Friday, April 29, 2011

Big 4 4riday.




So it came and went, the Big 4.

For those of you that don't know what I am talking about, there are 4 bands that are legends in the thrash metal scene.  They are Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica.

They have never played a North American show together until last weekend, that is why it was dubbed the big 4.  The best thrash metal bands of all time.

This was the Order

Anthrax
Megadeth
Slayer
Metallica.

I will give you my low down on each band.

Anthrax.  Awesome, These guys are very very good.  They have gone through a couple lead singers in their day, but their original lead singer is back (Joey Belladonna).
Do yourself a favor and but Anthrax's 'Among the Living' CD, it is one of the best CD's I own.

Megadeth.  My least favorite of the 4 bands.  I will give Megadeth this, they are very good musically.  Man, Dave Mustaine and the boys really can play well.  I love a lot of their songs, but not as much as the other 3 band.

Slayer.  Sorry, I meant SLAYER !!  Sorry, I meant FUCKING SLAYER !!!!!  Arguably one of my favorite bands.  I have never heard speed metal until i heard these guys.  Wow, their songs, music, vocals, drums, everything is absolutely phenomenal.  I LOVE these guys.  Do yourself another favor and buy Slayers 'Reing in Blood', 'Seasons in the Abyss', and 'God Hates us All' CD's.  Guaranteed you will not stop listening to these guys.

Metallica.  What's there to say, these guys are legends.  I love their music.  I prefer their old stuff over their new stuff, but regardless, they rule !!!

In case any of you are interested, here was their playlists last weekend.
My neck would have been sore after this concert.

Anthrax setlist:
Caught in a Mosh
Got the Time
Madhouse
Among the Living
Antisocial
Indians
Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't
A.I.R.
Metal Thrashing Mad
I Am the Law

Megadeth setlist:
Trust
In My Darkest Hour
Hangar 18
Wake Up Dead
Poison Was the Cure
She-Wolf
Sweating Bullets
Headcrusher
A Tout Le Monde
Symphony of Destruction
Peace Sells
Holy Wars... The Punishment Due

Slayer setlist:
World Painted Blood
Hate Worldwide
War Ensemble
Postmortem
Raining Blood
Black Magic
Dead Skin Mask
Silent Scream
The Antichrist
America
Payback
Seasons in the Abyss
Snuff
South of Heaven
Angel of Death

Metallica setlist:
Creeping Death
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Fuel
Ride the Lightning
Fade to Black
Cyanide
All Nightmare Long
Sad But True
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Orion
One
Master of Puppets
Blackened
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman

Encore:
Am I Evil? (w/ The Big 4)
Hit the Lights
Seek and Destroy


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I hope the Big 4 does more North American tours.

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Anyone watch the Royal Wedding ?  I actually had a date watching my grass grow in the backyard so I missed it.  Yawn.  Let me know how it was.

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Anyone else jacked for the UFC this weekend ?  GSP vs. Shields should be a beauty.

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Joke of the Day.

"Old Jethro next door's a-makin' moonshine again" the wife told her husband.  "How can you tell?"  he asked.  "Did you smell it ?"  "Nope.  But a bunch of mice from over at his place came over here this morning and beat the shit out of our cats...."


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I am outta here !!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Still Metal, just none today.



We Start'em young around these parts.  Ryder enjoying his first Timmies.






Ryder and Dad enjoying Timmies together.







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What you see below is 'The Stanley Cup" of the LHL.  I just happened to be on the winning team this year.

You should have seen the excitement and joy from Ang's face when I brought this thing home.   I had it on the fridge for day, and it's been by the front door ever since.  Trust me, it will be hitting every room in the house this summer, along with a couple road trips.

Email me if you would like me to bring the Lutzie Cup to your office for a photo session.




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Look at this amazing slide into home base in a baseball game in the states.


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It feels nice to get back and doing some cardio.  My sprained ankle isn't 100% healed yet, but it is good enough.  I started running outside last week, in preparation for my 5k Mothers Day race.  Notice how i said 5 k, years past I sign up for the 10 k.  But since I never train for this run, after the 10 k, I am a mess.  Seriously, sore for a week, and wonder why I ran it.  This time, I am signing up for the 5 k, and I am actually training for it.  If you want to sign up, here is the website.


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So I am starting week 6 of my transformation challenge.  Almost half way through the 12 week challenge.  I am really going to see some results now that I can do some cardio.  Check out the link below.  Look at some of the results of the contestants.




