Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dyno Taggin'



Dyno Taggin', Art or Crime? STMTZ
Smoking was the only bad habit the Dino's had, they also delved in vandalism, not to mention they were all sexual deviants.

 STMTZ

Carbon Footprint Calculator



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Monday, November 29, 2010

Elitist Traveler

This is apparently what people who own private jets read whilst flying over our lowly sad selves.
 And this is what they pay for an issue. I'm not joking, I have a copy next to me now, don't ask how or why, but short story I didn't pay for it. Just in case your like me and think magazines are a waste of money when the internet has free shit all over it, consider this Cosmo, that chick magazine you read so you know what girls are thinking cause...yeah that'll get you laid. A three year 36 issue subscription to Cosmo is $36.00. You can in fact have too much money and this magazine is proof. It may help to note that this magazine is Bi-monthly making a year only $210 or $630 for three years, let me get their figure...they only have a 1 or 2 year, but that numbers work out to $397.50 for three years. That makes cosmo 9% the cost of Elite, and cosmo has double the issues and more pages per issue, speaking of...

52/120 pages are advertisements, and every article except for maybe the article on the fashion show is just an elaborate advertisement. Seriously $35 for what is basically high class junk mail. Hell even the fashion show article gives you the phone numbers! THE PHONE NUMBERS to the people to contact to get the cloths. As if you'll be reading this magazine and then be like shit I need that $3,170 dress NOW...I Can't wait and get home NO NOW and I must call someone important not just the normal line like all the minions I need the name of the head of sales in NYC.

On another note I may be the only person to ever skim the pages of Elite Traveler while watching My Name is Earl.

Oh and if you want to read the magazine its FREE on their website complete with all the ads at...

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/ec5ef23c#/ec5ef23c/1

STMTZ

WTF Collective (Jon LaJoie)




MANIC MONDAY...

any time any place I just whip out my cock....

STMTZ

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Red vs. Blue

I was skimming through the Internet the other day and came upon a blog post by Steve Olson, who is this you may ask. Well IDK but apparently a lot of people follow his blog. Mr. Olson was writing a post based on why he believes, Target is superior to Wal-Mart. Here is the link Steve-Olson.
Now I am an avid Wal-Mart hater, I have not spent money at Wal-mart in over 9 months and had spent pittance in the 6months prior to that. I actively encourage people not to shop there. Why? Because I hate Wal-mart. Mainly because wal-mart coupled with some other issues has led to the downfall of small businesses and thriving down-towns, and has effectively turned as all into commercialized loners.
But I also hate Target, and Applebee's and Kohl's and Best Buy and I think you get the point, in my opinion Wal-Mart gets all the blame for the issues the same way the quarterback gets blamed for losing a game. Wal-Mart is the leader the big guy and therefore the figure head for hating what uber-commercialization has done to the American way of life.
So now I will go through Steve's Ten points and give my opinion, based on my experiences.

Point 1: Crime
"Why did the 911 hijackers buy their box cutters at Wal-Mart? Why do serial killers featured on Court TV buy duct tape and rope at Wal-Mart? Because they feel comfortable there. They’re with their people. Did you know (according to this study) the average Wal-Mart has almost 450% more police calls than the average Target store?" -Steve Olson.

Why do people who do bad things buy stuff at Wal-Mart...Statistically speaking we can assume most people who are shopping for duct tape, rope and box cutters, would rely on a big box retailer, especially if they use these products sparingly. Wal-mart has approx: 4227 locations in the US while Target has only 1743. We will now assume that only Target and Wal-mart exist, because Steve gives us no more variety, we will also negate the possibility that Wal-Mart was the only option in the location of these two unrelated events. Assume an even distribution and equal accessibility to Wal-mart and Target locations and that the culprit chooses randomly, say the first one he comes to. Then in each example the culprit has a 71% chance of walking into a Walmart instead of a Target. So maybe that's why your two examples picked Walmart. 


As for the police calls, Target's are focused on selling to suburbia, whereas Walmarts are more likely to be in less safe areas. Also Target's are generally in plaza type settings whereas Wal Marts are generally stand alone structures, meaning? Less traffic and more escape routes for criminals at Wal-Mart over Target locations. 

Point 2: (this post is going to be long)
Target Doesn’t Destroy Small Towns
I'll concede this point to Steve as I have no data on the issue. But again we can return to the point that Wal-Mart has 3 times as many locations and is thus more likely to infiltrate smaller markets are they have feel they have milked the larger markets the best they can, Target as a number 2 brand simply in most cases builds in a town with a wal-mart location already present so then all the blame falls on Wal-Mart cause they built their first. 


Point 3:
Employees
Maybe this one I have the most experience and opinion in as int he past I worked for both of these companies, at the sales associate level, even if it was for only a couple months each. 

Jenni-Lyn Watson

I never met you, but you spent time in my home city. On the campus I grew up on. Either way knowing you or not you still deserve better than what happened.


Rest in Peace...

stmtz

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Heinz 57...

This is the 57th post of my blog and it's been fun so far, some changes are coming and some addition are coming. Nothing is going away, and we have some things that are current to explain. OK!

