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30 Day Song Challenge: Day 2 Your Least Favorite Song

Posted in Uncategorized on June 3, 2011 by ejrussell

Remember in Day 1 how I described how Weezer’s Buddy Holly filled me with energy and excitement? How every time the song was played I simply had to dance and/or sing along? Well today’s song does the exact opposite. It fills me with an intense violent unstoppable rage that makes me want to punch somebody in the face. The song you ask? “How Bizarre” by OMC.

OMC was something of a national success back in their native New Zealand and “How Bizarre” ended up becoming one of the most popular songs in that country. Wikipedia has more here if you’re at all interested. All I know is that there are ear worms and then there are parasites that make you want to do violence on the makers of such an abomination. Yes this is one of those parasites. For the life of me how can anyone like this song? On purpose? The lyrics make no sense, the singer’s voice annoys me and it quite possibly has the most mind numbing chorus in any pop song ever. I don’t understand how this ever made it as an international success? Is New Zealand really that bad at making pop music? Well no, there’s always A Crowded House. However I’m going to be completely honest and say that only three good things have ever come out of New Zealand: Kiwis (the cute little bird, not the fruit that actually comes from China. Seriously!) Maori Hakas and Peter Jackson.

30 Day Song Challenge Day 1: Your Favorite Song

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2011 by ejrussell

So in an effort to keep this blog alive I’m going to do the 30 Day Song Challenge right here on my blog. I hope that I can keep up and make something special out of this rather than just having it be me saying something like “Hey this song is neat!”. My goal here is to explain what each song means to me through fun little anecdotes and how big a hit the song was etc. So without further ado my favorite song:

Buddy Holly by Weezer

This song made its debut on Weezer’s 1994 self titled debut album, which would later become known as the “Blue Album”. According to Wikipedia the track peaked at number 2 on the Modern Rock chart and at number 17 on the Top 40 chart. Learn more here.

So why exactly is this my favorite song? Well I love dancing to it, it’s by my favorite rock band, and most importantly it’s perfect for some old-fashioned car karaoke. Seriously I just love belting out the words every time this song is played. When I was in high school, my sister and I would blast the radio in her crappy Ford Escort every time this, or other scream worthy songs, played on the radio. The result was a blown out passenger door speaker. Seriously I only have fond memories of this song growing up, with the exception of one church dance. About ten years ago this song made its way into the rotation at the aforementioned dance and when those first chords and Rivers Cuomo’s unmistakable voice emerged from the sound system the entire dance floor erupted with energy and excitement! Only then for the DJ to stop the song mid first verse, claiming that the song had a “bad vibe” to it. I guess the word “violent” made him uneasy. The thing that made it all the more hilarious was that the next song he did decide to play was some trashy pop song about “getting it on” and “making love”. Go figure.

I Dare You to Move…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 1, 2011 by ejrussell

This is coming together a little later than I had anticipated but I’m excited to be writing again. I’m now officially 27. To be honest I never thought I’d make it this far, and in some small way I really haven’t. I’m independent and an adult, but I haven’t really accomplished all that much since becoming an adult. I have several lofty goals this year, chief among them is to get working again. In good times this wouldn’t be so hard, however these aren’t good times. Far from it. So this is going to be a hard obstacle to overcome, however I’m confident that things are going to turn out for the best. In addition to all that I’m going to dust off my book again, because honestly it’s going to be a good exercise to write better stories.

The next goal is dating. I really hate it. It’s like the job interview from hell, only this time the boss is going to be around for an eternity. No pressure. However this time around I’m far more mature to really handle a relationship, and I’m also more confident a human being than I was even two years ago. I was always weird around girls and too self conscious to even speak to one normally. I still have that problem from time to time but now it’s toward girls I have no real interest in. That last sentence may seem kind of cold, but it’s the honest truth. If I feel I have no connection with a young woman then really what’s the point? Now to be fair, I’m always polite and will always lend an ear to those who need it, but I’m not going to fall all over myself to get to know someone I have no real desire to get to know. Having said that I am genuinely interested in getting to know as many girls as I can so I can choose wisely, y’know for the sake of eternity and all that.

The last part is going to be my education. The way things are looking now this may be a goal for next year. My debts are much too large to ignore right now to even think about going to school full time. I’d like to go eventually, and I’m excited for the future. It’s going to be hard when I do get there,only because I’m super lousy at school. How you “A” students do it is beyond me. I also have the trouble of setting my heart on just one subject because I love so many different things that it’s hard to decide on just one thing to pick. Maybe I’ll do the impossible and become a dual major. No. Forget that, forget I said any thing.

