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Lego Rock Band Party [Nov. 4th, 2009|06:21 am]
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For those of you who may still be Facebook impaired, the Lego RB party got moved to tonight, as more people were available. It starts around 5pm at my place.
-KEiTH
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Lego Rock Band [Oct. 28th, 2009|06:36 am]
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I've posted an event on Facebook, but I don't know if some people still aren't on there. Anyway, next tuesday (11/3) is the release date for Lego Rock Band. I plan to have a party for people to come over and play. Ya'll should come. Who doesn't want to play with Lego Bowie? The 'dig will start around 5pm. Feel free to invite additional people.
-KEiTH
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Reminder: Beatles' Rock Band Party - Tonight [Sep. 9th, 2009|08:06 am]
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So, yeah, be there. My apartment, 5pm, bring an extra mic if you can.

-KEiTH
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Beatles Rock Band release party [Sep. 2nd, 2009|07:29 am]
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The game comes out on the 9th (next Wed). I'm having a party at ye olde apartmente that night around 5pm. Come and learn how difficult 3 part harmonies can be.
-KEiTH
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+2 Post of Retardation [Aug. 20th, 2009|09:14 am]
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Holy Fucking Crap, here we go again:

http://www.sltrib.com/justice/ci_13146563

Some guy beats someone with a hammer allegedly over a game of Dungeons & Dragons, and a girl they both wanted to date. Uh, yeah. D&D is the evil spawn of Satan, and inducts your children into his unholy cult...or something. Just wonderful. We were just making headway, I thought, it doing away with that stigma in relation to gaming. I think Tycho from Penny Arcade put it best when he said, "There are manifold unanswered questions: for example, was defendant Zachary King playing a class that can even wield hammers?" On a brighter note the comic at Penny Arcade is hilarious.

-KEiTH
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Gurnsey [Aug. 15th, 2009|02:15 pm]
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This post is for Lindsay. Gurnsey is doing fine. I've stopped by every day since you left. She seems fairly indifferent to her situation. She comes and sees what's going on whenever I come in, but usually ignores me for the most part. On Thursday, she seemed more affectionate than usual, so I stayed with her for about a half-hour, at which point she wandered off to parts of the house unknown. She's been eating most of the wet food each day, though she doesn't seem to care for the seafood medley. She hasn't really touched much of the dry food, but I've kept it full. Just so you know, there was a note on your door, saying your landlord would be installing new smoke alarms. I saw no evidence of anybody, so I don't know what was up with that. I hid the veterinary fund under the food, just in case. I'll be seeing Gurnsey today in about an hour, during my bike ride. So far, so good. Hope your still having fun, see you in a while.
-KEiTH
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WIN! [Aug. 10th, 2009|10:15 am]
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Gorillaz tracks for Rock Band! Also, the only Janis Joplin song I would like to have, and fuckin' "White Rabbit". SO much awesome.

-KEiTH
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Almost intollerable depression at the hands of the movie-going public in 3-2-... [Jul. 27th, 2009|07:05 am]
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One.

Morons.

...And just to add to my own sense of surrealism, the banner add above the article said "Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince - #1 Movie in America (Now Playing).
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Some Reviews... [Jul. 20th, 2009|07:52 am]
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A couple of quick reviews:

First, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, the 6th movie in the series, came out last week. I went to see it on opening night, then, a second time on Thursday, and it was absolutely great. It was so much better than the last couple of offerings, and probably my favorite thus far. They definitely recaptured the magic (pun intended). At just over 2 1/2 hours; the pacing, a major issue with the last few films in general, was superbly calibrated. Let's face it, this movie, and the book from which it was based, are pretty much just the exposition setup for the seventh and final book/movies. None the less, the movie never felt boring or overly expositional. All of my favorite moments were there, and the things that were changed were understandable at worst and welcome in quite a few cases. There was only one scene that I didn't think they should have made, and that was the scene at the Burrow during Christmas time. For those that have seen it, you know the one. What the hell. It didn't progress the plot, and it wasn't necessary for any other reason. Other than that, my only complaint was the missing funeral at the end, but I got over it. The budding romances and out of control hormones were in full force during this installment, and they were mostly handled really well. The casting, as always, was superb. I'm very willing to forgive Slughorn's physical inaccuracies for the excellent performance of Jim Brodbent in the part. Michael Gambon really brought Dumbledore to a perfection that I thought came up slightly short in past movies. Alan Rickman is still Alan Rickman. All the children were great with a special honorable mention going to Luna Lovegood. Perfection in casting if there ever was any; she was even better in this movie. I <3's me some Luna wackiness. Hermione, Ron, and Harry were as good as ever. All in all, an excellent job, and I look forward to the final installments even more now.

