So I was dropping by my dusty blogger dashboard the other day, and I went back and read some of the old posts, just for the heck of it.
And I gotta tell ya, it's an amazing feeling, walking down the memory lane.
The same feeling you get looking at a sepia-toned photograph from your childhood.. or going through text messages saved on your phone from 5 years back.. or just hearing the Windows 95 startup sound.
you feel a 100 years old. *sigh*
I also noticed I have completed a measly total of 100 posts, spanning more than 3 years, which should be considered an accomplishment, given my laziness.
and a quick peek at statcounter told me that my blog has been visited by unsuspecting victims 38367 times. double whammy! :)
So at this point I decided to do a little retrospection. step into the wayback machine and see how my blogging has progressed. Yes it has had its phases, highs, and lows.
and it will only be fair if I start with the first phase:
I. Crappy with a capital C
"Oh look, everyone's got a blog these days! What? it's free? wait, you can make money too?? dude I'm SO in..!"
So I jumped into the blogging bandwagon on the 1st of March, 2008.
I gotta come clean here, blogging was more of a money-making opportunity to me then than anything else. I was in it for the dough.
So, naturally, the posts consisted mostly of 'cool' stuff I found on the internet, a Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, or just some random drivel.
Goals at this stage: fill blog with junk, get pagerank, sneak in adsense, do sponsored posts, watch my wallet getting thicker.
I wouldnt mention any posts from this phase for the simple reason that they were all crap. However this one might make you crack up, especially since it was unoriginal and copied from somewhere on the internet:
A hilarious way to learn metal genres
II. Not Alone.
The bucks hadn't started flowing in as I thought, In fact, I was yet to see a single dime. All I earned was a couple of visits a week maybe. no comments. nothing. nada.
I also came to hate blogging as I saw it more as a chore.
But then I discovered other bloggers out there. Luckily for me, I started blogging early on, when blogging wasn't this big. So there were many struggling bloggers beside me, trying to get their blogs out there.
Began to see blogging in a new light. Needless to say, the posts started becoming more original and personal. Blogging became fun.
and yeah, thank god for BlogCatalog :)
That did it. The transition from a vocation, to an avocation. I was totally, hopelessly addicted.
My lifestyle now consisted of surfing other people's blogs late into the night (or should I say, morning??), pots and pots of coffee, and bags under the eyes.
and surprisingly, I started seeing some money. So here's the ultimate tip for ya, whatever you do, you gotta put your heart into it, and the greens will automatically follow :)
Some of my personal favorites from this time
Becoming a Blogger
25 ways to kill time on the internet
Aliens through the ages
An alien encounter
..and the introductory post that was actually the 50th :
Here comes the measles!
better late than never :)
and how can I forget them new year posts, wild and whacky posts written in the wake of sobriety after a particularly wild popping of bottles on the new year's eve.
2009 - 2010 - 2011
and it was during the new year of 2010 that I took the only new year resolution that I've kept: keeping this site completely ad-free. though I get tempted to cheat from time to time ;)
Now I know how people who write diaries must feel. It's nice to have some place you can write your heart out when life for you isn't going that great. It helps heal the wound. well, mostly.
Whether it be losing someone to death, breaking up with a good friend, or just the occassional blues, blogging is a relief.
The countless posts made under influence, most of them that got deleted the very next morning at the first pangs of sobriety.
Here's a tip for you, do not blog when you are drunk, or desperately unhappy, or both.
and here's an example of how effed up a post can get, when the person typing it is too hammered to form words with the 200+ keys he sees on his keyboard.
Sealed with a kiss
and the one post that will always remain my number 1, looking back at the most beautiful phase of my life so far.
college = \m/
So, that's it, I feel like I've just sat through a movie.
and I thought it was pretty good. you might be tempted to throw tomatoes. it's your call really.
All I know is, I'm gonna keep this shit up for many more years.
..cause I friggin love it :)
It's the Easter day! Have an egg! :)
It's a beautiful night. All tired and sleepy after the late night mass, back home listening to some soft music on the computer, enjoying the vibe in the cool night air.
and here are my wishes for you and your family, have a happy easter. Sleep tight :)
..and keep a shotgun cocked by your nightstand, in case a creepy looking rabbit comes sneaking into your bedroom at midnight.
So, a quick run-down of the stuff that's been happening.
