Archive | June, 2012

My Favorite Accident 27 June 2012

28 Jun

I’ve pretty much given up on the one post per day format and decided to go with a more post whenever I can type deal. 

I guess I’ll just tell you for today’s post about a recent concert I went to. If you’re a fan, you can probably tell by the title of this post that I saw Motion City Soundtrack.

And let me tell you, I went through way too much bullshit to get to that show. I kind of found out about it at the last minute and had to rush home from a sleepover to get ready for the show. I checked online to try and find out about how much the tickets cost and about how many were left. And lo and behold, I see the words “SOLD OUT” in large, red letters. I was pissed. I took off my clothes and switched into sweats, took my eye makeup off and got comfy. As soon as I got settled into my bed, I see the promoter posted “More Motion City Soundtrack tickets have just been made available, so come down to Water Street Music Hall now!” I fucking jumped out of my bed and got re-dressed like my name was Pietro. Once I got there, there was a huuuge line, but my friend was there and I was able to cut. So lucky, and so…er…more lucky. I ended up in the wrong line and had to ask someone in the front of the ticket buying line to buy my ticket so I wouldn’t end up in the back. I had an anxiety attack in the center of the crowd – I’m claustrophobic – and I had to go puke. Couldn’t push through the crowd to get to my friend, but I ended up in the pit. It worked out, because the pit was more opened up and I could mosh and have fun without claustrophobia getting in the way. I usually get around the claustrophobia bit by being in the front and being there before the crowd gets large. That way, I don’t ever see how large the crowd is and I don’t freak out.

The Front Bottoms were the first to take the stage. I had seen them open for Say Anything… previously. I have to admit, I didn’t care for them the first time around. I had been waiting in the cold for hours and dealing with bullshit – nothing that wasn’t fronted by Max Bemis would have been enjoyable at that point. But at this show – I don’t know if they played better or I was in a better mood – they were perfect! I talked to the lead singer, Brian (I think it was), after the show and he was a sweetheart! We talked about crappy beer and traveling the world, it was great. I love having conversations with guys in bands. Not “OMG, you’re so hot” or “I love your music”. But going up to a lead singer and saying “Hey, I saw you drinking Genesee Beer, you look like a true Rochesterian” and that just leading to a conversation about real shit. At one point, I swore I was talking to a U of R kid or something. 

And then, there’s The Henry Clay People. It was their first time in Rochester and I must say they were pretty good. I had a conversation with their lead singer, Joey, after the show and I learned that we both have the same love of the Clash (“Finally! Someone that appreciates real music!” is what he said to me). He opened up to me and talked about his ex girlfriend who went to Stanford. Yeah, she’s a bitch and we don’t like her. We’re both and ends/beginnings in our lives. I’ll be twenty soon and I don’t know what to do and Joey will be thirty soon and he doesn’t know what to do. I wanted to buy an EP because he was so nice, but I was broke so he gave me one of the digital copies of the EP and a free can cozie. I could totally be friends with him.

I also have deep conversations with all of Motion City Soundtrack. They all loved my Foo Fighters shirt and we traded stories of our favorite concerts. I’m glad that I’ve gotten out of my groupie/fangirl stage and can appreciate a band’s music, but still talks to the musicians as though they are people rather than gods. MCS played some songs that I absolutely love – “Hold Me Down” was the most emotional for me – and left out some songs that I absolutely love – ahem, where were “This is For Real” and “Capital H”? – but overall the show was perfect.  

It had to be perfect because that was too much damn luck to be wasted on a crappy concert. 

– Kai xxx

“Hold Me Down” Motion City Soundtrack, Epitaph Records, 2006

My feelings on CoD and The abundance of sequels out there – 20 June 2012

20 Jun

Hello!

As a – almost 20 year old – gamer who began gaming in the age of cartridges, I can’t help but to compare the games I grew up on to these new fangled games with their HD graphics and online play. Recently, I went on a facebook rant, referring to sequels in the gaming industry (specifically Call of Duty). Here’s a piece of that rant – enjoy!

“I can respect that opinion [my facebook friend’s notion that Call of Duty: Black Ops was a good game and all the CoD games afterwards were…subpar]. I think Black Ops is a bit overrated (Big Red One, FTW! Hahaha) But Activision knows that CoD is a guaranteed money-maker, so they are going to keep putting the games out without necessarily caring about the quality. I hate to show my age here, but when I was a kid (well, a younger kid lol) more innovative games could be made because they were cheaper to make. Now, games are not only more expensive to make, but more people are getting games used. It’s hard for developers to make money. People won’t take a chance buying a potentially bad game at full price, but if they see a new game in a series they love, they’ll preorder to get the new guns and costumes. The gaming industry is a mess right now.”

Sorry that I didn’t say this more intelligently, this was facebook, guys! But what I’m saying – in a nutshell – is that the video game industry is struggling. So it means we’re in for a looooong while of (crappy) sequels while story and innovation are tossed to the side for familiar titles and pre-order bonuses.

– Tell me what you guys think of this topic, maybe?

Kai xxx

19 June 2012

19 Jun

Hi! I don’t really have much to say today. But I do need to stay in the habit of blogging everyday. It’s too hot and I’m watching Teen Titans. Exciting, right?

