31 December 2006

Headbangers Ball 2006 recap special

Yesterday at a friends house who had Direct TV (I don't even have cable/satellite at home, I watch TV analogue atenna & record TV with my VCR), I was watching part of the "Best of Metal Videos 2006" special on MTV2. I started with Avenged Sevenfold's "Seize the Day", which was #8 out of the top 15. The evening before yesterday, Nikki Blakk, the DJ at local rock station KSAN-FM "107.7 the Bone" claimed that countdowns were for "Casey Kasem and all that pop crap". Yeah right, Jamey Jasta (host of MTV2's Headbanger's Ball) seemed more open-minded. Plus, given that he is a VJ at an MTV network, and MTV has the contriversial maintsream countdown show Total Request Live, then it's justified. Oh well. Anyway, it took me a while to get used to "Seize the Day" by A7X, given that their newest CD, City of Evil, strays them a bit from their metalcore roots in their earlier CD's Sounding the Seventh Trumpet and Waking the Fallen. Currently, the A7X song I bang to is "Unholy Confessions", from the MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2 album. Anyway, here's what I think of the next top videos that were played on the Headbangers Ball yesterday, based on votes at MTV2.com:
7. Unearth "Giles" (4/5) - don't really care for the video, but the song was intense and banging, with crushing gutiars and lightning-fast drumming.
6. All That Remains "This Calling" (5/5) - the video depicts a woman in stress, accompanying this dark dramatic song with a catchy guitar lead.
5. As I Lay Dying "The Darkest Nights" (5/5) - who cares if their a Christian band? At least their not untalented posers like Jars of Clay or Kutless! This video rocks, with AILD's usual crushing guitars and fast-paced drumming, with religious themes proving that not all heavy metal music has to be secular or Satanic.
4. Dragonforce "Operation Ground and Pound" (2/5) - although Dragonforce has talented guitarists and drummer, they fail to put all their talent to work, as they play all their songs with the usually similar fast-paced structure and BPM with little variety, and their vocalist, Herman Li, has a bothersome high-pitched voice that lessens the appeal of the song. I'm not too crazy for power metal, so I recommend this only for die-hard power metalheads.
3. Powerman 5000 "Wild World" (4/5) - Good video, good alt-metal track from the band of Spider, who is Rob Zombie's brother.
2. Atreyu "Ex's and Oh's" (4/5) - Atreyu rocks with this video and screamo track. Forget regular emo like Panic at the Disco, which I consider poser pop punk.
1. Dir en grey "Saku" (3/5/5) - Whoa, I'm pretty surprise that a Japanese rock band would get the best metal video of 2006. I couldn't really understand the lyrics, but I know that this band has good musicianship, but the vocalist's goth look sorta crepps me out.

So overall i thank those who voted on mtv2.com and I hope that HBB will have a good 2007 season as it had in 2006. meanwhile, you can watch this mentioned ep, as well as past eps, on hbb.mtv2.com.

In other news, I just looked up the Best Metal Performance nominees for the 2007 Grammy Awards, and they are:
- Lamb of God "Redneck" (4/5) - Still a good LOG track despite being on hard rock radio playlists in Denver and San Francisco. I first heard this song on listening to Denver-based hard rock radio station KBPI. The video is also pretty humourous. However, I know heavier LOG songs.
- Mastodon "Colony of Birchmen" (4/5) - I was just listening to a 30-sec clip of this on iTunes, it sounds good, and Mastodon's good too with their unique sludge/progressive metal sound.
- Ministry "Lies, Lies, Lies" (3/5) - Decent death metal song, but the chorus is repetitive, and Ministry isn't really that special.
- Slayer "Eyes of the Insane" (5/5) - The best song of the bunch. This song is about the War in Iraq. It basically points the "eyes" to President Bush and Tom Araya shows his angst against the War in Iraq for all the deaths and such. I hope this song wins, given it's political influence.
- Stone Sour "30/30-150" (4/5) - Good track from Corey Taylor's side-project from Slipknot. Unlike most of the other tracks on Stone Sour's new CD, which are practically slower and sound more "hard rock" oriented (think Metallica's Load and Reload), this track is Slipknot-reminiscent.

Happy new year everyone!

30 December 2006

2006 in review

Here's a quick review of what happened in the year 2006 C.E. Sources: Wikipedia, news from the radio, TV, Internet, newspaper, and magazines

Personal Life
I've been improving at school in terms of my grades and social activity. However, my school disgraced itself with its pathetic Homecoming in 20 October, with a theme of games, and that theme just sucks, no questions asked! Thus, I planned on running for ASB President, but dropped out around 8 December because I wanted to wait till the Battle of the Classes in March to strenthen or destroy my run for Class of 2009 President, or other office position, or to join leadership. In the summer, I attended a summer enrichment prgram in Lawson Middle School in Cupertino, taking classes in writing, debate, and basketball. I got to meet some of the Asian kids who lived in the other side of the South Bay, and realised that they were practically smarter then the Asian kids in my side of the South Bay. Also, they did follow the mass media and shop at fashion store like Hollister, Abnercrombie and Fitch, you name it! Later, in August, I vacation to the Northwest USA, peaking up to Seattle and riding up the Space Needle. Other vacations were in late November to Southern California (Los Angeles & San Diego) and northern Baja California, Mexico (Tijuana & Ensenada) and late December, just last week, to the mountainous southwest USA (including the nat'l parks of northern Arizona, southern Utah, and Las Vegas). When sophomore year began, I met cool new students in EVHS, especialy in my Algebra 2 and English classes. I suppose I'm becoming more popular at school, as I was the one who got the most stainding ovation at the Hip-hop club performance at schol on 15 December. Gee whiz, I must've killed everyone's expactation's, even though I think I sdcrewd up a bit. Still, I'm trying to improve my relationship with this one girl at school (NO NAME MENTIONED DUE TO PRIVACY!!!) 2006 was also the year I patrnoised the underground, nonconformist music world, as opposed to the popular MTV music world, as you've read in my previous-previous blog entry like last-last week. Technologically speaking, in the summer I began using Windows XP at home for the first time, as I'd ben using Windows ME from 2001 to June 2006, and in the winter, I started FireFox over Internet Explorer.

News - if you're not interested, skip this section if you like to be the ignorant closed-minded fool you already are, or read it to open your mind.
Violence continues in Iraq, causing thousands and hundreds of deaths of civilians and soldiers of Iraq and America and other countries of the world, so President Bush creates a new plan to pull our troops outta Iraq, maybe it's gonna fail, given how incompetent Bush was since day One of his presidency. Also, on 11 February, VP Dick Cheney becomes a d**k by accidnetally shooting friend Harry Whittington in the face in hunting trip in Texas ranch, thankfully he's alive, so Cheney doesn't get booted from office or whatever. It could've helped if he did kill Whittington and get in trouble. Grr, Mr Cheney and Mr Bush = the douche bag forces of America. Oh yeah, meanwhile violence continues in Israel and Palistine. Come 19 April, Han Myung-sook becomes the first female Prime Minister of South Korea. Gee whiz, Hilary Clinton, you've got an ally by your side now. On 27 May, Russia keeps homophobic, with a protest for the so-called "homosexual" sci-fi underground cult to get civil rights in Moscow broken up. Now, it's summertime! Tuesday, 6 June, was the "day of the devil", as the informal notation for that day this year was 06/06/2006! 666 - get it? On 29 June, women get to vote for the first time in Kuwait. 1 July: The railway line between Qinghai and Xizang provinces in China opens. But four days' later, North Korea fires 7 nuclear missile! By the end of July, we see Cuban dictator Fidel Castro surrendre power the first time in like 50 years to his younger brother Raul, as Sr. Castro needs surgery inmediatamente, por favor. On 10 August, come a fake British terror plot that gets 21 knuckleheads arrested. The next day ends the Israel-Lebanon conflict that's been going on all summer. Fall comes, and on 7 September, the Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan gets renamed to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, to remove the reference to this evil closed-minded dictator. Five day's later, Pope Benedict XVI gives lecture in Germany that link the Islam religion with violence, sparking portests within the Muslim world. Later in the month and enterting October comes some school shootings remininscent of Columbine, in Colorado and two other high school in the USA. In November's election day on the 7th, Phil Angelides loses governor California race to (gag) Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governator who screwed up California big time from 2003-06! Three more years of his torture! Grr!! But the good news nationwide was that the Democrats took back office for the first time since 1992! HAIL DEMOCRATS! By the end of November, America was relieved at a weaker hurricane season, as no hurricanes hit the United States of America, just some Tropical Storms and Depressions. Compare THAT with the 2005 seasson, ESPECIALLY HURRICANE KATRINA!!!! Also at the end of the month we don't need to hear of stupid old O.J. Simpson anymore, as his book and TV series' If I Did It were canceled at request of his victims and there families. Finally we hit December, with deaths of Gerald Ford and Saddam Hussein and James Brown.

