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Inspiration and Music [Oct. 19th, 2009|11:45 pm]
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Recently I have felt that I need to get back into music more, this probably has something to do with the fact that my course at uni is going really well but I am very aware of the fact that I am the only one who doesn't play some kind of instrument. I am thinking of trying my guitar again but also (and more chance of success) I am thinking of developing my vocals, I have wanted to try singing for a band for a while but I need to really improve otherwise I would just make a complete tit out of myself. One idea is to try and record myself singing along to an instrumental track but the only tracks I can think of that I have are Dream Theater tracks and they arn't exactly known for there vocals.

Otherwise life is progressing my course is going really well although I do need to get moving on my project (although we are further ahead then anyone else) I just don't want to be in a panic just before christmas when I have to hand it in. Again if you want to do a bit of recording let me know because although my recording technique is getting rather good (thanks to working on other peoples projects) I need to improve my mixing abilities.

One thing thanks to everyone who gave me there support during my surgery problems earlier this year I wish I could say it's behind me but it's about to get a whole lot worse as I have to go back for at least 2 more surgeries which are far more serious and major then the previous one but I would rather not talk about that yet as I still haven't got my head around it.

Not got a lot else to say so I think I will go off and try doing something creative god knows what but something.
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The Truth [Jul. 15th, 2009|04:38 pm]
This is mostly a mental exercise for myself to try and get all this shit out of my mind and into some perspective but also for full disclosure as I feel horrible atm but be warned it is a lot of writing.

This post is too fully explain everything I have gone through in the last two weeks and also to explain why I have a complete disdain and damn near hatred for the NHS, if I have seen to be acting like a dick recently then this is my reason.
Firstly I would like to appologise to anyone I have lied to the simple fact is I was very embarressed about this whole affair and only because of everything that has happened have I decided to stop bullshiting people and just come out with the truth.

As some of you know recently I went into hospital to have some surgery the fact is I was either coy or plain lied about what I was having done. The truth is I've had to have a circumsition (sp) because for the last 4-5 years I have had problems and it got to the point where it was either this or have a catheter fitted. After talking to some people who have had this done I decided to have the operation. Now the hospital decided to book it for the week I was going to go to download festival which I was not missing after spending damn near £200 on so I decided to move the operation much to the hospitals annoyance this lead to me having to surrender my ticket to the once in a lifetime Kraftwerk gig (this is the first of many evils) . Once I had the surgery things seemed alright but I was getting very mixed advice from the nurses as I was being discharged I found out that although I had, had the circumsition the nurses thought they were treating me for scrotal surgery, seriously WTF how unorganised is this hospital this lead to me being stuck in the hellhole over night but either way it was sorted and I just wanted to go home and suffer in silence.

For the first week that pretty much what I did because the nurses were treating me off the wrong paperwork they removed all my dressings before I left and didn't say anything to me about them (this becomes important latter) . So after a week I am getting worried about the lack of development and what looks to be scar tissue forming so as it's the weekend I ring NHS Direct, this was a big mistake firstly they don't care about anyone unless they have swine flu and secondly they send me to a weekend walk-in center in wythenshaw. I get to the walk-in and get told straight away I shouldn't be there and NHS Direct lied to me (I would just like to mention the massive amount of pain I am in at this point) and that I had to ring the hospital I had the surgery at. So after I got home I did that and got fobbed off saying they want nothing to do with me talk to my GP. So I survive the weekend and ring the doctors who won't see me because they are too busy but tell me to go to the Nurse Practioner so I do that and she fobs me off and gets a doctor to give me anti-biotics never explaining why.

