Flush It Friday: Let us cavort like the Greeks Americans of old

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You know the ones I mean…

It is Super Bowl Weekend. I am, at best, a fair-weather football fan. I watch my alma mater’s football games in the fall semester until we start losing in the second half, then I go find something else to do. I own a Broncos beanie and play Fantasy Football, but I can go entire weeks without even remembering that there are games on Sunday (much to the detriment of my Fantasy score). I always enjoy seeing the flood of Cowboys fan tears in the playoffs, but I don’t know that I could accurately tell you which division they’re in.

Despite my coolly detached relationship with America’s favorite pastime, though, I always find myself gathering with friends and family to enjoy the Super Bowl. Something about the big game, regardless of the constant deluge of consumerist nonsense, horrid halftime shows, and shady officiating, always compels me to sit down on the couch and join with millions of my fellow countrypersons every February. As flaky as I am with actual football appreciation, I genuinely look forward to the Super Bowl every single year.

There are a lot of Americans in my shoes who are feeling a little differently this year. In light of the widespread fear and unrest gripping much of the United States, the Super Bowl, with its garish veneer of hyper-patriotism, just feels a bit profane in 2017. A bit superficial. A bit excessive. For many of us, it seems impossible to bond over a silly sport when much larger divisions are causing rifts in our relationships and communities.

But I guess that’s exactly what I’m encouraging you all to do this weekend. Not because you need to compromise your own values with those who perpetuate hatred and fear, but because your soul desperately needs some reprieve from the endless waves of fear and shock and disbelief inundating it. Because you need a chance to exorcise your demons over food and laughter and some good ol’ full-contact athleticism. Because you need to be reminded of what it feels like to be content, even for just a little while.

And I can think of no better way to experience that time of soul balm than in the presence of loved ones, breaking bread and trash-talking in the most American way possible. There’s just something so refreshing about opening your home to others, about cooking a delicious snack for others, about going out of your way to let others know you appreciate them and enjoy their company.

Today I witnessed so much selflessness from this community, and I honestly, wholeheartedly believe that selflessness is what’s going to see this country through. The great thing about selflessness is that it doesn’t require grand acts of benevolence and loud proclamations in the street to be good. It can be something as small as sending a fellow metalhead a record on Bandcamp. Or withholding some extra cash you were going to spend on a CD so that you can directly support a charity. Or even just asking that quiet guy at the Super Bowl party how his week has been. Selflessness can be a tiny pebble in a huge pond, but even some of those ripples can still reach the shore.

So here’s what I’d like to propose. This weekend, don’t stew in your home, miserable and afraid. Accept that Super Bowl invitation. Invite some friends over. Knock on your neighbor’s door. Get out of your comfort zone a little and do something to pay it forward, to show kindness and friendship despite everything within you yelling to retreat. And do so while eating way too many wings, drinking way too much beer, and enjoying way too much football.

let’s make selflessness and community the American way and watch the Super Bowl together. And if you’re one of our friends from outside the US, feel free to come hang out with us here at Toilet ov Hell this Sunday and pretend to be one of us Americans. You’re always welcome here.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    stay off my lawn, punk

  • Stockhausen

    I agree with these sentiments wholeheartedly, W. I’m still going to be a douche bag and watch soccer by myself, but I’ll think fondly of all of your musks while I do it.

    • RustyShackleford

      You mean commie football?? I hear they play with their feet. So misguided!

      • Joaquin Stick

        It’s called football, not feetball. They should only be allowed to use one foot in that commie game.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Thanks for the words W. Made me both happy and very sad all at once. With my nearest friend ~500 miles from me, at least I’ll have 3 lbs of pork shoulder that I’m making into carnitas to keep me company on Sunday.

    Oh yeah, I forgot Soen’s album came out today, it rules, so check that out everyone.

