TOTAL AWESOME POST MUST BE IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE CAPLOCK IS CRUSE CONTROL FOR AWESOME BECAUSE THIS IS TOTALLY AWESOME POST!

Okay, I won’t do that to you for real. But I was tempted!

AWESOME NR. 1: I appreciate every review. I wish I got more of them. Even iffy or bad ones mean that someone thinks you’re worth reviewing, even if they don’t like what you have to offer. But of course good reviews are better! And always, always make my week.

But best of all are positive notices from other musicians you respect. Which is why Heather Dale sending me this commentary about Dick Tracy Must Die, with permission to quote, just blows my brain right up:

Purity and edge; technical prowess and a kick-ass attitude… this disc will light a fire under you! Check it out!

O.O o/ Damn. I’m sick with some stupid cold today, and I do not fucking care because… damn.

I am not worthy. Thank you, Heather.

(And if you don’t know her band, you should. They’re not elfmetal, so don’t expect them to sound like us, but that’s okay. Go listen to, oh, The Green Knight this weekend. Particularly this track.)

AWESOME NR. 2: This week’s poll, What’s your apocalypse engine of choice?, has spurred some pretty funny comment threads at both the official band blog and on Google+. If you haven’t voted yet, go vote, then read the comments, because seriously, if uplifted jaguar apocalypse marines falling from orbit using a battlestar as a drop ship to the music of “Flight of the Valkyries” and “Ordinary Day” is wrong? I don’t even want to know what right is anymore.

AWESOME NR. 3: If you are a creative person of any sort anywhere near Seattle, you really want to know about this foundation, and the $1000 to Do Something Awesome Grant. You present a proposal for something awesome; one person a month gets $1000 to go execute. Is that you? If so, MOVE IT, SOLDIER!

Finally, I leave you with AWESOME NR. 4: How to Troll Seagulls. I’m a bad person, so couldn’t stop laughing. Enjoy:

BONUS ETAWESOME: ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS.