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25 February 2010 @ 05:34 pm
Here are some song lyrics that I try to live by.
Some are silly, some are insightful.
I'll leave it up to you to decide which is which.

"Turn your back on your enemies
and let those motherfuckers rot in their jealousy."

- "Anthem (We Are The Fire)" by Trivium

"I don't sweat cash cuz it comes and goes
and I try not to call women bitches n' hoes.
But if a hoe spread a rumor I ain't smackin' the bitch,
I walk past her faster than a Pedro pitch.
Cuz I don't sweat the words of those that don't matter.
I rise above petty talk and ignorant chatter."

- "Hypocrite" by Akrobatik

"Drinking is good for you!"
- "Vodka" by Korpiklaani

"You cannot kill the metal."
- "The Metal" by Tenacious D

"Love is not about the profits nor the riches in your dreams."
- "Beethoven's Cunt" by Serj Tankian

"You know, I don't mind getting married and having babies.
It's no big deal.
I just don't want to do it TOMORROW!"

- "Throwin' Down" by Psychostick

"Anything that has a shape will crumble away, disappear.
We belong to the circle life of all creation.
We crawl and deny ourselves, refuse this evidence...
that we project our greatest fears on death
and forget our power."

- "The Way of All Flesh" by Gojira

- any song by Amon Amarth
Current Mood: sillysilly
Current Music: Majesty - March For Victory
03 January 2010 @ 11:27 pm
This is an e-mail I received from my good friend Josie. It's regarding her and her husband's cat, Zorba (full name: Zorba the Geek). I'm re-posting it here because I want to help out little Zorba as much as possible by passing it on to as many people as I can.


Dear friends,

I am searching for a loving, compassionate person who has the time and energy to take a cat into their lives who need re-training. We rescued Zorba when he was a little kitty and adopted him from the ASPCA over 3 years ago. He is lovable and playful--he loves to attack laundry that's being folded and hide in paper bags. He'll cuddle right up on your feet while you're sleeping and sit in your lap while you're watching movies. He chases catnip toys all around the house and is absolutely adorable.

His life has been a bit tumultuous--he had urinary tract blockage very early in his life, twice, and we decided to give him the expensive surgery that prevents future blockage. Unfortunately, when we bought a new couch last month, he peed on it. This is behavior that he used to have as a kitten, but that we really hadn't seen since his last blockage. We cleaned our couch with the cat-pheromone solution that they sell at the natural pet store that is supposed to stop cats from marking things twice, but it didn't solve the problem and he continued to spray on the couch. We tried locking him in rooms away from the couch when we weren't home, but then he just started going to the couch and marking it when we were home. We tried multiple kinds of pheromone solution. And then it got to the point where he was doing it several times a day--our house smelled like cat pee and our couch was always wet from the cleaning solution.

With heavy hearts, we realized that we had to give our beautiful pet up for adoption. We've put him in a shelter in Manhattan and it just makes us sick to know that he's in a cage and terrified. We really do love him and want him to be in a home.

Do you know anyone who is good at retraining problem cats and who wants to take on this lovable little guy as a project? He might be better as a cat that has some access to the outdoors.


If you're interested and/or capable of helping Zorba out, please drop me an e-mail and I will put you in contact with Josie.

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
04 November 2009 @ 03:32 am
It's 4am here and I can't sleep. I have a knot in my stomach and a sick feeling in my heart over the news that voters in Maine passed Question 1 on the ballot, which repealed a law to allow same-sex couples to marry, albeit narrowly.

I want to scream my frustration and sadness over this. I want to rage against this latest (narrow) victory for intolerance, hate and ignorance.

Instead, all I feel inspired to do right now is share a personal story with anyone who cares to read it.

It's about the day I found God.

I was seventeen and had the opportunity to go on a short tour of Europe with a music group to play in various countries. We stopped in Paris where I had the pleasure to go to one of the largest, most majestic Catholic cathedrals I've ever seen. The name of the church eludes me after all these years, but I was eager to attend a mass because I was feeling spiritually confused. I was born and raised a Catholic but I was beginning to doubt the teachings of the church. "Rebellious" alternatives, like declaring myself agnostic or atheist, didn't seem to fit either. I even took a glance at the Church of Satan, but that's a story for another day.

In the end I attended this mass in France, but truth be told I wasn't really there. I was in my own head, knelt in prayer as I took in the pious majesty of my surroundings. I found myself doing something very cliche... looking up with my hands folded and asking for answers, albeit in my own head.

I said to myself, "I want to pray, but I don't know who to pray to any more. I want to believe in something, but I don't know what to believe in. The only thing I believe in is love."

And just like that, the answer came to me.
"God is love."

My heart swelled with joy. To this day I can't describe the happiness and relief I felt with this revelation. This was something I could grasp. This was something I could believe in. This was something I had been taught in my childhood and could easily take it with me all through the years. God, my God, is Love. Screw all the other teachings from all the other sources. God is Love is my religion, and I live that to this day.

I earnestly believe in God, though I don't refer to God as Him or Her. I can get behind a being who is full of unconditional love and compassion. I can easily worship a deity who loves all its creations equally. I can stand firmly behind the feeling in my heart that I received that day in the church because I feel it still in the presence of my family, my dearest friends, my beloved girlfriend and even from the readers of my webcomic who come and say such wonderful things to me, a total stranger, when I'm out at conventions. That is Love... unconditional and all-encompassing Love, and that is my God.

