Archive for May, 2008

May 28
One Crazy Week Posted by Matt

I’m smack in the middle of my craziest week ever. This past weekend I was in Eminence for the start of a family tradition we call “Cabin Season.” This season starts on Memorial Day and runs until the end of the year, where we close down our Cabin in Eminence and get it ready for winter. I’ve uploaded some pictures from the weekend to my flickr site. Tonight I will be attending the Nightwish concert in Sauget, IL with Steve and the Whatleys. On Thursday I’ll be flying to Toronto, CA to compete in the Hockey North America championships. What a way to kick off the summer!

I’ve mentioned Nigthwish before. They’re a band from Finland and can be best described as symphonic metal, a mix of melodic symphony music and classic heavy metal. Its kind of a rarity that we get to see them this close to St. Louis, they typically don’t tour the US, and its normally in larger venues. To get a good idea what they sound like live, check out this video for Amaranth. Needless to say I’m super excited about seeing them play live.

Recently KG and I watched The Andromeda Strain, an A&E mini-series. Minus a total cheese fest at the end of four-hour event, the whole thing was done really well. It was a faithful adaptation of the Michael Crichton book by the same name and centers around a deadly virus that appears out of nowhere and threatens all mankind. Although the cast was a collection of B-teamers, they performed admirably. You should definitely check this out as A&E will obviously be running this on reruns for the months to come.

As a mature gamer who’s transitioned from hardcore to casual gaming, rhythm games are my new obsession. Obviously I’m excited about the recent announcements regarding Guitar Hero 4 and their entry into the “full-band experience.” GH4 will feature the most realistic drum peripheral to date, choosing to up the bar on Rock Band and adding a 5th button. The Guitar Hero drum kit will feature a left and right drum, a center snare, a bass peddle, and two cymbals. It looks pretty awesome. Guitar Hero 4 will also feature vocals, and some yet-unannounced innovations to the guitar. Activision is also promising create your own track mode, and customizable characters. Here’s a video showing off the new drumkit featuring the drummer from Red Hot Chilli Peppers,who I swear was Will Ferrel’s twin separated at birth.

Taking a cue from South Park, Weezer’s new video pays omage to those viral internet celebrities. The video touches on just about every one of those lovable losers who will be forever cemented in internet folklore, from All Your Base to Numa Numa, this video has them. This digg post lists all of the references (middle of the page) to the original source material, just in case you’re not familar with Chocolate Rain or Popozao. It may be Peanut Butter Jelly Time, but Will it blend?

To steal another page from Digg, I found this hand drawn video of Counter Strike. I have a lot of friends who love to beat the dead horse known as CS, and I thought this video was pretty funny.

Just to clarify, I’ve never smoked weed in my life, but I do know quite a few people who do and c’mon lets admit it, potheads are hilarious. Thats why I think Pineapple Express is going to be awesome. There is a new trailer out that makes me want to go see this movie right now. It doesn’t hurt it features that great song by MIA. It stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as a couple stoners who witness a crime and a forced to go on the lamb. Of course being completely stoned out of their mind, they don’t exactly make all the right decisions. This is the new movie from Judd Apatow’s crew and will be out early August. I can’t wait!

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May 09
North of the border Posted by Matt

Its been a crazy, awesome week. On Tuesday my hockey team won its division and secured a spot in the HNA Championships in Toronto, Canada. Myself and the rest of the St. Louis Cobras will be traveling north to play against other teams from around the country. This will be our second time playing in the HNA Championships and I’m really looking forward to traveling and playing in another country. We had a great season ending with a 19-3-1 record. This will also be my last season playing hockey, and what better way to go out on top!

Also this week the Kari job search is finally coming to an end…. potentially. Barring any missteps in a few formalities, Kari will be signing a contract for her first teaching job. We’re both really excited that KG will finally get paid to do what she loves, and the secondary income isn’t too bad either!

Last weekend I picked up Mario Kart Wii. I’ve been a fan of the game since the early days on the SNES and played almost every version since. The major innovation with the Wii version is the Wii controls. The game comes shipped with a plastic wheel that you use with your Wiimote to steer your kart. You honestly feel like you’re really driving, its pretty amazing. The game is your standard fare, you race in the Grand Prix to unlock new circuits, which unlocks you new characters, and new karts and bikes. The other major upgrade in the Wii version is the addition of bikes. The bikes handle quite a bit differently than the karts allowing you to pop wheelies for an extra speed burst, they’re actually my favorite thing to race with.  Finally the addition of online has hurled the franchise into the 21st century where Xbox Live and Playstation Network have dominated online console gaming. It was really easy to quickly jump into a 12-person online race, just to try and join a friend, or you’re going to have to really work for it.

Iron Man is possibly the greatest super hero movie I’ve ever seen. It has a great story, following fairly close to comic book mythos while staying very fresh. I can’t think of a better choice than Robert Downey Jr. to play alcoholic, playboy, millionaire, genius Tony Stark. He does an amazing job. The special effects are top-notch, and really immerse you into this magical world where super heroes roam. If you managed to stay until the credits were over, you saw the appearance of Nick Fury and the building of future Marvel crossovers. This is the kind of fanboy shout-outs that hase the community buzzing. Seeing Samuel Jackson show up dressed as one-eyed Fury was the cherry on top of a perfect sundae. GO SEE THIS!

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