Friday, October 31, 2003

My brother is taking one of the downstairs rooms. Add "in-house music studio" to the list of perks...

Tee hee! It was too good to be true!!!
from today's globe and mail:

Well, the Red Wings have a contract they need to unload too - Curtis Joseph's. Imagine the following scenario: The Capitals find a taker for Olaf Kolzig, their starting goaltender (who many people believe will eventually end up in Colorado before the March trading deadline). Now, suddenly, they have an opening for a veteran netminder, someone like Joseph, whose contract they could swap for Jagr's. Jagr goes to a team with all kinds of interesting personalities - Brett Hull, Chris Chelios, Steve Yzerman - and might just thrive in that situation, short-term. Remember, most of Detroit's key players - the aforementioned three, plus Brendan Shanahan - are all approaching the ends of their respective careers. Jagr is just 31. If he can ever regain that spark in his game, he might be just the tonic to keep the Red Wings young forever.

Chu know...things like this happen in OT...


As of last night...still on Team Geritol.

What the hell is on Hackett's helmet?

Gagne means "to win". Brodeur means "to stop"...well, not really but it sounds good.

Felix did look good last night. Back to back great performances by the Cat.

Well...the Bruins looked alright last night although being outshot 38-21 by the Habs. Montreal scored on its only shot 1:39 into OT. The B's had great set-up and quality scoring opportunities. Felix Potvin looked charged up out there for another 3 scoreless regulation periods. Jose Theodore was on his "B" game last night though...wasn't challenged nearly enough facing less than 10 shots per period. What I refer to as the "Soggy Numbers" tell lots. SOG means Shots On Goal.
Zinojev looked OK but is he really ready for primetime? He made a few errors last night with lazy passes getting picked off but nothing that resulted in a Montreal goal. But it was something to note into the liquid file. Lets see how long we can koine the term "Flying Sergei's". Zinojev needs to get the puck to his intended reciever much quicker. Shot or pass, it must be faster and with more...snap. Zinojev has great hand, good vision and fleet skates. The Sergei's out there together are entertaining

The Flyers/Devils game last night though. 1st of the 6 regular season appearences. They already had 4 preseason games against eachother. There is a rivalry there already. They are division rivals already but last night on ESPN the Deuce there was signs of old time hockey there. No dirty faces in the corners, kids last night. That was a REAL game. The Flyers did let go of a 2 goal lead in the 2nd period and never got it back. NJ had 3 unanswered goals to comeback and win. But like the Bruins last night, the Soggy Numbers were not there. Philly registered ONE bloody shot on goal in the 3rd period. The Fleagles were outshot overall 28-16.

Interesting sidenote: the Bruins loaded forward and town favorite P.J. Stock to the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. Are the "Asskickers" days done in Beantown...the writing's on hte wall. And remember: the only difference between graffiti and propoganda is a sponsoring organization. I said that and I mean it.

Tampa Bay tied San Jose last night and is still undefeated this season. My advice to TB fans, when the polaric opposite of this streak rears it's ugly head, stand by your team. They'll need you more then. Respect the Streak.

CuJo lost in his Team Geritol start in Nashville last night. This will not effect his resale value. ^_~ But it was his first start of the season on his surgically assisted knee. He stopped 19 of 24 shots. But it was a brouhaha last night in Nashville. Just gander the Penalty Summary:

Penalty Summary
1st Period
Detroit fighting - 5 min 0:23, D. McCarty
Nashville fighting - 5 min 0:23, J. Stevenson
Detroit high sticking - 2 min 3:21, J. Fischer
Nashville obstruction - hooking - 2 min 3:48, K. Timonen
Detroit obstruction - hooking - 2 min 7:30, K. Draper
Nashville high sticking - 2 min 10:20, D. Legwand
Detroit fighting - 5 min 15:34, J. Fischer
Nashville fighting - 5 min 15:34, S. Hartnell
Detroit unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min 19:01, S. Yzerman served by B. Devereaux
Detroit holding - 2 min 19:01, N. Lidstrom
Detroit misconduct - 10 min 20:00, S. Yzerman

2nd Period
Nashville fighting - 5 min 0:05, S. Walker
Detroit fighting - 5 min 0:05, K. Maltby
Nashville roughing - 2 min 6:02, S. Hartnell
Detroit hooking - 2 min 9:27, M. Dandenault
Nashville tripping - 2 min 9:27, M. Zidlicky
Detroit high sticking - 2 min 16:01, C. Chelios
Nashville fighting - 5 min 18:10, J. Tootoo
Detroit fighting - 5 min 18:10, M. Dandenault
Nashville roughing - 2 min 18:52, J. Allison

3rd Period
Nashville slashing - 2 min 0:05, S. Walker
Detroit holding - 2 min 6:50, K. Draper
Detroit unsportsmanlike conduct - 2 min 6:50, S. Yzerman
Nashville fighting - 5 min 10:50, S. Walker
Nashville fighting - 5 min 10:50, A. Hall
Detroit roughing - 2 min 10:50, C. Chelios
Detroit fighting - 5 min 10:50, C. Chelios
Nashville high sticking - 2 min 10:50, M. Zidlicky
Nashville high sticking - 2 min 10:50, M. Zidlicky
Nashville roughing - 2 min 10:50, S. Walker
Nashville game misconduct - 10 min 10:50, S. Walker
Detroit fighting - 5 min 10:50, K. Maltby
Detroit game misconduct - 10 min 10:50, K. Maltby
Detroit game misconduct - 10 min 10:50, K. Maltby
Detroit misconduct - 10 min 10:50, S. Yzerman
Detroit game misconduct - 10 min 10:50, S. Yzerman
Nashville fighting - 5 min 18:44, A. Hall
Detroit instigator - 2 min 18:44, B. Shanahan
Detroit fighting - 5 min 18:44, B. Shanahan
Detroit misconduct - 10 min 18:44, B. Shanahan
Nashville fighting - 5 min 19:15, J. Stevenson
Detroit fighting - 5 min 19:15, M. Dandenault
Nashville instigator - 2 min 19:15, J. Stevenson
Nashville misconduct - 10 min 19:15, J. Stevenson
Nashville fighting - 5 min 19:28, J. Allison
Detroit fighting - 5 min 19:28, D. McCarty

Thursday, October 30, 2003

>I have no empowerment to withhold rent in that case.

Sure you do. My old roommate Rob withheld rent for six months while a tenant at will, and continued to legally live rent free after being told he was evicted until the landlords installed insulated windows. He was being an unreasonable ball buster, but he was within his rights.

The studio set up is in Cohasset right now. I can get you copies of some recording samples of his if you like.
I'm not sure of all the specifics about Dan's studio, but I know he's sunk tens of thousands of dollars into it and had the recording room acoustically balanced and shape-equalized. It's definately professional quality, and not a do-it-yourself setup. It's what he went to school for, and he's building a loyal client base pretty quickly.

Well, of course I'd love to check it out. I'm no pro or anything. Where's it located? Peter's "Studio Ocho" (it's how I refer to it as) is really cool too. Nothing that elaborate but man can he make great sounding (as in production quality) recordings from his bedroom.
PS. Really enjoying Quiver... have The long Halloween but had to leave it with Chris til the assignment is done. He's drip feeding it to me.

Very good! Issues #11-15 are available in Hardcover too. Finishes out the Kevin Smith run on Green Arrow. I love GA. He's really funny.
What about tenancy at will don't you like? I've been one for the last 6 years, and definately prefer it. Never had a problem.

