Archive for February, 2009

Boobs = Traffic?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

This is probably the closest to an NSFW post I will ever do. There is no nudity inside, but lots of ridiculous cleavage. So if your work isn’t down save this one for later or at least view it when your boss is not around.

As some of you might know from my house keeping post, I installed Google anayltics so I can monitor the traffic to this blog. It helps me focus on what I want to write a little better by watching which posts get the most hits. Last I checked I noticed one of my posts has almost 300 views.

The post in question was my second of the Wordless Wednesday series, December 17th 2008 to be exact. Now a quick skim through that post and you should be able to see why my hits spiked on this day. But in case it is not that clear I took a screen shot of one of my analytics graphs to help illustrate my point.

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Looking at the figures on the graph it’s pretty easy to tell that the big draw to that post was, well, BOOBS!

The Brazilian made triple K mammories of 28 year old wife, and mother Shelya Hershey. Miss Hershey has had 18 plastic surgeries to get where she is, this video below shows her at FFF, and an American plastic surgeon telling her not to go any bigger. She ignored this though and got them done in Brazil instead.

Sheyla seems to be taking off on the world wide web as she has quickly become the fourth most searched term to bring people to my blog right behind “my president Obama inauguration remix”.

So here we are at my little sociological experiment, I post 2 pictures of Sheyla add her, and the word boobs, in the tags and watch the hits climb! I will update the comments every week or so with the statistics.

If this goes how I think it might I may have to throw up a picture of these funny looking boobs in every post.

Lets hope not. Ok here we go (click through to her site sheylahershey.net if your game:

Things I have always wanted – February 26th 2009

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

This one is an adult want, actually probably the first adult want I have written about thus far.

Yes, on rare occasions, I want things that people over the age of 13 don’t also want. Most of them should come as no surprise, as they are just big kid toys. They ones that parents won’t or can’t really buy you and you need a license to operate.

This particular one want was is a pretty simple; bad ass mini truck.

Back in the good ol days of no responsibility, before I had my license, I saw my first lowered Blazer and fell  in love. It was early to mid 90s at this point so the truck probably looked something similar to this:

A mild drop probably about 3 inches in the front 2 in the rear, no real body mods outside of a roll pan, reasonable sized billet rims with a decent amount of rubber on them, and a phantom grill. These were all pretty much staples of the mini truck scene around that time.

Blazers/Jimmys, were never particularly expensive, especially ones that were not Typhoons so that meant the likely hood of me getting one one day was way more realestic than me getting say oh I dunno this:

Mr Angry

So I decided to do some research on them. Thanks to my 56k internet connection I was able to find an enthusiast site called “Blazin Low” that basically taught me everything I needed to know.

I learned 2 great, great things.

The first was that you could put relatively inexpensive small block 350 motors in them which turned them from a decent run about to a powerful hot rod. Heck, with enough money thrown at them stand on end and scream down the track when you stomped on the loud pedal.

The second thing I learned was that the suspension on these trucks was fairly simple and easy to work with. And with a few “light” modifications they could be made to go up and down via air ride. Then came something beautiful (to me) dragging!

I always had a thing for low riders, 64 impalas mainly, but for whatever reason the idea of a super slammed truck that could throw sparks at anytime was overwhelmingly appealing.

I think the main reason I liked it so much was that it was wrong, it was the complete opposite of what any sane person would want to do with a truck.

I had to have one.

I looked at them for awhile for my first vehicle until my uncle gave me my e30 instead.

Lucky for me I could keep myself busy modding that car for some time to keep the want for a mini truck at bay. Everything was going well until a friend of a friend took me for a ride in this sweet little number he picked up in Florida.



Now someone I knew, my age, had a sweet truck. Suddenly it was all achievable, and within reach. So I set forth to make it happen.

Little did I know it would be one of the worst, most expensive, and ill fated projects I have ever embarked on in my life.

At some point I will go into complete detail about the horror story that was my blazer. But until then just let me assure you pretty much anything short of it catching fire or getting washed away in a river happened.

