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Sep 1, 2011

The XY Feminist by.Spencer Taylor


The XY Feminist

            You decide you desire gentlemanly existence, and you decide upon becoming a feminist. After obtaining and studying the “The XY Feminist”, the primary preparation towards becoming a feminist reaches completion. However, reading the sentence following the initial sentence couplet, causes the realization that obtaining feminism conceptually contradicts itself, and the individuals possessing XY chromosomes additionally including the individuals possessing XX chromosomes, discover equal befuddlement concerning the un-definable and paradoxically natured “feminism”. Conjunctionally “The XY Feminist” generates skepticism (and likely cranial exacerbation) concerning the plausibility behind gentlemanly feminist existence.  Progressing, you experience essential correctness upon ceasing concern altogether. Seriously. Hopelessness abounds throughout fighting paradox.  
 Paradox actualizes –you understand- within the various feminist philosophical configurations: Primary Feminist theory (the initial rebellious women), Secondary Feminist theory (the rebellious women rebelling against the initial rebellious women), Masculine Feminist theory (you notice a contradiction), Feminine Feminist theory (You notice a redundancy), Biological Feminist theory (ovary inheritance illogically determines a person’s capabilities) and Minority Feminist Theory (only certain women experience womanhood). “The XY Feminist” presently secures a moment toward notifying you about never desiring female perusal or reading, because “The XY Feminist” prefers invulnerable avoidance. Before you concede failure regarding the mission, a dimly illuminated glimmer preserves your aspiration.  
Feminist writer Toril Moi happily inscribes a discourse regarding the feminist paradox throughout her “Essay Collection”. You notice something derisive about “The XY Feminist’s” avoidance regarding the title of Moi’s writing. Regardless, you continue reading. “The XY Feminist” references Moi’s assertion that gender reflects social construction. You and “The XY Feminist” -identities entwined- appreciate the aforementioned assertion. You and the “The XY Feminist” prefer powerful individualist notions and reject irrelevant social constructs. Again you notice that “The XY Feminist” presently secures a moment toward notifying you about never desiring female perusal or reading, because “The XY Feminist” prefers invulnerable avoidance. You experience hopeful closeness regarding the mission’s completion.
You become extremely agitated when “The XY feminist” deliberately channels demoralizing destruction towards the temporary relief you very recently experienced. The cruel literature sample which you inexplicably continue studying currently references Moi’s argument that the body exemplifies neither purified nature nor purified meaning, and neither empiricism nor idealism ever capably explain the specific nature defining human existence. When “The XY Feminist” finally communicates the hopelessness contained within “The XX feminist’s” argument, you realize the label “human” dually identifies masculine and feminine individuals (mostly because “The XY feminist” rudely dictates your existence). 
Upon concluding your study, you decide that “gentlemanly existence” inherently includes respect and packaging or labeling chromosomal consideration embodies a superfluity resembling the verbiage contained within “The XY feminist” itself.        

Jul 9, 2011

Buzz the Fuzz: A Simple Homegrown Pasta -by. Spencer Taylor

Buzz the Fuzz: A Simple Homegrown Pasta -by. Spencer Taylor

A Simple Homegrown Pasta -by. Spencer Taylor

Step 1.
            Gather two to three tomatoes from your garden, or if you don't have a garden purchase them from the store.

Step 2.
            Chop one whole onion.

Step 3.
            Chop the tomatoes.

Step 4.

            Boil one pack of noodles of your choice for about half an hour. For this pasta I prefer twisted noodles of any kind.

Step 5.
              Cook one cut of the ground meat of your choice on the stove. I prefer ground elk cooked in olive oil.

Step 6. (The option step)
                 This is the step where a lot of customizing of your pasta takes place. If you want a stronger bite in the pasta then leave the onions uncooked. If you want it smoother then add the chopped onions to the ground meet while cooking. If you want to add a flavor, feel free to add a spice of some kind to what ever you cook in this step. For this pasta I used red curry powder.

Step 7.

It is now time for the final mix down. Mix the chopped tomatoes, onion, and cooked meat. If you want a smoothness and tighter blend to your pasta it's advisable to add a cane of diced tomatoes here. If you want a more simple and sperated taste then leave it as is. Add the noodles, mix up your final results, then enjoy.


