Ten Songs For When You Are All Out of Bubblegum

It started a week ago when Dan Swensen (@surlymuse) posted the song Anvil of Cromm from the Conan soundtrack to Google+.  Jeff Couturier (@JeffCouturier) said he was going to add the song to his “All Out of Bubblegum” playlist. Inspired by the concept, Dan, Random9q (@random9q), Jeff, and myself started building the ultimate All Out of Bubblegum Playlist.  A portion of what we came up with has been bashed into a YouTube playlist by Jeff.

We all kick ass in our own special way… you did realize that is what an ‘All Out of Bubblegum’ playlist is, right?  It is about ass-kicking and letting someone else take the names.  It is no holds barred, take no prisoners, total annihilation.  Some do it through physical force and others do it through careful calculations.  There is no single right way to kick-ass.  It is the ultimate bit of pragmatism, actually.  So long as ass is being kicked, literal ass or figurative ass, then that was the right way to do it.

This means the music people want to kick ass to isn’t all the same. For me, I tend to prefer orchestral elements, because when I kick-ass I imagine I am doing it in the most epic way possible.  I also like short bombastic punk rock elements, which I see as for those brief but intense moments of ass-kicking.

Before I give you my Top 10, I want to give out a freebie, one of the original ass-kicking songs ever, just to set the mood.

Flight of the Valkyries

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Why Are You Still Shaving With Plastic Cartridges?

A few months ago, my brother mentioned he had switched from disposable cartridge razors to a safety razor.  This intrigued me and I started investigating safety razors.  I figured they were expensive, complex, impossible to find devices from an ancient era. Sort of like finding a light saber.

In my efforts to find information, I found The Art of Manliness website (a website I desperately needed because I’m pretty damn not manly).  So yes, there was that article on the 5 men who died from shaving… that was a bit off-putting, but I meant to strive in the face of threateningly sharp metal. Continue reading “Why Are You Still Shaving With Plastic Cartridges?”

Building a Mountain or Learning to Accept the Struggle

stolen from http://jeppejuul.com/proposed-projects/masters-project/sandpile-models-on-networks/Go back, way back, okay maybe not that far back, to the days of playing in a sandbox.  Or beach.  You get the idea, someplace where pushing sand and dirt around was an acceptable activity.  Whenever I did this I always tried to build the biggest mountain of sand I could. Unfortunately, there would always be this moment where as I heaped more sand on top, the sides of my mountain would avalanche.

In the movie The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain, the village of Ffynnon Garw (Rough Fountain) suffered a similar problem when they attempted to build up their local hill so it would be high enough to be considered a mountain.  As they added dirt, it became harder to build up height.  Bulwarks kept some of the dirt from sliding away, but each scoop of dirt didn’t add a scoop’s height to the mountain. Continue reading “Building a Mountain or Learning to Accept the Struggle”