5/22/2005 05:45:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|
Trying out a new blogin widget..This could be cool...|W|P|111680190330667188|W|P|Konfabulator rules|W|P|5/20/2005 02:54:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|As some of you may know, I'm from GA. And not just Georgia, backwoods Georgia...Deliverience Georgia. The town i grew up in has a whopping 5000 people and the county, 14,000. So small town red state life is well know*/ to me. But being southern means something that being a midwesterner or a yankee or a west coast kid doesn't. People automatically think you're stupid. Anytime you see someone on TV who is naive or ignorant, they have a southern accent. This fact has 2 major effects on you growin up a kid south of mason dixon. First, if you're smart, from a young age you mask your accent. Most people are stunned to know I'm from rural Ga when I talk, as I have a very slight accent. My mom from Rural TX has a huge accent, my dad from Montgomery AL has a less pronounced but present Alabama accent. My sister and I ...nothing. Second, it makes you angry. At a certain point in his life, my Dad lived in New Jersey and while he lived there he claims he turned into Johnny Rebel. He had a damn confederate flag hangin' on the porch (scaring the neighbors for life). To give you perspective on how crazy THAT is, my dad has a community award from the NAACP. So I always feel alittle annoyed with the stereotype. In reactionto all that I'd like to post my 10 favorite southern men. Disclaimer: Martin Luther King jr. is NOT included in this list. He trancends all regional qualities. He is one of the greatest Americans ever...period. Also, Bill Clinton isn't included not because I don't like him, I do. It's just too obvious. So now, in no particular order...
This one should be obvious to anyone who knows me. My first memory in life is Jimmy Carter. My father worked for the carter campaign in 76, mom was preggers with me. So when the infamous BBQ on the White house lawn occured (this is the one in which Willie Nelson smoked pot on the roof) I was a year old and there with my family. So my folks took me up to meet the president. This I actually remember fairly clearly, Mom and Dad carried me to see him, and I saw his imposing figure surrounded by people, and I cried...Like the baby I was. He said in the gentle south Georgian accent (yes there is a difference) "Son I won't bite you..." The took me out of there rather than set up a bad photo op..Never the less, Jimmy is absolutly villafied by the right wing wierdos. A truely deeply religious, earnest, southern, educated, liberal from a poor background. Republicans like people to think that people like Mr. Carter don't exist. That liberals are created in some far off place like Canada. It ain't so...
Besides, to become the POTUS after being raised in Plains Georgia. Take it from me, Plains is a REAL shithole...
This one is a logical though less obvious political choice from Georgia. Andrew YOung was the mayor of the ATL when I was a kid...For a long time I thought he was mayor of the world. He was a principle player in the civil rights movement and was a strong ally of MLK. Andrew was a large strong black beacon of hope for everyone in N. Georgia for a long time. Atlanta became the new black Capital of the US. Stealing the title from DC, the city has perhaps the most developed black middle and upper class of any city in america. And much thanks is owed to Mayor Young for that. Sadly, in '90 he lost an election to that RAT FUCK Zell Miller in a bid for Gov. Read up on Andrew Young, you'll be glad.
in the next installlment...
Duane Allman & Al gore Sr.|W|P|111662087446843586|W|P|10 great southern men|W|P|5/23/2005 10:10:00 AM|W|P|revsf|W|P|You are so smart, and I like the use of the term "rat fuck" very descriptive. You need to hurry up and finish your list because I don't even know who Allman is, and besides, I don't think anybody with the name Duane has ever made a top ten list! Keep thinking outloud.5/18/2005 08:51:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|this means squat to most of you but it basically means my dream of remaking Memphis public access in my own image that much closer
read more | digg story|W|P|111646747788452536|W|P|BitTorrent Goes Trackerless !|W|P|5/18/2005 09:08:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Over the last few days, I have joyfully watched and read tons on the big 3 (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) press conferences. We've seen a BIG BIG budget Mtv spectacular for the Xbox 360, a somewhat muted (for a system announcment) event from Nintendo for the Revolution, and an old school E3 blowout from Sony that seemed to totally steal any momentum the big "M" had built up over the previous week. So although I ain't an expert, and ain't nobody payin me to tell you, I'm gonna break out my thoughts on the 3 big system announcements.
