Forget the swordplay. Get armor right instead.

Subtitle: If I see a katana slice through armor like it wasn't even there, I'm going to reach through the screen and punch you. I can't even tell you how many movies I've seen that do this. (Not reach into fictional dimensions and punch people in the face...the katana thing.) No matter what kind of... Continue Reading →

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Rounding up the mavericks

So I missed my usual post last Thursday. Looking at the blog stats, it's easy to tell; people don't visit when there's nothing to visit. As for why I missed it, that's a tale as old as time. And probably less interesting than watching paint dry. Boiling it down to the essence, a multitude of... Continue Reading →

Tolkien’s birthday (belated)

My favorite author -- the father of the 20th century fantasy genre, whose creation of Middle-Earth is still unequaled and unlikely to ever be surpassed -- was born January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. From Morgan at Castalia House: Tolkien’s fantasy world-building has yet to be equaled. Publishers are still trying to catch that... Continue Reading →

Please allow me to adjust my pants…

Holy hell, how did I go all these years in ignorance of the awesomeness that is the sound of Clutch? I don't know, but I'm dancing the good-time dance now, and that's what really matters. https://youtu.be/zPjkQKfmVI8 Yes, okay, this is kind of a filler post. In all the excitement of figuring out a plausible excuse... Continue Reading →

What lies or threats had led him there?

Was wondering what to write today, but I found out via a post on Amatopia that some weenie has been trying to smear Tolkien as a closet racist or something from the high pulpit of social justice resentment, and this shall not go unanswered. (Even if only three people read it, damn it, I'm going... Continue Reading →

Don’t know the lyrics? Don’t worry, it’s death metal; no one will know the difference.

Number 2,113 in the ever-growing list of reasons why I love metal: This live performance by Amon Amarth. https://youtu.be/lGEoJLIIuow?t=296 Another thing I love about the world of metal: metalheads, and especially metal musicians, are gigantic nerds. (This is reason #19, in case you're keeping track.)

Industrial outlaw country: What I’m listening to

Yes, that's a real thing. Shooter Jennings and his dad Waylon (you may have heard of him) got together on a project they called Fenixon. And it. Is. Awesome. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIqrniRy81pWWueofzuqBDPdW0r_v0MJ_ I've never been a fan of country music, nor have I generally given industrial the time of day, but I really like this. I've never... Continue Reading →

The most metal deaths in Middle Earth

I'm halfway through a post on how I was wrong about the stupid pointlessness of hit points, but I had to stop writing it (temporarily, I promise) because I can't not post this right now. Someone has made a list of the most metal deaths in Middle Earth, and you'd better believe they're not just metal,... Continue Reading →

Into the weird west: Straight Outta Tombstone

I have to confess, I've never read any "weird western" stories. But I hear that they haven't been super popular over the years, so I guess that's a good enough excuse. You just don't see them very often. And while we're on the subject of confessions, I'll also go ahead and admit that 90% of... Continue Reading →

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