Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

Gobble Gobble Gobble!

Happy Turkey Day, Dear OCHO.

I'm off to the Folk's Place in Quincy, MA USA.  I got a big book for the Red Line Voyage to & fro.  A few recyclable shopping bags & Gladware for the leftovers.
And I'm also bringing the Appetizers.

So what's your table like?  What was the Special Thing that You did this Thanksgiving for your Table.
I'd like to give thanks as well.
For health and the people of our lives.
And great moments to bring these people together.

I'm off to make the appetizers.  Stuffed mushrooms and Pigs in a Blanket.

Stuffed mushrooms I'm simply making a sausage stuffing with Sweet Eye-talian and Jimmy Dean Sage, mixed with domestic powdered parm and fresh parsley, fresh cracked coarse black pepper.
The Pigs in a Blanket is a remarkable simple thing to execute for guests.  I take Pillsbury Crescent rolls and use it like puff pastry or pate-a-chou, wrap a sausage and bake it until it's done.  Slice on a bias & serve with an array of mustards.
Finger foods for first!

God Bless You All.  Aum.  Krishna loves you the best, he told me so.  ;P

kriya shakti,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Comics Gnome POOTS!

The Comics Gnome POOTS!...a little Red Hood and his merry Outlaws.  

One of Three DCnU Titles I Follow Monthly.  
The Other Two were Shoe-Ins.  Incumbents!  
This one definitely was a Black Sheep.  
Had a Wickid Outside Chance.  But I gotta tell you, it's Soapy enough I wanna tune in tomorrow.  Dig?
So far so good.  Three issues in and it could always go south but I'd guess I'd know since I'd be buying it.  ^_~  
This one has the Best Last Page.  Our Rawk Trio of Misfits end up on an astral journey but the fee is their Most Cherished Memory!  They'll get them back...if they get back!  Muhahahaha!  And we of course get a peek at all three memories of these three titanic thrillseekers.  
Why they do what they do is beyond me and beyond themselves for all I know but they're caught up in This Superhero World and So Am I...

kriya shakti...

the Smoking PUCK! November 20, 2011

The Smoking PUCK!
November 20, 2011

Back to Business/OCHO-in-a-Row!
Another Trip Around The Sun…

It’s funny but this phrase came up yesterday twice.
And it elated me. 
It was my Birthday. 
Therefore making it my Equinox. 
Another Trip Around the Sun. 
Said to me over the course of the evening buy two different friends.  Either I’ve never heard this one or haven’t in a long time.  Nonetheless, hearing it elated myself to no end.   
Hearing it again made it synchronous. 

Looking at the bar’s teevee on the way out of dinner, Bruins 3, Isles 0. 2nd Period made me smile.  It’s my birthday dinner.  Deedee’s on her way out of town and we hadn’t been back to the Border Cafe since she got landed earlier this year. 
I will miss the dog.  This could be a Country Song.  A real country song like you hear at the Border CafĂ©!  Yee haw.  ;P
Good time.  Lone Star Beer though, no Margarita.  I’d brunched at Noon with friends old & new for a few wet hours over great bloody marys* but iDigress… 
*(@magounssaloon for the Bloody Sunday, the Mary served with Jamesons instead of Vodka, delicious!)
Low-Key Birthday is my Speed.  I informed Doctor Hooey of guaranteed attendance of my Surprise Wake & Funeral following my Next Surprise Birthday Party.  I had a full day of friends and food.  And made a little time to nap in between company & the deluge of phonecalls.  It was a very nice birthday.
And it all was wrapped with a 6-0 Bruins victory on Long Island.
Dig This: I almost thought about going to last night’s road game in New York.  James & Laura live there and they’re always inviting me down.
There was ONLY one thing holding me back this time…
I was fighting a chest cold. Ever since the cold snap a few weeks back, I’ve been “brewin’” up a cloudy storm in my lungs.  I suffered a Petit Mal asthma attack during work two weeks ago.  Yeah and I’ve been healthy enough without an inhaler with I didn’t have an inhaler when I needed it the most.  So…
My Next Big Idea is a Belt Buckle with a holder for the Puffer with the words: “Asthma Sucks!”  The stooped things always discharge in your pocket & collect pocket lint.  Think about that one!  Getting a mouthful of pocket link. 
Then last week I lose my voice.  
I blame the radiators we turned on and their collection of Year-Long Dust Bunnies, one of my many archenemies.  
This week was taxing yet ended on its feet.  That's how we judge the winner of a Hockey Fight, for Pete's Sake if you were ever wonder "How Does One Win A Hockey Fight?"
Be the One Standing.  

