Archive for October, 2008

Where The Hell Are We going?

Posted in Bored Stuff, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by thenewserials

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged on something not a review.

My life just isn’t that interesting sadly. I’m going to talk about school for a little bit and then get into some of the things I’m looking foward to and also not looking forward to.

So I go to a prodomently hispanic College in the Bronx, N.Y. The fact that it’s mostly latinos doesn’t bother me mostly because since elementary school I’ve been going to school with mostly spanish people anyway. This serves me and diserves me; oddly in the same way. With these people being mostly spanish students I have an automatic disconnect. Not that I needed a further reason to be disconnected from society; but, the notion of literally having nothing in common with the people I study with allows me to live a social life within college that is equvalent to a shadow. People will notice I’m there; but, at certain parts of the day and when the day is over I won’t be. There was a time elementary school and some high school that I wanted to be popular and accepted by my peers. Somewhere around 10th grade I let that silly notion go and now I’m strive for mostly the opposite. I like the idea of not having to engage in twenty conversations when I walk down the hall. Some people call it anti-social; but, I don’t see it that way at all. It’s not as if I’m going out of my way to avoid people; I just don’t do backflips to make impressions on people. I’m always there for help and I will support someone; but, there’s no point in trying to be someones friend when I’m almost sure that we have nothing in common.

Friends and I often joke that I am a 40 something year old white woman; because of the things I say and do and all the culture I’m into. Look I’m aware of whats going on in the popular world; but, I don’t give a damn. Popular culture is anti-culture to meet at this point in our society. It teaches to be different for the sake of standing out and being noticed OR being the same for the sake of not standing out and being ridiculed. It’s somewhat twisted and it’s a bit frightening at that too. Imagine being one of these people who really HAVE to be accepted; Imagine how hard they have to work all day, everyday to try and fit in into society just to be accepted just to justify their own existance.

It’s a maddening thing to try to precieve; but, that’s the world we live in and it’s wrong. I know and otherpeople know it. I just don’t understand how pornography has gotten to the point where it’s the social norm and the entry way to acceptance. Skimpy outfights and vigorous booty shaking will make a girl popular; while ownership of someone with those qualities will make a boy popular. Listen there’s nothing severely wrong with it; just that it seems odd to be in main stream-culture. I watch pornography and enjoy it; but, that doesn’t mean I’m going to start a commercial ad to promote everyone else to do it. I’m allowed a vice; hell, I’m allowed to LIKE my vicel but, it’s not my place to spread it. “Practice what you preach” is a silly term to me. If you know what I’m saying is right why must I adhere to it for you to do it? If I murder people; but, tell everyone else not to murder why does somehow equate to my advice being null and void? It doesn’t make me a good person at all; I agree; but, do you only listen to good people? and are good people the only people who give sound advice?

I’m not a busy person; but, I don’t have time to keep up with the Jonses. For example; I cannot for the life of me understand why people are interested in other people’s lives. A good friend of mine, a really good friend, watches MTV (yuck) and watches a show called “Making the band” in which viewers tune in to watch a group struggle with the pressures of recording an album and touring and all the tortuous problems that comes with a successful life on Television. Now while I can understand why he wactches the show; I cannot understand why he CARES about the show.

Anyone can watches anything for momentary entertainment value; and our current society is so fit to just watch other people walk around eat and curse. But CARING about what happens is a whole different story all together. How can someone elses life be more interesting than your own? How can Aubrey’s problems of being signed to a successful record label be more interesting than my own problems?

It’s not something so outrageous it’s not something that is odd; these people have normal, fabricated problems. The other idea is that I’m not sure what people think; clearly these reality shows aren’t real. No one acts the same when the camera’s are around and their dealing with P-Diddy. P-Diddy! this guy is just about as real as the easter bunny, sitting on a rainbow, drinking jawa juice whilst talking to the car from chitty chitty bang bang. There’s no redeeming value in these shows; and worse off you’re giving someone else your time and money!

