MUSIC NEWS: Powerman 5000 escape fire

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Touring bands run into all kinds of danger and drama on the road, but it doesn’t usually manifest itself in the form of small appliances.

When Powerman 5000’s frontman Spider One turned on the air conditioning unit in the Radisson Hotel in Marietta, Ga., Friday, November 21, an electrical fire started, reports.

Guitarist Nick Quijano says that the band escaped unharmed and then went the extra mile, helping others escape. Quijano issued a statement about the experience on

“I just wanted to let you know that we were all involved in a 10th-floor fire at the Radisson [hotel] in [Marietta], Georgia this evening around 6 p.m.

We checked into our rooms to relax before our show at 120 Tavern and Spider One went to turn off his air conditioner unit in his room when an electrical fire broke out within the unit, shooting large flames across the room and filling the entire 10th floor with smoke. To make matters worse, the alarm and sprinkler system in the hotel was defective and didn’t go off to warn anyone in the hotel of the fire. We had to run down the hall and yell to all the other inhabitants to get them to clear the floor and get to safety.

Other than some smoke inhalation, we are all okay and will still be playing the show tonight at 120 Tavern and continuing our tour through the USA with American Head Charge.

We are left wondering what will happen next on this run, but we want to let everyone know that the tour is STILL RUNNING as planned and expect to see everyone out at the remaining shows through North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.”

Powerman 5000 is touring in support of Builders of the Future, the band’s first release of all-new material in five years.


TECH: NASA “In bed” study


NASA will pay you $170 a day to lay in bed. If you have the stamina to lie in bed for 70 days straight, NASA will pay you $18,000 — no joke.

It’s actually called the “Bed Rest Studies — The Exercise Study (CFT 70).”

They say the study is “designed to minimize loss of muscle, bone and cardiovascular function through high intensity interval-type aerobic exercises on alternating days, with continuous aerobic exercise daily.” Apply HERE (Business Insider)



TECH: Poo bus now running



England’s first bus powered entirely by human waste has officially hit the streets. The Bio-bus is a 40-seater shuttle capable of traveling 186 miles on a full tank. Bath Bus Company believes the “poo bus” will carry 10,000 passengers between Bristol Airport and Bath city center each month. (Engagdet)


BEER: X-Rated named beer causes uproar

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An X-rated beer “named” after a town has caused a political storm. The beer called “F*cking Hell” was named after a town in Northern Austria. F*cking locals upset with the name complained in 2010, but the Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union defended the company because it did not “refer to a certain person or group of persons” and does it incite a particular act. The fire has been rekindled after it was promoted on the website of the far right Austrian Freedom Party, which is a neighboring county. (FCHornet)


MUSIC NEWS: Three Days Grace album update

In his latest blog entry at Loudwire, Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson says that the band’s upcoming fifth album is “turning out to be such a personal reflection” for the members of the group. He writes, “One of my favorite things about making this kind of record is when as a team, we decide to just lay it all on the line emotionally, and write about all the demons, the feelings; good and bad, all the pain and the rushes, and all the highs and lows . . . in all of our lives.”

Sanderson says that the band is targeting March 31st, 2015 for the release of the yet-to-be-titled set, adding, “We still have a lot of work to do . . . Some songs we write, and rewrite, then record, and re-record and so on.”


SEX: Fetish Fitness Classes


A Los Angeles Dominatrix has created “fetish fitness” classes for submissive students. In her group classes, Snow Mercy has students compete against each other and win points based on strength, agility, endurance and, most important, obedience. Mercy is not a licensed trainer, and emphasizes that all her kinky workouts are strictly for entertainment purposes. (Huffington Post)


TECH: Street Pong

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An intersection in a Northern German city has a “Street Pong” game that pedestrians can play while they wait for the light. The game was installed by two students from University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The game is attached to posts on either side of the road, which allows pedestrians to face off. The students say the game will be tested for four weeks at the intersection to see if it continues to capture the interest of pedestrians. (Popist)


WTF: Doritos truck robbed in blizzard


If you’re stranded on a snowy highway, The Associated Press has some good tips for what to do. Stealing food from abandoned delivery trucks isn’t one of them.

Several social media users have reported seeing a Doritos truck in South Buffalo, apparently abandoned by its driver in the lake effect snow storm. The vehicle appeared to be stuck in several feet of snow.

Photos showed several people entering the back of the truck, and leaving with snacks. (