Current Drug of Choice: Diablo 3

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Loving this game! Yes, it is just (basically) a point and click adventure game. A button clicker that may or may not require thought based on the player. But Blizzard has a talent for making addictive games.

Cranstein, a level 16 demon hunter is featured in my picture here. My character of choice.

Battleship (The Movie) – Give It a Chance!

I’m sure that if you are like me, you’ve heard all the negative hype and humor regarding the new Battleship movie. It is billed as a movie based on the Hasbro board game, and while Hasbro is right up front in the films credits, that comparison is pretty much where it ends. My son drug The Wife and I to see Battleship this past Memorial Day weekend, and I was scared to death it was going to be as bad as everyone said it was. But guess what? It was a good, solid movie!

I am happy and sad at the same time over this revelation. I’m happy because I went to see it and thoroughly enjoyed the film and what it brought to the Summer Movie Line-up. I’m sad because the negative hype surrounding the movie has already hurt the movie so badly that it is going to be viewed as the biggest loser of the season, more than likely.

If there is anything bad to say about the film, it would be that some of the acting is poor. But to counter that, you have to consider the fact that the filmmakers brought in actual military personnel and veterans to give it more authenticity. So these aren’t professional actors, folks and it does show. But the special effects, the story, the execution of the production – fantastic. It is a bit slow, but it builds on the story and action to the climactic fight – which is beautifully presented.

Great movie, folks, unfortunately it is too late to bring it back around. But if you have some free time, go check it out, give them a chance and don’t listen to all the criticism. I will definitely be buying this one on Blu Ray when it comes out.

Everclear

Everclear Online (<– clickity-click)

I’m not really sure when, where or why I discovered Everclear. I was probably in my late 20′s I suppose, but something caught my attention. I believe it may have been around the time their album Songs from an American Movie Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile was released, so that would have been around 2000. That would have put me at 24, actually! The song A.M. Radio was in constant rotation on the radio, and because of that one the d-jays were also throwing up songs like So Much for the Afterglow and Everything to Everyone. Well, to make a long story short, I fell in love with their music. It lit a spark in my brain, travelled down a nerve and that was it. Sadly, as with my reading, I had a period where I fell out of the music scene. Hardly listened to anything but talk radio and a few podcasts for several years. Recently, though, I’ve started digging out those old cd’s.

I’m not a one trick-pony, though — or in this case, a one genre listener. I know folks that only listen to one type of music – be it country, rock, pop, grunge, rap, metal. But I like to sample all the flavors at the dessert bar. I suppose if I had to pick a genre of music, I’d lean more toward either country or pop, but that’s fairly recently. Some of my favorite artists include: Dave Matthews Band, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Meat Loaf, Linkin Park. You may get the idea. And yes, I did just type Meat Loaf in that little list!

One thing I have come to enjoy, when it comes to my music choices, is some of these “struggling” or up and coming Youtube musicians. There are some really, really good folks out there. A couple right off the top of my head are the duo groups of A Band of Ninjas (who do an awesome rendition of Ice, Ice Baby) and Michael Henry & Justin Robinett. Highly recommend checking both of those out. There is also Tyler Ward, but he’s leaving behind his roots, it seems and doing more professional music videos and singing with other guest artists. It kind of diminishes the appeal I had for his music – but that’s just me. He is still a very talented young man. Of the three, I’ve actually bought a couple of Michael and Justin’s cd’s from iTunes, and I’ve picked up a couple of individual songs from Tyler Ward. Good music, folks.

And now, if you will excuse me, I believe I need to get in my reading for the day. I’m not cheating on my music, though. I’ve been sitting here listening to some tunes while writing this. Have a good night!

Two Tidbits for the Weekend

I remember hearing a week or so ago that AMC had renewed Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men “reality” series. Looking it up myself, sure enough, it seems to be true! While I was a little luke warm on the series during it’s 6-episode limited run, by the end of the 6th episode, I was disappointed that there wouldn’t be anymore. Thankfully AMC felt the same way, I guess, because the guys and their well-screened walk-in customers will be back. You can read more about CBM’s renewal and that of The Talking Dead at The Wrap. (The Wrap: Kevin Smith’s ‘Comic Book Men,’ ‘The Talking Dead’ Renewed by AMC)

Secondly, on a more personal note, I have successfully kicked my own butt and am back on my reading list. Around the end of February, I completely lost all interest in picking up a book and flipping a page due to work, lack of spare time, etc. Even having given up WoW and my PS3 being down, I still had no free time. Now, I’m back on track and have some catching up to do.

Have a good weekend!

A Quick Rant That Just Hit Me

Sometimes I’ll be sitting here, staring at Facebook, reading peoples posts and something will hit me. A nerve will be struck or a bit of dust will get knocked loose from my brain and fire off a neuron somewhere in there. Either way, I present my latest redneck rant:

Republicans are evil, Democrats are destroying the nation, gay marriage controversy, war across the globe, neighborhood vigilantes, preaching tolerance while bashing this group or that in the same sentence, blah-blah-blah. Billy Joel should write an update to his We Didn’t Start the Fire song and include all the garbage people worry about these days instead of just living and enjoying life and taking care of one another.

Life is deemed so hectic that the majority of people can’t take the time to help a friend or have dinner with family or phone a parent or grandparent just to say “Hi,” – yet we can take half a day to sit and debate, argue and worry over such hate-filled garbage that fills the papers and television.

Same goes for work. 99% of the folks I seem to work with are more worried about what the other person is doing, how much they’re making, how many breaks they are taking and what the latest gossip on the guy down the line is that they aren’t concentrating on earning their own wage.

I guess the point of my post today is: we, as humans, have reached a point where we just plain suck.

I really wanted to be like 90% of the world and write something dramatic here. To comment on the state of the world or the corruption in our government or the inequality all around us based on age, race, religion, looks, weight, height, mental capacity, etc. 

But then I stopped and thought about it all, and realized I really just don’t care enough. People are going to cry about something no matter how rich, poor, white, black, gay or straight they are (like me and this post). The world isn’t fair, unfortunately, but it’s how you take it and make it work for you that sets the pace – or so I believe.

But then again, I’m a 36 year old guy who collects comic books and Magic the Gathering cards, enjoys playing video games and getting lost in a good science fiction or fantasy novel. What do I know?