Friday, November 8. 2013 | Comments (0)
I'm not entirely sure this is necessary...but it's interesting:
They did this, too:
IMO, those are the three best by far. The Northern Kings have tons of other covers, but they don't really have the spark of inspiration.
So, there you go.
Friday, November 8. 2013 | Comments (0)
So here's the opening to Slayers Try, "Breeze" by Megumi Hayashibara.
and here's a different version by NOVA:
The full version of "Kujikenaikara!", the closing song from the original Slayers series (it's worth it, if you've never heard the full version. Hayashibara and Okui harmonize beautifully:
Hayashibara performing "Going History", the opening from Slayers Next:
Ok, this is mostly pop stuff. So here's "La Isla Bonita" as performed by Twilight Guardians.
Yeah, it's a cover. Sue me. Ronnie James Dio was one of the gods of rock; I like Killswitch Engage's version of "Holy Diver" better.
Wednesday, October 9. 2013 | Comments (0)
Thursday, September 26. 2013 | Comments (2)
It's a baseball reference. Nobody panic.
New MLB instant replay rules still emphasize getting it wrong.
Two carries, six yards: The tragic story of Ricky Bell.
Vivien Maier, brilliant amateur photographer of the 1950's, wasn't discovered until 2007.
The Soviet superplane program that rattled Area 51.
The Mars Science Laboratory is still running, btw.
Would you like to own every MAD magazine ever printed?
How long has it been since DC Comics did something stupid? 8 days, when I made the link.
Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sort of. But it's still kind of...eery.
Jon Sorensen: Personal recollections of working on the film Alien.
So Los Alamos prepared three nuclear cores, right? And we used two of them right? Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You remember that. So where did the third core go?
Raising the Dead: Bushman's hole in South Africa claims the life of a preeminent deep-dive expert when he tries to return a body found in the hole to the surface.
Grand Theft Auto IV: San Andreas I'm gonna give this a try.
Tuesday, September 17. 2013 | Comments (3)
Completely forgot about Macross's 30th Anniversary a few months ago. I posted a link in Twitter to the Macross Museum which opened in Japan; pretty sure they're not going to bring it to America. So, here's the final battle from Macross: Do You Remember Love? Strictly speaking, the movie came out several years after the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross anime, but as the movie is presented as an "in-universe" retelling of the events of the series, I think it's acceptable. The movie took all of the major elements of the series and turned them up to 11, so a lot of DYRL comes off as a bit corny. However, it included the incredibly iconic song Love, Do You Remember and arguably the best hand-drawn animation ever photographed. Nothing in the movie is computer generated in any way; DYRL is plain, old-fashioned cell photography. And an incredible achievement.
Oh, and incidentally, I forgot to mention that Mari Iijima was propelled to instant stardom by playing the first "anime idol".
Tuesday, September 17. 2013 | Comments (0)
Both are still going strong, if you like that sort of thing. The musical styles aren't joined at the hip, but they certainly travel in the same circles. Most people had their only experience with these genre's in the early- to mid- 1990's:
Enigma had a second hit with Return To Innocence, but the song above, Sadeness, sticks with most people because it, or some variation, was used for 10,000 movie sex scenes.
Adiemus was used for a number of tv and radio advertisements for a number of years. Adiemus was the first song from the Adiemus album by composer Karl Jenkins. None of the other songs from the album were hits in the U.S. Nor where any of the songs on the SIX sequel albums.
Enigma, or more formally, The Enigma Project, has released six follow-up albums as well. Enigma could be said to have experienced more success, as several Enigma songs have featured in various movies and television shows. However, the creator of Enigma, Michael Cretu, has also been sued repeatedly for not acknowledging or paying the sources of several of the musical samples he has used.
Wednesday, September 4. 2013 | Comments (0)
Donna Lewis was one of a sizable handful of female singers in the mid- to late-90's who hit the airwaves with one or two pop hits and quickly disappeared. That wouldn't be so unusual, except that it really was a veritable flood for a few years. This was arguably the precursor to the "Grrl Power" movement, as it seemed be largely triggered by the success of Melissa Etheridge and other perceived-alternative and independent musicians; a female-centric offshoot of grunge. Lewis stands out not only for the extreme catchyness of "I Love You Always Forever", but for her impressively produced debut album "Now In A Minute". A few of the songs falter due to noticeably resembling each other, a real shame that mars an otherwise outstanding sonic experience. However, the albums other great failure is that it serves as a great cure for insomnia.
America's 50 Countries - Article on National Review about the heterogenic nature of America.
Andrew Branca appeared on a California NPR broadcast a couple of months ago to serve as the token defender of George Zimmerman and Stand Your Ground laws. Havoc ensued when Branca pointed out that 33 states have Stand Your Ground laws like Florida's, and California's is actually the most liberal (in the classic sense).
