Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"Without evil there could be no good so it must be good to be evil sometimes"- sung by Satan the Dark Prince from South Park the Movie
I think I am at my best when my blog entries give you way more questions than answers. Just to make you curious enough to look within and also be open to possibilities. I think I am a man of faith. I may not be the utmost I can be but I still believe I have faith in God. Whatever there is in me I would like to believe is there because times in my life I have had my faith challenged. I did not exist in a Catholic cocoon. I have been around people people of similar faith, different faith , no faith and pretend faith. I would like to think that if you read my blog you can get a good idea where I stand on a lot of things including my belief in terms of a supreme being.
Well the videos I will show here I hope really gets you thinking. Hope you can learn from the different views expressed by the four people. All the background you will ever need is in the video itself and in the links from ABC News.
When I heard there was going to be a debate on the Satan topic my first instinct was there was going to be some Church of Satan member or some devil worshiper. Not true. I will let the article itself introduce to you the players involved.
For those of you who wish to get your own free copy of the video you may go to ABC News.
To view and read the debate go here.
Thanks for reading/ watching.
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6746393 (Mark Driscoll's mission)
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/FaithMatters/story?id=6711206&page=1 (more Mark Driscoll)
http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=7170007&page=1 Debate Story
Monday, March 30, 2009
"What the fans should realize is that if this is about the student-athlete, about education and following the rules, if that is what matters, then I am saying Bob Knight is the greatest of all-time. And there is no one even close. And there never will be." Sonny Vaccaro long time college basketball wheeler and dealer.
Link to Part 1
If you remember my previous piece, Colin's basic premise is you field a team with hot shot talent regardless of their interest in being a college student. He has no regard for the "little guy" It's not so much cheering for the little guy but cheering for the guy who knows where their priorities are. A lot of people and I mean a lot of people forget there are two words in the sport "college basketball". As weird as it might sound they forget the first word. Please listen to the audio file provided below. It contains Colin Cowherd and USC coach Tim Floyd defending the one year wonders.
One and done is the what you call a player who goes to college because he is obligated to. Not because he wants to hit the books. This obligation stems from the NBA rule that high school players have to exist for a year somewhere before being eligible to enter the NBA. There is a three way chain of exploitation here. The NBA is getting a free developmental league. The player goes through the motions on the campus while concentrating on playing basketball. The team gets an extremely productive player for one year. But what does that tell the students of that school? People who can dribble a ball are special and you are not?
It's like Church form my personal experience. . Easy to tell people who are there because they feel they have to be there not because they want to be there. That is all Knight wants. Basketball players that are only interested in developing on the court skills to go some place that only serves that purpose. If you want to get educated and play basketball then play college basketball.
I went to high school and college and football and basketball players. Believe me, my university did not value our teams. Which in a way is a good thing. Sports should be part of the school. They should not be the school. I went to a small school and apparently it's a lot bigger than Villanova. Jay Wright seems to embody the principles I promote in this piece at least more than John Calapari does. He should be what Final Four should be all about. Players who actually study. That's why I will be rooting for them in the Final Four. Win or Lose for me they already have won.
Reynolds wraps himself into ’Nova history
By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
Mar 29, 1:37 am EDT
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BOSTON – Head down and driving for the season, driving for Detroit, driving through a collapsing double team, to the rim, for the win Scottie Reynolds delivered a shot for the ages and Villanova to the Final Four.
He delivered history: Villanova 78, Pitt 76.
The school that 24 years ago became the greatest upstart, upset-fueled NCAA champion, a lowly No. 8 seed, returns to the Final Four thanks to a final-second floater that’ll be replayed forever.
“Well, I just made a lay-up,” Reynolds laughed after.
That was long after hugs were exchanged and tears were shed and smiles were shared throughout the fan base of the small Catholic school in the Philly suburbs. They’ve got a fine program at Villanova, but this isn’t one of those athletic factories that churns out title contenders every year. They maintain a unique expectation on the Main Line; the athletes have to be actual students.
They’ve never bent on that. Jay Wright, the dapper, personable coach, has never complained about it either; never sought greener pastures or paychecks, never pressured the school to change its principled ways to be better on the court, but worse off of it.
Together they’ve embraced it while never giving up hope that a night like this, a shot like Reynolds’, a chance like next week could happen again. Over 24 seasons they’ve learned to appreciate good without selling out for great and now the patience has been rewarded.
Villanova is back, perhaps in a once-again Big East-dominated Final Four. While they’re a respectable No. 3 seed this time, they’re the underdog nonetheless.
“It’s kind of eerie how this is playing out,” Wright smiled. “I hope to God, history repeats itself.”
Maybe that’s why Reynolds was sobbing into Wright’s designer suit afterward. Or why delirious fans roared out of TD Banknorth Garden into the New England night. Or why Wright spent so much celebration time seeking out figures from the stands, recognizing the anonymous, pointing to the last row and flashing a V sign. He wanted everyone in on this, the entire Nova Nation, which based on an enrollment of just over 6,000, makes it one of the smaller ones in the big-time college ranks.
Over at the edge of the Garden stands, as he was wandering around looking for people to hug, he found Rollie Massimino. The Wildcat coaches past and present embraced and shouted through the din that they loved each other.
