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1-800-4-MY-XBOX [Jan. 3rd, 2008|08:22 pm]
[mood |angryangry]

God damnit. My fucking 360 just crapped out on me. It worked just fucking fine yesterday afternoon, but now when I wanted to get on and see if anything new is on the Marketplace, I get the fucking Red Ring of Death. Fuckin' A, Microsoft.

It's especially awesome that this would've been past my warranty period if they hadn't realized that nearly every system they shipped was gonna do this at some point, and therefore extended the warranty another two years. It's gonna be like four weeks now before I'll have a 360 again. I have games to play, goddamnit. Mass Effect and Rock Band aren't gonna play themselves! Plus I just got some HD-DVDs from Amazon that I can't play now. I guess I wouldn't mind so much if the PS3 had, y'know... games. I guess I can play Star Trek: Conquest, or something. Maybe find a Wii game that isn't just a bunch of shitty minigames sewn together.

I'm so pissed right now.
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On links. Of the day. [Nov. 19th, 2007|09:36 am]
Yo yo. Here's some sweet link action, comin' at ya.

Progressive Boink is an awesome website. For one, its name is a Calvin and Hobbes reference. Secondly, it's peppered with references to professional wrestling, which I can appreciate, being the gigantic nerd that I am. Third, it's home of The Dugout and NFL Pictochat DS, which are also pretty flippin' awesome. These are not the reasons I come to you today, however.

In honor of Alan Moore's appearance on The Simpsons last night, I link to you...

The 40 Worst Rob Liefeld Drawings!

Have fun!

Oh, also. Rock Band comes out tomorrow. My friggin' GameStop won't be having a midnight launch, but I'm already paid off there, so I'm not going to Best Buy's launch. Anywho. By 10am tomorrow, Rock Band will be in the house.

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On pretending to be in a band. [Oct. 28th, 2007|06:40 pm]
[mood |excitedRock Band... ed.]

I stayed up late last night to get Guitar Hero 3 at GameStop. I ended up waiting there for 45 minutes, 10 of which was time spent actually getting my game. They opened at 11:30 so we could wait around for midnight in order for them to sell us our games. It's a lot of fun. You can play co-op online I think... it hasn't worked for me yet. There's also a co-op career mode, which would be cool if I had someone who wanted to play that with me...

But this post is not about Guitar Hero 3.

This post is about Rock Band.

Today, I went into Best Buy because I had heard on the intertubes that they were putting out a Rock Band demo as part of the GH3 release shenanigans.

For once, the interwob hasn't lied to me.

I went to the mall under the pretense that I would see if the demo was up, but mostly to get something for lunch. I headed in through the Best Buy entrance and walked over towards the video game section, and lo and behold, what do I spy but the Rock Band drum kit. Hell motherfuckin' yes. Amazingly, there was no one there, so I picked up the drum sticks and played Weezer's "Say It Ain't So". I guess everyone was too chicken to try it themselves or something, because once I started playing a small crowd started to form. I finished up my turn and handed off the sticks, wandering around the PC games looking like I wasn't waiting for another turn. That's not cool, y'know? People came and went, and eventually there was a group of three or four of us that just kept playing multiplayer. The game had one guitar, drums and a mic, but I don't think that the mic was hooked up, which didn't matter because who the hell is gonna sing in public?

Long story short, I spent about three hours there playing the demo. Holy fuck. Tons of fun. And lots of songs, too. The demo has 15 songs, which is phenominal. The Rock Band guitar is also just about the finest gaming peripheral I have ever laid my hands upon. Makes the Guitar Hero controller seem like the plastic toy it is. The drums kinda sucked, but only because you had to stand to play them, as there was no stool, and the sticks were of course bound to the drum kit with plastic wires, which ended up getting tangled up during one of my many rockin' drum fills.

Now, two things. Rock Band can be played over Xbox Live, so I can jam with my 360-owning friends who pick it up. I think you know who I'm talking to. Also, this game comes out the week of Thanksgiving. I don't have school OR work that Thursday and Friday, and fuck if I'm gonna go shopping on Black Friday. So, I'm calling for an assembly of the Motherfuckers to break this shit in. Hell, that'll be our band name.

Let's do this. Peace out!

Also, I may go back and do this again tomorrow. If anyone wants to raid some Best Buys for some Rock Band action, let me know.
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On pretending to play guitar(updated). [Oct. 23rd, 2007|05:36 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

It appears I will have obtained a copy of Guitar Hero 3 by Sunday. GameStop is having a midnight release party, and seeing as how I'm off of work at 11, I'll be just in time to pick it up. So if anyone wants to get their six-string throwdown on, consider it brought.
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On pretending to play guitar. [Oct. 22nd, 2007|11:30 pm]
[mood |cautiously optimistic]

So I have the demo of Guitar Hero 3 on the Xbox 360. Apparently you can download it from the internet, burn it to a disc and it works in your console. Alternatively, you can wait until it comes on the Xbox Marketplace tomorrow.

Let me be perfectly honest here. Originally, I wasn't planning on buying Guitar Hero 3. The game is no longer being developed by Harmonix. Neversoft, creators of the Tony Hawk series, have taken over their duties. They've added a bunch of silly power-ups and Boss Battles. What the hell? The Guitar Hero series is about battling the music. About working at it and working at it until you can bang out all the notes with the best of 'em. But I digress.