  • JWG79

    Good: #MetalBandcampGiftClub (not a political statement, honest)

    – was gifted https://mizmor.bandcamp.com/album/yodh
    (actually thought I already bought it, but glad for the reminder that I forgot to…)

    Bad: HMV Canada finally announced going into full receivership this week. They’re closing every last Canadian store by the end of the Fiscal Year. Some will last until that day, others will go earlier. The last one in Victoria seems to have committed to plugging on until March, but we’ll see. I suspect my outstanding warehouse orders will be cancelled.

    It’s not bad for my music sources. I ‘m moving ever more to Bandcamp now, obviously. But my Canadian “collectors” Blu-Ray sources just shrank by a major factor. It’s not just one loss, but the one that was typically cheapest in all but a few cases (Criterion, primarily).

    Ugly:

    https://eastsherman.bandcamp.com/album/desertification

    That’s “ugly” in a good way. But then it isn’t. And then it is again.

  • Óðinn
    • Howard Dean

      Upvote for Antaeus.

      • Óðinn

        Upvoted for upvoting Antaeus. Ha!

        • Howard Dean

          Upvoting for approval of upvoting the Antaeus upvote!

  • more beer

    The NFL is fixed. The Patriots will win. They have to give their golden boy Brady his crown back.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      One of my best friends genuinely believes most major sporting events are rigged. He’s also a bit of a crackpot, but sometimes I wonder.

      • Chuck Klosterman wrote a really great novella about an old man and a grifter that believed the same.

      • more beer

        Well they did give it to Peyton Manning last year. It was the worst season he ever had. Yet managed to pull that off. It may as well be WWE.

      • Óðinn

        It may not always be as overt as that in most cases. But certain people (Brady, Michael Jordan) get away with cheating in sports.

        There have been some cases of fixing too. I know some NBA refs got caught in game fixing. Professionl fighters throw fights too. Bob Sapp (MMA fighter) throws fights.

        • Count_Breznak

          To throw a fight there actually has to be a chance of winning. Bob is out of breath climbing the stairs to the ring…

          • Óðinn

            Haha! All just part of his strategy, Count_Breznak. 😉

    • Óðinn

      Why not. Trump and Brady are BFFs. It’s their year. Throw Tebow in the mix, and they can have a Christian orgy.

    • Still gonna watch on the off chance someone throws acid in Belichick’s face.

      • more beer

        I will probably watch it while I am at Black Sky Brewery. But I will also be hanging with friends and listening to metal at the same time. Throwing acid in Belichicks face would be a great halftime show.

      • Óðinn

        Yes. But it would just be nice if somebody would do that without a football game involved.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Then he’ll look just like Bannon.

        • Bannon looks like a dude who never sleeps yet always looks like he just woke up. And also like he drinks 3 handles of whiskey before whispering in DT’s ear.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            And always smells vaguely of urine, which DT loves.

          • Óðinn

            Stephen Colbert called him “the most handsomest guy at the liquor store” recently. And yeah, he looks like an alcoholic.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Toilet Ov Inclusiveness & Bonding

  • Howard Dean

    Oh man, I used to love playing NFL Blitz on the N64 back in middle school. Sub Zero was such a great play. You could go almost the entire game on offense with variations on just that one play. So diverse.

    • Joaquin Stick

      You used something other than Da Bomb?!

      • Howard Dean

        Hahaha. The dudes I played against were assassins on defense. Da Bomb always got cut down in a hail of legal pass interference. That game was awesome.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      No strategy. Just football.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      drunk blitz was the best. 30 pack of keystones went fast

      • Howard Dean

        Blitz, Mario Kart, and fucking Goldeneye. I think about 99% of the time I’ve spent playing video games in my life were those three games.

        • Rain Poncho W.

          You ever play Beerio Kart, HD?

          • Howard Dean

            Haha, nope. But it sounds awesome.

          • Rain Poncho W.

            It’s a great time. Do you slam your beer right at the beginning and just focus on the race, or do you chug every time you fall off the track? I’m a fan of the all at once method. If you fall too far behind, you can get the good items to catch up.

