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Are you like me and still get excited when you see a new trailer for Gran Turismo 5? Then a few minutes after you see it you remember that Sony has been doing this to us for 5 years now and that we all should quit holding our breath. Who knows if Sony will ever release Chinese Democ… I mean GT5, but they are sure to release a new trailer for it every year at E3.
Let’s take a look…
So will GT5 ever come out? Will it live up to the hype and be worth the wait? Was a 5 year delay so that they could make the game 3D worth it?
Leave your thoughts in the comments.
I just ran across this on Engadget and thought it was pretty awesome. I know that most of the other people that work on this site are pretty much iPad haters, and as was I when it was first announced. Yes, I’m buying one here in a couple weeks just because I can and I want one. Can I come up with a good reason to own one at the moment? No, not really.
Until I saw this video of a kitchen cabinet iPad. This is a perfect use for it I think. With all the different recipe apps that are out there now, it would be awesome to have one mounted like this in your kitchen to look up stuff as your doing your cooking. And, you might as well watch a little video, or play some music while you’re doing it too.
So I’m ready for The Buzz staff to give me grief for this post, but I think it’s completely genius.
I’ve considered myself a pretty big Cypress Hill fan ever since I first heard ‘Insane in the Brain’ back in 1993. I think I’ve actually picked up each one of their albums up until this newest one that came out last week. I had heard about it a couple months ago but then completely forgot about it until I saw it on the shelf at the store last night. So, I just downloaded it a little bit ago and I’m giving it a go right now.
I got through the first couple songs and was pretty bored. They were the basic intro track and then a song that had a hook that repeated 26 times over in 3 minutes. From there came the song that I had already heard, the title track featuring Tom Morello. That song is the shit. It’s got a ‘Rock Superstar’ kind of feel to it, and it’s a really cool song.
After that there was a song about weed. Then, another song about weed. And… another song about weed. Then, I skipped a few tracks because I was losing interest. I went to the track featuring Everlast because I just assumed that song would be really cool. Not so much. It was pretty boring and didn’t catch my attention at all. So now I’m currently on track 14 of 15 which is another song featuring Tom Morello, which is just as good if not better than the title track.
So all in all, I’m not impressed. I know that complaining about Cypress Hill doing weed songs is kind of silly, but still. I know that’s what they’re about but in the past they’ve still at least mad the albums enjoyable. I don’t smoke weed, and I’m really not even much of a hip hop fan but they always managed to entertain me. This time… not so much.
This morning I got a text from my friend Adam that simply said, “Did you hear about Peter Steele?” I replied back to him and said no, then quickly went to Wiki to find out how he died.
Music is a large part of my life. It always has been. When I was 12 years old my birthday cake had the cover of Metallica’s Master of Puppets on it. I was turning 12 and my cake was filled with a cemetery of crosses. From that young of an age music has been a very large part of me. I use it as a crutch to get through the good times and the bad. I use it for just about every occasion. I remember the song that was being played on the radio when my first son was born (I’ve Had the Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing). I remember what song was being played the very first time I walked into a strip club (Kenny Wayne Sheppard’s Blue On Black). I remember the song I heard after mine and Liz’s grandmas died (Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here), and it’s reasons like that in particular that music is so much a part of me.
I also remember the first time in 1993 when I heard Type O Negative’s Christian Woman. There was this public access radio station that on Saturday night’s at midnight they had a 2 hour show of nothing but heavy metal music. At that time, that was my stuff. I was a little metal kid. I was 12 when I heard that as well. I bought the album the next time I made it to the store, and had to hide it from my mom because she never would have let me have something like that.
From that point on I was a Type O Negative mark. I bought every single album and VHS or DVD that they came out with. Even recently when I stopped buying music because it was free on the internet, I still bought their material. They deserved it, so I gave them my money. I saw them in concert every time I had the chance. I even had the privilege of meeting Peter Steele a couple of times after the concerts. I have pictures of me and him but sadly I couldn’t find them today so that I could post them.
Like I said, music has always been a crutch for me. Type O Negative was my go to for when things just weren’t going my way. When I’m down I should probably listen to some nice upbeat music to try and cheer me up, but that’s just not how I do things. I would rather listen to Peter Steele sing about the darker things in life… and death. Somehow I related to the things he said. Songs like ‘Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)’, ‘The Dream is Dead’, ‘Love You to Death’, and ‘Everyone I Love Is Dead’ made sense to me. As twisted as it is, those are the songs that I understood most. I’m not some emo or death metal kid that hates everything in the world or anything, but those songs just always spoke to me. They were so true and real. I’m not even a goth metal fan. I think that’s what kind of music Type O Negative is considered. I couldn’t even name another goth metal band I don’t think. But their music and Steele’s lyrics were so above everything else that it just made it so beautiful, even though it was so dark.
So today I’ve been pretty down. I found out the news while I was at work and my first reaction was to fire up YouTube and watch the video for ‘Love You to Death’. While I do believe that listening to his music is by far the best way to pay tribute, it really hit me then. In my generation there has been a few big rock stars to die. Certain ones have hit me really hard. I named my youngest son after Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain. Peter Steele’s death will go down as day’s just like when those guys died for me.
