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29 definitions by Squid Wrangler

 
8.
A tour that Nirvana was supposed to headline in 1994. I think we all know how that played out.
Kurt Cobain's death cast a dark shadow over Lollapalooza 1994.
by Squid Wrangler May 08, 2005
 
9.
If you hear this word mentioned in a positive light, odds are someone rich is talking.

Deregulation of various industries is a concept loudly heralded by Republicans and Conservatives in general as a means to "promote competition" and "stimulate the economy". These people can be trusted of course because, as we all know, their brilliant strategy of cutting taxes for the people most likely to send labor off American shores and setting the tax burden on the lower and middle classes is working like a charm.

Anyone with half a brain can quickly figure out that they're more or less looking for a friendlier way of saying they'd like to make it easier to act outside the law, let unsafe and under-tested products roll off assembly lines on the cheap, and bring back the days before the Clayton Antitrust Act; a glorious time period in which the grand-daddies of the current crop of Republicans made their money and earned their clout.
"Deregulating the __________ industry is essential to promote competition and stimulate the economy."

-Every Republican politician or businessman has uttered these words at least one time in his career.
by Squid Wrangler May 10, 2005
 
10.
One of the most bizarre and mysterious publicity stunts/hoaxes/practical jokes ever put on in rock history. In short, a series of odd messages started showing up on alt.music.pink-floyd around the time "The Division Bell" and the subsequent tour was launched. The poster, going by the name of Publius, claimed that he had a message to convey from Pink Floyd that tied in with the central themes from their newest album. People began assuming that he was actually in some way associated with the band rather than a prankster or joker, although skeptics abounded. It became apparent that the poster was the genuine article when he announced a light display that would be seen during the band's stop in East Rutherford, New Jersey on July 18 of that year. Surely enough, "Enigma Publius" was seen in a light display during "Keep Talking" that night. Plenty of other displays would follow, all predicted by Publius. The words "Publius" and "Enigma" would actually show up in the light displays during shows a few more times, including an occasion captured on the "PULSE" video. The band denied having any pre-knowledge of these events, while lighting director Mark Brickman only said that he was told to do certain things to the lights otherwise he would lose his job.

Things became stranger yet as the words "Enigma" and "Publius" showed up in tiny print on the "Momentary Lapse of Reason" mini-discs released in 1994. There are numerous other odd happenings associated with the Publius Enigma that continued until April 5, 1997. The actual identity of the poster and his relationship, if any, with Pink Floyd and/or its management remains a mystery to this day. The Pink Floyd and Co. website maintains all of the original posts and provides a much more detailed history of the Enigma Publius in the "Us and Them" section of the site.
The Publius Enigma was a chain of events lasting roughly three years.
by Squid Wrangler April 23, 2005
 
11.
Generous old boll-weevil Democrat who praised John Kerry as an "authentic national hero" and said that he was "one of the party's best-known and greatest leaders-and a good friend" as well as asserting that "John has worked to strengthen our military, reform public education, boost the economy and protect the environment" at a dinner in his home state of Georgia in the year 2001. Thanks for the kind words, Zell.
I sure hope Zell Miller never goes on a half-coherent tirade at the Republican National Convention and betrays his own party as well as John Kerry, whom he has referred to as a good friend.
by Squid Wrangler March 28, 2005
 
12.
One of the greatest distortion/fuzz pedals ever conceived. Manufactured by either the American Electro-Harmonix company or the Russian Sovtek/New Sensor company, this box is revered for it's "wall of sound" capabilities and incredible sustain. The flavor of the distortion/fuzz can be tweaked from muddy and sludgy all the way to piercing and cutting. David Gilmour, Carlos Santana, Korn, Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan, and Mudhoney are all famous users of the effect.

Over the years, both the Russian and American Big Muffs have gone through several design and sound changes. Currently, the American version being manufactured is modeled after the mid-70s/early-80s "NYC" model while the current Russian version is a new design in which the electronics are housed in a black box with Fender-style chickenhead knobs.

The earliest American Big Muff Pi which featured a triangular knob configuration and shiny metallic stomp box is the most expensive and sought after Muff, often going for upwards of $300 in good condition. After that, the "Ram's Head" Muff which featured the iconic Electro Harmonix ram's head crest prominently on the case commands the second most demand and attention. Originals of the "made in NYC" version are third, as they are more common than the other two by far. During the 1970s, Electro-Harmonix manufactured some one-off variations on the original Big Muff including the Little Big Muff and rare Big Muff Deluxe. Because of the oddball nature of these effects, many collectors are drawn to them.

Not to be outdone, the two earliest Sovtek/New Sensor models are consistently touted by many players as being the best in terms of sound. These are often deemed to be better for riffing than the American Big Muffs. The first Sovtek Big Muff Pi was housed in a tough, gray box with the knobs in a triangular formation. These models usually sport either green or blue ink on the top with a more highly stylized "Pi" symbol in place of the one that appeared on the American models. The other Sovtek Big Muffs apearing throughout the 1980's and 1990's were manufactured with many different design schemes. Some of these variations became cult favorites, especially the much sought after "green" models which many players, including Billy Corgan, swear by. The current Sovtek version on the market is housed in a black box with yellow type. Unlike their American counterparts, the Sovtek Big Muffs do not feature a true-bypass circuit off the shelf and must be modified to keep the unit from sucking tone when turned off.

The Double-Muff and English Muff'n are the newest variations on this classic stompbox that Electro-Harmonix offers
And yes, I get the double meaning.
by Squid Wrangler May 14, 2005
 
13.
A right-wing blog run by Jesse and John, two psychopaths with a bizarre love for the Bush administration and complete, cess-ridden hatred for the left. One of the main draws of the site is the fact that Jesse is 15 years old and has parents that seemingly don't mind their son publishing slanderous and outright threatening tirades on the internet. His age definitely shines through as his articles are usually rife with spelling and grammar errors while typically sporting an extremely juvenile and immature tone about them.

The Jesee Factor usually features baseless and extremely vulgar attacks against liberals and Democrats that often fall apart once further analyzed. In one memorable entry, John claimed that there is much more oil in Alaska than there is in Iraq and as such, oil could not have been among the reasons to spark that particular conflict. A quick visit to the Energy Information Administration website, a branch of the US Department of Energy, proved him to be almost pitifully wrong. Not only that, the number he used to describe the amount of oil in Alaska (16 billion barrels) is the most optimistic one available, frequently contradicted by many experts, and a number often cited by a pro-drilling Alaskan senator alone.

They often do not include sources for their most controversial and damning assertions (stating that the Kerry family bought $500,000 in Halliburton stock, for instance) and usually resort to ad hominem attacks along with homophobic slurs to take up space in their rants. The writing often resembles that of a third-tier Maddox ripoff rather than the biting social and political commentary they were no doubt aiming for.

The Jesse Factor is more or less an extremely annoying variant of what is becoming a run-of-the mill internet presence: crazy assholes who think they know everything publishing their half-coherent drivel for everyone to see.
"I heard that Jesse of the Jesse Factor is a Libertarian. Well excuse me all to hell for being a Democrat, looks like this kid sides with the real winners."
by Squid Wrangler March 21, 2005
 
14.
Derogatory term used for someone who perennially loses. Is also a political party. Same attributes apply.
Person A: "Dude, you are such a Libertarian"
Person B: "I hate you"

Person A: "I don't support either of those fascists man, I'm voting Libertarian."
Person B: "...Sorry"
by Squid Wrangler March 26, 2005