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Metal for Friday: Dispatched “Dispatched” [audio].

This epic 14-minute mostly (but not totally) instrumental slab of melodic death metal may seem like an odd choice, but it’s a very special song to me. This is my … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mud, beer and metal: a taste of Wacken Open Air camp life. [video]

As you may have noticed, I’m going to Wacken soon. If you read this blog regularly you know that Wacken Open Air is the biggest metal festival on Earth and … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: Rhapsody “Emerald Sword” [video].

I’m starting to think about Wacken, where I will be 2 weeks from today. It’s extremely rare for me to start thinking about Wacken so late. In most of the 11 … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday, and the 4th of July: Iced Earth “Declaration Day” [video].

Today is, of course, Independence Day, and the beginning of the Sabbath, and the first full day I’m back with my husband in a long time. So obviously I will be celebrating … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: Nile, “Black Seeds of Vengeance,” live at Wacken. [video]

Black Seeds of Vengeance, which came out in 2000, is one of the most brutal death metal albums ever created. Although their 1998 debut, Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka, was well-received, … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 40: the original Macintosh computer. [Guest post by Robert Horvat]

By Robert Horvat In the middle of 1984, I was getting a tour of my new high school that I would be attending in ’85. It was there that I first … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

The words that ended a presidency: the Watergate “Smoking Gun” tape. [audio]

Forty-two years ago today, sometime in the afternoon of June 23, 1972, a conversation occurred in the Oval Office between President Richard M. Nixon and his domestic policy adviser, H.R. “Bob” Haldeman. … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

From the archives: trapped under ice…for real!

Another tidbit from the archives! I found this one in a book called The Climate of London by Luke Howard, one of the world’s first meteorologists, published in 1818. In addition … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Metal for Friday: Orphaned Land, “Norra El Norra” [video].

I have my iPod on random shuffle while I’m doing research in the library, and yesterday a song by the awesome Israeli prog/death metal band Orphaned Land happened to come … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: Iron Maiden “The Evil That Men Do.” [video]

This song happened to come on my iPod while I was in the library yesterday, and was playing when I found a very interesting letter written by Thomas Jefferson relating … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · 2 Comments
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