Is Hines Ward on the Steelers simple because they play at Heinz field? and why does blogger think Steelers is spelled wrong? for the first question I think yes perfect advertising within advertising, PURE GENIUS...for the second question, well ask blogger...

Back to the Blog.

Music:
I am starting to run out of bands to introduce you to, not for lack of underground bands but for lack of bands I like, we will continue with adding new bands or lesser known songs from bands but we are going to mix it up a bit. who's we? B! is joining the music blog team.

so some changes.
Thursday will be "Throwback Thursday" on thursdays B! will bring us a song we may have all just forgotten from our childhood, the general idea is to find songs that we all remember but that never get played on radio anymore.

Monday will become "Manic Monday" which will mostly consist of silly songs and videos, like My Horse is Amazing. Hopefully that'll make everyone's week go a little bit better.

the other days will remain the same, as in just lesser known stuff, until I figure out something else to add.

Comics:
You may have already noticed some changes to the comics labeling, specifically the new label "Bad Dyno".
The pilot comic of Bad Dyno appeared awhile back...
...altogether it was positively received and inspired me to create more for the series. Don't go off on some tangent about how crudely drawn dinosaurs are overdone, I DON'T CARE....I enjoy making these comics and enjoy sharing them with the world. So expect one new comic weekly, maybe more frequently later on but for now it's going to be a weekly post.

Videos:
I have been very lazy in the category and I apologize. I'm not going to promise more frequency with these cause it would just be a lie, but enjoy the Bad Dyno sketches and when I finally get around to a video, I'll post it.

My twitter updates have started to include a WOTD (Word Of The Day) I try to make this word either relevant to the day, i.e. Turkey on Thanksgiving, or just random and hopefully funny. I will include the etymology, which I find interesting and sometimes makes a word even more humorous.
 
Labels, I am going to start, with this post, labeling all my posts based on which category they fall into, that should make it easier to follow the segments you enjoy instead of reading through all the crap that you think sucks.

That's all

Thanks,
STMTZ

Immortal Technique- Point of No Return



OMG! it's rap? DIVERSITY! seriously this shit will just make you go listen to all his shit, tip listen to Dance with the Devil
Hell here it is!



I just needed you to hear this...if your mind isn't like "holy crap" then you have some serious mental issues that I would suggest seeking psychiatric help for.

STMTZ

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving...the aftermath

Thanksgiving was delicious, and fun, by fun I mean awesome cause all I did was watch TV and cook and eat, just perfect. It all made me think, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of all, why you ask?

Thanksgiving is uber-UNcommercialized, Target didn't even bother with selling any Thanksgiving decorations, not a single one, they just skipped straight from Halloween to Christmas, hell they didn't even wait till Halloween was over to start putting up Christmas stuff, seriously who shops for xmas shit in October? anyways back to Thanksgiving being the best holiday,

Thanksgiving beats out most holidays for the simple fact that most people get the day off, and almost all stores are closed, FUCK YOU WAL-MART. This simple fact puts it well ahead of most holidays. And Thanksgiving permanently falls on a Thursday, meaning that no year will it happen to fall on a weekend and subsequently mean that it doesn't add a day of vacation, what holiday has that privileged? Labor Day...oh yeah but that brings us back to having stores closed, only X-mas and Thanksgiving have that honor left. So now most people would argue x-mas is the best holiday, but I have a simple argument, x-mas is no longer about relaxing and family, its about spending way too much money and helping to bring down individuals for the benefit of big businesses, FUCK YOU TARGET AND WAL-MART and every other shitty business.

On Thanksgiving we sit down with our families and eat and relaxing and hang out, we buy simple food, that the stores sell super cheap. Thanskgiving doesn't cost loads of money and all the money we do spend goes to feeding ourselves and our loved ones, its a holiday thats still about family and food and fun, not about shopping, not about wasting money, not about how much you can spend or how fucking ridiculous you can act.
And while I know Wal-Mart was open this year and next year I'm certain Target will stay open and the trickle will continue until like 2015 when nothing closes and Thanksgiving becomes about shopping and no longer about family, its sad, but an idle day means that no one is making money and that means, well that means it needs to change, and it will, and I'm sorry, even though I have nothing to do with the downfall of the best holiday. So enjoy Thanksgiving next year more then ever and try to just hold on to what Thanksgiving really is about.

I have no pictures today so I'll add one of randomness,
Turkey God. STMTZ
I think that's a turkey god, and I drew it so I can't Imagine what you see.

STMTZ

Be Careful Where You Draw

I went to college and here's the proof...

video

I'm thinking at least an Oscar for directing is in store for this piece. This is exactly what being bored in class will produce.
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Kill Hannah- Lips Like Morphine & Crazy Angel 241 Special!




I felt like you'd want more after that thus the extra, Enjoy!!!


I hope that was as good for you as it was for me...

STMTZ

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day

Someday the turkey will revolt. STMTZ
I made this for you in celebration of Thanksgiving, yes I'm Aware its the worst photo-shop ever, but guess what it still gets the point across, the turkeys will have their day.

