This is my 3000th post, and rather than have it go by without a passing glance, I will instead use it to help YOU, MY LOVELY FOLLOWERS, by giving you references for and tutorials on how to draw a whole lotta dicks.
“You have your five good looking girls and your five good looking guys and you see them get naked and then you see them get an arrow through the head. We’re no longer watching to see the Monster destroyed, we’re watching to see the Monster destroy. And there’s a moral queasiness there.”—Stephen King on the state of horror films (via roxanneritchi)
We’ve been living in Austin for 9 months now. Here’s a list of things I learned about the state of Texas and in particular, the city of Austin:
1. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone in this state is a hard-line, right wing, Republican.
2. Concurrent with popular belief, nearly everyone in this state possesses at least 1 firearm.
3. Finding a bad BBQ restaurant here is more difficult than deciding on the best BBQ restaurant.
4. But everyone knows the best BBQ is in Lockhart, TX.
5. Most people in Texas, in Austin and Houston especially, cannot drive (this coming from someone who lived in Los Angeles for 5 years).
6. In the city of Austin, everyone has worked or will at some point, work for Dell.
7. Don’t waste your time with the local weather report.
8. The 360 loop in Austin is some of the worst road in Texas. Avoid it at all costs.
9. Don’t be surprised when total strangers ask you about your day. Nearly everyone here is generally very friendly.
10. Shiner Bock beer is perhaps the best beer in the world.
I will never stop reminding transplants to this Great State:
Do not mistake southern hospitality for friendliness.
Aside from that, have a nice day, and yall come back now, y’hear??
I’ve lived in the South for a long time: different parts of NC and GA, and have visited other Southern states. I always wondered about Southern hospitality and where the idea of it came from because I never saw it … until I went to Texas, haha. I was in Dallas for a school conference thing a couple years ago and everyone was so damn nice. I went to the bathroom and while I was peeing some random woman started a conversation with me, asking me where I was from and stuff. It would have been weird if another woman hadn’t of done it the day before too, haha. Everyone seemed okay with chatting with you for a few minutes, which is so unlike other parts of the South. If I tried to just make friendly conversation with anyone here, I would know how much of an inconvenience I’m being to the other person, hahaha.
someone needs to check the OP and remind them that they were living in AUSTIN the only cool place in texas. Life outside of Austin is radically diffrent. there’s few things cool about it.
that’s why I got my ass outta there as soon as I could.
I lived in Texas for six months ( I’m originally from Massachusetts) and I gotta say, the southern hospitality thing really unnerved me. I do not want total strangers waving at me from my car or striking up conversations while I am just trying to have my day. Also, the pet names.
Idk, give me the north, where people ignore you unless you get in their way.
“I was screaming, ‘I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.’” At that point, Fox continues, a Seattle police officer lifted his foot and it hit her in the stomach, and another officer pushed his bicycle into the crowd, again hitting Fox in the stomach.
Sunday, Anonymous hacktivists assaulted PERF because of their alleged involvement in coordinating police crackdowns on Occupy protests across the country.
Anonymous hacktivists assaulted PERF, the Police Executive Research Forum, by taking down their website and releasing the private information of Sherwin B. “Chuck” Wexler - Executive Director at PERF.
PERF is a private but extremely influential national, non-governmental organization with close ties to law enforcement agencies across the country, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The group allegedly orchestrated and coordinated the sometimes brutal police crack down on Occupy Wall Street, and other Occupy movements across the country.
After severalnews organizations identified PERF as being responsible for advising and coordinating the police crackdowns resulting in Occupy evictions and other brutalities, the hivemind of the nebulous and notorious international Internet collective known as Anonymous began to swarm, and sting.
“I punched Chris Hemsworth in the face last week. Gave him a black eye. I was supposed to miss him. And I have to say for anyone who’s ever been in that situation where, as a girl, you think it’s not going to do anything — it fucking does something. He was standing over me, like, Huntsman-ing out, and I just went BOOM. I spun around, I punched him right out of his close-up. And then I started crying. I felt horrible… [but] it felt good in the way, like, I know this [gestures to her fist] works now. I can punch Chris Hemsworth. I can spin that man around!”—
sorry to kind of hijack the point, but can i just point out what a poignant and upsetting example of the lengths to which the physical power of women is erased and suppressed in our society the fact that she was literally not even aware that a girl would be capable of producing a physical result by punching someone in the face is
Author’s Note: This was another piece that got shelved at Westword, but one I’m very proud of and learned a lot about while researching. Hope you enjoy!
