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Saturday, July 28, 2007



The 2007 San Diego NerdProm is going on right now...

Photo courtesy: Warren Ellis Dot Com

Friday, July 27, 2007

Although with the "old" iTunes files, it keeps count of how many times it's been burned and the limit is 7 times. iTunes Plus Music doesn't have this limitation.

Sure 'nuff, but the reimporting is the key... Once you burn the original to disk, you can import the burned version into iTunes, and it won't keep track of how many times THAT copy gets burned. Some say burning and reimporting degrades the quality of the file, but I don't see why it would if you make sure the settings maintain the original fidelity... after all, it's digital. Ones and zeros are still ones and zeros when you move them from place to place. In any case, my ears have rocked out to so much music over the years that I can't notice enough difference to care.

On a totally different note, Jill and I hope to close on the house we're buying in mid-august. It's a nice 3BR farmhouse on a good sized patch within short walking distance of the harbor in Cohasset. Since the Greenbush line will be running to that neighborhood in September, y'all will have to come for a visit when we get it renovated.
iRawk...therefore iPod: The Conversation!
(soon available in action figure form by Kenner!)

Incidentally, I couldn't help but notice that if you burn a song downloaded from iTunes to CD, and then re-import it from the CD, the re-imported version doesn't have any copy protection anymore.
You know... just saying.


True dat! Burning into CD does lose that Digital Right Management for that specific copy of the song. And also complete albums burned onto one disc register as the Compact Disc Itself including track listings via Gracenote's CDDB, the Compact Disc Data Base. Although with the "old" iTunes files, it keeps count of how many times it's been burned and the limit is 7 times. iTunes Plus Music doesn't have this limitation.

Caveat Emptor on the Gracenote CDDB, if there are multiple selections for the same album, chances are the first one is flawed and someone like me submitted a new one after correcting. I've done that 3 times and it truly is the spirit of what Wiki's do but iDigress...

And I wish there was a one-time fee to upgrade my iTunes collection to the DRM-Free iTunes Plus Music. I mean I got 17 iTunes Plus songs replaced for "30 cents per song/60 cents per video" versus a remaining collection of about 320+ files. Imagine someone with a greater iTunes Store-bought collection?

I'll usually accumulate about under 2 dozen purchased tracks and burn as CD tracks when I want to share them. Although one then has to re-title all the album information & get the album art as well when ripping into MP3 from the CD mix. They end up being very eclectic mixes as Meathead can attest to.

...'namaste

Thursday, July 26, 2007

THE SMOKING PUCK!

July 26, 2007
By Rev. Sully

This is a Fine Romance...
aka: Startin' Up a Posse....The Rodeo Began Without Us!


How romantic! The wooing with the Greenbacks! The lunches, the dinners, the tours of cities. Imaging if you will the mind of an NHL Free Agent. He's brought his wife...and maybe was lucky 'nuff to leave the kids at her Ma's. Limo at the Airport. Fruit basket at the Suite. I'm talking the End-To-End Coverage. Maybe a Duck Tour...definitely lunch at the best place in Town on the Courting Team, of course. After that it's time to talk to the Free Agent's Agent and then with an air of non-committal nonchalance off to the the nearest links while the Missus goes Shopping. A few gift bags, hearty handshakes & backslaps and a ride back to the Airport. A Whirlwind Romance! Whatcha think? Are you moved? Don'tcha wanna know how the story ends? We can't know anything until that Puck drops on October 5th but until then...it's Free Agent Season in the NHL right now. Love Stories are unfolding everyday in the Offseason. Get me a hankie...my hemet visor's getting misty.

Speaking about helmets, strap yours on and Cowboy Up! July 1st started off the annual Rodeo of wheelin' dealin', holdin' & foldin'. Ropin' & ridin' and promises of the Big Payday that will justify choosing a career that risks your knees & teeth on a nightly basis. A Bum Steer, a Buckin' Bull, a Rodeo Clown? What are you getting? Who is going to improve your team or how it usually runs in my City is who are you gonna blame when the Ice melts June 2008. Pro Bull Riding is shown on VERSUS, the cable provider of NHL Hockey games and I always get a kick out of some cowboys wearing a CCM or COOPER helmet & cage combo when riding that bull.