So that’s just about it, and I hope that all of these things turn out the way they need to. I’m just glad that I have so many friends and family who have been so supportive over the years. I’m not all that easy to live with, and It’s amazing that so many have taken frequent rides on my Mood Swings. So far it’s been an amazing journey and I hope that we can all continue to go forth with a firm reliance in Divine Providence and many laughs. To all of you have managed to put up with me over the years, you all are too important to me for words!

I don’t want Jim Halpert as Captain America and neither should you

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2010 by ejrussell

This is from comicbookmovie.com

A source over at schofizzymoviereview.blogspot.com is saying that he has been sitting on the rumor that John Krasinski has the Captain America role all but officially locked in. Meaning John is the Man! No official confirmation but stay tuned for further announcements!

link here http://comicbookmovie.com/fansites/LetsCutTheBS/news/?a=15220 Now don’t get me wrong I like John Krasinski but seriously as Cap? No chance in hell. Of the ones listed in the link I think I like Garret Hedlund the best. Mostly cause home boy is gonna be in the new Tron movie. Anyway those are my thoughts I’ll try and keep y’all posted.

For 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2010 by ejrussell

The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends….Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.
Anton Ego—Ratatouille

I think it’s fair to say that more often than not we, as human beings never give ourselves enough credit for our talents. Many times we sell ourselves short and as (what I would consider) a tragic result, we fall into mediocrity; worse yet, we do not care. We pat ourselves on the back, tell ourselves that “It’s better this way”, and move on to other things we may not have any talent for. Why? Job security and reality, are often the results that sum up our feelings in this regard. “It’s not failure,” we say to ourselves and one another, “If we never even try”. We will often delude ourselves into thinking that we never had any special skill or talent to begin with, and that we are on “A Fool’s Errand” if we even show any remote interest in pursuing our goals. It does not help us any when we, as spectators, cultivate this kind of thinking in our society and to our peers. We tell our friends that they would not be successful any how. Why? Because the odds are against you to begin with.

An even worse crime, is that we encourage those who have no talent in a particular field more than those who do! Why on earth would we do such a thing? The answer is fairly simple, but not easy to take. It usually falls into two types of situations: The first one being that we assume that because one enjoys doing a certain activity, that that individual is good at it. The second is similar to the first, but more on that later. The problem with encouraging an individual who doesn’t have any talent for a particular skill but enjoys it anyway, causes that person to believe that they can do no wrong. They will write bland stories, sing out of tune, draw scribbles on lined paper and we as a society proceed to pat them on the head and give an “A” for “effort”. Excuse me? “Effort”? Anyone can screech at the top of their lungs, but real effort comes from years of dedication to the craft. Effort is trying and failing until that failure is a success. Effort is when you take the time to point out your flaws and improve upon them. Before I leave this subject to move on to the second point, I have one final thing to say on this subject. If you happen to have a natural talent or affinity for a certain skill, don’t assume that you can skate in to that particular field without any training or practice. If you recognize that you have an aptitude for something, pursue it and develop that skill and the stronger you will become, much like exercising a muscle.

The second reason why we favor the talentless over the talented is because one is talented. That may seem like an odd conclusion, however this is becoming more prevalent in our society. Our desire as a society that everyone be happy and successful, hampers our judgement to the point where we think that no one needs to have any talent or hard work to be successful. We can’t allow ourselves to think that one might be better than we are; and so in the sake of “fairness” we proceed to tear these people down. We do this not through criticism however, but through propping up the talentless. Mozart was believed to have said of Beethoven that “The world will be forced to listen to him”. Imagine if a statement like that were made today? The outcry would be huge! How could Mozart single out just one individual?! How dare he say that one musician would be more talented than any others! One thing that bothers me about the TV show “American Idol” is when host Ryan Seacrest, encourages the audience to “Vote for your favorite”. The problem with that idea is that it kills objectivity. No one is ever encouraged to vote for the best singer. Now one could argue that “the best” may be subjective and not objective. Normally I would concede this point, however one is not selecting the best singer in the world; rather they are just picking the best out of twelve. When you narrow down the number, it makes finding exceptional individuals that much better. In the case of Mozart, he must have heard thousands of musicians and composers; the man would know talent when he heard it. Any kind of positive statement he would have made, in regards to certain individuals would not have been frivolous. We need to stop this practice for the sake of our own prosperity and even our own posterity.

