Zoddity is finished! Coming June 13, 2015

Posted by The Zodiac | Blog,Music,Uncategorized | Thursday 23 April 2015 7:26 pm

It’s about time!¬¨‚Ć Since early 2011, after completing the Zetacide Vol 4 CD and resting for a few weeks, I ventured out on creating the next actual album.¬¨‚Ć The first song was “Got My Back” when I purchased the Apogee One to help recording into the computer to rely a little less on the sound board.¬¨‚Ć I remember having a show in Tucson soon after that and allowing local rapper and friend, Ephewe, listen to the song and quality.¬¨‚Ć Since then, I had quietly recorded when the mood would strike and it gapped longer than I was used to.¬¨‚Ć Usually an album takes 2 years to complete but Zoddity was a different monster.¬¨‚Ć This one took 4 complete years to finish.¬¨‚Ć No other album I’ve done even came close to that.¬¨‚Ć Hell, all four Zetacides took one year to do and those were 53 songs!¬¨‚Ć That’s the concentration that it took to create the 17-song release titled Zoddity.

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Always one to come up with album titled that are unique to searches, I felt the mix of the songs and the moods I was in and during whichever climate it was, it was an odd mix.¬¨‚Ć A mix only The Zodiac can pull off so “zoddity” was the only title that matched this release.¬¨‚Ć The last song became the first to be heard which is a poem over a chaotic background to set the pace of the album.¬¨‚Ć It’s been a while since Zoetry had been prominently featured on a Zodiac release so I felt it was time.¬¨‚Ć This leads into the semi-political song, “Let Death Be Upon You” which sets targets on The Ku Klux Klan and suicide bombers.

From there, you travel into songs that attack horrible rappers of today who don’t appreciate lyrics, wordplay, and the artistry of what it is to be a rap artist (“Get Off The Mic” and “Got My Back”).¬¨‚Ć That leads into songs of redemption from those feeling their lowest (“Hold It”) and the fight for a message and positivity (“I Don’t Wanna”).¬¨‚Ć Then you have the reactions to police violence and Ferguson on “Do You See The Difference” and praise for those who rise on top in “We Are Survivalists”.¬¨‚Ć Don’t forget personal Zodiac songs that discuss his former group, Black InQ in “No Guts, No Glory” and the split in creativity for a Gemini in “The Writer and The Fighter”.¬¨‚Ć So, I made sure there’s something for everyone in this but it’s not for those looking to just dance in the club.¬¨‚Ć This goes back to feeling words and creating listeners to think.¬¨‚Ć People who need brain dead lyrics should pass this album altogether.

Four years!¬¨‚Ć And finally, the copyright is finished, the submission to all large digital outlets, and the release date of June 13th, 2015 is set for Zoddity to finally be released!¬¨‚Ć Exciting times and I’m happy to have completed this project.¬¨‚Ć Completely produced by The Zodiac except for the banger, “Never That No” which was produced by the very creative Doc Cause, Zoddity is a very special and personal release.¬¨‚Ć Be a part of a project which had taken 16 seasons to complete!

Illinois teacher arrested for sexual assault of student

Posted by The Zodiac | Bad Teachers,Uncategorized | Saturday 10 August 2013 7:34 am
teachersex-jenee-blackertA Belvidere North High School teacher faces criminal charges.¬¨‚Ć She’s accused of having sexual contact with a student.
Police arrested poplar grove’s Jenee Blackert on Thursday. Investigators say a 17-year-old student reported the inappropriate contact on Sunday, July 28th.The 30 year old social studies teacher was charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault and taken to the Boone County jail. She’s since bonded out.At Belvidere North High School, parents and their teenagers spent the day picking up school schedules and getting ready for the new year, with a teacher’s recent arrest in the back of their minds.”I’d be scared to death if it happened to one of my kids,” says Carol Klein, the mother of two high schoolers.

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Gary Monto, who’s daughter is going to be a Senior says, “It’s just not right.”

Returning to the classroom means new clothes and school supplies. Klein and Monto say they are preparing their students with something more. Their children will start the school year with some real-life advice.

