Rubin on Wry
The new Blockbuster 
There is tons of open space - they probably have 70% fewer movies. The videos are all priced differently - oldies are 99 cents a day, new flicks are 2.99. Big video game section. Taken in carol stream, il.

The new Blockbuster

There is tons of open space - they probably have 70% fewer movies. The videos are all priced differently - oldies are 99 cents a day, new flicks are 2.99. Big video game section. Taken in carol stream, il.

Contemplate - Haiku 10/31/11

Fingers lightly crossed.

On a couch,  vacuum running.

Outside stirs, breathe in

Scary anti-gay culture in Africa

Africa has got almost too many problems to list - poverty, hunger, disease, tyrants and dictators, low education, etc. etc. And now to add to the list in Uganda: A frightening anti-gay culture where being gay can be a death sentence. The cause of the problem is clear: U.S. evangelicals. Nothing turns back the clock of progress than fire-and-brimstone fundamentalism. It’s very sad how susceptible we humans are to charismatic people.

Odd idea that didn’t pan out: Black Water

Blk waterThe Real Housewives of New Jersey is an excellent show for hawking goods, and Blk water was among them. It’s just what it sounds like, with a few oddly named minerals (fulvic acid?).

Dianna and I saw it on a recent trip to the grocery store. It was outrageously priced at $2.29, but our curiosity got the best of us.

It tastes like water, but that’s not the interesting thing. The liquid is black, and when you bring it to your lips your mind expects it to be soda, since that’s the only other thing that looks like it. But when you taste it and it’s just water, you are immediately disappointed.

Amazing - reality TV actually let someone down for a change.

This Lyrebird has more skill than alla y’all put together. Listen to it imitate more than a dozen other birds so it can squat on their territory. And then things really start getting weird…

I can’t please 20-somethings with my music collection

i hate that musicI recently had the pleasure of hanging with some cool kids who happened to be about 10 years younger than me. Dianna and I worked hard to make dinner, so I forgot about getting some music together on my iPhone.

As people arrived, I picked a playlist I thought would be fun - a 60’s mix I made for my dad. It had Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, and the Beatles, and it went over like a bad haircut.

After I realized this (and being my usual, nerdy self) I escaped to my bedroom and created another mix, with more current tunes I thought this crowd would enjoy, like Weezer, Nirvana, Lyrics Born, Buena Vista Social Club, Gorillaz, Girl Talk and some atmospheric Stan Getz. Perhaps I’m being too self-conscious here, but the only time people’s ears seemed to perk up was for Lady Gaga and Jay-Z’s Big Pimpin.

I asked one of the attendees what kind of music she listened to. She named off a bunch of bands I’ve never heard of. Like, ever. Over the last 13 years I have been meticulously crafting a digital music collection (43 Gigs and counting) that I am immensely proud of. I will accept a mix from anyone at any time - I love getting and listening to new music. So I sort of felt I had a Swiss Army Knife Mix collection - good for any situation. I can play WWII “we’re fighting the good fight” songs from the 1940’s, classical Indian music or gypsy ballad. I’ve got the spread. Or so I thought.

My dinner party succeeded, but perhaps I should keep my tunes to myself. So you’ll have to excuse me, I need to listen to some Smiths, Shins, They Might Be Giants and Possum Posse.

Extreme couponers are stealing my shit!

When is thrifty just plain theft? When Extreme Couponers come by my house at 6 am and steal my Sunday coupon section EVERY WEEK. They never take the paper, just the shampoo and dog food saver items. Hey assholes - saving money is fine but buy your OWN fucking paper. Hell - I’m the only guy in my whole apartment complex who event gets the Washington Post, so let me enjoy it.

'Cult of Personality' is only 50% accurate (or less)

You remember the band Living Color. They only had one hit - the seemingly provocative “Cult of Personality" where they lump Mussolini, Gandhi, Stalin and Kennedy under the same rubric.
Thing is, it don’t work that way: A Cult of Personality doesn’t just mean Really, really liked” or even “adored.” It’s more - it’s actually a strong government (usually a dictatorship) where are people are forced to profess total loyalty to their leader, whose picture is omnipresent and who is basically seen to be perfect / divine.
Kennedy was popular and glamorous but we didn’t have to like him. Gandhi too….

'Cult of Personality' is only 50% accurate (or less)

You remember the band Living Color. They only had one hit - the seemingly provocative “Cult of Personality" where they lump Mussolini, Gandhi, Stalin and Kennedy under the same rubric.

Thing is, it don’t work that way: A Cult of Personality doesn’t just mean Really, really liked” or even “adored.” It’s more - it’s actually a strong government (usually a dictatorship) where are people are forced to profess total loyalty to their leader, whose picture is omnipresent and who is basically seen to be perfect / divine.

Kennedy was popular and glamorous but we didn’t have to like him. Gandhi too….

Black Hebrew Israelites sign - enlarged

Black Hebrew Israelites sign - enlarged

Multi-tasking - Offending three religions at once!
If you live in Washington D.C. and have been to Gallery Place / Chinatown, you’ve probably seen these guys hanging out with a bullhorn. They are a sub-group of the Black Hebrew Israelites, who believe that they are the true Israelites and that Jews, Christians and Muslims are all following false Gods. And they tell you this - loudly.
I used to engage them, despite the fact that they have a military-esque persona and are not interested in being nice to anyone - they harass anyone within earshot. After a while, I was just curious or amused. Now I’m embarrassed for them.

Multi-tasking - Offending three religions at once!

If you live in Washington D.C. and have been to Gallery Place / Chinatown, you’ve probably seen these guys hanging out with a bullhorn. They are a sub-group of the Black Hebrew Israelites, who believe that they are the true Israelites and that Jews, Christians and Muslims are all following false Gods. And they tell you this - loudly.

I used to engage them, despite the fact that they have a military-esque persona and are not interested in being nice to anyone - they harass anyone within earshot. After a while, I was just curious or amused. Now I’m embarrassed for them.