Okay, let's start with the good news: My bro is getting married this May. and I'm really happy for him. I know this is a late time to break the news but you know, I haven't been around here in a while.
So, just wishing him all the very best and moving on to the less important stuff,
Yep, it's that time of the year again. You know how I always loved exam time. Three whole hours to let your imagination run unbirdled on a sheet of paper, heck, I'm in!
I'm known to have made my SSD professor wince by referring to the Avalanche breakdown of a Zener Diode as the 'Demise of the Device' in my answer sheet.
Yeah, it was all good fun. but it's no fun a couple of years later, when you're just hidiing under a dark cloud of past mistakes.
Time to get serious. Actually, the time is way due, and I feel I've missed my cue.
but like some old bloke said, better late than never right?
Yep, no more dicking around.
Decided to do something about my pathetic excuse of a body so I started eating like crazy and joined a Gym.
These particular words by Dave Draper inspire me:
Are you ready for this conversation? Hey, dude, long time, no see. You’re looking -- I dunno -- bigger, fuller, healthier. I can see it in your shoulders... thicker, more power. You been hittin’ the juice? Just kiddin’! Make a bicep. Golly. You’re also calmer, cooler and more sensational.
Listen to me, guys. By summer you’ll have your wings and you can fly with us. We’re authentic bombers. We do lots of loopty loops. You ever do loopty loops?
Go with God’s strength... Dave
Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking forward to getting all beefy and muscular like these guys (although that would be cool) (if that was even possible for someone like me!)
Just wanna build some flesh over these bones. Cause these days more often than not, I get mistaken for a high-school kid.
Pretty disheartening for a 23-year old guy if you ask me :/
Well, how far this goes remains to be seen. You know I get lazy. It's been just a couple of weeks since I joined, and I'm already on my Easter break away from the weights.
Yeah, I know. Need motivation. Gotta keep tellin my mind something like; I'm Improving my life, one rep at a time :)
Bullcrap. but it always seem to work.
The 5th of April. A day that marks the demise of two of the greatest personalities in Grunge music. And I felt I had to share something here, cause these guys have been a huge inspiration for me
Perhaps the first name that comes into your mind when you hear the word 'Grunge'. That familiar figure brooding over an acoustic guitar, a burning cigarette to his lips, who truly showed the world that "it's better to burn out than to fade away".
The musical genius came to an end on this day, 17 years back. But still his musical legacy lives on.
Cobain's suicide note is a must read for every indiidual.
One of my favorite vocalists of all time, Staley delivers with so much power and emotion in his voice that it makes the hair at the back of your neck stand up.
Sadly we lost this man to drug abuse. It's been nine years, Alice in Chains is reformed and is still making good music, but it misses the emotional edge that they had when Staley was at the mic.
I do pop in an AIC record once in a while and wallow myself in the goodness of music that's so hard to find today. Alice in Chains will always be a favorite to me and Staley, you will be missed!
Have fun jammin in heaven with Kurt, Ronnie, and the greats! \m/
I haven't cried in a long time, but yesterday I did. and it felt good :)
For the 2nd of April, 2011, goes down in my diary as a truly memorable one. An unforgettable day for a nation that carries the spirit of cricket in its blood and bones. After 28 long years, the Cup is home again.
I remember looking up at cricketers with respect as a kid. Back then, there was just one television set in the neighbourhood, and we kids would all huddle up before it, cheering for the likes of manjrekar and Dravid and Ganguly and ofcourse, the little master himself, Sachin Tendulkar.
Watching the game yesterday, I felt like a nine year old all over again. adrenaline rushes and chewing on fingernails till they were reduced to nothing.. and now sitting here, almost 24 hours after the moment of glory, the feeling is still awesome.! :)
So here's to team work.. and the ability to rise according to the occassion. and the Epic finish.. Chak De India.! \m/
So it seems Indian Model Poonam Pandey went full frontal after all.. here's the video footage of the same ;)
Poonam Pandey bares it all
don't remember how I got there.
It was a dimly lit hall in a building and we were standing near the doorway, talking. The place looked oddly familiar, kinda like our old college canteen. It was dusty and there were cracks on the wall. I was telling her something I dont quite recall.
I saw her looking intently into my eyes. and I thought she looked angelic, like she was made of porcelain and grace. which made me stop in my tracks and hunt for words.
Then she just leaned over, and kissed me.
