Thoughts fall out before the head explodes!
Thursday, September 29, 2005
"Now it doesn't matter whose sky we're under, or whose light is dying." --Bill Paul
"You don't need to bother. I don't need to be." --Stone Sour
"Their tears are filling up their glasses. No expression. No expression. Hide my head, I want to drown my sorrow.... The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had." --Gary Jules/Michael Andrews
Last night I downloaded an MP3 of Tori Amos covering the Gary Jules/Michael Andrews version of Mad World. It's as beautiful and stark as her cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit. As haunting as a ghost--the voice of an angel.
I toil on in this life. We all do. Searching for meaning where maybe there is none. Questing for an idea, I'm in a state of withdrawl from creating. Writer's block.
"She said, I'll throw myself away... I can't make you hang around. I can't wash you off my skin... I want something good to die for to make it beautiful to live." --Queens of the Stone Age
The melancholy state is my state. It's not what I want to be. It's not what I want my kids to remember.
After I am gone.
My brother once said to me, "What has your guilt ever done for you?" But how does one feel unguilty? Or unsee, what has been seen?
I'm scared at the sound of it.
There's a collective sigh in our mad world today. This nation called America. But what other choice is there than to walk on? Even if I've got no place to go.
I'm not ready to die.
-posted by Nobius 8:56 PM # Comments (7)
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Rita's oil punch could hit harder than Katrina
Rita's oil punch could hit harder than Katrina.
Don't you just love speculators? Needless to say the paranoia hit even me as I filled up both cars and a gas can. At a resonable $2.69 a gallon, it only cost me sixty dollars! I might even be able to buy food for the kids with the money I potentially saved.
Just imagine what it would of cost if both cars had actually been on empty.
-posted by Nobius 6:22 AM # Comments (6)
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"I always knew I'd be somebody. I kept in my head. I never needed anybody." --KISS
"Here I sit with writing on the paper. Tyring to think of words you can't ignore." --Alice in Chains
I was going to go on a long tirade about commitment and people who let me down. Rather than that I will say this, I'm thinking of several different people/scenarios but it boils down to the same thing: In the words of Yoda, "There is no try. Only do or do not."
If you believe in something, you'll make the time.
To be a writer you have to write.
Aikido is more than class once a week.
If you say you'll do something--do it.
A deadline is exactly that.
Do what you've always done. Get what you've always gotten.
There's no crying in baseball.
Motivation comes from within.
Where do you stand? Make up your mind --it's really that simple.
-posted by Nobius 5:35 AM # Comments (3)
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
"Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima." --Pablo Picasso
Do you know what it's like to lose everything?
(He never had nothin' to begin with.)
To be black and poor
Is a death sentence here.
Only fools with blinders were shocked
When they saw it on the news.
I had no money to give--
My job, my bills, my commitments
Wouldn't let me help.
So, I did the only thing I could.
I put my arms around old Mr. Zephyr
And with him I cried.
-posted by Nobius 1:44 PM # Comments (2)
Commeau continues to talk about the modding fad. Read the comments, evidently it's not the only cool thing he's done.
I tried to hack a bank teller machine once. But when it gave me the middle finger and started screaming, "rape!" I knew I was outclassed. :)
-posted by Nobius 1:25 PM # Comments (0)
Monday, September 19, 2005
Scott was kind enough to send me his unwanted copy of Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel. I have so many ideas locked in my head. Now, if I could only pry them out. Hey you, in the front row, pass along that crow bar now!
James is writing Haiku.
Here's an Amateur Publishing Association of interest: ANZAPA. Nice site. Also related Red Inkworks.
Commeau talks DS modding. How do they do that?
And an interview with Grant Morrison.
As I look to develop my Cog project, I'll be doing interviews. Cross your fingers, I'm going to try to catch the big fish, one Mr. Warren Ellis! Now, how cool would that be?
Of course, when I interview someone I want to ask them things far beyond the standard fair. Far beyond normal. If you could interview anyone, who would it be? And what would you ask them?
-posted by Nobius 10:30 AM # Comments (0)
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Google to Put Copyright Laws to the Test
"When a man lies, he murders his part of the world. All this I can not bear to witness any longer. Can not the kingdom of salvation take me home?" --Cliff Burton/Metallica
Google to Put Copyright Laws to the Test.
I've been following this story for sometime. I like the idea providing copyright holders/authors/publishers receive their fair dues. Someday, if not all ready, all info will be looked for through a web search portal. And without it, a book won't be found. Or read.
That's my view, what's yours?
-posted by Nobius 9:58 PM # Comments (0)
Binge Reading/What Dreams the Dream King?
"All around me darkness gathers,
Fading is the sun that shone;
We must speak of other matters:
You can be me when I'm gone." --Neil Gaiman/Sandman: The Wake
Still reading like a fiend, and I haven't even mentioned to you how many comics I've knocked off lately. I'm on a definite binge.
Need to get back to the books, meanwhile enjoy this site about Neil Gaiman's Sandman: The Wake. The story reminds me of my own dreams. Vivid. Beautiful. Tragic. Deadly.
What does the King of Dreams dream? That is what I'm wondering as my eyes get heavy.
Got me an idea for another zine. Going to be squatting on someone else's turf. Luckily with his blessing. It'll be a little bit of poetry madness. Can I be anymore cryptic? Don't worry, you will all be able to read it for free.
Michael and I have decided we are going to go forward with our book. I'm leaning towards tactical self-defense.
How cool would a biography manga/comic book about the master be? Perhaps one of the greatest men of modern times. Only you don't know it.
If history texts were comic books, every kid would grow up to be a historian.
