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Wow, It's Been A Long Time.

Wow, it has been quite some time since I've logged onto Gamespot. For whatever reason I was surfing the internet and I decided to pop over and see what's up. I don't really seem to recognize many of the users in OT or System Wars, where have you all gone? :cry:
There aren't really many updates in my life. All of the snow has melted, meaning no more snowboarding season for me, so I'm kinda bummed about that, but I just bought a long board and after screwing around with it for awhile, I've decided it's the closest feeling to carving that I'm gonna get for the next few months, so I may as well embrace it:P My final year of high school is beginning to wind down, with much drama ensuing. I've already been through two prom dates, yet due to complications or myself messing things up, I've lost them both haha. My depression is getting much better, and I am beginning to start the weaning cycle of getting of my anti-depressants, so that's kinda cool. Other than that, things are going the way they always have been. Still play drums everyday, still smoke green everyday. I've become a lot more eco-aware. Starting to become more conscious about buying stuff with excessive packaging/waste, using recyclable bags, buying those Sun Chips that have 100% compostable bags, etc. I know it's a small difference but hey, if 1000 people think like me then that small difference turns into a larger impact.

It's becoming frighteningly aware to me that our world is rather doomed. There is just so much f****d up stuff in the world, that I've begun to lose all hope. The latest thing to spur this thought of mind is researching more about Omar Khadr. Khadr is the youngest prisoner to be held in Guantanamo Bay, being first taken in when he was 14 years old. He's a Canadian citizen, and his father was a respected political activist in the Middle East. Anyway, American Forces were bombing a village in Afghanistan when a grenade went off, and killed a medic. A young boy was pulled from the rubble of the blast, and was accused of the throwing of the grenade. That was boy was obviously Khadr. New reports are stating that Khadr was laying unconscious under the rubble the entire time, and that it may have been a fellow American soldier who set off the grenade which killed the medic. Anyway, there is no evidence that is solid which suggest Khadr was the one who threw the grenade, yet he has still been held in the detention centre that is notorious for practicing torture techniques for years, with no help from the Canadian government. CSIS agents have actually visited Khadr in the camp, with a video recording being released showing a horribly beaten Khadr crying and screaming to the agent asking for help, claiming to have been tortured numurous times. The agent does nothing. In fact, a recent report has surfaced which indicates that the Canadian government spent upwards of $2 million in order for Khadr to be kept there. WHAT THE F*** CANADA!

The Girlfriend Blog

So it's finally happened.
After tons of searching, and going on date after date,
I have finally found a girl who's right for me!
We have a ton of the same interests, except she's not really a gamer :(
But yeah, just thought I'd share that update, since I haven't posted a blog in forever!

Wolves In The Throne Room!

Yeah so for those of you guys that haven't heard of them, they're a United States Black Metal band, but they don't really adhere to the

c l a s s ic misconceptions of other USBM bands, they sound a lot more like some European Black Metal. They're extremely ambient, and write about nature. Thankfully, they also don't wear corpsepaint. To the best of my knowledge, they don't tour all that much, so when I saw they were playing in Toronto I was very excited. Myself and a few buddies are getting tickets and driving up to see them May 18th. I'm anticipating this like mad, and hopefully I'll have some fun. They're also playing with Thrones, A Storm of Light, and Krallice. Krallice is pretty good black metal, A Storm of Light is boring, and I haven't heard Thrones. The concert starts at 8 and ends at 1, so that's 5 hours of metal, for 18 bucks.

Watchmen Film Thoughts/Review. SPOILERS

So after many months of waiting, it's finally here. Did it live up to my expectations? For the most, part yes.

