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Fine Friend by the Pale Saints

I'm starting a new blog and not leaving a forwarding address for all you fans, stalkers and fine friends. The past is over and all that.

This is what it sounds like to fall away through the years, falling farther and farther away, down, and out, in ever widening circles, falling through time, forever.

0 multiplied by any other number equals 0.
"I will never walk into your arms" multiplied by 12 also equals 0, just like "screaming in the wind", or to call someone to tell them you never want to hear from them again when they had no intention of acknowledging your existence ever again anyhow, or multiplying 0 by 0.

"Fine friend, you're a fine friend
You've been an anchor for me"

Prinny's Prims Blog

Prinny's Prims fine jewelry shop blog has had about a zillion updates since last linked, for anyone who cares to have a look.

Just another LOST fan diatribe!

LOST was a big fad when it was released in Sep '04, so I naturally resisted it, although I could see from the promos it was my type of thing. But during the first season summer reruns, I seriously bonded with John Locke in his first episode "Walkabout", in which he was revealed to be not an important operating agent, but a former paraplegic cured of his paralysis by the island. At the end of the Season 2 Premier, "Man of Science, Man of Faith", and the embarassingly heartfelt confrontation over this issue between Jack and John, I was a goner. That episode spoke to me for a lot of reasons about what I was experiencing in my own life, and therein lies the show's greatest genius and charm, no matter how endlessly it is analyzed for literary details.

I've heard complaints that LOST is no longer a character driven drama, but I disagree. The writers had a big task living up to these characters after they introduced their deliciously complex backstories with the flashback gimmick established in Season 1, later unexpectedly morphing to both a flashback and flashforward gimmick, effectively expressing the non-linear quality of time:P LOST's MO is to contrast fate with the character's choices, showing how their decisions both can and cannot affect the outcome, and how their past actions and experiences affect their current choices.. Early on someone asked the creators what LOST was 'about' and one of them, not sure which, said LOST was about 'how to live a life' which sounds kind of pompous until you are personally intimate with these characters' emotional lives, and then it just sounds normal. A multi-racial ensemble cast, its only weakness is the lack of developed strong female leads, although they tried and have only suceeded with Juliet.

LOST has been the subject of much 'high-falutin' analyses, and I would not be the first to mention all the many popular culture archetypes this show shamelessly mines, just like I have done in my poems. Like a good little post-modernist, let me point out the "lost soul" plight illustrated here when there are no higher values than that of the individual, or personal. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to think of a more prevalent post-modern archetype than that of being stranded on a deserted island ("No man is an island, unto of itself"). Originally conceived to reference the long time reality show Survivor, but as a drama, everything from Robinson Cruesoe to Lost in Space to Land of the Lost immediately comes to mind and have indeed, been referenced. But all popular culture is rife with references to stereotypes, and although the audience usually reads more significance into the references than are meant, often they are only a wink to the post-modern watchers, that is, dear readers, you and me. LOST has multiple literary and popular culture references, and easter eggs marketed to the tivo audience, and it is up to each viewer to interpret the richness or poverty of each clue. And therein lies the biggest key to its continued relevance, and legions of hard-core, never-say-die LOST fans such as yours truly.

Below, the real official Season 5 trailer! Yay!!!

P.S. One of the biggest clues, IMHO, was the appearance of the novella 'The Turn of the Screw'.
in Season 2. I'd recently reread the novella, which illustrates the classic Hitchcockian dillema between madness and hallucination, or reality and absolute horror.
Words by Jeff Holmes

(Click for larger version!)
For Mark

There's a skeleton in everybody's closet
I can think of one or two in my own room
But I would like to introduce them both to you
You'd shake their bony hands and so dispell the gloom

'Cause you're so kind
I know you would not mind
To send away the ghosts that haunt me now
And the things I fear
Just wouldn't seem so near
And when I stroll out late at night
There would be nothing rattling at my heels

There are nights when all my aching bones won't let me sleep
And demons come to plague me as I lie in bed
But I know if you were sleeping there beside me then
That you could fend them off and they would let me rest

There are nights
When the wind comes howling through my old place
I have dreams
And I wake up with the sweat pouring down my face
And I wait till the morning comes

There will come a time I fear when all my days are done
And they will come collect my corpse and bury me
And then I hope you'll come over to the Other Side
To join me in our new life, keep me company
"I've looked into the eye of this island..."

On this island
They had a chance
To start over
They could be anyone
Anyone they wanted to be.
But those who leave it
Those who fail
Will have to find it..

"You are not on the list because you are flawed
because you are angry,
and weak,
and frightened.."

You wanted the secrets of the island? Here they are.
(I can't even tell what is a bona fide promo anymore or just a cleverly arranged fan trailer from previous seasons. But I know I didn't see no mesopotamian zigguerate thingy on the show..)

P.S. If this is a real trailer then John's alive, ageless like Richard? So where is ZEKE???

from All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton

Whether you are pretty or not,
I outlive you
Bend down my strange face to yours
And forgive you.

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Hey Little Sparta AKA The Mean Kitty Song

Gads, its frightening how many times one can watch this and enjoy it as much as the first. Sparta's can-opener, Corey, aka Mr. Safety, was on Tyra who told everyone he makes $20K a month making youtube videos, but this is the one that made him famous. It rather takes the whole inexplicable, but joyful and delightful, Internet Catz craze to yet another level.

