Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!



Ahahahahaha.

Ah, the grading will go down later today but I'm certain that will be the most frightful thing anyone will see today.

Unfortunately, since there's no costume, we cannot grade on just being a natural:

F Minus Minus

Currently listening to: "Horrors' Theme" by The Horrors

Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Birthday

A Happy Birthday to Frass and even though he hates us, we still love him. Sometimes. But not really lately.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sad

I hope you people know I should be at Vegoose right now, playing poker and drinking champagne with my boy.

::sniff::

Currently listening to: "Supermassive Black Hole" and "Crying Shame" by MUSE. I also don't think it's right that second song came on when I shuffled the playlist.

::tear::

The Or 2 Christmas List 2007

Surprisingly, there's not much I want this year.

I thank all who contributed to the PS3/Rock Band endeavour. An update on that is as follows - "Rock Band" was purchased yesterday using the Amazon Gift Certificates bestowed upon me for my birthday.

The balance without the present money came up to 10 dollars plus 15 for next day shipping. Barring any misadventures on Amazon's part, we should have our game on November 21st, the day after release.

The actual purchase of the PS3 has not happened yet but will of course, happen soon so that our Thanksgiving Week will continue the trend of the Crazy Fun we tend to have every year. Sadly, it may not be able to top the greatness of last year's "Pepperoni Animal" but really, not much can.

So.

On to Christmas and the list. H1 told me "to post that shit on the blog", so here goes...

I am no longer trying to fanagle donations for the PS3. With the cash/check donations I've received, I'll be putting the $349 needed to complete the purchase.

I would like,

The xxxHolic Manga series (in English).

Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii.

Mario Party 8 for the Wii.

Bells

AT (& possibly Co. exceeeeept, maybe the Cookie. He's a bit of a hooligan type that I can't handle)

That's all I can think of at the moment.

Everyone else, if you haven't already done so, tell me what you want!

I love you, guys.

Currently listening to: "1 AM (Christmas)" and "6 AM (Christmas)" from The Animal Crossing Soundtrack

Halloween Related Picture of the Day



picture source: www.dlisted.com

Lily as Alfie.

Currently listening to: "Haiyan Spain" by Maximum The Hormone

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Well, Huh...

I received an e-mail from Trent Reznor yesterday:

As many of you know, I've been working closely with Saul Williams on his new record. We've spent many hours together in hotel rooms, busses, backstages and studios around the world working on something we knew was great. This is the most involved I've been with any project outside NIN since Antichrist Superstar, and I've been impatiently waiting for the chance for you to hear it. Well... guess what?

The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! has arrived! After my own recent dealings with record labels we decided to release it directly to you. Head over to http://www.niggytardust.com for all the details. Register now and you can download the record November 1st. Working on this project was a real pleasure. Saul was interested in breaking boundaries / crossing genres / defying expectations and we learned a great deal from one another in the process. When asked about the sound of the record, I've had to resort to "... I really don't know HOW to describe it." That's a good thing more than ever these days.

A word on the way we've chosen to release this. There are obvious similarities in how Radiohead just released their new record and the way we've chosen to. After thinking about this way too much, I feel we've improved upon their idea in a few profound ways that benefit you, the consumer. You obviously will be the judge of this in the end. One thing that IS very different in our situation is that Saul's not the household name (yet!) that Radiohead is, and that means we need your support on this more than ever. If you like what you hear, spread the word.

I hope you enjoy the music,

TR


Not quite certain what TR was going on about, as not being one in the know, I researched this Saul Williams a little and found his words and actions respectable.

Thus, I went over to the purchasing part of the website out of curiousity and found two options. The first states that I am able to "support the artist that made this music by paying: $5.00". The second option is "I don't care about that, I just want the music by paying $0.00".

I must say...I felt rather bullied. Then I realized, I felt like I was within the makings of a gimmick.

Regardless, I decided that if I was going to buy anything, I would not do it blindly. Of course, I would need a sample of the music first. Dur.

And once I did, I made up my mind.

I'm not getting anything for $5.00 or for free.

In spite of respectable content and a backing by Trent Reznor, I don't particularly care for this style of music.

