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GUARDIAN! GUARDIAN! GUARDIAN!

Cross-posted from http://www.tehmetalleer.com/

Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve updated. An awful lot has happened, but suffice to say I’m not feeling terribly Christmas-y. But on to happier, more metal topics!

On Wednesday David, Rebecca and I made the trip up to Springfield for the Blind Guardian show. It was quite a long drive (though nothing compared to the one from Virginia Beach to Winter Haven, FL…) but the concert at the end of it was fucking epic. We arrived just as Seven Kingdoms was finishing the first or second song of their set, and they were pretty decent for a newer band, although the lead singer gave a pretty cheesy speech about following your dreams that lasted a little too long. I really like that their songs are all based on the A Song of Ice and Fire books though, a series for which (if you don’t already know) I have a huge nerd-boner. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re by George R.R. Martin and are pretty unconventional as far as fantasy books go for the huge depth of their characters, and the fact that Martin isn’t afraid to kill characters off haha. Also, for most of the series there is just a hint of the supernatural and magic to the world which creates a much more subtle brand of fantasy than wizards slinging fireballs and summoning demons all over the place (which is cool too in its own right, don’t get me wrong.) Oh, also the first book (A Game of Thrones) is being made into an HBO mini-series, and really seems to have an amazing cast so far. I believe it’s set to start airing sometime in the Spring, so be on the look0ut for that.

Anyways, back to the concert. The second band up was Holy Grail. To be honest I had no idea what to expect from these guys since I hadn’t really heard but one of their songs and even that only very shortly, so basically the only thing I knew about them was that they are from Pasadena. I was very pleasantly surprised when they came on, as they were full of old-school metal bombast hearkening back to the days of old-school Iron Maiden and the like, and they were very probably one of the most energetic bands I’ve ever seen. Also, their guitar playing (as would be expected from a power metal band striving to be like Maiden) was pretty spot-on, with some impressive solos, although one of the guitarists did get a little sloppy at a couple points. But hey, last show of the tour, I’m sure those guys are exhausted. At some point during the night I saw both the vocalist and one of the guitarists walking around, and when I congratulated them on such a job well done and being so awesome both of them seemed genuinely humbled and, oddly, surprised. It’s always cool to see bands that are still down-to-earth people behind all the awesome performance skills.

And on to the main event! Blind Guardian opened with Sacred Worlds, a song which I’ve been listening to like crazy since I first heard it. Here’s the full setlist:

1. Sacred Worlds

2. Welcome to Dying

3. Born in a Mourning Hall

4. Traveler in Time

5. Nightfall

6. Fly

7. Punishment Divine

8. Time Stands Still (at the Iron Hill)

9. A Voice in the Dark

10. Lord of the Rings

11. And Then There Was Silence

Encore:

1. Wheel of Time

2. The Bard’s Song (In The Forest)

3. Valhalla

4. Mirror Mirror

5. Barbara Ann (NO JOKE, HAHAHAHA)

I’ve seen them live once before (on the A Twist in the Myth tour in 2006) so many of these I’d heard live before. Interestingly, Hansi said that in celebration of the Christmas holiday and since it was their last show on the tour, they’d be playing a couple songs for us that they didn’t play anywhere else on the tour. The first example of this was Traveler in Time, and the other was Barbara Ann (which I could not believe they played, it was highly amusing and a lot of fun). Despite it being my second time hearing And Then There Was Silence live, it was not at all any less impressive than the first time I heard it. Sooooo epic, and their performance was absolutely spot on. Mirror Mirror was also just as intense as my first time hearing it. I think that may very well be my favorite song off Nightfall in Middle Earth. The newer songs off At The Edge Of Time sounded absolutely phenomenal as well, not only including Sacred Worlds but also especially A Voice in the Dark as well. I had heard they’d played Valkyries at a couple other shows, but they didn’t this time which was a little disappointing, as I really think that’d be an awesome song live.

