Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Vinnie Vincent scheduled to appear at a Kiss expo...

Rumors are going all over the place that Vinnie Vincent will appear at a Kiss expo in Atlanta.  A Kiss expo, for those who may not know, are for losers like me who are fans of the band Kiss. I live in the south, so I'll probably be going to Atlanta for this. I'm not eager to meet Vinnie Vincent though-a guy who may be immensely talented but is also immensely troubled and a total recluse.

Him being a recluse is among the more interesting things about him. Generally, when you are a recluse people are more interested in you. JD Salinger is the perfect example of this. The guy wrote one mediocre novel (Sorry people), disappeared, and  then became the target of obsession and mystery for forty years. Vinnie Vincent joined many bands-and the guy is incredibly talented as a guitarist-but he's also controversial and as Paul Stanley says in his biography, "virtually no one has good things to say about Vinnie as a person." He's also been fired by many bands and it never ends smoothly for anyone involved.

I highly doubt he'll show up to this. I'm also not sure why Kiss fans are eager to see him. Sure, the two albums he did with the band are quite good (Creatures of the Night, Lick it Up) but if he was a jerk in the 70's, 80's and 90's-what makes you think he'll change? 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse!

Apparently, there was an eclipse on Monday. Did you hear about it? I didn't. I had no idea what was going to happen and I thought it was the end of the world when I saw the sky get dark. I ran outside, stared at the sun, and now I'm seeing dark spots in my vision. I hope they'll clear up soon.

Okay, I just made that up. Yes, I knew about the eclipse. Yes, I knew when it was going to happen. No, I did not think the world was going to end. No, I didn't run outside and my vision is just fine. Living in my part of Florida it was a cloudy day and the sky didn't even get dark. So we missed the eclipse. I felt bad for the school kids who were eager to see it-but most were allowed out of school so I don't feel that bad for them. The eclipse down here was a giant dud that didn't live up to it's hype.

I didn't care about it either. At all. Sure, I was a called a killjoy and "anti-science" because I didn't care about it, but it didn't bother me. I'm not sure that label applies. I like science, believe that global warming is real, that GMO foods are totally fine and that homosexuality is natural. So I'm not "anti-science" just because I don't care about an eclipse. Expressing that you don't care about a certain issue is also not the same as being a killjoy.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The book is better

I've already mentioned how I feel about Stephen King. Sure, I'm in the minority of huge horror fans who dislike him, but it's out there. Here is a link to the original blog.  He's obviously extremely popular and his popularity shows because there are two more movies coming out based on his works. The remake of "It"(which I've also talked about) and one based on his "Dark Tower" series. I haven't read the Dark Tower series.

Apparently the Dark Tower movie isn't getting great reviews. Some of the reviewers are saying that it's a very difficult series to translate to film. I can see why-most of his books are foolishly long. They were turned into bad mini-series in the 90's (I highly suggest watching the Nostalgia Critic videos based on them) and now they are turning into bad movies.

I heard someone say that the "books are better". That saying drives me crazy. In 2017, this should be so well known and so accepted that it hardly needs to be discussed. It's like saying "Don't run naked into a bonfire". If you need to be told that the "book is better" or running naked into a bonfire isn't a good idea, you probably aren't ready to listen to the advice in the first place.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Scripture Sunday Alma 13:28

I'm sure this is a very popular scripture, and in theory-it's a good one. Being meek, submissive and humble before the Lord is a good thing. After all, the Lord is all powerful and all knowing and you are not. What isn't talked about though is that being meek and humble in front of the Lord does not mean that you have to be a milquetoast in dealing with your fellow men.

There is a difference of course between "Christian Love and meekness" and "I am a doormat who is too frightened and humble to ever make a stand". If you trust in the Lord (and you should) then you know there is a time for everything. Striking the right balance between humility and strength is a challenge for all Christians, because the moment a Christian takes a stand and chooses to debate or argue a non believer can say "But you aren't being humble!" Sadly, many people confuse "being humble" for "never standing up for yourself."

