Gut Rumbles

January 14, 2006

not unusual

I'm not going to link the blog I found today, because I don't want to single the writer out for special criticism. What's wrong with that blog is typical of many that I read. Besides, I'm on his blogroll and I don't want to be ceremoniously de-linked.

First, this:

Iím not saying this is the best record in the world but it is defiantly worth a listen and if your > 25 you will recognize every single beat you hear. To some that is bad but for me its made my day.

Is the record "defiantly" worth a listen, or is it DEFINITELY worth a listen? Judging by the title of the record, maybe "defiantly" is the word he wanted, but I don't think so. If YOU'RE "> 25," YOUR beat recognition may be better than that of someone < 25. IT'S a crying shame how some people have trouble putting an apostrophe in ITS proper place--- especially when the person intends to "Finish applications to grad school by monday (write those damn recomendations)."

Grad school? My advice is to try a quick run through sixth grade English first. Ignorance of punctuation, spelling and capitalization obviously doesn't stand in the way of receiving a college degree today, but it should.

Here's the title of the record the writer praises so lavishly: Niggaz and White Girlz. Bejus! Some of you long-time readers may remember the shit-storm I created a few years ago when I used the forbidden N-Word in a post. I was called a virulent racist and ceremoniously de-linked by dozens of people who were HIGHLY OFFENDED by that word.

I guess I screwed up by spelling the forbidden N-Word with an "s" on the end instead of a "z." That mess certainly couldn't have been a case of sanctimoniously selective outrage. It couldn't have been offensive simply because I'm white. That reaction would be racist, which is a ridiculous notion because I AM THE RACIST, not the offended people. They all told me so.

This is definitely a concept album if there ever was one. All the beats are remixed 80 music, and if I must say it really comes off fresh. They really tapped into a realm that hasnít been beaten to death by the masses of producers. The quality of the beats donítí make you think hip hop right off the bat and that is a good thing, because I am so tired of hip hop right now and I think this record sing handedly revived my belief in this music genre.

What's to believe about "this music genre?" I believe that hip hop is pure, unadulterated shit. It's not music at all. If you REALLY want to tap into that "realm," give it an enema. THERE'S a "concept" for you.

I apologize to the writer for ripping his blog this way. I'm just in a foul mood because the weather turned cold and windy today. After several spring-like days with highs in the mid-seventies, winter finally remembered that it's still here. The temperature is supposed to drop below freezing tonight and I hate cold weather almost as much as I despise rap music.

Maybe I'll run out and buy a copy of Niggaz and White Girlz to keep me warm.


The only way that would keep ya warm is from the friction on your feet running back and forth to the bathroom to puke!

Posted by: Michele on January 14, 2006 09:12 PM

Rob.......been reading you for some time (lurking ?). I like the refreshing honesty and common sense you write, both rare commodities these days.

The weather IS rude, I'm freezing my ass off here in the Bahamas, the "Isles of perpetual spring". Has not been below 25 mph winds all day, had to tie the dog down to keep him onboard!

However, don't bother spending money on the hip hop "Niggaz and White Girlz." Even if it would keep you warm, it still ain't worth it. I can make better music banging tin cans together.

Best regards, man. Hang in there.

Posted by: Fac Man on January 14, 2006 09:21 PM

Why do you read shitblogs like that, Robbie? I de-link a blog at the first typo. But I'm a hard case.

Posted by: Velociman on January 14, 2006 10:09 PM

This reminds me of two sayings my old man used.

"All his taste is in his mouth."

Bad "music" AND bad grammer?

"No headaches."

And those remind me of a third.......

"Raining like a cow pissing on a flat rock."

aahhh, good ol' dad.

Posted by: wesley J. on January 14, 2006 11:37 PM

I don't think you can say anything bad enough about RAP and HIP HOP and to call it music is an insult to music.

I better go over and check to see if I have been delinked by V Man. I don't think I can type a paragraph without a typo of some type and I can't spell worth a damn.