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Swimming sucks.  I just can't seem to put it together this year so far.  I can't do more than a few lengths of the pool without having to stop for a breather.  I think it's all mental with me, I think i am going to drown all the time, so I imagine this isn't helping things.

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Today's Joke of the Day.


'The bank manager noticed the new clerk was terrible when it came to counting money and adding up figures. "Where did you get your financial education?" he asks. "Yale," replies the lad. The manager is sure he's misheard the man, so he asks his question again and the man again responds "Yale." That can't be right, thinks the manager. He decides he's going to check it out online. "And what's your full name again?" asks the manager. "Yim Yohnston." '


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I am outta here !!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Corporate Banger (No, it's not a meal)



Today's Blog talks about guys like me that are out there, that have a corporate job, but underneath, are closet head bangers, aka metal heads.  Now, just because we look professional doesn't mean we listen to Backstreet Boys or Techno, we make horns with out index and pinky fingers, and enjoy good ol heavy metal.

What are you talking about when you say pinky and index finger ?  The following diagram will help out.







So what makes a person metal ?  I think once you get into it, you can't get out, you are trapped, and that's a good thing.

To learn more about Metal, I highly recommend you rent this DVD.
Metal, a Headbangers Journey.  This documentary is great.  It is made from a metal head for metal heads.







From all you people that read my blog, I had an ealier entry telling you that Quiet Riot was the first band that got me introduced into Metal.

I thought I would give you a road map from there about my metal journey.

Hair bands is where it started.  Quiet Riot, Poison, GnR, KISS, Cinderella, Skid Row, Bon Jovi.  I am sure there are more that I am missing, but I am sure you get the picture.

I swore at the time that I would never listen to anything heavier, because the music sucked, but that's when Wade 'The Legend' Headington gave me his Metallica 'And Justice For All' CD.  This was magical.  Things started to steamroll from here.  I bought all the Metallica disks, Slayer disks, and Anthrax music.

My bro (Urty) and I were in heaven with our Metal.  That is when we decided to take it to another level, death metal.

Adding to the CD collection were the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Incubus (the death metal Incubus, not the lame incubus being played on the radio now), Napalm Death, Obituary, Deicide.  But the originator of our 'death' scene was Sepultura.  Wow, these guys were phenomenal.  Do yourself a favor and buy Sepultura's Arise, you will not be dissapointed.

While the death scene faded a bit, Urty and I dove right into Pantera.  Still one the best bands of all time. 

In the last 8 years or so, there has been another type of genre that has some good music, i believe it's called thrashcore.  The bands that rule this genre that curtis and I like are All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Trivium and others.  The bank that pioneered this all is Slipknot.  This band rules, you have to see them live.

There are some other bands that i like that I haven't mentioned here like Biohazard, and GWAR.  You can fit them in where needed.

Today, I am still into all things metal.  Metal for breakfast, Metal for lunch, and Metal for supper, sounds like a well balanced diet to me.

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Today Joke of the Day.

A man is in a bar and falling off his stool every couple of minutes.  he is obviously drunk.  So the bartender says to another man in the bar:  "Why don't you be a good Samaritan and take him home.  "The man takes the drunk out the door and to his car and he stumbles at least ten times.  They drive along and the drunk points out his house to the man.  He stops the car and the drunk stumbles up the steps to his house with the man.  The drunk's wife greets them at the door:  "Why thank you for bringing him home for me, but I have one question for you", "Where's his wheel chair ?"


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I am out. !!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Fergie Friday


Came across this pic of fergie, so I decided to post it.  Hence the 'Fergie Friday' theme.  I have nothing to say about here, just the pic.




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Today's Daily Dump.

Bear Poo

Bears don't poo at all when hibernating.  Their bodies create an internal plug made from feces and hair that prevents them from pooping during their 5-month slumber.


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Is Robaxacet looking for a new dancing stick-man ?  I may have found his replacement.


video



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Check this out.  This is how unruly baseball fans get thrown out a Pittsburgh Pirates games.  On a side note, I have watched a game in this park (PNC Park) and loved it !!  It is one of the best ball park's I have been to.




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I thought I would give you an update about my 'transformation challenge'.

