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American Gods

Posted in City with tags , , , on Thursday, March 12 by City

Time to write a book review. Like BigDog, I don’t read bad books, or at least I immediately put it down once I realize it’s bad. The last book I put down? Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the West. But that is a trick question, because I only put it down due to the fact that it’s a huge book and the library fines started rolling in heavy. Who knew that a guy name Meri could be such a sweet adventuring dude? Well that’s another trick question because everyone knows Meriadoc Brandybuck was a sweet adventuring dude/hobbit.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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I picked the book as I do every book, by closing my eyes and throwing darts at the Nebula Award winner list. I’m closing in on double digits there so I figure I might as well keep going. A sidenote is that the British born author wrote the creepy children’s novel Coraline that I recently enjoyed in the theater.

So anyway, the book follows a guy just released from jail and is heading to his home in the Midwest. He gets mixed up with some extraordinary strangers who persuade him to work for them. Slowly he learns that he is following several modern day versions of gods from the old countries and that there are many more like him. Mostly they are based on intermingled versions of gods from Norse, Greek, Far East and Native American types. The old gods don’t fare well in America but they never-the-less battle for souls and power in a modern country who would rather worship technology than He who controls thunder. When the modern gods of the media and technology decide to put an end to the old gods once and for all, each god must take a side because the a war that has been building in this country is nearing.

“They’ll win”, said Whiskey Jack flatly. “They won already. You lost already. Like the white man and my people. Mostly they won. And when they lost, they made treaties. Then they broke the treaties. So they won again. I’m not fighting for another lost cause.” Then he said, “Paul Bunyan.” he shood his head slowly and he said it again. “Paul Bunyan.”

“Paul Bunyan?” Shadow said. “What did he ever do?”

“He took up head space,” said Whiskey Jack. He bummed a cigarette from Wednesday and the two men sat and smoked.

“It’s like the idiots who figure that hummingbirds worry about their weight or tooth decay or some such nonsense, maybe they just want to spare hummingbirds the evils of sugar,” explained Wednesday. “So they fill the hummingbird feeders with fucking NutraSweet. The birds come to the feeders and they drink it. Then they die, because their food contains no calories even though their little tummies are full. That’s Paul Bunyan for you. Nobody ever told Paul Bunyan stories. Nobody ever believed in Paul Bunyan. He came staggering out of a New York ad agency in 1910 and filled the nation’s myth stomach with empty calories.”          -pg 352

On the BigDog rating scale I give it a 5 to 8. Which I think means it is a 5 out of 10 for dificulty to read, and an 8 out of 10 for enjoyability. I gave it only a 5 for readability because while I kept it in my hand longer per day than any books I’ve read recently, it was 600 pages which I think puts it out of the sub 5 score range  (let the record show this rating scale needs some refining). I gave it an 8 for enjoyability because it has most everything I enjoy in a book: gratuitous sex scenes, god on god violence, and a protagonist with a penchant for gloomy social commentary.

A quote and a thought

Posted in CoJo with tags , , on Friday, October 31 by Cojo

I was just reading an online interview of Tom Robbins and I came across a quote from him I found very interesting.

What at this point, for Tom Robbins, is the ultimate goal?

Actually, what I’m interested in right now is the idea of having some kind of moratorium on the belief in an afterlife. Much of the world believing in an afterlife leads to much of the world’s primary ills. An ending to this belief would increase the quality and sanctity in the life we already know we have. Nobody has proven that any of the ideas of an afterlife are true. No one knows for sure. Therefore, as long as you believe in an afterlife, you’ll be willing to accept suppression, repression in this life. It would be much quicker to press the red button. I think that’s one of the problems.

It does seem that some people treat “life” as a dress rehersal. This seems very sad when to the best of my knowledge this very likely is all we get. If God came down today and told everyone, “There is no heaven or hell. You have 60, 70, maybe 80 years and then it’s over”. Would people be making the same life choices? Certainly some people would continue on their path, but I think a lot of people would have to take a hard look at their life.

Well that is just something to think about. I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween!

www.godtube.com

Posted in City with tags , , on Wednesday, January 30 by City

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Seems like my kind of website right? By the clever cross in the T you can tell that the Christians jumped all over this URL and most likely aren’t giving it up any time soon. The CEO says it is an open forum for theological discussion, so I uploaded videos from my favorite two theologians Dr Dino and Carl Sagan. Here is Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot:

http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=abea3bd2717241ab4ca1 Oh wait, the site won’t show the video and shows, “waiting for approval” which I am sure it will never get. I tried to log in a day later and my account is gone, I can’t even get my password reset with my email address. The bastards. So its either because my user name was jesushchrist or they didn’t like my Carl Sagan video. Well too bad for them, because I also uploaded some good old fashion evolution debugging by Dr Dino, which would have posted right away if they hadn’t deleted my account already.

If you are wondering what is actually on the website, don’t bother going. Just watch this video of a guy proving God’s existence by peeling a banana while TV’s Kirk Cameron applauds. http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=3768875037baca5de6e2 *editor’s note: this video has been pulled from the site, but it is still funny so here is the youtube link The rest of the site is full of terrible Christian hip-hop, and a thousand Huckabee and Romney videos. This site is a piece of shit and loads really slowly. Probably because people like me are filling it all kinds of crap, but either way, I am pissed off at it and they have ruined what promised to be a perfectly good post on hoboboobies.

Lucky for me there is a jewtube, islamtube, obviously there is a pornotube, and my favorite would be beasttube but it looks like it has been taken down and probably isn’t even legal to visit.