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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

THE SMOKING PUCK!

November 29, 2006
By Rev. Sully

Funkadelic!!! Last Place is the Space for Me???
aka: what's the Buzz all "aboot" in Hub Hockey?


Winning three out of four against the Toronto "MakeBelieves", as my good friend Skater James would define the team feels better than great. Hope can almost be lost, dear friends when looking at the statistics and the standings knowing that the Black & Gold Bees of Beantowne are in last place and the division rival Maple Leafs are in second place...these points will come back to haunt 40 Bay Street late in the season as Bruins fans know well from previous windmill tilts, missing post-seasons are recent weather patterns for the Land of the Nor'Easter. The best thing I heard about last night's game...I was doing something just as important watching Scorsese's "The Depahhted" on the Big Screen; I hadn't been to the movies in maybe since Fantastic Four. But the best thing I heard about last night's match was the Leaf's peppered goalie Tim Thomas for 46 shots on goal. This Last Place thing is misleading anyhoo...only 7 points separate Last from Second Place here in the Nor'East Div.

The Beantowne Bees. In some ways I like to provoke things and looks for better change. Improvement. I think that good things that last come with Right Change...not just Exact Change when riding the "T" but iDigress...but to put a little sting back into the local hockey game. What's a Bruin anyway? How about a Bee? I mean the Uniform colors are Black & Gold as a Bee is striped. The Hub logo would not have to "bee" changed either and a whole new onslaught of terms to get caught up in! Humans love to name things! The Gahhden once again gets renamed into the Hive. "The Buzz About Hub Hockey" for a bumper sticker. That goal was So Hunny. I can feel it...can you feel it too? Just thinking out loud on the Can again...damn these wireless laptops. With the trend of renaming & change in the sport I ask, "why not?"

How can I think of hockey after seeing The Departed? I think I have to see it again...tonight. Tune in for more Smoking PUCK after I process this emotional roller coaster-feeling which is hogging my brain's hardware. What could be more Boston that chanting "Shoot, Skate, Hit 'Em" in the Gallery on Game Night is saying to your kids I saw The Departed when it came out and I went back the next night.

'Namaste,

Rev. Sully


All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Sully, when can we get you and your girl over for dinner? We miss you too!
Shoot me an email.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Hey Sully...you are grateful for the people in your life...I grok! And yeah...Jaime and I need to get over to see yooos soon.

Hope that you had a good Thanksgiving. What was the final score of the Bosco Vs. Cambridge and Latin game? ^ _~

Thursday, November 23, 2006

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

On the Great IntrePoop of Life, the Information SuperHighway we can easily hide out there under a screen name, an assumed ID, a nom de guerre, an alias or even someone elses! Chat rooms and Blogs and a sea of anonymity, even an IP address can be shed like a snake's skin...who are we? We are OCHO. Channel OCHO. As when Valentine Michael Smith said, "Thou art God"...well, you are OCHO. And I give Thanks for OCHO...and this is me tracing my hand and cutting it off of brown construction paper & trimming it to look like a turkey for your Fridge Magnets...

To OCHO... from "Rev. Sully", writer & publisher Eric Thomas Matthew O'Sullivan (nee Anzalone), the Comics Gnome, the Smoking PUCK and the bottom of my heart. To Leah & Chris, congrats! To Matt & Jill, I miss you guys! To James & Laura, late February...looks good. To Mario & Jaime...see you soon??? To Pete & Eliza, have a safe trip! To Billy & Tina...every Wed & Thurs is still open, next Bruins night anywhere. To Aaron...see you in a few hours and don't fart or take your teeth out in front of my family. To Meathead & Melissa...happy 1st Turkey Day together!!! Nyah nyah! ^_~ To Lisa & Chris, keep the pics coming! To Aimee & Jeff, the stork bringeth...HUZZAH!!! To Jason & Derek in LaLaLand...ya know I've never been to So. Cal. To Kenly & Parahk, does the world walk under you or do you walk about it? but iDigress...

To Deedee...most of all in this world I give Thanks for you.

To Mom, Jo-Jo, Linny, Debby, Brian & Grandma...Pa watches out for us every day, you know.
To Dad...I do miss you too. Someday when it's right.
To anyone unmentioned...to the People of the Past; some of you belong there tangled in Space/Time like a fly in a spider's web and some have simply taken exits on the IntreState of Life...their Tao; which is it? It is One in the Same: it's only the way of looking at the superstrings that changes.