We are doing ourselves a grave disservice by participating in the destruction of individual self-worth and self achievement. One hundred years ago men like Andrew Mellon, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers, were considered national heroes and great thinkers. The nation looked up to these men as symbols of pride and shining examples of the American dream. People didn’t vilify these men, they idolized them! If there were any dissenting voices, they were considered envious and soundly ignored. Today most people would think of these men as greedy, corrupt business men who have no right in trying to protect their businesses and patents. This is dangerous thinking. We can’t keep telling ourselves something is “unfair” because someone worked hard for their status, that is unfair. So to conclude this essay, I would just like to remind everyone, we’re not always going to succeed. We won’t all be multi-millionaires but we are talented in our own ways. This doesn’t mean that we’re the same, it means we our gloriously different. You may be better at management and leadership than myself or others. You could be better at teaching than performing. What ever your talent, be the best that you can be at it. Be an example in what you do, follow through on your goals and maybe, just maybe you will be that talent that came from anywhere.

Cap n’ Trade

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2009 by ejrussell

In this day and age of insta-celebrity, and do nothing and be famous for it world, we often forget that it takes talent and skill to get where we are. American Idol shells out the “Next Big Thing” annually, while the public forgets what the other big thing was the year previous. In the world of big budget superhero movies, fan-boys can get overly crazy at the prospect of an “unknown” talent being the “Next Big Thing”.

Way back when in 2004, Bryan Singer was hard at work in the pre-production stage of Superman Returns, and fans were going nuts as to who would don the Red Cape. During this time a “fan made” trailer was released featuring two body builders as Superman and Batman respectively, and well the fan boys went nuts. Since Batman Begins was already underway, fans loved the idea of Michael O’Hearn (Superman) playing Superman in the upcoming epic. Just one tiny problem: the guy is a stick in the mud.

What you’ve just witnessed is a “fan film”. These little enterprises are exercises of hardcore fan fulfillment in regards to an ultra-faithful adaptation of comic books. While literal translation of the text sounds good in theory, the problem you run into is believibility. Superman as big lumbering doofus Clark Kent seems too far fetched, which is why the Hulk blockbusters favored CGI over a body builder in green paint. Regardless the hardcore fans rallied around O’Hearn, and nearly got their wish when he stated that he was granted an audition for Superman Returns.
Lucky for us it never happened.

While as dopey as this incident may have been, at least Michael O’Hearn made an effort to be an actor. According to imdb.com he has two direct-to-video action adventures and has made an appearance on Days of Our Lives. Now Mr. O’Hearn plays Titan on NBC’s revival of American Gladiators. However with this mediocre list of accomplishments O’Hearn makes this other subject look like a wannabe high school drama club nerd. In fact he just might be exactly that.

Our next individual is a young man with a speacial message of love, and hope. This man made a video for his long lost love, and somehow or another has a fanbase of crazies who think that this guy has already been cast as Captain America without a solid script or preproduction. His name is Ben Ryan, and this is his story: It sarts in the summer of last year, when Ben Ryan posted a preview of what his speacial video was going to be. At the same time fans (such as myself) were ecstatic over the two new Marvel movies, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk, because of the fan-heavy goodies they gave out. One goodie was a quick shot of Captain America’s Sheild in Iron Man, and rumors swirled that Cap was invovled in Hulk, after his name appears in text in the two minute opening of that film. Then a crazy fan found this:

After this video found it’s way to the fan-boy masses it was on like Donkey Kong. Rumors ran rampant, ranging from the not likely: This video was a leak, and is in fact early test footage of Captain America. To the moronic: This video was leaked however it’s a CGI character since Marvel can’t cast anyone who looks like Captain America. Turns out neither of these scenarios was correct (shocker), but that didn’t stop the nuttiest of the fan-boy bunch. A blogger on imdb.com made a claim that she, the blogger, saw Ben Ryan at some acting covention in New York and now this guy is some real legit actor. Here is a link to the Marvel.com message boards that chronicle the insanity http://marvel.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=134803&highlight. Disturbing to say the least. As I conclude my first blog to you my adoring public, I will be providing another link to Ben Ryan’s masterpiece here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iIYRZWBd9Y&feature=related let’s see if you guys think Mr. Ryan is a master thespian.

Well all in all I’m for lesser known talents getting a shot at stardom, but you have to have talent. Furthermore if hardcore comic book fans ever had a shot at making these movies, some would reconsider the orginal Captain America movie a masterpiece.