 As a final note (pun intended), your pasta is garunteed to taste better if you listen to some good music while making it. Perhaps George Winston's Autumn on vinyl:

           

Jun 24, 2011

Film Review: The Social Network -Spencer Taylor

Film Review: The Social Network
-Spencer Taylor
(Buzz the Fuzz Journal)

Rating: Five Stars

          This film is brilliant and every time I watch it I notice more of its brilliance. It tackles a topic which has undeniably and immensely altered the culture of our entire planet. As the film itself identifies so compactly “Bosnia, they don’t have roads but they have Facebook”. Socialization, communication, business, economics, politics, entertainment, art, and entrepreneurship are just a few of the things social networks and more specifically Facebook, have completely revolutionized for better or worse. The film follows the founders of Facebook through their legal disputes over intellectual and business rights to the multibillion dollar network. The film focuses on the few individuals involved rather than the world as a whole, emphasizing the manner in which the actions of a few relatively undiscovered individuals can and do shape the future of the world. However, it avoids being the cliché “rise of the little guy” story as the characters are primarily skilled and intelligent Harvard students who squabble over the network.
The true brilliance is that these characters and for the most part, events, are real; the film merely takes the material that is already available and subtly exaggerates the events and characteristics of the people involved. The non-fiction counterpart to the films primary character, Mark Zuckerburg, claims that the film got many irrelevant details correct such as the fleeces he wears, but for the most part the events are inaccurate or fictional. It’s important to note that Zuckerburg has clear reason to care about the perceived viability of the film as he is not painted in a positive light. He also claims he does not intend to see the film, which would lead one to wonder how he can judge its accuracy. The supposed objectivity of the film is lended credit by the fact that every character has good and bad moments in the story.
The film opens with Mark’s furiously paced dialogue (an entertaining feature of the film) as he messes things up with his girlfriend. The actual Zuckerburg was frustrated with the fact that the film tried to use a girlfriend as his motivation for creating Facebook. He accurately identifies that the film industry can not believe that a person would make a thing simply because they want to make it, there must be some motivation derived from sexuality. The film relentlessly depicts Zuckerburg as a desperate nerd with no respect for the women he obsesses over. It also depicts this as a behavior likely developed by the mistreatment he receives for being a nerd. The excellent gut wrenching soundtrack, partly composed by Trent Reznor, does a lot to enhance this. There is an excellent contrast between the supposed respectability of higher education at an ivy league school like Harvard, the shameless decadent partying of elitist students, and the private entrepreneurship of intelligent students who socially struggle being around this type of life. Again this puts the film at risk of cliché, this time for the beaten to death nerds vs. the popular kids story. However, this cliché is avoided by the lack of arrogance and hardworking nature of the Winklevoss twins, who are top rowers for Harvard slated to row for the Olympics. The Twins approach Zuckerburg for help creating their Harvard social network not the other way around. (The non-fiction counterparts to these characters fully support the accuracy of the film).
Mark’s friend Edwardo is depicted as an individual capable of sociability. His ability to make his way into an exclusive Harvard club is depicted as a point of jealousy for Mark. Again this may be the film taking too much artistic license but the script writer smartly squeezes every bit of potential drama provided by the non-fiction material.
There is also very interesting conversation with the founder of a similar revolutionary website, which caused similar uproar over legality. Sean Parker, founder of Napster, a company which provided illegal free downloading of music. He is ironically played by mainstream pop artist Justin Timberlake. Sean motivates Mark with his emphasis on “cool” and the desire for women.
Many of the women who the male characters surround themselves with are obsessive, predatory, have low self esteem, or are just plain stupid. However, the film saves itself in this department as well by providing the law firm associate, a woman character who provides most of the films ultimate insight, and Mark’s girlfriend who has the most intelligent critique of the internet I can recall from recent memory.  
The film also takes many mundane settings and shoots them quite artistically. It never hesitates to utilize everyday objects for moments of comic relief as well, such as when Mark throws a beer to Sean’s girlfriend and it smashes against the wall. The film has strengths in every department.     