Wright had worked Massimino’s camps when he was a young player at Bucknell. Wright’s wife, Patricia, had been a cheerleader at Nova in the early 1980s. Massimino had made sure both were in Kentucky that magical 1985 weekend the Wildcats shocked the basketball world.
“The thing with Rollie is, everybody was in the family,” Wright said.
So Wright was trying to repay his mentor, trying to lead Massimino out on the court for the celebration, maybe get up a ladder for a clip of the net himself. The man who gave Villanova its greatest moment shook his head.
“I think he was kind of thinking, ‘That’s your time.’ ” Wright said.
Wright doesn’t see it that way; that’s just not him. He’s a unique personality in the coaching ranks, almost impossible to dislike. He’s competitive, for sure, but he’s never measured his worth based on the bounce of a ball. Earlier this year he mentioned that reaching a Final Four wasn’t a goal of his and caught some heat for it.
People misunderstood him though. He knows that had Levance Fields hit a 70-foot Pitt prayer right after Reynolds rolled his shot in, then the emotions would’ve been different. And he’d have been no less of a coach, Villanova no less of a place.
“All I was worried about was if we lost that game, I wanted to make sure Reggie Redding [who made a bad pass for a critical last minute turnover] felt good about himself,” Wright said.
“What you can do for other people is the greatest, and that’s what I feel great about,” Wright said of the satisfaction of making this happen. “They’re so happy. They’re happier than me, way happier than me.”
College basketball is cutthroat business, a corner-cutting game. The Final Four is the justification. The championships and the accolades and the money are the fuel. It’s win-at-all-costs, ruined reputations included.
Wright has maintained perspective; he has projected an image of a true family, with classy people and proud students. When Reynolds’ original college choice, Oklahoma, fell apart due to a coaching change, the player looked around for something real.
It was late in the recruiting period, all the frivolous stuff no longer mattered. He understood what did. He wanted Villanova. He wanted Jay Wright.
“It was that easy,” Wright said of a McDonald’s All-American. “We totally lucked out.”
It doesn’t happen by luck. Just as Reynolds’ floater doesn’t find the bottom of the net for that reason. One begat the other, the family feel of Villanova drawing in Wright when he was the hot mid-major coach and keeping him as the Kentuckys of the world batted their eyes. It was Wright embracing the place to the fullest and a young, free-agent recruit understanding why it was special.
It was everything going full circle, Rollie trying to include Wright, Wright trying to include Rollie, a roster full of young players mesmerized by them both.
Now the entire mini-Nova nation is heading back to the Final Four, heading back to the 1980s, heading back to take another sling shot at the Goliaths of the game.
Dan Wetzel is Yahoo! Sports' national columnist and author of "Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph" with the Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning. The book details Mourning's rise from foster care to NBA stardom before kidney disease changed everything. Send Dan a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Doing it his way
By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
December 21, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas – Leaning back on a couch in the coach's locker room here, Bob
Knight is running through Bucknell tape on his big screen TV, back and forth as
Texas Tech's next opponent runs a well-executed ball screen.
As sleet and freezing rain slam the South Plains here on Christmas week, Knight is
huddled deep inside United Spirit Arena, one thought on how to get career victory
No. 879, and one thought on the media that has been hounding him for nearly all of
the previous 878 – most recently when he clipped player Michael Prince on the chin
It is that thought that makes him hit pause and fire off a glare.
"That is why I have such a bad (expletive) feeling about all of you (expletive),"
Knight still wonders how things could get so mixed up with the media, with some of
the public. Actually, he doesn't wonder.
He is fairly convinced that, like a lot of things in college athletics, like a lot
of things in the world today, common sense, perspective and the ability to
separate the important big things from the superfluous little ones is lost.
While he is not inclined to discuss that a victory Saturday over Bucknell can tie
him with Dean Smith as the winningest coach in Division I history, human nature
suggests that deep down the record brings additional validation to his methods, to
Bob Knight, no matter what they say, will be on top, without peer, without
Knight, 66, hasnt changed a bit and isn't planning on it. He still is the
unapologetically demanding coach. He still is a profound stickler for NCAA rules –
no matter how disdainful he can find them. He still is the industry leader in
demanding academic success and ultimate graduation of his players. And without
question his competitive desire to win has not waned one bit.
He was that way at Army in 1965, where he started his head coaching career at age
24. And he will be that way when he eventually retires on top of his profession.
He has no regrets, no remorse – no matter what the media says.
"I've done it my way and I think we've been pretty successful the way I've done
it," he said.
One of Knight's prized possessions is a letter from Walter Byers, the pioneering
former NCAA executive director who from 1951 to 1988 built the Association into
the billion-dollar powerhouse it is today. Byers was a no-nonsense guy who ruled
the NCAA with an iron will and an uncompromising vision. It is little surprise he
and Knight were friends.
The letter arrived when Knight came here to Tech, when there was still so much
fallout from his dismissal at Indiana, still so much negativity. One line in
particular is Knights favorite:
"Every game has its rules," wrote Byers, "and over time you've played the game on
the important points as cleanly and openly as anyone I've known."
"I don't think," said Knight, "there is anything I have received I appreciated
more than that."
To Knight it isn't so much the ultimate vindication as much as it is the proof
that someone smart, someone with principle and someone who clearly knows what goes
on in college athletics was paying attention and recognized the big stuff.
