must be something strange i kissed

how are the cure not in the rock and roll hall of fame?

this song is called Return. it’s off the Cure’s 10th album Wild Mood Swings (1996).

four singles were released from that album, this wasn’t any of them.

who is that prolific that they can give you 20 years of music leading up to their 10th album

and the so called fifth best song is something as joyful and wonderful and sweet and sassy

as Return?

if i was the commissioner of baseball i wouldnt start the 2014 season

until the rock hall honored robert smith for 38 years of beautiful pop tunes

i keep thinking every day is friday

jack rightsometimes you can be super mean to someone, rude even, and they love it

sometimes you can be really sweet to someone, even tell em you love them

and it’s basically the worst thing you coulda done to them.

i know one girl. her parents never said they loved her. grew up ridiculously sweet.

i know another, her parents told her they loved her all the time.

turned into a stripper.

not that theres anything wrong with that.

Blanket slinked up my stairs yesterday and sauntered in my flat and found me eating a tuna fish sandwich

which, as it turns out are stray cats’ favorite snack.

after he was done ruining it for both of us he cruised into my kitchen and disappeared.

i gave the other half of the sandwich to Sketchy and looked for a flashlight, found one, and hunted for Blanket.

never found him and last night i woke up and there he was on my dining room table.

i went after him and he ran into the kitchen again and hid behind the fridge.

long story short: theres a secret portal to another dimension behind my refridgerator

and thats where all these damn cats are coming from.

so today i nailed it up real good.

down heres freaky enough.

two thousand and 14 years ago today a little baby had a price on his head

little house

dude wasnt even born yet and the king of the land wanted him murdered.

the baby’s dad had one job. get a motel room.

bro didn’t have to impregnate the momma, didnt have to have a good job, big house, nothing

just had to find a place to deliver this angel unto the world.

today is the birthday of an actual angel.

the dictionary says an angel is “a spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God, conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe.”

so minus the wings thats what todays birthday boy was: a living angel sent here to be our agent

messenger

and attendant.

when i think about Christianity i think about those things.

even in the old testament humans were made by God to attend to the Earth and all the cool freaky things down here

and some of the freaky things are the people who wanna get in the way of Good.

or who i find more interesting: the people who get in the way and don’t even realize it.

Herod wasn’t the only hater Jesus had in his life.

in fact it’s easier to count the number of people who were all Team Jesus than those who weren’t buying it.

even his so called disciples turned their back on him – and worse, their hearts – at some point.

but Jesus kept on trucking because he knew his role: to be our attendant – and who are we?

idiots who eat apples because talking snakes tell us to.

morons who lose our minds over things that look pretty in the right light.

and lemmings who fall for the same traps that our predecessors did no matter how much we claim we’ve learned.

thats who Jesus signed up to sacrifice everything for

for some unknown reason thats never fully explained in the good book

which means it could only be one thing

if it’s not logical, it must be for love.

happy birthday you crazy angel

thank you for making us in your loving image.

for no good reason other than to see what else can be done using true angelic love.

obey sample sale: giant success

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if you know me, you know that my favorite part of Christmas is the world famous Obey Sample Sale.

the only nuisance for this 114 year old man is the lines can sometimes be 3-4 hours,

as etienne and i experienced two years ago.

but a nice busblog reader who works at Obey Giant was nice enough to give me a Friends & Family pass for Friday

sadly i had to work late Friday so ali was all, hey lets try to get up early on Saturday and go down there

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when we arrived there was a super long line, food trucks, and a band playing

but ali said, just go ask the nice man eating the burrito if our pass could be accepted today.

so i thought good thoughts and handed him the pass and he gave ali and i VIP badges  and in 0 seconds we were in!

obey sign inside

after selling the xbi mobile i suddenly had a few extra bucks in my paypal account which is dangerous

because if it has an obey logo, especially an andre the giant logo, i’ll be very tempted to buy it

obey stencil

which is even more dangerous thanks to the fact that the VIP badge meant we had no time limit in the warehouse.

