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Def Poetry Volume 1: Gemineye - Penny for Your Thoughts

Def Poetry was a series on HBO where urban poets, hip hop, and spoken word artists would perform their pieces on stage in front of a small audience. It was filmed in NYC and hosted by Mos Def (is that not perfect?). Russell Simmons is credited with the creation of the show.

I loved this show for the few years I had HBO in college. I’m a huge fan of performance poetry of all kinds (I’m a proud subscriber to Indiefeed Performance Poetry Podcast) and I think it’s an under appreciated medium. This show in particular captured the romance, rawness, emotion, and lyricism that makes these performances so enjoyable as an art form.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting individual performances of poems from a variety of artists. Some you’ll have heard of, most you won’t. Men and women, from all races and cultures. Watch the videos a few times, take in the poems. It’s really great stuff. I’ll include a transcript of the poem whenever possible.

Gemineye - Penny for Your Thoughts

If you saw this guy at Sam’s Club you wouldn’t think he was a sensitive, romantic poet. Gemineye shows a real lyrical talent here, it’s almost too fast too keep up with. It works on a subconscious level though, because when you read the words you see how illustrative and sexy the vocabulary he uses is. Here’s the poem in its entirety:

“Penny For Your Thoughts” - Gemineye
Can I offer you a penny for your thoughts?
As a matter of fact, how about three?
One penny for you, one penny for me,
And one penny for our minds engaged not so sexually.
Getting intimately closer as we approach the
Climatic altitude of nude, mental, sensational… conversation.

Because I’m trying to get to know everything about you
From the neck… UP.

So these are not your typical, sexual, poetical prose.
I’m trying to close the door on that all too firmiliar freaky foreplay game.
With which most guys have chose to approach you.
While they are trying to get deeply inbedded
In the fine fibers of your bedsheets,
I’m trying to find and define the fibers of which your mind speaks.
I want to engage you
By putting a two karat solitaire diamond ON YOUR MIND
Marrying your every thought!

I want to lick every inch of every crevasse
So I can get an oral fix from each oriface
And taste you passionate IMAGINATION.

I’d rather be naked and exposed, holding you
As we’re lying and you’re crying
While confiding and describing the tough times you’ve had in life
And how you don’t know
If you can keep a relationshop long enough to be somebody’s wife.

I wanna feel the heartbeat of all your inner rhythms
As they lead me toward your warm, wet, waterfalls of feminine thoughts.
…And I’ll swin in them.
From backstroaks, to breaststrokes,
I’m penetrating every entrance… to your mind.
Taking my time to find out everything about you.

Did I ever tell you about how you
Fell asleep in my presence?
And your mere essance
Kept me awake for hours
As I cowered with this feeling
Of sexually unadulterated mental connection?

And as you lay by my side
I pushed the blinds aside
And took the time in the moonlight of that night
To count 72 eyelashes
On the upper eyelid of your right eye!
Because when you sleep
Your eyes remain open slightly.

And while we probably moves in too quickly into some sexual shit
I’ve always cared more about the expilicity illicitness
That came from between you lips.. meaning your voice.

So now I am standing here
Ready to trade in all the sexual acts that we’ve preformed
For the chance to reform the very foundation
And the basis of our relationship.

So I reiterate my opening statement
And I offer you another penny for your thoughts!

Disclaimer: I’m not taking credit for this poem, rather, I’m trying to, in my own small way, add more visibility for the poets and spoken word artists I’ve seen that I feel are amazing talents worthy of worldwide fame and fortune. If, for whatever reason, this page makes it to the artist, first I’d like to say “awesome, what’s up? you rock!”. Then, if you would rather I didn’t have your work on my site, email me and I’ll gladly remove it.