- 6 March - Kirby Puckett (baseball player, Minnesota Twins)
- 11 April - DeShaun "Proof" Holton (rapper of D12)
- 2 May - Louis Rukeyser (American TV host of Wall Street Week)
- 7 June - Abu Masid Al-Zarqawi (fmr leader of Al-Qaeda)
- 9 November - Ed Bradley (CBS News)
- 23 November - Alex Litvanenko (Russian KGB spy, radiatino)
- 25 December - James Brown (R&B singer)
- 26 December - Gerald Ford (38th US President)
- 30 December - Saddam Hussein (fmr dictator of Iraq, hanging)

Gee whiz, what a hot year for the world, as it was perhaps the hottest year on record since 1850, with a five-day heat wave from 22 to 26 July in San Jose, tempertures above 100 degrees all five day's.

Here were the champions of 2006 in all my favourite sports leagues.
MLB (Baseball) - St Louis Cardinals
NBA (basketball) - Miami Heat
NFL (football) - Pittsburgh Steelers
NHL (hockey) - Carolina Hurricanes
2006 winter olympics in Turin, Italy - Germany wins 29 medals, leading the medal rank

Gee whiz, as the posers and preps of America listened to emo punk and dance-pop and crunk&B rap, I dove to the underground and banged to alternative/underground hip-hop and heavy metal. Here were the best and worst CD's of 2006:
- AFI - Decemberunderground
- Alice in Chains - The Essential Alice in Chains
- Black Label Society - Shot to Hell
- The Game - The Doctor's Advocate
- Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
- Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
- Godsmack - IV
- Hatebreed - Supremacy
Ice Cube - Laugh Now, Cry Later
- In Flames - Come Clarity
Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life or Death
- Jay-Z - Kingdom Come
- John Legend - Once Again
- Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies
- Lacuna Coil - Karmacode
- Lamb of God - Sacrament
- Matisyahu - Youth
- MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge
(various artists)
- My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
- Nas - Hip-Hop is Dead
- Shadows Fall - Fallout From the War
- Slayer - Christ Illusion
- Snoop Dogg - Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
- Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May
- Tool - 10,000 Days
- U2 - 18 Singles
- The Who - Endless Wire
- Agoraphobic Nosebleed - PCP Torpedo/ANbRX
- Akon - Konvicted
- Angels & Airwaves - We Don't Need to Whisper
- BarlowGirl - Another Journal Entry
- Beyonce - B'Day
- Birdman & Lil' Wayne - Like Father Like Son
- Bow Wow - The Price of Fame
- Breaking Benjamin - Phobia
- Bubba Sparxxx - The Charm
- Cannibal Corpse - Kill
- Cherish - Unappreciated
- Chingy - Hoodstar
Christina Aguilera - Back to Basics
- Christina Millian - So Amazin
- Ciara - The Evolution
- Danity Kane - Danity Kane
- Deicide - The Stench of Redemption
- Dem Franchize Boyz - On Top Of Our Game
- Diddy - Press Play
- Dragonforce - Unhuman Rampage
- E-40 - My Ghetto Report Card
- Evanescence - The Open Door
- Fergie - The Dutchess
- hellogoodbye - Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
- Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair
- Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds
Juvenile - Reality Check
- Kevin Federline - Playing With Fire
- Kutless - Hearts of the Innocent
- Lil Scrappy - Born 2 Die Bred 2 Live
- LL Cool J - Todd Smith
- Ludacris - Release Therapy
- Nelly Furtado - Loose
- Ne-Yo - In My Own Words
- Nick Lachey - What's Left of Me
- Paris Hilton - Paris
- Pink - I'm Not Dead
- Pitbull - El Mariel
- +44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating
- P.O.D. - Testify
- Rick Ross - Port of Miami
- Rihanna - A Girl Like Me
- Trivium - The Crusade
- Yellowcard - Lights & Sounds
- Ying Yang Twins - Chemically Imbalanced
- Young Jeezy - Thug Motivation: The Inspiration
- Yung Joc - New Joc City
Haven't really heard yet in 2006 but want to:
- All That Remains - The Fall of Ideals
- Bob Dylan - Modern Times
- Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
- Eminem, et al - The Re-Up
- Fat Joe - Me, Myself, & I
- Incubus - Light Grenades
- lostprophets - Liberation Transmission
- Lyfe Jennings - The Phoenix
- Powerman 5000 - Destroy What You Enjoy
- Rise Against - The Sufferer and the Witness
- Switchfoot - Oh Gravity
- T.I. - King
- Tom Petty - Highway Companion
- Trick Daddy - Back By Thug Demand
- Tupac - Pac's Life
- Unearth - III: In the Eyes of Fire

2006 was perhaps the best year in my life as I speak. I can't wait till 2007, when I turn 16, take the SAT, take AP Calculus BC, get my girl, I'll name more later!!! In the meantime, everyone have a happy new year, and please don't get in a car where someone's been drinking, as I don't want to find anyone I know missing by January.

21 December 2006

my experiences with mainstream music

(This stemmed from back in December when this girl named Rachel was claiming I was in denial when I said I didn't like Justin Timberlake)

...never really was that great. This is the truth, the real story of my experience with the mainstream, how it nearly screwed my life over, and how I realised how much it sucked. I was first drawn into pop music after hearing "Are You That Somebody" by Aaliyah on Wild 94.9 back in 1999. Rachel, you had better read and believe this, because I am going great lengths to demand that I do not like mainstream music anymore these days.

1999-2001: most of my music came from: Mix 106.5, Radio Disney 1310 AM, KBAY 94.5, KOIT 96.5, and Star 101.3. My favourite music was Aaron Carter, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, N'Sync, Destiny's Child, and whatever the radio played that I forgot. I didn't know any better music at the time. Because I was only in elementary school at the time, I avoided rap and rock music, because I believed those were the evil genres of music that screwed up a youngster's brains. I followed whatever was on those stations' playlists. However, my first encounters with rock came about with pop-rock like Sugar Ray and "light rock" on 94.5/96.5 like Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, and the like. In 2001, I quit listening to Radio Disney, as none of the AM radio receivers at my house really could get the station, and I was out-growing the station anyways.

2002-2003: I was introduced to rap music from Fat Joe's "What's Luv" featuring Ashanti, that played on Wild 94.9. In addition, 94.9 was heavily playing Eminem's "Superman", from his album The Eminem Show I now regard as stale compared to his other CD's. I remember borrowing the unedited version of that CD from the Evergreen Library and returning it a few days later because of all the cussing and stuff like that. Now, I was discovering "new" music from Now That's What I Call Music CD's I borrowed from the Evergreen library. Again, whatever I heard on the radio that attracted me, I wanted it. Current favourite radio: 94.5, 101.3, 106.5, and now comes Wild 94.9 and KFRC 99.7. 94.9 was my intro to urban music, whose artists at the time I like included: (tap tap tap) Angie Martinez, Amanda Perez, N.O.R.E., Snoop Dogg (his new stuff w/Priority Records), 50 Cent, Fat Joe, R. Kelly, [P.] Diddy, Usher, Jagged Edge, B2K, and whatever 94.9 played ad naseum. "Harder" rock music I began listening to included Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, and blink-182. Apparently, in 2003 I began listening to KFRC 99.7 a lot (back then they played oldeis from the 50s-70s) and my favourite bands from that station included the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Diana Ross. So you may think it was ironic that I liked both oldies and C-rap, but that's another story. Also in 2003 my new favourite rap included Chingy, Murphy Lee, OutKast, Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon, and any C-rap that got regular airtime on 94.9. Occasionally I'd try listening to 106.1 and got bored by it.

