Do You Dare Try And Conquer Valravn?

Valravn, the TALLEST, FASTEST, LONGEST dive coaster in the world …

After leaving the station, the train turns 180 degrees to the left, then begins to ascend its 223-foot-tall (68 m) chain lift hill. Once the train reaches the top, it turns right, slightly hangs over the first drop and pauses for four seconds. The train then drops 214 feet (65 m) at a 90-degree angle where it reaches 75 miles per hour (121 km/h), its maximum speed. The train then enters a 165-foot (50 m) Immelmann loop before rising into the mid-course brake run. After the midcourse brakes, the train goes through a second drop at 131 feet (40 m). Out of the drop, the train enters a dive loop that leads into its third and final inversion, a 270-degree zero-g roll. The train encounters an airtime hill before turning left and entering the final brake run.

Valravn holds records for the following:

Tallest Dive Coaster (223 feet)
Fastest Dive Coaster (75 miles per hour)
Longest Dive Coaster (3,415 feet)
Longest drop on a Dive Coaster (214 feet)
Most inversions on a Dive Coaster (3)
Highest inversion on a Dive Coaster (165 feet)

What’s In The Bag…

Here’s a new way to lose track of time and waste hours. What’s in your bag is a series of videos on You Tube where your favorite artist runs around Amoeba records and fills up a bag with their favorite music/dvds, and then tells you about why the picked whatever they selected. It’s been a nice go-to for finding new music, and a great way to waste hours without even realizing it. Here’s a few to get you started. They’re only a few minutes long…

Swamp Thing 21

Ignore this post, I’m testing a gallery plugin I just installed. If you’re morbidly curious, this is one of the earliest comics I can remember owning as a wee bastard. Rediscovered at Diversions of the Groovy Kind a few years ago.

What Makes This Song Great?

I gotta thank a certain bastard for turning me on to this guy, Rick Beato. He knows a shitload about music theory and can play seemingly any instrument. (His kid is scary gifted, but that’s a post for another day.)

In today’s episode, Beato breaks down “Been Caught Stealing,” Jane’s Addiction’s biggest hit from 1990’s Ritual de lo Habitual. Check it.

Everybody Caught Up?

Holy shit, I love this show beyond all reason. Season 4 of Better Call Saul is underway, and I’m ready to talk when you are. At this point, I’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite between BCS and Breaking Bad, and I read somewhere the other day that Vince Gilligan isn’t ruling out other spin-offs.

This Looks Completely Bonkers In The Best Way Possible And I Can’t Wait To See It

Starring Nicolas Cage, directed by Panos Cosmatos, music by Jóhann Jóhannsson. September 14th!

Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

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Disarm the settlers
The new drunk drivers
Have hoisted the flag
We are with you in your anger
Proud brothers
Do not fret
The bus will get you there yet
To carry us to the lake
The club is open
Yeah, the club is open
Hey, the club is open
A-come on, come on, the club is open
C’mon, c’mon, the club is open
C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, the club is open …

“A Salty Salute,” Guided by Voices