Posted by: jacobhurst | May 9, 2013

Holy Hell, It’s Been Two Years.

The title is such because I write, quite a bit, perhaps everyday. Thoughts, ramblings you name it I’ll write it down and probably never save it. I’m not sure why I haven’t written on here for so long, I think partially because I’m in a relationship now and have so much shit on my plate. Still looking for long-term employment, I’ve had odd jobs here and there the past two years, most truthfully decent paying just nothing has ever stuck. I can’t seem to land myself in the glorious American dream of a job with benefits, so I can get a mortgage on top of my student loans and pay fake money to the government or banks for the rest of my life. Speaking of that the DOW closed above 15,000 for the first time ever a week or two ago. Must mean the economy is doing better right? Well for top one percent I’m sure an extra couple hundred million for the billions was well needed couldn’t be more happy for them. I’ll try my best not to rant too much in this article I’d rather talk about some things that I had written before.

My book reading isn’t going as well as it should but it could be a hell of a lot worse, while working at a company doing data entry I was able to knock out a lock on my list of 500, through audiobooks. It’s not the same to me as sitting down in a quiet library, or the confines of my room with a good book (or kindle) in hand but I was working 40 hours a week, had to start somewhere. I will update the list fairly soon here hopefully and also keep writing to help  maintain my sanity. Video games have definitely been a plenty since I last checked in with my five blog readers. I’ll be updating that as well but a couple good ones that I played in the last two months were Ni No Kuni and Bioshock: Infinite. Both have their own certain level of charm, Ni No Kuni is just a fun in-depth JRPG, ending is terrible, plot is convoluted in parts but game play is solid and some of the characters are downright hilarious. Bioshock: Infinite was a good first person shooter, very fun physics, nothing crazy new introduced into the genre. For people who know me I am a story guy, this only disappointed a little bit. It was one of the better endings of a game I had played in the last few years, so that’s saying something but they were trying too hard to top the originals twists and when story tellers do that they start to falter. On a lighter note I have official as of almost a year ago now have quit WoW for the fifth time and hopefully the last. That’s not to say that I haven’t picked up another addiction to an online game…

League of Legends has sucked me in, the best way I can explain it as is follows. I always hated PvP in WoW because Blizzard had very little ability to separate PvE and PvP. One class would get screwed over because of killing people too quickly in PvP and they wouldn’t be viable in PvE making the game not fun for players. With League of Legends Riot (albeit it takes them a while sometimes) is constantly patching the game, fixing bugs, trying to balance it and listening to people when it’s not. There is a reason that LoL has taken over the esports scene from Starcraft 2 and that is because Riot listens to its public a hell of a lot better than Blizzard Activision ever did. My reasoning on playing League of Legends is this, I’d rather spend 100-150 on one game and multiple years out of it then spend let’s say half that on a game like Bioshock Infinite and get one play through two tops. The community when I first joined was very toxic but it is slowly getting better. I think if Riot keeps banning high-profile players for skirting or breaking rules, raging etc. then it will start to calm down. Personal goal is to get better at the game myself, get to a semi-elite level as I was with WoW and try to not rage as often as I do. Now onto other things, A Song of Ice and Fire (or as almost the entire world knows it Game of Thrones and what reading means to me in general.

I read all the books about a year before the series came out and as I said before I was very impressed, it was the best fantasy I had read probably since Tolkien and that’s saying something. The character development is amazing and if game developers could take half of it and apply it to their craft their industry would be better as a whole. (Sue me I like video games I will reference them when I want!) My biggest problem is I have a lot of friends that have watched the show love it, love these characters but haven’t (and some just won’t) read the books. I hate to harp that reading is fundamental but it’s true, the books aren’t even that hard of a read and they are great. It’s annoying to not be able to talk about what’s going to happen on upcoming episodes, how the director will show an epic scene because so many of my friends watch the show but not the books. It’s also hard to watch the show, not because it isn’t great because honestly it follow the books rather well. However I love fiction, I love reading it get’s to me like music, or cinema get’s to some people ‘soul’ deep if you will. Watching Ned Stark get his head cut off after having already experienced it by reading it was almost too painful. That to me is the joy and hell of reading, we cheer on our protagonists, anti-heroes and wish death upon the antagonists. Story telling is a dying art, and I hope that by my continued reading I will keep it going on. I am the type of person that can sit there and listen to old people shoot on their past, life lessons they’ve learned, etc. I hope someday to pass these books, these stories onto my children and grandchildren to impart the love of literature and history without it what makes us human will die.

