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Five Years

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Its been ages since I've blogged. Given today is my 5th anniversary at GS I figured I was due.

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The last year I haven't been gaming as much as I used to. I've become more of a casual gamer.

My health has improved quite a bit. I'm still undergoing treatment for lyme, but I've had a lot of success with the new Doctor I started with a year and a half ago. I'm feeling much better and have been able to resume many of my daily activities.

I've gotten back into my music, specifically writing jazz arrangements and playing jazz guitar, which is very time consuming. I'm taking cIasses again with my jazz professor from college and have picked up where I left off with my jazz improvisation studies. :)

I've also been volunteering for an organization that helps disabled and critically ill patients. This has become almost a full time job, but it has been very gratifying and I've met a lot of new friends.

On the gaming front I recently purchased Skyrim and I've been playing it every free moment I have, lol. I created A Dark Elf that is a combination Warrior-Mage-Thief. I've put about 50 hours into the game and I feel like I've only just begun. I'll probably still be playing this game when the summer rolls around. :P

skyrim

A few months ago I picked up Gears of War 3, I've only managed to play it sporadically. Its a great game and I need to play it more. So if you see me on xbl and want to play some Gears 3, hit me up. :)

Gears 3

I recently picked up Killzone 3 (a little late I know) I've wanted it for a while and couldn't resist picking it up for $15. :) I haven't had a chance to play it yet, since it just arrived in the mail. I hope to pop it in this week.

Killzone 3

Other than that I got a really cool gadget for Christmas. A Zoom H2 Portable Digital recorder. Which will come in handy with my jazz improv jams and practice.

zoom h2

So that's what I've been up to, sorry I've been absent from gs and commenting in blogs and unions. I have a few weeks off so I'll be catching up on those types of things. ;)

What's new with all of you? drop me a word on the way out. :)

Don't Get Around Much Anymore

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Hello everyone, its been a while since I've done a blog, so I thought I'd drop in to say hi. I've been around gamespot a little bit, mostly visiting blogs when I can. I've been busy working out at the gym and taking a cIass at college.

I've been laboring over an arrangement for a seven piece jazz ensemble. Its been years since I've written one, I hope it turns out ok. Something about transposing all the horn parts makes my head hurt. :P

I'm doing the tune 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore' by Duke Ellington. Its an old swing tune, but I've done a lot of things to it to make it sound more hip, like 1963 rather than 1942.

A lot of work goes into doing one of these things. Just the written part alone takes at least 40 hours.

I start with what is called a lead sheet which looks like this:

Then I spend a lot of time thinking, harmonizing horn parts and doing things to make the song sound more modern. Then, I write the score and after that the parts for the individual musicians to read.

I took a picture of my score and the parts. You can only see the top page of each part, but each one has 3-4 pages and the score is 7 pages long.

I still do things the old fashioned way and write it out instead of doing it on a computer program. I'm old school like that. It also takes a leap of faith because I don't get to hear my arrangement before handing it over to the musicians.

Its going to be played on Wednesday, I'll see if I can set up my digital 4 track and record it.

I get to catch up on my gaming now that this is done. I've gotten a bunch of new games the last two weeks, but have been too busy to play much. Its been a while since I've purchased a lot of games, I've been catching up on my backlog. There were some great sales, so I took advantage. :D

Since I don't do a monthly blog anymore, here's what I picked up:

xbox 360

ps3

psp

ps1

What has everyone been up to? and what games have you been playing lately?

drop me a word on your way out.

I'll c-ya all later. ;)

better late than never

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I was tagged a while back by tinoshke and I never responded with my five favorite games from last year. :oops:

Not all my games were released in '10 but that is when I played them so don't gripe at me that such and such came out in '09...okay?

Red Dead Redemption

I'm a Rock Star junky, plain and simple. It was fun to roam around the desert (instead of Liberty City) and shoot things up. Watch out for those Cougars though, they come out of no where, the bears are another story, lol. I still need to go back and finish the Undead Nightmare pack and do some multiplayer.

Fallout 3

I finally got around to playing this game last year. It took a while to grow on me, then I couldn't stop playing it, lol. According to Raptr I've spent 5 days and 4 hours of my life in the Wastelands. :?

