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Saturday, April 26, 2008

View From The Birdhouse


60-70 Block of Lowell St., Somerville, MA. Photo: Peter Fernandez

What is power? Asked the graffiti.

I answer.

It is the ability to produce steam or equatable method of measure therein.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More 48-Hour Film Madness!!!

In the genre of "Spy Movie", comes from the Esteemed OCHO Emeritus Doctor Hooey



WOW!!! Doctor Hooey reported this won "Best of Boston"??? EO'S 4/28/2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hey -

I haven't piped in on this yet, and it looks like fun...

56. Planned communities

57. Match Light and charcoal lighter fluid - that crap will kill you

58. DRM - Digital Rights Management - the condition wherein a company tries to determine what you can and cannot do with the music and movies you buy. Especially bad when it becomes apparent that you will only have access to your purchases as long as it is convenient for the company you bought them from.

59. Companies that want you to think of them as a "family". Your employer is not your family. They will not bail you out of jail, they will not help you when the chips are down. They will boot your ass to the curb.

60. Cubicles - an old standby, but should still be included anyway, especially since I will soon be moving into one.

61. Lunchables - the only thing more tasteless than the gluttonous packaging is the contents

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Smoking PUCK! Valediction

We lost.

5-0. While the Bruins were getting shutout by the best team in the East, I was enjoying myself with beer & sammich. At least I was preparing for either outcome...with libation, good friends and fine viddles.

So...Dr. Hooey's house doesn't have cable. And file under "iRawk...therefor iPod" but I got to play my 80's/New Wave Playlist as DeeJay but iDigress...
I didn't listen to the game on the radio.

I watched it unfold in a cadence of copy. On the "RightNow!" Feature...I get a window refreshing the score every few seconds. I read the entire game. As it happened. Gawd Love the IntrePoop.

Yeah...a little disappointing, eh?

But
...

Although...

Nonetheless,

I had fun.

Wow.

No one expected this. Really. This PUCK did. In our own hopeful & optimistic way, we always do. Until that part in the 3rd Period when we were down 3-0 late...then the obvious sunk in after 0:07. ::sigh!::

So...it's time to write a report card, eh? Forthcoming.

It's still a little new. Being in the Playoffs and then being out of the Playoffs. I bet the "new" New England Sports Zeitgiest will call this adventure a failure, eh? I'll throatpunch the dirty f&*%$#, C^%@# Ytt&& who does!* Eat it...I hate a hater. Unless it really was personal...

I'm feeling good. I'm glad I didn't have to watch Game 7 & be frustrated with it. I was BBQing with Tim Douglas on his birthday...you might recall Tim from the Boston Sports Massacre PodCast back in '04 if you were tuned in. He literally read the bloody game through this little window on the computer with me. It was a new experience, lemme tell you.

'namaste,
Rev. Sully

* Rev. Sully, after all these years and books on Buddha, still tries to keep his inner toublemaker in check. Sometimes it doesn't work that way...
Re: 101 Things That Should Not Exist!

I dunno about that #63...I like bed time now. Hated it as a kid...love it now.

I love nap time even more. Especially when I can plop down on the couch and take a Sunday afternoon snooze myself while my boys are taking their naps.

Friday, April 18, 2008

101 Things That Should Not Exist!

62. Fighting At Hockey. Not Fighting In Hockey aka: fisticuffs...rather Fighting AT Hockey. I'm hearing more & more bad thing that were afoot during & after Tuesday PM's Canadiens/Bruins Game. I mean a lot of stuff getting into the old Korova Milk-Plus & UltraViolence.
Hockey Dads at Squirt games count on this as well!!!

63. Bedtime. Always hated that rule.

64. Movies About 9/11.
OK...it's been a few years since they came out. So now that we've digested it, I say it's still too soon. Point in Consideration: I just got home and hunkered down in the Easy recliner chair and ask if we're watching a new CBS tension-drama starring Air Traffic Controllers. My roommate says, "No, it's United 93". And I simply answered "I still can't dig on those".
I dunno...I saw it on TV live. Then I remembered the rest of the day...
Re: The Smoking PUCK Presents...Today's Daily Meditation

We want a Game 7!!
Yo Sully-

You are so right about the big headphones. Having them away from the ear definitely gives the waves room to stretch. Plus you get much better bass response PLUS headphones outside the ear have been proven to do far less damage to the ears in long-term use. Plus them big cans is badass. Yes, I like big cans, but hey, I'm hispanic.

