Sun, Nov. 16th, 2014, 09:04 pm
I am back. A friend, rabidglow
, told me that LJ is a thing again. I already knew that. Believe it or not, I do read my friends list pretty regularly. I do not comment regularly. Maybe once a year. But I still love you all.
I miss the old days of livejournal. Using semagic to write a post, endlessly checking to see if I had new friends, tweaking my profile so that none of my interests was shared with another person, and so on.
Here's some things that I can think to say right now.
1. I am reading T.E.D. Klein's The Ceremonies
. I've been meaning to read this since I bought it over three years ago. It's supposed to be a classic, and the shorter story it elaborates pops up in a lot of anthologies. Since it's set on a farm, I had it in my head that I would have to read it at harvest time. Alaska has a very brief fall. Each year I have had a very short window to read it. Turns out the book is set in the summer. And it's not very good. (Or, rather, it's very slow and not very spooky.) Fuck.
2. I somehow discovered soulseek recently. If you're not familiar with it, it's a p2p network -- sort of like kazaa or limewire, but with a focus on music. soulseek has been a godsend. Working all day and not walking at night have cut down on the time I have to listen to jamz. The disappearence of piracy blogs hasn't helped. Soulseek, though, has a lot of jamz. It's neat. The people on there seem to have similar musical tastes as I do, too. When I find somebody with a fast connection, I look to see what jamz they've got. Strangely often, the person I'm downloading a folk or progressive rock album from will also have tons of black metal. Neat!
3. The period from election day to veteran's day has been the most naseuating week of the year. It's a week bookended by two of the worst things in the universe, the charade of capitalist democracy and a sycophantic celebration of America's willing imperialist blackguards. As always, it is well to remember what was said early on by the Third International: "National defense and democracy -- here are the solemn formulas of the capitulation of the proletariat to the will of the bourgeoisie!"
4. Finally, a picture of a truck pulling a trailer carrying a truck carrying an ATV. Only in Alaska. I hope.
I found a very good album. It's called Morbid Fascination and it's by a band called Chained Lace. Being from the mid-80s, they play mid-80s doom metal (so it's still pretty fast, real catchy, almost punky) and have a female lead vocalist who kind of sucks, but really grows on you. She has feisty lyrics! She's always calling men pricks and stuff when she's not on the usual doom metal stuff like mires and ignorance. It's pretty fun. One track even seems to have something resembling a rap.http://metal2thebone.blogspot.com/2012/02/chained-lace-morbid-fascination-1985.html
the music is pretty nice too. big hefty riffs that'd make tony iommi jealous.
I normally don't link music on the ol' blog but this one seems like maybe somebody would like it. Also, I'm just really into it at the moment (emphasis on moment). I'm ready to call it a classic doom metal debut, right up there with pentagram's first jamz-platter (which happened to drop in the same year).
Sat, Sep. 3rd, 2011, 12:26 am
I really like radio dramas. Living in Wisconsin, one the first thing I fell in love with was how Wisconsin Public Radio played these old radio dramas from the 1950s at night (or maybe just on weekend nights). Some of these were junk -- stupid westerns and detective stories -- but they had some neat sci-fi stories from the 'golden age' that were recorded as radio dramas.
Now, last week I was fiddling with my radio here and I found some absolutely pathetic Christian radio station that played, like, a 10 minute song about the glory of persistent vegetative states and shit. I turned that off quickly enough, but the next day I turned the radio on again and found that it was playing the most hilarious radio drama I've ever heard. It involved a kid running away from home to go to Chicago, whereupon his incensed father apparently had the police frame the kid for murder and imprison him for several nights to teach him a lesson. Once the kid's father let his son in on the secret, everyone had a good laugh. Cops suck, sure, and frequently rape and murder people, but I have trouble believing that this kind of scenario could happen.
Then more stuff happens, with the story glorifying, as it does every night, being a capitalist and getting rich by ripping people off. The episodes I'm listening to now is the usual. It warns being an atheist means you're a drunk with a mean streak. It also might mean that you'll always be on the verge committing suicide, and you'll be carrying around a will inside your wallet. Also, if you don't live a Christian life, you'll marry a pot-smoker who abuses you so bad your eyebrows fall out from malnutrition, and that you have to lick cookbooks to imagine the taste of food, but then your kindly Christian father will "bring home a box of parts and you can trim the flesh [?] -- it doesn't pay much, but maybe you can buy baby clothes." But then you'll spend all your money on buying marijuana as a gift for your abusive husband. Wowee! But then he'll have a road rage incident and come home to call upon Satan to avenge himself. Gee golly! But it's okay, because she hires her "doper" neighbor to kill him. Then things turn around, she's saved, and then she puts her kids in a Christian school. Then she can't afford the school, but then she's called in by the headmaster. The headmaster tells her that the tuition has been reduced ... and asks if she'd go out with him (suspicious!).
After listening for a few nights, on my way home from work, I went online and discovered it's something called "Unshackled!
The voice acting and dialog aren't as bad as, say, Resident Evil's
("It's a weapon. It's really
powerful, especially against living things!") but it's pretty still bad enough to be amusing. And look at the subject terms assigned to the episodes! "Pornography, Adultery, Scandinavia," "Anger, Cursing, Adoption," "Marimba Players, Itinerant Evangelists."
A fun comment from CNN.com:
LET US WIPE OUT DANGEROUS ANIMALS!
