Wednesday, January 28, 2009


So Lost is officially the shit again, if you haven't been following along. The new season started last Wednesday to the tune of 20 millions viewers. Tonight's episode was sick. So sick that I suggest you start watching this season if you have watched Lost before. And if you haven't, I suggest you catch up as fast as humanly possible (I have seasons 1-3 to lend if you want).

I want to mention some things about tonight's episode. If you haven't watched it yet, don't read on. There will be some spoilers.

Here are my top 3 moments of the episode, followed by some stream of consciousness thoughts:

1) When Richard admonishes the young British soldier revealing him to be Charles Whitmore

- so Whitmore is an Other?!? What the FUCK?? This is why Locke couldn't shoot at him, because he can't change the future. But Whitmore did kill that other soldier dude. Maybe that was Charlotte's father? Maybe that is why she looks like she's going to die, because she is getting erased (BtotheF style?). Now this totally connects Whitmore to Ben (and Richard). Now what happened with Ben and Whitmore? Where was the falling out? Does Whitmore remember the un-Oceanic 6 (Sawyer, Juliet, Locke, Miles, Charlotte, Faraday) from his island days? Is this why he funds Faraday's research?

2) When Desmond hears from the braindead lady's sister that Whitmore funded Faraday

- damn I feel sorry for Desmond. He just cannot escape his in-law. This guy is everywhere for him. Took some balls for him to walk into his office like that. Ultimately, Whitmore cannot hate the dude. He knows he is making his daughter happy. But now they are going to LA. And didn't Ben promise to kill Penny? Uh-oh.

3) When Faraday makes the little I'm-in-love-with-Charlotte speech

- Yes, a little cheesy, but I still liked it. Especially when the Lost violin music plays. Nice to see that happening for someone other that Jack-Kate-Sawyer. Which brings me to my next point:

Honorable mention: This was the first episode in a long time that did not have Jack, Kate or Ben. A welcome respite, I think. Plus, I like Desmond episodes. And I am beginning to like this little time traveling that the un-Oceanic 6 is partaking in. Although it is a tad-far fetched, what isn't on this magical little island?

Another thing to think about: so Locke tells Richard at the end of the episode to go to his hometown 2 years from 1954 in order to prove to him that he is actually being born. My question is purely procedural, from a time traveling point of view - how does Richard do this intially if not for Locke's statement to him in 1954? What I mean is, doesn't the whole process become circular. Richard sees Locke born, Locke grows up, goes back in time, tell Richard to go see him being born, Richard sees Locke born... and so on and so forth. When does the initial seeing of Locke being born take place IF NOT for Locke traveling back to tell Richard to do this??

Oh man, so much to take back from this episode. Looking forward to next week.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

They Kind Of Have A Point

Jay-Z Killin It

Jay-Z My President is black Remix LIVE 1-18-09 from pleasedontstare on Vimeo

My president is black in fact he's half white,
So even in a racist's mind he's half right
So if you gotta racist's mind it's alright
My president is black, but his house is all white!

Rosa parks sat so Martin Luther could walk,
Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run,
Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly,
So I'ma spread my wings, you could meet me in the sky!

... And Barack Says Hello.

Today marks the start of an extremely promising time, the beginning of the term of the 44th president, Barack H. Obama. This is a time that, personally as I am sure for many others, fills my heart with joy. I look at Obama, I look at his family, and I feel a sense of pride, a sense of accomplishment. The expectations are through the roof for this guy, and rightfully so. He campaigned on a platform of change, and that is exactly what this country needs right now. But what this country also needs right now is a responsibility to take Barack's message(s) to heart. We must all start being more responsible for the way this country is being run, for what is happening around us. This country will not get better based on the power of one man. It will only get better based on the power of the collective. But that is the power that Obama commands; he has the ability to bring about change from the collective. He motivates and empowers the public. This is exaclty what democracy is about. But it is something that must not be taken for granted. It has been taken for granted the past 8 years (see below post) and we have seen what that has brought. While W. motivated us to strive for mediocrity, O. motivates us for the opposite. But this means we need to hold him accountable. We need to hold him to his promises. We need to hold our local officials accountable as well. This is the only way change will come.

This is a time of great promise and hope. The next days, weeks, months will require us as a people to translate that promise and hope into action and results. I for one look forward to it.

Monday, January 19, 2009

George Says Goodbye...

