Monday, August 14, 2006

COMICS: A Female's Unhappy Experience in Comicbookdom

I found this blog on MySpace.com. I felt the writer made some valid points, although I wouldn't have put them as harshly as she had. But then again I don't have smelly women pressing up on me at conventions, so it's easier for me to judge less harshly.

But as I said, she has some valid points.

Self professed geek.....

I will be the first to admit that I love comic books. I own hundreds of them and I own rare stuff. I love animation, science fiction, horror. What chills me to the very core is the classification you are lumped into once you have admitted this fact. What separates me from the fat, masturbating freaks that refuse to shower?

There is yet another convention coming up, and I feel I need to vent on what has been my experience many times before. On walking in and getting in line, you can see a vast expanse of the lowest form of humanity. I associate comics with intelligence, the writers (very old stuff) way ahead of their time, and most readers seem to have a very good vocabulary which I assume is from seeing the words on print. But who are these other ones? Where do they hibernate all these months before stuffing themselves into a Star Wars costume and venturing out into the world? And why on earth do they refuse to bathe?

I am usually very sore after one of these events. I know it is from being pushed out of the way by these obsessive idiots who believe that their very life depends on the purchase of issue #1 of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Then there are those who stare..and stare..and stare "is that a real girl?". I have never seen such crude attempts at "brushing up against me" by "accident". I always have to change my shirt when I leave because it actually SMELLS of the body odor of others! This time I am bringing another shirt and taking it right off in the truck.

I used to wonder why all the costumes. This is the first time I have actually read the postcard I receive in the mail that says there is a costume contest. But still "Rainbow Bright?" And I have seen some storm troopers that really need to lay off the donuts.

I wonder why they stare so much. Maybe it is because I have an odd face and dots for eyes, or my comical boobs, or the fact that I am really short, maybe they think I am some sort of faerie.

None of this is enough to make me stop going, and spending. And I know there will be no Obergiest..there never is and I always look. I will buy the usual overpriced Weird War Tales, Mens' Adventure, and wrestling mags. And smell like moth balls and geek all the way home. Hey, maybe this time someone really hot will bump into me. I guess I can always hold on to hope.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

MUSIC: Tracklist to some mixed cd's

These are some mixed cd’s I made in the early 00's before I had a cd player that plays mp3’s. I listen to them from time to time, so you might see them on the side bars, so I thought I’d list the tracks here.

Speak to Me/Breathe (in the Air) – The Easy Star All-Stars featuring Sluggy Ranks
Open Mind – Jean-Luc Ponty
Opportunity – Bobby McFerrin
(You Gotta Walk and) Don’t Look Back – Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger
Feel Like Making Love – Hayseed Dixie
I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
Now or Never – Sankomota
I Just Can’t Wait to Be King – Jason Weaver
Earth to Grandma – Ass Ponys
Hey You – Luther Wright and the Wrongs
Ma-Ma-Ma Belle – Electric Light Orchestra
Good-Hearted Woman – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
I Hope You Die – The Bloodhound Gang
Goolie Get-Together – Toadies
Last Time – Ike Reilly
Everytime You Touch Me – Moby
Science Fiction/Double Feature – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Pray for the Girls – Frank Black
Dead Man Walking – David Bowie, Gail Ann Dorsey, Mike Garson, Reeves Gabrels and Zachary Alford
Les Chants Magnetiques (Magnetic Fields), Pt. 2 – Jean-Michel Jarre

Victory – Ronan Hardiman
EMI – The Sex Pistols
Bare Necessities – from The Jungle Book
Be Like You – Louis Prima from The Jungle Book
Begin the Beguine – Mario Lanza
Just One Carnetto – Pookiesnackenburger
Muppet Show Theme
Drift Away – Eric Donaldson
They Live in You – The Broadway Lion King cast
He Lives in Yon – The Broadway Lion King cast
Heaven’s on Fire – Hayseed Dixie
Bring the Boys Back Home – Luther Wright and the Wrongs
The World is Something New to Me – Devo and guests
Bring It on Down – Jesus Jones
The Phantom of the Opera (techno version) - ?
The Phantom of the Opera Song – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
The Flintstones Theme – The B-52’s
Sex and Violence – The Exploited
Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Vandals
Never Understand – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Hey Ya! - Andre 3000
Little Less Conversation – Elvis vs. JXL
Zoolook (Extended Mix) – Jean-Michel Jarre

Planet Krypton/Prelude and Main Title (from Superman) – The London Symphony Orchestra
The Stampede – The Broadway Lion King Ensemble
Grasslands Chant - The Broadway Lion King Ensemble
Under the Sea – Samuel E Wright from The Little Mermaid
The Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 – Luther Wright and the Wrongs
Heaven’s on Fire – Hayseed Dixie
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
Your Song – Ewan McGregor and Alessandro Safina
Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
Radioaktivitat (Dance Remix) – Kraftwerk
Divine Hammer – The Breeders
No Feelings – The Sex Pistols
Witchdoctor – Devo
What’s Up (4 Non Blondes Remix) – D.J. Miko
Mpundulu (Gruff Mix) – Brenda Fassie
Fortunate Son – Creedance Clearwater Revival
Interplanetary Janet – Man or Astro-Man?
My Little Underground – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Breakout – The Foo Fighters
The Ecstacy of Gold – Ennio Morricone

