Saturday, November 15, 2008

Concert, woo!

So, tonight was the concert I've been waiting for for... years? Local H and Electric Six are going on tour together, which is kind of like the most awesome thing ever. They originally had a third band, but they dropped out. Instead, each venue had to find some local person to fill in the intro gap.

Lenny's Bar picked The Matt Kurz One (I apologize for the MySpace link), a one man band.

So, obviously the audio quality in the video isn't spectacular, but you get the idea. Let me break it down for you anyway:

This gentleman is playing an electric guitar with a drumstick in his right hand for hitting a cymbal between his legs and sometimes doing crazy awesome drum solos. The guitar has a drumstick duct taped on the end for hitting another cymbal, and another... stick? duct taped on to point down. This he uses to play a keyboard on occasion. His right food is playing the bass drum and possibly a kick snare, it's kind of hard to tell, and I couldn't see at the concert. His left foot is playing bass guitar.

It's kind of ridiculous, which I'm a big fan of, and it's also really, really impressive. Obviously, it's not earth-shatteringly crisp and professional, but I've heard stuff played by a lot more people that was a lot less good.

Of course, Local H was awesome, I didn't realize they had a new album out, but I have it now. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play a few songs I had hoped to hear, but in the end it was still really awesome.

Electric Six was better than I ever imagined, really. Dick Valentine came out wearing not one, but two capes. It turns out that his real speaking voice sounds very little like any of his singing voices. He's kind of nerdy sounding when he talks.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Obama Bowl

Apparently Barack Obama wants to remove the computerized BCS for NCAA Football and replace it with a playoff system.

I wonder how many votes this'll sway?

I bet he'll lose the robot vote, and as we all know they can sway any election!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Further down the spiral.

This post has nothing to do with Nine Inch Nails. Except for that sometimes I feel like there are a few being pounded into my eyes.

For those of you who don't know, for a while (8 months! apparently) I've been "playing" a Passively Multi-player Online Game appropriately named PMOG. This guy, Justin Hall has made a name out of playing with the internet freely (both as in "without bounds" and "without cash"). He slapped together GameLayers Inc. in order to turn his thesis into a reality. The result is a FireFox extension/website combo dedicated to watching what you do and rewarding you for it. Oh, sometimes you can try to blow up your friends and stuff.

PMOG has been around in some form or fashion for roughly a year or so now, and they're in their second Beta (after having left beta). They're dedicated to making the game more friendly to the masses with new tools, a new toolbar, and new artwork. Unfortunately, when desperation for new users kick in, you end up looking at companies who have lots of users, such as Zwinky:

You can see from the news post, the new artwork isn't exactly well received by their current user base, and the PMOG forums themselves echo this response. This is the point where the eye nails kick in for me. I've been a bit critical of a lot of the decisions made by GameLayers, and this is no exception. Unfortunately, it seems that in their latest push out of obscurity, I disagree with nearly every decision they make. It's not personal, I just wonder how far down the spiral this game will go before I have to stop riding.