“We talk about it with my daughter about how to be safe, and know the signs. If you’re uncomfortable, get out. Get out fast,” says Monto.

“I talk to my kids about people who should touch them and who shouldn’t touch you, and making sure that they’re aware it could be anybody,” says Klein.

Belvidere School Superintendent Michael Houselog says the high school is cooperating with investigators.  Blackert is on unpaid leave until further notice.

“I’m sure that they’ll do whatever they need to do to make sure that these kids are safe,” says Klein.

Investigators say the contact between Blackert and the student did not happen at Belvidere North High School, although they wouldn’t say exactly where.

Criminal sexual assault is a felony, which means if Blackert is found guilty, she could face four to 15 years in prison.

This is not the first time a Belvidere school district teacher was charged with sexual assault.

Back in 2008, another Belvidere School District, Loren Leoni, a teacher and volleyball coach  was charged with a similar crime. She got 48 months of probation and had to register as a sex offender.

Source: http://www.wrex.com/story/23093160/2013/08/09/belvidere-north-teacher-arrested-for-sexual-assault-of-student

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Man of Steel (2013)

Posted by The Zodiac | Movie Reviews,Uncategorized | Monday 17 June 2013 3:35 am

Man of Steel (2013)

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Nothing is perfect and my rating system doesn’t deal with halves so I gave this flick the benefit of the doubt and upped it .5 for visual effects.¬¨‚Ć “Man of Steel” is the most updated version of a Superman flick.¬¨‚Ć After the last “reboot” a few years back, they went back to the drawing board after seeing the success of the Marvel flicks and how they dealt with their character arcs.¬¨‚Ć Don’t lie, DC and pretend you didn’t.¬¨‚Ć Then again, with Christopher Nolan helping with writing and producing the film, I’m sure his influence was projected.¬¨‚Ć After all, he brought a darkness to Batman that others (for whatever reason) didn’t think to do previously on film.

So, we now have a more serious version of Superman with a background story.¬¨‚Ć See, in this, the “S” means “hope” on his original home planet, Krypton.¬¨‚Ć It’s not an “S” at all, but a symbol of his family name.¬¨‚Ć Or something like that.¬¨‚Ć Anyway, he’s sent by his parents via spaceship from his doomed planet after a coup has begun by General Zod.¬¨‚Ć Zod is different from Superman 2’s Zod.¬¨‚Ć Unfortunately, “Kneel before Zod” isn’t uttered once.¬¨‚Ć That’s a positive because you can’t pull it off like “Previous Zod”.¬¨‚Ć Current Zod is pretty good, though. He seems pissed and hell-bent to find the baby that was sent so long ago because he possesses the formula to bring Krypton back to life.¬¨‚Ć See,…Zod is obsessed with Krypton and trying to re-birth it.¬¨‚Ć Hence….the conflict.

After discovering his Earth dad (Kevin Costner) and mom (Diane Lane) adopted him, young Clark always felt different than the other kids.¬¨‚Ć Probably because his eyes could melt things, he could look at his teachers boobs wobble, and he could lift vehicles up.¬¨‚Ć Some of these acts made him feel like he wasn’t like the others.¬¨‚Ć So, when he’s old enough, he ventures out to discover himself.¬¨‚Ć On his first real lead, he’s discovered by Lois Lane, a nosy, thrill-seeking reporter ready for that big scoop.¬¨‚Ć And when she busts in on him…all hell breaks loose.¬¨‚Ć We get ship launches, Ghost-Dad, alien visits, and a pissed off Zod and his very attractive and sexy-when-she’s-kicking-all-kinds-of-ass assistant/wife, Faora-Ul played by actress Antje Traue who also seems to have a Kryptonian name.¬¨‚Ć Alien or not, she might make it on the Hulk Smash list.

Once everything comes into play, and Earth is threatened, Superman is sent to save the day.¬¨‚Ć Director Zack Snyder made sure that your visual experience would be shocking to the system.¬¨‚Ć You felt like Zod when he felt the effects of Earth’s atmosphere.¬¨‚Ć It was a thrill-ride and they didn’t let you rest a bit.¬¨‚Ć It was suspenseful and exciting.¬¨‚Ć I watched the 3-D version so I’m sure the regular version is just as good.

