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It's been a while since I made my "I'm stepping down as a mod" thread, and even longer since I've actually been on the site with some regularity.
After taking some time to do things with my actual life (not much was accomplished anyways), I figured I'd stop by and see what's been going on with the site and forums and junk. I see a bunch of new mods who I don't recognize and I see that a lot of the mods I know are still there. Good to see no one has gone crazy and nuked the place.
I don't know how often I'll be posting, but it will be with some form of regularity. Depending on if I can find any good topics in the cesspool that still is General.
Anyways, it's good to be back. I've missed you, NG.
So...I've been AFK (at least from NG) for the last month or so. Its not really that I meant to do it...real life just kind of caught up with me. I know its weird...real life and all, but that's how it goes. Juggling a full time job, a social life and an internet social life is hard. In that fine balance, the internet lost out to real life and real people.
So...now that my life has calmed down a bit, I'll probably be around a lot more, modding your posts more than once a month. For the most part, I've missed NG and it feels good to be back.
But, I'm sure once I start lurking in General again, I'll regret saying all of that.
Comments? Questions? Anyone reading this?
So, it was my birthday a week ago, and as a present, my parents bought me tickets to go see Blue Man Group in concert. Originally, I had planned on taking a female because...well boobs > no boobs. Unfortunately, she bailed on me, so I asked good old JoS if he wanted to go. Luckily, he said yes and I did not have to scalp the ticket/sit by myself.
We got to the arena where the concert was just as the opening act came on. It was this artist (who's name escapes me right now) who would paint to music. For instance, a Rolling Stones song was playing, and he painted a portrait of Mick Jagger while dancing and stuff. It was pretty impressive to watch. He ended up doing three different portraits; Mick Jagger, Bono and Jimi Hendrix. When he was doing the portrait of Hendrix, he was painting something that didn't look like anything........until he turned it upside down. Then, BOOM! Jimi Hendrix. Very, very cool. Apparently, the paintings were for sale too. I don't even want to know how much those were going for.
So, that guy finishes and the stage starts getting cleared and set up for the Blue Man Group. For those of you who only know them from the old Pentium III commercials, here's what they're like in concert. After waiting a while, the lights go down the Blue Man Group takes the stage. Surprisingly, people banging on plastic pipes sounds really good. I actually didn't know they had a full band behind them until tonight, too.
Their entire premise/theme for the concert was becoming a "rock megastar", which involved them learning how to do it through an instructional DVD. The DVD came with various "rock concert movements" (which explains Floppy the Clown from the Youtube link). All while doing this, they provided a lot of fan interaction, running into the crowd and getting people on stage. Throughout the entire set, they would do really awesome things with the lightning and their costuming that really made me sit back and say "wow". I think the best example would be having their bodies outlined with LED strips and having everything go black, so all you see is an outline. Seriously, words can't do that justice. It was that cool. They ended up finishing off their set by doing a cover of The Who's "Baba O'Reilly" (I'll be seeing them in October, stay tuned for that report) which again.....was extremely cool. I think that's really the best way to describe the entire concert experience...cool.
On the way out, we ran into a group of blue men. We got our picture taken with them. They weren't the Blue Man Group...but close enough.
(apologies for the blurry picture, JoS' camera sucks)
A news post so monumental in nature, it would put the second coming of Christ to shame.
So, yesterday my dad and I ventured forth to go see another concert. Concerts are sort of our thing. Some people fish or hunt with their dads, I go see concerts with mine. We've seen the likes of Metallica, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne together. This time, we took part in the music of blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood. Oh yeah, and the rest of his band, The Destroyers.
For those of you who haven't heard any of George Thorogood's music, please direct yourself to this handy music video. OK, now that you know what kind of music he plays, I can continue.
We knew coming in that the crowd was going to be fairly light since they only had about a quarter of the arena seats open (from the blue line to the boards) and even then there were still a lot of empty seats when the show started. However, the floor area which was general admission was packed with a very diverse crowd. The crowd ranged from people my age right through to people in their 60's. I also saw a couple of Hell's Angels milling around, enjoying the music. While the crowd was fairly light, it was an absolutely fantastic crowd to be a part of. Everyone was full of energy, extremely into the concert and were all big fans of Thorogood. Everyone was singing along to every song. Good times.
The opening act came out to get the already warm crowd...even more warmed up I guess. They were a local band out of Massachusetts who's name I can't remember for the life of me right now. I guess the only really important part of their set was that they were actually quite good. Their opening song involved a banjo and an accordion. To me, that's a mark of a winning band. Their sound was a nice mix of CCR and Phish, nice and mellow with a southern feel to it. Even my dad, who typically doesn't like any opening act no matter what got really into them. They got a nice reponse from the crowd and had some fun on stage.