I won’t understand society today clearly and I’m sure most of you reading this won’t understand me; but, that was my attempt. I’m destined to stay this way for a while. And their destined to stay that way so I guess I’ll live here and they’ll live there.

We’ll See…

Review: Spider-man Web Of Shadows (Amazing Allies Edition)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2008 by thenewserials

“I still think that the first game for Spider-Man on the Playstation is still the best”

I said that whilst simultaneously paying for the newest webslinger release “Web Of Shadows” for the PSP. I’ve seen a few screen shots for the game and was interested in how the game looked. There was a darker more serious tone to the look; very different from the abysmally kid-friendly “Spider-Man Friend or Foe”. I was almost convinced that this game was going to break new ground for the Spider-Man series which, in my opinion, has been declining since the release of “Spider-Man 3” in the theaters.

Spider-Man Web of Shadows implies some sort of deception…something is hiding in the shadows and Spider-Man has to uncover the secret. Well this is true only if #1: YOU are Spider-Man and #2: the secret is that the game is a load of crap.

I instantly knew I had been duped when I started the first level. The screen shots I saw must have only applied to the PS3 because the game’s graphics are anything but groundbreaking. The game consist of Spider-Man walking, slinging, wallcrawling around to the orders of Nick Fury after a symbiote invasion takes over Manhattan (Is this sounding like EVERY other Spider-Man game yet?); the only real difference is that now you can switch between the Red suit and the black symbiote suit which has a different set of abilities and moves.

In addition to the costume changes the game offers the player to make choices in conversations with other characters and civilians in the game. Usually there are three sets of answers: A light hearted and funny “Red” answer, A bland and normal Neutral answer and a mean spirited and cynical “Black” answer. Depending on how you answer you receive reputation points to whatever suit you’ve answered most like. So if you answer with a “Black” answer then you get some reputation points to the symbiote suit which will, later, allow you to buy some power-ups and skills that’ll more than likely NOT come in handy during regular gameplay.

Aside from that there’s nothing else to the game; the majority of the time is taken going back making sure you didn’t leave any items behind. The game gets EXTREMELY redundant after the first level and the lame jokes Spider-Man tells at random points aren’t enough for a chuckle.

The game is also extremely short; must have taken me somewhere between six to eight hours to run through once and I started a new game plus; but, I’m not at all interested in going through the whole process of figuring out the convoluted; yet, simple plot all over again.

Web Of Shadows does nothing for the franchise and the boasting of a whole new storyline written by premium writers just becomes embarrassing when you play the game full through. Spider-Man’s limited movements are frustrating, you want to throw web and toss bad guys around; but, all Spider-Man is able to do is web them and then go back to his routine punch combo or kick combo.

Considering the game cost me about $40 bucks to buy, I would call it a rip off. I’m not surprised the lax Activision would put a game out of such low caliber.

I should mention that there are summon creatures in the game which consist of some other Marvel heroes and Villains like Shocker, Black Cat, Hobgoblin and Nightcrawler; however, the animation for these summons are so bland and quick you could miss them and not even care.

The Back cover of the game says “How Far will you go to save New York?” and the question ought to be “How Far CAN you go to save New York” The game is so constricted (on the psp) that I can’t imagine how anyone could see this game as open ended and fun.

If you like Spider-Man get the game I guess; but, don’t expect much. All the characters are extremely under-written and don’t have time at all to seem like their selves. Venom is a mere shell of himself and characters like Luke Cage and Nick Fury seem like dinner theater actors phoning the performance in.

Overall: 5.7/10

I urge you not to buy this game. Really; I don’t say this much; but, it’s a waste of time and money.

Poetry

Posted in Poetry with tags on October 20, 2008 by thenewserials

I was watching an old VHS tape today and it had a Micheal Jackson concert on it. “Man in The Mirror” came on and I was inspired to do a poem.

