This is a picture I took from the rooftop of the Velvet Dog, with my Iphone this past St. Patricks day.
I know I’m posting it a few months late, but I thought it was a pretty good pic.
— Post From My iPhone
This is a picture I took from the rooftop of the Velvet Dog, with my Iphone this past St. Patricks day.
I know I’m posting it a few months late, but I thought it was a pretty good pic.
— Post From My iPhone
Yesterday, I made a trip to North Coast Body Mod and got my first new tattoo in almost seven years. I’m pretty picky in what I get, and after a few early mistakes when I first started getting inked a decade ago, I decided that I have plenty of time to decide what art I want to adorn my skin with, after all my body art will be a part of me until my very end.
I started phase two of a left arm sleeve design that was started almost 8 years ago by Brian up at North Coast, when he worked at another local establishment. That original piece was an oriental style dragon on my upper left arm.
Since I was a little kid I have always been fascinated by dragons, both the European version of dragon mythology where they are depicted as being a demonic type creature as well as the Oriental version of the dragon mythos, where they are seen as a much more benevolent creature and are actually revered, rather then feared.
It is hard to say about the Dragon tattoo on my arm since it as drawn and designed in America, by an American artist, but it would be closer to the Japanese style as it is drawn with three claws, whereas Chinese Dragons generally have five.
The piece that I had added to my half sleeve design wraps around my arm coming down just above my elbow joining with the dragon art that has been there now for the last few years. The new piece is of a koi fish that is swimming up a waterfall.
There is an ancient legend that if a koi manages to swim up a waterfall at a certain spot called the dragon’s gate that it will then transform into a dragon. That story has always fascinated me and I wanted to incorporate it into my artwork.
In Japanese culture koi are seen as a symbol associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals.
Currently the outline and most of the shading are completed, I am now giving it some time to heal and in two weeks will go in for color and for a smoother joining with the first piece that was added seven years ago.
I just wanted to wish my readers, err reader… and anybody else who may be stumbling upon my site a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Here’s some TSO…
That’s right in honor of the insane statements made by Cleveland Browns Head Coach Romeo Crennell, I figure that I shall make one of my own.
Given a year’s time I believe that I can develop an engine that runs on absolutely nothing. Nothing would need to be consumed to power this motor, thus no by products would be emitted into the atmosphere as a result of this new motor I believe I can invent. I will solve America’s fuel problems and save the environment all at the same time.
And if anybody actually believes that, you are certifiably delusional just like Cleveland Brown’s head Coach Romeo Crennell whom Monday actually made the statement to reporters that he believes he can turn the Browns around.
“I think that if given the chance, I can turn it around,” said Crennel, 24-39 in Cleveland since 2005. “We won 10 last year, so I feel like we can win 10 again or win more. That’s not in my hands, that’s not in my control. All I can do is make a case for myself and say that, given the chance, I would be able to get it turned around.”
As for Crennel, he’s confident that because of his relationship with Lerner that he’ll have an opportunity to outline why he should return for a fifth season. That doesn’t mean he will be back, though.
“He’s got a lot of different things he’s got to consider and look at,” Crennel said of Lerner. “He will make that determination in January after the season’s over. At that time, when I get the chance to sit down and talk with him, then I can make my case. He’s going to have to decide whether I’ve made a good enough case or whether he wants to stay with me in this job.”
Crennel has never used injuries as an excuse, and he’s not about to start. He is certain, however, that without them, the Browns would be much better.
“People don’t want to hear excuses,” he said. “They want to know why you didn’t win. If you win, sometimes you can play poorly and win and everybody is OK with it. And when you lose, they want to know why you didn’t win and that’s the nature of this business and you have to understand that coming in.”
Romeo Crennell seams like a great guy, the type of grandfatherly figure you’d love to drink a few beers with and go fishing with. That though, is part of his downfall, because his players love him — a little too much.
Looking at the lack of inspired play on everybody on the team with the exception of Joshua Cribbs, Corey Williams and the last few games Willie McGinest — it’s easy to see that while they may like Romeo they don’t respect or at least fear him.
The Cleveland Browns are playing like a team that is flat out not prepared to suit up and play 60 minutes of football each week and that comes down on the Head Coach. It is the head Coach’s job to get his players motivated and fired up and most importantly prepared to play and play hard each and every game. Now conventional wisdom and really just common sense should tell you that these guys are millionaires who are getting paid to play a game and should not need motivation from their coach — but unfortunately things don’t work that way.
