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6pk-077: Exhale, Touch, and Tap Teacups

by on Jun.29, 2008, under Podcast, TLP-6pk

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6pk-076: TLP Happy Birthday to Me 6pk

by on Jun.27, 2008, under Podcast, TLP-6pk

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ON THIS DAY BEFORE YOU WERE BORN:

American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey was born on this date in 1895. One of the men who made boxing a popular sport in the US, Dempsey won the heavyweight title from Jess Willard on July 4, 1919. Earlier in the year, he had won five fights in a row, each time knocking out his opponent in the first round. Dempsey’s bout against Georges Carpentier was the first one to boast a $1 million prize. Dempsey won that match and continued his winning streak until 1926, when he lost his title to Gene Tunney.

The term “flying saucer” was coined on this date in 1947 when an American pilot reported seeing strange objects near Mt. Rainier, WA, describing them as “saucers skipping across the water.” Fifty years later, also on this date, the U.S. Air Force released its report on the Roswell Incident, stating that the UFO’s and aliens that were reportedly seen near Roswell, NM, in 1947, were actually life-sized dummies.

1964 – Topic of the Day: Cigarette smoking is dangerous to one’s health — the Federal Trade Commission required that a message be placed on all cigarette packages warning consumers of the dangers of smoking, forty years ago today.

Anthony Hopkins, the Olsen twins, Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Kevin Costner, Glenn Close, Patty Duke, Brooke Shields, director John Singleton and composer Hans Zimmer will be receiving stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2004.

1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.

1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.

Go Now, and win Trivial Pursuit with this information.

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Sharing the Hate, Spreading the Pain: On Pizza

by on Jun.26, 2008, under Articles, Sharing the Hate

A cloaked figure casually strolls down an abandoned alley loosely lit by the neon glow of an open sign while the fresh tomato basil aroma permeates the immediate area. On second though, is it a fresh tomato basil aroma or a stale tomato basil aroma? Perhaps several hours ago the aroma was fresh, but now it is stale.

That would explain how the aroma made its way this far from the shop. The alley is desolate, and the perfect place to emerge from the shadows into the mainstream just long enough to strike and dart back into hiding. Of all the things to twirl between his right fingers, a stick of chalk would be the least expected, but the most needed for tonight’s adventures. Checking his pocket, he did remember to bring his lighter as well. The other material components such as intoxicants, stimulants, and test subjects are just around the corner.

Pizza is on sale this time of night, before the hordes of weekend warriors run amuck until the wee hours of the dawn before retreating into a state of sullen regret. Pizza is on sale this time of night, because the only people about are those that will cater to the weekend warriors in less than 2 hours time. Pizza is on sale this time of night, because those people who cater to the weekend warrior have grown tired of Pizza, and do not covet it.

The sale is the only way to draw them inside to partake in warm sticky gooey bread. If the price is low enough, perhaps the store will see a demand. Pizza is only on sale this time of night, because no one wants to eat Pizza. The ironic tale of supply and demand told in such a cruel fashion on a night such as this. How sad is the world when one does not covet Pizza? Pizza might be called the world’s most perfect food to those that are aware of the impact Pizza has on group dynamics. It is all in the tells, all in the tells.

The open-faced sandwich, meant for your traveling party to share, topped with a mixture of the essential food groups combine your clique into one common unit. Tear from the central pot of nutrients and share your tales of bravery and woe. Tear from the edges in unison and enjoy the company of your comrades. Fold and stuff it quickly into your mouth if you do not want to enjoy it, or take small precious bites to savor the moment.

There is so much to learn about a group of people by simply watching them eat communal food. You can see who the Alphas are, as they take first, fold in half, and then sit back boasting. You can see who the pleasers are as they take last, and also fold in half to be able to sit back and make sure everyone else’s needs are met. You can see who the outsiders are as they wearily take with a lack of confidence, and will follow the movements of the Alpha not folding to keep themselves occupied with eating. Those just under the Alphas, the lieutenants, will take before the outsiders and they will not fold out of defiance. This all happens without anyone realizing it. Given enough time these lieutenants will stand up to the Alpha, just give it time.