And you'd totally dig the Arctic Monkeys album - I got it and love it start to back. Hook that up.
The Smoking PUCK Presents...
Today's Daily Meditation

by Rev. Sully & John Travolta
April 18, 2008


Staying Alive. Ah ah ah ah, Staying ALIVE!!! Sing it!
The Bruins stay alive, beating the Canadiens in Montreal 5-1. Les Habs still have the advantage; 3 games to 2. Saturday Night Fever in Boston indeed!!! HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!!!



'Namaste...
and "Strut"

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sully Sez: "Some weeks ago the left sides headset adjuster busted out of it's telescoping headset frame. I fixed with with duct tape & cardboard. But then the plastic broke where the speaker connects to the headset. Diagnosis: repairable but it'll never be the same. I got some Gorilla Glue...great stuff but it's my experience with gluing a break in plastic that it doesn't work very well."

Man... it almost brought a tear to my eye hearing you talk about trying to fix stuff. Good on ya brother. Good on ya.

By the way, check out thermoplastic. It becomes a plyable putty after a brief soak in coffee-hot water, and hardens into something like nylon when it's cool. Great stuff for replacing broken plastic bits on otherwise good toys.
iRawk...Therefore iPod!
Another Broken Headphone, Another Broken Heart Edition


Greetings, Sports Fans! OH! Wrong Crowd!

Ahem...sorry 'bout that. Lemme change my hat.

Hello Audio Files! Get it? Audiophiles? Aw...iDigress...

Another Broken Headphone...
What's akin to being stranded on the toilet bowl without a roll of paper? How about taking a nice walk on a sunny Spring day without the company of their shotgun rider, their iPod. For why?
My headphones broke again.
I must have stuffed them into my Bag Of Life with reckless abandon...again.

The Bag Of Life...not actual color schema.

But.

I'm replacing them tomorrow with the same thing. No more waffling around. I've "found" them.


The Philips SHP2500 Indoor Corded TV Headphone with Volume Control. Ranges between $12 & $20 depending on where you get "hooked up".

Some weeks ago the left sides headset adjuster busted out of it's telescoping headset frame. I fixed with with duct tape & cardboard. But then the plastic broke where the speaker connects to the headset. Diagnosis: repairable but it'll never be the same. I got some Gorilla Glue...great stuff but it's my experience with gluing a break in plastic that it doesn't work very well. I dunno...some chemistry thing I have yet to RTFM.

About 5 months. That is the land speed record for headphones since I started this journey of Life with my trusty iPod. The Philips headphones are inexpensive enough to be almost disposable and with the rate I was going through them. It also was an epiphany to do a 180deg. switch from earbud style to a massive headset. Nonetheless, I found the change to be advantageous. I'm convinced with the speaker being further away from my eardrum, sounds have the space to develop, the wavelengths have time to unfurl. I'm now hearing new things in the backgrounds of those Beatles' songs all over again.

Would the Ultimate Upgrade be available to me? For Mr. "Piss Your Money Away on Headphones"??? Place value in material things...I once bought a pair of wickid-nice Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses. They were pinched from me in a denim jacket left hanging in the men's changing room of work. I also lost my house keys and a asthma puffer along with a denim jacket & my 3-week old Ray-Bans.

The Bose Around-the-Ear Headphone. $139.95...it does have a 5' cord so I won't be losing a channel due to the cord being too short & me dropping the dammit enough. I wonder...

Another Broken Heart...
I love breakup music. It's one of the definable attributes of popular, rock, jazz, blues & folk musics. Music By The People and Of The People...popular music catches the mundane experience of being human. And all the perks and setbacks that come with it. Break-up Music though is an art within an art form. It transcends genre. So I made a Playlist...I listened to it in the morning on the walk to work, played it at a few dinner parties. It wasn't morose...Absolutely Morrissey-Free. I mean it. I had enough of the Smiths and Himself in High School along with the Violent Femmes.
Now, I dig on Nina Simone and Beck. John Lee Hooker & Willie Nelson. Hall & Oates and Lou Rawls. And no less than three Amy Winehouse songs which in the end surprised me. All from her her "Back To Black" album, I've yet to hit "Frank" from the iTunes Store but she's on my shortlist along with the Arctic Monkeys sophomore swing and perhaps the latest Interpol.