It has almost been a month since this thing has started and all in all, I would say I have been doing pretty good.  I have been going to the gym routinely and lifting weights, and my diet has been good.  I have had a couple 'cheat' days (which you are not supposed to do) but hey, I am only human.  The biggest thing for me has been the cardio.  I sprained my ankle almost 3 weeks ago and i haven't been able to run since.  Just this week I started swimming so I can get in some cardio.  I am going to try it our this weekend and see how the ankle feels, I am hoping it tests out good so I can start running.

I have 2 more months before the contest is complete, the next 2 months I will really focus on my diet and cardio, along with the workout routines.

I have provided the link to the dynamis website, and the competitors i am up against.  Be warned !!

http://thedynamisdifference.com/blog/DYNAMIS+Dreambody+Challenge+Blogs



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Joke of the Day.

A Question that was on one of my University Exams.

Question:  Fill in the blanks.

If a lady faints, we must 1st check her pu_s_.

Only a few students like like me who wrote "pulse" passed the exam.

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L8er SK8er

Monday, April 11, 2011

No Metal, just Monday

It has been a week since my last blog post.  I was on the road in Edmonton last week with work and didn't have too much spare time to get any posts for the blog.

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Did anyone else get Master's fever and watch golf on the weekend ?

To be quite honest, if Tiger wasn't in it i wouldn't have watched it.  I don't know what it is, unless Tiger is in the hunt, I just don't watch it.  But it sure made for good golf when he was 5 under after 9.

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It was brought up at a party I was at Saturday night, and I am going to talk about it today.   Airports.

Here is my take.  First off, what ever happened to a small carry on size ?  The bags people are bringing on board and trying to mash it into the overhead department is getting ridiculous.  These things are getting bigger by the month.  Then when I come on board and need to put my laptop bag above, I have no room because someone has their 'texas size' bag crammed in the overhead.

Next, airport security.  I love being behind the guy that has never been on a plane before.  He has change in his pocket, and big belt buckle, liquids in his bag, and wonders why he gets stopped at security, and at the metal detector.  The rules are pretty straight forward, but it's just funny.  I find if you take off your belt and put it into the bin, you get through every time at the metal detector.

This one is my favorite.  When your flight is finished, and the plane is parked at the terminal, the second the pilot turns off the seat belt sign, everyone jumps up and grabs their bags from the overhead compartment.  Why ?  Do you really want to be the first one off the plane, just so you can wait longer at the luggage carousel ?  I just laugh at people that do this.

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The sprained ankle is still sore, so I had to miss game 2 of the Lutzie Cup last night

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Speaking of Lutz, I was at this place Saturday night to celebrate his and his wife's birthdays.  It was a good time, I have attached a couple pics.
You have to forgive me, I took the pics with a Blackberry Storm, horrible experience.











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Joke of the Day.

What do you get when you cross and elephant with a rhino ?  Elephino.

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I am out !!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday Morning Metal

SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN Won't Like My Book 'Because He's Exposed' - Apr. 3, 2011



Lonny Knapp of Spinner.com recently conducted an interview with legendary rocker Sammy Hagar. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Spinner.com: In your the book you say Eddie Van Halen was completely wasted and barely able to play his guitar during most of the 2004 reunion tour. What made you finally dish on your former bandmate?

Sammy: He got away with a lot on that tour. There are YouTube videos out there with Eddie too wasted to play — but his fans are so devotional they would think that I was singing in the wrong key. I want to explain to the people why the tour didn't continue, why we didn't make an album, and why we'll never do it again. I set the record straight, and I feel real good about it. Eddie's not going to like it 'cause he's exposed.

Spinner.com: Your father was a tragic character, an alcoholic that lived on the street and eventually died in the back of a police cruiser. Given your family background, how hard was it to see a guy like Eddie Van Halen losing a battle with drugs and alcohol?

Sammy: It broke my heart. Eddie used to be the most humble guy, even when we got ripped out of our brains, we'd be laughing and crying and making great music together. And after a while he became really hard to get along with; he didn't want help, he didn't want to be friends, and he didn't want to be kind. He was like, "Fuck everybody." Eventually, I had to let him go. He looks like he is doing better, and I send him all the love in the world.

Read the entire interview from Spinner.com.