Posted by: jacobhurst | December 24, 2011

Dreams, Nightmares and Christmas 2011

Foreboding  title I know, but it is what it is. Anyone that knows me could tell you that my dreams are stuff of legend. I often hear people complain about not being able to remember their dreams, or wishing that their dreams had more substance. In my personal opinion those people are insane, I would give anything to have a night where I don’t remember a dream, where I can just sleep blissfully ignorant of my REM sleep. It’s not all bad, not to the level of night terrors which I know a few people who suffer from them and couldn’t imagine the hell that sleep brings. However it gets to the point where you wake up in a sweat every night, remembering faces from your past that you’d like to forget, embarrassing stories relived, some horrors of post apocalyptic visions etc.. To feel sensations while dreaming is the worst of it pain enough to wake you up, emotions enough to still you from your sleep and cause you to feel said emotions when you wake up, it’s all insane.

I’ve probably stated this before and if not spoiler alert I am Bi-Polar, I’d like to blame my dreams on the medication I’m on alone, however I’ve been having vivid dreams from the time I could construct memories. I think if anything the drugs have merely made my dreams more intense. The thought of dreams and if they had any meanings has always entertained me. Not so much the bullshit if you are a gerbil in your dreams it means you are a repressed homosexual (sorry if I don’t buy into religious/freudian idiocy). It is more along the lines of a dream that makes you remember a regret, something you have to do the next day, the subconscious mind is truly an amazing and unexplored subject.

My dreams vary from going back in time to high school seeing faces that I have not seen in over five years and do not care to see ever again. Some of them are filled with fond memories, others with laughter embarrassment many of them are me failing a class or struggling in some way. Now if this were to take place in college it would make much more sense, I didn’t live up to my abilities in college graduating with a 2.9 where I should’ve graduated with honors with a 3.5. That was due almost completely to my laziness, drinking issues and just not caring at certain points. Instead of my dreams focusing on these failures they chose to transport me back to high school a place that was mired in back woods sensibilities, lack of higher educational opportunities for people and a place where the majority of students wanted nothing more than to maintain the status quo. The lower middle-class at its finest and I felt I was stuck there. Perhaps that’s what my subconscious is try to tell me, I’m still there no better than any of the people I went to school with, perhaps worse off financially than some. I took the route of academia I wanted to learn, lose religion, gain moral fiber and knowledge. It is the path I chose it won’t make me rich one can only hope that someday it’ll make me happy.

Anyway enough of the depressing stuff about me, I want to take a moment to talk about something serious. Anyone that reads this knows my believes on religion however with the majority of the world disagreeing with me this time of year do all you can to help others. Even if you don’t believe you have to think about it this way, the impoverished often uneducated have nothing but the hope of their savior to cling to. Their children thinking that Santa is coming won’t get any presents unless we do something about it. Donate some clothes to shelters, give toys for tots, do what you have to do, shed the labels of religion on it. Don’t do it because you’re trying to put yourself in better standing with god, and don’t not do it because you feel that the message isn’t something that you believe in. Point is they do believe in it and without help from others they are going to have a depressing time. The Holidays while happy for many can be miserable for many as well, suicides, depression etc. run rampant. Do what you can to make another persons life just a little bit better.

Happy Holidays.

Posted by: jacobhurst | December 12, 2011

Back Like Cooked Crack

Alright it’s been too long and a lot of things have happened in the last six months in the world and in my own life? But who cares about the world am I right? Or am I right? Finally found a girlfriend that’s rather sweet, intelligent and good looking. Found out I have sleep apnea so that sucks however, it could definitely be worse. Recently I was blessed with having to pay back my near $70,000 in student loans to the Citi Bank Corporation. Funny thing is that’s only part of them the government ones are currently in deferment. If you have kids or are thinking about having them do not use Citi Bank for their loans. They will not restructure them at all even though I am currently paying 70-75 percent of what I make in a month to them. I may be crazy and a communist but please god vote for Obama again so I can have some of these loans forgiven.

If you’re paying back loans this one is for you, the fact that a bachelor’s degree doesn’t get you as far as it used to makes it time to change the status quo. The government has to start paying for college education to a point or the price of a college education needs to drastically change. I understand that it’s an investment but it’s supposed to be a safe one not one of the Bernie Madoff variety. It shouldn’t be a crap shoot after putting 4 to 5 years of your life into a college if you’re going to get a job or not. At the very least make graduate school a little cheaper so after paying this 100k I can actually have a chance to make money off of it.

