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November 25, 2006

Words My Sister Dayna Can’t Stand The Sound Of

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 12:48 pm
  1. moist
  2. nouget
  3. morsel
  4. pouch
  5. module

Bonus: Words My Sister Dayna Likes The Sound Of

  1. rigormortus
  2. autoban
  3. junction

November 18, 2006

The New Yorker on Deftones

Filed under: Music — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 1:39 am

Chino Moreno – courtesy of Deftones.com

I’ve struggled to convince my friends of the greatness of the Deftones. It could be because context is everything with most art, or more simply put, what was going on in your life when you were first fully exposed to the art. Heavy bands like the Deftones are easy to understand when you are raised in a stimuli-deprived Christian suburbia. So I won’t try to explain them again here. However, I may not need to. Apparantly the highbrows at The New Yorker agree with me. This week’s music section (Feb 11, 2006) has a 1300 word write-up called “Heavy Weather” by Sasha Frere-Jones on the band and their new album, Saturday Night Wrist. Here’s a brief excerpt:

Listening to … any of Deftones’ best songs, is a bit like driving through a snowstorm: you lose your bearings, and it’s both scary and delightful.

I present to you, for your consideration, three great Deftones songs.

From their new release and fifth album,
Saturday Night Wrist (2006):
Hole in the Earth.mp3
From their second album,
Around the Fur (1997):
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away).mp3
And from their third album,
White Pony (2000):
Knife Prty.mp3

November 16, 2006

Word of the Day – inanition

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 11:03 pm
in·a·ni·tion
n.

  1. Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
  2. The condition or quality of being empty.

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

From commentary on the poem Nuptial Sleep by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The post-coital inanition described in the poem is employed as a figure of the lovers (as it were) “laid asleep in body” and become souls living in a world beyond “the tide of dreams”.


September 20, 2006

Probably My Greatest Invention Yet

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 4:17 pm

Egg Salad Sandwich
with capers and bacon


September 18, 2006

Poetry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 8:47 pm

On Being Ten

Thank you
For showing me
Your pet tarantula
In its glass case.
It was sublime.


Today in my American Literature class, we studied a collection of poems by William Carlos Williams. The professor for this course is an old hippie and it was a warm day, so we eschewed the sterile chair-desks and chipped linoleum of the classroom and sat in a semi-circle on the grass outside Old Main (all university campuses have a building called “Old Main”, I’ve come to realize).

Any poem longer than half a page is too long. But pithy aphorisms ensconced in heroic couplets are the domain of the English. Succinct and unadorned is what I like (or at least today that’s how I feel). Here was my favorite:

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens

-William Carlos Williams
1923

We’ve covered a good deal of Robert Frost as well. What I’ve learn about Modern American poetry, in poem form:

Poems

All poems
are
about Spring

You can not disagree with me. My reason and opinions are unimpeachable.


May 31, 2006

Gun Porn

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 10:25 pm


M134 Minigun

Today someone emailed me a video so awesome, that after watching it, I had to troll the internet all day about its subject– the Minigun. Truth be told, I actually troll the internet for information on Miniguns several times a year. :)

Like all good video footage of machine guns, it is of course put to the music of Carl Orff and Metallica: video (5.9 MB)


M61 Vulcan

The Minigun (7.62mm) is a frightening weapon. And its higher-caliber older sibling, the Vulcan (20mm), even more so. It is always the sound of it firing that I find so arousing. The weapon roars–the rate of fire being so great that the report of an individual round firing becomes indistiguishable from the one before and after. In some configurations the rate of fire is as high as 100 rounds per second.


GAU-8 Avenger

The following paragraph (edited from the Nazarian’s Guns Recognition Guide) about the bizarrely powerful behemoth Avenger (30mm)–the weapon the A-10 Warthog was designed around– furthered my arousal:

A typical combat load would include 30mm Armor Piercing Incendiary (API) mixed with 30mm High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) called Combat Mix Ammunition. The ratio of API to HEI rounds in the Combat Mix is 4:1. Combat mix is a sequential mixture of Depleted Uranium (DU) and HEI rounds in which 1 HEI round is followed by 4 DU rounds when fired.


5.56mm handheld Minigun, or “Microgun”

The 5.56mm man-carried version of the Minigun never made it out of the research and development phase, despite it’s pop-culture appeal. The above photo is actually a 6mm BB-firing replica made by Airsoft. (It’s hard to find good photographs of Miniguns on the internet.)