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GUNS N' ROSES Agrees To Pay Fine If Band Hits Stage Late At ROCK IN RIO Festival - Apr. 2, 2011


GUNS N' ROSES singer Axl Rose — who is notorious for his late arrivals onstage — has reportedly agreed to pay a fine if his band shows up later than scheduled for its headlining appearance at this year's Rock In Rio festival, on Sunday, October 2 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

When GUNS N' ROSES last performed at Rock In Rio in 2001, the band turned up almost two hours late. Luckily, the crowd patiently waited for their idol to come on stage and didn't create any problems for the festival organizers.

Rock in Rio's vice president Roberta Medina tells Época, Globo's weekly news magazine, that GUNS N' ROSES' appearance at the 2011 event was "the hardest to arrange in the history of the festival." She admitted that no other artists performing at the festival have had a "late" clause included in their contracts. "Bands are usually on time, but GUNS is a different case," she said. "Latenesses like the one in 2001 one can make the audience feel uncomfortable and cause them to possibly start a riot."

In an August 2010 radio interview, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, a close personal friend of Axl Rose, offered an explanation for why the GUNS N' ROSES frontman is persistently late going on stage.

"Everybody has all these theories as to why he acts the way he acts, and there's no big mystery," Bach said. "He tells me the source of all of the insanity — it's his voice. It's his job to sing like that, and sometimes that sound is hard for him. And a lot of singers, you know... To sing in that range is just not an easy thing to do. And he does what he can, and it takes him 45 more minutes to warm up his pipes so he can sing 'Sweet Child O'Mine'."

In the band's only U.S. appearance of 2010, at the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota, GUNS N' ROSES missed its 11:00 p.m. start time by nearly two hours — leading many attendees to either leave or throw things at the stage. A festival official later explained that the delay was apparently due to a technical issue and not Axl Rose's well-known tendency to start shows hours behind schedule.


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So we had the annual baseball draft on the weekend.  As usual, we all get together, order in pizza, and let it fly.

It ends up taking longer than it should (it always does), but it gets done and the trash talking commences.

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With me spraining my ankle a week ago, I am out for game one of the Lutzie Cup.  The Lutzie Cup is the 3 week long playoffs we have in our floor hockey league.  I'll have to check in with the troops to see hot things went last night.

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So I go to the gym yesterday and try to find a place to park, and look what I come across.  Look at this moron.  I guess he can park wherever he wants to.  And you wonder why people in truck get bad names.





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Joke of the Day.

This one is for my baseball fans...

A guy walks into a bar with a dog under his arm, puts the dog on the bar and announces that the dog can talk and that he has $100 he's willing to bet anyone who says he can't.  The bartender quickly takes the bet and the owner looks at the dog and asks, "What's the thing on the top of this building which keeps the rain from coming inside ?"

The dog answers "ROOF"

The bartender says, "Who are you kidding? I'm not paying."
The dogs owner says, "How about a double or nothing and I'll ask him something else."

The bartender agrees and the owner turns to the dog and asks, "Who was the greatest ballplayer of all time ?"
The dog answers with a muffled "RUTH."

With that, the bartender picks them both up and throws them out the door.  As they bounce on the sidewalk, the dog looks at his owner and says, "DiMaggio ?"

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Sorry folks, this one is short..busy day today.




Friday, April 1, 2011

Free Fact Friday

Today's Daily Dump

Why are the bathrooms always full after lunch ?

The need to make a bowel movement after eating a meal - a postprandial poo - is dictated by the gastrocolic reflex.  When the stomach is distended (as occurs after eating a meal) a reflex is triggered causing activation of the intestines.  As the intestines contract, stool is propelled along until it gets to the rectum.  The rectum then fills up with stool, signalling our brains to quickly find the closest loo and evacuate the stored contents.  Need proof of this biological truth ?  Check out the bathroom stalls at work about half an hour after lunch.

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I get a little sick and tired of people and their motorbikes and where they think they can park them.  i love a good motorbike, but park it where it is supposed to be parked.

Case in point...

I am at Tim Horton's this morning around 7:45am getting a coffee on the way to work.  I leave Timmies and literally almost run into a dude parking his harley right beside the front entrance.  Seriously, this dude parked this Harley literally 5 steps from the front door.  What a complete idiot.  i was reved, I wish i didn't leave my phone in the car so I could have taken a picture of it.  Who does this guy think he is ?


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Wait, can you hear it ?.......................that's the clock ticking on the flames hockey season....


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Joke of the day.

A jew, a priest, and a rabbi walk into a bar.  The bartender says "Is this a joke?"

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Out !!