As a huge fan of the book, I knew from the get-go that the movie wouldn't be able to touch the graphic novel that Alan Moore has blessed us with, it just couldn't happen. I was interested however, at how Snyder would interpret the Watchmen story as a film, and damn, I think he did a good job. First, I may aswell get all of the negatives out of the way. The voices for a lot of the actors REALLY bothered me. Rorschach's voice was too rough and Christian Bale-like, Doctor Manhatten's was too whiny, and I thought that Nightowl's was just kinda weird. Also, I think the actor for Silk Spectre ruined some of the more emotional parts in the story (realizing The Comedian is her father, for example). I just think that she was a terrible actor, and I'm confused as to why she was cast (because I didn't find her that attractive really either). Another HUGE problem I had was the music. I think that it didn't fit in well at all, was synced up terribly, and just wasn't right. I also had a problem with a few of the scenes in the film. Why did Nightowl witness Rorschach's death? Why did Rorschach have to whine like a **** to be killed by Doc Manhatten? WHY oh WHY did they change Rorschach's way of killing Blaire Roche's kidnapper/murderer? These are the types of questions I was asking myself when watching the movie. That being said, the rest of the film was really, really good. The jailbreak scene was done to absolute perfection in my mind. Jackie Earle Haley could not have done a better performance for Rorschach (save his voice). When he took off his mask, I gasped at how spot on they had gotten the look down for Walter Kovacs. I think that The Comedian was also portrayed very well. I'm very pleased at how they shortened down the book for the most part. Instead of just cutting scenes out all together, they mixed some of them into one. The look and feel of the movie was spot on in my opinion. The alternate world these characters live in was translated onto the big screen, including costumes, sets, and makeup.

Now let's get to the big 'un, the new ending. When I first heard that there was an alternate ending, I was quite upset. But when I thought about it, it made sense. They wouldn't have enough time to explain the whole squi backstory without adding on another hour to the film, plus people that haven't read the book would literally yell what the **** at the idea of a giant squid. The idea of blaming the attacks on Doctor Manhatten isn't a bad one, but doesn't make as much sense as the original ending, as my friend explained to me. Throughout the whole movie/book, Doctor Manhatten is always touted as being from America, for America, and made by America. Now if an American killing machine started attacking the world, woudln't the Soviets let all hell go loose and start attacking America? Even if he did have one attack in America, I'm sure the fact that he attacked the rest of the world would make everyone go ape on their ass, still ending in a nuclear holocaust. On the surface though, it works, and that's fine.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to seeing it a second and maybe third time. The atmoshpere of the book is captured beautifully, Rorschach is perfect, and most of the important scenes were nailed spot on. I'm giving it a 9.2/10.

The Christmas Blog!

Hey guys, Merry Christmas! Been awhile since I've posted a blog so I just thought I I'd have an update.


So I had a lot on my Christmas list, and I received a good portion of it!:P

My three huge things were an iPhone 3G, Zildjian Pitch Black High Hats, and new Forum bindings.
Other than those, I got a couple of shirts, Left 4 Dead, an iTunes giftcard, books, and some other drumming stuff

On Christmas, my mom's side all had a Turkey meal at my Grandpa and Grandma's, which was really amazing. Other than that we passed around gifts, played some games, and fed all of our horses. It was a really good day, and I couldn't think of anything that would have made it better:)

Other than Christmas, I've got something else that's pretty huge in my life...a girl. A GIRL!? yes, a girl. The other day we were talking and I kinda just let it slip out that she was awesome and I really liked her, then she told me pretty much the same thing. There's only one catch, she's got a boyfriend. The past few days we've been constantly texting and talking, and she really makes me feel amazing. Today she told me she wanted to be with me, but doesn't know how to break up with her boyfriend. I'm kinda friends with the boyfriend too, so I dunno what's gonna happen. I don't wanna hurt him, but I REALLY like this girl. I'll make sure I'll update ya in a few weeks about what happens, I really hope things work out!

LittleBigPlanet, Music, Football, Just An Update

Hello guys, long time since I've written anything, and I have some updates on my life:)

First and foremost, my football season is over. We lost in the first round of A division playoffs against the number 1 team in the city, so it's not that bad. This means that I have tons more time and my hands from friends, school, and most importantly, gaming!

