December 06, 2016
Man At Arms: Reforged - Warhammer 40K Chainsword
CHVRCHES - You Caught The Light
December 05, 2016
Lachesism: Longing for the Clarity of Disaster
From the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.
Dua Lipa - Blow Your Mind (Mwah)
December 04, 2016
Tchaikovsky - The Queen of Spades, Op. 68 (1890)
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Director: Stefan Herheim
Orchestra: The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
"It took Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky only 44 days to write the score of The Queen of Spades. ‘It seems to me that this is my best work ever’, writes the composer once the score is finished.
"After EUGENE ONEGIN, THE QUEEN OF SPADES is Tchaikovsky’s second adaptation of a text by the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. It is Tchaikovsky’s brother Modest who reworks Pushkin’s short story into a libretto."
Kylie Minogue - Night Fever (Live sur Quotidien)
Thanks to Mr. Percifield.
The album track:
December 03, 2016
Making of Takasaki Daruma
Joe Hisaishi - Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
December 02, 2016
Uncommon Knowledge - General Jim Mattis (March 2015)
"In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also served as the commander for NATO supreme allied transformation, and as commander of the United States Joint Forces Command. Mattis is now an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow fellow at the Hoover Institution."
General James Mattis email on being 'too busy to read'
"Ultimately, a real understanding of history means that we face NOTHING new under the sun.
"For all the '4th Generation of War' intellectuals running around today saying that the nature of war has fundamentally changed, the tactics are wholly new, etc, I must respectfully say … 'Not really': Alex the Great would not be in the least bit perplexed by the enemy that we face right now in Iraq, and our leaders going into this fight do their troops a disservice by not studying (studying, vice just reading) the men who have gone before us."
Christmas come early: "Let me tell you a Jim Mattis story."
Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
December 01, 2016
Starship Troopers as The Art of War
"Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, published in 1959, is aging remarkably well. The tome chronicles the early military career of Johnnie Rico, who fights alien arachnids while clad in a heavily armed exoskeleton. The troopers drop from orbit one by one to wreak havoc on whatever target the Sky Marshal deems worthy of the attention. It's a cool adventure novel with a soldier's eye view that doubles a treatise on modern warrior culture, the limits of military technology, and the awful glories of fighting infantry. There's a reason military academies like West Point recommend cadets read the book.
"Like Sun Tzu's masterpiece, Heinlein's abounds with quotable axioms. You may not hear overly intense car salesman quoting from Starship Troopers anytime soon, but here are six reasons why the book is a practical guide to 21st century warfare."
Famous bar bets
"It is widely believed that the creation of Scientology was the result of a bar bet between L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein. The story says L. Ron Hubbard dared that he could create a religion all by himself. According to Scientology critic Lindsay this is 'definitely not true', no such bet was ever made, it would have been 'uncharacteristic of Heinlein' to make such a bet, and 'there's no supporting evidence'. However, several of Heinlein's autobiographical pieces, as well as biographical pieces written by his wife, claim repeatedly that the bet did indeed occur. Heinlein's novel Stranger in a Strange Land is sometimes claimed to be his attempt at winning the bet."
SCNTST - Thru Infinity
November 30, 2016
Andrew Breitbart - Media War (June 2011)
"A publisher, columnist, and blogger, Andrew Breitbart is the founder of the Breitbart network of investigative news websites including Breitbart.com, Breitbart.tv, Big Government, Big Hollywood, Big Journalism, and Big Peace. Breitbart's new book is Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me while I Save the World!"
Sabrina Claudio - Confidently Lost
November 29, 2016
Making a Masterpiece: The Royal Inca Tunic at Dumbarton Oaks (2016)
Y-3 Spring/Summer 2016 Runway Show / TAO Dance Theater Performance
November 28, 2016
Slavoj Žižek: ‘Castro should be forgotten as soon as possible’
"When a regime legitimizes itself by this reference to suffering, 'As you see, even our economic situation proves our greatness'.... In psychoanalysis, we call this reference to renunciation 'symbolic castration'."
Smerz - Because