Metal Inquisition

Scream for Me Internet!!!!

Until I started reading Metal Inquisition, I thought reading blogs was an enormous waste of time.  Then, one fateful day, I stumbled upon a Metal Inquisition investigative report on what the band Manowar was up to and I was hooked. The site is filled with weird references to obscenely funny metal oddities.  I grew up listening to way too much heavy metal.  I loved the music, but I found some of the acts to be utterly ridiculous.  This site was the perfect place for me to spend hours reading about concepts as absurd as the Mike Browning built Nocturnus Time Machine or what to do if you contract a bad case of Robb Flynn’s disease.  These references would mean nothing to you if you are among the 6 billion or so people who did other things besides listen to metal from the ages of 15 to 28, but for sunlight averse, head banging loners like myself, it is like swimming in an oasis of surreal memories.  I really owe my current addiction to blog reading and writing to this site.  Unfortunately, this blog seems to be on its last legs.  There haven’t been many posts lately and I fear it will soon fade into the vast, ever growing digital graveyard of dead blogs. But, for a time, there was nothing like it.

Check it out here….


Nondualmind’s Blog

Nondualmind’s blog is an excellent place to look if you are interested in examining some of the deeper questions that mark the human experience.  It contains a great number of insights and understandings related to what it means to be a spiritual person living in our world.  The writing on the site is strongly influenced by many significant spiritual teachers, particularly the brilliant words of Jiddu Krishnamurti. The site is chock full of powerful writing, but I found the articles on the nature of perception and the piece on the question of free will to be especially impressive.  The site also has a good number of things to say about Yoga, Astrology and Raw Foods. What really resonates about this blog is the fact that the writing feels extremely genuine and makes the reader feel as if they have a friend on this long and sometimes difficult spiritual journey.  Make sure and stop by on your way to enlightenment!

Here’s the link…

The Droid You Are Looking For!

A Gilkey Pleasure?

Every time I click on The Droid You Are Looking For! I nearly fall over from laughter.  The site is a collection of bizarre film and television references done up in ways that you will not believe.  If you have spent way too much of your life watching obscure Bergman films and Muppet episodes, you are really in for a show.  Ever wonder what it would be like lines from The Godfather were performed by Bollywood Actors?  It’s on there.  Ever wonder what The Last Supper would have looked like if attended by Martin Scorsese characters?  It’s on there.  Ever wonder what a Human Centipede children’s action figure might look like?  It’s on there.  Ever wonder about the similarities between Truffaut‘s L’Enfant Sauvage” and Sinbad‘s masterpiece “First Kid“?  You get the point.  (I mean, how can you not love a review that has the line “Last but not least, First Kid is rich in symbolism.”)

If you happen to be a housebound agoraphobe like myself and spend much of your time watching films AND baseball, this is even better.  I mean, how many websites evaluate Jake Taylor’s work as a manager in the movie Major League II?  There might not be another blog in the last thousand or so years to have referenced both Suzanne Somers and Bernard Gilkey.  So, my advice is, lock yourself downstairs in your Y2K shelter, turn on a good Ozark Mountain Daredevils record and do nothing but look at this blog for the next two or three months.  Don’t even bother eating or showering.  You’ll be happy you did.

Here’s the link…

The God Project

I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger if you don't check out The God!

If you happen to be looking for God do I have a place for you to visit!  Marty Kihn started his “The God Project” blog with the goal of coming up with an answer to the eternal question “Is there a God?”  So far, I don’t think he has come up with any answers, but the questions are sure fascinating.  He covers many of the important thinkers on this question from St. Anselm to Thomas Aquinas to Richard Dawkins.  What’s truly divine about the blog is that he really seems to have no other agenda but a powerful interest in understanding the meaning of the whole God question.  He seems quite willing to go wherever the evidence takes him.  His writing is not only profound, but downright hysterical.  He compares one rational proof of God to Samuel L Jackson and refers to Immanuel Kant as The King Kong of Konigsberg. Kihn, who has a written several books including the soon-to-be released Bad Dog: A Love Story, has a genuine flare for stating ideas that drive many 3rd year seminary students into fits of narcolepsy and making them fun and accessible.

Here’s the link:

Dr. Matthew Ashton’s Politics Blog

Here's a picture of his campus in case you want to bother him at work

Dr. Matthew Ashton, a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University in England, has put together one heck of a great blog about American and British political life.  Ashton’s blog is a collection of his commentary on historically significant political movies, books, television series and advertisements as well as extensive insights into the meaning of recent events and trends.  He’s got a wealth of knowledge, an engaging writing style and a heck of a great memory for significant political figures and moments.  The highlight of the blog for me is his catalogue of great political mistakes which includes several hilarious anecdotes.  The one about the British Deputy Prime Minister punching a protestor in the face is particularly hysterical. This blog is a must-read for anyone, like myself, who is afflicted with a hardcore political obsession.

Here’s the link…