Go see it.¬¨‚Ć I’m a Batman and Hulk fan but this was a great story and well-done.¬¨‚Ć There were a few nuances that had me saying “WTF?” but I looked past them since this was just a super-hero story re-done…again and nothing is perfect.¬¨‚Ć Henry Cavill did a great job as Kal-El/Superman/Clark Kent.¬¨‚Ć Dude looked like he spent half the summer in the gym preparing for the role.¬¨‚Ć Question: How does Superman shave?¬¨‚Ć Back on topic…good flick.¬¨‚Ć See it with someone you hate who believes Marvel does a better job.¬¨‚Ć Then get drunk and discuss the flick. Ha!

Does Your Tattoo Suck?

Posted by The Zodiac | Crazy Things On The Internet,Uncategorized,Verbal Expression | Thursday 19 July 2012 1:45 pm

As an artist, I’m always utilizing my visual abilities to become enamored by what the world has to offer.¬¨‚Ć My eyes never lie and earthly beauty has always fascinated me.¬¨‚Ć Enter man and his ink pen.¬¨‚Ć Tattoos have been a part of modern-day civilization and pop culture for several decades and today, people like getting inked on their skin for several reasons: religion, expression, spiritualism, and sometimes to be a complete jackass so their friends can laugh at them.¬¨‚Ć Living for the now is a great thing.¬¨‚Ć But living to regret it later in life is something God should’ve put into the brains of these morons.¬¨‚Ć I present to you..Tattoos that suck.

 

 

Online Dating: A Man’s Perspective

Posted by The Zodiac | Blog,Notes and Thoughts,Uncategorized | Wednesday 18 July 2012 9:00 am

Anyone who knows me knows I’m no stranger to online dating sites. I’ve been on one for a number of years on and off since I’m social-friendly, tech-savvy, and like to expand my horizons beyond the usual hook-ups at bars, friends of friends, random church visits, and friendly cell-phone hook-ups. Also, anyone who knows me knows I like to seek out truths no matter how hurtful they may be to either myself or the sought-after party. Therefore, writing this blog is a necessary evil as far as online dating site profiles go.

It may be regional but living out in the South West has introduced me to some great new adventures. Traveling to Las Vegas, photographing scenic and desert landscapes, hiking mountains, and running into some of the friendliest people in the country are some of the perks. But online? Yeah, that’s where it gets interesting. I can only record this from a man’s perspective but it seems that women online, in the South West at least, seem to be in their own world. let me list them below.

Overweight

Yeah, the big gurls seem to have overpopulated the online community. What’s crazy is most of them don’t see themselves as “fat”. I’m talking Adele-type women. Mo’Nique-shaped walruses are rummaging through online dating sites at an alarming rate stampeding through slim, muscular, and slender men’s profiles lukeh puh nub! I’m like this: Why don’t fat chicks just look for fat men?

Even worse is at their sizes, they’ve messed up the scale. Remember when women the size of Jennifer Lopez in her Fly Girl days were considered “thick”? Now, women the size of Queen Latifah are claiming that title. Since when? Who moved the scale? If you run out of breath climbing stairs, I’m sorry but you’re probably fat. If you rock back and forth to get off the couch, you’re probably fat. Don’t try to mark “A few extra pounds” or “Average” in your profile when “BBW” or “Overweight” is an option. Just saying…

Tattoos

Look…I understand you may have made some dumb choices when you were younger. But there’s no need to keep making them in your older age. Tattoos are never going to make you look classier and when you start making your body look like a graffiti artists’s wet dream with random thoughts marked on your body, why would you actually wanna show them off? You put on a silk, backless dress on in your profile pix and that skull on your chest kinda stands out. Then you’re pissed ’cause your “eyes are up here”. Yeah, but that dumb-ass tattoo is down there.