My window cracked

I could not imagine why

and when it did

I did not think

Whereas to reach

Can be treacherous indeed

I did not reach

I did not try

The things I was told

I could not inact

And then to fail

Was such a horror

I did not want to

Admit it so

My window cracked

I did not know why

But in my heart

I knew, somehow, that it was I

Who could take the blame

The broken glass

like splintered wood

Can never be put back together

And so I cried

I did indeed

For no amount

Of glue or adhesive

Can fix a lie.

Why I Hate American Idol

Posted in Entertainment, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by thenewserials

American Idol.

American Idol cannot be the honest standard for American music these days for these reasons:

#1: Everyone on American Idol is looking for fame. I’ve yet to see someone on American Idol say that they love singing so much that they’d be happy if they didn’t win; just singing in front of people is enough. Everyone on the show is looking for their first royalty check before they even get into the first judging. While it’s not a problem that people want to get famous; it is a problem when being famous out does you want for the music.

#2: Judging is extremely biased! No one watches the show and votes without having the judges comments in mind. If the show wants to really get America’s opinion just do the show with the musical acts and vote; do the vote on the results show. Plus look at the judges: Randy Jackson, (Producer to such talentless acts like the RECENT Mariah Carey. He doesn’t produce music, he produces voice from a computer) Paula Abdul (A singer whose Career tanked worse than the Titanic) and Simon Cowell (this is the man who puts together albums for talentless; but, profitable acts like the Power Rangers and Alvin & the Chipmunks)who says they’re qualified to judge these marginally talented kids?

#3: The signing is clearly for those people who have NEVER experienced a live act before. The singing at best is “ok”. The poor kids have to look left at the camera and then move gracefully to the right and look into camera B longingly as if they’ve lost someone they really care about. All of those theatrics (combined with the dumbest Auidence; swaying thiner hands back and forward during every slow song and clapping at any horrible performance)must make it hard to concentrate on FEELING the music. Ever seen Tina Turner on stage? She most certainly doesn’t have the time to worry about Camera B and looking pretty so that every shot they take of her can make the A.M. news the next day.

#4: It’s on T.V.! Just being on the television already takes away from your musical credibility; if you can’t make a song SOUND good you can’t substitute that for making a song LOOK good.

If you want American Idol to be credible…

Put it on the Radio.

Review: Movie: “Religulous”

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on October 12, 2008 by thenewserials

If you know anything about Bill Mahr you know that he is an atheist Democrat. Religulous will further drill that simple fact into your mind…over and over and over. Anyone ‘surprised’ about Religulous has probably been sitting under a rock for the past eight years. the movie is just a long version of Bill Mahr’s HBO show and doesn’t attempt to be anything; but, the one sided atheist propaganda that it is.

And It’s Great.

If you don’t have an open mind about the negative aspects of religion then this isn’t the film for you. As stated before the movie is intensely one minded; only focusing on the REALLY ridiculous aspects of religion and poking humor at the people who follow it. This film clearly has to, clearly, be watched with a grain of salt. Anyone willing to take Mahr’s answers as simple fact is deeply misguided and apparently inattentive considering that Mahr’s take on the film is that he does not have the answers and he preaches the word of “I don’t know”. However if you’re a person who sees the use of religion to justify silly and terrible actions then this is a great film to watch to know that you’re not alone in a country seemingly filled with “bible thumpers”. Some of the images in the film will be a bit jarring; but, they are not doctored it is merely a mirror image of the world that we currently live in. The film should push the viewer into a different train of thought hopefully allowing for them to make their own choice about faith and religion or at very least incite a lot of good laughs before it’s rather…downbeat ending.

Religulous starts off with Catholicism and ends with Islam, in between finding the time to ridicule Judaism, Christianity,  Mormonism and, surprisingly briefly, Scientology. Mahr’s approach isn’t to go to religious leaders and say “you’re wrong’; but, merely ask them questions and see if they can answer them. Unsurprisingly most of them cannot answer a question with simple facts; but, rather with more lore and fantasy. The friendly tone of them film does allow for the subject to be swallowed easier, occasionally the film will smack the viewer in the face with images of suicide bombings or audio tapes of a woman who killed her sons because god ‘told her so’, but overall it’s a film to laugh with; AT religion.