2004-2005: Around this time, I also was watching old videotapes that my parents had recorded TV from the late 1980's, one had the music video for Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire". It was interesting because of all it's reference's to sports, pop culture, and politics. That sparked my interests in Joel, earlier in my life I'd been listening to his
"Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and 2" on and off with little interest. Still radio-friendly I was. My rock got a bit tad harder as coming into my rock tastes were Good Charlotte, Bowling for Soup, Simple Plan, Evanescence, Hoobastank, Papa Roach, Limp Bizkit, Ozzy Osbourne, and whatever generic radio rock I forgot. In addition, my urban music tastes expanded with Usher, E-40, Mac Dre, the Federation, Keak da Sneak, Avant, and many others that I easily forgot. In summer 2004, I travelled to Beijing, China to see family, and with my handy-dandy Sony Walkman with me, I most frequently listened to 88.7 FM in Beijing, which played hit music from around the world. That station brought to my attention pop music from the late 90s/early 00s that I forgot about, such as Destiny's Child and Britney Spears. In addition, that station started my interests in Asian pop music, such as the Taiwanese pop-rock group F.I.R. (????) and others I forgot about. Some European pop music they played also, but I chose not to download those songs. That station also introduced me to Ashlee Simpson, and I borrowed her CD Autobiography from the library and copied the lead singles, "Pieces of Me" and "La La" into my Walkman. However, after I watched that episode of ABC's 20/20 where she admitted that she lip synced on Saturday Night Live and that college football halftime show where she poorly performed "La La", I realised how incompetent and untalented Simpson was, so I deleted all her songs off my computer and Walkman. 2005 was the peak of my conformist music listening, with a summer's worth of 94.9 dominating my tastes in music. By 2005, most of the rock I listened to was classic rock like the Beatles and Rolling Stones or pop-punk like Avril Lavigne, Simple Plan, or blink-182. I also began listening at that time to Channel 104.9, at that time when they were still playing alternative rock, because I heard Gorillaz "Feel Good Inc" on the station, that station introduced me to good alternative rock and real grunge, not the fake grunge band Nickelback! Viva 105.7 became another favourite station, because Juanes "La Camisa Negra" was a catchy tune, even though back then I didn't know any Spanish. That station, along with Wild 94.9's sortof entry into Latino pop, introduced me to Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and other reggaeton/Latino artists. Because KMEL 106.1 played some good songs as well as 94.9, I listened to that station more too. KMEL got me into Damian Marley, John Legend, Slum Village, Kanye West, and other more obscure artists not on 94.9. Thus, by late 2005, I became a total Nirvana fan, deleting all my Nickelback songs from my Walkman and computer and downloading Nirvana's "All Apologies" (live from MTV Unplugged), "Come as you Are", and "Smells Like Teen Spirit". The summer of 2005 also got me into Mariah Carey, my favourite song being "We Belong Together". So by the end of 2005, I was still into mainstream urban music, but now I knew at least something was wrong with the "rock music" I was listening to.

2006: I was browsing for a random pop-punk rock band on Amazon.com and discovered an "Anti-Now" list that criticised the Now That's What I Call Music CD's. (It's now been deleted) I looked through the author's profile, realising how bad Simple Plan, Linkin Park, etc. were. Why, Why WHY??? I asked myself. WHY DID I WASTE ALL THAT TIME AND EFFORT LISTENING TO THESE BANDS AND DOWNLOADING THEIR SONGS? WHY?? Thus, I took action, immediately deleting all songs from the following bands off my computer and Walkman:

  • Avril Lavigne

  • blink-182 songs from Enema of the State or Take off Your Pants and Jacket

  • Evanescence

  • Finger Eleven

  • Good Charlotte

  • Limp Bizkit

  • Linkin Park

  • Nickelback

  • Simple Plan

  • Staind

  • Sugar Ray

I also came to realise that some bands had a formerly dark side, such as Staind, Finger Eleven, and Sugar Ray, which were less sold out. In addition, I downloaded songs from the three Headbangers Ball CD's via BitTorrent. Those three CD's introduced me to TRUE rock music. Now, my favourite bands I discovered from the Headbangers Ball were Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, Dimmu Borgir, The Black Dahila Murder, Damageplan, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall, In Flames, and other bands I'm too lazy to list. In 2006, following the demise of Channel 104.9 on New Year's Day, my rock fixture from the radio was from Live 105 (105.3 to be precise) and 107.7 the Bone. In September, I began listening to the Friday Night Metal Zone on 107.7 to expand my tastes in heavy metal beyond the metal I already knew from the radio stations' regular playlists, such as Korn, Metallica, Black Sabbath (the inventors of heavy metal), Megadeth, and Godsmack. The Metal Zone introduced me to new songs from bands I already knew from Headbangers Ball as well as new bands like Seamless (Jesse Leach's new band after Killswitch Engage), the Red Chord, and Death Angel. I also got to hear the earlier music from Slayer and Anthrax, whose (newer) songs were featured on the 2003 Headbangers Ball compilation. I also realised how bad of a radio station Wild 94.9 was. In the summertime, I listened to that station primarily because of the "Strawberry in the Morning" show, but after the show ended in late August, I gave up 94.9. I don't wanna know whatever garbage that station plays. If I do, I'll puke. Now, my urban radio fixture is from 106.1 KMEL, as well as online from Power 105.1 (New York) and WGCI 107.5 (Chicago), if I wanna dodge KMEL's occasional hyphy song and hear some good MC from the East instead. In 2006, I actively listened to Yahoo Launchcast, which introduced me to underground hip-hop. Now is December 2006, a few days before Christmas, when I've come to be a nonconformist music listener who has realised that the mainstream music business is all the repetitive same scam every time. I listen to mainstream music only as a "torture" device. Still, mainstream might have a gem in the mud every once in a while, but whatever. Check my last.fm profile for my current music tastes.

Well, that concludes it for my long story of my now-regretted experience with mainstream pop music. Rachel, you had better read it and believe that I am radically hater of Justin Timberlake, Ashlee Simpson, and whoever's on the number 1 spot on TRL this week. I hope MTV will fall to its demise while underground, talented music will take over. Shame on you, conformist troubled mainstream music fans.


08 December 2006

Falling to an Unspeakable Urge....

As we music fans mourn today, 8 December, as the anniversaries of the deaths of musicians John Lennon (one of the singers/guitarists of the Beatles who died today in 1980) and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (former guitarist for the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan, d. 2004), today in this year 2006 also was the day when students in Evergreen Valley High School were to turn in their applications to run for ASB office. That also marked the end of a certain thing you'll get to know once you're done reading this.

As many of you knew, I originally had an application, and all the week after thanksgiving vacation I was arguing with Kathleen and Alyson regarding survival within the office. They were good Democrats who were willing to follow anything the mass student body would bring up, and then in there arguments, I relised (conciously) that I wouldn't be a reputable leader because they pointed out that I wanted to lead the ASB like a dictator.

I felt the urge to campaign my new dictatorship to the EVHS students because of all the BS that's gone on within EVHS activities in recent times, such as:
- The cruddy homecomings and the 2006 Battle of the Classes (as of today I don't know about the 2007BOTC)
- The horrendous, junk, overplayed corporate radio music that gets played during lunch, with bias toward rap, R&B, and poser emo pop punk rock.
- The lunchtime activities that make me want to puke out my lunch

There are others I'm sure I've forgotten. This urge led my ego to urge me to be a democrat like Kathleen is right now as c/o 2009 president and be more open midned about the mass student bodys opinions. Then my id told me not to listen to my liberal Democratic side and summon to my Mao Zedong side, which convinced me that ruling like he did back in the Communist revolution in China would do better for EVHS's ASB. My superego and ego fight back, convincing me to be more like John Kerry and Phil Angelides. My id throws a bunch of burning Japanese flags and swatsikas in front of me, convincing that Hitler = supreme. My head spins as I try to fill in my application, with my running getting hyped across all my classes, and even ppl in my classes who i rarely talked to were excited. I couldn't fill in my application, because I had no idea how to given the fight earlier between my id (Communist Party of China) and ego (Democratic Party of USA). Finally, I could take no more. After the weekend of 1 December confusing myself with my id and ego and the next couple days of confusion as well, on Tuesday 5 December I returned my application up to the door at the activites office, giving up. And then today, 8 December came, with a black cat looming at my backyard, reminding me of the spirits of John Lennon and Dimebag Darrell. It also reminded me that some people who suported these pathetic activities are turning in their apps, and I'm gonna suffer a week in hell with their nonsensical campaigns.

