Halestorm’s Apocalyptic is… Red Pill, to say the least.

I’m just going to quote the lyrics and offer a few short thoughts:

I wear my nine-inch heels when we go to bed
I paint the color of my lips blood red
I get so animal like never before

Presenting, making herself up the way he wants her to (personally, nine-inch heels sound stupid, but whatever), implied roughness (“so animal”).

So you press play and I hit record

She’s going to remember this.

Most of the chorus is just rhyming about how the relationship has failed, but:

We’re not us anymore
But there’s still one thing we’re good for

Alpha Widow.

I’ll give you one last night
So make it twisted
Give you one last shot, go on and hit it
Give you one last time to make me miss it

Alpha Widow. Again.

Give me a red hand print right across my ass
I’m leaving scratches up and down your back
Throw me against the wall, bite me on my neck
Like end of the world, break-up sex

Rough sex, which is argued as the hidden preference by Red Pill types. I mean, clearly — this is about rough sex. Biting, scratching, “A red hand print right across my ass.” Also, the most common refrain is “love me apocalyptic” which sounds like serious rough stuff.

‘Cause no one does it better
No one knows me better

The first half of Alpha Fucks, Beta Bucks. No one does it like the Alpha, for this soon to be Alpha Widow.

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Crime, then and now, as a part of the villain.

One of the requirements, as far as there are such a thing, is that the villain be in the process of doing something wrong. Otherwise they aren’t much of a villain. Lately the trend has been to try and explain why and how the villain justifies this wrong-headed behavior. But there isn’t always a justification sufficient for a normal, sane person: Hitler and his did some awful things and I can’t see anything making that seem like a reasonable action. Rape is never a reasonable thing to do — but it still happens. For the purposes here, we’ll leave off justifications. Somehow, someway, the villain is getting something out of it.

The crime also has to in some way impact our hero. Preferably, the crime has to be something the authorities can’t stop (lack of evidence, etc, which implies a lucky or intelligent criminal), or won’t stop (corruption, implying a powerful, and thus really interesting criminal). In different settings — the 1950s for example — evidence is a much higher bar. DNA wasn’t an issue for criminals back then. To paraphrase John Mulaney, “You pretty much just had to not be there when the cops showed up.”

Thus, I find myself with a current dilemma in setting something in the present day… because there are cameras everywhere, DNA everywhere, fibers… everywhere. Ballistics are taken of many guns off the assembly line. Even without registration, tracking a gun… blah. Without some sort of authority to help a perpetrator, there are any number of Dues ex Machina ways the person could get caught.

And you really want the hero to do the getting, not a hairball…

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A juicing progress note.

I still haven’t fully committed to the juicing; I’ve been doing it many days and using the juice (a big 20-24oz of it) as a meal replacement on the days I do. I haven’t fixed the rest of my diet. But already, one pair of my jeans will not stay up without a belt.

It’s only been a month. I’m not weighing myself, I haven’t fixed my routine. By swapping a meal a day 3-4 days a week with juice alone, I’m seeing a real result. Jeans that I could wear without a belt fall down like clown pants. Literally — like clown pants, one smooth motion.

I’m about to go make “lunch” for the next three days in my juicer.

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Firing on All Cylinders

A lot of the times when setting a goal, I’ll decide, “Okay, I’ll focus on this one area. If I lapse somewhere else, that’s okay, as long as I improve here. Once this becomes habit, I’ll work on the next area…”

The problem with this method so far has been that I stall or fall back on everything else and it’s also pretty stressful when the dam is leaking so much in other areas.

So in 2015 I want to fire on all cylinders as much as possible. There is no more “well, this goal…” No. Every day I need to hold myself to a high standard in everything I do. In the coming weeks I’m going to hit harder on the writing, hit harder on the knee rehab, hit harder on losing the extra weight, and hit harder on the blog and the brand. I’m going to be obsessed and I’m going to use my successes to motivate me to succeed in the future — the way that a well timed engine uses multiple pistons to keep in sync and to propel the vehicle forward.

Forward. On all cylinders.

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Hollywood: Crapping on Everything.

Ugh.

This is going to suck.

I can’t comment on the two younger (I guess?) comics, but neither Wiig nor McCarthy are funny. Wiig continues the stupid/annoying act that Will Ferrell is famous for. Being loud and stupid isn’t talent. I don’t even know what is wrong with McCarthy. Both of them are obnoxious — and the original movies were much more subtle than their style. Not subtle overall, just compared to the two screeching banshees they hired for this.

They let Michael “Explosions on Planet Sunset” Bay have the Ninja Turtles, and he cast his Thai boy-hooker muse as April O’Neil. Who can we blame for this casting?

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Manspreading, Manslamming: Stop the Micro-Aggressions.

Lately this has been all in the news — to the extent only some under-inflated balls could make it go away. Mandspreading, it seems, is sitting with a wide stance on public transportation. Manslamming is the newer of the two, and that refers to the act of playing chicken when walking in public: Who moves first? These are both considered micro-aggressions and are complained about by all the usual suspects. Men: Stop with the micro-aggressions.

Be actually aggressive.
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Women Don’t Want “Nice Guys”

And let me start with why Nice Guys is in quotes: I’ve been on the internet a long time and a lot of so-called nice guys aren’t. They’re weird borderline aspeger’s types who feel entitled. You aren’t entitled. I won’t go as far as the Nice Guys of OKCupid thing in crucifying them, but it’s pretty clear that women aren’t interested. What do women want?

Guys they’re attracted to. Shock, awe: Women are people who have their own attractions. Sometimes they go through phases where they make bad decisions, but for most, this is during adolescence, when many people make bad decisions. Think back, as a teenager, did you ever make a mistake? A big mistake? If you said no, you are a liar.
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Avoid Poison

We are, as a species, programmed to avoid things that are poisonous. Ophidiophobia and arachnophobia are simply out of control variations on a natural aversion to snakes and spiders: they may be poisonous, so our ape-brain just wants nothing to do with them. These are two of the more common phobias, but our overreaction to poison isn’t just limited to creepy-crawly bugs.
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Juicing with Danger

Well, I finished the Fit Juice Trilogy, and I’m determined to juice as many days a week as possible. This is juice as in vegetables, not juice as in steroids, for those of you late to the party. I recommend the books to anyone who is looking for a good primer and a collection of recipes.

I’ll break the review into three parts: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
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Hypocrisy, thy name is social justice warrior…

All day today I’ve had a few thoughts rumbling around in my head.
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