That Halle Berry elegance doesn’t show on tattoo chicks. So, avoid them since they obviously make bad decisions and have shitty body image confidence considering they feel the need to mark themselves up looking like an 8th-grader’s composition book.

Shaved Eyebrows, Lip-Liners, and Hot Messes

Aight…there’s no real category here. Just a lot of bullshit. It seems some women don’t like their eyebrows so they feel they could do better than what God could do. Enter the Venus razor. Ladies..WTF?! Why do you think that drawing in your eyebrows after shaving them off is a good look? Who told you that? Do you know who else does that? Ronald McDonald! You don’t look good. You look like a damn clown and when I see you, you better be handing out Big Macs. Some have the nerve to actually act as if they’re the best-looking on the block with a mad-face etched over their eyes.

And oh! Let’s add insult to injury and pop in some eyeliner around your lips to give the appearance of fuller lips. Oh yeah..you fooled me! Do you realize that after a while, you’ll have to Neutrogena your face off and what’s left is some of the scariest shit known to human population? A blank stare, no eyebrows, little lips, and probably a rash! Why are so many online?

No Drama and Much Fun

Okay! Why do so many women state that they’re so much fun to be around and they hate drama? How many people LOVE drama in their lives and make it a point that they aren’t any fun? What else? Oh…they also hate cheaters, fake people, and know how to “keep it real”. Especially with their fake lashes, fake boobs, fake ass, fake mask made out of cosmetics, and twirling their weave. Oh…but they keep it real! GTFOHWTBS!

Camera Phone Pic Angles & Mirrors

Hey guess what? Just because you lift your phone way above your head, look up, and snap a shot doesn’t mean you’re fooling me with your gut and small tits. I know that angled shot. You’re trying to make your figure slimmer and your boobs bigger while you make some stupid duck-mouthed expression. You look like a moron. Why not take a photo of yourself head-on or something with a good camera with a timer? I’m not impressed. In fact, why not take the picture from below instead? Scared your chubby gut will stand out instead? Yeah, I figured as much.

And what’s up with the mirror shots over and over? I can barely see you since your iPhone’s Apple logo is more prominent than your face is. Maybe I should thank Apple in some of the cases. But jeez…really? Have you all run out of originality so much that you never took the time to seek out an app that has say… a TIMER on it!?! There’s a grand and original thought! There’s an app for that. Use it!

Serial LTR’s

Why do women always put “looking for a relationship”? And they judge every man based on that belief. They are willing to bypass friendship because they’re on the hunt specifically for husband material. On a first date, a Long-Time Relationship-hunter will judge that man and see only his flaws. However, how many people do you know where you had to spend a significant amount of time with them before realizing how great they are? First dates will never determine what the future holds. Try putting “Friends First” somewhere and move from there. Desperation bleeds from those dying to find a significant other.

Cut Off Photos

Why do you have photos up that include cut-off shoulders, ears, necks and you’re in the far right or left of the pic? It’s 2012. You have access to cheap cameras with inexpensive SD cards. Almost all cellphones have cameras on them. iPads, tablets, laptops, iMacs, netbooks, whatever is at your disposal and you’re digging up photos of yourself with your exes, yet have enough savvy to open up your photo editor and chop 98% of them out? You’re an idiot. Take a new photo of yourself and call it a day! It takes a whole 4 seconds you lazy jackass! What’s wrong with people?

Hotter Friends and Family Members

Food for thought. Don’t post up photos of yourself in a group setting with your friends. They’re usually hotter than you and by comparison, you look like a gift to “The Wing Man”. It sucks but I’m here for the truth. When you do that, our eyes gravitate to the hottest woman in the photo. It’s probably not you since your hot friend isn’t online and has sex with multiple men on Thursdays. You, however want to feel pretty so you hang with pretty people. That’s cool on Wednesdays. But online profiles should have you with ugly people in a group or your dog. So, when we compare, you’ll look like the grand prize…not the consolation prize.

You Can’t Spell, Dammit!

