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I finished BioShock 2.  Again.  I got the same ending as when I played the first time.  Perhaps I should have harvested all the Little Sisters…

I still haven’t written anything yet like I’ve been meaning to, but I have the outline done full and proper, so writing should be easy.  Should be being the key words there, and at any rate writing should be… easier with the outline.  As much as I love writing free and clear with no restraints, I am writing about true events so it’d be nice to have a set direction.  Nothing would be worse than a book full of ramblings.  If I wanted people to read that, I’d try to recreate the Necronomicon or something.

But at least I can say I did something constructive.  I have the outline.  Now I need to start writing.  But that comes later, I have to work in the morning.

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I neglect this thing far too much.

I haven’t fully decided if it’s because I wait until things happen in my life that are worth writing about, or if I only write when I try to alleviate my guilt for not putting forth any effort to be the writer I know I can be.  Probably both; although I seemed to have more to say when I was a whiny, angsty teenager complaining in my DeadJournal… O__o

Where to begin?  I suppose the beginning is always the best place, especially if one is catching up.  I suppose I should start in December, after my last post.  That’s where I left off, anyway.

I was living in Newnan with friends, on unemployment still, and fervently trying to look for a job.  Nothing panned out, the new year came and went, we started fighting about money, we had a falling out, I moved back home with my parents.  (There’s the annotated version because the long-winded version plays out like a bad soap opera in my head every time I think about it.  Everything is over and done with, and while I regret losing a best friend for something very stupid, it still happened.  We live and we learn, and truth be told I will never do that again.)

Enter February.  I started a new job as a quality control technician in a plant that’s not far from the house.  Sounds fancy, doesn’t it?  It’s not.  Putting it simply, I inspect parts that are made in the plant.  The plant itself (TI Automotive), makes gas tanks for certain models of BMW, Volkswagon, and Hyundai/Kia cars.  There’s about 8 different lines running in the plant, not to mention all the shipping and receiving that goes on.  It’s loud, crazy, and monotonous work.  Truth be told, I hate it, only I can’t complain because the pay is not bad and I can pay my bills.

I only complain about the job until the “this job is bigger than you” thought crosses my mind.  Then I get set back into my place for a while.  The plant makes gas tanks that will be in cars that people actually drive, and I’m inspecting the parts.  I stop complaining after that.  The job is still boring, though.  I catch myself watching the press near me make a part and the robots do their designed task.  Boring as it in there, it’s fascinating.

Moving on.

Ever since I went to London in 2007, I’ll pine for it every 3-6 months.  I’ve been missing it lately, just thought I’d share.

Lately I’ve gotten this bug about getting things done, and not leaving anything unfinished.  This includes writing, cleaning, whatever I can think of that I’d usually put off.  I started digging through my notebooks trying to find a script for a movie I was working on, only to remember that it was on my external hard drive, which crashed ages ago.  Back to square 1 on that one.

I was without a gaming console for a few weeks after I applied the January Dashboard update to my Xbox.  My original 360 Elite went through a ton of freezes before it finally red ringed, so I took it apart (my warranty was gone ages ago) and attempted to fix it myself in addition to modding the case.  The fix didn’t work, so now my case mod is useless, especially since I gave up and purchased a newer 360.  X_x  I tried to save it, though.  I really did.  I can game again, but I’m sad I can’t use my Emilie Autumn 360 case mod.  It really is beautiful.

I’ve got a lot of things running through my mind but no clear way as to how I want to convey them.  Maybe that’s why I get so many headaches, too many pressing thoughts. :3

Well, this seems to be a good place as any to leave off.  I feel I’ve bloggored enough today, and I should get to writing something; although it’s more likely I’ll end up playing BioShock 2 until bed, though.

Er, I’m quite rubbish at keeping up with blogs, obviously.  I mean, you’d think with me being unemployed ONCE AGAIN, I would have ample time to write petty nonsense in this thing.  I don’t know, at any rate, I haven’t been keeping track of much.

Let’s see, as I mentioned above, I lost my job in November.  Once again I was laid off.  It’s possible I should move back home with my parents, but I’m trying to see if I can find another job first.

December 4th I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  I have to say the concert was fantastic.  It was everything I hoped it would be ever since I started listening to them at age 14.  I went away from the show feeling dazzled and slightly deaf, but so happy I saw them.

One week later (December 11th), I flew to New York with my friend Kim and saw Rammstein.  I can honestly say without a doubt it was the BEST concert I have ever been to.  To be a part of that history, to see them in the U.S. for the first time in almost 10 years, and in Madison Square Gardens, was nothing short of awe-inspiring.  Marking that off my bucket list was pretty awesome.