Anyway enough of that raving, I am tired of College Realignment, stop it Boise State should not be in the Big East and thank god they are at least changing the  name of their conference. Money grabs are great and all, but at least give me a playoff for all this bullshit I have to see on Sportscenter every night. The Tigers had a pretty good year, it was fun to beat the Yankees again, however we need help and it doesn’t look like we’ll get a lot in the off-season, Octavio Dotel is not the savior. Also ESPN this Tebow thing is getting out of fucking hand loath as I am to admit it he does have some kind of crazy karma to win this many games but GOOD GOD give his awesome defense and some of his wide receivers that have to catch his shitty wobbly passes some props.

Don’t give me this “Oh look at him acting so humble kneeling in the end zone when he’s scoring a touchdown” bullshit either. It’s no different than doing a jig, wearing a hall of fame coat, eating popcorn etc. There are plenty of parts of the bible that tell you to be humble about your religion Tebow start acting like it. Take the road of Barry Sanders and hand the ball to the referee, if you can’t do that go back to Africa and circumsise  more children or whatever good deeds you do.

I’ve been reading a bit more lately after way too long of a lay off. I finally finished a Dance with Dragons I won’t spoil it for anyone that accidentally falls along this blog however it was a lot better than the last one in my opinion. The end was a bit harsh however knowing George R.R. Martin he probably tricked us all again, I’m just going to have to wait another thousand years for the sixth book to come out. To anyone that still hasn’t started reading this series read it to dumb it down for non fantasy readers. A Song of Ice and Fire>Lord of the Rings>Harry Potter Series>Twilight. Oh and don’t read Twilight, I read a paragraph out of my mom’s copy and my brain almost shrunk from how poorly written it was (kind of like this blog, except I didn’t make a couple hundred mil off of it).

Here are more books that I plan on reading some day:

353. The Bible

352. The Qur’an

351. The Talmud

350. The Mahabharata

349. The Ramayana

348. The Five Classics

347. The Principia Discordia

346. The Tanakh

345. Dianetics

344. The Kojiki

343. The Barton Cylinder

342. The Avesta

341. The Iliad

340. The Odyssey

339. Socrates’ Works (Note for anything with Works, they have obviously written a lot not necessarily books)

338. Plato’s Works

337. History of the Peloponnesian War Books I-VIII by Thucydides

336. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

335. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

334. Discourse on Livy

333. Art of War by Sun-Tzu

332. The Republic by Plato

331. Politics by Aristotle

330. On Goverment by Cicero

329. The Political Writings by Saint Augustine

328. The Political Writings byAlfarabi

327. The Guide of the Perplexed by Maimomides

326. The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas by St. Thomas…Aquinas?

325. Utopia by Thomas More

324. Common Sense by Thomas Paine

323. Crisis

322. Civil Disobedience by David Thoreau

321. Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

320. Democracy in America by de Tocqueville

319. Discovery of Freedom by Rose Wilder Lane

318. Voltaire’s Work

317. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

316. Subjection of Women

315. On Socialism

314. On Representative Government

313. Principles of Economic Freedom

312. On Liberty

311.  Mainspring of Human Progress by Henry Grady Weaver

310. Erewhon by Samuel Butler

309. Fatal (The) Conceit, The Errors of Socialism by Friedrich A. Hayek

308. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke

307. Toleration

306. Two Treatises of Government

305. Defense of Usury by Jeremy Bentham

304. The Elements of Law Natural and Politics by Thomas Hobbes

303. The Citizen

302. Leviathan

301. Albany Plan of Union by Benjamin Franklin

300. In Defense of a Plan for Colonial Union

That’s it for now, and before anyone asks yes I’m aware they’re  not all “books” per say however some essays have been just as important to the world if not more so then the books we love.

Posted by: jacobhurst | July 14, 2011

Where’d you Goooooo….I missed you sooooooo!!!

It’s been a long time, many have wondered where I’ve been (or so I like to think in my own narcissistic mind).  I’ve been around, mostly plagued by video games and starting to read actual books again instead of being on the internets. For those of you that don’t know I’ve played World Of Warcraft since it’s inception and lately I’ve caught the bug again, playing it rather seriously. So that coupled with reading, working when I can get the hours and trying to be sociable to my friends has sapped me of all my ranting energy…NO MORE I SAY TO YOU NO MORE!!!

