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Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

To all my readers, my fans, my family, my friends, and even my haters (well, some of my haters), I wish ya'll a heppi nu yar!

I mean, Happy New Year!



Cheers

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Anna Ardin & Sofia Wilén


For those of you who haven't been following the news lately, [the two ladies named above] are the accusers of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, who allege that he raped them.

Simply by revealing to you the names and pictures of these women does something that no major media outlet in the entire world has done, and what no group or organization or influential person outside of scattered special-interests in the blogosphere have attempted.

It removes the double-standard surrounding the reporting of this case.

It removes the layer of inherent guilt on Julian Assange while simultaneously removing the layer of inherent victimization on Ms. Ardin and Ms. Wilén.

Because no matter what happened or happens, it is time we treat all parties involved in cases of rape the same! Full anonymity, or full disclosure -- but no more double-standards!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sad Bastard Poetry: Sneak Peek


So, the book is coming along nicely! Haven't found a publisher, or graffiti-artists to contribute, or any funding, but the writing is coming along... nicely.

It ain't easy being an author. I have to juggle multiple roles that they never really prepare you for in Creative Writing programs; constantly changing from artist to promoter to financier to agent to... bleh. It's like starring in a one-man one-act play that I wrote, directed, and produced.

That said, I'd rather be doing this than doing anything else.

Publication is still set for May 2011, however that date could change depending on how financial circumstances occur. In the meantime, enjoy this short story from the collection, entitled...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Socio-Political Industry


In these modern days there are so many new commercialized forms of hypocrisy and oppression that I can barely keep track. However, here are my top six favorites to bash, criticize, and otherwise put on blast whenever I can, because they are just that damn shitty:

Friday, December 17, 2010

Definitely Not Christian


Behind the Orange Curtain where I grew up, people were of a religious sort. They went to fancy churches and praised Jesus and donated money to charities for the pastor's new Ferrari. They attempted to convert every non-JC fanatic like it was the Battle of Bulge: Eternal Damnation edition. The Christians I knew were the sort to make one suspicious of all Christ-worshipers.

Here's my single greatest complaint with Christianity (and religion in general):

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Seven Near-Death Experiences of Zek J Evets: Pt. 3


After my early years, the possibilities of impending death were rather quiet for a while.

Sure, shit happened, but it didn't go down like Niagara Falls. Mostly life was just a series of accidents and school years. Until my mother got it into her head that I needed to make more friends -- as opposed to having no friends, which was working out okay so far -- and so she enrolled me in Boy Scouts.

This was to be a monumentally Bad Idea.

Monday, December 13, 2010

About Kissing


Something Heinrich Karl Bukowski and I have in common is our view on kissing.

Kissing is the single most intimate thing a person can do with another person. More than sex, more than fucking, maybe even more than making love.

Something about being face to face, breath to breath. The ability to look into each others' eyes, which are called the windows to the soul, and then pressing close together interlocking lips.

It's a deeply personal thing to me, and most people would probably disagree, but it's something I believe.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Male Babysitters Still Facing Misandry


Courtesy of [The False Rape Society] I saw [this article] where a woman from the NY Times wrote about how she did not hire a well-qualified man with great manners, character references, paramedic training, and basically everything an awesome babysitter should have, and instead hired a less qualified woman because she was afraid the man would be more likely to harm her child. Her article details the experience while justifying how and why men aren't trustworthy around kids.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Is Gay The New Black?


Before ya'll bite my head off, I'm not taking a position but asking the question.

I'm neither Gay nor Black, and it has been my feeling that you cannot equate one form of discrimination or marginalization with another (especially since what if you're Gay & Black?) so my initial interest in "X is the new Y" comparisons like this were rather passingly shallow... Until I read the biography of [Bayard Rustin].

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Semi-Recent Stream of Consciousness


I had a dream I was falling through the sky. My whole life surrounded by air, and each second passed with wind whipping by me fast as you please.

The various people I met stayed for a time, and then parachuted out before passing through more clouds colored like the ground. It reminded me of that one scene from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, where Detective Valiant asks Bugs & Daffy for a parachute of his own to save himself from the fall. Like him, all I had was a useless rubber tire discarded almost immediately.

Friends, family, lovers... So many faces whooshing to the sound of my own life rushing along.

Monday, December 6, 2010

L A H


Yours truly has just had an article published for Life After Hate, an online journal of basic human goodness created by a former White skinhead, named Arno Michaels. The entire magazine is an amazing collection of personal stories and ideas surrounding the simple humanity of us all. I am deeply honored to be among the published authors of this journal.

