Friday, April 29, 2011

A Goddam Sexual Tyrannosaurus... Just Like Me.

Again, not one of mine. But possibly the most awesome custom figure I've seen lately.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Brandon, Mississippi

The town of Brandon, Mississippi apparently loved Marine Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers, who was killed in Afghanistan.

This is video shot from the dashboard of a state police cruiser escorting Staff Sergeant Rogers' funeral motorcade.

Did you notice anything missing? Like maybe some looney-tunes protestors who I refuse to name in order to raise their Google ranking?

It seems that the town and surrounding county organized to handle a certain group of infamous protestors. I won't say that everything was strictly legal, but then, when you place yourselves outside of society, you shouldn't necessarily expect all of society to welcome you with hugs or rush to your assistance when you get in a spot of trouble.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Say What?


You've been out shopping someplace and overheard a family of immigrants speaking a language you just don't understand. It's somewhat disconcerting. You don't know the content of the speech, obviously, but there's something alien about the rhythm and cadence of the speech too.

But have you ever wondered what it must be like on the other end of that? What American English sounds like to native speakers of other languages?

So what is this? Well, according to one helpful commentator on the Internet it's a 1972 song called, "Prisencolinensinainciusol" by Adriano Calentano with his wife Claudia Mori. Everything is total gibberish designed to sound like American English. In effect, this is what we sound like to "them." Or, at least Calentano and his missus. Although as a hit, it must have sounded like a good approximation to a fair number of other people too.

Maybe they just liked the beat. The song is catchy.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Blog that makes me LOL

OK, I realize this is going to raise a few eyebrows, but... Bangable Dudes in History is definitely a blog that makes me LOL. The concept is hilarious. And no, I'm not gay. ("Not that there's anything wrong with that...") Someone needs to start the Bangable Chicks in History blog now... I promise to plug them too.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Fallon Friday

Stephen Colbert sings "Friday" on Jimmy Fallon's late night show, with a little help from his friends.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Borders farewell

This is a scene from one of the many Borders stores that is closing. The empty shelves are in the Career Reference section. The quote on the wall reads, "When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food." -- Erasmus

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

X-Men: First Class

This isn't the real opening credits sequence for X-Men: First Class, but given how well it captures the 1960's / Bond movie aesthetic, maybe it should be.

I wasn't wildly enthusiastic about X-Men: First Class when I heard about it, but the more I see and hear, the more interested I become.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Helmet's View

This is footage shot from a camera mounted on the helmet of a member of the Australian Commando Regiment fighting in Afghanistan.

If it seems a bit chaotic, or ends a bit anti-climatically, chalk that up to the nature of modern war. It's anything but neat and tidy, and it isn't ready-made for narrative drama.

The Black Keys

I sent this around to many of my email correspondents... But it's too good not to share further.

My wife loaded all the Black Keys albums on my iPod. Now I can take Howlin' For You with me on the road.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Paul Vunak's Rapid Assault Tactics & Edged Weapons

I haven't been writing much on my martial arts practice these past few months. I haven't given up, in fact, I expanded my practice. In January 2010, I started regular BJJ classes. My exposure and practice of BJJ had been sporadic up until then. Let me be honest, my taijutsu dojo's owner and head instructor was adding to his own arsenal by practicing BJJ and using us as grappling dummies. We showed enough interest, and his own practice of the art advanced to the point where first his staff started taking lessons and getting ranked, and then classes were offered to the main student body.

In late May-early June, 2010, a good friend of mine started his quest to build a martial arts instruction business and began offering Jeet Kune Do (JKD) classes. His line of instruction goes through Paul Vunak's organization, and he is certified to teach Vunak's Rapid Assault Tactics and Edged Weapons curriculum. "RAT" is a stripped down version of JKD, and was developed back in the 80's as a combatives program for the Navy SEALs. The Edged Weapons curriculum was developed for similar reasons. I'm really enjoying expanding my martial arts practice. I think these two additional disciplines are meshing nicely with my old taijutsu training, and filling in some important gaps. Here's a video of Vunak teaching an edged weapons seminar:

Here's a video of Vunak discussing his philosophy of edged weapons:

Given that my buddy is just starting out, I'd probably be remiss not to post his teaching POC information:


Website -- I suspect he's been updating his Facebook page with the most recent information, but this may still be helpful for background info.

Here's Paul Vunak's website for deeper info on the system.