Saturday, September 29, 2012
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Monday, September 17, 2012
Hello and Welcome to the Smoking Puck!
My Grass-Roots Blog on Hockey with a local Spin being a Bruins fan.
I have a joke. On the 8th Day, God Was Bored. So God Created Canadians.
Hockey to me is the Ying & Yang of Sports. of Sheer Grace and Utter Brutality.
A Sport indigenous to snowy places. I grew up in the hockey-mad 70s & 80s in South Boston. Everyone played hockey (except for me!).
But I remember it being the only sport I really cared about as a kid and growing up.
I was the kind of fan to wait on Causeway Street overnight for Tickets, in the "Great Darkness of the Pre-IntrePoop Daze". we call the late 20th Century.
And we'd play Wiffle Ball under the Old El in the wee hours of the morning. I had a little money I'd brought with me so I'd only get about 4 pairs yet it was the experience of hanging with a best mate. And the camaraderie with the other fans you'd see year after year.
For me it was never about the fighting or the violence but who doesn't like a hockey fight? It was about the horn sounding after a goal, followed by the crowds roar. It was about running into past Bruins like Terry O'Reilly & Derek Sanderson and them being cool enough to sign the crest of your jersey.
Then came the New Building and the Old Garden was Gone.
Then came the IntrePoop and queuing overnight for tickets was now irrelevant.
Then came those Horrible Yellow Stripes down the sleeves of those 2nd rate uniforms we were stuck with for most of the 90s!!!
Things Got Worse...
Then Things Got Better. A lot better.
As of Today, the Hockey Season is in trouble since the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Players Union and the Owners expired on Sunday. Yikes.
People been asking me for the past few weeks.
Whatcha think of another Lost Season?
And it's tough to figure. The Bruins just signed 4 of their star Forwards (as opposed to Defensemen); Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin & Milan Lucic. What does that even mean? Sheeesh.
My advice to the Powers That Be is this: Find a Way.
Crisis does make one think of creative answers & solutions to problems. Perhaps a great solution will appear soon. Or as I like to say in a daily intention "Kriya Shakti", the ability to spontaneously generate Right Action. The past 8 years of NHL Hockey has been great.
Some of the best hockey I've ever seen.
The rule changes & shootout works.
There is nothing broke and guess what, No One Is Going To Go Broke Either...
So Lace 'Em Up & Play!
Goodbye "Disco Boromir". Time for "King Mob". Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. I'll miss it but it's time. twitter.com/revsully/statu…— Eric O'Sullivan (@revsully) September 17, 2012
King Mob comes to his senses & comes down from the Mountain Top. DC/VERTIGO's The Invisibles by Grant Morrison, TPB#7 twitter.com/revsully/statu…— Eric O'Sullivan (@revsully) September 17, 2012
Hey there ;) twitter.com/revsully/statu…— Eric O'Sullivan (@revsully) September 17, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
It is once again September 11th.
You can check out previous years on the Tag.
But this year's blog, I got inspired by Twitter, something that didn't even exist until 2006. Both 9/11 & Twitter are 21 Century Experiences.
The first I'm proud to say I follow the brilliant & kind George Takei, actor from the Star Trek series & films.
This pic below comes from his 9/11 Tweet and I just think it really sums up what I am feeling This Year.
Sidenote: On NFL Kickoff Sunday, Mike & I went to the Pub and sat next to two guys in Pats shirts...who of course gave Mike shit for his Broncos jersey.
And after giving back we became chatty & friendly. Nick & Keith turned out to be National Guardsmen back from their last Afghanistan tour only 6 months ago.
Upon finding this out, we bought a round & all toasted their service...and my line was "thank you for coming home"
Thanks. And Just remember where you were that day, what you were doing, how did you find out, how did you feel...and what do you think of it now
From Comics Book Resources, a page I read everyday any way but this one slipped by me back then since well I didn't read CBR back then so Thanks to Alan Kistler for re-Tweeting this. .
Written by DC Universe & Bat-scribe Gail Simone, the lady behind Batgirl's cowl & author of many fine stories. Writes teams well & almost as good as Joss Whedon.
11 years ago, @gailsimone wrote this incredible reaction to the September 11th attacks. Worth another read. on.cbr.cc/UHReDkYOU'LL ALL BE SORRY
— Comic Book Resources (@CBR) September 11, 2012
Thu, September 13th, 2001 at 12:00am PDT
Comic Books, Gail Simone, Guest Contributor
In The Midst Of The Horror...
Something wonderful happened.
I found out that I'm not as cynical and pessimistic as I had thought. Here's why:
The passengers who chose to attack their hijackers, likely saving thousands of lives.
The policemen who haven't slept in two days.
The firefighters who pleaded from their hospital beds to be allowed to go back to the scene to help.
The endless line of people in New York volunteering to do something. Anything.
The people around the world donating money and blood, even from countries in desperate need.
The health care personnel who walked to the scene unasked, to help.