Anywho, a great time was had by all, and I have to say I really hope Holy Grail gets more recognition and a larger fanbase, because they definitely deserve it.

Now I just need to start plotting to see my next show…but Eluveitie, Holy Grail, 3 Inches of Blood, and System Divide are playing on February 27th, and then Ensiferum, Finntroll, Rotten Sound, and Barren Earth are playing on March 3rd…there’s no way I could afford to go to both shows. At least, not in my current financial state. MEEEEHHHHHHHHHH. Guess I’ve got a decision to make.

UPDATE: Actually that first show is on a Sunday, and at that point I’ll be switched to days so I’ll have Sundays and Mondays off…totally sold on it!

Feeling bloggy...

Cross-posted from http://tehmetalleer.wordpress.com/:

Not sure what the deal is but I am suddenly feeling bloggy. Maybe it's the two shots of Firefly Bourbon I just had...?

Anywho, my life is in a hell of a transitional stage right now, and everything is uncertain. And you know what? I'm diving in headfirst, optimistic, and I can't wait to see what I can pull off here. Heh.

Fuck GEICO for firing me, but frankly I think this is a huge blessing in disguise. I'm applying to a lot of awesome job opportunities, and the most amazing Rebecca, my girlfriend, is now moving here a whole month sooner. No longer working in the environment I was previously in is a HUGE weight off my shoulders, and I can't wait to see what the universe has in store for me next. I'm determined to learn as much as I can trying my hand at something new, hopefully doing something one step closer to my chosen career of network security.

Anyways, sorry for such a brief update but at the moment we've got a bunch of people over. But I couldn't resist blogging a bit. Hope you all are well :) \m/ \m/

#nowplaying Blind Guardian - Mirror Mirror

Winds of change...for the better!

Cross-posted from http://tehmetalleer.wordpress.com/


Greetings, readers! (all 2 and a half of you…LOL…) Sorry it’s been so long since my last post, but as you are well aware I really suck at updating these things.  Originally I intended to track my progress on my New Years’ Resolutions here, but I’m realizing I haven’t been so great about those either.  Although I am making a little progress on learning guitar, which is definitely good.  I haven’t been working out lately though D: But that is definitely going to change.


Speaking of which…I now have a girlfriend! :O astounding, I know.  She’s pretty fucking awesome.  Her name’s Rebecca, and for the moment she lives in Florida. Much to my amazement, in May she actually drove all the way here (to Virginia, took her like 10 hours) to spend a few days with me and it was a pretty awesome time. To echo the sentiments of an LJ friend of mine who is also in a long-distance relationship, it was like living a normal life except with a really amazing person in it, and then when she left it was like living a normal life (or as close to normal as you can get, when you’re me…LOL…) except with a very important part missing. However comma, on July 14 I am flying down to St. Augustine to see her and helping her move up here, into my place.  :D We’ve talked about it a lot, and not only does it just feel right, but it makes a lot of sense financially too. Frankly, I think that, in a lot of ways it’s going to be the best thing that’s ever happened to me.


In other (unsurprising) news, I continue to grow more and more dissatisfied with my job doing customer service. It’s beginning to make me anti-social and as a result I realized yesterday I’ve really lost touch with some friends who are very dear to me, and this is something I’ll definitely rectify. I can’t let that shit hold me down anymore. Thanks in part to my friend Chad, I’ve been inspired all over again to be that idealistic dreamer I used to be. I have big plans and my end goal is to break out of the shitty model of a “respectable life” with a “normal, stable career” that is so highly-regarded in our society. I say fuck the mold, it succeeds only in crushing most peoples’ dreams. I’m going to find a way to do something I don’t hate, and make a living off it. And if I can help it, it’ll be a damned good living. Until I decide if I want to come up with a different name, I (like Chad) will refer to these goals as “Plan X”.  Heh. The first step is to acquire some srs networking skillz and the IT certifications to document them. I’ve been trying to teach myself A+ out of a couple books, but the going has been rather slow and difficult. I may end up going to TCC for a few classes.


