Archive for January, 2010
Last week, while using Google Image search to complete the album art on some of the songs in my library (so they would look pretty when transferred to my sexy ass iPod Touch), I caught a computer virus. Caught it bad.
I ran my usual antivirus/malware software but it seems it just wasn’t enough. I got some new ones but that didn’t help much either; Windows XP was at its last stand. It’s been around 3 years since I built this machine, and in that time I have never once formatted it. Sure it’s gotten its fair share of System Restores, but not a single clean-start-OS-do-over format. I do think that Windows machines require a format every once in a while, because no matter how secure you think your system is, there’s always nasty crap hiding under the hood piling up. I was going to format my computer when Vista came out, but since it turned out to be shit in software form, I refrained. But then Microsoft realized this was a big problem for me, so they decided to rework the craptacular garbage they called an OS into something that was actually good: Windows 7.
I got my shiny new (and genuine) OEM 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium copy in the mail today, courtesy of Newegg, and began installing as soon as I got it out of the package. And it was beautiful.
Not only is it faster and better looking than XP, but the new stuff they’ve added is actually useful. The single best thing about it is the new taskbar. Whereas before it was just a long ass strip of blue sitting at the bottom of your screen, now it’s the place from where you can control absolutely everything that is on your screen. Quick Launch, application windows, shortcuts, context menus, system settings; everything is here. Fuck the Dock, I’m not in a fucking marina. Also, the new Library system for managing your files is fucking sweet.
I could still do without the excessive window shadowing effect, but that’s really the only gripe I have with it so far. Sweetness in a can indeed.
For some reason (and this has nothing to do with the fact that he’s a bitter old man trapped inside the body of a young and vibrant food connoisseur), he hates his birthday. So it is for this very same reason that I urge you to go out of your way and congratulate him as much as possible. He deserves it.
You can post as much as you want in this thread, where the pre-Birthday celebration has now officially started, you can also comment on this post if you’re reading it on the blog, you can post on his Facebook (if you don’t have him as a friend yet I dunno what the fuck you’re waiting for), you can find him on Twitter @zachms and you can even message him on Xbox Live if you feel so inclined (GT: Geirvaldr). Shit, I would give you guys his phone number, but that’d be crossing the line.
Anyway, I’ll start: Happy Birthday Zach!
So as some of you may know, I’m hoping to get into the Air Force. In a recent meeting I found out I’m pretty much good to go, I need to lose about 10 pounds however. (Not too bad for me being such a food connoisseur).
My recruiter gave me a special diet, to supposedly lose about 10 pounds in 3 days. Sounds crazy, well it is. You can only do this thing for three days at a time, then you have to go back to normal, healthy, eating for 4 days. Otherwise you WILL “fuck your shit up”. That’s a quote.
Today was my first day, I don’t feel any lighter yet, and if I’m supposed to lose 10 pounds in 3 days, I should start noticing this shit tomorrow morning.
I was allowed to eat 1/2 a grapefruit for breakfast accompanied with a piece of toast and a tablespoon of peanut butter. For lunch 1/2 a cup of tuna, dry tuna, none of that pussy mayonnaise.
Dinner however was much more significant, I was allowed 3oz of chicken, 2 cups of green beans (which I fucking love anyway), and a cup of beets. I had never eaten beets before, but I think I’m going to start. They are supposedly stupid good for you and yet they taste like absolutely nothing, I could easily have a serving of these with every meal and not even notice.
I even get dessert, consisting of an apple and a cup of vanilla ice cream. Yeah that’s right, my diet REQUIRES me to eat ice cream EVERY FUCKING DAY. It’s so awesome.
It the time between breakfast and lunch was pretty hard, but I think I can get used to it, and the meals change everyday so it’s a little harder to get bored with it. Tomorrow will be the real test, I start the day off with a hard boiled egg and some more toast. I then need to keep my energy up through the KORPIKLAANI and TYR show, with only a piddly lunch. Followed by another awesome dinner with ICE CREAM FUCK YEAH.
