Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Dead At The Age Of 50

Back in 1983 I became a huge Michael Jackson fan. I would listen to "Thriller" pretty much ever day for months. I was only 10/11 at the time. I can remember my Grandpa and some other family members giving me grief over being an MJ fan. I won't even get into some of the racist crap I heard from them. There was just something about MJ that was magical to me. I guess I was just a young impressionable kid. Later in 1983 heavy metal music came into the picture and I pretty much forgot about Michael Jackson.

There's no denying that he was/is an icon. When Fred Astaire compliments your dance moves you're basically a stud. I still believe that there was no greater entertainer than Michael Jackson. I also believe that there never will be. He was larger than life. He was the Elvis of my generation. I have nothing bad to say about him even though thousands of people on message boards are already ripping on him with jokes that are in bad taste. Even in death he can't be left alone.

In the 80's nobody was a bigger star. Not even Madonna. He had talent. He had massive stage presence. He made girls scream, cry, and even pass out. I don't care what anyone says. In the 80's Michael Jackson was THE MAN.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

6 Bands That I Can't Stand

A few of these bands actually have ONE song that I enjoy with the rest of their output being a steaming pile of monkey shit.

1) U2 (The very first band that comes to mind! They may be the most overrated band ever! When I hear songs like "With Or Without You", and "Where The Streets Have No Name" I puke in my mouth a little. The weird thing about bands that I hate like U2 is that they do seem to manage to create one song that's actually worth a shit. That song is "New Years Day".)

2) Lynyrd Skynyrd (I never could stand this band or 99% of Southern Rock. It's just terrible. "Free Bird" makes me run to the radio to turn the station. It's just so boring to me. I've heard one song from this band that I do like. That song is "That Smell". Again, a band that I can't stand that has one good song.

3) Pearl Jam (I hate this band. I hate the "grunge" genre. I can't stand Eddie Vedder's voice. There has only been two songs where I like his vocals. I like the song "Not For You". His vocals still aren't great, but at least they are tolerable. The other song isn't even a Pearl Jam song. The song "Hunger Strike" by Temple Of The Dog is basically his only great moment.)

4) The Who (Yet another overrated band. It may actually be Roger Daltrey that ruins this band for me. Then again a lot of the music is just bland in my opinion. Again, the one and only song by The Who that I actually like a lot is "Eminence Front".

5) Voivod (If ever there was music that should be played as a form of torture it should be Voivod's music. They suck! As long as I live there will never ever be a song by this band that I enjoy. Come to think of it this band should be in the number 1 spot...not that these bands are in any real order.

6) Nevermore (Anyone who has ever seen me post on various Metal message boards in the past ten years knows that I cannot stand Warrell Danes's vocals with Nevermore. He just ruins the band for me. He has to have the most boring voice in metal. Skip sleeping pills when you can't sleep. Just listen to a Nevermore album. BTW the image above is the talentless idiot Warrell Dane. Note: He was once a good vocalist for the band Sanctuary. What the hell happened is anyone's guess. If this band had a different vocalist they would probably be a decent band.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Kids Drive Me Nuts!

Yep, it's Father's Days. I have a beautiful 14 year old daughter who along with her other dippy teenage friends drive me crazy. Nobody ever told me that when you have a kid you also adopt all of their friends who stay at your house every weekend. They are loud. They are obnoxious. They pretty much only care about their fun no matter how loud they are or who it annoys. Oh, and they eat you out of house and home. Bill Cosby was right when he said all children have brain damage. Things are only going to get worse now that it's summer. I was just sitting down in the basement at my PC getting ready to come up with something for this blog when I hear what sounds like furniture being moved as well as laps being ran. Mind you it's almost midnight and my wife is trying to sleep so she can get up and go to work tomorrow. I go up the stairs to ask my daughter and her friend what the hell they are doing. I tell them it sounds like they are running laps around the living room. They then demonstrate some goofy dance. I tell them we aren't running a dance club and to chill out. I wasn't too nice about it probably because before that my daughter comes to me and announces that she has friends stopping by to stay hi to them. I'm like bullshit it's almost midnight! I'm 36 years old and I don't even have friends stopping by that late.

Happy Father's Day to me and all of the other stressed out dads out there. is what it is. Next stop, the looney bin!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Blog Post With No Special Title

It's time again for random thoughts by yours truly.

I've come to the conclusion that while I like video games that aren't triple a titles I really wish every game was a triple a title. You're probably saying well no shit Sherlock! I feel like some of the games I've been playing lately are just time wasters. While they are mildly entertaining they just leave me wanting more. You have no idea how bad I want fall to hurry up and get here!