First the Xbox 360, in my view this is the biggest disappointment of the 3. I was reallly expecting more substance from all the hype. So, it looks like the iBox, being all smooth and white n stuff. Which is cool if you're a TOTAL geek and want to put stickers and junk on it. But I want this thing to look good next to the surround system, not with a camo faceplate. Next, Microsoft of all people should know the lesson of the Dreamcast. Sometimes being first doesn't matter. First with th Xbox Mcrosoft says it has the MOST powerful gaming console ever. Now they say, screw Blu-ray or HD dvd suppport, we're gonna be first. I don't like the idea.
The big nintendo is next on my list of odd disappointments. However since my expectations were very low, it really wasn't a letdown. The big N is obviously not ready for E3 this year and they tried to supplement it with the wierd micro gameboy thing and the idea of backward compatable gaming. Which in this case, meanspaying 15-20 bucks a pop to play super mario 2 on the revolution. I do think this is a positive sign for them as they seem to be embracing the idea of emulation rather than running from it. But to be honest I am looking forward to the new Zelda game as much as I'm looking forward to the 360. So...I guess N beats M on that one.
Finally the blockbuster. Sony pulled out alll the stops by basically lieing to us about the visual ability of the the new system. The hardware specs are brainbending powerfull, but I'm sure that the controversal Killzone 2 demo is 95% prerendered. So although it is an exciting demo, it ain't acurate. So download it and take it with a grain of salt. Also, I'm excited about the Blu-ray tech inside. This will probably be the first HD DVD player in everyones home, so as an A/V nerd, I think that's a huge boom to the Sony vs Toshiba format war. Anyway, All I ask is that Sony play nice with other brand stuff. This has always been a problem for Sony. Maybe they learned thier lesson. cross your fingers and start selling blood 'cause the new consoles are on the way.|W|P|111642672314295819|W|P|The big 3 press conferences|W|P|5/17/2005 09:48:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Hot on the Heals of the pleasent announcment of the Camry Hybrid comes the real reason for the press conference...A recall of a large portion of the N. American Toyota Suvs due to a front suspension problem.
read more | digg story|W|P|111638450183187640|W|P|Toyota's REAL announcement|W|P|5/17/2005 07:55:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I recently transfered some 8mm video over to my Mac and it's burnin a hole in my hard drive. I am DESPERATE for Google video to be up and running for Mac. Damnit! I'm not gonna burn this whole thing down to CD and mail it to my relatives! Come on Google! Get with it!! I'll post the site for seeing Emily vids as soon as Google video goes Mac. Thanks|W|P|111637795347749389|W|P|Video|W|P|5/17/2005 07:44:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|After the success of the Prius will the popular Camry get the "green" treatment?
read more | digg story|W|P|111633389276366795|W|P|Hybrid Camry|W|P|5/16/2005 01:52:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Yesterday was a BIG day. I played golf with Leon and his friend Justin and played very well (for me) then I came home and took Emily out to Shelby Farms to fly kites...
You don't know masculenity untill you've flown a Disney Princess kite..
this is a pic of Baby Lee and Emily in the meadow of the "kit flying area" in Shelby Farms
|W|P|111626954611442008|W|P|Emily and Lee|W|P|5/14/2005 11:30:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|These guys tape themselves interrupting local TV news liveshots across New York. Some of the episodes are quite good. Definitely check out "Cheese Ninja's" attack on an unsuspecting reporter.
damn I wish i'd thought of this...
read more | digg story|W|P|111608823638117797|W|P|Hacking Local TV News|W|P|5/12/2005 10:16:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|more SMS messages from D.S. in England...
"just hearda chick say oi. just spilled beer on me fag"
"68 comeback special is on... and they wonderwhy we make fun"
"just had a fight with hotel MGR in re: Elvis Presley supremecy and inherant right to blast blue suede shoes. He didn't see same way. Send lawyers, guns, and money"
I am loving these more and more as the day goes on. For posterity I'm putting up another iPod playlist
1 "Signed Sealed Delivered" Stevie Wonder
2 "Island in the Sun" Weezer
3 "Bee Eye" Percee P
4 "Number One" John Legend
5 "McNasty Filth" Jaylib
out...|W|P|111595457312105993|W|P|ipod playlist; more text crap from England|W|P|5/12/2005 03:45:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Today I got 3 text messages from my friend Donnie Snow, who is in England right now. The first one reads:
"Sitting down to UK's best comedy at the comedy store, and the opening music is... Elvis fucking Presley. Actually the show isreally funny'
"Just saw changing of guard at B palace. In short, a bunch of guys in furry hats marching to James Bond."