Eight-in-a-Row for the defending Champions, now playing as Champions. 
What’s next?  What do you think?
Wins, Losses…Saves, Passes, Goals…Line Changes and Lines for Restrooms & Beer. 
To the Good Times that come with it all
And another trip around the Sun... 

Rev Sully
Hub of the Multiverse

Eric O’Sullivan (nee Anzalone)
Boston, MA USA

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Comics Gnome POOTS!, November 13, 2011

The Comics Gnome POOTS...a New & Strange Talent!  

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #2 (of 6)
Image Comics.

This is perhaps the most fun I've had in a long time with being completely Grossed-Out.
And I mean that.  I don't even want to read it on the bus anymore...
I gotta keep it in its little brown bag until I get home.  
It's cartoony yet graphic as all hell showing new ways a body can be dismembered by unarmed hands of strength!  
Geeky little Luther Strode sends away for the Hercules Method from the back of a funnybook.  
The Result is Strange as Luther gains the bodily strength but he seems to be coming across the whole "power & responsibility" posit that Spider-Man coined.  
And of course any good story got its depth and badguy so this will be on the top of the stack in its next 4 releases.
Good Stuff.  a reason to go to the FunnyBook Bodega.

Another good find using the Force was this
SPACEMAN #1 (of 9)
written by Brian Azzarello & Art by Eduardo Risso.
From the creative team of Vertigo's "100 Bullets".
There's not much to say beyond it was only $1.  One Dollar.  
And the rest of it I hope is as awesome as the first issue.  
Sets the stage in a Near-Future with a genetically modified almost-human tailored for the rigors of space flight/life.  His name is Orson.  Anyone with a pedigree in SciFi gets this reference.  
We open with in a flashback to what could be a failed Mars Mission then orson awaking once again from this recurring nightmare & memory...to a two-page Splash Page of what looks like looking north up Tremont Street, Boston, MA USA but flooded, yet still inhabited with bridges, walkways and gondolas.  Nonetheless, post-cataclysm.  The City is not mentioned by name in Issue #1 although the image was very familiar to this reader.  
Looking forward to the next 8 issues.  

Also in the stack this week were...
both really great titles.  A good Stack this week.  
Thank you, Comics Gnome!  
Keep on Pootin'!   

kriya shakti,
Rev Sully
the Hub of the Multiverse

Eric O'Sullivan (nee Anzalone)
Boston, MA USA

iRawk...Therefore iPod, November 13, 2011

iRawk…Therefore iPod
A Man of Two iPods Edition

The 5th Generation iPod nano, circa 2009-early ’10.
Nickname: Arios Gundam, named after my Favorite Anime Giant Robo.
The Variable Fighter, transforms into a plane for sorties, strafing & bombing, et al. 

The 4th generation iPod Touch, released early October 2011 in 8GB, 32GB & 64 GB. 
I got a billion names bouncing around my room but I really want to name him…

The Knight, the close-combat robot & the traditionally painted blue-white with red & yellow trim of the Main Protagonist of the particular Gundam Series. 

For a month now, I’ve been using both iPods in my daily life they are kind of like the fictional Giant Robot squadron of my favorite anime, fighting the forces of ennui & quiet moments with my personal backdrop.  Now Featuring Email, Amateur Photography and YouTube!
Not to mention Infinity Blade but I just did.  
I’m also using the iPod Touch to watch GUNDAM 00 during lunch breaks & at home before bed.  I can tune into Netflix whenever I want as well.
S’Funny thing is, I got No Music On It.  Sure I can dial up Pandora or Radio Paradise when I got an open wireless.  But No Music.   That'll come later...
So I rely on the orange iPod nano for that!  
All service-long at work, and after Black Friday comes time for the Holiday Music.
Peter, OCHO's very own Doctor Hooey gave me this "fresh off the Apple Tree in China & Cupertino" iPod Touch loaded with his very own "Sully's Gonna Dig These Apps".  The Good Doctor saved about 2GB Free for music if I so liked to sych..
or any video purchase/rental from the iTunes Store as well.   
Also he's been meaning me to watch TeeVee's LOST and I kept Absolute Spoiler-Free so I can enjoy & anticipate a show suggested by one of my best friends.  And he's got it on iTunes.  For when I don't have a Wireless Signal.  
It's my first flirtation with the fingerful fretboard of the iTouch/iPhone interface.  
What a neat device.  