I’m glad I got to experience Type O Negative and Peter Steele. His music will be apart of me and my life until the end. I’m glad I own all of their albums and have each one of them autographed by Peter. I’m glad I got to meet him a couple different times. Like Steele said, “The Dream is Dead” but at least his words will live on forever.
R.I.P. Green Man
In her place one hundred candles burning
As salty sweat drips from her breast
Her hips move and I can feel what they’re saying, swaying
They say the beast inside of me’s gonna get ya, get ya, get…
Black lipstick stains her glass of red wine
I am your servant, may I light your cigarette?
Those lips smooth, yeah I can feel what you’re saying, praying
They say the beast inside of me’s gonna get ya, get ya, get…
I beg to serve, your wish is my law
Now close those eyes and let me love you to death
Shall I prove I mean what I’m saying, begging
I say the beast inside me’s gonna get ya, get ya, get…
Let me love you too
Let me love you to death
Hey am I good enough
Hey am I good enough
Am I good enough
On April 12th Roger Waters, founding member of Pink Floyd, announced that he will be doing a 36 date tour of North America and will be performing The Wall in it’s entirety to celebrate the 30 anniversary of the album’s release.
Here is what Waters had to say about it:
“Thirty years ago when I was kind of an angry and not very young lad, I found myself driven into defensive positions because I was scared of stuff, and I’ve come to realize that in that personal story, maybe somewhere hidden in there exists an allegory for more general and universal themes, political and social themes,” he said. “It’s really for that reason that I decided that I’d try and create a new performance of this piece using a lot of the same things that we did all those years ago.”"Projection systems now are completely different from what they were then, which means that I would be able to project over the entire 250-foot expanse of the wall … which we couldn’t do in those days,” he said
So yes, he will be doing a huge 250 foot long and 25 foot high wall that will be constructed, and torn down, on stage during the show. Pink Floyd did that same thing almost 30 years ago on The Wall tour but it ended up only happening for the first couple dates of the tour. They said it was basically too hard and too expensive to pull off every night. But now Waters is going to do it for this tour.
I can’t wait for this one. I’ll be going to Columbus on October 22nd to see this live. Even though I’m more of a David Gilmour fan than Roger Waters, this will basically be probably my one any only chance to see “Pink Floyd” live in concert.
Here is a video of Roger Waters doing Comfortably Numb from The Wall Live in Berlin in 1990. Even this video is amazing. I can’t imagine how much cooler it’s going to be with the technology that they will be able to use 20 years after that video was made.
Complete tour dates can be found at http://tour.rogerwaters.com/tour/.
Tickets go on sale May 10th.
Last night Apple shocked the world by approving the very first browser that isn’t Safari. Opera announced about a month or so ago that they had submitted their mini version of their browser to the App Store and were waiting for either approval or denial. There was basically nobody out there that though Apple would approve the app. Apple has a very good history of not approving apps that they have already made that comes stock on the phone. Basically they don’t want anybody to realize that somebody out there can make a better program than they can. But, for whatever reason, this time they gave Opera the go ahead.
The app was relaased late last night and I grabbed it first thing this morning. Right off the bat I liked it better than Safari. I liked the look and the feel of it much better. It actually feels like a real internet browser. Your main screen in a nice tiled 9 box quick launch menu, just like most people are familiar with on most PC browsers now a days. You can edit all 9 and change them to whatever sites you frequent the most. The tabbed browsing is great. Safari does allow for multiple pages to be opened at the same time but the way you scroll through them just wasn’t very cool. This is more like tabbed on a regular browser but actually even a little bit cooler the way that you can flick through them to pick which page you want to open.
The main thing is the speed. I’m not a big enough tech nerd to even pretend like I understand the reasons why, but Opera did something so that the pages load much faster than they do in Safari. So that alone is a huge selling point for making the switch.
Now, the app is far from perfect though. There is a couple glitches that I noticed right away. The pinch and zoom and the scrolling are both kind of choppy. Also some of the smaller words on the screen basically become just little blurry lines that you can’t read at all. I’ve compared NY Times on Safari and Opera and for whatever reason that site in particular looks much better on Safari. But I’m sure that all of those things will be fixed in time as Opera starts rolling out some updates.
I’m really hoping that because Apple approved this one that maybe now they’ll start letting some other 3rd party browsers onto the App Store. Hopefully it actually starts a nice little browser war of sorts, ’cause let’s face it Opera isn’t quite the big dog in the PC browser market anymore. Maybe Firefox will give an iPhone browser a go, even though they’ve said they flat out wont’, but you know they’re going to want to get their fair share of the iPhone market. I would love to see a Google Chrome browser but we all know that just won’t happen now that Apple and Google aren’t really friends anymore because of the whole Android thing. So I’m not going to hold my breathe for that one.
So good for Apple on this one. This time I think they really listened to what the actual users wanted and not just give us what they say we want.
I’ll leave you with a little video that Opera posted a month or so ago showing off Opera Mini on the iPhone…
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