Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sully, I have, in classic suburban New England tradition, a marsh at the end of my street that gets mowed and flooded every winter. Right now, it's a lovely patch of free ice with night time flood lights, two shoveled out hockey rinks, and a small grand stand for spectating and lacing 'em up.

Get skates. I'll do the same.

Monday, January 19, 2009


January 19, 2009
By Rev. Sully

PRIDE!...In The Name of LOVE!
aka: The Swearing OAF!!!

Ahem...repeat after me aloud
"Da Oaf of Office":
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of Observer of Ice Hockey, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the Smoking PUCK!


See...any Hockey Fan could say it. Even (patooie!) NYC Rangers fans...although if they can stand the abuse of Bon Mots to Beantown and the occasional vitriolic rant. Nonetheless even Barack Obama will be the GOP's President as well tomorrow...Dig It? Did You Know: The Last Republican to Quote Biblical Scripture in his Inaugural Address was Richard Nixon in 1969? Clinton did it Twice! The Bushes & Reagans...none. I personally like Jimmy Carter's 1977 use of Micah 6:8 in my own words...
God has Shown You, O man, What is Good; and what does God require of You, but to live life justly, and to love with mercy, and to walk humbly with God? -Rev. Sully's 21st Cent. Version, based on KJV.

This reminds me of a story told to me by my Grandfather. How I'd grow up take the Oaf of Office...he spelled it that way but back then it sounded as "oath".
My very own dad, whose friends dubbed him the "Duke of Grey Mattah", titled myself the "Count DaChange". Since I'd comeback with incorrect change from fast food all the time...no fault to graft.

Titles. Oaths. Occasions! What we are looking at is a 21st Century America...It's About Time America Caught Up with the NHL!!!

The NHL, North America's National Hockey League among the Big Four Sports is the Second Oldest institution (1917)*. Most Professional Sporting Organizations literally are Old Boys Clubs! It took a combination of Failure, Loss and Grief to be the First of the Four to really become a 21st Century Sport. A Boring Product with a Waning Fan Base then “the Long Offseason”...the Lockout that ruined the 04-05 Schedule. If the Big 3 Detroit Automakers want a successful business model to save their share of their industry, then perhaps they should emulate the NHL in the 21st Century. Rule changes, culture changes, equipment changes...CHANGES!!! The NHL is a resounding success. The NHL Today is a Paragon of Virtue in Sports Standards weathering the Sean Avery Scandal and also is remarkably free of steroids stories...
The only real critical thing I could say about the NHL are two things:
One to rip off my hero at the Boston Globe, Dupont...Take the Helmets Off in the Shootout!!!
And #2...to trim the League Down a few teams OR perhaps the consistently unsuccessful teams could use a Canadian relocation. 6 of the 30 NHL teams are Canadian.
*(btw: NBA 1946, NFL 1920, MLB 1876...fyi ^_~ eo's)

Next Weekend's All-Star Game is the Mid-Point of the Season in reality, regardless of those pesky numbers in the Standings. April is only a few months away and that's when the League reaches its Nominal Size. Now the 30-team, 82-game season is just a warm-up for what we fans refer to as the Second Season...the Playoffs. It's when the talent level skyrockets and the League is widdled down to about half its normal size; 16 teams in the First Round. No Shootouts. No 4-on-4, 5 minute Overtime. It's Hockey at its Most Pure in any Round.

poetic interlude of victory! for matt...
On MLK Day
by Eric O'Sullivan
I Have a Dream...of sitting at my local public house...enjoying a pint of the stout we call Guinness...eating a bowl of chili on a Wint'ry January Day...watching the Bruins Holiday Matinee on the HDTV at the bar down the street. I Have a Dream...

Behind The Numbers!!!
This is where I tell you about the headaches I get cyphering math. Crunching numbers. Well, I need to only worry about one number right now!!! Muhahahaha!!!
My Cholesterol Number.

Going to the Vet for your Shots is scary for pets of all breeds & species. I hope a Veterinarian is onboard a First Contact team with an Alien Race...it's the closest thing we as Humans have to offer as a xenobiologist medic...but iDigress...
I got my blood work back from a physical. I'm definitely NOT Pear-Shaped Again...but My weight for my height...also my cholesterol for my age...
So this week I've been running the gauntlet.
Mid-week: Farewell to Chinky Food. Yeah...I said Chinky Food. If there was a way to not be racist, I'd love to keep this phrase because it only builds to the next phrase...stinky chinky food. Yup. Down the Street, around the corner. Full of MSG. And Flavor. And convenience. Two-three times a week. Gone.
Saturday: Last Dance with Mickey D's...I ate four McDoubles, the Dollar Menu still featured the Dubble Cheeseboigah!!!
Today: the chili appetizer at the Pub...it's actually a layer dip served in a small cast iron pan, served with lots of chips! I eat it as a "bowl of chili".
My hand has healed quite nicely. It's time to strengthen it...and remember to lead with my left.

