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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Monkeys Humping Sporting Goods

Filed under: Dark Side, Fun, Humor, Politics, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:32 PM (21:32)

Over on Facebook, the proverbial football-humping monkey was invoked —

Just for grins and giggles, I ran a YouTube search for monkeys fucking footballs . . .

. . . but all I found was a monkey humping a basketball

. . . and another monkey humping a bowling ball.


NOTES

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

DC and Marvel, Dumping on Their Dinner Plates

Filed under: Media, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:04 PM (20:04)

Skimming through my Facebook feed, I found the following:

Cosmic Book News: Comic Book Retailers Sound Off On DC & Marvel As Sales Drop

Basically, the author explains how DC and Marvel are running their superhero franchises into the ground, and possibly poisoning that particular well for any other publishers, as well.

The interesting thing is that McGloin attributes this to Marvel and DC offering their same titles in both still-pictures-comic format as well as in audiovisual form (movies and television), when both Marvel and DC were letting their franchises be made into movies and TV shows back in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rather, I suspect that we’re seeing the same sort of thing that happened in the mid-1990s, when Marvel began rebooting its franchises (I remember them starting to playing these games with the X-Men in 1994.) and putting out multiple versions of the same issue, with different “collector edition” covers (especially the foil-covered ones!).

Big Bang Comics in Ireland put it rather succintly:

And I’ve heard the tired line before “justifying” the periodic reboots from these clowns:

These characters are so endearing and established . . .

To me, that’s equivocation for “we’re too lazy to develop any new characters.”

Case in point — the Star Trek franchise.

Back in 1985 and 1986, Gene Roddenberry and associates were working on bringing Star Trek back to television, but Paramount wasn’t keen on paying the higher salaries that the 1960s Original Series could command. So they went with a cast of actors not known for being in the science fiction genre. Rather than trying to cast these actors in the roles of the Original Series, Roddenberry created a whole new cast, ship, etc.

Did it pay off for Roddenberry and Paramount? I’d say so. The Next Generation ran for SEVEN seasons, as compared to The Original SeriesTHREE seasons.

Even better — The Next Generation had two series spun off from it (Deep Space Nine and Voyager), each of which had a cast separate from The Next Generation, and each of which ran for seven seasons.

Hell, the prequel series to the franchise (Enterprise) ran for four seasons.

When Paramount / CBS (whoever owns the franchise at this point) did decide to reboot it in 2008 and “bring back the original characters” with new actors, they wrote the script in such a way that picked up from previous endeavours, instead of simply blowing them off wholesale.

Brian Hibbs at Comic Book Resources has this to say:

We have to be mindful that the marketplace is changing, and that we have to change with it. I see a market that is moving away from line-driven buying, that is growing tired of the constant cycle of relaunch and reboot, that has far more options for their time and mindshare than ever before, and that can meet their craving for superhero material increasingly in other media. And that has, most dangerously, had their long-standing habits interrupted by their very pushers.

So far, the ONLY franchise reboot that I’ve seen that was significantly better than the original was the Battlestar Galactica remake of 2003-2009.

So far, out of all of the superhero titles currently published by DC and Marvel, the only one that does anything for me any more is Injustice: Gods Among Us. That’s because when someone gets killed, the writers try to avoid coming up with some cockamamie excuse to resurrect the character(s).

It seems to me that the executives at DC and Marvel assume their customer base to be composed of idiots who will buy into anything with their (the executives’) stamp of approval upon it.

Basically, this is the same sort of logic that Heckler & Koch GmbH used when they pitched their neutered version of their G-36 (the infamous flop called the SL8) — they figured that the HK fanboys (I’m guilty of being a bit of one myself back in the 1990s) would shell out hard cash for anything with a red “HK” stamped on one side of the stock or pistol grip. If that wasn’t a miscalculation, I don’t know what does qualify as one.

Will this endless cycle of reboot and remake ultimately bring down the DC and Marvel movie and television businesses, too?

Should I even care?

