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"Brian, what's the history of Cinco De Mayo?" [What Day Is It?]

May 5th, 2011 by

From those gleeful merchants of brevity at 5-Second Films comes this important piece of historical context:


De nada.

(Gracias to Nick and to 5SF.)

Innovation Equals Two Swords As One

April 18th, 2011 by

Innovation is where you find it inside one's self.


This is "Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu (2 Swords Technique)" by Photek.

The song and video are inspired by the famed warrior Miyamoto Musashi's technique and koryū.


There are two explicit things to take away from this video:

1.) You can innovate as quickly as you can think of it.

2.) Sword-fighting sequences are awesome.

(Inspired by Kyle. Video via YouTube user ZombiDidgeridoo. Picture via unheard78.blogspot.com.)

"HE'S JUST A ONE-TOWN MAN WITH A ONE-MAN WIFE." [This Is What Rock Looks Like]

April 11th, 2011 by

This is wonderful.

Enjoy the near-glossolalia of "Chin Music" by Future Of The Left.

Feel it.

(Video via YouTube user KhufuMedia.)

Bring The Gold. [Do you know what today is?]

March 17th, 2011 by

From beloved animator Brad Neely comes this important treatise on St. Patrick's Day -- or as we call it: Amateur Drinkers' Night.

As an aside to Pat: It's easy to say you chased the snakes out of Ireland when there weren't any there to begin with.

Today is a day to honor those who still dream.

January 17th, 2011 by

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tavis Coburn MLKing

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

The time is always right to do what is right. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

To you, the reader: do what is right.

(Art via thisisnthappiness by Tavis Coburn. Video via YouTube's superjsuh.)

It's a Wednesday Of The Talking Horse. [This Is What Rock Looks Like]

January 12th, 2011 by

Melvins, yes. Taste the surrealism.

Oh, this song. The final set of riffs on this track are overwhelming, like being tossed head-over-heels by a wave of blood at night.


(Via the video's director, Behn Fannin.)

I love the work that you do but fuck you. [Fuck You Friday]

November 12th, 2010 by

It's a Fuck You Friday.Hey.

Things been alright with you?

Do y' know what today is?

Yeah. It's a Fuck You Friday.

Today's allotment of anti will go towards hospitals.

I don't like it. And I know that I don't like it even though it helps.

Understand: hospitals are good. Hospitals do their best each day and each night. Hospitals are there to help. But goddammit,  I fucking hate being in hospitals.

So, a salute to the men and women who work at hospitals and the unspeakably difficult work that they do.

And fuck you to the incipient unhappiness that inhabits hospitals. The people that work there are doing the best that they can.

Now, here's Off With Their Heads playing "For The Four."

"I'm not walking through hospital doors today."

(Video via YouTube user MzCandyAppleRed.)

Take it away on this Fuck You Friday.

September 3rd, 2010 by

It's a Fuck You Friday.Evenin'.

Been a pretty good day.

Now, do you know what today is?

Yeah. It's a Fuck You Friday.

Take it away, Cee-Lo:

(This one's for Ray, who loves him some Cee-Lo.)

It's a "Let's Sing About Volcanoes In The State Of Washington" Wednesday.

September 1st, 2010 by

Volcanoes? In Washington state?

Yeah, man; don't you remember Mount St. Helens?

Mount St. Helens goes up.

Mount St. Helens' eruption column around 8:35 AM on May 18, 1980. Photo via wikipedia.org.

Y'know what? Let's sing about it.

Start you off with the sunny/chunky sounds of The Presidents Of The United States Of America with their helpfully explanatory song "Volcano."

(Video via YouTube user presidentsrock, the official YouTube channel of The Presidents Of The United States Of America.)

Next, the crushing mathcore power of Tacoma's-own Botch. In the past I've verbally explained their music as what it would sound like if The Dillinger Escape Plan and Phillip Glass were having a drunken giggling slap-fight 'round a campfire in an Olympic Peninsula trailer park under the stars.



From the back of a shirt by the band Botch celebrating the re-release of their album American Nervoso.

Further, I once described their couplet of songs "Afghamistam / Micaragua" thusly:

There is a moment in the song where after a lull, the track breaks open like a herd of Clydesdales bursting from a snow-swept barn in slow motion. "RIIIDE!" bellows singer David Verellen as the song thunders downslope.


Can't recommend their work highly enough. It is monstrously inertia-laden, gleefully-abstruse, complex metal music for adults (and/or anyone). Yes.

So, here are Botch delivering their devastatingly-propulsive vulcanphobic song "Hutton's Great Heat Engine" live at Chain Reaction in Anaheim on 2000/03/25.

(Thanks to YouTube user axewound.)

Let's be safe out there, Washington residents. The Earth can be unpredictable, yet that tension (tectonic 'n otherwise) inspired some excellent music.

(This one's for Jon and Tanky and Elbow and even Kyle. Inspired by a conversation with Maria Rose. Let's all be safe out there.)

Today is Judgment Day.

August 29th, 2010 by

According to the movie Terminator 2, today is Judgment Day:

T-800: The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
Sarah Connor: Skynet fights back.
T-800: Yes. It launches its missiles against the targets in Russia.
John Connor: Why attack Russia? Aren't they our friends now?
T-800: Because Skynet knows the Russian counter-attack will eliminate its enemies over here.

So, today is a day that's already passed where nuclear war was to happen but didn't.

That's worth celebrating.

Terminator 2 is one of the finest action films ever made. Watch it today. And don't forget, there is no fate but what we make.

Here is the original teaser trailer:

And for good measure, here's a video from Bay Area string metal favorites Judgement Day. This video is for their song "Into The Abyss," and it has zombies in it. Enjoy.

(Thanks Dad, for taking me to my first legal Rated R film.)