Combine that with the idiotic play calling, poor clock management decisions and inefficient use of personnel that has plagues the Browns all season and you have a team that has not scored an offensive touchdown in 20 whole quarters of play.
Romeo Crennell you are a nice guy, and were a very good Coordinator and position coach, which I’m sure you will be again someday, but you are plain and simply not a very good Head Coach.
I’m not sure exactly what a “Super Broker Shuffle” is, but I’m torn between deciding if this is the most awesome rap video ever or if this video should make me embarrassed to be a white guy.
I think somewhere in between.
This comes via profootballtalk.com
After Monday night’s loss to the Eagles, Edwards suggested that his ties to Michigan football have kept him from being embraced by the folks in Ohio.
“I’ve learned being here that I’m very unappreciated,” Edwards said. “Not in the organization, just in the eyes of the fans, the city. Since Day One I’ve been a marked man coming from Michigan. It’s just gone that way. Even when things are good, there’s heckles.”
Braylon, please do a little research on Thom Darden before coming to any conclusions regarding whether Browns fans hold grudges about guys who played for Michigan.
On Tuesday, Edwards continued to chirp.
“I’m not Paul Warfield, Webster Slaughter or Jim Brown,” Edwards said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I’ve given my all to this city for four years, and I realize it will never be enough. I went to the Pro Bowl last year and resurrected this team from the darkness, and nobody cared.”
Seriously Braylon, STFU. Browns fans are not hating on you because you went to Michigan, we are hating on you because this season you have had hands of stone and have dropped an insane amount of passes. Football is a team sport, and it is very rare that one player, especially a Wide Receiver can have so much of an impact that they single handedly cause their team to lose not just a game, but multiple games. But somehow Braylon Edwards you found a way to do it.
Yes, Braylon here in Ohio we Don’t Give a Damn About The Whole State of Michigan, but at the same time we don’t give a damn where our sports figures come from as long as they produce. Hell the majority of Browns fans are clamoring for Bill freaking Cowher who is a god in Pittsburgh to be our next head coach.
All you have to do is do your job and catch the damn ball. Last year you did that and did it great and there was no hating on you. Then this year, you let one year of fame go all to your head and now you make Clifford Franklin from the movie the Replacements look like Jerry Rice.
Well I went over to visit Dan O. at Schismatic Pandemonium from LaGrange, Ohio and he found a meme from Hammer that interested him, well it interested me too since I wanted to try and post more non-political stuff.
My inner geek loves this stuff, as back when I was in the 9th grade and in a fledgling rock band, called strychnine, instead of honing my craft and practicing my bass guitar skills — I spent all my time designing album covers. Hence, the band never got anywhere past a regular rotation between our parent’s basements and garages.
Well, here is my chance to design more cover art and here is my bands debut album…
Since Dan O. and Hammer tagged everyone, I too will tag everyone. Anyone else who wants to try, here’s how it goes:
You are about to have your own band’s CD cover.
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together.
Anyone who tries it, let me know so I can scope out the results.
I’m sure that almost everyone has seen Hello Kitty, the annoyingly too-cute marketing phenomenon created by the Japanese and now spread all throughout the world. Originally aimed at pre-adolescent girls, the Hello Kitty logo has gone on to adorn products for girls of all ages.
In Japan, Hello Kitty is no longer viewed as merely for young girls, but is equally popular with teenagers and even adults who like the sweet, cute and girly image. This expanded market is reflected by the sale of Hello Kitty adult underwear and even vibrators. Hello Kitty items in the USA include luggage tags, posters, purses, cosmetics, stickers, and jewelry.
Now comes the news that starting next month Japan’s Sanrio Co., the creators of the Hello Kitty brand, will be offering a line of Hello Kitty products targeting young men.
I bet this is going to be Huge in San Francisco.
TOKYO (AP) — Hello Kitty is no sexist.
The cute cuddly white cat from Japan’s Sanrio Co., usually seen on toys and jewelry for girls and young women, will soon don T-shirts, bags, watches and other products targeting young men, company spokesman Kazuo Tohmatsu said Friday.
“We think Hello Kitty is accepted by young men as a design statement in fashion,” he said.
The feline for-men products will go on sale in Japan next month, and will be sold soon in the U.S. and other Asian nations, according to Sanrio.
The usual bubble-headed shape of Hello Kitty was slightly changed for a more rugged, cool look to appeal to men in their teens and early 20s.
For example, a picture of the cat on a $36 black T-shirt has the words, “hello kitty,” instead of the usual dots for the eyes and nose.
