Forget Free Brady, FIRE GOODELL!

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To call it all ridiculous in no way fully captures…

How asinine and outright dumb the pages of the chapters…

That make up your reign, commissioner, the lower-case intended…

As are the uppers in DISASTER, ’cause the league, that’s how you’ve left it…

From the Ray Rice elevator footage that you know you viewed…

To how you handled Adrian Peterson’s suspension like a fool…

To the Greg Hardy reduction while upholding Brady’s penalties…

You suck, Mr. Goodell, you’ve all but lost your credibility…

That Brady’s fully innocent is anybody’s guess…

But a guess on guilt is all you have lest proof doth manifest…

You liken half a .psi to steroid use, just further proof…

That you’re a clown who should be clowned and from your throne, must be brought down…

Your punishment as irrational as your role in the appeal…

You will lose out in real court ’cause a real judge knows the deal…

You’re a mockery of leadership, a fantastic show of sycophant…

You pander to the masses, kiss their asses, yield to silly rants…

The NFL deserves much better than all your tomfoolery…

Though many on Team Brady think to self, ‘Tom, you’re not fooling me…’

The fact remains without a shred of concrete evidence…

Your decisions all but baseless, you’re a circumstantial wench…

Half a .psi does not affect a throw, a game, a legacy…

Your idiocy however does reflect your insecurity…

As such, commissioner of lower-case c fame, we do demand…

That once the feds revoke your ruling you at once resign, my man…

If not… well then, FIRE GOODELL!

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The Oddball Show 13

PRESS PLAY to listen to the 13th volume of the Oddball Show podcast, Waxing Political with George Panagopolous, which aired Thursday July 30.  The Oddballs talked about the power of social media and the ways it’s changed us as a society and as individuals.  In typical Oddball fashion we hit lots of topics such as Robin Williams, Heroes, Roger Goodell and we even got to some politics as we wound down.  It’s always a fun time at The Oddball Show, presented by JP Lime Productions and Oddball Magazine, so be sure to tune in every Thursday night and catch up on past episodes here.  #WeAreAllOddballs

Heroes, Born and Reborn

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My most recent television fascination has been the series Heroes, which ran from 2006 to 2010 and which I binge-watched over the past couple months (thanks Netflix). A show about “ordinary people with extraordinary powers”, Heroes began before the MCU reinvented and reinvigorated the comic book movie genre (2 years before Iron Man). Though the work of grounding superheroes in the real world began with Bryan Singer’s X-Men movies (beginning in 2000) and Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins (and Dark Knight in 2008, fuck TDKR), Heroes was on the front line of this evolution, contributing a large ensemble of original characters to explore the superhero genre with a kind of neo-noir flavor. The show employs the hero and villain roles quite literally – hell, there’s even a guy named Hiro, obsessed with his destiny as a Hero. Painting in a tone dark and mysterious enough not to be campy but dripping with comic book ink, it explores the interlocking struggle between the two, what divides them, and how one can become the other. Hiro Nakamura addresses the topic most directly, always aiming to adhere to the Hero Code that he’s learned from his comic books in order to save the world (twice) and fulfill his destiny.

The show’s large ensemble is one of its greatest strengths and a pitfall to critics. What begins as separate, unrelated events by people with chance connections becomes a series of interwoven plot lines and by Season 2 many of the characters are commonly entwined. It makes for layered storytelling with character growth and plot twists but it is also where the writers can miss the mark, rushing subplots like Peter’s Irish girlfriend (whom he simply left in the bad alternate future) and sometimes trying to keep too many balls in the air at once. For my money, though, I’ll take a show that shoots big and sometimes misses over a lazy one any day.