In news of a less grand scale, I called in sick to work on Tuesday thanks to this fucking heinous summer cold I’ve been dealing with since Sunday. I went to the doctor and got a prescription for a cough surpressant containing codeine, and I took some along right before bed last night. At first I was thinking it was having no effect because I didn’t feel any different, but then I guess I passed out without realizing it because next thing I knew I was waking up at 10:30am xD Today I was off so work wasn’t an issue, but I had planned on a bit of a mini-roadtrip with David and Xavier to Washington, D.C. David’s planning on purchasing a racing seat for his Integra, which is the car he normally races with at the track, and wanted to actually check out a couple seats in person before making a purchase. Apparently the closest place he knew they’d have the seats he wanted (Sparcos…I forget which model) was in DC. I really love DC as a city, it’s so beautiful, so of course I was amped to go.  But also, for those of you who don’t know, I really love driving and all things having to do with cars and racing, so I was definitely amped to go and see this crazy motorsports superstore that’s apparently up there. Also, Xavier is basically an encyclopedia about everything racing so talking to him is always interesting. At any rate, due to this stupid summer cold I ended up not going with them D: Hopefully they took lots of awesome pics though and will have much to tell me about next time we hang out, though.


Many of you will be either disappointed or overjoyed to know I’ve started playing WoW again.  I’ve got several characters that I tend to jump between, but if any of you would like to join me, I play with my room mate Adam and my friend Caleb, and more recently Rebecca, on the Horde side (OF COURSE) on the server Jaedenar. However I do still keep up with all the latest news in EVE, and I predict I’ll return to the land of New Eden again one day. I definitely do miss it sometimes, and all this new Planetary Interaction stuff looks really interesting, as does the so-called “Spacebook” EVE Gate.


Oh and I almost forgot! Big welcome home to David, who just returned from his 6-month deployment (he’s in the Navy.) Glad to have you back, dude!


Anyways, sorry this blog was totally all over the place. Heh.  I’ll try to post again (and in an entry that’s more cohesive) again soon. Also there’ll definitely be an entry chronicling the epic journey to Florida and back. In the next few months I’ll also be getting a new cellphone, most likely the HTC Incredible, so I’ll definitely have a review of that as well. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Second Amendment rights too, thanks to a debate I had with one of my Twitter friends. So maybe I’ll make an entry about that at some point.  Till next time, stay metal dudes. xD \m/


#nowplaying Into Eternity – Diagnosis Terminal (on Slacker Radio, which, btw, if you haven’t been there before, is way better than Pandora…you get much more control over your custom stations and their selection of metal is way better ;D)

a new post, as promised!

...aaaaaand we're back! It's been awhile since I've posted.  Sorry about that -.-;;;  last Wednesday Daniel (room mate) and I went to Hampton to the Air and Space Museum, to see Avatar in IMAX 3D and also check out the museum itself.  we had originally planned to get there pretty early so we'd have lots of time in the museum but due to oversleeping and errands that needed running we didn't get there till around 1600, and hour before the place closes.  As luck would have it, the museum was mostly a disappointment anyways, and an hour was the perfect amount of time to see all the things worth seeing in the museum.  we were both disappointed by the lack of Navy planes, and also by the fact that it seems they haven't really gotten much new material recently.  also the place was not in the best repair. we left the museum around 5, and realized we had quite a bit of time to kill since the movie didn't start till 19:20.

downtown hampton is pretty quaint-looking and classy with lots of clean brick buildings and plenty of restaurants, and a layout that is not terribly difficult for pedestrians to navigate. we happened upon a map of the area which had two areas labelled "shopping and dining", so we figured we'd find a place to grab a beer and some food. on the map, i noticed a street called "west queens way" which i remembered is the street Musasi's is on. (excuse the retarded romanization, it should be Musashi's dammit! ><)  for those who don't know, musasi's is a fucking awesome sushi place that my friends and i normally eat at once a year, for nekocon.  being in hampton near this place of so many years of awesome memories at a time of year other than early november was a bit surreal.  it became even more surreal when we came up on west queens way, and musasi's was the first restaurant on the right, less than five minutes' walk from the museum.

