Friday, May 18, 2018

Life on earth

I think the increase in gun violence is more about violence than about guns, but all anyone wants to do is argue about gun laws. I hate guns! I really do! But I care a lot less about the tool being used than about what's starting to feel like very frequent mass violence.

Think about the big picture, where drug abuse is ridiculous (all kinds of demographics, all kinds of drugs) and suicide seems to be skyrocketing and no one wants to talk about it. I know, I know...Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. Once you start thinking about it, you see it everywhere. But google suicide statistics and see.

I know it's natural for people to think the world is falling apart at they get older. Every generation goes through it. And if I put this on Facebook some white guy would have posted some feel-good Louis CK-ish riff about how this is actually the best time in recorded history even though we're miserable, and sure we've cured diseases and it's less acceptable than it used to be to hurt people because of their gender/orientation/race/religions. But seriously, what the fuck is going on? And is there anything we can do about it?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

This charcuterie spoonerism is really inside baseball, I guess

I learned what 'nduja was around the same time I moved to the San Francisco area, and I always accidentally first think of it as "N-Judah."

Friday, April 06, 2018

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The show must go on

I mixed melatonin into my margarita. That's bad, right? Does it help that it's orange-flavored melatonin? Anxious man's triple sec!

Just read the Wikipedia entry on the Queen song "The Show Must Go On." Brian May wrote it about Freddie Mercury dying of AIDS! Holy shit. I didn't realize this song was as late as 1991. I guess I wasn't that much of a Queen fan in high school. They never did it live (the first performance was a tribute concert with Elton John on vocals) and the official video is old footage because Freddie was so sick.
Mercury was so ill when the band recorded the song in 1990 that May had concerns as to whether he was physically capable of singing it. Recalling Mercury's performance, May states; "I said, 'Fred, I don't know if this is going to be possible to sing.' And he went, 'I'll fucking do it, darling' — vodka down — and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal."

I was just telling Rick today that I hope someday soon I can hear a Prince song and think "Funk out you sexy mothafucka!" not "Aw, Prince...drug overdose:{" And you know what? I never, ever hear Queen and think "poor guy who died of AIDS." I think, damn, so amazing, there'll never be another rock star like Freddie fucking Mercury, that guys rules." Isn't that Bob Marley's family's thing? "We want to focus on how he lived, now how he died?"

Give me time. The show must go on! May good memories prevail.

Monday, January 29, 2018

This is still the best thing I've written about the Trump presidency

written a few weeks after the election

Who would have made a better president: an abridged list

Michelle Obama
Dolly Parton
George Takei
A car full of clowns
A clown full of cars
President Camacho
Detective McNulty from season 1 of the Wire mumbling “the fuck did I do?” for four years
Bob Mould
My cat (either one)
David Byrne (except he was born in Scotland so he can't be president; let's keep this realistic)
Tig Notaro
Margaret Cho
Your mom
Sherman Alexie
Ta-nehisi Coates
The guy driving my bus right now (probably)
The disembodied voice in Wii Fit who says “that's overweight!”
An actual sack of Cheetos
An actual sack of shit
An actual sack of weed
Cheech Marin
Willie Nelson
A cantaloupe

Hillary Clinton