Thursday, November 8, 2012

network programming

Dear Programming honchos.....

what in the hell are you doing?

You want to know why so many of you suck so badly and wonder why you can't keep your viewers?  It's diversity or in this case the realization that damn near every network is just like every other network...Can you tell the difference between USA and FX?  Maybe MTV and Cartoon Network?

It's called niche programming for a reason.... there is still such a thing as brand loyalty y'know?   If what I want is to lose myself in some escapist fare, I'd like to be able to dive into an episode of Star Trek, Babylon 5 or Quantum Leap.  I can't do that with Scare Tactics....or Ghost Hunters.... cripes open up a network for the thrillseekers if there's demand for dumb ass shit that goes bump in the night and monster movie of the week.  If I want to catch some anime or share the latest animated idiocy with my teenager I can't because Cartoon Network is full of dreck.

Can someone out there please stop making every  network indistinguishable from any other one?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wingnut dictionary

Just have to keep a running tally of what concepts and interpretations that separate my conservative brethren from my own dirty filthy hippidom self......

What we say>  What they mean aka Wingnutese

Foreign Policy >  Kill brown people.
Domestic policy >  Deport brown people.
Freedom  >  means they have it, you don’t
Free speech  >  listen to what they say and anyone who disagrees should STFU or gets shouted down
Pro Life  >  for fetuses, ovulation til birth, everyone else, you're on your own
Freedom of Religion >  Free to tell you why your religion makes you a heathen who will burn in hell.
GOMLAYMI  >  get off my lawn, after you mow it

top 10 anime openings

Every Otaku has theirs and I'm no different and after watching about two decades worth of anime, I'm just as qualified (which is to say everyone is who can be bothered to have an opinion) as anyone else to have a list of favorites.

I'll try and do my best at embedding some links to the music but sometimes, me and embedding don't get along so much.....Artists given credit when I have the information to share.....

from the bottom up:

#10) Inuyasha - Season 1 - It has that uplifting feel to it that makes you feel as if you're about to embark on a grand adventure and as such, gets you in the mood for what is to follow.

Change The World/V6

#9) Azumanga Daioh - Let's face it, this theme music is an ear worm that can stay with you for days and give you problems pronouncing the word Cake for weeks at a time.....

#8) FLCL - Perhaps this is too low, I dunno, I just know that I have to have this on the list somewhere and here's as good a placeholder as any at the moment.

Ride on Shooting Star/ The Pillows

#7) Love Hina - My first and still favorite Harem comedy and this manic opening just continues to make me smile and never gets old as far as I'm concerned.

#6) His and Her Circumstances/Kare Kano

Much like the entry at #1, it's not just the opening sone, but all of the other incidentals and closing music that forced me to go out and buy a series soundtrack... that doesn't happen with every series.  The voice is so painfully beautiful that I tear up every time I hear it and I guess that just makes me waaaay too sentimental.  Definately a ymmv selection I suppose.

#5) Sakamichi no Apollon - more incredible music from Ms. Kanno

#4) Mysterious Girlfriend X - Again, this one is more for the entire show rather than simply the opening itself, because the music is incredible throughout with setting mood and conveying unspoken emotion.  The Dream sequence segments themselves are inspiring.

#3) Beck aka Mongolian Chop Squad - dunno how this is left off of so many folks lists, but considering this anime is just as much about music as it is about self discovery, I have a hard time wondering how this isn't on EVERY list.

Hit in America/Beat Crusaders

#2) Bleach - Season 10 - Dig the song, stay for the anime

Scandal/ Shoujo S

#1) Cowboy BeBop -  - C'Mon, you knew it was coming... the cultural rarity to include multiple genre's and still allow the music to aid in the story telling effortlessly, seamlessly.  Scary when you dare to try and separate the work from the music and you realize that to do so would be a disservice to both.

Tank/The Seat Belts

Honorable mention:

Kimi No Todoke -
Lovely Complex -
Ghost in the Shell -
Gunslinger Girl -
Higurashi No naku Koro Ni -
Durarara -

As you can tell, I'm kind of all over the map here, but hell, I just go with what I like and what has made an impression with me, as always, your mileage may vary.....

Sunday, August 5, 2012


I have always had a healthy respect for guns.  Coupled with a healthy fear of bullets.  Amplified by the fact that there appear to be a whole bunch of folks that are more attached to their guns than they are to their families or even to their right to vote.  I don't have a problem if you like to hunt, if you like to challenge your skills with hitting targets with a pistol.  Heck, I don't care if you carry one on your person, as long as you register the weapon appropriately (your local laws may differ) and you learn how to use it and store it appropriately. 

Damn, I'm a real killjoy aren't I?

