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Monday, August 12, 2013

Drunken geniuses, 21 Eyes Of Ruby, Progify, Phil Baheux, methane bomb, (lack of) privacy, darknet, and Mars colonization

Fun weekend with wife’s family, but my 30-something body doesn’t recover well from sleeping in a bed other than my own. I remember the days of youth where I could pass out on a hard floor and feel 99.9% rested in the morning. Oh well!

Speaking of my youth, new studies suggest that the higher your IQ at age 16, the more alcohol you’ll consume as an adult. Guess that explains at lot. ;) Infographic here.

#nowplaying 21 Eyes Of Ruby discography … one of the best indie, modestly progressive, heavy rock bands that nobody has ever heard of, yet. Seriously, just an amazing band and amazing collection of studio albums and songs. And the live concert video on YouTube just shows another dynamic of this band. One of my new favorite bands.

I’m a big fan of (and Classic) for its simple focused function as an album streaming website for progressive rock and metal music. Well now Prog-Sphere has released a competitor (or complement?) website at Check it out.

R.I.P. Phil Baheux, drummer of Belgian heavy metal band Channel Zero ... only 45 years old!

Nothing says heavy metal like a 50-gigaton methane bomb emanating from Russia (Siberia, actually), right? Well, since the rate of global warming has slowed down over recent years, thus leading to less media coverage, alarmists needed a more extreme catastrophe to rally with.

For all you conspiracy theorists out there, just as the NSA announces that they are firing 90% of their IT system administration staff, President Obama announced plans for the government’s spying and surveillance programs and activities to be more “transparent” to the public going forward. And while the government plays post-Snowden and post-Prism C.Y.A., Kim Dotcom of fame has vowed to create usable encrypted email for the masses. Honestly, I don’t care. I’m not engaged in any activity the government actually would care about. I’m not plotting harm anything or anybody. So, whatever.

But if you feel like just need to get away from Big Brother and you’re not tech savvy enough to hangout below the surface in the darknet, here’s a new option for you: How about a free one-way trip to Mars? The waitinglist is already up to 100,000. That many people are willing to leave their terrestrial friends and family at an attempt to colonize a cold, rusty dust-bowl devoid of usable water and vegetation, where no amount of sunblock is going to prevent an immediate sunburn!

Mars One

Mars One

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Review of Within Temptation "The Heart Of Everything"

Within Temptation bridge the gap between the eccentric Nightwish and the commercial Evanescence. Some songs here have operatic notes and choir harmonies, but the choruses and melodies could easily appeal to the popular music crowd that has embraced Amy Lee's more universal vocal style. Actually, that puts Within Temptation a little closer in comparison to Lacuna Coil, but only the melodic, less ambient/electronic side of LC (think "Karma Code" album). I've seen a lot of people online label Within Temptation as a the best "goth" band currently on the metal scene. I can easily see how female-vocal bands like this get lumped into the goth sterotype and see how goth teens would embrace this album's lyrics and sound, but this album has so much more to offer to a far broader audience. The melodies are absolutely amazing, especially on the first four or five tracks. The opening "The Howling" is a scorcher. The single "What Have You Done" is catchy but still strong. "Our Solemn Hour" with its backing choir chants is magically addictive. I mean, did you ever think growing up as a kid that you'd ever love a song with "opera" vocals in it? And then closer "Forgiven" is one of those ballads that can stop you in your tracks, force you to pull out the lyric sheet, spin the track on repeat, and truly bring you to introspection for its duration. Maybe that's the goth element hitting home? End of the day, this album is a 9 out of 10, which is very high regards in my book.