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Killswitch Engage, As Daylight Dies: Meh. HJ has a really good range, comparable to the mighty Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, but can't quite manage a proper deathgrunt, so sometimes he's screeching. Diverges into math-core at times. The single ("My Curse") is reasonably indicative of the rest of the record. Should appeal VERY MUCH to the kids looking to appear tougher than their My Chemical Romance/Fallout Boy guy-liner buddies.
Threat Signal, Under Reprisal: Other than moments where it sounds like the guy from Linkin Park is singing, damn this is some good shit. Sounds a lot like Fear Factory pre-suckdom (ie the Roadrunner days).
Only Crime, Virulence: Hey, it's a Bill Stevenson band! So you already know what it sounds like. Every other Bill Stevenson band. Is it a harder version of All? Is it a better produced version of "Live '84"? Does the singer sound like Milo? Pretty much, yeah. I mean that's awesome but, yeah. I suppose there's some sort of Zen Koan in there about being what one is.
If you're into that sort of thing,
When we move, I need to join an actual gym (our apt complex has a nice, albeit small, "fitness center" which I have used extensively, as well as a pool).
The pool part is covered by HOA fees for our local development (well, technically not, but
Ashburn Village (one development over) has some sort of gym thing, for the paltry sum of $70/month for non-residents (only $120/month for a non-resident couple). Why my development (Ashburn Farms) has no gym-thing is beyond me.
There is a Golds about 6 miles from my house, so that's an option. However like all gyms, they zealously guard their fees from prying eyes. (You have to call or go there, and I don't want to put up with a sales pitch, upsells, etc)
Anyone able to ballpark what Golds charges for its membership? All I really care about is individual and couple. I don't know yet that I'd pay for "roaming" (most places restrict you to a single club unless you pay extra).
Likewise there is a Lifetime Fitness along my commute route (I prefer to work out after work), but it seems unless their prices are REALLY competitive, there's no need, since I can just go swimming in the summer or pay a 1-time fee at the PW County indoor pool. But if you know their rates, please, enlighten.
There is no other big-name gym anywhere near me, so I don't care about Ballys or other gyms.
Lately we have some continually repeated memes/catch phrases around here. The top 3:
1. in response to questions about one's condition or well-being, "All sex nuts and retard strong."
2. In response to
3. As a greeting, or all-purpose response to anything: "Let's fuck some WHORES!"
We're terribly small-minded.
http://turnabout.ath.cx:8000/node/1535 on the rise and fall of the American conservative movement. (A very brief sketch, which argues that it has lost its way, and it's time to bootstrap the movement again. I agree; dump the imaginary friend brigade and let's talk.)
http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2006/07/reviving_the_in.html Reviving "classical" liberalism. (Tyler Cowen is a local micro-celeb, noted for extensive reviews of local eateries, as well as a prof of modest repute)
It finally occured to me that CES is a giant, masturbatory waste of time and effort. It's basically, "the A/V squad from high school have all the money now, so they make this giant thing to exclude the jocks".
It has nothing to do with reality: nothing at all. Attempts to justify it are that, justifications.
Seriously, scroll through the feed of, say, Engadget. Will *anyone* buy any of that shit? Not really. Most of it is prototype/demo stuff, rather a lot of it is 6 months out at best, and still more won't ever actually get made at all, it's fire-and-movement against competitors.
I still know people - technical people, hands-on developers and sysadmins - who haven't gotten around to putting wireless in their house yet! Everyone I know either has 1)a RAZR or version thereof or 2)the free LG piece of crap that came with the 2-year signup. I see lots of borg-ed out people and Blackberries, but it's DC, you have to have both of those or you're clearly unimportant (for the record, I have neither), but all these fucking OQO and UMPC and mega-phone-cam things, fuck no. I saw some guy with a Treo the other day. And old, Palm Treo (not Windows Mobile).
I just wish everyone would admit it's porn for gadget geeks and stop trying to pretend that 1/10th of the shit on display will ever filter down to, say, my dad. Or even me! God, who needs that shit.
$10/bottle (regular 16oz)
That sound you hear is me shuddering orgasmically with each sip. This is seriously intense brew.
the Emperor's in the pig sty, and the geisha's in the shack, and you better believe I'll hold 'em here, until the Feds, they pay me back
In accordance with prophecy, the wife and I made an offer on a little townhouse in Ashburn. I'm actually digging the process: offer, counter offer, plans and plots
i want to be stereotyped
i want to be classified
i want to be a clone
i want a suburban home, suburban home, suburban home, suburban home
i want to be a masochistic
i want to be statistic
i want to be a clone
i want a suburban home, suburban home, suburban home, suburban home
i don't want no hippie pad
i want a house just like mom and dad
The Descendents, "Suburban Home"
Update: So, yeah. They accepted. IM IN MY HOUSE PAYIN MY M0RTGAGE.
