The Tattoos On Your Skin Let You Be the One You’ve Never Been

After All icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 04 from the Katorz LP by Voivod icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )


Joey died and nothing has changed
The street corners are still the same
I guess he still lives in my head when it’s time to share the bread
I still got holes on my knees, but I won’t buy the figurine
It’s kind off sad to see you in a box, wrapped and sealed

Who cares after all about the rise and the fall?
It makes the papers for one day, but not for what you had to say

Who cares after all?
Another flyer on the wall
All the names have been washed out: all the ones we care about

Seen it
Been there
Done that

When I am mad—when I see red—I refer to what Iggy says:
“I want to find myself in you. You want to find yourself too.”

Who cares after all?
Win the race or drop the ball
If I make a silly face, is that really what it takes?

Who cares after all about the records on the wall?
The tattoos on your skin let you be the one you’ve never been

Seen it
Been there
Done that

Album Haul, October 2018 Edition

Somehow, I have purchased Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album at least three times in my life, and Bad, Thriller and Off the Wall at least twice. These are great albums, but this is the last time I will ever buy them (hopefully).

Alice in Chains
→ Rainier Fog

Alice in Chains' "Rainier Fog" album art. [Cropped/Formatted]

→ The Wake

Voivod's "The Wake" album art. [Cropped/Formatted]

Michael Jackson
→ Bad
→ Dangerous
→ Thriller
→ Off the Wall

A Perfect Circle
→ Eat the Elephant

A Perfect Circle's "Eat the Elephant" album cover. [Cropped/Formatted]

Liberal Rhetoric Manufacturer

Yesterday, UC Berkeley posted a news article on its Berkeley News icon-external-link-12x12 website titled Berkeley Law dean: I signed letter against Kavanaugh ‘without hesitation’ icon-external-link-12x12. This occurred around the same time that the FBI reported that it had failed to substantiate claims of sexual assault/misconduct made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, claims which were an attempt to interfere with and possibly derail his appointment to a lifetime seat on the supreme court.

Berkeley News graphic of article "Berkeley Law dean: I signed letter against Kavanaugh 'without hesitation'". [Formatted]

It’s hard to see how this is news. In fact, the only thing that’s even remotely remarkable about it is that somebody felt like this was news. A UC Berkeley law dean publicly stating her opposition to a republican supreme court appointee is like a stoner proclaiming to the world his profound affinity for Krispy Kreme donuts icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12—it’s just a declaration of the obvious and is silly and unnecessary.

It would be like if I posted a press release on ChadSpace with any of the following headlines:

  • Blogger Chad Philip Johnson finally updates site after almost two full months of preoccupation
  • Engineer at Anacronist Software espouses Linux and Open Source technologies
  • General Manager of Redding Ringtails announces team will play baseball and have fun next season
  • Progressive music aficionado Chad Philip Johnson buys new album “The Wake” by heavy metal band Voivod, hurts neck

You know what would be news? If a UC Berkeley law dean publicly stated her support for a republican supreme court judge nominee (and to be fair, let’s say it’s one with a less questionable history of hard drinking and reckless partying). It is impossible that this would ever happen though. Or if it somehow did happen, this make-believe person would certainly not be working at the university for much longer.

One Blind-Reflex Society

Blame Us icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 03 from the self-titled LP by Voivod icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

Voivod's self-titled album cover. [Formatted]

Science, fascination
Sinful believers
Species in mutation
Sordid disorders

Our leaders missed the point
Forced to dominate and destroy to get what people want: a culture-coded society

Secret monster machines evolve in our spirits
Deeper in mind—digging—to find the ultimate

Deathwatch entertainment
Predictable near-misses
Is this what people want?
One blind-reflex society

The planet…
Blame us
In my time, we didn’t care enough

New world, lies are convention
High-risk policies
One speech on total power
Leading to suicide

Our leaders missed the point
Forced to dominate and destroy
It’s not what people want
It’s not what is called society

The planet…
Blame us
In my time, we didn’t care enough