What ever happened to the English language? People continuously are writing worse and worse. Now, women are writing their profile essays in text. Text! “Hey! Im da type 2 hang w/da fellaz. U wanna B my frnd 2?” Imagine how she speaks. She probably speaks the same way she writes. Then you look at the education and it’s highest is High School. It kinda clarifies things but still…how ridiculous is it that women are trying to attract men with that type of writing. Good thing they only get the lowest common denominator. Their kids will probably bang on the keyboard hoping words will form. Dolts!

Liars

Women always post “I’m not looking for a hook-up so if that’s what you want, go to the next woman.” These women are usually the ones who have sex on the first date. Don’t believe them. You want sex like everyone else but are afraid of being tagged a “slut” or “whore”. Guess what? Guys do it so why shouldn’t you? You’re not fooling anyone trying to make us believe you want someone just like Jesus Christ. Bullshit! You want a man who will blow your back out and leave you in ruins. Stop lying.

Your Damn Kids

It seems that 95% of women 28 and older online have a minimum of two kids. It’s as if they were in their fantasy land in their teens and when they reached 21, they found that special someone! So, they married, got pregnant, had kids, hated their husband, divorced, are used and abused and NOWWWW, they’re ready to be serious with a guy…except this time, with baggage. And what do they do with that extra extension of their exes? They take pix and post them on their profiles as if a guy looking to date is happy to have two more strangers in the future calling them “daddy”. Mothafucka, please! Find someone with kids also so you can both struggle with planning a romantic getaway for 2 hours.

In conclusion, the online environment is a study in human psychology. I’ve actually found some great friends through the process as well as lovers and even girlfriends. But do everyone a favor and state the truth, ladies. Stop looking drag-queen-crazy in your photos, fire-breathing desperation in your words, and please…actually make moves to improve your life so your future significant other finds you more attractive than what you put out there. Honesty is sexy, ladies. Your reality masked in fantasy will eventually be revealed someday. But hey, don’t believe me. Believe the douche bags you keep attracting since your methods are obviously working. Ha!

My Precious

Posted by The Zodiac | Instagram Photos,Uncategorized | Saturday 26 May 2012 10:00 am

Colombiana (2011)

Posted by The Zodiac | Movie Reviews,Uncategorized | Sunday 25 March 2012 8:45 pm

Colombiana (2011)

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It’s not difficult to look at Zoe Saldana. After all, she’s a featured guest on my¬¨‚ĆHulk Smash¬¨‚Ćlist for a reason. ¬¨‚ĆShe’s slammable, smart, sexy, and apparently,…a ninja! ¬¨‚ĆYes, Zoe plays an assassin who saw her parents murdered when she was a little kid. Well, what would any 7 year old do when killers are after a disk containing valuable information? ¬¨‚ĆThat’s right,…she’d fight back and escape through a window run all over town, and head to an embassy. Then, she’d get a ticket to Miami, escape federal custody, buy a ticket to Chicago, and somehow locate her uncle in the middle of beating the piss out of someone in a dark alley. Yes…most children would do that.

Any who, Catalina or Cathelina or Cathater…whatever her name is as been screwing some White dude on her time off of daily slaughter after realizing as a kid, her dreams in life was to become an notable raging assassin. Nice! Now grown up, hot, skinny, and with perky breasts, Uhura…errr, Catherina hunts down dudes from homes to prisons and leaves their bodies with graffiti pics of flowers drawn on them. ¬¨‚Ć Police stations can’t even hold her down while she’s locked in one of the cells!¬¨‚Ć How’s that for master-plan-revenge-manipulator?

I’d say you should check this out ’cause it’s a lot of fun and you get to see Zoe in a tight-ass catsuit.¬¨‚Ć Even She-Hulk was impressed with her lithe, slinky body in that suit.¬¨‚Ć The nipples popping out were just icing on the cake.¬¨‚Ć The movie ends with Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”, so I decided the film needed an extra star on the rating. Ha!