I got nothing, I just thought we were memeing again.
I have achieved a HUGE milestone in my career: I made a customer cry!
(Long dreary tech support issue: It sounds like her Outlook config or PC in general is horked, and her mail hasn't been working for 2 weeks, and she decides to call today about the critical issue.)
After much (wasteful, meaningless) discussion, I finally said: I have verified that all elements of the server are functioning correctly. Approximately 500 other users on that server are sending, receiving, and reading their mail without issue. I cannot do extended troubleshooting on what is almost certainly a PC or local connectivity issue, you'll have to track down your sysadmin and ask them.
Blah blah blah, the usual whine. "Look, I can't help you". Lather, rinse, repeat. After a few variations, she busted out in tears.
I have never been a happier man: fuck them. Your pain is my happiness. They're a productivity black hole. I hope your cat dies too, bitch.
Please state the nature and status of your pants. Also, do something amusing. Entertain me.
I was listening to 'Boombox' on Sirius, when some dopey synthpop thing came on. Catchy, I guess, pretty bubblegum sounding. Hey wait a minute. Is that Kathleen Hanna?
Got home, quick search. Yeah, 'Le Tigre' is her new band. It's mostly lo-fi synthpop, reasonably catchy, and of course it's all political and stuff ("womynism" and all that).
But I watched the video for the single, and
I guess you had to live through the riot grrl 'movement' to get how Kathleen looking superfine is
I'm feeling extremely "emo" (for lack of a better term) so it's critical I shut the fuck up, post-haste, else this become Livejournal.
In other news, my favorite-band-of-the-moment (Rise Against) is touring with my most-hated-band-in-recent-memory (My Chemical Romance). I don't understand how that bill even happened: the "Bad Religion 2.0", extremely political, very punk-rock-focused band gets to open for the guyliner-du-jour homofest (WAH, girls don't like me, I guess I'll go kiss guys, then).
Speaking of emo crapfestery, I picked out my next ink. (Sorta, toss up between 2). I can't decide if I should sleeve my right arm or right leg. I figure, I'm 33, I've got maybe 3 years left to get ink before I'll have to buy a Harley to justify hanging out in tattoo parlors.
I think I'll be in NYC next week, if anyone cares. I've told the wife like 20 times I really don't give a shit about going, in fact I don't really want to, but it looks like this decision was never mine to even influence, much less make, so there you go. ("What do you want to do, anyway?" "Go to a museum and a carriage ride in central park, and ice skate at Rockafeller Center.... " "Yeah lemme know if any of that is fun, I'll be drunk and getting lapdances at Scores.")
See? Total LJ. Well except for the whole hetero thing.
I really, really dig 1911-pattern pistols (I have a Hi-Power presently).
I dislike hammer-drop-on-the-slide patterns. I guess I have small hands? (pity Mrs. Banky) I always cant the pistol a little taking the safety off, and no matter how hard I try, first-round accuracy from a draw (either shoulder or hip holster) is off. But a 1911-pattern (and I predict, a Sig) or with a Glock (or DAO or revolver) is dead-on. Hence my chub-rock.
All I know about Para-Ordnance is, "high cap 1911's". Anyone ever fire one? I've heard a lot of "well it was great after I took it to the pro shop and had them clean it up" on other pieces (later-model Springfield 1911, others) and I seriously don't want to expend effort on it.
I've seen a number of blogs essentially "blame" Bush and/or the Republican party for the increase in foreclosures.
Ok, so, what, Delay invented the ARM? Hasturt was responsible for covering up the idea that your payments could one day increase? Frist personally led the surge in McMansion purchases?
I *suppose* you could argue that the Republican fiscal policy was in part based on the housing boom which relied on people taking these stupid, risky mortgages, but still aren't you always left with "assholes wanting 4x more house than they ever need risking their ass"?
If I'm wrong, I welcome the correction, it just seems to be that this is about people, not party. (Or maybe, "If the Congress can engage is deficit spending, why can't I"? That sorta makes sense too EXCEPT I DON'T BELIEVE IN DEFICIT SPENDING SO I DON'T SPEND MORE MONEY THAN I HAVE. What a concept.)
Our loan guy tried to sell us on some
Anyway I welcome reasons pro or con. Alle economics!
