Ponder this: 5 Magazine “The Project”

House Music.

The sound of those two words just make my body feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Now, if you know anything about house music, you know that there are many different styles under the umbrella label. One of my favorite styles is Chicago House.

Chicago House Music gets its name from electronic dance music that popped up out of Chicago in the mid 1980’s. I didn’t get a real appreciation for House until I started learning to DJ in 1993. When I went to college in Indiana in 1994, I finally started to get a real taste of Chicago House being so close to the city. Artists like Mark Farina and Derrick Carter were who I based my early DJ style off of. Those were the days…

But enough background…

5 Magazine is the only magazine in the US dedicated to House music. And this month, in honor of their 5 year anniversary, 5 Magazine started TheProject.

TheProject is a multimedia project documenting 40 producers who are keeping Chicago House bangin’ in 2010. Every day, TheProject is doing an in-depth interview and releasing free tracks from two producres. 5 Magazine started TheProject on August 16 and have featured 21 producers. So, if your into Chicago House or just want to hear some really great electronic music, swing over to TheProject and check it out.


Tonight I’m Pondering…Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

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I love Quentin Tarantino.

The man make great movies in my opinion. I have seen basically every movie the man has ever made (we’re talking from his directors chair here). Every movie multiple times.

For years I’ve believed Kill Bill Vol. 1 was his best work. Everything you could ask for in a movie: great story, great dialogue, great action, great comedy, great soundtrack/score, great characters and great acting…Kill Bill Vol. 1 has it all. However, after its cable premier last weekend on Showtime (and 4 subsequent viewings this week), I am now pondering if Inglourious Basterds might be the crown jewel of Tarantino’s films.

Basterds has everything that Kill Bill has, well except the great action. That is replaced with great over the top violence. Bill was violent…Basterds is graphic. And I love that. Tarantino is so extreme with “The Basterds” you really can’t do anything but sit back, laugh, and be totally entertained.

So why do I think Basterds catapults Bill? Two words…Christoph Waltz. Never knew of him before this movie, but his role has the head of the German SS was incredible. The guy was the epitome of an evil, bad guy character: cunning, clever and cruel. Waltz’s character, Hans Landa, is the one that sticks out the most for me in this movie and makes a great movie classic.

I haven’t seen Bill in a while. Maybe I need to watch again before I crown Basterds as my favorite Tarantino flick.

Ponder this Quote…

“I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.”
–Whoopi Goldberg,

Just saw this quote today as part of daily email newsletter I get and can’t explain enough now much I can relate to this. Its how I live my life everyday…believing that anything is possible in life. I didn’t always believe this way. When I was in high school and college, I believed there were limitations to what could be achieved in life. It was only through hitting rock bottom in life, in the form of a mental breakdown at 22, did I discover new possibilities in life. Since then, I’ve been promoting the mantra that anything and everything is possible in life, if you are open to it. So, get out there and do anything!

Pondering New Words…?

Ever heard the word adimpleate? (Definition: to fill up)

Ever used the word quibbleism (Definition: to not beat around the bush) in a conversation recently?

If you have, great. I used both today. If you havent, thats ok too. Its ok because now you can learn what those words, and many other rarely used English words, can be found…and even adopted!

Save The Words

Head there and learn about some really interesting and bizarre words that you can incorporate into your vocabulary and teach people some new words to use in their communication.

Ponder this…Real or Fake Orgasm?

An orgasm…from an amusement park ride? Humm. I’m not a woman. I can’t say that she didn’t. It just does seem highly questionable though. I’ve made women orgasm. And I’ve had women fake orgasms (and I dare any man to say they have never had it happen to them! you better ask somebody!). This would go down as one of the fastest orgasms on record though I would have to say. Just seem very peculiar to me.

So I ponder…and I say fake.

***The guys’ reaction once he hears about the “real” orgasm…priceless.

What do you think?

Ponder this: What is a “Supervillainhero?”

It’s such an interesting word. Supervillainhero. No, its not a real word from the dictionary. However, its a perfectly invented word to describe the role I play in people’s lives at times. So…what is a “supervillainhero?” Probably the easiest way for me to describe it is to say I’m a person that can cause bad and evil to happen but still be the savior at the same time. Crazy I know but really par for the course in the strange and bizarre life I live.