Reading…it’s a passion of mine, mainly boring historical philosophy and fantasy novels that will keep me without a woman well unto the later stages of my life.  The epic tale of the Song of Ice and Fire is what called me back to the deep dark world of literature. I encourage all of you that read this to read the series, it’s well written prose regardless of genre. Never before have I harbored so much adoration and absolute hatred for characters in a novel. The books, (there are four of them out soon to be five) will tease you with characters, make you cheer for the death of some, and beg for the lives of many. If you have read the books and care to know my favorite characters that’s simple Tyrion, Arya and Jon Snow in that order. Many of you probably think that I started reading them just because I watched the first episode of the Game of Thrones on HBO. While that show is amazing you’ll note from my post on the 500 books I want to read before I die that I did indeed have them marked down. I started reading them just before the show came out…SO DON’T CALL ME A BAND WAGONER.

I always have to get a bit of sports in here so here we go…

1. Justin Verlander is the best pitcher in the American league, second best in the majors behind Cliff Lee

2. We hold the division lead

3. Although we have the division league being as Jim Leyland is the worst second half manager in the MLB we will probably get about six or seven games up again and piss away the division.

Enough about sports how about politics. If you’re a friend of mine you will note how I feel about the institution of money, wealth, gold, diamonds, rubies, scrilla, denaro, pesos and the like. Some god damned cave man walks into a cave see’s something shiny and like Banjo Kazooie after him goes and kills all the little minions to get his Jiggies and solve the mysteries of life. That is the idea of the system of banking and money boiled down to something that any idiot can understand. Yet we live in a capitalistic country and instead of raising the debt ceiling they are going to just say fuck it and seniors won’t get their paychecks. You wanted a zombie apocolypse all you horror fans you are about to get when Grandma and Grandpa don’t get their medicine. As far as the idea of Californian counties succeeding and creating two states, do it I beg of you, and do it without the National Governments consent you fucking idiot Tea Partiers *coughs* Libertarians in Disguise *coughs*.

My life however minus the rants is going pretty well, I plan on teaching come the fall, history to learn what age of students I want to spend the rest of my life boring to sleep. A wise teacher I had once that taught history told me that if he could make one student a year find a passion for it and learn from the mistakes of the past, he’d be happy. That is my goal, maybe two if I’m feeling ambitious. As human’s we often try to take on missions that are too strong for one person, do what you can kids, you have one life use it well. Do not however try to bite off more than you can chew, in the end your ambition will doom you.

That’s all for now, I hope to write more soon, to those that are reading or stumble upon this thanks to Young Joc’s stellar lyrics thank you and I ask you not to judge me too harshly, I am a man, I have my faults and so do you.

“Honest” Mr. Verse Number Two

Posted by: jacobhurst | January 24, 2011

Video Game Time!!!

Just thought I’d do a quick post not only to show you how little of a life I have due to video games but to also help myself remember everyone that I’ve ever beaten. Also if you see any games on my list that you like throw me a shout out. Hopefully I can get some people to respond to games I haven’t beaten that I should beat and vice versa. As always call me out on my grammar so I can go back and edit it. This shit isn’t professional and it’s been six months since I’ve been in college and had to worry about grammar. I’m trying to do this chronologically but being as I’ve been playing video games since I was about 4 years old, it might all be a little staggered.