Your first impression of the film will probably be that Mahr is a funny guy. Anyone who isn’t aware that Bill Mahr is one of the funniest political comedians of our time then the first half hour of Religulous will sell that to them with ease. as the movie progresses you realize that this isn’t an atheist screaming against religion because they don’t like it; Mahr’s point is that Religion is dangerous when in the hand of simple minded human beings. And while Mahr doesn’t ever defend religion he seemingly puts the blame more on the people who are in power rather than the teachings themselves.

Mahr brilliantly shows the hypocrisy in religion and it’s leader with funny; but, slightly disturbing interviews with Reverends and U.S. Senators, the latter at one point explaining that ‘there isn’t a I.Q. test to get into the senate’. At this declaration it’s a wonder why people are outraged at who’s running our country and Mahr is light; but, not subtle on President Bush.

Mahr’s interviews are punctuated with him poking fun at some customs; but, mostly with the simple-minded foolishness of people who are blindly holding on to faith because they were told so. From living into fish in Christianity to defending assassinations of people who speak against your religion in Islam; Mahr doesn’t have to say much before the religious folk put their own foot in their mouths. That doesn’t mean there weren’t any god points by the religious in fact analogy seemed to get through to Mahr when “Jesus” (a man playing the role in Florida’s “Holy land Experience”) explains that Jesus, God and the Holy ghost are like water which can retain three forms (Ice, liquid and steam for all of you readers not caught up with science.) Mahr takes a moment to say that the explanation is a good one; the idea is still a corck of shit; but, a good explanation nontheless.

Overall I found myself hoping that Religulous wouldn’t end when it did. It has all the shock and awe humor of Borat with the intellectual humor of Mahr and the urgency of “An Inconvenient Truth”; it would be wise to catch Religulous this week instead of wasting money or “Beverley Hills Chihuahua”, “Quarantine” or “Body of Lies” Those three movies combine don’t even begin to touch the first 15 minutes of Religulous.

Grade: A

Dual Review: The Pretenders: Break Up The Concrete/The Pretenders Live At The Highline Ballroom

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by thenewserials

The Pretenders Deliver that Itch You Can’t Scratch

Artist: The Pretenders

Album: Break Up The Concrete

Company: Shangi-La Music

Website: http://www.ThePretenders.com

“We’ve got a new record out…” Hynde says while taking a quick survey of the packed crowd. “…and you know that means something because I don’t say that much. Frankly I’ve been goofing around lately”

Who knows if Hynde is serious is telling the truth about “goofing around”; but, you wouldn’t be able to tell when you listen to Break Up the Concrete as a whole. The album is, what is being called, ‘back to roots’ rock and roll, and there’s not much to disappoint here. Around six years from their last fully new release (Loose Screw; Artemis Records), excluding a four CD, one DVD box set, Two two CD reissues of older albums and another Two one CD reissues of older albums (quite a busy six years), Break Up the Concrete is everything Loose Screw was not. Loose Screw had a reggae vibe Concrete is rockabilly, Screw was overproduced, Concrete is under-produced, Screw used a lot of prerecorded sounds, Concrete is very straight forward.

Concrete delivers a very different punch than some of the other Pretenders albums. It’s first track and single  “Boots Of Chinese Plastic” opens the Pretenders season with a hard bang and will grab you at the throat;, Much like “Precious” did years ago on the band’s first Album. That doesn’t mean that Concrete is all Power Chords and Distortion, the album has it’s share of Ballads that range from the sarcastically familiar “You Didn’t Have To” to the odd; but, amazing “Almost Perfect” to the dream “Love’s a Mystery”. Anyone afraid of ballads is in for a surprise; the songs are taken with careful recklessness. Most of the songs; feel like their on the brink of going off the uninhibited edge; but, manage to keep their beautiful sounds while delivering a rock edge.

