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Spin this one up for me, DJ Matticus: The Depths of Funk

Loosely based on the Trifecta Challenge and The words wouldn’t come. at the Matticus Kingdom.  All definitions at

English: A multi-volume Latin dictionary (Egid...


(noun) a strong offensive smell

Code of Conduct: Don’t be a pinhead. RadCon recommends that everyone follow the 3-2-1 rule. Everyday, aim to get three hours of sleep, 2 solid meals and 1 shower.

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(intransitive verb) to become frightened and shrink back
(transitive verb)
  1.  to be afraid of :  dread
  2.  to shrink from undertaking or facing

I don’t think I can express to you all how personal this is, how… I can’t. I don’t seem to be able to express how much this is moving me without seeing who is ready and willing to dig down in a much more esoteric way. (The Hero With A Thousand Faces)



  1.   a :  a state of paralyzing fear b : a depressed state of mind
  2.   one that funks :  COWARD
  3.   SLUMP <an economic funk>  <the team went into a funk>

The words wouldn’t come.  They felt forced.  They felt false. (The Matticus Kingdom, The words wouldn’t come.)

RadCon was nice, but often after a convention… comes con crud.  (jak’s homemade chicken noodle soup)

Ugh, I’m sorry you’re sick. I hate being sick. I would be the character in a zombie apocalypse movie that survives all of the slashing and biting and then dies of indigestion. (Aussa Lorens, Cross Examination: HOOKER, in comments section)



  1. music that combines elements of rhythm and blues and soul music and that is characterized by a percussive vocal style, static harmonies, and a strong bass line with heavy downbeats
  2. the quality or state of being funky <jeans … have lost much of their funkTom Wolfe> (which references back to Funk Level 1)


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Best dance scene ever filmed? (Part 2)

The video Thriller is considered one of the best music videos of the MTV era.  Here's an edit of just the dance scene:

I think it's one of the best for my generation (compared to my earlier post), and here's why, according to MTV Network's documentation itself (from VH1's "Video Killed The Radio Star" music video documentary, I believe):

Now, I couldn't find their original freeze-frame, so I had to make one myself.  Look at the white line I added and notice that nearly *all* of the dancers are jumping in the air at the same time.  Eleanor Powell's footwork perfectly synchronized with Fred Astaire's in Broadway Melody is indeed impressive, but in sheer terms of muscle memory, I'm going to say it's far more impressive to see a large group of dancers all jump at the same time and at nearly the same height without missing a beat.

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