What do you think Mrs. Billy Guerin felt about Long Island? I have friends who are from there and who are stuck there...the opinion is split. Seeing her hubby sign as a free agent with the Dallas Stars, leaving po' Boston Proper with 2 "Seventh Player" Harley Davidson's in the 2 years he played here but iDigress...it sounds bitter. Billy ended up going to the St. Louis Blues then dealt to the San Jose Sharks in time for last year's Second Season. It must have been an Homeric Odyssey for the Guerin Family. When Billy was introduced to the L.I. Press Corps along with three other new players, he was handed a "sweater" with the "C" already stitched onto it. I mean, c'mon Mrs. Guerin...is Detroit that dirty??? I could have seen Billy Guerin fit there then be fitted for that Ring next season...the Wings have signed Dominik Hasek again and are always a Cup Threat. Is Billy Guerin putting himself out to pasture or will the Islanders finally regain former glory? The Proof of the Pudding Pop is in the Icebox.


Pudding Pops


NY Islanders bust out the Fishstick for the New Kids; Jon Sim, Mike Comrie, (GM) Garth Snow, Bill Guerin and Ruslan Fedotenko.

Other Notable Signings Include:
Chris Drury and Scott Gomez: All-Stars from Buffalo & New Jersey are now Blueshirts. Grrrrr...
Daniel Briere: the big splash for Philly when the Rodeo Chute opened was this bucking bronco. The Stampede has Left Buffalo...are the Sabres rattled or will they repeat their awesome 06-07 performance.
Paul Kariya: This All-Star got ants in his Hockey Pants. After ditching his Mighty Ducks, he spent time with Colorado & Nashville and now has gone to the City of the Arch.
Sheldon Souray: All-Star defenseman has been a pain in the Bruins side for the past 6 seasons with the Montreal Canadians, now he's with the Edmonton Oilers.
Todd Bertuzzi: Troubled All-Star & Olympian on his 4th team in 3 years. But he was locked up by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks already looking to go to the Finals again.
Matthieu Schneider: Detroit defensive mainstay flies West for the Winter to flock with the Ducks and their aforementioned Cup defense.

Bruins fans will like to be reminded that there is no more credit at the Liquor Store. Last year, it seemed the Beantowne Bees had the financial advantage and were able to secure talent & leadership with Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard although that left them with little wiggle room for the next year's free agent batch. Trades right now are the only thing the Bruins can do to mix up the roster a bit. Wing for wing & grit for grit was swapped when the Bruins sent Shean Donovan to rival Ottawa Senators for Peter Schaefer. The Goalie situation just got a little more interesting with the trade of forward Petr Kalus to the Minnesota Wild for starting goalie Manny Fernandez compounded with high-hopeful keeper Hannu Toivonen being sent to St. Louis for center Carl Soderburg. Current B's starter Tim "The Tank" Thomas is feeling the fire at his feet seeing we also have untested young Finn Tuuka Rask in the goalie stable as well.

In Other Places:
New Shirts for the Columbus Blue Jackets

In a word...underwhelming.

Also the San Jose Sharks update their logo for the first time since their introduction in 1991:

New Shirts to be Unveiled Soon, chum. ^_~

Love is in the air! Can you feel it? Let's see if these courtships work out or will it end badly for these newlyweds. The Anaheim Ducks right now look better than they did at the beginning of June. The Bruins look pretty much the same which isn't a good thing. The Flyers can only get better from here out...let's hope. Hey, someone's gotta be in Last Place. Just like my Momma said when I dropped out of college, "sumbuddy's gotta dig ditches in the world too, baby". Like I say...why's it gotta be us, now? Good thing for Romance & the Promise of Tomorrow...

'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”.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Oooh! Deedee & I are going to see Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price on Sept. 4, Tuesday at Hahhbahh-Lites/Bank of America Pavillion.

We missed the White Stripes last night. Sigh. Big Heaving Heavy Sully Sigh. The Biggest on I Got. Oh well...
The Comics Gnome POOTS! The Freshest Stack This Side of the IntrePoop!!!

Hello all!!!

Happy Wednesday! The FunnyBook Bodega was in the Comics Gnome sights this afternoon. And I spent $15 with him. Is it an addiction? I still use my rally cry of it's still $20 less a week than pack-a-day smoking. I've actually told the Ramadan Story to two smokers this week but iDigress...

