Hi there, and welcome to what is destined to become your new favourite blog. Unless, of course, you're not very cool. In which case, you probably won't like it very much.

My name is Lance.

I'm a Philosophy major using a philosopher's toolbox to investigate a variety of life's issues.

Activities that I enjoy include making bad jokes, playing chess, go, & other strategy games, solving puzzles, cooking, eating food drenched in hot sauce, exercising, reading, writing, socializing, taking long walks, and generally striving towards self-improvement and living a fulfilling, virtuous, happy life.

When a man said to Diogenes that it was a bad thing to live; "Not to live," said he, "but to live badly."

A thoughtful counter-argument is always more appealing to me than unthinking agreement.

 

Phil Ochs - Cross My Heart


I don’t know but it seems that every single dream’s
Painted pretty pictures in the air
Then it tumbles in despair, and it starts to bend
Until by the end it’s a nightmare
But I’m gonna give all that
I’ve got to give
Cross my heart
And I hope to live

This is the greatest song ever! Move over Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”!

Played 39 times

Maybe you’ll hear about me 
When you watch the evening news 
So I write this letter for you, my friends 
The truth then you may choose 
I had a good time at Oxford 
And the world, I did roam 
When my studies were finished 
Then I went back home 

All I wanted were good things 
Land and liberty 
And all the sorts of things we learned 
At the university 
I’m not a fan of dictatorships 
I’d rather say live and let live 
But for those who would threaten my family 
There’s nothing I won’t give 

(Chorus) 
I will fight for my country 
I’ll defend this land 
I will stare at the whites of your soldiers’ eyes 
With this Kalishnikov in my hand


When you break down the doors of my neighbors 
When you say that might makes right 
When you say you’re looking for terrorists 
In their bedrooms late at night 
When you torture my brother at gunpoint 
On his head: a canvass sack 
All I can say to you, soldier 
Is “you’d best watch your back”

(Chorus) 

When you come with your tanks on our city streets 
And you say these streets are yours 
When you say you’ll rebuild us with bombers 
And oil tankers on our shores 
When you have gunned down my child in Falluja 
You needn’t wonder why 
I look at you through the blades of your ‘copter and say 
It’s a good day to die 

(Chorus)

Played 9 times

International terrorists are scheming 
They want to bring the planet to it’s knees 
They’re hiding in their bunkers and they’re plotting 
With bombs and guns and biological disease 
Any means to reach their ends is worth pursuing 
If lives are lost then that’s the way it goes 
It’s the game of world domination 
The stakes are high as everybody knows 

International terrorists are flying in their jets 
Looking for the city they want to hit today 
For all of the injustice in the world 
They are going to make somebody pay 
They’ll make sure their people will support them 
Through the use of their powerful cartel 
If you are to prosper this is their decision 
Whether you will starve or else live well 

And the international terrorists are busy 
Trying to win your heart and mind 
They’re making news and writing press releases 
So that you can have your thoughts defined 
And they say that they’re the voice of reason 
And they want to make the world free 
And they will villify, disappear and torture 
Anyone who would dare disagree 

The international terrorists are many 
Every color, size and shape and height 
Some are only small and local bullies 
Content to bomb a building in the night 
While some are in each pocket of the world 
Looking for a country to attack 
They’re training in their bases somewhere near you 
And they’re flying in the skies above Iraq 

The IMF is the name of their cartel 
And CNN’s their propaganda arm 
And if they don’t brainwash and starve you into line 
They’ll make damn sure all your people come to harm 
They’ll decimate and carpet-bomb your country 
With a million mercenaries and machines 
Striking fear into the people of the world 
The US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines 

Played 39 times

If I Were Captain of the Pirates


We’d spot an island where we could hide 
Find some caves in the Caribbean where we could meet inside 
We’d gather up our forces, draw maps in the sand 
And when we were good and ready we’d set sail for the dry land 
Given my druthers that’s what we would do 
If I were captain of the pirates and you were my gallant crew 

We’d disguise ourselves as fishermen, which would more or less be so 
But this time we’d be setting out to catch a CEO 
We’d set our course for Texas and this lovely pirate horde 
Would storm the ivory tower and the meeting of the board 
We’d take everybody hostage, that’s what we would do 
If I were captain of the pirates and you were my gallant crew 

If the suits complained we’d ignore their every plea 
We’d set sail for their oil rig out on the stormy sea 
We’d give them pen and paper, let them write down their last will 
While they smelled the putrid air above their toxic oil spill 
Then we’d present our demands, that’s what we would do 
If I were captain of the pirates and you were my gallant crew 