And to anyone out there actually reading this...hi ya dune?


"we could be heroes...forever and ever, we could be heroes...just for one day" -David Bowie.

'Namaste...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Comics Gnome POOTS the new Wednesday Stack!

Here's to the Gnome on this Holiday week and give Thanks! If you have a commute ahead of you and have the sheer luck or genetics to be the Passenger then maybe you too can read a FunnyBook or two on the ride to Grandma's.

After hitting the FunnyBook Bodega in Harvard Square today, the Comics Gnome and I had our pre-Thanksgiving Feast in Pizzaria Uno. I had the Chicago Classic but it tastes more & more very processed but iDigress...they also were out of their $2.99 20oz Killians. Perhaps that was a good thing in disguise. It would have been Beer for Break'est after waking up on RockStar People's Time.

But what did the Gnome poot forth on the bar downstairs at Uno's in Da Squayah? And what titles did the Other Guy have...

Wait...who was the Other Guy? The Other Guy on his lunch break with his fresh stack...was the Gnome double-dipping??? The Gnome explained that the Other Guy had his own system...a sliding penguin. Don't ask...

But the one title we both had was...


Ultimate Spider-Man #102 by Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley...the longest running battery of writer/artist in MARVEL history. They will be wrapping up their historic run soon at issue #110 when penciller Stuar Immonen replaces Bagley.
The Other Guy said it was because it really is making up for the Original Clone Saga.



Amazing Spider-Man #536; CIVIL WAR: A MARVEL COMICS EVENT by J. Michael Stracynski & Ron Garney. It's the "filling in the blanks" issue about the IRON MAN/SPIDER-MAN fight that took place after Spidey stood up to Tony. Are the days of the Iron Spidey costume done...maybe. But the Editorial Caption asterisk informed me that "Later On..." meant after CIVIL WAR #6...which hasn't yet been released. Do I get a "No-Prize" now, True Believers?



Action Comics #845 Written by Geoff Johns & Richard Donner, Adam Kubert artist.
The director of Superman I & II and the architect of the New Earth DCU cross swords with 2nd Gen legend Adam Kubert for a watershed Superman story. The Boy Who Fell to Earth...again. Luthor unleashes Bizzaro. And the return of General Zod & his two movie henchmen in the last page. Great stuff, kinetic panels illuminating Superman versus Bizzaro in the streets of Metropolis.



DU UNIVERSE "52" Week #29 by the Four Horsemen and various artists.
The Last Days of this JSA. The majority of this "Secret Origin" free issue deals with the Golden Agers Flash, Wildcat and Green Lantern and Thanksgiving. Every Thanksgiving, the Earth-Two JSA would have Thanksgiving dinner with the Earth-One JLA in a parralel universe tale. The came the Crises so this year these three are the only ones who showed up...with Silver Age Trinity are on sabbatical in "52". The JSA are confronted with the Luthor-sponsored team "Infinity, Inc", a team of teenage humans, genetically enhanced by Lex Luthor with superpowers. Infinity, Inc. originally were the children of the JSA who didn't want to listen to their parents and lead normal lives. I read on DC Dot Com the Origin of the Joker was supposed tro be in this issue with art by Brian Bolland, the artist battery partner of Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke" which is the definitive Joker story.
After 29 weeks of $2.50...Do The Math, Mouthbreathers...I'm still tuned in.

I was a little bummed about the lack of the Origin Story but I'll get over it. One origin story released was a great explaination of one of the original Earth-Two/Earth-One version's justification...the Black Canary.
In the original, the Golden Age Black Canary hid her daughter on an Earth another dimensional vibration away and kept the girl in coma-like stasis. The character came over to Earth-One by having her mind occupy her daughter's body and fight alonside the JLA and become the heroine we know as the modern Black Canary. This story overtime and Crises became smoothed out to have a lineage between Mother and Daughter for the mantle of the Black Canary. Let's take a look, Class.




If I could have a request, I'd like the record straight on Bizzaro and I'd want a Bizzaro origin 2-pager. That would be great.

See you next new FunnyBook Day.

