Friday, September 26, 2014

Be Prepared

Always make sure your wallet is on you at all times.
Carry wallet in your front right pocket.
If you're stopped by the cops your wallet's on you when you step out of your car.

One guy had his wallet in the front passenger-side seat and when a cop stopped him and asked to see it he turned around and headed back into his car to retrieve it.  The cop pulled his gun, shot the driver, and ordered him on the ground and proceeded to rough him up.

We have some paranoid and skittish police, don't we?
But, if that's the kind of society we live in we just have to take certain precautions, try to foolproof things as much as possible.

If the driver's wallet had been on him (in his front pants pocket) he could have simply stated:  "It's in my front pocket!"  Then the officer could have either walked over and pulled it out himself or told the driver:  "Okay, pull it out---SLOWLY!"

We can't ever be too relaxed in this modern-day world of ours.  We can't allow ourselves to be all sloppy/freelance/slipshod.

If one lives on a fault line, be aware one can find themselves buried alive anytime.
If one lives in a valley, be wary of heavy rains and of the mountain snowmelt in spring.


One Bad Apple

My God, can it be?
That there's a glitch in Apple's latest "you can't live without this one either" offerings, the iPhone 6 and 6-plus?
After all the anticipatory exuberance and frenzy (eliciting more hysteria than even the second coming of Jesus Christ ever will) it must be some letdown for all these trend-obsessed civilian aristocrats to have to acknowledge their beloved iconic idols at Apple Corps might possibly be producing products that focus more on mere style and the company's namesake and brand imagerisms than on products that actually concentrate on functionality, greater efficiency, and greater reliability.  That sort of thing reeks of gimmickrism already.

The paper-thin aluminum frame is known to bend a little too easily as well.  Some users complained that their phones got bent out of shape when they sat down while their phones were in their back pants pocket.

I don't understand why people put items in their back pants pockets.  Doesn't that make sitting down uncomfortable?  I never do that myself.  It puts too much pressure on my asscheek bones.
I was listening to a 1979 Jimmy Buffett song, FINS, a couple days ago.

Interesting lyrics. They touch on a topic these days considered "sexual harassment".
It was intended to be a tongue-in-cheek commentary about the "boys-will-be-boys/men-will-be-men" phenomenon in which males always seem to be sexually obsessed and predatorily lustful toward women as a rule of thumb.

Not that it's void of empathetic elements by any means.  The focal character of the song is a single woman who moves out of state to be on her own, but everywhere she goes she's outnumbered by men with ulterior motives, intent upon satisfying their hedonistically narcissistic lustful desires, and who obviously don't exactly have her best interests in mind.  She winds up moving from place to place to try to get away from guys intent upon trying to use her.

However, it's not a "crusader" type of anthem by any means.  It's done in a very loose-knit tongue-in-cheek manner, and the lyrics are facetious:  "The sharks that swim on the land"; "Can't you feel them circling you honey?"; "You got 'fins' to the left, 'fins' to the right, and you're the only girl in sight".

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Isis: An Egyptian nature goddess and wife and sister of Osiris

ISIS: Fanatical anti-western-culture terrorists ...and "rod of God's wrath" aimed at modern-day western civilization for being too hedonistic and disavowing the spiritual aspects of living

If these ISIS kooks are really that convinced they have some great "cause" for all the atrocious things they've been doing they should at least be going after some REAL culprits.
Instead of executing missionaries and journalists they should track down some of those computer hackers and identity thieves and put THEIR heads on the "chopping block".  Then they might be able to claim a certain degree of "moral justification" for their position.

Who knows: maybe then I might even start rooting for them.
When viewing a commercial for a firm which specializes in cosmetic surgery to "undo the effects of aging" the announcer asks a proverbial question: Are you tired of looking older than you feel?

What do looks and age have to do with how one feels?  Isn't how one feels a matter of one's frame-of-mind?
How one feels is dependent on one's personality, viewpoints, and circumstances at the time.

You're always going to feel like yourself no matter how old you are or how you look.

I love the faulty logic advertisers use to cajole potential consumers into transferring a certain percentage of their (consumer's) personal wealth into (the advertiser's) hands.
Every time I turn on a radio or TV I always find myself having stuff I either could never afford or would never be interested in buying being "shoved in my face" like they are "must haves".

The Wrong "Rights"

One day, when I was out walking around, I was forced to "detour" around a group of fraternal buttfuckers who were hogging the whole sidewalk shooting the shit, and as I stepped off the curb to go around them some cop who was driving by at the time yelled out at me to "GET OUT OF THE STREET!"

On other occasions I would witness people skateboarding in the middle of the street (slowing down traffic) with nobody even batting an eyelash, like "No big deal".

So, skateboarding is allowed in the street, but if a pedestrian steps off the curb it's a "safety violation"?  Interesting.

Society has a "split personality".  There's too much laissez-faire toward things that should be heavily restricted and too much draconianism toward that which it could afford to "lighten up" on.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's something how certain performers from the 1960s and 1970s still continue to remain popular in the collective psyche.

Collective memory cherry-picks select groups and singers to continue their "dominion" in the pop and rock music sphere alongside the latter-day and present-day performers while either disavowing their original contemporaries or relegating them to either a secondary status or to a different nostalgia format.

Take, for example, groups like The Who, or The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, or Neil Young, or Bob Dylan, or Jimi Hendrix, or Janis Joplin, who are still revered to this day.

Back in the mid-to-late 1960s and early 1970s, even if you weren't gravitating toward the psychedelic or "progressive rock", or strictly buying albums ...even if you were still buying 45s you'd STILL hear the single hits by the likes of Cream or The Doors alongside The 5th Dimension, or Wilson Pickett, or Spanky and Our Gang, or The Royal Guardsmen, or The Grassroots.
Tommy James and the Shondells and The Bee Gees were getting played on the same stations as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, the same stations also playing The Cowsills and Petula Clark, and The Who, and Aretha Franklin, and the "Motown Sound",  and Simon and Garfunkel, and The Mamas and the Papas, and The Lovin' Spoonful, and The (Young) Rascals, and Sam and Dave, and The Turtles, and Sandy Posey.

Having grown up in the mid-to-late-'60s and early-'70s myself I wish to retain MY share of the "claim" on the likes of The Doors, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Cream, and others of their ilk alongside the likes of Neil Diamond, Bobby Goldsboro, The Fifth Dimension, other "British Invasion" performers: The Seekers, The Searchers, Petula Clark, The Zombies, The Hollies, Herman's Hermits, The Dave Clark Five, Dusty Springfield, and so forth.
And the '70s being: The Carpenters, Elton John, The Stylistics, Sly and the Family Stone, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad, The Jackson Five (yes, I'm also retaining a "claim" on early Michael Jackson material), The Eagles, Helen Reddy, Cat Stevens, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Staple Singers, James Taylor, Alice Cooper, Lobo get the general picture.

So it's like ...The Monkees followed by Jimi Hendrix?  Or The Doors followed by The Association?
...Why not?
I deserve to co-claim the commercial music I grew up with and have long loved.
I've never been much on fraternizing or partaking in social activities.  I would try from time to time, but somehow I could never blend in.  I never felt I could ever contribute anything to the moment.  It's like I'm more a witness to everything than I am a participant.

Anything I was ever successful at in any way would come about as a result of my conducting select activities "under the radar" (to avoid interference from others and to avoid certain prejudices) and my knack for figuring out how to establish my own "headquarters" and to bring them with me wherever I go.

Even here on the interwebs my space here is more "a world of its own" than it is "just another blog site".

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