It was just recently that I attained this label, this moniker, but as I ponder many situations that have happened in my life, there is no reason someone couldn’t have given it to me years ago. The person that gave me the label, lets call her Miss R, is a friend of mine. I’ve known her for a little while now. Great girl. Smart. Funny. Attractive. And enjoys “adult beverages” from time to time. Well, the first few times I ever met this woman were in a group setting with other friends. Drinking would ensue. Then the “bad” would come: more drinking. In most cases, more drinking never turns out well. And when things don’t seem to turn out well what’s the one thing you could use…? Exactly…a rescuer.

Well, if you take the good and you take the bad (HOLY CRAP ALERT BATMAN! Referencing “The Facts of Life.” Now slapping myself in the face!)¬†OK, I’m back. But you get where I’m going here right? If bad things are going to happen naturally you should want to make them good. Or at least that’s what I believe I should do. So, after these incidents with Miss R, she said laughingly “ya know, we have to stop hanging out like this. You have to stop being a “supervillainhero.” I laughed and I think I snorted at the same time because it seemed very funny to me based on these previous incidents. However, like I mentioned a little earlier, I started to think back over many times in my life where “the Root” (my nickname from my best friend-to be explained in a future post) has put people in bad scenarios only to rescue them out of said scenario. So many times I can remember saying “this is definitely going to be a bad idea” then doing it anyway and things being utterly clusterfuckish (yep…I like to add to words) but ending with comic book heroics and one hell of a story.

Maybe the “supervillainhero” label is a good fit for me after all.

Am I…a movie addict?

Addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.

I love movies. A lot. No…like really a lot. I like movies so much that I often times watch movies I have no good reason to watch. Now, don’t get me wrong, most of my favorite movies are the no thought involved, stupid humor types that can actually cause brain cell loss. But there are times, like most of this week so far, that I have just been sitting in front of the TV at night, working on the computer, and watching whatever is on. If its a favorite movie of mine, I will watch it whenever its on. Some of my favorite movies like Tropic Thunder or Empire Strikes Back, I will turn to no matter what else I’m currently watching. But to just watch a movie because its on, even if I have no particular interest in watching it? That sounds a little “enslaved to a habit or practice” to me.

This week has been particularly insightful into my presumed movie addiction. Up to the writing of this blog post, I’ve watched about 5 movies that I knew absolutely nothing about before watching them and probably should have avoided. The movies are…

  • Obsessed – A completely boring movie that was only good because I got to see two incredibly hot women, Beyonce and Ali Larter, fight it out.
  • Jennifer’s Body – Other than a 1 minute scene between Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox making out was a completely waste of a flick.
  • Extreme Movie – Michael Cera. The guy has been in exactly one funny movie in his whole career in my opinion (Superbad). He’s like the M. Night of comedy. (Notice I didn’t say one thing about the actual movie…should tell you all you need to know about it).
  • Stan Helsing – Usually the kind of stupid spoof movie I enjoy. This one…I didn’t even laugh once. Why Leslie Neilsen…why?
  • Land of the Lost – Usually Will Ferrell equates to funny in my book. This movie…I wanted to barf in my mouth.

Now, I’m sure other people have seen these movies. And maybe you had reasons for why you wanted to see them. But if you didn’t have a reason, would you watch them anyways? I think the answer would be probably not. So, does all of this make me a movie addict? That’s what I’m pondering…

Things that make me go humm…

Well…I have finally sold out and decided to get back into blogging again. Don’t know why I ever stopped. Too busy. Not enough to write about. Who knows really. Here and the now is what matter and it’s time to get back to it.

So what should you expect to read in this blog…? Well, anything and everything really. Nothing is off limits. Nothing is taboo. I ponder about a lot of different topics. Perhaps the most interesting thing for me to ponder though is the complete randomness of things that happen in my life. Hopefully, from some of the stories I share and the inter-workings of my brain circuitry spilling out onto this medium, people will be able to see what I’m talking about. Or maybe the world will just think I’m crazy. Either way, it’s gonna be a fun ride.

You ready…?