I've been burned by that before. With James in Somerville. IMHO, it's better to be on a lease than not. I'm not on a lease right now and I cannot get my shower fixed, I have no empowerment to withhold rent in that case. I cannot even get my building manager to respond to the notes I've left for him (sure I should be calling him too by now). Like chicks, if they burn you...you're more wary next time. "You have a history of cheating on your boyfriends...oh...next bus please!"
Tennancy at Will is great if you like that. Leases are hard to break, you're on the line for $$ if someone can't come through or bails. But you have a signed contract.
Have a good day boys--- miss ya heaps and bounds. Looking forward to more of the dating chronicles. I'm working on some KIWI music to send out to you guys as well. Hopefully you'll see it sometime this summer.

PS. Really enjoying Quiver... have The long Halloween but had to leave it with Chris til the assignment is done. He's drip feeding it to me.
I'm not sure of all the specifics about Dan's studio, but I know he's sunk tens of thousands of dollars into it and had the recording room acoustically balanced and shape-equalized. It's definately professional quality, and not a do-it-yourself setup. It's what he went to school for, and he's building a loyal client base pretty quickly.

Something to consider anyhow.
What about tenancy at will don't you like? I've been one for the last 6 years, and definately prefer it. Never had a problem.
Sully, my brother Dan's got a mean studio set up if you're looking to do the album up right. He's really good at what he does.

The Esteemed Dr. Hooey has Studio Ocho version 2.0. I hear it's PHAT!!! I can't wait to tinker with it. He souped up his harddrive and got some program on top of his 8 track ADAT (is that right Hooey?). Cool stuff. Also Dringo has a home studio too. Lots of music makers.
Millie used to be able to fly himself but I told him to cut that out. You need a passport these days and you might get shot down. I wish I could see the little guy...being allergic to him and all I do miss him...but I wouldn't give the bitch the satisfaction.
Well...I like having options. I like being on a lease better than being a tennant-at-will. I like my neighborhood but I don't like my building manager ignoring my requests to have my shower fixed. I like my roommates but the rent is steep.

Happy ending? Tee hee! I had fun writing that though. I got another called "What Ever Happened To What's-Her-Face?". The Dating Chronicles!!! Mostly dialog so I gotta bump it up with more narrative.
I got more up my sleeve.

Family Guy is some of the funniest stuff on TV...andI love he Rhode Island accents!!! Quahog!!!
Sully, my brother Dan's got a mean studio set up if you're looking to do the album up right. He's really good at what he does.

Family Guy is a friggin' riot! I love that show.

If you get through a draft of the paper, please feel free to send it along Kiwi... especially if you won't have much time to work through revisions on your own.

I'm still a bit gun shy when it comes to calling myself smitten, but I definately like the way things are going so far!
YAY --- Millie boy! Don't animals need personal attendants when travelling???
No no no it's...
1/90 Great South Rd
My GOD - Matt and Sully are talking about living together... I'm coming home just to sit back and watch the nightly 'debates'.... YAY!

Matt you do sound smitten ---- YAY! Good for you!

Sully I liked the story, happy ending and all... then again I think that is what I don't like about it.

Things here are hanging out in limbo... things with Amber have as yet to resolve, but I'm hoping by the weekend it will all be sorted.
I am in the midst of my final assignment on Multiple Sclerosis. Due in two weeks and so far I've only got 300 words (bugger it). --- In other words it's not going well. Especially considering I am working just about every day for the next three weeks. The club gave me some extra shifts to encourage me to stick around over the summer. However, one week before the schedule came out I was offered a job down at the airport working at the banks currency exchange. I start on Saturday (what was to be my first weekend off). All my days off next week have now been filled with shifts at the bank. I don't mind - it pays very well, but I am a bit nervous that my final assignment will suffer... all this is also cutting into my Chris time and my me time, of which has been suffering with the last nine weeks of classes and placement. Chris and I have spent every evening together this week and it has been really nice. We've even been turning off the TV which means we are talking even.
Well except for the Family Guy... Chris got the first season on DVD -- shit that stuffs funny. If you haven't seen it then please, I insist you rent it today. Netflix must have it!
Anyway back to work... wish me luck for Saturday. I always feel so nervous on the first day.
We should be redo-ing all the Nero & Pedro like...wickid soon. I hope to have the Nero & Pedro "album" in time for X-Mas. That is if there is syzygy.
I can't get her the Yankee Suck tee she wants though. That'll hafta wait until next year. Maybe I can send her Millie! ^_~

Silly Pakeha...Trix are for Kids!
Manurewa... silly pakeha.
I've got a new live Ryan Montbleau CD my brother recorded and some Kraft dinner I want to send too... maybe we should collaborate on a care package Sully.
There you are! I miss you, you squirt.
Of course comes the obligatory asking of the address. Skelton Road...Manaura 1701? See...I need to write this shit down...
Kiwi...I got a White Stripes from 2001 Live on the BBC. Fucking Great!!! Want a copy? Hell, yes! Throw in a copy of Nero & Pedro while your there would you?
It's not too bad really... when my Pathfinder's transmission failed, I took the T to Kendall for a couple of months and didn't mind the commute at all. The bus comes to within a 1 minute walk of the house, and gets you to the Forest Hills Orange Line stop in about 10-15 mins.
I love my place but it is expensive. I really would like to be on a lease though but your place is so cozy. Yet a pain it would be for a daily commute to Cambridge. Hmmm...
Rent is $400, I have a washer and dryer, and it's tenancy at will. You can leave at any time with 30 days notice.
How much is rent...do you have laundry. Is there a lease?
Mace and Tracey are moving out, so I'll have openings Dec. 1st.

Let me know if any of you know anyone looking for a place.

This is called a Rural Saudi PowerPoint presentation.
Fleagles vs. Devils. Brodie got a shut out the other night...not tonight. Good luck Flyers!!!
Go Flyers Go........We're comin' for ya Jersey punks!~! We got an early Halloween trick for ya and the two points will be our "Treat"!
I can't believe the Red Sox are pulling a "Classic" Bruins/Sinden move......getting rid of Manny is just disgusting!~! (add puking sound here)
COMICS!!! I'm talkin' COMICS HERE!!!

Especially for Nightwing...that means you Kiwi. ^_~ MWAH!

Y The Last Man

This title is on DC’s Vertigo label. Vertigo was meant to be a more mature avenue for adult fans…not fanboys. Titles like Mark Gaiman’s Sandman, Preacher, Swamp Thing and the ever-popular Death title

Y The Last Man is a clever concept. And a well told story. Yorick…poor Yorick…I knew him well Horatio. Well…our main man Yorick. He’s a good kid. Handsome, intelligent…did I mention he’s love to be a famous escape artist like Houdini? His lovely girlfriend is in Australia for research. Yorick…loving her so asks her to marry her…over the phone but the moment struck him. He had a ring he got from an alleged “magic box”. He also has a pet monkey named Ampersand. Ampersand is a boy monkey. This matters. At the same exact time Yorick is “bending a knee”, some relic in Jordan is being stolen. This relic says that if it left the area…all the men of the world will die. So the Relic is taken…and every man in the world dies. With the exception of Yorick (and Ampersand!), all males of every species dropped dead.
So…Yorick finds himself as…THE LAST MAN living.

This title is adventuresome. It reminds me of a 70’s action show like the Six Million Dollar Man. It’s really cool. It’s really funny. Check it out.

Amazing Spider-Man #500 came out. What a mile stone. Good story too.

What a HOMO!!! ^_~

Hi Husk! You out there yet?
Tawkin' Hockey

J.R. Superstar get's rough!

Uhhh...look behind you Stave Shields...J.R. Superstar just happened to you too...

Every picture tells a story doughnut...this explains it all...Flyers MAUL the Panthers 5-1 last night.

