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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Webjunk!!!

Please, for your web-surfing pleasure, I have prepared this selection of Stuffs Frum Te InterWebs.


Clap your hands, say, "YEAH!"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tribute to the Others


So, normally I don't celebrate holidays all that much, especially random ones like: Menopause Awareness Month (September), Toilet Day (January 27th), or Nude Recreation Week (July 7th-14th). However, after random conversations with my girlfriend, I've decided that maybe I should be more proactive in healing the racial divide during this February.

Thus, in honor of Black History Month, I have compiled a list that represents my own, unique contribution to race-relations in America, and around the world.

I give you!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Another Fight On The Bus


Public transportation is a microcosm for racial tension in America. Seriously, every time I procrastinate with YouTube there's a new video with some showdown between the races.

For those of you who remember my [previous post], the picture above is taken from that incident on SFTMA involving an Asian lady. This time, it's Black vs. White.



Friday, February 19, 2010

Anecdotal Philosophy


The source of misunderstanding is ignorance. What we don't know, about ourselves, about each other, about the wider world is where good intentions meet harmful actions.

Lao Tzu says, "The highest good, like water, benefits many things, yet occupies dark places men despise." It is within these spaces that one must travel, outside of one's self, beyond preconceptions, beyond defensiveness, beyond even pity to the very depths of the water -- be it the ocean floor or trapped between the earth -- and there you will find the vent bubbling forth with boiling heat, like fear, like hatred, like rage.

OSC says, "Everyone who says they have no religious beliefs is just so certain about their belief that they accept it as truth. If you start asking probing questions, and they start getting mad, then you've found their religion." Some of us assume we are compassionate and unbiased. Some of us pretend indifference or neutrality. Some of us like to think a lot of things about ourselves, and yet, when challenged, we reveal our true selves in the reaction to that push against our own foundation of identity.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I am part of the MRM


Y'know this is going to be an unpopular post, if for no other reason than the majority of America is unprepared to admit that in addition to the historical problems of race, class, and gender, we've got a whole new slew of these issues in different variations cropping up like weeds that are all the more insidious due to the ignorance in which they breed.

To wit: men today face far more gender discrimination than ever before. Not those men who are in power, not the Forbes 500, and not the Military-Industrial-Complex, but the little guys, the small fries doing "the right thing" and getting screwed by a system that sees in hasty-generalizations, not reality.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Student Revolutionary Apatheticism


I am a writer. I really enjoy it, the whole process, the act of creation, creating, crafting, shaping, being immersed in the simple act that is to put language into form.

However, there are downsides. Being a writer means I unfortunately must needs be surrounded by other writers... And let me tell you the inside-secret that all artists refuse to acknowledge for fear of being tossed on their ass outside the academy:

Only crappy artists like being around other artists.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Start Your Own Rebellion

The internet never ceases to surprise me. Where else can you find the amalgamations of cartoons, hip-hop, and revolutionary aesthetic that exists within this alternative world:


Reminiscent of Deltron 3030, and with obvious indebtedness to virtual bands like Gorillaz, the group known as S.Y.O.R. takes a post-apocalyptic scenario of culture jamming corporate totalitarian states to a new level of inventiveness, incorporating comics, fashion, music, and even film. Through this disparate media a holistic world is discovered, with a group of characters that are as much Japanese anime as they are urban American youth.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Artistic Masturbation


Sorry if this is totally pathetic and predictable, but I've got another poem of mine I'd like to post and share with you.

It's still kind of rough, but I like that it was inspired from a text-message I wrote! (And an E.E. Cummings poem I like.) Hopefully ya'll enjoy it, but if you don't... Balls

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Silent Majority


This is directed to the cynical mess that makes up my generation. Got their stunna' shades on, and pretensions of indifference simulate a contrived persona who tries hard to seem like they don't give a shit, smoking their Parliaments and listening to the latest Grizzly Bear EP.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Names For William Shakespeare


Call me old-fashioned, but I do love me some Billy S. of Avon. Among all writers writing in English, none compares to the sheer creative ecstasy that I get when rediscovering how this one man changed forever the way we speak a language that is worth more currency around the world than any other single intellectual commodity.

He goes by many names:

Willy the Shake
Billy the Bard
Will Sonneteer
Old Bill Bardly
The Linguistically-strapped Will Bill of Stratford upon the Avon

In every instance he is the one and only William Shakespeare, The Bard, The Muse, The Poet, Playwright, and Writing God. The man of the Seven Basic Plots. Sonneteer extraordinaire. Our Dearly Beloved Sweet Swan of Stratford upon Avon.

And in recognition of this randomly-decided-upon-occasion, I have prepared a list of "cool Shakespeare stuff".

Friday, February 5, 2010

Alternative Racism


I was talking with my girlfriend about the intricacies of Race in America, and she mentioned that now she can ask me if all the stereotypes black people have about white people are true.

"What? Black people hold stereotypes about white people? Like what?"
"Well, we think white people are dirty. First they smell like baloney, and then they smell like dogs when they get wet."
"Oh, wow..."
"Y'know, I get so mad when white people always think of me like the 'exception', as if I'm just a dark-skinned white person."
"Yeah. I can feel you on that. I hate being considered the 'exception' among Jews."
"And they always try to act 'gangstah' whenever they're around black people, trying to drop names to make them look like a 'friend to black people' or something."
"Yeah, that's true. I probably do that too, sometimes."
"No, baby. You're different."

Stop. Wait, what? Weren't we talking about how offensive it is to be considered an "exception" to a "rule"? Me and my girlfriend don't really have any problems relating despite our obvious racial-differences, but I do wonder if people think that about me when I talk or write about race.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Cyberpunk Ramble



Description: After a long day of sucking on the teet of capitalism by interviewing for a job at an accounting firm, I came to the conclusion that with my white collar, my white skin, and my dangling you-know-whats... I was The Man. This lead to a ramble on the nature of "plugging in" to society, whether in an economic sense, political sense, or even a metaphysical sense. From the internet to Ghost in the Shell, blurred lines cloud the point I was trying to make, which is... I have no idea.

***Note: video not uploaded thru YouTube due to length, and my disinclination to re-record***

Monday, February 1, 2010

Surprisingly Banned Books


I was reading through my Uncle John's Bathroom Reader (a surprisingly weighty tome filled with excellent knowledge-bombs to drop while sitting on the pot) and rediscovered a fascinating list of banned books -- complete with explanation.

It inspired me to do something similar, only focusing more on those texts which, for "reasons mysterious" were banned, despite their immense popularity or exposure.