September 26, 2008

Political Thoughts

I just had an interesting epiphany. There's a slight chance that someone else has said this at some point, but in any case...

You know this mysterious "facist" charge that liberals are fond of using? I think I may have figured out what it means.

Consider this: When a liberal engages in debate, he often spends more time trying to figure out how to insult his opponent than how to argue his point, right? Two of the most common insults are "racist" and "fascist." Maybe, just maybe, "facist" is the result of a moment of indecision when they've narrowed it down to those two but can't decide which to go with.

Just a thought.

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Fun Fact For Today


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September 25, 2008

Five. Years.

Yep. Today is the five year blogiversary of Semi-Intelligent Thoughts. Can you believe that I've been at this thing for half a decade? Even when you allow for the extended breaks I've taken at various times, it's pretty unreal.

Just think about how much has changed since I started this blog. On September 25, 2003, I was an 18 year-old college freshman, I wanted to be a film director, I was extremely religious, and I had issues with saying/writing swear words. Today, I'm a 23 year-old college graduate, I want to be a film editor, I'm not religious at all, and just about every other sentence I write contains at least one instance of "fuck" or "shit."

However, a few things haven't changed. First of all, in the five years that I've been blogging, I've had the same number of both girlfriends and paying jobs that I had in the 18 years before (i.e. none).

More importantly, I'm still a damn good writer, and I don't plan to stop showing it off on SIT anytime soon.

Take that to the bank.

...On second thought, wait until the economic disaster has been averted, then take it to the bank.

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You're Doing It Wrong - Starring Marian Hossa

It's a shootout...all eyes are on him...

Here comes the shot...

Look at the flex on that stick!

"O noes! I lets my team down!"

I won't make fun of Lidstrom, though. Ouch.

Also from that link:

The Pittsburgh Penguins excelled on special teams Wednesday night, scoring two power-play goals and a shorthanded goal in a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs at Mellon Arena.


(NOTE: These posts will continue until the Stanley Cup is back in the 'Burgh where it belongs)

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September 24, 2008

Name That iTune

Hopefully, I won't have to keep throwing these up every week (I'm slowly making some progress on the apartment/job front), but they're still kind of fun, so here we go again.

I'm trying another new strategy this week: I'm not going to limit each band to one song. Any band can appear any number of times, and to help you out, I will tell you which songs are by the same band, although I obviously won't tell you what band it is. Check the extended entry for this, along with last week's answers.

This week's mystery lyrics:

Forever after
You killed my laughter
All I've done
Doesn't matter

I am your inner fear
Your kind refuse to hear
I am the light, I am the way
But the fallacies of man are easy to embrace

I slipped away, further from you
Trying to find what is real
Youíre somebody else that I never knew
And someone that I canít feel

Too alarming now to talk about
Take your pictures down and shake it out
Truth or consequence, say it aloud
Use that evidence, race it around

Hello, mirror, so glad to see you my friend
It's been a while
Searching, fearless, where do I begin to heal
This wound of self-denial?

This old world, well
Don't it make you wanna think damn?
This cold girl, well
Don't she make you wanna scream damn?

The ceiling's low, the walls are thin
The little stars upon your skin
I cannot sleep, I'm wound too tight
The morning comes and I feel all right

Corrupt my hope
In joyous hell
Between the lines
Lick cream that smells

Hang out my window
And over your head
Stare at your feelings
To see where they end

Even if you turn away
Sweep it all aside under the rug
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
But your problems still remain

Because I'm bored, here's a bonus song (it's not a particularly difficult one either, in my opinion):

I don't want to see you waiting
I've already gone too far away
I still can't keep the day from ending
No more messed up reasons for me to stay

Clues for this week (these will probably just confuse you, but I'll still give partial credit for figuring out anything from the song's title to the band's name):

- #1 and #8 are by the same band, and they're actually from the same album.

- #6 and #9 are by the same band.

- #1, #2, #4, #5, #7, #8, and #10 are all by bands that appeared in the last edition (I really have more music in my collection than it seems, but I leave out the stuff that nobody would recognize).

