Monthly Archives: October 2004

Rolling Stone, issue 961

So, I have a lifetime subscription to Rolling Stone magazine, which may sound nuts, but it only cost me $99. Anyhow, Rolling Stone tends to be hit or miss– either it’s a great issue or not worth a damn. I have to say that the past couple issues have been great– the last one had an interview with John Stewart, which was awesome. However, the most recent issue (with John Kerry on the cover) is simply amazing. The interview with Kerry is badass, and it shows him to be a strong, steadfast, intelligent man capable of leading this country. I was impressed. What’s more is that there’s a great introductory article about (1) how much Bush sucks, and (2) that Kerry rules. Let me clarify– because it brought up a point that I hadn’t considered until reading the interview and letter. Essentially, the fact that Bush sucks so much makes Kerry seem to be a great alternative. However, that takes away from the fact that Kerry is such a badass. John Kerry is a man who seems capable of leading our country and worthy of our respect. The fact that Bush sucks seems to downplay that fact, but it’s very true. I hope that makes sense. If not, then read the stinkin’ article 😉

Also in this issue is an article by one of my all-time heroes, Hunter S. Thompson. I can go on about why he’s a hero in another post (not enough time right now). The article is all about politics, and it’s titled The Fun-Hogs in the Passing Lane: Fear and Loathing, Campaign 2004. Here are some great excerpts:

  • I look at elections with the cool and dispassionate gaze of a professional gambler, especially when I’m betting on the outcome. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I see Kerry with five points as a recommended risk.
  • If Nixon were running this year, I would happily vote for him. He was a creep and a gin-sot, but on nights when he would get hammered and wander around in the streets, he was fun to hang out with.
  • “Four more years of George Bush will be like four more years of syphilis,” the famed author said yesterday at a hastily called conference… “Only a fool or a sucker would vote for a dangerous loser like Bush,” Dr. Thompson warned. “He hates everything we stand for, and he knows we will vote against him in November.” Thompson, long known for the eerie accuracy of his political instincts, went on to denounce Ralph Nader as “a worthless Judas goat with no moral compass.”
  • “I endorsed John Kerry a long time ago,” he said, “and I will do everything in my power, short of roaming the streets with a meat hammer, to help him be the next President of the United States.”

All this praise, and I still haven’t finished reading the whole magazine. I highly recommend that you check it out. So, if I see you in my day-to-day life, you can borrow my copy of Rolling Stone to read these great articles. If not, then it’s a worthwhile $3.95 investment.

Understanding Brings Greater Appreciation

Have you ever liked a song, only to find that once you *really* understand the lyrics, you *love* the song? This has recently happened to me with Tool’s song Schism from the album Lateralus. Now, Schism is a great song, and I thought I knew what Maynard was singing, but it turns out I was wrong. There’s one part of the song in particular that I’d completely misunderstood… after finding out the actual lyrics, I love this song and especially this part of the song even more… If you listen to the song, this part starts around 2:18, and these are the lyrics that are just amazing:

The poetry that comes from the squaring off between,

And the circling is worth it.

Finding beauty in the dissonance.

You really can’t understand the full impact of the lyrics + music unless you listen to the song. It’s not just the music or the words, but it’s the way Maynard enunciates and how the music complements both the words and his inflection. If you take a minute to really comprehend what he’s saying, it compounds the effects. Simply. Amazing.

I (heart) John Stewart

If you haven’t seen John Stewart’s appearance on Crossfire and his comments related to the appearance, check them out immediately:

I already had a crush on the man… the only show I really miss since not having cable is The Daily Show… but now I’m floored. Such a bad ass. He called a guy a dick on national television! HELL YEAH!

The title of this news story alone is great…

World to Americans: You’re OK — it’s Bush we hate It’s a pretty interesting article. I have to say that I just love Salon. Sure, you have to watch an ad (well, I don’t because I got a subscription… but I once had to), but the news stories are always high quality, and they show a different viewpoint than a lot of the larger news sites. What can I say? I just dig Salon!

I’m gonna try and post some thoughts on the movies I’ve watched this week later this afternoon. Just FYI, I’ve been on a slight movie binge the past couple days, and I’ve watched:

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotess Mind
  • Saved!
  • Super Size Me
  • 21 grams (almost… I haven’t finished watching this one yet)

Delusional?

Karl Rove is still trying to salvage Bush’s debate demeanor as “pensive.” That deer-in-the-headlights look? It was Bush “pausing” for emphasis.

Read on…

A Perfect Circle’s Imagine Video

It’s badass, and it includes a brief, oddly close-up interview of Maynard commenting on the video. Check it out:

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