Saturday, November 22, 2008

Irony At Its Goopiest

Nickelback, on the growing lack of good rock bands:

"I feel like there's not enough rock bands out there, especially when we go on the road," said Kroeger, who performs with the Canadian rock outfit on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Wednesday night. "It's tough to find other bands out there, because either they're making a record, or they just got done touring. So kids: Start rock bands. Set down the 'Guitar Hero,' learn how to play an actual guitar and start a band, because it's hard to find more bands to put a solid rock-and-roll package together, to get out there. It's getting harder and harder, but I think we've done it."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Just like Cypress Hill...

I got to get my props.

(Copy/pasted from the LA Times site)

Propositions:   Precincts reporting: ~100.0%

1A: High-speed rail
Yes 52.1% No 47.9%

2: Farm animals
Yes 63.1% No 36.9%

3: Children’s hospitals
Yes 54.8% No 45.2%

4: Abortion notification
Yes 48.0% No 52.0%

5: Drug offenses
Yes 40.1% No 59.9%

6: Criminal justice
Yes 30.8% No 69.2%

7: Renewable energy
Yes 35.2% No 64.8%

8: Gay marriage ban
Yes 52.5% No 47.5%

9: Victims’ rights
Yes 53.5% No 46.5%

10: Alternative fuels
Yes 40.3% No 59.7%

11: Redistricting
Yes 50.6% No 49.4%

12: Loans for veterans
Yes 63.5% No 36.5
(Green is for winning propositions, Red is for winning bigotry)

Somewhere in America...

A stock car is crying.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I endorse Barack Obama.

Totally meant to do that earlier. My bad.

Oh, and I endorse him for President. But i'd totally endorse him for other stuff, too.

Hit the road slackin'

This year, for NaNoWriMo, I decided to go for it. Of course, I spent the first 4 hours of the month of November at a big-ass dance festival, so it should surprise no one that i've slacked so far. To my credit, however, I crap out a surprisingly popular (from my own informal polling 0f people who tell me so) column of 475 words on a weekly basis in a dark couple of hours on a friday afternoon. I know my small contingent of writer-friends will back me up on this. Either way, I figured i'd give a brief synopsis of my novel so you know I have some idea what i'm going to write about. It might sound a little derivative of other books, stories, and themes that I like, but that's exactly how I want it to be. Here goes:

A devastating nuclear accident in the Soviet Union puts an immediate halt to the Cold war and the United States is forced to re-allocate its significant-but-suddenly-unnecessary defense funds and nuclear resources into something less specious than the arms race in the wake of massive anti-nuke sentiment. So, the government decides to look into positive applications, bolstered by studies concluding that exposure to specific frequencies of radiation could affect the human body in suuuuperhuman ways. Of course, the good intentions of the director of the experiment find themselves encroached by the greedy and the malcontent and the program finds itself with some figurative and literal monsters to battle with. And of course, certain shadowy elements of the disgraced USSR remain bent on re-establishing the tenuous old balance of power.

How's that for a back cover blurb.

I was basically trying to throw in everything I like (superheroes, monsters, special agents) into an alt-universe backdrop where everything can --and will-- go wrong. Should be fun.