Well...lace 'em up it's time to go! Stretch, Shower & Shave! It's warm enough I can shave my head today...I'm Beyond Bruce Willis into the John Malcovich hair-doo right now. A wooly beard to boot! It's been Cold in Beantown Faire. My only regret is that I don't own skates! They got left behind in a rushed move...like bugging out in M*A*S*H. I had awesome skates, with gel ankles & soles conformed to my feet...ahhh. 'Cuz right now is the weather to get out there and play some Pond Hockey. Or we can always bust open a Fire Hydrant at the Park. Like I'd actually get out thee and play if I had skates. It's a day "oaf", remember?

The New Ice Order fits the 21st Century...now the Sleeper Has Awakened, the Dream is remembered vividly and we rise to go to Work and bring America into the 21 Century with a 21st Century President. Will Mr. Obama have some Biblical wisdom to impart on us? Could he use the Q'ran and get away with it? Could he use the Buddha's Final Words? "Damn Mushrooms?" America finds itself waking up in the 21st Century on Wednesday morning, regardless how anchored we are to the Past. Forward, I say...and Onward! To Hope and Change! I always said Hockey is Life....there are Line Changes and Lines for the Restroom & Beer. Ask anyone in D.C. tomorrow about bathroom lines...go ahead. We don't need Hockey Moms in the White House to have that Mavericky Wisdom!

For the record, the Bruins are doing so good there's nothing to tell you...except Go Watch a Game!!!


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”.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Final Crisis #6, art by Doug Manhke

And so it goes...

"And the Mercy Seat is waiting and I think my head is burning...A Life for a Life and a Truth for a Truth and anyway there was no proof and I'm not afraid to die."
-Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Sunday, January 11, 2009

"I need 3-D Glasses for this one"
-The Comics Gnome

January 21, 2009 for $4.50...is a bloody funnybook worth $4.50??? This one is...

iRawk...Therefore iPod!!!
Century Edition!
by Rev. Sully
January 11, 2009

100 Plays. Welcome to the Century Club. Well...here's a caveat then. Several times, I've Zeroed Out my Play Count. I'm fickle, what can I say. But I decided in the New Year of 2007 to stop this practice...for a little while at least. So now it's been almost two years since I last Zeroed Out my iTunes Play Count. I was wrestling with the idea of doing it again with a new iPod Classic to pave a new road of Quantifying My Listening Habits. With over 10,000 tracks on iTunes and my ability to carry most of them...maybe I need to level the playing field for...well EVERYTHING! As if I don't, the Top 10 List will never change. Because my Century Club sounds remarkably like my last Top 10 List. Listening to a shuffle of over 9,000 songs, lots of things are "new". Long lost favorites are reminded with stars, new favorite are put into Playlists to be added to the Airwaves.

Until I blank the list again, I'll just have to deal with my Top 10 evolving as a Pokemon into the Century Club. Perhaps I'll clone them into a Playlist and begin again. I'd hate to lose two years of documented plays but Change is the Nature of the Cosmos...nonetheless iDigress...

May I introduce you to the Century Club...guaranteed good music.

at the top of the Century Club respectively at 114 and 112 Plays are:
Dive and Beeswax by Nirvana from Incesticide
Now we know...
My favorite artist, song and album I'd argue. Heck...I knew I liked Nirvana but this is a selling point for "favorite". Incesticide is a gem for a real Nirvana fan. Chock full of the vocal harmonies that the band really nailed in studio such as on Aneurysm. Dive for me is still their loudest, raucous single but Beeswax...is the song I'd most want to sing as the lead singer of a tribute band.

at 108 plays is
Hash Pipe by Weezer from Weezer (Green Album)
Everytime I review this track it boils down to the same phrase, "pretentious uber-rawk". 'Nuff Said

With 103 Plays from The Chronic is "Let Me Ride" by Dr. Dre...
Regardless if I trick it out "Random", this jam starts off my brand new Getaway Music Mix...more about that in a minute.

Ending the Century Club is the Man in Black Himself...covering the Kid in Black.
Johnny Cash from Rick Rubin's American III: Solitary Man comes the cover of Nick Cage & The Bad Seed's seminal track "The Mercy Seat". Makes me wanna learn to pick this out on my acoustic guitar...something I haven't done in years I'm sad to say...