I went away from that concert with the ultimate feeling of euphoria, even more deaf than the week before, also hoarse.  It didn’t matter, I was/am so happy I saw them.  Words can’t describe the happiness.  I, like the other fans who saw Rammstein in NY, hope they decide to eventually tour the U.S.

What else?  Oh, well…tomorrow is my birthday.  Yeah, happy birthday to me.  I’ll be at my cousin’s, doing laundry and reading and hoping the day doesn’t suck too terribly bad.

Update over, I’ve nothing more to write.

Blogging whilst at work.  I’ve been meaning to write something for quite some time, but I’m only now getting around to it.

General catch-up

3 weekends ago Atlanta hosted Gay Pride.  I went to the festivities all 3 days (Friday to Sunday) and meant to blog about it.  We see how well that went.  I’ll write up a separate entry soon, because all the fun that was had cannot simply fit into this one entry alone.

By a stroke of luck at a local Barnes & Noble, I got my hands on the Complete Sherlock Holmes: Vol. 1 & 2.  I am part way through the The Sign of Four.  Finding quiet time to read is difficult at best; I’ve taken to locking myself in the bathroom and bringing the book to work with me for some alone time.  I’m not complaining, I rather enjoy it.

I’ve felt creative as of late, a smattering of poems and a partial story have been written.  None of it complete, should work on this.

My general rantings, however, deal with the atrocities on the Georgia interstates that claim to be suitable drivers.  They’re not.  They’re brainless, devolved beasts with 2-ton death missles, and that’s putting it mildly.  I don’t know what’s been emptied into the water supply to make everyone bat-shit crazy when it comes to driving on the interstate, but it’s been effective.  Maybe it’s the weather or the recent full moon.  Whatever the case may be, it’s made me think about modifying my car; perhaps into something along the lines of a tricked-out death machine you see in video games.

Not realistically possible for my make and model car, but I digress.

What else?  OH, Emilie Autumn’s second printing of her novel The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls finally shipped.  Now if mum will send my copy to me, all will be right in the world.  I cannot wait to have my copy actually in my hands.

OH!  Also, I’m so excited about Rammstein playing their first U.S. show in 10 years!  They’ll be in NY on Dec. 11th, and I HAVE TICKETS TO BE THERE!!  I’m so excited about this, I cannot wait for November to pass.

I also have tickes for Trans Siberian Orchestra next month.  More excitement.

At any rate, that seems to be the gist of it.  I’ve noticed since picking up Sherlock Holmes my speech has gotten far more proper.  As it should be, I suppose.  Not many in America know what proper grammar is.  Indeed, half my peers still use their/there/they’re and your/you’re improperly, and we’ve been graduated from high school 6 years.  No matter, at least I can say grammar/literature class were my best studies.

I’ll end this now, work to be done.

MobileFun Review

This review is for a product I received from my UK friend Natalie, who works for MobileFun.  As a favor for her, I’m writing this review.  Although Natalie is a fabulous person and a penpal across the Atlantic, this review is completely unbiased.

After some debate about US/UK plug conversion, we settled on a Desk Genie Non-Slip Charging Desk Stand (seen here).

The specs run as follows:

  • Non-slip material that holds your phone, iPod, etc.
  • 4 memory card slots.
  • 2 USB slots
  • 9 jack ends to charge a variety of mobile phones.
  • USB connection cable to hook to any laptop/PC.
  • 1 charger output cable

(Specs taken from the product page)

When I chose this product, I was a little confused as to A) where I’d put it and B) how the non-slip part worked.  After getting a desk job and receiving the stand, both questions were quickly answered.  I can’t say much about this stand except that I love it.

I keep the stand on my desk, and I use it to hold my iPod while I’m working on my computer.  I haven’t yet tested the memory card slots, but I did test the USB slots to charge my phone and iPod.  The stand itself is wonderful, though my work computer needs to be defragmented and can be slow.  I’ve refrained from testing the charger since the one test.  I’m certain on my laptop the stand will be faster, I just need to remember to take my stand home on the weekend.

Like I said, I love this stand.  When I first took it out of the box I just tested the holding power of the non-slip surface.  I tested my phone, my iPod (in its protective hard casing), and my cousin’s phone.  I was pretty amazed at how well it grips.  I had put a new housing on my Blackberry, and the stand gripped so well it pulled my battery door off. :3

In the stand’s defense, the battery door wasn’t latching properly anyway, but that’s still amazing holding power…

Overall, I’m more than pleased with this desk stand, and I would love to order some other technical gadget from them in the future.

