Nov 202010

I got back to Seattle from my vacation last night. It’s great to be home, and all that. But to be honest, I had a great fucking vacation, and it’s possible I would have led a very happy and fulfilled life if I had never come home. Ever.

My blog obsession subsided from an insistent, incessant shrieking to a dull background roar. One of the reasons I was able to enjoy myself so much was that so many of you stepped up and wrote guest contributions for this site so that we could continue adding new posts every day even though I didn’t write anything myself. I had lots of fun reading those guest posts, and based on the significant uptick in our site visits during the last week, it’s evident that NCS readers enjoyed the change of pace, too. To all those people who contributed to NCS over the last 10 days, thank you!

Plato wrote that necessity is the mother of invention. Of course, sometimes, necessity is just a motherfucker. But in this instance, our felt need to keep this site cranking along gave birth to a change that was all good — so good that we want it to continue. I’m recharged and ready to dive back into writing again, but at the same time, we want to continue running guest posts. We’ve already received some additional contributions, and I’m expecting more to arrive over the coming week from people who wanted to submit something for publication during my vacation but were delayed for one reason or another in getting their posts to me before I left.

We’ll be running those additional guest posts off and on over the next week, but it doesn’t have to stop there. We want to encourage not only the people who wrote for us during my hiatus but anyone else out there who has an interest in what we do at NCS to send us guest submissions whenever the spirits move you to do it. Let’s keep a good thing going!

I have a lot of catching up to do — even in the space of 10 or 11 days, lots of new music and videos were released, and some interesting developments appeared in the news. So, I’m not going to waste time describing “how I spent my vacation” — except to say that I spent a lot of time looking at clouds. And after the jump, I have for you . . .

. . . photos I took of clouds. I have lots more, but you might not like clouds as much as I do.

Clouds like this I think are fucking metal. But if you’re not a big fan of clouds, below this post on the home page of the site is another teaser — the last one I wrote before I left. Catching  up begins tomorrow.


  1. Clouds may not be metal…(their particularly amorphous form seems quintessentially nonmetal to me)…but they are most definitely Fucking Awesome. (FA…could be Fucking Awesome, could be Fleshgod Apocalypse…interesting…)

    Glad you had a good vacation!

  2. Dude, that first shot is EPIC. I could stare at that all day and ponder the insignificance of man in the universe. You have a great eye. I assume photography is another hobby of yours (along with writng). If your day job stops doing it for you, you could always be a freelance photographer.

    I also like the shot of the rays of light cutting through the clouds, as well of the sunset.

    One question though. Where in the cube’s name where you staying? That house in one of your pictures appears to have a thatch roof. Or is it really old wooden shingles. I can’t tell.

    Glad you had a great vacation. I haven’t had a real one going on 11 years now. I am jealous. I was hoping to get something written, but, alas, the real world has reared its ugly head. Anyway, good to have you back man. We definitely missed you.

    • Man, that comment makes me feel good — thank you. As much as I enjoyed the vacation, and despite the way I began this post, I really am glad to be back.

      Photography isn’t one of my hobbies. I’ve learned a tiny bit over the last year so I could take pics of metal shows that are slightly better than raw shit, but all I did for these cloud photos was frame the shot, hold my breath, and click, with my decent-but-not-professional-grade digital camera. And no editing of the shots before putting them up on this site. All of which is to say that if you think the photos are awesome, the credit goes to nature — to what I was seeing — not to me.

      Whenever you can beat that ugly real-world head into submission, we’d love to get something from you to post on the site. Doesn’t matter when — this is an open invitation with no termination date.

      And yeah, that’s a thatch roof. 🙂

  3. Did you, perhaps… kick… any of these clouds?

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