Tonight marks the last night of George W. Bush's presidency. As we look back on his 8 years in office there are a lot of issues to think about. I think the most important thing that we must do is not forget. I even catch myself in the last days of him in office feeling complacent in my memory of him. That is not acceptable. He failed. He failed horribly. But it is no more than a judgment of us as a people. It is us as a people who failed. Just like an abused housewife who allows the awful things to happen to her, we as a people allowed this shitshow of a government to run this country into the ground. That is why we must not forget. It is because we cannot let it happen again. We must not forget how Bush lied to the people to go to war. How he politicized the biggest tragedy of the past century time and time again. How he mixed faith and politics. How he butchered Katrina. How he allowed torture. How he took money away from valid scientific research that could have saved lives. How he ruined relations with foreign neighbors. We just cannot forget all of that. This country has had a tendency in the past 20 years to strive to mediocrity. As if having people with an education if office was a horrible thing. We saw this during the campaign season. How Obama was labeled as an elite for graduating from Harvard and Columbia. How Palin was considered qualified after attending 5 different low-tier colleges. This type of acceptance of mediocrity is what got Bush into office. Make no mistake about it, if he lost in 2000, this country would have been a better place right now. The biggest argument I have heard people making is "well at least Bush kept everyone safe the past 7 years." Yea? Well at what price? At the price of detaining and torturing innocent people? Or at the price of instilling a politics of fear into the average citizen? Or, was the threat not that big to begin with?

Regardless, now, fortunately, Bush will take his rightful place in the past. But we must use this past to guide our future.

Taking Names

This blogging thing is kind of tough. No one said it was going to be easy. By logging onto this here Blogger site, creating a new blog and advertising it to a few friends, you make a commitment to post at least sometimes. I have tried to keep it consistent, keep it fresh, witty, interesting. And it is difficult. You go through highs and lows, just like anything. I want to take the time out now though to call some people out, take some names, give a sort of assessment of blog life between commonly linked blogs. Maybe this will breathe some life into some pathetic situations.

Name: The Red Umbrella
1st post: 4/30/2007
Last post: 11/27/2008
Average: 3.9 days per 1 blog post
Days since last post: 53
Status: Flatlined

What started off as a promising blog about politics, style, fashion and other daily musings slowly started to deteriorate in the beginning 2008 into a sad display of a working man's "lack of time." I wrote in February of that year "Where have you gone, Vinson C---?" Unfortunately, you haven't yet come back.

Name: New York City Marsala
1st post: 4/17/2008
Last post: 12/15/2008
Average: 4.3 days per 1 blog post
Days since last post: 35
Status: Flatlining

A free-spirited "spicy" blog started off promising to share with us "the shit that occurs [to the author] on a daily basis." I guess it is pretty obvious now that shit has stopped occurring to the author ever.

Name: A Moment's Worth of Musing
1st post: 8/8/2007
Last post: 1/17/2009
Average: 2.8 days per 1 blog post
Days since last post: 2
Status: Self-proclaimed flatline

Blowing the aforementioned and soon-to-be mentioned blogs out of that water with the days-per-blog average, the author of "moments" felt that was not good enough to keep gracing us with his (a)musings. Lack of comments drove him away. What will drive him back?

Name: What I Do
1st post: 7/14/2008
Last post: 1/5/2009
Average: 5.3 days per 1 blog post
Days since last post: 14
Status: Unknown

"What he does" must be not post blogs. What started off as an attempt to jumpstart the flailing "Christopher Robert Myself," ended up as flailed as the original.

The moral of the story:


Monday, January 12, 2009

Headphones Don't Stay in My Ears

Headphones don't stay in my ears. It is a very annoying problem that I have had ever since they invented the individualized connector-free headphones. The issue is that whenever I talk or I smile my ears close up. Weird, I know. Borderline disgusting too. Some have said my ear holes look like a vagina when they do this. I tend to reluctantly concur. The most annoying thing is at the gym. During my workout I concoct my face in a variety of different ways, most of which result in my vagina ears tightening up. This forces any object penetrating said holes to fall out. Thus I am forced to wear headphones that have that thingie in the back that connects to the back of the ear and makes them stay in place. I thought this was an excellent solution for a couple of years. I even wore these headphones out in public. Then I remember I looked at my reflection in a subway car and realized I looked like a mixture of Spock and Mickey Mouse. Embarrassing. But not as much as having ears that look like a 5 year old's anus. Tight.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

How Bout Them Iggles?!

Watch the Big Blue - Iggles today? I did. A-S-S kicking. Very fun to watch. For me. Most likely not for you. Let's get this out of the way early: yes I am from NYC, but I am a Philly Eagles fan. Why? Because when I got into football back when I was 9 or 10, the guy who got me into it was an eagles fan. That was back in '93 and '94. Rich Kotite years. He sucked. So I've liked them for awhile.