Why would I pay for something I have no interest in?
Or why would I cheat this man out of money for something I would rarely to never even listen to?

And more importantly, how did Trent Reznor get my e-mail?!

Currently listening to: "The Sound of Settling" by Death Cab For Cutie and "I Do Not Want This" by NIN

Happy Birthday, Char Kar!!!

We're sorry we cannot share birthday pie this year on the day but we should soon!

We hope you have a great one!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Halloween's Almost Upon Us

The HOchieS love Halloween and decided to costume up the blog in the spirit of the thing.

C+!

H1: B

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Those Vampires Sucked!

Was it...:

Blood? Check

The fact that they were annoying, self-proclaimed geniuses with less than well-thought out plans with an affinity for contradictory practices and unnecessary immediate killing sprees, when really they were all just a bunch of hipsters headed by ugliness? Check

The HOchieS rarely go to movies and 30 Days of Night is one of those reasons for us to continue that trend.

Train BFF is so going to get a talkin' to for his recommendation.

Quotes of that day:

"Those vampires are assholes...notice the head looks like Billy Bob Thorton? I think it's intentional. Billy Bob is a vampire." - H1.

Bathroom Etiquette

The constant trauma of using the restroom at work has finally led to a meltdown and a few clever ideas.

Today, on two separate occasions, I found two unwanted nasties sitting proudly within the bowels of two separate bowls.

Mortified and ill I remained for a better part of the morning upon finding suspect number 1, which by the way was a Number 2. I recovered sometime after lunch, only to have a relapse when I discovered the second monstrosity later that afternoon.

A gross misuse of the facilities has prompted a suggestion be made 'anonymously' to the higher ups.

Due to people and their shit, signs should litter the bathroom with the slogan: LFW

"Did You Remember To:

Look,
Flush,
Wash*?"

*Yes, there have been instances of non-hand washers too.
Disgusting? Beyond that, yeah.

What's so hard about looking before you leave, people?

Currently listening to: "Solve et Coagula" by Mudvayne, but really hearing "Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo" in my head. For shame. Remember that one son with the piece of corn stuck in it? Blech.

Stop Your Keed!

When it comes to juice, cranberries should stop associating with the likes of mangoes and carrots.

Cranberries should stick to their own kind!

H1 should stop trying to poison me!

Yule Blog

In a HOChieS' Quest today to find various Christmas related things, such as new recipes for cupcakes other than red velvet, we stumbled upon a Wikipedia article that had a list of traditional food served at Christmas from 23 different countries.

It was rather disappointing but Trinidad and the Caribbean were not on the list, which means we can contribute to the article! I may be displaced but I do remember Christmas. It was my favourite time of year followed by Divali, Eid and Easter...sniff..., I miss the goo'd times.

Our rummaging through the eats of various countries led to other articles, one being the yule log.

As I was reading up on said yule log, (and let me digress for a moment, I find the concept of a televised yule log an utterly ridiculous 'tradition' but I suppose some find the constant repetition of A Christmas Story for 24 hours utterly ridiculous, and to them I say, "pox on you"), I came across this horrid thing:



photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Durianlog.JPG

You are also confused by this Durian Bûche de Noël, right?

There is no need to respond to that question, Beetchie.

It's been 12 hours since I viewed that picture and I still feel rather ill.

I also have a strong desire to never go to Singapore at Christmas time.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Frenemies, Have A List

The HOchieS will be in Trini from Jan. 17th to 22nd, 2008.

Therefore, there are demands.

It all involves food and the pleasure of your company when you deliver said food. Har Har.

Doubles (figure I could get this after getting off the plane?)
KFC - specifically a zinger
Marios Pizza - hamburger, bacon and all the fixings, ie the ketchup, mustard and pepper.
Burger
Bake and Shark
Chow from the Chow Hut
Scotch and coconut water
Shandy
Green Sands - MC, let us organize the case and drink it all for the few days we're there
Beef pie
Custard Cone
Shrimp Wontons
Pastelles - Christmas would have gone by only 22 days prior to my arrival, someone better freeze some pastelles for us and none of them fish ones either!