Concrete sees Hynde working with a relatively new bunch of faces. The most notable of them James Walbourne who replaces long time member and fan favorite Adam Seymour, also joining are Eric Heywood on Pedal Steel, the legendary Jim Keltner steps in for original drummer Martin Chambers and Nick Wilkinson (who has been touring with the band for a couple of years) gets his first album recording with the band. The new blood seems to have a good effect on Hynde; the new music is certainly is different from previous works (most so “Almost Perfect) and the band hits the new pavement hard and don’t relent. There are some things there that remind me of the “old” Pretenders music; “Don’t Lose Faith In Me” is a wonderful blend of 1999 Viva El Amor‘s “One More Time” and the rare masterpiece: “Happy Christmas”; and the delightfully over achieving “The Nothing Maker” is a watered down Version of Viva’s “Biker”. That being said Concrete is a fun album that deserves a few listens. Admittedly it doesn’t feel “right” at first; but, after time the genius in the songs begins to radiate.

That’s not to say there aren’t some parts of the album that don’t seem to hit the mark. “The Nothing Maker” is essentially a song about high moral codes which doesn’t inspire to be of high value. Lyrically Hynde “does nothing” here; and her usual masterful weaving of social problems and the effect on the, more than human soul seems to be missing here, replaced is a highly repetitious drawl. Hynde coos: “He makes nothing, he’s the Nothing Maker, he’s the maker of nothing, he’s the nothing Maker” and once you hear the chorus of the song you’ve got the jist of the song. The guy does nothing…over and over and over. There’s also a few song that seem like they dissipate as soon as you stop hearing it. “You Didn’t Have To”, “The Last Ride” and the beautifully written; but, somehow missed “One Thing Never Changed” fade in comparison to the other songs. They’re not bad; but, something about them doesn’t resonate after a listen.

All in all Concrete isn’t the best work by the band; but, that’s not an insult considering what they’ve achieved in twenty-eight years. The album is a great listen and it’s essential; the Pretenders are back and there’s no doubt that they’re going to continue rocking and showing that they truly one of the most enduring and skilled bands in history.

Grade: A-

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Venue: The Highline Ballroom

Artist: The Pretenders

Date: 10.7.08

Despite what you may have heard on the line; The Pretenders haven’t taken that long of a break from touring. Just over a year ago they toured to promote their wonderful Box Set Pirate Radio; doing a lot of the old rarer songs and giving flare to some of the more known songs. Since then the Band has put out a new album; dropped a member, replaced him and added a new instrument to their line-up: A Pedal Steel. Even the most hardened Pretenders fan felt a good deal of uncertainty in what to expect at the Highline Ballroom last night; their performance on the David Letterman show the night before and the Today Show earlier that morning was proof that they “ain’t dead yet”; but, was it proof that they still were a solid band?

Quickly let’s give thanks to the Staff at the Highline last night; they were gracious and extremely friendly; they made the night all the more enjoyable. Let’s also give thanks to RPX 101.9 for throwing the show and having some very friendly staff who provided us with T-shirts and an abundance of smiles. Lastly; but, not least let’s thank Mayor Bloomberg,  and the Parks Department of NYC for using part of the money raised in ticket sales and other things to plant trees all around the city.

Now for the show.

The band was uncharacteristically late; the show starts at 9 they were out at around 9:15-9:30. Not bad at all considering how long some other bands have fans wait. They came out in fine form looking good and smiling and quickly went into their first song: “Chinese Boots Of Plastic”. Instantly they sold the show. With that one song anyone who was wondering if they could still do it knew that they could…and did. The band is slightly different from their album credits; James Walbourne, Chrissie Hynde and Nick Wilkinson return on stage while original Drummer Martin Chambers re-joins the band on stage and a new Steel Pedalist joins the band (adding, no less, more manic and extreme edginess to most of the songs).