The other movie I saw recently was Zac and Dawn Make a Wedding. The supposed sequel to Zac and Miri Make a Porno. Although, as far as I can tell, the movie has been entirely recast both behind and in front of the camera. I personally think it was an improvement overall. The casting was excellent. It starred that guy from the new Johnny Depp movie, Public Enemies. I can't remember the actor's name, as his IMDB entry seems to be missing for some reason, but his portrayal of Zac Shipley was superb. Beside him was his eternal flame Dawn (formerly Sulok) Shipley, who was portrayed perfectly by the bassist of The Recession, my favorite underrated four-hit wonder band. As I understand it, her debut in this movie may be her last, as she is retiring to go into teaching. It's a shame, but I wish her the best, and I think she'll be great. The pacing of this movie, at least from my perspective in the audience, seemed a bit fast. It was a full 48 hours long, but seemed to go by much quicker.
My favorite part was the bachelor party scene, but they may have to wait for the DVD release to show that in its entirety. Maybe they can post some deleted scenes on YouTube or something. This scene seemed to preserve the humor style of the first movie more than others. I do have to say that the stripper seemed a little plastic. Where did they find an albino, headless, quadriplegic stripper? That's incredibly specific casting. She also had that problem where she looked good from the front, but not nearly as good from the back. She had no butt to speak of at all. I also have a minor gripe about the card game being played in that scene. Like many things made up for movies, it didn't seem to have any discernible logical rules. At least they got the video games correct for once. No recycled Pac-man sounds coming from the TV as the players, all holding incorrect controllers, button mashed unrealistically to imaginary images. Nope, they got the real deal for this one. They must have paid up to $60 each to license all these great titles. It was worth it, though, as it looked absolutely real.
The wedding ceremony scene was excellent, although I think the bugs looked fake. They should have added those using CG in post or something, rather than trying to do the effect practically. Zac, usually the consummate performer, seemed a little nervous in that scene, but he pulled it off in the end. The scene was perfectly timed, and not long and drawn out like in other similar wedding movies I've scene. The costume designer and set decorator did a superb job of getting the feel and heart of the scene. It felt just like being at a real, good wedding.
The reception scene looked like it was shot in a local senior center or something. Don't get me wrong, they did a good job once again of dressing the set; though I think the props master has a bit of an obsession with legos. It looked like even part of the cake was made of lego blocks. Don't eat those. The soundtrack in this part of the movie was excellent, though I think they made a continuity mistake in the editing. It appeared that they started up one song, then suddenly a different song was playing. At least the new song was wedding appropriate; being about never giving you up, never letting you down, never running around and deserting you, etc. You know, commitment type stuff, although I question the sexual orientation of the singer. They also seemed to have a few too many untalented extras that were unwilling or unable to dance. I feel the need to apologize on their behalf. A good time seemed to be had, though, and that's what was important. I'm very happy to have seen this movie, and I wish the cast a long and happy career. As I understand it, their next project takes place in Washington DC. I'm hoping for a live-action Fallout movie.

-KEiTH

P.S. - I do think they under-utilized the guy playing the security guard with the laptop by the bathrooms. He was there the entire time, but didn't really have anything to do. Maybe they could have had a scene with an attempted break-in to the steal the Fitchburg Death Star plans. Or, they could have had the legos turn out to be robots in disguise, bent on stealing the Fitchburg Allspark. Maybe a bank robbery, and the guard could have been the audience at the trial. See? There are lots of ways they could have utilized this talented, albeit quiet, security guard.
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I gets me a new Xbox tonight - or - Let's break this in properly [Jun. 12th, 2009|07:00 am]
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So, after work, I'm going to Best Buy to purchase a new Xbox to replace my recently demised one. Guess what I'm going to be doing this weekend. I never realized I was this addicted, but I guess all the signs were there. Anyway, if anyone wants to come over for some sweet gaming action, I'd love the company. I can probably even scare up some food, and make it an impromptu party proper. I was thinking either tonight, or tomorrow night, or possibly both. I've got lots of games to play, but feel free to bring more. Give me call or drop a line if you're interested.
-KEiTH
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