Friday, November 25, 2005

Steven Seagal's Lightning Bolt Energy Drink - - $2.49

Are you stuck drifting through life in a state of existential confusion wandering aimlessly through the multitudes of energy products not knowing which one is the right one for you? Then look no further for the true meaning of life then Master Sensei Seagal?s Lightning Bolt Energy Drink!

If anyone sees this in stores let me know...
I will drink this drink.

friday random ten

1. Watching The Detectives - Yo La Tengo
2. I am Rangers - Dupe
3. Club-A-Gogo - The Animals
4. Touch me I'm sick - Sonic Youth
5. It's All Right - The Velvet Underground
6. The Magnificent Seven (live) - The Clash
7. I Had a Very Good Year - Mobius Band
8. In the Highways - The Peasall Sisters
9. Hideaway - The Electric Prunes
10. Texas Trash - Horseshoe


Eschaton: "NBC did not interrupt its broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade yesterday to bring viewers the news that an M&M balloon had crashed into a light pole, injuring two sisters.

In fact, when the time came in the tightly scripted three-hour program for the M&Ms' appearance, NBC weaved in tape of the balloon crossing the finish line at last year's parade - even as the damaged balloon itself was being dragged from the accident scene. At 11:47 a.m., as an 11-year-old girl and her 26-year-old sister were being treated for injuries, the parade's on-air announcers - Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Al Roker - kept up their light-hearted repartee from Herald Square, where the parade ends. "

I don't even understand this at all...
it really is 1984 isn't it?
this is very creepy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Spacetaker| Your Houston Cultural Arts Guide - Envy The Cockroach Gallery


and there is a review too...

This is the kind of play in which the dialogue and the acting seem familiar in their realness and, interesting, in the way the lives of real people are. It is also manages to be darkly humorous?the situations of the character?s lives are so pathetic, and yet so emblematic of middle American society, that you have to laugh at them.


Covert Satanist Pat Robertson Flashes Devils Hand

"Pat Robertson, the so-called voice of Christian America, has again been caught flashing occult satanic hand signals during his show. During Thursday morning's 700 Club program Robertson could clearly be seen displaying the El Diablo hand gesture towards the end of the broadcast."

that damned Satan!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Dark Side

Just a quick reminder of where to go for quality true crime reportage:

The Dark Side

good stuff.

Monitor Duty: Alan Kistler's Profile On: ZOD!

Monitor Duty: Alan Kistler's Profile On: ZOD!:
"He is a fanatic with Superman's powers, backed up by military training and a cunning mind. He is Zod."


In case the comic book post wasn't nerdy enough for ya...

Zap2it - TV news - 'Galactica' Battles on at Sci Fi: "The entire principal cast of 'Battlestar Galactica,' including Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, is set to return for season three. Executive producers David Eick and Ronald D. Moore, who developed the show from the late-1970s ABC series, will also remain with the show."

Right on.

NPR : There is No God Penn Jillette - Celebrity Humanist

NPR : There is No God:

"Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around."

I Am NOT The Beastmaster: Multiple Articulation

I was wondering where the smart talk on THE CRISIS!!!!! was happening...
think I've stumbled across some...
I Am NOT The Beastmaster: Multiple Articulation: "Let me explain briefly for those of you who can't name the full line-up of the Justice Battalion or the Inferior Five. The Kingdom was a short 1998 miniseries that existed to plug in one of four quarterly holes in DC Comics' publishing schedule and to cash in on the popularity of Mark Waid and Alex Ross's smash hit Kingdom Come by tying its possible future into the normal DC continuity. The end result was the creation of Hypertime, a Grant Morrison concept never actually written by Grant Morrison, which conceded that all of DC's editorially-annihilated stories, characters, and parallel universes still existed somewhere, somehow. Brooker exalts Hypertime as 'a textbook example of postmodernism, following Fredric Jameson's influential definitions,' although he never gets around to mentioning that those influential definitions are highly critical of postmodernism for its institution of exactly this sort of empty pastiche--or, as Jim calls it in his comments thread, a purely 'gestural multiplicity.' (Incidentally, I'm paraphrasing comments I've already made in a review of Brooker's book for IJOCA--pardon the repetition.)"

which leads me to the fact that I'm enjoying the big two events going on right now.

"Decimation", going through the Marvel books after "The House of M", is turning into an interesting read. But you can't convice me they won't end up undoing most of it. C'mon, no Ice Man? And how long are they going to wait for Hawkeye to show back up?