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Learn to Dance with Carlton Banks

This is an old TV commercial from ‘85 starring a very young Alfonso Ribeiro (better known as Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air). Who knew he was such a skilled dancer? I guess that explains his skills on the show:

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Christopher Walken Cooks a Chicken on Camera

From the site I’m Cooked, an online community where users can upload videos of themselves cooking various recipes. A video of Christopher Walken roasting a chicken with pears popped up the other day.

I love this guy. The title in the beginning just says “man makes chicken with pears”. He never identifies himself, the video isn’t professionally produced or lit, and he isn’t showboating. If you didn’t know who he was, you’d never know he was famous from this video. There’s something really refreshing about seeing an amateur video of a celebrity doing something normal and every day, not flashing their junk or having sex on camera.

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Jake Brown loses his shoes at X games

How do you walk away from this?

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LOST: The Orchid Station orientation has hidden messages

Recently at ComicCon the creators of Lost showed a new video that has stirred up discussion on the web. James Poniewozik at Time’s Tuned In posted a full version of the video in this week’s Lost Discussion Group. Video here:

While watching I noticed a few single frames (like when we saw Jacob briefly in The Man Behind the Curtain) that no one else has mentioned yet. I took some screen grabs of them. I included the timecode in each screen grab so you can check for yourself. Here’s what I think they are:

#1 Gerald DeGroot
Gerald, husband of Karen, was one of the doctoral candidates who conceived of The Dharma Initiative according to the Swan’s orientation video Locke and Jack watched in episode ‘Orientation’ (S2E3). The first image is from the new Orchid video, the second is from the Swan video.

Orchid screen grab
Gerald DeGroot

Swan screen grab (18:21)

What significance does this have? I’m not sure since it’s Dharma footage that we’ve seen in another video. We haven’t explored the DeGroots in too much detail so maybe it’s a clue?

#2 Dharma Building
This is interesting. The building below also showed up in both the Orchid video for a single frame and the Swan video for a longer, more visible duration. In the Swan video, it was the visual associated with the last item in the list of what the Dharma group was setup to study. The dialogue that accompanied the image was “…and utopian social…”. After that, the video seems to skip or be spliced and jumps both auditorily and visually to a closer picture of Alvar Honso looking out one of these building’s windows accompanied by the narrator saying “(re)clusive Danish industrialist and munitions magnate, Alvar Hanso, whose financial backing made their dream of a multi-purpose, social-science research facility a reality.” (source)

Orchid screen grab
Building

Swan screen grab (18:46)
Building

Interesting that they included a frame that relates directly to both ‘utopian social’ something and Alvar Honso. These are both themes I think will be explored in the upcoming season.

#3 God Loves You As He Loves Jacob
We first saw this message in the brainwashing video Karl was being subjected to in Room 23 before Kate, Sawyer, and Alex saved him in episode ‘Not in Portland’ (S3E7). It was but one of many propaganda-type messages embedded in the video.

Orchid screen grab
God Loves You as He Loved Jacob

Brainwashing video screen grab (25:13)
God Loves You as He Loved Jacob

I’ve been wondering what this means since ‘Not in Portland’ originally aired. The verb tense mis-match was always most intriguing. God still loves Karl (and presumably other viewers of this video), yet he seems to have forsaken Jacob. Considering the possible time-shift implications of the Orchid video (with the two bunnies) reference to this brainwashing video is significant since the audio playing in room 23, when played in reverse, repeatedly says “only fools are enslaved by time and space” (source).

Lastly, the appearance of Gerald DeGroot and Alvar Hanso leads me to believe this was a Dharma video, not one created by the Others. This is big because it links Jacob, leader of the Others, to Dharma. I may be wrong, but has this connection been made before?

#4 Upside down bike rider
Honestly, I don’t recognize this bit from any other episode. It’s shown for a hair longer in the Orchid video (maybe 15 frames) that it could just be something strange we haven’t seen before. Does anyone else recognize this clip?

Orchid screen grab
Bike

Overall, I’d like to think these are clues for hard core fans to follow, maybe the start of the next round of The Lost Experience. What do you think?

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