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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

iRawk…Therefore iPod
Year’s End Brewing Edition


Last Call for 2009! As the bartender will say, “Finish ‘em up! You Don’t Hafta Go Home…But You Can’t Stay Here!”.

Well…to celebrate a Regular Saturday, OCHO’s very own “El Post” & I went to the Homebrew Store and proceeded to brew yet another fabulous beer. He’s the Braumeister; I’m the Idea Man and Assistant. We like porters & stouts…so we notice a pouch of aromatic Bitter Orange (basically dried peel) and I thought of those chocolate oranges, the candy you smack on the table?

Posty really dug on that idea...so we went with Organic Cocoa Beans as well to boot with rich, dark grains for the color. We toasted the Cocoa beans and I swear it smelled like Willy Wonka’s in Posty’s kitchen.
I then took a dry skillet and slightly roasted the bitter orange peel, drop into a hot, dry pan, and high heat for less than a minute. Keep rolling the contents so all the sides get heat…this is to activate the precious oils that reside within the rind. Out of the Pouch, these oils are quite inert. I pull the skillet off the fire, rolling the pan, wafting the aroma to Posty, and myself “Smell that?” I inquire and he got that big, dopey grin we’re all used to seeing. I think we yielded less than 5 gallons of fresh, delicious, unique, original stout.

The entire time…we’re listening to “Motherboxxx”, my synchronous source of sounds. And all the new music I bought in 2009. I started with Sir Paul McCartney’s the Fireman, asking him; “do you know who this is”? The thrill of informing a friend, yes this is new rock & roll music by a Beatle. I then asked him if he’s spun the new Flaming Lips Double LP Embryonic. I got the Deluxe Version including singles & bonus tracks. The driving electronica in places was a good Viking Drum to our endeavor. I think Posty was pleased with his initial listening of a band he helped (with Dr. Hooey) get me into.
We then finished with the actor/comedian/musician Steve Martin and his earnest album of music for the Five-String Banjo. We didn’t finish that album, in favor of Julia Child’s “The French Chef” and how to truss a chicken…but the beer is fermenting. And in a few weeks we bottle. Add more patience and the Bitter Orange Chocolate Stout will be ready to enjoy. Sharing with a buddy like that makes me think of sounding off the Old Year with New Music & iTunes Purchases.

5. Deepak Chopra, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore

Don’t let the title scare you off. I was talking to my Auntie Debby, my godmother on X-Mas. I asked her if she had an iPod, which she does and uses but only for Tony Robbins’ audiobooks and I responded, “me too! Only with Deepak Chopra!” And I mentioned this audiobook in particular because Chopra really engaged good Christian Thought and may I add “Right Christian Action”. Even when I was a Catholic, I never felt Christian…but after listening to The Third Jesus a few times I guess being Christ-like transcends Christianity.

4. The Flaming Lips, Embryonic (Deluxe Edition)

This almost didn’t make the cut because I felt I hadn’t really dug it enough with subsequent listenings but Beer Brewing with Posty changed my heart on this matter. I loved getting into with Aaron, mid-craft, the soundtrack to a great day of making “yumminess”. In what I’ve termed “the Cosmic Sound” that Embryonic shares with other Rock & Roll greats such as Pink Floyd in the Syd Barrett Daze (and shortly thereafter) and the Rolling Stones in their Satanic Majesty’s Request Phase.

3. Steve Martin, The Crow: New Music for the Five-String Banjo.

I like charming. This album, flaws & all, most is charming. The Crow strikes a balance between Easy going and Sometimes “getaway music” frantic. Martin is one of my favorite performers and his stand-up was a backdrop to Sunday Dinners at Nana’s…I’d read Uncle Eddie’s WW2 comics and listen to Steve Martin & AC/DC cassettes. I bought this because I peruse the iTunes Store frequently (new free stuff all the time!) and of course a new album by one of my all-time faves caught my eye.

2. The Fireman, Electric Arguments

This album just seriously rawks. That’s all there is to it. There are ballads and driving music. And cooking music as well. It slips into the background very well. I feel so rewarded for listening to not only Sir Paul all my life but my friends as well whose music taste illuminate my life.

1. Mos Def, The Ecstatic.

I bumbled upon after its release a few weeks into June and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it. The Hip Hop album you’ll tend to see in most Best of 2009 will probably be Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3. For me, it comes to the taste that defines Star Wars from Lord of the Rings…and my favorite Hip Hop of the year and the Best Album of the Year goes to Mos Def’s The Ecstatic. Mos Def was born into a Muslim home in the projects of Brooklyn, NYC…he’s a year younger than me. His stories resonate with me in a way that’s almost tactile. He talks of the Projects, pre-Crack Era and I lived that about 300 miles north. When I hear the tracks of this album play…my hands move, my eyes close, my hips sway, my shoulders roll.

I really like the risk involved with new music. It’s like the risk involved in brewing your own beer. Sometimes you spend this money, make this effort and it blows up…literally such as our first beer of the year that made a mess when in exploded in the basement but iDigress…
But when the stars are aligned just right…that risk contains a memorable reward.



crea shaakti,
Rev. Sully
120GB iPod Classic, 1+ year old.

Eric O'Sullivan
Wandering around Boston, Cambridge, & Somerville, MA...wired in.


Click it!!!

*motherboxxx art proudly pirated off the IntrePoop but purchased in Final Crisis #5, DC Comics, Jan '09, Morrison, Jones, et al.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

the Tao of Sully

On Pipe Dreams


pipe dreams...I hope you have billions of them as well. They reek of hope.

So to commemorate the Decade Anniversary of this Idea...here it is again. I posted this a few years ago and I thought it fit in well here.

December 22, 1999 I came up with a silly idea...a World Religion. A United Faith. Being freshly ordained the year before and a head full of turgid ideas about spirituality, I thought I'd make my own "faith" as the ULC empowers me to do with the ordination. What all things need for attention? A slick ad campaign and a logo...it's true. ^_~ I came across the word Syzygy, in the definition of a planetary allignment in conjunction with the Sun.

So...yeah...it's unfinished and embarrassing but why not. From a Decade Ago and I Still Believe iCould...

Syzygia (lat. From the Greek Suzugia, union, coupling, a yoke)

Follow me to true faith. Or at least learn how to read the map to get there yourself.
The Bible, Torah, Koran, and the Vedas are only one part if you choose them to be. Using those as a crutch will only make your soul myopic.
The spirit is only one part of the body. As much as a healthy body will improve your quality of life, a healthy spirit will augment your entire being. Any approach is fine. Christ, Mohammed, Vishnu, Buddha, Zoraster, any of these are tools to reach the Divine. Call it Astarte, Yahweh, the Big Bang Theory, Zeus, Allah, En-Sof, Abba, Mother Goddess, God; you can’t be wrong. They are all the same. All have different values and aspects. Like the people of the world made in the image of the Creator, the avatars, icons, and ideas all hold cultural similarities and differences.
All faiths have common bonds. Stories of creation, stories of a flood, stories of angelic (or conversely, demonic) hosts, ritual sacrifice, pomp and circumstance.
Only a paradigm of intolerance will hold you from understanding that there is a higher faith. It has nothing to do with religious allegiance. Every perspective is correct. There are no lies when it comes to the connection to the Divine. Every religion has its downside but the universal upside is the fact that they all get people to recognize their Maker.
The Syzygia recognizes all faiths, religions, and creeds. There is no wrong way to pray.
The only sin is the absence of sin. Never stop recognizing what is evil but remember: morality is needed to separate the humans from the animals. When people are ‘immoral’, are not they acting more animal-like. Each religion has a moral code.
The only code is the absence of code.
The only holy writings are any you deem holy; who is to tell you, an independent individual, what texts are holy or not. You have a mind of your own. The accepted holy writings have limitations and flaws only because humans put down the words. Holy writings can be troublesome because of the conceptual and literal interpretations. Holy writings can be dangerous because once left in the hands of Man, God’s Words took a different direction. But holy writings are necessary because they are a looking glass into our pasts. They…

Unfinished

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sorry I didn't see the post about iPod disaster sooner Sully, but you are doing it the wicked hard way. If you want to easily import everything in your iPod to a new computer, all you have to do is set your iPod to let you access the directories on it as if it were any other hard drive, and then synch the new iTunes to the directory on the iPod that has all your music. Then you just drink a beer and play some Dragonball Z while stuff gets copied automagically for a few hours.

As an aside, Jill and I are having some folks over on the first for the winter classic, and weather permitting an outdoor fire and some pond hockey. Let me know if you're interested. I was sadly unable to copy you on the facebook invite... ya stubborn bastid. :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Oooops...so out there on the IntrePoop...I tend to muse about funnybooks with other geeks. On of my favorite reviewers got a thread on his site and I contribute there. Little do these MenChildrens know that I cut my teeth on NPR...the 10AM On Point show used to be The Connection and I used to contribute there. That's the passing lane for the mouthbreathers.

So I cut & pasted my Best of '00s here to our OCHO. He was asking for Best of PREVIOUS Decades; 90s, 80, 70s and so forth.