daniel and i decided to go ahead and eat there, and we both had a decent amount of sushi.  i ordered a kirin ichiban, which had a VERY light taste.  normally i'm not too into beers that don't have a bit more substance but this one was rather pleasant.  i also had a couple shots of sake, which i'd never had before.  it's pretty interesting stuff.  i can see why they call it rice schnapps in germany. (daniel told me that, i have no idea how to spell things in german so forgive me for butchering that).  after dinner we decided to just walk around again, and we took a couple pics outside the restaurant to commemorate our odd timing of eating there.  it felt a little like cheating haha XD

after walking around a bit, it started getting a lot colder so we ended up finding another place, some sports bar, to stop in and grab a beer while waiting for adam (room mate #2) and his gf, and our friend caleb to arrive at the museum so we could see the movie.  Daniel and I each had a blue moon (one of my favorite beers :D) and some nachos.

avatar itself was a visually-amazing movie, and even though the plot was not terribly original (and UNOBTAINIUM IS THE STUPIDEST NAME FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING, EVER) I feel it had a poignant and important message which most people will either dismiss or fail to notice.  i also think the most important parts of this message don't necessarily have anything to do with current international events, or even the environment.  overall, i think it's just about respect, and compassion, and what can happen when these two things are lacking.  *leaps off soapbox*

The other big news is that I'm starting school at ECPI College of Technology on January 25.  I'll be majoring in network security and hope to become a network admin and/or a security consultant after graduating, which if all goes according to plan will be in 2.5 years. On Saturday I'm going to a "campus discovery day" event (assuming i can get someone to trade shifts with me at work...) to meet other prospective students and see some demonstrations, talk with faculty, etc.  apparently since i'm already enrolled i'll get free pizza and a chance to meet the president.  i've also heard a few employers will be there looking to hire students currently enrolled in various programs.

which brings me to my next subject, and one of the main impetuses (impeti?) for my enrolling in school now: my job.  for those who don't know, i work for a major auto insurance company and while i have a lot of respect for my employer as a company, i've been working in customer service call centers for over 4 years now and it is REALLY starting to wear on me.  people are such assholes, and dealing with car insurance and billing and everything else for 8 freaking hours a day is becoming beyond mind-numbing.  sometimes i think i can feel myself becoming more and more misanthropic and anti-social by the day.  NOT COOL.  so, school is really going to be the light at the end of the tunnel for me, and will give me the strength to deal with feeling like i have to pretend to be "just another tool" for 8 hours a day from now till when i can graduate and go do some work i actually find interesting.  and holy shit that's a run-on sentence! please forgive me, it's late.

i think there was more i wanted to put into this entry, but i can't really remember it at the moment.  i'll probably remember tomorrow and post it tomorrow night.  have a good night everyone! :D

**edit: whoops, forgot my song! Currently listening to: Agalloch - She Painted Fire Across the Skyline, Pt. 1

Writer's Block: Baby, you can drive my car

Do you have a "dream car"? If you had money to spare, would you buy a new car? If so, would you be more likely to get an eco-friendly vehicle, a vintage model, or a luxury sportscar?



(this entry titled "I'm in love with my car." on my wordpress blog.  Wordpress has pictures, this one doesn't cause i'm not sure how to do a cut and I"m too lazy to figure it out at the moment.)


This entry is actually inspired by one of the “Writer’s Block” questions on LiveJournal. The question is:
“Do you have a “dream car”? If you had money to spare, would you buy a new car? If so, would you be more likely to get an eco-friendly vehicle, a vintage model, or a luxury sportscar?”