Afrika Bambaataa: Promoting the peace since 1982This time of year, aside from being great for beers and scarves, is always a time of reflection, whether or not you went to Civic Center or Red Rocks for the 9/11 ceremonies last Sunday. More often than not though, people find themselves connecting to and resolving tragedies through music. It got us reflecting on the last decade of music directly inspired by what happened that day in 2001. And protest music is a fiery genre, so much so, that we decided to hone our focus on the top 10 hip-hop anti-war songs. Because we all know that “protest” doesn’t have to mean “white dude with a guitar” anymore.
10. Jurassic 5 - Freedom Sometimes you don’t need to get so specific for a good track, you just need the mood and the groove. As Jurassic 5 have proven in the past, their suave tongues can pass over any subject and make it both immediate and something you can listen to while chillin’ at the end of your day. With “Freedom,” the guys dissect the hot-button word and how it’s used in the common nomenclature, most notably, how no one seems to know what they’ve got or how we restrict others’ freedom with our own wars and global politics. Put to music reminiscent of RJD2, it’s the perfect cruising track to sit back and reflect on.
9. Saul Williams ft. Zach de la Rocha - Act III Scene 2 Far from the pop side of the scale, no anti-war compilation would be complete without poet Saul Williams or a few words cast by the infamous Zach de la Rocha. With a blistering, continuous background of white noise and technological button-pushing, the two trade verses regarding their more-left-than-most views on what really has, is and will take place in America’s wars.
8. Eminem - “Mosh” Was any president more hated than Bush Jr? Eminem’s pounding “Mosh” is a militant stomp-and-push rhyme to pay attention, bring home our troops and most importantly, get the motha’ out of office. In a cartoon video reminiscent of Lil’ Homies, a mob of black-hoodied every-men come together to stomp the capitol and…. vote. Who expected someone so angry to plead for such a sane approach?
7. Immortal Technique - “The Fourth Branch” Immortal Technique suffers no fools, and this subtle track will make you feel like one if you haven’t researched what you spit out. From religious history to the U.S. government’s own past with terrorism and contribution to warfare the world over, the song seemingly covers everything on Technique’s mind before finally imploring his audience to simply read what’s happening. The man’s fury cuts like a knife while the slick guitar notes behind him fall like tears.
6. Lupe Fiasco - “American Terrorist” Fiasco’s ability to weave intelligent rhymes in with stellar production and catchy choruses is well represented here. With “American Terrorist,” he laments America’s democracy-as-battle-cry approach, the misinterpretation of holy text to justify actions of war and the fact that it might really be about rich vs. poor, not us vs. them. By calling out “The more that you try to learn the better and better it gets, American Terrorist,” he invited us to reflect on our own motivations.
5. Consolidated - “We Gotta Have Peace” This no-blood-for-oil banger is just as relevant today as it was in 1989. Fusing industrial influences with hip-hop, Consolidated went heavy on lyrics and sparse on instrumentation, clearly inviting you to read between the lines and chant along to the sample-heavy bricks of chorus. A perfect break dancing track, it was clearly meant for street corner play.
4. Sage Francis - “Makeshift Patriot” Sage gives no dice to those who take advantage of a nation’s mourning with legislative and capitalist exploits. Between those selling flags to those selling wars, in “Makeshift Patriot” he can’t resolve his 9/11 feelings with those of the crowd. A pensive look into the equally dark and light sides of the coin called patriotism, this song probes the weight of a nation’s knee-jerk responses to their tragedy.
3. Public Enemy - “Son of a Bush” “Don’t look at me, I ain’t callin’ for no assassination” Chuck D asserts, but don’t be mistaken: In 2002, he wanted Bush out of office and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. At the time, it was hard to separate anti-Bush songs from anti-war songs, because really, they were one and the same. And Public Enemy were pissed. While we could have chosen any of a number of PE songs to tout here, “Son of a Bush” hits politics and war the hardest on a matter still close to our hearts.
2. Brother Ali - “Uncle Sam Goddamn” Backed by a sexy-as-hell blues band, this thumping track travels like an old beater through the dusty South. Never mind that the man is near albino in color, the bluesy bullets falling out of his mouth are as dark as night. More a critique of America overall than a bonified anti-war song, it is nonetheless 100% protest, recounting hypocrisy and history in a manifesto that plainly says, you ain’t foolin’ me.
1. Afrika Bambaataa ft. John Lydon - “World Destruction” The presence of both a former Sex Pistol and a live band doesn’t fool anyone in this awesome Anti-Reagan gem — This song is all Bambaataa’s. An eerie, early-issue keyboard and Lydon’s abysmal sing-rapping add to the kitch-factor, and the video is pure nostalgia for anyone who was around before MTV made the scene. “World Destruction” takes on capitalism, communism, religion, and just about anything else that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. Dated, yes — but awesome all the same.