So The Comics Gnome POOTS forth another Decade-Ending Top 10 List for you to say, "Shoulda had this!!!" to WAH! ^_~


I'll just keep posting as I think about them. Let's start this party off with a bang...lawrence!
the Dubble-Aughts...the '00s.
Caveat: I am a Superhero funnybook fan...that's my apparent bias. It is my list...^_~

[*]New X-Men by Grant Morrison
[*]Green Lantern (have not missed a month since Kyle & The JLA took on Nero) both of these titles in 2001 got me back on the Horse. They are Honor Guards. 'Nuff said.
[*]The Authority, Vol. 1. What else do I have to say about Warren Ellis to Mark Millar. I never read anything else before like it. I am such a sucker for a good superhero story. I know it started in May 1999...I'm asking for a smidge of lattitude. I will include StormWatch by Ellis on my Best of the 90's (and hopefully Michael Ian Black will say something snarky between segues as on VH1Classic...bit iDigress...)
[*]Planetary. There's mot much to say about this besides, "Read it!".
[*]Ultimate Spider-Man. I buy it every month. The proof of the pudding's in the taste! Huzzah!
[*]Powers. I'm so happy I took the chance on reading this. I've stopped waiting for new TPS about Vol. 2, #1. It's some of the best renderings of inside-out, drippy people I've ever seen. Wow. What good stuff. Happy Vol. 3 is now in play.
[*]DC Event Comics. I have to cluster the '00s as so. I was on the hook from Identity Crisis #1 in 2004 by Brad Meltzer to the Countdown... & Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns to Fifty-Two to Countdown... & Final Crisis by Grant Morrison until the current Blackest Night. I've spent a lot of money on the Uber-Story of the DCMultiverse. I love it.
[*]The Flash. Actually this one's gonna be the Speed Force connecting my 80s, 90's and 00's lists. I've read the Wally West volume twice. Every issue. And every issue of IMPULSE to boot. This is my list though. And thing I buy and enjoy. Really...I'm current Wally #1 until Rebirth #5. Since '87, it's found it's legs. But in '00??? That's when it started getting ridiculously good to the fever pitch we're enjoying today. Opening up the 21st century was Mark Waid's run...but in September 2000 at #164, Geoff Johns started this road. By March 2001 at #170, Johns was paired with Scott Kolins for 30 issues. All those Brian Bolland covers! Sigh!!! Since Nov '05, the baton has been handed off a few times but looks at the race now. Great funnybook...more please.
[*]We3. I'm going to choose this over All-Star Superman. I just think it's more succinct and can reach a broader audience. Same battery (baseball usage), different story.
[*]Y The Last Man...what a great ride, eh! Slainte!!!
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I've only read although neither own nor purchased any THE WALKING DEAD. may I use this for a Zombie 11?

crea shaakti,

Monday, December 07, 2009

Dr. Hooey's 10 Best Films of the aught's

Sully challenged me to throw my own list up when he posted. Besides, everybody and their blogging grandma is producing decade review lists, so here's mine. The best films of the uh-oh decade, in my moderately humble opinion. I'm going to try and refrain from too much pseudo-critical blather, but there will be times when I can't avoid it. Making a list like this is really utterly impossible, because I'm going to be reminded of a million other movies after I'm done, but it's too fun not to try. Looking back on it, I'm as surprised at the stuff I've left off as those that made it, and though it's been a great decade for the movies, these are the ones that have really stuck with me, that showed me something new, that demanded they be watched again, and those that will stick with me forever. I tried not to do any symbolic inclusions, or those that should just be there because they're by people I like - note no Coens, even though they put out multiple movies this decade I friggin' LOVED. Ok, I've officially over-thought this...

10. Lord of the Rings trilogy
It's only fair to count this once, but it deserves to be here for the monumental achievement that it is, artistically and technologically. It's not higher because there's a ton of camp and flaccid characters in it and some bad writing - "there it is, the one place we don't want to go, and the one place we have to go to". Plus Samwise Gamgee becomes so damn easy to make fun of by the third film that there's no way the series can be considered perfect. But there's too much good about these films, and it was clear they were labors of love, which is all I could ask for - Peter Jackson bled it all out onto the screen and it worked.

9. Closer
You're going to see a pattern emerging of me having a massive man-crush on Clive Owen, but he deserves it. Yes, this is a film about four despicable people, but it's so well written, plotted and performed that it was a thrill to see from end to end. It even wrenched good performances out of the otherwise-wretched Natalie Portman AND Julia Roberts, a feat I heretofore considered impossible - and in the same film no less.

8. A Mighty Wind
Yeah, I cannot resist this one, and though Best in Show could be here too, this one is just too good, as all the songs were written and completely performed by the cast, so it wins in terms of the mlutitude of talents on display. Plus as someone who participates and loves both music and improv comedy, A Mighty Wind really sits as a high mark for achievement in those combined forms. Plus the characters are both familiar and original. It's not perfect at all - there is definitely missed potential for humorous conflict, and there's the one incredibly forced note hit by Harry Shearer's character at the end, but there's too much to love that it's still among my favorites of the decade.

7. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
We continue the musical portion of this program with this beautiful character study of an interestingly flawed human being and her damaged relationship with a more successful singer. Full of humor and sadness, and fantastically glam rock songs, this movie pretty much singlehandedly compelled me to write a musical, which I eventually did.

6. Almost Famous
And we conclude the musical portion of our program with this film, which is maybe not the best film ever but hits me where I live by depicting the rock and roll lifestyle in all its romantic and complicated glory. Of course it also depicts the hangover that comes in the wake of the beautiful buzz, but its filled with so much love and sentimentality for that time in the 70's that will never come again that I crave multiple watchings in the same way I stare at old photographs of memorable moments in my life to bring them again fresh to mind.

5. Lost in Translation
This one was the hardest to decide, and was the most tempting slot to insert a symbolic choice, but I had to go with my gut on this one. This movie is oddly controversial, inspiring a love it / hate it attitude, and that's one of the reasons I like it. A lot of people complain that nothing happens, but I think this film allows its characters to speak volumes through subtlety and quirky actorly choices. No they're not perfect people, and no they don't go the predictable path, but that's why it works so well. Apart from being an excellent character study, it's an impeccable study of mood and ambience, depicting an exciting, vibrant city that makes me want to go there even more than I did before, plus illustrates the loneliness of being foreign in a foreign land better than any other film I've seen. It's another film that demands to be seen again not for the thrills, but just to live in it for a while, see what the characters see and feel how they feel. It's an odd vacation of a film that makes you glad you went but also just as glad to come home.

4. City of God
Good lord this movie wrings you out. It leaves you empty. This is a true experience. It's astonishing. Just see this movie. It's not my favorite of the decade, but is absolutely worth your time for its content, scope, artistry and harrowing story. The depiction of the goings-on of a Rio de Janeiro slum will leave you sober and thankful for the comfortable life you lead in the good ol' US of A in a way that will stick with you for a long long time.

3. The Incredibles
I decided to include this one and NOT Ratatouille (which definitely gets a huge honorable mention and could have been put in its place) OR Finding Nemo (which probably wins for sheer gorgeousness) because of how perfect I think this screenplay is. Brad Bird is a god among men and really deserves props for Iron Giant as well, but this movie is in so many ways just flippin' perfect - it's a great adventure film AND a great family comedy - each of the main characters has a distinct personality and they all come together to combine their strengths to defeat the villain. Plus they are all given a way to grow. Not only that but the animation is gorgeous and still maintains a cartoony quality even though it's richly realistic in so many ways. To me Pixar can do no wrong (except for Cars, boo) but this one I really think is their crowning achievement. Plus additional props to Brad Bird for refusing to pursue the knock-off sequel route when this story is very much complete on its own.

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
This one is a real close contender with number 1, but since I forced myself into this ordinal ranking thing I had to put it here, only because number 1 rocked my socks that much harder as a viewing experience. However, this one may very well win for the incredible writing, visuals and performances.

1. Children of Men
Maybe a strange, bleak one to put at the top of the list, but GOOD LORD this movie. This movie is a friggin' EXPERIENCE, and this is AFTER putting City of God on this list. This movie astonished and unsettled me like no other, and Clive Owen's performance is perfect in every scene. Its achievements in both artistry and craft are top of the heap, and the story is both unpredictable and inevitable in its constantly-ratcheting tension. This is the one I'd force you to see at all costs, grab you by the shoulders and shove you into a chair to watch. While yes it is harrowing and depressing, it also speaks to the inner strength of humanity when a glimmer of hope for survivial emerges from the darkness. I have grown to expect that I wouldn't see anything truly new at the movies anymore, and this one shot all those expectations down and made me have a favorite director again. This is a movie for our times and will be one that should be remembered as an essential part of film history forever. It is philosophical, political and cerebral, has characters you care about, and it just kicks major ass in a visceral, immediate way. I can't say enough good things about it.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Rev Sully’s Top 10 Movies of the ‘00s

There are probably LOTS of movies I have not seen that were filmed & released in the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century. Probably lots of actors I’m forgetting, directors I’m neglecting, Oscars I’m avoiding…sad but true I’ve yet to see “Slumdog Millionaire”. Or PIXAR’s “Up!” or “Wall-E”. or “Once”, the little movie that could! Just a few releases from this past decade for example. And that fabulous Oscar speech when the girl from “Once” gets to come back out? Would “Once” be on this list if I saw it? Well I still got a few weeks left to watch it, huh?
Your list can & will be different. As I’m now fond of saying, “we’ve walked different roads, prayed at different altars & wept at different graves”…but I mostly say that to the jerks of the IntrePoop not youze guys!