H/T Kevin Tuma


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.0
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Helloween — My God-Given Right (Official Video)

Filed under: Fun, Listening, Media, Philosophy, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense, Viewing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:55 AM (02:55)

Why should I wait, what is left there for me?
I come to claim
To win the game
Why should I plea for my fair and right move?
I come to play
I come to stay

I don’t wanna bitch around no more
I don’t wanna stand back anymore

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right
My god-given right

Why should I lose if I am meant to win?
I know I can
I’ve got a plan
All that they told me is right and so wrong
I went through schools
Found my own rules

I don’t wanna bitch around no more
I don’t wanna stand back anymore

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right

My god-given right
It’s my god-given right
My god-given right
It’s my god-given right

It’s my god-given right
To stand and fight
For what I like
It’s my god-given brain
That cried in pain
Would I resign
There’s nothing to gain
If I would restrain
There’s nothing to find
If I stay behind
It’s my right
My god-given right


The site blabbermouth.net[1] quotes Oliver Sommer, who directed the video for the title track:

“The story tells itself with the first look on the artwork: it seems to be a film still and you only have to press the ‘play’ button. So the female protagonist flees – reminiscences to different (post)apocalyptic films and stories are deliberated – from an army of robotic pumpkin soldiers through an empty world. On the other side, the band performs in frightfully beautiful, rocked out ambience. When the tough girl realizes that she won’t escape, she turns around and kills her chasers with a grenade which looks like the torch from the Statue of Liberty . . . It is immersed in snow on the cover artwork and in sand in the clip.”

I’m wondering if I’m the only one who notices that the “pumpkin soldiers” bear a slight resemblance to Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars franchise . . . ?

And don’t get on my case about the tactical idiocies (cover and concealment? what’s that?) in this one — it’s a music video made by Europeans, fer Chrissakes.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. DuckDuckGo search — HELLOWEEN – My God-Given Right lyrics
  2. Wikipedia page for Helloween
  3. Wikipedia page for My God-Given Right

NOTES

  1. HELLOWEEN: First Part Of ‘My God-Given Right’ Track-By-Track Breakdown
  2. Approximate reading level – 11.4
  3. Reposted –
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    2. The Weekly SeditionWordPress

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Havok — Give Me Liberty . . . Or Give Me Death

Filed under: Fun, Listening, Media, Philosophy, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:36 AM (02:36)

Cut the rotting branches of Government that stop the people from having meaning today
Stay out of my business and keep to yourself
Got to do things my own way
Minimizing freedom with your rules and regulations
A never-ending hunger to control
Choking out the life of your own population
Abusing the power you hold

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death
Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death to our Independence

Death to those who fight
Death to our Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Showing no regard for the way things ought to be
Stripping away rights from you and me

The Founding Fathers would be rollling in their graves
If they could see what you are doing to this place
The next thing to go is our Freedom of Speech
So I’ll speak up while I still can and maximize my reach

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death
Give me Liberty . . . or Give me Death

I find it hard to believe
Some things are better left unsaid
Is this the land of the free?
Democracy is Dead

Cut the rotting branches of Government that stop the people from having meaning today
Stay out of my business and keep to yourself
Got to do things my own way
Minimizing freedom with your rules and regulations
A never-ending hunger to control
Choking out the life of your own population
Abusing the power you hold

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Power
Control
For the Power
Control

Give me liberty or Death

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny,
when the government fears the people there is liberty”
– Thomas Jefferson

http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/havok/unnaturalselection.html#2


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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Big Smo — Workin’ [Video]

Filed under: Life, Listening, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:03 AM (01:03)

This song is a work of genius. Brings a tear to my eye every time I play the clip.

Workin’ by Big Smo (featuring Alexander King)

[Big Smo & Alexander King]
I woke up this mornin’, tied my boots up
Cause I knew it’s goin’ to be a long day
Fired my truck up, grabbed my coffee
Kissed my baby, got on my way
Cause I’m workin’ ’til it’s hurtin’
That’s the only way to make an honest day’s pay
So I’m workin’ even when it’s hurtin’
That’s the only way to make an honest day’s wage

[Big Smo]
Yeah, I’m up early with the birdies, ready to get dirty
This ain’t a song for you if you asleep at 7:30
I rise like the sun; I’m the bag of the pounds
A full throttle in the bottle like that home-made shine

I’m just tryin’ to make a livin’, boss man trippin’
My overtime’s strong; I don’t pay him no attention
Money in the mason jar, country boy pension
No lady, three kids, take a lot to fill the kitchen

Fingernails dirty, my back stay hurtin’
You can bet I got to play for every penny that I’m earnin’
I ain’t askin’ for a raise, but I know the boss heard me
Nobody on this job site’s workin’ like I’m workin’

[Big Smo]
Thirty below to a hundred degrees
You ain’t pushin’ hard enough if your hands don’t bleed
I’m the first to clock in and the last to leave
I ain’t never had a problem rollin’ up my sleeves