- Song #2 has the same title as one of last week's songs. In addition...

- The band that wrote the aforementioned song from last week also wrote this week's song #10.

- I posted a cover of song #4 in early 2006.

- The title of song #6 is in the lyrics.

- The title of song #8, except for the suffix of one word, is in the lyrics.

Good luck!

Answers to last edition:

1. "Suffer" by Staind

2. "Point to Prove" by Theory of a Deadman

3. "I Walk Alone" by Oleander

4. "Overdrive" by Foo Fighters

5. "Retribution Through the Ages" by Iced Earth

6. "My Ruin" by Sevendust (Huge hint: It's a pretty good bet that this band will appear at least once in every edition, since they're one of my favorites)

7. "One" by Metallica (solved by The Mulatto Maker)

8. "Constant Motion" by Dream Theater

9. "Anymore" by The Clarks

10. "Side of a Bullet" by Nickelback

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September 20, 2008

Hooray for Fitness II

Since I still don't have a whole lot to write about, here's a quick reminder...

My weight in May of 2007: 235 pounds
My current weight: 178 pounds

This also means that I've lost about 10 pounds since returning from New York in August. I can hardly believe it, but the bathroom scale doesn't lie (assuming it's calibrated properly).

On a related note, I find that the more I exercise, the more energy I have. I've actually been having a little trouble maintaining a sleep schedule lately because it seems like I never get tired anymore (this explains why there has been absolutely no consistency in the time of day that I post/comment).

In the past, I was sometimes exhausted after being awake for over 12 hours, even if I had barely moved that day. Now, I can be up for 16+ hours, at least one of which normally consists of nonstop speed walking, and I barely even feel like sitting down.

It's strange how that works.

In other news, the Penguins begin their year of domination tonight with what will undoubtedly be a horribly lopsided victory over Steve Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. It's only an exhibition game, but it's something. A positive sign: Miroslav Satan has already scored 3 or 4 goals in team scrimmages playing on Crosby's right wing.

Marian Who-ssa?

Okay, so it would've been a horribly lopsided victory if Sergei Gonchar hadn't left the game. The Pens' power play is basically nonexistent without him.

A glimpse of the future, courtesy of NHL Breakaway 99:


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September 16, 2008

Name That iTune

Something tells me that this game would be more successful if I had more readers who listened to the same kind of music I do, but if nothing else, it's an opportunity for me to listen to some stuff that I may have forgotten about and give publicity to my favorite bands, so...let's get to it.

Same rules as always, and last week's answers are in the extended entry. Also, no band clues this week, because there are a lot of repeats and I'm running out of ideas. #1 and #2 are the only songs by bands I haven't written hints for, so I guess that might narrow it down.

Anyway, here are this week's lyrics. Quite a few of these songs are really fun to listen to, but that probably doesn't matter to anyone but me:

The more you see, the more you do
The television's feeding you
With what you want to hear
Anger and fear, because you suffer

The country's gone to hell
But believe me, I didn't do it
You left me all alone
And now they call me stupid

I can't take this anymore, and I'm almost pretty sure
I've been here before
I can't take this any longer, I won't heal until I'm stronger
Strong enough to not be afraid

Coming down, I'm coming round
This time I think I'm waking up
Give me loud to drown it out
Before the world starts breaking up

Time, thousands of years pass by
But with the ancient rites intact
Man, mankind has multiplied
Spreading worldwide as planned

Inside my shadow, I can hear you
Am I near you?
Inside my shadow, I can smell you
Can I tell you?

