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Thursday, November 23, 2006

What I am thankful for

I am thankful to have developed severe laryngitis the day before Thanksgiving. That means I have an excuse not to speak to my crazy family tomorrow. Except... not really.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

food for thought

While this post may not be a fun read, it's something I think is quite important. I'm not going to get all preachy - I swear! Okay.. just a little bit.

Anyways, I have to admit I was pretty excited to find a red plastic newspaper bin chock full of Peta's Vegetarian Starter Kits on the corner by Starbucks on Marshall Street (wow- how wordy was that?)

Pick up a copy of the 20+ page pamphlet to hear from vegetarian/vegan celebs, why the veg diet is the healthiest out there, why milk and eggs are NOT any better than meat (you don't want to eat meat because of the cruel and inhumane treatment of the animals? okay well they treat them pretty much the same even if they're using them for milk and eggs.. oops, sorry, preaching!) The pics in the pamphlet aren't gruesome at all, just a little bit sad. Simpy put, Peta sometimes relies on scare tactics to convert meat-eaters over to the green side, but this pamplet points out all of the health benefits of going veg. My favorite part might just be "How Does Eating Meat harm the Planet?"

For all of you environmentalists, listen up! The pamphlet has a great sidebar of facts about how eating meat is horrible for the environment.. Here are two great (as in eye-opening, not as in SUPER DUPER) facts on water and pollution:

-Nearly half of all the water consumed in the US for all purposes is used to raise animals for food. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but only 60 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. A total vegetarian diet (ie vegan) requires 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eating diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.

-Raising animals for food causes more water pollution in the US than any other industry because animals raised for food produce 130 times the excrement of the entire human population - 87,000 pounds per second (!!!) Much of the waste from factory farms (umm where your chicken and eggs most likely come from) and slaughterhouses flows into streams and rivers, contaminating water sources.

I admit I'm not the best vegetarian (I only held onto the vegan thing for a week, but I'm going to try and really stick with it this time)... But next time you're about to bite into some meat, take a minute to think. Going veg is good for your health, your fuzzy or feathered animal friends, and the earth. Like the wise Paul McCartney said, "If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat... It's staggering when you think abou tit. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty."

p.s. becoming veg is NOT the end-all, be-all answer to saving the planet. but it's a good start!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

whee

So, blogs and stuff, sweet.
im jacob, and gaetano has my parents locked in a chamber somewhere, only letting them free when we get advertisement for the mag.

here are some musical videos that i watch to numb my brain to the horrible tortures he enforces.

Kylie Minogue - White Diamonds

:: an amazing disco thumping track co-written with the scissor sisters. break out your glitterball and feathered headress because the queen of camp is back!

Amy Winehouse - Rehab

:: dear amy, thank you for bringing back not just the sexy but the soul! honestly, have you heard ANYthing like this lately?

Royksopp - What Else Is There?

:: the most haunting, addictive song around right now. there is also an amazing remix by Thin White Duke which i would definately suggest y'all get your hands on.

Basement Jaxx - Take Me Back To Your House

:: crazy itch radio is one of the most significant dance records to come out this year. get it. now. this is the second single.

Placebo ft. vv from The Kills - MEDs

:: this video captures so well the mood of the song. placebo isn't everyone's cup of tea, but ya know what, oh well haha.

ciao ciao!

countdown to candy



does anyone else eat all of the cherry-flavored rolls first? no? just me? okay, i can deal with that. just keep those damn butterscotch ones outta my face.

I can't stop laughing at this.



I saw this video for the first time last Wednesday evening. I keep surfing back to YouTube to watch it and I can't quite figure out why. I don't even like kids that much. But this tyke has such a hearty little laugh. He almost reminds me of an old man.

Matt, Opinions Editor, is about ready to find the baby and cook it into a delicious stew because he is sick of hearing me talk about it.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

timmy blog

gurl dis relationship may seem like a game 2 me but I really wanna feel ya touch ya flow so cool got me thinkin bout life with you sayin that u won't take me back cuz I'm playin u like a game but I really do respect ur my everything

I found that written on a piece of paper on the ground last week, it was written in girl-handwriting. I hope that s/he wrote this rap on paper and read it over and over and memorized it, then discarded the paper on the ground having committed it to memory, rapped it to his/her girlfriend and made up instantly. And then read about it on the internet.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

This is why I am not the arts&music editor

In my two years at Jerk, I have never written an arts&music story, save for the occasional book review. So I am not Jerk's resident a&m expert (see: Lauren Shopp). But I know that Top 40 music these days blows (Brooke Hogan, anyone?), and Pitchfork Media scares me. So two music sites I keep up with to stay "in the know":

1. Idolator - Brought to you by the folks who created Gawker, Idolator won't contribute to overrated internet music critic buzz about, say, the Arctic Monkeys, unless the band's actually good in the first place. The blog's daily free mp3 roundup is worth checking out (from Amerie to Nancy Sinatra to someone from the '80s named Debbie Deb) , and they take the piss out of Pitchfork with the weekly "Pick of the 'Fork" feature. But download the mp3s as soon as you see 'em - the site removes them after a week due to something called "internet piracy laws."

2. Popjustice - American music right now is terrible, and sadly, radio has no format for anything that isn't r&b or rap. Popjustice keeps you on top of the pop music scene of the U.K. - '70s discofied Scissor Sisters, better-than-Beyonce Jamelia, rock/electro hybrid Shiny Toy Guns, power poppers Dragonette, and the holy trinity of the Sugababes. Popjustice holds up The Pet Shop Boys and Kylie as their idols, so it's pretty obvious that you're in for some kitschy, sparkly pop glory that you'll be too ashamed to share with your friends. Go ahead, indulge, and check out the site's The Truth About Pop survey (key findings: "Bono should be shot" and "Pete Doherty is the smelliest popstar").

Monday, November 06, 2006

Do not steal from Jesus

There's certainly been a bit of rattle and hum about the ever-increasing lack of safety on and around the SU campus this year. A grad student was sexually assaulted in broad daylight this summer, a lone student was hit in the back with a metal pole and then robbed, a girl was sexually assaulted on Euclid....the list is all ready far too long, and it's only November. But now, now the campus climate of fear is inexcusable: A statue of St. Francis and a copy machine were stolen from the Alibrandi Catholic Center last week, according to the The Daily Orange.

Now I sit and patiently wait for the thieving bastards to be smited.


Sunday, November 05, 2006

pinball magic

arcade games are NOT to be ignored. especially when you can win jump drives and digital cameras from them.
-shannon

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Welcome!

Hello. This is Jerk Magazine. This is also our blog. I am the editor-in-chief.

I promise this won't blow hard. Let us get our bearings and we'll traverse the Information Superhighway together, lustily. You can read posts from all our editors, art staff, and everyone else we've foolishly bestowed a title and responsibilities upon.

Okay. So s
it back, relax, and let Jerk come to you from the luxury of your computer screen.

--Gaetano, EIC