So, that band finishes and gets their stuff off stage and the lights go down. A lone guitar is playing a blues-rock riff and George Thorogood walks out onto the stage followed by The Destroyers. They waste no time getting into their set, starting off with "Rock Party". They came out on the stage with tremendous energy that you could really feel in their playing. Even the solos just had a little something extra that put them over the top. This energy whipped the already excited crowd into a frenzy, which caused the band to get more excited. It was an excercise in feedback loops.
Throughout the set, they played their bigger, more well known songs like "Bad to the Bone", "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and "I Drink Alone". They also played some of my favourites like "Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job" and "You Talk Too Much". They even covered some of Johnny Cash's material, to the delight of the crowd. After playing about an hour and ten minutes, they leave the stage, but the crowd wanted more. For not even a quarter arena, the crowd was extremely loud. The band came back out on stage and played another three songs, then left again. At this point, both my dad and I thought the show was over and were giving a well deserved standing ovation. But something was amiss. The house lights weren't coming on. I've developed a rule at concerts, never leave until the house lights are on because you don't know what you're going to miss. Sure, enough the band came back on stage for a second set of encores. By this point, a number of people had left thinking the show was over, so there was even more space in the crowd. The high energy music combined with the energy of the crowd saw the floor area and the stands turn into an impromptu dance floor. People were dancing in the aisles, in the seats, on the floor....everywhere. They finished up the set by playing O Canada (with the house lights on just to confuse us), with everyone singing along.
This concert was a complete surprise to me. Nothing that happened was expected, from the calibre of the warm up act, the energy of the otherwise small crowd and the great show put on by the headliners. It ranks among the best concerts I've ever seen, too. If you ever get the chance to see George Thorogood and the Destroyers, definitely take it. You won't be disappointed.
Since its been like three months since my last news post, I figured I'd write something here. Just to you know...change the scenery and stuff. I might write a concert review for George Thorogood here after I see him play on the 29th. Only time will tell.
I was having a conversation a little bit earlier this morning at work and a question came up that no one really agreed upon. So, I've decided to ask all of the three people who read this what they think.
If you had the choice, would you rather be kicked in the head or in the groin? You don't have any other alternative. Its either a headshot or a nutshot.
Now, I've seen a lot of movies. Criticker.com says I've seen around 800 of them. Drawing on the inspiration of that top 50 movies user blog, I've decided to do my top 100. Here they are.
1. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
4. The Blues Brothers (1980)
5. The Evil Dead (1981)
6. Juno (2007)
7. Casablanca (1942)
8. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
9. Apocalypse Now (2001)
10. Vacation (1983)
11. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
12. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
13. The Breakfast Club (1985)
14. Chinatown (1974)
15. Gladiator (2000)
16. Downfall (2004)
17. Taxi Driver (1976)
18. No Country for Old Men (2007)
19. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
20. MASH (1970)
21. Boyz N the Hood (1991)
22. Jaws (1975)
23. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
24. Monster's Ball (2001)
25. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
26. Braveheart (1995)
27. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
28. Pleasantville (1998)
29. The Great Escape (1963)
30. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
31. Dazed and Confused (1993)
32. Rocky (1976)
33. Alien (1979)
34. Airplane! (1980)
35. The Boondock Saints (1999)
36. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
37. Young Frankenstein (1974)
38. The Matrix (1999)
39. Batman (1989)
40. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
41. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
42. The Departed (2006)
43. Wayne's World (1992)
44. Goldfinger (1964)
45. Blazing Saddles (1974)
46. Life is Beautiful (1997)
47. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
48. March of the Penguins (2005)
49. Stalag 17 (1953)
50. Platoon (1986)
51. The Sting (1973)
52. Bowling for Columbine (2002)
53. Fight Club (1999)
54. Crash (2004)
55. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
56. Ghostbusters (1984)
57. The Shining (1980)
58. Animal House (1978)
59. Team America: World Police (2004)
60. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
61. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
62. American History X (1998)
63. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
64. Return of the Jedi (1983)
65. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
66. Super Troopers (2001)
67. The Big Lebowski (1998)
68. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
69. A Christmas Story (1983)
70. The Fog of War (2003)
71. Army of Darkness (1992)
72. Falling Down (1993)
73. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
74. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
75. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
76. Being John Malkovich (1999)
77. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
78. Pi (1998)
79. Dr. No (1962)
80. The Simpsons Movie (2007)
81. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
82. Finding Nemo (2003)
83. Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
84. Jurassic Park (1993)
85. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
86. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
87. Misery (1990)
88. Rain Man (1988)
89. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
90. Goodfellas (1990)
91. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
92. The Princess Bride (1987)
93. Ocean's Eleven (2001)
94. Casino (1995)
95. Dogma (1999)
96. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
97. Mystic River (2003)
98. Seven (1995)
99. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
100. Empire Records (1995)
PS...just for shits and giggles, here are my 10 worst movies:
1. Over the Top (1987)
2. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life(2003)
3. Anaconda (1997)
4. The Master of Disguise (2002)
5. Envy (2004)
6. The Running Man (1987)
7. Barb Wire (1996)
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
9. Last Action Hero (1993)
10. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
The following words rhyme with "blog"
* Its hyphenated so it counts.