No MARVEL titles this week but is that a surprise?

Although I did pick up ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #111 last week...it was total-series penciller Mark Bagley's final issue. It was a real treat...


POWERS VOL. 2, #25

will be out August 8th kicking off a new 6-part arc that'll knock our socks off...Walker vs. Pilgrim??? Solicited for a monthly release at least until part 3 so it's excuse to be swayed to enter the FunnyBook Bodega and look on the shelf.

Over on the Other Side of the Tights & Capes crowd we have two DC titles in an ever building overstory. What DC is doing in a publishing sense is unheard of and what's even scarier is that it's working.

Although this DC title didn't get the "COUNTDOWN 40" on the UPC Barcode and it could only be...
BATMAN #666

Grant Morrison gives us in one issue a variant of what he pulled off on NEW X-MEN in 2003 in the "Here Comes Tomorrow" arc...a possible future almost tomorrow. The origin story of the Batman of 15 years in New Earth's future makes me almost grateful that another CRISIS looms.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14

Part 3 of the SINESTRO CORPS WAR. Sinestro himself comes home to Korugar. Hilarity ensues.

DC COUNTDOWN #40

The Countdown to the FINAL CRISIS...the secret of 52, the Monitors, the Source Wall and Darkseid. So far it's got a lot...in addition to the lamer Amazon House arc. The title isn't hitting .300 but he steals a lot of bases. The mean Sith-like fanboy in me wants to tan this title's hide and rip it to shreds for plotholes. But I'll be patient. There's a buddy comedy smuggled in here as well with FLASH rogues TRICKSTER and PIED PIPER handcuffed together and on the run. They hate eachother. And who is pulling MONARCH's strings, ya think?

Over on other presses from DARK HORSE it was time to tune into...

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8 #5

This is the variant cover I got. Buffy was mentioned being somewhere in the world by Andrew in a Season 5 ANGEL episode. Or was it one of Buffy's two decoys? Joss Whedon Himself writes this one-shot before Brian K. Vaughan (Y THE LAST MAN, RUNAWAYS, GREEN LANTERN: CIRCLE OF FIRE) takes the reins.

and by the Jesus of the IntrePoop from AVATAR PRESS...

Warren Ellis' BLACK SUMMER #1

This promises to be a really good ride. Trust me and the Comics Gnome on this one. It's Rated "R". You've been warned.

'namaste...
iScream... so cool it'll fog up the windows.

Flavors of the week:
1. The Wicked Messenger - Bob Dylan
2. Small Axe - Bob Marley
3. I Was a Teenage Werewolf - The Cramps
4. Sitting in Limbo -Willie Nelson
5. The Next Episode - Dr. Dre
6. My Philosophy - KRS-One
7. Black Rock - O.A.R.
8. Damned to Hell - John Butler Trio
9. Sailin' Shoes - Sam Bush
10. J.U.R.A.S.S.I.C. - Jurassic 5

Yeah Sully, the 80GB video iPod is the roaring shiznit. Personally, I'm packing 7493 songs, a modest collection of video podcasts, about 30 tv episodes, all of Clone Wars, 7 movies, several videos I shot, all of my digital photos, 4 articles I wrote, and the Tao Te Ching on mine, and it's slightly over half full.

Incidentally, I couldn't help but notice that if you burn a song downloaded from iTunes to CD, and then re-import it from the CD, the re-imported version doesn't have any copy protection anymore.
You know... just saying.
iRawk...therefore iPod!

Laundry Day Edition


I love the Visualizer when I iTunes is playing. It's hypnotic, random and very pretty at times. But I can't sit here and watch the Visualizer all day long...it would be nice but no! It's Laundry Day. Time to plug into the iPod and spend a few minutes on the porch hanging clothes on the line.

I have almost maxed out the brain on my 30GB 5th Gen iPod Video. He's a year and half old and I still can crank about 10 hours of tunes out of him. It's time to break out the tweezers and take all the little tracks not listened to out for room...now visions of the 80GB bigger brother dance before my eyes. More, more, MORE!!! Muhahahahahahahaha!!! 100 Million iPod owners can't be wrong.

5,897 songs to shuffle on the go...and it's roughly the size of the compact cassette. Hanging with the dog on the porch in the summer's morning surrounded by clean laundry and all my favorite music.

