Great Sports Poetry

November 23, 2009

This is awesome.


One thing I love about taking journalism courses in college was learning how to read the news and understanding the Inverted Pyramid. See, in most news articles the most important details are in the first paragraph, the second most important details are in the second paragraph and so on until you get to the end of the article and the information that is only mildly relevant to what you were originally is there. This is important because you can actually learn much of what is going on in the world with a paper and not read much more than the first couple of paragraphs. Pretty neat huh?

So I was going to review the upcoming tell-all novel of Sarah Palin entitled Going Rouge, but I thought it would be better to review a small excerpt of literature that i think is on a higher level than Palin’s new book. See below for the excerpt and then we will discuss.

Notice the repetitive use of the noun to really center the piece on Dick and not the dog that is obviously a character in the novel. Well that’s all I’ve got… I guess since there still some space in the blog post I will review Palin’s book as well. Here’s my review:

Are you fucking kidding me? You can read/write? My guess is this book amounts to mind pollution on the level of getting black out drunk or a seizure. I’d rather stab my brain with a fork than read your book.

I think that everyone needs a thinking cap and when that thinking is writing then you need a writing thinking cap. I love the simple design of this hat and I can see it as something that a writer would wear ironically to show off their style. I think this is the perfect gag gift to get for a writer that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Just a simple design that everyone can have a good laugh about during the Christmas festivities.

Vintage Blue Typewriter hat
Vintage Blue Typewriter by JuJuGarden
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Laughter is Pain

November 8, 2009

Here is an interesting thought that Heinlein lays out in his novel “Stranger in a Strange Land,” laughter is pain. It’s an interesting thought that we laugh because we are in pain with the world or because others are in pain. I tend to agree with that because things that are funny to us is when we suffer or someone else suffers which is really pain. Think back to see if you can think of a time that you laughed at something that wasn’t pain or suffering and you will not be able to find a time like that.

Creative Homework

November 5, 2009

For the kid that did this I have to give him/her points for creativity and total originality. This something I wouldn’t be able to do in a million years.

James Ellroy’s New Novel

November 2, 2009

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of James Ellroy’s noir novels but I hear very good things. What I hear about this new one is that it is one of the darkest of the dark. For a man that is known for his dark novels I wonder how dark a new height of darkness could be…

I was just at a High School Volleyball game meeting a friend (she’s the coach) and they had one of the students signing the National Anthem when I was walking in. I hadn’t hear it in a long time and I forgot the raw emotion that it strikes you with when you hear it. There is something so beautiful in the poetry of those worlds that is indescribable. I have posted a video below of another person singing it that sounds similar to the way I remember it form that gym. Follow along with the lyrics and feel the power, it is something to behold.

O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

In honor of Halloween I thought it would be appropriate to share this beautiful card with you that features Poe’s mug and of course his famous poem The Raven. I think this is the kind of stuff that people should celebrate on Halloween, not stupid horror movies, but really good writing that sends a real chill down your spine.

Halloween … Edgar Allen Poe’s Poem, “The Raven” by Jerktees
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For decades, scientists and art critics alike have spent time try to figure out what it is about Mona Lisa’s smile that can look all together happy and sad all at once. Everyone has a different theory all with a bit of truth in them. But the real truth is that we shouldn’t be spending out time analyzing her smile and breaking it down into cold science. The Mona Lisa painting is meant to be felt not analyzed. Good art is supposed to create a emotional reaction and great art makes you unsure of what your emotional reaction is. That is what is so perfect about the Mona Lisa, it is able to create a wealth of different and sometimes opposing emotions in the viewer. So I say we put down the micrometers and optical bar graphs and just look at the painting. Let the reality of art wash over you without the art killing science destroy your emotions.