Here are just a few of the shitty things I had to deal with:

Running after it while it was being towed? Check.
Rad explode on the way to work? Check.
Alternator Die on the way to work? Check.
Stolen? Check
Brakes fail? Check
Broken into? Check

I dumped a decent amount of coin into this project, not wanting to give up until it was taken away from me (some would say for the best).

I learned a few things, and when (not if!) I start my second mini truck project I am going to start with something a little newer, and a lot cleaner (probably from the south) until then a sick mini truck is just something I have always wanted.

Blah!

Good riddance?

Wordless Wednesday February 25th 2009

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

More Frustration images

Chicken Friend bacon – Dallas News

Amazing Street Art – io9

Super fast e30

Big guy in Ferrari

Crazy gap, twice is not the charm


Top 10 Jordan Dunks

Superhero dunks

Totally forgot about this

Cop this!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

I am a fan of all hip hop in general, but I am a big fan of some of the older stuff: Jurassic 5, Original BEP, Leaders of the New School, Big Dady Kane, A Tribe called Quest and so forth.

I am also a big fan of mixes, I love listening to music that just flows together and keeps the vibe going the whole way through.

So when Kendall put me on (he’s been puttin me on good music for some time now) I had to pause and take some time to take this one in.

The track list is way solid for this cd (although a lot of interludes):

1. J.Period f. Prince Paul, Questlove & Randy Watson– Rhythm (Scratch Intro)
2. Cannonball Adderly / Excursions Intro
3. J.Period f. De La Soul – Excursions (Tribute Remix)
4. Aquarius Interlude #1: Welcome
5. Q-Tip f. Busta Rhymes – Getting Up (DJ Scratch Remix) (The Renaissance)
6. Behind the Scenes: Ghetto Origins [Produced by J.Period]
7. What the Fuss f. Stevie Wonder (Shook Remix)
8. Queens Represent (Interlude)
9. Mobb Deep f. Nas & Q-Tip – Give Up the Goods (J.Period Remix) [Produced by Q-Tip]
10. Apache – Gangsta Bitch [Produced by Q-Tip]
11. ATCQ – If the Papes Come (Intro)
12. ATCQ – Check the Rhime
13. Behind the Scenes: Don’t Walk Away (Interlude)
14. ATCQ –Award Tour
15. Behind the Scenes: Award Tour (Interlude)
16. Hot Butter (Interlude)
17. J.Period f. Dres – Jazz Pt. 2 (Tribute Remix)
18. Behind the Scenes: We Got the Jazz (Interlude)
19. J.Period f. Blu– Jazz (Tribute Remix)
20. Skypager: Bob Power & Big Daddy Kane (Interlude)
21. Q-Tip f. Jay Dilla – Let’s Ride
22. Behind the Scenes: Bob Power You There? (Interlude)
23. Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing (Remix)
24. Q-Tip – Move (The Renaissance)
25. Q-Tip – Breathe & Stop (J.Period Remix)
26. Respect to Phife Dawg (Interlude)
27. J.Period f. Consequence & Kid Cudi – Buggin Out (Tribute Remix)
28. ATCQ Consists Of…
29. Behind the Scenes: The Native Tongues (Interlude)
30. De La Soul f. Jungle Brothers, Q-Tip, Monie Love & Queen Latifah – Buddy (Remix)
31. Respect to Ali Shaheed Muhammed (Interlude)
32. Q-Tip f. Busta Rhymes – N.T.
33. A Message From Talib Kweli
34. J.Period f. Questlove, Talib Kweli & Randy Watson – Youthful (Tribute Remix)
35. Q-Tip f. Amanda Diva – ManWomanBoogie (The Renaissance)
36. Chris Rock: Men vs. Women (Interlude)
37. De La Soul f. Q-Tip – Saturdays
38. De La Soul f. Q-Tip & Phife – Saturdays (Remix)
39. Q-Tip – She Likes to Move (J.Period Remix)
40. Dee-Lite f. Q-Tip – Groove Is in the Heart
41. Beastie Boys f. Q-Tip – Get it Together
42. Behind the Scenes: What Is Kapelka? (Interlude)
43. J.Period f. Skillz, Questlove & Randy Watson – What? (Tribute Remix)
44. Behind the Scenes: Busta Rhymes / Scenario (Interlude)
45. Busta Rhymes – Scenario (Unreleased Demo Tape)
46. Behind the Scenes: Hood R.I.P. (Interlude)
47. Hood – Scenario (Remix)
48. Aquarius Outtro
49. Behind the Scenes (Bonus): Reinvention (Kamaal the Abstract – A Million Times)