**Added after seeing them posted in comments
So, a couple days ago, I saw the most messed up and really, all around awesome concert I've ever seen...GWAR. For those of you who don't know who they are, check out their bio page. Now that everyone is acquainted, I'll describe what I saw, heard and had done to me. Most likely in chronological order, too!
I get to the club where they're playing about 15 minutes before the doors open. While waiting in line, I get my "I can drink" wristband, proving I'm over 19 and can have a beer. I get in, do the whole coat check thing because its cold and stuff outside and make my way towards the concert area. Before heading down to the floor, I grab a beer at the bar and wander around for a bit. I finish my drink and decide that its time to get close to the stage or at least in the general vicinity of the mosh pit.
After about 10-15 minutes of standing around, the first of two opening acts comes on. It was a band from Toronto called The End. They were actually fairly decent. They had a nice heavy sound and did some cool things with a megaphone. And since I'm a sucker for megaphones, they were good in my books. The crowd wasn't too into them, a lot of bobbing heads and what not. The mosh pit for the most part was calm. This allowed to girls to get into the centre of the pit and take their shirts off. During the middle of a song, the singer of The End just says "holy shit, check that out" and points to the mosh pit area. And there they are, two girls (good looking, no less) are jumping around with no shirts on. They got (and deserved) a nice round of applause. After the song, the singer mentioned that he loves boobies, which prompted the girls to kiss eachother and eachother's boobs. It was awesome.
They finish their set and haul off their equipment, making way for the next band to come on, Three Inches of Blood. After a short intermission, they came on and started the show. This band was more well known in the crowd and as such, had a much more frenzied atmosphere on the floor. The mosh pit started to pick up, which was nice and the music was really good. Definitely have no complaints about their set...it was hard, fast and kick-ass. At this point, I was already starting to feel sore, so I knew I was in for one hell of a beating once the main act got on stage.
As the time for GWAR to get on stage approaches, more and more people come into the floor area, making it VERY crowded. I managed to stake out a spot fairly close to the stage, near one of the larger mosh pits. As the road crew was doing sound checks, the crowd started getting edgy and the pushing started. The crowd ebbed back and forth, all while cheering "GWAR! GWAR! GWAR!", I knew I was in for a special treat.
Now, at this point, I should probably mention that most of us were wearing white t-shirts. There is a very good reason for this. You'll find out what that reason is a little later on in this ramble. The lights go down, smoke machines come on and Beefcake the Mighty, the bassist walks onto the stage. I couldn't actually believe what I was seeing as the rest of the band, fronted by Oderus Urungus took their places on stage and lead off with what I believe was "Penguin Attack". Their sound equipment wasn't that good...but the spectacle more than made up for it. During the end of the song, a guy dressed up as the Pope comes out and "cuts" himself open, spraying blood into the crowd. This is why everyone (including myself) was wearing a white t-shirt. To get covered in blood as a sort of trophy of the concert. When the blood started spraying, the crowd crushed forward to get covered in it. Unfortunately, I only managed to get a few drops on my face and none on my still white shirt.
But...all that was to quickly change. Just after the Pope left, they brought out a fire hose that drenched the entre floor area in blood. My face got covered in blood (which looked really badass) and my shirt was now a shade of red. The song ends, and the crowd goes wild. Horns were being thrown around like...whatever people throw around a lot of. The next few songs didn't involve blood, but did involve some of the most intense crowd action I've ever been a part of. The most pit was huge and extremely rough/awesome. It seemed that no matter where you went, you were part of the pit. Although it was rough, it was still a civilized pit...which is always nice. For their next song, "Saddam A Go-Go", they brought out a guy dressed as Hitler. Hitler then proceeded to pull out a two foot long penis and spray the crowd with blue jizz as he jumped with the beat of the song while seig heil-ing. I've never laughed that hard at any concert I've ever been to.
Most of the same continued through their set, they would bring out a famous figure, injure/kill them, spraying the crowd in mystery fluid and then proceeding to rock out while the crowd whipped into a frenzy. Celebrities included George W. Bush, Jesus, Hitler, Pope Benedict XVI, Bam Margera, Don Vito, random police and "Jewcifer". Another highlight was with the Don Vito character. He bent over and his ass sprayed green fluid all over the crowd. The guy right beside me got hit by the entire stream. We just looked at eachother, said "fuck, that was awesome", high fived and kept rocking out.
Eventually, as all good things do, the concert ended. I was disappointed that they didn't play "Meat Sandwich" or "Sick of You". But whatever. I came out of the pit, absolutely COVERED in fluids. My shirt was now multicoloured and my face was caked with the dried paint from the fluid. I went into a gas station on my drive home and the attendant gave me the weirdest looks. All in all, it was a good show and if you ever have the chance to see GWAR, definitely take it. You won't be disappointed.