A kiss that set me on fire, one that more than made up for the countless sleepless nights of longing and yearning.
Pausing for breath, she pressed her lips to mine again, inflicting me for all eternity.
Well, I don't remember much after the kiss, partly because it made me light-headed. We sure did walk along a stairway that seemed to go on forever. Brown and yellow leaves were scattered on the ground, and contorted trees on either side, making it look like an autumn evening. I held her hand and we just walked, enjoying the silence and each other's presence.
...and of course, finally waking up to face the bitter truth.
that the perfect world that i lived moments ago was but a fool's pipe dream.
just a dreamscape that felt so real and near, but actually existed aeons away from my reality.
I remember striving to achieve lucidity in my dreams a while back. to be able to control what I dreamed, to model ethereal dreamscapes.
But sometimes, isn't it just better to let our dreams take us where they want?
The places they take you, sometimes they can just blow our primitive minds away. I for one, can't name a dream more beautiful that the one I had last night.
Hmm maybe I should count the day I read the Chronicles of Narnia. That night I dreamed the founding of the world. Oceans rising and continents forming... it was all very beautiful, but it also felt otherworldly, like I was peering into some dimension I wasn't supposed to be seeing. Not real and lasting like this one.
I know reading the book triggered that dream. But this? Dreaming of a person you haven't thought about in a while, a person you deliberately refrain from thinking about, like a diet of the mind, to spare the heartache.. What started as a mere crush but soon transformed into a downward spiral of obsession and craving. Like a junkie constantly feels the need to shoot up. girl, your thoughts obsess my days... I feel my mind has become one with my soul, cause I cant think straight. Logic is clouded by emotion, soul has lost its flame. fubar. 'nuff said.
I just hope that this wound heals with time. that time flows in and fills the cracks in my sanity. Until then, I'll just do my time here, writhing in the embers, and praying for the bliss that is ignorance.
..didnt wanna write any of this crap, but now that I did, I feel a lot better.
and I also feel the need to invest in a personal diary.
and maybe I should just stick to bad movie reviews and posting crap about famous people in this blog.. yeah, I should :/
It is not often that you find Rock / Metal music featured in mainstream media.
Reason? Rock, and especially Heavy Metal, is a genre of music that has been hated more than loved ever since its inception.
It has been bashed, ridiculed, called ‘evil’, and written off as unsophisticated music. But you make one of those haters listen to a badass metal riff and tell em to play it, I’m pretty sure they’ll jizz in their pants.
Nevertheless, Metal never got the recognition it deserved. And the widespread hate, has only made it all the more endearing to us fans who carry it in our bones.
Anyway, there have been some pretty good (and some awesome) movies and documentaries on Rock and Metal music. I'm not talking musicals here, these are (mostly) works of art that truly captured the spirit of rock and roll.
Here I’m listing some of the best I’ve watched.
And let’s do it the age-old way, counting down :
15. Detroit Rock City
This was one of my favorites back when I was a kid. The movie is about four teenagers trying to get into a KISS concert.
Now, as much as I’d love to punch Paul Stanley in the face, I have to say l love this movie. It’s nothing mind-blowing, but It’s fun, and has its moments.
Christine: Hey, you know what? Disco's so fucking big right now, I wouldn't be suprised if KISS did a disco song.
Lex: Man, if there's one thing KISS will never do, it is a bullshit disco song.
Jam: No shit man!
Trip: Yeah man. Disco blows dogs for quarters man!
And we all know what happened next! XD
14. Still Crazy
Twenty years later, old members of fictional band ‘Strangefruit’ get back together and try to make it work.
You might find yourself wondering at the end of the movie whether the bollywood flick ‘Rock On!!’ was “inspired” by this one.
13. Sid and Nancy
Who doesn’t know Sid Vicious. The legendary bassist of band Sex Pistols, and the true personification of punk rock! But this biography shows us the murky details; Sid’s relationship with Nancy Spungen, her murder and the fateful events that follow. All of this interweaved with hazy moments of drug abuse and debauchery.
Sid slaughtering the Sinatra classic, ‘My Way’, a riveting performance by actor Gary Oldman.
Nancy: I'll never look like Barbie. Barbie doesn't have bruises.
12. Decline of Western Civilization II : The Metal Years
A documentary that shows the ugly underbelly of metal music, namely, the glam metal subculture.