So, peoples, with my story of things learned from my English class who was reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies, you have understood that my id caused me not to run. Then it convinced me that I can have more to camapign for in the class elections in May, after 5 months of additional bull I mentioned above. So after 5 months of homework, piano, basketball, logging EVHSBS, studying in AP World History, preparing to skip 11th grade, etc., YOU WILL FIND my name in your ballott on 25 May 2007, I swear! By May 2007, I will have a far fiercer and stronger campaign than what I could've made right now if I did it.

Now, I need some sleep.

Oh, if your curious about all this psychological language I was just using, check out this handout from my English teacher. It's a PDF file, so you need the latest version of Acrobat Reader to view it, and you need to rotate it clockwise within the application, as for some reason the document was flipped sidways.

R.I.P. John Lennon, 9 October 1940-8 December 1980
R.I.P. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, 20 August 1966-8 December 2004

22 November 2006

Thanksgiving: Thanks and Nothanks

Tommorrow, 23 November 2006, is the day that my family will be leaving for vacation in southern California and Baja California, Mexico. Yes, we will be crossing the border, and we made all the legal arrangements already, so don't be annyoing me with all this "illegal crossing" stuff. Anyway, I would like to thank my family for providing me with this vacation, for sure it will open my eyes to new culture down in Mexico, as well as seeing downtown Los Angeles and San Diego the first time in my life. I went to the outskirts of LA in 2001 and 2002 for the theme parks, not downtown LA or Compton or anywhere like that. Let's hope that Interstate 405, which my math teacher once referred to as "the devil's highway", is not too crowded for the holiday, as it's like eight lanes wide to the L.A. int'l airport, and it was so crowded once that it took him four hours to go ten miles on 405. But overall, i'm expecting a fun vacation and break from the dreaded AP World History work and homework and all the other worries.

In addition, I've been watching the news and media lately and found some other positive and negative things i'd like to thank and diss. Thanks to:
- News Corporation: They made Fox cancel their two-part special originally scheduled to air this wednesday and friday promoting O.j. simpson's new account on his murder of nicole brown simpson, If I Did It. The book, which woud've been released on 30 November 2006, had its release cancelled by Harpercollins publishers. NC owns both Fox TV and Harpercollins. Wow, I've heard that Simpson intended the book to be "hypothetical" if he really was the one who killed Nicole. Hmm, so far he owes like $33M to the estates of Brown for damages. O.J. is obviously a very unintelligent man who B.S.'ed his way into getting away with murder. He needs to tell the truth right away, or else the controversy shall continue...
- My various teachers and classmates at Evergreen Valley High School for helping me succeed in my sophomre year.
- Heather Gomez, for uploading a petition online calling: "For the Prevention of Cyber-Terrorism on Myspace". Gee whiz, it was bad enough for cyber-bullies and child molesters to pop up on this site, but TERRORISTS? Eww...

And then, my nothanks to certain things I disliked. If you don't want to read them, skip this section, comment on my positives, then do something else today.
- If Fox could cancel a horrendous, schandenfruede special that some alleged that O.j. simpson was gonna profit off of his murders, why didn't fox cancel FAMILY GUY this year, which is the worst show EVER to hit the airwaves! Seriously, family guy isn't that well written! It's jokes are all random and irrelevant to the plot. It's such a bad show that it makes me wanna support the O.J. Simpson special!!!!
- On 11 January 2007, Justin Timberlake's national tour promoting his new CD (crap dirt), FutureSex/LoveSounds, will hit the HP Pavilion in San Jose, the concert was sponsered by local trash music station KYLD-FM "Wild 94.9", the station that screwed badly my music tastes in high school. (See my profile for current music tastes, and the CD i'm listening to now below in "Currently Listening"). Thanks Kathleen for pointing out the tour date and Rishabh for mentioning the sponsorship of 94.9; I didn't check this info myself becuase I don't want my eyes to bleed. Meanwhile, the local rock station I listen to regularly, KSAN-FM "107.7 the Bone" this month has been giving away tix to Guns N' Roses's concert that'll be in 15 December in Oakland. The concert is part of the bands tour promoting their upcoming CD Chinese Democracy. The station give out tickets when it's raining anytime this month, in conjunction with the bands hit song "November Rain". So far there were only like four or five rainy days in San Jose and seven or eight in the whole Bay Area. Well, I'm not 18 yet, so I can't legally win the tix, according to 107.7's sweepstakes policy. But, according to the bands official website, on the tourdates page, they played a show in San Francisco on 20 and 21 September, and they'll play Oakland on 15 December, but NO STOP IN SAN JOSE WHEN THE UNTALENTED JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WILL COME TO TOWN? Hey, although Slash left GNR in 2002, I'd rather listen to the GNR w/o Slash then Justin Timberlake water down with DJ's and all that junk. Even if GNR turns out to be washed down from their efforts in Appetite for Destruction, I'm sure it won't be like Metallica in St. Anger, and GNR will always pwn Justin Timberlake any day now!

So, overall, I'm exicted to be heading down to SoCali and Mexico. Have a happy Thanksgiving everybody, and

03 August 2006

If I Ran the Video Music Awards...

On Thursday, August 31, MTV will air the Video Music Awards, which award the best - nah, most POPULAR - music videos around. Hey, what the dunk? How can a network now airing 60 hours of "My Super Sweet 16" and "Why Can't I Be You" honor music videos? Remember back in the 1980s/1990s/before 2005 when MTV actually aired videos at a viewable time? Now, I think it should go off the air, now that music videos are more of a web thing, not for TV. You know why Tech TV went off the air? Because technology-related stuff became a web thing, you know, the "This Week in Tech" podcast and others. I think MTV should change its name to Fuse and be a general YA entertainment channel than pose as "Music Television" and show only 2 hrs. of music a day.

Now regarding the VMA's, I just went to MTV.com (just stfu) and voted. Apparantly, they allow people from just one computer to vote multiple times, and if I ran the VMA's, here's what would win. These are what I voted for based on what they provided.

Best New Artists in a Video - Avenged Sevenfold "Bat Country"
Video of the year - Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California"
Best Male Video - James Blunt "You're Beautiful" - a much better choice would be "Dani California"
Best Female Video - Kelly Clarkson "Because of You" - a much better choice is "Listen to your Heart" by D.H.T.
Best Group Video - Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California"
Best Rap Video - Chamillionaire w/Krayzie Bone "Ridin" - all of em suck but this is the best i could think of
Best R&B Video - Mariah Carey "Shake it Off"
Best Hip hop video - Common "Testify"
Best dance video - Shakira w/Wyclef "Hips Don't Lie" - dancepop sucks but this is the best i could think of
Best rock video - Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California"
Best pop video - Shakira "Hips don't lie" - ugh i need to puke
Alright I hope y'all vote these. Ahnd for some good music check the link below.