But here are some facts...about thanksgiving food...
3,000: Calories are consumed by the average person at Thanksgiving dinner.
12: Million turkeys are sold by Butterball each year.
675: Million pounds of turkey are consumed each year.
50: Million pumpkin pies are eaten at Thanksgiving.
350: Approximate number of pounds the largest pumpkin pie ever made weighed. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs, measured 5 feet in diameter and took six hours to bake.
40: How many million green bean casseroles are made.
100: Age of some of the oldest cranberry beds—and they’re still producing!
72: Millions of can of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce purchased each year.
565: Number of times a line of all the cranberries produced in the U.S. would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles if you lined them all up, end to end.

Other Thanksgiving Stuff...

-Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird.
-Domesticated turkeys cannot fly, however wild turkeys can fly up to 55 miles per hour over short distances.
-Only male (tom) turkeys gobble. Females make a clicking noise. The famous gobble is actually a seasonal mating call.
-The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed in at 86 pounds.
-A turkey under 16 weeks of age is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a roaster.
-The Turkey Trot, a ballroom dance in the 1900s, was named for the short, jerky steps of the turkey. It became popular mainly because it was denounced by the Vatican as "suggestive."

-Turkeys can drown if they look up when it's raining!
-A turkey's field of vision is 270 degrees
-The average age of the Mayflower passenger was 32. The oldest Mayflower passenger was 64.
-There was no milk, cheese, bread, butter or pumpkin pie at the original Thanksgiving Day feast.
-Contrary to popular belief, the Pilgrims did not have big buckles on their clothing, shoes, or hats.
buckles did not come into fashion until the late 1600s – more appropriate for the Salem Witchcraft trial time period.
-Congress did not declare Thanksgiving a national holiday until 1941.

STMTZ
Gobble, Gobble

Johnny Cash- God's Gonna Cut You Down



The owners of the actual music video decided it would be best to not allow me to share their video with anyone so you get this version. Hell its about the song anyways not the video...

STMTZ

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Why am I even telling you this...

This is the worst blog, that is somehow popular, ever. http://stuffhipstershate.tumblr.com/

I gave you the link simply so you could go verify, these girls somehow get frequently posted to CNN.com, nothing I have read, 4 cnn articles and a couple things on their blog, has been remotely funny. Literally ask B!. I read their latest article on cnn.com, and did not even crack a smile, twice I was confused and once I was visibly Irrate at how lame and anti-fascinating their writing is, they only time I laughed was while reading the comments posted by other cnn.com readers.

I wouldn't be as mad, what am I saying yes I would I'm just generally speaking angry, if they weren't being posted on cnn.com, I mean really??? Is it wrong for me to assume that their are better "humor" writers out their. I don't try to be overtly funny, I am for just saying what I'm thinking, but these girls try! and fail yet society keeps right on letting them succeed.

I'm done and I'm sorry, hopefully you will all forgive me for this rant because I brought you another conundrum. Is this a man with voluptuous breasts? Or a really ugly woman with perfect boobs? either way that's one ugly face

I shall name it Hermy. STMTZ

STMTZ

Third Eye Blind- Slow Motion

video
Now this is obviously not a lesser known band. But this song is great and should be on everyone's playlists. So enjoy, and I'll keep posting songs for all your entertainment.

STMTZ

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

And Blink is back together?



Maybe Blink 182 should consider this, that their cover bands are this desperate for gigs, as a sign that maybe they should just quit while they are ahead, I mean seriously, watch this and laugh and then watch it again and laugh more and then when your done tell all your friends to watch it so you can all laugh together...

Your Welcome,

STMTZ

B!'s reaction

So I know I said I would post it as soon as she got home, but I wanted my new phone so we went and got that, now I can post anywhere I damn well please. Anyways she basically walked in went "ok" and then asked wheres my live, laugh, love thing. She never told me to change the picture so it's still up, but she doesn't think it's funny!!! LIKE really, at least its cute right?

So I have still yet to see Unstoppable and neither has anyone I know...that's not usually a good sign. Tomorrow NetFlix will deliver Diary of a Wimpy Kid!!! Yes I'm excited I read that hole book in a day, when I was 21! ha...It was a good book sure that the movie will suck, I'll tell you after I see it.

Thanksgiving is coming up, like you didn't know, and we didn't bother to get a turkey till yesterday which concerns me because I'm afraid the turkey won't thaw in time, it's gonna be a close one.

It's pretty obvious that I have nothing to talk about today. So here's a picture to make you think...

I hope he gets what he deserves. STMTZ
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P.S. B! came home tonight and asked for the Bunny picture to be removed, she said  "it was a funny joke, but we're not 5!", its a sad day for the pancake bunny...

Papa Roach- Kick in the Teeth



WTF! this video is garbage but the song is great, that's all I have to say, sorry about the ad's if their are any its P. Roaches fault, blame them...but seriously the song is great no matter how stupid the video makes it seem, just listen don't even bother watching it'll just ruin it...

STMTZ
 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Continuation of Have a bunny for your thoughts...

Doesn't it just look beautiful? Why'd I even ask of course it does it looks perfect!