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

5. Battletoads

6. Battletoads and Double Dragon: The Ultimate Dragon

7. Metroid

8. Ninja Gaiden

9. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos

10. Super Mario Bros.

11. Super Mario Bros. II

12. Super Mario Bros. III

13. Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

14. Saturday Night Slam Masters

15. X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

16. Breath of Fire

17. Harvest Moon

18. Mortal Kombat 3

19. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals

20. Lufia and the Fortress of Doom

21. Mega Man X3

22. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage

23. Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

24. Super Punch-Out!!

25. Punch Out

26. Mortal Kombat II

27. Mortal Kombat

28. Super Mario Kart

29. Donkey Kong Country

30. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest

31. Super Mario World

32. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

33. Contra III: The Alien Wars

34. Secret of Mana

35. Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

36. Final Fantasy IV

37. Mega Man X

38. Chrono Trigger

39. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

40. Final Fantasy VI

41. Super Metroid

42. Final Fantasy V

43. Final Fantasy

44. Final Fantasy II

45. Final Fantasy III

46. Metal Marines

47. Bahamut Lagoon

48. Front Mission

49. Harvest Moon 64

50. Jet Force Gemini

51. Mario Cart 64

52. Ridge Racer 64

53. Super Smash Brothers

52. Super Smash Brothers: Melee

53. Super Smash Brothers: Brawl

54. Banjo Kazooie

55. Banjo Tooie

56. Goldeneye 007

57. Perfect Dark

58. Super Mario 64

59. Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes

60. Star Wars Rogue Squadron

61. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader

62. Paper Mario

63. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

64. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

65. Super Mario Sunshine

66. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

67. Pikmin

68. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

69. Luigi’s Mansion

70. James Bond: Nightfire

71. Tales of Symphonia

72. Tales of Abyss

73. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

74. Final Fantasy VII

75. Final Fantasy X

76. Final Fantasy XII

77. Dragon Quest VIII:  Journey of the Cursed King

78. Grand Theft Auto III

79. Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

80. Xenosaga Episode III: Also sprach Zarathustra

81. Diablo

82. Diablo II

83. Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

84. Warcraft II

85. Warcraft III

86. Warcraft III: Frozen Throne

87. Battlefield 1942

88. Call of Duty

89. Starcraft

90. Starcraft: Brood Wars

91. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

92. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

93. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

94. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

95. Swat 4

96. Neverwinter Nights II

97. Command and Conquer

98. Command and Conquer II

99. The Godfather

100. Assassin’s Creed

101. Assassin’s Creed II

102. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

103. Mass Effect

104. Mass Effect II

105. Grand Theft Auto IV

106. Gun

107. Halo

108. Halo 3

109. Call of Duty IV: Modern Warfare

110. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

111. Call of Duty: Black Ops

112. Lost Odyssey

113. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

114. Fable

115. Fable II

116. Bioshock

117. Bioshock II

118. Batman Arkham Asylum

119. Gears of War

120. Diddy Kong Racing

121. Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow

122. Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal

123. Pokemon Emerald/Ruby/Sapphire

124. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

125. Fire Emblem

126. Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones

127. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

128. Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga

129. Fire Emblem: Awakening

130. Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

131. Legend of Zedla: Twilight Princess

132. Final Fantasy IX

133. Final Fantasy XIII

134. Assassin’s Creed III

135. Mass Effect III

136. Pokemon Y

137. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

138. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

139. Fallout III

140. Fallout: New Vegas

141. Torchlight 2

142. Farcry 3

143. Journey (Probably best game I’ve ever played)

Literally can’t remember anymore but I know there are a few, if some of you know me and know what I’ve played let me know I’d love you long time for it.


Posted by: jacobhurst | January 21, 2011

2012 Do the Damn Thang

See what I did there?

I’m about to go on a colb rant, if you do not know what that means, you’re not worth my time.

Throughout history there have been a bunch of millenarian movements, hell bent on ending the current way of living and maybe…(spoiler alert) PREDICTING THE END OF THE WORLD!!! I’ve always been interested in these types of movements mainly because the people involved in these movements are normally bat shit crazy and incredibly entertaining. “Hi, my name is Jim Bobbery and I enjoy mulling about the world ending and focusing all my inner rage of my shitty ass childhood into wanting the rest of the world to die.” Enjoy life assholes, it’s one thing to live your life depressed all the time quite another to spend it telling other people how we’re going to die because some god damned advanced culture crunched some numbers and decided that they couldn’t count any higher than 2012. Congradufuckinglations they predicted that their way of life would end in the year 2012…ruh roh raggy looks like they were off for a while after they all died off WAYYYYYY before any of this shit happened.

You see the problem with all this nonsense is people have been predicting this shit for years. Oh Nostradamus said that a person would kill another person sometime with a stick through the eye…Alright I’m going to predict right now that tomorrow someone will die a rather gruesome death somewhere in the world…I’m a fucking prophet now. Even in the Christian religion it says beware false prophets and yet all these asshats seem to know when the world is going to end. If every fucking prophet in the history of the world was right about it ending we’d be dead seven trillion times over. Stop worrying about what might happen in the future and start worrying about how the fuck we’re going to deal with the food shortages and crazy population growth.

“But Mr. Verse Number Two, Nostradamus made up all of these crazy predictions that almost made sense.” Well my young guns, give me a fifth of vodka, a kilo of coke and some sheets of acid and I will give you a book of prophecies that will blow your fucking mind.Any man that has ever been three sheets to the fucking wind can tell you that he came up with some crazy idea that he HAD to tell all his friends were true. I’m sorry but I’m not going to listen to a dead tribes prophecies and worry about the world ending. It’s just like anything look at it and read it critically. If you have to make a hundred excuses for prophecies, and make them fit your time schedule go fuck yourself, you’re not doing anything but being an asshole.

Also Brad Meltzer fuck you and your show. The Illuminati is not real and even though the Masons do exist they are just a bunch of old assholes with money that are playing with stick figures thinking they can rule the world. If they were so evil and you and your cronies were right about even a decimal point of the shit you said these powerful people would have silenced you ten times over. One of two things are going on right now, either you are so insignificant that they don’t give a shit about your rants or THEY DON’T FUCKING EXIST. Even if they do what the fuck are you going to do about it, if they control everything and the flouride in the water is making us retarded then we’re already fucked.