'Namaste...
A Smoking PUCK LITE Drag...



Don Cherry when he was coach of the Boston Bruins in the 1970s. Find out more about "Grapes" here at ESPN Dot Com. He's a true personality in Hockey...just like the Smoking PUCK!

"Then, in a span of less than two minutes at the end of the seventh game of the third round of the 1979 playoffs, Cherry would see it all vanish. His Bruins led the mighty Montreal Canadiens by a goal with less than two minutes to play in the seventh and deciding game, when Boston was assessed a penalty for too many men on the ice. A man up, Montreal tied the game, then drove the dagger home in overtime. The Habs went on to win their fourth straight Stanley Cup, while Bruins GM Harry Sinden, with whom Cherry had feuded, canned the popular coach.

Next season, Cherry coached the Colorado Rockies, posting the worst record in the league, and was dismissed after yet another conflict with management. His coaching career was at an end, leaving Cherry and many other observers to wonder: What if the fateful penalty never occurs?

What if Bill Buckner makes that play? What if Scott Norwood isn't wide right? What if Steve Bartman stays home from Wrigley that night?

"We'd have won the Stanley Cup and then Harry wouldn't have been able to fire me," Cherry says without hesitation. "My life might have been a little different. They liked me in Boston. We were tough. We were a Boston team. I was like a Southie to them. I was heavier. I had a big face. I'd say things."

from the ESPN Column above

'Namaste...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Congratulations Kiwi! Let's see a picture of that rock, eh? ;)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

THE SMOKING PUCK!

November 16, 2006
By Rev. Sully

A Night at the Game via the Couch
aka: No Line for Beer of Bathroom here...like the Luxury Box!


Here it comes again...the yearly Game Log Edition of the Smoking PUCK. Tonight: Toronto versus Boston. The Leafs came to town and beat us last week...I was there for a lack luster & disappointing effort by the Spoke’d Bs. The beer was great until the morning but iDigress...
NESN home Announcer Dale Arnold sounds as though he’s fighting a cold.

GAME ON!!! *Note: all times reported from the ComCast Cable box display in Eastern Standard Time.

First Period:
7:08PM FACE-OFF!!! Here we are with High-Definition Television watching the Bruins game. I’m ready. Rene Rancourt has sung both National Anthems. I’ve opened my first beer of the Evening. Chinese Delivery I’m thinking mid-2nd period or after My Name Is Earl ends at 8:30PM. Tim Thomas is starting ‘tween the Pipes for the Black & Gold. Thomas saves the puck and the first whistle of the game comes with over 7 minutes of continuous play. Whew!!! That was great End-to-End hockey.

7:18PM 12:22 remains in the 1st Period and we get our second faceoff of the night. This is the New Ice Order of the NHL. Shots On Goal (aka: the Soggy Numbers) are Toronto 3, Bruins 5. The Leafs are going for their 5th straight victory tonight including last Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Bruins. We play the Leafs again in Toronto on Tuesday, November 28th. 3 of the 8 meetings are in November alone...sheesh!

7:29PM And the first penalty of the night assessed to the Maple Leafs after a daring rush to the Toronto net by P.J. Axelsson featuring that “DING” sound that any goalie just loves to hear...

7:31PM BRUINS POWER PLAY GOAL!!! Phil Kessel, assisted by Paul Mara and Marco Sturm at 14:09...and Nature Boy Ric Flair goes WHOOOOOO!!!



7:38PM End of the 1st Period...shots TOR 10, BOS 11 and there are a lot of empty seats in the Gahh-den tonight evident by the In-Play TV cameras.
First Intermission:
Well I was expecting this...the 2nd Period will be underway when “Earl” is on. Who won the Earl vs. Bruins Game...Earl, Randy & Joy. They always win. Meathead & I were extremely bummed out to miss “Earl” last week as we watched the Bruins get bossed around home ice by their division rivals. NESN’s broadcast is alright. It’s not “Hockey Night in Canada” but at least their starting to show a countdown clock in the corner of the screen showing when the game will resume. Bruins had no penalties in the 1st period and went 1/1 on their Power Play.
Tonight the Bruins are wearing their 3rd Jerseys; their 1970 Black Vintage sweaters. Looking styling.



