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Is Slayer louder on Mars?

Spending 9,5 hours per day in a cubicle under the steady glare of LCD monitors tends to make you ponder the deeper meaning of life. You start asking seriously deep questions, such as:

Is Slayer louder on Mars?

Mars, slightly redder than Uranus.

Factors that contribute to loudness
Loudness is a subjective measure that indicates the intensity of a sound that a person experiences. For the greater glory of Slayer, it is more apt to use less subjective standards of measure such as decibels. The decibel is the unit of sound pressure, so regardless of how loud the tree in the forest is when it falls, you can still measure the sound pressure even if you can't necessarily hear it. The decibel is a logarithmic unit of measurement that expresses the magnitude of a physical quantity relative to a reference level.

What would be our reference level?
For our reference, we may choose the theoretical maximum pressure of sound on planet earth at standard atmospheric pressure level. This is 101 325 P…

Blogs 4 Free Press

Apparently the ANCYL (whose members are all rather old to be in the YOUTH league) are trying to censor the press. It is thanks to the press, you see, that we know about their dodgy dealings with mining conglomerates and all the grey cats that Jacob Zuma likes to tickle in the dark. The obvious solution here is not to fix the problems, but to prevent us from knowing about the problems. Well, there's just one thorn in the side of this solution:

The Bill of Rights
The section on freedom of speech:

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes
freedom of the press and other media;
freedom to receive or impart information or ideas;
freedom of artistic creativity; and
academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.

That's all there is to it, really. So please join me in saying fuck the ANCYL while we are still allowed to say it.

For more information, see Chris Roper's blog.
Also see Sipho Hlongwane's blog.

Note that I put the image on the far left. That's jus…

10 Nerd or geek bands: Fanfare for the uncommon man, part 1

This is an ode to ten of the geekiest, nerdiest bands on the planet. If you like more than three of these, chances are your idea of a walk on the wild side includes a batch of energy drinks and retro video games on a Friday night. And you don't think that is sad.

Nerd bands, part 1.
Nerd bands, part 2.

Rush fans have been described as the Trekkies of rock, for a few very good reasons. Their lyrics centre around libertarianism and the novels of Ayn Rand, with a healthy dose of science fiction on the side.

Rush's Starman logo.

Rush follows the power trio format, with three rather accomplished virtuosos making a racket. Drummer Neil Peart has also been described as rock's worst lyricist. Coming from music journalists, who are people who can't write writing for people who can't read, I'm not sure if that's an insult or a compliment.

Speaking of Trekkies, Stovokor features Klingons in semi-earthling garb who also sing a few songs in their native Klingon. …