My article is called, " Chin to the Bar". It's on the FRONT PAGE!

Here's the link: http: [Link]

Cheers ya'll!

Monday, November 29, 2010

In Defense of Short Guys Who Like French Women


I recently read [an article in the Chicago Tribune] that was lambasted by about every Feminist group I've seen on the net, but particularly by [Feministe].

To me, this is a classic example of people misunderstanding a poor guy's situation. Unfortunately, the critics are self-righteous, and so unable to see their own misandry. As for those who support the writer, Nick Pederson, they are few & far between.

However, for my part, I support him and his op-ed piece that utilizes the Very Long Sentence (VLS) along with a classic nice-guy rejection scenario that highlights a regular problem for young men in the dating scene. The impossible standards of many women make it difficult for guys like the one in the article to have a real chance at romance. But many of the critics only saw objectification followed by rejection, not realizing that the character was the one being rejected for not fulfilling the objectified standard of beauty that vertically-challenged men can't always live up to.

Below is a copy of the piece, so you can make up your own mind.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Seven Near-Death Experiences of Zek J Evets: Pt. 2

When I was a youngster, my life was rather dangerous. And this trend continued when I grew up into an oldster, but despite all my adventures the statistics in aggregate still don't compare to the amount of life-threatening situations I found myself in during those kindergarten years.


This next NDE happened when I was 4 going on 5. We were living near the beach, at a place called Canal. It was summer, so I had even more free time than usual. (Which at that age is quite a lot of free time.) Across the street lived this one guy named Donald who was a sometime friend of mine. We liked action-figures and TMNT.

One day he got this super-new G.I. Joe figurine and I had to go see it when he opened the package, so I told my Mom I'd be right back and raced over to his house.

What I didn't realize was that my Mom was taking a nap, and didn't even hear me leave.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Alpha, Beta & Omega


Recently I've been noticing a trend in some blogs to use a terminological approach to classifying men. The people tend to be your typical internet douchebags, who spend more time talking about being cool and being smarter than everyone else, and far less time actually doing... well, anything with their lives.

The three terms that crop up the most are: Alpha, Beta, & Omega.

 I shall deconstruct!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Asian Drivers

Am I a racist because I believe that Asians are terrible drivers?

Answer: yes.


But! Let me clarify this point. I don't think all, or even most Asian drivers are horrible, but I do think in my part of the country, there is a large population of shitty Asian drivers.

Okay, so I know that sounds bad. Just give me a second to explain.

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Life in Quotations


Quotes to me are among the most important pieces of wisdom mankind can utilize. Quotes contain so much in such a small space. They are perfect for the Saboteur Academic who's on the go and can't be bothered lugging large boxes of wisdom around all the time.

This is a piece I've been continuously adding to, which is a collection of quotations about my life inspired by people I've known, and here's what I've got so far...

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Seven Near-Death Experiences of Zek J Evets: Pt. 1


I was four years-old at the time, and could not swim to save my life.

Back then my family was doing pretty well. Dad had a nice law business, and Mom's cancer was in remish. My kindergarten was this nice little private institute with a pony-ranch next door for us to take riding lessons, and a huge playground to play Capture the Flag on.

But every Tuesday and Thursday were swim-lesson days.

Oh, how I dreaded them.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

David Cross Is My Homie

It was a late-night with Netflix and leftover pizza when I stumbled onto David Cross's Bigger and Blackerer stand-up special.

After witnessing this scene, I couldn't help but laugh my tuckus off. Take a look for yourself.



Now, while I don't condone being a dick just because, and I'm not saying that calling a woman that name is something hilarious, but...

C'mon, that game sounds just... awesome.

***Note: Facebook may not be able to see the video. Please visit my blog and blogspot to watch, or click [this link]***

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Seven Near-Death Experiences of Zek J Evets

I have almost died a total of seven times.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Super Nostalgia

I'm one of those nineties gamer kids who grew up around the Second Coming of the Golden Age of Video Games.


You know what my lunch money, yard sale cash, allowance, and a few dollars "borrowed" from my parents went to? It went straight into saving for my SNES.

Sure, I'd already convinced them to get me a regular ol' NES on my 6th birthday, but after seeing the epic godliness of the SUPER NES in action at a classmate's house, I had to have one. It was kismet. We were destined to be together like Romeo and Juliet, like PB&J, like peas in a pod in a bowl of edamame!

Okay, maybe that was a tad much -- but you know what I mean!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Of Compassion


The fools say I am foolish for caring like I do. But I say they are fools and keep caring because that's what I do.

