This may be the most difficult yet rewarding lesson of the 101 course level. No matter how familiar we are with a subject, we must always be ready for surprises – the mind, like a door, must be kept slightly ajar. Oh to be young and idealistic! Your intrepid professor does not believe in surprises. […]
Petrology 101: Bad Brains
This week’s study of all things rock will require a brief historical review, since Bad Brains appeared (at first) on the Washington D.C. hardcore punk scene in 1977, long before many of you were born. Consisting of H.R. (vocals), Dr. Know (guitar), Daryl Jenifer (bass), and Earl Hudson (drums), Bad Brains quickly gained attention and […]
Petrology 101: Red Fang
Welcome to Petrology 101, the study of all things rock with Professor Noel Bancredi. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Noel Bancredi is a pseudonym for Christian Adams. Don’t ask.] Today’s session features a band hailing from Portland, OR, which goes by the name of Red Fang. Maybe you’ve heard of them? Or seen one of their genius videos […]
Maybe this guy can help. Those of you who have perused The Pure Genius or Completely Retarded Slideshow will be familiar with the concept: some things just don’t translate very well. Attempts to meet standards of cross-cultural communication often result in vaguely amusing to downright offensive messages. Not so with today’s happy accident. Now if […]
Only In Taiwan, Episode 1. The debut episode of Christian Adams’ on-going photo-essay series and a singular perspective on Taiwan’s so-called “low crime rate.” Sorry, the photo here is standard bait-and-switch. The essay does not discuss betel nut or beauties.
My extended visit to Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch in Taiwan, was the result of an “atypical infection of unknown origin,” and mercifully ended today (08/20/12), after six long days and five nights. Though the illness was never life-threatening, it continues to perplex the doctors, and this ordeal is far from over, albeit on an […]