02 July 2006

Unexcusable Stupidities of America #2: Unethical Businesses

U.S.A. - The Unnecessary Stupidities of America (formerly Unexcusable Stupidities of America)
Stupidity #2 Unethical businesses
Early on the final week on June 2006, a man named Vincent Ferrari had a dispute with AOL (America Online for short). He was trying to cancel his account. However, as AOL has done to numerous other bothered customers, they tried to coax him to keep the account and offered some more time of free service. In fact, the AOL call center employees are even given SCRIPTS as to how to conduct such calls. Ferrari later appeared on the Today show on NBC to express his dissatisfaction; the call has circulated through the Internet and the Strawberry in the Morning show on San Francisco hip-hop station KYLD-FM (Wild 94.9). The entire call can be heard here. (WARNING: This call does contain one swear word). The Today interview is here. Oh yeah, I also forgot that Leo Laportes Tech Guy radio show on KFI-AM in Los Angeles interviewed V.F last Saturday, 24 June. The whole episode is here.
In addition, the San Jose Mercury News publishes a daily column, Action Line, written by Dennis Rockstroh. Covering Bay Area citizens concerns and disputes with the law, city ordinances, scam artists, and...you guessed it...unethical businesses, it is fun and informative to read. Some of the unethical business issues that it covered were very hilarious, such as companies not returning a rebate that it promised or Internet providers overcharging, some being very dumb or obvious problems. Misunderstandings of the law/city ordinances? I do not have a problem with that. However, companies that mistreat their customers by doing bad stuff like overcharging or not doing warranty stuff properly is simply stupid. Even a second-grader can do better! All thats needed to carry out such actions is to follow simple directions pay the rebate, charge this or that much, or just do it, as Nike commercials say. And yet, those lazy-butt companies simply wont do it! Whats next? We will, if this continues on, a new generation of lazy, disobedient citizens. If the companies want a good reputation and to show their intelligence, they should just follow simple directions.
P.S.: Listening to Leo Laportes June 24 episode, I realized that AOL has lost much money from the many free trial CDs that they put out. In addition, under the Controversy section of the wikipedia article on AOL...whoa boy figure it out yourself. And, PC World in 2005 marked AOL as the worst tech product of all time...[see here]
So I think all of us should stop using AIM. Theres also Yahoo Messenger, and many others.

16 June 2006

2Pac & Ice Cube

First of all, happy (late) 38th birthday to Ice Cube, born O'Shea Jackson on 15 June 1968. Ice Cube was a former member of hiphop groups N.W.A and Westside Connection, enjoying success there as well as in his solo career. He has also starred in movies such as All About the Benjamins (2002), Boyz N The hood (1991), the Friday trilogy of films (1994-02), and most recently Are We There Yet (2005). My favorite Ice Cube song is, I guess, "It Was A Good Day", from his 1992 album The Predator.

Next, happy 35th birthday to Tupac Shakur, born today (16 June) 1971. He wouda been 35 if not for his untimely death in Las Vegas on 13 Sept 1996. Like Ice Cube, Tupac was a key figure in the 90s west coast rap scene, with bestselling albums in his living carreer 1991-96, as well as several posthumous works including the poetry book The Rose That Grew From Concrete (1999) and the documentary Tupac: Resurrection (2003) directed by Lauren Lazin. Apparantly, as part of the East/westcoast rap war, he died in Las Vegas when watching a boxing match on 13 Sept 1996. My favorite 2pac song is "Keep Ya Head Up" (1993, Strictly For My...) because it's one of the more "redeeming" rap songs out there - encouraging fair treatment of women, complaining about the governments preference to spend "money for wars" in stead of to "feed tha poor". Compare that to most rap music of today, and you'll find yourself wanting Tupac instead. R.I.P. Tupac Shakur, 16 June 1971-13 Sept 1996.

30 April 2006

i don't necesarily object to this../

San Jose Mercury News - District takes control of Net access at schools - April 30, 2006

On Wednesday, March 15, 2006, the Palo Alto Unified School District began filtering its Internet access in all its school campuses after concerns from parents. This is pretty late, given that most school distrcts nationwide have been filtering their Internets since the dawn of the millenium. So far, it has generated few complaints among it's students. There have been several requests to unblock sites. One was to unblock a site that contained a picture of the character Dutch Schaffer - played by Arnold Schwarzenegger! - from the action movie Predator that a student needed for his foreign policy project. Out of the 100 requests that the school distrit received within the past month, 40 passed, but 60 denied because they were for pornographic sites. As I read the article, I laughed myself to death after reading THIS:

"Sunnyvale middle schoolers using school computers were going to MySpace at least 100 times a day, and an elementary principal discovered fourth-graders who had put profiles on the site. Although users need to be 14, anyone can invent an age and post information."

WTF...FOURTH-GRADERS using MySpace?! That is SO insane! Look, there is a good reason why MySpace has a minnimum age...if you've been following the news lately and seen how teens have been doing bad stuff on MySpace and how sexual predators catch kids on the site, then you know why. Legally, they shouldn't use the site either, because the COPPA prohibits websites from obtaining personal info from people under 13 without parents permission. So if you know anyone under 14 using MySpace, tell them there's a good reason why not. In fact, on an episode of Dateline NBC aired back on April 9, when they visited Middleton, Conn. to do an episode on MySpace, the reporter was interviewing a parent who was mad because her 11-year-old son had established a MySpace without her knowlege.

Personally, I feel that Internet filters on school campuses are not a bad thing; they are so that the school cannot be held liable if the student gets exposed to inappropriate content from a school computer's internet with parental objection. In fact, I've had to live with filtered Internet on school campus since third grade, and I've learned to tolerate it. For example, EVHS has banned MySpace since Dec. 2005 due to students getting in mischif on the site, they do not want to be held liable if students get in trouble or are harrassed on MySpace. In addition, they are so that students do not use the computers to do illegal activity or look up porno...think of it as the PATRIOT Act. For example, the website of the KKK, Al-Qaida, you name it might be banned. So just accept that there are rules on campus and people tend to get in trouble online, and accept the filters.
San Jose Mercury News - District takes control of Net access at schools - April 30, 2006

On Wednesday, March 15, 2006, the Palo Alto Unified School District began filtering its Internet access in all its school campuses after concerns from parents. This is pretty late, given that most school distrcts nationwide have been filtering their Internets since the dawn of the millenium. So far, it has generated few complaints among it's students. There have been several requests to unblock sites. One was to unblock a site that contained a picture of the character Dutch Schaffer - played by Arnold Schwarzenegger! - from the action movie Predator that a student needed for his foreign policy project. Out of the 100 requests that the school distrit received within the past month, 40 passed, but 60 denied because they were for pornographic sites. As I read the article, I laughed myself to death after reading THIS:

"Sunnyvale middle schoolers using school computers were going to MySpace at least 100 times a day, and an elementary principal discovered fourth-graders who had put profiles on the site. Although users need to be 14, anyone can invent an age and post information."

WTF...FOURTH-GRADERS using MySpace?! That is SO insane! Look, there is a good reason why MySpace has a minnimum age...if you've been following the news lately and seen how teens have been doing bad stuff on MySpace and how sexual predators catch kids on the site, then you know why. Legally, they shouldn't use the site either, because the COPPA prohibits websites from obtaining personal info from people under 13 without parents permission. So if you know anyone under 14 using MySpace, tell them there's a good reason why not. In fact, on an episode of Dateline NBC aired back on April 9, when they visited Middleton, Conn. to do an episode on MySpace, the reporter was interviewing a parent who was mad because her 11-year-old son had established a MySpace without her knowlege.

Personally, I feel that Internet filters on school campuses are not a bad thing; they are so that the school cannot be held liable if the student gets exposed to inappropriate content from a school computer's internet with parental objection. In fact, I've had to live with filtered Internet on school campus since third grade, and I've learned to tolerate it. For example, EVHS has banned MySpace since Dec. 2005 due to students getting in mischif on the site, they do not want to be held liable if students get in trouble or are harrassed on MySpace. In addition, they are so that students do not use the computers to do illegal activity or look up porno...think of it as the PATRIOT Act. For example, the website of the KKK, Al-Qaida, you name it might be banned. So just accept that there are rules on campus and people tend to get in trouble online, and accept the filters.

22 April 2006

The scandal over the Wikipedia

WikiPedia - the Free Encyclopedia

Most of you reading this post might use WikiPedia, the popular yet controversial open-source, fact-filled encyclopedia. If you wanted to know something about, say, hard drives, for instance, all you had to do was go on the WikiPedia, type in "hard drive" (or whatever you seeked) and up comes an article with pretty much everything you need! Forget lame corporate ad-filled encyclopedias like Britannica, Information Please, or Encyclopedia.com, the WIKIPEDIA is your ULTIMATE SOURCE for everything you wanna learn! In fact, since the WP is open-source, any Internet user can edit it, so more minds get to contribute to articles, making the article more accurate. I am among those who've edited articles on WikiPedia - only if I knew fo shizzle for sure that the information was wrong. If I doubt it, I don't edit it, so I'm safe. The two articles I remember editing best are the ones on 4Kids Entertainment and censorship of anime, you can see that the parts against it were my work, edited by others who feel it's too biased.

