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One of the first things a visitor to Chile might be surprised at is the large numbers of Classic Rock and Heavy Metal t-shirts. In contrast with stereotypes of Latin Americans liking bright colors and fun, sexy, danceable music, Chilenos are big on Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, Slayer (a partly Chilean band!) and Guns N Roses. The other day, while waiting in line to buy bread at Wal-Mart, I was standing in line next to a guy wearing a long sleeve Slayer shirt with the Slayer logo on the sleeve...and a Motorhead t-shirt over it. The historical reasons that Chile adopted Classic Rock/Heavy Metal are interesting, and a question that I don't know the answer to. But for whatever reason, Chileans across the social spectrum grow up with an encyclopedic knowledge of bands both famous and obscure. When I meet with a top executive in a company here, I can always rely on them talking about playing in a Slayer cover band or showing me their Megadeth bootlegs.…

Old Harry's Game is a BBC radio comedy starring the Horned One himself, Satan (voiced by Andy Hamilton), as he deals with the trials and tribulations of being the only competent hellion in an infernal bureaucracy. The show ran from 1995 to 2012, with large gaps between series and specials. The show has seven seasons-- sorry, "series", a Christmas and New Year special or two, as well as a 2012 Olympic special.


In the first four seasons,…

It is something like seventeen years since I first discovered Everything, and sixteen since I became a noder. That makes it about time to finally do a decaversary interview. Sesquidecaversary interview. Dotted sesquidecaversary interview? Please feel free to picture Jet-Poop in a comfy chair, wearing a Michael Parkinson jacket and laughing awkwardly at my answers. Please feel even freer to picture me as a marginally younger Germaine Greer, cranky at the universe, extremely argumentative, and…

News for Noders

November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 26 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of We All Float Down Here: The 2017 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 12: Rest in Peace, sarabandegreen.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

Get ready for IRON NODER X: XTREME XCELLENCE, coming November 1st!

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September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

Get ready for the Halloween Horrorquest, coming next month!

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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

July 4: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day); also Independence day in the US.

July 19-24: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.

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