Archive for April, 2012

Today, we view hockey fights.

Posted in watching videos on the internet is fun with tags , , on April 28, 2012 by mickgirk

Just in case you didn’t know, the NHL playoffs are in full swing (LETS GO CAPS!) If you’ve watched any of the games of the first round, you might have noticed that the refs are doing a terrible job calling penalties fairly. You might have also noticed that everyone is, for the most part, beating the shit out of one another.

It is in the spirit of this that I, McGirk, have compiled the best hockey fights I can find on YouTube into one convenient blog post. Really, this serves more as an excuse to watch an excessive amount of violence, but damn it, it’s hockey. Where else will you find millionaires who refuse to fix their busted grilles? Exhibit A, the Cap’s own Alexander Ovechkin:

Speaking of the Caps, did you know Alexander Semin is an awful fighter?

Next time, leave it to Jason Chimera:

Here’s a fun amount of ridiculousness. including a goalie fight:

Suck it Boston. Speaking of teams that suck, it’s always fun to watch the Pens to get the shit kicked out of them. Especially by a team like the Islanders:

Let’s give in to your lurid curiosity. Here’s a compilation of some sweet knockouts:

There’s a whole YouTube channel dedicated to this. If you need a reason to kill some time, it should do the trick.

-McGirk

P.S This has nothing to do with hockey, but here’s Kimbo Slice beating some scrub up:

And here’s Kimbo Slice getting knocked out in 14 seconds:

Why? Because this is my blog, suckas.

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Choice selections of art from John Baizely

Posted in heavy noises with tags , , , , on April 24, 2012 by mickgirk

If you listen to heavy music and don’t know who John Baizely is, you need to get edumacated. Here’s an idea, drop your Metallica records and start listening to Baroness, for starters. Here, I even found something cool you might not have heard, even you do like Baroness. Thank me later:

Ok, you’ve listened to all of that? Great. Now, if you have paid any attention to metal album artwork, you may have noticed that a lot of it, while looking totally cool, looks awfully similar. That’s because it’s all done by Mr. Baizely. Feast your eyes:

Pig Destroyer- Phantom Limb

Baroness- Red Album

Baroness- Blue Record

Darkest Hour- Deliver Us

Kvelertak- s/t

Black Tusk- Taste The Sin

Word. Check out his full portfolio here. Baroness has a new record dropping this summer, perhaps you should check that out too.

-McGirk

Getting your political discourse from YouTube is infuriating

Posted in I Ramble You Decide, watching videos on the internet is fun with tags , , , , on April 21, 2012 by mickgirk

 Hey! Guess what really grinds my gears?

If you guessed “reading comments on political videos on YouTube,” you are absolutely right. I award you nothing.

Seriously though, in between reading nonsense on YouTube and arguing nonsense on other sites that I once thought were immune to the spread of dumb, I now have a clearer picture about how far and wide stupid hath spread today. Like, wow dude.

Let’s get angry together:

This is a video about reporters at FOX affiliate in Florida being stonewalled after putting together a story that reveals the health risks behind a growth hormone used in cows to produce more milk. According to the story, corporate giant Monsanto pushed the hormone through the FDA, pretty much buying everyone off so they could use this hormone on their livestock. After the story was completed, FOX’s corporate offices, under pressure from Monsanto’s lawyers, prevented the story from ever making it to air.

This video is on the frontpage of Reddit this morning, although it’s been making the rounds for some time now. The video accuses FOX of pressuring the reporters into amending their story so it doesn’t implicate Monsanto in such a harsh fashion, as well as bribing them to cease work on the story entirely. I question some aspects of said video: The video does a lot to make the viewer think that this story would be shown on FNC, the 24/7 cable news network, not WTVT, a FOX affiliate in Tampa Bay. Furthermore, even if the affiliate is directly owned by one Rupert Murdoch, does Monsanto’s threats of pulling advertising only qualify for WTVT, or News Corp. as a whole? I wonder…

Meanwhile, here’s some of the deep thoughts other YouTube users articulated:

“the closet communists commenting on this video make me sick, i wish we still had McCarthyism in the united states” –10krnr

“Monsanto = sionist company” – DailionDos

This video is fairly tame when it comes to rampant idiocy in the comment section. Let’s examine some others.