Features some distinguished people in Rock talking about the highs and lows of rockstardom such as, Ozzy, Steven Tyler, Lemmy, Alice Cooper,etc.
More than an hour of footage on some dumbass glam metallers wearing spandex pants. And a stripping contest organized by some old dried up fruit whom I’d like to kick in the balls if I ever get to meet him.
Finally relief comes when they give a scoop on a real metal band for a change, Megadeth. An interview with the band and an amazing rendition of ‘In my darkest hour’.
Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P) wallowing in vodka and making a complete fool of himself, and the expression on his mother’s face as she watches on., that sure is gonna make you reconsider listening to glam metal ever again in your life.
Interviewer to Dave Mustaine : What do you have to say to kids who wanna make it as a rockstar?
Mustaine : don’t.
11. Pirate Radio / The Boat that Rocked
A comedy about an illegal radio station that operated in the North sea in the 60’s. One of those feel good movies with a positive vibe. Some downright funny moments. Also, an awesome soundtrack full of nostalgic oldies. Got me hooked on the Kinks song ‘Sunny Afternoon’.
Lead singer of a tribute band gets the opportunity to become the lead singer of the real band he idolizes. Yeah, it’s based on the story of Judas priest. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston, and even a surprising appearance by a young Myles Kennedy, this movie has lots of them rockstar moments.
Memorable moment : Izzy taking the stage with Steel Dragon for the first time and nailing it.
9. The Doors
Perhaps the greatest performer ever to grace the face of this planet, excessive drug user, expressive poet, chicks dig him..
Who else could I be talking about but the lizard king himself, Jim Morrison.
And this is his biography, played to perfection by Val Kilmer. It follows Morrison right from his early days with Doors all the way to his untimely death at the age of 27.
Morrison shouting out ‘higher’ on National Television at the Ed Sullivan Show.
Jim Morrison: Actually I don't remember being born, It must have happened during one of my black outs.
Interviewer: Do you believe in drugs?
Jim Morrison: I believe in excess...
"The movie will begin in five moments," the mindless voice announced. All those unseated will await the next show. We filed slowly, languidly into the hall. The auditorium was fast and silent. As we seated and were darkened, the voice continued, "The program for this evening is not new. You've seen this entertainment through and through. You've seen your birth, your life and death. You might recall all the rest. Did you have a good world when you died? Enough to base a movie on?"
Know what my secret wish is? Go on a desert with Morrison and trip on peyote with him ;)
Ever been to a Motorhead concert? If yes, you might have seen an striking frontman standing onstage and shouting to the sound guy to turn it all the way up. Just get ready for an eargasm cause you’re listening to the Loudest band in the planet, and that man donning the cowboy hat and the Rickenbacker Bass is the most badass figure in Heavy Metal – Lemmy Kilmister.
And this is his story.
Lemmy jamming with the members of Metallica and sharing stage with them.
Pumped-up fan : They drop a nuclear bomb on this planet.. Lemmy and cocroaches, it’s all that’s gonna survive!
Lemmy : We are Motorhead, and we play Rock and Roll.
7. School of Rock
Jack Black, awesome as always, plays a wannabe rockstar, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school and educates his students on something that’s not in the curriculum : Rock Music.
Taking the concept of the yesteryear movie ‘Sound of Music’ and bringing it to an entirely different realm, works out pretty well in my opinion.
Frankie: Miss Mullins, you're the man.
Now this one comes highly recommended by me.. it is a documentary on the Gods of Canadian metal, Anvil.
Memorable moments :
* Bandmates get Lip a cake on his birthday, inscribed with ‘Happy fucking 50’ in icing.. man, if my friends ever did something like that for me I’d be psyched!
*Anvil playing to a half empty bar in Munich, and a loyal customer sitting in a chair and headbanging all by himself.
This is hands down the best documentary I’ve seen in years. It’s not about one of those bands that made it big, it’s about one that could’ve been big, about a failure for a change. And that’s the beauty of the film. It’ll leave you mesmerized.
5. Metal : A HeadBanger’s Journey
What better way to make a documentary on Metal other than by a Metalhead himself!
Headbanger’s journey follows anthropologist and longtime metal fan Sam Dunn as he embarks on a journey to uncover the roots of Heavy Metal, starting from the industrial areas of old England where Sabbath pounded out those first metal riffs and travelling all the way to the modern metallers, even a short dark trip to the depths of Norwegia, the Black Metal capital of the world.