I can't remember anything
Can't tell if this is true or dream
Deep down inside I feel the scream
This terrible silence stops me

Tunnel vision at blinding speed
Controlling my thoughts, obsessing me
Void of any uncertainty
Throughout my very soul

I gave my love everything
I tied an old glass heart to a ring
But she put it on a shelf
And I found it didn't help anything

Uncle Sam taught him to shoot, maybe a little too well
Finger on the trigger, loaded bullet
He hit the stage so full of rage and let the whole world know it
Six feet away, they heard him say ďOh God, donít let him pull itĒ

Answers to last edition:

1. "In Loving Memory" by Alter Bridge

2. "If You're Gone" by Matchbox Twenty (mostly solved by The Mulatto Maker)

3. "Watching Over Me" by Iced Earth

4. "Are You There?" by Oleander

5. "Pig" by Seether

6. "We Don't Have To Look Back Now" by Puddle of Mudd

7. "Xmas Day" by Sevendust

8. "In the Presence of Enemies III: Heretic" by Dream Theater

9. "Citizen/Soldier" by 3 Doors Down (I'd just like to say that I'm proud of my "trio of fallen entrances" clue for this one)

10. "Very Ape" by Nirvana

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September 15, 2008

Deep Thought for Today

Have you ever considered the fact that, when you eat chicken, you are, in a very roundabout way, actually eating a dinosaur?

Trippy, dude.

(NOTE: I promise that I am not under the influence of anything besides too many episodes of Jurassic Fight Club. Also, new Name That iTune coming later)

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September 12, 2008

First Impressions of Metallica's New Album


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September 08, 2008

Name That iTune

Since I still have little else to write about, it's time for another edition of everyone's favorite music guessing game. The rules are the same as before, only this time, I'll be using the shuffle function on my iPod instead of iTunes. I figure maybe I'll get a different mix that way.

As before, answers from last edition and clues for this edition's bands are in the extended entry. Here are the new lyrics (it seemed to get some really depressing stuff this time):

Thanks for all you've done
I've missed you for so long
I can't believe you're gone
You still live in me

I think I've already lost you
I think you're already gone
I think I'm finally scared now
You think I'm weak, I think you're wrong

I had a friend many years ago
One tragic night he died
The saddest time of my life
For weeks and weeks I cried

When I feel too far away from where I want to be
There's nothing left for me
And when I feel too close to breathe, like a baby cutting teeth
In you I find relief

Have you ever wanted to die
When you were without your friends?
Haven't you said goodbye
To the one on who your life depends?

I'm so much like you
Restless and reckless
I need a clue
So show me a sign

One step in the dark
Touch her hand just to see if she's all alone again
Still she hasn't seen sun
But I promise you now, when she wakes there will be none

Welcome, tired pilgrim, into the circle
We have been waiting
Everyone's gathered for your arrival
All the believers

Beyond the boundaries of your city's lights
Stand the heroes waiting for your cries
So many times you did not bring this on yourself
When that moment finally comes, I'll be there to help

I am buried up to my neck in
Contradictionary flies
I take pride as the king of illiterature
I'm very ape and very nice

Answers to last edition:

1. "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" by Van Halen (I'm surprised nobody got this; I actually posted a short cover of this song a couple years ago)

2. "Times Like These" by Foo Fighters

3. "If Memory Serves" by The Clarks (a great Pittsburgh band that everyone should check out if they haven't already)

4. "Curb" by Nickelback (Haven't heard of this song? Then you may be one of many people who seem to have the impression that Silver Side Up was Nickelback's debut album)

5. "Bottom" by Puddle of Mudd

6. "Take Away" by Revelation Theory (a.k.a. Rev Theory)

7. "It's Over" by Ditchwater

8. "Break My Fall" by Breaking Benjamin

9. "Desertion" by Sevendust

10. "Phantom Lord" by Metallica

Clues for this edition's bands (these may or may not be repeats from a previous edition):

1. Change a card game.

2. A score of toy cars.

3. Frozen third planet.

4. Poisonous flower.

5. Boiler.

6. Pond of muck.

7. Nitrogen powder.

8. Aspiration cinema.

9. A trio of fallen entrances.

10. One with the universe.

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September 04, 2008

Question of the Day

Have you ever had one of those days where everything that happens seems like part of a larger plot to piss you off as much as possible? Because that's the kind of day this has been.

Fuck you, universe. My life is shitty and meaningless enough without you fucking it up even more.