Be Kind Rewind, 2008.
I just saw this on cable the other night. I cried. I cried, brothers & sisters and lemme tell ya. I love crying at movies. I like my emotions and I like what movies do to me. I cry at samurai movies mostly…but watching Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover and crew bumble through this delightful patch of movie light. Hot, round, glorious drops of tears of joy fell with a ripe gravity to my cheeks. It was when we see the audiences’ faces in the flicker of the projector…the eyes, the sharing of energy. It was blissful. I recommend it. It is a foolish movie as my mother would say. Contextually in a Movie Geek Sense it is another quality movie about the mishaps of two friends running a video store in New jersey…wait for it. But have you ever heard of a Sweded Movie??? Listen: this was written & directed by Michael Gondry who did “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, 2004, which could be here now if I didn’t see Be Kind Rewind!

Solaris, 2002. I didn’t cry at Solaris. I don’t think I did, at least. Maybe at the end if anywhere but it wasn’t that kinda movie. It was very, ridiculously haunting. I’ve been thinking about it since I saw it. The lighting, the mood, the music. It was like a stage play…all about the characters. Shooting photographs of these outstanding actors playing these rich characters…simple. It worked, for me. The sci-fi backdrop is a bit hard to enjoy at first. It’s like a peaty scotch or a farmland cheese. The enjoyment is not only in the quality texture but that funky flavor that spins new dimensions to old sensations. I then ventured into the 1972 Russian original. I love sci-fi and the same story told with a different cast & lens. Nonetheless in the end it was a Love Story. And lots of movies we tend to like are love stories.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, 2004. A lot of this came down to which Wes Anderson movie. Such as the cream rises to the top, it’s only natural. This pick is also represents 2001’s Zoolander which allowed me to actually like Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller which led to 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums but in this metaphor makes great Yogurt! Team Zissou hopes to be my next Hallowe’en costume…me & my mates all go to the Pub wearing sky-blue polos and red caps! Visually, sense of humor, all the Bowie music & pot smoking…it has everything for me in this. And again, a great love story. Angellica Huston is marvelous. Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum…there’s a succinct word for this: Splendid!

Children of Men, 2006 In the November 2008 Presidential Election, Dr. Hooey & I found ourselves at the Pub on the night of the Republican national Convention. Pounding the bar with our fists, we argued politics. I came away with my developing “different roads, altars, graves” theory…and a trade-off to make peace. If Dr. Hooey were to read a certain funnybook, I had to watch a certain movie. The movie was Children Of Men. Once again, I was confronted with a haunting movie. I still think about every photon absorbed my irises, my cones & retina…every wavelength of sound perceived by my ever-fading aural command (iRawk therefore iPod you know). The sweeping one-take shots. The reverence for life in the face of mayhem. The complete understanding that what you just saw scared the frak out of you. This is science fiction.

The Dark Knight, 2008. Seriously, the Dougle-Aughts, the ‘00s were the Decade for FunnyBook Movies. 2009’s Watchmen or PIXAR’s jaw-dropping 2004 The Incredibles could be here but I chose this because I read funnybooks…it’s a natural quelle source for archetypes and story boards. Properties are one thing…but then it comes to delivery. I can overlook Christian Bale’s earnest vocal differential between Bruce Wayne & the Batman…I will, I forgive you Christian Bale. There have been probably a dozen portrayals of the dual Wayne/Batman. This one worked the best. And then is the Oscar-winning, the late Heath ledge as Joker, Aaron Eckheart as Harvey Dent, Gary Oldman as Commish. Gordon and a brilliant Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes, a movie-only character made just for this Bale Batman. Ledger’s Joker is better than Nicholson, Hamill and Romero. Morgan Freeman…’Nuff Said.

Primer, 2004. I’m going on my Sixth viewing. Once again I want to point out the Movie Geek Gnosis it takes to truly appreciate a movie about two buddies and their mishaps filmed for $7,000. Dialog-driven Science Fiction. Again, simple, stark, could have been a stage piece. But the trip is in the mind…Your own mind. Once you grok what they’ve done. It is stunningly smart. It could be boring if you don’t like theater or Mamet Plays. Primer is so good it gets on this list. It could have been something else but I chose this because of its significance.

The Final Four…I watched these all “at the Show” as my old High School friend Ooompie would say. AKA: at the Movies, more than likely the Cathedral at Boston Commons. “Ooompie” was of Wolverine’s comicbook height and stockiness and we called him an ooompahloomp ‘cuz of his ruddy cheeks. He loves movies too and we gave him crap for his SAG card and getting into that horrible Jane Curtain CBS Movie of the Week about that terrible Southie of the 70s with bussing
But Ooompie was in 2003’s Mystic River and shared screentime with Sean Penn who won the Oscar for that role, in the same room & directed by Clint Eastwood…that’s movies. Wow. Huh? Sweet Baby Jeebus…Ooompie’s on the iMDB!

No Country For Old Men, 2007. I caught this on cable recently, the last 20 or so minutes when Llewellyn is coming back across the Border in an Hospital johhnie. To see my beloved actor Steven Root get perforated by a shotgun. The end with the wife & the coin-flip? “They always say that”…that is the epitome of creepy. Some of this came from which Coen bros. Movie to put on the list. It could have easily been one of my favorites, the 2004 remake The Ladykillers with its brilliant ensemble cast & its Black Humor alongside of 2000’s Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou? Beyond the accolades, No Country is a pretty as the Coen’s previous 1996 Fargo, a movie I saw in alone “at the Show” on its release. The Cinematographer for Ladykillers, Fargo and No Country is Roger Deakins…all pretty as a picture.

There Will Be Blood, 2007. Such is another beautiful movie. But such violence & rage. I firmly believe this movie to be Paul Anderson’s ersatz remake of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. For real. Such starkness and beauty. And a sociopath for a protagonist. If a man is judged by relationships, his truest mirror, then behold Plainview revving up to the end of this piece. “I’m Finished!!!”…no other ending of a movie has been so ironic.

The Departed, 2006 Every boy from Southie should own a copy of this. I grew up on O’Callahan Way, down the street from the fictitious Miles Kennefork, the murdered rube for the microchips. With the glut of Southie Movies since Afleck & Damon, a Southie movie shouldn’t be on my list…it could be gratuitous! But talk about tension…I was not expecting that when the doors opened…that was an experience in tension. Great movie. I love Scorsese’s movies anyway such as Casino, GoodFellas and Raging Bull. This was just well-cast, well-written, well-acted, well-directed, well-shot…with that up-tempo rock soundtrack. Sweet. And come on…that last shot before the credits? Does humor belong in serious movies??

Star Wars: Episodes II & III, 2002 & 2005. Listen: Lord of the Rings was fabulous and should be in this spot but c’mon…This is the Star Wars. I put a lot of this on the movie-going experience of Episode II, Attack of the Clones with Dr. Hooey & Dringo coupled with my complete awe of Sound Designer Ben Burtt. Meathead, Mario & I saw Episode III together and we were silent all the way back to the car…Anakin Skywalker was nothing more than an entitled jock who abused & killed his wife…Intergalactic Redneck. I loved lots of things of Episode III such as the music, colors, sets, vistas and the completion of the Good Story. Order 66 sounds like an Iron Maiden song…but that duel on the Lava Planet? Lots of people hated the acting. The lightness of Episode I but in context, Episode I was supposed to be light. I feel rewarded as a Star Wars fan.


The Honorable Mention?
I will give Honorable Mention though to:
Kill Bill, Vol. 2 and Spider-Man 3. I fully recommend squeegeeing ones Third Eye with some magic mushrooms and going to a movie…if you can handle it. I love cinema, I love going to the movies and these two were a great movie experience.

Crea shaakti,

Sunday, November 29, 2009

iRawk…Therefore iPod!
Disaster Edition


Oh my goodness…

Always backup your files. I did that. Just not recently enough…
But there’s more to the story than just following the instructions.

A few weeks back, my old computer died. So I got another. Nonetheless, I am going through my external harddrive, opening every folder, opening every song, recovering my iTunes.

What a process. Arduous. Lots of key-strokes better spent on the Dragonball Z fighting game I’m playing in the Living Room, downstairs from the “new” old iMac known as Bubble

Now I notice…all the retagging of data I’ve performed were associated with the harddrive of the former computer’s iTunes Library Folder…not changed on the “iTunes library Folder” on the external brain holding every single one of my singles. And albums. And Videos. I failed to backup with what was on my laptop’s harddrive to the one on the External. Although with My Purchased items from the iTunes Store, once I plug the iPod into the new iTunes for that First Sync I get the option to Transfer Purchases to the computer from my iPod.