          • RustyShackleford

            Clearly wrong. You race like a speed demon, slam on the breaks right at the finish line, and chug it all at the very end. Rarely has this method failed me.

          • Rain Poncho W.

            I like your style.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Depends if coasting is allowed. You can glide a few feet while you chug. But if not, your method is best.

          • Lacertilian

            Coasting is not allowed. I even think some stipulate that you have to pull over on the side of the road.

        • RustyShackleford

          Also everyone version of super smash for us

          EDIT: every

          • Joaquin Stick

            I’m at least decent at every video game except that one. If I am ever forced to play, I just pick Yoshi and turn people into eggs then run away.

          • Howard Dean

            I actually never played Smash Brothers, as crazy as that sounds. We rocked the N64 hard, but never that game. No one ever bought it. Weird.

        • The first time I ever got good and wasted was playing Goldeneye and drinking Coors. Memories :..)

          • Howard Dean

            I remember playing that game drunk and getting so pissed at my one friend who always picked fucking Oddjob. That’s borderline cheating, and that motherfucker tried to go on with it all the time. Blasting that fucker with proximity mines was always a pleasure.

          • JWG79

            There’s no “borderline” about it.

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          I was not fast enough in Goldeneye to ever remain sober

        • Stockhausen

          I can’t upvote that enough. I would only add Tony Hawk 2 to that list.

          • Howard Dean

            Tony Hawk 2! Yes! That was such an improvement over THPS1. Adding the manual really elevated that game.

      • RustyShackleford

        Fondest memories of getting hammered and being competitive about games like Blitz and whatnot with my best friends. *cuts to shot of us playing at my buddy’s place*

        “I WILL FUCKING DESTROY YOU YOU GOOD FOR NOTHING COCKSUCKER”

        Ahhhh the memories…

  • RustyShackleford

    Great post W. I am one of those people who frequently gets angry instead of sad. This, combined with the fact that I was raised on the idea of staying informed and reading as much as possible has made life extremely exhausting as of late. I wholeheartedly agree with your point about selflessness and love what our community and others have accomplished. Made me feel much better! Be the change you want to see in the world my dudes. Yep!!

  • Eliza

    The good: I have survived the end of the first semester nicely and I have next week free.
    The bad: I have some work to do in that free week.
    The ugly: It’s a ton of work.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      First semester of college?

      • Óðinn

        It’s not even time for midterms, is it?

        • Rain Poncho W.

          This fact I know intimately 😉

      • Eliza

        Hehe, no. First semester of high school.

  • Sir Kookaburra The Based
  • tigeraid

    The Good: our little community’s bandcamp buy-and-share fest to support the ACLU. And I don’t know shit about football, but thankfully there’s a killer UFC card on tomorrow night to help.

    The Bad: I have to work tomorrow fuck EEEEEEEVERYONE (except those of you who bought from bandcamp today.)

    The Ugly: Trump policies. All the time.

  • Good: Life, friendships, music, Altimas.
    Bad: not every blog seems to propagate kindness like this one.
    Beautiful: Kookaburras.

    • tigeraid

      Your rampant, unchecked pro-Altima agenda has been clear for some time, McNulty.

      (You should watch V8 Supercars. In fact if you haven’t before, start watching it this season with me. Amazing racing, and the Nissan teams are plucky underdogs you wanna cheer for.)

      EDIT: er, “Australian Supercars” rather than V8 Supercars rather. Starting to transition to other engines now. Whatever.

      • Rain Poncho W.

        My humble Sentra and I support McNulty’s agenda.

        • tigeraid

          My Honda daily driver will always stand in cheerful opposition.

          • I had an 02 Honda Accord V6 until last year, that car was indestructible. Loved the hell out of it.

          • Joaquin Stick

            My first car was a 91 Accord. It was in the family for 25 years until we sold it earlier this year. I like to imagine it’s out there somewhere, still putzing along with a hole in the muffler.

          • The only issues mine had when i sold it were a leaking power steering hose and some paint oxidation, but other than that, it was the same as when my dad gave it to me like 10 years ago.