In terms of the purpose of college sports, Knight's view (which most would agree
with) falls into three main categories.
1. Assure an education (both academically and in life skills) for
2. Follow the NCAA rules.
After that, it's all small stuff. After that, what really matters? If you happened
to be the coach who has a near 100 percent graduation rate, who has hundreds of
former players who swear your teaching drove them to success – and if you happened
to do all this while following NCAA rules as well as anyone and you won more games
than anyone, would you want to hear about flipped chins, thrown chairs and press
But the media coverage of Knight is about the sensational, about the
controversial, in part because Knight keeps providing new material. There is
little question he is held to a double-standard, but much of that is his own
While almost every news account mentions his successes, it inevitably ends with
but … And Knight can't quite figure out why there is the need for the but …
Like Byers, he has been in college athletics a long, long time and he knows as
well as anyone that the coaches who don't cheat and who do care are significantly
fewer than the public believes. The NCAA's system of selective enforcement
inadvertently convinces the public the cheaters are few and far between – that
there are white hats and black hats out there.
Reality is just the opposite. Just about everyone wears grey.
"I would say the majority of major college basketball programs break the rules,"
said Sonny Vaccaro, the long-time shoe company czar who by operating summer
basketball camps, tournaments and all-star games since the 1960s has been privy to
about every under-the-table dealing that ever went down.
"Because of my role and because I've been, I guess, a sounding board for these
things, I know these things. I've heard it all. I've been there for these things.
And with Bob Knight I've never heard a single thing, not first hand, second hand,
third hand. Nothing. Not ever."
What Vaccaro knows is that rampant rule breaking takes place not just among the
usual suspects, but also within programs run by the game's Mount Rushmore figures,
the ones with the most pristine reputations, the guys fans just don't want to
believe could be corrupt. He is forever laughing at the disparity between
reputation and reality with some of these guys, the ones who employ sugar daddy
boosters or whose recruits' parents magically move near campus or offer big money
"graduation" gifts for players. But that stuff, he says, has powered some of the
dynasties in this sport.
"You'd be disgusted with the number of coaches in the Hall of Fame who got there
by cheating," he said. "The American public wouldn't believe it."
Which is why Vaccaro, who has never been close with Knight and whose summer
basketball world has been the brunt of many a Knight diatribe, says you can't just
dismiss the big stuff because doing it is so, so rare.
"What the fans should realize is that if this is about the student-athlete, about
education and following the rules, if that is what matters, then I am saying Bob
Knight is the greatest of all-time. And there is no one even close. And there
never will be."
Yet as ESPN previews the upcoming Tech games that will propel Knight to the
record, the videos that flash across that big screen TV are him getting into it
with officials, players and reporters. Following the rules doesn't make for a
great highlight. Nor do graduation ceremonies.
"You get tired (of the press)," said Knight. "You get tired of all that. Because I
yelled at somebody that supersedes everything else?"
Knight says "I am not my brother's keeper." He says, "I'm not a policeman." He
says that while he decided early on to place more value on academics and
compliance, it doesn't bother him that so many others in college athletics didn't.
Even if it has affected him many times in recruiting.
Knight has been able to recruit and coach some very good players during his
career, particularly during his run at Indiana. But the truly great players often
eluded him. In his entire career he coached just one NBA All-Star (Isiah Thomas
from 1979-81). By comparison, Dean Smith coached 12 who appeared in a collective
61 All-Star games.
For the most part he targeted the guys he thought he could get and went from
there. He didn't bother with the ones that wanted more than tuition, room and
board; the ones that didn't want any part of actually attending class.
At IU he was literally surrounded by scoundrels – Illinois, Louisville (twice),
Kentucky (three times), Cincinnati (three times), Ohio State, Michigan and Purdue
– a perfect circle around Bloomington – who all were hammered with major
infractions during his time with the Hoosiers. During his five seasons so far in
the Big 12, three of the regular season champions (Kansas and Oklahoma) are
already on NCAA probation for major rule violations.
"How many people cheat today?" Knight said. "I don't know. I've had one concern as
long as I've been coaching and that is how we do things, period. If they put me in
charge of it, and that was my job, then I'd bust up a lot of things.
"It's everybody's choice. My choice is there are rules there so we'll try to
follow the rules. And that is the way I was taught and that's the way my parents
taught me – that there is a right way and a wrong way.
"The kid that goes (to a school that cheats), that's the chance he takes, that (he
goes where) it is just about playing four years of basketball or whatever.
"If I broke rules to win games I wouldn't get anything out of them. You know, what
games we've won, we've won totally within the rules."
Yet for years he watched as cheaters succeeded, watched them receive glowing
praise in the press. For years he received phone calls and letters from players,
who after playing for coaches with better reputations, were asking him for help,
advice, and guidance.
"Over the years I have had a lot of kids at other schools call me to help them get
jobs," Knight said. "So when kids from other schools, kids we played against or I
have met somewhere along the way, are calling me to help them, I think that is an
indication that their schools don't much give a damn about the kids. And there are
a lot of those.
"To me, that's academic fraud."
He sighed and went back to the Bucknell tape for a minute, watching an inbound
play closely for some flaw his 9-3 team can exploit. He sat up for a second to get
a closer look and then leaned back in the chair.