Bad things happen there isn’t some evil man behind the curtain controlling them, it’s all random chance, asshattery and nonsense. People are going to do what they will to get a leg up on each other. Sometimes terrible people do terrible things and bad stuff happens. I’m not saying get over it but don’t fucking assume that the Wizard of Oz is going to get you while you sleep. Live your god damned and enjoy things while you’re alive. If you’re lucky you’ll live to 80, that’s eighty years in a universe that has spanned billion of years…yes billions not 6000 years or some nonsense like that. Enjoy it while it lasts and please do not ruin it like the rest of us.

(p.s. This message was sponsored by the Illuminati and I’m gonna get ya…AHAHAHAHHAHA)

(p.p.s. This message was also sponsored by the Colby Minute)

Posted by: jacobhurst | January 20, 2011

Darkness

Just going to post a little poem, probably a little dark for most. If you don’t know me well enough I used to be a pretty depressed dude. College really blossomed me into a social butterfly. I’ve had help throughout the last three of four years, through friends and other mediums and now I’m at piece. This just so happens to be a little picture into my past. I used to write poetry a lot, some people said it was good we’ll see what the people that read think. Any criticism is well appreciated it truly is the only way for us to become better human beings.

A man born unto the light

bright eyed and ready to conquer

become a king to rule the people

his intentions pure and good

 

The man watched the world

from his perch on high

he hated everything he saw

the fields, the forest the waves.

 

The warmth of the sun

would not reach into his soul

he wanted everything to change

but would do nothing to make it so

 

He judged the peasants

the lords, ladies and soldiers

he judged upon his perch

wanting them all to go away

 

All he ever wanted

was to be one of them

the greatest irony of his life

was that he hated yet loved

 

His mind tormented him

voices calling, screaming tearing

telling him what he wasn’t worth

he slowly fell apart on the mountain

 

The cold surrounded the man

biting into his flesh and bone

his soul slowly started to leave

the evil festering inside of him

 

The man became something else

whether it was a god or a beast

the light faded from his eyes

and darkness was all he knew

 

I don’t know what to call it, I just wanted to write something a little more dark and creative than I have. I feel it’s good to get things off your chest and writing is my vice. Depression is a funny thing it comes and goes, each of us deals with it in a different way. When life has you down, find a constructive outlet don’t let it fester into something that will destroy you. I guess that’s what this poem is about, we all start on a fresh slate, it’s our choice to make what we can of it.

Posted by: jacobhurst | December 27, 2010

More Books…

Alright decided just to do another quickie post, to get some more of the books up on here. Nothing much going on in the world of Verse Number two today, except of course the Lions winning three games in a row for the first time in 6 years, I think I was a senior in HS or something. We started 6-2 that season, they said the Lions were roaring back…finished the season with a damn meow going 2-6, oh well life goes on. We’re looking a lot better, we’ve still got 9 or 10 losses but the future is bright, if we can protect Stafford we may have something going. We’ve competed in all of our games this year save two, that in and of itself is a miracle.

On other sports front, two that I don’t care too much about, the Pistons suck as per usual, maybe if we get a good lottery pick I’ll care again, but probably not. The Redwings as per usual are good, I just can’t get into either sport, I respect them but meh, just not my thing. My Alma Mater is struggling right now on the court, which isn’t too uncommon for an Izzo coached team early in the season, however they better get their shit together soon, the big ten isn’t a joke this year and if they keep playing like they have been they can stop thinking about a final four repeat and start praying for a tournament spot.

The Tigers look like they’ll be alright this season, no major upgrades to starting pitching which isn’t a surprise, the market was way too high this year with the only two standouts being Lee and Greinke. We got some old ass reliever from Tampa Bay who had a good year last year but the few years before was hurt and a catcher that can actually hit in Victor Martinez, although my guess is he’ll be our DH and I pray to god that Avila can have a better year when he doesn’t have to worry about Gerald Laird being fat, drinking beer and beating Celtic players wives. They could sneak up on a few times if Porcello rebounds from last years woes and Scherzer can stay on fire as much as he was the end of last season. I predict second place in the division behind Chicago and surprising people by making a wild card bid.

Alright now it’s back to the list, I’m going to start going with a more sporadic take from now on, not really focusing on any one genre just going with the flow and picking what I think looks good.

