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one crazy ‘summer’

September 29, 2007

Things have been ultra crazy around here, but the most fun part of that craziness has been this weekend. Two awesome fests are in portland: the Stumptown Comics Fest and the NWCGE2K7. I’ll start with Stumptown….for those of you who don’t know, Portland is chalk full of indie comics. Oni, Top Shelf, & Dark Horse are all stationed here, and tons of writers/artists live here (Bendis, Wagner, Thompson, etc). So this was kind of the super hip comiccon. I got to check out some sweet handmade comics (some of them just about as professionally made as Fredward ever was). I met Matt Wagner and he stetched a sweet Trinity (Supes/Bats/Wondies) scene in my hardcover version of Trinity. I met Eli’s buddy from Nintendo, Kazimir Strzepek, who makes a fuckin’ cool book called “The Mourning Star”. Check it out. I got to go hear Mike Alred speak, which was WAY cool. I am a huge fan of his work on Xforce and Xstatics because it was like NOTHING being made at Marvel at that time. It’s incredible. He was such a cool guy to meet, and I wish I could have hung out with him longer….Madman #3 (from the current series) is absolutely amazing…pick it up…you won’t regret it. (oh, and I went to this fest with my new buddy, Matthew, who is totally cool, and I can’t wait to play some Settlers of Catan with him).

NWCGE2K7 (North West Classic Gaming Expo 2007) is very differnt, but very cool in its own right. There were just as many venders, but these guys didn’t make the product they’re selling. It’s weird going to look at NEs collector’s crap they’re selling. I don’t need any of it. I was unable to find a single game that I needed for my collection (click that little ‘NES games” button on the right to check out my collection). I was able to make a few new friends, including a guy named John Hancock who has more video games that I’d ever be able to keep track of. He was very excited to meet me, and he’s even offered to give me a hand tracking down the last few games I need. There were several tournaments going on during the two days: Halo 3 (gross), Guitar Hero 2, Burgertime on the NES (which I had the high score on at the end of day one), Mario Clash on Virtual Boy (which I had the high score on at the end of day one), and various other games. I’m pretty psyched to go back tomorrow and school all of those kats in Dr. Mario.

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A quick update.

April 7, 2007

Here are a few things:

1) I saw the new Ninja Turtle movie this week. It’s not so good. I mean, the fight scenes are pretty fun to watch, but I had lots of problems with the movie as a whole. First off, not nearly enough Don, who is my second favorite turtle after Raph. Secondly, the soundtrack is unlistenable. It’s all this Rapcore bullshit and breakbeat techno. I couldn’t handle it. The song that runs over the credits is equally as laughable as Ninja Rap by Vanilla Ice, but it doesn’t have the charm of being written by Vanilla Ice. Thirdly, turdly, the dialog is just filled to the brim with horrible puns and cliches. I mean, “Hey, next time, I’m drivin'” made me wanna throw up. Lastly, I do like that they tried to do something new and not put Shredder in it, but the plot of this one was bad. Why have they not put Krang in a TMNT movie yet? I figured this one would the the perfect one, since it was all CG. Oh well.

2) I saw Cattle Decapitation, The Daughters, & The Locust last night. Cattle Decapitation, whose albums I kinda dig, got pretty dull after the first three of four minutes, ’cause all of their songs sound the same. Have the Daughters gotten a new singer fince their first album? Cause this new dude (or just the old dude nowadays) sucks….a lot. He’s terrible. They would have been better without a singer. However, I did like how the singer continued to spit into his underwear. The Locust was just amazing. If you have not seen them, get on that. They are amazing musicians and will fry your face off. Seriously.

3) For those of you who do not know, I’m moving to Portland, OR. …in two months. It’s going to be crazy and nutty, and I can’t wait. So, if you live out there and wanna give me some advice, do so quickly. If you live around here in Minneapolis and wanna hang out before I take off, do so quickly.

4) This week’s episode of Lost was pretty fantastic.

5) I just read the Ultimate Spider Man Clone Saga and it was wonderful. Much better than that turd from back in the 90s.

6) I’m currently reading Children of Men by P. D. James, which was then turned into one of my favorite movies of all time. The book, so far, isn’t very good…but I’m only about a third of the way in. I’ll be posting something in my “Books I’ve read in 2007” section when I finish. By the way, I’m pretty psyched that I’m keeping up with my average of two books per month. In fact, I’m ahead. I’m usually a slow reader, so I’m proud of myself.

6000 years old?

March 30, 2007

I’m sure that some of you know that some christians believe that the erath is 6000 years old. That just makes me laugh….like, a lot. I just finished up a book called “The God Delusion” which had a great line in it. “To get an idea of the scale of this error, it is equivalent to believing that the distance from New York to San Fransisco is 700 yards.”

WHAT?!

March 29, 2007

For those of you reading my “Books I’ve Read in 2007” section….check THIS out:

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Books, check ’em out.

February 6, 2007

I’ve decided to read an average of two books a month this year. I’m well on my way! However, I just wanted to let everyone know that my list is available over there under “Books I’ve read in 2007” on the right had side of the page. Ok.

What the world doesn’t need now…

January 7, 2006

I’ve started a blog. Whoopty-shit. It seems like everyone has one of these, and (at least the ones my friends have) they’re better than mine…I mean, look at my grammar for crying out loud! But Eli was here visiting me in Minneapolis, and he set it up.

I’ve decided to use this blog to document the following:

1. My attempt to complete the entire “This book will change your life” experiment.
2. The number of books I read, movies I watch, and shows I go to in 2006.
3. The growing quantities of NES (and other Nintendo related) games I’m amassing.
4. The lack of comments I’m going to get from my four readers.

I will give an update soon to let y’all know how things are going. Don’t forget to check out my friends’ blogs over there on the right under “Blogroll.”