What's New?

I just got turned onto this album by OCHO's very own "El Post" and I've listened to it about 7 times this past month completely enchanted by songs such as "Mardy Bum" and "Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But...".


Arctic Monkeys "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not"

These guys remind me of Oasis when 90's BritPop was all the rage. Great hooks, quirky lyrics, nimble storytelling, this 2006 release gives me cause to pick up their April 2007 follow up "Favourite Worst Nightmare" just as soon as it's released on "iTunes Plus".

Oh I hear you asking, "Sully, just what is iTunes Plus"? I am glad you asked! For 30 cents more per track, I can now freely share the music I own purchased from the iTunes Store without limit. Do a little RTFM here and read up about DRM-Free Music. When more tracks are available, I can purchase the DRM-Free version for 30 cents per song/60 cents per video. I intend to buy future iTunes Store purchases using the iTunes Plus...I didn't think the 99 cents per song was going to last too long; it's been that price since April 2003 when the "Store" opened it's "doors".

Well, it's time for another load of laundry...make sure you seperate the whites and wash them in hot water, OK? And if you got a Top 10 List of any persuasion...feel free to let us know. I love ideas for my shuffle. I'm currently "perefecting" my 24 Hour Party Mix with 80's New Wave songs, 70's Disco, ever hear of Leslie Feist? She sounds like the Second Coming of Astrud Gilberto but iDigress...

'Namaste...
Rev. Sully

Current Count:
5,897 on the iPod
6,486 on iTunes
117.1MB remaining on the 30GB iPod until full

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Put this in your puck and smoke it...
Boogaard "the Boogeyman" has opened a day camp in Sasketchewan, where he teaches young players the finer points of fighting like a hockey player. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19766818/

Monday, July 23, 2007

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is on the disabled list and not sure where he'll play next season. But on an episode of HBO's Costas Now premiering Tuesday, he says he won't play for the New York Yankees: "It would make my years here totally disingenuous … would make me a phony."
Source:

Take that, Johnny Damon...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

THE SMOKING PUCK!

July 19, 2007
By Rev. Sully

Free Agents! Schedules! New Shirts!...
aka: Pencil Me in for Chicago


The Bruins Schedule has been released like the Kracken on Perseus' backside. Oh...that means the rest of the schedule for the NHL has been let out as well...like a fart in an elevator. People are disappointed in going on the third year of a lop-sided schedule. The Rivals Formula unveiled after “the Long Offseason” was exciting...for one season. As soon as the Bruins did not play on Home Ice the Detroit Red Wings or the Chicago Blackhawks for two seasons, three calendar years counting the Lockout, it made me think twice about the Rivals Format. I had a spare ticket one day years ago for a Chicago game...I brought a grateful Midwesterner who loves the Hawks. In addition, the Northeast Division is skipping the Northwest Division this year. No Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Minnesota or Colorado. Good thing I got to see the Avalanche last year to gawk at Joe Sakic every time he took a shift.

With another year of the Rivals Format, every division of hockey is in a sense its own League. I grok the 21st Century Red Sox Baseball Hypertheories it takes to understand "who you're playing against in your division". The Bruins are in the toughest division of Pro Hockey in the Northeast competing against Ottawa, Buffalo, Montreal & Toronto. Even the Bruins themselves were in the Playoff hunt last season; 4 of the 5 Northeast Division teams qualified for the Second Season. 13 games in November, 4 are against teams outside the NE Div, the remaining 9 games are all Rival matches against the Northeast furthermore 8 of the final 9 regular season games are against NE Division Rivals as well.

5 games in a Row to start the Bruins Season on the Road...that's the Elephant's Fault but iDigress...

Following the Bruins being the first team to unveil the 21st Century Shirt...


The Washington Capitals ditch their terrible skating bruise colors of black & blue and go back to a more patriotic & dare I say "classic" look:


The Free Agency Rodeo started July 1 and the NHL is beginning to feel like Pro Basketball with marquee players switching teams with abandon. Lots of old faces in new places. More coverage on the Free Agency Rodeo next week with a Who's Where? The Bruins unfortunately cannot sign without jettisoning some cash on their salary cap. The Beantown Faithful might have to tolerate another year of bad hockey.