(p.s. Same as last time, if you don’t see an author it’s part of his works, I don’t feel like typing out names 1010948029384 times)

4o5. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

404. For Whom the Bell Tolls

403. The Old Man and the Sea

402. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

401. The Gambler

400. The Idiot

399. Crime and Punishment

398. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

397. Island

396. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

395. Anna Karenina

394. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

393. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

392. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

391. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

390. The Grapes of Wrath

389. East of Eden

388. 1984 by George Orwell

387. Animal Farm

386. Blood Meridian Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

385. All the Pretty Horses

384. The Crossing

383. Cities Plain

382. No Country for Old Men

381. The Road

380. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

379. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

378. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

377. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

376. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

375. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

374. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

373. The Illustrated Man

372. The Stranger by Albert Camus

371. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

370. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

369. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

368. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

367. Rabbit Redux

366. Rabbit is Rich

365. Rabbit at Rest

364. Rabbit Remembered

363. The Trial by Franz Kafka

362. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

361. A Tale of Two Cities

360. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

359. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver

358. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

357. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

356. Contact by Carl Sagan

355. Pale Blue Dot

354. Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

That’s it for now more to follow soon, be easy.

Posted by: jacobhurst | December 26, 2010

A Very Merry Verse Number Two Christmas

Alright this comes a day late and perhaps a dollar short but I among the millions of other Americans and hell Christians worldwide was celebrating Christmas with the family. The reason I wanted to write this post was sort and simple. No matter what you believe in, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist etc, etc please at this time of year reflect on what you have and what others don’t. Even if it’s just as simple as donating a blanket to a shelter or some gloves to a dude on the street, every little bit helps. This time of year brings a lot of suicides in this country, people down on their luck, the dark surrounding us for so long. I normally don’t get this serious, but help out your fellow man. It’s not about getting some reward like heaven either. Many of you know my religious beliefs I’m not saying this because I was to be saved, or go to heaven I’m saying this as a decent human being, help your fellow man out.

I was going to write another book post today but I don’t have the time and I felt that the previous message was a little bit more important. If you don’t know what to do, just go onto google and find some charity that you dig and donate some money. If you want to get more hands on there are hundreds of soup kitchens in cities across America, donate half a day to warm someone up. As a person that’s struggled with depression, especially in the winter months, I can tell you that as cheesy as it sounds, just fucking smiling at someone helps. Hold open a god damned door for a grandma, give a bum a five, buy someone a fucking mcdouble it’s not hard to put a smile on someones face. I’m done being serious for now, I’ll get all normal again in the coming days since I got a Kindle and I’ll be reading book-less now. Just make sure that if you don’t keep the season that you try and keep your humanity kids. Don’t be like Walt Whitman’s character in his poem I Sit Out and Look, apathy truly brings the destruction of mankind.

“I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all
oppression and shame;
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with
themselves, remorseful after deeds done;
I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying,
neglected, gaunt, desperate;
I see the wife misused by her husband–I see the treacherous seducer
of young women;
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love, attempted to be
hid–I see these sights on the earth;
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny–I see martyrs and
prisoners;
I observe a famine at sea–I observe the sailors casting lots who
shall be kill’d, to preserve the lives of the rest;
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon
laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like;
All these–All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look
out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.”- Whitman
Posted by: jacobhurst | December 22, 2010

Fantttassyyyyy!!!

Before I delve into another rant about why all of you need to read, and why I am better than you for not reading…

Monday night football, the frozen tundra of Minnesota, Brett Favre my boy comes out for one last ride throwing bombs on the bears before getting knocked out of a game again, with a detached arm. At the time I was down 28 points in my fantasy league with the Bears defense and Matt Forte starting and the opponent having no one. After the bears got stomped by the patriots I was none too enthused about my chances. Especially because the punter from the Vikings Chris Kluwe had this gem on his twitter account:

“I can only hope, however unlikely, that no one gets catastrophically injured at the trainwreck that’s about to take place tomorrow night.”

I was expecting the worst, so I didn’t even watch the game. I go downstairs to talk to my dad and I get excited, I see the score is 40-14 or something. I rewind on the DVR and just see Devin Hester going nuts with returns. Dejected I go back to my room and go to checked the final score later that night at 4am. To my extreme pleasure I find out that the Bears defense had 21 points and Forte chipped in with eight. I won by one point and am going to the championship game! This is the sick thing that fantasy sports has done to us. I’m rooting for one of my most hated teams just so I get a lame ass trophy or a couple bucks. While I was celebrating one of my dear friends was sweating as he was up by 22 points and the Bears almost ruined his season. Instead of enjoying his chestnuts roasting by an open fire and jack frost nipping on his nose, he was chugging Jack Daniels at a party not being social and praying to god that he didn’t lose the pot. Onward to the serious business.