"I don't have a bad feeling about the guys who want to cheat," he said. "I have a
bad feeling for people in your profession who don't recognize what's important and
what isn't – and fail to recognize what has been good and what hasn't. That is why
I have such a total lack of regard for most people in your profession.
"He threw a chair. What difference does it make if you threw a chair? How
(expletive) many guys have thrown things? Bats out on the field, balls, picked up
bases, water coolers, thrown coats? How many guys have kicked something over?
"I'm tired of that. That's what Im tired of."
Dating all the way back to his playing days at Ohio State, where he was John
Havlicek's teammate on the 1960 NCAA championship team, Knight has questioned the
decision making of the NCAA. He's watched the game get bigger, grander, more
professionalized and more competitive. Often for the good, he notes, but sometimes
for the bad.
The latest trend he can't comprehend is the NCAA's willingness to be used by the
NBA as a one-year way station for top pro prospects. NBA Commissioner David Stern
instituted a 19-year-old age limit to stop the preps-to-pros trend. It forced the
best high school players into college, such as Ohio State's superb center Greg
But for whatever excitement that brings the fans, such a decision stands in stark
contrast to what the NCAA is supposed to be about. Many of the top prospects
openly claim they are only going to attend school for one year, no one even
pretends that graduating is a goal anymore.
"These rent-a-players, that's the worst thing I've seen happen in college
basketball," Knight said. "These guys who can come in for one year and play,
that's not college basketball. College basketball is a game for kids that are
going to college to graduate not going to college for one year and then move on."
In fact, the one and done student-athlete doesn't have to be much of a student at
all under current rules. For a freshman to retain his eligibility into the second
semester he needs to earn a meager D in just two classes and flunk the other two.
A player could do virtually no academic work in the fall semester and then not
attend a single class the spring semester before dropping out the day after the
season is over to turn pro.
"So I can come in and (learn nothing) the first semester and then play the second
semester without ever going to a class and then quit," said Knight. "Is that what
college basketball is all about?"
Knight believes the NCAA is being duped by the NBA because it is so desperate for
the talent infusion that they'll compromise all logic.
"(David) Stern doesn't give a damn about college basketball. The NBA saves a hell
of a lot of money with these kids coming in early like they do."
Knight's suggestion is to make players who want to attend college sign an
agreement that will keep them on campus at a minimum of two years. Or else take a
scholarship away from schools that recruit these kinds of players. Anything else
is ridiculous and hypocritical.
"It is ludicrous (to allow a) kid who is only going to be there one year have a
real effect on the outcome of an entire season of college basketball. And these
people talk about academics and graduation rates."
Knight's record of compliance is pristine, yet he hates the NCAA rule book for its
arcane and confusing items. He has volunteered to tear it up and turn it into a
10- to 20-page document. He considers the NCAA's new academic requirements that
force schools to graduate athletes at a higher rate than the student body or face
sanctions to be illogical. He doesn't believe morality can be legislated.
"The rules are not going to keep people from violating them."
Mostly he can't believe how little common sense is being applied.
"I don't think there is anybody in the NCAA hierarchy who has ever coached and
very few who have ever played. And it is the same with presidents. How many of
them have ever coached? How many of them have ever played? It is amazing.
"The person that through the years the NCAA has gotten furthest away from is the
kid," he said. "(They never consider) what's best for the kid."
The three-second clip of Bob Knight flipping Michael Prince on the chin is a
snapshot of a full-time, lifetime interaction between coach and player, teacher
and student, mentor and protégé. That's how Knight sees it. That's what he
It was just one moment, one interaction. All the other days, the games, the
practices, the meetings, the bus trips, the late-night phone calls when the player
is long since graduated are missed.
Most people see the footage and see it the other way: Knight once again out of
control. But if you can't imagine why he keeps doing these things, why he keeps
making it difficult for people that want to support him, want to hold him up as
what is good in college sports, then you don't understand Knight. For Knight, the
end justifies the means because the end result is so good.
"If I didn't do things like that my kids wouldn't be as successful as they have
been," he says.
Knight pauses the Bucknell tape again, turns and makes sure he is getting this
message across clearly. This, he believes, is the entire point, the entire missed
point when it comes to his career. Never mind the acts that don't seem proper.
They are proper because they produce the proper results.
"If I didn't yell, if I didn't demand, if I wasn't tough, if I didn't have the
stringent rules, my kids wouldn't be as successful," he said. "You don't graduate
players today in college without getting on their ass. You don't make kids better
people without getting them out of their comfort zone.
"Why do I have as many kids graduate as anyone? Why are our kids so successful? If
I did things the way you'd like me to do them, that are politically acceptable to
everybody, then we wouldn't beat anybody, we wouldn't accomplish anything.
"See, that is the thing guys don't grasp."
His mind goes right back onto the game tape, about the next opponent, about the
next victory. After four decades, he is about done even trying to explain all this
stuff. He knows, at this point, he probably isn't changing any minds. And his is
certainly not going to change, an all-time wins record of not.
As always, he wonders why the world just doesn't always think like he does.
The link above is from a guy who writes for me a really funny and thoughtful blog. I don't expect anybody to agree with me 100% since we all have our own personal taste. I don't expect anyone to agree with him 100% . But it's that going out on a limb that makes a blog personal. That makes it unique.
