mr. blackandwhite

Black Flag factor helps cancel out Red Sox frustration factor.
July 3, 2008, 9:52 am
Filed under: Lists of Things,Music,The Sox

I was jamming to some Black Flag as I watched the Red Sox implode against the Tampa Bay Rays last night.

Fucking Greg Ginn man.. - genius -

Fucking Red Sox bullpen… - not -

As far as the mixture of playing along with songs from Black Flag’s ‘First Four Years’ and ‘Damaged’ while the Sox faltered away a perfectly winnable game and got swept by the Rays (the best team in baseball… what??): cathartic

Jason Varitek: I was sending the good vibes your way all night man. I’ll keep em coming and it will click eventually.

There was a shot of Dustin Pedroia at the end of the game, staring out at the field and looking generally pissed off. After seeing his two doubles, a triple and a homer completely wasted, I can understand why.

The Red Sox are now 3.5 games back of the first place Rays (cue the Twilight Zone theme).. not the end of the world at this point in the season, but I’ll just keep my Sox cap in the ‘rally’ position for the next few days anyway and hope things return to normal soon.

Hopefully the Sox regroup and take their frustrations out on the MFY this weekend.

Make it so.

Black Flag:
Nervous Breakdown
Jealous Again
Six Pack


Car Songs
July 2, 2008, 10:04 am
Filed under: Lists of Things,Music,Nerdery,The Sox

Semi-inspired by a recent post by Michele at A Big Victory, semi-inspired by the fact that it’s the Summer Nationals this weekend in beautiful Worcester, MA and semi-inspired by the fact that I don’t want to write about the Red Sox dropping another game to the A.L. East leading, Rays.. (They’re still the Devil Rays to me.)

Mike Ness - I’m In Love With My Car
The Supersuckers - Hot Rod Rally
Reverend Horton Heat - Like A Rocket
Clutch - Passive Restraints
Fu Manchu - King of the Road

Dead Kennedys - Buzzbomb from Pasadena

Bake em up.


June 25, 2008, 11:23 am
Filed under: Life in General,Lists of Things

I bring the following intangibles to the table:

I can quote extensively from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

I invented the Taco Sandwich

I can lift very large rocks and set them into place on top of other very large rocks, that I also lifted

I can play multiple notes in rapid succession with a good degree of accuracy on the guitar

I can make a mean margarita / gin and tonic / martini /  jack and ice or pour a non-see-through beer into a chilled glass with just the right amount of foam on top

I can open pickle, jelly and salsa jars

If it's broken, I can probably figure out how to fix it

I can speak fluently in corporate-speak: "I don't have a lot of bandwidth for that issue right now and I'm afraid it might cause a lot of unnecessary churn. I'm OOTO tomorrow. Let me ping you on Wed when I have some free cycles and we'll see if we can get some traction then."

I mow a mean lawn and I can wield a grass trimmer with a high degree of accuracy

I know how to fill the dishwasher and get the maximum use out of its available space

[Ok.. my palms are getting sweaty. I hate that. I'm out of here.]

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
April 4, 2008, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Lists of Things,Music,Television,The B's

Things I check, almost every day:

NHL Eastern Conference Standings: The Bruins are gonna take it right down to the wire it seems. With two games left they are in 7th place and tied with the 8th place Caps for points at 92. The Flyers are 1 point out.

Oh God, as if the idea of potentially missing the playoffs is not bad enough, getting bumped by f-ing Philly would make it ten times worse. Of course if the B’s scrape their way into the Quest for the Cup, they’ll be facing the Habs in round one. That’s not encouraging, considering the B’s did not win a single game vs. the g-d Habs all year.. Oh well, one step at a time. The Bruins need to win these last two games and then we’ll go from there ok?

Netflix: Rescue Me Season 4 release date - I have mentioned that my Wife and I are totally hooked on this show. Looks like Season 4 should be coming out sometime in June. Yay! I expect we’ll watch the whole season in about mmmmm.. 4 days.

Mike Ness’ myspace: I check here almost every day to see if there’s been a Boston show added to his Spring solo tour, though now that I think about it, I would probably get an e-mail first.. In any case, no dice, yet. Boston is not that far from New York, Mike! Come on man!!

The clock: To see if it’s 5 o’clock yet.. Not yet? Ug. Tick-tock..

Happy Friday!

{mood: Alan Jackson - It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere}

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Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial..
June 19, 2007, 2:58 pm
Filed under: Life in General,Lists of Things,Nerdery

A friend of mine e-mailed these to me (and probably 165 other people, including you) but they made me laugh (or LOL) and gave me a needed mini-break from the mundane-ness of the office. So due to a substantial lack of anything else worthwhile or post-worthy, I am posting this list here for your enjoyment and LOLs.


1. I can see your point, but I still think you’re full of shit.

2. I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.

3. How about never? Is never good for you?

4. I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

5. I’m really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.

6. I’ll try being nicer if you’ll try being smarter.

7. I’m out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.

8. I don’t work here. I’m a consultant.

9. It sounds like English, but I can’t understand a damn word you’re saying.

10. Ahhh…I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again…

11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.

12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.

13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don’t give a damn.

14. I’m already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you

16. Thank you. We’re all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.

17. The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.

18. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.

19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks!?

20. I’m not being rude. You’re just insignificant.

21. It’s a thankless job, but I’ve got a lot of Karma to burn off.

22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial. (*My personal fav. LOL)

23. And your cry-baby whiny-@ssed opinion would be…?

24. Do I look like a people person?

25. This isn’t an office. It’s Hell with fluorescent lighting.

26. I started out with nothing & still have most of it left.

27. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?

29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

31. I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.

32. A cubicle is just a padded cell with a door.

33. Can I trade this job for what’s behind door #1?

34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?

36. Chaos, panic, & disorder-my work here is done.

37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?

38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.

39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?

40. Oh I get it… like humor… but different.

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Some great band names I thought up. Don’t steal these you damn musicians!
February 13, 2007, 8:00 am
Filed under: Lists of Things,Music

The other day while driving to work I kinda zoned out and started thinking about band names. The next thing I know, I was off the high-way and I was at work. Ever have that happen? It’s like, where did that time go? Was I in hyper-space??

Anyway, here are a few of the names I came up with while I was in ‘The Driving Zone’:

Clarence and the Entourage of the Insane
4 Chords and a Cloud of Dust
Kirk’s Mistress
Recreational Beer Drinkers
Satan’s Watercooler
Cover 2
The Infield Shift
Zombified Pirates of Death (outlaw country band, obviously)

Let me know which ones you like, or add your own. No stealing, you bastard musicians. I know how you are…