Second Period:
7:56PM The Puck drops to open the 2nd and I open my 2nd beer. Coincidence??? I think NOT!!!

8:00PM Hey Crabman...Hey Earl. OOOOOH!!! A very Special Earl! #26 on the list. “Give The Stoner-Guy his Air Conditioner Back”. And this one goes until 8:36PM. Christian Slater is guest-star...as the Stoner-Guy, Woody.

8:07PM First Commercial break and the game is still Bruins 1-0 with 11 minutes left in the 2nd period. I’m glad I’m not hooked into the CW’s Smallville ‘cuz you know I’m a sucker for the FunnyBooks and new episodes are on Thursdays...we all know that’s Hockey Night in Boston, dude.

8:17PM Randy is tripping in Claymation. And I gotta pee...beer in, beer out. It’s the B.I.B.O. Rule. Game’s still at 1-0 B’s with 8 minutes left in the 2nd.


Randy

8:29PM I open my 3rd beer.

8:36PM And it’s 2nd Intermission when I turn back from “Earl”. I get an Interview and need to refer to the IntrePoop for a score. It’s still 1-0 Bruins, the Bruins are outshooting the Leafs 20-16 and got their first penalty of the night so far with 2 ½ minutes remaining in the 2nd period. Is it time for Chinese food? Hmmmm...eating late makes Sullys chubby you know. I haven’t eaten since a chicken salad sammich & pizza rolls about 2PM and Beer #4 looms on the horizon. Is this a Zen koan? Something that only defies conventional logic??? Don’t be silly...I don’t have any food in my fridge fit for consumption. The eggs are going on 3 weeks old, the bread is a shade of Aquamarine and Eggo waffles or pasta & butter is just way too much effort. At least I know who would win in a fight: Muppets or Sesame Street. Earl & Randy agree that Muppets Rule.

Third Period.
8:47PM Game on! The Puck drops for the 3rd period.

8:52PM These things take time. Marco Sturm had his assist taken away from the 1st Period Kessel PP Goal and the point was awarded to Brad Boyes.

9:03PM I took a little time to vote for the NHL All-Stars. See below. I tuned into the last minutes of “Smallville” where Lex proposed to Lana. Is that geeky ‘nuff for ya? ^_~

9:06PM And there is 9:06 left in the 3rd period. I did this because I think I got a little of the O.C.D. in me. I think the seal has not only been broken instead beaten over the head with a lead-filled snowshoe. I gotta “go” again...I’m squirming & doin’ “the dance”. Hey, these seats are great! The Loo is right there!

9:11PM #&%@!!! With 6:42 remaining in the 3rd period The Leafs score on a Power Play. The score is tied 1-1 on a Marc Savard penalty. Off the face-off in the Boston zone...well Mouthbreathers it would be kinda hard to score 2 seconds into the Penalty Kill from the other face-off circle. Savard, by the way changed his jersey number from #71 to #91 on Nov. 2 for those paying attention. The PUCK incorrectly stated recently that for Atlanta Marc Savard wore #17. He wore #9 so is the #91 because he was drafted 91st overall in 1995 or was it because #9 is retired by the Bruins for Johhny “The Chief” Bucyk. I haven’t read the press fluff piece about the number change and I do read Dupont every Sunday.


Chief spent 21 seasons in a Boston Bruins sweater.

9:21PM Beer #4 is open and being sipped. “One Minute remaining in the Period” sounds about the Gahhden over the P.A. Only in the Luxury Box could we get suds at this precious time...

9:24PM 3.7 seconds left and a face-off in the Toronto Zone...Patrice Bergeron does get a shot on goal and is tripped-up but no goal and no call...onto overtime we go. “Black Betty” by Ram Jam plays on the P.A...the unofficial Bruins “fight” song.

9:26PM And we begin OVERTIME...both teams receive a standings point for making it this far,

9:27PM And Patrice Bergeron wins it in Overtime!!! From Marco Sturm and Brad Boyes, 34 seconds into the overtime period. As the Nature Boy says, “WOOOOO!!!”


Post Game Notes: And the Bruins are the proud owners of a three-game win streak. Patrice Bergeron has won the past two games; one being the shootout winner in Washington last night and then the overtime winner tonight. Is he an All-Star or what? Too bad shootout goals don’t figure into season totals or he’d be up two goals in the Season Stats.

