clappamungus: (Lil' Johnny)

Nighty night! Hope you all sleep well after watching...that.
clappamungus: (King Diamond)
In fact, as a hangover of my old Socialist days, I despise nationalism/parochialism.

But if anything were to turn me into a chest-beating proclaimer of Aussie awesome, it'd be this song:

Actually, this band in general.

Yes, I know. How untrve... ;)
clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
The latest SoT was another sausage fest - Me, Lucas Randall and the inimitable host, Ed Brown.


We talked about the "woman in the red dress" study (and I use the term "study" loosely...), bacteriophages (viruses that attack bacteria), the frozen Copper Age man and his various maladies, fatarses in offices, CO2-capture and bacteria, daydreaming and social skills, how testosterone messes up teamwork (as if there were ever any doubt), stem cells in human ovarian tissue, and the solar flare that hadn't hit at the time we were recording, but has by now, and as far as I'm aware, didn't actually do anything bad...

And for something completely random and unrelated, have a youtube link of the lead track Rise, Vulcan Spectre, the best thrash album of the year (yes I'm making that call now) by Norway's Nekromantheon. This album's even better than their brilliant 2010 effort Divinity of Death. You can keep your modern thrash, both the revivalists and the old bastards trying to remain relevant - this band tears your goddamn face off and then pisses in the gaping wound with acid. I especially like throwing this on when I need to wake the hell up before going to work at an ungodly hour.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
[ profile] xraytheenforcer directed me to this a while ago:

(how, as an Aussie, I missed this and was informed by an American of its existence bemuses me, but anyway)

So, I now present you with this:

I wanted to make it into a user icon, but my old port-of-call for this sort of thing has been taken off the intertwats, and I can't be bothered looking up another one...


Jan. 16th, 2012 10:53 am
clappamungus: (Headbangin' skeleton)
"But I got ten dif'rent kinds of diseases..."

Fuck I love this band.
clappamungus: (King Diamond)
I already did this in Faecesbook because, well, I'm lazy, and it was easier. But damn it, I keep saying I'm going to stay off that shitty enabling social network of doom, and I'll be damned if I don't at least half get that right. So here we are, with album art and a youtube clip for each (well, if I can find one - I'm not going through all the fucktardry of actually uploading tracks myself if they're not there).

This is by no means all the releases I listened to, and there were some that didn't make the lists but were close (as evidenced by the "almost-rans"). And yes, they were all metal. Because I'm a narrow-minded, elitist wanktard that way, obviously. (In all seriousness, I did listen to non-metal this year but not enough to make as comprehensive a list as the one below).

The list )

Well, that post took way too long for something that only a few people will even bother reading... ;P
clappamungus: (Hug?)
For some reason that godforsaken social media site of doom won't let me post this video, so I've fallen back on good ol' reliable LJ.

Anyway, as proof that I don't just listen to metal, here's the video of an old Melbourne band who are missed greatly. They put on a pretty good show.

They were always much more than your average plug-in-n'-play-n'-hope-for-the-best Melbourne indie act. This was one of their more straightforward rockers but they did some really interesting stuff with weird timings and unconventional song structures without being unnecessarily proggish. And the singer, Sianna Lee, had one hell of a set of pipes.

Speaking of Faecesbook, those of you on mine might have seen my beer n' vinyl photo project. It's being discontinued there as I'm really starting to get the shits with FB, and it'll be resurrected here, on a new tumblr site ( Yes, I realise using tumblr as a replacement for Faecesbook is akin to cutting my testicles off to spite my future spawn, but I was convinced by someone who knows better that it's one of the easier blogging sites to use.

Oh, and no, this is not the blog I've set up to use as a writing aid, even though there;s a long rambly entry on it! That one's still....a work in progress. And by by "work in progress" I mean "sweet bugger all".
clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
Last week, another SoT, but the special guest didn't show as she had a last-minute emergency (or, she had an exam the next day. That's an emergency). So it was just the regular crew.

Download here

Topics covered:

End of an era - final launch of the Space Shuttle Program (youtube);
I brought up space elevators, because I'm contrary like that;
Australian eruptions overdue......but also why it's probably not all that likely to be much of a problem in the near future;
The Irish ancestry of polar bears;
NASA borrows from Dune - the first accessories for drinking your own waste in space!;
Setting the record straight is almost impossible - the effects of misinformaiton on memory;
and finally, one that later caused a bit of controversy from someone I know: Greenpeace protesters destroy a GM wheat trial.

On the final one, my views on GM food are complicated. I don't think they're the great evil as every greenie on the planet seems to think, but I think the technology is a bit too dangerous to be put into the hands of greedy multinationals. Moreover, I don't buy that "GM will feed the world" line. The problem, as it's always been, is distribution, not nutritional value of the food or ease of growth. And on that, more food will lead to exploding populations, which will cause more problems of food shortages. It's...fucking complicated, and an emotional issue.

That being said, I have no problem with using GM technology to fiddle with plants to make them more profitable, provided that potential harm to the environment around these crops can be shown to be minimal or non-existent. I certainly have no problem with eating GM-derived foodstuffs, as they've almost overwhelmingly been shown to be harmless. Just don't get me started on Monsanto...

Also on that, I hate Greenpeace. I hate their narrow-minded, black-and-white view of the world. I hate the fact that they can somehow get away with wholesale damage like this and not be held to account. People's research money, and students' research projects, were no doubt affected by this act of idiocy.

Anyway, /soapbox.