With blogs,in some cases you are on equal footing., level playing field. Translation if you think they suck then just do better in your own blog. Below I have the included the words and video of Anton Ego who says it much better than I ever could. The bitter truth as Ego says is something that may not have occurred to Doc's critics. They themselves lack so they must put down others who go out on limb better than they can.
Reading blogs is very simple. Since there are so many. If you totally disagree with someone., then don't read. It is possible to find value in something that you may not agree with. If something i worthless, move on. Isn't that how life is? Anyone Can Cook!!!
Anton Ego: In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau's, who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
I know it sounds cliche but this was a labor of love. I always had this perverse fascination of manipulating sound and video that do not belong together. Never took formal training in it. Just played around.
The main point is rock and roll was once a form of expression, distinction and rebellion. But rock and roll got too cozy with TV, movies and commercials that it lost it's soul. It's significance. Basically the systematic exploitation of the apparently romanticized notion of the songs to sell products. Watching this video again, I doubt the younger generation can relate with the disconnect Frith talks about. Because the older people remember hearing a song on the radio and living for years with the imagination generated. Then MTV came along and the younger crowd thought it was always like that A song did not exist without a video. Rock and roll used to be about four guys practicing for years on their instruments and playing in front of audiences long before they saw a recording studio. Then they would record an ALBUM. Not just two songs. But for some I might as well be speaking Nepalese.
You may notice the famous scene from Risky Business where Tom Cruise dances in his underwear. Click here for a better explanation and some good Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. I wish I still had the book I got this from. That was about 4 moves ago. Somewhere in the third segment you will see Ferris Bueller who I use to explain the context of sampling. Another concept that is so common place that the young people take it so for granted that they thought it was always there. I am sure my long lost friend James Clare will remember when I told him "Next to the Atom Bomb, the Sampler is Mankind's most evil invention".
The video is 22 minutes long.
- The difference between commercial success of the soundtracks of Top Gun and Back to The Future.
- The Thinking behind the concept of Dirty Dancing.
- The Origin of MTV.
- Aretha Franklin selling cars
- How Stand By Me became a hit decades after it was first released and sold jeans in the process.
- and a whole lot more.
Thanks to video capture technology, my piece of crap creation that was destined to be buried in a stack of VHS tapes can now be let loose on the world. Not exactly for the betterment of mankind. Sorry I could not provide subtitles but go ahead ask me about the inaudible parts. Which I assume is about 90% of it.
Another thing, since everything in here is at least 18 years old, you may feel old while watching this.
Notes and links:
When I mention "wea" I mean the record labels :
WEA- Warner Brothers, Elektra and Atlantic.
From Publishers Weekly
These five postmortems by popular-music journalists are, as Frith explains, "inspired by the suspicion . . . that the rock story is ending." In the eloquent and compelling "McRock: Pop as a Commodity," Mary Harron interprets such movements as '50s pop, '60s rock and '70s punk, as well as individual style-conscious '80s stars like Madonna, in terms of images created by hype. Frith's ambitious but often unfocused "Video Pop: Picking Up the Pieces" studies the implications of media entertainment conglomerates' intense packaging and marketing. Steve Perry's "Crossover Politics: Ain't No Mountain High Enough," a history of black popular music and a support of black crossover into white-dominated territory, is a welcome contrast to the other essays' cynical tone and focus on white musicians. And Ken Barnes's dry but informative "Top 40 Radio: A Fragment of the Imagination" unravels a maze of radio formats and discusses the reasons formats are adopted in this medium. If not as controversial as Frith aggrandizingly proclaims it to be, his volume is, for the most part, lively and challenging.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
British rock-critic Frith (Sound Effects and Art into Rock) here edits five original essays on pop music that range from the journalistic to the analytical. Most disappointing is Ken Barnes' "Top 40 Radio," a history and morphology of popular radio programming that includes a useful glossary to the alphabet soup of formats (AOR=album oriented radio, etc.) but that never challenges the fundamental tools of the trade - Barnes accepts demographics as an instrument of democratic participation, a rather naive notion to say the least. Steve Perry's spirited essay on "Crossover Politics" celebrates the history of "musical miscegenation," the "tangled lineage" of rock that serves as a corrective both to black nationalists and to those white critics who see nothing but exploitation. Frith's own contribution brilliantly points toward the future of an industry in which sound itself is replacing records as a commodity. In Frith's well-supported view, technology promises to alter definitions of both music and performer, with profound consequences in the courtroom as well as the boardroom. The business of rock also underpins Mary Harron's refreshing and demystifying piece, "McRock," in which she poses the question: "How can we disassociate pop from hype, when the two have been entwined from the beginning?" Her vigorously written answer - that we can't - surveys not just the obvious eras of pop-star-making, but even those periods when rock claimed for itself an authenticity and experience immune to corporate control. Equally impressive, Jon Savage's "The Enemy Within" pieces together a history of youth culture - how, among other things, the utopian hopes of the Sixties quickly turned into consumerist realities. Not for uncritical fans, this essential collection takes a giant step towards defining what rock was, is, and might be. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Life in the NFL explained through juvenile relationship tiffs.
