You know those albums that you want to share with the world, but are unsure how people will take your description? This is one of those albums for me.
I consider this the perfect example of what punk can be. I am well aware that this album is not strictly considered punk, more new-wave, but I cannot overstate just how punk this album is!
First of all, there is something beautiful about how repetitive and simple everything is. I’m pretty sure that the entire thing is just in 4/4, and there are no solos from any instruments. Instead, just fantastic groove and a steady beat. On a few of the songs, a traditional chorus change is sequestered for the disappearance of an instrument. It keeps the infectus groove while giving a little more body.
Secondly, the lyrics are both rambly and important. They can be self-serving, but they can also be extrapolated to give way to a grander exploration of society as a whole. That last sentence just explains how you can sing along, or you can sit back and enjoy. I cannot see any greater meaning, or anything offensive and stupid.
Third, and most intriguing, they use a fucking accordion occasionally.
I love this album. I really think that more punks should have it in their playlist, and I think that it needs more recognition. Personal favourite song is “Nature’s Not In It“, but it is also the most mainstream. The song “Damaged Goods” is by far the one I would push if you’re looking for the punk influence that I keep trying to spearhead into this blurb.
I am writing this as a Canadian. I am writing this with no immediate impact made to me or my loved ones. These are important things to note, because it stengthens my point.
We got to witness, without bias, the events of that day. We see the reports, we hear what people say, and we keep our mouths closed because “it’s not our place.”
I have been hearing many different sources say that it’s deplorable to compare the events that day to Pearl Harbour. I disagree, simply because Pearl Harbour was an act of war made by a foreign force, this was your own people.
I have heard that this was a “Peaceful Protest” and how the violence was exaggerated to benefit those on the left. To that, I simply point to the dead who were killed by the surges of people.
Now, my only sources are outlets that are biased heavily let. I have tried to watch more conservative pieces, but the objective lies that are told frustrate me to no end. I admit that, because of this, my opinion is skewed heavily towards the left, or more centre left. However, parts of my opinion are based on observation alone.
I am not going to pass judgment or give “solutions”. I’m not even sure if you can find a solution for that kind of event.
I’m going to post a link to a video by Neil deGrass Tyson upfront just so I don’t forget later. I’m going to be paraphrasing parts of this to bolster my point, but he really does verbalize my points better than I ever could. Do yourself a favour, go check the video out. Also, I watched a bit of his back catalogue and I feel like a moron now. Do so at your own risk.
In the video linked above, Neil talks about how we defined intelligence, so we dictate what it looks like. It got me wondering if we were right in doing so. I realize that the questioning of that brings up only more questions, but I just wonder what we discount to keep ourselves on the high end of the scale that we manufactured.
We say intelligence is defined, in part by, our ability to converse and illustrate ideas. The issue with using that as a barometer is that we have, as a species, defined what conversation and a sharing of ideas even looks like. To say something is not intelligent negates every possible “advantage” that we have never even considered.
I could get into the idea of a soul, general consciousness, and things of that elk. Fortunately (unfortunately?) I don’t even pretend to have answers to those. Religion used to exclusively have perceived answers, and people now pretend that they have grander explanations. Luckily for you, I don’t even pretend too have answers. I don’t even have an idea how to go about answering the question of intelligence and how it could be defined anyway that has not been prescribed by humans.
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were fantastic, and you had a great night!
I have an unpopular take: 2022 is going to be the same train wreck that we have been living through for the last 24 months.
I’m sorry to say that: I hate thinking like that, but unless we see a radical change in everyone, we’re doomed to deal with the same hell that has been going for far too long.
Call me a cynic, but I really don’t see that change happening. I fully admit that I watch too much left-wing news. Don’t get me wrong: I see the importance of understanding both sides. However, the left seems to evaluate the right in far greater detail, and with an actual examination of the content. The right seems to fixate on phrases, concepts that don’t exist, and unfair exaggeration of those concepts. My point being that I would watch more right-wing things if I found a source that didn’t make me angry.
Anyway, back to why I am cynical.
Climate change is real. Racial discrimination is real. Gender discrimination is real. LBGQ+ rights are in jeopardy. Until EACH of these things are, not just addressed, fixed: we’re still in a literal tinder box sitting next to a fire.
I don’t know how to fix it. I have been so isolated in my domain for so long. I have lost contact with people in political positions, I no longer have a physical group to preach to, and I feel like I am screaming into a void.
So, your task this year is to prove me wrong. Let’s see this year kick major ass and be everything that we hopped it would be. Do something to better your life immediately, and we’ll see how it snowballs.
…saying that I *WILL* achieve something by an end to the year.
I have been writing a new book since May. It’s going well, and (though very different for me) I like it a lot. I promised a few posts ago (I’m not going to link it because I don’t care) that I will have draft one finished this year. Though I have made great strides, I am nowhere near a completion. I have written about 40,000 words so far, but I think I have only 1/3 of what I want to have for the finished product.