J.R. was one assist away from the "Gordie Howe" Hattrick. A fight, a goal and an assist.
Flyers in sole possession of 1st place in the ATlantic with 12 points. NYI 2 points behind...watch them...they got Soylent Orange too. ^_~

Bruins/Habs tonight at the Vault...or is it the Feather yet? I dunno when the Arena will change it's name.

Red Sox News:
Red Sox place Ramirez on waivers

WOW!!! Manny on the Waiver Wire.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

New Short Story!

Second Draft...whatcha think? If you wanna butcher it, send me an email.

The Date by Eric O’Sullivan 10/15/03 (Ver 2 10/16/03)

“So…what do you do again?” she asked, trying to keep her attention on the man across from her and not the flickering monitors scattered across the noisy bar. They met outside about 15 minutes before and hardly said much besides “hi”, “hiya dune”, and “OK and you?”. It was a little awkward but OK. A table of 5 guys out tomcatting, hawking the server in the black follow-me-home boots. A group of office girls 5 hours past quitting time eying the guy table. Some Euro Trash in a corner booth. A bridal party on the last night out. The bartenders looking bored. The waitresses in the short skirts getting backrubs from the Manager On Booty. A constant cacophony of sports information and music was piped into the crowded room in the low lit bar with the lush red and white velvet tapestries. With the black tabletops and pieces of art looking like the side of the Partridge Family bus, it was no wonder she found herself in a trendy bar cleverly named “The Still” with a nice but ever increasingly obvious boring date.
“What? I couldn’t hear ya.” He said competing with the background noise, returning his focus to his date.
“Never mind.” She sighs.
“No really, whatcha say?” and he appears interested.
“It was nothing.” And she stirs the ice in her Sapphire and Tonic again with pygmy straw, watching condensation bead on the side of the glass.
She could see this over his shoulder while feigning attention. His mouth was moving but she gave up trying to hear what he was saying. The bar was crowded…too crowded. His idea. Meet, hang out, have a few drinks. He called it a “get to know ya meet & greet”. Get to know you sure, she inwardly rolls her eyes, I’m missing my Friday night shows for hearing damage, bad overpriced drinks and hopefully time to put forward to her time in Purgatory for hanging with this guy. He mentioned playing pool on the way in but the list for a table was longer than the men’s room line at a Red Sox game at the stretch.

He was a friend of a friend of a friend. They met at a party a little less than a month ago. Tonight was their first date. He was single, cute and asked her for her number and got her email address instead. It doesn’t take much these days especially when you’ve already had a few cuppa plus a little goading from a coven of friends helped. About two weeks of electronic correspondence convinced her he wasn’t a psycho. Which at this point was unfortunate because at least a psycho right now would at least be a challenge and a good reason to run. She kept looking around the area of his face giving the illusion of partial eye contact, strategic head nods and well-placed “uh-huhs”. She dropped her purse from the round high top bar table so she could look quickly at the time on her cell phone. Her wingman who was also her roommate won’t be calling for another hour with the Great Skate Opportunity. She popped up right as the volume dropped like a butter-coated water glass out of an already greasy hand. He was still going on with his story when the volume lowered. She was startled by his booming “SO!…”.
“Ahem…excuse me,” he readjusted the volume of his voice as his ears turned a few shades of blushing purple in embarrassment, “…so I told the guy that we wouldn’t take those rented skis. I mean they just came off the hill. They needed to be waxed and sharpened before I’d put those on. I’m really serious about skiing safety, you know, and using those kind of skis is asking for it…” his hands were animated to say the least, elbows still on the table so his arms looked like two bamboo shoots swaying in a fierce wind. His hand came down and flipped the straw out of her drink and he got an ice cube in the lap. She got a line of gin across her face.
“Sorry.” He motions with a napkin to wipe it off her face.
“S’OK…I got it…no, no, no seriously I got it, I got it, thanks” she restrained the urge to reach for her pepper spray he came so close. No, she thought, he was just being genteel. No need to blind the boy. Her Left Shoulder Devil tempted her and said “go ahead and blind him…he don’t need ‘em…not like he’s making eye contact with you anyhow”. Her Right Shoulder Angel marches across the trapezius, over the neck and hits the Devil with a blackjack on the kidneys and the knees, dropping the bad influence with some dirty shots to insure the Devil wouldn’t get up and then finally winking at her ward.

While the fight between good and evil was happening on her shoulders, in her head she got lost in thought where she was reminded of another date not too long ago. It was a lunch date and she met him through a friend of a friend. Seemed to be a recurring theme. But they met for lunch seeing they worked near each other. Met for sushi and ate at the counter instead of a table where they could sit across from one another. She was nervous but him…he wouldn’t make eye contact and mumbled. So verbal and non-verbal communication with this human was out. He seemed nice but…there was that but wasn’t there. And to top it all off, he was a bit of a klutz. So much that at the end of the lunch, he knocked over his soy dish. The one for mixing the soy sauce and wasabe. It not only ruined her blouse it almost burned her eye out. As she thought, a recurring theme of her dates spilling things on her. All of this took about five seconds for this to process. Her date thought he was getting the silent treatment after that gaffe.
“Sorry.” He said to break the ice.
“S’OK. No blood, no foul,” she says and got a real chuckle out of him. And a real smile. And eye contact…whoa. Nice eyes he’s got. Hmmmm…she thinks. “What’s so funny?” she asks. The pretty waitress in the follow-me-home boots passes by and his attention stays on her. The five wolves at the other table however give themselves whiplash.
“Nuthin’. Just thought that was funny. ‘No blood, no foul’. Never heard that one before. That’s cool. Do you like sports?”
Not even if you paid me, she thought, “Big baseball fan. Sox, Cubbies, Cards in that order. Knee high to a grasshopper my dad was taking me to tee ball, little league, International League games.” Which wasn’t a lie. Her father did take her to tee ball. She was the shortstop on her little league team. They went to countless Pawtucket Red Sox games. But her dad hated baseball more than she did. She confronted him on it right after she started to blossom into womanhood. He confessed hating America’s Pastime too. His father drilled it into him. So when it came for him to confront Grandpappy about this same subject around the same age, Grandpappy said to him, “look son…” her dad said, “so I’ll say to you, look girl…baseball is a social habit. You can talk to anyone anywhere at anytime in this country if you know a little something about baseball. You’ll never run out of meaningless conversation if you know about baseball. Always keep your finger on the pulse of baseball and the boring sport will never let you down” she could hear her Daddy in her mind drift and hear her own thoughts come back into the conversation.
“I never got into baseball. I had asthma when I was a kid. Couldn’t run. So mom didn’t let me play sports so I never got into them. I’ll watch the Super Bowl though. Great excuse to party and…”
I love the commercials, she thought.
“…I love the commercials”, he finishes.
This time she smiles. OK. He might get a chance. This might not be so bad after all. I might not need to call Father Murphy about the Purgatory thing.
She looks right at him, “Wanna get out of here and find a quieter place?”
“What did you say?” he asks. She pays the bill and stands up, tosses her head in the direction of the door and grabs her coat.