This list will be amended as we see fit.

We love you guys.

And thanks.

Goo'day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Ah, Yes

What's not to love about NY?

Where else can The HOchieS see The Wiggles prancing around in the street before 9 AM?

And where else would it be fun to take a 4PM food trip to a lamb smeaty crash cart?

It's the little things.

Currently listening to: "No I In Threesome" by Interpol

Today Is Tuesday, Right?

My calendar has just reassured me that today is the 16th day of October of the year 2007 and that it is indeed a Tuesday.

I might be missing something but if today is what it claims to be, then where the hell is my new Kenna?!

Curse you, Itunes!

Monday, October 15, 2007

From Last Week

Sometime last week I was watching tv (oooo, rare) and I saw a commercial for "Soyjoy". It's one of those things we ate in Japan. This is just a notice to Beetchie, and a note to myself that that's pretty cool. Now if only they would bring some of that Man Scent gum to the US...

Currently: pondering what to do about my lack of Dexter

Friday, October 12, 2007

No 1 + a Flat Meatball After 8 PM

I had the weirdest dreams this morning. Perhaps they were not SO weird but I dreamt I got my copy of Guitar Hero III and a PS3 controller guitar hooked into it but obviously didn't work as well.
Then I dreamt it doubled as a CD, so I put it in a cd player (See how this dream is messed up? A Cd player...har har har har. What is that?) and it was filled with pop music and No Doubt, save the one MUSE track "Supermassive Blackhole" followed by "Shut Me Up" by MSI. I think I may have been fighting my nightmare at that point but lost the war when the next part of my dream found me sitting in the car with H1 and Lou and we were playing song guessing games of 80's songs on the Sirius.

I guessed "Foolish Rain" to some song I can't even hear right now (no, not "Fool in the Rain" unfortunately) but rather some damned Nelson song I think.

Needless to say I now have "Love and Affection" chiming away in my head as we speak. This could potentially be a bad day...

Ah well, at least I got good MUSE news when I awoke. Good news or am I still having a bit of a weird dream...?

Muse planning 'electronic' album

Muse have explained that their next album is likely to have a more electronic feel than their previous work.

Speaking to The Daily Star, drummer Dom Howard explained that him and his bandmates plan to start work on the album in the new year.

"We're going to start writing it properly next year," he said. "We've been getting loads of ideas down. We think it might have quite an electronic feel.

"Normally we need total time out from touring to sit down and reflect but this time round it feels different. We're buzzing at the moment.


source: posted on www.NME.Com

Ah, I've no worries. They like to keed, this MUSE. Last time they said they'd make a very "The Strokes" sounding album and we got things like "Take A Bow". Oh. Wait. Hmmm, I think I do indeed need to be slightly alarmed...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

One More Reason Why The HOchieS Love Richard Branson

He's the coolest man ever.

I often wish I was his kid and more so now so that I may have $200,000 dollars to do some awesome traveling.

Argh

Why are the Horrors supporting Arctic Monkeys on the upcoming tour in the UK? It hurt enough when I got the pre-sale pin and couldn't seize the opportunity and now this?!

I want to go.

This better go down next year in NY.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

1:33 AM

Again with this 1:33 AM.

That's the time my exciting e-mail came in on October 1st and that's the time I got the follow up.

I just woke up to find it.

I am so overwhelmed right now...

First I was in bliss, and now I'm wondering if forty pounds was too much.

Maybe I should go ahead and download the one I bought for free? Maybe it'll sound better?

Ahhh...

It's too early to be tossing all these new noises at me.

I just need to calm down and let this simmer in 5 hours when I'm on the train and properly awake.

Currently listening to: "Jiggsaw Falling Into Place" and the rest of In Rainbows by Radiohead

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"Doodle, Doodle"

It's been near six days since Gnome has returned to Castle in the Fog after his excursion to some sort of School Beyond Red Carpet Turf.

Gnome never rests.

Gnomey-mobile has been busily puttering along over Flat Hillians, near Smudgey Lake and back and forth between Castle in the Fog and Gnome Cottage - The weather has been unseasonably warm for this time of year, so Gnome Cottage remains open.