And lastly the PUCK would love to remind you that All-Star Balloting On-Line is now available! Vote here now
...and as often as you like now through January 2, 2007. Only we, The Fans can send Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron to Dallas this year. Maybe even Phil Kessel can saddle it up for the Rookie Game as well.

I had a good time tonight...did you? ^_^

'Namaste,

Rev. Sully

All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Intrepid Peter, “RTFM”.


Compliments of Dr. Hooey...^_~
The Comics Gnome POOTS a Very Civil Post about the MARVEL State of the Union


This is the cover to CIVIL WAR #5...this is Spider-Man bleeding as well.

When push comes to shove, will you do the right thing?
Spidey is a little sick of the State of this Union...and he's horrified by his role with the "White Hats". This is still MARVEL's best title and best Event in years.

What I didn't really like is that the Comics Gnome & I got suckered into buying two supplemental issues. One was OK...the other bored me and felt as though we wasted $2.99US/$3.75CAN. All in all, we didn't feel as though it enhanced or contributed to the great over story that Mark Millar is spinning.

First the good...CIVIL WAR #5. Johnny Storm on the run with sister Sue Richards from the "Good Guys" after breaking up the Fantastic Four and choosing to side with Captain America's fight for what's Right. Spider-Man leaving the Avengers and Iron Man's side because of Tony & Reed Richard's "solution" of "Area 42"...the place where superpower rogues are being imprisoned; to be hunted down and savagely beaten to a bloody & near-dead pulp...only to be saved by XXX XXXXXXXX. The Comics Gnome chooses not to reveal Spidey's savior but the Wild Card is revealed. Along with a traitor on Cap's side.

The Bad.

Iron Man #13
The waste of $2.99. Boring. It was supposed to enlighten the reader on Tony Stark's reasons for his zealousness. It was a lot of panels of things I was completely lost on. Oh well.

The Ugly.

Wolverine #47
I call this "ugly" 'cuz I'm being funny. I was a little "lost" in part 6 of "Vendetta" tying into CIVIL WAR where Wolverine (who is on Iron Man's New Avengers side...not Cap's "Secret Avengers" side) is hunting down the villian Nitro, who was the major culprit of the Stamford 600. The best part of this is the eye candy of Humberto Ramos' art. Who needs major introduction of the story arc when the first head-spinning panel you see are two Armors trying to cut Logan's head off with a buzz-saw and getting stuck at his adamantium-coated spine. How can that not be fun...

See you next new FunnyBook Day, kiddos.

'namaste...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006



Aimee Berger-Girvalo and new baby Austin Mac...congats to Aimee, Jeff & Gracie!!!


Austin Himself...


And Aimee, Gracie & Austin on his Zero Birthday!

Way to go, BeeGees. ^_^
Heya OCHO!

My computer's been at my girlfriend's flat for the past few & foreseeable next weeks while hers is "in the shop". So I have little time to crunch copy and tag texts...my apologies. More PUCK coming soon but not today...the Bruins play two nights in a row and three in four nights. I went to the Toronto game last Thursday and if you ain't got nuthin' good to say then wait until you do have sumthin' good to say (or wait until it's time for HULK SMASH but iDigress...^_~). And that's all I'll say about the Bruins play last Thursday...

Gotta fly. Stay good. Don't do anything I'd ever do but if you do...do it better.

PS for kicks I'm reading all 5 books of the Hitchhiker's Trilogy in reverse order...this started when I recently read the first book in reverse order as well...the jokes are funny and the fifth book has always been in a way my favorite. Herring sammich anyone?

...'namaste

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Comics Gnome Adds On the Backstory...

In the DC Universe after Crises and Parallel Earths, some of the most beloved characters can be muddled beyond the point of Suspension of Disbelief...and that's tough in a superhero funnybook where all it takes is a well spun story to set the record straight.

Welcome to Hawkman...

