hbronson said: It is kind of weird to see that when you were first 'breaking' on the internet, nerds were desperate to tap your wealth of knowledge on "classic old shit", but after a few years of expressing no serious interest in doing nothing but waxing nostalgic, people now get angry to hear you so much as acknowledge that there is any good music that is 25+ years old that isn't somehow tangentially related to hardcore (which GnR is anyway). No question, just an observation.

The tables have turned

andrewgking said: "Fuck old dinosaur bands remember?" What people don't get is that you like lots of old music - you just don't jock it because it's old and therefore "classic" or "real."

Exactly

Anonymous said: Fuck what Guns and roses are now but Appetite was so fucking rad for the time it came out.

Fuck yes it was. the “lies” EP is really good too.

Anonymous said: You being serious about apetite? Guns and Roses reminds me of smelly white trash guys in wrangler jeans who probly smoke meth. You've changed dude. I thought you were cool. Fuck old dinosaur bands remember????!!!

dude listen to that album on headphones. the interplay between the rhythm and lead guitars is UNTOUCHED, period.

Anonymous said: Name that handful of albums that work as albums, please.

off the top of my head, Blink-182 “Enema Of The State,” Guns N Roses “Appetite” and Pantera “Vulgar Display.”

Anonymous said: Sarge, how do I not feel like a loser in college? All I do is go to class, do radio once a week, and spend the rest of my time cooking/studying/playing video games/drinking on the weekends. I just want to graduate already and get a 9 to 5 so I can have the money to actually do things.

here’s the thing with long term goals (like graduating from college and starting your career): on a day-to-day basis, it’s not going to feel like you’re making progress. you’re going to feel like you’re stuck and not going anywhere— but you ARE.

don’t compare today to yesterday because you wont see a difference. what i do is compare today to 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years ago, because that always makes me go “damn, ive made a lot of progress.” 

so yeah maybe your life is pretty routine now, but that’s ok— every day is one step closer to your big goal of graduating!

Anonymous said: Do you have any book recommendations for someone interested in product or interaction design?

i think blogs are a better source of info on fields like that which are changing so quickly. not sure what the good ones are these days for those particular fields but start at http://core77.com/ and go from there!

Anonymous said: Recommendations on shoes I can wear for work(retail sales) because grey vans apparently arent acceptable but black and brown are, but also wear around campus without looking like a dandy boy?

Anonymous said: thoughts on Butcher Babies? never listened to them but they seem really gimmicky like, "lol look at us we've got two girls with BIG TITS in our band"

never paid any attention to them. their name sounds metal so i’ve always avoided the band.

gamindustris said: I listened to a Sex Pistols song on their VEVO channel the other day and thought it was just typical classic rock like The Who and Sum 41 is much more punk/heavy than it.

yeah, they’re totally classic rock and they probably sound more like The Who than anything else. that said, i think the songwriting on “nevermind the bollocks” is god-tier, it’s one of only a handful of records that i think works as an album— ie, there isn’t a bad song on there and it flows from start to finish.

Anonymous said: Any insight of why asian economies continues to outperform europe and us (signs of chinese economic bubble burst notwithstanding) ?

i have talked about this a lot with various people over the years (including linh’s family, who are from vietnam). 

there are probably several reasons for this, but having done business with people from all over the world, i have to think that a lot of it is cultural.

asian culture highly highly discourages excuse-making, laziness, complaining, or any of the other kinds of entitled attitudes that hold europeans back. they emphasize education and material success (demanding azn father meme), which isn’t always the best thing but will certainly make your country perform well economically.

Anonymous said: Is dating a girl with a 'male best friend' a red flag?

YES

Anonymous said: what are some sergeant d approved books?

http://www.amazon.com/Fooled-Randomness-Hidden-Markets-Incerto/dp/0812975219

If the prescriptions for getting rich that are outlined in books such as The Millionaire Next Door and Rich Dad Poor Dad are successful enough to make the books bestsellers, then one must ask, Why aren’t there more millionaires? In Fooled by Randomness, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a professional trader and mathematics professor, examines what randomness means in business and in life and why human beings are so prone to mistake dumb luck for consummate skill. This eccentric and highly personal exploration of the nature of randomness meanders from the court of Croesus and trading rooms in New York and London to Russian roulette, Monte Carlo engines, and the philosophy of Karl Popper. Part of what makes this book so good is Taleb’s ability to make seemingly arcane mathematical concepts (at least to this reviewer) entirely relevant in evaluating and understanding everything from the stock market to the success of those millionaires cited in the aforementioned bestsellers. Here’s an articulate, wise, and humorous meditation on the nature of success and failure that anyone who wants a little more of the former would do well to consider. Highly recommended. —Harry C. Edwards

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