Short Bursts

These are things that randomly fire on the synapses of my brain.

DISPOSABLE HEROES DEPARTMENT
It’s nice that Jason Newsted and the rest of Metallica seem to have put aside any of their differences for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Jason even played with the band. Still, Trujillo is a much, much better bass player and brings a sound very much like Cliff Burton.

MADONNA ISN’T ROCK AND ROLL DEPARTMENT
Speaking of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… Um, could you please add KISS to your next class of inductees? KISS has been AMERICA’S NUMBER ONE GOLD RECORD AWARD WINNING GROUP of all time and without their stage show innovations you wouldn’t have the high level of effects modern bands use. Get with it!

BILL $ELF STILL AN ASSHOLE DEPARTMENT
Elite basketball programs almost always get the talented kids. North Carolina has NBA quality players and that’s why they win games. However, I do think Illinois has two recruiting classes that will be Elite Eight/Final Four caliber. Something to look forward to watching.

I AM, I AM, I AM SUPERMAN DEPARTMENT
I bought Irredeemable #1 from Boom! Studios and I liked it. Didn’t like the name of the Superman analogue (The Plutonian? Really?), but the rest seemed interesting and it’s a fresh take on an old concept.

FLOPPY TO HARD DEPARTMENT
I expect actually buying a floppy book in an honest-to-goodness comic book store will become a rare occurrence. I have now confined my comics habit down to hardbacks and trade paperbacks. I just can’t justify the purchase of a four-part or six-part storyline at $3.99 per issue when it will be collected in a much more satisfying read at $19.99/24.99.

GREED IS GOOD DEPARTMENT
Speaking on money, I see where iTunes unveiled a new pricing structure which basically ups the price by 30%. It will do two things: move people to try the Amazon MP3 store and justify the BitTorrent users to download more songs/albums through the peer-to-peer option. I guarantee sales will be down, record companies will bitch and complain and people will still find the music they want for zero or little money.

I’M THE BEST THERE IS AT WHAT I DO AND WHAT I DO IS DOWNLOAD DEPARTMENT
Speaking of losing money, I expect Wolverine will lose money because of the leaked work print. I was not terribly interested in seeing the film anyway, but I guess there were a few positive reviews – even if they got fired for posting them.

BUT BRAZILIAN IS A LANGUAGE TO ME DEPARTMENT
I’m betting Barack Obama knows Austrians speak German. It was a gaffe. He misspoke. When there’s a daily calendar filled with his ridiculous gaffes, the neocons can say something. I’ll have you know I don’t speak American, but Americanized English or as George Bush called in “‘Meracun.”