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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”.