On top of it all, I got a 3rd gadget of future feltercarb floating in my front pocket.
My QWERTY SmartPhone is refer to as “CrackBerry Crunch!”
3 Gadgets!  Gadzooks!!! 
I could give it an appropriate GUNDAM 00 name like…

The sniper.  The first team's leader  (second season is very good too...) 
This is the gadget I make sniping Tweets from, on the road. 
But a Kyocera is not an Apple!  

Whew.  3 gadgets!  
I could roll there all into One gadget if I went iPhone.  
One Day...One Day.

But iDigress…
In other news, what have I bought from the iTunes Store recently.  Since I’m not synching the iPod Touch to my iTunes for a while, I got no new Apps to extol.
Just the same old, same old foolishness with a flashdrive with a click wheel for music only. 
I picked up for $10.  

The Bhagavad Gita sung by Meena Mahadeva.  It’s really basic nonetheless all in Sanskrit and earnest.  I listen to it at night while I sleep, sure that my Heart hears this as I dream. 
I'm such as geek!  I listen to the chapter as I read it in English on the bus in the morning, I use the Sanskrit Big Idea Words as anchors to keep in pace with the singing.  

And from an NPR Weekend magazine show, 2 singles from Tony Bennett's last release of standards
This kind of music is fated to be muzak for the Hipster Brunch Bistros although I picked up two singles that "made the grade" and were featured in the NPR interview about the album.
The Lady is a Tramp with Lady Gaga and
Body & Soul with Amy Winehouse.  
First the  Gaga,  who I love but avoided the sophomore slump of "Born This Way".  The exposure to the singles from Born This Way leaves me unimpressed so I'll say this one track with the great Tony Bennett is better than her last over-produced, over-thought & over-wrought opus.  

I should listen to the whole album but if I hear the title track or Edge of Glory again, I'm libel to implode into a Quantum Singularity.  
The Winehouse track...Bennett got wistful & sad.  He felt that Winehouse "had the gift".  That he was waiting for a singer like her since the advent of the rock band in the early 60s when it became about the Band and not the Singer in Pop Music.    

So until I'll make the jump to Lightspeed, 4G & Infinity with the iPhone in a year or two, I'll be a man of Two iPods.  And a frakkin' phone. 
Rev. Sully

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

Arios in Flight Mode

Saturday, November 12, 2011

View From the Birdhouse, November 12, 2011

The Fall Foliage season is leaving, all pun intended.
All on the ground are the multitude of yellow & brown leaves.  Lots of trees are now bare as well.  I've always marveled at seeing the bird's nests in the bare branches, once concealed by leafs in the seasons preceding the Autumnal Equinox.  
My favorites though are the Oranges & Reds of the fall leaves in the sunlight.  
I gawk & rubber neck at nature and now I can share this.
I hope you like them.  
All Photos taken on my 4th Gen iPod Touch
Please Click Image to Enlarge.  

Malden, MA USA, Highland Avenue in front of Mystic Charter School.  
Nov. 12,  2011

Cambridge, MA USA.  MIT Campus.
Nov. 11, 2011

Malden, MA USA off of Highland Avenue
Nov.  12, 2011

Somerville, MA USA, Henry O. Hansen WWII Memorial, corner of Partridge & Medford
Nov. 12, 2011

The Smoking PUCK! November 12, 2011

2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins!!!

