Thursday, April 28, 2011
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.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
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
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
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
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.
Sunday, April 03, 2011
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.