and my favorite:
"Turns out unless you're a teenage club kid cranked to the gills, all of London is closed by 11pm. Apart from stellar beer and choc. biscuits, it alot like Waco"|W|P|111593122081663313|W|P|Text MSG from England|W|P|5/11/2005 10:11:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Sad if its indeed true, Get well man we need more Chappelle's Show! This is an interesting story in the sense this MAY be another troubled young genius of a comedian. What is it about comedians and Mental Health? I also can imagine the pressure he was under. I mean there wer NO expectations for his first 2 season. But now, $50 million worth of pressure overnight is alot. Get well Dave...
read more | digg story|W|P|111586748964082690|W|P|Chappelle Reportedly Checks Into Mental Health Facility|W|P|5/11/2005 06:24:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I've been having second thoughts about this blog. I probably never should have told
anyone that it existed. It is called Talking to Nobody. I just wanted to have a
spot were if something came into my head I had a space to write about it. It was
supposed to give me a place to write random thoughts whenever I felt like it. Now,
I've been thinking about "who will read this?" and "what will they
think". Not very healthy if you ask me. It just feels counterproductive. I've
had a couple of crappy days at work in a row, and I'd like to express why. But,
I'm concerned about if anyone from work might read it. Or if my wife would worry
that I'm not happy. I hate for her to worry. It makes me feel like a burden. So
I'm wondering if this is a good idea.Wondering if my thought are worth imaginary
paper and bandwidth to begin with..Maybe I'll feel better later.|W|P|111585389721157526|W|P|2nd thoughts|W|P|5/12/2005 10:53:00 AM|W|P|5/10/2005 09:03:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I want to begin by saying that I am fully aware of the fact that Tiger Woods may be the greatest golfer of ALL time, and that he is certainly the greatest golfer playing right now. But... I dig Vijay Singh. Sure, I’m in the minority on that one, to be sure but I dig the cat. Couple of reasons spring to mind...
The Game.. the man is awesome within 100 yards. It’s just guaranteed to get close from that distance. He works and works at it. It gives us, the regular duffer the false hope that if we worked that hard, WE’D be that good. Well you wouldn’t deal with it. He uses all sorts of different putters, clubs, etc. Which is something desperate hackers do in golf. So I can relate. I find that junk endearing...
He shows up... No other golfer plays more often or in more tournaments than Vijay He’ll beat your ass in any clowns mouth havin’ TPC track in North America. I be if we all pitched in enough $$ we could get him to show up at Galloway in midtown Memphis, beat all our asses and the make fun of us to our wives and girlfriends. And that brings me to the last thing...
The crummy attitude...check this quote from Vijay “He didn't play badly," Singh said. "He didn't shoot a high number or anything. We caught him. He's going to feel it a little bit, but not as bad as what Greg did during the Masters." I’m gonna let that sink in...DAMN! he just cracked hard on Greg Norman AND Sergio by saying, sure it was one of the worst collapses in history, But it wasn’t as bad as Greg’s...” I wonder why more people don’t like him on tour. Maybe he should drink so much he gets the shakes, maybe then he’ll be popular with the fans...|W|P|111577705060837253|W|P|In praise of Vijay|W|P|5/10/2005 05:08:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|another pic of the greatest child ever, with special cameo by my father in law
|W|P|111576290402807990|W|P|Emily & PawPaw|W|P|5/08/2005 10:51:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So this is a photo I found while googleing "downtown Memphis" it's a pic of the Garbage workers strike. Anyone who is from here will notice the New Daisy theater, which looks much the same now as it did then.