Hello Kitty is one of mascot-obsessed Japan’s biggest “character” hits, decorating everything from a humble eraser to a $48,000 diamond necklace.
The planned products mark the first time Sanrio is developing Hello Kitty items especially for males, Tohmatsu said.
But Sanrio had tried a “limited edition” collaboration in men’s clothing with designers in Tokyo’s chic Harajuku section earlier this year, and they proved popular, he said.
“Young men these days grew up with character goods,” said Tohmatsu. “That generation feels no embarrassment about wearing Hello Kitty.”
I just hope that this disgusting fad of mass-marketed gender reassignment stays in Japan. What’s next Barbie dolls for boys? Any father that allows their son to wear or own Hello Kitty products, should have his parental rights revoked.
What action exactly warrants the term “sellout” to be used in reference to an individual? Its an interesting topic of discussion, which most usually is used when it comes to the world of popular music. According to Merriam-Webster the term “sell-out” when used as a verb has a couple of different meanings, the most common one of course being, “to betray one’s cause or associates especially for personal gain.”
J. Kelly Nestruck, a music sub editor at the Guardian Unlimited, recently wrote a piece in reference to Bob Dylan — in which he poses the question — is folk icon, “biggest sellout the world has ever seen”?
The reason for this editorial piece? Apparently Mr. Dylan has recently starred in a pair of commercials for Cadillac, particularly for the Cadillac Escalade.
How many roads must a man drive down before you can call him The Man? The answer my friends, is one road, if that road is driven down in a gas-guzzling Cadillac Escalade.
Bob Dylan the “countercultural icon” – note the extremely sarcastic quotation marks – has sold out so many times that you’d think nothing would be shocking anymore. He’s gone electric, he’s gone Christian, he released a live album exclusively at Starbucks. He’s even written a song for a movie starring Katie Holmes.
But none of that bothers me. It’s the year 2007. Who cares? He’s a maverick! He’s Dylan!
His latest act of judas-ery, however, is too much for even a cynical, consumerist nihilist like me. Why on earth would someone who possesses the intelligence of Dylan shill for the Cadillac Escalade? Has he not heard that the climes, they are a-changing? Read More…
So apparently plugging in his guitar to an amplifier, releasing a live album for sale at a coffee house, writing a song for a Katie Holmes movie and even embracing Christianity were all acts of a “sell-out” but forgivable. Now however, at least according to Mr. Nestruck, Bob Dylan has gone too far. His latest slap in the face to those who idolized him cannot be forgiven, for he has committed a blasphemous act in the Church of Global Warming.
Mr. Nestruck has drawn the line at that act, I’m sure it was painful to forgive Dylan when he found faith in Jesus Christ, but this blasphemous act towards Al Gore and his Church of Global Warming cannot be tolerated.
Enjoy Dylan’s music. Enjoy his radio show. But don’t look to the man for any sort of spiritual or moral guidance. With these ads, he has lost any integrity he had left. It makes me wonder, when he sang ” I’m drivin’ in the flats in a Cadillac car” on 2001’s Summer Days, was it just product placement?
I’ve read and then re-read the piece, because at first I honestly thought it was just a witty attempt at sarcasm, but after reading the piece a third time as well as the comments to it, to which the author replied. It became obvious to me that this guy was serious, after finding his personal blog where he called Bob Dylan the new Joseph Goebbles — because apparently appearing in an ad for a “gas-guzzling” vehicle is tantamount to spreading Nazi propaganda.
Bob Dylan is doing ads for the new Cadillac Escalade. In the past, the Escalade has been named the SUV that is the worst in terms of fuel economy. That’s like being named the most antisemitic Nazi. So, the Escalade is like Hitler. Ergo, Dylan is the new Goebbels.
This type of moral equivalence not only makes me sick to my stomach, but also makes me sad when I think that this type of twisted logic is even possible.
This one is pretty funny. Three men, Will Carsola, Dave Stewart and Mark Lance recently put on various ridiculously obvious disguises and strolled into a Virginia DMV office a couple times apiece to obtain duplicate Drivers Licenses. They filmed the whole thing and posted it up on YouTube.
The guys are part of DaybyDay Productions; sort of a Kids in the Hall meet the Jerky Boys Comedy Troup. You can find them at their website LiveDaybyDay.com. The troop has also created a couple movies and the footage filmed for the DMV incident is intended as part of a new movie.
Here are some pictures of the Licenses, complete with ridiculous costumes.
Not one single time did they get turned down and denied the right to obtain a new drivers license, despite the fact that some DMV employees even recognized them from previous visits.