So I’ll be sure to update tomorrow with how that went along with the show recap. Wish me luck, but if I can’t do this for three days then there truly is no hope.
I recently received a handsome influx of money as payment for some services I will be rendering, details of which I will only be discussing in the next Metalscape episode, and I have used part of it for this one purchase: My new iPod Touch.
I was already growing bored with my old ass iPod; its weary and scratched face sadly looking back at me every time I grabbed it as if it was trying to tell me something (“Kill me please”?). It’s been 4 beautiful years filled with musical enjoyment, but I feel it is now necessary to move on. I believe I will be retiring ol’ Fred with the record of longest surviving iPod in the Metalscape community, since everyone in the forums that’s had an iPod has reported a malfunction of it at some point before today. If you can prove otherwise I’d like to hear it.
I was waiting for Apple to release a 60 something GB version of the touch as I deemed 30 GBs was simply not enough. And while I probably should’ve waited a little longer until they release a 120 GB version, having the money burning a hole in your pocket to make the purchase immediately is a very hard thing to resist. So 64 GBs it was.
While my hatred for Apple and all their god damned brainless minions is very well known, I will admit that their line of iPod portable music players is a rather fine accomplishment. This here iPod Touch is friggin’ awesome. Just the gorgeous screen alone is worthy enough to deserve my praise. As I was telling Zachary earlier this week, “It’s like an oasis of pixels amidst my barren, analog life”. And then you have the wi-fi connectivity and the apps which both combined provide an incredibly vast range of content. It’s safe to say that I’m pretty happy with it.
I have of course jailbroken it already and I’m enjoying all the benefits the hack brings. I got Christina as my background in lieu of the usual black and I even designed my own icons to use on the dock (they’re smaller and less intrusive, which allow me to have more screen real estate to drool at). So yeah, I know some of you in the Horde have Touches, so if you have any app recommendations or any other tips, feel free to share.
Videos of the SUFFOCATION for http://www.fuel.tv have been posted.
In case you’re wondering, yes he does do the hand thing.
Suffocation – Cataclysmic Purification
Suffocation – Blood Oath
Borknagar has posted pictures of all the versions of their upcoming album “Universal”, set for release on March 2nd here in North America, and February 22nd everywhere else.
The “Dragon Edition” comes with all kinds of shit, a DVD with a making of documentary and a digital version of the album, a necklace, a patch, fucking keyring… It looks pretty sweet actually.
The double LP version comes with a couple of bonus songs and that’s about it. Kind of upsetting because I’d like to think that including some sort of download code for a digital version was becoming fairly standard.
The album art is pretty sweet though, so It would be nice to have a large version of it, and I’ll “acquire” my own digital copy.
So I missed last years Paganfest but really wanted to see Korpiklaani. Lucky for me they’re coming around again with none other than TYR!
However I’ll be going alone and if there’s any listeners who want to meet up let me know, I’ll be at the January 28th show at Thee Parkside in San Francisco.
Autographs are 300 dollars. Free if it’s going on your boobs.
There is now, and you can thank Arsis for that. Below is the video for their new single off their new album “Starve for the Devil”. It’s called “Forced to Rock”. Yeah no that wasn’t a typo.
Maybe this isn’t really Arsis. Maybe in the not-so-distant future scientists were finally able to figure out time travel, and they used former “metal” band Avenged Sevenfold to test out the potentially fatal process. Avenged Sevenfold agreed because their lives sucked ass anyway and if the thing actually worked, they could show a world that still hadn’t completely forgotten them that after 20 years of practicing their instruments away from the spotlight, they had finally managed to become decent at them (not much they could do for songwriting though). And so they traveled back in time, stole Arsis’ identity and made this video with like 5% of the regular budget for a typical A7X video because well, in the future, they’re all broke and miserable and their little money is worth even less. Also for some reason they’re trying to ruin James Malone’s image by giving him a lisp.
In all fairness though, it’s a fun video. And I like those pinch harmonics in the beginning.
Tonight, January 19, watch Suffocation and Goatwhore (And Devildriver if you’re into that shit) perform live at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Just sign up at http://www.theravelive.com/webcast/.