by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Just got back from the Alice in Chains concert, and it was excellent. There was a cool little band as the opening act, and Jerry Cantrell and his posse rocked for nearly two hours, playing a few songs from the new album, but mostly the greatest hits. No more concerts for a month or two until Faith No More comes to town. That one's going to be "Epic."
I managed to check out the new albums I mentioned yesterday, and the Fear Factory one was the best. Rob Zombie's "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" isn't bad, but it's certainly not his best work.
by Rainier on Feb. 11, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
By the time you read this, I'm either on my way home or sleeping off the alcohol. We have dinner plans with some publisher/developers, which is always dangerous, so who knows where we'll end up?
Tonight we have another concert to go to. Alice in Chains is in town, so that should be a blast. Got their newest album a few weeks back, and the new singer sounds pretty close to Layne Staley, who OD'd in 2002.
On the subject of music, I picked up the newest Fear Factory and Rob Zombie albums, so I'll have to give them a listen later today.
by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
It's no secret that I am a sucker for CrimeCraft, and while it has plenty of issues, I'm enjoying it greatly. Vogster has been trying to get its MMO off the ground for a few months now, and while it's certainly better now than in the beginning, it still has a really low population. At the end of this month, a new patch
is expected that will add new features and a large new map for 32 players, but mainly, it'll upgrade the free trial member status to full standard access and lower the premium subscription. If you're still on the fence, then it might be the time to check it out, or if you dropped the game a few months ago, it might be worth coming back ....
by Rainier on Feb. 9, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
It turned out to be a rather quiet day yesterday, apart from a slew of game announcements, everybody ramping up their titles again after the holidays, and EA revealing their lineup through next year. (That must be a first.)
We have a few press events to attend this week, so some more preview and interview coverage will be coming your way. Keep an eye out.
Quiet days make for quiet evenings, so we got to catch up on some TV series: Chuck, Kitchen Nightmares, NCIS and Psych.
by Rainier on Feb. 8, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Today was a busy day. I used to be a big fan of Faith No More
, but they split in 1998, and now more than a decade later, FNM is back on the road. They are going to be in town in April, and of course I want to go see them, and tickets went on sale Sunday morning. Oddly enough, we got a pre-order code, but the show was sold out in minutes, so a second date was added only to sell out equally as quickly. Luckily, a third performance announcement followed shortly, and with some perseverance (and a little luck), we managed to get tickets before they were officially on sale. Sweet!
Later in the afternoon, we went to see The Book of Eli
, a very good movie that made me think of Fallout throughout, and as usual, it was an excellent performance by Denzel Washington. On our way back home, we stopped by the Apple store to get my iPod fixed, but apparently paying out the nose for their hardware doesn't include decent customer service because you have to make an appointment first before they'll help you. We head back next weekend to see if the iPod is salvageable. Fingers crossed!
by Rainier on Feb. 7, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
We made it back home safely from the concert, and it was quite fun. The opening act was Attitude Adjustment, some hardcore/punk band that wasn't very interesting, but Anvil was good! I picked up a new t-shirt and had it signed by the band, which in retrospect is a bit whack. Now I can't wear it since I won't want to wash off the autographs.
Later today, we are finally going to see The Book of Eli and hopefully stop by the Apple store to get my ipod fixed. Listening to the radio sucks.
by Rainier on Feb. 6, 2010 @ 2:18 a.m. PST | Filed under
The new digital camera I got for Christmas is fully charged, ready and waiting to snap tons of photos at the Anvil
concert tonight! Been listening to the latest album, "This is Thirteen," and there are quite a few songs on there that we dig.
We also got a news flash earlier this week that Faith No More is coming to town. Tickets going on sale tomorrow, so hopefully we can get score some tickets for that as well. Haven't seen FNM in a really long time, and they were one of my favorite bands back in their prime, so I'm really looking forward to that.
by Rainier on Feb. 5, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Well, Wednesday was quite the fiasco. We went to dinner at our neighbor's place, and a few bottles of wine and various beers later, it was suddenly 1am. Luckily, we did not have to go far, but a quick nap turned into an all-nighter. Neither one of us heard the alarm, so we woke up at 8am.
We didn't have any plans last night, so we decided to just play some video games and watch TV (Psych and The Good Wife).
by Rainier on Feb. 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Not much time for watching stuff on the DVR last night, since we were invited to go to dinner with friends (and once again on Friday). We did manage to squeeze in the last two episodes of Dollhouse, the series finale (*sniff*), and it sure looks different from the rest of the series, much more like Terminator 4 or The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Yesterday was a fun day. Nothing special happened, but I guess I was just glad that my little ailment wasn't serious. I don't get sick very often, and if it happens, it mainly occurs early in the year, so I guess we got that all taken care of for 2010.
A quiet evening. Like many other people, we were awaiting the first ep. of the new season of Lost, but it sure was different, with loads of head-scratching moments so far. To lighten up the mood a bit, we also watched the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour
, and while it didn't bring us to tears, it was quite funny.
Oh yeah, and this weekend, we'll be rocking out at the Anvil
by Rainier on Feb. 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
The good news is that I'm feeling much better. Whatever bug I caught was short-lived, so good riddance.
