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Before '75

Before ’75
(Featuring a near-chronological overview of the origins of punk music.  Originally broadcast on 3 September 2011.)

As someone who grew up in the ’80’s and ’90’s, Punk was already transmuting into a plethora of other kinds of music by the time I reached musical consciousness.  1,165 more words


"She was perhaps the only entirely unselfish person whose name has a place in profane history."

Last Wednesday (19 Aug for those of you keeping track), I took the train from Bayeux to Rouen for a day.

I was curious to see the cathedral and to explore a little bit about Joan of Arc. 678 more words

Travel Log

"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

The main reason I wanted to come to Bayeux was for the Bayeux Tapestry. There are lots of places in France where you can commence a World War 2 tour of Normandy (i.e., Caen, Paris, etc.), but none of them has the Bayeux Tapestry. 560 more words

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"Where the West held together"

Last Tuesday I took a World War 2 Normandy Landing Sites tour that was focused on the American sites.  My granddaddy (the Bruce’s Dad) entered Normandy during World War 2 on D+12 with the 332nd Engineering Regiment, so seeing these sites for me was personal, aside from the obvious historical importance. 1,626 more words

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The Nicessist Guide to Nazi Gold

Gold is good. But Nazis are bad. So where does that leave Nazi gold? Is it good or is it bad? This is your guide to Nazi gold. 607 more words


Headlocks & Hyperbole: Professional Wrestling, Illness, and Self-Worth

There was a night in 1997 when I was desperately ill with some putrid form of hate-flu that gave me a rather early day off from the academic grind that was McNabb Middle School. 1,837 more words


FIRST in Israel

My name is Yarden Saad I am a mentor on team 3339 BumbleB from Israel, alumni of the team and involved in FIRST for the last 7 years. 831 more words