- Jeffrey James Ircink
- Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
- Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Listen to my "happy song" here.
or a certain part of the day,
or for many years, or stretching cycles of years.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
One of the prettiest passages I've ever written.
– everything I cherish here has been smothered by war. The trains bring men into town, filling our streets with blue troops and gray troops marching off to kill one another. The air is filled with smoke and fire. The Yankees’ blockade stopped Little Mountain Run from rippling and splashing. How many people have we known moved away or killed? This simple life of ours which I derived so much joy is no more.
I used to take pleasure in the rain – a steady, long, slow rain. It washed the earth clean and made everything smell reborn, like fresh laundry brought in outta the wind. The only rain that falls now brings with it the stench of death and the streets run with the blood of young men who are lost forever. And I’m afraid that everything will change and I’ll forget what it was like.
(She goes back to ironing. Embarrassed.)
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
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Friday, August 26, 2011
Anyway, John Cleese from the famed Monty Python comedy troupe takes us on a tour of his home. Enjoy.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
They, like many liberal/anti-Republican FB sites do not like to hear varying opinions. That is a fact. I've got booted off two others and I'm treading a fine line here. But as I told the FB admin for this site, what good is it doing your cause if you have 10 people commenting on a post with the same opinion, slapping each other on the back congratulating each other? You wanna talk about name-calling, Democrats? I've seen plenty of harsh, derogatory words aimed at myself and others. Yeh, I know..."but the Republicans do it, too". OK - take your ball home now so none of us can play anymore. Does that make it right? Enough with this holier-than-though bullshit. Reps, Dems, libs, conservatives....they all make good points and bad points. There's morons represented by each. I get all that. Fine.
We live in a democracy...yet these people who profess to bring about change in our state by recalling every Republican in office run their social network sites like a dictatorship. Or a socialist-run society. Interesting. I guess that is their right. (But collective bargaining...THAT ain't a right.)
Posted by Jeffrey James Ircink at 7:14 PM
PASS THE SALT, PLEASE, our sexy short film adapted from my play which has screened to very happy audiences, thus far, in Sydney, Palm Springs (Jury Award, Special Citation - Best OnScreen Pairing), Big Sur, Los Angeles (ShortsFest) and Rhode Island, was just invited to the Orlando Film Festival, October 19-23.
Bookmark the festival website here. We're in Warsaw, Poland the week of October 7-16 for the Warsaw (how'd you guess?) Film Festival. Then we've got 4 more festivals this fall but we can't tell you about them 'cause the news hasn't been made public yet. I know - it's killing us too.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Read the entire 2008 Esquire interview here. I really, really like Banks. Very funny. She's promoting a new movie she's starring in with Paul Rudd...check that interview here.
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Monday, August 22, 2011
TOP: "May you always find three welcomes...in a garden in the summer, at a fireside during winter & whatever the day or season, in the kind eyes of a friend." - Gaelic welcoming prayer. BOTTOM: "Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance."
Good luck on the last one...have you seen my garden lately? Rather than me go on about these pieces, read this:
...Celtic artist Kevin Dillon has rediscovered the same mediaeval techniques used by these monks. Using a mortle & pestle, Kevin crushes semi-precious stones - lapis lazuli, cinnabar, azurite, orpiment and malachite to make his paints. Using a dip pen or goose quill, the letters are meticulously applied by hand to the calf skin vellum. One at a time the colors are applied - first blue, followed by the reds, then each remaining color in turn, The final illumination is achieved using 24K gold leaf. The artist's seal, a stylized design of his initials, is imprinted into a molten, charred wax at the bottom of each piece...Click on READ MORE for a couple detailed photographs. You can purchase more of Kevin Dillon's artwork here.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011
A big fan? Drunk? Who knows. Who cares - he was having a ball. That's "Go-cha". Lazy FB users who won't go to my blog can see this video here.
Great band. And Aine ain't too bad to look at either. See them below on Balcony TV. Again, lazy FB users who won't go to my blog can catch Goitse here.
You can find more information on the band on their website.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
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Well it is if you find yourself writing about Brett Favre now, ain't it?
From the UP/DOWN section of the sports page:
DOWN - QB lessons: Brett Favre tutored Colt McCoy during the lock-out. Come January, expect a teary-eyed retirement announcement from the Browns' quarterback. - Greg PearsonMcCoy was 9/10 for 135 yards and a TD so Brett's QB'ing tips didn't hurt Colt. Read the story here. It's no tell-all certainly, but it's encouraging. Even with Brett retired and an ex-Packer for three seasons, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sports staff still finds it necessary to drag Favre through the mud. It's not like Green Bay Packer training camp isn't in full session or that the Milwaukee Brewers are in first place in their division. Why do these assholes keep trying to be funny?
