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Ohayocon [Jan. 5th, 2007|02:37 am]
Jason
Ohayocon, here I come!












Well, I mean... tomorrow morning.







Not right NOW.  I'll... I'll be there tomorrow.







So, Ohayocon, here I come tomorrow!
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Healthy Self-Criticism (and fun band-criticism) [Nov. 25th, 2006|03:11 am]
Jason
[mood |gigglyCritical]
[music |None; my music all sucks]

  I have decided that, in an effort to maintain a respectable humility and modesty (because I'm so fucking awesome it's hard sometimes), I will now totally verbally FUCK UP every musical group I like, just 'cause:

EVANESCENCE:  Holy shit, guys actually listen to this over-saturated, over-edited faux-dark metal crap?  I thought it was only teenage goth girls who are only goth because they're overweight but need an excuse to wear a corset without seeming shallow like those popular girls they secretly envy.  Actually, I thought everybody stopped giving a shit about Evanescence three years ago, after they released "Fallen",  a CD full of "Oh man I'm dying but what will never die is MY LOVE FOR YOU" songs, which really calls into question Amy Lee's credibility.  Has she really had that many near-death experiences or is she just trying to sound as morbid as possible?  Hopefully the former, but probably the latter.  

Recently, they released a second CD of similarly similar-themed tracks, about everything from dying to the person you love dying to leaving the person you love who also happens to be dying and leaving.  This band is almost done riding on the free publicity that having a female lead singer provides.  If you need a token "Band with a girl in it" addition to your collection but want more people to say "What the fuck is this" while you listen to it, try Lacuna Coil, an Italian Evanescence knock-off, only with arguably more talent and a hotter singer, but less musical credibility since they hang around Slipknot and do wristwatch ads.

MUSE:  Honestly, as much as I like hearing some effeminate English douchebag wheeze into a microphone at a pitch similar to that of a 12 year old having his testicles crushed by a compactor, I must admit Muse has some flaws.  This band is the kind of style-over-substance, over techno-ed music that exemplifies how an otherwise competent band can be brought down by a flamboyant, white, new millenium version of Prince (Not that Prince wasn't flamboyant.  Or kind of white).  The band seems to have come to center their songs around Matthew Belamy's goddamned banshee falsetto howling, and if his singing weren't questionable enough, he plays piano.  I'd insinuate homosexuality if the standards for rock stars weren't so skewed; He probably gets laid all the time just for being a singer.

SUM 41:  Hey, remember all those completely invalid pop punk bands with random words and numbers in their names that all came out at the same time a while back?  I know you don't WANT to remember them.  Somehow, Sum 41 wound up a tad more successful than most.  Capitalizing on generally the same subject matter as the rest (My girlfriend is annoying as hell, my mom grounded me and doesn't understand all this pressure of being in high school AND working at McDonalds, my girlfriend is still annoying as hell and punched me in the balls when I grabbed her boob), Sum 41 rocketed up the charts at the release of their second album, "All Killer, No Filler", a title that makes as little sense as their stint of popularity.  Luckily for them, they arrived in the mainstream at a time when people thought having two mediocre guitarists made up for not having a talented one, and at a time when people were into pop punk because it was "punk, but with less angry and more happy, so my mom is okay with me rebelling against authority (But not too loud!)."

SUBLIME:  Right up their with Nirvana and The Doors in the category of "Bands that became incredibly significant after the death of their singer, and somehow became more talented in the process".  It's easy to forget, while verbally fellating these musicians post mortem, that they were never that good.  Take Sublime for example.  A good 80-90% of their songs are about either sex, drugs or killing someone.  Not groundbreaking subject matter.  Also, the instrument work itself was never terribly complex.  I guess Bradley knew he'd be too hopped up to remember more than 3 chords at a time during concerts.  I guess he knew his fans would be too fried to follow anything more complex, too.  That's what happens when most of  the burnouts that deify you also think Pink Floyd was revolutionary in dropping acid and writing songs about gnomes and spaceships.

I might do more later, but I don't know why I'd bother since I'm pretty sure nobody reads this anymore anyways, seeing as I haven't updated since May.
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Some 3rd Generation Info [May. 13th, 2006|11:04 pm]
Jason
[mood |nerdyInformed]
[music |Final Fantasy 7 Battle Theme (Orchestral)]

To whom it may concern; I have compiled some information I have gathered over the last week via E3 coverage and a VERY well-informed visitor to Gamestop, about the next gen consoles (Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii).  It's very very long, so be prepared for a read.  Please read it, I worked so hard on it :P



In summary, Microsoft prematurely shot it's wad by releasing the Xbox360 so much earlier than the other 2 next-gen systems, and so not only had very little to announce at E3, but unless they step up their system's functionality and push it's potential, may go the way of the Sega Dreamcast.

Sony had a few decent titles to announce at E3, but because of the fact that Sony is once again trying to invent new media formats (Like they did with UMD's for the PSP, which have failed miserably, among other formats over the years) and that this esoteric format is the main reason the PS3 is costing $500-600, I can't see the PS3 being very successful.

Nintendo, without a doubt, owned E3 this year.  Having announced the least of the 3 next-genners beforehand, the Nintendo Wii had the most to show off, including a lot of big titles like Super Smash Bros. Melee, LoZ: Twilight Princess, and Mario Galaxy to name a few, and the controller that has directional tilt sensors and a laser sensor at the front for depth.  This controller (and the fact that the Wii is the cheapest, easiest and most fun to develop games for) will lead the way to a lot of developers signing up with Nintendo to make groundbreaking new games, which in my opinion will lead to a lot of First-Person Shooters, which in turn will lead to more adult-oriented titles, giving the Wii a more universal appeal - all of this at only $250, less than half the price of the PS3.