The band shot through the first song bursting out: “Every dog that lives it’s life on the chain, knows what it’s like waiting for nothing…and by the way you look fantastic in your boots of Chinese plastic” at the end of the song and sending the crowd into an uproar. The dog on the chain analogy is a good way to describe how the band felt last night. As if they were just about to snap of the chain and rip us to shreds. They rocked and they rocked hard.

Without pause they went into another song on the album: “Don’t Cut Your Hair” a quirky song that has Hynde showing off her bravado and strut through the lyrics of : “Don’t Cut it, Don’t Chop it, It’s like a bomb if you got it don’t drop it yeah! If you got a man go ahead and flaunt it, any guys lying if he says he doesn’t want it.”

The band proceeded to go into a classic “Talk of Town” nicely assimilated with the pedal steel. Today it still has that dreamy effect it had on many years ago in 1981. Some more classics and new songs followed including “Message of Love”, “Loves a Mystery” and “Back on the Chain Gang”; but, the show really came alive when the band went into a Robert Kidney original: “Rosalee”. Here’s where James Walbourne gives fans their first reason not to worry about his being in the band. Hynde’s outstanding voice tears Rosalee through a series of emotions while Wilkinson, and Chambers, give a rhythm section to die for; but, Walbourne rips a solo that is nothing short of phenomenal and reminiscent of Jeff Beck. The songs groovy stop-and-go feel makes it almost unpredictable and seemingly an adventure on it’s on. The Price of admission to the show was paid in full WITH collateral by the band; by, the end of “Rosalee”. the band rocked through some old Favorites; giving not only a new breath of life to them; but, seemingly doping them up on speed. “Day After Day” is not as I remember it on Pretenders II; it knocked me over and spun me around with that memorable guitar line ; drum progression and the unforgettable lyrics (Way up in the sky, over the city, where you sleep tonight, the lights outside your window blink ‘hotel, hotel, hotel, open the blind and dream in a moonbeam). “Brass in Pocket” came and went with much joy; (Hynde even letting me deliver the “Special” back-up line each time). The first part of the show ended with the title track “Break Up The Concrete” a fun Bo Diddly like song which insist we should “Shake it, break it, earthquake it…Break up the Concrete”.

The band quickly came back out for an encore that was essentially to die for. They delivered “Kid” from the first album, wonderfully; but, everyone who was at the show knows that this next song stole the show. “Thumbelina” from the album Learning to Crawl takes on a whole new idea when it’s played by the new band. James Walbourne DESTROYS the song with a great display skill, talent and reckless abandon. Hynde coos “Hush little baby, go to sleep, look out the window and count the sheep, that dot the hillsides in the fields of wheat, across America, as we cross Amer-RI-Ca. what’s important here today:the broken line on the highway!” while James Walbourne delivers a long, blistering solo that tore down the walls of the Ballroom. Anyone who didn’t feel “Thumbelina” might have the same effect as a nuclear bomb is without a pulse. I can’t stress this enough go see this band if ONLY for this song. That wasn’t the end though; with the Highline still electric and suffering from aftershocks of “Thumbelina” Hynde began to speak: “You know there’s been a sudden re-interest in punk rock…not that we give a fuck” and blasted into “The Wait.”. There aren’t really words to describe what happened during “The Wait”; but, if there’s a truth to the expression “Musical Orgasm” then the droves of people smoking afterwords had good reason.

The Pretenders are back and clearly without flaw. Martin Chambers after the show offered some insight to an actual tour. “Late January…I can’t wait”

And Neither can we.

“Maybe Tomorrow…Maybe Someday”

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2008 by thenewserials

Halloween is almost here and I haven’t begun to construct my costume.

I’m a  little concerned that I won’t be able to get all the parts of the costume in the next three weeks; but, if I’m lucky and frugal enough there shouldn’t be any reason why I don’t.

Since the last time I blogged nothing has really happened; I’ve been spending my days playing my Genesis Emulator on the PSP; enjoying old school games like “Pirates of Dark Water” , “Monopoly” and “Sonic SpinBall”. The old games still back that same punch and can even hang with some of the games of the present day.

