Wednesday, January 12, 2011

An Open Letter to my local radio station of choice...

...Please understand, I'm all for free speech.

But would you idiots (and so far, you idiots encompasses the morning radio showsof one radio station around here - its the only one I listen to, and its about to go away.) please refrain from commenting about shit you know nothing about?

Look, I know the whole thing in Arizona makes everyone want to open your mouth.

But yesterday my go to station kicked off by disparaging the Second Amendment

Today, three of you were railing about how owning a pistol on said station (or any firearm) and getting a CCW permit is a bad idea because it requires 'too much responsiblity' and 'you probably couldn't do any good anyway.'

You sheep.

You bleeding sheep.

I wish there *had* been a CCW permit holder in that crowd, although I salute the people who tackled that lunatic.

I'd offer to take you all to the range so you could learn a thing or two, but that would cost me a *lot* of money, and I'm not sure any of you are worth my time.

I think its time to put the iPod back in the truck.

That is all.

-Jon

Day 02 - A book you wish more people had read

You know, thats a good question. What book have I read that I wish more people had read makes me think I should have something profound to say here. I really don't. I mean, there are books I wish people had read so I could *discuss* it with them, or so they could see what I so enjoyed about them, but enjoyment is a profoundly personal thing.

But, I guess instead of a book, I'm going to go out on a limb and say the complete works of Mark Twain. The man wrote Satire, and he wrote Satire for a specific time period, but a lot of his work can still be applied to today. And I wish more people could sit down, read and then *think* about what he had to say.

I had an English class during one of my aborted attempts at a college degree that was at Oh My God its too early, but it was on satire, and our professor tried gamely to get us to DISCUSS Mark Twain. We were using original text - not anything PCed up as has been heard about lately in the news, and it was pretty clear that A: It was too early in the morning for most people, and B: a lot of people don't understand the idea of Satire.

Which is really too bad. But it is something I wish more people had read and understood. I don't pretend to be amazingly good at such things - or able to squeeze more meaning out of a written word then anyone else... but maybe if we took a moment to look at the follys of the past, we'd recognize the follys of the present for what they are.

Or maybe not.

But it couldn't hurt to try.

-Jon

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Meme Day 1 - Your favorite series (Of more then three books)

Well thats pretty straight forward, and to be fair this would be a lot easier to list my favorite book series to Urban Fantasy, Techno-Thriller, Sci-Fi, MilSciFi, etc.

But thats not what the Meme says so I guess I'll have to boil it down.

If I had to pick a favorite current series I'd go with the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher. They are, simply put, crack in literary form. I read a lot of series these days, but Butcher's Dresden Files have held my attention for almost a decade. *Thats* staying power.

If you're interested and looking, start with Storm Front

A freaking Meme... but hey, its a post, right?

So, I came across an interesting Meme over at Stacytabb.com - 30 days of books. The whole meme is below. Some of these particular days I don't think I qualify for. But what the heck, lets give it a try. I'm gonna throw up Day one here in a few minutes.

◦Day 01 – Your favourite series of books (with more than 3 in the series)
◦Day 02 – A book that you wish more people had read
◦Day 03 – Your favorite recent book
◦Day 04 – Your favorite book ever
◦Day 05 – A book you hate
◦Day 06 – Your favourite writer
◦Day 07 – A writer you don’t like
◦Day 08 – Your favourite work in translation
◦Day 09 – Best scene ever
◦Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
◦Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
◦Day 12 – An book you’ve read more than twice
◦Day 13 – Favorite childhood book
◦Day 14 – Favorite male character
◦Day 15 – Favorite female character
◦Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure book
◦Day 17 – Favorite trilogy or tetralogy
◦Day 18 – Favorite book cover
◦Day 19 – Best ensemble of characters in a book
◦Day 20 – Favorite kiss or love scene
◦Day 21 – Favorite fictional romantic relationship
◦Day 22 – Favorite ending/climax
◦Day 23 – Most annoying character
◦Day 24 – Best quote
◦Day 25 – A book you plan on reading
◦Day 26 – OMG WTF? plot
◦Day 27 – Favourite non-mainstream writer
◦Day 28 – First book obsession
◦Day 29 – Current book obsession
◦Day 30 – Saddest character death