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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Bama horns

So all this Nick Saban / Bama stuff has fascinated me. I'm no huge Saban fan but I likethe guy ok. I don't think we shoulda paid that kind of bucks for him but so be it - the majority of the money comes from boosters anyway. Not like their stealing for the university system or anything. More on Saban later.

What really gets my grey matter flappin' is the hiring of Major Applewhite - not to be confused with Major Winterberry, the well known porn star from Vestavia. I'm assuming he'll be the Quarterbacks Coach since Pendry will most likely take the offensive coordinator spot. At first I thought.."Major Applewhite!?! I remember that guy.... good arm... smart quarterback.... played for Texas... SEVEN YEARS AGO!!!" What? This guy is only 28. So I immediately start doubting his credentials and prepare myself to start shaking my finger at Saban and saying "you fucked it up already". Then I take a good hard look at his record at Texas - actually all the passing records at Texas. I learned that of the 63 individual passing records for the Texas Longhorns Major Applewhite owns 33 of them. You simply cannot own stats like that and not be a total wizard with the football. They (whoever they is) say he helped develope a young Vince Young. You know that Heisman guy who's all the rage for winning the 2006 BCS and having a decent year in the NFL. Like Michael Vick - everyone's ready to jump on the Vince Young wagon. Oh yeah... he has a whopping 8 records at Texas.. and a few of them are for rushing.

Alright Major - Since you look cool giving the pitchforks (devil horns, metal horns.) I'll give you a chance.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Musical Revelations

Musical tastes change over time. Through the years there are certain bands or albums which I thought I liked - but it turns out I really don't and never truly did. On the contrary, there are those I always disliked but, as it turns out, I actually do like them and probably have for a while. Some I have always liked but wasn't really "in to" heavily but have grown to become a huge fan. It's funny how tastes change over time. Of course a band or album may have a special place because of when I heard it - back in my youth - maybe it brings up certain great memories - but in retrospect I might think the music really sucks. The list (only partial here) of bands I once thought I liked but no longer do is much longer than the other list - but this is only natural, I guess.

Thought, or pretended, that I liked but I really don't:

Hammerfall, Gamma Ray, Gardenian, Soilwork ,Crosby Stills and Nash, Steve Miller Band, Viking, Dimmu Borgir, The Who, VoiVod,The Misfits, Brutal Truth, Accept, Alice Cooper, Malevolent Creation, Danzig, Motorhead, The Ramones, Biohazard, Corrosion of Conformity, Carnal Forge, and others

Thought I did not like or didn't realize that I liked as much as I do:
Aerosmith, Nile, Queensryche, White Lion, Fates Warning, Yes, Rush, Badlands, etc...

Then there are those bands which have stood the test of time (in some cases) and could probably be labeled as my all time favorites. These are the bands/albums which I can throw into the CD player and never touch the skip button on most tracks. CD's that I don't get sick of and let collect dust on the rack. For arguments sake I feel I should have listened to a band for at least 5 years before putting them on this list - preserves authenticity.

Iron Maiden, Nevermore, Black Sabbath, Entombed, Mastodon, Slayer, In Flames (almost), Vio-lence, Death Angel, OZZY solo, Crumbsuckers, David Lee Roth era Van Halen, Testament (minus the Ritual - which, like an Iranian to Israel, I refuse to acknowledge), CCR, and Leo Kottke.

Monday, December 04, 2006

More Robert Palmer

I was starting to think that Robert Palmer wrote songs specifically to confuse me when I remembered that Get it On (Bang a Gong) was not only written and performed years earlier, by T. Rex, but that Palmer's version was while he was part of Power Station - the '80's not-so-super group with 2 double Durans and some guy from the band Chic plus Palmer himself. Anyways, that song Get It On gets me. I have gotten it on many times. I have banged a gong, I think, one time. It was in a music shop in Birmingham called Nuncies back in the 80's. Is banging gongs something I'm supposed to relish? Is it something which enhances joy or the exuberance of youth? There's never been a situation where I had even the remotest possibility to both get it on and bang a gong simultaneously. Was Palmer suggesting that I bang a gong whilst getting it on? I guess it would be sort of a dramatic finish. The rest of the song makes fair sense to me. A lot of wearing black, dirty and sweet, you're my girl stuff. Kinda basic. Then I get really thrown off with "Well, you're built like a car...You got a hubcap diamond star halo....You're built like a car, oh yeah". Huh? First off is being 'built like a car' sexy? And what the hell is a hubcap diamond star halo? I guess I need to get out more. The next line proclaims "Well, you're an untamed youth.....That's the truth, with your cloak full of eagles." Eagles get me hard... Especially cloakfulls.

Eagles, hubcaps, diamonds, cloaks, and gongs.

And I thought metal lyrics were stupid.

Friday, December 01, 2006

No True Scotsman

I've only recenlty become aware of the concept of 'no true Scotsman'.

Wikidpedia.com says this:

No true Scotsman is a term coined by Antony Flew in his 1975 book Thinking About Thinking. It refers to an argument which takes this form:

Argument: "No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."
Reply: "But my uncle Angus likes sugar with his porridge."
Rebuttal: "Ah yes, but no true Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge."

This form of argument is a fallacy
if the predicate ("putting sugar on porridge") is not actually contradictory for the accepted definition of the subject ("Scotsman"), or if the definition of the subject is silently adjusted after the fact to make the rebuttal work.

Thinking hard about this I realize I use it all the time. It's a great way to stick your opinion out there. For example: No true musician would write such a horrible song or No true man would wear pink. I absolutely love the idea of implying some sort of divine "truth" about a subject based on my own interpretation of it's characteristics. Some people have called it a paradox but is it really? Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't a paradox a statement which inherently contradicts itself. I see nothing here contradictory. The beauty (and what makes "no True Scotsman" unique) is that it is making a statement which cannot actually be proven right or wrong - in a way. Now if we used some sort of concretely defined subject and proposition then it ceases to be a "no true Scotsman" and becomes a statement which can, in fact, be right or wrong. Such as (Wikipedia example) 'no true vegetarian would eat a beef steak'. Based on the definition of 'vegetarian' this is a true statement. A real 'no true Scotsman' statement only works if it is a fallacy. You probably use them all the time. Here's one I say all the time: "No reasonable person would......" or "nobody in their right mind would....".

Based on my new found fondness for NTS statements I'm going to try to employ them as often as possible. Perhaps 'no true wife would deny sex in public'; 'no true Bama fan would consider Spurrier as a head coach' ( one I agree with); 'no true metal head would listen to Celtic Frost's Monotheist willfully'.

How can there not be a name for this line of reasoning or statement making? 'No True Scotsman' is a little long. I'll call it a 'nots'.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Simply Irresistable

I have never completely understood what Robert Palmer meant by "She's so fine, there's no tellin' where the money went".

Friday, November 17, 2006


For some reason I have had this dialogue stuck in my head all day. It's from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

"Yeah.. our oldest boy's preparing for his career"

"ahhh college!?"

"no, the Carnival. Last year he was spreadin' pixie dust on the til-ti-whirl. Hopefully this year he'll be guessin' peoples' weight or barking for the yak lady. You ever seen her? Ugly as sin, but one hell of a good cook."

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My word for the day


There's nothing like using an archaic, dead english word in everyday conversation.