time limit? yes. back in the day Obey realized that the best way to keep the line moving

is to restrict people’s shopping sprees to just 30 minutes.

not only does it let more people in the place, but it creates a tad of a frenzied atmosphere

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that mixed with the amazing deals ($40 shirts for $10, $120 jackets for $40, etc)

and the dj playing punk rock and gangsta rap

mad house

had people filling the aisles and stuffing their garbage bags with sweet ass bargains.

hats

hats were $10 or 3 for $25, for example.

at those prices who doesn’t want a doberman sitting next to a flaming garbage can hat!?

hats

or any variety of these chapeaus for yr former fro?!

empty bins

needless to say the supplies went fast but the replenishers replenished quickly

baby shopping

this lady got the last baby. lucky.

womens shirts

indeed they had lots of new stuff including an expanded womens area.

happy ali

ali was stoked

baby checkout

the baby was exhausted

for the kids

and everyone who brought a toy for a kid or food for the hungry got a free cap. these were all who were that sweet.

checkout lines

most people had one bag of stuffs. i had two. two bags set me back $230.

which accounted for two hoodies, a varsity jacket, a backpack, a belt, a striped shirt, a thick flannel, a thin flannel,

two tshirts, three hats, and a beautiful sweater.

my booty

merry christmas has a posse!

the end of blogging?

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on thursday legendary blogger jason kotte declared that blogging died this year

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i think it’s more accurate to say the fad of blogging is dead.

as jason noted there are still lots and lots of blogs out there and many are really good.

but simply because it’s no longer the trendy thing doesnt mean it’s dead.

id argue that now is the time of the real blogging. people nowadays have lots of avenues in which to speak their minds.

and some can do it in 140 characters.

or less

busblog doing its thing

now that the money aspect is pretty much gone.

and the struggle to gain and maintain an audience is tougher than ever.

i argue that if anyone is blogging regularly now, it’s because they mean it.

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there was a time when 22 million people watched super cool fonzie on happy days each week.

nowadays the cool belongs to don draper on mad men, whose top numbers peak at 2.7 million viewers.

but no one is saying television is dead.

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if anything they’re saying we’re in the middle of the rebirth of television

while praising the surplus of really great shows,

and very entertaining trashy ones.

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why isn’t blogging looked at in the same light.

who broke the biggest stories in sports this year? deadspin, a blog.

who broke the biggest stories in news this year? glenn greenwald, one of the best bloggers ever.

sure he didn’t break the snowden story on a blog, but when you watch him defend himself  on twitter

you are reminded how good he was running his salon blog up until august of last year.

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speaking of last year, who completely made a fool out of karl rove by mocking him

as he correctly predicted president obamas reelection as if he had flown into the future and zoomed back

to accurately call the results in every state in the united states. as if it aint no thing.

nate silver

how is blogging dead if at the highest level it has had two of its best years ever?

it’s a bad thing that lots of lazy would-be bloggers have migrated to pintrest

twitter or facebook where it’s easier and quicker to share a quickie little idea

or snapshot of dinner?

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if anything id say that group’s defection has only made the blogosphere leaner and more interesting.

powerhouses buzzfeed and upworthy might not be traditional blogs, granted

but they owe a lot of their success to blogging, which they are more similar to than anything else.

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so is it bad that blogging has spun off some of the most successful websites of the last few years?

of course not

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if anything it proves that blogging still has a lot more to contribute to digital media

it’s just doing it so fast, and usually so much better than the traditional outlets that cover it

that it feels like theres no more buzz around it.

that peace doesn’t mean it’s dead,

it means we’re in the eye of the hurricane.

today is kristin pony’s birthday, shes 24

christmas

if i was president obama theres a few people who id force to blog.

todays birthday girl is on that list.

others include: splink

jennifer lawrence

courtney love

vp biden

hologram tupac

bob dylan

and the entire supreme court

of course theyd probably assassinate me

but when i got to the pearly gates id get a high five from st. peter for trying.