When I next plug my iPod into “Bubble!”, the “new” old iMac where the iTunes is now located…the iPod will “Restore”. I stand to lose all my Playlists and Playcounts. All my Stars and Cover Art. (I used the iTunes Cover Art finder once…never again let a droid do a Man’s Job but iDigress…). I look at a ever-growing iTunes Music folder of doubles, triples and even quadruples to tweeze out so I don’t have multiples of the same track synced to the 120GB iPod Classic, robbing space. I grok my own sense of OCD and it comes out in how I organize my tunes. Now I have to retag all the Genres. Metal, Hip Hop, Jazz, Country, Classical…I like simplicity when I dial in genre jukebox. DYK: I file Tom Waits under “Jazz” for genre because it just sounds like it belongs there…well most of Wait’s material. I know he’s not Jazz! At least it’ll give me something to do on cold, Winter nights.

I could proactively create new playlists to make the transition easier. I think that’s what I’ll do when I get closer to being complete in unpacking the External Harddrive. Of course I “CTRL+A” then “CTRL+O”…but that only unpacked all the loose singles. Everything else are in folders of album or artists which have further folders of albums as well! Like Russian Egg Dolls. I have to go into every folder, select all, open all and backtrack to the next folder…manually. Dr. Hooey swears there’s a better way. I believe him. But I know this time-consuming way will work. Eventually.

I wasn’t current on backing up my photos though. Damn. Sigh; the Anti-Om. All the baby photos of friends. All the foolish comics art. I’ve saved my recipes, yes…because that was ancient enough to be Grandfathered in the last Backup…which wasn’t lately enough for this guy. Contacts, calendars. The old computer’s dead…maybe it’s been long enough I can get some power, lights and a FireWire to Bubble for an extraction. Pray from me, children that this might work!

I haven’t sync’d my iPod to a computer in weeks…turning into months. Thank Posty for his external charger! Huzzah!! At this point, I can’t sync up my 11+ hours of Holiday Music…I was gonna bring lil speakers to work in a brash defiance of the “No Radio Rule”. I’d use the Holiday Music as a service prop. Guests like cheery service with added, appropriate distraction, I swear. I’m bummed about that. I’ll just have o share by making a few music Cds of my Spanish X-Mas tunes “para todos mi queridos amigos de trabajo”…all my dear work friends from South of the Border & the Caribbean. At least I know I can flex my superpower of smuggling in my music just a little. But a Holiday without my Holiday Tunes…bah humbug!!!

So I’m not going to let that ruin anything. It’s a problem to solve. And within every failure is the seed of progress. This is life with a Digital Music Collection…c’est la vie, n’est pas?




The Count:
# on the road "motherboxxx", my 120GB iPod Classic
10899 songs
83 videos
146 pictures
8 games (and holding...)
36.6 GB Free Memory Remaining...


crea shaakti,
Rev. Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Wandering around Boston, Cambridge, & Somerville, MA...wired in.


Click it!!!

*motherboxxx art proudly pirated off the IntrePoop but purchased in Final Crisis #5, DC Comics, Jan '09, Morrison, Jones, et al.
A Smoking PUCK Moment of Musing

November for me is one of my favorite times of the year. Lots of dog-walking in the foliage, my birthday, getting chubbier for a winter layer as a squirrel does. So for any fans of the Smoking PUCK, my apologies for recent lack of dropping into the face-off circle of life. Lots of hockey watched in November. Switched computers which is the hardest hurdle to pass. My templates are gone...my pre-fab PUCK with tags in all the right place (like an old pair of blue jeans), my Cheat Sheet of this year's schedule, salaries and links to player page profiles all in HTML: gone. The interface is desk keyboard with optical mouse...I'm tethered! I'm used to a laptop but Bubble is just as good as a SurfBored* but iDigress...

December is a time of year to be snowed in as Winter makes its approach. The Olympics are weeks away including a large calendar break for NHL Hockey as we go into International Ice Hockey mode...with its larger ice surface and insta-Icing but I'll break it down "For Pete's Sake" after that torch is lit. Winter is Hockey's Time of Year. It's how to have fun on ice that's natural with the weather. Open an hydrant in a baseball diamond, wait until the Pond freezes over ENOUGH to skate on, check the listings at the local rink for a non-contact league...all you need are skates, a helmet, gloves, pads, a couple of sticks & your own bloody tape...hockey is an expensive sport. Ask Santa, kids! I need goalie equipment...how do you think I feel!

The Bruins as of last night are in First Place of the Northeast Division. Believe it or not, I've yet to lace 'em up and go to a game this season. I get to bed early on weeknights and it's hard to stay awake too late on the weekends. I meant to take a pre-game nap last night...and awoke to the Shootout victory over rival Ottawa! BAD FAN!!! As Meathead is oft to say, "you'll get enough sleep when you're dead". I got to see a few Bruins goals on the replay this AM over Omelet & Coffee...and cheered for the tying goal in the 2nd period. What a doofus, huh? Nonetheless, the year is winding down and so far, a great time to be a hockey fan with a great sport to behold. Put on some gloves and come skating with us, won't you?

crea shaakti,
Rev Sully

*all props to Dr. Hooey for this nickname.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Comics Gnome Poots…
The Warren Ellis Superhuman Trilogy Ends Starting Today…



SUPERGOD #1

Ah Jeez…

The Comics Gnome POOTS quality over quantity these lean days but still he seems to get through. I’m dying to hear what the Young Kiwis bought at their day at the FunnyBook Bodega. Was it “Gotham”…the nigh-infamous place where Kiwis get fitted for Capes & Cowls?

I still wince that Kiwi didn’t like FELL by Warren Ellis & Ben Templesmith. Friends have different tastes. I suggested Fell…I threw it on her stack last time when she was here in the States. Damn…as if I was an MLB pitcher yearning to have that one pitch back…but iDigress.

Nonetheless, here I am again to pitch to you more Warren Ellis. If you dare…read the Supergod #1 preview here.

This is seriously frakked-up stuff. And it’s great. One of the best Sci-Fi minds, who happens to write great superhero stories. Ellis is at his best when he’s unattached to the properties of MARVEL…where he flexes his wicked buff imagination.

Supergod is the third in what’s known as the Avatar Superhuman Trilogy by Ellis. The first was the politically-edged…


BLACK SUMMER
trade collection, issues #0-7
This story is about a failed superteam, forced to reunite when it all goes to hell…after their former leader (Sgt. Pepper in blood-spattered White) murders the White House for war crimes.

Then came the San Francisco piece NO HERO which was more about sick & twisted visuals, a gonzo nightmare. I might want to read the script someday. The Superhuman team as a brand in modern culture and the costs of admission…quite literally a world without heroes, just a superteam with an agenda a bit too clever for the world to let continue. But the new guy is a lot more than he seems or what the team is prepared to ultimately face in this sick-thriller.

NO HERO hardcover trade collection, issues #0-7

Next comes Supergod. A usual Ellis conceit; grab onto a slice of history and anchor your story there. 1947, 1999, 2001, 2004, et al. Ellis makes certain anachronistic events in history and uses a backstory as the foundation to his vision of “parallel nows”. “kinda-yesterdays” or “almost-tomorrows”.
This time…the “what if” was a Superhuman Arms race during the Cold War years. And its tragic result…

SUPERGOD #1 wraparound cover

The Comics Gnome has never stopped POOT’n fresh Warren Ellis on my coffeetable. Another AVATAR press mini just finished is the pseudo-steampunk/post-spaceflight IGNITION CITY. It has the trappings of a Sci-Fi period piece…but it really is an old-style Western. Stunning art with retro-tech in a Buster Crabbe “Flash Gordon” meets Iron Oxide Look to the Background…an Artificial Island on the equator with the last Launch catapult on Earth. And intrigue, murder & revenge. Foul language, heavy drinking. It’s Classic Warren Ellis doing “His Thang”.

Ignition City #5 wraparound

For the next time you get to Gotham, Young Kiwis…
crea shaakti,
I hit the bodega for the first time in ages the other day... (an anniversary gift Chris and I gave each other!); it felt like going home. The gnome was kind to me too, presented me with an assortment of shiny covers and full color wonderment. I'm off to bed early to curl up in the funny pages. Gnight :)

Monday, November 09, 2009

It was "Star Wars in Concert" night at the Bruins-Sabres game saturday night. Chewbacca got to ride the Zamboni. 'nuff said.

Saturday, November 07, 2009



Check...check.

Ahem.

My old computer died. he was 8 years old. An Apple Powerbook G4. but thanks to Doctor Hooey who reached into his stooponifying Re-Tardis...got me back online with the computer I've named "Bubble".

Hello Bubble.

He's an old iMac Hooey found for free on the intrepoop. Pretty sweet.

Thank you Pete! Whew. The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree...heh!

crea shaakti,

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ya know that it a little, well, ironic. My recollection of watching the holiday special for the first time was similar to the far left panel, shortly after meeting James for the first time and listening to the Beach Boys on 45...

I'd put the Curious Case of Benjamin Button in it's place on the scale... now that movie was truly terrible and actually did drive me to drink for a few days after watching it...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Comics Gnome POOTS!
The Holiday Blues.