Anyway, we have been playing REALLY well. Check that, we haven't really been playing that well, but we've been playing a whole lot better then the teams we've faced so far. Westbrook's not healthy. But people are stepping up. Next up are the Cardinals. Who would have thought that?!? But they're also playing well. I am confident though because last time we face them we beat them by 28 points. Blow. Out.

PS. The NY media needs to layoff Eli. This guy brought you a championship last season for god's sake!!! Yes, he had a bad game today. GET OVER IT. He is not Peyton. You will never ever grow to like him. And that's sad because if it wasn't for him, you would have done shit last season.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Why Is The World On Tim Tebow's Dick?

Let me start off by saying that I do not like missionaries. Not one damn bit. Now I know they do all this amazing work with poor people in third world countries, but I hate the fact that they impose their religious beliefs on disadvantaged people. If you want to do good in this world, then do it for the sake of the person, not because you want to convert them to Christianity in the long run.

That and missionaries freak me out. They all look brainwashed and they got this freak twinkle in their eye. I guess you can call that faith but I call it craziness. Tim Tebow has that twinkle. Oh yea, and he also has eye black with verses on them. As such:

I mean c'mon! Anyway, the whole world seems to be on it's knees licking the Tebow-ne steak. Articles like this and like this serve to piss me off. Plus, this came out of nowhere. Like maybe 1.5 weeks ago the world got infected with this virus and its all I heard about. I don't like to constantly hear about one thing. Especially something like this.

I probably would have liked him a lot more if he didn't write "John 3:16" or "Dickface 2:34" under his eyes every game.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

It's Ciroc!

"Come fly with me..!"

With these words starts the new entrant for the most-common-and-most-annoying commercial competition of the last couple of months. First it was Toyota's "Saved by Zero" ad. Then and shortly thereafter came Subway's "Five dollar footlong" commercial. And now, it's Diddy's Ciroc Ultra Premium vodka commercial.

This shit runs so god damn often! Like ALL THE TIME. I don't get it. NO ONE IS GOING TO BUY IT! There are too many good vodkas out there. Grey Goose. Stoli. Russian Standard. Kettel One. What, are you going to be at a bar and get yourself a vodka cranberry and make a special request for Ciroc? No!

The other thing is, it sounds like it should be a Jay-Z-made vodka. Mainly because when you say it you sound like a french guy shouting out Rocafella. It's Ci Roc!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

A tad late, I know, but I was away boozin and cruisin. Before I make 2009 predictions, let's take a look back at my '08 version. Here are my predictions from 1/1/08:

- Bloomberg will enter the race in March but won't win. Obama-Edwards vs. Romney-Giuliani in the finals. The former will take it in November.
MIXED: Well, I was right about the main event, not so much about anything leading up to it :/

-Patriots will not win the Superbowl, failing to even reach it. 16-0* goes down the drain.
CORRECT!: Again though, a tad mixed. They did lose the Superbowl, although they reached it.
-Bonds will be charged and will have to serve time. His records will be erased. Many more names will come out from the scandal.
FALSE: Eh, wishful thinking.

-The Yankees will win the World Series in 6 games against the New York Mets, playing their final game ever in Yankee Stadium.
FALSE: No comment.

-The Knicks will continue to suck and Isiah Thomas' job will continue to be safe. Until the end of the season. When he gets fired. And Dolan puts the team up for sale.
CORRECT!: He was fired! But alas, no team for sale.

-The Beijing Olympics will be surrounded by controversy based on the child-labor grievances present against China. People will boycott.
MIXED: There was controversy, but not so much about the child-labor stuff. What was I thinking?

So, 2008 has come and gone. What does 2009 have to offer. Here we go:

-The economy will continue to flounder and tank until about June when by all accounts, it will start performing better than expected. But a crisis of some sort will throw it right back into the shitter by the end of the summer.

-Georgetown will make it to the Final Four. There they will face UNC and blow them out by 20. They will go on to WIN the NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship.

-The Yankees will open their season up in their new stadium and blow everyone out of the water. CC will finish 18-4 with a 2.58 ERA, Burnett will go 15-9 with a 3.98 ERA, M-Tex will bat .338 with 48 homers, the Yankees will finish with a 102-60 record, the AL East crown AND a World Series Championship!

-Obama will be able to get much done in office, mostly by way of his post-partisan approach. Four key pieces will be passed with bi-partisan support in '09.

-Eminem and Dr. Dre will release their long awaited albums.

-The Superbowl will be played between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which the Iggles will win 34-21!

Well, that's it. A lot of number but I want to be held accountable for my deep knowledge.

Here's to '09!