Follow-up question: Is it normal for over half of the emails and online messages a person sends over the course of a few weeks to be completely ignored, even when they're important and/or time-sensitive, or am I the only one who has this problem?

And yes, this is part of the reason I'm so fucking pissed today. Unless virtually everyone I'm trying to get in touch with has suddenly gone on vacation to places with no Internet service, there's no fucking excuse for this many people to be ignoring me at once. If you don't want to talk to me, just fucking say so, assholes.

(NOTE: The above probably does not apply to anyone reading SIT at the moment)

Is there such a thing as a Most Boring Life contest? I think I would be nearly impossible to beat.

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September 01, 2008

Name That iTune V (UPDATED!)

Since I don't have a lot to blog about right now other than apartment hunting and trying to avoid being attacked by frightened deer at 5 AM, I'm bringing back this feature.

In case you forgot: I will post the first four lines of ten randomly selected songs from my iTunes library, and your job is to name the song and the band that plays it. Each song is by a different band, no song has appeared in a previous NTi, and I'll make sure to only include bands that someone other than me would have a chance of knowing.

My music library has grown quite a lot in the two years since I last did this, so it should be somewhat interesting. Also, if you care for some reason, answers from the last edition are in the extended entry.

Just for fun, I'll try something new. In the extended entry, I added a clue for each song that may help you name the band that plays it. If you figure out the band but not the song, go ahead and write it in the comments anyway. I want to see how helpful these clues actually are.

Away we go:

I heard the news baby
All about your disease
Yeah, you may have all you want, baby
But I got something you need

I'm a one way motorway
I'm the one that drives away
And follows you back home

I couldn't think of someone
That I'd rather see
I couldn't think of any place
That I'd rather be

Have I gone all too far?
Have I been here before?
If I have, let me know
How it goes

Lift your head up from the clouds
I know that you're shaking, breaking down
How could you leave me, garbage can
Never want to be your understand

Is this what you wanted?
You got what you needed, all that's mine
Take it or leave it
Everything's even but what's left of my life

Oh, how I try
To push my feelings aside
Oh, this will go on
Until I open my eyes and realize it's over

You fought me once, but not again
Let me feel your heavy hand
I will clean your fucking mess
And leave no trace of evidence

Stick it in my face and let me see the look
As I watch the lump slipping right down your throat
I wonder how it feels to know I had you pinned down long ago
I want to know why it went wrong

Sound is ripping through your ears
The deafening sound of metal nears
Your bodies waiting for his whips
The taste of leather on your lips

Answers to last edition:

1. "Shame" by Matchbox Twenty (guessed correctly by Stephen Macklin)

2. "Tolerate" by Staind

3. "Pieces" by Sevendust

4. "Drop to Zero" by TRUSTcompany

5. "Useful Idiot" by Suspended Agitation

6. "Endless Sacrifice" by Dream Theater

7. "Seek and Destroy" by Metallica (guessed correctly by Army NCO Guy, a.k.a. The Mulatto Maker)

8. "Invisible Man" by Theory of a Deadman

9. "Monkey" by Bush (I'm sure Larry would have something to say about this combination)

10. "Not Leavin' Yet" by Nickelback


1. If you've got it bad, you might as well jump right now.

2. WWII term for UFOs.

3. If you're not from Pittsburgh, I'll be surprised if you even know this song (it was never released as a single). If you are from Pittsburgh and you don't at least recognize the band, you've probably never listened to a local radio station.

4. Rhymes with "pickle sack" (I made this one easy because there's no way in hell anyone is going to figure out what song it is).

5. Pool of wet dirt.

6. Speculation about the last book of the Bible.

7. Okay, I cheated a little, because nobody is going to get this. I only knew about this band because they added me as a friend on MySpace a couple years ago, and they recently broke up. Just Google the lyrics if you want to know the answer.

8. Injuring the Steelers' starting quarterback.

9. Lucky speck.

10. Part of this band's name is actually in the posted lyrics.

Hope these help!

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