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NFL 2021: Washington Football Team celestial-delinquents the Falcons

I tuned into Fox at the top of the fourth quarter today just in time to be delightfully surprised to see the Atlanta Falcons ahead of Washington Football Team (WAFT) 30 to 22.  Shortly thereafter, though, WAFT wide receiver Terry McLaurin made a touchdown.  Instead of a kick for an extra point, WAFT decided to go with a two-point conversion, which failed twice (a defensive offside penalty on Falcons linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. during the first attempt gave WAFT another chance).

At this juncture at the bottom of the fourth quarter, it was equally likely that both Falcons fans and WAFT fans would believe their team could win.  It was highly probable that the Falcons wouldn’t have to exert that much effort in keeping their small lead.  Even if the ball went back to the other team, there was so little time left on the clock to do much of anything offensively.  It was possible that WAFT’s defense could make an interception or the offense could get within field goal range.

Did anyone imagine that WAFT would win with a touchdown?  Oh yes.  They did, thanks to running back JD McKissic.  34 to 30.  Final score.

How was it that the Falcons were in a position to be in the lead through a good chunk of the fourth quarter?  Two WAFT extra points were no good (the first failure was in the second quarter and the other failure was in the third quarter).

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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Celestial Delinquent” happens to be the name of a song by Olivia Lufkin that came out in 2004.  I was listening to it when I was running errands earlier in the day and the lyrics made me realize how little consequential, structurally sound, and non-profit-driven changes there have been regarding the health of planet earth.  So many artists, scientists, and activists were voicing their criticisms and concerns decades ago et maintenant?  It just seems like we’ve become even more rotten celestial delinquents.

Here are the lyrics, bolded for emphasis.

You live in a home
With running water and a
Air conditioner and T.V
You have nothing to give and
You have nothing to say
So you sing-a-ling-a-long
Everything is alright
How can one person change the world?
I have to pay my bills
I gotta go to work
The earth is dying
I am so ashamed
We are all to blame
We must raise human consciousness

I want to be up high up with the sun
Disappear completely into love
I want to be up high up where I can
See the secret roads

All you selfish people
Who think of nothing but money
Realize how angry and stressed
You are all the time
When you’re angry you only see things
From a bad angle
That’s why you are going crazy
That why you feel like shit
You’ll never find true happiness
In this state of mind
I want to be up high up with the sun
Disappear completely into love
I want to be up high up where I can
See the secret roads

What’s most important is
Where we were born, where we grow
Where we live
Without Earth we are extinct
Instead of finding ways to live on other planets
We have to find a way to live on our own
Instead of spending so much money on sending space shuttles into space and making weapons for war
Why don’t we use it for making solar electricity, homes, cars, appliances *
Someone is going to have to give in
Somebody is going to lose money
But we can’t be greedy, we can’t be lazy
We have to learn to give and help each other
And rise about this world we created
Rise above fear
We need to share to save the human race
Take the human race into a higher vibration

I want to be up high up with the sun
Disappear completely into love
I want to be up high up where I can
See the secret roads

~!~

*Of course, we can do both.  We can keep exploring space as well as improve and expand alternative energy source infrastructure.  In terms of the automotive industry, there has been considerable progress in the kinds of consumer options available.  Think about the number of electric motorvehicles in existence in 2021 compared to 2004, but not everyone who’d want an electric car can have one because of any combination of the following factors:
~ It’s not in the budget.
~ They don’t live in a place where they can charge a car at all (or reliably or safely).
~ They want a CD player in the car and not a glorified tablet to the right of the steering wheel.
~ They already have a gas-powered car that has been paid off and is functioning just fine (and it probably has a CD player).
~ They use a gas-powered motorcycle for transportation and already know how to maintain it, so unless electric motorcycles aren’t cost-prohibitive to maintain and don’t require a ridiculous learning curve, they’re sticking to that which is cost-effective.
~ What if the power goes out mid-charge?

On that note, a gas pump can still work without electricity, but if power outage is widespread enough, it might not matter what form of power powers your power.

Marz23 in translation

Sometime in 2020 I came across the music of Taiwanese singer Marz23. His emo-inspired, rockish beats might remind you of artists rotating through American or European spotify playlists, but as I’ve not kept up with new English-language music for a few years, it doesn’t sound that derivative to me.

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I felt compelled to translate the choruses of the songs of his that I’ve listened to/watched on repeat.

陪你失敗 (Fail With You)

FWYou

I Hate You

IHYou

Everything

This chorus is mostly in English, so I translated the whole song:Everything

那種人 (That Kind of Person)

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Marz23 is undoubtedly influenced by The Used.

I Bought The Fast and the Furious soundtrack because…

I was going through my CDs from the turn of the 21st century when I saw the soundtrack for The Fast and the Furious (Rob Cohen, 2001).  It has been over ten years since I last listened to it, so I put it on when I was running errands.  As the first half of the disc played, other than reiterating the substantial impact that American hip-hop of the late 90s and early 2000s had on Japanese and Korean hip-hop of the early to mid-2000s, none of the songs sparked any flash-bulb memories.

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The first track [“Good Life Remix” by Faith Evans (featuring Ja Rule, Vita and Caddillac Tah)] is really good and the tenth and eleventh tracks [(“Hustlinby Fat Joe (featuring Armageddon) and “Freestyle” by Boo and Gotti respectively)] drove home how much old school YG Family (Jinusean, 1tym, and Masta Wu), Japanese acts like SOUL’d OUT, and Taiwanese hip-hop group Machi 麻吉 owe to the artists of Murder Inc. Records and Def Jam in terms of musical inspiration.  And yet, I wondered what compelled me to buy the music from and inspired by the film.  It’s obvious why I got the soundtrack of Romeo Must Die (Andrzej Bartkowiak, 2000) — Aaliyah and Joe’s “Rose in a Concrete World” —

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but why The Fast and the Furious?

Then the twelfth track played and I had my answer — “Rollin'” (Urban Assault Vehicle) by Limp Bizkit (featuring DMX, Redman and Method Man).

The thirteenth track (“Life Ain’t a Game” by Ja Rule with a sample of Depeche Mode‘s “Strangelove“) is very catchy and the seventeenth track is a fantastic cover of Madonna’s “Justify My Love,” vocals courtesy of Ashanti. (FYI: the beat you hear in the intro that constitutes the foundation of the song is from Public Enemy).

If your musical tastes include American hip-hop from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, please do yourself a favor and give these soundtracks a listen.

Pic creds: Youtube screengrab