Keepsake (2008)

Posted by The Zodiac | Movie Reviews,Uncategorized | Sunday 18 March 2012 9:00 am

Keepsake (2008)

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So, we have a woman who seems to be escaping the world for some reason until her car breaks down in the middle of the woods. She seems pretty tough but calls the tow truck. Some hillbillies stumble by and she shoves them off. Here comes AAA to the rescue! Unfortunately, AAA dude, named Earl, has no tongue. It was cut out. She asks him yes or no questions as they drive to the station. Well, she discovers that “Earl” doesn’t look like the Black man whose truck it happens to be and he punches her. They get to the station and she escapes for a minute. Does she run hard? No. She lurks and runs to a truck expecting to find keys in it, I suppose. Anyway, Earl punches her again and handcuffs her to the bathroom stall.

Here comes the cop who is doing everything RIGHT! Brotha man rolls up and runs the plate to check it out since no one is around and the tow truck is just running. Nice. Jacket on the ground? Check! Mysterious? Check! He looks inside and has Earl lurking behind him. He pulls his weapon. Nice! He asks Earl for ID and he gives him some. So, while extremely cautious, the cop goes back to his car to call dispatch on the name. Here’s where he fucks up…as usual! He looks down for a second before he mentions the name and here comes Earl behind him…with HIS gun! Now all of a sudden, it’s “hey buddy…take it easy” Bang! Bang!!

The story begins. The woman is now a hostage of Earl’s and is forced to wear a necklace that he remotely controls to electrocute her. She’s tossed in a basement, forced to strip so he can bathe her with a hose, and makes her eat what he wants her to eat. Why is he doing this? I have no fucking clue! There’s someone upstairs! Why? I have no fuckin’ clue! Why do dead zombies seem to follow this woman while she’s in the basement? I have no fuckin’ clue! Why does she dream about her sister? I have no fuckin’ clue, man. Why didn’t she escape the 50 times she got out of the basement and run? I just have no fuckin’ clue, dude!

So, that’s how the ended. They (the movie producers) claim that it has a crazy twist ending. You know how it ended? I have no fuckin’ clue! Pile of shit movie! Only good thing is the lady got naked a lot and has nice nipples. Other than that, this movie needs to go away.

Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011)

Posted by The Zodiac | Movie Reviews,Uncategorized | Monday 12 March 2012 9:00 am

Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011)

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I was in the mood for one of the dumbest movies I could find. After already seeing Gingerdead Man and Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust, how could I resist when stumbling on the third part of the series? I didn’t even consider giving this flick any stars so don’t expect that to change. This movie was pretty much a rip off of Carrie and Silence of the Lambs. I mean, literally.

In the beginning, we have someone playing the Clarice Starling character from Lambs but of course, they changed her name to something similar. They reenacted the scene in the beginning where she walks through a tunnel of psychotic pastries and eventually ends up at the Gingerdead Man where she discusses some nonsense to him. He’s a rip-off of Chucky so of course he’s tossing her zingers while wearing his Hannibal Lecter mask on his cookie face.

Anyway, some freedom fighters bust in and free the crazy pastries including the Gingerdead Man and pay the ultimate price. Come to find out that the Starla lady’s brother was killed by TGDM and she wanted to shoot him for revenge. He escapes and finds a time machine and travels back to the 1970’s to a roller rink. No, I’m not making this up.

Enter the Carrie scenes. We have a redhead named “Cherry” (ha….ha) who has telekinesis (ha…ha) and is banned from dancing at the roller rink by her aunt (played by a man..?!). Anyway, the GDM wreaks havoc and his time machine doesn’t work. So, he just kills everyone for no reason. Cherry learns to skate and although this is the last day for the rink to be open (due to IRS bills adding up), the pageant for best skating woman is held and as usual, Cherry is nominated. Well, the popular girl gets wind of the voting process and she’s not popular anymore. Here comes the pigs blood..

…you get the gist. At the end, Lizzie Bordon, Jeffery Dahmer, Adolph Hitler, and Charlie Manson seem to make an unnecessary appearance. I’m getting sick writing this. Good God. There seemed to be a lot of implants in 1976 and the b-roll they kept inserting of people dancing on the dance floor was hilariously stupid! I doubt anyone will even see this flick so take my word for it; don’t wait up for part 4.

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