Here's my prediction, B! will walk in and be like "What's with the bunny," me attempting to be humorous with the pun will say "I have no idea what you are talking about," then she'll call me some name and tell me to hang her Live, Laugh, Love thing up that used to be in that spot
Which is Ironic because that thing does not cause me or help me to live, laugh nor love.
But that bunny!
100% lovable
If you don't laugh your probably satan (and B! will laugh so she's not the devil, in case anyone misunderstood, she's more like the bunny actually, being that she's cute and sometimes where's food on her head, at least it smells that way...shampoo???)
and Bunnies are Alive which has "live" in it which is spelled the same as "live" which is why you just read both of those as live and live or live and live, again these are two different words, good job English couldn't just go with separate spellings or just different words, nope had to be difficult.
So having a Bunny with a Pancake improves our three "L's" more than that demanding sign, who does that decoration think he is telling me to Live, Laugh and Love I will Undead, Scowl and Hate if I so damn please, the bunny would never demand anything from me...

As a side note, this picture will probably remained framed fro eternity whether or not it remains on the wall, so someday, hopefully when I'm like 80 someone will find that picture and be like "umm, wtf!" and yet again that bunny will bring me Laughter, Love and Life.

STMTZ

P.S. I will change this post script (1520s, from L. post scriptum "written after,") with her reaction once she comes home, here's to hoping it stays there forever

Have a bunny for your thoughts...

I didn't make the picture...pls don't sue me. STMTZ
So B! and I were walking into our apartment the other night, when I saw a creature on the sidewalk ahead. It was dark out and the only light source was behind the creature so it was a silhouette. (Simpler way of writing this "I saw the silhouet of a creature on the sidewalk"). I grabbed B! and said what is that, because she would die instantly in any scenario where noticing creatures was a needed skill (Simpler "because she doesn't notice dangers in her periphery (nvm not simpler)), before she could focus in on the threat it bounded out of our site. It was a rabbit and yes this is 100% exactly the first thing I thought of, not even my pet rabbit, poor turnip, no the first thing I thought was Bunny with Pancake on its head.
Maybe I should add that this photo greeted me every morning as it was hung in our kitchen. Why you ask? Because look at how damn adorable this picture is, and then maybe you too will print this out and hang it in your kitchen. Need to convince a roommate/gf well Pancakes are food, food=kitchen, it goes with the damn theme frame it and whala (some sort of fucking up of the french word "Voila meaning "There it is").
In Fact I'm going to go do that right now...before B! gets home, She'll LOVE IT!

Oh and just so you know if you spell silhouette, "silhouet" the first google image is this:
Again, NO SUING pls. STMTZ
Just thought you'de care to know that, and yes I use google search as spell check because I'm not french and therefore am oblivious to how their words are spelled even after they have been adapted to english.

Here's some Wikipedia etymology for you...The term silhouette derives from the name of Etienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France's credit crisis during the Seven Years War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly the wealthy.[2] Because de Silhouette was said to enjoy making cut paper portraits, his name became eponymous with these portraits and with anything done or made cheaply. (I'll leave the hyperlinks so you can research further if you wish)

I hope you understand this whole rant and side tracking was a Memento-esque attempt at a blog/joke.


Two last things if you want the etymology of the ending "esque" click it. Its hella complicated.
If you haven't seen Memento, well then your life is not yet complete, go watch it and then we'll work on some other things your missing.
In conclusion

 STMTZ

Econoline Crush- The Devil You Know


Johnny Haro, The Dreaming drummer, was in this band, and Stabbing Westward.

STMTZ

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bill Bryson...the end...finally

We are now coming to the climax.
After African Diary I attempted to read two Bryson books simultaneously, this may be possible but its highly confusing when you pick his two titles Made in America and The Mother Tongue, which both are about the history of the English language. When you read two books on the same topic your mind mixes the two together, so as I was reading my mind was thinking "oh yeah that's right Alexander the Great was Hanging out with Shakespeare while Charlemagne and Chaucer fought the American revolution." (non of that makes any sense and thats the point if your now convinced any of that is a fact...while I'm sorry your an idiot.)




I never finished The Mother Tongue and need to get back to that, but Made in America was awesome, and the first half of Mother Tongue is super informative, I'll tell you when I finish how the last half was.

And finally we come to Bill Bryson's latest release (I Actually bought this one because I need it that bad), At Home, this book is about the history of, quite obviously, the home and why we live the way we do and how it all became that way. As Bryson himself says it all seems so self evident that a house be design this way we forget that it was in fact designed, in a very slow and evolutionary way.

I am still reading this one, I would be finished if I didn't spend so much time writing all this stuff for you!, and it's just another one of his super informative books.
In conclusion if you want to be a smarter more informed person, Read Bryson.
If you want to be entertained and laugh, Read Bryson.
If you want to regain your youthful outlook on adventure and life, Read Bryson.

Hell just go read some of his books.
Here's some I have yet to read.





So go read Bryson.

STMTZ

Black Veil Brides- Perfect Weapon


Jinxx was formally in The Dreaming and now is in BVB so here's them, I may have a man crush on Jinxx...

STMTZ

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Name change

So I have decided to go with STMTZ as my new name the blog will still be called STMETZish so newcomers aren't too confused. Twitter name is now STMTZ but YouTube will remain STMETZish as well. That should clarify everything. STMTZ just looks so pretty, plus it saves me a character.

STMTZ

p.s. the url will remain stmetzish.blogspot.com, maybe a change when I purchase a domain name, we'll have to wait and see. Thanks for stopping by, stay classy...

