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October 21, 2008 by SanChonino
Usually I love school. When I'm taking classes that are engaging, interesting, and keep my attention, I'm more than willing to put in the effort it takes to excel. In Spain, I worked my hindparts off - and consequently got some of the best grades in my classes and (I was informed by Profesora Giralt upon my return) I also did better than any other exchange student ever in the Weeb's history with URV.

So, obviously, I enjoy school as a general rule. However, that is not true at all of my pe...
October 20, 2008 by SanChonino
I thought that I had for sure locked my vote in. I was a true Nader fan. I was ready to go and cast my (useless) vote with pride.

Until I saw this campaign poster.

Ah, the only person who could possibly turn me away from a principled vote for Nader - the Man, the Myth, the Legend that is Bruce Campbell.

Surely this will be a landslide victory for the man from the cabin in the woods.

After all - Hail to the King, baby.
October 16, 2008 by SanChonino
This originally started out as a pantoum, but I took some rather hefty liberties with the form. (But hey, I kept the basic rhyme scheme while trying some diversification with the lines.) At any rate, it's nothing special, but I thought it would be worth posting. But then, I've been wrong before.

Anyway. If you read, let me know what you think.

Continental Drift

Now you pull away from me,
hesitant and cold; are you
shaken by something you see,
the things I've said, or what I do...
October 13, 2008 by SanChonino
My sister received an interesting e-mail earlier today which she forwarded to me, asking my opinion on what it said. While I was able to give her my response, I felt compelled to broaden it and re-post it in the name of honesty. To beg

in with, it's important to analyze the original message. While it will be difficult (since it is an embarrassing attempt at cogent writing - frankly, my five-year-old niece could do better) to re-post it, I'll do so in the name of full disclosure.

This wi...
October 11, 2008 by SanChonino
SNL hasn't kept me entertained for years. It's been at best mildly amusing, at worst a maudlin attempt at weak humor that fell flat on its face. That is, until this current season. It helps that they've been given so much fodder by the imbeciles running for national office in this country, but they've really been having serious success at the political satire this season. Tina Fey's Sarah Palin is on-the-spot incredible. And it's only gotten better.

-->But they both hit it out of the ba...
October 8, 2008 by SanChonino
I've been pondering the modern, twenty-first century version of politics for months now. (That's, of course, what happens when primaries and general elections are interminably long and arduous.) I've thought a lot about the ads, the debate tactics, the way that the system is set up, and various and sundry other concepts. Of course, it doesn't help that I've been on a hefty reading diet of politically charged books, papers, and blogs, but what can I say? I'm a politics junkie.

However, I'm...
October 7, 2008 by SanChonino
I've been a devoted fan of The Office for the fast two years. It's a show that, while I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to every Thursday, I wish I would have started watching four years ago and been there from the beginning. There are a couple of other shows that, luckily enough, I was able to catch from the get-go - Pushing Daisies, Reaper, and Chuck.

But there's another show that I'm sad I've missed until this, its third season, is 30 Rock. The first season was on sale at Target last ...
October 6, 2008 by SanChonino
Here's another cross-poster from my other website.  Only because I'm bored this morning.

Two weeks ago (it was a Monday night), I finally got the book I had ordered from three weeks previous - Bone by Jeff Smith. I was ecstatic. I had wanted to read the large, 1400-plus page epic for months, but hadn't been able to purchase it as I was living in Spain, and upon returning I couldn't justify purchasing it until all my school expenses were in order. But having all of my ducks ...
October 1, 2008 by SanChonino
To those who read this:  this article was originally posted on my Blogspot blog, where I do the majority of my blogging these days.  But because Whip is so insistent that I stick around, I thought I'd give you all a taste of the urine and bile you're all missing out on over there.

So here goes.  Whatevs.

It seems that every election I'm confronted by the same situation. (And this is on almost every level - local, state, and national.) I'm given a slew of lackluster candida...
September 18, 2008 by SanChonino
This has been coming for a long time.

You could argue this began with the switchover to JU2, but that would put far too much importance on the format and not enough on the message.

You could argue it began with the release of Impulse (a program I actually use on a relatively regular basis, but dammit I'm sick of seeing these retards post ARTICLE AFTER ARTICLE for help with problems that have been answered in EIGHT THOUSAND OTHER THREADS FORTY-FIVE MILLION TIMES OVER), but that would im...
September 15, 2008 by SanChonino
Priceless Tina Fey impression of Sarah Palin - it's flawless.


Yeah, the Hillary Clinton stuff is really funny, too.  But Tina is Palin to a T.
September 12, 2008 by SanChonino
Ah, The Daily Show.  The closet thing to actual political journalism anywhere these days.


I'm leaning towards the latter rather than the former.
September 8, 2008 by SanChonino
So for the last week and a half, we've been privy to all sorts of pro-Palin articles on this site, people praising her to the high heavens for no apparent reason.

Consequently (and since so few of you are willing to take honest, critical looks are your new poster-girl), I have a couple of questions for all you die-hard Palin fans:

How does her chocolate starfish taste, anyway?

Is it everything you'd hoped it would be when you latched on?

Frankly, given the amount of sucking upon it y...
July 1, 2008 by SanChonino
   Sigur Rós: Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust


   Year:  2008


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Sigur Rós is, to me at least, inexplicably popular. I don't really understand how a band that sings in either Icelandic or a made-up language and that composes as down-tempo and chill music as they do gets as large of a following as they do.

I've been a fan of theirs on and off since the fi...
June 30, 2008 by SanChonino
  The Mars Volta, The Bedlam in Goliath


  Year:  2008


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The Mars Volta seems like a band that you either get or you don't. There's not a lot of middle ground with a band as marginalized (and marginalizing), eclectic, and strange as they are.

That's not to say there's not a lot to like about them - there most certainly is. Their debut LP, De-Loused in the Comatorium, is one...