Next up, I shall talk about my newest CD's. I just got Orchid, and My Arms, Your Hearse by Opeth. I'm not a HUGE Opeth fan, but I do enjoy a lot of their music. To me, these albums are kinda disappointing, which will probably enrage the fans of Opeth. The only song I really like out of the two is Demon of the Fall, off of MYAY. I also just bought my Wolves In The Throne Room CD, Two Hunters. Again, I'm not a HUGE fan of black metal, but these guys are much different. They don't portray the whole satanic devil's child image, instead a lot of their songs have to do with nature, which is pretty badass. Cleansing is my favourite track off ot the album, but all four songs are really awesome!

On to my gaming. A few weeks ago I bought SOCOM Confrontation, because I really didn't have much to play. This is my first SOCOM game, and despite a lot of the tech issues that everyone's crying about, I really enjoy it. I haven't had too many problems with lag and such, but when lag does hit, it really sucks. I decided to buy the headset package, even though I own two already:P The "Official" one is def. worth it however. I love the look of it sitting in it's dock. Other than SOCOM, yesterday I decided to go out and either get LittleBIGPlanet or Motorstorm 2. I know that most of you guys are freaking out at the thought that I'd even consider MS 2 over LBP, but I really loved the first one, and the addition of split-screen is amazing from what I've played in the demo. Alas, when it got down to it, the cute cry of Sackboy made me decide to snag a copy of LBP. When I got home, my brother and I literally sat down all night having some of the most fun I've ever had in a long time. My parents even came down to see what we were laughing so hard at. One cool comment that my dad made was the fact that a game like this can keep people my age (16) hooked even without all the blood, guns, and sex that a lot of popular games these days need. I'm really having fun with this, and I will delay my purchase of Resistance 2 until the end of the month so I can play this as much as possible Which brings me to my next point.

Resistance 2 vs Gears of War 2. Who will win? In all likelyhood, Gears 2. Why? The first game was and still is, the game that I've played the most since launch. I just keep coming back to the addicting online aspect, even though it's not that deep. There is nothing more fun than making fun of 12 year olds, then popping their heads of with a well-timed head shot. Does that mean I'm not excited for Resistance 2? Hell no. The IGN review has really got me thinking that it will be the game that Resistance 1 could've been. With the huge campaigns, epic online battles, and even more guns. This is an amazing week for shooter fans, be they PS3 or Xbox 360 owners. I will be picking up my copy of Gears 2 on friday, and probably won't buy any other 360 game (other than Left 4 Dead) for a long, long time.

I'm Going To See AC/DC!!!!

So when AC/DC announced their world tour, I was insanely excited, but sadly couldn't get tickets to see them in Toronto. Yesterday however, I got a text from my friend saying his dad's company got a ton of tickets, and if I wanted to go! I replied in about 0.234 seconds saying yes, almost screaming it out loud during class:P I'm going to see them on January 9th at the Air Canada Center, and it's gonna be amazing!:D

Opeth Was AMAZING!

So I saw Opeth on Sunday night, along with High on Fire. They both put on a spectacular show, but Opeth was literally jaw-droppingly epic! I wasn't a big fan of them, but thought it would be a good chance to see High on Fire (who are really awesome), but after seeing their amazing performance, I LOVE THEM. Their singer, Mikael Akerfield (or however it's spelled) was also hilarious! Overall, I had a really great time, ad bought a badass Opeth shirt:D

Underground Hip-Hop's Where It's At

I know this might be weird, because I'm primarily a metalhead, but I've started to love underground rap/hip-hop. R.A. The Rugged Man, Jedi Mind Tricks, Army of the Pharaohs, Reef The Lost Cauze, Immortal Technique, DJ Shadow, Deltron 3030, Celph-Titled, and a few more. I used to always say "Rap/Hip-Hop's lame, no talent" like a lot of other people, but then I started listening to underground stuff, and I really love it. The beat's awesome, and all of the songs have quite a bit of depth to them, rather than "I get mo girls den you get yoooo" like what most mainstream crap is. I highly recommend Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story by Jedi Mind Tricks, featuring R.A. The Rugged Man. Make sure you wait for R.A.'s part, it's simply the best moment in hip-hop ever

Tons Of Stuff... Music, School, Football, Etc.

