This That And Some Other Things

It may seem that I have stopped blogging but I have not.  In a mix of me being lazy, uninspired and flat out busy with other things (currently my quest for 50,000 Gamerscore, amongst life in general) I have neglected my poor blogs and the adoring fans I have.  OK so I made the last part up but a guy can dream right?

Anyway, this post isn’t meant to be a triumphant return to form, after all I am quite lazy but a few things have popped into my head over the last little bit and I felt maybe I should lay them down for you as proof I still know how to take words and form complete (if sometimes nonsensical) sentences.   But be forewarned this post has about as much substance as an empty bottle of water.

MUSIC

Gigapoodle’s recent discovery of the Beatles has me thinking about them more and more.  I am still not a fan.  I appreciate their contributions to the industry and I do like some of their music but I just don’t dig the music.  It’s cool we don’t all have to like the same stuff, after all many people think “Chinese Democracy” is a pile of crap but I personally think it is the bloated, pompous, self-referential masterpiece that Axl Rose was always destined to make.  Anyway back to the Beatles, I recently watched Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and despite it being an awful excuse for a comedic endeavor it did feature an awesome scene involving The Beatles as played by Jack Black (McCartney), Paul Rudd (Lennon), Justin Long (Harrison) and Jason Schwartzman (Ringo).  I don’t recommend watching the film but if you can find the clip somewhere it is comedic genius.

Outside of that my musical infatuation for the week is the band July for Kings, in particular their 2002 album “Swim” but that will probably change next week with the release of Sister Hazel’s sixth studio album “Release”.  In anycase, for me July for Kings comes across as a musical mix of Live, Matchbox Twenty, Our Lady Peace and the Goo Goo Dolls, which is cool because I like all those  bands.

Oh and I’m pretty pumped about going to see one of my favorite guitarists, Mark Tremonti, tomorrow night in Camden when the re-formed Creed makes their obligatory Philly stop in Camden, NJ.

MOVIES

As I stated earlier I watched “Walk Hard”, it was worse than what I was expecting (which honestly wasn’t much).  I also watched a Steven Seagal movie where he fought vampires called “Against the Dark” it was about what I was expecting.  I’ll be heading to see “District 9” this Saturday and if you want my impressions on the film be sure to tune into next week’s About 12 Minutes podcast or maybe I’ll post a review, who knows.

The summer is almost over and I have to say I was kind of disappointed in this summer’s efforts.  It wasn’t quite as bad as the summer of 2007 where we had three straight third film stinkers in a row but overall Summer 2009 was, at least for me, mediocre.

GAMES

I’ve been on a tear recently and am now within a little over 4000 points to my goal of netting 50K Gamerscore.  I’ll be happy when the quest is over because I have  other shit I have to do.  I have however gotten to play a ton of games during this endeavor, some good and some bad but all games I wanted to play.  Like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which I finished last night (the 26th game I’ve finished this year).  It was a blast.  Would I purchase it?  Probably not but if you are a fan of games like God of War you should probably play it.  It’s ten hours of straight on gory as all hell shred-em up action.

I’m also currently, and slowly, playing through Resident Evil 5.  Its not the masterpiece some people tried to convince me it was but it is also not just RE4 with a new coat of paint.  I like it, I just don’t love it.

Purchasing season is just around the corner, starting September 1 for me with Guitar Hero 5 and I’m quite pumped for it as well.  I’m not exactly sure why I am pumped for it but I am and I am quite happy that if I get it day one I will get a copy of Guitar Hero: Van Halen for free which I had absolutely zero intention of buying because the game is not an indication of Van Halen’s career.  It seems mighty stupid to me that the game is going to pretend that the Hagar era never happened.  Regardless of if you liked Van Halen with Sammy or not, there is little denying that some of their biggest hits came during that time and don’t even get me started on how they are completly slapping Michael Anthony in the face by having Eddie’s 18 year old kid, Wolfgang, in the game.

POLITICS

I’m not going to get into a whole lot about the Healthcare debate.  President Obama recently stated, “”For all the scare tactics out there, what is truly scary is if we do nothing”.  I generally agree with that statement but what should be done is where I may disagree with him except he doesn’t even seem to know how to go about changing the system.  The government (both sides) needs to give the people some options to take a look at and decide what is best.  Those voted into office were put there to represent us not make decisions based on party allegiance, loyalty to lobbyists, or just their gut.  They need to be educated on the matter and bring it to the people.  I urge all politicians to read all 1018 pages of the Health Insurance Reform Bill because most of you (on both sides) don’t seem to have read much, if any of it.  And guess what when someone starts yelling at you about a certain section of the bill, show them the bill, read them the bill and help them understand the bill because mostly people are scared of the unknown and if you could explain to them what something they have an issue with means maybe we as a country could be more productive.

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Anyway, maybe a post about critical reviews and analysis is in the cards soon.  Who knows?

Oh and I have a Twitter account.  I originally thought it was stupid.  It is not.  Follow me (Kariyanine).

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