The roar of the Minigun can be heard in this footage of the Avenger being fired in a test environment: video (4.6 MB)

For tons of more info, photographs, and videos, go to the Wikipedia entry for the Minigun.

It should be noted that although the 7.62mm version is the only one called the Minigun, all of these weapons systems are commonly referred to as Miniguns.

Oh, and one final thing. All these weapons were designed by General Electric.


May 22, 2006

Word of the Day – bathetic

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 9:29 pm

ba·thet·ic
adj.

  1. Characterized by bathos. See Synonyms at sentimental.

[Probably blend of bathos, and pathetic.]

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

From Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation:

My hopes for Eats, Shoots & Leaves were bold but bathetic; chirpy but feet-on-the-ground; presumptuous yet significantly parenthetical.

But the word we really want to define is…

ba·thos
n.

    1. An abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
    2. An anticlimax.
    1. Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos: “a richly textured man who… can be… sentimental to the brink of bathos” (Kenneth L. Woodward).
    2. Banality; triteness.

[Greek, depth, from bathus, deep.]

From American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves


May 21, 2006

Word of the Day – attribution

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 8:00 am

There are times when I read a word that from its root and context I know what it means, but maybe it’s a conjugation I’ve not see before or a usuge I want details on. This is why I love to look up words. It’s easy to know when to use a word simply by mimicing the context in which we’ve heard it used, but it takes a much better understanding of a word to define it if someone were to ever ask you to. That’s why I believe it’s good to look up words you already know just to be sure of their denotated and connotated meanings, and common usage.

at·tri·bu·tion
n.

  1. The act of attributing, especially the act of establishing a particular person as the creator of a work of art.
  2. Something, such as a quality or characteristic, that is related to a particular possessor; an attribute.

From “Why Haven’t We Cleaned Up Iraq?” by Nathaniel Fick, Men’s Journal, May 2006

The office of the U.S. government’s Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen Jr., reports that, as of last December, the average Baghdad resident now has four hours of power per day, compared with 16 or more before the invasion. Fewer than a third of the people in Iraq have access to clean water, as opposed to half before the war. Availability of sewage systems has also declined. When I asked an American official working on Iraq reconstruction how this could possibly be, he noted that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is only now hiring an environmental advisor for Iraq. “It’s ironic, or perhaps instructive,” he says, “that this position is only being filled three years into the reconstruction process.” (The official could not speak on the record. He is currently serving in Iraq and is not cleared for attribution.)

And a bonus word, more from Nate Fick, this time from “General Dissent: When Less Isn’t More“, USA Today, April

spe·cious
adj.

  1. Having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious: a specious argument.
  2. Deceptively attractive.

Military service is not a prerequisite for individual expertise in foreign affairs. Two of America’s greatest wartime presidents — Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt — never served in uniform (although Lincoln spent three months in an Illinois militia). In the aggregate, however, we benefit from having veterans in every corner of our society: as presidential advisers, members of Congress and active citizens. Their experience enables them to ask the right questions, explode specious arguments, and strike a balance between reaffirming civilian leadership and evaluating military advice.

American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition


May 20, 2006

Word of the Day – revetment

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 3:37 am

re·vet·ment
n.

  1. A facing, as of masonry, used to support an embankment.
  2. A barricade against explosives.

From One Bullet Away, but Nathaniel Fick:

Jacobabad was a spook fest. A different team of scruffy-looking commandos lived in each revetment. “Lockheed and Boeing contractors” — masquerading CIA and Delta Force operators — mingled with Royal Marines, Special Air Service troopers, Air Force pilots, SEALs, and others. A mantainence crew patched bullet holes in a helicopter, while another group played touch football on the taxiway next to them.

One Bullet Away

The American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition


May 19, 2006

Word of the Day – ratiocinate

Filed under: Word of the Day — Jason Christopher Hartley @ 11:47 pm

ra·ti·oc·i·nate
intr.v.

  1. To reason methodically and logically.

From Death By Double Cheeseburger:

I am coming to appreciate and love the interconnectedness of everything, and the advent of this appreciation has been momentous in my life. The world as I once saw it was clearly dichotomized. On one side of things was ratiocination which held the position of priority, and on the inferior and negligible side were all spiritual and intangible things. But the levee which once perfectly divided my world in half has all but completely eroded. I don’t know why it’s happening, or whether I could stop this process even if I wanted to, something tells me the answer is no.

The American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition

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