He started in the Golden Age...was updated for the Silver Age JLA alongside Green Arrow and Aquaman but after the "Crisis on Infinite Earths"...some of these Golden Agers origin stories were outright almost ruined such as Wonder Woman, Byrne's Man of Steel Superman redux but most especially our friend the Hawkman. If you peek at the Wikipedia link above...bring your own Tylenol and never ask me who "Fel Andar" is and how he fits in the continuity...I still can't explain it right so I'll just nod my head like I understand, alright? I'll still remember fondly the Hawkman & Hawkgirl of the Silver Age...a married crime fighting couple. Not as "Nick & Nora Charles" as the Elongated Man Ralph Dibny and his late wife Sue but a great partnership in its own right.

But lemme give to you the two-page origin story of Hawkman from last week's issue of "DC 52"




And lemme tell you about Ralph Dibny since I mentioned him...




This is the playbook for "New Earth"...next week I'll bring you Power Girl and see if there's finally any mention of Earth-Two in her origin story. Because I did see while trolling Newsarama's Dot Com a panel from the opening pages of "Justice Society of America" #1 by Geoff Johns...and for a spell only Hawkman had a worse post-Crisis story than Power Girl.



'namaste...
iRawk...therefore iPod

This month's music will not feature a Top 10 list...why? It's practically identical to Last Month's Sully Top 10 List. I've reached another stall in Solaris' evolution of musical dominance by maxing out my Powerbook G4's memory. I need to break down and get a 300GB external harddrive or the such. I can't buy anymore new music or shows until I do which is a bummer but I guess I'll have to just put up with the 2,822 tracks, several favorite episodes of TeeVee and a classic video game to keep me entertained "on the go".

One album in particular just ticked me like an Elmo doll. I had finally watched the wonderful cinematic experience of Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou" over at the Esteemed Dr. Hooey's home...it was featured on the digital projector making it a true home theatre. One of the charming seque elements was the singing of Brazillian actor Seu Jorge and his acoustic guitar singing David Bowie songs "unplugged". I, of course watched it with Posty and Hooey after gorging on Redbones ribs and enjoying what the night had to offer...it was Posty's pick of a movie "I just HAD to watch". Boy, wasn't he correct?


The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions by Seu Jorge

"...the (motion picture) soundtrack features songs by older artists and, most notably, David Bowie songs performed in Portuguese by cast member Seu Jorge (who adapted some lyrics to make them relevant to the film's story). All of the David Bowie songs featured in the film are originally from the 1969 album Space Oddity, the 1971 album Hunky Dory, 1972's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars or 1974's Diamond Dogs..."
Source:

The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions album is the complete recordings that Seu Jorge produced for Wes Anderson...15 songs in all, 14 Bowie and the original "Team Zissou". All acoustic, all in Portuguese. I wish I had the transcription book to this album so I can play this amazing array of Bowie songs on the guitar as well...perhaps I'll have to pray that OLGA can make a comeback.
One of the best things I bought off the iTunes Store...

I also bought a killer version of Tetris by EA Games. This is new and only for the 5th generation, video capable iPod. This is great stuff...I spent hours and hours playing Tetris on the original Nintendo Game Boy and the spinach-green screen.



It eats up battery-time and the interface frustrates when your thumb lingers on the ScrollPad but all in all it is an excellent purchase. I was thinking maybe getting the Mini Golf game next.


INVADER ZIM! Cover for Volume 2 DVD...available for iPod at the iTunes Store.

I got the one when Zim turns GIR's responsibilty level up to a real SIR unit...and GIR deems Zim too incompetent to complete the Mission...fun, fun, fun. Once I get the external hard drive, I'll invest in getting both volumes. I really want to get the episode with "Bologna Dib". As the turned-up GIR says, "the knowledge it fills me...it is NEAT!".


Battlestar Galactica Season 2.5 (eps 10-20) DVD cover...all episodes including current Season 3 available for iPod at the iTunes Store.

I bought the Season 3 premiere of the new Battlestar Galactica. I watch the rest now "On Demand" via the Comcast cable service. I'm fascinated by this show and it makes me proud to be a fan. It's great. This is one of the best shows on television.


BTVS S2 DVD cover...seasons 1 & 2 available at the iTunes Store.

I also got the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 2 finale "Becoming Pt. 2"...it's interesting that the two episodes of BTVS I've purchased from what's available are both "Written & Directed by Joss Whedon".

When I was getting inked in Mexico...while I was getting inked this song by Germany's very own Scorpions came on the radio...Black Out from the album of the same title. I took it as a sign and got it from the iTunes Store.


