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6151  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 15, 2006, 08:25:19 AM
OMG non metal!!  

I've been back on a Brit-pop rock/shoegaze/dream pop kick.  

I'm really digging the groups The High Violets and Motel Creeps

http://www.thehighviolets.com
http://www.motelcreeps.com

Song of the moment is "Love is Blinding" by The High Violets.  Fantastic song.

Here's some YouTube live footage from a Motel Creeps show.  Great song, and I like how the guitar player's really finessed and kinda hanging back while the bassist has a more active stage presence.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WHwGfRKcbk
6152  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 14, 2006, 03:37:31 PM
Not necessarily a song, but a music bit I can't get enough of.  One thing I like about Rotosound's website is that they give sound samples of their strings.  The one I'm digging the most is the 66s soundbyte (fun to listen to and fun to play.)  The 99s soundbyte is cool too, but a bit too twangy.  The 66s is a great rock blend of hefty lows and biting highs.    

http://www.rotosound.com/bass.html

I'll be trying Rotosound RS66 nickels on my bass for the first time in January.  I've never used Rotosounds before, but they are one of those "brands you gotta try" when it comes to bass strings.

I wish more string websites posted soundbytes of their strings.
6153  The Rest / General Discussions / Sony's new viral marketing campaign bit them back hard. on: December 14, 2006, 08:59:35 AM
Still, the publicity stunt worked.  Even if the attention was all just people yelling and screaming, it's still attention.  It got people in an uproar about yet another silly internet thingamabobber.  As Gene Simmons of KISS says, "there's no such thing as bad publicity."
6154  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The Ivalice Alliance (Or, Final Fantasy Tactics returns?) on: December 13, 2006, 02:50:19 PM
Either way, I'm looking forward to FFXII: Revenant Wings on DS.  
 
(Semi-OT; it's related in that it's an Ivalice FF on a handheld.)  

I wonder whether or not the FF Tactics PSP remake will hit US shores and if/when it does, will it have a redone translation.  Need I mention Daravon's often confusing ramblings?
6155  The Rest / General Discussions / Natural selection is working against us again... on: December 11, 2006, 11:41:26 AM
...someone's been reading way too much Freud.  

And it's a sick sad world we live in when a hug from a kid is made filthy by gutter-minded adults.

EDIT: And if something like this pushes a hands-off policy when it comes to young children, I weep.  Because kids need and enjoy physical contact with adults.  Touch is essential in human communication.
6156  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: December 10, 2006, 12:56:28 PM
My favorite bond films are definitely Goldfinger and From Russia With Love.  My favorite Bond car is easily the Lotus Esprit that turns into a submarine in The Spy Who Loved Me.
6157  The Rest / General Discussions / IGN: The Top 25 Videogame Franchises on: December 09, 2006, 10:22:45 PM
I just like that for Warcraft they used a shot from that South Park episode and not a screen from an actual Warcraft game.  Amusing, yes (I love South Park) but a bit out of place.
6158  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 09, 2006, 09:22:09 PM
Blue and Pinkerton were easily Weezer's best albums.  I loved Blue because it had the depth of Pinkerton with the lighthearted pop sensibilities of their later stuff.  Blue, IMO, was the perfect blend of everything.  

But my song of the moment is "Taint the Sky" by Seventh Wonder, a really freaking good Swedish prog metal band.  

http://www.seventhwonder.nu/media_audio.asp (download the song from their site here)  It's really good.  

Lyrics (as taken from their site):

A northern corner,
the stage is set and each must play his part
Accusing children: "-I have seen her fly!"
the life-depriving lies

I'm sorry you must believe me!
-but we have seen you heal in evil ways.
Deceiver!

         Witches will burn
         -even if she dies for a crime unknown
         Taint the sky, ashes falling
         And even if your heart is saying "No!"
         -Your mind is so twisted. Can you really let her go?
         Soon the heavens will burn!

A stronger magic;
to allow this jest, reason is subdued
Accused and lying -oh sure she will cry!
Confession tears they are!

I'm sorry, my life is over
-and we will make the demons go away.
Forever!

         Witches will burn
         -even if she dies for a crime unknown
         Taint the sky, ashes falling
         And even if your heart is saying "No!"
         -Your mind is so twisted. Can you really let her go?
         Soon the heavens will burn!

A kingdom is burning,
and will I ever know just why?
I see them burning oh I see
It burns in me
–they’re burning us all!

