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"The 12 year break is over & school is back in session. Sign up now. Knights of the Soundtable ride again!"

That's how iconic '90s grunge band Soundgarden engulfed those of us of a certain age in a swirl of flannel-scented nostalgia. After 12 years, the band is back together, they announced on New Years Day, to tour and bring the Seattle Sound back to the stage.

To come of age at the height of Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains was to be a fan of Chris Cornell's rich, husky vocals. The widely anticipated news - rumors of a reunion have been floating around for months, fueled in pard by the reformation of bands of that age like Rage Against the Machine, Faith No More, The Pixies, Stone Temple Pilots and the Smashing Pumpkins - was announced via Cornell's Twitter. Most ungrungy.

The Soundgarden lineup is singer Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd. Formed in 1984, Soundgarden won Grammy awards for the songs Spoonman (video above) and and Black Hole Sun, sold around 20 million albums worldwide. They disbanded in 1997.

Reunion talk began in earnest following a quick gig last year when they regrouped on stage to perform the Temple of the Dog song Hunger Strike together during a Pearl Jam show.

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That panicky sound you may have heard this morning from trenders, hipsters and public relations gadflies is probably due to a denial of service attack suffered by it-kid social networking site Twitter.

For hours this morning, people all over the world have been unable to spew their special brand of information, 140 characters at a time, into the ether as service has been at a constant state of disruption in various forms according to Twiter honcho @biz:

On this otherwise happy Thursday morning, Twitter is the target of a denial of service attack. Attacks such as this are malicious efforts orchestrated to disrupt and make unavailable services such as online banks, credit card payment gateways, and in this case, Twitter for intended customers or users. We are defending against this attack now and will continue to update our status blog as we continue to defend and later investigate.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't come to bash Twitter. I'm as addicted as anyone to the ability to instantly share news and blather with the masses. But, as always happens when a piece of my technology pie goes missing from the window ledge, it offers a moment to step back and see what I've been missing with my nose buried in Tweetie all this time.

So time to put the phone down, unplug from the state of hyperconnectivity developed over the last year and smell some roses on a beautiful day. Go to a park. Read a book. Take a long lunch.

Whatever floats your boat.

Wait? Twitter's back online?

Nevermind. Gotta go. Almost time for lunch and I have to get my menu out to my followers.

Enter the extremely NSFW 36 Chambers with the Wu-Tang Clan and Legos.

There's a certain kind of mad genius required to mash up the Wu-Tang Clan, Legos and music video. Apparently, David Mortimer is that genius.

David, better known on Vimeo as Davo, has reimagined the video for the classic "Da Mystery of Chessboxin' " off of the giant "Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers)." But of course, this time Legos and stop-motion animation are involved and he has a growing hit with more than 100,000 views since he posted his work in early July.

So what moves a 25-year-old postman from London to remake a classic bit of hard-core hip-hop with Legos? We got in touch with Mortimer to see what's shakin' - and what's next.

Interview after the jump:

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