But then, WikiPedia has its controversies. In November and December of 2005, controversy had risen over apparant slander over the articles on Robert Kennedy and podcasting - "First, former administrative assistant to Robert Kennedy lambasted Wikipedia for an article that suggested he may have been involved in the assassinations of both Robert Kennedy and John Kennedy. Then, a flurry of attention came when podcasting pioneer and former MTV VJ Adam Curry was accused of anonymously editing out references to other people's seminal podcasting work in an article about the hot digital medium." Because of this, schools around the nation have either restricted use of the Wikipedia or completely banned it from use in students research. Recently, I had in English class a project of the Holocaust, and my English teacher allowed us to do online research from WikiPedia as long as we use other non-Wikipedia resources too. She told us that WikiPedia is not 100% accurate, as neo-Nazis might have been raiding it. However, when I listened to my friend's podcast (attached here), I discovered that the high school HE goes to totally bans the WikiPedia from research, and after he used it as a source in his science project, he got an F. That is just total ignorance, given how WikiPedia has now changed its policies, as of December 2005 only registered users may establish new articles so that they can be held accountable for any sh** that happens. Anonymous users may not establish new articles, but may only edit, their IP address can be banned should their editing be slanderous or libel in any manner.

I think that the WikiPedia is a decent gathering place for information. Given how it's (almost) free to edit, its accuracy just keeps going up every time! Or down if the edits are stupid. I mean, compare WikiPedia to a Britannica/other corporate encyclopedia article, and WikiPedia would scare the p*ssy out of Britanica. I mean, Britanica probably I betcha now could be a few months to almost a year behind WikiPedia now! I've been a Wikipedia user since November 2004 and loved it. Death to corporate encyclopedias!

Now, a message to all Wikiusers to avoid more conflict like this: Realize that once you click "Save Page" your information is available for all Web users to see. Just like Myspace. Think, "will people see this as truth?" If you don't think it's true, DON'T POST IT. Ask a teacher or expert in the field, he/she probably know better. Just THINK BEFORE POSTING ON THE WIKIPEDIA. Don't let their admins ban you. Also, realize that slander and libel on WikiPedia could result in the cops knocking on your door.

15 April 2006

You never can be sheltered from it

On Thursday, I watched the episode of the satirical cartoon South Park, "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers". It first aired on Comedy Central where SP normally airs on November 13, 2002, but first aired in syndication locally on KBHK-TV (UPN 44) on Thursday, April 13. Of course, the episode parodies J.R.R. Tolkiens Lord of the Rings book series; the story focuses on Stan, Kenny, and Cartman having lent their rented copy of The Fellowship of the Ring to their friend Butters. Butters, however, discovers that in the FOTR case was a porn video, and Stans parents find FOTR in the box for their porn video. Now, the boys are on a mission to return the porn tape to the video store before they are caught by bullying sixth graders who happened to find the porn video in the FOTR case; the sixth graders disalike Lord of the Rings. Similar to Lord of the Rings huh?

Now, those of you whove seen the Super Bowl XXXVIII (38th for you illiterate people) most likely have seen the part where Justin Timberlake former lead singer for the boy band NSYNC performed his hit "Rock Your Body" with Janet Jackson. A slight mistake from JT causes Jacksons breast to be exposed before the tens of thousands of spectators at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, where the SB was held, as well as the millions watching the game on television. That led to millions of dollars in fines and much outrage among angered parents, and the incident was played repeatedly in the news for the rest of February and part of March 2004. Please, if youve seen that, dont go brag that youre a virgin blame it on Justin Timberlake.

Going back to the present, on Friday afternoon I was flipping through the channels and on KICU (channel 36, cable 6) was an advertisement for Dish Network Satellite Television. Several satisfied customers expressed their views of the service to persuade customers to subscribe, and one parent featured in the commercial stated that she trusts Dish Networks "Parental controls" to shield her children from inappropriate materials.

This commercial, the South Park episode I watched the day before, and the Janet Jackson breast-exposure incident inspired this thought of mine. Parents should accept that they, no matter what, can never shield their children from inappropriate content. Of course, when their children become 18, their parents dont have to care for them anymore, so they have the right to access what their parents forbade. Then, you have incidents like what happened in the South Park episode, where Stans parents were careless and accidentally put their porn video in the box for The Fellowship of the Ring, which would be lent to one of their childrens friends. In addition, there is the Janet Jackson incident, where the parents who paid about $60-70 for seats at the Reliant Stadium to see the Super Bowl with their family and whoever was watching the Bowl live on CBS saw Jacksons "you know what". No matter what, parents must accept that their children WILL be in situations where their innocence is broken, and they will be exposed to content and values that theyd deem inappropriate for their children. I mean, what are ultra-conservative parents going to do next, go as far as to supervise their children EVERYWHERE to ensure they arent exposed to immorality? Trust me, its real life. If I were a parent, I would do what Tokens dad suggested in the episode of South Park and just explain and context the inappropriate content to my kids, rather than keep them immature and just shelter them. Its just a crazy, loose world out there, and people must be prepared for the worst to come.

13 April 2006

Aaron Lewis's birthday; Proof's death

The bad news first...

WDIV-TV (NBC4 Detroit) - Rapper Proof Shot, Killed At Detroit Club

R.I.P. Deshaun "Proof" Holton, a member of the Detroit rap group D12, which also includes the rapstar Eminem. I haven't listened to a lot of D12 in the recent time being, I've been listening to a lot more metal and alternative. But this has shocked me since I'm an Eminem fan, and since this is closely related to Eminem/Shady Records/hip-hop and stuff.

R.I.P. DeShaun Holton, better known as "Proof" to hiphop fans, 10/2/1975-4/11/2006.

Hmm, this has shocked fans in the Midwest way more than in the SF Bay Area, since we're STILL mourning Mac Dre nearly 1 1/2 years after HE died (Dre died on 11/1/2004)

And KITS-FM (Live 105) - the SF Bay's only alt-rock station since Channel 104.9 went off the air back in January, reported this morning on the "Morning Music Co-Op" that it is Staind frontman Aaron Lewis's 34th birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON LEWIS! Tomorrow or Saturday watch for a review on Staind's live acoustic DVD "MTV Unplugged", which was recroded back in summer 2001. Staind's new albums suck, I wouldn't recommend listening to any Staind songs released after 2001's Break The Cycle. It's the fault of that moron Fred Durst, the former lead singer of Limp Bizkit, who produced Staind's music since 2001. I mean, Limp Bizkit was already enough of a joke, Mr. Durst, enough polluting the era of rock music already! Did you seriously know that when I first heard Staind's "Right Here" I thought I was listening to 3 Doors Down, the worst pop-rock band ever? Seriously, after Break The Cycle Staind went downhill from being the next Nirvana to just a plain-assed pop-rock band thanks to Fred Durst.

05 April 2006

USA 1.1: Lazy self centered Americans

U.S.A. (Unexcusable Stupidities of America)

Stupidity #1.1 -  "You Stupid Lazy Self-centered Americans"

Originally written: 31 March 2006

Updated: 5 April 2006

Today, in English class my teacher told the class about how we as Americans are too lazy and self-centered to care about other countries. In fact, she showed us photographs of poor starving children over in poverished countries like Sudan to show us how people who don't contribute to the cause to stop the starvation are part of the problem. She even pointed out that Americans are overly greedy in money and food while other countries are starving. One person in class even pointed out how Americans are dying to be so thin (gee thanks Teen People and you bullsh** magazines for contributing to those eating disorders among American teenage girls) while people in imporverished countries are thin because they can't afford even a grain of rice. I admit: I after hearing this found out I am a big sinner. My high school has held several disaster relief efforts: one of them a Hurricane Katrina walkathon, others I don't remmeber, and then tonight at 19:00 a Red Cross Benefit rock concert starring several of the school's rock musicians, and of all of them: I HAVE NOT CONTRIBUTED A PENNY TO ONE OF THEM. That means I'm not going to that rock concert tonight. I found out how stupid I was, how I and many other lazy-a** Americans are being part of the "problem" of the starvation crisis in the Third World by not contributing a bit to relief efforts.

