Killer Whales are Kinda Scary

Films like Jaws have done much to give us humans a reasonably unhealthy terror of the Great White Shark, but they are pussy cats compared to Orcas. Erroneously name Killer Whales (they aren’t whales, they are actually dolphins – the correct name would be Whale Killers) they like nothing better than killing Great Whites just so they can nibble on their livers like some kind of Sea World Hannibal Lecter. The sharks know this, and get the hell out of Dodge should they get a whiff of an Orca in the neighbourhood. Just how far they are prepared to run is nicely demonstrated by what happened in the year 2000 when a tagged Great White realised there were Orcas in the vicinity: it dived to 500 metres and then swam some 3000 kilometres to Hawaii, where one presumes it worked on its tan.

Dune 2 – Just how good is it?

The first reviews are in and most are overwhelmingly positive. One blip on the sandy horizon might be this one:

‘Dune: Part Two’ is a Dull, De-Islamized Sequel – JoySauce

Personally, I found the first one a little bland, though visually beautiful. However maligned and flawed Lynch’s version was, it certainly managed to explain things better even if it was all crammed into one film, not to mention the characters were also more three dimensional.

Video: The Oldest Goth Club in the World: Slimelight

Nothing quite like it, though back in the day I rather liked Wraith, a more industrial goth version and less punk. There were times back at the start of the 90s when Slimelight would start to get heavy at 4 in the morning and I’d be weighing up a nightbus home. Wraith on the other hand had enough to keep me interested until sun up and a bleary tube train home.

From Dance Floor to Dashboard: How Techno Is Helping Change The Sound Of Cars For the Better – Attack Magazine

“With the rise in popularity of electric vehicles (EV), car manufacturers are taking the opportunity to redefine the sound of the automobile. Aside from tires rolling on pavement, EV are almost completely quiet. There’s no engine noise because there’s no combustion engine. Because of various safety concerns, EV are required to make some kind of sound to alert pedestrians to their presence. Just what form that sound will take, however, is up to the companies themselves.”

The idea is a good one, but the results are still lacking something for me. The Japanese video in particular is like a long scream and got very old very quick. I like the idea of getting a Shepard Tone in the “engine sound” that never gets too high in pitch. Time to watch some sci-fi films to see how Hollywood has treated the subject of spaceship and other futuristic vehicle sounds.