Hunting - Deep Forest
Visage - Visage
Flaming Desire – Bill Nelson
One by One – The Broadway Lion King cast
The Lioness Hunt – The Broadway Lion King cast
Fair and Tender Ladies – Rosanne Cash
Lightning – Philip Glass
The Leaving of Liverpool – Gaelic Storm
Last Nite – The Strokes
Queen of Venus – New Duncan Imperials
White City – The Pogues
No One Else – Weezer
Kindling – Boom Hank
Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly
Cotton Fields – The Pogues
No Tears – Tuxedo Moon
Mach 5 – The Presidents of the United States of America
Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
Revolution in the Classroom – The Sex Pistols
Love Song – The Damned
Pressure Drop – The Clash
Throne Room (End Titles) (from Star Wars) – The London Symphony Orchestra

Rubric – The Philip Glass Ensemble
Fade to Grey – Visage
No-One Driving – John Foxx
Seconds – The Human League
The Cuckoo Bird – Deana Carler
If I Ever Leave This World Behind – Flogging Molly
Courtin’ in the Kitchen – Gaelic Storm
History – Javelin Boot
Reptilia – The Strokes
The Good Life – Weezer
A Sermon – The Police
Add It Up – The Violent Femmes
Radio Free Europe – R.E.M.
One Way or Another – Blondie
Bring It on Down – Jesus Jones
Kick Out the Jams – The President of the United States of America
Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now) – Cracker
Safe European Home – The Clash
Spider-Man – The Ramones
Devadasi (Mantra Mix) – Makyo

Smash It Up, Pt.1 – The Damned
Smash It Up, Pt. 2 – The Damned
Rockaria - Electric Light Orchestra
Be True to Your School – The Beach Boys
I Get a Kick Out of You – Frank Sinatra
This Old Man – Bob Dylan
Disorder – Dave Wren
Box Set – Bare Naked Ladies
Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
Jamaican (Englishman) in New York – Shinehead
The Dalai Lama Loves You – Kissing the Pink
I Know What I Know – Paul Simon
Good Life – Cracker
Shaking Through – R.E.M.
The American – Simple Minds
Burning Car – John Foxx
Kiss Off – The Violent Femmes
Not Time This Time – The Police
Die Monster Die – The Misfits
Mona Lisa Overdrive – Head Candy
Can’t Stay Long – Ultravox
Song from Asian Travels – Part 2, but I don’t remember its name

MUSIC: Tracklist to some mixed tapes

My car has a tape deck, so I'’ve been listening to my old cassettes including the mixed cd'’s I made in my college days, my days in Africa and my days after I returned home before I could afford something to burn cd'’s on. Therefore, they'll be listed on the side bar as a tape I'm listening to, so I thought I'd let you known what's on them. I'll put them on the blog as I listen to them.

-– A mixed tape made in 1985 of mostly alternative stuff from the collections of my younger brother, my musician friend and myself.

Side One
Planet Earth (dance version) – Duran Duran
I Travel – Simple Minds
“Antmusic” – Adam and the Ants
King’s Lead Hat – Brian Eno
Images of Heaven – Peter Godwin
Endlessly – John Foxx
Young Savage – Ultravox!
Around the Dial – The Kinks
Atom Age – XTC
Lip Service – Elvis Costello
Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll – Ian Dury and friends

Side Two
Sharkey’s Day – Laurie Anderson
Waiting for the Man – Orchestral Maneuvres in the Dark
Target for Life – Our Daughter’s Wedding
Kebab Traume (played at 45 rpm instead of 33) – Deutsche Americanisch Fruendshaft (spelling?)
Jukebox Baby – Alan Vega
New York City – T. Rex
Take Care of Me – Iggy Pop
Glad to be Gay – Tom Robinson
Nice and Neat – Boomtown Rats
Homicide – 999
All of This and Nothing – The Psychedelic Furs
Sharkey’s Night – Laurie Anderson

ASSORTMENT III – A mixed tape made in 1986 mostly from records in my collection and from the library in the town of my college.

Side One
I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight – Richard Harris
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails – Fred Astaire
(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care – Elvis Presley
Flip, Flop and Fly – Jools Holland
If Sugar was Sweet as You – Rockpile
Deadman’s Curve – Jan & Dean
Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? – The Waitresses
Good Morning Starshine/The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In) – Broadway cast of Hair
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Touch Me – The Doors
September Song – Lou Reed
Bang a Gong – T. Rex
Train in Vain – The Clash

Side Two
Let Me Out – The Knack
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Cannon Song – Fowler Brothers w/Stan Ridgway
Get Me to the Church on Time – Alfred P Doolittle
Speed of Life – David Bowie
Be My Wife – David Bowie
A New Career in a New Town – David Bowie
They Don’t Want Me – Wall of Voodoo
So Lonely – The Police
Maybe Baby – The Cars
He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
Mull of Kintyre – Paul McCartney and Wings

ASSORTMENT XII – A mixed tape of mostly alternative music made in the mid-1990’s from my kid brother’s cd’s, tapes, vinyl records and even 8-tracks.

