Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: The Last Stand

Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: The Last Stand

One of my favorite bands is the “power metal” band Sabaton, who theme most of their albums around war and warfare. The most recent album, The Last Stand, features desperate last stands. Some were indeed “last” – as in the stand of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae, some were “merely” desperate. History This song, the title track for the album, concerns itself with the last stand of the papal Swiss guard in 1527, when the Duke of Bourbon attacked Rome in search of loot to distract mutinous troops who had not been paid. As a result of his troops’ attitudes, Read more »

And Despite the Oscars Going to the Most SJW-friendly Topic it Could Find…

And Despite the Oscars Going to the Most SJW-friendly Topic it Could Find…

SJW’s of course still find something to bitch about because they are never satisfied (I know it’s the archive link, but it’s the Verge. Waiver all claims to retaining sanity before reading their articles in full…). This year at the Oscars, much like every year at the Oscars, men were honored for the movies they made. Outside of the women-only acting categories, almost no women were nominated for anything, and almost no women won. Casey Affleck won. Mel Gibson was not only there, but in the third row and often on camera. No one seemed to care, and the entire Read more »

I Was Wrong About the Oscars

I Was Wrong About the Oscars

Turns out that not only did I peg the Oscar wrong, but it’s a movie I’d heard almost nothing about in either promotion or discussions: Moonlight. Turns out the whole LGBTBBQ thing was a bigger deal this year than women in STEM, as both dealt with “the struggles of black people” – though arguably Hidden Figures dealt more with overcoming systemic racism. At least I was not so far off as to have Hell or High Water, Hacksaw Ridge, Manchester By The Sea, Arrival, or La La Land win. First of all, they were all white. Hell or High Water, despite Read more »

In Search of Truth

In Search of Truth

I said in a recent posting: “I care more about arriving at the truth than already having it when I started a conversation.” My blog header also states: “This blog is a redoubt in search of truth in a world darkened by lies,” and I have argued that when we want to throttle petty, tyrant bureaucrats that it is not just simple honesty we crave, but that “We want honest answers because we’re given bullshit, obfuscation, and lies.” Vox of course recently posted on having an affinity for those in search of truth. The individuals I appreciate most are those Read more »

Review: Take the Star Road (The Maxwell Saga) book 1

Review: Take the Star Road (The Maxwell Saga) book 1

While I’ve long seen him around the Mad Genius Club environs and have enjoyed the posts at his own site, I had not read anything of Peter Grant’s until the western Brings the Lightning, and Take the Star Road is, after all this time, only the second book of his I’ve read. Steve Maxwell is an orphan, born on a deeply socialist earth that is in danger, due to most of the smarter and more driven (K-selected?) people leaving for other colonies, of becoming a backwater. Despite the reverence still held for “Old Home Earth” – the signs are there. Read more »

I Know What I Know

I Know What I Know

I know what I know I’ll sing what I said We come and we go That’s a thing that I keep In the back of my head -Paul Simon, “I Know What I Know”, Graceland I was digging around some odds and ends over at the Didacts site, chasing rabbits down holes, and “INTJ” caught my eye. He has posted several times on introverts, and, I am one, so seeing a site in the sidebar about INTJ’s didn’t surprise me. The site wasn’t bad – think of it as more of a very personal set of insights rather than a Read more »

Cruxshadows: Return (Coming Home) (Assemblage 23 Remix)

Cruxshadows: Return (Coming Home) (Assemblage 23 Remix)

Having been introduced to the Darkwave/Goth band the Crüxshadows courtesy of John Ringo’s books, it was now off to the races to find more of their stuff, and so I stumbled, not into Ethernaut, from which “Winterborn” and “Citadel” were pulled, but one of their remix albums Frozen Embers. There are a few interesting retakes here, but my favorite in many ways is the only remix I like of Return – the Assemblage 23 remix. Since Ethernaut went with a Trojan War theme, and given their penchant to refer to myth and religion, I’m fairly sure the song refers to, or Read more »

Musical Interlude: Songs From the Cool World

Musical Interlude: Songs From the Cool World

I don’t know what it was about the 90’s, but I can think offhand of several movies that tried to be edgy and hip that had far better soundtracks than they deserved (and the movies sucked). Most notable to me were Hackers (for having Angelina Jolie), Mortal Kombat, and Cool World. In the former case I still regularly cue up “Connected” by Stereo MC’s, and “Voodoo People” by the Prodigy (incidentally, 2 Cellos has an interesting cover). Mortal Kombat wasn’t as bad a movie as panned, but had an outstanding soundtrack that was damn near a Wax Trax showcase and Read more »

A Better “Stranger” Thing

A Better “Stranger” Thing

While Stranger Things has accumulated accolades, and I sortof enjoyed it, it was mostly because it didn’t completely suck or immerse itself in liberal preachiness. So if you want something even Stranger, and laugh-out-loud funny, maybe check out this freewheeling story of an inter-dimensional insurance agent, by Larry Correia. As the article at Superversive points out: Chapter 2: “The Mediation” The mediator is Chuck Norris. The awesome is hilarious, as is Baldwin’s impersonation of Norris. Just bask in the awesome. Chapter 3: “Hell Comes to Nebraska” This might be the best bit of the book. Not only because it blows Read more »