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Metal for Friday: “Revelations” by Judas Priest. [audio]

If you love metal, you love Judas Priest by definition. Judas Priest is to heavy metal what Shakespeare is to drama. You just can’t get smoother, heavier or a more … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy Pesach: the Fifth Cup of Passover. [video]

This week is Passover, the most significant holiday in the Jewish year. It’s my first Passover, so its traditions are pretty new to me. While searching for a YouTube video … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Metal for Friday: “Versus the World” by Amon Amarth, live. [video]

Amon Amarth is one of those bands that, if you get into them, you know you are a terminal, lifelong metalhead. Music like this is delightful to the ears of … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The amazing solar system: what if the planets were the same distance as our Moon? [video]

Check out this awesome video from Yeti Dynamics–a YouTube channel which evidently does a lot of stuff regarding astronomy and celestial objects–and be amazed. Here we see the various planets … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: “Only” by Anthrax. [video]

Anthrax is one of the “big four” of 80s thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament) and an undeniable pillar of the scene. Like most metal bands that have been around … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

The “spaghetti tree” of Ticino: the great BBC hoax of 1957.

Today is April Fool’s Day. My husband and I were chatting last night about it and we agreed that there’s very little fun left in April Fool’s Day these days; … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: “Veil of Maya” by Cynic. [audio]

Cynic is, in my opinion, one of the great metal bands of all time, and their 1993 album Focus is one of the top five metal albums ever recorded. This song, “Veil … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

The beginning of the end of Communism: the Bratislava Candle Demonstration.

Today is an absolutely wonderful and fascinating historical anniversary. Twenty-six years ago today, on March 25, 1988, over 5,000 Slovaks attended a peaceful demonstration in Hviezdoslav Square in Bratislava, then part … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

A jazzy interlude: “I’ve Heard That Song Before” by Harry James. [audio/video]

I’ve had this very old song in my head for several days now, not knowing precisely who performed it or how old it was, so last night I went searching … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Metal for Friday: “Highway Star” by Deep Purple. [audio]

For this week’s Metal for Friday post I decided to reach back into hallowed antiquity and dust off one of the greatest songs from one of (in my opinion) the … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment
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