.:Colter:. Random Posts http://www.pointedstick.net/colter the further adventures of the luckiest bastard you ever saw Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:31:43 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Voices http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2009/07/02/1128/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2009/07/02/1128/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:31:43 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/?p=1128 [Originally published on 2009-07-02 21:17:23]

Sorry for the long radio silence. I’ve been a peculiar combination of relentlessly busy and quietly inactive, neither of which lend themselves to regular blog updates. As per usual, I’ve been taking more pictures than writing words, so try my Flickr stream.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the various voices in all our heads. I don’t know about your mind, but mine on any given day seems to contain a constantly shifting committee of advisers. I think they’re even traceable to specific people. Here are some of the people who have successfully uploaded bits of their consciousness into mine, and examples of what they tell me:

Mom – Wash your dishes and clean up after yourself.
Dad – Buy that bargain CD or book. You never know where it’s going to take you.
Heather Gunter – Don’t be a chump.
Natalie Griffin – Relax and be good to yourself.
Heath Harrelson – You’re rationalizing. Stop it.
Katherine Whitworth – Eat something you haven’t eaten before.
DeLaine Ulmer – Say “Yes” to the unknown.

I just wanted to take the time to say thanks to those folks for being part of my brain trust.

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George Carlin (1937-2008) http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2008/06/23/746/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2008/06/23/746/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:31:42 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/?p=746 [Originally published on 2008-06-24 00:38:49]

George will be sorely missed, and my fear is that, thanks to email forwards, he will be the most grossly mis-quoted comedian of our time. I wish there were some resource that had a list of things he didn’t say. I’ve tried to find a few, but with the Internet, how can you ever be sure unless it’s listed on georgecarlin.com? The only thing they’ve debunked is the “Bad American” email forward.

Here is one of my all time favorites from George. Caution: “strong” language ahead:

But remember, and this is a little soapbox of mine: words in and of themselves are not magic and cannot hurt you. Context is everything. There are plenty of words that you have no good reason to use in polite society[1], but that does not make them “bad.”[2] Similarly, there is no quantifiable difference between “crap” and “sh*t”[3] aside from the reactions that people cause within themselves. And so the only reason not to use “sh*t” in polite conversation is if you think you are conversing with those whose own perceptions might cause themselves discomfort.

1.) Racial slurs, for example.
2.) Quite the contrary, as my multi-cultural friends will attest to having great fun tossing around ethnic put-downs like so much expired ordnance.
3.) I am using the asterisk here to avoid getting pinged by various systems’ content blockers.

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Vacation Recap http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2007/07/24/622/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2007/07/24/622/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:31:41 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/2007/07/24/622/ [Originally published on 2007-07-25 01:43:41]

Sorry it’s taking me forever. When I got back from the trip I felt a bit woozy and slept most of the weekend. I did get some house cleaning done on Sunday, though.

A week ago Friday I jetted off to Chicago for an almost week long vacation. Pictures here. Upon reaching my hotel in the downtown area, I found myself in the middle of a square dance. Because my life is not ironic enough. I also saw a wild rabbit in the park.

The main reason for the trip was to catch up with my old friend Heather Cox, who I haven’t seen in about ten years. On Saturday we went to the Art Institute of Chicago and to a Cubs game. After 20 years of keeping up with the Cubs, this was my first game ever. It was as perfect a day as could be had.

Sunday we did some shopping around Wrigleyville, and Heather departed. I went on to attend the last few shows at the Pitchfork Music Festival. Another 20-year devotion was fulfilled when I got to see De La Soul. I spent the night with Nica and Trey and we stayed up watching a scary movie and then the streets below where the transvestite hookers and drug dealers hang out after midnight.

Monday I flew to San Diego to hang out with Meredith for a couple of days. We tooled around, saw some sights and did some shopping. Then we drove up to Los Angeles to catch Isaac Hayes at the Hollywood Bowl. Thanks to Chris‘s job as tour manager, we got to meet the man himself. He has really soft hands. That’s all I can say, really. If I weren’t such a blithering idiot, I could have also met Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the MG’s and Eddie Floyd, but I was entirely certain that I would say something stupid. Nevertheless we were hanging with living legends after the show.

Then I hung out at LAX on Thursday, flew to Phoenix, ate some really good Chinese food, and flew back to Little Rock. Tired.

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The Schism of the Popular Mind http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2005/10/05/315/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2005/10/05/315/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:31:40 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/2005/10/05/315/ [Originally published on 2005-10-05 17:56:16]

Kate Moss was dropped from several contracts because some paparazzo caught her with some booger sugar. Pat Robertson openly advocated the elimination of Venezuela’s leader. What do these two events have in common? Both Kate and Pat were were publicly shamed for doing things that were honest and true to who they are. They were doing things that should surprise no one, yet so many reacted in horror.

A supermodel doing coke? Gasp! Who would have seen that coming? The major surprise here is that more photographers aren’t taking pictures of models and celebrities doing drugs. God knows there are plenty of opportunities, given that the advancements in digital camera technology can make anyone a tabloid photographer for the right price. If one were so inclined, an entire magazine could be dedicated to nothing else. Why was Kate Moss singled out? She practically founded a school of modeling commonly referred to as “heroin chic” and we’re surprised she’s doing coke? Would we feel better if it were actual heroin?

A politically active televangelist suggesting an expedient removal of a controversial foreign president? Heaven forbid. Yes, Pat Robertson is a poobah-level whack job, but he’s allowed to speak his mind. He’s completely correct in that an assassination would be cheaper than a full-scale war. He was chastised by his followers for making a decidedly un-Christian statement, but really, why isn’t advocating a war not worse? The deaths of thousands of troops is OK, but the killing of one important man is not? The public is weird like that. They’ll remind Pat, “thou shalt not kill,” but they won’t say that to the Pentagon.

Why can’t the populace just look at a cokehead model and say, “big deal, who cares?” or a religious pundit and say “that makes sense coming from him?”

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Diesel Power http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2004/12/01/28/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2004/12/01/28/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:31:39 +0000 colter /?p=28 [Originally published on 2004-12-01 00:00:00]

Recipe for a glimpse into an alternate universe: take one diesel tanker on one major freeway, and shake.

Such was I-630 (the inexplicably named 10-odd mile stretch through Little Rock that somehow got an “I” in its name) this evening as a diesel spill blocked all westbound traffic during rush hour. All traffic had to be moved off onto side streets. Creative commuters opted for the north route on I-30 and I-40, but were also stymied due to volume.

The importance of this is that, to someone like myself who had no idea what was happening (this was 6:00pm, after all the radio stations have ceased their regular traffic updates), the experience becomes a massive, uncertain, and vaguely paranoia-inducing shared experience with more people on the road than I’ve ever seen in this town. It’s especially bizarre for me because I commute from midtown to the hinterlands so I’m going the opposite direction of everyone else for most of my trip. When you’re seeing a solid wall of cars in the oncoming lanes for miles, you have to wonder if everyone knows something you don’t. The experience is what I imagine a citywide evacuation might be like. If some pre-apocalyptic event were to occur in Little Rock – alien invasion, poison gas leak, Godzilla – this was a sneak peek at its manifestation.

Or maybe I just had a long day at the office. Tonight I’m going to relax with my Chengwin DVD and some gourmet cookies.

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