I was in Chicago over the weekend, and on the way out of town on the purple line I decided to grab some footage with my iPhone 4. I put it together with a live version of the song “Misunderstood” from Wilco, and tweaked the timing of the two to play well with each other. I’ve listened to this song on the EL many times, it’s kind of an autobiographical song for me in many ways, especially when I listen to it on the blue/red/purple lines.
I love how the Hancock is partially visible during the last 2/3rds of the video, then comes into full view after the repetitive resolve – but only for a moment, then the train turns east past North Ave. and the camera looks north at everything that had been contemplated previously. Again more autobiography.
Misunderstood on the CTA
Former Black Flag front man Henry K. Rollins, has quite a bit to say. I nearly fell off my chair watching his animated diatribe on Walmart, as well as his letter to Ann Coulter. Be warned, Henry likes to use a few colorful metaphors.
A very good friend of mine operating under the name of Sammy Samhain, has just started a blog called The Populist. Many visitors to Kropp’s Page know of Sammy, for his insatiable love of ketchup as well as an equally unexplainable love for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now posting from NorCal, Sammy’s views are controversial and thought provoking, and Sammy has quite a bit to say about the state of our government and those affected by it. He’s a fair and balanced guy, so please peruse his site.
He’s also been granted guest author status on this blog, so he may turn up on occasion to post here. And the requisite disclaimer: while Sammy’s views don’t necessarily and completely reflect those of myself or the esteemed administrator of this and other poetshome.com blogs, they are pretty damn close .
Welcome Sammy to the blogosphere, and remember there is plenty of ketchup and beer in the fridge, and the gas bill has been paid.
The Urban Dictionary is a brilliant reference for words not commonly found in more accepted publications. It’s also quite funny. Definitions are of course featured, as well as examples of the words used contextually. Adding and editing are also allowed.
A few examples:
A completely useless individual who is unaware of his/her own complete uselessness.
Tell that shitbird I’m out of the office. Until the 12th…of never.
A form of government with one person exercising absolute power and unrestricted control in a government who regularly disregards opinions, petitions or mandates of the people or elected representatives.
The misguided War On Terrorism has turned the United States of America from a Democracy to a Decidership.
I occasionally peruse Craigslist, as great deals can sometimes be found on just about anything. It’s a great resource for things like wicker chairs, 20 year old TV’s, or one owner BMW 740il’s. While looking for the latter, I came across this brilliant ad for a buick (and it’s got Dynaride!). The ad uses a truly untapped vernacular that should probably be standard issue in any undergraduate level copywriting class, and I would think that Madison Ave. could put it to rather good use as well.
My favorite line: “TOP OF THE LINE SONY DECK THE BEAT SLAPS HARD IT ALSO HAS REMOTE STARTER AND PAGER ALARM TOP OF THE LINE SHIT I AINT PLAYIN.” I also love the way the writer spells the word “but”.
Quite funny, from madtv. Click on the pic to watch.
In honor of Jerry Falwell’s recent passing, I thought I’d post Bill Maher (aka, Dallas Trinity) delivering the accu-wrath weather forecast in the opening skit from Real Time last week. Quite funny.
Falwell was the worst kind of hypocrite, one who hid behind the guise of christianity and regularly used its worst attrubutes of biblically based hatred, intolerance, and bigotry (among other things) to a true art form. He apparently knew his creator so intimately, that when asked to comment on the 9/11 disaster shortly after it happened, he (and fellow idiot Pat Robertson) claimed the United States had “insulted God and lost divine protection.” Hopefully he’s enjoying his theoretical heaven, a place where he can be himself, with other intolerant fundamentalists from the south.
Navy Pier. Chicago, Illinois. 5.8.07. 20:18 CDT.
This is brilliant. Sofa King brilliant. For those that didn’t catch it on SNL, perhaps the perfect method of getting around the FCC’s archaic and puritanical expletive regulations. And on normal broadcast network tv no less. Not really too work safe, at least at the point when anyone sitting next to you at work catches on to what’s being said.