|W|P|111561069576818019|W|P|beale st protest|W|P|5/08/2005 02:11:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|my playlist today
1 "Get 'Em"~ Beat Conductor
2 "I remember Stax" Bo-Keys
3 "Is you is or is you ain't my baby" Dinah Washington
4 "Flowers" Dudley Perkins
5 "Fried Neckbones and some homefries" Willie bobo
6 "Millenum" Dj Cam
7 "Knucklehead" Yesterday's new Quintet
I shot about 30 minutes of video between Front st and third on poplar ave and some shots of Pop tunes on Danny Thomas today. it was more about learning how to handle the camcorder so it didn't look like Catherine Hepburn was using it than getting any meaningful footage. But I'm working at my own pace , so who cares?...more later
P.S. I see J.Will got fined $10,000 for snatchin the pen out of Commercial Appeal writer Geoff Calkins hands after the Suns sweep..I've been wanting to snatch that guy's cmoputer for years so I'd say it was worth it..|W|P|111557986814254697|W|P|iPod playlist, first 10 minutes|W|P|5/08/2005 01:48:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Tommmarow I'm starting principle "filming"... tapeing on a short home made documentarty tenativly titled "Poplar ave: Southern Sprawl" I hope to get it on Current TV (www.current.tv) and to anyone else who'll see it. I'm looking forward to learning my self while I learn about Poplar ave. in Memphis. I find it a perfect alagory for the way sprawl affects southern cities..more later|W|P|111553515150434219|W|P|a minor announcement|W|P|5/06/2005 11:17:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So were was I , oh yeah...
So things looked bleak for the Griz and the 10 man rotation that the wise old coach Brown was running. And out of the mire that Lionel Hollins was stiring emerged, MIKE "CZAR OF THE TELESTRATER" FRATELLO! Which wasn't bad i guess. He immediatly came in and started rattling off wins. He had the team back to .500 basketball within a few weeks and in a good spot for a push for the playoffs. And then...
Injuries, sure, every team has them, but dig the list.. Pau Gasol, James Posey, Jake Tsakaledis, Stromile Swift, Bonzi at times, Mike a few nights, on and on and on it went, bit you know what boys and girls, they kept winning...They seemed to be able to pull off wins at home when they had to, on the road surpriingly, and to truely be in great shape when Pau came back from his injury...
But instead with Pau back everyone seemed to hesitate to stare at him, to onlt be moving without the ball on plays that Pau wasn't the first option on. Luckily, Mike Miller played inspired basketball down the stretch. And the Wolves choked in ATL, so we made the playoffs..
Guess what happened then boys and girls?
I'll write more about it when I stop sobbing...|W|P|111543953662216173|W|P|enter the czar.|W|P|5/02/2005 09:57:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|this was our view of the meltdown that was the 04-05 season
|W|P|111508907736512007|W|P|Our seats 2|W|P|5/12/2005 10:48:00 AM|W|P|5/12/2005 10:49:00 AM|W|P|5/02/2005 09:42:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Last Year, I watched my griz get sweep out of the playoffs by the clearly superior Spurs and thought "Well, that sucked, but next year sure does look good from here". This year, I watched the Griz get beat by a clearly superior suns team and thought "what the F*%K just happened to MY team?". Well, many things, I'm gonna recap right now. The first sign of trouble came before the season began, we CUT Bo Outlaw. Sure it doean't seem like a big deal to cut a guy who has fewer points than anyone on the team. Bt Bo was what I call a "solid guy". He could rebound, he was thick, he was great with ALL of his teamates, and the fans love him. Why did we cut him? To give playing time to they equally likeable, but totally overwhelmed Brian Cardinal. Oh yeah and to keep now regularly injured Ryan Humphries. This was somehing that Coach Brown insited on before the season began. Remamber Hubie Brown? He has coach of the year last season. Now he's calling games with ABC. Wonder Why? Well, that's when the real story of the wheels coming off starts. After a awfull season start, the natives were restless. You could damn near see J.Will and Bonzi wells chompin' at the bit to assume the full time starter roles they felt they earned last season. Well, they forgot one thing, they DIDN"T earn those full time jobs last year, They just thought they did. So, not surprisingly, things began to errupt. J.WIll curses out Coach Brown from the bench. (Alot of guts it tkes to cuss a man in his 70s huh?). Hubie abruptly retires, and the Griz begin a full tailspin.
PART TWO tommarow,
ENTER THE CZAR
...stay tuned|W|P|111508898590290585|W|P|Final Game, Lots of Pain|W|P| |W|P|Funny how the lovely lady down front is present in this pic! She too was a BIG part of the view! |W|P|Funny how the lovely lady down front is present in this pic! She too was a BIG part of the view! |W|P|i love you baby! Funny, I'm probably the only person reading this and I just want to correct spelling errors! If it makes you happy do it... you are intellegent and creative and if folks read...they might learn something!