         Witches will burn
         -even if she dies for a crime unknown
         Taint the sky, ashes falling
         And even if your heart is saying "No!"
         -Your mind is so twisted. Can you really let her go?
         Soon the heavens will burn!
6159  The Rest / General Discussions / SpikeTV award winners announced. on: December 09, 2006, 05:03:59 PM
Quote from: "TurnBasedDude"


How the hell did that 50 cent game won numerous awards before it even came out last year is a mystery to me :P



Fuck 50 Cent.  The Sonata Arctica RPG is where it's at!  (For those who don't know, Sonata Arctica is a metal band from Finland.  They have a pretty good following in Japan.)

http://www.winterheartsguild.com
http://www.sonataarctica.info
http://www.myspace.com/sonataarctica

From what I understand, the game will have new Sonata Arctica songs.  Soundtrack of the Year, baby, yeah!  (I <3 Sonata Arctica).

That article was hysterical with all the contradictions.  Like the comedienne making fun of gamers and the people in the audience run out crying "I dun even play vidio gamez!"  And how Oblivion was named most addicting video game, but the picture caption says Gears of War won most addicting.  EDIT: Oh, that just got corrected to Oblivion.  

This is just too funny.  It's so pathetically bad, it deserves pity laughter.
6160  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 08, 2006, 09:12:15 PM
"The Wonders at your Feet" by Dark Tranquility is my song of the moment.  Lyrics were cribbed from metal-archives.com.  Tonight was the sendoff for one of my friends/colleagues/classmates who will be doing his PhD and post-doc in aesthetics research at the University of Vienna in Austria.  He recently married over the summer to a lovely Swedish lady who I got to meet for the first time at the shindig.  

She was talking about how some people even asked her "where in America is Sweden?" when she'd say where she was from.  I then said that most metal heads would be savvy about Sweden because of the Gothenburg metal scene.  She found that very amusing, despite not really knowing anything about the Gothenburg metal scene.  

deeper shades of red descending
smear our names, the stains unending
turn forgiveness,
break the lens distorted
crush the infidel and turn about
famine in our hearts, bring up the silence louder
eradicate the lungs and take us higher

these are the wonders at your feet

weighed upon a wider scale
afraid to see what takes us down
sing destruction, sing of unfullfillment
search abandoned, let the blood be fevered
ridden of the self provided things get easier
ignite our minds and let´s burn brighter

these are the wonders at your feet
6161  The Rest / General Discussions / nuke sony HQ on: December 08, 2006, 09:12:31 AM
I'm going to be the meanie here.  

There are rules on this forum, this thread has violated a whole slew of them, and I don't care if you're an editor or senior staff to me, but rules are rules and if you break them, topic locked.

Please save this kind of nonsense and IRC chat logs and all that for your livejournals.
6162  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Worst RPG you've ever played. on: December 08, 2006, 09:06:39 AM
I used to have the 5 hour rule, but I upped that to a 10 hour trial period, because 5 hours isn't quite enough for an RPG to really get started.

Look at Xenogears.  That game took about 10 hours before the story really picked up and the story was phenomenal.
6163  Media / The Soundroom / Song of the Moment on: December 07, 2006, 02:01:12 PM
"Over the Edge" by Rudess Morgenstein Project.  I'm on a huge Jordan Rodess kick this week, and this song is awesome.  

Instrumental, so no lyrics.  

Jordan Rudess is awesome.
6164  The Rest / General Discussions / Woman and son lose $200,000 to Nigerian e-mail scam. on: December 06, 2006, 10:13:56 PM
Quote from: "CluelessWonder"
Holy crap!  She knew it was a scam but was curious so she played along?  That's insane.


Insane is putting it kindly, Ms. Wonder.  It's like "I knew the stove was hot, but I placed my hand on it anyway."  

Those who play with fire get burned.  

But, yeah, people who aren't as internet savvy as we are can fall for scams.  My mom nearly fell for one till I set her straight.  She said the people said "it was legit" and that the website looked professional.  I'm like, "Mom, any idiot can claim to be legit in an email and make a professional looking website.  Even I can make a professional looking website using some EZ-editor that doesn't even require html or programming knowledge."  

It took me a while to beat into her head that she shouldn't even open e-mails from people she knows that have attachments unless she's specifically expecting one because an infected computer can e-mail virii to people.  

So I'm not surprised that this whole mess happened to a 46 and 71 year old.  Folks like us and our progeny who've grown up with the internet and everything as a part of the culture around us are more savvy of the pitfalls and the scammers are specifically targetting those with zero savvy.
6165  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: December 06, 2006, 10:01:38 PM
I just saw "Fear of a Black Hat" at our final Musicians' Guild meeting of the semester.  It's a hip-hop version of Spinal Tap and is hysterical.  It has more immediate laughs than Spinal Tap.

Now, Spinal Tap is my all time favorite movie and will always have a special spot in my heart, but ya'll gotta see "Fear of a Black Hat" and if you don't laugh your ass off during this movie, then I weep for your dead funny bone.  

My favorite part was easily
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Cheryl: Well maybe I'm the only one who cares about Tee's welfare!
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