Alright after much consideration I decided to do this countdown of books Casey Kasem style. I’m going to go down from 500 and everyone who reads this has to know that it’s not listed by order of preference or what I think will be a better book. I’m just doing it for the sake of making it more exciting for the thousand of readers that are going to be stoked to witness the glory of this book list over the next few weeks.

Life tends to suck at times, whether your poor, fat, lonely, a drug addict, doing an all nighter or taking a foreign language you’ve probably felt the sting of life’s bitter cold knife. Some people go about solving these situations with drugs, others religion, some drinking and myself? Well I go about solving it by sitting down and reading a book about faeries, elves, hobbits or some other creature that doesn’t exist and pretending I’m there to numb the pain away. A little overly dramatic probably but I don’t think I really know any other way in my life. Fantasy books and the science fiction have always been ways for authors to find a way to explain the mysterious, making evil more black and white and not the grey it is.

A lot of these books have gotten really bad publicity for being terribly written. I think part of the problem is the people that write these books are social recluses, they don’t want to talk media, they don’t want to try and be friendly. They want to sit in their damned mom’s basement, play DND or WoW and practice Wicca or whatever. Alright I’m kidding, calm down I am one of you (Minus the crazy Wiccan shit). The list that I’m going to set before you are some of the mainstream hits that most of you have probably heard of unless you’ve lived under a rock and also some other books that I’ve really enjoyed reading that either tug at my heartstrings or make me want to delve into the world of the author and drink a brew with the protagonist.

(p.s. I will be putting a line through books on this least that I’ve already read.)

(p.p.s. The Gunslinger is the start of a Steven King series called the Dark Tower series. I have never liked Stephen King but I can tell you this right now those books are amazing fantasy/sci-fi lover or not.)

(p.p.p.s Ya screw you it’s annoying to me too, but I’ll list authors for the non-obvious books, if there isn’t a new author it is written by the same dude or broad.)

500. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

499. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

498. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

497. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

496. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

495. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

494. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

493. LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring

492. LOTR: The Two Towers

491. LOTR: The Return of the King

490. The Hobbit

489. The Gunslinger by Stephen King

488. The Drawing of the Three

487. The Waste Lands

486. Wizard and Glass

485. Wolves of the Calla

484. Song of Susannah

483. The Dark Tower

482. Taltos by Stephen Brust

481. Yendi

480. Dragon

479. Jhereg

478. Teckla

477. Phoenix

476. Athyra

475. Orca

474. Issola

473. Dzur

472. Jhegaala

471. Iorich

470. Tiassa

469. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

468. The Broken Kingdoms

467. The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

466. The Desert Spear

465. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

464. A Clash of Kings

463. A Storm of Swords

462. A Feast for Crows

461. A Dance with Dragons

460. The Winds of Winter

459. A Dream of Spring

458. The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J. Sullivan

457. Avempartha

456. The Emerald Storm

455. Wintertide

454. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

453. Elven Star

452. Fire Sea

451. Serpent Mage

450. The Hand of Chaos

449. Into the Labyrinth

448. The Seventh Gate

447. I am Legend by Richard Matheson

446. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

447. Eldest

446. Brisingr

445. Inheritance

444. The Fall by Garth Nix

443. Castle

442. Aenir

441. Above the Veil

440. Into Battle

439. The Violet Keystone

438. Sabriel

437. Lirael

436. Abhorsen

435. Clariel: The Last Abhorsen

434. New Spring by Robert Jordan

433. The Eye of the World

432. The Great Hunt

431. The Dragon Reborn

430. The Shadow Rising

429. The Fires of Heaven

428. Lord of Chaos

427. A Crown of Swords

426. The Path of Daggers

425. Winter’s Heart

424. Crossroads of Twilight

423. Knife of Dreams

422. The Gathering Storm by Brandon Sanderson

421. Towers of Midnight

420. A Memory of Light

419. Mistborn: The Final Empire

418. Mistborn: The Wells of Ascension

417. Mistborn: The Hero of Ages

416. Mistborn: The Alloy of Law

415. The Way of Kings

414. Stormlight Archive Book #2

413. Stormlight Archive Book #3

412. Stormlight Archive Book #4

411. Stormlight Archive Book #5

410. Stormlight Archive Book #6

409. Stormlight Archive Book #7

408. Stormlight Archive Book #8

407. Stormlight Archive Book #9

406. Stormlight Archive Book #10

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