What I do have a problem with is that the firepower available is way in excess of the threats that they are supposed to counter.  Really... you need that 30 shot clip? Is that elk going to return fire? Perhaps if you have the need to be that destructive you need to find a new career in demolition. Think about this... that rush you feel firing off a full clip or dropping 30 or forty dollars on ammunition that you fired off on the range or in the wilderness is on the backs of people dying at movie theaters, meeting their Congresswoman, going to class or just doing their jobs.  I hope that thrill you feel is worth those lives traded to ensure that you can have it.

Let me repeat... I don't have a problem if you own a gun, I don't have a problem with folks that hunt and enjoy shooting for recreation

Not sure why you need to have a clip that holds 30 rounds, not sure anyone does and as long as you folks continue to think your rights are threatened unless you have access to them, then maybe next time it'll finally be someone you do care about that may be the focus of the next news cycle of the mass shooting du juor.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Things that I like

This is a small compendium of things that trip my trigger.  I am ambivalent about posting them because I don't want to jinx anything.  Believe me that I am not laboring under any illusion that what I post here may ever be read by anyone else, but if nothing else, the exercise allows me to give flower to my thoughts (I hope my old English teacher Mr Booker would be happy with that line).

Courtesy - I know that perhaps its outdated and can also be used as a facade for real feelings, even as a cruel stiletto wielded in hands more deft than my own.  Still, genuine courtesy doesn't cost us much and can give you a sudden smile and completely change your outlook during a day where the grind has left you with an emotional fine gunpowdery substance waiting for spark and tinder.

Old Cartoons - I'm a sucker for the old animation and the classic sense of humor that allows Wile E. Coyote to suddenly open a small umbrella while awaiting the imminent arrival of a crushing boulder.  I also have to give special props to the old Jay ward studios for efforts like Rocky and Bullwinkle and George of the Jungle for allowing us to enjoy those shows with our parents, sure we all didn't laugh at the same time, but those times spent together in laughter are memories that I will always cherish.

Romance anime/manga - If there is one aspect about me that I'm loathe to truly talk about its that I am a sucker for romance.  Yes, I have a secret stash of anime shows that I adore (and yes, I have a couple of harem anime floating around just to ensure to my friends that I am still a manly man) So cheers to the authors, artists and producers of such fine stories as Kare Kano, Gosick, AnoHana and Toradora. 

RomComs - see the entry above, and yes, Notting Hill is in heavy rotation.

Tom Hanks - Thank you for loving the sixties and the values I had as a child and honoring them and treasuring them as I do.  His passion for Music, Space and treating people as people pretty much dictate that I drag my fat patootie to the movies whenever he does something new.

Melted Cheese - granted, it can't improve every food (and I have tried) but god bless the soul that found out that this was the perfect complement to the tortilla chip.

The fresh scent of a newly mowed lawn

The laugh of a sexually satisfied woman

The initial touch of a kitten's paw on your face (sans claws, tyvm)

The sense of accomplishment in my son's eyes when he achieves a goal

The Dave Clark Five and The Lovin Spoonful

learning something new

Music that changed my life

Music that changed my life

I think this is something that quite a few of us share, where simply listening to something completely altered your mood or outlook on life.  It allowed you to smile through the pain, to be consoled and find comfort or matched the mood on that nearly perfect day.  Music has had a tremendous impact in my life and sometimes guided me down and back out again of certain rabbit holes in life.  In a way, this is my way of thanking the artists and this involved in crafting the words and sounds that helped me make it here today.

A caveat, music was always playing in the house, Dad was a big Faron Young and Charlie Pride guy.  he was into country, but not too much of a traditionalist, sure Haggard, Jones and Cash  were played, but not as much as Marty Robbins and Hank Snow or Buck Owens.  So it was conventional, but not exactly traditional.  Naturally as a literal child of the sixties, it was in my nature to rebel against what my parents listened to, so I kept my eyes and ears open and rebellion found me soon enough.

Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees
Go All The Way - The Raspberries
Sister Goldenhair  - America
Do Ya - Electric Light Orchestra
More Than a Feeling - Boston
Just Remember I Love You - Firefall
My Best Friends Girl - The Cars
My Sharona - The Knack
It's All Over Now/The Last Time/The Night Before - The Rolling Stones and The Beatles
What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding? - Elvis Costello
Angel Wanna Wear My Red Shoes - Elvis Costello
Who Do You Love? - George Thoroughgood and The Delaware Destroyers
Another Nail In My Heart - Squeeze
Your Sister Told Me - Don Dixon
Theme From The Vindicators - The Fleshtones
Lips Like Sugar - Echo and the Bunnymen
Inside Out - The Mighty Lemon Drops
Something About You  - Level 42
Turn To The Sky - The March Violets
Be Still - Los Lobos