          • Bro we could have replaced that p steering hose!

          • Rain Poncho W.

            My first vehicle was a 91 Toyota pickup (no model name then). Bought it $500 and eventually sold it for $700. Sucker had 314,000 miles on it when we sold it.

          • more beer

            My Tacoma has 355 thousand miles on it and runs like a champ.I was talking to this guy last week who had one like yours with close to a million miles. If you take care of them they will run forever.

          • Rain Poncho W.

            That’s incredible. Mine was pretty beat up when I got it, but I don’t doubt you.

          • more beer

            It is all in the maintenance. Which I stay on top of. I think the body is going to fall apart around the engine.

          • Hey, have fun…..Never having to fix it! Lolz.

        • Sometimes the Whopper Jr. is just as good as the Whopper

          • GL

            Don’t lie to yourself, sir.

          • more beer

            No 3 Whopper Jr’s. are as good as a Whopper.

          • GoatForest

            Screw that. Ima get an El Diablo from Hardee’s.

      • Óðinn

        “Australian Supercars”. Isn’t that just a pickup truck with a Corvette engine crammed into it?

        • tigeraid

          Actually they race the Utes in a support series TO the Supercars. They’re great too.

          • Óðinn

            I did not know that.

    • Sir Kookaburra The Based
      • KyleJMcBride

        “Whiff Of The Kookaburra” Coming this Summer on 8-Track, Cassette, and Reel-To-Reel!!

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      I used to have a Maxima, a 2002, I loved that car, 3.5 v6, 5 spd, leather, HID headlights, too bad it rusted into the ground

  • Good: Bandcamp giving and receiving on fire today. Work week is over, been working out the last few weeks and i’m already noticing a difference in how I look and especially in how I feel.
    Bad: I have to entertain my grandpa all day tomorrow because it’s the 2nd anniversary of my grandma’s death to cancer 🙁
    Ugly: Eating everything in sight to support these GAINZZZZ

    • Joaquin Stick

      I just recently started counting calories because I was sick of not gaining weight, turns out I was only getting like 2000 or less most days. Ooops. Started upping my game recently. It’s harder than I thought.

      • Toilet ov Swole

      • Howard Dean

        Damn man, that’s crazy. I can eat 2000 calories before lunch if I’m being bad.

        • Joaquin Stick

          Teach me your ways. The problem is that I mostly eat healthy, so I’ll eat like 40 carrots then log it into my app and… yay 80 calories…

          • Howard Dean

            That’s the kicker. You need eggs, waffles, maple syrup, cheese, bacon, cantaloupe, and pomegranate for breakfast followed by beef jerky and Greek yogurt aa snack before lunch. Just make sure you don’t do it everyday and that you work out, haha.

          • Waynecro

            Dip those carrots in peanut butter. Boom. There’s a few hundred extra calories right there.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            HD works in the food demonstration dept at Vermont Country Store

          • Howard Dean

            Hahaha, pretty much.

            Also: I’ve done some serious damage at the Vermont Country Store in my time. The cheese department alone is something I’ve crushed repeatedly.

          • tigeraid
      • tigeraid

        Once I quit simple carbs like white bread and pasta and mashed topatoes, I had a much easier time getting down around 2000 calories. But when I was 300 lbs I had NO problem clearing 3000-3500 calories. Constant French fries, snacking and ice cream and pop adds up quickly.

        • Waynecro

          Eating healthful fats such as nut butters is the easiest way to get additional calories without feeling all full and shitty. I mean, a whole cup of white rice is, like, 160 calories, whereas a mere 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is about 200 calories. Plus, fats trigger a much more minimal insulin response than do carbs, so you don’t severe energy crashes when you eat fats throughout the day.

          • tigeraid

            Peanut butter’s a go-to for me after workouts if I don’t have a meal planned. One heaping spoonful in the gob, and some water to wash it down.

