Archive for October, 2010

Growing Up Is Hard To Do

Posted in Humor/Satire, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2010 by Marco

Much like many of my 25 to 35 year-old counter parts, I find myself at a cultural cross-roads.  I’m getting older but I’m not so sure I’m growing up.  A child of the 80’s, I was raised on a strict regiment of cheesy sit-coms, violent video games, comic books and hard-core rap.  And now, at the age of 33, I find myself quoting Wu Tang Clan whilst shooting at British children on XBOX live.  “Blaow!”

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What’s the harm in believing in witchcraft?

Posted in Current Events, Religious with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by MSchroen

There have been a number of witchcraft related items in the news as of late. In Tanzania a young boy was murdered because albinos are thought to possess magical powers. A group of men kidnapped the nine-year-old albino boy, dismembered him, and were apprehended while they were on their way to deliver the pieces of this child’s corpse to a witchdoctor/customer. Since 2007, sixty albinos have been murdered to have their body parts used to concoct charms and potions. One article goes into grisly detail:

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Canadian Indy rockers, Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans, join forces!

Posted in Current Events, Indy, Punk Rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by Marco

The Falcon Lake Incident is among the best Indy albums of 2010 and I want to have its babies!

Both The Weakerthans and Jim Bryson already have impressive and introspective catalogs full of metaphor and sentiment and the two acts have toured extensively together for several years, each in support of the other, so a collaboration was a no-brainer.

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Curing World Hunger Is As Easy As 1, 2, Cannibalism!

Posted in Humor/Satire, Not Safe For Work with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Marco

So why is cannibalism so taboo? I don’t give a shit what you people do to my body once I’m done with it.  Play World Cup Soccer with my skull, use my intestines as fashion accessories, but above all, have a good meal!

“Who’s got the barbecue sauce?!  This Marco is a little dry.”

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Same Sex Marriage: The Final Frontier of Civil Rights?

Posted in Gay, Political with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by Marco

Americans have made great strides in equality since our nation’s birth in 1776.  The abolishment of slavery, woman’s liberation and the civil rights movement are undeniably among our greatest accomplishments as a people.  And while a woman’s right to equality in the workplace and a black man’s right to vote are now universally accepted tenants of American culture, it’s easy to forget that these rights weren’t always so obvious to many.  For example, prior to the Civil War, blacks were not permitted to marry in all areas of the United States, due to an ill-conceived notion that they were somehow less than human.  Likewise, mixed race couples could not engage in a legally recognized union as late as 1967 in sixteen states.  In regards to both of these examples, political and religious opposition was prevalent, in fact, it was not at all uncommon to hear opponents of both issues label them as “Evil”, or “Against God” but today we look back on these issues and ask “What were they thinking?”.  We, modern Americans, understand that marriage is a basic right and we should be free to marry as we see fit and be recognized as such.  …Or do we?

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Star Fucking Hipsters Live!

Posted in Not Safe For Work, Punk Rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2010 by Marco

As you may or may not know, I love the punk rock.  The screeching vocals, distorted power chords and unapologetic drum beats reverberating in a tiny club or basement; life is good.

Well, last weekend I was fortunate enough to see one of the most iconic punk figures of our generation; Stza (Scott Sturgeon) and The Star Fucking Hipsters at the Indianapolis stop in their U.S. tour promoting the new album, Never Rest in Peace (buy it right now!).

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A Match Made in Heaven: Science and Beer

Posted in Nonessential Science with tags , , , , on October 1, 2010 by MSchroen

Some of you mouth-breathers out there probably aren’t drinking your daily requirement of science-win. Lucky for you science is improving our other imbibements.

“In an advance that may give brewers powerful new ability to engineer the flavor and aroma of beer — the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage — scientists are publishing the most comprehensive deciphering of the beer’s “proteome” ever reported.”

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