I am constantly amazed at how old I’ve gotten. I frequently find myself having to look things up that I’m certain many of my fellow bloggers probably know because they are, quite simply, more current on these sort of things than myself. What can I say, I’m an aging goth dinosaur who likes to think he’s young. The truth is, I’m not as in touch as I’d like to be, and I find I have those occasional ‘what the fuck…?’ moments more and more often.
For example, I’ve been hearing the word ‘emo’ quite a bit recently. Now, I had an understanding of the term ‘emo’ from my misspent youth. It was mostly applied to a branch of punk/ska music from the east coast. The main emo band out there was Fugazi. (Who, by the way, was on the bill at my first punk concert way back in the mid 80’s. It was Fugazi, Knifedance, Soundgarden, and Einsturzende Neubaten at the Phantasy Nightclub in Lakewood OH. I was 15 going on 16, and I fell in love with raw, pounding punk/alternative music right then. It probably helped that I met and made out with a 19 year old girl who had six-inch liberty mohawk. Ahhhh, teen lust and positive reinforcement… And, btw, yes it was THAT Soundgarden – about 8 to 10 years before they became ‘just another grunge band from Seattle’.)
So, I’d seen the term thrown around a few times on the internet and on other blogs, so I was confused. I did a wikipedia search and found that, in fact, the term did initially apply to the music I was referring to. However,the terms usage has changed considerably over the years and is now considered derogatory. It refers to bands that have a mainstream corporate alternative sound (Jimmy Eat World, or any of the other endless corporate alterna rock bands), or the people who subscribe to this same form of evil. That and the way they dress. Who’d a thunk that something I thought meant one thing, could mean something completely different now. Essentially - emo means sellout or fag, depending on the situation.
It sucks growing old! Especially considering that I share some of those fashion preferences. My excuse is that I was dressing like a skater and a punk before many of these high school kids were born. These kids today...
Other things I’ve recently seen that I had no idea about:
Find Sarah Connor – I’ve mentioned this before, but I still love it. Skynet will go on line soon, and then it’ll be time to run from the Terminator units. Seriously.
Goatse – I found this wonderful example of human depravity quite by accident. If you’ve never heard the term – boy are you in for a surprise! I saw Goatse mentioned in a forum, with the warning that it was absolutely not work safe - under any circumstances. So, a quick search turned up what the Goatse picture was. Apparently it’s been around the internet for years. I will not post a link to it, because a few quick clicks through a search engine will take you to the picture itself and, truthfully, searching for it is half the fun. Warning: This is one of the foulest, filthiest pictures you will EVER see. Considering the endless acts of perversion and depravity that internet porn is capable of – this picture surpasses them all and goes to new, unexplored, and unplumbed depths. I know I’m setting the bar pretty high (or pretty low – however you choose to look at it), but believe me when I say that this is a whole different planet of human perversion and degradation. Ick.
Some other links I felt I needed to share
I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a Joss Whedon fan. I can’t help it - - it comes with being a nerd. And, besides the fact that I’d like to do filthy, unimaginable things to Allison Hannigan; there was always another actress on the show who caught my eye – Charisma Carpenter. She played Cordelia; first on Buffy, and then on Angel. I have a weak spot for brunettes and this woman is damn near perfect. You can imagine my delight when I found out that she wants to play Wonder Woman in an upcoming movie. She’d be perfect in the role. And, BTW - Linda Carter IS the reason I like brunettes. I remember being 8 or 9 and getting my first tingly twinges in my naughty bits watching her run around in her red, white, and blue underwear. I’m thinking – after Mrs. Zombie divorces me because of my childishness, and after I’ve stalked Kate Beckinsale for a sufficient period of time, I’m going to have to pay Charisma Carpenter a visit. Mmmm…. Cordelia….
Finally, I found a great new comic that I will be checking on a regular basis. Check it out. And, Lest I run the risk of over paraphrasing Homer Simpsons – Mmmm…Zombie hunter chick…