" by The Foo Fighters
  18. "My Way" by Frank Sinatra
  19. "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
  20. "The Answer Lies Within" by Dream Theater
  21. "Call and Answer" by Barenaked Ladies
  22. "The Humour of the Situation" by Barenaked Ladies
  23. "Hungry Heart" by Springsteen
  24. "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley
  25. "Stand by Me" by Ben King
  26. "Where Is the Love?" by The Black Eyed Peas
  27. "This Too Shall Pass" by OK Go
  28. "What a Wonderful World" by Satchmo
  29. "Bring On the Rain" by Jo Dee Messina
  30. "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey
  31. "Gran Torino Theme" by Jamie Cullum
  32. "Toes" by Zac Brown Band
  33. "Live Like You Were Dyin'" by Tim McGraw
  34. "Firework" by Katy Perry
  35. "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles

Monday, October 17, 2011


Let it be known that the Shrek films are fantastic. Puss in Boots will be hilarious if for no other reason than this scene, and this scene alone: Puss slurping milk. It'll make your day. Or I'm just really easily amused.

You Get What You Give...

Reading a HuffPost article about Rick Santorum whining about SNL poking fun at him, I had to snicker. I mean, really? Mr. Tough Conservative is offended he's the target of satire as per, well, most political figures in American history (let alone fringe figures). Boo-hoo, go cry a river and then lose your oxen fording it. BAM! You've been Oregon Trail'd, former Senator!

Here's the best part: Santorum is himself a bully and a hypocrite. He very vociferously criticizes homosexuals for not fitting into his worldview and then plays the innocent victim card when people criticize him for not fitting into theirs? C'mon... You can't subject an entire demographic to ridicule and then be offended when it is done to you in turn. Someone stumping the values he claims to live by should know that you reap what you sow...

It all amounts to this: during the "debate" at which an American soldier was booed for being gay, Santorum did nothing. When you stand idly by and watch someone's dignity stolen away from him, you are by your inaction complicit in that bullying, that dehumanization. Mr. Santorum is perfectly happy to criticize gay Americans, even content to stand by and watch others do it. Just don't call him out on it - you'll upset him for standing up for what he believes in, and that's bullying...


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Welcome! Oh, and ZOMBIES!

Ahhhh, how good it feels to be back behind the helm of a blog! Unlike previous iterations, this blog will be kept up with. Why, you ask? Because this one is special - it starts off with a post about my favorite monster of all time: the zombie.

For those not in the know, these are zombies -------->

Note the sunken eyes, pale skin, wounds, and oh, yes, the general dead-ness of them. What makes zombies so awesome? They always win.

Sure, vampires have all sorts of crazy powers, but they can be stopped with the sun. The sun: not just a reason to build cheap, renewable solar energy plants anymore, but also a way to beat the undead.

And werewolves? I'll admit, the whole changing into a wolf thing is kind of cool. The strength, agility, and heightened senses must come in handy. The drawbacks? I'd imagine that shredding a pair of clothes each month, waking up nekkid somewhere, and introducing yourself to other dogs by smelling butts would get old real fast.

And being a monster, like the Swamp Thing or some crazy creature? That's no fun. I mean, Sasquatch probably just wants to chill and do his own thing but people keep trying to take pictures of him. That's a hassle.

No, zombies are where it's at. Here's why. First, they eat you. That's terrifying. And then, they're decomposed of regular people (Get it?! Decomposed! Oh me...) like you or me or anyone else. But most importantly, there are always a lot of them. What's worse than being alone, outnumbered, and knowing that, no matter how slowly, these things will never stop shambling after you?

What's more, one of the best games to play is "What's Your Zombie Plan?" Try it out now. I'll ask you, "QUICK! A ZOMBIE BREAKS THROUGH THE DOOR RIGHT NOW - WHAT DO YOU DO?" Now you have to quickly make up a plan, then we pick it apart and arrive at something awesome, usually involving holding up in some anti-zombie haven.

So as Halloween rolls around this year, participate in a zombie walk. They're fun. Get some makeup, gore yourself and some buds up, and shamble around. A couple of years ago, three of us made a Portillo's run (well, slow, deliberate shamble) to the applause of the people inside who really got a kick out of it.

Make sure to check out the season two premiere of The Walking Dead tonight on AMC, too. It promises to be amazing. Now, it's off to crush some zombie skulls in Dead Island. I love October!