I am a HUGE fane of the White Stripes and I hustled down 5 tracks I didn't know were around...
"Hand Springs"...a song about pinball.


"Red Death at 6:14"


And three live tunes from the killer "Under Blackpool Lights" concert DVD; "Jolene", "Hotel Yorba" and "Seven Nation Army"


and one for the hassle of the MBTA's new fare automated collecting system the "CharleCard"...I bought the Kingston Trio's "MTA" or better known as Charlie on the MTA.


As soon as I get more room I'm raiding Posty's jazz MP3s and going to get a boatload of Neil Diamond!

So again, dear OCHO...what's your favorite music Got something to turn me onto, bunkie? ^_~

'namaste...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

THE SMOKING PUCK!

November 8, 2006
By Rev. Sully

A Hockey Team is Very Far from a Democracy
aka: Speaking of Stuffing the Ballot Box...


Who is to blame for being a last place team? Is it the players for letting the play get away from them or is it the coach for leading badly? Are the People to blame when Government goes bad? The Will of the People speaks is funny ways...MidTerm Elections make change and progress in real life...so what about on the Ice? Culture reform was on the Books after another failed season therefore the team was changed. Management was replaced. Talent was shuffled. It is about all one can perform when something isn’t working. One saving grace is that it is still early in the season...but it’s 12 games into the season already. So far the Provisional, Occupational government on Causeway Street haven’t got much besides running water & power, breads & circuses. A Hockey Team is very far from a Democracy. It’s Despotism. One voice and the rest follow but we really don’t think the “one voice” commands to lose games in the last minutes...get real. The Bruins were getting pantsed on National Television compliments of VERSUS. The Score was 5-1 late in the 3rd Period with the Atlanta Thrashers in the lead when I witnessed 2 Bruins goals in the waning minutes by the Young Guns. The Bruins lost 5-3 but somewhere in that loss was tenacity and Bruins Toughness.

The PUCK’s opinion of coach Dave Lewis is that he felt overwhelmed in a sense...by us. The City. The Gallery Gawds. I read in the Sunday DuPont (I think...) that Lewis was a little shocked by the fan reaction to the 1.2 second 3rd Period Montreal loss wherein the Gahden Faithful once again threw debris onto to the Ice. Lewis came from Detroit where octopi are thrown...but the motivation was different. It was a reward for a playoff goal. Once upon a long ago, back in the Daze I asked former Bruins defenseman Glen Featherstone this question about the Octopus Throwing and he cleared that up for us. I saw Featherstone last year at the Gahhden. What I noticed first was the Rangers shirt. Then I noticed the long name on the back of it...a little kid was wearing it and it was a little big. Then I noticed the parents and lo & behold...Glen Featherstone, a decade older nonetheless him and his wife attending a night at the NHL. I let the Blueshirt pass on that one. There was another time we saw Chris Nilan in the Old barn but iDigress...although I did get Terry O’Reilly’s autograph on my jersey when I was a kid. Turk too, same sweater. Good times. Sometimes all it takes to enjoy hockey is a night at the game even if the team isn’t firing on all cylinders. Shootout losses...throw in an overtime victory in a 4 win season so far and it’s obvious why the Bruins are in last place again. Is it too soon for the fans demand another regime change?

Hal Gill and Andrew Raycroft return to Beantowne Faire Thursday evening with their new team, our division rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’ve always wondered how a Leafs fan feels about moving Conference & Division...instead of playing the Hawks & Wings as rivals they now have the Bruins & Habs for Original Six with Ottawa and the now high-octane Buffalo Sabres. Currently, Toronto is in 2nd place in our NorthEast Division, trailing Buffalo by 4 points but will be without their captain & full-time Bruin hunter Mats Sundin for 3-4 weeks. Toronto will play the Bruins again at home the following Thursday as well. This is the part of the show where I say “do the Math, MouthBreather”. Between being a Nordique and a Leaf, Mats Sundin has played 69 times against the Bruins in his career. He’s a perennial All-Star to boot.