-posted by Nobius 3:34 AM # Comments (3)
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
There's Always Time For A Meme
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Thursday, September 15, 2005
Read: Fullmetal Alchemist One
"Human kind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world's one and only truth." - Hiromu Arakawa/Full Metal Alchemist
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. " - Pablo Picasso
The funny thing is the more I read and whittle down my back log of material, the more I want to read. So, the pile begins to grow again. Of course, I wouldn't call it a problem. As I often tell my brother, it's a good thing to never be able to read all that you want to. Writing comes in endless supply.
When I was a kid I would walk a mile each way to go to the library. Coming home, I'd have so many books in my arms I couldn't see over the stack. So many stories and facts. I was a sponge. Back then, anything was possible.
It is clear to me now that my destiny lies in those same books. It never left. I love words. It's time to start making things happen.
Wheels are spinning. Cogs are turning.
True evil is never trying to live your dreams. Fulfillment comes from within.
-posted by Nobius 6:03 AM # Comments (0)
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
A Gift For Andrew
I just sent my friend Andrew a copy of Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.
Even those without writing aspirations should read the book. Part autobiography/part tough love guide to writing, this is a no nonsense guide to the essence of Stephen King.
And his talent.
-posted by Nobius 3:42 PM # Comments (2)
"Then you met your winter." --Metal Church
As I'm thinking about creating a new zine Cog where I'm the publisher/editor but only one of the creators I run across another excellent column from Steven Grant.
This is the kind of content I'd like in Cog. I'm thinking of starting it as a microzine--something only a few pages long with professional quality content.
In the link, Grant discusses his feelings on Michael Moore (which are right on the mark) as well Warren Ellis's Engine and Diamond's new comic distribution policy.
BTW, Google is working on a new BLOG search engine. Indexed my BLOGGER site well, but not my other ones. Still for me it looks like a useful tool.
-posted by Nobius 5:16 AM # Comments (0)
Monday, September 12, 2005
How And Why We Work
"F is for fighting, R is for red,
Ancestors' blood in battles they've shed.
E, we elect them, E, we eject them,
In the land of the free and the home of the brave.
D, for your dying, O, your overture,
M is for money and you know what that cures.
This spells out freedom, it means nothing to me,
As long as there's a P.M.R.C."
Still taking time off from blogging and zine writing. My stack of unread material is finally becoming manageable again. I'm currently reading a book written for Canadian National Railroad employees about their company and purpose by the corporation's president. It's called How and Why We Work: Building a Precision Railroad. Though all things capitalist have to be taken with a heavy influx of salt, it's a good solid book about the motivation and fundamentals of good rail road operations. The company I work for is adopting a very similar model right down to my current job.
Check out this excellent story from 365 Tomorrows: The Nine Billion Names of God by Kathy Kachelries. It's amazing how something so small can be so powerful. Such is the ability of well written words.
Before you carry on with yourselves, tell me, what are you reading?
Or maybe even, tell me about your life.
-posted by Nobius 7:43 AM # Comments (8)
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Monday, September 05, 2005
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Saturday, September 03, 2005
What Color Should Your Blog Be?
-posted by Nobius 5:15 AM # Comments (0)
Kanye West Rips Bush During NBC Concert
Kanye West Rips Bush During NBC Concert.
I'm not liberal, I don't listen to rap, and I hate race cards. But I have to agree with West: America is set up "to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible." He also mentioned that the government has given license to the National Guard to shoot his people.
I want to, but I can't.
I can't call it any other way.
-posted by Nobius 4:55 AM # Comments (0)
Friday, September 02, 2005
"Reality in the mind, feeling in the soul. Digital is the spirit." --Nobius Black
Warren Ellis: Engine.
Ellis is creating a community to talk about his (other's) original/creator owned work. The Engine is primarily about comics (which means comics, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, and anything else that looks like a comic), which means it's unlikely to be of great interest to many of you. It's also about my work in comics, focusing on the non-superhero, non-corporate, independent and commercial-fringe things I do. Which might be of slightly more interest, I don't know. There will be a lot of talk about comics by comics creators from that whole indie/creator-owned/non-big-flying-underpants side of things. I'm tempted to include a section for people who make music, just for the hell of it and to ensure I have lots of new stuff to listen to.
A community dedicated to keeping under-the-wire creativity alive.
I've recently begun outlining an idea of my own for a zine (possible website as well) called Cog. The focus would be poetry and comics but could really contain anything that either moves or excites me. Work of my own and others. Something different, something real. Truth without media.
The New Orleans situation grows worse and yet still I hear ignorant rants from coworkers and friends alike about how people should of evacuated before the storm. Where do you go, when you have no money? Or a car? Or a decent living?
Call me arrogant, but for some reason it doesn't seem flipping burgers at Mc Donald's will support a family.
Or provide a way out.
The light shines. The real story is shown to the world.
America hates it's poor.
-posted by Nobius 3:59 PM # Comments (2)
Mozilla - Home of the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client.
Trying out Firefox for the first time. I added BLOGGER's BLOG THIS function and am using it in about five seconds. Very neat.
However, it's not loading graphics properly. On my site, little old Mr. Bunny is no where to be found. Similiar results on other pages. Downloaded the JAVA piece, etc and rebooted my system.
Something's always gotta not work, right? :)
-posted by Nobius 4:55 AM # Comments (1)
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Cartoonmayhem: Just When I thought It Was Safe To Cross The Road
cartoonmayhem: Just When I thought It Was Safe To Cross The Road.
Join the converstation about price gauging, the distribution of weatlh, and a possible future to this nation.
-posted by Nobius 3:41 PM # Comments (0)
The Leading Man Test
Stolen from James because I always new I was the leading man. :)
-posted by Nobius 5:37 AM # Comments (0)