Words About Stuff, Complete With Sights and Sounds

My obligatory responses to the troll who strolled through my ‘hood last week pretty much made for my entire VOXing experience since my last post. I have a lot of catching up to do, so if you recently announced your pregnancy/promotion/sex-change, I apologize for my delay in congratulating you on your new fetus/status/genitalia.

So, what the hell have I been doing? Some juggling. Have you ever noticed the hardest thing to juggle – even harder than flaming chainsaws – is time? I’m dropping hours all over the damn place!


Those who need a fix of The Deej will want to pop over to Karin’s VOX. DG spent some time on the sofa with Tosh over the weekend. Karin has the heart-melting photo documentation.

Marley recently had a resurgence of his infection in several areas, which you can clearly see in the newest photo. The hair is once again vanishing from his rear paws, chest, neck, and the fronts of his elbows and the skin in these areas is beginning to harden again. The more I read about Malassezia, the less guilty I feel about it afflicting Marley so. It turns out German Shepherds are notorious for having this particular problem and controlling it is far more difficult than some people would have you believe. Trust me when I tell you feeding your dog a perfect diet and dosing him daily with probiotics will not in any way guarantee Malassezia won’t overrun his system. Marley has an excellent diet, receives daily probiotics and digestive enzymes, is bathed with 4% clorhexidine shampoo and kept up-to-date with his flea medication. Save for the yeast infection, he is a completely healthy dog. It's very frustrating.

From the Walking The Walk department comes a report on what I did with my tax refund this year. As you know, I’m a big proponent of spending money like crazy in this recession even though the instinct is to horde. Hording will not help matters. Spending money on non-essential items just might. That was really all the justification I needed to go out and by myself this sweet new amplifier for my guitar.

What’s that? You didn’t know I played guitar? Huh, I thought I’d mentioned it. Yeah, I started playing when I was 15, so it’s been… HOLY CRAP! I’ve played the guitar for 27 years! Wow. Time flies.

Certain peeps out there (you know who you are) will be happy to hear that I’ve been jamming to a lot of Muse lately. Bellamy’s a brilliant guitarist and I’ve really gotten into his bluesy style. I know, I know, the music of Muse bristles with energy and doesn’t sound anything like Muddy Waters. It is true that the chord changes aren’t particularly bluesy, but when you start digging into Bellamy’s leads, the blues scale continues to pop up in very interesting ways. He makes excellent use of the augmented fourth blue note. Those of you who play guitar should go have a listen to Knights of Cydonia and you’ll see what I mean.

Some of you probably long for one of my wonderful political rants. Sorry to disappoint. The best I can do is gripe a little about this.

“…three teenage girls who allegedly sent nude or semi-nude cell phone pictures of themselves… are charged with child pornography.”

OK, I’m guessing that by now you all know what sexting is. I’m also sure most of you will agree with me that parents need to rethink their Birds-n-Bees lesson plans in light of the staggering freedoms created by new technologies.

Common sense stuff so far.

Here’s the part I don’t get: if the deservedly heinous status of things like child pornography and statutory rape are grounded in the simple, unequivocal fact that children lack the level of understanding required to make informed sexual decisions, then how is it when they ignorantly send nude photos of themselves to their boyfriends, they’re charged with felony sex offenses as if they do have that understanding? Either they know what they’re doing or they don’t. We’ve determined that as far as sex is concerned, children are innocently clueless, so these sexting indictments in which under-age children are accused of being child pornographers betray a significant lack of understanding on the part of the prosecutors…

…I guess they haven’t considered that since the girls sent photos of themselves, winning the case will mean sentencing the victims.

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18 Responses to Words About Stuff, Complete With Sights and Sounds

  1. Crush says:

    Though I'll be in the minority in THIS hood, I, for one, am not longing for a political rant. 😛 (I also know how loyal and protective your hoodies are, so let it be known before I get attacked, that Kirk and I respect one another!…)
    Let's talk your Marshall mini stack… Perfect for the garage band or casual 'home plucker'. There is no substitute for the Marshall sound. I've had Peaveys in the past, but since my first Marshall stack 20 years ago, I'll never own anything else. Turn it up to 11! Rock on and congrats on your purchase.