Alan Wake

Alan Wake is a nice change of pace from all the shooters out there. It had a spooky Stephen King type of atmosphere which suits me just fine. The dlc was also fun and added a few twists on the gameplay and the plot. My only complaint was running through the woods dodging shadow men got kind of old after a while.

Call of Duty Black Ops

I really had fun with this game until I started playing it on veteran and the achievements weren't unlocking for me. :x anyone that plays these games knows how hard the veteran levels can be. I still have to go back and give it another try. I also haven't spent much time on the multiplayer, which is the best part of the game. I guess I should invest in the new map pack and get myself out there. :)

Halo Reach

I kind of rushed my way through this game, when it came out I was busy with other things. I still need to complete the campaign on Legendary and I've done very little multiplayer. I guess I've been slacking on my online shooters. :P

So there you have it, my list of five favorite games from last year. :)

I'm currently working on Dead Rising 2 and the God of War Collection. Dead Space 2 (for the ps3) should be arriving in the mail any day now.

Other than that, I just finished reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King and currently reading Dune.

oh, and I went back to college too. ;)

What's happening with all of you out there? Tell me what's new in your world.

c-ya!

gaming front

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It's been a while since I blogged and I've been gaming again so I thought I'd stop in and say hello. :)

I picked Call of Duty Black Ops last week and I've been enjoying it. Even been playing a bunch of deathmatch online, which I haven't done since Cod 4. I'm going to see If I can rank up to prestige before Dec 1. :D

I finished the campaign on hardened and I'm working my way through on veteran now. I'd be playing it more if I weren't hooked on Fallout 3. I bought Fallout 3 at launch and it sat in my backlog until a couple weeks ago. I also have all the dlc so I've been busy traversing the D.C. wastelands. It took me a while to really get into this game, but now I can't stop playing it.

I broke my one cardinal gaming rule: Never play more than one RPG at a time. I'm also playing Dragon Age Origins on my ps3. I picked up the Ultimate Edition last week with Awakenings and all the dlc. I thought I'd get some money back on my original copy of Dragon Age Origins and put it up for trade at goozex. I wasn't expecting to get matched with a trade immediately but I did. so I had to mail my old copy out before the new one arrived in the mail. I got impatient and started Fallout 3 in the meantime. ha ha with Black Ops coming out the next day, face palm.

I picked up a bunch of new games to throw on the back log pile (which I'm making progress on).

with all the pre-black friday sales and a bunch of credit laying around at goozex I recently got these:

  • Call of Duty Black Ops-x360
  • Heavy Rain- ps3
  • Dead Rising 2 - x360
  • Fallout New Vegas - x360
  • Dragon Age Ultimate Edition ps3
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2 - x360
  • Metro 2033 - x360
  • Singularity - x360
  • Super Street Fighter IV - x360
  • Silent Hill Shattered Memories - psp

What is new with all of you? get any new games or goodies lately? With the weekend & holidays almost upon us do you have any big plans?

Gonna be a Firefight!

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Heya folks! itsbeen a while since I blogged so I thought I'd stop by and say hello.

I caved and pre-ordered Halo Reach. I've been making a comeback on xbl and the occasional appearance on psn. I haven't purchased a game in couple months so why not?

Halo Reach

I've beaten a few games this last month.

  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Faction Guerrilla
  • Gears 2 (on Hardcore)
  • The Maw

I'm also working on Dragon Age Origins on ps3

In other news besides finally getting my cat Neo back (after a year and a half) from my ex, I also got a couple kittens. I'll have to post some pics one of these days. So things have been a bit crazy here lately. One of the kittens decided to kill my x360 headset one evening while I was sleeping. I forgot to put it in my drawer oops. It was kind of funky and I needed a new one anyhow.

So when I play firefight RoslindaleOne won't have to listen to me going 'Can you hear me now?' anymore. :lol:

so that's all, looking forward to my copy of Halo Reach arriving in the mail later today. :D

hope everyone is well, tell me what's new in your world on your way through. ;)

The Killing Jar

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I guess it's my turn to turn my ipod into a divination instrument:

thanks to Booticon for tagging me.