Finally, there’s word on Alice 2 (proper title Alice: Madness Returns).  No, I’m not talking about a movie.  I’m talking about the second installment video game by American McGee.  It’s been 10 years since Alice was first released, and those who remember the game have raved about McGee’s interpretation of Carroll’s novels.  For those that need refresher:

11 years ago Alice was the sole survivor of a tragic house fire that claimed her family.  Driven insane by survivor’s guilt, Alice was institutionalized in Rutledge Asylum, where she was scorned and mistreated by the staff.  The White Rabbit finds Alice and takes her back to Wonderland, which has suffered ghastly changes in her absence.

Alice fights her way through Wonderland, finally battling the Queen of Hearts.  The game takes on a second storyline as well, Alice’s battle through Wonderland seconds as a battle for her sanity.

Enter Alice 2.  This story line picks up 10 years later.  Alice has secured a release from Rutledge Asylum and is now seeing a therapist in London.  She still suffers survivor’s guilt, and though she was released, it doesn’t seem like she’s fully regained her sanity.  Her coping mechanism is disappearing to Wonderland, obviously to protect herself from the struggles of the “real” world.

The :30 teaser trailer for the game has been released, and can be seen here and here (also several different places if you google enough).  It shows a pendulum swinging back and forth, and a male voice (her therapist) hypnotising Alice and then asking her about Wonderland.  Her mouth opens, and a flow of blood spills out in addition to a couple of her teeth.

The official website boasts Alice is still struggling with nightmarish visions and tries to come to terms with everything happening to her, which could quite possibly mean why she alone survived the fire 11 years previous.  Concept art and few screenshots are up as well, and I wasted no time in viewing them to see what had changed in Wonderland.

Aside from the obvious “Alice has grown up a bit”, the first thing I noticed were the card soldiers.   In Alice the soldiers were normal.  In Alice 2, they’re ghoulish and desiccated, with their respected suits carved thtough the center of their bodies.

Alice 2 screenshot. Copyright EA Games and American McGee.

The landscape has also changed significantly.  The first game was dark and polluted; but now it’s lighter, brighter but still twisted.  I interpret this to mean while Alice recovered significantly since the first game, the troubles plaguing her still affect the landscape of Wonderland.

Alice 2 screenshot. Copyright EA Games and American McGee.

Alice 2 screenshot. Copyright EA Games and American McGee.

I hope most of the concept art actually made it into the game.  Especially this piece.  I assume it’s the Queen of Hearts’ castle, and I’m enjoying this idea of the suits being carved through things.  The card soldiers, though, not so much.  But I’m eager to see what else is in the game.

Alice 2 concept art. Copyright EA Games and American McGee.

I can only imagine what all this means for the other characters that will be encountered in this game.  I’m sure most of us are remembering battling the Duchess, the Mad Hatter, and the Jabberwocky from the first game.  From the look of the official website, the Cheshire hasn’t changed much.  I’m basing some of these assumptions on the art and backgrounds on the site.  The background art shows falling cards, with character faces on some.  Visible faces include the Cheshire, the Duchess, Tweedledee and Dum, the White Rabbit, and the Dormouse.

There hasn’t been any word on the soundtrack yet.  If there has been, someone please correct me.  I thought Chris Vrenna’s soundtrack for Alice was brilliant and inspired.  He did a wonderful job with the score, and I think that in some respects the score for Alice 2 will have a lot to live up to.

At any rate, I can’t wait for this game, and I know I’m not alone.  There’s little that could capitalize on my excitement, but reading that Alice 2 would be released on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 platforms made me squeal.  Alice was exclusively released on PC, and now copies are hard to find, to the point that they’re being sold for upwards of $200 on ebay.  Hopefully with 3 prospective platforms, this means more copies.  This will also mean more people will experience the greatness of American McGee’s Alice.

I hate recalling a movie I saw some odd number of years ago, then not being able to find the name of the movie when I Google.  That happened to me today.

I can’t remember when I saw the movie, but if I had to venture a guess I’d say it was roughly 10 years go:

The movie was about this couple who, despite being in debt, continue to live beyond their means; the guy buys the girl a puppy, the girl maxes out their credit cards, the girl buys a huge knife that can “penetrate a car door”.  They’re continually fighting about money, and the guy starts stealing cars and robbing banks.  The girl finds out and becomes fascinated, wanting to join him.  The two get the attention of the cops, and at the climax of the movie, she kills herself and the guy is shot to death.

Trouble is, I can’t find the title of the movie!  Maybe I’m not using Google right. :/

Someone help?

Edit: I found it.  It’s a 1996 film called Normal Life starring Luke Perry and Ashley Judd. 🙂 I am satiated.