Now I keep taking my pills and another week passes bringing me to yesterday - wait I forgot one stage after all this I  had a problem and some of my stitches burst now after this type of operation you can imagine the pain that causes so I rush to A&E where I get questioned as to why I had the surgery done at another hospital and was told I would be fine and to just go home. Over the week as well I have also had a problem with my already messed up stomach because I have taken so many painkillers over a 2 week span I now have to deal with that being massively fucked up again. Right now yesterday I had been taking my tablets and I have been unable to even where clothes because of all the pain (this is two full weeks after the op) I had to sell my NIN tickets because I couldn't even put on a pair of trousers without crying in pain. So I went back to the doctor today and demanded and answer at first he tried to fob me off but when he asked to see the problem I showed him - Now I describe this bit in detail because it is twice as painful as it sounds - when he sees that the skin that is meant to be forming is hanging off it has gone a odd colour and I have developed open sores with mild bleeding all over the doctor stops dead and calls the head nurse. He then spends 10 mins shouting at the nurse and taking down a list of everyone who I have seen so he can put in complaints because what is happened because I wasn't given the right care at the hospital and because everyone fobbed me off (including the nurse who got shouted at) I now have a damn serious infection I am on home stay and have to have a nurse visit me to change my bandages.

To sum up I have been put through physical hell and mental strain (cabin fever of only leaving my flat to get medical attention as well) just because of the 25 odd people who I saw or spoke to couldn't honestly care less and some even going as far as to basically tell me I'm not in pain. So I hope people can forgive me for my recent absence and general bad moods but for once I really just want to get on with my life. The doctor reckons I can be on the mend by the middle of next week and to be honest that would be fantastic but after all this I am doubting it but as he now has the nurses giving him daily reports on my condition I have a glimer of hope I can't miss anymore things as it's sending me under massively.

Thank you if you read all that
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Rock and Metal Why Must You Hate Me So [Mar. 23rd, 2009|01:03 am]
Lately I have been trying to improve my Dj'ing by trying to learn to beatmatch and create seamless mixtapes however my chossen musical genres are either Jpop and rock (as I do the cosplay parties every year) or the more comman rock and metal. Recently I also discovered a couple of torrents leading me to 12 gigs of rock and metal covers. This all seemed like a good idea but the problem I have is I can not get them to mix at all without it sounding like a direct fade between songs I am determined to make this work as it's something I have wanted to present to people for absolutly ages now and is one of many music related projects I have ongoing at the moment. I am just getting frustrated that I have all this really awesome music and I can't find a good way to present it to everyone maybe I am being a perfectionist or maybe I'm just trying to create something that is impossible but goddamn it I really want to.

In other news life is pretty good had my one year wedding anniversary today with Emma which was fun. Uni is going well although I really want to get on to the practical stuff (I will get to this in a sec) . I bought house of the dead Overkill as I wanted to get some use out of my Wii and I can highly reccomend this game in fact if you own a Wii just buy rail shooters it's pretty much all that console is good for, can't wait to get the money together to get Madworld though.

The final thing I wanted to say is that as I am getting close to learning how to record things on my course at uni I am going to start needing people to record. I want to start off simple so if you have a guitar and can sing to a basic level I could really use some of your time plus anyone who has a band would be really appriciated as from just after easter I will start using the toft studios now if you would like to be recorded in a top of the range studio free of charge this is the oppurtunity for you. I can't guarentee gold straight away (hence me asking friends first) but by the end of this year and begining of next year I should be able to help people create something that could be released propelly on CD .
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Music Meme [Feb. 12th, 2009|01:09 am]
Music thingymajiggy
From the ever interesting </a>vote_chesse

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

My letter is B

1. Be Quiet And Drive - Deftones
2. Bomber - Motorhead
3. Battery - Metallica
4. Bleed - Meshugah
5. Benzin - Rammstien

Can't be bothered with videos though as copying the embedded link isn't working and I'm too tired to remember how i got it to work last time

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short and sweet [Jan. 25th, 2009|01:58 am]
I will bullet this to keep my thoughts short and save you all from another wall of text

*The Wrestler is amazing I strongly insist you all go see it I haven't seen slumdog yet but it would have to cure cancer to top the amazingness of the wrestler.