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pseudo-Tough guys (and girls)

I'm seeing a lot of people on social media trying to show how tough they think they are. They threaten to "punch" people they disagree with-both sides are guilty of this. Resorting to physical violence is always a terrible idea, no matter what your intention is. Threatening to punch people, even really bad people, will get you no where and could lead you into serious trouble.

One thing I've noticed in my life is that the really, really tough people don't talk about how tough they are. It's like the guy in the room who brags about how many women he's been with. With the sole exception of Hugh Heffner-he's almost certainly lying.

It's very easy to be tough in front of your cellphone or computer screen-but in reality, bragging about how tough you are means you've never been in a fistfight in your life. Everyone thinks they are tough until they are confronted with someone who can punch back. Being punched hurts, no matter who you are or how tough you think you are. You can walk around threatening to punch people, but I've yet to meet someone who would just stand there and let themselves get punched. You can break boards in karate class tough guy, but like Bruce Lee said in Enter the Dragon , "Boards don't punch back."

You've also got the troubling aspect that you don't know who you are attacking. Sure, the guy might be a Neo-Nazi and a despicable person, but if he's carrying a gun and you are not-it's not going to end well. Since most neo-Nazis are nothing but bullies, they'll also be in groups. If it's one on seven- you will lose. Here is something else not talking about. Let's say you punch a guy in the face, he falls down, hits his head, and suddenly dies of a stroke. You feel proud of yourself-after all you've killed someone you can't stand-but the law might think differently and you won't feel very tough when you are prosecuted for manslaughter. Also, you might think that beating up Neo-Nazis will make you a hero, but having to carry around the burden that you killed someone (even by accident) isn't really positive to your mental health and well being in the long run.

You'd think people past 5th grade would grow out of the "I'm so tough" phase. You'd be wrong.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Album of the weekend

Metallica-The Black Album

I'm surprised I haven't talked about this album either. Really surprised indeed. I think it's because it's the most controversial of their albums, even more so than Load/Re-Load and St. Anger. Controversial doesn't mean it's bad-but it doesn't mean it's good either. This is actually when they first "sold out" and it's the beginning of the end for their glorious heavy metal/trash career. It's still not a bad album though, with some very good songs. 

Like many times with Metallica the best songs are not the most popular songs. The best songs are "Through the Never" and "The God that Failed". I'm afraid to say the the worst songs are "Nothing Else Matters" and "Enter Sandman". Ask yourself this-would those two songs be on Master of Puppets, Justice for All, or Ride the Lightning? The answer is a resounding no. 

I can't hate this album though. For many people it was their first introduction to Metallica, once of the greatest bands or all time. It's way too "radio friendly" (remember that term?) and lacks the bands original sound of long, passionate, deep and insightful heavy metal. But if you are into pop-metal, it's your thing. 


Thursday, August 17, 2017

LDS white pride blogger

There is a girl out there in the blogosphere that claims to be LDS and also claims to be an advocate of "white culture." Her name is "Ayla Stewart" and I don't care about the name of her blog. You shouldn't either, she doesn't need more attention. Needless to say, she's either a lunatic, misguided, or evil. Maybe all three. I can't read her mind so I can't tell you which she is.

One thing I can tell you though-she does not represent what the mainstream LDS church thinks anymore than the delusional polygamy groups do. I have to admit, the LDS church does not have a perfect history when it comes to race and no, the mistakes the church made can not be swept under the rug. Thankfully though, our leadership has tried to go the extra mile to condemn racism and, in a fit of wonderful bravery-to condemn white supremacist groups.  I'm very proud that the members of the church have stepped up to the plate in this case. She needs to be told that her behavior is totally out of line.

Oh sure, she has the right to say whatever she wants to. After all, free speech isn't for ideas that you agree with. However the church, and I also have free speech, and we can say that this girl is out of her goddamn mind.