6/6/06: Post Mortem

I should start calling this blog { procrastinatingtalent }. Heh.

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So what did I do on this historic date? I watched The Exorcist. I’ve had the DVD in my album for quite a while now but I could never get up the courage (haha, yeah laugh it up) to watch the movie alone and/or at night. I have vague memories of watching this movie on VHS and it scared me shitless, but then again, even E.T. scared me.

Epul was on hand to keep me company and it was a bright sunny day, conducive (for me at least) conditions for watching a horror movie. It was an o.k. movie, probably the passage of time had dulled my senses. One thing that really caught my attention was how skillfully William Friedkin built up the tension. For me, the horror was amplified because, for a large part of the movie, everything was so normal, boring and pedestrian.

The following text is taken from a review of The Exorcist on imdb, by jaywriterXIII, saying exactly what I want to say about The Exorcist, without me having to say it at all. Heh.

The Exorcist is a very slow movie that actually features a full blown plot, its characters, and their associated arcs. The original ambition of The Exorcist was to scare the world with imagery and concepts never before seen in cinema. Shocking moments that the audience of 1973 could not believe they would ever see on the silver screen (from a major studio, no less.) After 30 years, the movie isn’t so shocking because times have changed, and the success of the Exorcist has guaranteed countless imitation in all forms across all boards. However, the Exorcist is still one of the most ambition horror films ever made, because (are you ready for this?) – the Exorcist dares to tell a story.

But where do the numbers 666 come from? I found several answers on, where else, Google Answers. The GA thread in question offers several possibilities to the origins of 666, among them;

Here is wisdom. He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is six hundred sixty-six.

Revelations chapter 13, Verse 18

and;

Antichrist is presented as a Roman ruler (Caesar). ‘Nero Caesar’, written in its seven Hebrew consonants (transliterated as ‘Neron Kaisar’), give a value of 50+200+6+50+100+60+200, which adds up to 666.

and;

I have heard that the number “666” is related to the fraction 2/3, which is the proportion of people who wont be saved at the time of the Rapture. 2/3rds as a decimal is .666> I don’t know if this explanation actually has any merit- just something I heard listening to some extremist Christian radio (always entertaining).

Conspiracy theorists would love the 666 Watch site. Rafil, along will all the other people who buy used/vintage calculators off Ebay, would find the “…compendium of mathematical facts about the number 666” a bit more cerebral.

So what else happened on June 6th? The remake of The Omen was released, to mixed reviews. Big suprise there. I’m not going to catch it anytime soon.

Also, Hessians celebrated (inter)National Day of Slayer on 6/6/06. It was such a success, they made into a yearly holiday. Slayer would be proud. Or would they?

So, what is a “Hessians”? This is a group of Hessian. And this is the Official Spokehessian. About time metalheads went legit.

The following is taken from the (inter)NDoS site, explaining how (inter)National Day of Slayer should be celebrated.

Who is Slayer

Slayer is a band from California. Their music has come to epitomize Satanic speed metal music in the latter half of the 20th century. Their 1986 album, “Reign in Blood” is one of the single most influential metal albums of all time, typified by the modern classic “Angel of Death”.

Official Statement on Participation

  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.

Another fun event also happened on 6/6/06. National Emo Kid Beatdown Day. Yes, that’s right. National. Emo. Kid. Beatdown. Day. The official website has exceeded its bandwidth quota (hopefully this will be rectified soon), but you can find out more about National Emo Kid Beatdown Day on Haters Online. This site is hilarious, in a Ruthless Reviews way.

So, what’s an Emo Kid? I’m guessing it’s the “Emo” part that needs defining. The “Kid” part is easy, baby goats. Hehehe. Wikipedia has 2 entries for Emo;

one under Slang;

Emo (from emotional) is a slang term used to describe a wide range of fashion styles and attitudes somewhat affiliated with emo music and its related scenes. The word “emo” may be used as a noun to describe a member of the emo scene, or as an adjective to describe a certain style of fashion or music.

and the other under Music;

Emo is a subgenre of hardcore punk music. Since its inception, emo has come to describe several independent variations, linked loosely but with common ancestry. As such, use of the term (and which musicians should be so classified) has been the subject of much debate.

Participation in National Emo Kid Beatdown Day was largely from the afore-mentioned Hessian crowd. The Everlasting Phelps quotes General Patton to rally the Hessian/Metal Army, but the Emo Kids fight back. I personally find emo slightly less palatable than week-old pizza, but hey, that’s just me.

One thing that didn’t happen. The world didn’t end. Phew.

Disclaimer: Neither Epul nor I worship Satan or any entity popularly known as The Devil, though we might listen to extremely loud Hessian music once in a while.

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