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DO IT! [Sep. 14th, 2006|11:42 pm]
Just a quick note:

Everyone go out RIGHT NOW and buy Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichon and read it or the terrorists have won.

Not really, but anyone who wants to whitness amazing fiction that truly displays the possibilities of the medium of comics, read it now.

Anyone who couldn't care less about if it's a comic or not, read it because it's brilliant and it will tear your heart out in a great way.

Book Description:
From one of America's most acclaimed comics writers a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events. In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, Pride of Baghdad raises questions about the true meaning of liberation - can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity? Based on a true story, Vaughan and Henrichon have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.

Do yourself a favor and get it now.
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(no subject) [Sep. 4th, 2006|12:07 pm]
If you see 2 movies, and only 2 movies from now until the end of your life, make them Pan's Labrynth and The Fountain.

I'm not kidding. See them both. Whenever they become available in your area. Trust me. No, don't trust me, just do it.

Also, check thi shit out: http://www.threadless.com
I'd link it correctly, but I'm tired and lazy and have to get to sleep. That site is cool as hell. I'll be submitting some designs there this month, and I'll post them here for comments first. So beware.

Also, I know I've been promising some more videos of sleight of hand performance and whatnot, but recently I've been tightening up my skills with coins as well and taking my card work to a whole different level, so forgive me if my time has been spent experimenting. I'll be on that stuff soon.

Too many projects, too little time.

Peace and love to all homies out there. Just because I'm not online often doesn't mean I've forgotten any of you.
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(no subject) [Jul. 28th, 2006|08:53 am]
It's been a while. Sup.

So 5 days ago I got poison ivy. It spread so bad that 2 days ago I had to go to the hospital because my face was swelling and my eyes were swelling shut. They made sure it wasn't in my eyes or throat and gave me some hardcore meds, some 'roids to help fight the allergic reacion, and some antihistimines. I tried working but the antihistimine fucked mr up waaay to bad. I can't even take Benadryl usually without it making me a living zombie and/or knocking me out. But if I skip the antihistimine I itch and burn and tingle and it makes life unbearable.
So since I still have my outdoor job, I wished for a little rain to get me a repreive from work for a day or so so I could try to get rid of this torturous rash.

I'm not sure if I made one of the gods happy or extremely angry, because apparently we were almost washed off the map last night. Pure luck at living on the top of a hill and all that saved us, but you can't go a mile from my house without having to turn around because of all the flooding. The streets are either closed or under 3 feet of water which means they are closed to you if you are sane.

So, to whatever universal force that tried to help me: Thanks. Once again the world changes to my benifit and to everyone else's tragic horror.

To whatever angry god that tried to end me: It's gonna take more than water to take me down, motherfucker!

As a quick aside: It's still raining, so maybe I shouldn't taunt fate. But if there are universal forces, gods, godesses, George Bush with a weather machine, what the fuck ever... Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

I'm gonna go brush up on my swimming skills and do some breathing excercises. You know, just in case.

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Yo yo yo. [Jul. 3rd, 2006|02:48 am]
So it's been a while since I popped my head up around these parts. Finally got some time off and wanted to stop in and say yo to everyone, let you guys know what I've been up to.

It's that part of the year where work takes up the majority of my time, but I've also been doing some cool stuff with myself.

Expect big things from me soon, as I've been writing a lot lately, namely comic stuff, but some others as well, and even if no one sees fit to print any of it, it will still be put out there for all of you guys to check out. I'm very excited about how my current projects are going, even more than ever before. I'd say more, but I don't want to jinx myself. But expect to see some cool stuff from me soon.

Also, my steadfast mastery of the techniques of sleight of hand continues, and it's going very well. If you remember some time ago I posted about Whip's magic shop, a little shop in my town that was closed because of the death of it's owner. Well, it's reopened now, with his 2 brothers running it on weekends, and I finally caught them when they were open yesterday. At first I was just afraid they sold cheap novelties and nothing more, but I asked anyway if they had any books on card magic. They busted some bins out from behind the counter and sure enough, they had a ton of good stuff. Once they saw what I was looking for, I think thy realized I kind of knew my stuff a little bit and started talking to me more. They were cool as hell and I could have hung out there forever, but I had some friends waiting for me outside the store and didn't want to leave them waiting too long. I managed to find Modern Coin Magic by J.B. Bobo, the absolute bible of coin magic and the best book on the subject ever written and a book called Card Mastery by Michael MacDougal. The card book wasn't exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for a book called Expert at the Card Table, by S.W. Erdnase, the absolute bible of card magic, but instead I found Card Mastery, which contained not only the entirety of the Erdnase book, but an entire separate book of sleights as well. Even better! Not only that but the books were an absolute steal, at ten and five bucks, respectively, less than I would have paid for one of them at most places.. Definitely fucking sweet. I picked up a close-up pad, made it very clear I'd be back to rifle through their books next week, and went off to join my friends. Mastering the Erdnase material is my current goal, but hopefully I'll get around to recording some more videos soon so I can share what I've been doing lately. It's fun stuff.

Oh, and today I went to see Superman Returns. I'm too tired to rip it apart right now, but let's just say it was fucking terrible and I urge you all to not give your money to the company that would put out that piece of fucking shit. It was an insult to the character, the fans, the moviegoing audience in general, and anyone who appreciates any kind of plot or story. It sucked. More on that another time.

Anyway, hope all my friends are doing well. Sleep time for me.

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A very musical day. [May. 19th, 2006|06:01 pm]
Has anyone heard the Sans Seraph cd After the Rain yet? It's quite good. It's the singer from Shun if anyone heard them. They had a cd called Michael in Reign that was stellar as fuck. I still like Shun better, but Sans Seraph is quite good. Quite good.

