Playing For The B Team

Today I’m thankful for silly cinema.

I’m a fan of “B” movies.  I like goofy 1950s sci fi films, interminable 1980s schlock, and most things in between.  Robot Monster is one of my favorites – the “monster” is a man in a gorilla costume with a diving helmet.  I was only able to get through Manos: Hands Of Fate by watching the Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) version.  I’ve seen a good number of them by watching the MST3K episode, and then seeking out the movie in its own right.

I do have favorites, but I most enjoy the unintentional silliness of the films, usually because the crew involved weren’t entirely sure how to make a movie.  Sometimes it seems they were so excited about being given a budget that they didn’t think anything else through.  I’ve got a good sense of the absurd.  Living in this crazy world makes me appreciate it more by the day.  Videos are property of the respective creators.

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Metal-er Than Thou

Today I’m thankful for the Angry Metal Guy.

I’ve mentioned being a bit of a metal head.  I lean more toward older stuff (RIP, Ronnie D.).  I’m a power/prog metal weenie and like some doom and math metal.  The NWOTHM is absolutely my thing.  I prefer clean vocals.  I’m not a fan of black metal.  I’m not offended by the antireligious aspect.  It’s mostly that the world is already so screwy that I don’t need to be any more nihilistic.  I enjoy learning about emerging artists and ludicrously specific subgenres (technical death slam, really?).  I’ve listened to this nonstop for the past several days.

The site manages to be informative and occasionally hysterically funny – see the comments on any Jorn Lande post.  This beauty is a good example.  Sourced via the Angry Metal Guy.  I do not own the video or song, and material on the Angry Metal Guy website is protected by copyright.

I think Monster Magnet may be my new favorite band name.

 

Whoosh!

Today I’m thankful for gongs.

They have a fascinating history and appear in cultures around the world.  Mostly I like them because they produce such a great clashing sound.  I’ve always been more partial to brass and percussion instruments.  It’s reflected in some of the pet names my family gives me (like “Lights and Noise).  Gongs are both percussion and metallic so they’re the best combination of both.  My mother made me laugh uproariously when she gifted me a tiny version for my desk.  It produces more of a “tink” than a full size one but it still makes me smile.

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My Phone Told Me So It Must Be True

Today I’m thankful for Duolingo.

I can make myself understood in French as long as the subject isn’t too obscure.  I studied Russian for two years at university and picked up some Welsh for fun.  I’m currently useless at both.  I’m complicating my French and trying to wrap my brain around Italian.  The Duolingo app on my phone tells me I’m 12% fluent in Italian.  I can only conjugate 3 verbs but they stay conjugated!  Who needs formal study when one’s phone can reinforce their delusions about language fluency?

Lite Metal

Today I’m thankful for DragonForce.

I’m a bit of a metal head.  I love crystalline guitar solos and machine gun drums.  I prefer clean vocals but can appreciate growling. It’s usually when I’m pissed (angry, not drunk) or in the middle of a tough workout.

With that, I most enjoy bands that don’t take themselves too seriously.  They seem to perform out of sheer enjoyment.  DragonForce is technically accomplished.  They also are just as likely to include chiptune riffs and sing about ridiculously wizard-y things as they are to write lyrics about ripping off faces.  All song rights belong to the artist.

Not The One In California

Today I’m thankful for Pasadena, Newfoundland and Labrador.

I’m tickled that this place exists.  I’ve been to Pasadena, California.  I stayed there while attending a conference in Los Angeles.  It’s a beautiful city full of flowers, fantastic old buildings and very tasty food.  It’s warm all year long AND the home of the Rose Bowl (if that’s your sort of thing).

I know that Newfoundland is known for being scenic and culturally rich.  It isn’t, however, warm year round.  Still, the folks who founded the town thought highly enough of their home to name it after a truly lovely place and that is awesome.

Sounds of Babel

Today I’m thankful for nonsense sounds.

Sometimes combinations of word sounds just make me laugh.  They sound utterly silly to me.  I don’t know how many other people have similar experiences.  My sample is so far limited to two.

The domain I chose reflects my love of things that sound silly together.  I’m naturally pretty quiet and stern, contrasted by my very absurd sense of humor.  I can be both dark, like thunderheads, and just plain goofy.  It’s reflective of who I am, and sounds a bit like word salad.