And the vibe all the way through is dope, its great for the office and the car and anyone listening will be able to appreciate the grove. I highly recommend it, and it’s legitimately free.

Also worth a peep are the history of hip hop mixes from the rub. 97 is like a fine wine aged to perfection.

Toast to that good music.

Presidents be ignorant

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The tittle of this blog is kind of a rouse, really this is a highly controversial topic but it does not have anything to do with presidents. In all honesty it will probably take a view stabs at before I get it “right”, or I am happy with it.

This video however made me realize that now is probably as good a time as any to begin going in.

This video is pretty satirical, but like all good satire it touches on a pretty relevant human folly, that folly being the use of the two ‘different’ versions of the N word. The N word being Nigger, and the other one being  Nigga.

The word Nigger is still a pretty powerful word in today’s society. It has the power to evoke a reaction from anyone who hears it spoken, regardless of  race. While the reaction isn’t  always visible, it is always present.

This word depending on pronunciation and spelling, has negative connotations, neutral connotations or ‘positive’ connotations. In fact even Websters dictionary seems to be at sorts over how it should exactly be defined.


usually offensive; see usage paragraph below :
1: usually offensive; see usage paragraph below : a black person
2: usually offensive; see usage paragraph below : a member of any dark-skinned race
3: a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons <it’s time for somebody to lead all of America’s niggers…all the people who feel left out of the political process — Ron Dellums

usage Nigger in senses 1 and 2 can be found in the works of such writers of the past as Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens, but it now ranks as perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English. Its use by and among blacks is not always intended or taken as offensive, but, except in sense 3, it is otherwise a word expressive of racial hatred and bigotry.


I think it’s kind of strange how the word can represent black people, all dark skinned people, and a social class of people all at once while only sometimes being offensive.

Surely this is some sort of grammatical swiss army knife?

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the word, I don’t  remember the first time I was ever exposed to it, and I do not remember a  time in which I was told it was ever acceptable to say or be called. I really don’t remember learning about it at all. It’s almost as thought I was born knowing.

I don’t say it often, actually over the course of writing this post I will have probably “said” the word, nigger, more than I have in my 24 years on this earth.

I have only ever been called a nigger directly, in the any sense, once and it was while playing hockey. I reacted violently and some would say with just cause. Now that I think back on it I reacted more out of the fact it was expected for me to react to the word on the  basis of  what it meant  historically rather than if it actually personally offended me.

This was about 6 or so years ago and over that time I have realized that the word itself actually doesn’t really personally offend me, however that doesn’t  mean I would like to be called it or that I will openly use it.

I understand why that it is a derogatory racial term and I would prefer not to hear it, just as I prefer not to be a victim to racism. Today if I were to be called it by someone I would just consider then ignorant and not worth my time and carry on with whatever I was doing.

In most cases the same goes for if I hear a “nigger joke” I go about my buisness and assume that the person who said it will eventually learn the error or their ways. The way in which they learn might not be so favorable however.

The word is used quite often in today’s popular media. In fact a lot of the music Iisten to and comedians I enjoy use it. It’s also heavily used in a lot of great movies.

However in most cases, at least when black people use the word the “er” at the end is changed to an “a”. In an attempt to  soften it and change its meaning.

I don’t really think this makes it better.