October 5 the puck drops in Sunrise, Florida with the Bruins facing the Panthers. The Home Opener comes against the Dallas Stars on October 18. This year won't be the year to re-up on the Ten Game Pack. I just don't see it happening. 10-game packs didn't happen last year or the year before either. Sure, I'll go to a few games 'cuz you just can't keep me away from the Gahhden. The 10-game pack is great to be one with my fellow Gallery Gawds but between ticket prices, outrageous concessions, maybe another mediocre team and a building that just can't get loud...I can't swing it. Oh yeah...I'm poor to boot and can't afford it right now. If I had the money I'd say, "definitely maybe" but I don't. No word on if the $10 tickets will be offered again...heck I say it should be expanded but that's just crazy talk, innit? Heaven forbid if the Rabble filled the Gallery, eh?

PS: A little shot out to Steve H, of Calgary, Alberta CANADA who was sitting next to me at Pizzaria Uno. Steve told me he thiks the Anaheim Ducks got the recipe for a dynasty. We talked hockey for about an hour...God Bless Canada. I told him my old joke about hockey being God's Sport seeing "On the 8th Day, God was Bored so God Created Canadians". Steve was in town with his wife attending a Harvard symposium and we ended up chatting about God's Sport for a spell. I was s'posed to knee deep in Deep Dish and Funnybooks but I was so happy to Tawk Hawkey with a Canadian. Thank you, Steve H. Good luck this coming season...he's in a 65-Over Ice Hockey League.

'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”.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Comics Gnome POOTS...a Hint Just Found Out...

No it's not Harry Potter's gonna die. YIKES! Wrong Spoiler!!!

It's the FINAL CRISIS:



...namaste

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

This gets my vote for best link of the year. :)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=zAyFtXlb_eo
Those wacky Kiwis... is there anything they can't do?
http://www.interestingprojects.com/cruisemissile/tvdoco.shtml

Seriously though... this is one resourceful guy. Rocket powered go-carts, DIY cruise missiles, etc. I had enough trouble finding the parts to build a spud cannon over there. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

This is all I have to say about the new Harry Potter movie...

I Grok Muggles!

Thank you very much, ladies & gentlemen!

Fire Up the Tee-Shirt Machine! Atomic Batteries to NUKE!!!

And something for Matt that he can widdle into a house:
How To Make a Hidden Door Bookshelf.
The Comics Gnome Shakes His Head and Wonders...

I feel like Mr. Blackwell...but "Ugggggh-Lee".


On Sale Today, PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #9 (OF 9)

The Punisher's well-intended but clownish costume post-CIVIL WAR. I don't think Garth Ennis will be using this over at his MAX title.

Food for thought...

'namaste,
Rev. Sully

Monday, July 09, 2007

Speaking of getting turned on, a couple of friends from Limerick, Ireland invited me to join them at the local pub on sunday morning for the Munster Curling tournament that decided whether Limerick or Waterford would be representing their province at the all-Ireland semi-finals.

Imagine full-contact soccer, but where hand use is allowed, the ball is fist-sized, and all the players are carrying something like a cross between a field hockey stick and a cricket bat, which is used to score points by batting the ball through the football-style uprights for one point, or past the goalkeeper and into the net below it for three. The pace is fast, control of the game can change suddenly, and with the contact, fast pace, and mid-play bat-swinging, there is potential for some pretty serious injuries. What more could you want in a spectator sport, apart perhaps from a chance to watch it without satellite TV?

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Hello! And Welcome to Channel OCHO!

Hey there...just in case we get a little "foot traffic" from Saturday's Boston Globe Sidekick section I'd like to say hello to anyone checking us out.

Our Blog is turning 5 years old in October and we've been talking about nonsense ever since. It's our Coffee Table of the Grand IntrePoop. I personally talk about comicbooks, theology, NHL hockey and my joie de vivre of iPod. It's our portal to disseminate Pop Culture and anything else we feel is worthy of your attention.

Tune in and you risk getting turned on. ^_~ Thanks.

'Namaste...

Rev. Sully


Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hoo boyee...a spelling of an old foreign curse word revealed???

Come to the Alternative Eye-talian Dictionary...I'm gonna learn a few words. "____, Chief!"

Tuesday, July 03, 2007