Have Faith in the Force, children. As Qui-Gon Jinn said, "another solution will present itself". Less sunlight, colder days and freezing nights. From Samhain 'til Beltaine...a season of sorrow. I got so bummed out last year with all the Christmas music from All Saint's Day until X-Mas Day. Nonetheless, I got over it. So for the Dead of Winter...Wookiee Life-Day. Such Irony! Life-Day...all you want to do is jump out of an airlock. One for the Geeks. Chez Geek, c'est chic. Toot toot...BEEP BEEP!!! Sorry...random disco moment.



Wow!
Now that's funny.

xkcd

I've been emailed a few of these comix strips from the frontier of the IntrePoop. The Comics Gnome wished me to POOT this on you. It caught me off guard, again.
I own a VHS copy of the Holiday Special. I think I'm going to once again re-create these three panels. sigh...

crea shaakti,

Saturday, October 17, 2009

THE SMOKING PUCK!

October 17, 2009
By Rev. Sully

Christening the New Season!
aka: Got Nuthin' To Do on my Day Off but Watch Hockey...


Watching Hockey...perhaps one of my favorite things to do. But what if your game doesn't start until 9PM and you find yourself in the early afternoon with Nothing on the Eijit Box, a steak sammich and case of beer? Well, I got the NHL Network on my Cable TV system. Right now, I'm watching last night's 2 hour edit of the Vancouver/Calgary game. I got an Original Six date at 6:30PM with the Toronto Maple Leafs at home to play the NYC (PATOOOIE!) Rangers...all leading up to the 9PM Bruins/Phoenix match.
Two Bruins games in 2 Nights on the Road...last night's 3-0 Bruins shutout over the Dallas Stars and tonight's match against the Phoenix Coyotes. So far, the early season has been a mixed bag with the season opener a real stinker but since then, the Hometown Heroes have Held their Own although a couple of losses have the Boo-Bees buzzing.
Last season, the Beantown Black & Gold were one Season Standings Point shy of the Best Team in the League (that went to San Jose) including a vicious all-season first place ride, stomping most of the Gordie Come-Latelys. It might take a few more games to find that schwerve again but all the ingredients are there with little personnel changes.
Christening this season as a failure so far? I've heard the moaning * crying already. Sheeesh...who wants a throatpunch, I'll ask again. Are you kidding? It's too early to form any opinion...it's not like dating or a job interview...it's not about dressing or acting the part to impress. But speaking of Christening, Meathead's baby son gets christened tomorrow...I'll refrain from calling him "Meathead, Jr." until he earns that moniker. Since he's getting a Catholic baptism, I hope to Christ Lucas is an acorn to Meathead's tree...but iDigress...

For Pete's Sake!
Penalties, Overtime & Shootouts
Part 2: Overtime
Who likes working overtime? No one unless you really have to! But in NHL Hockey, if the Game is tied after the Regulation 60 minutes of clock play, we have to stay at the Office until the Job is Done. A few years back, we Hockey Fans suffered what I call “the Long Offseason”...the cancellation of a whole season due to an Owners Lockout over a Money dispute with the Players Union. After this humbling experience, Hockey came back better than ever with a few rules changes. One was Overtime.
Before the Long Offseason, the NHL was incestuous...Kissing One's Sister was allowed. Ties! Tied Games! The old sports cliche about kissing your own sister applies to the Tie in Professional Sports, "sure she's a great piece of @$$ but c'mon, she's my sister!" Ties would factor into the season standings; 2 points for a win, 0 points for a loss and 1 point for a tie.
When the NHL returned from this Long Offseason, the rules were modernized for the 21st Century one being the resolution of games. No More Ties! Tied games after the OT...get settled in the Shootout but that's for next week.
Overtime though is a Five Minute Period and Sudden Death, which mean the next goal wins. A two-minute break is given between the 3rd Period and OT. One change to Overtime in the Modern Era (the Year 1992 and on) was the amount of players on the ice. OT used to be 5-on-5 for a whole 20 minutes! Then in the 80's OT was reduced to 5 minutes to give scoring that precious Game Winning Goal some urgency...unfortunately that Season Standings Point was all some teams were looking for and would sit back for that point.
Since the Long Offseason, teams play the 5 minute OT period 4-on-4. This allows more open ice...you'd be amazed what a little open ice and do for a player's momentum with a few extra strides of the skates. Once this OT is over though undecided, the game goes to a shootout.
But Know This: in the playoffs...it's a little different. At the End of the 3rd Period...the full 15-minute intermission is given and OT is the full 20-minute period...and it goes on until someone scores a goal; 2OT, 3OT, 4OT and yes...5OT. It's as if you're playing a doubleheader in a row. It's grueling nonetheless that's Playoff Hockey. It's still Sudden Death and there is No Shootout as in the regular season.

Hey...for Pete's Sake, a visual aid! Like a Slide Show or a School Hygiene film!

Peter Puck??? Well, he's going to help me explain hockey to you. Just a smidgen outdated, especially with "Offsides" (no more thing as a 2-Line Pass, it's the Modern Era versus the First Expansion Era of the late 1960s). Part 2 of Peter Puck next week.

Crea shaakti,

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, October 12, 2009

HUZZAH!!!
I forgot to mention they even did the YMCA ~ Fiji styles. One of the staff had a birthday too and in true HRC fashion she had to do a shot for her birthday. Unlike the Mass Institute it was in the middle of her shift.
I should have taken my pins... I still have some you know...
I considered buying some FIJI ones and posting them back to Jeff Church. :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

THE SMOKING PUCK!

October 11, 2009
By Rev. Sully

Home on the Range!
aka: Explain that penalty again?


"We went out there and just went and played hockey, and it felt great, the crowd got into it. We were hearing a lot of boos out there tonight, and you know that doesn't feel good. So we went out there and got the cheers back. Hopefully we can get back Monday with another one."
—C Marc Savard, after his team rallied to defeat the Islanders Saturday night, 10/10/09.

It was my first game with my new roommates. An opportunity to preview what Right Now until next April (May...hopefully early June!!!) will be like living with me and my passion for hockey. The Bruins were down 3-0 going into the 3rd period where I personally saw the momentum shift. When Byron Bitz, a second-year, 4th liner scored the goal to go 3-2...I announced to my roommates, "we are gonna win this game". It took Overtime and the Shootout nonetheless the Bruins did win. When the 4th liners stand-up and step up, the potential for winning goes through the roof!

The season is still young enough that we can't take advantage of it. That's a bad pun. But really, I think that it's too early to proffer opinion. Boston Sports Culture is a fickle beast...it's skittish! Well, I hate to hear the HateStorm tomorrow Morn against the Red Sox and Who Blew What. it used to be the yearly piss & moan....I used to deem mid-September with "Hat Kicking Day". The Local Union 2010 Black & Gold had a shaky start and as usual the first person I hear say, "they suck" gets a throatpunch from me.

For Pete's Sake!
Penalties, Overtime and Shootouts
Part I: Penalties:
I have little to say about penalties that hasn't already been covered by my betters.
Such as Charlestown Chief's goaltender Denis Lemieux from the eternally seminal hockey movie, "Slap Shop"...from YouTube it's called the "Hockey Primer"...it explains Hockey's penalties in a way I simply can only ape...but know this Dr. Hooey, there is nothing more stereotypical in hockey than a French-Canadien goalie.

2 minutes! In the Box...you feel shame, then you get free. That's also called a "Minor penalty". Minor penalties happen all the time. Tripping, holding (aka obstruction interference), hooking, roughing, delay of game, Too Many Men on the Ice...there is a whole host of things for the Zebra's to call. When a penalty is a called, two simultaneous things happen; one team goes on a Power Play and the other goes on the Penalty Kill. One team remains at 5 skaters per side, the other has 4...or even 3 if they're dumb enough to take a sequential penalty in that ensuing Penalty Kill...we call it a 5-on-3. If the Power Play team scores, the penalized player gets out of the Penalty Box.
There also is a Major Penalty...you've heard of "Five For Fighting"? Well a fighting major is a 5 minute infraction. Fighting though, is usually a mutual thing with no loss of personnel on the ice. Although major Penalties do come in other flavors such as Elbowing, Hitting From Behind (into the boards) and other grievous calls...and if you're in the "Sin Bin" on a major, the other team on the Power Play can score as many times as they want. The penalty was so bad they need to learn a lesson...
Next Week, Dr. Hooey...we'll tackle overtime. Then the Shootout!!! Stay Tuned, for Pete's Sake! ^_~

Well, it's time for the Pats/Broncos game. I got beer & homemade lasangna. After that, it's Top Chef: Las Vegas on the TiVO. Looking forward to tomorrow's afternoon tilt versus the Colorado Avalanche. Light a Lamp, Smoke a Puck, Watch a Game. Even my Mom knows the Bruins are a young, fun team...as we say in the kitchens, "one simply cannot purchase their reputations"...

Crea shaakti,

Rev. Sully

PS...the NE Patriots look great in their Retro Whites...but iDigress...