Watch carefully next time, and see how the Alpha, or lieutenants treats his significant other in this case. Does he take her for granted? If so, he will take for himself and let her, fend for herself. He does not care about her needs, and she is miserable for it. Does the lieutenant take before the Alpha’s significant other? If so you can be sure that the Alpha not only takes her for granted, but also does not even want her present. Does the Alpha mock the lieutenant for being kind to his significant other? How does the lieutenant respond? That response will show you his true level of defiance.

This group as described is the easiest to cripple. Simply start by talking to the one who takes last, and then pull away with those that lack confidence. Odds are they lack confidence and stick around because they are interested in the Alpha or the Alpha’s significant other. Give them something else to chase and a better chance for success. They will be yours to command. You merely present them with an out.

At least one dozen, possibly more, weekend warriors will fight ferociously against their own inner demons and lose. These fallen warriors will lose more than their tomorrow, but their dignity and their will to carry forward retreating into the inner recesses of their habitual droning. The harder one fights against one self the more one will end up losing when they fall. Run from yourself and smash into your own wall you spent years building. It exists to trap you inside more so than to keep others out.

A slight drizzle causes the droplets of water to bounce off his cap as he pushes hit hat back onto his head using his left hand. The water stings ever so slightly. The water makes its way inside the bandage touching the last of the open wounds from punching the mirror so many weeks ago. Glancing down at his pocket watch, I notice the time on the LCD screen says 19:47. Time to set up camp where despair meets regret and go on a recruiting mission. I think I might be in the mood to pretend to eat Pizza later this evening.

sincelery,
Leo

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6pk-075: LPM – The European Region

by on Jun.25, 2008, under Podcast, TLP-6pk

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No One and a Half: Things You Should Know

by on Jun.23, 2008, under Articles, No One and a Half

Scribed by Jason Firestone.

The cover song you picked for your set = better than the entire rest of your set.

Putting out the same album for 20 years does not make you “true,” “dedicated,” or “loyal,” it makes you really really really boring. On the flip side to that, if people are actually buying every single one of your albums despite it being a complete recycling of your last (read: every single AC/DC album after Back in Black), you’re running one hell of a good business. (continue reading…)

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6pk-074: The Dead Pack

by on Jun.22, 2008, under Podcast, TLP-6pk

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6pk-073: Things That Are Cool

by on Jun.20, 2008, under Podcast, TLP-6pk

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Sharing the Hate, Spreading the Pain: On Weaving Decimation

by on Jun.19, 2008, under Articles

Yes, this piece is the decimate.

The place where one starts to fear me by the scars I bear on the inside. The place where one stares straight into the abyss. The abyss comes to cradle you. It will rock you gently into oblivion. The place where those scars run so deep that they bear marks on the surface as well. The surface of the wall. These scars of torment, and the absolution comes with unabated wrath towards the only animal on this planet worth despising…. humans. Those that are “green” already know that the planet is better off without humans.

They hold themselves in such high regard, when they are nothing more than shallow yet hollow husks. The larger the ego the less depth they possess. The best defence is a good offence, and nothing offends more than a mirthful tongue. Clever wit becomes a shield, and Sarcasm becomes a tool to use on those who lack confidence. Continue to twinge in discomfort and read on while gently rubbing the back of your neck. Good. Though, your eyes are wide, and you cannot turn away as these words cascade strewn across the page. That tense stress pressing on your neck now is causing you to have a slight pain. Do you lack strength of will? Sharp the pain is, perhaps sitting up in your chair will help? Is the color draining from your face? Can your feet touch the floor at this height?
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6pk-072: LPM – The UK Region

by on Jun.18, 2008, under Podcast, TLP-6pk

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6pk-071: Screamingly Indie

by on Jun.15, 2008, under Podcast, TLP-6pk

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