    • Working out does wonders for ones mood! (This fact wuz checked by resident beefcake Waynecro)

      • Waynecro

        Totally. I’d probably have to go on all the antidepressants the doctors seem to think I need if I weren’t working out all the time. The last time I went a week without working out, all the appliances in the house started telling me to cut myself.

        • tigeraid

          Semi related, Wayne…. I started a weight training routine a month ago, on accounta the snow preventing long runs. I thought it was a cardio / toning routine (no change in weight) but I’ve gained about 5 lbs. I don’t think I’ve eaten appreciably worse… It’s it possible I’ve put that much muscle on? Seems unlikely….

          • Black Smallbeard

            dont forget muscle weighs more than fat

          • tigeraid

            I keep telling myself that.

          • Waynecro

            Some of it is probably muscle (BECAUSE LIFTING, BRO), and some of it could be water (your body retains several grams of water for every gram of carbs you consume). Changes in physical activity can have surprising results, and identifying the causes of weight gain in such cases can be tricky. I’ve actually put on weight from eating too little and working out too much. If you’re doing a lot less cardio than you’re used to doing, you might be in an accidental caloric surplus. For example, say the long runs you’re used to burn 700 calories and your new weight-training routine burns 400 calories. If you maintain the same diet you had when you were running, you suddenly have an additional 300 calories floating around. This could be a source of weight gain. You’d have to compare the caloric intake and expenditure of both programs to identify discrepancies. In many cases, this kind of weight gain stops after your body adjusts, but checking all that calorie data could help. A bit of trial and error is usually necessary.

          • tigeraid

            Valid points. It seems plausible that I’m burning less overall.

          • Waynecro

            Do some calculations and see if there’s a significant difference. Your body might adjust after a month or two, or you might need to tweak the diet a bit–fewer carbs and more proteins (again, BECAUSE LIFTING) or even fewer calories in general, for example. The last time I fiddled with my diet, I cut daily calorie intake in increments of 250 every few weeks until I stopped gaining weight. After I stopped gaining, I knew how many calories to eat every day.

      • Agreed, it’s been a real help for me. I’ve also really liked feeling like my core is stronger since I have some back problems and a bit of spina bifida. Having stronger muscles to keep my spine in check has helped a lot.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
    • Waynecro

      ANATA!!!

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        DOWNWARD SPIRAL

        INTO MADNEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS

        • Waynecro

          YES!!!

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Album turned out to be one of the few modern tech-death releases I actually like.

          • Waynecro

            That album kicks me in the feels every time I hear it.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Bad:

      Infester re-release again delayed to when Satan knows when…
      If it gets cancelled I’m gonna tumble down into a deep dark pit of depression, alcoholism, steroid and drug abuse.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4hcmpI6ybc

    • JWG79

      Decades too late, I realize that Hellhammer demo should have near-immediately inspired a magick-oriented DC Comics tribute/parody “Zatannic Rites”.

    • Black Smallbeard

      Wolves >>>>>>>>>>>>
      Darkspace >>>>>>>>>>>>
      Hellhammer >>>>>>>>>>>

  • Taylor

    Good: in just one month I’m embarking on a camping trip for almost two weeks! It’s all I can think about!
    Bad: I just sat in 33 degree weather for the past three hours because I am a stubborn person. Also, I’m definitely going to get drunk people at work on Sunday. Sometimes funny, but there’s always a mess to clean up.
    Spring-y: my indoor garden is really taking off, I’m getting ready to plant the second round.

    • Nice, what are you growing?

      • Huehuehue

      • Taylor

        I have a few types of plants growing. California fan ivy, king’s choice ivy, some amaryllises, African violets, jade, wandering Jew, various succulents.
        From seed I have some small larkspur, four o’clocks, lavender, bachelor buttons.
        I’ll be planting some more lavender and then chamomile pretty soon.

        • Quite an array, sounds like you’ve got a serious operation going.

          • Taylor

            I’ve gotten more into gardening over the years. It doesn’t help that I can go into a store for a new pot and leave with enough supplies for an entirely new garden.