It’s common knowledge that the internet is the breeding ground for Ron Paul supporters. If you take their claims at face value, Ron Paul is actually beating Mitt Romney in the delegate count for the 2012 GOP race, or at least has a shot to. To be fair, even the Guardian has reported this. It’s pretty clear that Ron Paul is winning the battle for hearts and minds online (even though he’s a Nazi,) but doing so causes a lot of feathers to be ruffled. Just look to YouTube to see how –

“Bill O’Reilly is an American hero. Ron Paul is a terrorist.” – ju88ff

“Bill is a greasy faggot that felches his boyfriend Mitt Romney.Shoot the fucker!!!” – Warmachine05450

That’s nice.

So yeah, I get it, people are trolls, for the lulz, lolol, whatever. People also have the freedom to express themselves however they see fit. But IF there is a conspiracy to control the thoughts of the public at large, and turn us all into drooling idiots who only eat FrankenFoods and will follow our politicans off of ledges, then rhetoric like this on public websites like YouTube doesn’t help the public in not being figuratively enslaved.

Think before you type, assholes.

-McGirk

Terrible movies about giant sharks.

Posted in watching videos on the internet is fun with tags on April 20, 2012 by mickgirk

That’s just the sort of tangent I’ve ended up on this morning.

Some of these may or may not be real movies:

“That’s one big-ass shark.” – John Schneider

– McGirk

You Fail Me

Posted in heavy noises with tags , , , on April 18, 2012 by jperahim

(Hi everyone, I’ll be posting some rants on here too, deal with it)

Last week, I went to see one of my favorite bands, Converge, play live at Kingdom (formerly Alley Katz) here in Richmond. This was my 4th time seeing them (2nd time that I didn’t get black out drunk during their set) and overall it was one of their best. Guitarist Kurt Ballou, bass player Nate Newton, and drummer Ben Koller are some of the tightest musicians in hardcore/metal/whatever. For playing as complicated music as they do, they nail it. Ever. Single. Time. Starting off the set with the 11+ minute title track from their landmark album “Jane Doe” set the stage for and incredible night of killer tunes.

All that being said, one thing kept nagging at me, and continues to nag at me a week afterwards: Jacob Bannon. Renowned as one of the great lyricists in hardcore with one of the most vicious voices, on record he is a show stopper. In a live setting, however, things get spotty. Not so much that his scream suffers live, far from it. He sounds just as pissed off as he does on the albums. The bigger problem is that he hardly screams at all during their performances. Aside from some newer songs, he screamed sporadically through their older material, opting to let the crowd scream most of the words.

Now, I don’t have a problem with crowd participation, especially when it’s a band whose lyrics are tattooed on a good portion of their fan base. It’s all well and good to acknowledge the fans and let them sing along to their favorite parts. However, Mr. Bannon uses this trope a little too often, and he comes off as a lazy singer who would rather let the crowd be the frontman and himself stagger around making dramatic gestures. My biggest peeve was the parts where he didn’t sing anything or let the crowd sing, just wandering around swinging the mic and flailing his arms. If I didn’t know he was straight-edge, I would have assumed he was on another planet of fucked up.

There could be a number of reasons why he chooses to do this. After all, he has been fronting Converge for the past 20 years, screaming his guts out and running around like a maniac. He can’t realistically be expected to be the same whirling dervish that he was when “Jane Doe” was released. However (and this may sound selfish, but fuck you, this is my rant), I’m paying money to see YOU and hear YOU perform YOUR songs. It feels like a cop out when you only scream over certain parts and leave the rest to the audience. Take care of your damn voice, dude. Haven’t you built up some stamina by now? You might as well have set up the mic pointing towards the crowd and walked off stage. It’s distracting and, frankly, really annoying.

