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retinal_strain
03 February 2008 @ 01:54 pm
Okay Music n3rds, as stolen from smlhope

Step 1. Put your playlist on random. (note I do not have a "playlist" so this is from my complete mp3 collection)
Step 2. Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing. (You can skip songs that are instrumental.)
Step 3. Strike out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

1. Every boy and girl, woman to man
2. Petrol bombs and barricades
3. We Have No Choice But To Fight Back
4. I have tried
5. Its one a.m. you havent called
6. What are your motives,
7. Let me tell you the tale of a hot rod race,
8. Her hair is soft and her eyes are oh so blue
9. I kinda get that feeling
10. There was cameras brought for pictures to hold all the small details.
11. I contradict myself daily
12. He's not a dreamer or a schemer,
13. Back when I was younger they were talking at me
14. Precious cups within the flower
15. Michigan State, MIT
16. This time I'm not going to walk away.
17. Tried to warn my neighbors about my inner plot
18. The mark is on you now
19. Ive seen em doing battle
20. I like breaking arms and legs
21. You turn me on, you lift me up
22. Searching for Black Jesus
23. keep me alive. only you can do it. if not you'll die too
24. Well we all have a face
25. Far away upon a hill on a sunny mountain side
 
 
retinal_strain
11 December 2007 @ 12:13 pm
Thought I'd post some links to some recent blog posts I made on http://linchpin.ca

BC dockworkers force feds to back down

The state robs the unemployed

Ontario Labour roundup

and finally, here's a teaser...

Perhaps my favorite anti-war song of all time is given the youtube treatment with footage from the destruction and occupation in Iraq.

Overall, I think it's pretty well done though you should be warned that some of the footage has graphic violence. In honesty it could have been even more graphic as in my opinion too much of it is soldiers running around with guns and stuff blowing up - which to a lot of young Americans is going to look kinda cool. If you're going to make an anti-war music video you should show more of the results of the violence of the occupation on the civilian population even if it is extremely disturbing. Still it's well worth a watch.

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Current Music: War Pigs, Black Sabbath
 
 
retinal_strain
07 December 2007 @ 12:41 am
As you may or may not have noticed I don't post much here anymore.

However, if you're interested in reading some political / current events blogging by yours truely please turn your attention to:

http://linchpin.ca/blogs/mick

Which obviously, is part of the broader Common Cause members' blogs on the http://linchpin.ca website.

Some recent ones by other folks that I thought were quite good were;

Remembrance on the Montréal massacre at École Polytechnique in 1989. sabotabby's premire blog post on the website!

Protest turns violent in Caledonia, Gary McHale finally hospitalized which includes video footage of him being mocked on camera with a bloody nose!

and an audio recording of a marxist stand-up comedian, doing what else, giving a lecture on Marx.

I'll probably throw together an RSS feed for LJ that people can subscribe to if they want.
 
 
retinal_strain
22 October 2007 @ 10:06 pm

Here I am mugging for the camera with Toronto FC's star 'keeper Kenny Stamatopoulos after tieing the NE Revolution and finishing dead last in the MLS.

More embarrassing photos and video of me can be found on the Internets if you try hard enough.

I didn't stop partying until 5am the next day.
 
 
retinal_strain
26 August 2007 @ 09:31 pm
Yup, here's a "what I did on my summer vacation" video from youtube. It's the night before the match so we're casual - no TFC gear or colours - and in the wee hours of the morning after staggering around Manhattan from bar to bar and are at this point extremely drunk (we somehow managed to drink even more). Wandering around Times Square singing in French and "Toronto 'Till I Die!" was hilarious, people didn't know what to make of us but some random people got pretty into it trying to join in even though they didn't know the tune or words.

 
 
Current Music: The Massive
 
 
 
retinal_strain
25 August 2007 @ 01:27 pm
This is what you get when you mix military disipline with anti-war activism. Fantastic. I wish we had a similar group of Canadain Afganistan veterens that spoke out against that war.