At the Jazz bar down the street, the sax man wails, the piano is hot and the drummer is…groovy. The girl on the piano sings like an angel who drinks bourbon. Her brother slaps a stand-up bass and compliments her voice in a harmony that dated back to the station wagon on road trips. But she could still hear her ice crackle in her gin & tonic. And it was good. She actually told him Grandpappy’s Baseball Theory and how she believes in it more than the Laws of Gravity. He told her about his belief in The First Law of Thermodynamics and why he thinks there is in an afterlife because of it.
This being her third gin & tonic, she was only saved from complete drunkenness by the fact there seemed to be a full plate of deep-fried calamari on the table every time she looked down and she couldn’t help but snack. But her inner Mick Jagger sang to her, “oh what a beautiful buzz, what a beautiful buzz…”.
“I can’t get enough of these.” Chomp, chomp, swallow. “The squid is so fresh. I know the chef here.” Chomp, chomp, swallow. “Him and his sons go to this dock in Beverly…it’s near Salem…”. Chomp, chomp, swallow. He is polite enough not to talk with a mouthful of food so the thought comes out piecemeal. She notices that. And that he took his hat off when they came in too. And he opened the door. Subtle and no “hey lookie me, I’m a gentleman” kinda way. Cool. This isn’t that bad at all. She leans back in her chair, relaxes and nods her head to the music.
“Uh huh…”
“…and there’s this dock there and they just…” and he snaps his finger and makes a shoooosh! Sound, “…pull ‘em right outta the water, left and right”.
Chomp, chomp, swallow. But this time it’s her.
“Uh huh…”, muffled through a mouth full of food.
“And BANG! Clean ‘em off, bread ‘em up and throw ‘em in the grease! Just a little marinara on the side and…instant yum! It so easy to do just…well…if you’re squeamish about gutting a squid…”.
“Ewwwww!” she makes a face and they both laugh.
This being his forth Jack & Coke he couldn’t help but have a sparkle in his eye that she caught when he talked about food. He confessed to be a whiz in the kitchen and cooking was like sports to him. That the Food Network was his ESPN. She thought he had nice eyes. And a nice laugh. She could finally hear it. He was a little spastic and had a kinetic franticness to his body language but he was happy to be there with her. This she could tell. And she was finally just happy to be there with him. She finally was enjoying herself.

The Wingman calls. Freedom beckons? She hits the “end” button and silences the cell phone.
“Don’tcha want to get that”.
“Nah, I’ll talk to her later. I know where to find her” and she smiles at him. “So…what do you do again?”

Tawkin' Hawkey:

Philadelphia 8 3 1 3 1 10 1st, Atlantic
Boston 10 6 2 2 0 14 1st, Northeast; 1st Eastern Conf.; 1st, NHL

Tonight on the Air: Blues vs. Wings on one of the ESPNs. I might watch some of this but Angel's on at 9PM.

"It would be fun to stay here." It's not fun sitting around waiting to get another opportunity." -Felix Potvin

Great article on NHL dot com regarding our House Cat.

"I played with him in LA and he was the backbone to our team," said Bruin forward Glen Murray whose 44 goals and 92 points last season will be counted on for repetition this season. "When he (came to LA in 2001), we were 12 points out of the playoffs and he got us in. Then he beat Detroit in six and lost to Colorado in seven. There's no question he can get the job done."
I'm jealous...I can't grow a moustache to save my life. Grrr....
Will Ferrell Interview Onion AV Club

Boring... I scored low in every category for the Personality Disorder test. Good thing I'm going to three different hells.
Well...we'll get the time off, we'll work on tix and I suggest the HotelTravelodge in Chinatown. Cheap and on Rene Levesque (but about 10-12 blocks up the street from the Bell Centre). Keep it on your mind and look here for updates. Kewl!

-- Personality Disorder Test - Take It! --

There's a good chance I'll want to come along for that. I'm sure Jill would too... she's a bigger hockey fan than I am!
The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Second Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Moderate
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test
Tawkin' Hawkey:

So...no NHL team wants to lose three straight. I guess the Montreal Canadians did not get the memo. Les Habitantes got shut down and shut out last night at Le Centre Bell last night in Montreal on Rue de Rene Levesque 2-0. Scotty and I are thinking about going up there for a long weekend Jan. 31, Sat 2PM Bruins vs. Habs. Think about it Paul, Matt. Kiwi you can't come...you farted in the car that one time...that was so rude. ^_~
Rookie Sensation Patrice Bergeron got his 3rd goal of his career, still leading all rookies and as a French-Canadian boy has about 35 people come out to see him play. He scored first and ended up being the "GWG". Bergeron, called "Bergie" (like Aimee) by his teammates said in a thick Francophone accent, "When I was young, I didn't really cheer for Montreal -- I was a Nordiques fan -- so to score against them was a lot of fun for me,'' he said. It must have thrilled his family and friends too to see him light the red lamp. Bergie…I can’t call him that…Bergeron is the youngest player in the NHL at 18 years, 3 months old

The Quebec Nordiques were an NHL Franchise until they moved to Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche BTW.
Mike Knuble scored on a wickid one-time from Joe Thornton set up behind the Montreal net in the second period. And last night at the Fights…a Hockey game broke out…Habs’ 6’-2” Darren Langdon and the Bruins resident tough guy 6’-3” Sandy McCarthy (who might have put P.J. Stock out of a job!) threw hands for over a minute. A heavyweight bout indeed!

The Avalanche have retired #33. The Canadians…when will they retire St. Patrick Roy’s number. Roy won Stanley Cups twice for both teams.

ESPN2 had the Ducks/Blueballs game on. The Ducks kicked ass! Good. Fuck the Rangers!

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

I got to meet Jill. Nice gal. Pretty...she put up with me and Scotty as the Mighty Drunken Twins well. Has a sense of humor.

I just reread Green Arrow #1-15; the Kevin Smith Issues. #1-11 I think are covered in hte Trade Paperback "Quiver".
I also reread the Daredevil series #1-50; starting with the Kevin Smith stuff all the way to the Bendis/Maleev stuff. The Bendis/Maleev stuff is LEGENDARY.

This week is making me YAWN!!! I'm at work early all week. 7AM. We got the Fall Program running now. 20 hours OT though. So need that.

Nov. 21...the WHITE STRIPES!!!

Kiwi...I got a White Stripes from 2001 Live on the BBC. Fucking Great!!! Want a copy?
Happy 4:20!
I think Matt sounds smitten. ^_~
I sent you a picture Kiwi.

She's about 7 years younger than me and from Rockland. She majored in theater, but currently works for a laser eye surgeon as a technician/doctor's aide. We enjoy the same sorts of things for the most part (although she hasn't tried diving yet), and we've talked about going skiing, white water rafting, camping, skydiving, tube talking at Blue Man Group, etc. We've had fun (for example) going to Six Flags in the rain (to avoid the long lines at the new Batman rollercoaster), partying after a wedding until three police cars showed up and sent us (the whole wedding party and about two dozen guests) to bed, and going to the MFA, out for Indian food, then heading home to smoke a joint and watch the Simpsons. I just borrowed a copy of the Essential Chaung Tzu from her while we were talking about Taoist philosophy over a bowl of chili. She's not a very aggressive driver, and gets lost very easily... especially in Boston. She got me to quit smoking cigarettes with her too.
What was the nature of the "fight"? ^_~

Where you bean? THHHBBBBPPPT!!! : ^ P.....
I think I need "How to win an arguments for dummies" or something. Nah - screw it - it's not worth my energy. Fighting ain't healthy for the soul...