  2. R.G. Ryan says:

    Okay, can I just say that I love that amp stack. Talkin' serious man-love here. Chicks wouldn't understand it. It's kind of like what Satchmo said about jazz, “If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.” Fire it up, and let the games begin!

  3. Lurkertype says:

    The video for Knights of Cydonia is teh awesum.

  4. G says:

    No one else commenting on the nudie pics of the teenagers? Damn. Maybe I am the only one that reads to the end!
    For once I agreed with your point Kirk! Light candles and stuff!
    Welcome back.

  5. I know who I am. 😉

  6. Emmi says:

    You mean you missed my post about my sex-change operation? Kirk!!
    I hope Marley feels better. Probably won't help but have you tried Google Scholar? A friend of mine who works at Tufts was just mentioning about a new strain of malassezzia. Google scholar lists the most recent treatments and findings on diseases.
    (ps and although he's a bit of a media darling, you might want to contact Dr. Michael Fox because he asks readers to send in stories of treatments that have worked for their pets for various illnesses).

  7. Emmi says:

    ps one of those might be a human treatment article, sorry. May still be worth reading.

  8. Kirk says:

    "Perfect for the garage band or casual 'home plucker'."Dude, I've never heard 15 watts kick out so much sound! The first time I turned it on, I flipped it immediately up to 7, hit a barred A chord and about shat myself."There is no substitute for the Marshall sound." Yup yup. It is an MG, unfortunately, so it's all solid-state and lacks the warmth of the valve models, but the overall soyund is still distinctly Marshall. Jamming just got waaaaay more fun! 😀

  9. Kirk says:

    "Okay, can I just say that I love that amp stack." But of course! Because, what's not to love?Well, OK, it could have used a foot switch so I don't have to press a button to change channels, but that's hardly worth griping about. 🙂

  10. Kirk says:

    "For once I agreed with your point Kirk! Light candles and stuff!" It is a banner day.You like Marshall amps, too, don't you? We're not so different, you and I. 😛

  11. Kirk says:

    "I know who I am." Yay! I'm glad yu saw that!Seriously, I can't thank you enough for turning me on to this group. They are sheer brilliance.

  12. Kirk says:

    Thanks for the links! I'll never give up and any new information might just be what finally cures him.Other than the itching and slight lack of energy, he's pretty much normal. His eyes are clear and bright and he gets excited about ball as easily as ever. He still follows me everywhere. It's so odd…

  13. G says:

    I am as musically ignorant as deaf people who have been living in remote mountain caves. Marshall is a name to me or maybe a kind of Sheriff and amps are something to do with electricity. i don't even know what hat picture of a retro-robot on your post is…. 😛

  14. Kirk says:

    "I am as musically ignorant as deaf people who have been living in remote mountain caves." Ah. Well, if Pink Floyd's Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In a Cave and Grooving with a Pict is any indicator, you're probably doing the world a favor by not attempting to remedy that small flaw. I mean, those varmints did have some musical knowledge and I still can't stand listening to it.Of course, some might say the same about my guitar playing…

  15. G says:

    I would be a sax player if I suddenly was given magical powers of learning a skill without the work.

  16. Toe-Knee says:

    Great to see you. Knights of Cydonia is one of the most awesome rock video's ever. Rock out.

  17. Steve B says:

    I personally don't think I can make a truly informed opinion about the sexting thing without first being forwarded the offending images so that I may evaluate them in the proper context. It's only fair to all parties involved, I would think. From a purely, you know, scientific and judicorial point of view.
    I personally think it's absurd to charge the teens with child pornography. Let's know go after all the girls who've posted pictures of themselves in their undies on MySpace. Stupid, yes. Ill-considered. Absolutely. Child pornography? Yeah…that's a bit of a stretch.
    I've never understood how a young girl, who would be freaked the f*ck out if some guy was peeking in the window of her bedroom, will post these kind of pictures on the internet for millions of people to see. I think you lose your right to feel "violated" when you act like such a dumbass.

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