Now, "Infinite Crisis" is more than just a good read (yes, I am a DC fanboy), it's just the kind of huge narrative shared universe mythology rich comic book story I like. I've been reading ALL the connected books (except the rann-thanagar war lead-in... I know the Green Lantern's ended up involved in it, but I still couldn't bring myself to care. A man's got to draw a line somewhere, right?) and the writer's are doing a GREAT job of really making the DC universe a connected universe again. I've never really cared about Capt. Marvel. Still don't really. But the way the whole Marvel family's story has been told during the crisis and pre-crisis, etc. does have me actually interested in them for the first time.

and...that last page of INFINITE CRISIS #2...
that's crazy.

anyway, said I was looking for smart talk on THE CRISIS!!!! didn't say you were gonna get any here...

REAL ART (and politics and culture)

REAL ART (and politics and culture): "Soon after he assumed command in December 2001, his agency experienced a string of embarrassing episodes, including jail breaks, some orchestrated by guards; the theft of inmate property; drug sales by correctional officers; and reports of sexual relations between jailers and female inmates.

Cantu's top jail administrator was arrested and later accused of grooming a jailhouse ''harem.'"

this reminds me,
have I mentioned that you should come see "Envy the Cockroach"?

damn blogger...

making me do text verification to post...
so none of the e-mails I'm sending to the blog are coming through...
anyone else dealt with this?

anyway, took the day off...
blew my lips out playing with the medicine show last night,
but it was worth it...
very fun night...
got to see one old friend I was expecting,
and another that was a TOTAL surprise...

It seems like one of the original TDU horns is in town for a while and I think we're gonna shanghai him back into the band if'n we can...


so, what should I do with my day off?

Re: Full Circle review

my e-mail updates haven't been working so consider this a test...
and a YAY!

he doesn't even say, "you'll like it if you like this sort of thing."

Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 8:50 AM
Subject: Full Circle review

The Chron review is out! Although I couldn't find a link for it anywhere -
had to do a website search for "full circle".

Here's a direct link:

And here's the text:

Full Circle reveals moments of genius
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

Infernal Bridegroom Productions' lively and provocative Houston premiere of
Charles Mee's Full Circle marks the first time one of Mee's works has been
staged in Houston. So this IBP outing is doubly worthwhile, for the play
itself and as an introduction to a noteworthy contemporary playwright.

Mee's plays have been described as "blueprints for events." He bases them on
earlier works, from Euripides' Orestes to Gorky's The Lower Depths. But Mee
doesn't write adaptations. He tosses essentials of pre-existing works into
the Cuisinart of his imagination, mixing in new ideas and characters,
fictional and historical.

Full Circle typifies his technique. Based on Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk
Circle (and the 14th-century Chinese play that was Brecht's original
source), Full Circle retains the tale of a peasant woman fighting to keep
the baby she has cared for, against the wishes of the child's neglectful
birth mother.

But Mee intertwines this plot with the saga of American socialite Pamela
Dalrymple (based on real-life socialite Pamela Harriman), who is in East
Berlin attending a performance by the Berliner Ensemble when revolution
breaks out and the Berlin Wall comes crashing down. Pamela has stepped out
of the audience to become embroiled in a discussion of art and politics with
Berliner Ensemble director Heiner Muller and his cast when the frenzy
outside their theater overtakes them.

Erich Honecker, head of East Germany's communist regime, flees with his
wife, who leaves her baby in the arms of hapless student revolutionary Dulle
Griet (a figure Mee has imported from Dutch folklore and the paintings of
Pieter Bruegel the Elder!). Kindhearted Pamela takes Dulle Griet and the
baby under her wing, and they flee from officers determined to confiscate
the infant (apparently fearing Honecker's heir somehow will lead to
continuity of his regime).

In their picaresque adventures, the women keep crossing paths with American
tycoon Warren (based on Warren Buffett), who becomes Pamela's love interest.

Mee has written that he does not care for the traditional "well-made play"
and well-made Full Circle certainly ain't. It's unwieldly, often slap-dash,
sometimes self-indulgent. It's also spottily brilliant, full of originality,
surprises, mordant satire, pungent absurdity and feeling. I don't mind a
play that tries my patience a bit here and there, as long as it pays off <
as Full Circle does time and again.