Extinction Theory by STMTZ (look how balanced that is)

The real reason dinosaurs went extinct. STMTZ
So I was sitting around pondering the annihilation of the dinosaurs when it dawned on me that all those scientists were wrong, all evidence obviously points to the dinosaurs developing a nasty habit which eventually led to the downfall of dino society.

STMTZ (same pronunciation but so much more sexy!)

Whip it, whip it real good

I am aware this is not the original song the bird was dancing about but that shit is great.


STMETZ

Deadsy-Mansion World


Carlton is in The Dreaming and in this band, thus this song, that's how my mind works...

STMETZ

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Dreaming- Beautiful



This is what Stabbing Westward, minus some people plus some others, became...The Dreaming.

STMETZ

Thursday, November 18, 2010

iPhone's and why if you pay for one your a shitfuck dumbass...


DunDunDun......

Scientists (Briefly) Trap Elusive Antimatter
This can't possibly, ever, ever, turn out to be a step in the wrong direction.

Go science, but seriously, really really, we need maybe just maybe to stop messing with the universe, I mean I understand if I had the money and the equipment I'd be doing this too, but as an outside observer (meaning I don't get to have any of the fun) I think we need to figure out when we plan on annihilating ourselves, just so everyone is clear. Think of what fun we'd all have if we knew when the world would end.

STMETZ

Stabbing Westward- Save Yourself



Another band introduced to me by Dylan Brann (dylanbrann.com). Stabbing Westward is no longer together but I will bringing you some of the future projects by band members soon.

STMETZ

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Roman Chariot Motor Bike

This is a pic I found online (it took forever! there seems to be only one picture of it). I found this so you all didn't think my update was just filled with craziness! So here it is a street legal roman chariot.


STMTZ

Bill Bryson...continued

After I finished the mind numbing A Short History of Nearly Everything, I took a short break from Bryson to finish up my final projects and read another author, the book was interesting but was not as logically oriented as Freakonomics (I say this because they are both about using economics to examine unconventional topics)

I'm not saying its not a good read, just that if you are interested in the topic Freakonomics is the best book I have encountered on the topic. (I'll talk about these books in a different blog)

Upon returning from school I reentered the world of Bryson with his book

about his return to America after living in Britain, I'll be honest I can't remember much about this one. But seeing as I finished it and moved on to more Bryson it was obviously a good read, and its staring at me from across the room now so maybe its worth a re-read.

The next book we come to is the book that started this whole rant, the blog post from 11/14,

This book is great, in that you will read it and hate the fact that wal-mart and strip malls rule the landscape that once offered wonders and soda fountains. I'm personally flat out depressed as to what our world has come to, I wasn't alive for the fifties but I probably belong there more then here (minus the blogging of course). This book will make you think to yourself was any of this worth it (by "this" I mean of course the urban sprawl and constant need to spend to be happy), my opinion is no, I want to go sit at a marble counter and sit on a malt. I'm crying now. So if your happy in your roll-back world with your neighborhood with no real neighbors then maybe this book isn't for you, if your a person who feels we all just got a lot less happy by getting a lot more stuff well then, by one more book.

Speaking of buying books...

I started realizing that I was pounding through a book a week, mainly because I was reading at work, and that this hobby was getting quite expensive when it dawned on me that there is this funny place that is free and lets you borrow their books, the library. That was a long and drawn out way of saying that I stopped buying Bryson books and started getting them at the library (sorry Mr. Bryson I'm poor).

The first book I picked up from the book depository was

Sunburned is one of my favorite Bryson books. I have never been to Australia, and I never had much of an urge to go (other than to achieve my life goal of going to every continent), but after reading Bryson's book I felt like jumping on an airplane and getting lost in what might be the most deadly country on Earth.


This book is a very quick read, no joke I picked it up before work one day and finished it at work that same day. So if all my ranting isn't enough and you want to give Bryson a taste try this one, not one of much humor, although the subject matter does not offer such comedy.

Another split here, because this is getting lengthy,

STMETZ

Mindless Self Indulgence- Faggot

Thank you Micky (you can find him at msarge.com) for reminding me of this band...

I have nothing else to say...

STMETZ

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bill Bryson Books and the order I read them (because you know you care)

It all began with...

 My mother bought me this book before I studied in Rome in 2006. At the time I was not much for reading and adding more reading on top of my college lists seemed just cruel, so I read the chapters about places I would be traveling too, mainly the places in Italy, and the places that I really want to go, I skipped most of the rest...
Three years later (almost to the date) I found Neither Here nor There in a desk drawer, being bored I began to read and instantly I was captivated. My tours of Europe slowly fading from my memories as I realized that being adult meant not enjoy any of the wonders of the world but staring mindlessly at walls for 1/3 of the remainder of my life, for the first time in, well maybe first time ever, Bryson's book capture my attention and within three days I had finished the book.
I was not hooked yet, the book was great but as summer took over and being outside seemed more effective way to spend my time, Bill Bryson soon left my thoughts. One rainy day though I was looking through some books attempting to find "Weird Places Pennsylvania," I stumbled across...