May 30, 2011

Music Review: Irish Rover's the Unicorn

Music Review: The Irish Rover’s Unicorn (vinyl)
-Spencer Taylor
(Buzz the Fuzz Journal)

Overall Rating: Four Stars
            This record is simplistic, slightly comical, heavy on the Irish accent. If you want a record saturated with voices authentic in Irish accent and lyrics but not to be distracted by the usual lead Irish instruments (violin, penny whistle, Irish flute etc.) then this is the record for you.

Track 1. The Unicorn
Rating- Two Stars
            It’s hard to see exactly what the Rover’s are getting at with this song. The record as a whole has all sorts of adult oriented humor and lyrics, yet this song is completely a child’s sing along. Perhaps there’s a cultural disconnect in which I as an American in 2011 don’t understand the Irishman of the mid 20th century. However I would expect a little more from the first song and title track of the record.

Track 2. Bonnie Kellswater
Rating- Four Stars
            This is a good ol’ straight forward Irish song. There’s a bit much accordion in it for my taste but other than that the song is authentic old time Irish minus the cliché. Even the line about the fishing and the fowlin’ does not have a ring of the cliché considering that the idea was not so cliché when the Rover’s recorded this record.

Track 3. The Orange and the Green
Rating- Five Stars
            There’s great sarcasm in this song. The colors are a reference to the colors of the Irish flag. The orange representing English possessed protestant northern Ireland and the green representing Catholic southern Ireland. There is also white between these two colors on the actual flag; this is supposed to represent the hope of peace between the two sides. There is a sly lack of mention of white in this song. The best line in the song is when the singer says his family hoped to make a nice little orange man of him. The line shows the idiocy of the Protestant north’s elitism.

Track 4. Hiring Fair
Rating- Four Stars
            This song has a lot of bounce. If you ever wanted to hear a ringing heavy Irish accent, this is your song.

Track 5. Bridget Flynn
Rating- Five Stars
            This is the first time on the record the classic high pitched yet smooth Irish wind instrument makes a strong appearance. Irish penny whistle or Irish flute is usually what this is. This track has a yearning sentiment to it which contrasts with the rest of the record.   

Track 6. Come In
Rating- Five Stars
            A great theme song for any pub, this song sums itself up in the line “bring your whole bloody clan”. The song is an optimistic party song, upbeat and full of danceability.

Track 7. Goodbye Mrs. Durkin
Rating- Three Stars
            A pretty straight forward bouncy song, this track could use something different from the previous tracks like it on the record, because parts of the record begin to sound like a sing along.

Track 8. Pat of Mullingar
Rating-Four Stars
            This song is finally a mix up for the record. It is performed and sung with lyrics that sound like an old legend. One of the Rover’s yelps a few times in a reverberant room which sounds absolutely great on vinyl.

Track 9. The Wind That Shakes the Corn
Rating- Five Stars
            The lyrics of this song are an interesting twist on the traditional Irish song, “The Wind That Shakes the Barely”. I’m not sure what specifically the change of barely to corn is about but two guesses are that either it’s a reference to America where corn is a much bigger staple crop in the culture or that it references harder whiskey type liquors which in America are distilled with corn.

Track 10. The First Love in Life
Rating- Three Stars
            This is a somewhat slower song with a standard walking bass line which is altogether forgettable when mixed amongst the other songs of this record.

Track 11. Black Velvet Band
Rating- Five Stars
            This is a great story about temptation, a sort of updated version of the traditional Irish song
Raglan Road
. In this song the tempted singer, instead of walking away and letting grief be a fallen leaf, falls to temptation and must serve a seven year prison sentence.  


May 26, 2011

Poetry: The One I Listened To

The One I Listened To
           
I carried her where ever she wished upon my shoulder,
            My princess was a shiny ebony,
            She wore golden humbucker jewelry,
            When I flipped her switch, a surge of sound rolled through her heart,
            Avalanching she smashed unguarded seas,
            Her universal mass drawn to a single point
            In a rush of thrashing metal strings
            Disturbing electric waves generating tears, laughter and hate
            My will hers