The emergency service workers who rushed back to the scene despite the danger of buildings around them in danger of collapse.
The non-Muslims who refused to give in to bigotry and racism.
The websites that started donation drives that are collecting millions, a dollar at a time.
The Red Cross, never more deserving, never more tested.
The journalists who occasionally worked through tears to keep us informed.
The grief counselors who took the savagely difficult task of being with the loved ones of the victims when it was most needed.
The massive support of the governments of the world. If there was a sign of hope for the future, this is it.
Those common people in virtually every country in the world, who left flowers and prayed and lit candles and sent letters to the US in memory of people they'd never known.
The huge group of people cheering for not only the policemen, firefighters and EMTs at the scene, but for the Con Ed workers and those who handled the debris.
The politicians who suddenly rose above our expectations to do the right thing tirelessly and selflessly.
Those people who opened their homes to the stranded.
The National Guard, who know that they'll be called when things are at their worst.
The men and women in the towers and the Pentagon who aided those around them who had fallen, to get them to safety, at great personal risk.
The NATO leaders, who said we do not stand alone.
Voices in every language saying, "I'll give blood. I'll give money. I'll give support. I'll give food. I'll give a place to stay. I'll give my time. I'll give. I'll give. I'll give."
There can never be a full accounting, from quiet heroism that will never make the news, to those who sacrificed their lives after forty years of public service. I find myself with a new understanding of what it means to be an American, and what standards that means I should live up to. I find myself proud, not ashamed, to be a citizen of the world.
The list of victims is long. The list of those who want to help in any way they can has more than a billion names on it.
The people who committed this atrocity thought that they were striking at the heart of America.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
I think this is Perfectly Normal. But I also think Perfectly Normal means Being Able Stand on one foot and chant my stress away but iDigress...
I am here to extol the good Doctor and his magic TARDIS.
The Current Series of DOCTOR WHO, the BBC Sci-Fi show going on 50 Years Old very soon, is one of the best shows Ever on TV. I grew up on the 4th Doctor Tom Baker in the 70s & 80s on PBS. So the good Doctor is an integral part of the sci-fi tapestry of my growing up right along with Star Wars, Star Trek and about a hundred other Things Geeky.
The Current Doctor Who show has done something to me that few shows can accomplish.
It makes me cry. And I don't weep openly with sniffles. More of a manly & reserved shedding of a few hot, huge tears that fall freely from my eyes in gracious admiration of the payoff in the story; they get quickly wiped away hoping nobody saw.
Emotional Payoff. It is huge in this show. It's one of the most gratifying shows a Sci-Fi fan can like.
So as any good geek does, we list!
In Chronological Order...
1. Father's Day. 2005, 9th Doctor & Companion Rose Tyler.
When you travel back in time, it must be hard to resist the urge not to change anything. So we get what happens here in this episode. Against the Doctor's warning, Rose does the unthinkable. Asking to go to the day her father dies in a car accident, by saving his life she dooms All of Space/Time!!! This story is about people & choices & regret & doing the right thing. It was my first hint that This New Doctor Who show was Special and Worth the Time & Attention deserving of the Best.
2. Human Nature/The Family of Blood. 2007, 10th Doctor & Companion Martha Jones.
Funny thing is after this two part story, comes the Most Famous of the Modern Doctor's episodes called "Blink". Yet this is an awesome tale of the Doctor Hiding Out on Earth on the eve of the First World War and the friends he makes in that short time. The end of this show set in the Now on Remembrance Sunday has more emotional payoff than the next & more famous story. It was just a moment but when the old man veteran looks up to see the Doctor & Martha, things got a little leaky under my irises.
3. Vincent & The Doctor. 2010, 11th Doctor & Companion Amy Pond.
The Doctor & Amy find themselves with Vincent Van Gogh in one of my all-time favorite episodes ever. Can't describe it, you just gotta watch it & love it too.
4. The Girl Who Waited. 2011, 11th Doctor & Companions Amy Pond & Rory Williams.
This one is a real tearjerker. If this one didn't get the waterworks a-flowin' then you might have cauterized tear ducts. Wherein the TARDIS returns to a planet in the future only to find an 26-years older Amy Pond whose been waiting to get rescued all this time. Heartrending ending.
5. The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe. 2011, 11th Doctor.
The endings are where the Misties happen. Such as in this really ridiculously flighty X-Mas Special but oh how they make a grand finish. Wow...
Honorable Mention goes to The Lodger. 2010, 11th Doctor.
Such a charming Stand-Alone episode and really fun & nice. Last time I watched it I got sentimental at the ending since again, it was the payoff and emotionally charged.
In Frank Herbert's saga "Dune" the Fremen of the Desert Planet consider it a gift of one's own moisture by shedding a tear. Moving stories & art are supposed to generate emotional responses. For me, this is sure proof that its doing its intended job and I guess I give as freely as I receive. Thanks.