October 12th, 2015

#4938: It's not safe for work, but it explains everything you need to know about American academia.

Amy Alkon links a tweet today that explains it all.

Have a gander and tell me that you disagree with me on this.

I'll bet the girl got an A+ on her presentation.

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Bluesun observes that it didn't take Iran very long to begin flouting Obama's treaty with them

Well, why would they? The negotiations were a desperate scramble to get Iran to sign a deal; in the process John F-in' Kerry managed to telegraph that America won't do squat if Iran violates the thing.

1,000 mile range, long enough to hit Israel. And if fired from a ship, long enough to hit the US from a far piece out.

You're welcome, America! Obama loves you!

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Seventy percent of EPA bureaucrats make over $100,000 per year. Doesn't that make you feel good, you who are struggling to make ends meet?

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Well, I have to get up at 5 AM four more times. This is progress.

Today is a gorgeous autumn day, and instead of doing anything outside in it, I'm in here writing a blog post. Clothes must go into the dryer, and then I'm laying down and taking a nap, because when Mrs. Fungus gets home we're going to watch Gotham.


#4939: A poor grasp of the basics, part 2

Thanks to the AoSHQ overnight open thread, which is supposed to contain the worst music videos ever, we have this tonight:

It's Finnish black metal. I have a friend--one of the nicest guys you could meet--who has (or had, anyway, as it's been a while since I talked to him) a side business producing concert videos of black metal bands. He's in a black metal band himself, called "SATAN'S ALMIGHTY PENIS" (in all caps, yes). Although I am probably the farthest thing from an aficianado, I can say with at least a modicum of authority that black metal is supposed to be dark and wicked and maybe a little scary, a complete rejection of everything good and decent.

I have no idea what the song is about. One of the salient features of black metal is that the lyrics are usually incoherent gargling and/or screaming. The video shows goofballs cavorting in a snowy wood and acting ridiculous. The guy tripping and falling during his run past the camera--they couldn't do a re-take?--is slightly less hilarious than the guy at 2:14 reacting to having snowballs thrown at him.

Bonus points: lead vocals by Gollum!

If that first video wasn't ludicrous enough, go look up their song "The Satanic Darkness" on YouTube. More cavorting in the woods, but it's different because it's in the summertime. The best part of the video is at 1:20.

I have to warn you that in this video the lead singer, Gollum, wears a leather thong with a skull and crossbones on it. If I weren't so imperturbable I'd need eye bleach to deal with the image of the pirate booty as he prances through the woods, but things like that stopped bothering me a long time ago. (Around the time I was in training to be a certified nurse's aide, actually, when I realized that the squeamishness I'd always thought I'd had was entrely chimerical, and in fact I wasn't squeamish at all.)

Even better: the utterly normal guy with a flag, dancing with them in a polo shirt and driving cap. In general these guys look like they'r having far too much fun while being oppressed by the terror and horror of the evil from hell. Way to go. This looks like one of those things which is too stupid for me to worry about.

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I don't even know why I'm awake right now. I hit the hay at 6 PM, because I was tired; I woke up at 9 feeling a bit thirsty and not at all tired. Mrs. Fungus will be home in a little while and I think I might as well stay up, because Monday is Gotham night.

I have nothing else to discuss right now.