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Oh yeah... [Dec. 17th, 2008|09:51 am]
I do have a blog. Somebody wanted to use one of my blog posts for something and it reminded me that I have a blog. Thanks for the reminder! Who would have thought that I could still be using this rediculously old school blog format. I prefer to think this blogs format is now vintage. Making it cool again.
Either way, this whole "remembering" the blog thing has got me thinking. One thing I really want in life is to be really good at something. Specifically something artistic (writing, poetry, painting, film making, song writing, musicianship, etc...). And while it seems like I do a lot of those things, I am not necessarily great at any of them. Don't worry, this is not attempt at some sort of affirmation request from my huge reader base. The base issue I think is sticking with something. I think in all my "trying" different things, I have found a few things I really enjoy. But it is always hard to develop those pursuits beyond something casual. One thing I have noticed about people who do something really well, people who inspire others to be like them, is that they pursue their passion/s with all they have. They pick something they love and they give it everything, even when they are frustrated. So, this is my goal, to single a few things out and follow through with it. Push it beyond it's comfortable duration. And no, I don't think this blog will be one of those things. Nonetheless, it would be nice to post a bit more frequently...
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Politics. [Oct. 28th, 2008|04:14 pm]
I haven't posted in forever. So why not make it political? I was speaking with a few guys last night about how disgusted I am with the overwhelming bias that seems to be everywhere. Yeah, nothing new. But, I can't take much more of it. And I was so frustrated by the fact that everybody does it, and nobody admits it. Then today, I read an article on yahoo of all places that was so refreshing. A media source being "fairly" realistic about their own bias. I couldn't believe it. Read if for yourself. http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20081028/pl_politico/14982#full

As a side note. Just to be clear, I am referencing groups, not individuals. That is to say, this post is not ripping individuals who are biased. And yes, I know that I am biased. I just can't take many more commercials, news stories, articles, headlines that always seem have to have a spin or a slant. Groups that are being payed to bring us the story, but (sometimes)making no attempt at offering the full picture. I am just suggesting we can't swallow everything we hear whole. This particular story is referencing the fact that McCain is being hosed in the media. So maybe it seems like I am endorsing McCain. In all honesty, it was the first article I had read where a media outlet admits that they might have a bias. If I find an article from a random news outlet (cough, f*X) titled "why Obama is being hosed", I promise to post it on my blog, for my thousands of readers to see.

One last note, the company that did the survey in the referenced article above seems pretty cool. Worth checking out. I read a bit on their methodology and it seems like they really try to represent the facts in the surveys the conduct. http://people-press.org/ Maybe my first step towards being a responsible voter.
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Glory... Oh the splendor. [Aug. 22nd, 2008|11:27 am]
As all of you know, It was not more than a month ago that I comissioned what would be the first literary contest ever held on this blog. What at the time seemed like a fair and noble idea, turned into what I am now calling "An Experiment In Glory!". You see, I was never good at math, and as such, these contests are never about the numbers. You can put your calculator away, and banish your calculus for different times. "But Jeremy", one might say "your contest was a failure because you only had one real entrant submit a 5 sentence short story." Au Contraire my friend, au contraire.

You see, most see the glass half full of orange juice, I see the glass half full of pure florida sunshine. That's just my take on things. As such, I would like to think that the one entry I did recieve was basically the entire world channeling all of it's literary prowess into one perfect piece. And when I read it I knew, I knew that I would be different. I may look the same, but I am just a whisper of who I once was. JD, you are a knight, slaying those that scoff at the power of the word. Conquering the dragon that might try to burn our books and crisp our literary lust.

Without further ado, the grand champion, "THE GREAT LAMENT".

The great lament.

by Justin Detmers

The disco-tech is illuminated like a wild fire raging through the canyons on a cloudless night. Inebriated twenty something’s wield glow sticks and pulse to thundering electronic music. I yearn to devour this glory, which is set before me like a chalice of splendor. Providence herself begs I claim my destiny, as the one born to dance. Yet to my dismay, participation is forbidden due to my ill-fated condition; motion-triggered flatulence.
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Short Story Competition. [Aug. 6th, 2008|09:54 am]
Let it be known, come one come all, this is my official challenge to you, and the beginning of the "best 5 sentence short story contest". This contest is quite simple, and quite difficult, all at once. Simple to understand, but difficult to create.

I will tell you the rules to this contest by repeating the name of the contest. You have to write the "Best 5 Sentence Short Story". I will be posting my entry now, which will serve as my own official entry and the gold standard for this contest. I will post the winner one week from now, assuming that it is not me, which is hard to imagine.

Please post your entry to the contest on your own blog and also post a link to this blog so everybody can read the rules. Then post the link to your story in the comment section under this post. One last thing, if you have any run on sentences in your 5 sentence short story, then you will be immediately disqualified, and I will also start a gossip chain about you and your poor writing skills.