9th Wonders @ www.JPLimeProductions.comThe show’s self-reflective tone is grand, with recurring symbols and themes, foreshadowing, and even slight self-mockery by the end (Quantum Leap joke anyone? Stupidest and most awesome of the series). Internet fans have expounded on the recurrence of the helix, and the 9th Wonders! comic books (along with the number 9 itself) are a constant source of reference, even contributing plot-wise such as when Hiro loses his ability in episode Episode 3.12, “Our Father”.  In their pursuit of such nuances the writers have worked to create a cohesive world behind their stories, achieving a particular type of depth widely enjoyed by their fans. Something that the show’s creators have in common with the MCU or a show like Lost is the development of a mythology, taking the basic tenets of the show and continuing to build on them in both organic and fantastic ways. More than any other superhero entity, Heroes explores the nature of powers, how they manifest, how isolating that can feel, and the iterations and levels that certain abilities can possess. For instance, the characters Sylar, Peter Petrelli, and Arthur Petrelli all possess versions of the same power, though manifested and administered in slightly different ways. Fans of the show know that a family connection is held to explanation for this and it is a subtle nuance that makes the show ahead of its time. And though the ability absorption is common to the previous characters and invulnerability is shared by Claire Bennet and Adam Monroe, throughout the show very few powers repeat, making for a wide array of abilities, each one interesting in its own right. Abilities like Samuel’s in Season 4 are well-crafted to the character, with relevant implications- greater mass = greater gravity, he holds the power of the earth, thus his increased power due to a large number of assembled powered people makes an awesome kind of sense. The Haitian and Damian possess iterations of a similar memory power and it’s my theory that an unspoken piece of the mythology is that they are father and son. When Ando finally receives his ability it is one perfectly suited, though tragically unexplored, to the eternal sidekick. But my favorite power conceived by the show’s creators definitely has to be Sylar’s. Gifted with the power to understand how things work, the viewer knows it to be the source of his ability-stealing power but doesn’t understand it until he cuts open Claire’s head. Like the gears of a clock he is able to study the workings of the brains with those with abilities, stealing them for his very own. In a comic book world full of villains with common dysfunctions and similar origins Sylar’s story is unique. This is then compounded by his continual struggle to become a Hero, to fight the murderous hunger that comes with his gift. At some point soon I’ll make a Top 10 Villain list and Sylar will certainly be on it, complicated in nature, ruthless in his hunger, unforgettably portrayed by Zachary Quinto.

Heroes is a complicated show and I can understand why some can critically pan it but its struggle with ratings during its original run really does leave me curious. Has the cultural craze of the past seven years created a more fertile environment and opened up a wider audience for Heroes Reborn?

Though as a viewer the original series’ end (i.e. no fifth season) was irksome, Reborn does have a convenient pickup point in Claire’s going public. The natural enemy of those with abilities are those of us without and our fear of danger these “specials” might hold. It is a classic comic book trope and a cornerstone of the original series. The new series will delve deeper into this concept, beginning in the conditions that the original series’ characters were always trying to prevent. For those looking forward to the new series the Heroes Reborn app has a six-part miniseries that provides a picture of what’s gone on in the two years since the events in the original series’ finale. Mini-spoiler: I especially liked the videos of kids emulating Claire’s “attempt” videos as they display their emerging abilities. Though there is a whole new main cast, including Zachary Levi and Rya Kihlstedt, most of the original cast is also listed so hopefully fans are getting what they want, a continuation of the original series and not a spinoff.  Heroes Reborn will premiere Thursday, September 24 on NBC.

The Oddball Show 12: Alexandra Naughton, A. Razor, and Iris Berry

Join us tonight live at 10pm for the 12th edition of the Oddball Show, brought to you in collaboration between JP Lime and Oddball Magazine.  Tonight we feature the return of poet and artist Alexandra Naughton (see show #7) and she’s brought along her friend and editor Andrew Razor, the driving force behind Punk Hostage Press.  Join us for the discussion, stay for the hijinks.  This is the Oddball Show.

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Rap Flashback, July Edition

The time has come once again for your monthly dose of Hip Hop History as only The Lime can deliver!

Featured in the July edition of the Rap Flashback are two releases from Eric B and Rakim, “Walk This Way” from Run DMC, and ‘Homebase’ from DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.  We discuss 50 Cent’s recent bankruptcy filing, pay homage to Hussein Fatal of the Outlaws, and wish a Happy Hip Hop Birthday to the genre’s July babies.

PRESS PLAY below and catch up on past editions with our Rap Flashback archive.

Ghostface Killah vs. Action Bronson – Screw Your Apology

CLICK HERE FOR PART I OF THE GHOSTFACE KILLAH VS. ACTION BRONSON ANALYSIS

When Action Bronson took a shot at Ghostface Killah on ESPN’s Sportsnation a couple of weeks ago, I felt compelled to write about it. Rappers, R&B types, and even pop stars these days seemingly go at it every other week over the dumbest things. I often glance and end up shaking my head wondering why I glanced in the first place. For example, not too long ago in reaction to Jay-Z and Funkmaster Flex going at it over a smartphone app, I wrote a piece entitled Hip Hop Beef Has Gone To Poop. An app beef is indeed a far cry from the good ol’ days of Shan vs. KRS One. When I recently found out that Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” is likely about Katy Perry I wanted to laugh hysterically, but the Hip Hop in me took over and instead I thought to myself how Taylor Swift is wack for not calling out Katy Perry by name. Then I laughed at how ridiculous it was that I had that reaction to a cat fight between two pop stars. My point here is that amidst all the pettiness we’re exposed to in our hyper information, social media driven age, worthwhile Rap beefs are too few and too far between.