    • more beer

      What kind of lights do you grow under? I have done some not so legal indoor growing. Even though it is legal where I live now. But I was using high pressure sodium and metal halide for that.

      • Taylor

        They get bright indirect light from windows during most of the day, then I have a bright overhead light for night (6:00 and later in winter).
        All my gardeing is on the up and up, but I can’t say the same of some people I know

        • more beer

          I figured your growing was on the up and up. That is cool. It is also cool that you can get enough natural sunlight. In the winter to be able to do that. There is no better light spectrum than the sun.

          • Taylor

            I move them around a bit to get the best lighting depending on time of day. I try to have them outside during the warmer months, but they always end up being devoured.

          • more beer

            What are they being devoured by? If it is insects give Neem Oil a try. It is a naturally occurring insecticide. Animals are a whole different matter. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/neemgen.html

          • Taylor

            Animals. I had some beautiful purple queens that were gone a week after I planted them. I don’t really mind, the animals have to eat, but I’d rather keep my plants close by

          • more beer

            Animals are much harder to defend against.

          • Taylor

            Yeah. I just make sure that I don’t get too attached to what I keep outside.

          • Taylor

            Luckily I have avoided insect pests. In high school one of our specific assignments was to deal with scales on plants… I had the worst plant, and I still have emotional trauma from the ordeal

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Good: been curling like a madman and it’s been making me feel good even though my wrists still look like twigs
    Not sure: finding out that Pete Helmkamp is a Maths teacher

    • Black Smallbeard

      having thin wrists could make your arms appear bigger

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        That would work if the rest of my body wasn’t naturally swole as fuck. My wrists and forearms are just average but compared to the rest of me they just look pathetic.

        • Black Smallbeard

          i reckon thats a good problem to have

    • Max

      Really? I wonder if The Kids are aware of their maths teacher’s scenester shenanigans?

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        I wonder if he reads the chapter from Controlled Burn about illness to them when they come back after being off sick.

  • Good: Bandcamp donating a massive amount of paper to the ACLU and I was,happy to make a contribution to that (will do more when I get home)
    Bad: Every Time I Die show is sold out and I don’t have a ticket. Was really looking forward to seeing them on this tour.
    Ugly: Don

    • check craigslist maybe?

      • My buddy knows the sound guy, so there’s an outside chance I get in that way. Got to see Weekend Nachos under similar circumstances.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    GOOD: Saw the goddamned sun for the first time in like a month.

    BAD: We’ve gotten approximately zero snow in that time and I’m dying to use my snow shoes. Seeing green lawns in February sucks.

    UGLY: Just about everything in the news. Here’s a big hole in a tree.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/943de428be166b3051cda2a256a68a8d0516a3d5d95a4b2ff5860103f860da44.jpg

  • Waynecro

    Good: It’s going to be a good year for concerts. I’ve already got tickets for Immolation, Archspire/Arkaik, and Coheed and Cambria.
    Bad: A recent storm blew the spark arrestor off my chimney. I never use the fireplace, but I should probably still put the thing back up there. I’ll have to buy or rent a ladder.
    Ugly: People who play Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege on Xbox Live and kill their own teammates (and call them retards) because those teammates aren’t good enough. Dudes, it’s just a fucking game.

    • Black Smallbeard

      i agree with TKing when your teammates are scrugs, or when they TK you. But not in calling them retards. also Immolation and Co&Ca tix >>>>>>>>>>>

      • more beer

        I am guest listed for Immolation at the end of the month. I took care of that when this tour was announced.

        • Waynecro

          That’s awesome!

          • more beer

            Yea more money for beer. But we do have history. All being from Yonkers.

        • Black Smallbeard

          fuckin dope

          • more beer

            Yea looking forward to that show/

      • Waynecro

        I mean, yeah, killing your own teammates is justifiable in some scenarios. But killing teammates after one fucking round that doesn’t go completely smoothly in casual play is just a dick move. I’m flying up to Oakland, California, to see Coheed with my brother and his lady. It should be a good time.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Good: Finally getting on Bandcamp and immediately having a bit of a splurge, including several Toileteer bands.

