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I Kan't Spell

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rant: Post Morning News

As the Knowledge Era welcomes us with open arms, we can't perceive the nurturing potential. We have defined the gnome (our genetic material) which provides each of us with an owner's manual to our body. Medical miracles will follow and perhaps defeat aging. Artificial general intelligence will be interspersed with the 800 million internet users worldwide. Nano technology ( i billionth of a meter) will allow us to operate at the molecular level with untold wealth and improvements in every field in the offering.

We are failing. This administration has disgraced us all when we desperately require leadership:

Global warming makes the threat of terror and the war in Iraq look like skirmishes (see Inconvenient Truth!!!) Bush boys said it was a fluctuation.

Lies about going to war Bush being briefed on hurricane katrina. illegally spying on citizen phone calls and bank records, lying about CIA expoed agent cover-up, Bush trying to get his personal lawyer on supreme court, corruption going to the Whitehouse, Haliburton no bid contracts (Cheney), secrete oil policy and no Kyoto Signing

Where's the outrage. Everyday is red until these connivers are gone.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Coming Soon to a Corner Near You

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.
- Edward Abbey

On a lighter note. These are the shows/movies banned in China.

"Family Guy" (1999) TV Series
Brokeback Mountain (2005) 7.9/10 (50112 votes)
Da Vinci Code, The (2006) 6.5/10 (34600 votes)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) 6.9/10 (12934 votes)
Transamerica (2005) 7.7/10 (5375 votes)

Monday, June 26, 2006

Today's Color is Orange

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Just a memory from the days when they didn't have a color to explain how "safe" we should feel.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Rad Clip

If you are over 24 then you will remeber this movie. You will remember the 3 kids on your block wearing neon and having spokes on their bikes. God what a great time in history. I'm of course speaking of 1986. And I'm of course speaking of the greatest movie scene of all time - - Bike Dancing

Check out the twins in the video - I think they were based off of the famed GI Joe pair Tomax and Xamot.

For more - check out my RAD review from last year.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Hello Monday Smile - How you Doin?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Holy Lord - IT LIVES

Do you wanna funk? Won't you tell me now? If you wanna funk let me show you how. Do you wanna funk with me?

Behold the origin of "It'll put the stank on ya". The greatest 80's song ever made.

I will give you 20$ if you can tell me what movie this is from?

Hint: "Who is putting their coals out on my floor?"

Friday, June 09, 2006

I need a southwestern state
Been draggin' this mask
All over town
With my face still in it
No one saw that I did it

Things they've done to me
You would never believe
Believe me they're true
Things I've had to do

Been draggin' this past
All over town
With my life still in it
Every single minute

Things I've done to me
You would never believe
Believe me they're true
Things I've had to do

To get next to you
I need a straight-away ticket
To a southwestern state
Have I broke all the rules that I've made?

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ted Leo - Me and Mia + Little Dawn

If you haven't already started to listen to Ted Leo well then here you go - you'll love it.

Me and Mia

Litte Dawn

Never Ceases to Stop Me Dead

The more crap like this I still listen to the more I realize how much of a moron I really am.

Don't Go Away ~

A Cold and frosty morning there's not a lot to say
About the things caught in my mind
As the day was dawning my plane flew away
With all the things caught in my mind
And I wanna be there when you're...
Coming down
And I wanna be there when you hit the ground
So don't go away say what you say
But say that you'll stay
Forever and a the time of my life
Cos I need more time yes I need more time
Just to make things right
Damn my situation and the games I have to play
With all the things caught in my mind
Damn my education I can't find the words to say
About all the things caught in my mind
Me and you what's going on?
All we seem to know is how to show
The feelings that are wrong

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Empire Falls

I have to say, Empire Falls with Ed Harris and Paul Newman is one of the most enjoyable, albeit long, movies I have seen in a very long time. Paul Newman's character is a bitter yet witty old man who is Ed Harris' father. Ed Harris does what Ed Harris does best. He plays a trustworthy father with morals and intelligence. And the "Hoff" plas a Boston playboy. The plot is still unraveling as I am only a couple hours into a 4 hour saga, and don't let that scare you off.

Trust me. Watch this movie. You'll really enjoy it.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Jackson Browne's Lives in the Balance

JB wrote a song in 1986 called Lives in the Balance. It is just as good a anti-war song today as it was then and I commend them for redoing it acoustic and making a video for it (albeit a tad cheesey) but still - the lyrics are still pretty good.

My favorite line is, "They sell us the president the same way they sell us our clothes and our cars."

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Neely Furtado Sings Gnarles Barkley

She covers Crazy.

Did anyone else just refall in love with the Nefster? Man...

Click on the picture to go to the cover song.


Amerik[c]an youth is looking for a reason to die. A reason to die is a reason to live. Amerika gives us no reason to die - or live.

-Jerry Rubin

Going Back to my Roots

I was 17 or so and I was in the back of a car riding up Bel Air road. In the back, for the first time, I was with 3 girls, crowded into of a small Honda Accord. They were sipping out of 40's and drinking Wine Coolers and smelling like Liz Taylor's Sunflower perfume. It may have been the most erotic and sexually charged moment of my rather novice beginning.

