16
Mar
Puzzles of the day

There are 2 things which are puzzling me at the moment.

First thing:

How can someone who can sing like this -

spend most of his time singing like this-

Underlying facts: this is Jahn Teigen, Norwegian singer. The first video is from the musical based on a story from Malleus Maleficarum“Which Witch”, where he plays the evil executioner. Obviously, he has a great powerful voice and is a good actor. When we see something like this, we don’t want to miss it and try to find out more. We did. And we found the second video and many more like the second one. My question is – why waste your talent on something that people that cannot sing well do? The singers that sing the type of songs from the second video, would not, at least most of them, would not be able to sing something like the executioner’s part in Which Witch. That is one of the reasons they sing cheesy romantic songs for mediocre ladies.


Second thing:

How can this:

be compared to this :

Underlying facts: First one – Jesus Christ Superstar 1973, the greatest musical, second one – Godspell 1973.

- Godspell the musical came out before Jesus Christ Superstar and was obviously influenced by the musical Hair and took the visual and musical ideas from it (hippie musical taking place in NYC) – therefore it’s not original.

- Godspell has no coherent storyline and no deepness to it – they just take pieces from the bible and act them out in a circus fashion. It doesn’t push any boundaries, it’s not challenging and thought-provoking, and it seems that it would go well with the age group 5-8, since there’s lots of clown-like goofy acting, which reminds one camp counselors at a summer camp. The “crucifixion” scene is completely ridiculous.

- It doesn’t take a master singer with a wide vocal range to sing in Godspell

- Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera, which has a 32-piece orchestra and a rock band playing, while Godspell has probably just 5 dudes playing.

Despite all of this, the critics of the time raved over this musical, it was successful and it was mentioned often that it was far superior musical to JCS. In my opinion, comparing these 2 musicals is just like comparing Tom and Jerry to Lord of the Rings. Godspell can not even be mentioned in the same sentence together with JCS. It does have same religious topic, but it’s way too inferior to JCS and comparing these two or putting them side by side as a recommended watch is insulting.

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8
Jul
The most unreadable metal logos – my 13 picks

Since i’ve been rearranging our load of metal mags and fanzines from the past, i came across many deserving-to-be-remembered metal/black metal logos. Though i am not the first one to make a post on the most incomprehensible logos, i browsed through some sites and they don’t have the ones i’ve found :neutral:. So, here you go – the most unreadable metal logos: the list goes from the least complex to the most enigmatic ones:

# 13

Ater


Ater - Finnish death/doom metal from 1991. Does not exist anymore, but has some precious photos on the site.


# 12

Darkified


Darkified- Swedish black/death metal band, which liked Lovecraft a lot. Split up in 1993, later went on to the Edge of Sanity and Marduk. As it says on their myspace – “The little devil in the logo is watching you” (while you’re figuring out what the logo says).


# 11

Bestial Summoning


Bestial Summoning- one of the first black metal bands from Netherlands. The little Satan skull kinda makes it easier for one’s associative mind to guess the words. They have some really precious stuff on their page :).



# 10

Multiplex


Multiplex - Early 90′s death metal pioneers from Japan, kinda like Japanese version of Napalm Death.


# 9

Impiety


Impiety - Black/death metal from Singapore, still going on, fans of Genghis Khan. This is the first logo of Impiety, now they have a new, more readable but less curly one.


# 8

Baxaxaxa


Baxaxaxa - now that’s a pretty awesome name for a band. This is a German, Bavarian atmospheric black metal band from the early 90s as well. They also have changed their logo to a more readable one.


# 7

AbsuAbsu


Absu - the evil American band from Texas. They call themselves “mythological occult metal”. They have been going on since 91 until now (and i never liked the music ). Here are the 1st 2 logos of the band – they are obviously very creative, and now they have a new one. I couldn’t decide whether i like hairs or branches more, so i put both of the early logos.



# 6

Equimanthorn


Equimanthorn - Another Texan occult-dark ambient band. Their new logo is a bit less hairy.


# 5

Filii Nigrantium Infernalium


Filii Nigrantium Infernalium - a Portuguese band with an awesome, easy-to-remember name and logo, started out as black metal and turned into thrash. No matter how hard i tried, i cannot decipher at least where the first letter “F” is. Illegibility achieved.


# 4

Prosanctus Inferi


Prosanctus Inferi -an American black/thrash band from Ohio. Started out in 2005, so far have 2 demos. I bet they liked botany class in school.



Behold the 3 most awesome ones

# 3

Forgotten Land


Forgotten Land -another band from Ohio. A one-man band, the only member is called Lord Tetrarch. He is truly evil. Here we can see that christmas trees have some serious roots.