Welcome to the Channel OCHO Blog! 
Home of the “grassroots” Boston-Brewed Hockey column…
The Smoking PUCK!
November 12, 2011

Rattling Your Sabres!
aka: Four-In-A-Row is More Like It

Ahhh…it’s November.  My favorite month.  As the View from this Birdhouse observes, autumn is at its peak & foliage is nature’s tribute to the sun’s rainbow but iDigress…
This crisp, clean, cool air in hooded sweatshirts will be replaced by driving snow with wet, ugly weather shortly.  Icy sidewalks are my nemesis now, no longer cats.  S’funny how God keeps giving us our rivals & enemies. 
Speaking of Rivals, Northeast Division rivals the Buffalo Sabres are in town tonight.  I love the Sabres.  From their classic uniforms to Mike Foligno’s salad bowl helmet to Clink Malarchuk, Dale Hawerchuk & Dave Andreychuk all on the team at the same time, leading the NHL in Chuks in the early 90’s.  Craig Ramsey, Grant Fuhr, Pierre Turgeon, Alexander Mogilny, Pat LaFontaine, Brad May, Dominik Hasek; the Dramatis Personae watching the Bruins faceoff against tough Sabres night after night, year after year.  Lindy Ruff’s been their coach for 14 Seasons (2 division championships, 1 Presidents Cup & 1 Stanley Cup Finals appearance & missed the playoffs only 3 times in Ruff’s tenure). 
Buffalo is one hockey hotbed.  Their natural rivals are about 2 hours away over the Lake Ontario, the Toronto Maple Leafs, nonetheless I grew up watching lots and lots of the Blue & Yellow of Sabres growing up Adams Division then Northeast Division combatants.  The initial Winter Classic of the 2007-08 season owns the attendance record at 71,217 filling football’s Ralph Wilson Stadium. 
Buffalo’s been a part of my hockey diet for a while whether it be Buffalo Wings with Meathead before the game at Hooters* or any given televised tilt versus the Buffalo Sabres. Wah wah wah…
(*Hooters no longer exists at its North Station location therefore Meathead & I are unable to perform one of our favorite pre-game rituals anymore, titties & beer of course…it was its own space/time when beer & hockey reigned supreme.  Huzzah!) 

Can the Bruins make it five in a row tonight?  I’m sure gonna find out.  The toughest part is waiting for Mario to call back.  I don’t want to ruin a good night’s game with an afternoon of beer & pooping out too early.  I’m trying to get him out of the house, put on a Bruins shirt and at least go try to talk to some chicks at a bar over the game tonight.  I mean why not!   
It is something we’ve never done!  Maybe I should put out a Craigslist Ad, two awesome handsome charming single men looking for two awesome single ladies to watch game with at awesome bar tonight.  Sheeesh…That’s something I do not think Mario would go for.   
I’ll Tweet that instead and see if we generate any interest.  ;P 

It’s time to go and Carpe Diem before the PUCK drops tonight. 
I hope you get to the enjoy the game tonight with a friend…or with a friend & invite a female friend and they bring a friend for my friend?  Ha! 

kriya shakti,
Rev. Sully
The Hub of the Multiverse

Eric O’Sullivan
Boston, MA USA

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

"The General Problem"

Meditating on this I'm reminded of work...and My Needs being Other People Needs?  This kinda sums it up along with its foolishness.

kriya shakti,

Sunday, November 06, 2011

The Smoking PUCK!, November 6, 2011

In the News...

the Bruins won in Toronto 7-0 last night.
Tim Thomas shut-out.
Tyler Seguin Hat-Trick.

Now can we get back to whipping them in the press???

View From The Birdhouse, Nov. 6, 2011, Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage 2011, Friday November 4, Cambridge, MA USA

Saturday, November 05, 2011

View From the Birdhouse, November 5, 2011

Seen While Walking the Dog, Saturday, 8AM, 33 degrees.
The Imaginary Cover Art to My Imaginary Band's First Album.     

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I hadda go back.  I bought more.  
I ended up watching this movie again waiting for & eating my Sammich Delivery the other night.  
I had already bought the Music Soundtrack but also there was the Original Score by the Composer.  
after a third watching of it, only the DVD comes next.  
Or am I past the DVD now...but iDigress...(I might be post-DVD so don't let that get around!)  

A great mixture of orchestra, studio music and the 8-bit game sounds with actual movie dialog in their respective places make this one listen-able album.  Lots of quick 1 & 2 minute long instrumentals...mood musics with occasional clips of the actors speaking their lines.  
Soundtracks are fun.  Ask Doctor Hooey who got me turned onto Cinemagic.
Great movie moments in small audio cues.  Emotive pieces to beckon the soul & perception to excitement, remorse and love.  Such things are the art of Cinema!!!

kriya shakti,