I'll share one of the funnier verses I heard during those walks alone from Ms. Winehouse's "Tears Dry On Their Own":



"I don’t understand,
Why do I stress A man,
When there’s so many better things at hand,
We could a never had it all,
We had to hit a wall,
So this is inevitable withdrawal,
Even if I stop wanting you,
A Perspective pushes thru,
I’ll be some next man’s other woman soon,
I shouldn't play myself again,
I should just be my own best friend,
Not fuck myself in the head with stupid men,"


I love this cut of her jib.

I also fell for a very sad song called "Don't Smoke In Bed" by Nina Simone...



"I left a note on his dresser
And my old wedding ring
With these few goodbye words
How can i sing
Goodbye old sleepy head
I'm packing you in like i said

Take care of everything
I'm leaving my wedding ring
Don't look for me
I'll get a hand
Remember darling
Don't smoke in bed

Don't look for me
I'll get a hand
Remember darling
Don't smoke in bed "


And the Rolling Stones had about 5 songs or more in a 60+ song Playlist. One Nirvana song...sometimes you just gotta scream about it, eh?

Although this time she got my Yoga DVD, not my copy of Bleach.


'Namaste...

The Count:
9,630 tracks on iTunes
6,036 tracks on the 5th Gen iPod Video Known As Solaris The Tyrant Sun
The Seizmograph of the Lost Illumination is now up to a 3.4 in places along the equator.
6, 7...maybe 8 hours of battery life on a good day.

2 years, 2 months of constant use

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

As requested by the Reverend, my teams submission to the 48 Hour Film Festival!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

THE SMOKING PUCK!

April 15, 2008
By Rev. Sully

Taxing the Soul...the Bruins are facing Elimination!!!
aka: I Just Came Home From the Garden


I just got home.

Some of this won't make sense since I'm wickid hammered right now.

Bruins lost. In the best of seven playoff, the Black & Gold are down 3 games to 1.

We just lost 1-0.

Nevertheless, I had the best time. I lost my voice before the first period started. "Uncle Mike" V., referred in past PUCKS! was my wingman and carries Halls Cough Drops to the Game.

I am so enthusiastically happy to be a Bruins fan tonight. No one threw anything on the ice. In fact, I did catch a tee-shirt. Really. I got SWAG!

I was SO proud of US. The Gallery Gawds. The fans. It was packed. The Magic Number really was 17,565 as previously stated. And it was to this Hawk's Eye about 16% Canadiens Fans there tonight.

INTERLUDE:
I was walking up the balcony stairs with a beer in each hand...
A Canadiens Fan in the nearest row looks at me and says, "you got one for me"?

And I say, "Quel dommeage!"

And the French-Canadien in from of me laughs, elated! "DOMMAGE!!! HA!!!" He loved it! Quel Dommage means "what a pity".



I missed the violence. It was reported to me first hand there still is bloodshed in the halls of the Garden. As long as I was not part of the violence, that's OK with me...but still...

These are not random notes. I was too busy trying to learn to scream again. Thanks Mike for the Halls Drops. Wow. That's good Sports Gnosis...but iDigress...

I took Dougie with me. Whatever with that then I got SCARED. But I'm a Bruins Fan...I have Been. I Trust. Although with all the Cops & Extra Security at an Habs/Bruins playoff game... So I left Dougie in a bar between the wall & the pinball machine. Then I retrieved it following the game & you know what?...Dougie was there waiting for me.

I did lose my voice in before the first period.

The Boston College Men's Hockey team did come out in the Second Intermission after a JumboTron Montage. Sorry to report, Mike & I are 2-for-3 on the season with being on the JumboTron.

Once a year, I do a report-as-i-Go Issue. This is it.

I'm piecing it together...

What a great night! What a great game. it was bittersweeet. We didn't win. Nonetheless it was a great Sports Event.

I felt really good as a Bruins Fan.

I was a Gallery Gawd tonight.

'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, April 14, 2008

Way to go B.C. Hockey!!!!!!! 2008 NCAA National Champions!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Comics Gnome POOTS! One of those Magazine Links that you Should Be Getting on an Email from Auntie Gertrude...

This AM while going through my bookmarks, I happened upon a post from Warren Ellis. I read Warren all the time in print and in pixel; I read his website daily. Nonetheless ths Gnome knows Warren and pointed this link out to me. Warren said,"Me on Entertainment Weekly’s website, talking about the comic that first hooked me on the medium".