Those of you who know me in person and/or follow me on Twitter should probably know there’s no way I could resist answering this question! So, here goes…


I should start off with the first one that comes to mind. I freaking *love* MINI Coopers. Especially the John Cooper Works trim line, and the S as well. They handle as if controlled by thought rather than steering input, are extremely gas efficient, and have quite a bit of pickup as well. The interior is well designed and aesthetically appealing, and the exterior is classy-looking as well. What’s not to like?!


Second is my dream-car for the track, a Nissan 350z or 370z. The interior makes you feel like you’re sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet (or a gundam?! :O) instead of a car, and its sleek rounded lines are uber sexy. It’s fast as hell, and for a car of such amazing caliber is quite reasonably-priced. I’ve seen this car referred to as the “poor man’s supercar”, and with good reason.

Next up we’re getting into cars of a slightly less realistic nature in terms of the odds of my ever owning one (although really, it’s still possible). Enter the Lotus Exige. Lotus is a British company that as far as I know basically only makes sports cars, and they do a damn good job of it. Another car with super sexy lines, though this one is rather spartan on the interior and features. It’s pretty clearly a track-only car meant for racing.
 


Sadly, despite my high aspirations right now I own a Ford Focus that I’m stuck paying off for another couple years T.T It’s certainly not as bad as it could be. It is a little peppy and the handling could be worse, though it is a good deal higher off the ground than I’d like and suffers a good deal of body roll through the turns. (LOL). Also a point in its favor is the fact that the gas mileage is pretty decent. For some reason I see a lot of Focuses with a way cooler front and rear bumper though, and a spoiler that I like better:

If I ever have the money to put into it I’d like to find some OEM parts and get the front and back end replaced, and also I need to get a new head unit for the stereo as the current one doesn’t have any way to directly interface with an .mp3 player, plus it’s starting to get old and look really crappy. For some reason the paint is wearing off some of the buttons…I’d also like to lower it a bit (probably with a coilover kit) and probably put in an aftermarket air intake to make it a little better if I ever take it to a track (though I’m not really willing to risk messing it up at a track unless I have some POS daily driver to get to work in).

Anyways, I’ll stop boring you guys with car stuff now :P
Today I listened to Sonata Arctica’s “Days of Grays” album again. When it first came out I listened to it once through and was honestly pretty disappointed. I guess I had hopes for them to return to their older style of music from albums like Winterheart’s Guild. Instead it seems like they’ve toned it down on the instrumental flashiness and gotten a bit poppier, and the more metal songs are moreso just full of typically-repetitive crunchy-sounding chords and weird unnecessary effects on Tony Kakko’s voice. Upon giving it another listen, I still do not like this simpler, poppier direction they’ve taken things in, though I do like the album a little more. I also miss the instrumental flair they used to have though, and I’m not really feeling the weird vocal effects still. Meh. Bands change and grow make different kinds of music, sometimes it’s good, other times not so much. Doesn’t change the fact that they’re older stuff is still amazing, at least :D And I do hate when bands never experiment or change at all, anyways. Props to them for trying to branch out.

It’s getting late, so I’m off to bed. Have a good night everyone!
          So after Daniel found some .pdf versions of the 3.5e Dungeons and Dragons books online last night we decided to have some people over and begin a campaign.  It was all very impromptu so we didn't invite a whole bunch of people, it ended up being me, Adam, Daniel (they're my room mates), Josh, and Nigel (co-workers of Daniel's).  Josh is always fun to hang out with cause he's a pretty funny dude, and it was cool to meet Nigel, who (surprisingly) plays with his family and basically had the Player's Handbook memorized.  Daniel was our DM and did a great job with descriptions and also with hastily putting together a campaign in like 30 minutes.  I'm playing a half-elven fighter, Nigel's an elven rogue, Josh is a half-elven druid, and Adam is a dwarven rogue (fucking dwarves...XD).  For those who don't know, I'm something of a fantasy racist when it comes to dwarves :P  they're greedy and their chicks look like dudes! Oh, also present but not playing were Adam's gf Shayna, and my friend Mike who will probably be joining our campaign next session.  Anyways, to continue the stream of total geekery I guess I'll give you guys my character's back story. 