*The Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie is a whole new kind of crack I need more drugs to watch it again

*I wish my job would hurry up and decide if I'm redundant or not I don't care either way but the waiting is fucking annoying

*Prince of Persia is cool if a tad repetative but well worth the £18 I paid for it

*sitting around in your pajamas all day watching tv/ playing games and eating ice cream IS a productive use of a weekend

* Oh Yeah Skins series 3 started off really well I am expecting good things now

*Finnally the fact that i can't watch Crank 2 now is annoying me more by the day
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Random Reviews [Jan. 16th, 2009|12:24 am]

Well I haven't propelly posted in a while so I thought what the hell what with me being up for redundancy (and I rekon I will get it ) I have been mega down recently but the end is nigh (in a good way) come March I can look forward to a good (albeit a poor one) life as when I restart uni I can finnally do something other then soul crushing repetative paperwork.

Anyway just though I would write a couple of mini reviews of stuff I have seen/played/read recently

Game wise I have been playing Fable 2 a lot it's really quite fun even if it is a bit on the easy and short sides. Whoever thought the idea of making every building in the game buyable must suffer from OCD in the same way I do as it is so addictive and I just have to own the entire game world so once I do decide to do the last bit of the game I can come back (as I have been told you can keep playing after the end) and whack up all the rent to silly proporsions just to watch me become a demon of evil and see all the annoying plebs made homeless. Outside of buying tendancies and flawed econemies however there really isn't much to the game if they could of doubled the story it would be a major fav of mine now. oh and I nearly forgot the voice acting is brilliant
I have also been playing Red Alert 3 which has the best in game acting ever to the point that i want to watch the cutscenes more then play the levels. The whole Coop thing would be amazingly cool if you were playing with a friend in the same room over a LAN but when you are playing with an AI that wants to do nothing but rush bonus targets when all you want to do is build a super massive base and accumulate an army for a zerg style rush later on it gets just a tad annoying. Otherwise a fun game but all games are better coop (local coop online coop is crap beyond belief) and thats why I can't wait for Resident Evil 5

Film wise I finnally got round to watching Son Of Rambow the other night and I have to say that it has some serious heart and not many films that I enjoy do but this was truely heart warming and really special. I picked it up from love film thinking two kids trying to make there own rambo sequel hijinks will ensue but this is only a small part of the film. However it's far from perfect as all the religious stuff with the family is basically wasted screen time that could of been used for better more interesting things.
Oh while i remember all of you regardless must see the film Crank if you haven't seen it yet buy it/rent it/download it and watch it as the trailer below is for the sequal and tbh it looks even more insane then the first film

Oh this is very Not Safe For Work

As for stuff I have been reading I have just read All Star Batman And Robin. I am really torn as to wether I can acctually recomend this to anyone as on the one hand it has the best artwork I have seen in comics in a long time and proves that Jim Lee is the best artist in the comic industry atm. However Frank Miller is high on meth coke speed and he has spent to much money on whores and got totally batshit crazy sorry I ment totally GODDAMN bat shit crazy. Batman still doesn't kill people but he writes him going around trying to find people to beat within an inch of there life and he seems to hate all other superheroes but at the same time he still gets all the chicks. So yeah has written this as a complete mess but it's still enjoyable and I will get the 2nd Trade if Frank Miller ever decides to acctually finish the next issue (I'm hoping for 2010)
Also if you haven't read the song of ice and fire books you really are missing out on a truely classic epic fantasy series I am into the third book and loving every page of it and until recently I just haven't been reading anything so anything that can bring the joy of reading back to me must be worth a look even from the most cynical of you out there (you know who you are)

anyway if you read all of that you must be very bored but thank you I shall speak to you all soon in one way or another
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2008 Meme Thing [Dec. 27th, 2008|12:03 pm]
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Black Stone Cherry - Blind Man