This book is not a travel book by Bryson but rather a book about his life growing up in Iowa. This book is what hooked me to Bryson. Had it not been for Neither Here nor There I would have never gave this book a second glance but had my mom not had this book just lying around my entire life would have panned out differently since that day.

Side note: If your thinking "ok, so obviously your mom liked Bill Bryson novels," you would be mistaken, well not mistaken per se, but she never read either of these titles, she just happened to be unwittingly pimping Bryson out to me, or maybe she was in cahoots with the author to help finance one of his children through college with his royalties from my purchases...we'll never know



...(by "I bought" I of course me B! bought for me) A semi-travel book about Bryson's trek along the Appalachian Trail, if you read this book or Neither Here nor There something will become abundantly clear to you, I hope so anyways.
I didn't even finish that book when I dove into what may be Bryson's most informative book, hell it may just be the most informative history book ever, I'm talking this thing is curriculum worthy.

This book took awhile to finish (possibly due in part to reading it while I was finishing up my college classes so my focus was split at the time between 17 different projects), it's an extensive read but every page you learn something new, seriously go grab a copy and read one page, any page and you'll be smarter for it.

Part I of my Bill Bryson journey

STMETZ

The Rocket Summer- Brat Pack



It's one dude who plays all the instruments, kinda crazy.

STMETZ

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bangkok Five- We Love What Kills Us


This is maybe one of the best bands that almost no one has heard of. Lucky enough for me because if they were more famous I wouldn't have got to be at the video premier party at The Viper Room, so it all worked out. Now that I have had my fun it's time for everyone else to enjoy, I plan on putting up some of their songs that are not on YouTube for all to enjoy.

STMETZ

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bill Bryson

Here's a nice passage from a Bill Bryson book, I don't know which one...let me google it...and google wins again, Bill Bryson-The Lost Continent: Travels in small town America.
I highly suggest reading this mans books, I mean if you enjoy learning and laughing that is, if not you can always go pick up an Us Weekly at you local news stand. All his books are great, I'm currently reading his latest release "Home."
If you want to learn more then you did in all of high-school read "A Short History of Nearly Everything." If you want to actually understand that language is not a rigid creation but rather a fluid and evolving form then read "Made In America" and/or "The Mother Tongue" (the latter here is a bit dry for a Bryson book but still incredibly informative.)
And if you want to be highly depressed about how lame and boring your life really is, read any of his travel books and enjoy the alcoholism it induces when you realize you will never be as cool as Bill Bryson.

STMETZ

Eww that's dirty...



Well this is just historical, and judging by the views I am pretty late to this but hey, if I and B! have never seen it then maybe some other people out there will be enlightened by this video!

STMETZ

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Gender Wage Gap

 Here's a video I made at xtranormal.com. It's just something I put together while I was arguing with Mango about the inequality of pay. So enjoy.


Source: http://www.forbes.com/2006/05/12/women-wage-gap-cx_wf_0512earningmore.html

Samuel the Salamander

So B! and I were in Pennsylvania and were out walking...

[tangent: B! is my gf, the exclamation is part of the name, not really of course just in terms of my writing, so "B" is a letter "B!" is my gf, just so that clear and you don't think the sentence is to ready "So B(end sentence) And I..." its her name so it reads similar to "So B and I..." but she is not "B" but rather as previously mentioned "B!". hopefully that straightens the issue out for everyone]

...I was taking pictures, as is the norm, when she screams SNAKE! Being a field surveyor for the Herpetological Atlas I was instantly intrigue, however slightly confused as it was a chilly overcast damp day, and the likelihood of a snake in the middle of a soccer field seemed marginal, at best. B!, due to her irrational fear of snakes, had ran to "safety" as I searched for her so called snake. As I neared the location of her initial terror I spotted a medium sized black lump. Instantly I realized this was no snake. As I closed in I realized it was a beautiful salamander, much more logical for the conditions and much more exciting a find.

Salamander's spend most of their lives underground, they come out infrequently to breed and to hunt, this being said, to find a salamander is incredibly exciting for one who hobbies in the herp realm, or for anyone for that matter as they are beautiful and peaceful creatures (peaceful in the sense they only eat small bugs and don't bite or attack us humans).

This was my first salamander find since joining the herp atlas, and, being excited, I instantly picked up the amphibian (this is not particularly harmful to the creature if you are gentle but is more of an issue of not disturbing the environment, as the motto goes "Take only pictures, leave only footprints." Well at this realization B!, now relieved that this wasn't a snake, came over to see the little guy and promptly named him Samuel. We carried Samuel to the pond that was about 10 yards away and laid him under some bark, as in his now distressed state he would be easy prey for someone.

Here are some pics of our find:

What I left out: Samuel is a Spotted Salamander (sometimes referred to as: Yellow-spotted Salamander), this species has been known to live up to 32 years, their diet consists of crickets, worms, insects, spiders, slugs, and millipedes. They are nocturnal and are generally found on warm damp spring nights. They are common and are not considered threatened, however like most amphibians their habitats are constantly under attack from human activities and they are very delicate animals that require an undisturbed environment. Because of their long life span urban sprawl affects this species greatly as they generally return to the same vernal pool (temporary pools of water. They are usually devoid of fish, and thus allow the safe development of natal amphibian and insect species.) each year to breed.