The bad news is that my 80GB iPod seems to have died somewhere down the line. I hadn't used it in a week or two, and when I wanted to plug it in, it was on low battery, so I charged it. When I tried to turn it back on shortly afterward, it kept trying to boot up only to shut down right away, and then it'd try to boot up again. After a few tries, it went to disk mode, and it's been sort of stuck there ever since. Oddly enough, when I load iTunes and the iPod is connected, it makes the program crash right away. Guess we're due for a trip to the Apple store ....
by Rainier on Feb. 1, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Well, that was funny. We stayed inside for most of the weekend, having a ball and watching TV shows. We stepped out on Sunday to grab some groceries, and I picked up a bug somewhere. My head weighs a ton, yet it feels floaty, and I'm sweating like a pig. Luckily, I felt it coming, bundled up right away and my usual remedy is to nap and hopefully sweat it out. I know, it sounds pretty grody, but it works (and I feel a teeny bit better already).
Before I got hit by the bug, we watched House, Kitchen Nightmares, Psych and started watching Monsters vs. Aliens
but then I dozed off as planned, so we'll pick it up again tomorrow.
by Rainier on Jan. 31, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Well, that was no fun. Our Internet connection has been down for hours, and a few earlier attempts to reset the link were futile, as it died again mere seconds later.
No Internet meant we had no distractions so we caught up on our TV watching. We made a good dent in our weekly backlog, as we managed to see Bones, Castle, Chuck, Heroes, Human Target, NCIS and started on Supernatural, but the Force was too strong and we dozed off. Nap time!
Tomorrow, we have a few errands to run, and maybe check out the Australian Open finale, but then we can get right back to being couch potatoes and finishing off whatever's left on the DVR.
by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
As feared, the consumed alcohol made us groggy, so good intentions to get an early start on the site updates fell through, and so did we ... ZzzZZz
No big plans for the weekend, except to run some errands and watch movies/TV. Perfect!
We got our shady DVR replaced, so let's hope there are no more hiccups. We pretty much filled it up with shows from the past week, so we should be able to tell if it has issues. We might see a movie on Sunday, either When in Rome or The Book of Eli, but it all depends how lazy we get.
by Rainier on Jan. 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Hey look, I made it without getting drunk and falling asleep. This must be rehab!
Earlier this week, we went to a BioShock 2 event, and then THQ was in town to show off Metro 2033 and Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising, so we'll have some interviews and previews coming in the next few days. Keep an eye out.
Last night, we watched the latest episode of Burn Notice, and it was excellent, probably one of the best yet. Tonight we're meeting up with some friends for some drinks (you've been forewarned), but hopefully we'll be able to watch The Hurt Locker
sometime this weekend, as we bought the DVD the other week, and I'm itching to see it again!
by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
At some point last night, I was working on my message of the day, and while I thought about what to write, I fell asleep. That does sound weird on its own, and you're probably thinking, "Maybe you should get that checked out," but there's a very good reason for it.
You see, every Wednesday, we have homemade tacos for dinner, and we've done so for the past 10 years. It's not that we are creatures of habit, but they are so good that we made a regular thing out of it. We bragged about this to some of our friends, and they decided to join us in the festivities last night. Three bottles of wine later, we were all pretty saturated. The key to this story is that wine makes me sleepy, so the end result is that I dozed off in mid-thought.
by Rainier on Jan. 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
I'll keep this short and sweet. We overslept and never heard the alarm clock, so now that we're running late, I'll get right to it ....
by Rainier on Jan. 26, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
We watched a little bit of the Australian Open last night, but nobody we are really rooting for. Even Andy Roddick is gone from the tournament. Prior to that, we watched an episode of Leverage and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
, neither of which was really super amazing.
While we received our Mass Effect 2 console review copies a few days ago (look for the review later this week), I'm mostly a PC gamer, so I'll be snagging that off Steam. From what I've seen and played of it, the game is quite impressive, so I'm really looking forward to it.
We have several press events to attend this week, so stay tuned for some interesting coverage (previews, interviews and plenty of assets).
by Rainier on Jan. 25, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Today was another nice and relaxing Sunday, just the way we like it.
After we dropped off Ricky, El Site Guru, at the airport yesterday morning, we ran our errands and then we dug in for the rest of the day. We watched Burn Notice, Heroes, Supernatural, Ghost Machine
and Julie & Julia
. The last movie may seem a little odd to most, but apart from video games and movies, we also love to cook and eat.
While our cooking may not get any Michelin stars anytime soon, it can easily measure up to any household cooking. :)
by Rainier on Jan. 24, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Yesterday was a bit of a letdown. Our trip to the Chabot Space & Science Center
was a little disappointing since it was mainly an outing for parents to take their kids and learn about space/evolution. The place was filled with screaming and running 8-year-olds, and while that in itself wouldn't have been any issue, the telescope was not operational due to overcast weather, so we did not get to see much apart from a 45-minute IMAX movie about dinosaurs. Yawn. The center itself is located on a hill, which gave us an amazing view of the area, so that kind of made up for it.
We did manage to get our DVR replaced, so hopefully the skipping and crashing will be a thing of the past. Too bad there were still a few shows on the old one that we hadn't watched yet.