Never be afraid to stand up for yourself...even in the end if you're wrong you can always say "sorry...but you got my Irish up". Standing up for one's self is always worth the energy. If the energy is going into something knowingly futile for the fight, adjust your defense. Be fluid...do not be static. Your mind will wander as water does in a stream but it will touch upon everything on the river bed...so is your mind. Man...I'm sounding like a fortune cookie.
Joust with Matt. Also here Kiwi...or with me. We can hold our own in an argument. ^_~


Fallacies of Distraction

False Dilemma: two choices are given when in fact there are three options
From Ignorance: because something is not known to be true, it is assumed to be false
Slippery Slope: a series of increasingly unacceptable consequences is drawn
Complex Question: two unrelated points are conjoined as a single proposition
Appeals to Motives in Place of Support
Appeal to Force: the reader is persuaded to agree by force
Appeal to Pity: the reader is persuaded to agree by sympathy
Consequences: the reader is warned of unacceptable consequences
Prejudicial Language: value or moral goodness is attached to believing the author
Popularity: a proposition is argued to be true because it is widely held to be true
Changing the Subject
Attacking the Person:
(1) the person's character is attacked
(2) the person's circumstances are noted
(3) the person does not practise what is preached
Appeal to Authority:
(1) the authority is not an expert in the field
(2) experts in the field disagree
(3) the authority was joking, drunk, or in some other way not being serious
Anonymous Authority: the authority in question is not named
Style Over Substance: the manner in which an argument (or arguer) is presented is felt to affect the truth of the conclusion
Inductive Fallacies
Hasty Generalization: the sample is too small to support an inductive generalization about a population
Unrepresentative Sample: the sample is unrepresentative of the sample as a whole
False Analogy: the two objects or events being compared are relevantly dissimilar
Slothful Induction: the conclusion of a strong inductive argument is denied despite the evidence to the contrary
Fallacy of Exclusion: evidence which would change the outcome of an inductive argument is excluded from consideration
Fallacies Involving Statistical Syllogisms
Accident: a generalization is applied when circumstances suggest that there should be an exception
Converse Accident : an exception is applied in circumstances where a generalization should apply
Causal Fallacies
Post Hoc: because one thing follows another, it is held to cause the other
Joint effect: one thing is held to cause another when in fact they are both the joint effects of an underlying cause
Insignificant: one thing is held to cause another, and it does, but it is insignificant compared to other causes of the effect
Wrong Direction: the direction between cause and effect is reversed
Complex Cause: the cause identified is only a part of the entire cause of the effect
Missing the Point
Begging the Question: the truth of the conclusion is assumed by the premises
Irrelevant Conclusion: an argument in defense of one conclusion instead proves a different conclusion
Straw Man: the author attacks an argument different from (and weaker than) the opposition's best argument
Fallacies of Ambiguity
Equivocation: the same term is used with two different meanings
Amphiboly: the structure of a sentence allows two different interpretations
Accent: the emphasis on a word or phrase suggests a meaning contrary to what the sentence actually says
Category Errors
Composition: because the attributes of the parts of a whole have a certain property, it is argued that the whole has that property
Division: because the whole has a certain property, it is argued that the parts have that property
Non Sequitur
Affirming the Consequent: any argument of the form: If A then B, B, therefore A
Denying the Antecedent: any argument of the form: If A then B, Not A, thus Not B
Inconsistency: asserting that contrary or contradictory statements are both true
Syllogistic Errors
Fallacy of Four Terms: a syllogism has four terms
Undistributed Middle: two separate categories are said to be connected because they share a common property
Illicit Major: the predicate of the conclusion talks about all of something, but the premises only mention some cases of the term in the predicate
Illicit Minor: the subject of the conclusion talks about all of something, but the premises only mention some cases of the term in the subject
Fallacy of Exclusive Premises: a syllogism has two negative premises
Fallacy of Drawing an Affirmative Conclusion From a Negative Premise: as the name implies
Existential Fallacy: a particular conclusion is drawn from universal premises
Fallacies of Explanation
Subverted Support (The phenomenon being explained doesn't exist)
Non-support (Evidence for the phenomenon being explained is biased)
Untestability (The theory which explains cannot be tested)
Limited Scope (The theory which explains can only explain one thing)
Limited Depth (The theory which explains does not appeal to underlying causes)
Fallacies of Definition
Too Broad (The definition includes items which should not be included)
Too Narrow (The definition does not include all the items which shouls be included)
Failure to Elucidate (The definition is more difficult to understand than the word or concept being defined)
Circular Definition (The definition includes the term being defined as a part of the definition)
Conflicting Conditions (The definition is self-contradictory)

Glad you found someone you can dig. It's important. What is she like - do you have a picture or is this the blonde you sent the picture of a few months ago?

I'm discovering how bad I am at arguing verbally. Really, bad at it. Amber and I have been arguing over some petty comments that were made. (In actual fact it all comes back to us both being stressed about looking for work and not seeing each other for quality time in ages). Anyway, Im dicovering how bad I am at trying to think of examples on the spot that relate to the point I am making. I think generally because in general that shit normally doesn't bug me, however, Amber is very good at it. Also, I am terrible at choosing appropriate words in an arguement, and Amber has a talent of reading into the meaning of things and translating it for me. --- It's good to be having a fight... It's been a while but at the same time Im getting torn to shreds... Bugger it.

I think I need "How to win an arguments for dummies" or something. Nah - screw it - it's not worth my energy. Fighting ain't healthy for the soul...
Things are going great with Jill, thanks for asking. Not much breast cancer risk over here... ;)

Seriously though, her parents just had me over for chili last night and showed me pictures of their motorcycle trip to needle's highway, Rushmore, and the Badlands. We got along just fine.

We're planning on going to the Burrin on friday night for their costume party with JABE if you're interested. We'll be the ones dressed as Shrek and Fiona.
Matt! How are things with Jill going?
Tawkin' Hawkey:

You heard it here first. Kevin Paul DuPont's moniker for the FleetCenter might have to change. The Hockey Beat writer for the Boston Globe dubbed the arena "the Vault". Fleet is being bought out by Bank of America. Now...bank's a bank I know so the Vault can stay but I'm thinking something like the "Constrictor"! Bank Of America...BOA? Boa Constrictor?
Study: Fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women
Tawkin' Hawkey:

Welcome Back Johnny Power Forward!!!

Congrats to Robert Esche on his first Shutout of the season (6th career):

How's the ice smell down there, Andy?

Colorado Avalanche right wing Dan Hinote (L) turns Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andy Delmore upside down

Bruins/Habs tonight! Old Time Hockey!!! The B's are in the great city of Montreal and then come home Thursday for the "home-at-home" against the Canadians AGAIN!!! The Flyers softened them up a bit with last night's 5-0 shutout. But Beware the Team that just got their asses smoked. No team wants to lose three games in a row and that's what the Habs are facing against a red hot Bruins team who loves to play on the road. The Canadians lost Saturday night against Ottawa and tonight have to face MY B'S. Then again on Thursday. Like I said...in the NHL...no team EVER wants to lose three straight and be looking at 4 straight on Thursday. Tee hee!

Paulie and I have been talkin hockey off the air. Anyone have an opinion on what the worst trade ever was. In any sport I guess but if you know a hockey one...
But Curtis Joseph, goalie for the Red Wings is a hot topic. Where will he land? Who will win the CuJo sweepstakes???

Kill Bill rocked. I can't think of anything bad to say about it except that I have to wait to see the rest of it.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Patriots 9, Cleveland 3

Good thing I was working. I would have hated to have caught this one. Well...a win's a win right? My bro Billy has in on season tickets and went to yesterday's...what's that Derek Zoolander...the football 'match'.

Who's winning the match, Pop?

But Vinateri once again saved this team. And he was passed over for Super Bowl MVP...

I hope Billy had a better time TAILGATING his lily white ass off!!! Whoo hoo! Beer, BBQ in a parking lot...that's what the game's about. Not paltry offense. There was so much kicking going on Revolution fans were confused as to why Joe Max Moore was wearing a helmet and padding.

Joe Max Moore

Those Fabulous Fleagles got their gloves full tonight when they try to wrassle the Habs tonight.

Sunday, October 26, 2003


Kill Bill. Might be some spoiler shit so Disclaim spoiler things if you wanna talk about it so peeps can pass over it.