2008 Meme thing I don't usually do these but as a LOT has happened to me this year I fancied doing this quiz and I do plan to use my LJ more lets call that my resolution for next year
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GTA 4 [Apr. 29th, 2008|12:07 am]
I now have GTA 4 I plan to live blog my game playing and how cool I think it is for the first couple of hours but before I get into that I have a small thing I have to say. After getting the game at midnight dead on I got in my car and drove off ready to play it. I got two streets away and then got pulled over by the police I had forgotten to put my lights on. When I explained what I was doing out so late I also explained the irony of having just bought GTA 4 and already I have a wanted level. The police were awesome though didn't even ask to see my license and were fans of the game as well so now I am back and ready to give this baby a whirl...

Okay first thing I notice before I even put the disc in is I looked in the manual to find the soundtrack as GTA has some amazing music put in it however at first glance I don't like the look of this one don't get me wrong I might grow to love loads of tracks but I am not sold at first glance like I was with San Andreas and to a certain extent Vice City but let actually play the damn thing

I think this is indeed the first game where the in game graphics look better then the cutscenes seriously this must be pushing the x-box it looks so amazing. The opening sequence alone is going to bait Jack Thompson in fact I better quickly check the blogs to see if he has started already.

Two hours later and I now have a good view of the game. Combat has changed and is much more intuative (They have fine tuned the system used in bully) it isn't just hit circle constantly to win it is much more realistic and intuative. The game feels massive bigger then previous ones and although I am only scratching the surface of the story it is great. The circle button while you drive however is so awesome yet so lethal as it changes the camera into cinematic mode and shows you driving as though it were for film while this is awesome to watch it's bastard hard to drive using. Overall this gam eis very deserving of the praise it has gained.

Oh one last thing there is an awesome achievement called warm coffee
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Stolen from Penfy [Feb. 24th, 2008|07:22 pm]
1) Pick 15 of your favourite movies.
2) Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3) Post them here for everyone to guess.
4) Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
5) NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions to answer!

1)If you wake up at a different time in a different place, could you wake up as a different person? (zoobear)
2)If the sky were to suddenly open up, there would be no law, there would be no rule. There would only be you and your memories. (Kristofski)
3)I check the list. Rubber tubing, gas, saw, gloves, cuffs, razor wire, hatchet, Gladys, and my mitts. (vote_cheese)
4)A minute ago this was the safest job in the world. Now it's turning into a bad day in Bosnia. (vot_chesse)
5)Finally there would be a thingamajig that would bring everyone together, even if it kept them apart spatially. (Vote_cheese)
6)People say crazy shit during sex. One time I called this girl "Mom." (Cinskywind)
7)Your "gym" is a skidmark on the underpants of society. (vote_cheese)
8)My god. Do we really suck or is this guy really that good? (Aramazia Kin)
9)My boy Dale is at the Reno Correctional Facility. He's got some clarity issues. Did some home invasion, sodomy-torture type stuff; wrote a lot of bad checks.
10)That's my CD! Don't you ever touch a Chinese man's CD! (Zoobear)
11)Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We are only seeing singing Hitlers. (vote_cheese)
12)Haven't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter? (Cinskywind)
13)Before you could say 'gypsy scum' we were knee-deep in dog muck, thieving kids and crusty jugglers.
14)You know, Casey, I think you've been racked into the flagpole one too many times.
15) You feel that sting, big boy, huh? That's pride FUCKIN' with you! You gotta fight through that shit! (zoobear)
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quick one [Feb. 19th, 2008|08:22 pm]
I keep telling myself I will update this propely and i will soon however I had to share this that I found while at tesco

goth juice

Not only did I find 24 the drink which is so awesome it make my head explode but right next to it I found true to life goth juice. I of course had to buy both and plan to sample them and see if I either grow long black hair and sulk a lot or get beefy and run around torturing people at high speed or hopefully both.
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