    Bad: Bandcamp is running too slow to actually listen to them right now.

    Ugly: The state of the world. And sure, I got things pretty ok, but sometimes I get too bummed out to do anything and can’t even sleep well. Shit stinks.

    • JWG79

      I did notice that the “preparing your download” phase of the purchase process was taking several times normal speed, which makes for several minutes wait if you want FLAC (and obviously unless you’re a total mook, you want FLAC).

      It’s still definitely totally worth the very-brief wait, though.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        I actually didn’t know that FLAC was the format to go for (I’m not great with computer stuff) so thanks for the tip! I’ll probs still wait till tomorrow though.

        • Black Smallbeard

          personally still prefer 320 cbr for space reasons

          • Count_Breznak

            Especially if you are listening on a smartphone, shitty PC speakers or those headphones that looked really cool at that one time.
            In short: If you have the hardware go FLAC, for everything else 320.

        • JWG79

          You probably shouldn’t mind me. FLAC vs MP3 is fairly definitely an audiophile nerd thing that to be absolutely honest I’m still training my ear to appreciate fully.

          Some albums I get it. Others not so much.

          The “others” probably just have low DR though (more audionerding)

    • What’s your BC handle? So that we can all stalk you.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        frozengoatshead

        • You will never guess mine.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Is it Richter?

          • Damn you!

  • Black Smallbeard

    Good. Cultes des Ghoules’ Coven triple LP preorder!!!!!! TAX RETURNS!!! DiGiorno pizzas were FUCKING 2 for 9 FUCKING DOLLARS!!!!! White Death LP showed today, Goatmoon LP and a couple others on the way.

    Bad: Storage issues with my ever growing wax collection. Still waiting on Panphage LP (lol)

    Ugly: Kookaburra

  • Good: Watching all those metal albums whiz by on the bandcamp “now selling” feed.
    Bad: If I do still have a job whenever this bastard foot heals it is not going to be a very fun job.
    Ugly: The Superbowl. Yuck.

    • Joaquin Stick

      That now selling scroll is having a friggin seizure. So awesome.

  • Some Guy

    Good: Got my first paycheck from my new job and it feels amazing to have some disposable income. So time to go to bandcamp!
    Bad: I don’t have as much free time as I used to so new albums aren’t getting as many listens as they should.
    Ugly: Currently not a damn thing.
    Overall: Life is looking pretty bright and I’m going to do all that I can to keep it in the right direction.

    • GL

      Glad to hear things are going well for you, friend.

      GL

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    Good: buddies and I went through about 60 beers playing drinking games and then went on a late night walk to a sweet overlook. Life is good

    Bad: came down with a cold, throws a bit of a wrench in the vocal tracking im supposed to be doing.

    Ugly: Tbd

  • GL

    Good: I am not longer sick (mostly). Although I nearly died, I am happy to be kicking again.

    General Comment: I guess I am a little disheartened that I have seen so much petty bickering among all of our friends of late. Maybe I am not completely desensitized to the constant bickering not being on FB, but it just seems like there is a new level of animosity. I understand people have strong feels about what has/will/could happen to the country and it is not for me to discourage others from talking about what is most important to them. It just seems that is not in our vein to be so petty. It is not that we are not getting together, because we are, I just hope we can all try to be a tad more diplomatic about some of our disagreements.

    With all this negativity, I guess I just hope I can bring a bit of positiveness each day. Music is what brought us all together, I would hate for it to drive some of us apart.

    Thanks,

    GL

    • GL

      New KXM track is banging. Featuring YOU KNOW WHO.
      *dont say Voldemort you gotdamn nerds*

      GL

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7NEoECwbeI

    • Black Smallbeard

      holy shit, GL. not being on facebook is such a good idea.