All Statistic used in this Smoking PUCK are courtesy of NHL Dot Com’s Statistics page. In the words of Doctor Hooey, “RTFM”.
iRawk...Therefore iPod!!!
Hard Rock Farmers Edition!
October 11, 2009



The Beetles Missed Ya, Johhny!!!
Apparently this is a Rosetta Stone for Beatles fans. Lee Marvin's line taunting Marlon Brando at the 1:20 mark about missing him since the Bike Gang broke up from 1953's "The Wild One". John Lennon got the name of the band the Silver Beetles then the Beatles from this movie...but that's all Rock 'n' Roll Lore now. I was looking for another Lee Marvin quote from another movie, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence", perhaps the greatest Cowboy movie in this humble opinion.
And I found it! From my internal monologue comes my favorite rock 'n' roll band name I've never shared...I didn't make it up. As John Lennon before me, I ripped off Lee Marvin, "Listen Up, you sodbusters...you hard rock farmers!..." at the 1:11 mark....I shamelessly admit the karaoke mindband I inhabit a la "Flight of the Conchords"...


Ahhh...I smell a breeze on the air! What is that old smell making my mouth water. A sense memory. A burger! A Char-Broiled Burger, cooked to perfection served with hot fries. Just the other night, Doctor Hooey and myself were belly-up to the Bar at my Local Public House. His burger was a little over-cooked but still very much Okay. I get a Reuben Sammich thick as a Bible and battle the cook for extra dressing but iDigress...

American food though. It's very much Rock 'n' Roll as the music created in the New World (along with it's grandaddy blues, it's kissin' cousin Country and jazz which changed all the rules...).
I am very grateful to OCHO's very own Kiwi who shared her dinner with us on the Isle of Fiji where she was hunnymoonin' with the Mister. And she had an amazing American Meal..."served real food" was her words!
The thing is Kiwi & I grew up in a Hard Rock Cafe. We met in one. I met Doctor Hooey in the Same Place. Matt. JRBarnes. AimeeBG. MarCap...I've known Mario since High School. El Post is a result of those Hard Rock Daze...so when Kiwi gave us an overwhelming praise for an HRC, my heart swelled with memories...
While my friends all went to college, I went to the Massachusetts Institute of Rock.

It was a very fun time and I'm really having fun rereading Kiwi's hunnymoon dinner at our Alma Mater. And cheers to Doctor Hooey, recovering his own hangover from his High School reunion last night! Huzzah!!!

Paul is Rawk?

Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight by The Fireman from their "new" album "Electric Arguments"
One: I love the YouTube Video. Simple. Just listen to the song and open up another Browser Tab. Just listen to a new Rock & Roll tune written & performed by an Artist Who Defined It.
Two: This is the First Balls Grabbing Tune to come off of this album.
In fact I just listened to it four times in a row. I just gave it Five Stars. It's going on the 24 Hour Party Mix. To top it all off, I bought this album less than 24 hour ago from the iTunes Store.
And Three: This song came on the Shuffle on my way to the Sihk Bodega down the street, the only place open at 7AM to get Alka-Selter for my hangover.
The Fireman have been around since 1993 and only have eeked out three albums, but this November 2008 release recently made my radar via Doctor Hooey's very own suggestion.
So I go to the iTunes Store. I preview the 30 second clips from the first 4 tracks and once again, I buy New Music, Sight-Unseen or Ears Unheard.
The best part of it all is that I am satisfied that Paul McCartney is still...STILL one of the best. "Electric Arguments" saved my opinion of Sir Paul...from the memories of "No More Lonely Nights" and "Mull of Kintyre", of slinking off into "rock & ridicule" with the Heather Mills fiasco & Guilty of Being an Old Man in a Young Man's game...wow. As I'm oft to say, "I've Been Wrong Before, I'll Be Wrong Again...I Just Might Be Wrong Right Now".
Sir Paul...you are indeed a living legend. I'm so glad I listened to my Doctor's advice.

Speaking of "Flight of the Conchords"...Gawd Bless Kiwis Everywhere. I now know the power of this great show. Once again, because of my hard rock farmers Leah & Peter. Thanks guys.




The Count:
# on the road "motherboxxx", my 120GB iPod Classic
10,866 songs
81 videos
140 pictures
8 games (and holding...)
36.9 GB Free Memory Remaining...


crea shaakti,
Rev. Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
Wandering around Boston, Cambridge, & Somerville, MA...wired in.


Click it!!!

*motherboxxx art proudly pirated off the IntrePoop but purchased in Final Crisis #5, DC Comics, Jan '09, Morrison, Jones, et al.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I found somewhere that served REAL food in FIJI! And yes sadly I was hanging out for a cheeseburger!
The wings were just as good too! Not to mention the cocktails!!!


Thursday, October 01, 2009

THE SMOKING PUCK!

October 1, 2009
By Rev. Sully

GAME ON FINALLY!!!
aka: But What To Do About Watching It on the Worst Day of the Year


It's the first day of Hockey Season...and the Bruins open it at Home versus the Washington Capitals!
And I'm in the biggest frakkin' bah Humbug mood.

Feature this: so I enter my apartment; crestfallen, a little defeated, sullen & morose. It's already been a day. It started with a Nothing Fight with a Moron. Really. A Moron. One of those days at the office that couldn't end quick enough with an interpersonal problem so petty it's worthless yet unfixable. Here comes the Anti-Om...SIGH!
Then the Dog bit Me. Well...that's hyperbole. El Post's new puppy (oxymoron, moron..."new" puppy). Puppy Name: Mr. Moses Bungle. Breed: Chocolate Labrador. Age: 4 months. Definition: Puppy Soft & Cute. He's a great dog and I walk him after work a few times a week while Posty & his fiancee are at work. During our 40 minute strolls around the Alewife bike path and the football field, Moses loves to grouse and chew on the autumn fallings. Pine Cones, Acorns, Branches. So, I joked that together we make a great supermodel; Dog puts Stuff in his Mouth then I put my fingers in his mouth to get it. Well, he got my thumb. Puncture. I know, I know...hey. Occupational hazard. Again...the Anti-Om; SIGH!
Then when I get home...already struggling with the idea of not watching the game in order to get a good night's sleep. Just paid rent and now realizing I have to go a week without beer. I'm more broke than a Pete Townshend guitar but iDigress.


I got a rumble in my tummy and I can't afford Chinese Food. Again...the Anti-Om; SIGH!
What a Charlie Brown Day I'm having. And it's Opening Night of Bruins Hockey.
Then I walk into my living room...and I remember it's October 1. Moving Day.
The television's gone.
The couches are gone.
The coffeetable is gone.
The Living Room is now an Ironic Term because I'm a complete asthmatic and there is more dust in the air than October's chill. Dust is my kryptonite and will kill me. True.

And I chuckle to myself, "well that solves the problem of watching it!"
Or I'd go to the Pub. But I can't get sucked into getting drunk and having a bad day at work tomorrow, Friday or not. That's just an excuse, if I could afford it I'd be there now eating dinner, mid-Pint and getting IntrePoop access.
The Wireless Router's gone. Can't find a stray signal...I'm without "bars" no pun. ^_~
Also the second fridge is gone. That was the real shock. I just had to dig through the garbage for my chicken stock (it was still totally rock-frozen but I just made myself a target for douchbags to get their jollies offa...I'd feel humiliated and seething but this is best left for the next Tao of Sully...I guess a kids would be mortified to do that). Wow. I've had such a day...SIGH! The Anti-Om! Whew...thank Gawd I drank all the beer that was in there.

Well...I can always listen to The Game on 98.5FM! ^_^ I think I'll do that. heh!

My eyes are on fire. And it's getting too cold to open a window. F*ck it. I'll put on another layer and double-dose some Claratin. I'm holed up in my room about to make PB&J sammiches to keep me alive.
Without TV.
Without IntrePoop.
Without Shame. ^_~

For Pete's Sake
As Beavis said to Butthead, "I'm like mad at numbers...there are like too many of 'em"


In every hockey arena is a scoreboard. It's bloody HUGE!!! It sports detailed information and house video throughout the event. Most folks call it the Jumbotron. I've been guilty of getting on it more than my fair share of times. Heck, one week I got on it twice!
The clock descends from 20 minutes. But since it's a funny Canadian sport, when reported in the boxscore time of goal is reported in ascending from Zero. I never got that one myself. Besides the score, the center ice scoreboard includes usually a list of 5 blank spaces for Penalties. The Player's jersey number and time remaining on the infraction will be posted for the duration of the penalty. It's good to look up and realize, "hey, there's a Power Play going on".
There are also secondary scoreboards along the ring of the arena. Most modern displays show motion video coolness! But then there will be another kind of scoreboard. Here's an example:

__________1 2 3 OT SOG
MONTREAL 0 2 1 34
BOSTON 2 1 3 41


It's a Period-by-Period breakdown of the goalscoring. But one of my favorite numbers that I am always tuned into during a game is the SOG number: Shots on Goal. Not shots that missed wide, they don't count. When I play hockey, I like to play Goalie so I really can appreciate the Shots On Goal column. Lots of Shots on Goal make for exciting game.

What a day! Why not end it with a tall drink of water, some old fashioned hockey on the Radio and a Smoking Puck to be shot on goal. I want to replace this SIGH with a SCOOOOOOORE!!!

Crea shaakti,

Rev. Sully

PS Of all things, he leaves the Wireless! A Silver Lining? Maybe the modem goes with the cable box...and he'll be back for the Wireless later...hmmm...

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Tao of Sully

on Soul(s)...