# 2

Korgonthurus


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Korgonthurus - Finnish black metal. Look at that! That is just pure art. The band has absolutely no intention whatsoever for anyone to ever be able to read their band name from the logo. Plus they seriously like trees.


# 1 – the ultimate winner

Waking the cadaver

Is that hay, a bird’s nest or camel spit? This logo receives the ultimate illegibility award. No one on this planet could possibly read anything from it. This is the most awesome logo i have ever seen in my life. If i ever feel sad, i’m sure if i look at it i won’t be able to stop myself from laughing. They even had a little flash intro on their myspace before with that stuff flying around ! However, they changed it to a new one. It’s also not so bad, but i just love this one.

And this is…
Waking The Cadaver – A brutal deathcore band from New Jersey. They started out in 2006, and already have almost 3 million plays on MySpace – logo did the magic i guess, cuz the music is :glasses:

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25
Jan
The punishments of China – illustrated.

Found these a couple of days ago, very interesting :)))

It’s a book from NYPL digital galleryThe punishments of China : illustrated by twenty-two engravings : with explanations in English and French, dated 1804. Here are some pictures, please go to the original site for more.

Torturing the fingers

Torturing the fingers


Punishment of the wooden collar

Punishment of the wooden collar


Punishment of the swing

Punishment of the swing


Twisting a man’s ears

Twisting a man's ears


A malefactor in cage

malefactor in cage


Burning a man’s eyes with lime

Burning a man's eyes with lime


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23
Jan
The burden of Tech Support

Yesterday, when i couldn’t take it any more, i finally had a wonderful encounter with the my ISP’s tech support, and got to find out what sits on the other end of the phone (i hate phones in general, and talking on the phone is a big pain for me, so that was a pretty heroic effort on my side) . The problem is that, apparently, i have a “not very good provider” (translation : shite) – it blocks everything which is not HTTP, even http://ftp. It also blocks the access to javascript files. It’s very nice to be designing a site and not being able to have access to javascript files online – meaning, half of the site would just not work for you, you won’t be able to modify anything directly from admin panel and so on. Even my yahoo mail doesn’t want to function. The reason is – javascript blocking.

ISA Server can block cross site scripting by inspecting the HTTP requests and identifying commands and tags that are common in server responses but are not common in client requests. For example, you can expect a server to run a command in response to a client request. However, that same command in a client request may be suspect, and could be the result of the client unintentionally running code that is hidden in a Web page. By blocking requests containing those commands and tags, the attack can be stopped.Continuing the example of using in a posting, would be a valid tag for a server response, but not for client requests. By adding a signature to detect in the requests passing through ISA Server, the attack will be blocked. Read more here

Well, i called my ISP and shortly after 30 min being on hold i got to talk to a worker. The conversation went as follows:(O-me, TS-TechSup)


O:: Hello, i want to let you know that you are blocking my javascript. I am a web designer and i cannot work properly, since you are blocking it. When i access my .js files, there’s nothing but a blank page and even my yahoo mail isn’t functioning.

TS:: Uhm….what’s the number of the error?

O:: You see, there are different errors on different pages, when i check the error console, it gives many various errors.

TS:: Ah, ok, please open your Internet Explorer….

O:: I don’t use IE :greymad: i use Firefox

TS:: Ohhh…hold on a second then…..

(waiting on the phone for 10 min)

TS:: Hey, are you there?

O:: Yep

TS:: Ok, the problem is solved, you just have to install JAVA tm!!!

O:: WTF??? …i was talking about Javascript, not Java Sun Microsystems, besides that, i have it installed.

TS:: Can you give me a link to see the number of the error you are getting?

O:: Nope, i can’t give you the link of the sites i’m currently working on….

TS:: Ahhh, you’re a web designer

O:: That’s right (duhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!)

TS:: Well, i think it’s a problem with your computer, you should check it.

O:: Nope, there’s no problem with my computer, since i have other computers in the house and when i connect via other computers i get same problems. There’s no way that each pc i have is configured in a wrong way.

TS:: Well, i can give you a phone # of the local hardware company so that they can check it.

O:: ????? I don’t need a hardware company, my problem is not hardware.

TS:: Uhm….hold on a sec

(another 10 min go by)

TS:: You there?

O:: Yep

TS:: You see, you’re the only person that contacted us about this problem, so we can’t really help you

O:: Ok, can you check Yahoo for example and see if it will work ok on your computer at least?

TS:: We don’t have that kind of thing.

O:: ????????????? What kind of thing – Yahoo? :greenalien:

TS:: Yes madam.

O:: Do you know what Yahoo is?

TS:: Yes but we don’t get any popups with errors from it.

O:: Popups?

TS:: I can give you the number so that you can check your hardware.

O:: No, thanks i guess we’re done here……good bye. :fu:


I guess if i redirected them to the link about .js blocking mentioned above, it would be too challenging….

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