I took a peek..and it was reminding me of my recent POOTings about All Things Funnybooks. With nostalgia and appreciation for what got me hooked.

One thing in common for these creators and this consumer is the childhood experience, with a tactile object with art & stories. Something to absorb the boredom of waiting for Mom or getting a haircut with Dad and all the chairs are full. Like Jim Lee, I too remember funnybooks at my barber.

My favorite creator cover?
Matt Fraction's Batman #316...where Fraction then mentions "Batman 3:16?".



So please...come and see 16 comics creators and their first impression.

'namaste...

Monday, April 07, 2008

Re: BREAKER...BREAKER, GOOD BUDDY!!!...


Bring on the Habs!

Friday, April 04, 2008

BREAKER...BREAKER, GOOD BUDDY!!!...

A SMOKING PUCK EXTRA


The Boston Bruins have made the Playoffs.

Oh yeah...
65. Superdelegates

The word alone is repugnant. It is also ironic because it applies solely to the Democratic Party...

"All animals are equal
But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others"
-George Orwell, Animal Farm
My New Favorite STAR WARS Action Figure!



Courtesy of OCHO Emeritus Doctor Hooey.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Comics Gnome POOTS! a Legion of Reasons to Love the LEGION

I've decided to celebrate with the Comics Gnome...we're going to read the entire DC MULTIVERSE CRISIS longbox.

We call it "The CRISIS Edit". The upcoming FINAL CRISIS promises to be the last Crisis story so what better way to rev up for the Finals than with a re-read. T-Minus 4 weeks. Can I read 3/4 of a longbox worth of funnybooks in that time??? The Comics Gnome says, "hell, yeah!".
I nod my head in approval. We'll kick this CRISIS' ass...

I've already started. And I keep shuffling the deck with new arcs in the overstory's linear & chronological order. It's got me all "Fanboy".

iDigress...
The CRISIS longbox starts with this:

TITLE: All-New Collectors' Edition C-55
PUBLICATION DATE: 1978 (onsale 12/12/1977)
FORMAT: 72 tabloid-sized pages plus covers
COVER PRICE: $2.00
COVER ART: Mike Grell
NOTES: -
CONTENTS: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Stories:
Legion of Super-Heroes: "The Millennium Massacre" (64 pages)
Paul Levitz (Writer), Mike Grell (Penciller), Vince Colletta (Inker)


This has been around so long it has no cover...nonetheless this over-sized, folded in half relic starts off the DC CRISIS longbox. This is a Silver-Age Gem! Several years before SUPERMAN ever appeared publically, something wonderful happened to Young Clark Kent in SMALLVILLE. He was visited by three very curious teenagers from the 31st Century...they were his age and had something else in common. They had POWERS. These three young superheroes offered young Clark something he needed: to hang out with kids his own age.


Superman, if you remember was an only child. Farm life. Rural life. Very sheltered but also he couldn't play with the other kids. He could hurt them. Since meeting those kids from the future, everyday after middle & high school and before suppertime, Clark hops in & out of the 31st Century via time machine and plays with kids his own age. "Plays" is kinda misleading since they're saving the Universe while they're at it.




This pretty much sums up the original SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES.

For 2 decades, The Legion of Super-Heroes was an editorial nightmare!!! A minefield akin to Afghanistan after the Second Tome featured in the CRISIS longbox...

1985's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. That's what I'm reading next.


This cost $30.00 brand-new...worth every penny.


Issue #1 wrap-around. I remember seeing this on the FunnyBook Bodega sheves as a kid.


Issue #7...perhaps the most popular DC cover ever.

Futher up the line will be the INFINITE CRISIS hardcover...

which comes after reading the original 7 issue run in issues along with its multitude of tie-ins...which enriches the full story. I got the Hardcover INFINITE CRISIS for X-Mas from the Comics Gnome who knew I really wanted to compare the two. New artwork, changed dialogs...only sentances but still. The initial run hit the ball out of the park. The Hardcover edition embellishes

A new tie-in for Grant Morrison & J.G. Jones III's FINAL CRISIS has been announced if I wish to take it on...

From Geoff Johns and George Perez...in August 2008.

FINAL CRISIS!: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS



You think I'm enthused? Read Geoff Johns in his own words about this. I swear, you can hear his voice through the copy and its joy de vive through the copy.

The Fat Lady is Needed in Wardrobe...