Hello? Anybody in there?
Well...I have a soul. And you have soul. But then...
Then..
then
what is it?

Souls. I think of it now more than most, more than the next guy.

Dr. Hooey's wife just had their first child. So I asked him three questions that never came to me before. They just "came to me". Regarding the Soul.

1. Do you share your soul with your daughter?
2. Is she her own person?
3. or is she an amalgam of your & your wife's souls, do you think?

Dr. Hooey most assuredly resounded with #2.

I had a great opportunity to cook for Dr. Hooey & Action Grrrl (his Missus) last Friday. So the baby is 3 months old and she's literally in her own world. The baby will earn her own screenname. So I'm holding Court then mid-sentence, I'd notice I'd held the baby's attention. So I then looked the kid in the eye and continued my tale but now to entertain the young princess.
And I know how to talk to babies. It's easy. Give up. Look them in the eye. Drop all pretense & defenses and just talk. Talk. Look the baby in the eye and talk.

I too had already chose #2...but I've never had kids so what do I know?
So I asked an expert.

So we have our own souls. I thought so.

I wax & wane between one soul...an individual soul..."my soul". Put against "The God's Soul". Our Soul. I Always Knew This... I now believe it's both. it is. Both. I could be wrong. But I believe. So the struggle is beyond useless, it is over. believe. tat tvam asi...

If I believe in "Tat Tvam Asi..."
I Am That.
You Are That.
All This (look around you and point!)
All This is That;
That Is All There is!

This mean's One Soul. Although I kinda know better from babies...and my own experience.


crea shaakti,

ps...on Angels
for real...angels.

What do I think about Angels, for real?

It is this...
when I grow up, I want to be an Angel.

crea shaakti,

Sunday, September 27, 2009

THE SMOKING PUCK!

September 27, 2009
By Rev. Sully

Up, Up and Away!!!
aka: Singin' Soprano after the Game...


So What was the Bruins Pre-Season record? So what?
Heh!
It's preseason. I would have gone to last night's preseason finale at the Boston Gahh-den...instead I dined with El Post and watched the Season premiere of "Smallville". Talk about the Play of Opposites, eh? Is it good versus evil? Columbus, OH versus Boston, MA...or just felt more like hanging in, watching superheroes against roaming the Gallery Among the Gawds. Behold: One set of warriors have a "B" on their Chests, the other now has his "S"...but iDigress...


On a Sunday Morning, Coming Down...

I traditionally have unwound with NBC's "Meet The Press" with break'est & coffee. I'll read the Sunday Boston Globe's weekly hockey notes and bemoan the prose of my unintentional mentor...I'll catch up to speed with the League using the 20th Century news delivery system: a newspaper. Lately though, while reading Globe and smoking PUCK, I'll have some TV playing in the background. So while "Meet The Press" has waned in my attention, in that 10AM timeframe I'm now watching A&E's edited version of HBO's "The Sopranos".
This will be my healing energy...a soft spot in the day to nestle & recoup after a Saturday Night of Bruins Hockey. The Season starts Next Week...I gotta prepare.

For Pete's Sake!
Talk about the Play of Opposites literally, for Pete's Sake this week, I want to talk about the Face-Off.
Dr, Hooey & I are movie buffs so I'm not talking about any Nic Cage/John Travolta movie...
The Face-Off is a battle at a certain & important spots on the ice...it's a fight for possession of the puck. Once possession of the puck is gained, the Charge to Score Begins. Face-Off's are of sublime importance. The only thing close to it is the Rugby scrum although a Puck is no Golden Snitch. The Doctor should know that Each Hockey Team is split into three regiments such as a NFL Football team; Offense (Forwards), Defense (defensemen) and Special Teams (goaltending). In Hockey, to resume gameplay, an official drops the puck between two contending forwards, who then jostle for possession by controlling the puck & passing it to an open teammate. The Quidditch reference might not be all that misleading then for the Muggles...
It so happens at thrilling moments when a face-off, expertly timed and passed can result in a goal within 2 seconds!
Now I won't bore the Good Doctor with the Details, such as, "why is the Big Circle at center Ice not used for Face-Offs all the time?"
Well, know this that Center Ice Face-Offs come at the Beginning of the Game...and after a Goal is scored. Between that the puck is dropped at several spots on the ice, regarding the stoppage of play and which team's at fault for the stoppage.

Hey next week, actual Hockey Talk! I promise!

Crea shaakti,

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”.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

iRawk...Therefore iPod
Happy Autumn Edition


it happened. Fall. Harvest? The time of year when it starts getting cold.
I sweat a frakkin' lot. Really. My upper body, I don't stink! No way...but I wear cotton as as Dr. Hooey sez, "Cotton Kills". I have to ask him about what kind of runners' undershirts to purchase so I don't cough myself to death this winter but iDigress...

Summer won't be here until next. Year. The cold weather sports are upon us in sequence; American Football, Ice Hockey and Basketball.

Let;s talk about the weather. I just bought an album "sight unseen", in the parlance. What could the audiophile version of this cliche be?


Horehound by the Dead Weather
why?...
Because "Jay-Z" told me to.

METRO: What do you listen to nowadays?

JAY-Z: Just different things. The Drake mixtape is phenomenal — I think he did a great job with that. Kings of Leon, MGMT, stuff like that. It’s just all over the place. Jack White has a band — the Dead Weather. I saw them play. I think he’s brilliant.


I'm so cheesy! I love buying singles.
Today I got
Bell Bottom Blues by Derek the Dominoes

I dig a good Rock 'n'n Roll song. This is one...and one I did not own. Notice I did not downloadit from the IntrePoop without purchasing power & the interface of the iTunes Store. Buy Your Music From the IntrePoop!!!

Ride Like The Wind by Christopher Cross (with Michael McDonald of the Doobie Bros on background in the chorus)

This song really anchors me to my Space/Time at Nine Years Old. I hear this song and I think of movies like "Superman" with Christopher Reeves by Richard Donner and Empire Strikes Back in the Star Wars movies.
and...
of course I bought more Chopra. This one's about meditating...and concentrating on sore/problem parts. We regenerate a new stomach every 6 weeks...hello!!! Acid??? The rest of our body follows suit, Mouthbreather! ^_~ Now, Apply that Intention to Specific Parts...


To New Roommates & Beyond!


For Kevin Donovan. HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!!!

Sometimes I'll fall asleep listening to my Chopra audiobooks. I'm convinced I can hear it in my sleep and occasionally I'm dreaming the stuff a bit. But Twice, Kevin who lives across the hall from me has woken me from my slumber by banging on my bedroom door and demanding I turn it down. Damn. We chuckle the next day.
He's leaving this month. I'll miss him. Only because he's got great snacks in the cupboard!!! heh! I didn't say that!!

Crea shaakti,
101 Things That Should Not Exist!:

35. The One Who Doesn't Put a New Roll of Toilet Paper Up and Leaves you stranded
Who are you? When I find you I'm gonna smack you in the face with this $#!t-smeared hand, you douche!!! ^_~ heh!

36. The National Health Care Debate.
My next tattoo will tell you one of the cruxes of my personal POV...
"Cui Bono?" Not me or you, as my inner John Lennon says to me. 'Nuff Said...

37. The Personal Letter Coming a Thing of the Past?
I for one love to email. I love the art of correspondence. Any of my closest friends will attest that I can be very wordy & emotive on an email. But Writing a letter and mailing? I'd rather type it and hit CTRL+P. I have the worst penmanship. I think I was supposed to be a leftie but was corrected in my formative years. But I scribble as I mumble...it is a window to my mind as well, the expression of thought in print & word. Letter writing exists and correspondence flourishes off the paper but the page exists still!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

THE SMOKING PUCK!

September 20, 2009
By Rev. Sully

Ahhh, For Pete's Sake!
aka: Why I Didn't Go To The Game...


Why Didn't I Go to the Game Yesterday Afternoon???
I was waiting for a buddy! It just didn't happen. I had something to do.

dig the Pop-up ad to purchase the song through iTunes or other outlets.
I got caught up on the Couch...he's never early, he's always late. You always gotta wait...so it was after 3PM when waiting was filled. So going to the game was a moot point at that point. Well...I coulda been late. Although the Bruins lost to the NYC (PATOOIE!) Rangers, no big loss though a few fights but alarmingly some sinister stickwork by Milan Lucic. Ahhh, Cheech, I'm saying you have to look out for the safety of the other players regardless if they're sporting Douchebag Blue or Habitant Rouge. Some of the best parts of pre-season is the scrappiness.
The Lesser Lights, those who are the opposites of SuperStars, get to shine in these moments. Hard workers earn the deepness of the bench this time of year. Is a Pre-Season tilt a Meaningless Game? I disagree with that judgement. They're just as fun if you're in the mood for early NHL action. One time at a Pre-Season game, Meathead & I heard the organist play "Bad Boys 4 Life" by P. Diddy...we had a 10-Game Pack that season yet never heard that familiar riff again but iDigress...