[Big Smo & Alexander King]
I woke up this mornin’, tied my boots up
Cause I knew it’s goin’ to be a long day
Fired my truck up, grabbed my coffee
Kissed my baby, got on my way
Cause I’m workin’ ’til it’s hurtin’
That’s the only way to make an honest day’s pay
So I’m workin’ even when it’s hurtin’
That’s the only way to make an honest day’s wage

[Big Smo]
I’m out the door by the sun up, focused on the come-up
We never sleep in, that ain’t how we was brought up
I push it to the limit when the money gets low
And been known to work past when the plant whistle blows

Pay check feelin’ like a lottery ticket
I might save a couple bucks if my kids don’t spend it
It don’t matter cause I love it every day of my life
Spent more time on the clock than I do with my wife

State to state, never late, puttin’ miles on the road
Drop it off, fill it up, get me to my next load
Call my old lady, let her know I’ll be late
And I ain’t worry cause I know that she goin’ to save me a plate

I told you . . .

[Big Smo]
Thirty below to a hundred degrees
You ain’t pushin’ hard enough if your hands don’t bleed
I’m the first to clock in and the last to leave
I ain’t never had a problem rollin’ up my sleeves

[Big Smo & Alexander King]
I woke up this mornin’, tied my boots up
Cause I knew it’s goin’ to be a long day
Fired my truck up, grabbed my coffee
Kissed my baby, got on my way
Cause I’m workin’ ’til it’s hurtin’
That’s the only way to make an honest day’s pay
So I’m workin’ even when it’s hurtin’
That’s the only way to make an honest day’s wage

[Big Smo & Alexander King]
Workin’, workin’

Workin’, workin’

[Big Smo & Alexander King]
I woke up this mornin’, tied my boots up
Cause I knew it’s goin’ to be a long day
Fired my truck up, grabbed my coffee
Kissed my baby, got on my way
Cause I’m workin’ ’til it’s hurtin’
That’s the only way to make an honest day’s pay
So I’m workin’ even when it’s hurtin’
That’s the only way to make an honest day’s wage

http://www.lyrics.com/workin-lyrics-big-smo.html


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

From Russia — “This is . . . the first day of your new life.”

Filed under: Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:26 PM (20:26)

Зто… первый день твоей НОГОЙ жизни.

The text below the embedded video on the YouTube page translates via Google Translate as:

This is . . . the first day of your new life.
What was yesterday, does not matter.
That who you were before, already no one cares.

[H/T Seth Anderson Bailey]

More from Seth’s Facebook post:

“Who you were yesterday doesn’t concern anyone anymore. What do you know about yourself? What are you capable of? The questions may remain without answers, but would you be able to sleep well?”

“To know yourself is to know the limits of your abilities. To hell with limitations! Are you ready to break yourself, every day? Here pain makes you stronger, scars are a daily occurrence. Here you decide to prove something to yourself.”

“This you try to see in each shadow of your enemy, because without an enemy there is no battle, and without a battle there is no victory. But in reality, the main enemy . . . is you, the you from yesterday. Your mission: Track down the enemy, catch up with him, overcome, become better than him and return as a victor. Because tomorrow is the first day of your new life.”


NOTES

  1. Listening / Viewing – I Hear Black by Overkill

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

About Illegal Immigration

Filed under: Media, Politics, Viewing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:31 PM (17:31)

See these short but powerful video clips featuring Early Cuyler explaining the necessity of ending illegal immigration:

http://youtu.be/0rf7Y_Uqpco

http://youtu.be/Rqz0RD1o_qc

http://youtu.be/WOo3hF_Qfsg

http://youtu.be/GhVT79kNGig

http://youtu.be/MdFydPakxaI

http://youtu.be/PZqaIuyvTHU

http://youtu.be/BHMVCdswOJY

And here’s some bits from the late J.T. Ready of Arizona[1] if Early Cuyler didn’t convince you:

http://youtu.be/mj8puxytfow / http://youtu.be/Ey7JtRzpcmA


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Google search – Joe Miller Alaska Senate 2010 East Germany border

NOTES

  1. Not included in the version sent to The Libertarian Enterprise.
  2. Reposted –
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    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress
    3. Darth Mike – Facebook / WordPress
    4. The Libertarian Enterprise – Number 790, 28 September 2014
  3. Current mood: predatory
  4. Listening – Breaker by Accept

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Adam’s Back!

Filed under: Events, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Viewing — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 2:10 AM (02:10)

 


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Sunday, 16 February 2014

What’s going on in Venezuela in a nutshell (English version)

Filed under: Politics, Viewing — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 8:55 PM (20:55)


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Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Conversation

Filed under: Media, Philosophy, Politics, Viewing — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:01 PM (21:01)


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