Features interviews with a lot of important figures in Metal, it’s a must-watch for any metal fan.
The Ending lines are especially memorable :
Sam Dunn (standing at the concert venue amidst screaming metal fans) : Ever since I was 12 years old I had to defend my love for heavy metal against those who say it's a less valid form of music. My answer now is that you either feel it or you don't. If metal doesn't give that overwhelming surge of power that make the hair stand up at the back of your neck, you might never get it, and you know what? That's okay, because judging by the 40,000 metalheads around me we're doing just fine without you.
4. Global Metal
Following along the veins of Headbanger’s journey, this documentary follows Sam Dunn as he travels across the world to learn how Metal has flourished in and influenced the different cultures, including Asia, South America, and even the Middle East.
Iron Maiden opening the concert with ‘Fear of the Dark’ to a pent up Indian crowd. Nothing short of mind-blowing! Don’t take my word for it, watch the video.
3. Heavy : The Story of Metal
Documentary series on Metal by VH1. Although it was done by the folks at MTV and glorifies mainstream junk and the music video a bit, I still find it to be a honest account on the origin and evolution of Metal.
It’s a four part series, and you could learn a lot by watching it.
Episode 1 : Welcome to my nightmare : Black Sabbath to Led Zeppelin to Alice Cooper to AC/DC.
Episode 2 : British Steel : Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The NWOBHM movement, and the origin of Air Guitaring.
Episode 3 : Looks that Kill : LA Glam Metal scene, and my least favorite installment.
Episode 4 : Seek and Destroy : Metal was never meant to be pretty.. Thrash arrives and melts the faces of all the glam metal posers. Hell Yeah! \m/
Also, scoops on Rap Metal, Nu metal and the devil incarnate himself, Marilyn Manson.
2. Almost Famous
William Miller, a 15 year old journalist, gets hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about the band Stillwater.
Now, I’ve placed this one so high up in the list cause it deserves it. It captures the true essence of Rock and Roll. Tons of replay value. And Kate Hudson gives one of her most unforgettable performances as the groupie, miss Penny Lane.
Memorable moment :
That scandalous moment where the band is on a plane about to crash and Ed blurts out “Fuck it! I’m… I’m gay!”. Also, this is Ed’s only line in the movie!
And now to the number 1, and my all time favorite :
1. This is Spinal Tap
If you’re into metal and you haven’t seen this one, you’re missing out. In the words of Dee Snider, “It was so funny it hurt!”. No arguments there, it gets you laughing right from the start till the ending credits roll.
Directed by Rob Reiner, this one’s a documentary, or rather, a ‘mockumentary’ on the fictional band Spinal Tap. Reiner himself stars as documentarian Marti DeBergi, who hits the road with the band.
Spinal Tap is comprised of three core members: David St. Hubbins (apparently St. Hubbins is the patron saint of quality footwear.. who knew!) on vocals, Nigel Tufnel on Guitar, and Derek Smalls on bass.
Too many, though the Stonehenge scene was hysterically funny!
Also this Spinal Tap song deserves special mention., titled ‘Big Bottom’ :D
Nigel : “These amps go upto 11”
I wanna keep talking about this movie but already this post has grown to epic proportions. So I have to stop now.
And please be aware that this list is purely subjective. Also, there must be other rock and roll films out there that I may not be aware of and have missed. So if you have any to suggest, just shoot in the comments section. :)
[Asked to write his own epitaph]
David St. Hubbins: Here lies David St. Hubbins... and why not?
Wanted to share a crazy video I stumbled on the other day.
This one's SO full of Win!.. 50 Cent collaborating with Thomas the tank engine on a kickass rendition of 'In Da Club'.
I dont know who made this but dude, if you ever come here let me know cause I'ma buy you a beer.. or even a six pack. you deserve it! :D
I will say no more, watch the video and crack up! :D
One of my favorite pastimes on the internet is logging on to Ultimate-Guitar.com and reading the articles. It is a good place to keep up with some real music news, when most other music sites these days seem more interested in Lady Gaga's wardrobe and 12-year olds going multiplatinum.
Now I don't mean to sound like an old fart but really, I don't get the crappy mainstream music out there these days. You can go ahead flame me for this but I dont see any real musicianship out there.
So, we were saying, UG does have some kickass articles and news feeds, but any regular reader of the site will know that more than the articles, the comments sections are the real deal.