When it comes to Life, people are so full of themselves, so full of their own selves to see the other snowflakes in the snowstorm. They act like islands, and forget to consider the ocean which surrounds them. It must be lonely to live so sadly.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Learning Curve


Some people just don't get it.

For them, the only truth, or fact, or even opinion that matters is their own. They live in a small world surrounded by many bigger ones, which gives them the feeling of being attacked, or of being a lone rogue, a pariah valiantly fighting a brave cause against entrenched and misguided haters.

It'd be hilarious if it weren't sad. Why? Because people like these are what [cause gay students to commit suicide]. Because people like these are the reasons other more violent crazies feel [justified in taking their frustrations out on inter-racial couples]. Because people like these are where hate comes from -- from that hurtful place where individuals try to defend their spite by abusing the human capacity for reason.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Wandering Jew

In honor of this past Halloween where I did absolutely nothing, I have decided to tell my "scary story" that my family used to tell me to scare the everlovinglasting shits-n-giggles outta me...

'Tis the story of... THE WANDERING JEW!!!

*muah ah ah ahhhhhhhh!* [Cue scary music]



Monday, November 1, 2010

Grave New Worlds

I've recently begun reading a webcomic entitled [Urf - A Grave New World].



It's awkwardly hilariously awesome. (Aha!)

The sheer creativity of the world is cute in like an Invader Zim episodes about Zombie-Ninja-Pirates fighting against Mad Scientist Robots who have created a new race of beings based off The Simpsons meets Futurama meets Family Guy meets Dark Side Cookies.

Yeah, basically it rawks my sawks off with a chainsaw the size of Texas.

Enjoy this small segment that introduces the basic plot, which I've included for your viewing pleasure. Visit the link above for more betterness at the actual site:

Friday, October 29, 2010

"Girl Talk" Versus "Guy Talk"


I experienced one of those painful newbie boyfriend moments a couple of weeks ago.

My girlfriend and I were playing Scrabble. She was winning. I was losing. Hard. At first I thought I was gonna make a comeback with this awesome double-word score + triple letter bonus. Then she laid down a word on my spot, and got all the points.

Laughing at my misfortune, her skill, the game, how much fun I was having even while being pwned, I said (something along the lines of, but more graphic), "fucker."

My girlfriend was not happy.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Oh Why Juan Williams, Why?


If you're a follower of NPR (which I am not) then you might have already heard about [what happened to Juan Williams] this past week.

The news came as a surprise to me, especially since I've always felt that the great majority of NPR is Democratic-leaning, but what came as even more of a surprise to me was where, when, and how Juan Williams' comments -- which subsequently got him fired -- came to be.

Follow [the links] in this post, to read [the whole sordid story] as well as [other reactions].

Monday, October 25, 2010

Internet Intelligence, Part Deuce: Dramatis Personae


After the [recent events] of cyberspace warfare madness, I went back through many of my old posts in a fit of nostalgia -- and paranoia over discarded words being used against me. Among the random bloggings, I found [this old gem of a jewel of a stone].

Rereading past drama is like trying to wear your baby clothes again. It just don't fit. But it did bring up a fun idea for some postable material for ya'll to peruse to your enjoyment!

I bring you.... (drumroll)

Internet Intelligence, Part Deuce: The Dramatis Personae!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Good Tunes Time

This song, in any version, is wonderful.




Cheers

P.S. Ignore the weird pictures in the video. It was the best version of the music I could find. Sorries ya'll!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Problems with Public Education at the University Level: Pt. 1


Since there's so much that bothers me about college education these days, I'm just going to start a series instead of writing a novel-length post detailing all of my various complaints.

Today's complaint: Work Study.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Strange Bedfellows


As Willy The Shake said, "Alas, the storm is come again! My best way is to creep under his gaberdine; there is no other shelter hereabout: misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows."

And like Trinculo coming upon the deformed shape of Caliban, seeing at first a fish then a man, I see first ideological comrades become then my greatest opponents in the pursuit of happyness.

Being pro-choice I get put in the same pot with late-term abortionists. Being anti-war/anti-military, Libertarians are suddenly shaking my hands while attempting to dismantle free education and healthcare. Being a supporter of Darwinian evolutionary theory, sociobiologists and HBDers make essentialist claims like I actually agree with the racist homophobic bigotry they're talking about. Being a critic of Feminism and a Male Right's Advocate, I become chained to misogynists and Christian Fundamentalists. Being convinced by the validity of quantum mechanics, I find myself surrounded by pseudo-scientists studying remote-viewing to do archaeological research and faith-healing as a cure for cancer. Being for a government with a progressive tax, less foreign intervention, more worker's rights, less corporate domination, better social services to the citizenry, a friendlier immigration policy, and environmentally sustainable energy policies puts me in the seat right next to Anarchists, Communists, and Fascists!