We’d say you can shut down your oil rigs, your drilling days are done
Ten million bucks per fisherman, each and every one 
No need to empty out your savings, we’ll just take the bloody bank 
And with each day you delay, we’d say, the next one walks the plank 
It’s all eminently reasonable, I hope you think so too
If I were captain of the pirates and you were my gallant crew

Wingnut Dishwashers Union - Just Because I Don’t Say Anything Doesn’t Mean I’ve got Nothing to Say

Tonight I’m an alley cat, yeah
More afraid of you than you are of me
but if you leave some food out on the porch
I might stay ‘til theres nothing left to eat.
I’d be sitting alone at a lunch table in high school
if I wasn’t sitting alone at a punk show in Ashville

Tonight the upper left hand side of my chest
has a whole as big as the one in my pockets
I might’a kissed you wearing a bullet-proof vest
But hell, you kiss like a rocket
I’d be a teenage virgin, jerking off in my bedroom
if I wasnt a 20 year old virgin that
doesn’t have a bedroom


I stick tape on the holes in my shoes
I stick my tongue in the holes in my teeth
I stick expletives in the holes in my thought process when I speak
My friends stick to their guns
They got a bunch in the woods of vermont ‘till the end times come
But Saturn, says she’s gonna learn to live
As if the world wasn’t gonna end and I admire her strength

So today I’m gonna do my best
To drink coffee in the morning and live as if
I didn’t feel lonely and hopeless and helpless
To save myself for the world where I live
And tonight, when I dream it will be
That the junkies spent all the drug money on
Community gardens and collective housing
And the punk kids who moved to the ghetto
Have started meeting their neighbors besides the angry ones
With the yards, that their friends and their dogs have been puking and shitting on
And the anarchists have started
Filling potholes, collecting garbage
To prove we don’t need governments to do these things
And i’ll wake up, burning Times Square as we sing:
"Throw your hands in the air ‘cause property is robbery!"

Wingnut Dishwashers Union Fuck shit up! (whanana)


I don’t believe in cops, bosses, or politicians. Some call that anarchism. I call it having a fucking heart that beats!
I do believe in freedom and never giving up. Call my methods madness or call them luck. I do what I got to to be able to breathe! And if you quit your job well, you can do a little breathing with me. A punk rock song won’t ever change the world. But I can tell you about a couple that changed me. So, tonight, we’re gonna fuck shit up! Tonight, we’re gonna fuck shit up! Tonight, we’re gonna fuck shit up! So sing with me now! Whoaaa Whoaaa Whoa-a-a-a. Whoaaa Whoaaa Whoa-a-a-a. 
Punk rock song won’t ever change the world!
But I can tell you about a couple that changed me!
So, tonight, we’re gonna fuck shit up!
Tonight, we’re gonna fuck shit up!
Tonight, we’re gonna fuck shit up!
Oh yeah oh yeah!
Whoaaa! Whoaaa! Whoa-a-a-a! Whoaaa! Whoaaa! Whoa-a-a-a!
Whanana Uh-uh-uh-oh!
Whanana Uh-uh-uh-ohhhh!

Wingnut Dishwashers Union - Never Trust A Man Who Plays Guitar

The day I rob a bank’s the first day I’m not lying to you or me about what I believe


Played 9 times

The Grocery Workers’ Song

capo 5 

G C G 
The grocery workers are strong and proud, see how our knives are worn 
C G D 
See how our backs are strong and how our hands are scuffed and torn 
G C G 
We stock your shelves with all the food folks need to stay alive 
C G D G 
Without our time and labor half the middle class would die 

Your floors we mop, your shevles we stock, your customers we serve 
Our bodies test their limits here for less than we deserve 
And if you try to work us harder we’re going to kick you ass 
For we will fight this war forever for each other and our class 

The management is cutting corners, look how they pretend 
They care about the workers while they speed up production 
And if you cut our wages we’re going to kick their ass 
For we will fight this war forever for each other and our class 

Yeah, we will wage a battle for the rights that we have earned 
And we will build our union so that everyone is heard 
And if you break our unity we’re going to kick you ass 
For we will fight this war forever for each other and our class 

And we will not be fooled by the AFL-CIO 
Our union’s not a union if we don’t all share control 
And if you try co-opting us we’re going to kick you ass 
For we will fight this war forever for each other and our class 

When the boss is off we slack all day and do our best to stall 
We take our breaks for hours but don’t punch the clock at all 
We talk amongst each other about how much we hate that boss 
And we eat whatever we want and totally ignore the cost 

The grocery workers are strong and proud, see how our knives are worn 
See how our backs are strong and how our hands are scuffed and torn 
We’re forming our own union and this union’s gonna last 
'Cause we will fight this war forever for each other and our class