Sunday, August 25, 2013

MD.45, Mutiny Within, Kamelot contest, Pandora radio, cloning John Lennon, AT-AT bookcase, Fukushima radiation, and L'Hotel Quebec bed bugs

#nowplaying MD.45 “The Craving” … the 2004 remastered reissue with Dave Mustaine rerecording vocals himself. Lee Ving (Fear) provided vocals for the original 1996 release of this album. I have to say, I bought the CD back then, listened to it once, and then never spun the disc again. I just couldn’t get into Ving’s vocals paired with Mustaine’s departure from Megadeth’s signature thrash. But with Mustaine executing vocals, the album sounds great. Several songs could pass off as Megadeth tunes, but for the more part, this is an alternative metal and hard-rock album.

#nowplaying Mutiny Within “2 - Synchronicity” (2013) … For the record, Mutiny Within’s first self-titled album is one of my favorite heavy metal albums of all time. And while I didn’t feel the same excitement about “Synchronicity” on first list, after a couple repeat listens, I’m more than happy with this follow-up release, which was originally supposed to be the last for the band. Mutiny Within have an incredible ability to craft melodies, whether using death metal vocals or soaring clean vocals. And then to hear those melodies on top of such heavy and technically precise (dare I say, progressive) music, puts this band at a level way above most of their contemporaries. For fans of hard-rock, traditional metal, post-hardcore, death metal, prog-metal, and power metal, really.

Guitar World magazine is running a contest to wine an ESP/LTD Eclipse Guitar signed by Kamelot, along with 2 tickets to show on the North American tour. Runner up winners can win a special edition CD version of “Silverthorn” signed by the band. Enter by August 31, 2013.

Definition of irony: Creative Commons cofounder Lawrence Lessig had a lecture video taken down from YouTube after Liberation Music submitted a takedown notice under the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The lecture from the nonprofit organization was to illustrate how young people are using videos and other tools to create and communicate via the Internet, and included other YouTube clips of kids dancing to the song “Lisztomania” by the French band Phoenix. How is this video harming Liberation Music, Phoenix, or the market? It’s not. Period.

A dentist wants to clone the late John Lennon of The Beatles. Dr. Michael Zuk bought Lennon’s molar at an auction for about $30,000 (USD) in 2011. Now he’s working with scientists to extract DNA from the tooth. Why are we wasting resources on this? You may clone his physical body, but environment will determine his personality and skills.

Check out this barn spider. Never seen one so orange before!

I totally want this Star Wars Imperial AT-AT bookcase. Not for my kids, but for my own office. But $915 (USD)?

Did you know that USPS Priority Mail includes $50 of insurance, Priority Mail Express includes $100, and Priority Mail Express International includes $200? I have never heard a post office clerk tell me that when they ask if I want to purchase insurance.

Remember the earthquake and tidal wave in Japan several years ago that caused a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant? Well apparently the radioactive leaks are still ongoing and far worse than has been publicized by the Tokyo Electric Power Company and Japanese government, which will no doubt impact the ocean and food chain.

Les Hotels Jaro just learned how not to handle negative customer reviews online. A customer staying at L’Hotel Quebec complained to the front desk about bed bugs, including bringing down some specimens to prove what was biting him. Afterwards, the customer posts a negative review recapping his experience on The hotel asked the customer to remove his review and is suing the customer for $95,000 (USD) in lost revenue. #FAIL. After the lawsuit made the local news, the story has exploded on discussion boards, on Twitter, and on How much revenue do you think L’Hotel Quebec or its parent chain Jaro are losing now?

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