Maybe my ideas need to find new friends, because some days I just don't understand other people at all.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Most Popular of The Unpopular

That would be me.

You know those people who have rosy memories of high school? Who think of the football games, and pep rallies, and winter formal, spring prom; who miss drama club, student council, debate team, marching band; the kids that fondly remember certain teachers who set them in the right direction, or the coaches that pushed them harder to succeed; the teens who laugh at the stupid things they did, or reminisce over the girls/guys they hooked-up with -- in short, the happy people.

Yeah, that wasn't me.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Unpopular Opinions

I don't like the military and hold anyone who is a part of it in deep suspicion.


Maybe I should back-up and contextualize this...

This past week was Fleet Week here in SF, and my work in the Wharf is right on the edge of the action. Planes flew overhead regularly, blasting out my eardrums like a homecoming football poster. Ships were docked in the piers, filled to the brim with barnacles and seamen. Various recruiting posts lined the walkways, from Army to Air Force to Navy to Marines to Coast Guard.

That's what started this. Sorta

Monday, October 11, 2010

More Links


I seem to be in the mood for passing good stuff along more than creating it myself. Hopefully the awesomeness will leak into me!

Anyhoo, enjoy!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

X-rated Archaeological Research


So this is an attempt to live up to [my pledge] to incorporate more stories from my life into the blog to further this nebulous idea of "zeitgeist" in the world of us Saboteur Academics.

I am a student in an Anthropology program at a university in San Francisco. Some of my classes involve theoretical critique, some look at specific case-studies (ethnographies) of various peoples, and others are dedicated to practical experience working as an anthropologist.

My Fundamentals of Archaeological Theory class is just that.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Public Service Announcement


My life outside of this blog is often the inspiration of many of my posts, but after a few bad experiences has rarely been the focus of them. For fear of fetishizing my own life, and alienating many of my family, friends, etc, I began to isolate my blog from my life. It became a repository of random ramblings, and now lacks the focused passion of my earlier postings. (With exceptions, of course.)

Today, that changes. I substituted one extreme for another. Instead I should have seen moderation as the path between two obvious choices.

I will now post about my personal-life. Even my professional-life. But, they will always be confidential. Any attempts to utilize the information I put here against me will be considered a breach of contract that I am making with you, my readers, right here, right now.

This blog is about me, but it doesn't define or completely encapsulate me. Knowing me here does not mean you know me. What I say here is the truth -- as I've written and interpreted it -- but it isn't the only truth. The posts, the people, places, and stories you will read are not representative of who I am, but merely a side, a complexion of myself.

More importantly, I will always follow the strictest libel and privacy laws to protect not only myself from prosecution or social stigma, but those I write about as well. Their lives are not just what I write them as. And they're not just characters in my own blogostory. They are people, and should be treated as such with kind comments, and understanding reactions.

Hopefully this new trend I am beginning will be a good thing, but if not then I can always start over -- and over, and over -- until I get it right.


So ya'll can expect a better blogosphere here from now on.


Cheers

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Balls Deep to Epic Fail: Swirl Hate


Normally I'm a rather sunnyside-up kinda guy. I give second, third, even fourth and fifth chances regularly. Most people would describe me as "too nice" and even more would say I'm just a genuine and positive individual.

But despite this preamble intended to deflect the inevitable ad hominem, and accusations of over-compensation, I feel compelled to say something decidedly not-nice.

FUCK haters.

No, seriously, fuck 'em. Right in the ass using a large spiky steel dildo greased with Castor oil and then set on fire. I love the smell of charred ass burning when that ass makes itself into an asshole towards my girlfriend.

Over-protective boyfriend much? Of course. My mother raised me right.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Point of Order


Obviously I've been a bit lax in my bloggings. Can't be helped. I've been so busy doing so many other things that my neglect is becoming a habit. Unfortunately. However, I hope to change that at my earliest convenience with some primo blog-stuff.

For now allow me to relate a few things of interest to ya'll because they're just that blogworthy.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Life of a Gamer


You know you're a hardcore grinder when you stay up till 5 AM leveling up your avatar and farming cheap items to sell to newbies at major spawn points for radically inflated prices before going on a raid with your guild to finally finish the last dregs of your quest-log.