The men knew that they were crossing the line with the stunt, but they did it for the comedic value. In an interview with the Richmond Times Dispatch, Dave Stewart was quoted:
Honestly, I think DMV is a little at fault for letting us get away with it, with terrorists and stuff going on now.
Even if you are not a fan of their type of comedy (I think their funny as hell though), you have to admit that they should be commended for pointing out the absurdity that is the ridiculous ease that Virginia as well as most States distribute drivers licenses. Anybody can get a drivers license, goofballs dressed up in ridiculous costumes even criminals or terrorists.
Here are the videos, you may not like them, I think their funny and feature some great Misfits tunes.
Not only was it a funny prank, but it may have done some good as well. According to Virginia DMV spokesman Bill Foy, the stunt may bring about new policies that would make it more difficult for people to obtain a reissued Virginia license.
Potentially, I think we’ll consider refusing to issue a license to customers who appear to be in disguise or appear to be distorting their face to alter their appearance, using a disguise while obtaining a driver’s license is simply not a joke.
It’s nice that the State that allowed nine out of the nineteen 9/11 terrorists to illegally obtain drivers licenses may now five years plus after the fact actually do something about making it tougher to obtain one. It only took a couple hooligans and a funny video to do it; I guess that’s much more embarrassing then giving out ID’s to crazy Islamofascists.
The Virginia DMV should give these guys credit for pointing out their stupidity and not threaten to cancel their driving privileges like they have done. Letters were sent out to the guys from the DMV to the pair, requiring them to appear within 15 days to reapply for a license because the photos were not accurate portrayals of their faces. However nothing that the men did is illegal, at least as far as current laws go.
I don’t have the Sundance channel so I will be unable to watch it, but I may seek this show out if/when it gets released on DVD. Tonight at 9 p.m. on the Sundance channel, “One Punk Under God – The Prodigal son of Jim and Tammy Faye” premiers.
I only have a vague recollection of the P.T.L ministry and the Bakkers, as I was only about 12 years old when the ministry collapsed under heavy scandal. Most of what I know about the Bakkers is after the fact stuff such as Tammy Faye’s stint on the second season of ‘The Surreal Life’ with Vanilla Ice, Ron Jeremy, Erik Estrada and others.
I do know that the Bakkers were both ministers and that the P.T.L. Ministry was a massive organization. Now it seems that their son, Jaime “Jay” Bakker is following in the family footsteps — sort of.
Jay Bakker a 30-year-old licensed minister, will be the star of the six-part, Sundance Channel documentary, “One Punk Under God.” He is a very, very different type of Preacher: he’s a tattoo-covered punk rocker who rejects his parents’ emphasis on prosperity and prefers a more humble environment for his work, usually bars, restaurants and anyplace that people gather.
His ministry, called Revolution, preaches the gospel to society’s outcasts. Advocating God’s love for everyone, regardless of past sins, Bakker has picked up a large and unusual following.
Jay Bakker started the first Revolution ministry in late 1994, in Phoenix Arizona, along with friends Mike Wall and Kelly Miller. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with the belief that traditional sermons and church services are not reaching his generation. He preached to the street kids of downtown Atlanta, drug addicts, punk rockers, Goths, and skateboard kids, as well as prostitutes, drug addicts, drunks and the homeless. Many of his followers are pierced and tattooed, and sport wild hair color.
The show will chronicle his final days in Atlanta, as now he and his wife have moved to New York where she is attending school and where he is continuing his ministry.
Both Jim, now 66, and Tammy Faye appear in the Sundance series as their son visits them to talk about their spiritual roller-coaster ride.
“I actually visit Mom whenever I can and my sister, Tammy Sue Bakker, moved in to help take care of her,” Jay Bakker said. “At this point in my life, I just want to bring some healing into people’s lives. In my life, I’ve seen far too much hypocrisy in the church and far too many people who have been hurt by the church’s condemnation,” he said.
“Through it all, I still believe in Jesus. I believe in Jesus’ message of love and grace and that there’s always hope in Christ. I know that my church isn’t very big right now. We’ve got about 200 people. But I really do believe that the world needs to hear this message — that love never gives up.”
As a tattooed freak myself, this sort of appeals to me, as I have myself grown disillusioned from the brick and mortar trapping of traditional churches as well as the strictness of the Roman Catholic Church, in which I am baptized.
I just heard about Jay Bakker and his ministry today, but I think I will be looking more into it myself.
For more info check out http://www.revolutionchurch.com/
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