And Honorable Mention...with 98 Plays so I'm gonna listen to it TWICE right now is...

Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down by Interpol from Turn On The Bright Lights. Another song I'd like to rip up on karaoke night. Throw the Goat!

Think there should be a new Century Club in another Two Years? Maybe I should find out...

Lemme tell you about frustration...

Really Frustrating...rage-inducing frustration.
To be Trapped on the Public Transportation. Here in Boston we call it the MBTA.
The Subway & Bus System.

Still feels this way sometimes...

I bought this awesome Game for my iPod Classic...this is the award it won for its iPhone version:
"Best Racing/Driving Game" (Asphalt 4: Elite Racing, iPhone)

* "Because the iPhone's accelerometer essentially turns the device into a portable steering wheel, the racing scene on the device has been popping. But no racer released this year competes with Gameloft's superlative Asphalt 4: Elite Racing. At top speed, Asphalt 4 is a thrill. The responsive controls shame competing racers. Loaded with licensed cars that look awesome zooming through exotic locations and Wi-Fi multiplayer, Asphalt 4 provides a console-like driving experience at an absolute steal

I'm having a blast!!! Getting stuck on the "T"??? Nothing is more liberating than having a pocket Car Racing Game when you're stuck in traffic...there's a logic there somewhere, I truly believe. I got a playlist building for it called "Getaway Music" chock full of Driving Tunes...music to make you wanna speed. It's a clever fun I can selfishly enjoy while the AM students are too loud or the PM commute home is delayed.

This Bus probably just got there late...Bring Your Own Entertainment when waiting for the T...

Something to RTFM in the Near-Future will be DVD-to-iTunes video conversion. Hey...I already own it!!! And my prized Led Zeppelin DVDs...I want to format the sound to play as music in the Songs Shuffle, just as my Purchased iTunes Music Videos play. I've heard that DVDs in the future might contain a version on the disc itself to rip to your computer. There's a Wonder Woman Animated feature coming out from Warner Bros./DC Comics that includes this in its Deluxe Two-Disc Version.
Speaking of Wonder Woman, I got my money's worth and picked up a little cheesy nostalgia...

1976's Wonder Woman Season 1 pilot...it's an hour & thirteen minutes of video for the same price as a normal 50 min episode...from the iTunes Store for $1.99!

So...I think I might be in the Mood for a New Top 10 list in a few weeks. Got a list of your favorite tunes? Maybe you'll turn me onto something.

Rev. Sully

Eric O'Sullivan
last seen walking it off abound Boston, Cambridge, & Somerville, MA...singing to his iPod.

The Count:
# on the road with "motherboxxx", my 120GB iPod Classic
9,116 songs
23 videos
131 pictures
8 games
61.1 GB Free
36 Hours of Battery Life; Music-Only (less, depending on how many times I play games which eats up lots of battery life)

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

January 11, 2009
By Rev. Sully

Happy New Year!!!
aka: The View from Up Here...They Look Like ANTS!

The last thing I should be doing before "Meet The Press" isn't revving up the old Imagination Machine and Smoking a PUCK...but digging out of the heap of snow outside! If I gave myself 20 good minutes out there with a shovel and my galoshes...

Early in the AM, sitting here all alone with a cup of coffee and a TeeVee...the great show of "NHL On The Fly", the daily recap show on the NHL Network. If you avoid the "Dasher" of scores...you can keep a sense of discovery. The edits of last night's game lasts for minutes, showing great saves, fights & hits and other notes & interests with in-depth analysis by the studio team. The Edit of the Game is like reading the Box Score in the Paper the next day but with Sound & Vision!!! I personally "Ooooh!" and "Ahhhhhh!" at the Eijit Box, either alone or with the dog.

The Stars ARE Closer when you're on Top of the Mountain...
The View from the Top is Breathtaking...especially when following a Milan Lucic bodycheck. "LOOOOCH!!!" is one of a few Boston Bruins heading up to Montreal for the All-Star Weekend the 24th & 25th. Including the head coach of the Eastern Team, Claude Julien. Julien used to be the coach of the Montreal Canadiens for 2 seasons from 03-04 to 05-06...he's no stranger to being behind either bench on Rue de Levesque. In celebration of their 100th season, Les Habitants de Montreal are hosting this year's ASG. Julien gets coaching honors due to the Bruins being the best team in the Eastern Conference. Joining Coach Claude for Sunday's ASG on the Eastern All-Stars are Tim Thomas, captian Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard. Rookie sensation Blake Wheeler will face off against Milan Lucic when the Rookies play the Sophomores in the Saturday's ASG Youngstars Game. Blake "Wheeler-Deeler" is current tied for 2nd in Rookie Scoring, is off the leader by 6 points.