While the articles themselves are plagued with typos, misinterpretations and anachronisms, often with a misleading title to boot, the comments they always contain something that will make your day. and sometimes, week.
Frankly, I don't think any of these communities would survive if it wasn't for the species called Flamers. they are the life of the party!
Flame wars are hilarious things to watch too.
In UG, whenever an article is posted about an artist, some wise-ass comes in and types in a hate comment.
Soon you see the whole community poised in a battle between the so-called Elitists and Fanboys.
Believe me, there's nothing funnier than watching a fanboy go down in battle, hopelessly trying to defend his favorite band, getting pelted with insults.
Alright, that's a bit mean. but funny nonetheless! XD
Flaming is widespread, but more common when the article involves bands like Avenged Sevenfold, SlipKnoT, Black Label Society, and lately, even Slayer.
and don't even get me started on the Metallica vs. Megadeth debate, they seem to go on forever.
After years of indulging in this hobby, there is only one band that I haven't seen getting bashed, and that is Rush. Such amazing musicianship, I'm not a bit surprised.
Anyway, I read this article on UG the other day, and this post was originally intended to talk about it, but guess I got carried away and ended up typing this wall of text instead.
Vince Neil working two jobs in jail
Vince Neil turned himself in to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas about 10 a.m. Tuesday, to serve a two-week long sentence for drunken driving there last June.
Reportedly, Vince is worried about having to "endure" two weeks, and is planning to be a model prisoner so his sentence may get shortened.
A very concerned girlfriend worries that he is not getting proper food or sleep in the jail. and believe me, this was a top story.
According to a Twitter message from Jacobs (an entertainment reporter at KSNV-TV), Neil is "understandably tired and working two jobs." She adds, "I'm very proud of him and miss him tons!"
Okay, a lil background for those who dont know this guy.
You might recognize Vince Neil as the vocalist of the '80s hair metal band Motley Crue.
You should also know that this piece of shit is known for another incident of drunk-driving earlier. and killed a guy, injuring two others in the process.
and all that is in addition to bringing disgrace to the Metal genre by playing in the crappy band called Motley Crue for three decades, making whiny music that made them millions and got them laid.
I know a few of you might actually like Crue, but me, like 90% of the metalheads out there, despise them and all those sunset strip bands.
I mean getting all dolled up like a dame for show after show..? what the hell dude? you got unaddressed issues!
Also, I'm pissed that this prick got it easy. Two weeks in detention, and that's not even a real prison., and still he's whining like a bi*ch. Don't forget that this is his second offense.. i hope they fry him!
Guess I got a little carried away.. I just get pissed when I see these big stars buying their way outta shit.
So I'll just leave you with a couple of comments from the original article, while I go pop in Kill 'Em All on full volume.. for all I know, that record was aimed at pansy hair metal bands plaguing the scene back in the day.
You know what he reminds me of? Brett Michaels.. both white trash long haired bearded hicks in overrated 80s bands trying to get publicity.
look out Gene Simmons, Vince Neil is creeping slowly towards being the biggest douche in the universe
Don't drop the soap sugar
Jail, the one time when looking like a ****ing woman will work against him...
"My reckless behavior cost someone their life and when I do it again....they bring the hammer down on me. So unfair."
Suck it Vince. You fail at remorse.
saved the best for last ;)
2 jobs, eh? I'll put my money on blow & rim.
Back when I as a kid, we had this neglected medium-sized tank outside our house. Once a fat load of sand got dumped into it for some construction work, which never saw the light of day.
So in effect, me and my bro ended up with a new playtoy, a friggin sandbox!
For an outsider, it was just a dirty little tank filled with sand and dirt and decomposed skeletons of insects... but only to the untrained eye!
For inside the four walls of the tank rose Cities and Palaces and Roads. A cemetery for the deceased Gold fish from the aquarium. The big beady ants made excellent slaves. Sometimes the rain came down, wreaking havoc all over the place and massive reconstruction had to follow... Nothing went on in our little world without our consent, well, except the ants mutinying once in a while.. the revolting ones got burned at stakes or drowned in boiling water. We reigned Supreme.
We were friggin' Gods!
Moral of the story : Sure you can have the meanest, beastliest computer in the world and play the most state-of-the-art action game on it, but the sheer kick that you get out of it, can come nowhere near what you get playing with a sandbox!
