George Cariln Went Away

It came over the wire just a little bit ago. George Carlin died from heart failure. I saw George perform a few years ago. Good show, and I’ll miss him.
I don’t have much to say about it, because when such a funny man dies, it seems like a little bit of laughter dies with him…but I did want to post a couple of pictures of George, and post a quote of his that I think is particularly poignant. I also purposely titled my post with the term “went away,” because years ago in a TV special, Carlin said that was the only metaphor they allowed in their house for death. You either say the person’s DEAD, or that they went away. It would be tasteless to say anything else about the man himself. 🙂
(Quote is after the pictures, and contains uncensored profanity, FYI.)

Words to live by:
Rat shit, Bat shit,
Dirty old twat
69 assholes tied in a knot.
Hooray!
Lizard shit!
FUCK!

Rest in peace, you grumpy old bastard. 🙂

www.DerekBrink.com is GO!!!

The long wait has ended…my website lives again! I assure you. It’s true.

There is still some stuff that needs doin‘, but it’s certainly operational. A bunch of stuff is slated to be added during the week of June 30th and I’m excited about the new features I’ll be able to offer, especially the “downloads” page, which will be rockin‘ in a BIG way very soon.

Click on over and tell me what you think. If you notice anything not working right, please shoot an e-mail to the admin via the link in the left margins.

Thanks for being so patient!

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Current Listening: A buttload of Frank Black/Black Francis/Pixies.

Taking "Yes We Can!" to the Next Level…

Since President Obama’s official nomination by the Democratic party, I’ve had two thoughts:

1. I’m going to get used to calling him “President Obama” right now.

2. I want to freaking DO something…I want to help.

Today, Mr. Obama made that possible. I don’t know if all of you have heard, but he’s breaking from the established methods of raising money and is instead depending on US to help him get into office. Here’s the transcript of the video he posted on http://www.barackobama.com/:

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Hi, this is Barack Obama.

I have an important announcement and I wanted all of you – the people who built this movement from the bottom-up – to hear it first. We’ve made the decision not to participate in the public-financing system for the general election. This means we’ll be forgoing more than $80 million in public funds during the final months of this election.

It’s not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections. But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who’ve become masters at gaming this broken system. John McCain’s campaign and the Republican National Committee are fueled by contributions from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. And we’ve already seen that he’s not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups, who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations.

From the very beginning of this campaign, I have asked my supporters to avoid that kind of unregulated activity and join us in building a new kind of politics – and you have. Instead of forcing us to rely on millions from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs, you’ve fueled this campaign with donations of $5, $10, $20, whatever you can afford. And because you did, we’ve built a grassroots movement of over 1.5 million Americans. We’ve won the Democratic nomination by relying on ordinary people coming together to achieve extraordinary things.
You’ve already changed the way campaigns are funded because you know that’s the only way we can truly change how Washington works. And that’s the path we will continue in this general election. I’m asking you to try to do something that’s never been done before. Declare our independence from a broken system, and run the type of campaign that reflects the grassroots values that have already changed our politics and brought us this far.

If we don’t stand together, the broken system we have now, a system where special interests drown out the voices of the American people will continue to erode our politics and prevent the possibility of real change. That’s why we must act. The stakes are higher than ever, and people are counting on us.

Every American who is desperate for a fair economy and affordable healthcare, who wants to bring our troops back from Iraq. Who hopes for a better education and future for his or her child, these people are relying on us. You and me. This is our moment and our country is depending on us. So join me, and declare your independence from this broken system and let’s build the first general election campaign that’s truly funded by the American people. With this decision this campaign is in your hands in a way that no campaign has ever been before. Now is the time to act.

Thank you so much.

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Just in case you don’t understand…this is HUGE. This could potentially change the way America does politics for generations to come. I now look at Mr. Obama and see and feel what must have been in the hearts of my parents’ generation when they looked toward their TV screens and John F. Kennedy looked back at them. This is a man who wants to see real change happen in this country in his lifetime. In OUR lifetime. …and he’s already started it.