This is a classic tale of dumping your girl friend because the new girl you want seems within reach. Then that falls like a house of cards and the foolish effort to convince girl friend #1 that she really is the one and let's move on.
That is pretty much what new Denver coach Josh McDaniels tried to do with current Denver all star QB Jay Cutler. He had then New England QB Matt Cassels in his sights a few weeks ago. Then that falls like a house of cards of course Cutler heard about it and did not take it well.
Now Josh claims it is him and Jay forever. if you are a tiny bit cynical to Josh's lip service so am I. I think this is all captured very well in song. Video below by Triboro. They cover the Weird Al song Good Enough for Now. Original is here on the multiply post in the form of an mp3 file . Lyrics below.
Cliff Richard once sang "Its so funny, we don't talk anymore".
McDaniels committed to Cutler, rules out nothing
By BARRY WILNER, AP Football Writer 9 hours, 42 minutes ago
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP)—Broncos coach Josh McDaniels says the team is committed to Jay Cutler as Denver’s quarterback. Still, he says no options— including trades—are being ruled out.
McDaniels spoke with the media for the first time Tuesday since the rift between the new Broncos coach and the Pro Bowl quarterback became public. He reiterated that Cutler is his quarterback and he’ll do what he can to improve the relationship.
The relationship became strained when McDaniels failed to inform Cutler about trade talks in which the Broncos showed interest in Matt Cassel. Cassel wound up being traded by New England to Kansas City, and Cutler asked to be traded.
“I’ve always been optimistic,” McDaniels said at the NFL meetings. “He’s on our team, he’s under contract, and I understand there’s things we have to work toward in our relationship.
“I’ve heard (Cutler’s trade request), but have not heard it from him personally. No one has contacted me, called me, text-messaged or e-mailed me.”
The 32-year-old McDaniels is in his first head coaching job after serving as offensive coordinator for New England, where he developed the untested Cassel into a top quarterback in 2008. He’s never denied that “conversations took place” this month about acquiring Cassel, nor does he apologize for them.
“You take into consideration what anybody is trying to offer up,” he said. “If the quality of the trade you feel, in the long run, improves your team, you analyze it.
“It’s been made very clear to me it’s my job to listen to a number of scenarios that would improve the team.”
McDaniels did wonder why Cutler insisted on having agent Bus Cook present when the coach and quarterback met face to face in Denver.
“One thing I continually want to do is meet with players one-on-one about myself, and find the best way to fix any issues,” McDaniels said. “It’s not an issue for an agent; we’re not talking contract. It was not mutual. He invited his agent.”
Cook did not immediately respond to messages left by The Associated Press.
Cutler did not show for the Broncos’ first team meeting last week and hasn’t participated in the team’s offseason program, which is voluntary.
McDaniels smiled when asked if this ordeal was difficult for a young, rookie head coach.
“You hope certain things don’t get out before you have a chance to meet and explain them,” he said. “So my attitude is I’m going to work hard to improve the team and in this case, the player, when I have an opportunity to, get to the point where he respects me for what I can do for him on the field. I hope that that’s mutual.”
Cutler has said he’ll be at a mandatory minicamp April 17-19—if he’s still a member of the Broncos. When asked if he envisions Cutler being the team’s quarterback five weeks from now, McDaniels emphatically said, “Yes.”
Cutler is halfway through the six-year, $48 million contract he signed as the 11th overall pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2006 draft. He’s 17-20 as Broncos starter, although that’s misleading because of Denver’s dismal defense. He’s 13-1 in games in which Denver held its opponents under 21 points.
He was upset when Mike Shanahan was fired as coach, and even requested that members of Shanahan’s offensive staff be retained, which didn’t happen.
“It’s not an ideal situation, obviously,” McDaniels said. “We want him to be here, but it has to be two ways. It’s a challenge for him. I understand the position he is in and I respect that.”
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Oh, I couldn't live a single day without you
Actually, on second thought, well, I suppose I could
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, honey, you're the greatest
Well, at any rate, I guess you're...pretty good
Now, it seems to me I'm relatively lucky
I know I probably couldn't ask for too much more
I honestly can say you're an above-average lady
You're almost just what I've been looking for
You're sort of everything I ever wanted
You're not perfect, but I love you anyhow
You're the woman that I've always dreamed of
Well, not really...but you're good enough for now
You're pretty close to what I've always hoped for
That's why my love for you is fairly strong
And I swear I'm never gonna leave you, darlin'
At least 'til something better comes along
'Cause you're sort of everything I ever wanted
You're not perfect, but I love you anyhow
You're the woman that I've always dreamed of
Well, not really...but you're good enough for now
No, not really...but you're good enough for now
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A lot of decisions you and I make daily are based on our values. You can lie to people all you want about what your values are but your actions will always give you away. Your actions are a big neon sign telling the world what your values are. I would hate to say what that says about me.
Listen to his 4 minute speech attached below or in ( http://cornholiogogs.multiply.com/) about the NCAA tournament and he belittles Bobby Knight's approach about caring. Caring about the first word in the common noun "student athlete".
Colin is all about the big , dominant teams. He says it over and over again. he is not for the little guy. Which makes him two things: 1) a front runner 2) a guy who does not give a lick if college players actually crack open a book as long as they win games.
Colin values dominant teams. Knight prefers those teams be composed of guys who will graduate in four years. That is what he values. Being a molder of men.
