4/25/12 -- Well I neglected my page for a while. Hopefully I can keep up on it this time, while business is relatively slow at work. Here's hoping.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Skyrim DLC and Six

     Ok, going full-on nerd on you today. So, recently, I've been seeing rumors of Skyrim's dlc coming relatively soon, as in a week or two. Evidently, with the new patch that's been released, some files in it are throwing up red flags to the people paying attention, alluding to interactions with at least one snow elf. Which if you're not sure what snow elves are, they are usually referred to on the loading screen whenever you enter a building/city or fast travel or anything that makes this screen comes up:

     That little screenshot there tells a very quick summary of who the Snow Elves are and how they relate to the Falmer. Well, in fact, they ARE Falmer, having been drove underground by the Nords and became evil and sightless creatures. Evidently, the Snow Elves aren't entirely extinct, as we are piecing together from these patch files. One of them is even titled "Snow Elf Prince Dialogue". Yeah. The Prince of the Snow Elves. Verrry interesting...
     One other little tidbit of information in the patch files hints at a new weapon explorers can use: the crossbow. It should be interesting to see how it functions, and how powerful it may or may not be. For the rangers (like myself) it may prove to be quite an asset.
     No specific details yet as to when this patch will be released, but word is expected as soon as this coming week. So, it should be relatively soon. Here's hoping.

Now for the SOTD, because it just wouldn't be a day without it.

Hmmm... I just don't know what to choose... Ahh, time for something a little heavy, ppl. This, my friends, is one of my favorite bands, and they definitely know how to rock your face off. This, is All That Remains with probably one of my favorite songs by them: Six. I first heard this song on GH2, but have since obtained all their albums and truly enjoy listening to all the cds. Six is not just mindless screaming and smashing drums and flailing guitars. It's loud, yes, it's very intense, but its also very technical. The lyrics are also very deep. Here's the video for you guys, it even has lyrics so you can understand it all. Enjoy!

*~*Note*~* There is evidently much confusion on what the lyrics actually say in this song, but according to the pamphlet that came with the cd, its "the anger writhes in my soul," not "burns". Just wanted to throw that out there.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Living Things and SOTD

     Ok, in keeping with my goal to keep up on this, I'm gonna do some music news today, specifically, a bit that I've been keeping my eye on for a while. This band has come a long way. They debuted their first album in 2000, and they got instant radio success and started selling out concerts worldwide. Their first album was also  certified Diamond in 2005 by the RIAA and multi-platinum across the rest of the world. They've been consistently putting out new albums every 2 years or so, each time tweaking their music a bit, their 4th studio album being the most radically different from all the others. Winning a total of 41 music awards, Linkin Park has been subject of much debate amongst fans and haters alike. Their first two albums, Hybrid Theory and Meteora were arguably two of their best albums, and featured the nu-metal, rap metal, and alt. metal genres. Their third album (not counting Reanimation or Collision Course), Minutes to Midnight, explored other genres, while keeping just enough rap metal and nu-metal to keep their fan base happy. Their fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns was probably the most controversial to the fans, many people complaining that there wasn't any guitar or "real" instruments in any of the songs, and most of the lyrics dealt mostly with political issues.
      If you haven't yet guess where this is going, or haven't heard the news, Linkin Park is close to putting out their 5th studio album, Living Things. In an interview, lead singer Chester Bennington said that they were returning to familiar ground in this album and were quoted as saying "with this album, we've incorporated a lot of guitar work with big choruses and the heavier electronic stuff to give it that really big wall of sound feeling without getting too metal. This will be more familiar to people than 'A Thousand Suns' was, where we were like 'Fuck it, we're just going to go bonkers.'" So that should give some fans some hope. I know I'm kind of excited. They're also trying to avoid writing political lyrics, saying that they are writing a lot about relationships. Release date for Living Things is slated for June 26, just over a month away. I'm not really worried about it selling out, so I won't pre-order it, I think if it becomes popular, it will after its gotten more word of mouth around. I know I'll pick it up and share my thoughts of it with you, my sparse crew of readers. Mostly, cuz writing is a good outlet.
     So, in keeping with this post's theme, the SOTD will be a song by Linkin Park. Only, it won't be anything off of any of their previous albums. That's right, like it or not, the song of the day is Burn It Down, their recent single and a track off the new album, Living Things. Enjoy, cuz its really not too bad.

Monday, April 23, 2012

All Consuming Thought And Explode

      So, it's been a while since I've last posted, and a lot has gone on in that time. Many things video game/ music/general nerdness-related have all happened, but there's really only one thing on my mind tonight. If anyone's really been reading any of this, and for the very few people/person who know me on the outside world, you know I work in the restaurant business (heck, if you even read my s/n you prolly figured I work in a restaurant.) But I've been with this (rather large) company for almost 3 years now. I've learned just about everything there is to know about it, and I've moved up the ranks. I'm now sitting (sort of uncomfortably) at Assistant Culinary Manager, which in and of itself is a made-up title, but I can use it on my resume, so do with that what you will. But what is real is the fact that I can be held responsible for the kitchen at any given time, and am expected to perform my boss's duties when they are not there. Which is all well and good, but the pay I'm making is only slightly high for a cook. I'm not greedy, but I have expenses just like everyone else, and I'm living paycheck to paycheck.

I'm sick of it.

     The job is, to say the least, a very high stress position, and when you add in the fact that labor cost sees me as a cook and not a manager, they can only schedule me by myself. Mind you, my superior is paid over double what I make, and the only things she does that I'm not expected to do are the food order and the schedule (which I am expected to do when she's unavailable e.g. vacation). Also, she never steps on the line to cook. I have a problem with the leader of the kitchen not being a strong cook, to assist when needed. But, I digress, this is all just background. In short, I'm a strong worker, and more days than not, feel like I'm the only thing holding the place together. That being said, our district manager offered me a position as a culinary manager...


Manager of my own kitchen....

(cue heavenly chorus)

Do you know how long I've waited for this opportunity to arise?!? Over three years. So, here's the details:

1) I get all the previous responsibilities dumped on me in full, added to the task of rebuilding this kitchen (cuz it has apparently fallen to crap)
2) My pay will double, jumping to appr. $30k/yr. Financial security = assured.
3) I will have a 1.5hr commute to work one way. Home life goes way down as I put in 50-60+ hrs a week at the job then spend another 15-18 hrs/week just driving. 
4) Job is in a crappy part of town, overall not a good area, higher crime, etc. 
5) I'm only going to be in this area for maybe another year to year and a half, if I don't get shot in a drive-by or something while I'm out there (kidding...)

So, there is my internal debate laid out. I feel like I'm closer to a decision now that I laid all the points out to where I can see them. I feel like the cons outweigh the pros, but that pro is very hefty. So anyway, there's that.

Now, for the SOTD!!! (yaaayyyyy! I know, you missed it, right? >.< )

Well, for those of you who remember the post that featured Dead On Arrival by Fall Out Boy will remember that there was also a song on there from Patrick Stump called This City ft. Lupe Fiasco. Well, Pat's solo album has been out for a little while now, and I wanted to share one of the songs off of it. It's a pretty decent album imo, with elements of Fall Out Boy mixed in with his own style. The album is called Soul Punk and is aptly named. I don't regret buying this album in the slightest, and I'll keep jammin to it until I get sick of it, which isn't likely. So, without further ado, I present Explode, by Patrick Stump, enjoy.