Plane and Simple

The plane fell quickly towards the earth, as if nothing could stop it. And then, at the last second, Dr. mastermind enacted his plan and covered the entire earth in bubble wrap. The plan worked to save the plane, but unfortunately it trapped all sea creatures in the ocean. This is when Dr. mastermind had his second best idea yet. Instead of covering the entire earth in bubble wrap, he would make a miniature version called snowglobes and warm the hearts of all mankind.
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Mr. Big Shot. [Jun. 11th, 2008|01:55 pm]
So, I am sure that all of you fans out there have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Kite and Jeremy Video project. Well, hold on to your trousers because as of today, we are officially back. Our films in the past have tended towards humor and uproarious, gut busting laughter. We have seen the error of our ways, and have finally embarked on a journey to lead us to a beautiful and gleaming city, a city named maturity. With that in mind, we have chosen a very serious and frightful topic to be the mainstay of our latest film. Grab some popcorn, take a quick bathroom break and put your seat belt on, it's time to take a ride on the movietrain, Kite and I will be your conductors (Mark S. is shoveling coal). Without further ado, I give to you http://www.mr-kite.com/
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OK. [Jun. 2nd, 2008|11:50 am]
I haven't blogged in forever. But who really cares right. Lets get down to business. Without a doubt, "Where the Wild Things Are", is my favorite childhood book. I recently learned that Spike Jonze is making it into a movie. Rarely have I seen a movie with such great potential towards genius or complete failure. And I do believe it will be one or the other. If this movie flops, it could very well mean the destruction of a good part of childhood fantasy. Either way, it will replace what I had imagined when I read the book. Either for better or worse. If the monsters look fake, and max is really a snobby little jerk, then that will be my memory of the book. You may think I am being dramatic, but if anything, I am only minimizing the impact this movie could have on my subconscious. I do believe that this movie will have a profound effect on my Wherethewildthingsare Lobe (which makes up about 19% of my brain). Go here http://www.firstshowing.net/2007/12/11/second-look-spike-jonzes-where-the-wild-things-are/ for screen shots and the latest details.

In other news, Edward Norton, one of my favorite actors of all time, will be starring in the new Hulk movie. Let's hope he doesn't destroy his career.

Ok, just found this clip. http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/05/23/check-this-out-hulk-vs-abomination-fight-scene-clip/
And my response to that 60 seconds is yes please.
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Proper Beer Titles. [Mar. 26th, 2008|02:25 pm]
This recent "list" from mcsweeneys.net (seriously, go there, it's an awesome site if your a fan of "the literature", as they call it) is just plain awesome, and piqued my interest on multiple levels.

WARNING: swear words ahead. Don't read this if you can't handle swear words or indie humor.

to Accessorize
the Modern Hipster.

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I Liked These Guys Before Anybody Else Knew About Them English Bitter

Boys Don't CrIPA

Oh Fuck My Rent Check Didn't Come in the Mail Bock

Fixed-Gear Bicycleweisse

Essentially Empty Yet Always Present Messenger Baggleywine

Almost Stout of the Closet

All My Friends Are White Ale

So What If I Messed Up Your Starbucks Order Porter

Rummage Sale Pale Ale

I Don't Really Like This but I'm Drinking It to Get Back at My Parents and/or Friends With an Overt and Crass Display of Being Cultured Lambic

I Am Entirely Fucking Done With Society Because It Is Run by Corrupt and Criminally Exploitative Man-Machines Who Don't Give One Shit for Anyone or Anything Except for Money and Power Light Lager

Sleeping Pillsner

Lastly, I would like to add a link to an event I found on mcsweeneys.net
Man, I wish I lived closer, and could grow one (click the link to see what I mean).
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Beer and Food Pairing Dinner!!! [Mar. 4th, 2008|12:04 pm]
First things first, congrats to Dan and Suzanne on their new baby girl. Parker Elizabeth was born last night at 7:20. Everything looks good!

For the next order of business, a beer and food pairing dinner!! Well, for awhile now Brett and I have been wanting to put together a beer and food pairing dinner. Mark your calendars for April 4th. The cost will be $25. We have a great menu planned, so the ticket cost will barely cover the food. Kevin, our friend who is a chef in the area, is lending his expertise. So, you don't need to be worried about burnt food! Brett and I will cover the beer selection. We still have a lot of details to figure out, but I wanted to post a very preliminary idea of what the menu might look like. This will be on a first come first serve. Basically we will only have about 13 tickets left to sell after those who are already comitted to coming. Whoever gets cash to us first will get in. Should be fun. feel free to email me at masonjer1@gmail.com to let me know if you are interested.

Course 1

Food – Sesame seared tuna

Beer – Hennepin (Ommegang Saison)

Course 2

Food – Salad w/ Goat cheese (not finalized yet)

Beer – Bells Best Brown

Course 3

Food – curry soup

Beer – two hearted IPA

Course 4

Food – Balsamic marinated beef tenderloin flank Indian brown ale sauce

Beer - Dogfish head Indian Brown ale

Course 5

Food – applewood smoked chedder cheese course

Beer – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine

Course 6

Food – Lindeman's Framboise sorbet

Course 7

Food – Flourless chocolate

Beer – Blushing Monk/Expedition Stout
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Worship in a bottle. [Feb. 29th, 2008|03:01 pm]
Ok, I am sure you have heard, because everybody else has already blogged about it. If you haven't, the Lansing State Journal did an article on Riverbrew. Read it here http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080229/NEWS01/802290329
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Ahi. [Feb. 25th, 2008|03:26 pm]
I just had seared (basically rare) tuna from the fish market for lunch and it was delicious. Served with Freshly steamed vegetables and a side of garlic mash potatoes. The only thing that would have made the meal more delicious is if Jesus made wine to go with the meal. I am posting this because half the people that read this will say "that sounds amazing" and the other half will say "raw fish is absolutely disgusting".

To tie this post into something you might care about. Seared Ahi (tuna) will be the first course of a 7 course beer dinner that is to be happening soon. More details to come.

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