In conclusion, Be Nice To Herps.

STMETZ

Say Anything- Do Better

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Heard this in Pac-Sun yesturday and needed to share it with the world, great song, just great.
You may remember this band from their song "I Can Get Sexual Too."

STMETZ

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stomach Rumblings

So as I was going through some old photos on my phone I found this picture...
I instantly got nauseous, to believe that I ate these things for lunch every day for over a month is kinda gross. I probably cost myself somewhere in the range of 3-5yrs of life, however considering those years would be my 80's I'm going to consider this one a draw.

and if your thinking "why would anyone take a picture of this," well I can't answer that, in fact I was just as perplexed when I happened upon this today. I still feel like puking, fyi...


STMETZ

Long Distance Tic-Tac-toe

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This is B! and me playing tic-tac-toe via the phone and then me making a pointless bragging stop motion video of it.

STMETZ

Autumn Leaves

Why Leaves change color:
When the air temperature drops the chlorophyll inside the leaves starts to break down and this reveals the other pigments that also exist naturally within the plant. Some example pigments includes carotenoids and xanthophylls which usually give a yellow and or orange color to the leaves.

...They all fall down:
At the same time as the chlorophyll is breaking down, a layer between the leaf and the main stem called the abiscission layer begins growing, which cuts off the water supply to the leaf. This eventually causes the leaf to fall off but before that happens, the sugars within the leaf also break down into anthocyanin which can give leaves that dark red color.

This seemed seasonally relevant,

STMETZ

Julien K ft Chester Bennington Kick The Bass Uncensored


 Here is a video, introduced to me by Mr. Dylan Brann, you can check out his website at dylanbrann.com.
Hope you enjoy, and it may be a little late to say that this video is not 100% appropriate for all ages.

STMETZ

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I think the design phase is complete...

In an effort to not clog my followers feeds I have implemented a Two-Tier Posting Strategy (and aptly named it according to government standards of syntax).

Along the top you can now and forever will see the twitter feed. This will be used for all short thoughts, facts or another comments that come to mind (this also allows me to be even more mobile and frequent with updates).

All posts that involve more complex features (photos, music, videos, extended txt) will remain as standard blog posts.

You can follow me on twitter if you so wish to receive my nuggets of knowledge and wisdom throughout your days and can of course always follow me or "stalk me" via the subscription tools on the right.

And please link through social vibe to help "To Write Love On Her Arms," they aim to help those considering ending their life, so please help out. No more need for these headlines.

Thank You,

and here's a pic of B!'s birthday present for your enjoyment
Rose Wielding Velociraptor
STMETZ

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Twitter: STMETZ
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Lady Gaga- Born This Way (lyrics)

 It doesn't matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M
Just put your paws up
'Cause you were Born This Way, baby

My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars

She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on
In the glass of her boudoir

"There's nothin' wrong with lovin' who you are"
She said, "'Cause he made you perfect, babe"
"So hold your head up, girl and you you'll go far,
listen to me when I say"

I'm beautiful in my way,
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

Don't hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

Ooo, there ain't no other way
Baby, I was Born This Way
Baby, I was Born This Way
Ooo, there ain't other way
Baby, I was Born-
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be!

Give yourself prudence
And love your friends
Subway kid, rejoice your truth

In the religion of the insecure
I must be myself, respect my youth

A different lover is not a sin
Believe capital H-I-M (Hey, Hey, Hey)
I love my life, I love this record and
Mi amore vole fe yah (Love needs faith)

I'm beautiful in my way,
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

Don't hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

Ooo, there ain't no other way

Baby, I was Born This Way
Baby, I was Born This Way
Ooo, there ain't other way
Baby, I was Born-
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be a drag, just be a queen
Don't be!

Don't be drag, just be a queen
Whether you're broke or evergreen
You're black, white, beige, chola descent
You're lebanese, you're orient
Whether life's disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
'Cause baby, you were Born This Way

No matter gay, straight or bi
Lesbian, transgendered life
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born to survive
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made
I'm on the right track, baby
I was born to be brave

I'm beautiful in my way,
'Cause God makes no mistakes
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

Don't hide yourself in regret,
Just love yourself and you're set
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

Ooo, there ain't no other way
Baby, I was Born This Way
Baby, I was Born This Way
Ooo, there ain't other way
Baby, I was Born-
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way

I was Born This Way, hey!
I was Born This Way, hey!
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way, hey!

I was Born This Way, hey!
I was Born This Way, hey!
I'm on the right track, baby
I was Born This Way, hey!

Unstoppable

I figured seeing as the movie comes out today would be a good day to post about the new Denzel Washington/Tony Scott movie Unstoppable, here are some pics and a video from when I worked on the set...

