Archive for October, 2008

Oct 30
Halloweenies Posted by Matt

October is my favorite month.  The weather in St. Louis is perfect this time of year, and one of my favorite holidays is at the end of the month.  Unfortunately the Cardinals aren’t in the playoffs this year, but there’s always next season.

Ever since I was a little kid I have enjoyed dressing up and going door-to-door begging for candy.  While I’ve given up the latter, I still enjoy wearing a costume.   Whether it was the highly flammable costumes you get at the supermarket, the ones with the elastic string that lasted exactly 15 minutes or the more elaborate ones my mom crafted, I was always a contender at the local Halloween costume contests. After three years dressing up as Dracula, Kari insisted I get something new.   Reluctantly I hung up the cape and fake teeth and we went to Party City to buy me a new costume.   Below is the best we could come up with:

 

Kid Vader wants your candy.  You don’t want to cross a mini-Sith do you?  For more great costumes and a few slightly disturbing ones check out this site.

A big congrats to my cousin James Rowden and his wife Angie on the birth of their new baby Breyer Owen!!!!  I know Grandma Renee and the rest of the clan are so proud!

A true Halloween treasure…. Christopher Walken reading Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.  Its missing something though, I can’t quite put my finger on it.

As the election nears, I’m asking everyone to consider voting for a real American.  Can you imagine the kind of smack down the Hulkster would unleash on the axis of evil? He is undefeated against the likes of the Iron Shiek and Nikolai Volkoff, beating into submission on several occassions. Kim Jung you’re going down brutha!

This year’s November Lan is only a couple weeks away and I can’t wait!  For the past 8 years, my crew and I have gotten together each year to compete in Epic battles on our computers.  We deep fry a turkey and gorge ourselves on stuffing and Mnt Dew.  This year will be no different as we travel to Festus, MO and invade our hosts Butch and Katie Reiter.

I love the new song by Against Me which features guest vocalist Tegan.  She’s of course one half of the twin supergroup Tegan & Sara and if you’re not familiar with their work then check out this video. They burst into the mainstream with their latest album The Con.  They a brief splash two years earlier when the White Stripes covered one of their classics, Walking With a Ghost.

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Oct 15
Answering Public Outcry Posted by Matt

Work has been absolutely insane the last few weeks.  As the newspaper industry transitions into new media and struggles with a terrible economy, I’ve been involved with several key projects.  As I typically I update my blog during the downtime at my office, my poor little website has been gathering dust.

Things are finally starting to calm down, so I’ve tried to sneak in an update for the ravenous fan of my website.  I really enjoy blogging, but this update is mostly to get her off my back.

Last weekend Kari and I went to Eminence to assist in the family concessionaire business.  Its tons of fun to work in the fast paced world of fried foods.  The key is to do it in very small doses.  I would hate doing this as a career.  I love sneaking away to Eminence and the weather was absolutely perfect.  Unfortunately the only souvenir from the Arts & Crafts I took back with me was a nasty burn on my elbow (thanks to my brother).  Check out the Arts & Crafts pictures from my brother’s Flickr site.  Mark also took this great video of my mom playing with a stick.

 

Most of my free time at home has been spent looking for a house to buy and playing Warhammer Online.   On Monday we found out that the offer we made was accepted and we’ve begun closing procedures.  Hopefully this will give me more time to play Warhammer!

Warhammer is the next great MMO from the makers of Dark Age of Camelot, a game I spent way too many hours playing.   Its based on the Games Workshop tabletop game and is more Player-versus-Player focused than  World of Warcraft.   Several of the guys I played WoW and DAOC have joined up on the same server and we relaunched the old guild, Infinite Darkness.

The Rock Band stage kit is almost available for the public!  This is my favorite game, there’s nothing quite as fun as belting out classic rock songs and pretending you’re Steve Perry or  the lead singer from the Silversun Pickups.  I can’t wait until the next Lan Party when I can see some of the STL LAN crew testing out their mic skills.

Speaking of Rock Band, they recently updated their website with a new Merch section.  You now have the ability to get posters, t-shirts, stickers, and even 6″ figures made in the likeness of your virtual bands!  Look for Zombie Nation 2000 posters to be appearing on store shelves soon!

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