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There is hope for the next generation …

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

I rarely listen to broadcast music.  I’m a total prog-head, meaning I love to listen to and perform progressive rock: Dream Theater, Rush, Yes, Symphony X, Jethro Tull, etc.  Most music on the radio bores me to tears.  But here is proof that young kids know where to find good music, at least some of them.  This also proves that there are legions of badass musicians in the world that nobody ever heard of – before YouTube.

In this video, a precocious 11 year old young lady absolutely crushes a version of Rush’s instrumental classic “YYZ” by herself on the keyboards.  As a longtime musician, I can tell you that this song is hard to play, even when performed by three top-notch musicians as Rush does.  That she does this song solo is mind-boggling, particularly her footwork.  The learning curve for this performance must have been staggering.

I’ve included a version of Rush doing the song so you can see just how accurately she performs this.  (As an aside, the song title refers to the Morse code airport identifier for Toronto – Rush’s hometown – and the opening percussion rhythm in 10/8 time mimics the sound you would hear if you tuned an aircraft’s navigation receiver to Toronto’s IATA code.)

When she finishes, you can see that she’s wearing a t-shirt of Rush’s first album.  Is this just killer, or what?


What a hacker.

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

In golf, a shitty player is called a hacker.  Seems to work that way in politics, too:

G8: Obama interested in Huntsville’s golf courses: Clement

What a putz.

(h/t Ace)


Gallery of the Intrepid

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

In what I plan will become a continuing series here, The Gallery of the Intrepid will highlight individuals who have refused to quit in the face of daunting odds, great pain, or apparently insurmountable circumstances.  The definition of intrepid is “resolutely courageous or fearless.”  Often these individuals pursue their goals with a sense of self-sacrifice for something greater than themselves.

The first entry is Japanese gymnast Shun Fujimoto, the 1976 Olympian who suffered a serious knee injury (a broken kneecap) that occurred during the floor exercise.  He hid the injury for the remainder of the competition so as not to let his team down.  He competed on the pommel horse with the injury, scoring a 9.5.  He then competed in the rings.  During his double-twisting, double somersault dismount, his landing dislocated his broken kneecap and tore the ligaments, ending his competitive career.  His 9.7 score in the event was the best of his life.  His refusal to withdraw and his determination to continue the competition allowed the Japanese team to beat the Soviets by 4/10ths of a point, allowing them to capture their 5th consecutive men’s gymnastics all-around Olympic gold medal.

That is one tough and dedicated son-of-a bitch.


Intolerance will not be tolerated.

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

Anyone who’s had to sit through a pointless “diversity sensitivity training” session mandated by their employer will understand Mark Steyn’s point.

“Cirque du So Lame.”  Brilliant, just brilliant.

via MacLeans