 That's one of the helicopters flying over the tracks, they got much closer to the ground when filming was taking place. They were just above the power lines, I say they because there were two of them. in the picture the other one is over my head as they circled waiting for the reset to be complete.
 One of the police vehicles for the movie, that's a real cop the extra's wore a browner color uniform.
 The Porsche Cayenne with the jib arm used for all the moving sequences, they were driving this thing down an alley way at 70mph, and it was not a very big alley way at all.
Another pic of the Porsche and some lovely lens flare.
If you care to read more about the Porsche you can go here http://www.pursuitsystems.com/porsche.html

And here's a video of the Unstoppable Train, Stopping
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So I hope you enjoyed my sneak peek and hope you go out and enjoy the movie I put the trailer in my favorites on Youtube so go watch it if you've been living under a rock and managed to not see it already

In addition maybe I'll review the movie after I see it...maybe

STMETZ

Robots

The word robot comes from the Czech word ‘robotnik‘ which means forced labor or even slave.

The word was first introduced by playwright Karel Capek in his play ‘RUR - Rossum’s Universal Robots‘ and it’s from there that the word and idea became popular.

The first robot to be developed was by Joseph Engelberger and George Devol back in 1961, it was basically a clawed arm that dropped hot steel car parts into water for cooling.

90% of robots today are used in factories, working on production lines and often handling dangerous materials that humans would find difficult or even impossible to handle. Other uses include exploration such as deep sea exploration and mining.

That was a nice list of facts,

STMETZ

Flyleaf- Cover of NIN Something I Can Never Have (SICNH)

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Not an unknown band but a lesser known cover, and it flat out rocks so enjoy!

STMETZ

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Interesting Facts

I have decided to add some more substance to my posts. I will be adding daily interesting facts to some of my posts as well as having independent interesting fact posts. I hope you all learn something and find the information useful.

Interesting Fact: Cats make over 100 different vocal sounds; dogs can make about ten.
(just a fact not taking sides on the whole dog vs. cat debate)

STMETZ

Genetic Engineering....

If we have gotten so good at genetic engineering why do we still grow roses with thorns? Is this some sort of undying need for metaphor in everyday life?

And why does blogger not spell check the title of a post? It seems to me that would be the worst and most obvious place to make a mistake...

STMETZ

Chronic Future- Stop Pretending

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If you want to here more from this band visit my YouTube {STMETZish} channel I have some other songs posted as well as links to some of their other songs.

STMETZ

Gelateria Barbara 4.75 Stars

The Details:
Gelateria Barbara
602 West 18th Street, Erie, PA 16502
(814) 452-4363‎
gelateriabarbara.com
Price: A little complicated read on

The Disclosure:
This review may be a little biased as Gelateria Barbara is one of my favorite stops around Erie, and I find myself stopping in sometimes 2 or 3 times a week for a taste of the Italian treat.

The Overview:
Gelateria Barbara is a small gelato shop on the corner of 18th and Cherry streets, The store front is all glass and makes the establishment very welcoming. They sell some homemade pastas and other culinary delights, however this review will focus on the gelato, I'll be doing a further review of their culinary adventures later. If you were to stop by the gelateria you will usually find it with a costumer inside, neighborhood families frequent the shop from my observations as well as a slew of drive in customers, the shop seems to have a steady stream of business but this does not take away from the intimate feeling one gets in such closed quarters, the staff is always very friendly and the proprietor is usually up front serving his homemade confections to the patrons. On this day we were greeted with a new selection of flavors which we had not experienced in our previous visits. The staff is more than happy to allow you to taste every flavor, After trying 4 selections I decided on cioccolata, at $1.50 for a small cone ($1 on Wednesdays) the value is better than any ice cream shop in Erie.

The Rating:
The Food: 20/20
I spent a summer in Rome trying cioccolata gelato at a variety of establishments across the city, after sampling nearly every purveyor of the cool treat I came upon the conclusion that Tre Scalini, in Piazza Novona had the best gelato in all of Rome. What does this have to do with Gelataria Barbara? Upon returning to the States I heard of this location and decided that my now addicted taste buds needed a fix so I headed downtown. I asked for the cioccolata, which was even label in Italian, and my first impression was this was a near competitor to the Tre Scalini gelato, right here in Erie, Pa. In summary I'm saying if your first impression of gelato is Gelataria Barbara and you go to Rome and get a cone at a Local establishment don't be too shocked if you find the Gelato from America to be better.
Tim Brown, Owner

Service: 20/20
Upon entering the establishment you will be greeted with a buongiorno and immediately asked if you want to sample any flavors, or all of them. The service is always spot on and prompt, the staff is all very friendly and seems genuinely happy to be sharing this little piece of Italy with each and every costumer.
Ambiance: 18/20
The lose of a point here comes from the location. The busy streets lead to an awkward relaxation when sitting out back in the small garden provided for customers to eat outside. The pluses in this catagory are the names being in Italian and the idea that the Italian feel is honest and not cheesy. The quick service and family atmosphere leads to a pleasing experience every time.

Cleanliness: 19/20
The place is clean in a non-institutional way. Altogether the establishment presents itself in a very positive light. The outdoor garden area is a little untidy and cords and hoses were laying out on my last visit, this untidiness is an easy fix and should be worked on. Overall the place is clean and well kept.

Pass/Fail: 17/20
The points lost here are unfair and I adjusted as much as I felt was fair. Most of the criteria in this category does not apply to this small venue.

So Overall we have 94/100
A 4.75star rating.
Overall the taste and authenticity of the gelato is what really matters. The service compliments this superior confection and every experience is amazing. This is a major must stop for any local resident or anyone traveling through Erie.