I've played the demo. It contains five songs, most of which I enjoy. I'm not really feeling Tenacious D, though. I dunno. I guess I'm over them. Anyway. The songs were good, and I was still on the fence until I took a long hard look at the list of songs featured in the game. One song managed to convince me to buy this game.

This leads to my next bit of info. It seems this game is going to be released this Sunday. No, I don't have it reserved yet, but that's something I can quickly correct tomorrow. If I do manage to snag a copy on my one free day, I do believe some sort of get-together shall be in order. Granted, it won't be the national holiday style shindig that the release of Rock Band will warrant, but it should be good fun anyway.

I'll keep you posted.

Stay frosty.
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On disappearing. [Oct. 16th, 2007|08:40 am]
[mood |depresseddepressed]
[music |Something emo. But really nothing, as it's 8:30 in the morning and that's quiet time.]

In a little over 6 hours, I go back to work. This is something I am not looking forward to. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the fact that I'll be earning income once again, but my work and school situation is going to basically make me disappear off the face of the Earth. My days will consist of waking up at 6:30, going to class, getting home around 1-ish, having lunch and taking care of whatever else needs to be taken care of, then leaving for work from 3-11, and coming home and sleeping. This will be Tuesday through Saturday.

So, so awesome.

At least I'll have Sundays to not do anything.
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The Orange Box [Oct. 10th, 2007|08:07 pm]
[mood |giddygiddy]

Who went and beat Portal 3 hours after getting it unlocked? I did! Whoo! The story mode, anyway. Still have challenges and whatnot to finish. Great game, great ending, and great ending credits theme by Jonathan Coulton. So far, this package is making it worth the money I spent. Now, time to take a break, eat and watch some hockey. Go hockey.
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On Procrastination. [Oct. 7th, 2007|10:01 pm]
[mood |crankycranky]
[music |Dethklok - Briefcase Full of Guts]

Yeah... not rockin' this school thing like I should be. I've been home alone practically all weekend, and I'm just now getting started on re-writing my English stuff. Went and hit FallCon today. Finally got caught up on Invincible, and bought the President Superman figure from Red Son. He's just chillin' here next to my monitor, Braniac's head in hand. I've got about half an hour to bang this out before Robot Chicken and Metalocalypse come on. I think I'm gonna end up blowing off my first two lectures tomorrow to get this stuff finished. It's okay. They're lectures about stuff I already know. Man, I just love sleeping too much. Like, I'll start on work I need to do, and then halfway through I'll be all "Y'know what, fuck this, I'll just go to bed right now and get up a couple hours earlier and finish." And then morning rolls around and I'm all "Y'know what, fuck getting up right now. I'll get up and hour later and finish." And then an hour goes by and I'm all "Y'know what, fuck this, I'll just blow off my first two classes and finish this." And then that's what happens. I feel that coming on again. Rarrgh.

Dear Lord, I promise if you get me through this this one time, I will NEVER, EVER do it again. Until I inevitably do. Love ya lots!
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Tryin' to get a head count. [Sep. 18th, 2007|10:12 am]
[Current Location |Rarig Center, U of MN Campus, West Bank]
[mood |inquisitive]

Got some time between classes today, so I'm taking time out to get a head count for people going to the Jim Gaffigan show at 10pm on October 13th.  Two tickets are accounted for, so I'm sitting on 6 more at 50 bucks a piece.  I know there are a few people who expressed interest, I'm just trying to figure out how long I've got before I need to try and sell these things off.

Stay frosty.
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So who wants to party... all of September?! [Aug. 27th, 2007|05:25 pm]
[mood |chipperchipper]

Well, it's been decided. I talked to my co-worker about switching hours just for next month, and she turned me down, because she needs the extra money that comes with the shift differential. It's like an extra dollar an hour. I understand. No big deal. However, this means...

I'm not working at all next month! Woooo! I can stay up as late as I want, since I don't have to be to class until 9am, and even if I'm totally tired, the latest I leave class is at 1 in the afternoon! Woooooo! I get paid on Friday, and I'll have one more paycheck coming before the well runs dry. Thankfully, living expenses are minimal, even with setting up shop at Casa de Kevin/New America Headquarters.

I still think it's fucking retarded that they couldn't get this shit worked out in the three months of time I gave them. I still think it's stupid that this morning my boss told me to call Human Resources about getting my things together to request a Leave of Absence. And it's especially stupid that after calling and leaving HR a message at 8am, they were unable to call me back the ENTIRE DAY. I mean, I don't mean to sound like a dick here, but I'm better than 99 percent of the employees at the impound lot. You mean to tell me you can't at least make it SEEM like you want me to stick around? I feel like I'd be better of just quitting outright. Save myself the runaround. I just get this feeling that when October scheduling rolls around, they still won't have a clue. Call me crazy.

But whatever. Focus on the good. I won't have to dick with that shit for a month. Of course, I'll probably end up calling or going in or whatever just to check up on where they're at, and I'll get this same shit. Focus on the good. I have a kickass TV, a sweet new bed, and Rock Band comes out in November. Good times...
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