I love seeing my favorite bands live because I want to see them play the songs I listen to on a regular basis. I don’t want to end up watching Converge karaoke where every single person in the front few rows gets a line to sing from every song. It’s OK to let the crowd chime in on a few parts but come on. You are the vocalist, so vocalize.
Other than that, the show ruled. The End.

The best infographic ever

Posted in Funny on April 18, 2012 by mickgirk

Literally, folks. This infographic pretty much sums up arguing on the internet, as well as why 24/7 cable news is usually not the most accurate vehicle for news around.

Read it and weep:

Courtesy of http://www.yourlogicalfallacyis.com. As you were, trolls.

– McGirk

Back from the dead to laugh at the music industry

Posted in I Ramble You Decide with tags , , , on April 17, 2012 by mickgirk

Not that you’ve noticed, but I haven’t updated this site in a week. Why? That’s a good question.

But I’m back. Today MetalSucks hosted a video from Metal Injection, which features a handful of metal’s music industry types talking about how the internet changed metal (and, in the bigger picture, the music industry as a whole.) It’s slightly insightful, although not really, since these guys are regurgitating things we already know.

In fact, their narrative in this video simply establishes that, even if the music industry has reluctantly embraced some aspects of new media, they still have a fatal flaw in their viewpoint on how the music industry works today. Namely, they still blame you and me, the consumer, for why things aren’t the way they used to be (a world where “rock stars” exist.)

BREAKING NEWS:

This guy:

… will never happen again.

OK, I get that people were making money off of their music, and will certainly attempt to maintain to do so in the face of record sales that are a sliver of the 90’s. But so what? The common man now has the same platform to put work out there as Sony and Warner Bros., and considering how much corporate music practices bent us over to pay for excess over and over again, I have no problem watching them burn.

Days of vastly overpriced CD’s will not be missed. Music won’t die because it’s not a viable career choice. If you love it, you will still create it. Period. There are examples of smaller music-based businesses achieving financial success today (go look it up,)  so I don’t think music will go away because it will be harder to finance blitz campaigns for the latest fad. As for the now generic charge of internet users “stealing’ music, never mind that the industry made ungodly amounts ripping off their fanbase endlessly, and now they reap what they sow. The free trade of ideas is not new to mankind, but the setup of our current views on intellectual property, by comparison, is. It seems completely possible to me that the free trade of music is the natural order of our consumption of the aural arts. Organizations like the RIAA are the abberation in the equation, able to come into existence thanks to a figurative Rubik’s Cube lining up in their favor. Unfortunately for them, technology may have truly rendered them obsolete this time (not like the invention of CD-R’s or cassettes.)

My grand prediction, however, is that the RIAA won’t die, and in 10 years we will be laughing about ever thinking they could. File sharing still has the same basic problem as CD-R’s and recording albums to cassette tapes; the consistency of the product. As in, you never know if you’re going to download a good copy of the album you want, much like you never know if the CD-R you get is out of order or sounds like shit. Enter Spotify. An alternative to downloading, you can simply stream anything you want to listen to on Spotify, for free or for a nominal monthly fee. With it being completely legal AND picking up in popularity, it’s a no-brainer that this is the future of music distribution. By making it both easier to use than file sharing and guaranteeing the audio quality of the music you hear, it effectively makes downloading mp3’s obsolete.

Now, how industry giants can maintain their mortgages on their super-swank homes with the little money in royalties Spotify generates remains to be seen, but I won’t cry if the future of music distribution places professionals in the same realm as us, living in shit-to-decent conditions making enough money to order a pizza once in awhile.

Basically, long live the internet, and I’m fine with the RIAA burning down to the ground. We don’t need no water.

Here’s the video:

http://www.metalinjection.net/tv/flvplayer-jw.swf

– McGirk