OK. I like the cinematography. I like the staggered way it was presented…a little disjointed.
The shit with Sylvie freaked me out the most. Now I thought I was all set with the Ultra-Violence. Shit I couldn’t even finish Jackie Brown. I thought I was all set with the Ultra-Violent stuff. It’s not as thought I don’t have the stomach for it. Take Kill Bill for example. Or RSVP or American Psycho. All Ultra-Violence but I guess it’s how it relates in the story and WHY it’s there. “Leave the limbs…they belong to me now.” That was funny! When O-ren got killed by the Bride, the rising Japanese theme along with O-ren’s compliment of the blade…I laughed out loud. It was a gross scene but the humor was in the presentation of the scene…not the gore. It was so Japanese.
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Running Time: 3 hrs. 00 min.
Release Date: February 20th, 2004 (wide).

Bruce Lee's "Game of Death" yellow jumpsuit proudly worn by Uma in Kill Bill Vol. 1.

And who doesn't like a 17 year old psycho killer Japanese Schoolgirl?

Who's the guy wth the White Hair? Don't answer that.
Hey! You actually get to see Bill on this poster.
I fucking loved Kill Bill. I have to go see it again. It's Tarrentino's best work yet. Gruesome but funny. If you're a fan of Japanese movies...everything makes sense.


I loved everything about that movie...it was so fun.

Kill Bill - all storytelling but no story?
FYI - Do not wait, do not pass go, do not attempt to collect $200! Just get you arses down to your local movie theatre and see KILL BILL Vol 1.

You'll laugh, you may cringe, I doubt you'll cry but at the end I doubt you will question Tarantino's ability as a director and creative skills in makin movies.

I REALLY enjoyed it... especially the anime section that he used as an introduction to the real gore that was about to eventuate. There just aint anything that can beat a good samuri battle! And for a caucasian blonde chick Uma pulled it off moderately well.

Highly recommended.
Tawkin Hawkey:

What a good game the Bruins played aganst the NJ Devils Saturday night. Scotty, on his 30th birthday and me being way too broke to even think about going out got a phoone call from him during the Second Intermission.

Scotty: "Hey what's the score?"
Sully: "2-1 Devils, Seond Intermission. The Bruins look good though...don't worry. Raycroft looks great!"
Scotty: "I dunno 'bout that..."

Well...a paraphrase at best but the Bruins explode into the 3rd period with 4 goals beating the Devils 5-2 at the Exit 16W Arena in New Jersey. The first goal of the 3rd period came under a minute into the period by rookie sensation Patrice Bergeron (9 games; 2-5-7, +5). Newcomer Sergei Zinojev (1 game; 0-1-1, +1) made a BEAUTIFUL pass to Sergei Samsonov for a brilliant one-timer. Bergeron leads all rookies in scoring right now in assists, overall points and plus/minus. He's one goal behind the 1 and 2 (Brett McLean, CHI and Jason King, VAN 3 goals each) with 2 goals.

Razor Raycroft looked SOLID yet again turning aside 33 out of 35 Devils shots on goal. The Bruins really employed the bootstraps method in the 3rd period. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall in that locker room for the 2nd Period Intermission. They came out hard and never looked back. They made the best goalie in the NHL (Mssr. Brodeur) look like an average goalie.

Poor Flyers got tied up again. Carolina are now undefeated in 2 games. Wow...::rolls eyes::. Handzus, Roenick, Recci and Chouinard got the goals for the Fleagles. And they were wearing their 3rd Orange jerseys. That's all I can really say about the game after puckering up and kissing sis with the 'Canes.

I saw a news headline that said Fleury signs with Pens. I assumed it was Junkie Theo (still with the 'Hawks). I was wrong and it was shitty reporting on this persons part. The Fleury mentioned was rookie goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

What do we think about the Orange 3rd Jerseys of the NYI???

Friday, October 24, 2003

If you're reading this....the lights aren't out yet...

The bright eruption near the center of the sun's surface, witnessed by the SOHO satellite, reveals the source of the solar salvo that may strike our planet.

Big solar blast may rattle Earth today

(CNN) -- Satellites, pagers, cell phones and electrical grids could be affected Friday afternoon by a powerful stream of energized gas and particles from the sun.

The coronal mass ejection, or CME, is expected to reach Earth about 3 p.m. EDT and its effects could last 12 to 18 hours, according to space weather forecasters.

The solar stream erupted from a cluster of sunspots on the surface of the sun. The giant dark patch, known as sunspot group 10484, has grown to the size of Jupiter in recent days and has migrated across the face of the sun to a position where it now faces Earth.
Tawkin' Hawkey:

Well...beware the team with no wins. The Carolina Hurricanes stormed into the Vault last night in a pish-pash, relatively boring game and won 2-0. Kevin Weekes did look good in places but wasn't really challenged turning aside 18 out of 18 shots. While Razor got 30-32....good for him! He was looking stellar. The O'Neill goal beat him...the one-time...a thing of beauty...the two-timer...I won't even go there to paraphrase EA's NHL 2003's color commentary. But the Bruins should have posted goals. Any team must be capable of scoring THRICE (that's three times) a game in order to stay afloat in the NHL. I didn't see too many quality scoring ops last night. Disappointing loss after coming off such a great road run. We will now go back on the road (mebbe it's the road "whites" ^_~) to New Jersey and then to Montreal on Tuesday. Then Monreal come back here on next Thursday. It's called a "home-at-home" series and the way the schedule is structured with so many teams they don't happen as much as they should anymore. I won't pin this on the Bruins goalie no way...but I will put scrutiny on the lack of offense.

Paulie! How was your game last night?

Kiwi: I'm wearing the All Blacks shirt today in honor of the Wurl Cup. ^_~

Matt: Cap'n Matt...he's a seafaring man now...arrrgh!

Hooey: good movie.

James: Can't do this Sunday and I'm not counting on next Sunday either but I will have Monday, Nov. 3 off.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Tawkin Hawkey:

I think Detroit is gonna have to go youthful. Do you think Team Geritol would dish him anywhere in the West though? To Vancouver...someone they could meet in the post-season? Carolina needs a 'tender. They have a decent defensive core with Sean Hill, Glen Wesley, Aaron Ward, Bret Hedican and Storr and Weekes are weak and Irbe is treading has-been territory. With Hatcher probably done for close the rest of the season they need to strengthen their "D". I think Wesley would be great...a perfect fit for Team Geritol at 35 years old. Aaron Ward was a Wing and signed as a free agent with the 'Canes a few season ago when they showed more promise.
i would love to watch the b's tonight as they will stomp carolina, but will be on the ice myself. watch out for that tampa team; they're deep, talented, and hungry. they also have one of the top 2 or 3 netminders in the game (the b's could've had him a few years ago when he was holding out for dafoe and mclaren but passed...morons). i don't believe that cujo will land in philly, as they're inexplicably happy with jeff hacker, i mean hackett. don't be suprised if vancouver enters the cujo sweepstakes (dan cloutier and a sedin or two could get it done).
Tawkin Hawkey:

Hot'lanta's in first but it seems so unfair to be casting doubt/hope so early in the season. They've played 2 more games than second-place and still undefeated Tampa Bay in the SE Division. The Bruins have 7 games under their belt and are 2 points ahead of Montreal for the NE Division 1st place. And the Fleagles are ties with NYI for 1st in the Atlantic. But I still see trouble for Philly. I dunno why...
Tawkin' Hawkey:

Flyers need to make a trade and shake the team up a bit. I do not know why there has not been as deal made for CuJo. Where the frack is Paul when I need him to tawk hawkey!!! James....who would you give up for CuJo or wpld you even go there? Let 'em know...don't play like losers! But losing in OT isn't that bad. But almost losing the game and lucking out into overtime with .6 second left in the 3rd deflecting off a defenseman's skate is bad. I dunno...it's early and the Fleagles are 2-1-2-1. The Rangers of the Rockies though have already made a trade. A bad one IMHO...Battaglia for Steve Konowalchuk. Kariya injured his wrist.
Let's go Bruins! The Forever .500 Carolina Huffn'puffs tonight. They tied last night but you have to worry about a team that is sucking and looking for an elusive "W". And the Bruins are going for win #5 in the streak (6 without a loss). I hope the Razor's playing. I wanna watch the shit out of that game AND enjoy Dale and Gordie on the PxP & Color.
-2.31 2.43 or something like that, dam thing deleted when I tried to post!~! Stalin side anyway!~!
Remember this:

When ordering a Black & Tan in a bar...it would be as an Israeli ordering a Gestapo.