Posted by: GUYK on January 14, 2006 11:40 PM

Oddly enough, with my 12th-grade GED, I can spell and punctuate damn near anything. I rarely miss.
It's always irritated me to no end to read "edjymucated" asshats who can't spell or capitalize properly. They'll go on to get degrees, make tons of money, as opposed to me, and have trouble making out a check, no doubt. But they have that impressive-looking framed piece of paper on the office wall. That means that they're (as opposed to the often-seen "there" and "their") smart people.
I think I went to school on a different planet.
To borrow a phrase,
"Just Damn!!"

Posted by: Horrabin on January 15, 2006 02:41 AM

Plus, they publish their lack of education on the Web for all to see, as Rob pointed out.
I will wade through a paragraph or two, and if it makes sense, may keep reading in spite of the mistakes, but usually not.
I would be ashamed to post a website for all to gawk at that contained such poor handling of the language and call myself a candidate for "grad school" (or was it "gradd skuule"?). Or something.

Posted by: Horrabin on January 15, 2006 02:47 AM

Yes, texts with such rampant misspellings and grammar misusage tends to send me running the other way. Now, I know I'm guilty of the occasional typo, especially in someone else's comment box, but I try not to pepper my sentences with them!

As for the "music," my rule of thumb is (and Rob may or may not back me up on this depending on what kind of mood he's in), "If you can't hum it, it ain't a song!"

J ;-P

Posted by: Joni on January 15, 2006 05:08 AM

I'm almost speechless here...

This is the best, most dead-on, post I've read anywhere in a good long while.

Not only did I laugh out loud, I agree with every single word about the subject(s).
This includes the comments.

Also wondering how Veloci-God has fared with my unique handling of spelling...
(Must like me. I'm still on his blogroll... *grin*)

Posted by: Stevie on January 15, 2006 07:08 AM

Oh, THANK YOU! for mentioning the "its vs. it's" debacle!

I've been hearing a new one lately. Instead of saying "thank you," or "thanks," what I hear is "thank." Just "thank." And I was really shocked the other day when I paid my Amex bill online, and the confirmation page said "Thank."

How does this stuff get started anyway?

Posted by: Norm on January 15, 2006 07:36 AM

Have a heart for the dyslexic with the it's, its thing. I'm forever having to go back and fix that in my posts. I tend to skip words all the time too. The old brain works faster than the fingers type.

No excuse not to go back in and fix though.

Posted by: Libby on January 15, 2006 08:20 AM

... damn, I guess I'm in trouble... I don't punctuate at all...

Posted by: Eric on January 15, 2006 08:44 AM

@eric: well, e.e. cummings got away with it, why can't you?

Posted by: joni on January 15, 2006 11:58 AM

Rob, you hit one of my pet peeves with the its and it's bit. The their and they're is another one. My other big one is reigned and reined.

Posted by: dick on January 15, 2006 01:52 PM

Thank you for your comments regarding the grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. I am in my third year of university as a mature student doing a double degree; I'm majoring in English. Many of my fellow classmates can not even read anywhere close to a university level, let alone spell or write a coherent sentence. It's really disturbing...and annoying!

Posted by: Lisa on January 15, 2006 09:01 PM

The school I went to graded every paper in every course for spelling, grammar and punctuation. It was good for us to have to pay attention. I hope they're still doing it.

It's tragic for someone to have good logic/ideas and be unable to communicate in a reasonable manner. There comes a point in everything I read that's poorly written where I shut down rather than wade through or go over and over to find out what they really mean.

Posted by: Larry on January 16, 2006 10:48 PM

Oh, yeah. I like every kind of music. Hip hop and rap are not music. Their contribution to the "gangsta" culture is a significant problem, too.

Posted by: Larry on January 16, 2006 10:54 PM

"For some it is bad but for me its made my day" -- if he is trying to say "it has made my day" then "its" is not the proper word, with or without the apostrophe. "It's" is a contraction of the term "it is" not "it has." That's a common error that always irritates me.

Posted by: Karla on January 18, 2006 11:45 AM
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