It saddens me greatly that not everyone sees God that way. It breaks my heart to see people standing up for hate and intolerance in God's name, claiming that God's love is not unconditional and all-encompassing. To deny others the right to express their love for one another in all its glory and uplifting wonder is, to me, a sin against the joy that God gave us.

I guess I'll just have to pray that some of that glorious Love will spread sooner than later, and all this needless hate will be nothing more than a regrettable memory one day.
Current Mood: sadsad
22 July 2009 @ 05:56 pm
Hmm. I just posted the link to this thing on the front page of DD.

I ought to start updating this thing again.

I'll start with a really, really catchy song that I can't get out of my head.

Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Korpiklaani - "Vodka"
06 January 2009 @ 12:22 pm
There is nothing about this silly little video that doesn't make me happy.

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Korpiklaani - "Beer Beer!"
25 November 2008 @ 06:21 pm
XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio merged recently. As an XM subscriber I didn't know what to expect, but I kept an open and optimistic mind. I figured I'd be getting twice the programming for the price of one, or be able to choose which channels I wanted to keep or what-have-you.

The last few days of listening have been nothing short of horrible.

Most if not all of my favorite stations were cut from the roster and those that stayed have had their hosts completely replaced. The biggest crime of this merge being the drastic changes to XM's metal station, which was an absolute joy for me to listen to. The three hosts I'd come to love and listen to daily, Ward Cleaver, Katie Brutal and Coolguy, are all gone and have been replaced with hosts whose on-air persona and playlist selection make me want to say very bad things about them on the internet. I won't, however, because I'm going to do something far more effective than spew hate on the internet.

I'm going to cancel my XM Radio subscription because, as far as I'm concerned, this is not the same radio I've been listening to and loving for the past three years.

For a corporate satellite radio, XM didn't feel like anything remotely corporate. Hell, the metal station had promos that sounded something like "listen up, assholes! It's time for the new fucking metal!" Now I feel like my underground, brutal, blasphemous and fucking metal music has been replaced by a marketable metal atmosphere. No thank you.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: Silence, which is better than the crap they're playing now.
11 November 2008 @ 01:49 pm
This pretty much sums up everything I feel on the matter.

Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
18 September 2008 @ 12:49 pm
I are smart guy who can count good. Really. Turns out the performance of Brahms' A German Requiem is next weekend, not this weekend. Still, finances be damned, this is my favorite piece of classical music ever so I got my girlfriend and I tickets to see it. If anyone is in the area that night and you see some aging nerd getting his butt thrown out of Symphony Hall for throwing up the metal horns to Brahms, it's probably me.

Scamp is adorable, but I'm starting to realize the downside of owning a kitten. First of all, he's a baby and doesn't really know how to clean himself very well yet. This makes for wonderful surprises when he's just used the litter box. Second of all, he's a boy and as general rule, boys stink. We do. Ask anyone. Third, he doesn't know how to not use his claws. Alyssa has startled me with more than one "OW!" when Scamp is just stretching on her bare legs.

That's just about everything interesting out of me for now.
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: Keep of Kalessin - A New Empire's Birth
16 September 2008 @ 10:17 am
I have vowed to remain frugal this month for previously stated reasons.
There are, however, a few great temptations this month seriously testing my willpower.

I present to you my temptations:

- The pumpkin ales and oktoberfest beers have been released. Oh, sweet nectar of the gods.

- Rock Band 2 was just released. Oh dear lord, I must rawk out to Mastodon.

- Metallica's new album was just released, and every song I've heard from it makes me bang my head like I'm a teenager again.

- The Boston Symphony Orchestra is performing Brahms' A German Requiem this weekend, which is without a doubt one of my favorite pieces of classical music.

- I heard that Amon Amarth's brutal new album will be released at the end of this month, and if I want to see them when they come around to the Worcester Palladium in October I should probably get my tickets early... like this month.

I am the plaything of the Gods of Timing.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: Elvin Jones - Body & Soul
15 September 2008 @ 02:19 pm
September is, traditionally, a tough month for me, and this happens for a number of reasons. In the past, September has been the time when I'm moving in to a new apartment and there's major readjustment. Such is not the case this year, thankfully, as I'm staying in my apartment for another year. Last year was especially rough because I was single again and moving back to Boston, and on top of my own readjustment there were moving costs and kitty readjustment. There's also some kitty adjustment this September, but Scamp is effing adorable and Rascal seems to have taken to him nicely... even if he doesn't want to play with his new big sister all that much yet.

But on top of all this, September is my traditional financial freak-out. This is usually the case because people are moving in to new apartments, settling in to new schools for the year and other "it's September" things, so it's understandable that folks are on a budget. I, myself, usually see a slow September for these reasons and can rationalize this accordingly. And even if September is slow I have AnimeUSA next month, Nekocon in November (at least I'm pretty sure) and I just accepted my invitation to Anime St. Louis in March.

Yes. The rational side of me knows that this happens every single September.

I, however, am a completely irrational person who treated himself to a brand new HD television and a new kitten (yes, I bought Scamp from a local pet store), so with a slow September comes a thought process that sounds a little something like this:


If there's one bright side to my total irrational freak-out, it's that my girlfriend is equally irrational and prone to freak-outs. She, after quitting her job that was causing her much undeserved stress, is on the job search. This can, and will, send even the most rational person into a mental tail-spin. So together we've been sharing a few moments this month that sound kind of like this:


If nothing else, it's nice to be able to cling to someone while you're freaking out.
Current Mood: restlessrestless
Current Music: Metallica - The End of the Line