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Maybe I should have called this series of posts "Force Fed". While that's not exactly the truth about how it went down, that title does reflect a bit of how IStar Wars Conundrum: Original Trilogy Reflection

I just caught up on my JMSNews reading and found a few items I thought I'd point out. First, we have a tentative release time for Babylon 5: The Lost TalesBabylon 5 / JMS updates

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I don't have it in me to write everything I think about this movie right now, but I wanted to get something down. Just like Spider-man 2, this sequel takes anPseudo-Review: The Dark Knight

I've fallen really behind on posting lately. Given the upcoming holiday there probably won't be much for the next few days either. But I wanted to quickly throw a fewQuick Notes on Entertainment News

So our water company had a break in at one of their tanks recently and while they're checking to make sure the water hasn't been contaminated, they've issued a "DoFact checking the easy stuff

Democrats in 2 Southern States Push Bills on Bible Study - New York Times A couple of Democrats are endorsing a Bible class in public schools—but only if it's based on"Bible bill" sponsored by Democrats

The Simple Dollar » The Money Savvy Pig and My Son’s Allowance Another good idea from Trent, over at The Simple Dollar. A transparent, compartmentalized, piggybank does seem like a goodTeaching money management to kids

I'm reading a lot more comics/graphic novels now than I ever have. Sadly, that's not saying much, since I only read individual unconnected issues at a time - I neverAn attache case, an underground government, and a Spider-Man on the edge

I'm pretty sure my wife will have no problem confirming this: I'm addicted to The Sing-Off.  Last year's show blew my mind with the talent involved. This year matches thatThe Sing-Off: recap and predictions

I wish I had found this before Halloween was over.... Zombies in Plain English Remember... Zombies Don't Dance! [tags]zombies, instructional video[/tags]Are you prepared?!

This is one of the "prettier" explosions I've seen. Love the compression wave. [kml_flashembed movie="http://embed.break.com/Mjc1NjI4" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] The sound of the shrapnel flying past through the end just completes theThat blowed up reeeel good

Yeah, I got this from a chain mail, but it's the first one to make me laugh out loud in a few years, so here you go...   A Lawyer and aHow to make $490

I wasn't feeling well today, and there wasn't much on the tube, so I tuned in to the only movie playing that I hadn't seen before: Hellboy. In sci-fi, comic book,Review: Hellboy

Drum roll, please!

I’ve always loved drums. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t “drumming.” I put that in quotes because I’ve rarely actually had a drum at my disposal. I’ve beat rhythms out with wooden spoons, sticks, pencils, pens, toilet paper tubes, pipe insulation, toy drumsticks, my hands… anything at my disposal. (I actually had to stop doing it so much in my car; the head of my gear shift came off once while driving because I had loosened the screws by beating on it.)

So, can you guess who my favorite Muppet was?

Yep. Animal was the quintessential drummer in my young eyes. Totally uninhibited and always wanting to let loose with everything he had. Then one day another drummer was on the Muppet Show as the guest star. And he had a drum battle with Animal! Best. Show. Ever. (Yes, even better than the Star Wars episode.)

Anybody who could leave Animal wide-eyed with his jaw on the floor was worth some attention, in my book. I asked my Dad about him and learned that Buddy Rich was a drummer from the Big Bands era, and was possibly the best drummer alive. I don’t think there’s been anyone since who’s taken the lead in that race.

Here he is in a 1978 solo in The Hague. This isn’t even his best work, IMO, but it’s one of the rare clips I’ve found that has a wider range of “tricks” in it.

The only other drummer I’d put in the same breath with Buddy Rich is Gene Krupa, another great from the Big Band era. Gene was the drummer for Benny Goodman and is the beat behind one of the best swing numbers of all time, Sing, Sing, Sing:

Krupa and Rich got together for their own “drum battle” on Sammy Davis Jr.’s show in the 1966. Nice stuff. It shows the difference in their styles, as well. Krupa has those cross-overs nailed, but I think Buddy is a bit cleaner.

There are some far-and-away excellent drummers today, but those two are the gold standard in my book.

And in case you’re wondering… no, I don’t play the drums myself. I did, long ago, and was pretty good for my age – at least in my school, but due to stupidity it didn’t last. That’s a story for another time, though.

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