And then I was thinking, many rap/hip-hop music videos - notably "Stay Fly" by Three 6 Mafia and "Still Fly" by Big Tymers - promote bling-bling and riches toward American kids - especially blacks, their target audience. That's the scene over in 'hoods like Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, etc. But then go to 'hoods as Darfur, or over in Africa. The black people THERE don't look anything like Mannie Fresh or T.I. In fact, they're starving to death and are struggling for money, while greedy rappers in America get millions of dollars a year for all the airplay they get on MTV and radio and CD sales. I have yet to hear of any rap superstar who's contributed to the relief efforts in Sudan and such, and then I hear of Ludacris contributing to charities in Atlanta, David Banner contributing to Hurrican Katrina relief efforts, and then Kanye West. Remember when he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people"? Well, I think West is kinda being the good boy among all the greedy and dumba** rappers out there. He's making a good point, as (1) Bush was being a jacka** by procrastinating on HurrKat relief efforts, and (2) Bush keeps saying that Sudan is in trouble but hasn't really done anything about it. In fact, did you know that West appeared on the Live 8 benefit concerts in July 2005 to show he really cares about his ancestors homeland? Honestly, read the KW Wikipedia article and see.

So, please, if you want to be seen as a good person, whenever you ehar of a national/international famine/crisis/whatever that puts the people in dire situation, please at least contribute a dollar or two. Think about how we are so greedy we've made the poor people in the Third World unable to live a good life like us. (Politely) write to President Bush to make him take more action about the Darfur crisis. Don't be very rude or angry at him for being a jackass, just make your point politely, especially you Bush-haters out there, because if you sent Bush anything that makes him nervous, the Secret Service will be after you. In the meantime, you should write to Def Jam or G-Unit or (any major hip-hop records label) and encourage their artists to contribute to the crises out in Africa. We as Americans are mistreating our friends outside the country by being greedy and showing we don't care if they're so poor they'll starve to death. Take...action...NOW.

UPDATE 4/5/2006: On Sunday night I was flipping through TV and saw a P.S.A. for the website www.one.org. There were various celebrities on the ad, most being white, and the only blacks being Jamie Foxx, Kanye West (you knew that didn't you?), and someone else who I think is either Wyclef Jean or more likely Nas. Now that emphasizes my point. You see, E-40 and Ludacris care more for their hoods in their USA rather than their ancestors in Africa! Also, notice this is now U.S.A. #1.1 because I pimped it up a bit.

02 April 2006

Regarding the Mexican Immigration protests

This morning Mr. McDonough the principal announced to the school that they were aware of how some students ditched school to join in the protests against legislation that would make illegal immigration a felony. Any student in EVHS caught ditching would get disiplinary action. In fact, Friday some students at Huntington Beach, Calif. (near L.A.) ditched school to protest the legislation. Mr. McD said that he's not willing to give a bad rep to the school for letting people commit illegal activity to defend themselves. To anyone who wants to protest this leglislation, please, as Mr. McD said this morning (especially those of you who weren't here today or who don't go to EVHS) act LEGALLY. Join a protest when school isn't in session. Write to an elected official. Write to the newspaper's letters to the editor. In fact, don't be like that starving man in the Elie Wisel book Night - the man, who was desperate for food, runs in the middle of his concentration camp to get to the bowl of soup with the risk of getting shot, only to have his head fall into the hot soup.

UPDATE 4/2/2006: This from the Autodial message from Mr. McD this weekend:

"Finally, once again I was proud of the focus on EDUCATION shown by our students during a tempting "walk out" week.  Education is about "walking in"  and taking advantage of the rights to a free public education.  The issues surrounding current immigration legislation are important.  The decisions made will impact our community and the East Side.  Student voices can play an important part in the debate over legal vs. illegal immigration...those laws will effect the future of THEIR country.  Walk-outs have been effective strategies for protest in our nation's history, but I do not believe now is the time for such action.  I do encourage students to organize groups for discussion and we can provide open forums at Break, Lunch and after school for debate or to initiate petitions to our elected officials.  Those strategies are more appropriate than leaving the school and turning backs on one of the most important rights we have in this country...a free, quality public education!"

Yee! Congradulations for killing your temptations!

26 March 2006

Book review: "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America"

Book: 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America

Author: Bernard Goldberg

Publisher/Date: HarperCollins/July 1, 2005

ISBN: 0060761288

This book is Bernard Goldberg's opinion on 100 people who are, of course, "screwing up america". After the introduction, you need to read about 55 pages of more of Goldberg's boring old rants of blah, blah, blah, how we liberals are stupid jacka**es and how the media is so f**king indecent and...ahem...GANGSTA RAP IS MAKING BLACK PEOPLE LOOK BAD. That's right, in "I'm Your Pimp, You My B**ch" (pp. 24-28), he starts by being a KMEL-hypnotized teen and saying that he loves rap, then he says he tricked you and claims the truth: that gangsta rap "is moronic, disgusting, inane, ignorant, and soul-deadening, not to mention...dangerous and destructive" (25-26). Speaking of gangsta rap, #'s 60-58 have to deal with that very topic. #60 was Ludacris, who Goldberg condemned for being "very big with kids, (too) many of whom get their 'values' from the pop culture and the street and guys like Ludacris--instead of from a mother and a father at home" (136). Look, Mr. Goldberg, didn't you notice?

In case you're blind, look on the low-left corner. The words: "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content". That's similar to a rated "R" in movies or "TV-14" on TV, the RIAA (and TV and Movies) do these "ratings" and "advisorys" so that they can't be held liable to any damages to the kids' mind. Besides, you know as a parent it's their responsibility to teach their kids that Ludacris and other black people are stupid and should be mistreated and reffered to as n...oops, sorry, i was only kidding...I mean gangsta rap should be only used as entertainment and never be consider moral. Sheesh, do your homework before publishing stuff in public. Sorry, this is just stupid.

Following is Shirley Franklin, mayor of Atlanta because she on June 2004 honored Ludcaris "with an official proclamation citing his good works", for his having "given some of it [his royalties and profits] to charities in the Atlanta area" (137). Say, Mr. G, I can justify that, I even as a liberal find it retarded for Ludacris to be honored just for his charity work...it's like relasing a drug dealer from jail early for him/her saying "I'm sorry i did that sh**, I promise never to do it again". Then, at 58, Eminem, please refer to the previous paragraph. The "Parental Advisory" thing applies here too.

#43: Paul Eibeler, CEO of Take-Two Interactive, manf. of "Grand Theft Auto" video games. Goldberg condemns him for glorifiying the killing of police officers and violence and crime. Fine then, how about this: Why don't you go condemn the creators of other violent games or TV shows glorifing crime damit? Plus, you didn't mention the game was rated "M" - Mature/intended for players 17 and older. NO HE DOES NOT WANT TO PEDDLE THE GAME TO KIDS!! Man, one big fat "F".

Back down the list to #65, Oliver Stone, director of the recent bomb film "Alexander". Goldberg says that Stone is fictionalizing history in his films and getting away with it, in an era when fewer and fewer people can name George Washington as the first American president and basic American/world history. Sorry man, you shoud be pushing for better history/social studies education instead.

The rest of the book is just bullsh*t, basically ultra-conservative bullsh*t against people I appreciate such as Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, and Diane Sawyer, and a buncha other peeps I don't know of but I'm sure that Goldberg is being a bitch about them. However, he did make good points on these people:

100. Rick & Kathy Hilton

99. Matthew Lesko

95. Courtney Love

90. Michael Jackson

85.-83. are various references to stupid jackass celebrities

62. Howard Stern

53. Anna Nicole Smith

32. Jerry Springer

31. Maury Povich

20. Howard Dean

And, back to the negative side, who was #1? Answer: MICHAEL MOORE!!!!!!! All that Goldberg says is a quote from Moore that he thinks Americans are dumb. Not the director of a film that says that Bush is a dumbass! And now regarding Ludacris: in 2003, Bill O'Reilly of Fox News fired at Pepsi for using music from the controversial song "Move B*tch" by Ludacris because he thought of Ludacris and rap music as immoral and Pepsi is being a bitch by using gangsta rap, so Pepsi replaced Luda with the Osbournes (y'know, Ozzy, the former Black Sabbath lead singer). Russell Simmons, president of Def Jam at the time, condemned Pepsi for apparant racism, because both Ludacris and Ozzy were known for being vulgar, violent, profane, etc., and called for his fellow blacks to boycott Pepsi. I see a silmiar situation in this book: Why is Ozzy Osbourne not on your list, Bernard Goldberg? I have listened to many Ozzy songs as Ludacris songs, and I can safely say that Ozzy's lyrics are just as profane and vulgar and violent as Ludacris if not less. Or how about Marilyn Manson for his promotion of Satanic themes to young people? Why did you not condemn punk rock or heavy metal for promoting immorality to young people? Are you trying to say that black people are stupid for promoting such values to teens but don't care about white rock artists for doing pretty much the same? Wow, what a bitch.