Such is the power of sandbox-styled gameplay, you are not tied to any particular Storyline, and the possibilities are endless.
Now, this post is in regard to this sandbox game that I've been hooked to the past month or so, MineCraft. Thanks to my bud desmond for hooking me up with this game. man you rock! :)
Now, the whole game weighs in under about 100 MB and you can tweak the settings to allow it to run on any PC. You can play online or offline. You can buy it or get it from the dark side, but I encourage you to buy it, cause it's worth it. besides, it's a mere €14.95.
When you start a Minecraft game, you are spawned into a world of epic proportions.
Mark that spawn point cause you're gonna respawn there everytime you die.
The basic objective of the game is simple :
Make use of the daylight. Collect resources, hunt animals, farm crops, build structures, craft items, etc. etc.
And make sure you have a nice comfy shelter ready before the night. Cause in the night, you wanna be tucked away safely, unless you wanna be tossed around in a thriller dance featuring Zombies, Creepers and Skeletons with crossbows ;)
Did I mention this game has an awesome soothing soundtrack that plays in the background and keeps you relaxed during the daytime.
Also there's the creepy music and monster noises during night that will take you completely unawares and make you shit bricks!
I will say no more, cause I think you should play this awesome game and discover the many facets of the game yourself. So I'm gonna put in a few screenshots and leave you at that.
warm, cozy home
Castle in the works
The abandoned mine
dungeons filled with riches... and horrors.
The monster spawner that churns out several monsters per minute
night of the living dead
About to get my ass owned
Beautiful sunset, the calm before the storm
-> Recreate Counter-Strike map cs_assault
-> Build an intercity minecart network
-> Mine Obsidian and open a portal to Nether
Okay then, load it up and get your creative juices flowin!
and if you get any doubts just refer to the comprehensive Minecraft Wiki.
Well, looks like another post where I'm not feeling creative enough to think up a decent enough title.
But I kinda like this title, unlike the crappy software program after which it was named (Norton LiveUpdate) :S
So there's gonna be more of these, be warned.!
Series of posts where I whine and complain and fill you in on random junk from my mundane life.
So a word of advice.. see this title? just steer clear.
So, what I've been doing.. hmm..
certainly a lot of thinking. and regretting.
and a lack of (a)vocation of any sort means more time for both.
I think life has hit the so-called quarter-life crisis, except it came a lil early.
23 years.. certainly a lot of good memories. but then why do I constantly find myself wishing I could find a goodamn time machine! :(
balls! there goes my new year resolution down the crapper!
done with the daily helping of self-loathing, now let's get to the updates.!
So I've been..
-> been Reading!
'Memoirs of a Geisha' by Arthur Golden
Slapstick story about this Japanese chick who goes to Hollywood to make it big, winds up at good ol' Sunset Strip, ends up alcoholic and a groupie at Motley Crue concerts. Sad, if you ask me.
It's actually an imaginative tale set in early Japan, a mesmerizing life story dictated by one of Japan's most celebrated Geisha. Believe me, it's a novel that refuses to stay shut. What amazed me most is that it's the author's debut too.
Now reading :
'The Shadow of the Wind'
Looks spooky.. but engaging nonetheless. Can't say anything more at the moment cause I've just begun reading.
-> Gaming : will elaborate in a seperate post. :)
-> watching a lot of movies. and some random episodes of Simpsons and Two and a half men.
Watch this space for a generic 'My favorite movies' post.
-> tried to write a song : only to realise it's actually a hard thing to do, to sit on your ass and actually MAKE MUSIC. well, unless you're Creed, in which case you need just three chords and a drum machine for an album full of material.
So, for the time being, Mission Cacophony is on standby.
(refer to beginning of post about lack of creativity and inability to come up with clever names for stuff)
-> listening to some really cool stand-up comedy on radio.
Lesson learned : Russel Peters ain't the be-all and end-all of comedy.
Discovered some really great artists: Carlos Mencia, Robert Schimmel, Chris Rock, Carlin,.. and I know I've only licked the icing!
-> Songs stuck in my head
- Enya - May it be (Blame it on watching LOTR again)
- Switchfoot - On Fire (Blame it on this girrl)
- Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 (Puts me to sleep every night)
- The Pixies - Where is my mind (one helluva trippy song)
- Graveworm - Portrait of a deadly Nightshade (melo- blackened- symphonic- death- metal- whatever, it sounds good!)