Side One
Main Titles (from Star Wars) – John Williams and The London Symphonic Orchestra
Walk in Cold – Naked Raygun
Wonder Beer – Naked Raygun
Beach Party Viet Nam – The Dead Milkmen
The Laundromat Song – The Dead Milkmen
Ziggy Stardust (acoustic demo version) – David Bowie
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) – David Bowie
Loretta – Exit
The Song (We Go) – Ultravox
Dancing with Tears in My Eyes – Ultravox
I Don’t Remember – Peter Gabriel
Biko – Peter Gabriel

Side Two
Gimme Your Money Please – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Roll On Down the Highway – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Closer to the Stars – Soul Asylum
Cartoon – Soul Asylum
Beggars and Choosers – Soul Asylum
Girl U Want – Devo
Gates of Steel – Devo
Burning Love – Elvis Presley
Like a Virgin – Madonna
Like a Virgin – Lords of the New Church
Never Understood – Jesus and Mary Chain
Subway – Jesus and Mary Chain
Kicks – Naz Nomad and The Nightmare (The Damned)
Ignite – The Damned

ASSORTMENT XIII – A mixed tape made in the mid to late 90’s of cd’s from the library.

Side One
Honey – Moby
South Side – Moby
Box Full of Letters – Wilco
Jacob and Sons – Laurie Beechman and cast of Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph’s Coat - cast of Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat
One More Angel – Steve McNaughton and cast of Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat
Intoxication – Sir Douglas Quintet
Rocks – Primal Scream
Sister – Juliana Hatfield Three
This is the Sound – Juliana Hatfield Three
Moneytree – MxPx
Laughing in the Face – Hindu Rodeo
Kutambarara (“Spreading”) – Kronos Quartet with Dumasani Maraire

Side Two
Mai Nozipo (“Mother Nozipo”) – The Kronos Quartet with Dumisani Maraire
Wawshishijay (“Waterwheel”) – The Kronos Quartet with Obo Addy
Hang on to Your Ego – Frank Black
Sitting Still – R.E.M.
Shaking Still – R.E.M.
The Pretty Things are Going to Hell – David Bowie
Breakfast – The Foo Fighters
Evening at Lafitte’s – Squirrel Nut Zippers
Say “Ten” – Reel Big Fish
All I Want is More – Reel Big Fish
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah – from Song of the South
When You Wish Upon a Star – from Pinocchio
Deep Karma Canyon – Bob Mould

ASSORTMENT XIV – A mixed tape made in the mid 90’s of cd’s from my older brother and the library.

Side One
Ethnicolor (excerpt of the beginning) – Jean-Michel Jarre
Zoolookogie – Jean-Michel Jarre
Rosetta – The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Diamonds, Gold and Fur – The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Flaming Desire – Bill Nelson
I’m Not the Man I Used to Be – Fine Young Cannibals
Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals
Evangeline – Matthew Sweet
Tubular Bells (Part One) (excerpt of guitar in the middle) – Mike Oldfield
The Wanderer – U2 featuring Johnny Cash
Yellow Pearl – Phillip Lynott with Midge Ure

Side Two
Zoolook – Jean-Michel Jarre
Talk Talk – Talk Talk
Dead End Job – The Police
A Sermon – The Police
I Want to Be a Boss – Stan Ridgway
Mouthful of Sand/Roadblock – Stan Ridgway
Coming Down Fast – Daniel Ash
Temptation – New Order
Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order

ASSORTMENT XVI – A mixed tape made in the mid 90’s of cd’s, tapes and vinyl records of a buddy of mine from my childhood including stuff he inherited from his sister.

Side One
She-Bop – Cindy Lauper
Move This – Technotronic
Turned to Stone – Electric Light Orchestra
How Soon is Now – The Smiths
Jungle Love – The Steve Miller Band
Holiday in Cambodia – The Dead Kennedys
I Want to be Sedated – The Ramones
Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones
Do You Wanna Dance? – The Ramones
Wait for the Blackout – The Damned
Are You Experienced? – Devo
Love Removal Machine – The Cult

Side Two
Pressure Drop – The Clash
C’mon Every Beatbox – Big Audio Dynamite
Roam – The B-52’s
All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
Why? – Tracy Chapman
Never Never – Scruffy the Cat
Tiny Days – Scruffy the Cat
Calling All Nations – INXS
Angel Eyes – Roxy Music
More Than This – Roxy Music
House of Cards – Adrian Belew
Timing X/Space Junk - Devo

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This is a fairly good sampling of some of the music I listen to. It's missing a few genres I like - such as cajun. I'll work on that later. But it does contain most of my favorite artists. I tried to steer away from the better known songs to give you a better idea of what kind of music the artists play, but I was limited by the songs the website - Project Playlist - had available. But if you want to get an idea of what I listen to, just hit the play or arrow button. - OlderMusicGeek

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