      • more beer

        Yep. Facebook is mad drama.

      • GL

        I got rid of mine 6 maybe 7 years ago. Everyone thinks they will miss it. Until you realize how much time you are not wasting pretending to care about whatever everyone around you is doing.

        The difference between a FB user and normal person is that a FB user posts about things they have done. A normal person actually does things for themselves and not for the artificial approval of others.

        Then everyone says “Well it is great for communicating, that is all I use it for.” Until you realize you rarely use it for communicating but rather a deluge of of things that ultimately make you unhappy.

        Life is hard enough to deal with on a day to day basis, let a long willingly letting yourself get bet down with senseless garbage.

        So yeah, no regrets man! No one will even know you have left (not trying to be a total downer lol).

        • Black Smallbeard

          oh no, i left facebook after getting on it when it first came out like 11 years ago. then i left it. and then i tried to get back on it for a little while last year and i got banned

          • GL

            Sounds like you are covered either way, lol.

        • Óðinn

          I have a fake FB account. I rarely use it. Not a FB fan.

        • Óðinn

          It’s an anti-social network.

          • Max

            That is in fact exactly what it is. It actually makes people LESS “connected.” They’re more easily found, but that’s the problem – if you always know where they are, you never have to actually “catch up” with them.

          • more beer

            It is a plague onto humanity. As well as way for the powers that be, to keep tabs on everyone.

        • I’m pretty close to leaving facebook. I only really use it for music related stuff and im getting sick of all the stupid political posts that i cant seem to escape from.

        • GL I am with this statement so hard. I need to try and use it less.

        • tigeraid

          I swear I’m going to try this soon. Not quit entirely, but make a new account and use it just for the Toilet, and a couple of other fun groups I belong to. Get away from all the stupid bickering. It’s hard, though.

      • KyleJMcBride

        Haven’t had an FB account in almost 7 years.

        • Max

          Four for me. Not missing it one bit.

        • more beer

          Ever for me.

      • Óðinn

        Agreed.

      • Taylor

        I canned mine a while back. It really dropped the dead weight as far as my social circle went, and I found so much more time to do things. Every once in a while I notice that news takes a few days longer to reach me, but it’s all depressing, so who cares

  • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

    Good: My birthday is next week

    Bad: I don’t celebrate my birthday

    Ugly: Got turned down for a job this week. among other bullshit

    Inspiring: This article. Thanks, Dubya. I wasn’t even gonna watch it this year (my Raiders’ chances of Super Bowl glory gone with a broken fibula, plus the fucked up week I just had) but this article is making me reconsider.

  • The Mighty Thorange

    I found this article inspiring. Even as a non American I can appreciate the message of unity and bonding as a community. I suppose that is similar to my country’s situation with the E.U.
    Good: I don’t watch your American ‘football’ but Six Nations rugby starts tomorrow. Scotland are playing Ireland so we should hopefully win. Also we do not need pussy armour to play a game.
    Bad: As much as I detest your version of football, I think we can agree that actual football or ‘soccer’ is boring as fuck.
    Ugly: The liveliness of me having a hangover in the morning.
    Metal: I was out at a local gig tonight and this band called King Witch played and they were fucking brilliant. The singers voice is so fucking powerful and I seriously urge everyone to check them out.https://youtu.be/DpnJGr9mvMw.

    • Lacertilian

      Judging by your Good and Bad we’re gonna get along just fine.
      Based on recent form, my money would be on Ireland to take out the whole thing. If it were a Ire vs Sco final I’d be happy as fuck tho, at least those two teams try and play running rugby some of the time. Watching Wales and England play is tedious.

      • The Mighty Thorange

        Well, I am hoping Scotland will win the whole thing. I think we actually have a chance this year as the team is getting better every year. The squad has gone from being one of the worst teams to one that has the most promising new talent. Also England IS a boring team to watch but I am biased of course.

        • The Mighty Thorange

          SCOTLAND FUCKING WON! I AM FUCKING ECSTATIC!