Erik's Epics: Fall 2004, The Trip To Maker's Mark

epicLong narrative poem employing elevated language and telling of the deeds of a legendary or historical hero. Epics often involve complex sequences of adventures as well as an underlying philosophical understanding of human actions, choices, fate, and the course of events.
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Every so often, mankind is forced to deal with a set of circumstances so large, so important, so laden with digital pictures that he has no choice but to create a special blog page to contain it all.

The word for this is epic, and these things happen to our own Erik Martin every four months or so. As such, he is forced to try and describe these events as only he can, in a new quarterly feature called "Erik's Epics.
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Before, in the Spring/Summer of 2004, Erik's Epic was the Competetive Mustache Growth. In case you haven't, go back and read the trials and struggles of men growing facial hair with a level of determination that could only be described as heroic.

Now, Fall 2004, brings you a new level of epicness that will test all the members of the staff:

The Trip to Maker's Mark


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Though people at the network can't quite believe he means it, Franken has decided to call his show "The O'Franken Factor" — "just to drive O'Reilly nuts; I'm hoping he sues me again."

Al is also supposed to put things in his "zero-spin zone." People who aren't near it's 5 initial markets or are and don't have a readio should be able to stream the broadcast online. (addition: i've been having problems with streaming from their webpage, so here's a list of links to pages that steam their content. Chuck D has a morning show, and Janeane Garofalo has an evening show. I'm really optimistic and worried about how this will go.

What Does Erik Hate?

Erik's Fall 2004 Adventure: The Trip to Maker's Mark.

**Coming soon! Erik Martin competing in his second Mike and Molly's sponsored "Mustasche Competition"**

Here it is folks, for better or worse, the mustache diaries

Introduction to hatred

I would like to think that generally speaking I am a fairly kind and generous person. However, I have been informed by quite a few people that this is just not the case.
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So, I have a forum devoted to things that I hate. Hopefully this will be a growing area filled with fun and excitement based around things that I currently hate, and more general themes of hatred. Since there are already forums for movies, music, and philosophy, I will have to limit my hatred to more specifics.

History of Hatred

When people consider the concept of hate, it is typically associated with its negative implications. The Oxford English Dictionary defines hate as follows

  • HATE
    1. An emotion of extreme dislike or aversion; detestation, abhorrence, hatred.

The speculated root of the word residing in Gaelic, and one of its original uses found in the text of the exceptionally dull for a book about defeating a giant monster, book Beowulf in the year c825.

Speaking of which, one of the things that I hate is the movie beowulf with Christophe Lambert. I do have to admit that it took a large amount of skill to reduce perhaps one of the longest and dullest "epic poems" into an hour and a half action movie. However, the true intrigue is the quasi post-apocolyptic Sci-Fi "edge" they added. Way to go!

…This is of course to say nothing of the fact that they cast a man that, although American, spent most of his acting career in Switzerland and France in a story allegedly taking place in Ireland….I suppose the fact that he wields all sorts of bizzare unpractically large weaponry is supposed to make up for all of this.

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Random moments of disdain such as that are the basics of what should be expected from any decent "what someone hates" website.

However, returning to the subject of hatred, most people view it as a negative thing. Such inclined individuals are likely make statements such as:

  • "I couldn't hate anything."
  • "Hate is such a strong word."
  • "Make love not war."

    and most profoundly

  • "Why you be hating on that"
    or possibly

  • "Don't want no hateration"

Hatred is often a viable emotion in our hectic society. For example, when I see Bill O'Reilly on television I experience a remarkably profound hatred. There is no use in my denying that I feel that way. He truely personifies a character trait I will refer to as "Rambunctious Idiocy". More specifically, he is an "Assclown.
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" *Although nobody I talk to can agree to what exactly an assclown is, basic consensus would indicate that Mr. O'Reilly is one.

According to Buddhist philosophy, hatred can never lead to happiness, but rather promote further hatred. This would be bad I suppose. However, I am not now, nor do I ever indend to be a buddhist. In fairness, I would never endorse blanket hatred of any group or concept (some obvious expections of course, hippies and nu metal fans come immediately to mind) What I beleive in is giving in to your natural judgemental self and moving on with life.
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That said…..

Seriously though, hatred is part of life. It is really in your best interest to embrace it. There is no point in sitting at a bar or coffee shop having some kind of meaningless conversation with some complete bastard that has absolutely nothing of interest to say. For god's sake, just hate these people. When you are sitting at the bar and some large group comes in and stares at the beer list for ten minutes before ordering one Guiness and one Miller Genuine Draft, hate these people too. When someone in class with you seems to only ask questions prefaced with the phrase "will that be on the exam". Hate that person. When someone in a single hour long conversation invokes both Foucault and Neitzche without realizing their philosophies often contridict one another….yes, hate this person.

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Name: Ed
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Prized Posession: vintage Fender Blender, Harmonic Percolator
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It's very difficult for most media to offer concrete opinions about new albums, or music in general, given that tastes are so highly subjective. No matter how god-awful an album is or isn't, it's bound to be somebody's cup of tea. Worse yet, in the era of media consolidation, the albums are usually put out by the same entities that publish the magazine (skim through some reviews of Warner Bros. albums in Time, Entertainment Weekly, or any of their 500 other publications if you want a good hearty gut-laugh). Or the magazines are so pitifully dependent on the economic morphine of their advertisers that every album gets at least a B+ rating (have Spin or Rolling Stone ever given an album an F? Or even a C?).

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