Oh! Fun little distraction! I came across a couple of older works that are 90% complete as a collection of short stories! So, I think I’m going to fall into that world. The contract I signed with Olympia when I got picked up by them dictates that I have to give them my second work to appraisal. I think I want to keep the one I am working on, make it perfect, and have the freedom to go somewhere else. The last thing I want to do is to get something that is amazing locked into a place where I think it is being stifled.
There seems to be an ephasis to feel fantastic all the time, so please allow me to state why that is not a great thing.
To clarify: you should not live in a constant state of depression. To assume that you are broken because you are having an off-day is wrong, though. You need peeks and valleys in your adventure through life.
The way I look at it is that you need a 1 out of 10 day to make the 7 actually matter. If every day is a 7, it becomes a new 1. If the worst thing that has happened to you is you forgot to stop the toaster on time, then the suprising death of a friend is going to hit harder than it should. All of a sudden, that bad day is going to become the worst thing ever.
Again, living every day at a 1 is not great. You should talk to someone (whether it be a friend or a family member) if you cannot seem to shake a funk. However, if you fluctuate your emotions on a regular basis, I am under the impression that you are healthy.
No, I don’t have sources. I am not a professional on this topic, and I make no illusions that I am. I do think that being sad for a day or two is healthy. Getting unreasonably angry from time to time is normal. No one should ever live in a state of bliss all of the time. There have been many dystopian novels that emphasise that idea. Look at Brave New World, in particular, to see how such an existance could effect civilization.
I finally found a way to justify reincarnation in my mind.
It is one of those concepts that I have always thought sounds very nice, but I could never grasp the intricacies of it. I know that it is a very old idea, long before our understanding of bacteria and cells. To assume that only people had the necessary parts of a soul to move to another vessel always sat with me the wrong way. It seemed selfish and arrogant, not to mention too simple of a “truth”.
I was watching a Wisecrack video regarding ghosts, and a point was mentioned that I find myself dwelling on.
They brought up the idea that energy can never be created or destroyed. I knew this, but I had never given it the attention that it deserved. They also brought up the theory that all time exists right now, almost like a block.
They were using the concept to argue that ghosts may live on a different plain that lies “adjacent” to our own, and the spectral intruders that are experienced is more of a flaw in the veil as opposed to actual malicious intent.
Thought they were discussing the concept with tounge placed firmly in cheek, it got me to consider the idea of different realities. If this was the case, reincarnation could be as simple as jumping between realities instead of coming back as something else in our own.
It also got me thinking about how, if time is concurrent, the idea of being “brought back” could result in our “spirit” being encased in a vessel far in our past or future.
For the record, I still don’t believe in reincarnation. I just found myself dwelling on this concept for far too long.
I haven’t done the research, mostly because I am unsure how to go about it. This is more observation than anything further.
I was watching Parks & Recreation the other day, and I noticed that one of the actors on that play a character in a wheelchair in Superstore. It came as a shock to me, because he portrays someone using a wheelchair so well in Superstore but he obviously does not use one in real life. That realization got me to do MINOR research, and I noticed that most people in chairs are played by able-bodied people.
I mean, I get it. Depending on the nature of why someone is in a wheelchair could cause insurance to get pulled from most shoots. I am also unsure now if any actors are native wheelchair users.
To be clear, the depictions I have seen have been respectful, for the most part. Probably for the same reason I am writing this as carefully as I can. Cheep-shots and bad representation can get you publically demolished, let alone that it is just mean. I would like to think that most writers know that, or at least have not even thought of being horrible because they aren’t horrible people.
In the event that my observations are correct — that there aren’t many/any people in wheelchairs acting, I am curious if that could change. I have come across a couple deaf actors, and at least one or two blind. Does anyone have any leads or names I could look up?
I should probably place a link to my Patreon here. I have been asked a couple of times this week if I have one. I do, and it helps me pay the amounts I need to keep this site running PLUS helps me eat. If you feel like donating, I would very much appreciate it!
I found myself dwelling on the horrible concept that minimum wage is far to low. Mainly, I find myself rhuminating on the idea that someone could think that we’re paying enough for minimum wage jobs because they don’t deserve the same wages as a soldier, or whatever people are using for a wage cap.
Don’t you think that is exposing? If you don’t want Jimmy at Wal*Mart making as much as our soldiers, I hate to sound classist, but you’re kind of right. At the same time, Jimmy should not work for literally nothing.
So, let’s frame this differently. Jimmy should make more, so he can afford food, AND our soldiers should make more, so they feel appreciated. In fact, everyone should be able to afford food, shelter, and basic needs. The face that I live in a “rich” nation that presses for slave labour to keep things “affordable” is disgusting.
This is why I think Univeral Basic Income (UBI) is a great idea. You can keep the minimum wage down, if you must, AND people can afford life.
What I find most upsetting; having this opinion is considered radical and brave.