The Black and Tans

In the early 1900's, the Royal Irish Constabulary, England's police force in Ireland, was having a difficult time recruiting. Its barracks were the targets of repeated raids and ambushes by Irish rebels. By 1919, English authorities advertised for men who were willing to "face a rough and dangerous task." That task was to supplement the dwindling ranks of the RIC in patrolling an increasingly hostile Ireland.

The English recruits to the RIC were mainly the unemployed veterans of World War I. Their principal motivation: employment for ten shillings a day. When the first recruits arrived in Ireland on March 25, 1920, after three months of training, they looked like the irregulars which they were. Since there were not enough RIC uniforms for the new men, they were equipped with khaki service dress supplemented with constabulary uniforms, so that they appeared in a strange mixture of khaki and dark green, some with khaki tunic and green trousers, others in all khaki, some with civilian hats, but most with green caps and black leather belts of the RIC. These uniforms led to their being called "Black and Tans," after a famous pack of hounds. Limerick gets credit for this appellation.

The Black and Tans, although they served in the constabulary, never acted as policemen. Their service experience had been in trench warfare on foreign soil. Absent in their background was the constable's role as servant to the community in the protection of life and property. The Black and Tans acted as an occupation army. They had signed on for an indefinite period of service with no pension rights and ineffective discipline.

Eventually over 2000 Black and Tans were distributed over Ireland to strengthen police posts, to make Ireland "hell for rebels to live in."

On June 17, 1920, Lt. Col. Smyth was appointed division commander of the RIC for Munster. Below is part of his speech to his constables:

"....If a police barracks is burned or if the barracks already occupied is not suitable, then the best house in the locality is to be commandeered, the occupants thrown into the gutter. Let them die there - the more the merrier. Police and military will patrol the country at least five nights a week. They are not to confine themselves to the main roads, but make across the country, lie in ambush and, when civilians are seen approaching, shout "Hands up!" Should the order be not immediately obeyed, shoot and shoot with effect. If the persons approaching carry their hands in their pockets, or are in any way suspicious-looking, shoot them down. You may make mistakes occasionally and innocent persons may be shot, but that cannot be helped, and you are bound to get the right parties some time. The more you shoot, the better I will like you, and I assure you no policeman will get into trouble for shooting any man ..."

Orders such as these help to explain why the Black and Tans have such a wretched reputation among the Irish.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Economic Left/Right: 0.75
Libertarian/Authoritarian: 1.03
Here's a great quote my cave diver friend Heather just used:

"My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself to the usual lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines."

-Trieu Thi Trinh, Vietnamese Revolutionary, circa A.D. 240

Economic Left/Right: -4.12
Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.41
Sully's Compass Coordinates.

Economic Left/Right: -2.12
Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.67
Originally Posted on the Other Planet Blog. I thought I'd share for some stimulating conversation...

Political Labeling is perhaps the greatest red herring in an argument such as we have here.


I say we take the test. Post your compass coordinates and then we'll know where we stand with eachother politically. Labeling someone as Conservative, Liberal, Democrat, Republic, Independent...just doesn't work anymore. There is little diff 'tween the GOP and Dems. Hence the term "Republocrat". I'm a Republican by party choice but I do not hold the party lines at all (I always hoped to be in a higher tax bracket someday). But that means crap too. Saying "I'm a Republican"...I barely know what it means and how it matters anymore. I know I get lumped into the Christian Right and the Morally Hipocritical by doing so. But claiming to be a Democrat...what does that say either? Saying you're an Independent...sure...it's the Liberal Arts of Politics. Too many different things to have under one auspice...like Hinduism.
Saying you're Conservative but still dig of tasty nugs...it is possible but perhaps dropping the moniker of conservative is ion order because the term holds too many standards. Same thing with being Liberal. What if you found yourself in favor of the Death Penalty and claim to be a liberal. It's like Dubya being a Christian but still advocating the Death Penalty...something doesn't jibe well...I digress...

I'd trust the political compass coordinates more than the labels. I took it once but I never saved them so I'll take the test again...who knows...views change too therefore my coordinates should shift with that.

But if we're going to have political conversations then I'd like to know where you stand.
World cup matches are on at 8am here at the Green Briar in Brighton. 10am if they're tape delayed. Where you are, that would be... shit, I don't know what part of the daylight savings thing we're in now.

Sure I'll burn ya one... better yet, here's a URL (requires quicktime):
Batman: Dead End (fullscreen)
Batman: Dead End
Hey, have any of you seen the short film 'Batman: Dead end'? I'd email or post it, but it's 135,000 server-choking Kbytes. I recommend downloading it with K++ while I still have it shared! Very cool suprise twists.

I haven't no. If you have a copy could you burn me one?

8AM equals...what time in Electric KiwiLand?
Man survives Niagara Falls plunge

22.10.2003 7.21 am

A man survived a plunge over Niagara Falls with only the clothes on his back, witnesses said, the first person known to have done it and lived.

Witnesses described seeing the man float by yesterday in the swift Niagara River, go headfirst over the churning 54m waterfall and then pull himself out of the water on to rocks below.

Only one other person is known to have survived a plunge over the Canadian falls without a barrel or other contraption: a 7-year-old boy wearing a lifejacket who fell into the water in a 1960 boating accident.

No one has ever survived a trip over the narrower and rockier American falls.
Yeah - but what about the marks left by the harness? OUCH!
Saved by a crane after parachute fails

22.10.2003 3.21 pm

BERLIN - A parachutist jumping from a 146m skyscraper escaped death when his chute failed to open properly but got snared on a crane next to the building leaving him hanging, German police said yesterday.

"He got lucky after his initial misfortune," said a spokesman for police in the Bavarian capital Munich.

Fire services took an hour to rescue the 32-year-old Austrian extreme sports enthusiast after his base jump from the 35th floor left him hanging 46m up.

Police released the man, who is under investigation for making an illegal parachute jump, on bail.

What are you talking 8 am games????

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

8am games. Ouch.

Hey, have any of you seen the short film 'Batman: Dead end'? I'd email or post it, but it's 135,000 server-choking Kbytes. I recommend downloading it with K++ while I still have it shared! Very cool suprise twists.
>At the inaugural tournament in 1987, New Zealand beat Italy 70-6. When they met again the other day it was 70-7. So in 16 years, Italy have improved by one point. That is painfully slow progress.

Yeah, but when they played in the '99 cup, it was 101-3... making 70-7 a 35 point improvement. That aside, I'm not sure I understand why changing from 5 pools of 4 to 4 pools of 5. To me, it seemed more balanced the other way.

I'm trying to find out what time the Green Briar in Brighton is showing the USA v Scotland match today. I'll keep y'all posted if I find out.
Rugby World Cup: Too many mis-matches?

(CNN) -- Rugby fans have been waiting four years for the World Cup to come round. Now it is here, they are going to have to wait another four weeks for it to get exciting.