August 18, 2007

Iraq Veterans Against the War sounds off with their stance on the America's Army game at a St Louis expo. Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) stood in mass company formation and sounded off with "War is not a game" in front of an America's Army game booth and were met with cheers from bystanders.

 
 
retinal_strain
23 June 2007 @ 02:14 pm
I decided to set up a soccer-specific livejournal at rowdycorner. You should friend me if you want to continue to read about the greatest team in the MLS, the mighty Toronto FC!

It is unlikely that I will use this journal for anything more than reading friends pages and making the odd comment.
 
 
retinal_strain
23 June 2007 @ 12:39 pm
Toronto FC vs FC Dallas - June 17, 2007 Highlights


A few FC Dallas supporters made the trip, and were treated to some beer that at least one couldn't handle.



In other news, the bus trip to Chicago has sold out! Thank god, I was stressing on it after putting myself down for 5 grand for the bus. Now we're going to invade Chicago with 2 coaches and over 150 people (a bunch are driving / flying down).

I also scored a single ticket to the opening Canada vs. Chile game of the U-20 world cup on July 1st. Great seat too, Section 113, row 3 (U-Sector represent!).

Tonight the mighty TFC take their game on the road and are up for a revenge re-match against the North East Revolution who initiated the team into the league back in April with a 4-0 loss. The Hideout is the place to be tonight if you want to watch the match.

I also signed up for the U-Sector winter indoor soccer league, where skill is actually frowned upon" and "ya have to have a pub. What do you think we would run around for an hour for the good of our health (have ya even seen me?), no, it's to earn yerself some time in the pub." Should be fun.
 
 
retinal_strain
08 June 2007 @ 07:21 pm


It was the clash of the corporate teams with BMO sponsored Toronto FC hosting the New York Red Bulls (owned by, you guessed it, Red Bull energy drink).

If you want a match report, go here.
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retinal_strain
As far as the match goes it was pretty good, and we squeezed a 2-1 victory out of Colorado who frankly are a better team. The atmosphere in the stadium was amazing again and we were able to suck the ball into the Rapids' net and help keep it out of ours, even though a number of our starters were away on international duty. The only shameful thing that happened is that Kevin Goldthwaite was red-carded for "abusive or offensive language", which could just be dropping the f-bomb, but likely was something far nastier (like a racist insult, though I doubt we'll ever know for sure).

Anyway, here's the highlight reel.

Toronto FC Goals. Joga Bonito (play beautiful)



Not only do we jam to Portuguese dance songs, we have a chant in French! (and like to throw streamers and heckle opposing teams corner kicks). At the end of the video you can see my section 111 throwing the "TFC Massive"(AKA "The French chant") over the Gate 3 gap. You can see me about the middle of the screen with my black "Toronto" ball-cap on and khaki shorts (and my red Toronto FC jersey of course).



It's pretty good, but still not as awesome as the original from Lens in France.



Before the match I collected some money from U-sector guys for the road trip to Chicago that I'm helping organize at the pub pre-match, and got a 50/50 90 minute pool going for Toronto's first goal of the match (which nobody won, so will all go towards the trip). Unfortunately, the pub decided to be really strict on letting people in post-match, which was the last straw for a lot of us after they kicked everyone with a Toronto FC jersey out a couple weeks ago after one idiot (not a u-sector member) threw a pint glass into the street. Fuck the Wheatsheaf seems to be the prevailing sentiment (there's also a couple photos in that link of me stuck outside the pub looking bored). I ended up going to some friends' apartment after the match got an 8 pack of Creemore, hung out on the front lawn drinking, got a huge roti from Pam's, and then somehow ended up falling asleep in front of the Stanley Cup final (fortunately I woke up and was able to leave the house sometime around 1am).

Can't wait for the match against the New York Red Bulls (worst corporate named team in the MLS). on Wednesday.