Great Minds Think Alike (And They Don’t)

As a follower of (too) many atheist Facebook pages, I heard about the book The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer last year. This book’s purpose was to explain why some people believe in God and some don’t. As someone who decided at the age of five that there was no such thing as a god,… Continue reading Great Minds Think Alike (And They Don’t)

Valient Thorr: On Earth to Help

  In a world where rock music has devolved into coiffed dudes with tribal armbands crying about their girlfriends, Valient Thorr is a blast of Thin-Lizzy-Lynyrd-Skynyrd-Motorhead kick-ass telling those dudes to wake the hell up. Since their Venusian spacecraft crashed in North Carolina in the early 2000s, they’ve been bringing true rock n roll to… Continue reading Valient Thorr: On Earth to Help

My Lifelong Struggle with Metal Trivia

  At work, we talk a lot about how important it is for students to have background knowledge of influential people and important historical events – in other words, “No, sweetie, Michelle Obama’s mother couldn’t possibly have been a slave BECAUSE THE CIVIL WAR ENDED IN 1865!”  I’m finding that background knowledge is also helpful… Continue reading My Lifelong Struggle with Metal Trivia

STOP TELLING ME THINGS! The Art of Screaming at TVs

Every time it’s the same. I’ll go to a friend’s house, sit down on his comfortable couch, and proceed to yell comically at the television. My screaming isn’t directed at just a particular show or commercial, and sometimes it comes without warning. To be honest, it’s really just to get a laugh or assert my… Continue reading STOP TELLING ME THINGS! The Art of Screaming at TVs

Dancing with a Giant Book: Review of Martin’s A Dance with Dragons

  North of the Wall, a skinchanger enters a wolf’s body and gorges himself on human flesh.  Thousands of miles to the south, a fourteen-year-old queen tends to three ferocious dragons in the hopes that they will win back her ancestral empire.  In between, a beaten populace has more immediate concerns than wargs and winged… Continue reading Dancing with a Giant Book: Review of Martin’s A Dance with Dragons

Brides + Basement = Bad Horror Movies

  BAD horror movies bring me a lot of joy.  I’m talking about the kind that is so awful it’s insulting.  Bad scripts, bad acting, bad special effects, just plain bad.  I particularly like movies from the 70s because they weren’t torture porn like today’s horror movies — and more importantly, the boobs were real. … Continue reading Brides + Basement = Bad Horror Movies

The Pocono Mountains – A World Away in Just over Two Hours

  With this being the month of love, I thought I’d share a relationship secret with you. Relationships are a lot of fucking work. As with most brilliantly constructed sentences, you can take a statement more than one way. One, relationships are a lot of work: real work, hard work and sometimes downright ugly work.… Continue reading The Pocono Mountains – A World Away in Just over Two Hours