Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Get Firefox

Hey, just a quickie. I can't imagine that anybody hasn't heard of it by now and using it if they wanted to; but just in case, I put up a link to Firefox in the right-hand column. It's a seriously sweet browser and is, in the words of Ferris Bueller, "choice."

A Few Bands to Check Out

Hello again all you wonderful internet party people. Now my musical tastes my not be as diverse, obscure, or intruiging as Flex's, but I got a few bands you should check out if you like the same good music as I do.

First up, The Pillows. From the Hokaido region of Japan we have here a band that will rock you to the core and leave you begging for more. They are featured on the soundtrack to the very strange but wonderful anime series Fooly Cooly (FLCL). I don't know much about thier other work, but I can already tell I will be getting more and more into them over the next week or so - keep it here for my favorite track picks.

Next, we have a pretty amazing rock duo called Smoosh. Two young girls (and I mean young: singer/keyboardist Asya is 12, drummer Chloe is 10) rock the house with very melodic little pop numbers. Check 'em out!

Word to your mom.

It'll End But We'll Still Be There

So, Dick Cheney was on "Larry King Live" last night, and he claimed that by 2009 (the end of the Bush administration) the insurgency in Iraq would be defeated. Sort of like how "major hostilities" in Iraq stopped when Dubya declared them stopped. Oh wait.

But seriously, who knows what is going to happen. It's pretty clear that Cheney is pulling this information out of his ass, but the insurgency might very well collapse by 2009, at least in the form we know it now. What's striking, and what we should be most concerned about, is when Cheney states that he foresees "some kind of presence there over a period of time" (full article is here). Now, I know its not exactly a surprise that we're planning to keep our military (and let's be clear, he's talking about military bases) in Iraq over the long term, but what gets me is that they're not even trying to hide it anymore. It used to be that they had to lie and claim that we'd be over there and out before anyone knew what the hell was even going on; but now they're fine with letting us all know that the military personnel stationed there? They ain't leavin'. And if you join the military you're probably going to be stationed there - at one of the United States' permanent bases. No wonder military recrutiment levels are down, no matter what the military tries to do.

So, where am I going with this? I dunno, except that I get frustrated when the powers that be so blatantly reveal their dirty plans... and no one gives a shit. And don't give me any of that crap about how we can't change anything, because we can. There's an election in 2006 and people that support this co-option of the military for... God knows what the purpose of all this is anymore... should be voted out of office. Those that should know better (I'm looking at you, Lieberman), can be written to, e-mailed, called on the phone, etc. If nothing else, get angry about this stuff, because the alternative is apathy, and when you let that take over then you might as well already be dead.

Or something.

Check out the link

Hey, starting work today but my boss hasn't shown up so I have a lot of free time to kill... expect many blog posts today. To start out with I want to point y'all to a friend of mine's blog. He's a cool cat and a crazy guy, and he has some pretty interesting reads in his blog. It's called "Rory's Journal" and I put up a link to it in the right-hand column.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Welcome DeCappa!

Just wanted to welcome DeCappa onboard. I think he'll make a fine addition to Complete Control... and maybe he will lure people to the blog. Who knows, anything is possible. Anyways... I may try to post something substantial today, I've been in the car all day so I haven't had much of a chance to formulate blog posts. Except for maybe a quick recommendation for all people who love good music to check out The Railbenders. They're a rockin' country-type band from Denver, and they rule all. Great music for the car, in that it's awesome and gets you pumped up. Their second album has a cover of "Sweet Caroline" that is awesome in fuck-you quantities. Check 'em out.

Uggh... the Sox are down 7-0 right now. Go to Hell Bronson Arroyo.

EDIT: Corrected for spelling

Sunday, May 29, 2005

All hail DeCappa, for he is our one true savior!

"If you will it, it is no dream."
- Theodore Hertzl
(as referenced by Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski)

So here I am writing a blog entry for my good friend, Mr. "I'm DeCappa's good friend" Flex. Did I ever dream I would be doing this? I'm glad that you asked. No. Wait, yes. I did because if I didn't, that would mean that I am fallible and if that was truly so, then how could existence bear to support itself? Now that we have my savior complex bit out of the way, on to the much anticipated "real" article!

Well, crap. Now that I set myself up for writing something truly ground breaking and original, I find myself a little bit overwhelmed by the shear size of this little thing we call "The Interweb." How can I possibly contribute something worthwhile to such a large and all encompassing public forum? I can't, but I can't stop now - I'm on a roll. Should I complain about the new Star Wars movie? I dunno, I quite enjoyed it actually, but a lot of people seem to get a lot of pleasure and sense of identity from criticizing other people's work without actually creating anything but more stupid, useless, criticism themselves. So maybe I could do that, but then I'd probably have to kill myself afterwards. Maybe I could create a silly catch phrase like "All your face are melting to rock!" and become rich and famous and bone literally thousands of hot chicks. That would be nice, but I am sure I would get pretty tired from all the boning, and possibly some very interesting diseases - so I think that one is out too. Maybe I could ramble about absolutely nothing at all, taking bits and pieces of other people's blogs that I have read over the years and somehow homogenize it into something that is partially well structured and entertaining. Aye, there's the rub. I'll do that.