          His name's Thoven Bearcharger, which was generated by the www.wizards.com name generator based on my class, race, and IRL initials.  His story is that he comes from a bustling port city and is the son of a well-to-do blacksmith, who has taught him much of his trade.  He's got a passion for forging blades and earned his surname by saving some small children from a wayward bear that wandered into the city's outskirts one day.  (I added that in after generating the name...you can't have a totally ridiculous surname like that without a decent story behind it, right?) 

          The hook of the campaign's plot is that all the characters are in the city a the time of a funeral for a great war hero Gareth Ravenmantle who led some great army against evil force. Thoven's father served under this man in the great war but is too sick to travel, and thus sends his son to pay his respects in his place.  The characters ended up meeting because they were all in a tavern where there were no other empty seats, so they share a table.  The night after the funeral it's discovered that though the general's grave has hardly been covered over, some one has already desecrated it and stolen the body.  The characters take the case to find the people who stole it, and bring them to justice, and return General Ravenmantle to his final resting place.  We didn't get very far this session, we discovered that a gang was formed by the defeated evil armies after the war and is based in a town nearby, and may have had something to do with the robbery.  On our way out of town we were set upon by bandits who faked having a broken-down wagon and Thoven cut two of them in half XD  The third was dispatched by Josh's druid's wolf. 

          Anyways, I need to go restring my guitar and practice a bit before bed.  Hopefully this post didn't bore you all too much rofl.  Have a good night everyone! :D


Currently listening to: Eluveitie - Tarvos

AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO IS AMPED AS HELL FOR THE NEW ELUVEITIE RECORD COMING OUT IN FEBRUARY?! It's going to be called "Everything Remains As It Never Was" and comes out on February 19.  Here's the trailer for the album (in two parts).  Can't wait!

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Why didn't the videos embed properly? o.O wtf, LJ! it worked on wordpress! T.T  

well, if you wanna see the trailer just click the links.

A Quote by Mr. Gaiman

Found this quote by Neil Gaiman on a friend’s LiveJournal (http://ferrumaeternum.livejournal.com/) and absolutely loved it, and decided its something I needed to add to my blog to go along with my New Year’s Day post (even though the day’s over already…)

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” – Neil Gaiman

=O a post!

This is cross-posted from my new blog, which can be found at http://tehmetalleer.wordpress.com
I'll continue cross-posting to my LJ, and I'll still use LJ to keep up with all my friends, so no worries, I'm not going anywhere :D

Welcome! :D This is the first entry of my blog.  Pardon the theme, it’s a pre-made WordPress one but I’m honestly not particularly happy with it.  Considering learning some CSS so that I can create my own.  Without further adieu, on to my actual entry!

It’s a new year, and I can hardly believe it’s 2010! Just saying it sounds pretty surreal.  WE LIVE IN THE FUTURE.  That’s pretty metal.

Anyways, now that I’ve moved out of my parents’ house, I have a lot more freedom to live my life the way that I want, and accomplish a lot of things.  In that spirit, the main purpose of my first post on this blog will be to list my New Years’ Resolutions. They are as follows:

• Practice guitar 30 minutes a day so I can achieve my dream of being a METAL GUITAR HERO.

• Keep my house and my car more organized and neat than when I was living at my parents’ house.

• Begin school at ECPI for network security.

•  Transfer to another department besides Service at my job so I don’t actually have to be on the phones all day anymore.

• Start exercising on a regular basis so I can get in halfway decent shape.

• Write my novel, the ideas for which I’ve been sitting on for like 2 years now. If/when I do this I’ll probably make it a web serial.

• Look into the feasibility of my idea for a photography-based webcomic (the concept of which I’m already planning to detail in another post, once certain preparations are complete.)

• Chronicle my progress in regards to these goals on this here fine blogging establishment, and post regularly.