Not everybody who plays major college basketball even gets looked at by the NBA. Knight knows this. He wants his players to be equipped when the cheering stops. And eventually it does. Knight's basic view is only come to college if you are interested in an education. He also believes that he is one of the professors. Except there is no textbook in his class. But people who take it will learn. But they are not going to get everything in one or two years.
Everybody who people who play sports should be like everybody else on campus except on game day should value educators like Bob Knight.
Everybody who believes college is a place for higher learning and not just a stop gap for the pros should value educators like Bob Knight.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
It seldom happens that my desire to fetch myself a glass of water leads to a post but Saturday it happened. I really thought it was a video of Separate Ways coming from the maids TV when I passed by . Then I saw Arnel's face so he does sound like Steve Perry. Journey's Separate Ways was a song I have loved since it's release. I was in Grade 10 and remember it clearly. It got new legs with me recently in that a blogger I enjoy links to it constantly . Blog is called Club Trillion .
Before I get really going boys and girls . Our word of the day is Intrinsic
* belonging to a thing by its very nature; "form was treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of the thing"- John Dewey
* situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts; "intrinsic muscles"
I will forever comment on the phenomena where something gets wings or gets noticed /pansin just because of "perceived pinoyness". Automatically something is better or even worth noticing now because of added pinoyness. Somebody who is much more articulate and intellectual noticed the same thing. Read it here.
Journey has been around since the mid 70's. I first noticed them when Lovin Touchin Squeezin hit the airwaves. Escape along with Foreigner 4 might as well be soundtrack of 1981. Kids, those are entire albums and not single songs. Journey was actually a splinter band from Santana.
But to the subject at hand. What do I have against Arnel Pineda? Nothing really. What I am going to call out today is all the Pinoys jumping on the Journey bandwagon just because "one of them is one of us".
These are my simple views on how proud you should be of your country of origin as I stated them in the original "He's One of Us":
* What is good is good , regardless of age, gender or country of origin
* Be a good citizen of the world and being good to your country will automatically follow.
* We share the same biology regardless of ideology (thanks Sting)
* Instead of being proud of a guy in shorts who pounds Mexican brain cells into submission, be proud of a community that votes politicians who are selfless, intelligent and altruistic.
* All men are brothers until the day they die, its a wonderful world. (The most neglected line of a very misunderstood song, Short People by Randy Newman).
I believe that by following those guidelines. I am less prejudice on the aspect of country and more attentive to the intrinsic value of things. One major league baseball team can have 15 "Americans" 4 Dominican Republicans, 2 Japanese , 2 Columbians, a Canadian and a Korean. What does it matter? As long as they win???
Anyway so now the typical pinoy likes Journey because of Pinoy content.
Here is the irony. Arnel was recruited by Neil Schon not because of his song writing abilities or his creativity or his originality. He is now the lead singer of Journey because he sounds exactly like the old singer of Journey. You see what I am getting at? This guy is no more talented than the top 5% of Elvis Impersonators.
Arnel is where he is at because he is living out the concept of "gaya gaya". Journey themselves with Steve Perry have not produced many hits after the mid eighties. So as a marketing technique ( or what Dire Straits called Money for Nothing). They are rerecording their old songs with Arnel. Who sounds like the first thing anyway. If Arnel helped write something that would make me listen to album then I will be impressed. As I would with any musician. If Arnel helped write something that would break Journey's radio drought then I would be impressed.
Take the case of Van Halen. For whatever the reason, David Lee Roth left the band. They did not search You Tube for a DLR clone. Ok there was no Youtube in 1985 but you get my point. They got someone who added to their vision of what the band should be. They were credible with Sammy Hagar. They were relevant with albums that were were post DLR. Maybe not with me but others supported VH even more.
Very few pinoys under 30 cared about Journey before Arnel. But now that "one of them is one of us" , that is all they need to care ?? Extrapolating from that , I came up with my own formula based on this phenomena.
a) hypothetical disabled/ retired / deceased singer from popular band in 80s that younger pinoys don't care about.
b) pinoy sound-alike
c) band from a)
Apply the formula and ask if pinoys will care now that "one of them is one of us".
If Vince Neil were to go back into race car driving would most pinoys care if Motley Crue had a pinoy sound-alike?
If Simon Lebon were to go into modelling full time would most pinoys care if Duran Duran had a pinoy sound-alike?
If Brian Johnson were to quit to hunt full time would most pinoys care if AC/DC had a pinoy sound-alike?
If Klaus Meine were to quit to party full time with his peepel would most pinoys care if the Scorpions had a pinoy sound-alike?
Kevin Dubrow is now singing with the choir invisible. Would most pinoys care if Quiet Riot had a pinoy sound-alike?
The answer to all 5 questions is yes, yes , yes and yes . Just apply the one of them is one of us rule. Our country men do it all the time anyway. By focusing too much on nationality we lose sight of the qualities an individual brings to the table. That can be defined as PREJUDICE.
All I am saying is if you want to be proud of something , be proud of the right thing for the right reason. If you like something. Why was Journey not worthy of attention when they were pinoyless? Like it for it's intrinsic value an not because One of them is one of us.