So in the end, this book is simply 305 pages of ultra-right wing crap, only like 20 pages worth reading.

Grade: D

Comment from Kevin L: "It's a load of shit. why'd you even read it? Michael Moore at #1? i think this goldberg guy is screwing up america with his lies."

03 March 2006

The Darker Side of Cartoons

CNN.com - Group: Children's TV Isn't Kid Stuff - March 2, 2006

Hey parents, throw your TV's out your windows! TV is a sh**ty world of trash!

HAHA, I was just exagerating Pat Robertson. Anyway flipping through TV this morning for the weather I happened to find "Xiaolin Showdown" on WB 20 - no not that show a clip from it in a "700 Club" report on TV violence and its effects on children. I found that story very retarded and ultra-conservative. In fact, later today I found this story on CNN, thanks to an anime forum I use regularly - thank you StealthSeeker for bringing it up. If I went on CBN's site I'm sure I could've barfed. Now, on topic, lemme evaluate some of the crappy points they made:

"The report also criticized the networks for airing children's programs with questionable language -- such as "stupid," "loser" and "butt" -- as well as sexual innuendo, insults, bullying and putdowns." What happened to parents and how THEY are the ones who are supposed to teach the kids what's right to speak? Besides, kids don't hear this sh** on only TV, they hear it all the time in books, school, real life too, so why aren't THOSe sources getting condemned?

"Professional health organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association and American Medical Association have concluded data show at least a casual link between extensive TV viewership and aggression in children." Yeah right. Hey AAP, APA, AMA, you were using kids who don't know the difference between fantasy/reality and right/wrong and were totally stoned! OMG! THIS IS F**KING PROPAGANDA!!! AAAH!!!!! I've seen lotsa violent TV, I'm still a civilized and peacful human being. So are lotsa my friends.

"The Parents Television Council said its report included everything from characters running into a door to depictions of death, fire and off-screen violence that is heard but not seen." Sure, why don't parents sue the owners of a burning building for indecent exposure? Or sue people who bump into other things for indecency as well?

"On its Web site, the Parents Television Council says its primary mission is 'o promote and restore responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in answer to America's demand for positive, family-oriented television programming.'" Hmm, I don't necesarly see a problem with parents wanting this kind of stuff if they want good, ethical kids...but if that's the only stuff their kids can watch until age 18, that's f**ked up. Look, America, you gotta accept that times and acceptances are changing and that kids should be able to watch what they want, and parents should TEACH their kids, not shelter them, as it's becoming unavoidable to sheild kids from indecency now that we've accepted it as "fun" and that the real world and other places that aren't TV show indency too.

So overall this article and research was just a waste of time and money. I mean, look at the CHINESE government - they regulate all media - books, TV, music, movies, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet. And then turn on Chinese state-run TV anytime and you are 60-65% likely to see something objectionable to children. Hey, why not spend more time and money on America's EDUCATION and SCHOOLS rather than trying to solve just one side of the problem (TV). I laugh at how American soccer moms complain of how indecent TV is and that there should be more done by FCC and then complain of how our schools are underfunded.

28 February 2006

I Wonder Why...

I wonder why all the "controversy" on Myspace has dated back only back to November 2005?

According to the Wikipedia the popular open-source encyclopedia, Tom started Myspace in July 2003. A friend told me last week that Myspace established a 16-and-up restriction in the beginning. I looked at all my friends (16 and under) profiles, and i'm like, wow, he WAS right.

Check this out: on Monday, November 7, 2005, at Warren High School in San Antonio, TX, only 400 out of 3,000 students showed up to class due to a terrorstic threat for school shooting. Immediately, the students who posted the threats were identified and arrested. Note four words in the article: "popular teen web site". So i think around summer or fall 2005, the age limit was lowered to 14..nah never mind 13 because the COPPA protects you if you're 13 and using such sites as Myspace. (BUT THE ACTUAL TOS SAY 14) About a month after that, the principal of EVHS posted a message online regarding Myspace and the SJPD's concern over the site.

So Myspace isn't as new as i thought. It started out not very popular in summer 2003, used mostly by adults, older high schoolers, and college students. Since fall 2005, more and more of the 13-19 age group are using the site. The controversy over teens and Myspace started after Myspace allowed younger teens to use the site. Because back then if a  16-and-under person used the site he/she'd get kicked out.

21 February 2006

The evil continues...

ABC News (USA) - Parent Learns About MySpace - Feb. 21, 2006

I searched "Myspace" under Google News, this was result #1, and i just LAUGHED. The article points out that people put their address's on their Myspaces - however, read THIS from the MySpace T.O.S.:

"Your MySpace.com profile may not include the following items: telephone numbers, street addresses, last names, and any photographs posted by you may not contain nudity, violence, or offensive subject matter. Information provided by other MySpace.com Members (for instance, in their Profile) may contain inaccurate, inappropriate or offensive material, products or services and MySpace.com assumes no responsibility or liability for this material."

Phah, who cares about last names. Hundreds and thousands of peeps put up their last names (while setting their profile to private, most of the time). And ADDRESSES? Geez, I'm gonna complain to ABC NEws - it seems that they didn't even bother to read the "Terms of Srevice". And this is outrageus: Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J. (about 40 miles west of New York City) BANS Myspace/Xanga type of profiles for all of its students. I searched all over Myspace for PJ23 students - yeah, Myspace admins understood and doesn't include PJ23 in their school directory for New Jersey. (If you see any other students with "Pope John XXIII High School" on Myspace it's most likely among the OTHER PJ23 schools in the USA - remmeber there's lots and lots of schools in America named after Popes, presidents, etc.) Yes it's legal, says Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Kurt Opsahl:

"'Students are protected by the First Amendment,' he [Opsahl] said. 'Though it is important to recognize that the First Amendment protects you against public school censorship, it protects you against the government. So activities by a private school come under a different scenario.'"

So if yo're in private school and can't use myspace/xanga according to it's rules, bummer. Either stay awy from the site and be safe or sign up and get in trouble - even if you didn't post anything "bad" in your space. I'm sorry; your principal said so. Heck, I've heard that even privates schools - notably in my hometown of San Jose, the girls-only Catholic school Presentation High - has had to deal with these sortsa problems. According to the San Jose Mercury News (remmber that blog entry?), PHS banned Myspace from their servers after its students posted pictures of themselves...yeah you know. They ARE listed under the California school's directory on Myspace, however, so doesn't look like they ban it's students from establishing profiles altogether.

And then the article goes on blab-blabbing about how people's privacy is broken in Myspace - but ends on a happy note, since News Corporation owns Myspace and Fox Television, they pointed out that fictional TV charcter's myspaces are being established by NC. So if you see a Family Guy profile, it was most liekly created by the folks over at Fox TV. And this spring: there's gonna be myspace mobile, where you can use your CELL PHONE's to blogin. Now for schools who block myspace on their computers it's gonna be ALOT harder for them to stop students from getting in trouble on Myspace.

The silly thing here is howerver that it points out people are posting stuff that even myspace clearly says you cannot - addresses, phone numbers, porno, etc. So far, all of my friends (with an execption to the Wild 94.9 page and any other pages run by radio stations) don't post their addresses or phone numbers. I even went as far as to use Google and search area codes in Myspace. 408 (San Jose/South Bay)? all of them were just gangsters who wanna represent. 504 (New Orleans)? There WAS a New Orleans phone number on Myspace but it was for a rapper living there - his page was even posted undre the "musician's" section. 415 (San Francisco)? A phone number from a 31-year-old used car seller. I guess people who want to post their number on Myspace sets their profiles to private - who knows?

And just to let you know, Kayla Reed case is STILL unsolved after about three week's silence.