What, exactly, ARE Jay-Z's 99 Problems? An artist on tumblr is working it out.
Brimstone over Iwo Jima.
"Without Love" is probably the best song on the disc. Sounds truly phenomenal cranked up loud. Amazing mix.
The "Not-as-dark-as-advertised" Ages. An idea that's been covered quite a bit the last few years. Hopefully, the classic idea of the "Dark" Ages will be gone in another decade.
World of Warcraft subscribers down to 7.7 million. I talked about this on Facebook a few weeks back. As many have pointed out, 7.7 million is still the largest subscriber base in America, and it's probably the largest user base as well. Guild Wars 2 is claiming 5 million users, although it's very difficult to compare "users" to "subscribers". However, considering how successful many free-to-play games have been, I still think if WoW trends below 5 million Blizzard starts converting the game to FTP. The next expansion will prove it either way, in my opinion.
Former NBA star Kenny Anderson comes to terms with sexual abuse when he was a child. Another long piece by SBNation. These long-form articles SBN has been doing are excellent reading.
A tear-jerking story about "Animal Crossing". Will make you hate yourself if you've ever thought anything bad about your mother.
For Texans, a short guide to many lost buildings at Fair Park in Dallas.
And, again, while fantastically produced and featuring Donna's excellent voice, this is one of the songs that will put you to sleep.
Something I need to add to my list of things that I say I'll do but never get around to is reviewing a few albums. I know everyone loves hearing the opinions of a music snob. Speaking of which...seriously, who reads Rolling Stone anymore? I didn't even know they were still published.
P.S. Still can't get to sleep? Try this one:
Thursday, July 4. 2013 | Comment (1)
WoW players, have you ever listened to the music for the Karazhan dungeon? That is some creepy s***. For maximum effect, play it in the background while you're doing something else, home alone. With the lights out.
Wednesday, June 5. 2013 | Comment (1)
Friday, May 31. 2013 | Comments (3)
Today's video and music theme is Texas Rangers walk-up songs:
1st up, Lance Berkman uses "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash.
A thing that won't trigger nostalgia: Blockbuster Video.
Top 25 Epoch-Making Anime
The Lord of the Rings Family Tree project. Ambitious, and still not the easiest thing to follow.
7 Pictures of Tom Cruise being tall.
Brad Johnson: The Price of an NFL career.
The much-hated A.J. Pierzynski uses "Bullets" by Creed, "Set It Off" by Audioslave, and included below because it's the most interesting, "AJ Scratch" by Kurtis Blow:
MLB's State-of-the-art Replay System
The Giant Rubber Duck in Hong Kong; coming soon to a major city near you.
Political: The Brickmuppet sums up all of the scandals of the current governmental administration that started breaking the past few weeks.
Political/Cultural: The Part of the World That Shoots Back
And finally (for now) Adrian Beltre's song is "Pa Que Retozen" by Tego Calderon:
A video I really wanted to find, or a recording even, is George Chandler's cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway". Chandler performed the cover for an episode of The Benny Hill Show, and apparently never recorded the song otherwise. Which is a shame, because it was probably the best version of the song ever performed. I have video from the show, but I am somewhat reticent to upload, as Benny Hill related videos seem to be taken down regularly.
My current video game project, since hitting the level cap in Scarlet Blade (it's been upped since, and a new area added) is to use the free trial of World of Warcraft to level every class with every race to level 20, and to make judgements thereon. So far I've leveled a Warrior for Human, Dwarf, Gnome and Night Elf, and I'm working on Draenei. I won't do Pandas until the end. One thing I can tell you is that the Draenei starting area hasn't been optimized for the free trial. At least one quest chain requires access to mail, which is blocked in the demo. The four original races have all been streamlined to make the level experience to 20 quick and rewarding. In fact, it's probably a little "too" quick, and it's clear (especially in areas that I had previously visited with older characters) that a lot of quests had been cut, even though their resources where sometimes still in the game. This is an improvement in some cases; e.g. a hunting quest chain in Loch Modan has been cut in half at least. Originally you had to "kill 8 xxxxxx's" for four different low-level animals, then four different medium level animals, then four different high-level animals, then a boss animal for each. Each group was located in a different area; the entire quest chain could have you running over the entire area (pre-mount if you're doing it at the appropriate level) and can take hours and hours of work (days for a casual player). However, in some cases Blizzard cut off a quest chain half-way through, leaving a story half-finished, or cut out a quest chain that uses unique resources. A good example is in the human starting area, which cut out the quest chain involving one of the kobold-infested mines, even though the kobolds and mine are still there. Most of the quest chain involving the human bandits is gone, leaving this group of bandits that everyone talks about, but that you never really do anything about. But more about all of this later.