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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:42:21 PM »
No Way!  I've been on a power/prog kick lately too. 

Bands I've been listening to lately:
Cyborg Octopus: https://cyborgoctopus.bandcamp.com/

Disforia: https://disforia.bandcamp.com/album/the-age-of-ether

Sons of Apollo (this is the new band of Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto, and Bumblefoot): http://www.sonsofapollo.com/
(This Sons of Apollo album may be the first CD I've ever preordered.) 

A Sense of Gravity: http://store.asenseofgravity.com/album/atrament

Anciients: https://anciientriffs.bandcamp.com/

Divine Ascension: http://vicisolumrecords.com/album/liberator

Scarab (they're a death metal band from Egypt): http://vicisolumrecords.com/album/serpents-of-the-nile

(And during my commute home, Ever Forthright was randomly selected on my iPad: https://everforthright.bandcamp.com/album/ever-forthright)

Playing bass is back in my life again too.  One of the guys in my bicycle club wants to collaborate on songwriting with me and jamming with him last month was awesome.  He's a little older than me (though he looks crazy young) and is more interested in songwriting and studio playing than gigging and touring.  He had asked me earlier this summer if I wanted to jam/write with him, and I said sure, because though I want music back in my life I don't want to be in a gigging/touring band.  I hadn't touched a bass since parting ways with Pool of Thorns in 2015 and almost thought I could/should just close that chapter of my life. 

But when jamming with my cyclist friend, it felt right.  I felt whole again.  Like a missing piece was filled in that I didn't know was missing.  Sure, my busy life of work, cycling/fitness, RPGFan, and voiceover stuff is fulfilling, having music back in it is nice.  There's a lot on my plate, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  You have no idea how stoked I am to have music back in my life again.  It's like, no matter what, I'll always be a bass player.  It's in my soul and a key part of my identity that can never be shed.

After I parted ways with Pool of Thorns in 2015, I donated two of my basses (a Warwick 4-string and a Zon 5-string) to the music department of the school I work at.  And from what I hear, those instruments are inspiring the next generation.  The two basses I kept are my "swirl" bass (http://www.guitargurullc.com/images/Swirls/Swirl9.jpg) and this exquisite 6-string bass that I bought used for $420 that must have cost at least $2000 when it was first commissioned (it has some seriously high-end components and quality tonewoods.)  I didn't do much with that bass when I was with Pool of Thorns, but I want to do stuff with it now so I'm glad it found its way into my home and stayed.  This bass was no garage baby; it's definitely been gigged by its previous owners (I'm the third owner).  It plays and sounds so good. 

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:24:34 PM »
What's up, everyone? I don't know if some of you remember me...


I remember you having excellent taste in metal music and I rarely forget a metal brother. 

As for my haps... the beginning of the new school year has been draining, because I've been assigned to be a 1:1 with a very challenging student this year.  Yeah, I know I'll come out of this school year far better at my job because of this challenge, but it's probably going to be a long year.   



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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 14, 2017, 06:17:01 PM »
I did the "no shave November" thing last year and I vastly prefer no beard. 

http://www.rpgfan.com/boards/index.php?topic=10537.msg416706#msg416706

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General Discussions / Re: Artimicia's Food aid plea
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:48:03 PM »
I'm told The Amnish have great ingredients, although I'm not anywhere near the Amnish, so I'm out of luck there, not that I would want to support the Christian terrorist state in Pennsylvania at any rate...

The only terror here is mine in thinking that anyone would willingly pass up Amish food.  Those folks know their way around a kitchen.

+1 there, dude.  Last summer (2016), we took my aunt to visit Amish country, since she had seen television specials on it in India and wanted to see it for herself.  We ate at this place called Miller's Smorgasbord and it was an absolute feast.  We're all vegetarians and there were so many incredible veggie dishes to choose from our minds just boggled.  And all of it was simply delicious.  I love good farm-to-table grub.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:01:29 PM »
I rode in a charity cycling event today; autism education benefit ride in Yardley PA.  It was only 33 miles, but it was mostly rolling hills including a few climbs that I'm still feeling in my legs.  There were several "short but steep" climbs throughout, but the monster climb was Jericho Hill/Eagle Road, which is a good 1.5 miles.  I made it further up the hill than I did last year, and at a noticeably faster pace, but I still hit the wall and had to get off my bike and do the "walk of shame" up the last 200-300 feet or so.  I'll take it as a small victory that not only did I do better than last year, but I had a small bronchitis flare-up during Labor Day Weekend and am still hacking up goo... so considering I wasn't at 100%, I'm satisfied with my performance.  The distance wasn't an issue since I average 35-40 a week with my bicycle club, but this course was quite hilly and more challenging that what I normally do with my club, so it took more out of me than I expected. 

