Thursday, December 09, 2004
- Some more details are emerging on Wednesday's Ohio nightclub shootings; 5 were killed including the gunman and Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who appeared to be the main target:
12/10/2004 10:53 AM Associated Press (COLUMBUS, Ohio) - A former Camp Lejeune Marine who's accused of shooting former Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott during a concert claimed the heavy metal band stole his song lyrics.Billboard.com has coverage of the music community's reaction to the shootings, which ironically took place on the 24th anniversary of John Lennon's murder.
Nathan Gale once showed up at a friend's house saying he wanted to share songs he had written. The friend is quoted in news reports as saying pages of lyrics were copied from Pantera, but Gale claimed he had written them and that he was going to sue Pantera. Police say they may never know why Gale charged the stage at a heavy metal show and gunned down four people, including Abbott, who [was] considered one of metal rock's most revered guitarists.
A Marine spokeswoman says Gale was discharged in November 2003 after less than two years, which is shorter than the typical four-year stint. The spokeswoman wouldn't give the reason for his discharge, citing privacy rules. Gale worked as an auto mechanic with the Second Marine Division at Lejeune.
- Good post by Dave at Temperantia on surprising tolerance in one of the most unlikely of places
- CNN has a nice little piece on the delights of Christmastime at Chicago's newly-revamped waterfront
- Studs Terkel's new book on music [Guardian Unlimited]
- Guys, you might want to keep your laptop off your lap - if you value your 'manhood', that is - something about excess heat inhibiting spermatogenesis; but the account of how one man got his private parts burned by his laptop (while wearing trousers and underwear!!) sounds painful, painful...
- Ars schlonga, beata brevis: Congress just passed an anti-Peeping Tom bill that would criminalize surreptitious photographing of nude or partially undressed people, in situations when an expectation of privacy exists. This means "upskirt" and "downblouse" camera-phone shutterbugs could potentially face jail time or large fines. Apparently the problem exists on battleships, as well:
Navy officials in the past few years have twice found small cameras hidden in women's rooms on ships heading out of Norfolk, Virginia. In March, a female officer on the cruiser USS Monterey discovered a small wireless camera mounted in the changing area of the women's shower, and in November 2002, Navy officials charged a first-class petty officer on destroyer USS Briscoe with planting a miniature video camera in a women's room on that ship.
..."[The bill is] pretty narrowly crafted, and protects those parts of a person's body that they wouldn't want to be photographed or videotaped, and especially now that photography and video images can be downloaded and transmitted across the Internet within seconds around the world, it gives people protection from worldwide exposure without their consent," [Hanan B.] Kolko [a New York civil liberties lawyer] said.
- Saw Alexander last night with my B-movie buddy Matt; despite a cast of thousands, Persian legions, Indian war elephants, concubines galore and more skin that you can shake a spear at, the film is basically 3 not-very-memorable hours of Oliver Stone bombast. You may enjoy it if you're a diehard Colin Farrell or Angelina Jolie fan, or if togas and bleached mullets make you weak in the knees.