Phil Kessel is now a Toronto Maple Leaf.
The Gallery Gawds now have my permission to refer to this now "Make Beleaf" as One-Nut...I can still be a cruel jerk when motivated, see? The restricted free agent goes to Toronto for 3 draft picks, 2 which are 1st rounders. This might actually be a good deal. In the Parlance of the People, The Leafs kinda stunk last year & appeared a bit rudderless. Toronto is in a rebuilding phase nonetheless the Beantowne Bees have to put up with Kessel's Run 6 times a year. He will burn us a few times, especially in the shootout. Count on it. Wisdom in trading to a division rival??? Hmmmm...hope it pays off for all involved. Especially me! By giving me good hockey to watch.

Some sad news. Fred Cusick, longtime voice of the Boston Bruins has passed on at the age of 90. news Link. The Boston Globe said it with more eloquence than I could; a great article that I can only refer you to for more information on Mr. Cusick. Fred Cusick was the voice of my childhood winters. WSBK TV38 on the UHF dial. God Bless You and Keep You Well, Fred. Thank you for giving me my Bruins Loud Voice for the Game...Sully's Roar was inherited from Cusick's "SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE!!!"


The Winter Classic shirts are here!

On New Years Day, at Fenway Park the Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers in the annual outdoor Winter Classic. Throwback jerseys are the norm to commemorate the occasion and these look great. I gotta get one but which player; the Eternal Question! Meathead can get a blank one if he wants...his jersey choices usually end up playing on other teams shortly after he buys them.

New Weekly! For Pete's Sake!
I'm on a Mission!!! I need to get OCHO's very own Dr. Hooey up to speed quick on NHL Hockey. He'll never be Dr. Hook (a Hockey movie reference) and never be Dr. Hockey...nonetheless my dear Dr. Hooey must be frequently going to Canada for business. He's already feeling the need to grok the Great White Sport (TM)*. Hooey's Gregarious...he's easily made friends with 2 Canadiens fans and 1 Senators fan. I said, "Great!...They're both Division Rivals". I keep telling him, "dude, you'll be going to a hockey game in Canada eventually. It's what they do on a Tuesday Night in Winter". Seeing a Hockey game in Canada is a different experience. It's akin to eating fine dining against a decent restaurant. Expectations are keener, palates are refined. I went to a Panthers/Canadiens match one night in Montreal with JRBarnes a decade ago...it's where I got over my Fear & Loathing of Habs Fans. "Habs" are the nickname of the Montreal Canadiens...a French term "Les Habitants" or roughly the Home Team. I'm wickid jealous. Dr. Hooey just came back from Vancouver and will be walking down Rue de Ste. Catherine shortly.
Find "For Pete's Sake" here every week in the Smoking PUCK explaining other esoteric ideas of ice interest such as offsides, icing, and 2 For Slewfooting. Stay Tuned! ^_~

Crea shaakti,

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”.
*Great White Sport (TM) paraphrased from Dr. Hooey's IM from Vancouver when asked his geographical location.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

THE SMOKING PUCK!

September 13, 2009
By Rev. Sully

Back to Business!
aka: Will Kessel Run


As I'm oft to say on this Blog, I'm a huge David Bowie fan and one of my favorite albums is called Hunky Dory.


The track starts this classic album off is also the song that starts off the John Hughes movie classic...in words, The Breakfast Club.


The song, "Changes".

So my John Hughes Memorial Bowie quote to start off this Year of NHL Action...
Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes!, oh watch out you rock 'n' rollers!
So take heed of my iPod's advice and prepare for the upcoming season of Bruins Hockey. Now on FM Radio!

So changes in the new year...first and foremost.
Phil Kessel.
The Great Unknown. 36 goals last season, king of Shootouts is a Free Agent and still unsigned. Here comes the "Anti-Om"...the Big Sigh! SIGH!!! It's all about Money, kids. It's about Salary Caps and wiggle room, commitment & other things. If Kessel ends up in San Jose though who just traded for All-Star Ottawa Senator Dany Heatly, with former Bruins captain Trooper Joe Thornton, the NHL assist leader since 05-06??? Whew...lots to ponder. We might lose Phil. Will Kessel Run?

Ladies & Gentlemen, Gallery Gawds of all Shapes & sizes...career Bruin P.J. Axelsson has left the building. From 1997 to 2009, Per Jon Axelsson was the longest-tenured Bruin and one of my personal favorites. Classy player and a huge part of Sweden's 2006 Olympic Gold Medal victory. P.J. goes home to Frolunda HC in the Swedish Elite league where he played his first four pro seasons before coming to Boston. HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!!! Three Cheers for P.J. Axelsson!!!

Stephane Yelle? Were you here long enough to matter? I think of other great names in Temporary Black & Gold...Rick Tocchet (my personal fave, got to see him in a scrap vs. Eddie "JovoCop" Jovanoski in a 1995 Playoff Game but iDigress...), Michael Nylander, Sergei Gonchar

A Voice from the Rafters Bellows...
Andy Moog!!! Andy Gawddamn MOOOG!!!!
Once years ago watching a nigh-famous pre-season game at the Tampa Bay Lightning with the first female goaltender Manon Rheaume...and the familiar voice comes through the TV speaker. ANDY MOOOG! ANDY GAWDDAMN MOOOG!!! We had heard this voice many, many times in the Balcony of the old Boston Gahhden. Andy Moog, congrats! New Assisant Coach of the Dallas Stars. Slainte from Beantown, Andy!

Hey! The Pre-Season starts Tuesday against the NYC (Patoooie!) Rangers who the Black & Gold play at 4PM on Saturday at the Gahhden. I'm going to that one...just 'cuz it's fun. Tix are cheap and it's a great way to spend about 3 hours. And the Rangers fans don't care about coming either...it won't be a Sunday Matinee NBC game where they show up in Blueshirts & Yankees Hats. One Pre-Season game a few years back with Meathead in the SkyBox...we were SO LOUD, that opposing goaltender Trevor Kidd actually LOOKED at us a few times. My goal is to piss off Sean Avery, Mr. Massengill, himself.
Here's his team photo for this year:

An NYR Blueshirt...and since it's Avery's 2nd time with the (Patooie!) Ranger doesn't this make Sean Avery the "sloppy seconds"? Girls of the World should know better now to be sticking this anywhere, huh? heh!

The PUCK drops in October and the preseason starts this week! It's time to "Smell The Ice", campers. Hope to see you at the Rink this year.

Crea shaakti,

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”.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Comics Gnome Presents...IN BLACKEST NIGHT
Part 1


Ed. Note: I bumped this up for a second look...BLACKEST NIGHT #3 will be out next week and this is one great event comic so far.

Originally several weeks ago...I got myself a Black Lantern ring. I got it last Wednesday when BLACKEST NIGHT #1 came out...of course I was wearing the Black Lantern tee-shirt, c'mon I'm a geek.

Issue #1 variant cover

The ring came free with the purchase of the issue. But welcome to what will be MY LAST EVENT COMIC and will close out my DCU CRISIS Longbox.
No more tie ins, no more >$200 to follow 8 months of serials, no more Red Skies...only Blue Skies from now on after this Blackest Night.
Blackest Night #1 was a great place to start and exceeded my un-expectations. I phrase it like so because your disappointment is usually the converse of the expectation, right?

Let's start where it's obvious...Page 1!

First I'll start with the opening page of BLACKEST NIGHT #0, the 2009 DC offering for June's annual Free Comic Book Day.


A Cosmology Lesson, Green Lantern Style...notice the shadow of the unmarked grave? Huh? ^_~


The Opening Page of BLACKEST NIGHT #1...the villain BLACK HAND, the 1st Black Lantern violates the unmarked grave of BRUCE WAYNE, aka the first BATMAN (who "died" in FINAL CRISIS #6). Is it really Bruce Wayne's skull though...all will be revealed. Do you think the the last panel of this page breaks our "Fourth Wall"?


Here's the Page #1 again, pencils only. I love using the metaphor of a Good Rock & Roll Band. A script written by Geoff Johns was given to penciller Ivan Reis. Ivan then hands it over to Oclair Albert who inks this page, giving definition, shadow and depth to the pencils. Once again, the inked art is given to another person, the colorist Alex Sinclair, who uses millions of digital colors to make the Lanterns Glow, whatever their color. Finally the pages are then sent to the letterer, Nick Napolitano, who adds narrative caption, voice & though bubbles and my favorite comix word "onomatopoeia" , noun, the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle). Now the page is complete and heads in every step to the Editor, Eddie Berganza, his ass't Adam Schlagman and their boss E-I-C Dan Didio. So we got 5 band members, a road manager and a couple of roadies. Sounds like sweet music to these ears...but iDigress...


All the DCU characters murdered...


To Hal Jordan's ring construct of the Fallen.


The Silver Age (and recently returned from the dead) FLASH Barry Allen asks his best friend Green Lantern Hal Jordan (who also came back from the dead recently) to tell him who's died while he's been Trapped in the Speed Force since 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. The Splash Page (2 pages big) before this shows Green Lantern making a light show of the deceased DCU Heroes. It's a task in IDing, as you can see.


Only later on to be greeted by their old friend, J'onn J'onzz, the Manhunter from Mars, killed by Libra in FINAL CRISIS #1.


BLACKEST NIGHT #2, coming soon!!

Looking forward to the next issue featuring...MORE DEAD DCU HEROES, come back as Evil Zombies!!!

crea shaakti,