Cliff Notes Rant

The problem with using pop-culture references as the punchline for a strange rant is when nobody knows what the hell you're talking about.  It goes from strange right to crazy.

There Will Be Blood had Daniel Day Lewis' character use the idea of a milkshake as an analogy for dipping an oil well line into someone's property.  Saturday Night Live did a parody I thought was hilarious.  Here you go.


 So Stelek (The ZombY Master) said I had a tendency of drinking the Kool Aid... another reference, this time to the Jonestown Massacre - and if you don't know that one, go back to school!  In this case, he obviously meant I sometimes strayed from the reservation, another reference...

...never mind.  Basically, someone drinking the Kool Aid doesn't agree with him.  That's funny all by itself.

I wasn't mad about it though.  If that's the analogy he's playing around with lately, I certainly fit the bill.  I don't always agree with him - or anyone else, for that matter.  I'll do what I want, when I want.

Sometimes that's the hard way.  I'm stubborn I am.

So I thought, "Huh, drinking Kool Aid isn't agreeing with Stelek, but I want to reserve the right to agree or disagree, get along or not, with whomever I wish.  I think I'll coin a new reference on the back of another...

"I drink your milkshake."

I'll sample what I want from Ye Ol' Blogoshere.  I'll get along with everyone, or not, however it ends up happening.

I don't think most people want to be straitjacketed to one mindset.

Again though - I'm not angry - it wasn't meant to be insulting, and if so, certainly only vaguely.


Dethtron said...

For what it's worth, I got the "milkshake line." great film.

Papa JJ said...

I can understand how ending your last post with the milkshake reference might be confusing for people who haven't seen the movie, but who are you writing this for? People who don't like films about awesome mustaches? Screw 'em. I hope you stick with your chosen methods, this is a good blog and you've established a unique presence for yourself.

Chumbalaya said...

Protip: if you have to explain the joke, it wasn't funny :P

I agree totally. You don't have to drink the Kool Aid, nor do you have to suck down a Stelly shake, just read and do what you like.

They're more like guidelines, really.

Herr Fernseher said...

If you put it in quotes:

"They're more like guidelines, really"

then you cue the reader that you are making a pop culture reference. (Pirates of the Carribean) Of course, nothing wrong with being a snob and not caring who gets you. That's what I've always done, and look at me!

(On second thought don't--I'm currently unemployed and with only four people following my blog!)

Messanger of Death said...

Some more cookies for Brent*.

And I'm glad I the first post first otherwise it would of ruined the magic.


*I like using foot notes :)

lamiss ibrahim said...


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Brent, preferred 2-to-1 over Not Brent in a recent, scientific poll.

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"The Master Manipulator (every store needs one): "...now, enough stroking."

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...I think I'll call it the Gun Shy Pattern Stormbuster, because after the Internet destroyed my first humble effort, I find I'm a bit worried about the reaction to this one.

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Thoughts? Comments? Hugs and gropings?

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