Barring the odd exception, the preliminary pool games have been a series of brutal mis-matches between the giants of the game and the plucky minnows.

Nobody can tell me that Australia's match with Romania or England's encounter with Georgia was going to create much interest in the wider sporting world.

Unlike football, genuine upsets just do not happen in rugby. The above matches were never going to result in anything other than a cricket score for the favorites. The losers take home an international cap and a lifetime of after-dinner stories.

But the chiefs at the International Rugby Board (IRB) are in a tricky position. To expand their game, they must include developing teams. Twenty nations are contesting this year's Webb Ellis Trophy.

The only way these teams are going to improve is by taking on the big guns -- but they have got some way to go.

At the inaugural tournament in 1987, New Zealand beat Italy 70-6. When they met again the other day it was 70-7. So in 16 years, Italy have improved by one point. That is painfully slow progress.

There has been some improvement though. In 1987, it was only the original seven IRB teams (England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Australia and New Zealand) that were consistently winning.

Since then, the likes of Samoa and Argentina have made tremendous progress. By 1991, the former beat Wales, and the Pumas denied the Irish a place in the last eight last time.

Meanwhile, rugby is reaching a wider audience. Television figures for the inaugural tournament were measured in the millions. They were talking billions by 1999.

That is undoubtedly good for the game, but all those dollar signs cannot guarantee that every nation plays its best team.

Suggestions that some of the weaker countries were unable to pry their stars away from powerful clubs are yet to be fully investigated. And in the opening week we had the farcical situation of Canada fielding their second team against the All Blacks because they wanted to focus their energy on games they might win.

It is difficult to offer a viable alternative. To exclude the developing rugby nations would be to stunt the game's global growth. It is worth remembering that this is only the fifth rugby World Cup, whereas football is preparing for its 18th in three years.

As more teams become fully professional, and therefore fitter and stronger, the gulf in class should diminish. But rugby has some way to go before producing really surprising results.

Nevertheless, the "phoney war" of the pool stage will soon be over. And I cannot wait for the knockout stages, which promise some fantastic action.


A man has tickets for the Rugby World Cup Final. As he sits down,
another man comes and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him.
He replies "The seat is empty."
"This is incredible" said the man. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the World Cup Final, the biggest sporting event in the world, and not use it?"
He says "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to
come with my wife, but she passed away.
This is the first time we haven't been together at a Rugby Final since we got married in 1987"
"Oh ... I'm sorry to hear that. That's terrible. But couldn't you
find someone else - a friend or relative, or even a neighbour to take the seat?"
The man shakes his head. "No. They're all at the funeral."

Monday, October 20, 2003

Yeah, I have the Animatrix as a DiVX .avi download. Very cool!

Also very cool: I just started as captain's mate on 'Fugitive', a fishing and diving equipped charter boat operating out of Hewitt's Cove marina in Weymouth. I'll be able to log the hours toward a UPV Captain's license, learn all the good spots and techniques for fishing, get to all the good spots for diving, brush up on my Russian and mechanical engineering with Capt. Zlobin, have a nearly inexhaustable source of free seafood, and even make a few bucks... hopefully supplimented by working part time (and training for divemaster certification) at the local dive shop. If our plans for the coming season work out, we'll be building an extended bowsprit, and trying our hand at harpooning giant bluefin tuna! (up to 1,500 lbs. of fish at up to $10/lb.) Yee ha!

Catholic Church now featuring "Wanted" posters for pedophile priests.

Calgary Flames have a new look. They ditched the black third jersey as their road jersey and went with this...

It's their "Home" jersey this season 'cuz remember...White Jerseys are for the Road this year, Dark Jerseys are for home.
Got it to work...I hadn't seen that teaser. I saw a different one on Cartoon Network.


The Columbus Blue Jackets have a third jersey too. I actually like this one. It ain't too bad.
Anyone here see the Animatrix yet? I've seen 3 of the shorts. Really kick-ass.

I got an error message on the link Kiwi. I did see a commercial though on Cartoon Network recently. Could be the same thing.

Hey Matrix Reloaded was better the 2nd time around. It's out on DVD. I enjoyed that movie...what agood dumb kung-fu movie. I pay no heed to the silly plot. It's like a cyberpunk Dune on Acid. Chosen one...orgies...whatever...great fight sequences though and the chase scene was excellent.
I think that Minnesota and Anaheim's 3rd jerseys need to go back to Abercrombie & Fitch.

It musta been the ugly third jersey that killed the Ducks...not Sammie being a terrific and gifted puckhandler!!! ^_~

Bruins are on a tear! 4-3 win vs. LA Sat PM, 4-3 OT win versus Anaheim yesterday. We got The Rangers of the Rockies on tap Tuesday night. Same night Philly goes to LA to meet old friend Roman Cechmanek.

Bruins are on a 3 game win streak and unbeaten in 4. They have won their usual season opening big road trip (while the circus is in town you know ^_~). They have one loss in TB, 1 tie in FL, 3 wins DAL, LA, ANA and face COL Tuesday for the last game of the Ringling Bros. Sponsored Trip out West.

Friday, October 17, 2003

Yay! Hi Sully! You still at work???


Tricked ya Sul - it's for the cartoon!
Hi Kiwi!!!
Top Ten Jawa Pickup Lines
by the readers of TheForce.Net

10. I'm sorry to bother you, but my whole family just got slaughtered in their sandcrawler, and I just don't want to be alone...
by Michael Murray dbkepc@hotmail.com

9. You know, my eyes aren't the only body part that glows...
by Alphie

8. You want me. I can smell it.
by Jimmy Schween

7. Your paws must be tired because you've been runnin' through my head all day!
by sweetjedibrown

6. So I'm not tall dark and handsome but, I'm short, dark, and smelly, and 1 outta 3 ain't bad!
by The Iguana That Ate Yoda

5. The size dosent matter, right?
by Gimli

4. Say, um... are you female?
by Martin Dawson

3. Aieeeah! Your eyes glow like the twin suns!
by Strider

2. I love what you've done with that potato sack, it really brings out your eyes....
by Ripp

1. I may not look like much, but I've got it where it counts!
by Bill Wilbrand

Dallas Stars Third Jersey...

Minnesota Wild Third Jersey...

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Third Jersey...

I haven't seen uglier third shirts since the LA Kings...

Anahiem Mighty Ducks in 95-96

or the Vancouver Canucks 95-97

And even the most recent Vancouver Canucks thirds...yuk!

The Te Rauparaha Haka as performed by the All Blacks

"Gee Pedro... you're looking tired. Would you like to stay in anyhow?"

I'm not much of a baseball fan, but even I could tell it was time to pull Pedro when Grady walked out to the mound.
You can always rent those movies, Kiwi. ^_~ I know...Blade Runner...

Who's fault...Pedro or Grady?
The Te Rauparaha Haka:

Before the Haka is performed by the team, the Haka leader, normally an All Black of Maori descent, will instigate the Haka and spur on those who are to perform the Haka with the following.

Ringa pakia
Uma tiraha
Turi whatia
Hope whai ake
Waewae takahia kia kino

English Translation:
Slap the hands against the thighs
Puff out the chest
Bend the knees
Let the hip follow
Stamp the feet as hard as you can.

Ka Mate! Ka Mate!
Ka Ora! Ka Ora!
Tenei te ta ngata puhuru huru
Nana nei i tiki mai

Whakawhiti te ra
A upane ka upane!
A upane kaupane whiti te ra!

English Translation:
It is death! It is death!
It is life! It is life!
This is the hairy person
Who caused the sun to shine
Keep abreast! Keep abreast
The rank! Hold fast!
Into the sun that shines!