"How we didn't win the war . . . but the Russians did. Britain and America still insist they defeated the Nazis, in the face of overwhelming evidence that they were minor partners, says Norman Davies"
There is an academic movement, of late, to essentially reverse the common historical belief about a number of topics. I've seen things like "Stonewall Jackson was actually a piss-poor commander", along with a generally scathing critique of the notion that the CSA had better generals and NCOs. The argument for this usually goes something like, "Well really Lee is the only one who really had any success, the western front of the war (ie along the Mississippi) was a total loss for the CSA".
Whatever. There's a lot of room to pare down the idea that the CSA lost as a result of manufacturing capability alone, but no amount of revisionist horseshit will change Lee being, by and large, a goddamn fantastic general. Right up until he ordered the damn charge....
Anyway this Davies jackass brings up the recent notion that really all the US and Britan did was kinda sit back and wait for the Russians to grind up the Wehrmacht, and then deliver the killing stroke.
And he's right
It's almost inarguable that Hitler lost the war by ordering his own Pickett's Charge, Operation Barbarossa. It was laughably stupid. It cost him the war and his Reich. Thank God he did it, for all the suffering it caused, for all the horrible things that came as a result (eg the Cold War), we'd be looking at 60 years of the Reich now, maybe, if he'd not done it.
Jackass first seems to entirely ignore Lend-Lease, stating only "American industrial output was one of the marvels of the war; and all members of the allied coalition, including the Soviet Union, benefited greatly from it". He devotes an entire paragraph to troop strengths, but a single sentence to the fact that we outfitted the brits, the russians, and ourselves while fighting the Japanese (who were thus unable to apply sufficient pressure on Russia, preventing it from fighting a costly 2-front war).
Jackass then completely dismisses daylight bombing: "Nonetheless, the Third Reich was not brought to its knees by bombers and blockades." Yes it was, you moronic dicktard. Daylight bombing crippled the Reich. They could not produce any of their innovative weapons in quantity; they ran out of oil; they lost air superiority entirely; and they were forced to rely on slave labor for "grade A" production (instead of ancillary items), and the quality of "German engineering" went to 0 in the later years of the war. Without daylight bombing, RADAR, cracking some of Enigma, and other supply-chain/logistical factors, the Soviets would have seen the mighty T-34 shot to shit by better and better Panzers.
Jackass ignores the Battle of Britain. OK, even if you assume it's been elevated from "tough fight" to "cultural mythos of surpassing heroism and warrior spirit" the goddamn fact is Hitler didn't invade your little island because he couldn't control the air, and that meant his invasion fleet would get bombed to the bottom of the Channel. Because he could not invade, and because he never gained control of the seas, the Allies had a way in. Had Britain fallen, it would have been a different war.
Jackass ignores the hopeless Italians. How much shit did propping them up cost the Reich?
Jackass ignores the Africa campaign. How much did that cost the Reich? How much did that get our heads out of our ass, and put us into the fight? Rather a lot.
And like I said above, Jackass ignores that we then tied down the Japanese from penetrating deeply into China and Russia; if we'd not fight back it could have been a much different war.
IN summation, Mr. Davies, lick my taint.
I love how the "Mayans" are freaking out over Apocalypto.
My main problem is that their argument is, well, insulting. Paraphrased, it says that by painting the Mayan people as savages, we - which is to say, white people in America - will think that RIGHT NOW, they're cutting hearts out and all that.
That by watching this movie, my Guatemalan neighbor who walks to work every day as a prep cook at Sweetwater Tavern will suddenly in my eyes be viewed as a savage, too.
So, my dear "Mayan activists", I'd like to say: Fuck you. For two reasons.
First for assuming I am going to be scared of Jose because now, OMG, he's going to cut my heart out just like the Mayans did in the 1500s. Wow, yeah, thanks. I appreciate that awesome assessment of my intelligence.
Second, I'm terribly sorry to say this, and I know you'll disagree vehemently, but c'mon, ya'll motherfuckers were some heart-cutting-out people. It's true. Every goddamn flat surface at Chichen Itza has depictions of sacrifices and gore. I know it's pretty important to keep the grant money flowing that you depict your ancestors as harmonious peaceful hippies living in perfect sync with nature, but it's bullshit, and you know it, you just don't choose to believe it. (Michael Shermer as a name for the bullshit notion of living in perfect harmony with nature, and how it's crap; I just can't remember it.)
CNN has as front page news that it is cold outside. In December? No way.
I have a friend right now about half way through her tour of duty at McMurdo in ANTARCTICA who would respectfully request CNN go fuck itself.
That is all.