Wardruna - Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga

Wardruna – Dagr

Receive this powerful invocation from deep within the heart of Mother Nature. It was carried through lungs that breathe its air. It was beat into eternity from ritualistic drums and instruments. It was blessed with choirs that cleanse everything their life-giving vibration touches.

Celebrate the dance of night and day.

Gerrymandering

The Gerrymandering Factor

Ever heard of gerrymandering? It’s quite the disgusting political practice. Basically, a political party influences the way precincts are gathered into districts so that it gains an advantage during elections. Even though the term was coined in the USA, this practice is widespread. It shows just how much democracy can be destroyed from within.

Fortunately, there is some hope in combating the practice. Here’s how a panel of federal judges over in the USA created a useful precedent that will hopefully be the first step towards fixing this affliction of democracy.

Neutrino Detector

Ricocheting Down the Neutrino Alley

Neutrinos are among the strangest elementary particles. Or at least we call them elementary particles until, some time in the future, we’ll discover that they are also composed of various other smaller components. But until then, scientists are sparing no efforts in trying to understand them (an understanding that could and will probably be invested in new technologies, for example detectors for large bursts of energy release).

Super Earth Kepler

Aliens on Super Earths Require a Lot More Smarts to Get in Orbit

Now that we got a new planet hunter in orbit (TESS), we’re bound to find many more Earth-like planets. And, judging by discoveries so far, it’s quite likely that a lot of these planets will be super Earths, that is, terrestrial planets with a mass higher than Earth’s.

One of the most interesting and often-overlooked problem with super Earths concerns their gravity. These planets are big, meaning that their gravity would make it very difficult not only for potential human settlers to land or take off again, but also for any intelligent species that might develop there and attempt space travel.

Way Out West - Don't Look Now

Way Out West – Killa

In spite of what the gentle first minute might indicate, don’t expect an easy ride here. This song is killing it – it’s an all-out assault on all frequencies, with an emphasis on the bass. It takes a while until take-off, but that’s how you roll when you want to bust the 10-minute “psychological threshold”: you take your time mixing everything in and you heat it slowly so that the listener doesn’t realize their eardrums are boiling.

Miruna

My Wife Became a Mother in Sweden – Part 5 – Babyhood

The drive home was gentle and Rune slept throughout. We got out of the car, entered the building and took the elevator up towards our apartment. The same emotional cocktail that we experienced when we had left the hospital overcame us again.

We went in our bedroom and placed him on our bed. He was so perfect, all dressed up for winter in a thick overall, a small face surrounded from all sides. And, as if to bless the moment, we saw his very first smile! It lasted only a couple of seconds, but it was as if he was saying: “I approve of your nest”.

Moonspell - Irreligious

Moonspell – Full Moon Madness

Here’s a dark waltz of enthralling beauty, heavier than a black hole and brighter than the full moon. It’s mad, it’s angry, but so is life sometimes. Here’s to contrast!

Sung in two languages (Portuguese and English) this harks from one of Moonspell’s oldest albums. The band released many more in the 22 years that followed and I’m happy to say that the signs of an illustrious career were undeniable even since 1996.