I see a great future for Nintendo (Having revolutionized the way games will be played with a new controller and a LOT of potential new titles),a decent future for Microsoft (Who now has an established fanbase and now has a relatively low priced system, and a system who's power is becoming more and more apparent and utilized), and a bad future for Sony (who is once again trying to create new formats out of thin air that cost far more than they're worth, while most likely doing little to improve on its competitors other than ripping off their ideas).
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WIIIIIIII! [Apr. 28th, 2006|05:16 pm]
Jason
[mood |worriedworried]

Hey remember the Nintendo Revolution? No, you don't. You're wrong. It is now called the Nintendo Wii (pronounced 'we').

(Taken from Gamespot.com):

"Nintendo sums up the name change with the following comments. 'So that's Wii. But now Nintendo needs you. Because, it's really not about you or me. It's about Wii. And together, Wii will change everything."

Pretty faggotronic. Apparently 'Revolution' was just the working title for the system, like 'Dolphin' was for the Gamecube, except that Revolution caught on a lot bigger. However, I tend to agree with this quote a lot more;

"'Now they have a stupid-sounding manufactured name that probably wouldn't have tested well with English speakers if they'd bothered doing any market research,' the analyst said. 'And they're going to try to use it to replace an evocative, well-accepted name that people have been using for well over a year. Bad, stupid move."

As if Nintendo hadn't severely handicapped themselves by completely changing game and controller formats... again. (N64 = cartidges / Gamecube = TinyDiscs / Wii = mostly software), now they're picking a goofy-ass name for their system that will most likely alienate most Americans as well as virtually all japanese (There is no natural 'We' sound in the Japanese language).

I really had some high hopes for Nintendo, and I REALLLLY want the new system to succeed, but now, it's looking more and more bleak every time I hear an update on the system. I just don't know anymore...

Here's the entire article;
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6148462.html
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(no subject) [Feb. 3rd, 2006|03:14 pm]
Jason
Happy birthday to me
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Hey how about that irony [Jan. 17th, 2006|12:28 am]
Jason
I find it extremely ironic that a word that describes me so well, logophile, is one I've only just recently discovered.

Look it up and laugh with me, or at me.

PS We <3 Katamari is the bestest game ever.
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Straightened my hair [Jan. 13th, 2006|11:34 pm]
Jason
[music |Guitar Hero]

 

My cousins decided to straighten my hair.  All of my cousins are girls btw.

Z0MG straight hairCollapse )

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(no subject) [Jan. 2nd, 2006|02:25 pm]
Jason
[mood |contemplativeIntrospective]
[music |G4 TV]

This is just a very broad general all-encompassing statement.

I'm pretty sure everyone is equally fucked up.

It's my belief that everybody has some severe issues, insecurities or other sorts of problems. The trouble is that our society encourages us to hide our problems (except for your occasional attention whore, of whom we all know a few) so everybody thinks they are the ONLY one with problems, which adds to the issues a person has. It's a self-perpetuating problem in our society.

This is all kind of common sense, but it's not something most people consider. So the next time you feel really crappy about yourself for whatever reason, just tell yourself "Hey, I'm pretty sure there are a lot of people who have it worse than me, or are at least in the same boat as me." Nobody is alone in their suffering. Commiseration is universal. It sounds depressing until you really think about it.
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(no subject) [Dec. 19th, 2005|07:50 pm]
Jason
You'd think it'd have become common sense by now to not show concern for other people's happiness unless they ask for it.
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(no subject) [Dec. 15th, 2005|12:47 pm]
Jason
[mood |confusedconfused]
[music |Erik vacuuming]

I don't really know what to say, I just felt like I should say something... A few things are going on.


I have been out of all of my old friends from ED's lives for almost exactly a year now, and I haven't talked to a lot of people in a while, but even though I have almost nothing to do with them anymore, I can't help but be very upset with something that has happened recently to a friend of mine. I also feel compelled to say that I saw it coming, knowing what, or should I say who, he was involved with. But anyone who knows remotely what the fuck I'm talking about knows she and I... don't get along.

On another subject, I guess I'm starting to seriously plan for my future now that I'll have officially graduated high school by June (one year late but meh, I know I screwed up and am paying the price now), and I feel good about that. I MAY have a job at Gamestop long-term, past seasonal, as the managers have told me several times that they hope to keep me post-seasonal. However, I have a nagging suspicion that this is what they tell all of their seasonal employees to get them to work harder, but time will tell.

Last night I had my first nightmare in about a year. It involved me and some other random woman exploring an abandoned, haunted... I guess electronic research facility with a lot of 1-room floors connected by an elevator, and entering one room in particular was very vivid to me. We walked in, and moths were everywhere. The room was very small, dimly lit by a single green-tinted fluorescent light, and I found a giant bag full of blood sitting under some papers on top of a filing cabinet, and 2 robotic arms were moving SOMETHING at a sort of bunker window at the far wall of the room. After getting to that far wall, and looking at some papers near the robot arms, they turned into, like, zombie/ghost nurses with a whole lot of lipstick on and the woman and I ran to the elevator. Hey wasn't that boring? Dreams are never interesting to anyone but the person who had them. Reason you slept through it, right?

Lora and I are doing pretty well, I think. Now that we're past 2 years I think we can start taking our relationship pretty seriously. I'm happy, and I'm pretty sure she is (although some things were brought to my attention that we need to work on). I'm glad I still love her as much as I hoped I would.

Anyways, all in all I can't figure out how I'm supposed to be feeling right now. My emotions about my life pretty much run the gamut every day, so I am starting to become kind of confused about how well I'm really doing.
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