I got this little kitty about 2 months back
he was the nicest little kitty, now a pain in my crack
This little kitty is a ninja, always stalking my feet
This little kitty is a warrior you know what I mean

he's an evil little kitty look what he did to my hand
tries to get in trouble in any way that he can
I could give this cat a toy, but he'd rather have the wrapper
and I will always give him water, but he still drinks from the crapper

You could lock him in a closet and he just won't care
kitty chews on my shoes and he licks my hair
always scratching on my favorite chair and jumping on the couch
playing in the window sills and tearing through the house

He's so full of energy and easily amused
kitty will attack anything that moves
Causing trouble, starting battles just so he could be a little part of
he's a meanest little kitty so we named him sparta

Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite

Where'd you go
are you stalking me?
are you under the couch, quite possibly
ears laid back so you don't get caught
ready to pounce my leg with everything that you got

I know you're probably watching me from across the room
concentrating contemplating on attacking me soon
You're not invisible kitty, I'm gonna find you first
Come out come out before I make things worse

I've seen where you hide and I know where you've been
Hey kitty why don't you give in
Even if you try to sneak up on me, I'm prepared
Cause I've got my safety gear on and I'm not scared

I think I hear a kitty cat under the bed
I know your making noises just to mess with my head
You can stalk me all you want, but I'm not your prey
cause you always seem to find me first, but not today

Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
Come on out, I'm gonna get you now

I've got 'em cornered
and now he's mine
He's not gonna get away this time
I'll snatch him up fast before he can blink and then...
Aw man! He's asleep in the sink

What is with this cat? I'm confused
He's got a bed, but it's never been used
In every waking moment, kitty's out for the fight
then [fart] next minute kitty's out like a light

How could I let this creature live inside of my home
I gotta keep an eye on him when I'm on the phone
I'm a little afraid to leave this cat all alone
this kitty may destroy everything that I own

Look at him now, I kinda feel bad
He's the best little cat that I've had
and the one big thing I forgot to mention, was that
He wasn't fighting, he just wanted attention

Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
little bitty kitty wanna bite bite bite
Hey little sparta what is with all the fight
showing love, that's all this kitty does

I Can't Reach You; It had to happen.

And also, it was time. :P

As promised, presenting my top howeverthehell many favorite Tori Amos songs in no particular order, other than the obviously top songs I've posted in previous entries, and which is subject to expansion on a whim. I'm posting live versions whenever they suffice, as usual, as Tori clearly has a magnificent stage presence. Yes, I omitted the one about the warm little diamond purposefully. Thanks a lot!

"Doesn't take much to tear us into pieces" - Little Earthquakes

Horses, 1996

Sugar, original B-side version as early as 1992, but I think this video is from around 1999.

Caught a Lite Sneeze, 1996

Cooling; I have no idea the original year of this B-side which is live on To Venus and Back, 1999.

Little Earthquakes, 1992

A Sorta Fairytale, 2002

Yes, Anastasia, 1993

Hey Jupiter, 1996
*There is a chord progression and melody in this song just as bit as, ok, even moreso, reminiscent of Purple Rain as My Sweet Lord is to Be My Baby, and we all know who won that case. I loved Purple Rain as a kid. Prince did a lot of other good stuff, but he never did another power ballad like Purple Rain.
Back in my foolish youth F- and I theorized Tori must have shagged Prince to get the rights to this melody, and for years that seemed the only answer.
Until just recently, from my grand old perspective, I remembered how pissed off Prince was at his record company so I bet he just gave her the melody. Note the purple lights. Hee!
Besides shamelessly referencing Sexton and Yeats, this poem is meant to be heavy on the irony (as is virtually anything I might write heretofore), and the allegory here is really to that of the Jewish exile in Babylon; noting that Babylon is 'not' sacred ground, and accordingly, Bethlehem is not Jerusalem.

Sorry gang, zionistic imagery is an intrinsic part of the post-modern consciousness no matter your religion or politics, which to to Zionists, not surprisingly, are the same. Just like anything controversial and/or criminal, although it often does, artistic expression should not necessarily equal political validation merely by reference.

Maggie, what have we done?? - The Post War Dream, Roger Waters

I'll give you stone hallways and
stinking beasts in the
Season of my archetypes
And so what if I ruminate,
or pontificate,
and elaborate,
and so fucking what?
so what if I masturbate!
No bleeding hearts or demon spawn
That would lead the way from Babylon.

You silly seasons of the post
modern dream
you know nothing of what you mean, and
nothing of what you've seen
Why don't you just drown in your post
modern season
Oh, I do expect you
to know what I mean.
You can beat down yourself
with all the best of them
and never get anywhere
near towards Bethlehem!
Silenced, shaken, gagged, and bound.
Would lead the way from sacred ground.

- November 17, 2008

For that for which there is no words, the BEST youtube
video I have *ever* seen;
Christian monks brawl in Jerusalem, ca. at some time in 2008.

"And as we push and we shove and we hurt the ones we love,
It's a mistake" - Dishwalla, Collide