Mission Accomplished.

Red Sox beat Yankees 7-2

w00t! The Red Sox beat the Yankees 7-2! Coming off of their stunning victory over the Yanks last night, the Sox played some more great baseball and seem to have rid themselves of this little slump they were in. Although we missed a chance to bury the Blue Jays we took 2 out of 3 from the Yankees and got a great peformance from David Wells who threw into the 9th and pitched under 100. Renteria also seems to have hit his stride the last two games; I've defended both new acqusitions throughout the season and if tonight is any indication (forgetting the two homers Wells gave up in the 1st... whoops), they'll pay off for us as the summer continues. Sadly, I'm in Virginia at the moment and so I had to endure/ignore the ESPN commentary and dream of returning to my blessed NESN announcers. Oh well, at least I have streaming radio access... Anyways, victory! Now let's keep doing it.

Burka Band

Some time ago I made it my life goal to expose all those I could of the joy that is the Burka Band. The Burka Band is the first all-female rock group in the history of Afghanistan. Think The Shaggs meet Kraftwerk, but with some wicked catchy sounds. I was introduced to them by Bob Harris, and the info on the band from his site is here. Check them out, you'll be glad you did.

Without a Doubt

Just wanted to point readers to an excellent article by Ron Suskind, it's been circulating for a while (it's from the October 17, 2004 New York Times), but if you haven't read it, it's very much worth your time. The article deals with George W. Bush's faith and how it relates to his decision-making abilities. Now, I'm not recommending this article as a slag on religion or people that let faith be part of their daily lives (the article doesn't ever approach this territory either); but simply as one of the best analyses of how Bush's faith drives his decisions I've read. Essentially, the article gives the reader a look at how and why open dialogue and thoughful decision making has evaporated in Bush's White House. The article is here.

BTW, this article was pointed out to me by the always enlightening Ashnod, his blog "Sweet, Sweet Hatred..." is listed in my links. Check it out. I like to think my blog is like what his would be without the hatred (but it's the good kind of hatred, really).

"Complete Control"

The first post with at least some marginal content. I decided I shouldn't leave the masses who will surely peruse my blog without anything. So, for your pleasure, I'll tell y'all about the source of my blog's title, "Complete Control." the song comes from the Clash song of same name, a single that was released by the band in "protest" to the record label they were on releasing the single "Remote Control" against their wishes. Anyways, here are the lyrics (from LyricsFreak):
They said release ’remote control’
But we didn’t want it on the label
They said, fly to amsterdam
The people laughed but the press went mad

Ooh ooh ooh someone’s really smart
Ooh ooh ooh complete control, that’s a laugh

On the last tour my mates couldn’t get in
I’d open up the back door but they’d get run out again
At every hotel we was met by the law
Come for the party - come to make sure!

Ooh ooh ooh have we done something wrong?
Ooh ooh ooh complete control, even over this song

They said we’d be artistically free
When we signed that bit of paper
They meant let’s make a lotsa mon-ee
An’ worry about it later

Ooh ooh ooh I’ll never understand
Ooh ooh ooh complete control - lemme see your other hand!

All over the news spread fast
They’re dirty, they’re filthy
They ain’t gonna last!

This is joe public speaking
I’m controlled in the body, controlled in the mind

Total
C-o-n control - that means you!
The song, at least as I see it, is about the thin line between artistic freedom and corporate control. All couched in the language of having a good time. These are the basic concepts which I think will be pushing this blog; freedom of thought vs. corporate control and trying to have fun during the whole thing. Cliched? Probably. But whatever, if nothing else it's a rocking song worthy of mention.

It's what we're all about...

Well, this is my first blog post. I guess I should begin by explaining what this blog will hopefully include and what it will not likely include. Let's begin with the latter. This blog is not going to be a personal diary, sorry. And, at least for now, posting will be irregular; if I get to it once a day I'll be surprising myself. Sorry to those looking for hourly updates. Also, although I hope to spend much of my blogging time on current events and political issues, this probably isn't going to be a in-depth news blog the way some better known blogs are. If you're searching for a blog to replace CNN, sorry.

Now, as for what this blog will be. Hopefully my time will be spent discussing politics, music, movies, and whatever else I find interesting. I have a deep interest in politics and current events, so expect a lot of that, but I'll post entries on whatever I think is interesting and worth talking about.

Now, for anyone who isn't too discouraged yet, I hope you enjoy the blog. It may take a little while to get going (I've decided to start this during a short period where I won't have time for it... great timing, huh?) but hopefully those of you who stumble across my humble blog will find it worth your while, or at the very least mildly amusing.

Oh, and I've never really done a blog before, so I'm learning as I go. Be gentle.

EDIT: Oh, and I'm a big Red Sox fan. So I'll probably post about that too.