Director Anthony Barilla captures the work's freewheeling spirit and
questioning irreverence in a deftly paced, vividly staged production. A
scene in which Pamela and Dulle Griet teeter across a perilous rope bridge,
represented by two lengths of rope held by extras, demonstrates just how
much suspense Barilla and his cast can summon through skilled use of a
simple device.

Tek Wilson, whom longtime Houston theater goers will remember as a mainstay
of Stages' early seasons, does her best work with a delightful portrayal of
Pamela, seemingly superficial and lah-di-dah, yet revealing layers of
warmth, wit, compassion and surprising resourcefulness. A.J. Ware's wise,
caring and resilient Dulle Griet represents an earthier sort of womanhood.

Paul Locklear is inspired and mercurial as Heiner Muller, especially in a
marathon monologue that dares us to decide it has overstayed its welcome,
but keeps redeeming itself with unexpected insights. Locklear's delivery is
a triumph of sardonic brinkmanship.

Tamarie Cooper is delectably rotten as the child's real mother. Jeff Miller
makes a droll yet somehow sensible Warren, absurdly spouting optimistic
aphorisms. Indeed, everyone in IBP's busy troupe comes through with banners

With direction and acting that enter wholeheartedly into the revolutionary
spirit of Mee's unique material, Full Circle emerges as IBP's strongest
all-around effort since its memorable 2003 mounting of Ionesco's Rhinoceros.

Monday, November 21, 2005

You Ain't No Picasso: White Stripes' Greenhorns Cover

some of you probably care about this...

You Ain't No Picasso: White Stripes' Greenhorns Cover:
"Jeff Mangum was at Elf Power's show last night. Apparently he sang 'The Arrow Flies Close' with them. Pitchfork reports. Also, I don't know if I'm allowed to say this, but oh well. It's all rumor anyways. There are some rumblings here in Lexington (where Robert Schenider of the Apples in stereo lives) that Robert has mentioned that he, Will Hart and Jeff Mangum might get together and record something in the future. Like I said, it's all hearsay (though apparently I have it third-hand from Robert from two good sources). Just the same, it's kinda interesting."

oh yeah, and you can d/l some new tune from some band called "the white stripes"...

Slashdot | Paris Accelerates Move to Open Source

I happened to be listening to Ella sing "I Love Paris" as I came across this story:
Slashdot | Paris Accelerates Move to Open Source: "the city of Paris is moving to open-source software a little faster than originally intended."

why oh why do I love Paris?

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Charlie Brown Pathetic Tree -

haven't had a tree in years,
but this is tempting.

Charlie Brown Pathetic Tree -

Fw: [BAD SIGNAL]On Drinking

if you haven't subscribed to bad signal I reccomend it...
where else can you read things like this?

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2005 7:27 PM
Subject: [BAD SIGNAL]On Drinking

> bad signal
> So I had this dream last night and it's stuck with me all
> day. So much so that I'm now writing it down to try and
> exorcise it.
> So in this dream I'm taking the piss horribly out of David
> Mamet. I'm not sure why, except possibly he's drinking
> Budweiser and refusing whisky. And I'm taking the piss
> out of him, his Hemingway complex, his religious bullshit,
> his cheerful keyboard-wankery and his reduction of
> everything to basically chopping fucking wood.
> And for no good reason I can see, he shows me his penis.
> And it's square. Well, it's rectangular, I guess. But
> you know what I mean. It has corners. And an oaky
> grain to it. And he tells me that he has to take a tomahawk
> and hack a fresh notch in Rebecca Pidgeon before he
> fucks her each month. Because more than once a month,
> he says, and a man can get to kind of like it, and it's one
> short step from there to wearing a dress.
> And the thing is that alcohol has not actually passed
> my lips all week. Haven't been drinking this week at all.
> I'm not really sure what to do.
> -- W
> ...................


----- Original Message -----
From: "T. Casey Brennan" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2005 1:29 AM

>A JFK video accompanying my song "Let Them Rise" -- I
> did lyrics and vocals with the band FRANKENHEAD -- was
> on the local Crazy Mark TV music show on Halloween.
> There's a link to it at his site:
> You should be able to get it directly with this URL:
> Also, "Kitano's Sideshow", podcast in Hebrew from
> Israel, just played LET THEM RISE on the November 18
> episode (#36). Click on the URL below to get to the
> week, they'll be playing SOCIAL WORKER
> Can you put the FRANKENHEAD video on your Page?
> Best,
> T. Casey Brennan
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