So now I turn the tables on you, my dear readers.  (Even though there’s probably only like 2 of you).  What are your New Year’s Resolutions? If you don’t have any, is there a reason you haven’t made them?

Oh, but before I end, a word on music: At the end of every entry I’ll post whatever song I’m currently listening to, just because I love sharing music with people.  Feel free to suggest songs/artists in return!

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  • 17:28 @kchicken its crazy how much that place sucks, can't remember the last time i was there lol #
  • 17:29 @oldhat never read the book but high fidelity is an awesome movie #
  • 17:35 @kchicken hahaha lately all i wear are pumas for driving and just doing nothing and some asics i bought for running #
  • 17:42 so apparently whilst hunting yesterday my dad was nearly attacked by a copperhead snake. he ended up shooting it with his 9mm and its now... #
  • 17:42 Sitting in my freezer till he decides what to do with it. #
  • 17:54 @kchicken heh thats cool #
  • 18:45 @kchicken haha you skateboard? or rollerblade? #
  • 18:51 @jimmyburgio society for creative anachronism. LARPing stuff. #
  • 18:51 @jimmyburgio lol so are you having a shitty day? #
  • 19:23 @jimmyburgio lol i don't. I would've done it #
  • 19:27 @kchicken thats pretty sweet :D #
  • 19:39 RT @zombiegogo: i am officially - completely and irremediably - against movie dubbing. #
  • 19:40 @IWannaBreakOut whats tomorrow? #
  • 19:46 @IWannaBreakOut oh shit you totally got this!!!! :D you should text or tweet me and lemme know how it goes! #
  • 21:39 @FushiginaReiko ftw! :D #
  • 21:40 @NixiePixel dude i used to love that game in middle school! #
  • 21:40 @jimmyburgio don't let anybody take advantage of you man #
  • 21:50 @kchicken just breathe! don't get so angry :P #
  • 22:44 @kchicken if i skipped dinner my intestines would consume themselves #
  • 22:48 @kchicken well don't add to it by allowing your digestive system to self-destruct rofl #
  • 23:29 @kchicken yes they are. go now lol #
  • 23:33 @kchicken ah don't do that you'll prolly witness unsavory business transactions and the food will suck haha #
  • 23:36 RT @porcupinex: Dilbert's jab at Twitter today is hilarious: bit.ly/LSuwW (via @yourdon) #
  • 23:37 @kchicken that is not the same as ihop :P #
  • 23:40 @kchicken true dat lol. what gyms are 24 hrs? #
  • 23:43 @kchicken on holland? sounds close to work...will have to check that out. #
  • 23:47 @kchicken i think there may be a gold's gym around there #
  • 23:50 @kchicken hmm according to google maps the only gym on holland is a women's one but there's a gold's on princess anne. #
  • 23:50 @kchicken i may check it out at some point #
  • 23:52 @kchicken ah ok cool yeah lemme know! =) thanks #
  • 23:52 So tired i can barely keep my eyes open! G'night tweeps! #
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FANFEST '09!!!!

This is a post I just wrote up on the corporation forums for the corp i'm a member of in EVE, the 49th Fighter Group.

If you don't play EVE this may be pretty boring and/or won't make any sense, so my apologies in advance.  And to those who do play EVE, I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  I TOTALLY WISH I WAS IN ICELAND RIGHT NOW, DAMMIT.  

Without further ado...
Greetings fellow corpmates!
As you all may or may not know, i've been following this year's announcements from fanfest very closely and i'm quite excited about what i've heard so far, and its only just the beginning!

Even better, thanks to the social networking wonder known as Twitter, these updates i've been getting are literally up to the minute.

Anyways, i'm at work at the moment (lol) but expect some hot news on this page later tonight once i get (if not on one of my breaks and/or lunch).

W1lliam Turner, signing off for now!