Still, I'm tired, but still grinning.  I am now more determined than ever to conquer Jericho Hill/Eagle Road next year.

Oh, and (as always), I met some cool people.  At the rest area, I met a dude who played in a punk band in 1978 (my birth year) and we started talking about The Ramones, The Clash, Iggy and The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, and all those other great 1970s punk bands.  And when I finished the right and sat down for lunch, I had a great talk with a European gentleman who used to be a pro cyclist back in the day; he was a domestique, which is pretty damn cool.  The domestique is the guy who nurses the ace/superstar throughout the race so the ace can attack near the finish line.  It was one of those pragmatically philosophical discussions that just reaffirmed my love for bicycles and cemented the fact that I made the right choice in choosing the cycling lifestyle.

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The Helper Monkey / Re: Charity plane pull for Special Olympics New Jersey.
« on: September 08, 2017, 08:04:14 PM »
I just donated, as promised.

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General Discussions / Re: Today In The News
« on: September 08, 2017, 05:57:32 PM »
And given the patience and understanding the dude displayed in this whole scenario means he's quite the keeper as well. 

And please tell me I'm not the only one who thought about that particular Dumb and Dumber scene.

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General Games / Re: Underrated Classic Games
« on: September 07, 2017, 05:37:13 AM »
If we're talking D&D video games, what say you guys about Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun for Sega Genesis?

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General Discussions / Re: Artimicia's Food aid plea
« on: September 06, 2017, 05:41:42 AM »
And isn't also said that consuming nutrients in liquid form is a double edged sword?  You get faster absorption, but that could cause blood sugar spikes.  Plus, you feel hungry again sooner because liquids digest so fast.  And I remember with early juicers, like the Juiceman, the end product would have no fiber in it.

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General Discussions / Re: Artimicia's Food aid plea
« on: September 05, 2017, 05:59:00 PM »
Please tell me I'm not the only one who immediately thought "Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!!!" upon reading that and wanted to make a joke about about Kevadu being a cannibal.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IKVj4l5GU4

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:46:32 AM »
It's going to be touch and go for a while, man.  People will tell you to be strong and all that, but it's hard when you feel like you're barely treading water to stay afloat, emotionally.  So I hears ya.  I could say more about how I can relate, empathize, whatever, but that would just come off as lip service in this text-based communication. 

(You know my story: 2014 my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and my dad's liver disease was rotting his body from the inside out.  In 2015 my dad died.  And in 2016 my mom needed a pacemaker put in.  My mom is pretty tough, but there are days when she gets totally despondent.)

EDIT: On a positive note, I'm happy that music has re-entered my life this summer.  A couple weeks ago, I finally jammed out with this guitarist in my cycling club.  He's a little older than me (though he looks crazy young) and is more interested in songwriting and studio playing than gigging and touring.  He had asked me earlier this summer if I wanted to collaborate on some songwriting with him, and I said sure, because though I want music back in my life I don't want to be in a gigging/touring band.  I hadn't touched a bass since parting ways with Pool of Thorns in 2015. 

But when jamming with my friend, it felt right.  I felt whole again.  Sure, my busy life of work, cycling/fitness, RPGFan, and voiceover stuff is fulfilling, having music back in it is nice.  There's a lot on my plate, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  You have no idea how stoked I am to have music back in my life again.  It's like, no matter what, I'll always be a bass player.  It's in my soul and a key part of my identity that can never be shed. 

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 03, 2017, 07:02:12 PM »
There are days I wonder if I should get rid of my iPad.  Everything I do on it, I prefer to do on my computer, plus my computer does it all better and has more versatile hardware and everything. 

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EDIT: New song of the moment is Signs of the Time by Sons of Apollo.  Who is Sons of Apollo?  It's Mike Portnoy (one of my favorite drummers), Derek Sherinian (one of my favorite keyboardists), Billy Sheehan (one of my favorite bassists), Bumblefoot (one of my favorite guitarists), and Jeff Scott Soto (one of the better singers Yngwie has worked with). 

Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, comes out in October and I'm actually excited for it after hearing that song.  I can't stop listening to it and I may just preorder the album.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TLVWkqnN3Ck

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General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please!
« on: August 30, 2017, 06:05:03 PM »
If we're talking old school Nickelodeon, it's all about You Can't Do That on Television. 

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