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
You heard about the motorcyclist who died while protesting his state's new helmet law? He wasn't wearing his helmet. I can't help but think - no, forget it. Oddly enough, the motorcyclist rally was sponsored by American Bikers Aimed Towards EDUCATION. Maybe ABATE should abate some of its bylaws regarding the freedom to wear (or not wear) protective clothing - or change its name.
How 'bout this one? The dude who led the police to apprehend serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, Tracy Edwards - himself an intended victim of Dahmer - pled not guilty to Milwaukee police recently after he threw Johnny Jordan over a bridge into the Milwaukee River, where Jordan drowned...over an argument.
I wish it were that easy.
Posted by Jeffrey James Ircink at 9:21 PM
Monday, August 8, 2011
King recently wrote HE THINKS Favre MAY BE SLIGHTLY tempted to coming out of retirement.
I think, from what I'm hearing (not from the horse's mouth, but from someone who would know), Brett Favre is being slightly tempted about playing football again. When I say slightly, I mean slightly. I don't think any team is going to come after him now, and I don't think he's going to pursue anything. But I do think if a starter gets hurt or stinks, and the coach has no faith in the backup, Favre is going to get a call. Depending on the team, he might consider returning.
"Thinks". "Slightly". Not from "the horse's mouth". Wow. Now that's some good reporting. Sounds like some of the stories that FoxSports.com leads with every day. You know, the MIT writer's club consisting of Glazer, Marvez, Kriegel, Schein and Hench. All superior douches in their own right. Now this is what King wrote back on July 28, 2009:
I give up...So now I've been wrong three times. I thought he was retired last year and he played for the Jets. I thought he was retired this year, and I said he'll come back to play for the Vikings unless his arm is a problem. His arm wasn't. And he still isn't going to play. That's why I give up. Don't ask me anymore what I think about Favre, whether I think he's going to play or whether I think he's going to mow the grass for the rest of his life. I don't know because I honestly don't think he knows.
Did anyone ask him his opinion? And even if they did, that doesn't mean he's gotta write about it. I thought you gave up, King? This is why I hate the media. This is why, more times than not, I don't blame Favre for half the shit that gets reported because the media blows shit out of proportion and writes non-stories. Now Favre will get shit over all this. Please, please, please, Peter King....quit typing.
Posted by Jeffrey James Ircink at 5:56 PM
The Buckinghams! The Grass Roots! The Association! Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders! The Turtles!
My friend Michelle and I took in this 60's/early 70's flashbook concert (2 1/2 hours worth) last night at the Wisconsin State Fair. 1st tier of the grandstands (still not close enough). If you know me you know I like classic rock/oldies. Was never a HUGE fan of The Turtles, The Association or The Buckinghams but each had a few tunes I dug. But when it comes to The Raiders and The Grass Roots - BIG FAN. Which made the concert all the more painful for me as Grass Roots lead singer Rob Grill passed away on July 11. Nuts. However, the rest of the bands were in fine voice (including "The Grass Roots" which was really nothing more than a cover band w/o Grill).
The highlight for me was watching Mark Lindsay (who turned 69 in March) run around the stage like it was 1968. Really, really a pleasurable night of music. THIS IS ALL FOR YOU, ROB GRILL!
You can look up the bands on the Internet to see what hits they had....and there were a lot. One quick factoid on each:
1. In the entire history of Rock n' Roll, only 9 bands (including The Beatles) have charted more hits on Billboard's Hot 100 than The Grass Roots.
2. BMI accredited The Associations' "Never My Love" as having the 2nd most US airplay in the 20th Century.
3. Paul Revere & The Raiders hold the record for the most TV appearances by anyone in the 1960's - over 750. "Indian Reservation" became Columbia's biggest-selling single for almost a decade.
4. In 1967, The Buckinghams were named by Billboard magazine as "The Most Listened to Band in America."
5. The Turtles hit song, "Happy Together" , was lent to this tour since it began in 1984. The two lead singers ("Flo & Eddie) performed with Frank Zappa for many years after their success with The Turtles.
Here's a couple vids of each of the bands playing at least one of their top songs: Paul Revere & The Raiders' "Indian Reservation", The Buckinghams' "Hey Baby" , The Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions", The Associations' "Along Comes Mary" and The Turtles' "Elenore".
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Sunday, August 7, 2011
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Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Here's to Brit John Spinks (guitar/vocals, tall guy, looks like Ted Danson) who's fighting a cancer relapse...hang in there, John! We're pullin' for ya!
Here's my Separated at Birth? post on Spinks and Danson.
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