Speaking of fall...I'm struggling with the idea of storing my Mustang for the winter and buying a beater to drive. Snow tires for the Stang would cost about $200 a piece. For a little more than that I could just go buy a decent enough car to get me through the winter. I haven't made up my mind just yet. If I do drive the Stang I'll be running it through the car wash weekly. I wouldn't even be driving it all that much to tell you the truth. As it is I only live a half mile from work and drive a few miles away to the bank every other week. In an average week I drive about 5-7 miles. I'd also have to pay to store the Stang as well or possibly my Uncle would let me park it in his garage. Eh, who knows?

Anyone remember the show The Greatest American Hero? Well, of course you do. Is it sad that I bought all three seasons on dvd a few years ago and only watched the pilot episode? I just listened to one of the latest podcast episodes of Stuck In The 80's with an interviw with William Katt. He seems like a really nice guy. I guess there is a Greatest American Hero movie in the works right now. Not a good idea if you ask me.

Lately I've been playing The Club. I like it for what it is. It's an arcadey shooter that's actually a lot more fun than I thought it would be. Definitely worth a rent in my opinion or even worth 10 or 15 bucks if you can find it that cheap.

I'm finding that I'm really digging the Mtv True Life reality shows lately. I just watched the episode where girls go on and on about how they hate their big breasts. One girl didn't really even have anything to bitch about. She had double D cups, but they weren't shit compared to the other two girls who had way bigger boobs. One girl had a size F!!! Of course the other two girls were overweight. Lose some weight = lose some breast size. It's not rocket science ladies! I also enjoyed the porn addiction episode. I feel their pain. One guy who was married had to get out of his house because his wife was so pissed off that he looked at porn. This woman was a bitch. If she was my wife I'd rather watch porn and spank the monkey than do her.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Red Faction: Guerrilla Is A Snoozefest

I generally enjoy open world "sandbox" games. RFG is that type of game, but man it's not doing anything for me. My major complaint is how dull the environment is. You play as a miner on Mars. Now think of just how boring the landscape on Mars is. They nailed it. There's nothing exciting to look at. It's boring. Another complaint I have is that the game feels very reptitive. I don't mind doing things over and over in a game if the things I'm doing are fun. I'm just not having any fun with the missions. Another problem I have is that your enemies are sharp shooting maniacs who are relentless and just keep coming no matter how many of them you kill. These guys could shoot a penny from 100 yards away. Basically you have to go to an area complete your objective and then get the hell out of there as fast as you can because if you stick around to fight them all you will die. Maybe I just suck at this game, but I found myself dying often. Needless to say this game is going back to Gamefly tomorrow.

I'm also playing Turok. I'm far from impressed. That may be going back soon as well. I'm at the point now where I'd rather use my Xbox 360 to stream Netflix movies than play games. I feel like I've played just about every good game there is to offer on the 360.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

No Time For Games Only Time For Driving My New Mustang Really Fast!

So I finally did it. I found that Ford Mustang that gave sent chills up my spine. I knew this was the one. The pic above is my baby! It has everything I was looking for. Color black CHECK. Black leather interior CHECK. A V8 with 300HP CHECK. A rear spoiler CHECK. Power seats, locks, and windows CHECK. Low miles for a pre-owned car CHECK. This is not your grandma's car unless she's the little old lady from Pasadena.

After driving a crappy little Ford Ranger that putts along as well as a little Kia Rio that my wife drives I wasn't ready for the power of the 4.6 liter V8. I'm still getting used to barely touching the gas and having it take off. I'm speeding without even realizing it. I even feel out of place in this Mustang. I feel like this car should belong to someone else. Almost like I'm not worthy. Shit, maybe I'm not. Don't get me wrong. I love love love this car. It's just that I'm not used to driving something this nice. I've owned a lot of cars in the past 18 years. None have been this nice or fast. I once owned a 1984 Pontiac Firebird that was quick, but not this quick...not even close.

I'm also noticing that it's an attention getter. When I'm driving down the road and I stop at a red light people stare at it. Of course people also want to get beside me and try to get me to get on it. Yep, the short time I've had it it's already happened twice. I love driving fast, but I don't want the speeding tickets that go with it. I haven't had a speeding ticket in 11 years and I don't plan on getting one now.

I'm also wondering if I should drive it in the winter. I only live a half mile from work so it's not like I have to drive far. I also plan on washing it at least once a week. Of course I'll need snow tires all the way around as well. Michigan winters can be harsh.

I'm just glad I finally pulled the trigger and bought one. You only live once. I'm a firm believer in doing things that make you happy if you can manage it.
Games I'm Playing:

Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360)

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Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
I'm 38. I'm addicted to Xbox 360 gaming and Dallas Stars hockey. I make a decent living at a boring job where I run two autoclaves and do various other tasks. My escape from this boring as hell life is video games, hockey, and music. I generally listen to Metal music, but I also love 80's tunes as well as 70's tunes. I have an unusual love for the band Overkill. They do it for me for some reason. Blitz is GOD!

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