Lame jerseys this year? Ahem...yup.

This Smoking PUCK looks forward to the rest of this season here at the halfway point of the season. 42 games into an 82 game season and the Bruins still have single digits in the Loss Column...only Detroit & San Jose can brag about that as well. The Bruins are the 2nd best team in the NHL as of today, in a teeter-totter with the San Jose Sharks for Top Gun. And Beantown Bee's also are First Overall in Goals Against...and Goal For. Which mean they score the most goals and let in the least. And more and more, people keep showing up to Bruins Home Games. Tis a good time to be Black & Gold. Let's hope injuries and a few losses here and there only Motivate, not Capitulate. Something tells me that's not an option this year with this 08-09 Bruins Team. Huzzah.


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”.
One way to dump your girlfriend...

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Tetris, EA Tiger Woods... good games to be sure, but as usual I'm pining for what I can't have. Ever since it occurred to me that the video iPod was a perfect platform for the old arcade classic "Dragon's Lair", I just can't get no satisfaction.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Comics Gnome POOTS...Another Lantern for the Porch

Here comes the "War of Light"...

Orange is the color of Greed. I hope they eventually write an Orange Lantern as being a Wall Street exec in the face of this Financial Crisis!

We have Red Lanterns...who don't like the Yellow Lanterns as we can see here with Sinestro being strung up by big fans of his and his Corps...

Or the Blue Lanterns who use Hope!

The Whole Crayon Box is Gonna Go At It!!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy New Year OCHO!

The past year has been an eventful one, and as tradition demands it is a time of introspection and reminiscing. While my husband labors away outside trying how to take apart his car door panels to install a new set of speakers, I am reading. The book is a very "chick book" but interesting. The two heroes, a male and female are written in the first person. The male is a time-traveller. He slips forwards and backwards in time. She meets him when she is 6, he meets her when he is 28. As I read such a book, it enhances my traditional introspection into my own time slips. I move forward and back in time. I find myself hanging out in the 'Flat' quite a bit. My friends around me, we are enthusiastically debating some religious and philosophical topic of which we know nothing and everything.

One second I'm smoking from a small metal implement in an alley between the HRC and Boston's finest, the next I am revisiting a moment of intense fear as an 8 year old following an unhappy incident while skating on a local bog. Then I am revisiting a happy day that happened just a few weeks ago and in the same moment I am sad that my two 'brothers' weren't there to see it. Next I am sitting on top of Prospect Hill waiting for a friend to walk past so I can surprise him, the next I am sitting on a rock entranced by a fire, completely lost, and praying that life always stays this simple. My present is very busy and this New Year I look forward to the year ahead bringing many new adventures with my loved ones. I hope that they become new moments that I will visit in years to come. Maybe even tell a story or two about.

Meanwhile I'll sit with my 'Summit'...

Thank you, Pope Gregory XIII.

Happy New Year, Channel OCHO! How are ya!
Dust off your fingers and lets hear from you...hauzitgaun'?

2009. The 21st Century is almost a decade old and I'm still waiting for my flying car.

Makes me think of 1999...the Penultimate Year of the 20th Century!!!

Things such as!
Prince's song "1999"

This scene from Stanley Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey was set in 1999...the finding of the Second Monolith on the Moon by Man.

or the Sci-Fi TV show "Space: 1999".

You see...in the Past, 1999 meant "the Future".

Now...we're a decade removed from the Cusp of the Future. 2YK, Episode 1 and the Impeachment of Bill Clinton. I had a full-head of blond-dyed hair! Well...I had started early...

America was not yet the vampire victim of the Republican Regime.

It was a Golden Time compared to the Starkness of the American Now. But iDigress...

I don't have any resolutions this year. I wish to stretch more and become more limber. My favorite hockey goalie Tim Thomas invests a lot into Yoga...that is Dharma. Wait for it, Mouthbreather...it'll make perfect sense if you waste a few braincells thinking about it. I'm winking at you...^_~
But I can now touch the floor bending over and am going to bring other stretches into a daily routine. To paraphrase out-of-print Sci-Fi writer Kilgore Trout, "the time seems to be ripe". I feel a Steinbeck quote or two charging up the hill as well.

Happy New Year to Everyone Here at OCHO! May you be Recording the Events of this Year with us. Masters of Cool...Enlighten Me.