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oh, you bet I’m serious

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
  • Batman Begins is superior to The Dark Knight due to the fact that BB has deep, dark and intensely human symbolism that TDK lacks. I’m acquiring both films to make a proper comparative analysis.
  • Star-Trek: TNG hit it’s peak in Season 5. This might simply be due to the fact that the characters are fully developed, but I suspect it’s got something to do with the loss of Gene Roddenberry. For all the man’s vision, he always managed to make things hokey.
  • The Green Bay Packers play Monday night Football on the 8th, 7PM. I’m excited, as always, but anxious about Aaron Rodgers. Considering their three losses (Bengals, 49ers and the Titans) and single win (Broncos) during the preseason, I’m going to be on edge about next week against The Vikings.

Patience and Discipline

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

It seems to be what I lack while playing poker. After an hour or so, I get impatient and start playing loose. I start calling trash that I wouldn’t normally play, I get neurotic and fold hands I know I should hold/raise on. Good thing I haven’t had to invest anything but time into it. Otherwise, I might be a bit perturbed.

One thing I’ve remembered is how intimidating a large stack can be. Those who have the big stack on the table cannot be easily intimidated by your all-in, reducing it’s strategic value. The obvious solution is to tighten one’s play to where you will win if you choose to play a hand. The problem then becomes patience: how many blinds can you sacrifice before you go all-in on a hand?

The shallow disappointment of getting that AK suited (or similar), going all in and watching everyone fold, leaving you with maybe a few hundred chip gain, is unique. It’s a hollow victory and may only serve to let you scrape by for a few more blinds (depending on when they go up).

Unmatched, however, is the all-in that sucks in two other players who are similarly stacked and then watching them vacate the table.

After you watch somebody quadruple their stack by fishing (which is quite noticeable unless they have no skill at all and actually believe they have a winning hand, which might muck things up a bit) while you are unable to even pull off a blind-theft, your morale might drop a bit.

Gambling is a helluva drug.

The blogging has been/will be light due to my recently increased workload.


Labiodental fricative? My new favorite phrase.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Language’s Carnality:

This linguistic vocabulary interests me, with its attention to language’s sound; I hope it will interest you, too. It gives voice to the qualities of these sounds we use when we mean. And it, in certain cases, at least, describes the manner with which language’s sound is made. “Labiodental fricative” describes not only a noise distinct from other noises, human-made and meaningful; it also describes the manner in which the sound is made. Here, we draw teeth to lips, and breathe across the space — a space that is not created, per se, but obstructed. There is a scrape to the sound we draw as an F or and f. And we can give voice to this breath, as when we hum v’s vibration into air.

Awesome, the idea of a latent physical meaning built into phonemes and letters. There is something lurking in here regarding the symbiosis of language and the base creatures it inhabits*; there is something of reproductive organs and raw, natural thought.

* Because language is a parasite, yo.


Aural Attak: Apocalypse Hoboken – Date Rape Nation/Jerk Lessons

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Today I present the “punk rock you forgot about, but damn it was awesome when you heard it” band that you (now that you’re thinking about it) haven’t listened to since high school. Put your volume up and prepare for high-energy shenanigans: it’s Apocalypse Hoboken – Date Rape Nation/Jerk Lessons.

1. Pop Sensibilities
2. Girl
3. Great Escape
4. Microscopic
5. Personal Best
6. Teen Anger
7. Hopeless and Fucked
8. Drunk Helen
9. Idiot Revolution
10. Hello Hello
11. Pop Goes the Weasel
12. Blockhead
13. Small Things
14. Dear Abby



Obama picks Biden…

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Wait, What?


Sexual Harrassment Cornbrator

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Engrish picture of product package that says hyper wank device cornbrator
more the engrish!



Movie Review: Fire In The Sky

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Fire in the Sky is one of those UFO abduction classics, and it has DB Sweeney and that guy from Terminator 2 made out of liquid metal. And a badass title.

And that’s about where it ends.The whole dude-got-taken-by-aliens-but-they-think-we-killed-him sequence plays out about as well as you’d imagine it would. There is a lot of obtuse needless drama and animosity.

The memory from the abduction is gross and features sadistic aliens that look like the little guy in ET; compared to my imagination, it’s boring. Also, its wildly different from Travis Walton’s actual recountance, which is understandable because his story is rather boring.

The reunion at the end is heart-warming like heartburn. Pun and terrible joke intended; it does not deserve proper wit.

This would not have been the case had they played out the entirety of the real drama surrounding the events rather than focusing on the abduction. The real story is about the media’s effect on the situation, and at this they fail. Terribly. The producers ruined a pretty interesting story, actually.

Everything else is mediocre and doesn’t even evince any sort of heartfelt critique: the music is generic movie composition (save for the song playing during the end credits; it’s not bad), the dialogue works but isn’t great, the cinematography is bland (even on the goddamn spaceship!) and there is not a single titty in the whole thing. For shame.



tidbits – day three of fall ’08

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Question of the Day: Why do I read all sorts of odd propaganda and bizarre biases into my textbooks?

Bonus: My Intro to Soc. professor is young, hip and swears at us.


this perked me up from my funk a bit

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008



Australia wins first place for best use of ‘beauty-disadvantaged’

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

“May I suggest if there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa,” Cr Molony said.