Thursday, April 23, 2009

Conspiracy: turkey burgers

Many people will tell you that turkey burgers are not only healthier than regular hamburgers, but they taste just as good. While we know the latter is a filthy lie propagated by godless mongrels, it is commonly accepted that turkey is healthier than beef. Generally speaking, yes. However, the ground up garbage in chopped meat is not so cut and dry.

According to the Internet(TM), 93% lean ground beef and 93% lean ground turkey have identical amounts of fat, and the turkey has only 10 grams fewer in the calories department. Not at all worth it for the substitution of taste (although I imagine there are those of you who will argue for the fattier burger, but this is only for people that are eating lean to begin with).

The moral of the story is that when you need a hot slab of meat between your buns, go with the beef.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Story of My Review of The Story of Anvil

If you watch VH1 Classic, you've probably heard about Anvil! The Story of Anvil. It is a music documentary about a metal band from Toronto that has been around for a long time, never made it big, but kept playing without stopping. It's been highly praised by the critics. Since it combined my love of interesting things with my love of music, I went to a screening/early showing in Philadelphia on Friday, which was immediately followed by a ten or so song performance from the band.

Re: The Documentary

To be brief, it was enjoyable. There were quite a number of laughs, a few moving scenes, and a handful of slow parts. Overall, it was a positive experience, and I recommend it, whether you like metal or whether you simply hate all music in general. It's interesting to watch. It's Spinal Tap-ish, but not nearly as much as some would lead you to believe. Or maybe I've seen enough bands playing to 200 people where it doesn't seem that bad to me. As is my way, I will warn you that there is some exposed penis early on in the film.

Re: The Performance

I knew about Anvil before the documentary. I have their album Pound for Pound with the great hockey song "Blood on the Ice" and the educational "Safe Sex," and I own a Metal Blade compilation VHS with their video for "Mad Dog" (not particularly a great song). With the documentary, a bunch of folks have been trying to talk about how Anvil influenced a lot of metal bands. That may be stretching it. They were really no more influential than, say, Raven. So a little bit, but not major. They remind me of a Lizzy Borden style band.

Anyway, they put on a good show. It wasn't fantastic. I've seen a lot better, but they play hard and I respect that. Lips frequently came down into the crowd to shred and rock some solos, which was cool. I got to meet and talk with everyone in the band and get some autographs and pictures. I forgot to bring my album cover for Pound for Pound, but I bought their new CD, which worked out. I'll post some pictures of the show later.

I would rate it a :)

You probably won't get a chance to see the concert, as "The Anvil Experience" with the documentary + concert is a limited run, but I would recommend seeing the documentary.


Performance of "Metal on Metal" from Super Rock '84 in Japan (if that song annoys you, don't see the documentary as you hear that riff quite a bit)

Performance of "Winged Assassins" circa 2005

Sunday, April 19, 2009

It's not racism if the hate is based on religion

Bradley "The" Klapper writes:
GENEVA – The United Nations opens its first global racism conference in eight years on Monday with the U.S. and at least six other countries boycotting the event out of concern that Islamic countries will demand that it denounce Israel and ban criticism of Islam.
That seems counterproductive. I'm not sure it would take much discussion to go from "denouncing Israel" and "banning criticism of Islam" to simply "denouncing some of Israel's tactics" and "promising to stop all religious discrimination."

The United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Canada, Israel and Italy decided not to attend. President Barack Obama offered this helpful backhanded comment: "I would love to be involved in a useful conference that addressed continuing issues of racism and discrimination around the globe." I guess a "useful conference" would be one where everyone got on bended knee and agreed to everything the predominantly white countries demanded. That sounds like the post-racial world we've all dreamed about.

Lest you get the wrong ideas, I'm not a supporter of Iran and all the countries like that. They seem like shitholes, and I don't care to live in a country dominated by religion kooks; it's bad enough in the United States. The thing is, though, that countries like Iran have been under the boot heel of countries like the United States for centuries. The imperialism of the western world has had severe - and negative - impacts on the rest of the world. It continues today by the way we funnel money and guns to certain interest groups, or the way we implement embargoes and restrict trade against countries. There is only twisted logic in the way we support some dictators and not others, in the way we ignore some genocide and condemn others, in the way we allow some countries to have nuclear weapons and admonish others who try to do the same. At the end of the day, the only people who suffer are the average Joes and Janes or Haruns and Hajirahs.

It would show a little bit of good faith on our end to actually show up to something like this, even if the other side is a bit testy. There is always a possibility of success unless you never actually show up. It's hard to say we tried when we didn't actually, you know, try.

...unless those smelly Turkish bastards are going. I'll see you in hell, Turkey.