Also, Penny was in Western Australia last week, and got some cool pictures of thrombolites (which we may have referred to as "stromatolites" in the podcast, which are similar but not the same) from Lake Clifton, near Bunbury

This week, we're recording on Wednesday, and have another special guest. Who will turn up. Hopefully.
clappamungus: (Default)
So, we were a week late with this one. The planets aligned in a way that fucked everything up the previous week - I was incapacitated from lack of sleep, and Lucas had an emergency no show, so Pen and Ed decided to give it a miss. So we came back with a mixture of the previous and that week's news.

I'll be honest - I was less than impressed with the way I performed. This job's really taking it out of me...

Download here.


Should pregnant women sleep on a particular side to avoid miscarriage?;
End of the sunspot cycle? A new Maunder Minimum? Will it offset global warming?;
Geysers on Enceladus , Saturn's icy moon, demonstrate that there must be a salty ocean beneath the ice;
How humans guided the evolution of dogs barking;
A new method for delaying the effects of snake bites;
A new group of people in Brazil who have never seen other humans. Whoa...;
Optogenetics - the use of light to switch on gene expression;

And finally, the space-bound orb-weaving spiders and their attempts to weave webs in almost zero gravity.


Next week we are sansPenny as she's out of the state - lucky thing. We have a special guest, but it's gonna be a sausage fest...but there are some cool topics coming up!
clappamungus: (Lab Rats)
Another week, another ramble about science in the news. This week we had a different special guest, Simon Taylor, who writes for local entertainment mag Beat and is a magician and comedian. He's also working on a comic strip called Flim-Flam which he hopes to get up and running soon. His fascination with psychology and the mind was very useful in the last two topics.

Here be it

Update on the German E.coli (EHEC) outbreak - sequencing reveals some of its evolutionary history;
The Emperor Penguin Shuffle - keeping warm in ball-bitingly cold places;
Devil Worms From The Deep!;
MORE PSEUDOSCIENCE! Mobile phones and the cancer scare (thanks, WHO);
Questions of morality - hypothetical situations regarding killing to save lives;
The racism - or otherwise - of babies.


And, just because, some dude's done some breathtaking digital animations of flyovers of certain terrains of Mars.

I'd embed the youtube link but for some reason I can't find any more embed options on any youtube page. It's very strange....
clappamungus: (Default)
....but it's a meme.

La Musica )

I want to actually use this LJ more than I have been. But I want to use it as a real writing outlet rather than just a forum for me to air grievances about my boring life. I'm looking at a career change which (maybe) involves more creative writing, so I'll need all the practice I can get. And that means more than Having A WhingeTM, or not updating because all I want to do is Have A WhingeTM.

That being said, update on life in general coming soon. Probably.
clappamungus: (King Diamond)
RIP Jay-Jay Winter. Asomvel were one of the coolest bands out of the UK since...well, since fucking Motörhead.

Memo to the Deities - Stop taking musos, you fucks. There are plenty of rapists, murderers, paedophiles and politicians still around.
clappamungus: (Dream Theater)
Jordan Rudess' response to Mike Portnoy leaving Dream Theater: an improvisation on his Steinway. He gets right into it and even does some ad hoc vocals (which aren't very good, but are heartfelt). [ profile] asylum_at_sea, I don't know if you like Dream Theater but I think you might get a kick out of this, especially.

I've always been more of a fan of Kevin Moore and Derek Sherinian than Rudess even though he is much more technically skilled than either of those two, but this is quite stunning. It's very emotionally-charged, which is something that a fair bit of DT's stuff hasn't been in recent years. I wish he'd play more of this stuff in Dream Theater than the overly processed synth stuff he's been messing around with since he joined the band.

As to Portnoy leaving - well, I'll always thank DT for getting me much more into metal, but I think they've had their day. If they fold due to this, I think it'll be for the best. They've done what no other progressive metal band has done, which was to gain mainstream recognition, and that's nothing to be sneezed at. It'd be a tragedy now if they became a self-parody by not knowing when to quit.
clappamungus: (Lil' Johnny)
Regardless of the state of the current debate about population in Australia, this ad effectively sums up the boneheaded crap that both sides are throwing around concerning asylum seekers.

As I said to someone else, bring on a catastrophe and a mass migration of the "Boat Skips". Schadenfreude be my friend.
clappamungus: (Default)
So I'm sharing it will all of you.

Special thanks goes to Eva who put the bloody song in my head in the first place. So you could say it's all her fault. :P
clappamungus: (Default)
Another legend leaves us.

And even many years later, he still had it. Right 'til the end.

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio.

EDIT - I think RJD would approve:

The Pyre of Kings - Ironsword
The feast is over
This was your time
Until we meet again
May rest you find
Farewell my king
Your spirit lives on

I will carry the torch
To your funeral pyre
All fled, all gone
And the lamps expire
Farewell my king
Your spirit lives on
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)

I hereby resolve to be more like Peter Russell Clarke. Oh, wait. That would mean learning how to cook.
clappamungus: (Blackadder)

But I can't. It's just fucking awesome.
clappamungus: (Default)
Like [ profile] hravan, I'll honour you with the fun stuff rather than the miserable stuff.

R.I.P. Peter Steele. Maybe you're up there right now, corrupting an eternally young Mother Teresa as we speak.
clappamungus: (Stewie dance)
Procrastinating on the Metal Archives forums yesterday, I came across a comment about a Mexican "depressive BM" band called Drown in Solitude, and how the vocalist sounds like an elephant. Nay, like a herd of elephants.

Surely this is an exaggeration, I thought to myself.

No. No, it's really not...

As I listened to it, I got an image of a herd of elephants in bullet belts self harming. I laughed so hard that I almost peed myself...


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