He heard something last week while enjoying a slice of his favourite Fall pie, which of course is Pumpkin and Some Kind of Apple.

With colour pencils in hand and chittering with excitement, he gets to work on a blank piece of paper he found lying near his Junior Accounting Calculator.



"All creatures deserve greetings of this kind", thinks Gnome happily, "even if they send me fleeing...quivering under a bush."

He is particulary fond of his "Y"'s and his "O"'s, as he draws busily away, grinning from ear to ear.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

...

...

...

I've been playing The Legend of Zelda series for quite some time now. Granted, I did nothing more than chop bushes when I was younger when I took the role of Link on the NES.

But I've graduated.

I'd like to think that I'm now what H1 would call a Zelda Connoisseur.

At least, this is what I thought until tonight.

Can someone explain to me WHY I am having one hell of a time getting my drawing of the Triforce to register on the DS?! I've been at it for at least 15 minutes now and if that area was not in a safe zone, my Phantom Hourglass sand would have run out 6 minutes ago!

I'm pretty sure my rendition of it should should open that gd red door in the Ocean King's Temple!!!!!

How could I not know what the Triforce looks like?! I've one pinned to my bag that I see 7 days a week, for fuck's sake!

ARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

My confidence as a Zelda expert has been shaken.

And the red door remains closed.

Edit:

Doesn't this look like a Triforce?!



I guess it does not for the Phantom Hourglass.

By the way - if you listen closely after I draw my triforce, the "nuh uh, fuck you, you got it wrong" buzz can be heard and the words on the screen are "nothing happened".

For future reference (because you know, it only took me 45 minutes to do), the PROPER way to draw a triforce is to start at the top, go left, stop middle, draw to the right, extend that line diagonally going left, then up left, complete the left side of the triangle, draw the bottom, then from the bottom, draw the right side of the triangle - back to the top and there you have it.

Why am I logging this?

Because the next time this shart happens, I want to be properly prepared!

If there's one thing I've learnt, it's that there's always a next time for bullshart!

Currently listening to: the "nuh-uh, fuck you, you got it wrong" buzzer in my head. Brilliant, I tell you. ...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Happy Birthday Or 2

Only 475 dollars to go.

Who did not come through for you?

Hope you had a good day. I did my best.

Love and hugs
- H1

Monday, October 01, 2007

A Question Posed

To which I responded: ₤0.00

But not without some thought.

Without a record label - fans, critics and anyone who cares speculated on how the release of Radiohead's 7th album would pan out.

Well, for weeks we've known that the record was done but today, it was announced the album would be released via the band's website in two available formats. The first as a limited edition discbox and the second as a digital download.

The LE of "In Rainbows" costs ₤40.
But the real surprise? The digital download costs... whatever the buyer wants to pay.

Here I was, actually given the opportunity to "buy" music for free. And this wasn't just music - this was an entire album from one of my favourite bands.

I pondered.

The choice, while obvious to many (if it's free, it's for me!!!!), had me questioning exactly how much I would pay for the album.

I wanted to pay.

Ultimately, I ended up purchasing the Limited Edition and decided that (partially out of curiousity) I would 'buy' the digital download for nothing.

Aside from curiousity as to whether I'd seriously be allowed to put zero pounds on my credit card (yes, I'll have to pay whatever transactional fee), I also justified my price tag by the fact that I paid for the LE, and finally, I wouldn't get that until December 3rd and hell, I want my new Radiohead in 9 days. (Consider this saving me the trouble of mp3-ing a cd. Of course, I'm not sure if this will be in mp3 format but I'll see on October 10th.)

So...

Even though I've 'technically' paid quite a hefty sum (a testament to Radiohead's musical worth to me), why do I still feel slightly guilty about my nil bill?

Edit: I did find it odd that if I bought the hardcopy that I wouldn't actually get it until December. It turns out that you get a download with this package as well. So, in fact I get TWO downloads - one paid and one not! Who wants the freebie?

Currently listening to: "2+2=5" by Radiohead

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit...Hare Hare Hare

Happy October, people. Here's hoping anyway...
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