So far, I’ve given $100. And it felt RIGHT. I’m the type of guy who usually has a little bit of “buyer’s-remorse” every time I spend any sum over $5.00–and sometimes even when it’s less, depending on what I bought…but I felt GREAT about giving my money to the Obama campaign. I’m helping to put the first black president into office, and more than that, I’m helping restore something to America that we’ve lost over the past eight-year-hell…

T-Shirts I Own

As many of you know, I go to a bunch of concerts. As such, I’ve bought a lot–sincerely, a LOT–of t-shirts. Since the advent of the Internet, I’ve also bought more than a couple that were not from shows–some for bands I’ve not even seen. Following is a brief, VERY incomplete list of music shirts I own… It’s just off the top of my head, so pardon any misses…and I’ve realized that I don’t have either a Pink Floyd or Pixies shirt for some reason, just incase anyone wants to get me a late birthday present.

* = I have two or more for that band.

+ = I have five or more for that band.

++ = I have 10 or more, and it’s ridiculous.

  1. The Who ++
  2. Drive-By Truckers ++
  3. Cheap Trick ++
  4. Dream Theater +
  5. Black Crowes
  6. Get Up Kids
  7. Headstones
  8. RAMONES *
  9. Iron Maiden +
  10. ALL +
  11. Misfits *
  12. Peral Jam *
  13. Descendents *
  14. KISS (unfortunately)
  15. Queensryche *
  16. Bloc Party
  17. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead *
  18. Yes *
  19. Queen
  20. Rush +
  21. Led Zeppelin
  22. Van Halen (before it got embarassing) +
  23. Mr. Big
  24. Hank Williams III *
  25. Reverend Horton Heat *
  26. Murder by Death
  27. David Bowie
  28. Rolling Stones
  29. Frank Black
  30. Johnny Cash
  31. Willie Nelson
  32. Billy Joel *
  33. The Drams
  34. Old 97s
  35. Dropkick Murphys *
  36. Devin Townsend Band *
  37. Elton John *
  38. Sammy Hagar +
  39. Bruce Springsteen *
  40. Iggy Pop
  41. Billy Talent
  42. Spice Girls (seriously…I swear I’m not gay)
  43. Anthrax
  44. Motorhead
  45. Madison Greene
  46. George Jones

…and as I said, there’s a lot missing…

Don’t know why I thought that’d be interesting…

TRUTH, as I see it…

As I said in my last post, I only blog the truth…so here it is:

  1. Biscuits and gravy = awesome.
  2. Anything covered in Ranch = awesome.
  3. The good guys in a movie never have the coolest looking uniforms.
  4. No one cares how fast trains A or B are going, or when they’ll meet.
  5. Smoking makes you look cool.
  6. Coffee is necessary for functionality at work.
  7. Work sucks, even if you love your job.
  8. Jesus was probably not as tall as you think He was.
  9. Muppets = awesome.
  10. It sucks that there’s like 7 months until “Lost” starts airing season five.
  11. My check was neither economic nor stimulating.
  12. I’ve had this pain on and off in my upper left arm/shoulder for like two weeks.
  13. You can’t make me date someone just because you think she’d be good for me.
  14. You can’t stop me from dating someone who is definitely bad for me.
  15. I have no dates planned.
  16. I’m writing this instead of working.
  17. When I have finished writing this, I am likely to go to lunch.
  18. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves for the good of the nation, not because he personally wanted to.
  19. Des Moines is in Iowa.
  20. Alanis Morissette has a new record out, and I haven’t bought it yet, although I’ve meant to.
  21. Coffeemakers never contain the number of “cups” they are advertised to contain. Like I made 10 today, and I’ve only had TWO, but it says there are 6 left. That’s crap math.
  22. Jodie Sweetin, from “Full House” was addicted to meth, but just had a baby and now says she is clean. I just found that out in the supermarket this weekend. That was a lot of information to process in one headline, and I found it interesting because I was just wondering what happened to her the other day.
  23. “Full House” wasn’t great, but it was watchable.
  24. I need a haircut.
  25. I’m very, very tired.
  26. Right now, this is the only thing keeping me awake.
  27. Dogs are good company for the elderly.
  28. Cats are good company for single dudes who work a lot.
  29. Plants don’t really do a good job of keeping you company…unless you affix googly eyes to them.
  30. I’m planning on taking some vacation days next week, as long as it’s cool with everyone around the office.
  31. Summers are kind of dead in the Library, and allow for little diversions like this.
  32. A lot of people hope it doesn’t rain, but I like rain. Don’t care for tornadoes, though…the Midwest has had enough of those.
  33. An anagram for Alec Guinness = Genuine Class.
  34. Donuts = awesome.

…and that, dear reader, is the TRUTH!!!