That said, when Action Bronson replies to the inevitable Ghostface comparison with “he’s not rappin’ like this no more,” and follows up with “I’m just being honest,” (clip below) that plants the seed for a VERY WORTHWHILE battle, should Ghost choose to take the bait. Now it’s extremely unlikely that Bronson actually wanted to bait Ghostface Killah. His history of paying homage to Ghost as well as the Twitter apologies (which we’ll discuss further shortly) that he’s posted in response to the backlash of these recent events suggests that he didn’t want what Ghost potentially had coming for him. Plus why would anyone in their right mind intentionally provoke a man who’s arguably the most lyrically gifted and overall best emcee on the game changing Wu-Tang Clan??? A guy whose rap moniker ends in Killah, no less. I’m only half-joking. I’ve emceed myself. If Ghostface dissed me first, at that point it’s on, I’d have to reply. Rap after all is a competitive sport. But I’d have to be blackout inebriated with a gun to my head to intentionally provoke Ghostface. No way, no how. Not this Scholar.

So I’ll concede that it’s unlikely Action Bronson intended to piss off Ghostface Killah. That said, one of the first bosses I had as a young professional way back when taught me that often in life but particularly in the workplace, “perception is reality.” As an entertainer being interviewed on a national broadcast, Bronson was at his workplace when made those comments about Ghost. So whether or not it was his intention, his comments were perceived by many to be a slight and as such result in bait that Ghostface could take or simply choose to ignore. As a fan of Rap music and a part of Hip Hop culture, I felt that this potential beef between Bronson and Ghost would go well beyond the pettiness of the majority of today’s disputes. It would even go beyond lyricism, delivery, fan base support, and punch lines; and that’s not to minimize how fantastic a back and forth between these two very talented emcees would be from a bar for bar, track to track standpoint.

ghost33As I covered at length in my initial piece, this battle would be laced with elements of authenticity vs. appropriation, a potential rallying cry of sorts for those who caution that Hip Hop is in danger of going the way of Rock & Roll and Jazz; i.e. genres of music rooted in African American culture that were ultimately usurped and are now controlled by White America. It’s not the only component to consider, but it’s perhaps the juiciest and one that transcends both the beef itself and the artists at play. Action Bronson, a white emcee, by his own admission has been heavily influenced by and sounds a lot like Ghostface Killah. That’s in no way to minimize Bronson’s talent, but I’d be hard-pressed to believe that a good deal of the notoriety he’s gotten isn’t because of his complexion. A lot of emcees you never hear anything about sound like other well-known, established rappers. Action Bronson is the white dude that sounds like Ghostface. In the United States of America, particularly post Eminem, you can’t convince me that it hasn’t helped his cause. It’s not the only reason he’s known, but it’s certainly a considerable factor.

I didn’t think Ghostface would reply to Bronson’s slight. I wrote in my first piece that he didn’t really need to. For starters, at 45 years old he’s a grown ass man. Additionally, his legacy in Hip Hop and pop culture is set. Action Bronson can’t hold a candle to Ghostface Killah. Ghost doesn’t really need to be bothered with the likes of Action Bronson. Though both the Rap fan and Hip Hop purist in me wanted Ghost to take the bait and put Bronson in his place, I honestly thought he’d simply keep it moving. But NEWSFLASH, Ghostface replied. In a six and half minute video (which you can view below) set to the tune of Teddy Pendergrass, Ghostface “chin-checked” Action Bronson. From my standpoint, he didn’t quite “ether” or deciminate him in the way that many other Hip Hop sites are reporting. But he certainly fired a loud and clear waning shot. Let’s dig in.

Ghostface replies in a noticeably upset, yet eerily calm, cool tone. He’s not happy, but he’s not going ham. It’s as if he’s conveying to both Bronson and whoever views that despite his frustration, he’s going to handle his business like a boss. He gets right to the point.

I gave you a grace period.”

I was supposed to destroy you a long time ago.”

Ghostface comes back to these points at the end of the video, but he’s effectively emphasizing the fact that he allowed Action Bronson to gain notoriety without calling him out on the obvious sonic and stylistic similarities. To be clear, whereas they do sound alike and both have a penchant for coming up with very lyrical, super creative rhymes, Ghostface is the more complete artist. Ghostface can and has over and over again deliver a track like “All That I Got Is You“, where he sacrifices some lyricism for vivid storytelling and the type of raw emotion that pierces at one’s heart. Bronson is at his best when he sounds like the Ghostface that comes up with crazy metaphors and complex rhyme patters. But Ghostface also has soul. That said however, Ghost’s point is very clear. He could’ve gone after Bronson early, but he let him eat. That Bronson up to this point had done nothing but praise Ghostface Killah surely has something to do with why Ghost sat back and watched.