-> and a coupla links to wrap it up:
UG Story : All About Nick Avers
A sweet piece of fiction over at UG that I liked.
Shameless idol worship
Dave Mustaine creams Moon Zappa and George Clinton on this episode of Celebrity Jeopardy.
'VICIOUS' video of the day
Sid vicious slaughters a Sinatra classic, a proud moment in punk rock history!
So long! :)
Today is a sad day..
Yes, another heartbreak. My favorite piece of internet fiction, which has been running for almost two years now, well, the author chose to kill it today :(
I've written about this guy here before. Nolan Whyte is a writer and a regular guest columnist over at Ultimate-Guitar.com.
I stumbled into his previous work, Guitargasm : A Novel, while fishing for guitar tabs at UG a few years ago. Since then I became a faithful devotee of his writings.
If you love music, and guitars, or even otherwise, you should definitely check out his works: On Comeback Road, Guitargasm, and the last one,'Riot Band Blues'
For the typical UG'er, the expression TGIF is all the more relevant, cause that's the day a new installment of Riot Band Blues would hit the site. Yeah, that's what it was, phenomenal. *sigh*
Nolan's writing got better and better over the years, and RBB is, in my humble opinion, a modern masterpiece.
Well, not the kind of masterpiece your English teacher would approve of... there's the occasional f-word. and the drugs. and the rock and roll ;)
So today Riot Band Blues came to an end, running it's course of 91 installments. and it has been one helluva read! I hope Nolan returns with another series soon, though this one will be hard to top.
So, if you'd like to check it out, I suggest you visit Nolan's contributions page @ UG here.
Ah, screw that, here's Part one for ya! Start right here.
So now that's one less obsession. A certain void seems to have formed.. Fridays will never be the same at UG :(
guess I'll have to go back to trolling the comments sections. oh well.
Okay, new year is here. and I realize it's time to make that traditional 'New Year's post' :)
So I take a look at the posts I made in 2010, and 2009, and the resolutions, and I realize how quickly time has flown. Seriously, it seems like I made those decisions yesterday, and needless to say, a huge chunk of those went unkept.. Like someone said, resolutions are made for breaking right? NOT!
So I see I made 15 resolutions to stick to in 2010, and I gotta say, they all failed to stick :(
well, except the decision to learn touch typing. I'm touch typing as I write this :)
And I had resolved to listen to 100 new albums in 2010. Though I didn't hit the 100-album spot, it was a nice opportunity to discover some good music I wouldn't have known otherwise.
So 2010 is done now. Looking back, it was like watching an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Alright, 'Signs', if you're looking for a perfect example.
So the year started off awesome, seemed it would turn out to be a pretty good year, probably the best in a while, and then, BAAAM!! just like that... BAD ending!
You know the feeling when you sit i the theater watching a flick with a crappy ending... yeah, you just wanna exit the goddamn theater.
and that was 2010 for me. Inside you someone yells "Call it quits! Call it quits!". But you can't, 'cause you have to live through it.
and yeah, the girl sitting in the row before you is so dang hot ;)
And before you know it, you've lived through another sucky year. Congratulations.
Someone said, it's the number of times you smiled that sums up a year for you. And if my math is any good, 2011 barely sums up to a measly amount.
So, here goes my number one new year resolution for 2011 : Stay Happy! :)
Which also means no more blog posts filled with profanities that I have to delete two days later.
Which also means no more emo songs in the playlist.
which also means 2011 summing up to a HECK lot more! :)
Another resolution is to buck up and post more often here. Only 10 posts in 2010! (*gasps*) now that is some serious negligence on my part! :O
And I really need a makeover, and by that I don't mean appearance-wise (though alot of people seem to suggest, "tidy up!"). I mean, personally / intellectually. I think it's more important than a physical makeover at this stage.
Remember the laundry resolution I made last year? Not important!
brush-clean my conscience, and clear thoughts with speycide (quoting Jimmy Eat World). Screw laundry! :)
Okay, that'd be all. I'm looking forward to a good year this year. Things are definitely starting to look up, So I hope this will be a good one.
and a very Happy new Year to you too! Go Nuts! :)
by the way, that pic is from the comic strip "Calvin & Hobbes". If you haven't read it (which is highly unacceptable!) you should really check it out. Real good stuff, and Calvinball is my kind of sport! ;)