Wednesday, June 27, 2007

3rd Year Anniversary

Today my wife and I celebrate our 3rd year anniversary.

We have known each other for 10 years, started dating 5 years ago, engaged 4 years ago for 1 year, married 3 years ago...

Wow. Time flies when you're having fun.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I'm Taking a Stand!

... and announcing my favorite albums... which is really hard for me to do.

**Top 3**
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Cure - Disintigration
Nick Drake - Pink Moon

**extended to Top 10**
They Might Be Giants - Flood
Sigur Ros - ( )
Dandy Warhols - 13 tales from Urban Bohemia
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet

Tag. You're it. What are yours?

Monday, June 25, 2007

Monday Myspace Music: Nick Drake

While he only released three albums, this artist really made some unforgettable music. He also suffered (like I do) from depression and it eventually got the best of him (he died from an overdose of antidepressants).

Please listen to this music and search out his albums. I have the last one he made (Pink Moon) and it has shot up in the one week I have owned it to one of the top three favorite albums.


Many great songs to listen to (Northern Sky being a great one!)

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Friends of P

Was a moderate fan of this group (The Rentals)in 1996 when I heard the song "Friends of P" and, to tell you the truth I forgot about them. But I liked almost the whole album. Heavy MOOG and airy female vocals just really did it for me... besides the fact that the violin/viola player looked like Velma (well, you know...).

Well, I re-bought the album at the Entertainmart this past Saturday (for $3) and remembered why I liked them.

Today I saw that they're putting out a third album in August and their tour will be in Englewood on the 9th of August. $18. I'd like to go.

Friends of P


Friday, June 15, 2007

Another Justin Carmical???

Yup, it's true. In Alabama, I have found another bloke named "Justin Carmical" same spelling and everything.

How cool is that? I mean, some people have very common first and last names. Until today I thought that MY family was the only ones who spelled it "Carmical" in lieu of the traditional Scottish "Carmichael".

Google is cool.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Tuesday Music

Some decent J-Pop/J-Rock this time

Ram Rider (electronica-pop)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Yup, my hard puzzling work has paid off, and I have received my first two leitmarks!

You see when Season 1 of Perplex City was going on, the points you made from solving cards was added up. When you reached a certin amount of points, then they would send you a leitmark.

Well, even though Season 1 is over, they are still awarding these little tokens to people who complete the point requirement for season 1 cards. Cool, huh?


What more need I say?

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Perplex City... HUH???

Well, it seems that the game that I have been SO gung-ho about lately has had some troubles. They let several of the storyline writers 'go'. I have heard that this was for the ARG (Alternate Reality Game) and not for the card game.

I got into this game at the beginning of April, and was so excited about the Season 2 cards that I bought all of the red-purple Season 1 cards as well. I love puzzles and had subscribed to Games Magazine from 1981-1991. So I love Perplex City, but perhaps for a different reason than the British players in that I love the cards.

Being in the States I have a very small chance of winning any treasure hunt happening in Great Britain. So in all honesty, the ARG was not that important. In fact, it was really just a fun thing to watch... but the cards have always been the first factor for me.

I love having a story, I find the mini things on the backs of the cards of season 2 EXTREMELY fascinating and have come to care for the characters of Sente, Viloet and Caine (my favorite)... but the ARG means nothing to me or the friends and family that I have gotten into the cards.

I will buy the next waves as soon as I can to support the company and I will probably buy the kids puzzle-toys (which they are announcing) when they get made for my cousins Michaela, Jeremy, and Miranda... and for me. Because I love puzzles.

I hope the storyline does come back but if the Season 2 hunt/ARG is lost forever, then I will still support the company. They make good puzzles and that's good enough for me.

As for the last stories of Violet, Kurt, and Scarlet... they were sad indeed. Kurt's was truly touching (and many people have speculated that the Nicholas he talks about was Nicholas Hawksmoor.

For those of you in England who enjoyed the ARG, I really hope that you find other games. I really feel bad that the carpet has just been pulled from under you like it was.

But for those of you like me who like the puzzle cards just for being puzzles, then all I can say is: "See you for some trades in wave 2!"