I, optimistically, view the use of the word in popular media as a way of trying to reduce it’s power. I believe that the people who continue to use it in popular media believe that through overuse it will eventually be a word that does not evoke feelings of negativity among black individuals. We will grow desensitized to it.

I know this theory is really flawed in practice but it helps  me deal with hearing the word in the media more if I think of it this way. But again it doesn’t really make it better.

My views outside of media use are completely different, which in itself is a double standard. But I think it’s use outside of media creates an even double standard in an addition to displaying ignorance.

I don’t think from one black person to another there is ever any reason to use the word nigga or nigger. It is unnecessary. Brother, homie, dog, dawg, nephew, pal, friend, buddy, or president, are much better words  to use.

How is it justifiable that black people are allowed to hold on to a deragatory term for our everday use, but think it is wrong for others to use it, all this causes is more confusion and blurry lines between who can and cannot use the word.

I never see Asians call each other chinks in everyday discussion. I have never heard: “Thats my chink right there” or “That chink is crazy”.

If anything they will be more apt to say that’s my chigga if their “urban” influence is strong enough.

Chigga is a term which was derived from the word nigga and is also a pretty sharp double ended sword. Not only does it continue the use of the root word, nigger/a, but it packages along any other stereotypes that come with the word and places it on another race since by definition a Chigga is a chinease person who ‘acts black’.

[I could write an entire very long sidebar on 'acting black' but I am trying very hard to stay on point.]

The continuted use of the word Nigger or Nigga will not remove negative the negative connotations associated with it. All it does is create associate new ones which are then associated onto new people.

Let’s think for a minute what would happen if everyone made a consolidated effort to stop using the word entierly. Would it go the way of the Dodo?

How often do you hear someone use the word “deartuate” (which means to dismember)?
Most likely never as dismemberment is frowned upon, and openly discouraged so only one definition is nessecary.

Racism is frowned upon, so why should we keep words that represent it in our modern day vocabulary? Why should this word be allowed to run rampant?

What if one day the word nigger/a is really used to discribe the disadvantage class and all homeless people are called niggers? I shudder to think of that.

Any solution to the issue of the words would take an extremely long time to show effect but our current methods of dealing with it are proving un effective and need to be dealt with.

I am not even sure I can really come up with a good concluding paragraph for this blog since at this point I have written almost 1300 words on this topic without so much as
exhausting half of my confusion and frustration about the topic.

This blog mearly marks a starting point in my further understanding of this issue.

If you have managed to read this from beginning to end thank you, as it’s my longest post thurs far. And if you have any opinions regarding my view on the issue, good or bad, please feel free to comment. I am going to watch the comments on this one.

Remember the days? (BMX Version)

Friday, February 20th, 2009

About 11:30 last night I was talking to  my friend Chijioke about a lot of the drama and BS surrounding the BMX scene lately and I got to reminiscing about the olden days. The days of BMX that were simple and raw. The days when it really really fun. So I figured a list of some of the stuff I fondly remember about BMX would be a good way to wrap up the week.

-Remember your first curb endo?
-Remember your first bunny hop?
-Remember when you had to tighten your headset by hand multiple times a session?
-Remember the local trails girl that peed in the woods?
-Remember when their wasn’t a local skate park?
-Remember when you learned to do a 1 footer?

-Remember when your BMX bike was also a mode of transportation (and you had a seat post!)
-Remember the sound of an ACS claw as you cruised downhill?
-Remember the sound of your face hitting the ground when your dicta freewheel exploded?
-Remember master links?
-Remember plastic Mongoose grips?
-Remember Mongoose?

Mongoose Villian

-Remember launching to flat?
-Remember your highest number of stairs dropped?
-Remember riding without a helmet?
-Remember sessioning the same feeble ledge until your frame bent?
-Remember when bottom cup height was high?
-Remember when smiths were impossible?
-Remember stationary icepics?

-Remember your first contest? How did you do?
-Remember the first backflip you ever saw in person?
-Remember the first time your trails got plowed?
-Remember the first time you tried to impress a girl and ate shit?
-Remember when you ran a dirt bike chain on your 44 tooth sprocket, with a bash guard?
-Remember your first concussion?
-Remember your first video?
-Remember your favorite video?