Meanwhile the Hot-Pockets are stale, and the Dr. Pepper is flat. Your hair is greasy from running your crumby hands through it, and your eyes are beady reflections of the computer screen because you can see the ticker better with high res in low light. Your back is cramped but you can't notice because you haven't gotten up in six hours since you last used the restroom. The mouse-pad is imprinted with your palm, and your wrist feels the beginnings of carpal-tunnel. But you don't care because you just won a roll for an epic item and upgraded your spec.

Does any of this make sense? If so, you may very well be a gamer.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Women I Used To Know: Part Deuce

[This graphic is a joke. I do not advocate actual violence. Only metaphorical.]


When one writes about the past, the most important thing is to make sure it's really still the past.

Because if you write about something still present, it'll get ya...

People are often amazed at the stories of my life. I'll admit, some of things that have happened are almost impossible, but honestly, the kicker is that so much could happen in so short a time. I feel like I've lived enough in twenty-four years to fill at least three semi-exciting lives to the ripe old age of ninety. But that isn't gonna happen. So it goes.

Today's bloggings are firmly rooted to a younger me however, and certainly will entertain the two (or three) of you who still read these ramblings. This story is actually the start of a relationship with women that came to dominate my life for the next decade, until I met the miracle that is my girlfriend.

So let's get started!

***Author's Note: certain names, dates, and details have been changed to prevent anyone charging me with libel. Thank you.***

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FRS FTW


This article is a great take on the Hofstra false-rape case, and more importantly the need to criminalize false-rape claims in this country, as well as how rape hysteria leads to gross misconduct by the media, the police, as well as the courts of law and public opinion. It's a long article, but details exactly what's wrong on multiple levels that Feminists seem hesitant to condemn as quickly as they condemned the poor men who were exonerated.

Enjoy: [Lambs to the Slaughter]

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sad Bastard Poetry


This will be the titular piece of my next book, featuring three short stories, and twelve poems -- including this one -- alongside original pieces of graffiti by local artists. Publication date: May 2011. Hopefully.

***Author's Note: work is still in progress. This is only a third draft.***

Enjoy:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Making a Masculist Funny


I just had to repost this joke from [Listverse].

Mostly because It's so true, and damn hilarious. Enjoy:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pop Culture Virgin


Today I saw a twelve year-old dressed like a slutty thirty-something, complete with belt-sized denim mini-skirt, tube-top, gratuitous amounts of make-up and... an abstinence bracelet on her wrist.

It was enough to make me triple-take so hard I tweaked my neck.

She wasn't alone either. There was her Dad, and her Mom, and her little sister, and even an older brother! Such a sweet little family -- all apparently condoning her blatant tween sexuality.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jews For Park51


I don't know if ya'll have been following the news about the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, but the debate is heating up like the wildfire in Contra Costa.

The acts of [opportunism], [ignorance], [intolerance], and outright [hatred] are stunning... and shameful. We all as Americans should be embarrassed and ashamed by what our countrymen are doing. In just the past few days I've seen and heard and read about more Islamophobia than I'd ever known existed.

Perhaps [the most depressing protests] are coming from the ADL. As a Jew, religious freedom is something important to my people, something we've sought for millenia since the time of the Romans through the Spanish Inquisition and beyond the Holocaust. And yet, to see other Jews engaging in prejudicial, discriminatory, even outrightly racist politics is frankly disgusting.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Losing My White Privilege


For the record: I'm not White. I'm Jewish.

Okay, so I know you're thinking, "same thing, right?" But it's not. I learned a long time that Jewish (even white-skinned Jews) is never white. Being Jewish is like being the least popular popular kid -- sure you belong, but only in group pictures.

However, this isn't to say that I don't have White Privilege, because I do.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Things I've Never Done

A list in brief:

1. Eaten a pear



2. Ridden in a limousine



3. Bungee-jumped



4. Played Starcraft II



5. Been to Chicago



Cheers

Monday, August 9, 2010

Women I Used To Know: part 1


This post deserves partial credit to my girlfriend, who actually requested I write it. But mostly the credit goes out to my own crazy life, for being so damn silly.

Anyways, here goes...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Frenchie No English


My job affords me a constant opportunity to peruse the myriad flavors of tourists here in San Francisco.

I've had customers from Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan, D.C., Oregon, England, Brasil, Spain, Germany, New York, Florida, Russia, Italy, and many more. They've been uber-religious Mormonites to avid football/soccer fans to families "on holiday" to tour buses full of senior citizens. They all had quirks. They all had some sort of style. Some were really nice... and some were very mean.

But perhaps the worst and most hypocritical of all my customers are those from France.