Saturday, February 26, 2011

slacking off again

I know I said I'd try to come up with a better post today, but truth be told, nothing is coming to mind right now, and one of my "teachers" just posted an imperial shit ton of work that is due tomo--wait. Today. Don't get me started on this class. It is nothing more than a simple waste of my time and money. It's online only, which already pisses me off. The teacher doesn't do shit, and expects us to write page after page just to answer one question. And by "write" I mean copy word-for-word, page-after-page, out of the book. So you don't actually learn anything. (Which is good, as there are no tests. Just A LOT of typing.) So I have to copypasta half the textbook in the wee hours of the morning because contrary to his beliefs of students having no life, I do have plans to leave town/state later today.

So, I again leave you with a couple links:

A short, funny video:

And a long-as-fuck synchronization of Stanly Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Pink Floyd's Echoes.

Friday, February 25, 2011

....And now for something completely different

Sorry for the short post. I'll try to come up with more tomorrow.

This is by far one of the best videos I've ever seen. I hope I don't need to explain it to anyone, but this is a musical number based on a scene in Silence of the Lambs.

Also, someone in China has has created this 11,000 pound replica of Megatron from Transformers 2.

Now that is what I call a big bucket of win.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

But why? Why did he have to die?

So, just now I was surfing the web, and listening to play all artist: Iced Earth on my computer. (You shouldn't find it surprising that I have music playing 24/7 in my apartment.) When Watching Over Me (see above) came on, I didn't think much of it. Not at the time, at least. However, soon, it would make sense.

The page that I had stumbled upon was about a home made solar death laser. My interest is struck, so I start reading. Around page 16, he does what everyone with a death laser would do. Burn. Everything. This is both entertaining, and interesting, so I keep reading.....Then I get to page 22. (WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART) At this point, the person that has built this death laser, has invited a bunch of friends over, including an "eccentric billionaire". I can only hope that what follows was fake, because this billionaire proceeded to pull out an Action Comics #1 and used the power of Earth's yellow sun to burn it. Ironic, no? (For those that still need to spend a few exp points on their geek skill, Action Comics #1 marked the first appearance of Superman, and is the most sought out comic for collectors. They currently go for upwards of 1.5 million USD.)

I'll refrain from posting the video and photos as I would like to keep this a family blog.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I can't guarantee another themed series of posts right now, but geeking out over Firefly yesterday made me consider writing this post. For the past few years, I've considered getting a tattoo, or two. While money is an issue, the real thing holding me back is that I really want it/them on my wrist(s). While I feel like this *shouldn't* be a problem, the sad truth is that not all businesses are as open minded as I am. So this idea is on hold until I can guarantee that I won't be needing a conventional job.

Now, one of my first loves was the early PC game Myst. I played and beat the game in kindergarten at the wee age of five. I then went on to grab the three books that were released, the two comics, the 3D remake, RealMyst, the four direct sequels, the stand alone game, URU, the two expansion packs for URU, and all the incarnations of the MMO aspect that was supposed to be standard in URU when it was released. (Which wasn't standard.)

So, now that we've established that I'm a bit of a fanboy, let me post the design for the tattoo I want. Thanks to Ian A. A. Watson who did the legwork for the translation. I lost my research folder that I made when I first thought of getting this, but I believe he even contacted Rand Miller (the creator of Myst.) to verify the translation.

This is the quote, "Perhaps the ending has not yet been written." translated to D'ni. The quote is a well known line from the opening scene in the game, but more than that, if you take it out of context, it's basically saying, "No matter how bad shit gets, it's not over." Also, for those that don't know, D'ni is a made up language that was created for the Myst franchise.While Mr. Watson used the Falling Man found on the cover of Myst as a dividing piece to separate the beginning and end of the text, I'm wanting to use the Moity Dagger as mine.

Taking this one step further, there's UV ink that you can use that only glows under UV light. This, alone is relatively new, but even more recent is the opportunity to get clear UV ink that shines as colors other than purple. (Before, if you got colored UV ink, it looked a little pale, but was still very noticeable under normal light.) So, IF I can get clear - yellow/gold UV ink, and IF it can be applied over black ink (Obviously, after the first tattoo has healed.) then I would like to get that applied over the D'ni text.

Now, like I said previously, I keep thinking of my right wrist as being the perfect location for this. But even if I did work for myself, or found some permanent employer that didn't care, then I would need to balance this tatto with something on my left wrist. I'm not married to any ideas yet, but right now, the closest thing I've come to a decsition is getting something in viking runes, with Mjǫlnir as the dividing piece.

So, what about you? Any tattoos that you have, or want to get?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You can't take the sky from me.

Oh, Internet. How I love thee. So, while I was gone, Captain Mal Reynolds, (AKA Nathan Fillion) stated that, "If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it own my own, and distribute it on the Internet." So, what did the Internet do? Why they set up a site where you can pledge money for Fillion to actually acquire the rights to Firefly. You can currently go HERE to find out more information about this project.

For those of you that don't know about Firefly (And the follow up movie, Serenity.) I HIGHLY recommended seeking it out. Firefly was hands down, one of the best sci-fi shows ever made. But apparently Fox is allergic to awesomeness, because not only did they air the episodes out of order, but they also canceled the show before the end of the first season!

Also of note, the Science Channel has stated that they will air Firefly, beginning March 6th, in its intended order, and in HD! They said that they will also include many "new extras" and "wrap each episode with interstitial segments starring renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who will discuss the theoretical science behind the show’s sci-fi concepts."


In other news, a "thank you" is in order for fellow blogger, G, who wrote up a review of my little corner of the internet on his post last Sunday. Thank you kind sir.

To any new readers that got sent over here, welcome. You'll find that my archive consists of mostly obscure metal/rock bands. However, that's not necessarily what the future holds. There might be more music, but I'm also trying to also find some other avenues to explore.

To all my other loyal minions, be sure to check out Bar Science, where you can learn many bets and tricks for fun, or perhaps even to make a bit of money.

Monday, February 21, 2011

T-Daks & His White Plastic Soul | Dax Riggs

Okay. This is my last Dax Riggs post. It will also (truly) be my last music post for a while. When Dax started doing solo shows, he first did so under the name, T-Daks & His White Plastic Soul. While no official albums were created with that name, you can find a handful of bootleg shows from that era. Since 2007, however, he has been releasing albums under his own name. This includes two unique records (We Sing of Only Blood or Love, and Say Goodnight To The World) and a re-release of Deadboy's If This Is Hell, Then I'm Lucky.

Dax Riggs - Demon Tied to a Chair in My Brain

Dax Riggs - See You All In Hell Or New Orleans

And lastly, a nod to anyone that frequents /mu/.

Dax Riggs - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (cover; original by Neutral Milk Hotel)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Deadboy & The Elephantmen

Deadboy & The Elephantmen is a band that lasted from 2000-2007. The band was primarely made up with Dax Riggs on vocals and guitar, and Tessie Brunet on drums. In the seven year stretch, Deadboy put out two albums, an EP, and did extensive touring.

Deadboy & The Elephantmen - Stop, I'm Already Dead

Deadboy & the Elephantmen - Waking Up Insane

Dax Riggs - Thing In A Jar      Remember that "extensive touring" that I mentioned? Well, from Deadboy, forward, there's a lot of songs that don't have a studio version. This is one of them. Not only that, but the best version that I could find isn't technically by Deadboy & The Elephant Men, but by "Dax Riggs" (Solo work).

Tomorrow, we end with some solo work.