-Remember your first road trip?
-Remember when your bike was 50lbs and you didn’t care?
-Remember when you didn’t talk shit on the internet?
-Remember the love?

Whenever BMX is getting me down, which isn’t often, I think back to the great times I have had on my bike over the years I have been fortunate enough to be riding and remember why I got into it and why I still love to do it.

It’s a shame a lot of kids starting these days won’t be able to appreciate these same things, but hopefully they will be able to look back on something, cause one day when we are all old it will be all that’s left.

Things I Always Wanted – February 19 2009

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

When I originally got the idea to start the “Thing I always Wanted”  feature here on Random As Rhyme, one of the items I knew I would write about was this one. I wanted still want this item so bad it hurts, I almost more have a vendetta with it. One Christmas I asked for it, and after I opened all my gifts there was one surprise gift from Santa. I was over  joyed I knew this would be what I really wanted. I shredded the wrapping paper as quick as I could and was greeted by a globe. A friggen globe.

If the fat guy in the red suit was real he would have known that I didn’t care where Turkey was all I wanted was the Tyco Typhoon R/C Hover craft.

Thanks to X-Entertainment (which is an awesome site and one of the reasons I started this blog) I am able to  share with those of you that may have forgot, or have never seen the commercial that made me want this thing  more than pretty much anything else I can remember.

Ya I know, the volume is really low, but you don’t need volume to appreciate the action shots. What sane person would not be interested in driving this thing for five minutes let alone owning one?

None of my current remote control cars worked to well on sand, snow, or wet pavement, while the Typhoon could do all of this with ease, and look cool in the process.

I never encountered one of these hovercrafts on my block as a kid, which is good because I would have stole it from whoever had it no matter how dangerous and stupid.

Thanks to the internet though I have been able to track down a little bit of information on it. Like most things advertised back then it wasn’t quite as  amazing as it seemed. While it did actually work on all surfaces the battery didn’t last much longer than 10 minutes, and if the battery died over water it sunk.

Charging R/C vehicles in the early 90s was always a huge bummer,  especially when patience and attention spans were low. I bet a lot of R/C vehicles ended up in the backs of closets due to the inhumane 4 hour charge time of the battery packs.

Seriously think about that, four hours of charge time for ten minutes of use. How did we send people to the moon again?

Anyway lucky for  my wallet the  only one currently on ebay has a ripped skirt (so pretty useless) otherwise I would have already bid on it and mapped out a course in the pool at Lyndsey’s condo.

I have noticed though that there sure are a bunch of different remote control hover crafts out these days that I could probably pick up for not too much… hmmm maybe this something I have always wanted will turn into something I have.

This one actually kind of interests me, I have never seen a remote that works via twisting.

Until next time.

Wordless Wednesday February 18th 2009

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

DEVESTATOR – Gizmodo

Cassette Tape USB – Geek Alerts

Cassette tape USB hub

The Super Soaker 50 is back! – Gizmodo

Be Like Mike

‘Wash by hand… in coleslaw’: The hilarious examples of mangled English from around the world – Mail Online

Don't Disturb here

Unique Pillows and creative Pillow Designs – Toxel

Transformers Pillow

Selfless BMX – February 17 2009

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

So here is a quick update on my Selfless BMX project for those of you who have been following along.

On February 12th I sent the parts I mentioned before plus 3 of my “If Skateboarding is not a crime why is bmx?” T-shirts (that were produced in conjunction with the Action Sports Coalition), a bunch of stickers and one more Hoffman Bikes stem I found kicking around.

My parts box was pretty much empty aside form washers/cables etc I might need. But as luck would have it I snagged a pair of clear plastic Animal Steven Hamilton pedals in a product toss a few days ago, so I should have no problems getting a new box of goodies back together to ship out.

As far as cost goes, it was not cheap and it’s going to take about a month for the parts to get to Jamaica but I figure my karma points are threw the roof right now and that’s something that’s never bad.