Speaking of Stuffing the Ballot Box...the All-Star Game will be held in Dallas this year, home ice to the Stars. Only we can get Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara there by voting! In the spirit of this week in politics, I thought it was worth mentioning. I remember once in Ray Bourque’s waning days in Black & Gold I personally IntrePoop voted for Papa Bear numerous times...and got as many friends behind me as possible. That year Ray surpassed Wayne Gretzky in All-Star Game appearances. I still really need to apologize to Ray for accosting him on the night of my Senior Prom at Saugus’ infamous Kowloon Restaurant...I was in the Schnapps. All-Star voting is truly Democracy in the Game so the Smoking PUCK will actively remind you to vote for your favorite players.


And to leave you with the Smoking PUCK Thought to Ponder...the NHL recently acquired hockey photographer Denis Brodeur’s collection. Denis was also the team photographer for the Montreal Canadians. His son Martin is the goalie for the New Jersey Devils; you may have heard of him. So here’s to Denis Brodeur...and if you peek on the right you’ll see the Turk in the frame.


Rivals...

'Namaste,

Rev. Sully

All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Intrepid Peter, “RTFM”.
The Comics Gnome POOTS...an Absolutely Fabulous Hardcover!!!

It's true. They want your money...badly. See the geniuses over at Warner Bros. & DC Comics have the idea in their heads that they can get more of your money if they make really expensive dust sponges to sit on your shelves. The Comics Gnome pointed to the shelf at the FunnyBook Bodega on New Release Wednesday...just slightly out of his reach. S'why he needs me around, to cherrypick but iDigress...


Absolute Editions
. Read about them here..archival oriented, filled with extras, over-sized. A litany of the Modern Classics all republished hardcover, slipcased and running between Seventy-Five and One Hundred Dollars each.


DC: The New Frontier Absolute Edition cover...by Darwyn Cooke, written and drawn. Winner of the 2005 Eisner Award for "Best Limited Series".

This story retells the Silver Age without the mucky-muckying around with Earth-One & Earth-Two. It's not a "New Earth" origin story nor is it necessarily "Elseworlds"...it's not "in-continuty", "pre-Crisis" or "origin defining" although it is listed as DC Universe according to DC Dot Com. It really illuminates the separation between the Golden to Silver Age by addressing the reality of the nacent Space Age of the 1950s. It is an iconic work weaved with nostalgia...true love & respect for the Quelle of DC Universe lore, the decades long Body of work that makes this Playground I so enjoy.

"In the 1950s, Cold War paranoia outlawed the Mystery Men of the Golden Age. Stalwarts such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman continued to fight for truth and justice, but as the world hurtled toward an uncertain future, it would take a new breed of hero to define the American Way. DC: THE NEW FRONTIER takes readers on an epic journey from the end of the Golden Age of heroes to the beginnings of the legendary Justice League of America."
Source:

A less-exhaustive "regular" softcover TPB version can be found in two volumes for $19.99 each


TPB Vol. 1


TPB Vol. 2

Brain candy for the fan of the DCU! Huzzah! A well-told tall tale in tights...look to the skies because an animated PG-13, full-length feature release of "The New Frontier" is nigh, as well. This story is the Silver Age distilled into a finer draught for your enjoyment. And I'll keep it on the top shelf so that Gnome keeps his paws off of it. ^_~

'namaste...
Rev. Sully

Sunday, November 05, 2006



Remember, remember the 5th of November
the Gunpowdwer Treason and Plot...


...thanks Posty for the Moore.

I celebrated by listening to all the Clash on my iPod all day in complete shuffle. 'Nooooge.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

BTW - Happy Guy Fawkes Day. Better than Christmas the nation united in a single cause of blowing stuff up and burning things!!! That's my kind of holiday!!!

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes,'twas his intent
to blow up the King and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below,
Poor old England to overthrow:
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, make the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah!


Thank you Wikipedia
Sorry to hear that the building inspection didn't go so well Matt. We initially thought we might have a problem with Bora (NZ's version of termites but beetle like instead of ant like) especially given the age of the house but after getting a few knowledgable opinions seems like we are in the clear. We still put down a few bora bombs through the house just in case... Our roof is also past it's use by date and while it doesn't leak it will need replacing within two years. Given what little we have to do to the house otherwise though that cost is fairly negligible.

Moving day is next week. All are welcome as always, to the house party afterwards: 1 Knight's Drive (off Arthur Road). Hee hee - I own my own digs!!!