I remember a kid named DJ was driving. He had side burns down his face and what we called a "chin strap" goatee coming down underneath. He bobbed his head as 2pac's "Me and MY Girlfriend" played on the speakers that rattled when the base hit too hard. I saw him sing out the line "I love finger fuckin you..." and I wanted to be him.

I looked at the girls next to me and they were all bobbing their heads and so I did too. They had big bangs with their hair peeled back against their scalp. They were wearing belly shirts and jeans tight enough that no secrets were kept between their thigs and the seat below. I was attracted to all of them not just one of them. It was more of the mystery of them being girls then anything they individually had that made me act like the young kid driving. They loved him. They wanted to fuck him. I thought if I could be him they would want to fuck me too. They didn't.

I got out of the car at the Jiffy Lube near my house. I saw some of the guys that I went to high school with already congregated there. I went to a different high school then the kids that were in the car. We didn't allow facial hair or consorting with girls during school hours. We wore ties and khakis. A few of my school friends were standing off to the side, girl less, sipping on beers. I felt hard getting out of the car with 4 girls. I knew that the girls hadn't said two words to me in the 40 minutes we had spent in the back of the car but my friends didn't know that. I walked across the parking lot with more confidence. I walked to them with my held high and shoulders back.

My friend Danny laughed at me.

"Bret, seriously dude. You won't know any of those people in 10 years. Actually you won't want to remember them in 10 years. Don't you understand that we are a better more interesting breed."

I didn't fully agree with him but I understood. I got into Danny's Mom's Talon (I can't remember what company made that brand of car). We drove home and it was 10 pm. The other kids, from the other schools, from the same lives, but with different asperations, I knew they were going to go smoke weed and drink flat warm beer in one of the parent's basement. They would never leave that basement.

"Bret, seriously dude, don't fraternize with those people. It doesn't make sense." I should have listened to that advice a long time ago. I should have tried to elevate myself instead of just trying to be like everyone else.

I was succesful once. I was promising and had what some thought was a bright future. I lost that somewhere along the way. I lost faith in me. That needs to stop immediately. And some people will read this and think it's about being a snob or it's about looking down on people. I have no right to do that. I am no better than anyone else and I know that. I know that I'm only one awful thing in my life from being destitute or in terminal pain. I understand these things. My point is that those people I used to know, and most of the people I know aren't me.

I was only good when I was alone. I was only good when I didn't anyone else to invite me to things or make plans for me. I made my own way and my own moves. I find myself now much too dependent on other people's good times.

I don't know what that means in the short or long run but I know I feel sufficated by the idea that I am not living fully. I am simply conforming. It's not necessarily the people that can change me for the better, but I know what I have now doesn't help me. It's time to evolve once again. It's time to be strong again. I've missed me.

Favorites List
Pandora Song List
Amazon Wish List
Revolutionary Wealth - Tofflers
Brian Jones

Things Making Me Smile
The City
Listening - [out of 5]
Benjy Ferree - 4.8
The Thermals 3.1
David Gray 3.8

Like the guy with the beard? YES - like the guy with the beers. What? Yep

Bands That I Check Schedules For
Badly Drawn Boy
Belle and Sebastian
Benjy Ferree
The Black Keys
Drive By Truckers
The Eels
Kimya Dawson
Mark Hopkins Band
Iron and Wine
Mates of State
Ted Leo
Two if By Sea

Places I Rock in the Flesh
9:30 Club
Black Cat
Electric Factory
The Knitting Factory
The Otto Bar
Recher Theatre

Places I Eat/Drink in the Flesh
Bishop's Collar
Cross Street Market
Hull Street
Joun Gak
Mick O'Shea's
No Way Jose
The Irish Pub
The Waterfront Hotel

My Greatest Hits (that's so lame)

The time I almost killed a child
July 4th in Korea
Excerpts from Demian
Why I screen phone calls
Bret's Death Metal Report
A conversation at a cocktail party
A conversation at breakfast
So you think you are a Baltimorian
A conversation about a girl singer
Observations from a bar
Observations of strippers
Tech Language
Why I love Oasis
I would go to war
"You Son of a Bitch" An Open Letter to Tom Friend
Dance to Your Ocean
Dream Ranch
When men become pussies
Jason Whitlock is a racist propaganda promoter
Pitchfork takes music snobbery to new level
The Cosmic Clash of the Red Sox and Cubs
The Hatred that is Runts Candy
Starting corporate line-up
Google Bio
Do you know me? List 1 / List 2 / List 3
The Night I Burned Philly Down
So You Want to be a Booze Hound
She Said it was Free
Funniest Corporate Story Ever
Striped Shirts and the Fucks that Wear Them
Death Peddle
Pieces of Morning
Oasis Album Revew
The Art of Tipping
Starting Fires With Grass Stains
Bret's Federal Hill Food Review
Sexcapades and your Picture on the Internet
Stupid Secrets
Stupid Secrets the Return

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