So first off is the whole school situation. My real school is undergoing reservations, so we're twinning up with a city school. My school day is 12:30-5:00, with 1 hour classes, 5 minutes in between, and a 15 minute "nutrion break." For the days that I have football, an early bus comes to pick me up at 9:00. At first, I thought that I'd hate this new switch, but I've grown to love it. The teachers have been instructed not to give us as much homework as usual, because we get home so late, and sleeping in is amazing!

Next up is music. I've been listening to a lot of Russian Circles, having just bought their newest CD, Station. They really are amazing, especially their drummer. I'd recommend them to anyone that likes Tool. It's the same type of awesome progressive metal, but they have no vocals.
Here's my favourite song by them, Death Rides a Horse. Other than that, I've been listening to Army of the Pharaohs quite a bit. They're a 20 man, underground hip-hop supergroup with Vinnie Paz, Celph-Titled, Reef The Lost Cause, Demoz, and Chief Kamache as main contributors. They're ****ing crazy. Here's my favourite song of theirs, called Seven. If you're into REAL rap, then that is the song for you. Next up in terms of music is something upcoming, AMON AMARTH'S NEW CD! All songs from Twilight of the Thunder God have been leaked on youtube, and EVERY SINGLE ONE kicks major ass. My favourite is Live For The Kill. Make sure you wait until around 2:50, when Apocalyptica makes a special appearance! It's absolutely EPIC! I'll for sure be buying this CD :)

Football's been going much better than it was last week. I've learned all of the plays and been working on timing and such with the receivers a lot, and I'm happy with myself. My arm has been killing me though, and I think I mighta pulled something. I've been icing it as much as I can, and doing proper stretches and such, hope it gets better soon :)

I'm a pretty big fan of Rock Band, and I've seen endless "wish lists" so to speak. Here are songs that I would LOVE to see!

Amon Amarth -Hermod's Ride To Hel - Lokes Treachery Part 1

Agalloch - In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion (Insanely long, but soooo badass!:D)

Behemoth - At The Left Hand Ov God (Let's Face It, Hardest Song On Drums EVAR!?)

Black Label Society - Stillborn

Black Sabbath - N.I.B. (Finally a fun song to play on bass?)

Blind Melon - No Rain

Children of Bodom - Kissing The Shadows (Can't believe there's STILL no Bodom:()

The Cure - Prayers For Rain

Dark Tranquillity - The Mundane And The Magic

Dimension Zero - Deny

In Flames - Episode 666

Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name (MASTER TRACK PLEASE!)

Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down

Lamb of God - Laid To Rest (Needed Something with pretty straight forward pedal work)

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven (No Brainer)

LInkin Park - Papercut

Marilyn Manson - Coma White

Mastodon - March Of The Fire Ants

Metallica - Fade To Black

Modest Mouse - Dashboard

Nine Inch Nails - Star****ers Inc. (Edited I guess)

Opeth - The Lotus Eater

Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

Pantera - Cowboys From Hell

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (Would be Welcome to the Machine, but don't really see that working)

Radiohead - Karma Police (only song I like by them)

Rage Against The Machine - Testify

Rotting Christ - Dying

Russian Circles - Death Rides A Horse

Skyfire - Dawn Will Break

Slayer - God Send Death

Slipknot - (Sic)

Smashing Pumpkins - Stand Inside Your Love (PLEASE! THIS WOULD BE AWESOME ON DRUMS)

The Tea Party - Writing's On The Wall

Tenacios D - Tribute

Tool - Stinkfist

Wow. My longest blog evarr!!!!