Music Mondays: Tengger Calvary

The first Dan Carlin podcast I experienced was Wrath of the Khans which lead me into some fairly deep investigations of Mongolia and her culture. Which is how I discovered Tengger Calvary, a Mongolian Folk Metal band that uses the traditional Mongolian throat singing along with some traditional Mongolian musical instruments all bound together with modern metal. It is an absolutely insane mix that absolutely works. They even use traditional Mongolian folk songs that sing about the open steppes and good horse and praise Genghis Khan. Just set to metal. Modern metal is stagnating hard at the moment. Everyone is locked into

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Late Review: Stranger Things

I love to get creatively blind sided. I walked into Star Wars in 1977 completely cold, unaware of even the basics. Of course I was blown away in that life changing way that I the creative types hope for. There was not one preconceived notion in my 12 year old mind so the reaction to the movie was pure and real. Same thing happened with Indiana Jones. The marketing failed in that I walked into the theater without having seen a preview or reading a review. I saw the movie poster and I think I shrugged and decided to give

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What Can a Little Curry Do?

My diet and cooking preferences have simplified a lot lately. My current favorite meal? Steamed vegetables over rice with a bit of Cajun seasoning and a boiled egg or two. Done in about fifteen minutes and immensely satisfying. I’ve had the 30 minute rule in place for a long time. Meals should take 30 minutes or less for prep and cooking on a week night after work. But I wavered away from that rule with my foray into Indian cuisine which was delightful and educational but time consuming. I didn’t dig too deep but I’m pretty sure there is no

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Writing Projects

I have set up some of my writing projects off of my personal site at xendragon.com as a publishing experiment. I enjoy writing but never found myself in position to try to publish through traditional vectors. So I wanted to try this. The Temple of Fate is probably one of my favorite projects but its a bit more free form as opposed to The Chalice which is more of a traditional fantasy novel. Like any writer or creative person, I want to get eyes on my efforts in the hopes that some may enjoy or find themselves intrigued. Legal Stuff:

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Music Mondays: Dark Jazz

The modern music scene is a mess. And that’s probably a good thing. Not every one would say so. Record labels are still shaking their heads over the fact that they lost control so quickly. One moment, the masses listened to what they were told to and the next, independent artists were dumping their efforts onto a variety of websites and getting virtual airtime without an agent or an audition or anything. These artists just throw it all out there and hope for the best. It’s chaos. It’s creative anarchy. And it’s probably a really good thing. Now we, the

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Free Will and the Nature of Time

The concept and definition of Free Will is perhaps the deepest rabbit hole in philosophical thought. So the idea of layering the Nature of Time onto the myriad of arguments relating to free will is daunting to say the least but so very interesting so many levels. I have to say that I’m on the fence concerning notions of free will. I see both sides of any argument and would argue, in return, that the answer may not be absolute. We may have degrees of free will depending on the person and the situation but philosophers hate the gray and want the answer

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Review: Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

I crave innovation. Which means my tastes vary wildly and can veer unexpectedly into interesting areas. And I enjoy the side trips and discoveries especially with the aid of modern search engines. Bustling algorithms comb my search histories and spew forth a cacophony of oddness and relevant suggestions that only drive me further into an intense appreciation of human creativity. Which is how I found Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow. It came recommended from a couple of sites, no doubt filtered down to me from a plethora of searches for the latest Patricia Briggs or Bernard Cornwell books and I would have

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Is the Universe a Simulation?

The universe is huge. Being a lover of sci-fi I have always assumed that we, as in we humans, will eventually get to stars but the more that I learn about the distances and the math involved, I feel my confidence waning. Because the universe is really, really big. But just because we may never jump in our starships and zip to the next solar system in time for next week’s episode, doesn’t mean there aren’t frontiers to explore. The ocean is full of the unseen and there are planets and moons such as Europa than may even harbor life.

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200 Hours of Yoga: One Year Later

So last year about this time I was pushing towards the end of a 200 hour yoga certification class. The experience was a bit of a whirlwind and I’ve spoken before about jumping into the deep end  so soon after discovering yoga. I’m still on the fence about whether or not I would suggest that for anyone else. I had about three months of classes before I entered the program and, while it worked for me, I don’t think I would recommend it for anyone else. A year of regular classes would have served me well. But, that being said,

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