I am probably going to start researching how to get some not for profit funding slowly so that the next box I send (I have people wanting to donate already) will not be at such a cost to me. Some funding would hopefully also allow me to send some new parts as well which would be awesome.

In other global BMX news it seems like someone else is doing some good stuff for BMX around the world. Chris San Augustin from North California organizes events in Thailand. Here is a video of the fourth one he has done.

I’m off to try and learn no handed airs.

Still fixing your car? Keep on buying American!

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

When I wrote my blog on the bumper sticker that said “Lost your job yet? Keep buying foreign“  it was intended as a knee jerk reaction to a bumper sticker I saw and didn’t like.  I never really thought it would grow to be the most commented post (thus far) on my blog.

I suppose though I should have figured with the potential fall of the big 3 domestic automakers looming in these turbulent economic times.

Economics are tough, I should know I barley passed my O.A.C. class on it. However when one commenter posted: as a consumer why would I care about all these politics? I just want a reliable car that is fun to ride.I was inclined to not only agree but write another blog on this issue of Domestics Vs Imports.

I was at the 2009 Canadian International Auto Show yesterday and had a  chance to see what all of the major automakers are going to bring to the table in the upcoming year.

My girlfriend is currently looking for a hatchback, similar in size to Mazda 3’s or a compact SUV/cross over similar in size to the Nissan Rouge . Shes the perfect example of someone looking for a car that looks good, is fun to drive, reliable and affordable.

She spent most of her time comparing vehicles the matched the aformentioned criteria while I jumped in and out of factory pocket rockets (STIs, GTI’s, Speeds) and drooled over classic vettes, 32 fords, chargers and lambos.

My girlfriend currently drives a Civic, its her second, and she has had it the whole time we have been dating. It’s never broken down and other than needing tires, gas, and oil changes never seems to need maintenance.

With this in mind she is leaning toward purchasing another import, however one domestic has caught and held her eye, the Pontiac Vibe.

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Her mom drives a Sunfire, and her sister drives a Grand Prix, neither of which have had overly lemon like qualities.

The Vibe is rated as being fairly reliable and the new ones do not look so bad to boot. On the surface it would appear as though Pontiac has stepped up it’s game and listened to consumers by coming out with a reliable affordable appealing car.

It’s no real secret that the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix roll off the Cambridge Ontario assembly line as essentially the same car with different aesthetics.

While researching for this post (automotive posts don’t pour from my brain as easy as cartoon/toy ones) I noticed that, generally, the Matrix sells for slightly higher than a similarly optioned Vibe, and holds its resale value much better than the Pontiac.

Even though both cars are essentially the same, and powered by the same Toyota power plant people will pay for the the Toyota badges due to faith in the reliability the Toyota name holds.

I think this is a pretty strong case towards the fact that Domestics are struggling at convincing their market to buy the vehicles they put out, even the ones that are on par with or share the same components as their import competitors.

We also looked at a few Dodge/Jeep compact suvs and compared them to their import equivalents and no matter how nice a Dodge looks and how competitive the pricing is Lyndey’s family history with unreliable Dodge vehicles will prevent her from ever purchasing one.

Which is a shame since some of they are actually fairly nice looking and comfortable. I actually find the Jeep SRT8s quite appealing.

I love how Domestic manufacturers make power vehicles (new term I made up pronounced VROOOOOM), they sure now how to make them loud fast and bold. However like everything else I want its bloody expensive, moving on…

My girlfriends car hunt is a great example of a consumer who doesn’t care about the politics, and just wants a good reliable vehicle. And while Domestic cars present a nice package the reputation of poor reliability haunts them like a bad credit rating.

When everyone is hurting, or going to be hurting financially no one can afford to take the risk in buying a vehicle that could be a maintenance nightmare. The damage to the big 3s reputation could be irreversible and for the sake of the millions that work for those companies I sincerely hope it is not. But even when the political dust settles, will you run out and buy Domestic?

Someone buy both these cars? Thanks.