I am actually on a mission to save the human kind and the world at large by advocating for the elimination of dangerous animals from the map of the world. I know some of you especially so called animal lovers may say "how cruel u are, bla, bla,",. But please take my point
seriously before jumping into that abuse. I am an older man from farming background. I watched time after time animals such as elephants, giraffes, lions, Renos, Hippos, crocodiles, snakes, sharks, hyenas, leopards, etc. eating/destroying large areas of forestlands/farmlands, foods at home, and in the process contributing
to land erosion and shortage of food for mankind and savagely attacking and eating other animals and humans as well. How many more vegetarian animals and people should die before we say "enough is enough". Remember these so called animal protection organizations are making billions of dollars in the name of saving these animals.
Pls understand me. I am not suggesting we kill all animals. I am actually saying let us keep and protect those that are in danger and important for the forests and humans which we can use them one day as food source such as gizzele. I know some of u may say without such animals such as for example hyenas the planet will be a stinking place ... Dont worry! We have have many in the sky ready to replace them and are generally harmless. Remember what Darwin says! Nature will take of itself! Pls do not fight countries just because they kill and/or eat these type animals. Take Japan for instance. Pls let us not fight them just because they hunt one of the dangerous animals - the shark. They are actually indirectly making safer the oceans for us to swim, boat, etc. Especially at this critical time, I hate to see those called Green Peace Movements encroaching on Japanese waters and harassing their fisher men. Let us give them a break! They have already suffered from multiple natural disasters. By the way I am not a Japanese.
I just want to conclude by saying if u think my mission is cruel, why u love to watch when these monsters cruelly attack and eat vegetarian ones as presented by Net Geo, etc. I actually feel so bad! The world will be much much safer and better without these monsters! Let farmers all over dance forever! Pls join me on a campaign of wiping out of these animals from the map of the world!
? Why not if it applies to these type animals. At least stop protecting these cruel animals. If we can't, let nature take care of them!
Mon, Apr. 25th, 2011, 01:08 am
[01:04:33] [otis] We're watching GOT
[01:04:36] [otis] and talking about TNG
[01:04:40] [otis] we're the nerdiest people on earth
[01:04:42] [me] Yeah :(
[01:04:50] [me] on IRC :-x
Having picked up a part-time job to tide me over till I find something more substantial, I've been dreaming of getting a new eReader (prolly a Sony PRS-350). To justify this to myself I'll use this space to reminisce about the books I've read on my current eReader since my last bunch of reviews (which were on the old blog that's deleted).Song of Kali by Dan Simmons
and the sequel Fall of Hyperion
are two of the best sci-fi novels I've ever read (Hyperion
might be one of the best things I've ever
read). Song of Kali is a bit of a change of pace from what I knew Simmons for. Set mostly in Calcutta, India, song of Kali is a "horror" novel in which probably the most terrifying thing is meant to be the city itself. Unless you're really
racist -- and many have accused Simmons of this -- it's hard to see anything really scary about Simmons's Calcutta. It's a pretty good book, really, but I'd rather call it a mystery than a horror novel. Even though it was disappointing, I read within a day. 4/5.The Cyborg and the Sorcerers
Yes, The Cyborg and the Sorcerers
. I discovered this one accidentally while looking for other books. It's irresistibly titled, you have to give it that. After looking for a bit of info on it -- just to make it sure it wasn't some weird porno novel or something -- I found out that it's also got an irresistible cover:
How could I pass it up! And really, I'm glad I didn't. It's a pretty good 'un. It's fairly short and simple, but Watt-Evans has a sort of wry, subtle sense of humor. It's also nice that the characters are all very friendly.Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks
The first novel in Banks's popular Culture series. I really liked this one, but I don't have much to say about it. It's a fairly standard sci-fi thriller.As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
Might this be one of the first self-improvement novels. I can't remember how old it is, but it's definitely in the public domain. Allen takes about forty pages not to demonstrate, but to insist, that positive thinking is the key to success. This means negative thinking leads to failure, and he comes close to suggesting that working people just need to think more positively. There's not much reason to read this -- it's too ponderous. Just know that somebody really
believed in the power of positive thought. Maybe you should too.Use of Weapons by Iain Banks
This is either the second or third novel in Banks's Culture series. It's a really fine one. The structure of the novel is a bit confusing at first, but works brilliantly by the end. Imaginative and always intriguing, it's also a much better introduction to the society of the Culture (which is communist in the true sense). Indeed, Banks even tends to use the Culture to propagandize his politics a bit, which is frankly welcome. With the as of yet unread Player of Games
, the two Banks novels reviewed here seem to be mentioned quite positively in a lot of places.Widdershins by Oliver Onions
Yeah, it's a real name, and a relatively respected author. I only read the first story, "The Fair Beckoning One," but it was good and spooky enough. The rest seemed like shit (and a lot seemed like they were about sailors).The Wise Man's Fear Patrick Rothfuss
A real Phantom Menace moment here, folks. Only it's mostly good and fun and entertaining, unlike TPM, but it's just as much of a waste of precious narrative space or whatever. This series has gone from a trilogy to being, or at least needing to be, something rather longer, whether Rothfuss knows it or not. Pretty disappointing compared to the nicely paced first novel.Hunger by Knut Hamsun
What a good one! I'm not sure that it's meant to be comedic, but I've laughed heartily at it. It's cliched to say, but Hamsun seemed to have a window on the human psyche. The protagonist here reminds me of myself, always inflating his own sense of honor, often just as a means of explaining his difficulty interacting with others.
Fri, Mar. 18th, 2011, 11:22 pm
Which one should I get?