Incase you don't know the rules for this tagging game yet:

1. Put Your iTunes (or other music player) on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5. Tag at least 10 friends.
6. Anyone tagged has to do the same, because fun pointlessness spreads like a virus.
Do it! Don't cheat! It's creepy how odd some of the answers turn out...

1. If someone says, "Is This Okay?" You Say:

'Isolation Years' ~ Opeth (guess I go hide)

2. How would you describe yourself?

'Money' ~ Pink Floyd ( 8) )

3. What do you like in a guy/girl?

'A Forest' ~ The Cure (ha ha)

4. How do you feel today?

'A Little Soulful Tune' ~ Taj Mahal ( :lol: )

5. What Is Your Life's Purpose?

'The Fall of Troy' ~ Tom Waits (damn my secret is out!)

6. What is your motto?

'Kiss'~ Prince (guess I'm a lover not a fighter)

7. What do your friends think of you?

'What if We Give it Away?' ~ REM (guess I'm disposable :? )

8. What do you think of your parents?

'Toys in the Attic' ~ Aerosmith (um yup)

9. What do you think about very often?

'I'm Free' ~ The Who (yeah baby!)

10. What is 2+2?

'Witchy Woman' ~ Eagles (wanted to see Radiohead here oh well)

11. What do you think of your best friend?

'You're Aging Well' ~ Dar Williams (I just told my guitar player he needs to dye his hair he looks old :lol: )

12. What do you think of the person you like?

'Pledging My Time' ~ Bob Dylan

13. What is your life story?

'What Lurks on Channel X?' ~ Rob Zombie (guess I'm a creature double feature :D )

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?

'I Do Not Want This' ~ Nine Inch Nails (I guess I'm in denial re: this topic)

15. What do you think of when you see the person you like?

'Breaking Glass' ~ David Bowie(is this good or bad? idk)

16. What will you dance to at your wedding?

'Rock and Roll Stew' ~ Traffic (ok can I wear my Misfit's t-shirt? I hate dresses!)

17. What will they play at your funeral?

'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)' ~ Metallica ( :? ok at least it wasn't King Diamond 'Funeral' :twisted: )

18. What is your hobby/interest?

'Living Dead Girl' (um ok, lol)

19. What is your biggest fear?

'Saviour Machine' ~ David Bowie (imagine getting to heaven and Hal is at the gate!)

20. What is your biggest secret?

'Underneath it All' ~ Nine Inch Nails (guess I'm not telling, ha ha)

21. What do you think of your friends?

'Don't Let It Bring You Down' ~ Neil Young ( :o )

22. What will you put as the title?

'The Killing Jar' ~ Siouxsie & the Banshees

Ten Friends for Tagging:

  1. tinoshke
  2. RoslindaleOne
  3. celtic1962
  4. Garrison_Ford
  5. MorkkiTH
  6. s_h_a_d_o
  7. Bigboss712
  8. grafkhun
  9. LexLas
  10. indzman

Back on the horse

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It's been a little while since I posted a blog, so I thought I should give you an update. Especially since I've only been around on gamespot, xbl and psn sporadically.

I've just been busy tending to life. Gaming has taken a back seat for the last few months, so I feel a bit out of step with everything here lately. I've recently started playing Red Dead Redemption for the x360, it's a great game. I'm still having trouble finding time to play though. I thought this would be a good choice to help me get back into a groove again.

RDR

A lot of things have changed for the better. I started treatment with my new practitioner and it is going well. She is choosing to use chinese herbs, vitamins and supplements instead of antibiotics. It hasn't been two weeks yet and I'm already seeing results.

I've stepped up my work out regime over the last three months and that is going well. I've also had some recent developments with my work lately. My old band mate is moving back to town and we are getting the band back together.

I just ran into an old friend from college that books gigs for some of the local clubs. She offered to find me any band members we may need (bass and drums) along with gigs. Now I'm trying to throw together three sets of original and cover tunes that we can play without too much work.

This has all transpired over the last week and looks to happen faster than I am probably ready. but such is life. :?

I'm usually hanging out in the mornings on lastfm. feel free to stop by and say hi, or send an add if you have an account. link

I have a flag counter on my profile, it "collect's" flags from different countries. So if you stop by, you may be contributing the first flag for your country (or state). it's kind of a dorky but fun application. :D

hope all is well with everyone, sorry I haven't been commenting in blogs and unions. I have been breezing through but too busy to stop and comment most days.

