Sunday, January 31, 2010

Gray or Blue ... in Black & White

Video: Grey Or Blue Cover   Benzer: grey, or, blue, cover, jay

This is actually the most watchable and listenable video for this song ... from an unknown amateur doing a cover of the Jaymay song. Most of the Jaymay videos on YouTube are live performances that don't quite do the tunes justice. This will have to do ... for now.

Till it be 'morrow, true believers!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The most interesting man in the gym ... maybe in the whole (925)

He's like something out of a strange, adult version of Napoleon Dynamite. I am fascinated by him ... I run on the treadmill and stare at him and wonder 'is that bloke for real, or is he just frakin' with everyone in this gym?'

He walks around like he OWNS Express Fitness. He openly ogles teenage girls and 50-year old women alike. He's like the antithesis to Dos Equis' "most interesting man in the world." The guy must be from Wyoming or Idaho or Utah or one of those desolate places full of dirt, sand and dive bars. He rocks the dark blue denim jacket and matching jeans with dirty, white 1980s Reebok sneakers as if they are going out AND coming back into style.

His hair alone is worth the trip to the gym on a cold, rainy night. He is balding on top, and everything else around his scalp is a mangy, malnutritioned mess of bad hair day ... all day, every day. He has these lamb chop side burns that that stick out into his cheeks as if they are trying desperately to connect.

Best of all is homeboy's eyes. He has these crazy eyes, like that freakazoid at the end of Silence of the Lambs and he accentuates his visage with these big, nerdy 1980s eye glasses. They are the kind of eye glasses that a suspected rapist would wear - and don't take my word for it, just watch Jon Lajoie's spoof on YouTube.

I suppose he sort of resembles the Jeff Barnes character on the NBC TV show Chuck ... but he's so much creepier. Let me leave you with this mental image: he changes out of his glorious denim gear into old school sweat pants, the kind with the draw string and the bunchy elastic around the ankles. To top it off, he rocks an old school tank top, tucked into the draw-string waistband and it shows off all the hair on his shoulders, back and deltoids.

If my man wore a thick beard and trenchcoat, he should be arrested on principle alone. As it is, he roams free as the wind, gettin' his proper sweat on - both at the gym and in his old-school sweat pants. This is not a man that wants an organic truffle with dark chocolate cherry cocoa. This dude wants Fritos, a Snickers bar and a black coffee ... and maybe some mud flaps with the silouhette of a bikini girl.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Top 5 Raider Truths

5. Louis Murphy is our #1 guy at WR. Schilens is a solid #2, possesion type of receiver, big target, etc. DHB needs to fall into the role that James Jett had when he lost his job to Jerry Rice: come in as deep threat once in a while when we need to stretch the field, otherwise, leave the pass catching to the professionals.

4. Michael Bush is our #1 guy at RB. What else does he have to do? McFadden is clearly a change of pace guy because he's too top heavy and runs way too upright to be an effective every-down back. Lucky for both guys, more and more NFL teams now use the 'thunder & lightning' approach. The Raiders just have to figure out how to do it right.

3. O-line could be as big a problem as JaMarcus Russell. I've never liked RT Cornell Green. Swapping centers with Miami was a mistake, Satelle is not a legit Raider center in the tradition of Raider centers. Me thinks the Raiders should spend their entire draft on the trenches: a tackle, a center, a back-up guard, defensive line, and linebackers. Period. No more expensive projects like DHB, JR and D-Mac.

2. The Raiders need to start drafting football players again. It's tired and true: Al loves speed, and big bodies and freaks of nature, etc, etc, world without end. Meanwhile, the rest of league is drafting legit NFL players. Which brings me to my next point ...

1. Davis has admitted he needs some help - and that sycophant John Herrera does not qualify. Why hasn't Al found help yet? Because he's getting senile and more paranoid by the minute. He's more Howard Hughes and less Elvis Presley. He can't convince people to put on the eye patch like he used to. How can he afford to burn bridges with people that want to help, like Rich Gannon and Tim Brown? It's truly sad. He doesn't trust anyone, but why not a bold move that still makes sense, even to Al:


Let Madden hire a GM and hire consultants like Brown and Gannon, as he sees fit. Let Madden try to get a Ron Wolf to consult Al during the draft every April. Let Madden be the face of the Raiders so that the league and free agents give Oakland some respect.

It makes too much sense ... but would Madden want to wear the patch one more time?

Captain America movie director speaks

Boxoffice Magazine has posted some new comments from The Wolfman director Joe Johnston about his next film, The First Avenger: Captain America. He said the following about the comic book adaptation:

"It's not going to be a Captain America that you expect. It's something different. It is influenced by the comic book, but it goes off in a completely different direction. It's the origin story of Captain America. It's mostly period—there are modern, present-day bookends on it—but it's basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. The great thing about Captain America is he's a super hero without any super powers. Which is why this story, among the hundreds of super hero stories, appealed to me the most. He can't fly, he can't see through walls, he can't do any of that stuff. He's an every man who's been given this amazing gift of transformation into the perfect specimen—the pinnacle of human perfection. How does that affect him? What does that mean for him emotionally and psychologically? He was this 98-pound weakling, he was this wimp, and he's transformed instantly into this Adonis. You'd think he got everything he wanted. Well, he didn't get everything he wanted. The rules change at that point and his life gets even more complicated and dire. For me, that's the interesting part of the story. It's got some great action sequences in it and some incredible stuff that we've never seen before. But at the heart of it, it's a story about this kid who all he wants to do is fit in. This thing happens and he still doesn't fit in. And he has to prove himself a hero—essentially go AWOL to save a friend ..."