Movie and T.V. news is the same. Quantum of Solace and 24 are still coming out…yay!

Break Up The Concrete is coming out Tuesday along with the show at the Highline Ballroom. It’s almost here and I am more than almost ready. I have yet to hear the last two songs on the album (“Break Up the Concrete” and “One Thing Never Changed”) but; I’m tempted to do a mini review of the album. I won’t, there are other things I can talk about.

Yesterday I visited my grandmother in Queens. A spur of the moment “Daycation” with my mother. It was very nice; the last time I had seen her was Christmas of 07′ and its always a pleasure to be in her company. It’s bitter sweet when you love someone like a grandparent, because you’re watching them get old. Yesterday she repeated herself a lot, her memory isn’t great and she now walks with a cane. But at Seventy-something what do you expect right? That being said she still has her wit. While my mother and I were watching T.V. something brushed against our feet (a hair from Max, my grandmother’s very overweight Welsh Corgi) and we both looked down to inquire. She asked us what was wrong and we said “nothing” to which she responded.

“oh ok…let me know if I have to run”

That single line made me smile the rest of the day; it’s moments like that that remind me I’m a lucky guy. I don’t have a lot; but, what I do have is top notch.

It was good to take this “daycation” with my mother; we barely ever go out together anymore and sometimes it’s just good to get away…even if it is just to Queens. I was little upset Engels didn’t come. He couldn’t because he had to work; but, I don’t know as much as he annoys me and bores me sometimes I never seem to want to do anything without him.

Before my mother and I left for Queens we were coming down the stairs in our building and she, quite vocally, sung: “Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe someday. You’ve Changed…” That’s probably the extent of what she knows; but, it was funny to hear my mother sing a Pretender’s song, unprompted. Sometimes I wonder if she can really process what the Pretenders are to me…

That brings me to “Talk of the Town”…If you haven’t heard it..do so now.

There’s a few things I wanted to bounce off the internet before my next post; which will probably be all about the concert and what not.

#1: The Presidential debate: Wasn’t it interesting? Both candidates performed well and at some points even seemed human, McCain called out Obama on some of his policies, and Obama called out McCain on his telling half of the story about Obama’s policies. I think if we had to pick a ‘winner’ It would have to be…

Obama.

I mean the guy was so on-point, more than what anyone really thought he would be. This was to supposed to McCain’s bag; but, Obama proved he’s not a push over. Now…for the Vice Presidential debates.  To quote Matt Damon (probably the last time I do this) “She’s like a bad Disney Movie”

#2:
http://tv.ign.com/articles/915/915079p1.html
http://www.aintitcoolnews.com/node/38563

Now for everyone who knows me, knows that I can’t stand stupidity and gimmicks. This is the whole reason why I don’t watch foolishness like “SmallVille”; but, no matter how hard I try to get away it finds me. There’s really no other way to explain why they would make a show about a Pre-Robin Dick Greyson aside from…desperateness. CW has been struggling to stay afloat in ratings long before it’s switch to the new name. To show a Gotham and not show Batman is like to read the bible and not mention Jesus. It’s pretentious and desperate.

#3: Here in NYC Mayor Micheal Bloomberg (whom I’m fond of) is apparently going to try to run for a third time. He cites the economic disaster as his reason; but, I’m sure he considered this before the crisis. I like the guy. Giuliani came in here and made the city look nice; but, Bloomberg came in here and actually made the city a nice play to live and visit. The guy is to the point and will not apologize for doing the right thing. I think he’s about as honest as a politician can get and he seems to know whats best. The man is planning for the future of New York well after he’s gone. This is not to say that he’s perfect; I draw major issues with his handling of the schools. It’s essentially help the ones that are doing well and let the rotting ones die. While schools are there to educate kids they are severely undermining the staff and the good people who help the kids. The kids in high school are not all smiles and hallmark cards; some of these kids are horrible; filthy, rude monsters and it takes a real dedicated person to put up with them. But nothings perfect…is it?

Until next time…