EDIT!!!!
Here are some great resources I've been using to follow events at fanfest!

www.twitter.com/shm5
www.twitter.com/borishotch
www.twitter.com/erfanfest

These are all twitter accounts of people at fanfest, and as far as I know you don't need to have a twitter account to read the updates.  There are far more but these seem the most informative.  That last one is actually EVE Radio.

www.dust514.org   

a fansite that is going to have all the info on dust514 as soon as it's released. so far nothing has been mentioned about it, as of 2110 EDT on 10/2.  When BorisHotch (from twitter) mentioned this, CCP_Fallout replied with "sooooooooon".  So we shall see in due time, I guess.  smile


http://www.flickr.com/photos/16819552@N … 975201090/
images of an extremely exciting (imo, at least) and informative presentation (called oveur, i think?) earlier today (10/2) that details things like COSMOS, new stuff in dominion, the new eve mail system, and ambulation. 



For those too lazy to follow all these links and read everything, I'm gonna go ahead and give a few brief news items here (it's basically just the stuff that sticks out in my mind the most). 

--Walking in Stations (aka Ambulation) has the official name of "Incarna" now.  Trailer was a little underwhelming since it doesn't seem to show any new in-engine footage and it also gives no new info really, but it's kinda fun to watch anyways since it's got a cool concept behind it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KQtCg6fSEI

--In Dominion, planets are getting a huge aesthetic redesign and many will (eventually?) feature things like moving clouds, flowing lava, and even city lights on the dark sides. 

--As you all know, sovereignty is getting a major overhaul from the ground up but I know basically nothing about it so I don't know how to explain the details and whatnot...suffice to say it's meant to allow alliances to improve the value of their space, get rid of so-called "AFK Empires", and make things less "grindy" and more strategic.

--Fighter bombers, a new class of ship, are being introduced as a way to balance out titans. 

--On a related note, doomsday weapons are being revamped to a single-target uber-shot instead of an "I win" area of effect sort of thing.  Calon, I know we've had a discussion about this before, and I don't necessarily disagree with your opinion, but I also know nothing about lowsec or fleet combat or any of that.  Just repeating what I've read/heard, much of it from CCP.

--COSMOS has been renamed to "New Eden" (seems like a lame thing to do to me, but it's all good) because it's meant to be like EVE-away-from-EVE, and it's a web-based social networking app that's even going to be available on cellphones.  Eventually it will also feature file-hosting including for video and pictures, and a contacts list with "groups" or "labels" similar to gmail (the way you label messages and whatnot).  Different groups will have different privileges and these can be used as an aspect of corp management, etc., etc.

--Revamped EVE Mail system which will of course interface with COSMOS aka New Eden.  Also features gmail-esque labels and an intriguing Contacts system that will allow you to track literally every player you ever interact with on any level, whether it's combat, trading, or chatting, or whatever. 

--This is by no means set in stone, but it's something being looked at...CSM is discussing moving ALL level 4 missions out of hi-sec and into lo-sec.  The reason for this (and this part is extrapolation on my part based on context clues and some slides in that flickr photostream above) seems to be that too many people are afraid to go into wormhole space for sweet loot, and so they resort to hi-sec level 4 missions instead.  Not sure how much sense that reasoning makes, but there it is.  Personally I think this is a potentially horrendous decision, and is one of the very few things to displease me so far.

--ANOTHER EDIT! Just remembered...CCP is going to start hosting their own killboards, and also corp and alliance forums.  They'll also be producing a proprietary voice chat client which will even be accessible outside the game, and one day even from mobile phones.  DAYUMN.

--Furthermore, they're going to be interfacing killmails such that they automatically post to one's New Eden account and update the killboard when necessary.

EDIT NUMBER 3
--Pirate faction epic mission arcs are being added that will allow players to explore the pirate cultures as well as get what the presentation describes as "phat l00t".




Ok, dudes.  I think that's all for now.  Expect more at some point tomorrow and/or Sunday.  Tomorrow at the very least we'll have more info on dust 514, and i'm sure plenty of other stuff.  Fly safe guys big_smile