– Stay Stylish

Kai xxx

Random Musings – 18 June 2012

18 Jun

Alright, I didn’t know what to write about for today’s blog post…but luckily…I just came across this article…

http://populationgo.com/post/25397500453/mortal-kombat-film-to-offer-super-savings

According to this article, the new Mortal Kombat film may feature a main character that works in a supermarket and later discovers that he has special abilities? Um…excuse me, but how could that possibly work? Let’s break this down. The humans in Mortal Kombat – specifically the earlier games, because let’s be real, Kobra isn’t going to be the main character here – are Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Sonya, Johnny Cage, Jax, Sub-Zero, Kano, and Stryker. Kano is evil, so he’s out. Sonya, Stryker, and Jax don’t really have superpowers, so they’re out. Okay, let’s face it…the main character is going to be Liu Kang. They at least have to keep that part correct.

And who even knows what the plot could be? Will Raiden be the manager of this supermarket? Is Shao Kahn going to be the owner of a large commercial chain that wants to buy out Raiden’s more homey supermarket to become the ruler of the realms…er…supermarket world? And more importantly, is Johnny Cage a paper or a plastic guy? 

The fact of the matter is, the thing I’ve always loved about Mortal Kombat is that it is significantly darker than most fighting games. There can still be corniness in the games and it still – at least in the beginning – follows the well known tournament format, but at times the story could be a little more b-horror flick than action movie. Half-dragons, over the top gore, centaurs, vampires, soul-stealers, acid-spitting lizards, and men forced to become more machine than human. All of that lost in the supermarket. It almost brings a tear to my eye, but Warner Bros…you had better make it work!

– Sorry for the rant, guys!

Kai xxx

Special Father’s Day Post – 17 June 2012

18 Jun

Hello, everyone!

It’s almost 3 am and I’m sitting here just jamming to Beyonce’ and I completely forgot that I was supposed to be blogging everyday! So, let’s just pretend that it’s still the 17th. It may as well be!  Since it is Father’s Day here in the States, I am going to do a countdown of my Top Ten Fictional Fathers! Woo! (No Explainations Needed :P)

10 – Max Payne (Rockstar games’ Max Payne series)

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9 –  Cameron and Mitchell (tie) (Modern Family)

8 – Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump)

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7 –  Odin (Norse Mythology, Marvel Comics)

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6 – Michael Bluth (Arrested Development)

5 – John Marston (Rockstar games’ Red Dead Redemption)

4 – Darth Vader (Star Wars film series)

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3 – Tenzin (Nickelodeon TV show, The Legend of Korra)

2 – Magneto (Marvel Comics’ character)

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1 – Scorpion (NetherRealm studios’ Mortal Kombat series, spin-offs, and movies)

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*Bonus –

My least favorite fictional father is Marvel’s cigar smoking mutant, Wolverine. I don’t like him, he’s grumpy, not a team player, and doesn’t exactly have a relationship with his son (Daken)

Ted Mosby doesn’t make the list, because it’s taking him a million years to tell his children how he met their mother!

– Tell me in the comments who you’d put on your Top Ten and happy (belated) Father’s Day to the daddies!

Kai xxx

all pictures are taken from the Wikipedia pages of the respective characters. I don’t own any of the images or characters or anything associated with the characters. Blah, blah, blah you know this already, but I just had to say it.

 

Summatime! – 16 June 2012

17 Jun

Hello, All!

Remember when I started this blog and was all “I’m going to post everyday! For the love of writing!” Well, my shitty laptop caused that plan to go south pretty quickly, but I kept it up for a while. And out of the blue…kaput! I was dealing with a nasty computer virus, and I don’t like blogging in the library, so I was an absentee for a bit.

But I am back! For good…hopefully! I will be back to posting everyday. Random musings and the occasional themed blog post are back! So, for now I will just tell you how my day went! My lovely friend, Lizzie, and myself decided to roam Downtown Rochester and the Park Ave area. The hipsters were out in full force and I applied to a cute little boutique on Park Ave. Hmmm…what other notable thing happened? Well, we went to Spot Coffee and saw three REAL LIVE GREASERS! You don’t understand, greasers and rockabillies are my people and they are straight up extinct in my city. I almost wanted to hug them, but I’m sure that they were already too hot in their leather jackets. I’d post the picture here, but I don’t want to post photos on the internet without permission @_@ (Yeah, I just an emoticon in a blog post…deal with it!) Inside of Spot, a really nice woman was working in there, when all of a sudden…some boy with tight Levi’s with cuffs at the bottom and nice stubble walks in and makes my shake. I was like “fuck the shake, let me have this guy!” Aaaand I actually caught him checking me out. We were mutually checking each other out…but no one freaking said anything! So wonderful, yet so frustrating! The only downside of today – aside from not getting Spot Coffee Cutie’s number – was the fact that every time Lizzie and I took five steps, we were at the mercy of cat-callers. I know it happens to pretty much every girl all the time, but it is sooo annoying. At one point, there were three guys who were all yelling “aye girl”s and “ayo ma”s and “sexy can I”s at me and I just wanted to fucking run. It is too hot for that shit, though.

So, I ended my day with some Max Payne 3 to get my aggression out :3

– Cheers! It’s so good to (figuratively) see you all again! ❤

Kai xxx