News for January 2012

Just found this last night…

…although I feel a little ashamed of that, since I consider myself a huge Jimmy Eat World fan and this was uploaded 3 years ago when Chase This Light came out. Blargh.

I would love to find the entire thing, wherever it may exist.

Jimmy Eat World “Studio Sessions” Documentary from Christopher Sims on Vimeo.

Posted: January 30th, 2012
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Current Audio Orgasm

I’m only up this late because I can’t stop listening to this album. Brian Fallon can do no wrong.

Posted: January 24th, 2012
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Teh SOPA

I’m a little late on the anti-SOPA bandwagon, but I’m going to pin my lack of empathy of this rather important issue on my previous internship duties and various other factors that have kept me in the dark on this these past few months. I know, not a good excuse but hey, whatever man.

Probably the most scariest part of SOPA – Stop Online Piracy Act – is the danger it poses to user generated content, which is significant because the internet has evolved into a medium which us as users to have an incredible amount of control over, more so than what it was years ago. While SOPA is a piece of American legislation, it’s significance goes beyond one nation and will have a global impact that will affect everyone.

What frightens me about SOPA is the fact that as a domain name owner who uses his space as a blog, the content as well as those that I host will theoretically come under scrutiny in accordance to these new laws. According to one article by Michael Geist, domain names such as mine would be subject to US jurisdiction in accordance to this law, since this domain is under a US domain name registry as well as many others.

What is also interesting about SOPA is its inclusion as part of proposed future US foreign policy, which according to Gant ‘grants more resources to US embassies around the world to increase their involvement in foreign legal reform.’ The last thing we need is more American encroachment within our sovereign borders. And to think I was going to be safe up here in the chilly high north regardless.

The idea that content can be regulated in such a liberal manner is a scary scenario that is difficult for many of us to grasp. How a blog post, a video or a picture can be subject to a law that goes against the freedoms that the internet provides is asinine. In the event that SOPA passes, I guess I’ll have to get used to writing in an actual diary for my rants and emo-esque blogs.

Man.

Posted: January 20th, 2012
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Last Word

This is going to be my last post on the subject, because no one – including me – likes redundancy in blogs about some guy whining about nothing… but I need to get this off my chest, because I have serious doubts that I’ll be able to say it outside of this medium otherwise.

It’s a little hard talking about this without coming off as being bitter and whiny, and to be honest there’s a little bit of that flowing through me right now. Because of that I was a little hesitant to publish this, since I’m never a fan of airing out one’s dirty laundry in public, especially with content that tends to be a tad explicit. This has been sitting in my draft box for a couple of days, but in the end, it’s something I wanted to do as part of the so-called therapeutic process we all have to go through when shit like this happens. I guess that’s why we sometimes have blogs, so we have an outlet to not only express but also to release. So pardon moi to whomever this offends, I hold no punches.

It’s been a fucking rough week. I don’t remember ever getting hit this hard in my life when it comes to my feelings getting tarred and feathered. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt something like this before. As I said before, you never can prepare for something like this: heartache will always hurt like hell. At the same time, I really wish I knew about this earlier, and I have serious doubts that she felt that way just recently. I mean for fucks sakes, she knew what the hell was going on. Why not tell me earlier so we can both stop wasting each others time?

I guess out of this all, I’m thankful for the stable of friends I have. What’s keeping me sane these days is hanging out with the crew and the historian. That, as well as running and paddling in zero degrees weather and drowning myself out with music whenever I’m at home – thank you The Bouncing Souls. It’s hell right now and things fucking suck, but at least I’ve got ways to forget.

The Gaslight Anthem – Here’s Looking At You Kid

Posted: January 14th, 2012
Categories: Late Night Blurbs, Life
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You’re gonna help me back up again

Gracias to my man Hank for digging this gem out while I was down and out these past few days. There will be a permanent spot on my playlist for this song for some time. Besides, who doesn’t like Rancid? The insane and culturally backward, that’s who.

Posted: January 10th, 2012
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Burn up in your atmosphere

No matter how prepared you are for it, heartbreak will always hurt like hell.

I saw it coming a mile away, but I didn’t think it would hit me this hard. Maybe it’s because I’m not used to things ending this way, but right now I feel sick to my stomach. I don’t know how long I’ll be out this time. I’m sure she’s taking this well.

Cue the emo songs. What a way to start the new year.

Posted: January 9th, 2012
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