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By Akira The Don on Friday, August 1st, 2014

One of the greatest (and most criminally slept on) albums of all time is ten years old today. I remember exactly where I was first time I heard, it and exactly how it made me feel – I was strolling up and down Manhattan in the blazing sunshine in a stars and striped wifebeater bumping it on my discman and shit made me feel like I was walking on moonbeams and shit, shit had me dancing and highfiving random strangers and all sorts. I actually taught myself how to do that Vulcan peace sign walking around Manhattan bumping this, flexing my fangers and elbow skanking. THANK YOU 213 FOR THIS ETERNAL GIFT THAT SOUNDS AS FIZZY AND FUTURISTIC TODAY AS IT DID BACK THEN.

RIP NATE DOGG.

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— By Akira The Don on Friday, August 1st, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Inspirational shit, gets better and better as it goes along. The freestyle he drops towards the end gave me chills and I haven’t even checked for Saul Williams like that in a long fucking time.

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— By Akira The Don on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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By Neil Heath | BBC

Medieval graffiti of straw kings, pentagrams, crosses, ships and “demon traps” have been offering a tantalising glimpse into England’s past. What do the pictures reveal about life in the Middle Ages?

A project to record the graffiti, which began in Norfolk, has now been rolled out to other areas and is gradually spreading across England.

Armed with just a torch and a camera, a team of volunteers have recorded more than 28,000 images from churches in Norfolk alone and are a third of the way through searching Norwich Cathedral, where there are many more examples.

Although the drawings discovered so far undoubtedly offer an insight into the minds of some – possibly bored – churchgoers in the Middle Ages, their precise meaning is not always clear.

For instance, on the walls near the entrance to Cranwell Parish Church, in Lincolnshire, there is a figure identified as “the straw man”.

Brian Porter, Lincolnshire’s medieval graffiti project co-ordinator, believes the figure to be a pagan fertility symbol, possibly etched before a May Day celebration.

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The “straw king” (left) was possibly a pagan fertility symbol while medieval graffiti artists also made use of other figures (right)

In pre-Christian tradition the “straw man” was made out of the previous year’s crop and then eventually burned, with the ashes scattered across the fields.

Mr Porter said he believed the church “couldn’t stamp out” the Pagan traditions of parishioners and probably grew tired of rubbing the graffiti away.

It raises a tantalising prospect. Could it be that beneath the Christian veneer, an older tradition was still being actively pursued, perhaps in a deliberately subversive way?

Matt Champion, a medieval archaeologist who began the project in Norfolk in 2010, says there are a variety of different theories and care is needed when interpreting the drawings.

“Brian could be right,” he says.

“But we have different perspectives. To be honest, I’ve yet to come across a genuine pagan symbol. Not all [Christians at the time] were closet pagans.”

Mr Champion said he was surprised by how much graffiti had been found so far and the way in which the project had caught the public imagination.

Churches are being searched by volunteers in Suffolk, Kent, East Sussex, Surrey and Lincolnshire and the scheme is set to move into Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the near future.

“[Medieval graffiti] was believed to be rare – turns out it’s not,” he says.

“It’s a fairly new area of archaeology and it’s like discovering a medieval library buried in your back garden.”

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Mr Champion said the medieval church was incredibly superstitious.

“They believed evil floated around you and demons were waiting to latch on to your soul,” he says. “The evil eye was something real.”

He explained that some circles could have been drawn to act as “demon traps”.

Read the full article at: bbc.com

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Remember when there was talk of Ryan Reynolds starring in a Deadpool move that was to be actually based on the comics not some random character from Soul Kalibur like that fuck awful Wolverine movie? And how there was test footage and Rob Liefeld said it was totally awesome and rated R and shit? This was before Ryan Reynolds made everyone hate Ryan Reynolds by making that fuck awful Green Lantern movie, and Ryan Gosling sort of stole his seat at the Hollywood lunch table. Anyway, this is that footage Rob Liefeld said was totally R rated and shit. There is swearing in it, and some cartoony violence. Is that sort of thing still R rated? I thought Rs were reserved for, like, vulva shots and contentious political statements or something. It’s OK. It kind of plays out like a cut scene from a computer game, but then it is all CGI, which I didn’t notice at first, so that’s something. The “Deadpool” stuff from that fuck awful Wolverine move was like a computer game too and it fucking sucked Bilbo balls so I have no idea why they thought that was the way to go.

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— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Homerian.

Via DAD

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— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Sunday, July 27th, 2014

REACTION TO MAD MAX TRAILER:

Wo this looks awesome
Them’s some fly vehicles
Hang on is Charlize Theron playing Tank Girl?
WHERE’S MEL GIBSON

The end.

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— By Akira The Don on Sunday, July 27th, 2014