Thursday, 18 December, 2008

Just when I seem to be hitting my stride, blog-wise, I lose my internet connection.  I am currently out of work, and can no longer afford the connection bill.  It just keeps piling up!  I will try to make posts, now and again.  Hopefully more along the “again” side.


Jones’ Big Ass Truck Rental & Storage

Sunday, 14 December, 2008

This video was pretty funny.  I don’t usually share YouTube videos, for some reason, but this one I had to share.  The idea of it is ridiculuos and hilarious.  Especially…well…just watch!

I will never be a “Guitar Hero”

Saturday, 13 December, 2008


Yes, folks, it’s true.  I do NOT have what it takes to be a Guitar Hero.  As much as I enjoy the game, and can pluck out a little of a song, I cannot sit long enough to actually make anything of it.  Seriously.  The whole thing makes my tendonitis act up, too.  That is not a good thing.  Numb hands are not a guitar controller’s friend.

That and I do lack the basic coordination needed to play it.  It makes me feel…well…inadequate.  Plain and simple.  I can mold clay, paint fine lines and draw, but, this it too much for me.  I turn into someone who is coordination-ally impaired.  My fingers fumble for the fret buttons like a Ticonderoga police officer fumbles with an under aged girls bra fasteners.

My sister bought the “Guitar Hero World Tour” band-in-a-box set.  It’s got another guitar (I say ‘another’ as we already have one of the older models from “Guitar Hero: Legends of Rock”), a multicolored drum set, and a microphone.

Upon seeing these things I figured I would be able to pick up, at least, one of the new items and play along.  Wrong-O!  The drums are awkward, especially the “purple button” that is the foot pedal.  I wound up looking stupider playing the drums than I did playing the guitar.

The mic is a pretty cool addition to the game.  It’s fun to play around with, but, my singing voice leaves a lot to be desired.  And some of the songs I didn’t even know.  It’s not that the words don’t show up for you.  They do!  But, you need a magnifying glass to read some of them.  I suppose if we had a bigger TV…

I do, in all honesty, like the game.  I just don’t play it well.  It’s hoot to pick it up, on occasion (read when alone) and pluck at it.  I also like watching others play it.  Maybe I am just fascinated by all the pretty colors?

There really hasn’t been much for me to play, lately.  There are many games I want to try (“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed”) or know that I can play (“Lego Indiana Jones), but, money is tight.  Even for rentals.  My mom is buying me “Animal Crossing: City Folk” for my birthday.  That is a pretty hands-off kind of game.  I guess I’ll just have to wait for that.  And cheer everyone on as they are crowned “Guitar Heroes!”

A blog about old blogs

Saturday, 13 December, 2008

Still, my hand hovers over the “Add New” link in the dashboard.  For what I want to add is something that isn’t truly new.  I thought about this long and hard, and the decision always came out the same.  I had some- and I’d like to say this without sounding like I am tooting my own horn, here- good blogs over on the other space I used.

I don’t know if they are truly as good as I think they are, but, Dan likes them.  And he really is the audience I seem to be catering to.  I would like to give these blogs a new place, away from the horrors of the myspace.com “blog” section.  Especially this one, which was fairly recent.

After playing “Guitar Hero” last night, with my sister, it made me think of this blog.  And thinking of the blog made me want to post it.  Again.  In this shiny new space.  So I just might.  Maybe Saturday nights will be the time for oldies.  Oldies in blog form, of course.  And, maybe as I post it, it will take on a new life.

So you can think of it as a “special edition” blog.  With shiny new features, even!  The special effects won’t blow you away, but, they will be there.  That is, if I can think of anymore to add to it… or change in it.  Then again, new audiences won’t know what’s new unless they managed to read it before.  Ah well.  Here it goes.  The next post will be an old one.  I apologize to you, my loyal reader!

The Dark Knight

Friday, 12 December, 2008

I didn’t have a chance to see “The Dark Knight” in theaters.  Last night, I bought a copy of the DVD (you’ve got to love those first week DVD sales!).  I really wanted to see it, but, I didn’t have the money to buy it earlier in the week.  Luckily, thanks to some early birthday and Christmas money, I finally did.

As far as the movie goes?  I loved it.  Absolutely the best Batman movie out there, hands down.  From the opening bank robbery to the ending scenes, I was riveted.  Though, I did stop the movie about halfway, to come upstairs to watch it, I couldn’t really look away.

As much as I like Christian Bale as Batman, Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker was the best character in the movie.  As my sister said to me, so I say:  You cannot see a trace of Ledger in the character.  He is purely Joker.  Insane and frightening.  Just as he should be.

Maggie Gyllenhal being cast into Katie Holmes’ role was a decent choice as she filled in pretty well.  The other character in the movie I was enamored with, though, was Harvet Dent.  Aaron Eckhart played the part rather well.  Dent’s white knight, the savior of Gotham (even with Batman around) was charismatic, as any good politician should be.

The one thing that I really disliked about the movie was the death of Two-Face!  He would have been a great villain if a third movie is to be made.    I would have liked to see him at odds with Commissioner Gordon  in another film.  More than what was seen in the film, I mean.  I guess we’ll just have to see what there is in store.  If they do a third movie, that is.

Dear Hollywood…

Wednesday, 10 December, 2008
Goku (bah!) and Bulma (WTF!?) in Dragonball Evolution

Goku (bah!) and Bulma (WTF!?) in "Dragonball Evolution"

(this post will contain some foul language.  I try not to work blue, but it must happen in this blog)

What the fuck is wrong with you, Hollywood!?  I mean, seriously.  You take a great story by a wonderful manga writer, and you do this to it!  I mean, sure, it was probably time to do a “Dragonball” movie, but, do write by the story.  It makes me sick just looking at Justin Chatwin’s soulless eyes.

“Dragonball Evolution”, the aforementioned movie, just turns my stomach.  Firstly, there’s Chatwin as Goku.  Not a good choice, in my opinion.  That, and he’s too old!  Goku is just a young kid in the series.  Goku is NOT a high school student.

Another bad thing about this movie (hell, if I was listing all that was bad, we’d be here forever) is the casting of Chow Yun Fat as Master Roshi.  The only thing they got right with him, was the Hawaiian shirt.  Master Roshi is an emaciated-looking (it belies the power he has) old lecher!  C how Yun Fat is none of these things!

I will agree that Piccolo looks half-way decent.  And he is greener (now) than he was when they first showed pictures of him.  But, I will definitely not see this film, because it spoils Toriyama-san’s vision.  Plus, they axed my absolute favorite character, ever.  That would be Krillin.

I will spare you all a look at the trailer.  I think the poster image is enough to warn people away from my blog.  If you really want to see it, go to YouTube, I am sure it’s there.  But be warned, you can’t unsee what you have seen.

John Lennon Oct. 9th, 1940-Dec. 8th, 1980

Monday, 8 December, 2008
John Lennon standing in front of the Statue of Liberty

John Lennon standing in front of the Statue of Liberty

Today is a rather somber day.  Twenty-eight years ago, today, John Lennon was murdered in front of his apartment building in New York City.  The following day John’s wife, Yoko Ono, issued this statement:

“There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean.”

This day is close to my heart, even though I wasn’t even in the world when it happened.  Because of John Lennon’s death, and my birth eleven days later, I was named in his honor.

John was a peaceful man, and I am taking time today to honor him.  His music, his art and his life mean very much to me, and I wished to pay him this small tribute.