Who gives you the right to mention my name out your muthaf***ing mouth?”

You could never fu*k with my pen.”

Ghostface goes on to tackle Bronson’s comments first hand. By never up to this point having attacked or so much as said anything negative about Bronson, Ghostface was being respectful of the up and coming artist. But when said artist undermines Ghostface’s prowess as an emcee (“he’s not rappin’ like this no more”), all that goes out the window. Ghost asserts that from an emcee skill standpoint, Bronson can’t touch him.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ANALYSIS ON GHOSTFACE’S REPLY TO ACTION BRONSON…

The Oddball Show 11 with Colin Killick

Did you miss the Oddball Show last night?  Have no fear!
We’re happy to bring you the 11th edition of our podcast featuring special guest Colin Killick (@KillickWrites) as we discuss the American Disabilities Act, turning 25 years old this month.  The Oddballs dig deep into the “right to an accessible society”, the distinctions between physical and mental disabilities, and how we each can get involved in this important issue.  Catch performances from Colin as well as our own Jason Wright and join the conversation as only the Oddballs can deliver it.

#WeAreAllOddballs

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Ghostface Killah Should Bury Action Bronson

CLICK HERE FOR PART II OF THE GHOSTFACE KILLAH VS. ACTION BRONSON ANALYSIS

Ghostface BronsonThis past week on ESPN’s SportsNation while discussing for what has to be the milllionth time comparisons between himself and the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, rapper Action Bronson made a comment that many perceived to be a shot at Ghost. When co-host Max Kellerman commented, in a jovial, non-provocative manner mind you, that the first time he heard Action Bronson he thought it was new Ghostface Killah material, Action Bronson smugly replied, “he ain’t rapping like this no more,” drawing a round of “oooohs!” and “woooahs!” from the rest of the panel. When asked by co-host Marcellus Wiley “is that a shot at Ghost?”, Bronson confidently replied, “I’m just being honest.” See the exchange for yourself in the clip below, which I’ll warn you isn’t the greatest video due to ESPN’s proprietary content policies, but you’ll get the gist.

As one would imagine, Hip Hop Nation took notice. All the on-line Hip Hop magazines covered it and there was heavy social media activity surrounding Bronson’s comments. To be fair about the whole thing, as you saw in the clip the discussion begins with Action Bronson speaking very highly of Ghostface, effectively indicating that though he’s grown weary of the comparison, he’s glad that he’s likened to “one of the greats.” Additionally, in response to the backlash on social media, he took to his Twitter to “clarify” his comments and in essence deflected blame towards the media. Also noteworthy, the series of tweets referenced below have since been deleted. Things that make you go hmmmmm…. ? Let’s take a look.

GHOSTFACE IS AN IDOL TO ME. IN NO WAY DID I MEAN HIM DISRESPECT AT ALL IN ANY WAY. TO SAY I WASNT INFLUENCED BY HIM AND WU WOULD B A LIE.

— MR. WONDERFUL (@ActionBronson) July 11, 2015

WITH THAT BEING SAID MEDIA AND JOURNALIST NEED TO STOP ASKING THE SAME QUESTIONS OVER AND OVER WE GET IT, ITS POOR JOURNALISM.

— MR. WONDERFUL (@ActionBronson) July 11, 2015

HE IS A LEGENDARY UNFUCKWITABLE ARTIST AND IM JUST GETTING STARTED. SO IF U COMPARE ME TO ONE OF THE GREATEST TO EVER DO IT, THANKS.

— MR. WONDERFUL (@ActionBronson) July 11, 2015

MEDIA TRY TO MAKE CONFLICT AND IM WELL SEASONED, NOT MY FINEST HOUR ILL ADMIT.

— MR. WONDERFUL (@ActionBronson) July 11, 2015

And there you have it. Action Bronson, though attempting to take the high road and going out of his way to praise the emcee at whom he’s perceived to have taken shots, wants us all to brush this off as media hype. Mind you he was on a sport’s show and wasn’t pressed or backed into a corner by a seasoned Hip Hop/Entertainment host such as say Charlamagne tha God or a Wendy Williams, both who’ve been known to stir up some controversy with their interview style. His response was in no way provoked, and sure he can try to downplay and deflect, but why wouldn’t the media and the Twitterverse be all over him for this? Again, he was unprovoked. Let’s get right into this; this is a white rapper who admittedly jacked (err, was heavily influenced by… *rolls eyes*) Ghostface’s style and delivery and who happens to have a very similar voice to boot. Regardless of one’s opinion on the matter, whether you support Action Bronson, see him as a culture vulture / swagger jacker, or anything in between, are we really supposed to just let this fly? Of course people are going to have something to say. It’s silly to think or expect otherwise.