O-dogg's take: sounds promising if they handle it just right. To focus on the man under the mask, Steve Rogers, is a good way to go - the psychology of Captain America is very compelling. I hope they really do portray him as a wimpy kid, because that's what he was - an 18-year-old army reject. We'll see true believers.

Till it be 'morrow!

Top Disneyland Observations

10. Every fastfood/gas station bathroom down I-5 does not offer paper towels. They all have that same hot air dryer and same industrial-smelling hand soap. It's an anti-towel conspiracy.

9. Packaged, pre-sliced apples are now the coin of the realm for children's menus across all food service outlets.

8. Disneyland itself has top-notch food, but the lines are outrageous.

7. The one sit-down restaurant worth the wait is "Blue Bayou," inside Pirates of the Carribean. The gumbo alone is worth it ... best I've ever had.

6. Jack Skeleton rules! Last year, Jack merchandise was confined to New Orleans Square, pretty much. Now that famous smiling skull is all over Disneyland, California Adventure and Downtown Disney.

5. Speaking of Downtown Disney, it's a cool place to outdoor shop & eat that doesn't require an entrance fee or security checks.

4. Small World is back! And so are VANS shoes! Now I don't feel so silly for rocking VANS all these years when no one else was wearing them.

3. Disneyland and George Lucas' Star Wars franchise have an effective partnership, and I'm wondering if Disney's ownership over Marvel Comics will become just as evident in the theme parks. It'd be really cool ... if they let Marvel have a say over how its characters are used in the park.

2. Space Mountain is still the coolest ride in ANY Disney park, anywhere in the world. For a moment, it lets me feel like I've finally achieved my lifelong dream of space travel.

1. The #1 observation of Disneyland: it is open every day, rain or shine! And people come, rain or shine, or holiday, or any day.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Like a Super Bowl Champ: I'm off to Disneyland

Here's a random smattering of things, rapid fire:

-Spider-Man movie franchise is getting a reboot, no Toby Maguire ... I kind of don't care one way or the other.

-Lane Kiffin gets the job at USC. Wow, the weasel moves up the ladder again. What a joke.

-The Raiders still haven't fired Tom Cable. Maybe Al will do it on MLK Day in order to hog the spotlight.

-Good TV Shows are starting back up: set your DVRs for Chuck, LOST, 24, Paranormal State and all the rest.

I'll be back soon. Toodaloo ...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What's up with Kate Winslet, might she pop up on Desperate Housewives?

I finally got around to watching Revolutionary Road ... suppose I should've known what I was getting myself into with Kate Winslet in the lead role.

Winslet picks up right where she left off in movies like Little Children and The Reader: playing a desperate, lonely, tortured soul of a woman. It's getting a bit depressing watching her movies, but she's too talented and convincing to ignore. It's like a train wreck in slow motion ... pass the popcorn and soda, please.

In Revolutionary Road, she re-unites with Leo DiCaprio for a 1950s era movie about an unhappy couple, stuck in the rut of suburban family life. There is a mysterious neighbor, an easy secretary, a family friend from a Psych Ward, a rubbery balloon-looking thing and two children that are hardly in the movie at all. You fill in the blanks ...

Saturday, January 09, 2010

New 'KICK ASS' movie trailer

I hope the movie is as violent, bloody and graphic as the comic book. If it is, it will truly kick ass. Can't wait to see how they play out the hero's comedically tragic high school love life. Good stuff, true believers.

Friday, January 08, 2010

I am a Dreamer - THE POSTMARKS

The Postmarks - Dreamer (Live Cover)

Source | MySpace Video

Awesome cover song. Here's a link to the mp3 online:
Dreamer mp3 link

why am I always, always full of this vision of you
why do I dream silly dreams that I feel wont come true

I long to show you the stars
caught in the dark of the sea
I long to speak of my love
but you don't come to me

so I go on asking if maybe one day you’ll care
act on my sad little dreams to the soft evening air
I am quite hopeless it seems

two things I know how to do

one is to dream
two is loving you

I am quite hopeless it seems

two things I know how to do

one is to dream
two I loving you

loving you,
loving you,
loving you...

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year, True Believers

Hope your 2010, and new decade, is off to a good start. Here's to 10 years of prosperity, peace, health, friends/family and a balanced mind, body and soul.

We are all connected in this Universe ... if you don't believe me, take James Cameron's word for it and go watch the movie, Avatar. At first I didn't want to buy into the hype and watch this movie, but I did (in digital 3D nonetheless) and I'm glad I did. It was breath-taking and a break-through movie, almost a spiritual experience, much like the The Matrix was a little over a decade ago.

Official Avatar Movie