1) Original Separate Ways Video
2) The funniest remake ever of any video (Separate Ways)
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This is what's pathetic. The guard gave me the date of departure. March 31, 2009. Think about that. Our building is 8 floors with two or three offices in each floor. For some reason the guards know the departure date of someone who is technically not their office mate or their superior. What does that tell you?
Last post I showed you a letter I wrote my boss about Maria Ophelia Ojeda . The post before on this topic you saw the letter I wrote MOO when I had enough. The Moody Blues once sang "letters I've written, never meaning to send". From the song Nights in White Satin. One of the more haunting songs you will ever hear.The letter below was something never sent but I did mean to send it to my boss when I again approached meltdown.
In case you need to catch up , the links are below. . Whatever flaws I exhibit while publishing this series. However uncharitable I may seem with my words and my portrayal. Just remember, I had to live through this. I had to just grit my teeth. There were times to let out the steam I arranged my two pointer fingers in the shape of a cross because I truly felt this person was evil incarnate. Read what I wrote and tell me if this was not written by a tortured soul. I made my point verbally to admin and no one cared. They have become enablers of the behavior of M.O.O.
If you ever saw her proud peacock type strut like everybody is there for her. Like she is the sun and the rest of us are the solar system. If any of my office mates are willingly part of her posse. Please refer to the scene from Star Wars in the first video screen below. As told so wisely by Ben Kenobi.
She may have the devil may care attitude, the loud booming voice with the violent delivery. All I have are my words and this blog. If I had to suffer through this
I had already written my first letter which as you may know by now was not well received by management. She herself brought it to management's attention since it was meant for her and only her. It was her way of saying the blame lies outside and not within.
1) April 14 - I was cited for talking about the Masters to Jeffrey in Service (Zack Johnson an unknown won it so we were surprised) . It was so specific and rare that those are the details. 2) My email to Moo titled Cussing. June 3 Let's put that all in context what the office was like from 520 PM to 540 PM yesterday(July 10) . I have been to airport tarmacs that are quieter. I am not sure why my incident #1 deserves a one on one chat and a constant noisy Sales area is OK. And as is always the case, the noise here comes from one person. I asked after work yesterday and our noise source was loudly and clearly heard in Admin. As for point #2. I gave a list :
- room presence
- consideration for others
h) The class you sent us all to. Lilet our instructor wanted to show us all basic service then added service on top of that. Lilet started with a taxi and asked the absolute essentials of a taxi and of course it has to move , has to have a driver, gas etc. Then she kept asking for additional services she meant things like candy, newspaper etc. Moo volunteered "liligawan". I will leave the relevance of that comment to you.
i) Last year when the movie Wanted was showing she yelled once work ended " Angelina Jolie I'm coming.!" - Like everybody in the office should care. I know Angelina does not care.
j) There was this one event the company sponsored in 6750 Ayala. I did not go. But when she came back she was so thrilled she saw this cute guy there. Nothing wrong with that in and of itself. But everybody in the office had to hear about it. With that loud voice of hers. Like we were back in Grade 6.
Are these indicators of someone that deserves attention? Yet she seeks it constantly. Moo is an alcoholic and Percom is the bar. MOO is the crack addict and Percom is the crack den. In light of my list above , yet I am the one being given a talk to because I discussed a golf tournament? On the afternoon in June that I sent my infamous email I heard her say really loud to no one in particular : "Ang bastos bastos ng tao to.!" A moment of self awareness maybe? I doubt it. She may have directed it to me but you have what I wrote. I wrote it for her and just her. No one to this day including Moo herself ever disputed what I said. In the email before I said: Maybe I am in no position to judge your values but since I am involuntarily subjected to your unique vocabulary , I feel it's OK to comment in a civilized manner about what I am involuntarily subjected to. Maybe the others in this half of the office enjoy your loud swearing. I believe it's not proper and anybody with guts should be able to speak against it. I am totally speaking on my behalf and no one else. Again, I am subjected to all what i have described above and the question is should I be ? I believe I have accurately documented her habits and her behavior. If you put a gun to my head to do the same for R***** , Di**** or J*** , I will stop after 3 sentences. And you will be bored to tears. They do not give me enough to work with. MOO on the other hand is a non stop display of what she is all about. Maybe some people are naturally exuberant but maybe she can go to the slide in McDonalds during breaks to get it out of her system. She seems to treat this place like she was there. Nothing about her is subtle or understated . Not volume, not vocabulary , not inflection not wardrobe. She always has to be the center of attention. As long as she is visible so this is during office hours and on the premises. My opinion she is not worthy. Others may disagree but few will make the case that I am making. Moo should seek attention elsewhere. The questions are: 1) Is Moo indeed doing what I claim she does? 2) Assuming number 1 is true , does that behavior belong in our office? If you recall the only reason you know about my letter to Moo is she showed it to you. I stand behind what I say. But for me that gesture compromises her accountability to giving me the reason to write all that in the first place. She could have just had dialogue with me but there is not enough attention for her in that method. By showing it to you and not dealing with me, she defines me as the problem and not her. And you can tell that by her continuing on her course of unrefined behavior. I am not going to sit here and just take all this quietly. Then again her inability to be quiet is why we are having this discussion in the first place. Logically it is wrong for me to tell her all this myself . But can you point to any basic claim here as false? Thanks, Ed
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