Also, Thom Yorke apparently has a solo cd coming out called The Eraser. I'm interested. Hopefully he gets his wierd experimental electronic random noise out of his system with that so Radiohead's new cd will rock more than a kid with severe autism. Either way his voice is golden, so I'm down.

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I'll take 2 shots said the devil to the man...... [May. 19th, 2006|03:28 pm]
If I made a movie about the zombie apoccalypse and it was set in the old west, Murder By Death would be the entire soundtrack.

For some reason I love this cd Who will Survive and What will Be Left of Them, even if I hate the movie they are referencing with that title.

Good shit.
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Thanks Everyone [May. 15th, 2006|12:15 pm]
Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I would have posted this sooner, but I had to wait for a momentary pause in Jimstock 2006 to get to a computer. Friday was my birthday, and I went down to help move my cousin back from college that day, and had a pretty good birthday all around. But then Saturday was the official celebration with friends. There was Will's Famous Chili, Guinness, and Irish Car Bombs and it was an awesome day/night. Yesterday (Sunday) I took my mom, aunt, and grandmother out for Mother's Day dinner and it felt like an extension of the birthday thing because a million people were sending their wishes my way and doing cool stuff for me. Then today, I wake up and I have two awesome birthday cards in the mail from the coolest motherfuckers alive, my sister and Paula. THANK YOU GUYS! Both cards rocked. I will come down and visit as soon as possible. Later today there is a hardcore barbecue in my honor where I'll be making my apple honey barbecue chicken, along with all the usual cookout foods. Everyone had different schedules around my birthday, so I got like three different celebrations that happened without me doing anything. One of the best birthdays on record.

Danielle, I hope your birthday rocked times 70!

And Paula, I think I wished you a happy birthday, but if I for some reason went retarded and only THOUGHT I did, then I'm sorry and I hope you had a rocking hardcore day, too. Tell Teresa to remember to give you the present I sent down with her one of these days.

Anyway, I better get back to the celebrating, before someone plans something else and I'm not there to stop them.

Love to all of you.

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April Sucks. [Apr. 27th, 2006|06:41 pm]
So after a brand new monitor dying, me damn near breaking my back, and a host of other tiny annoyances: GUESS WHO HAS STREP THROAT!

Well it's not actually strep, but it's very similar they tell me and my throat hurts like a bitch. Also, my head is on fire and hurts like crazy. I can't swallow anything without extreme pain (even water) and I have to take it extremely easy for a couple days. Hopefully the antibiotics work quickly. This shit sucks.

Oh, a quick note on the back breaking thing: I was running at full speed to try to get to the car in a hard ass rain storms when I slipped in wet grass and my feet went into the air. I crushed my back into the ground at full running speed and briefly I thought I had seriously paralyzed myself. It was the worst fall I've ever taken. The wind was knocked out of me and I bashed my elbow onto some rocks, splitting it open. This was almost a week ago and my upper back and ribs are still sore.

Soooo, since they told me to take it extremely easy, and bed rest is the best possible thing for me right now, and since I can't really eat anyway, I think I'm gonna try to hibernate for the rest of the month.

Hopefully May is better.
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Awesome, a new Tool cd! [Apr. 24th, 2006|11:32 pm]
Wait, what's that? It's just Lateralus without the awesome vocals? They're all subdued and distorted? Oh except that song The Pot! But what....how....why the fuck does Maynard sound like that?!? AAAAH.....

Those are my first impressions.

The bad: Hopefully it grows on me, but those expecting something as good as Lateralus should put their expectations in a shallow grave by the old creek bed. It's not even close. It feels like Lateralus rehash with some filler. Also, it seems like Maynard is hiding in the songs now, instead of leading them.

The good: It reminds me more of Undertow. Especially the bass in a lot of places. That's about all I can say right now. Definitely dissapointing.

Overall, the best thing I can say for it is that it makes me want to listen to Lateralus, which I'm doing now.

Goddamn Parabola kicks.
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"There's a palace in your head, boy. Learn to live in it always." [Apr. 18th, 2006|12:20 am]
I seriously amuse the hell out of myself with the shit I catch myself saying sometimes. I'd like to share one of those moments with you today"

"Sometimes I wish I was more of a minority so I could justify being angry, but alas, I'm just a white boy with a superior intellect, a ridiculously diverse skillset, and a whole world of opportuinity laid out before me.

You young hispanic males don't know the luck you have." (said to my friend Jose)

For the record, this is the kind of sarcastic/ironic shit I say all the time to people who know I don't mean it. If you find this offensive than you don't know me AT ALL.

I also said something this weekend that I might adopt as my new personal motto. My sister and I were talking and I said something approximately equal to: "You know that line between confidence and arrogance? That's where I live."

I never thought of myself as a confident person until this past year or so. It's kind of nice to realize one day that you know and accept your faults and they are way outwayed by your positive points. In short, I'm fucking cool.

Also, in a semi-related note, I've come to the conclusion that everyone, in order to become a more well-rounded person, should do at least one performing art. Most of my friends are artists in some way or another, mostly visual artists, writers, and musicians. The musicians I'm sure know what I mean, that in performing in front of people you loosen up a ton and get more confident with people in general. I attribute my performing sleight of hand magic to helping with my confidence. I have found my performing art.

Everyone go out and hit an open mic night. Try that thing you always wanted to do, standup comedy, singing, breakdance on an impromptu cardboard mat in the middle of your local mall, whatever it is you do, let people see you do it, if only for the fact that you will improve at it a ton.

Or not, hey, whatever, it's late and I'm rambling and I just wanted to post because I hadn't in forever.

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me what the subject line is from.
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