CLICK HERE FOR SCHOLAR’S THOUGHTS ON WHY GHOSTFACE NEEDS TO BURY ACTION BRONSON…

31 Facts About the Pluto Flyby Mission

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In 1968 Man first orbited the moon. In 1977 the Voyager probes reached Jupiter and in 1997 we landed a rover on the surface of Mars.  Space exploration is one of our greatest undertakings as a species, staggering in magnitude, inspiring in its conviction, and truly limitless in possibilities.  On July 14, 2015 we flew a craft within 8000 miles of what was once the furthest planet in our solar system. For the record, I always thought Pluto got the shaft on its 2006 demotion to a dwarf planet. It was better with 9, we miss you Pluto. But I digress…
In honor of this awesome feat in space exploration, here are 31 facts about the New Horizons mission to (and past) Pluto.

1. Pluto was first discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. Astronomer Percival Lowell predicted its existence in 1915.
2. Its name was suggested by a 9-year-old girl named Venetia Burney whose grandfather was friends with an Oxford astronomy professor.
3. Pluto’s surface temperature is -387 degrees Fahrenheit
4. Pluto’s gravity is 6% of Earth’s
5. Pluto has 5 moons: Charon, Nix, Hydra, Styx, Kerberos. All but Charon were discovered during work on the New Horizons mission.

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6. Charon is tidally locked to Pluto meaning the planet always faces the same side to its moon.
7. Pluto is ¾ the size of Earth’s Moon, roughly 1,473 miles in diameter (18.5% the size of Earth).
8. Pluto’s orbit is 248 Earth years and its rotational period (aka 1 day) is equal to 6.39 Earth days.
9. Beyond the outer zone of our solar system containing the Gas Giants, Pluto marks the beginning of the third zone of the Ice Worlds.
10. Though it is round and it orbits the sun, the first two criteria for being a planet, Pluto fails in the final standard: it has not “cleared the neighborhood” meaning there are other objects of similar or greater size in the vicinity, dwarf planets and Kuiper Belt Objects (KBO’s). Pluto also occasionally passes through Neptune’s orbit. For these reasons it was demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006.
11. Pluto’s orbit rests on its size relative to the rest of the solar system, currently appearing like a giant dart board.
12. Because of its distance from the Sun, sunlight on Pluto is as bright as moonlight on Earth.
13. New Horizons was launched January 19, 2006.
14. New Horizons is traveling at a speed of 31,000 MPH.
15. It has traveled 3 Billion miles to reach Pluto.
16. New Horizons is the size of a baby grand piano (1000 lbs)
17. The Apollo mission reached the Moon in 3 days. New Horizons reached it in 9 hours.
18. A portion of Clyde Tombaugh’s ashes are one of nine mementos aboard NH.
19. Because of its speed, if NH were to collide with an object as small as a grain of rice it could take out the craft.
20. It takes New Horizons 4 ½ hours to transmit information back to the Earth from Pluto’s distance.
21. Aboard NH are seven scientific instruments: Ralph (visible and infrared imager/spectrometer), Alice (ultraviolet imaging spectrometer), REX (Radio Science EXperiment), LORII (Long Range Reconnaissance Imager), SWAP (Solar Wind Around Pluto), PEPSSI (Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation), and SDC (Student Dust Counter).
22. All together they draw 28 watts of power, about half a lightbulb.
23. NH swung by Neptune and took some photos on February 28, 2007. It was the only other planet visited by NH.
24. Disney’s character Pluto first appeared the same year that the planet was discovered, though slightly after.
25. Also aboard NH as a memento is a 1991 postage stamp with “Pluto Not Yet Explored” on it.

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26. This photo released on Tuesday (at top) was taken from a distance of 476,000 miles.
27. The photos to be released on Wednesday are roughly 10000X the resolution of the pre-existing Hubble pictures.
28. At its closest New Horizons was 7,750 miles from Pluto, or the distance from NYC to Mumbai, India.
29. It will take about 16 months to fully transmit and download all of NH’s data.
30. New Horizons will next explore large objects in the Kuiper Belt (KBO’s), roughly a billion miles past Pluto, getting there in about three years. The potential KBO’s to be explored were discovered five years after NH’s launch using the Hubble telescope.
31. Of the nine mementos two are cd’s, one with photos of the NASA crew and one with the names of 434,738 people who signed up beforehand to have their names launched into space.