I Need(ed) A Miracle

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First off hello, I'm still alive incase you've been wondering.

I've been hiding out at last.fm a lot lately while I listen to music. If you use that site feel free to add me. link

as some of you know things were kind of turned upside down on me regarding my health care. it's almost four months later and after sending out a bunch of letters to doctors, networking and phone calls I think I've found one.

Ironically it is the doctor that was Jerry Garcia's primary care physician towards the end of his life. (Jerry of the Grateful Dead) It's ironic because I'm actually a huge Grateful Dead fan and have been listening to them night and day for weeks. I used to go to their shows a lot before Jerry died.

There is a Grateful Dead song called 'I Need A Miracle'. Maybe ole Jerry took pity on me up in heaven and put a word in with his former doctor for me.

Grateful Dead

link to a live GD video of 'I Need A Miracle' from 1991

incase you're curious. :P

maybe now I can start to get back to the fun things in life like playing video games, watching baseball and playing my guitar.

I'm working on a new batch of songs and hope to record a cd late this summer or fall. Still working out some of the harmonic and rhythmic problems on paper at the moment. I'm trying to mix a few genres of music so it's a bit complex.

because my medical care is going to be a bit expensive (insurance doesn't cover everything) my gaming budget has taken a hit. I have quite a backlog so that won't be a problem for a while. I just won't be playing the next new thing for a while.

I did get Bayonetta in the mail today from goozex though.

oh and I ran out of room on my 160gb Ipod cIassic, (all music too). so I purchased a 32gb Ipod touch last week. it's awesome!

that's what is new in my world. sorry I've been absent, life has had other plans for me as of late. Now that some things are being resolved I plan to be here more often & visiting blogs, as well as xbl and psn.

for those that still remember me drop a line and tell me what is new in your life. I've missed you all. :)

Poseidon and the Bitter Bug

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Yup another music blog, a sour grapes thing since I'm playing video games, but just for short sessions. If I play too long I end up with a bad headache. :( I finally got my copy of Bioshock 2 in the mail. I guess it got lost in the storms back east, only a week late. :roll: If I had been anxiously awaiting it I would have been pissed, damn amazon!

I went kind of crazy buying music this month. I figured why spend $ on games if I can't play them? I've almost filled up my 160gb ipod. 8405 jazz tunes, and 4200 rock tunes. I took up 11gb with 20 cIassic Star Trek episodes. I still have a little jazz left to upload, and some rock cd's. I have about 8gb of space left. :P

It's amazing how many cd's I must have left behind in my old place, had to re-buy a couple things. :x I hate that, opening a cd cover to find it empty!

here's the damage:

Indigo GirlsMelissa EtheridgeSarah MacLachlanEmmylou HarrisSimon and GarfunkelSimon and GarfunkelNick DrakeAC/DCMatt NathansonThe FrayHowie DayMatt KearneyStevie Ray VaughanThe Devil Makes ThreeSquirrel Nut ZippersLouis ArmstrongZoot SimsArt PepperShelly Manne & His MenThe Vanguard Jazz OrchestraLucky ThompsonBenny Carter

So there you have it, a little bit of rock, folk, country/rock, blues and jazz. 22 new cd's to throw into the ipod mix. I'm not usually into old time jazz like Louis Armstrong but the cd was only $1.98 so wtf? The Devil Makes Three cd was taped live in Felton, I was probably at the show, but I couldn't find the date they recorded it on.

I'm gonna try and get back into my gaming today. I still need to finish my third play through of Mass Effect before I start the second one. It's driving me crazy, I want to play the second one!!!

So with the plethora of games out which ones are you all spending your time with? Since I'm not on xbl or psn to notice. :P

c -ya! ;)

Phee

Update: I couldn't help myself and ordered three more cd's from Amazon: two by King Crimson: Court of the Crimson King and Discipline. I also ordered The Band by The Band. Guess I'll wait till next month for Heavy Rain since I won't play it before then anyway.

King CrimsonKing CrimsonThe Band