I have family and friends to support and push me when needed and now I will have a few extra dollars to help as well. I owe them all so much more than money. They have given me rides (important in Maine) , time and laughs. For those that knew me before I lost my job (having a seizure in front a teenage client and another at a conference) I was a confident and sulf-sufficient Bandito. I want that back. Living at home has taken some of that away. Although living with awesome parents has softened that somewhat, I hope this 'disability' is simply a step into the next phase that I so desired when I chose surgury and not a hole that I can't get out of. Some laugh when I tell them I didn't want disability. Saying take the check and shut up. They are of course joking, it will take a lot to shut me up.
I look forward to being able to see a few people this summer. As for not having any Buckethead. . . . I lied.
Buckethead - We Can Rebuild Him
- Current Mood:nerdy
Iron Maiden - The Clairvoyant.
Certainly not the best music video of all time. Although it was a beautiful 'live' video put together from Maiden at the Monsters of Rock tour in 1988, a concert I would have loved to have been at. But it was one of the first metal videos that grabbed me. When I was able to stay up late with my best friend and watch MTV, when MTV played music. It played during Headbangers Ball. It had a message and a majesty that meant something to my young mind that still resonates today.
- Current Mood: okay
Restrung and Agelessness
The bronze guitar string had snapped, but he was used to adjusting his songs. Just as he had adjusted his life after nearly 80 years. He quickly pulled a string out of the case next to him and restrung. His fingers ignoring the pain. He soon began another song he had been working on his entire life. Music was ageless to him. He tapped his foot in rhythm to the song as his fingers slid up and down the neck like the high and low points of his life. It was his last song, but it was his favorite song.
- Current Mood: mellow
I finished Small Gods about four days ago and while it was not my favorite, it was still very entertaining.
Lost in the chill deeps of space between the galaxies, it sails on forever, a flat, circular world carried on the back of a giant turtle—
—a land where the unexpected can be expected. Where the strangest things happen to the nicest people. Like Brutha, a simple lad who only wants to tend his melon patch. Until one day he hears the voice of a god calling his name. A small god, to be sure. But bossy as Hell. (Terry Pratchettbooks.com)
I guess my one complaint was that Brutha was certainly not a "simple" lad. While this is only my third venture into Discworld, I have come to appreciate the characters more than the world and its plots. There have been characters on all levels from gods to generals that I could connect with. I had a hard time connecting with Brutha, not because of his simplicity. But because of his complexity. For Om's sake the guy can absorb books. While I was interested in his gains and losses, I did not always understand his history or motivation. Thankfully, the book was filled with a collection of other fun and dark characters. My favorite being the two philosophers Didactylos and his nephew Urn. Then there was a trek through the desert where we met philososphers of a different kind in a lion and a hermit. And of course the 'Small Gods' - gods who have lost their believers.
While the book wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, I still enjoyed it. Many would think doing a parody on religion would be easy, and yes it would as there is a little material to use. But doing it well is something Pratchett should be applauded for. I might take a little Pratchett break but I will soon return to Discworld.
- Current Mood: mellow
His collection of characters and adventures filled with a mix of human drama (even the fairies) and modern satire took my reading like a turtle through space into a new direction. To some I think I read like a turtle.
As I said about Hogsfather, it wasn't the plot so much as it was the characters. Sam Vines (both young and old) , Lu-Tze, Dr. Lawn, Lord Vetinari and even Death of course play a role. A few I am sure Pratchet readers have seen in more books than the two I have read. The plot of a cop chasing a killer through time was not new, but its mix of humor, mystery and drama took the characters and me on a fun filled ride. While characters die, Death is so nice when he when he takes them away. Yet it is the City of Ankh - Morpork that is my favorite character so far.
I am now hooked and look forward to reading more from Terry Pratchet. Any suggestions on order of reading would be great. I understand the next book Snuff will feature Sam Vines and his wife, Sybil on vacation but forced into a murder plot. I am not sure if I need to read the other books featuring Vines and his rise in the Night Watch to appreciate that.
Next I will be reading an older book - Small Gods. I look forward to discovering more of Pratchett's dark humor and silly plots filled with fantasy wizards and fights ending in realistic results.
- Current Mood: full
Buckethead soon became my music of choice. After he left his short work with Guns N' Roses he seemed to put out a new album every month. Each one different than the last. Some playful songs that were simply fun to listen to, while others seemed so emotional that I would ask they be played on my death bed.
He is an artist that has worked with musicians, artists and directors of all types, from working with actor Viggo Mortenson, on several political based albums to 'Funk Master' Bootsy Collins. His first video of "The Ballet of Buckethead" featured Primus' Les Claypool. His range and styles seem almost limitless. My favorite albums are his work with Travis Dickerson who often plays keyboards. While he seems to have an adoration for Japanese animae basing his first few albums and the several Bucketheadlands on it, his albums are much more diverse. He has released over 30 official albums as well as performing on many others each with their own different style. From blues, to progressive, to funk, blue grass and metal. Some albums with a style I can't even describe beyond experimental. The different styles attracting different fans.
Things did slow down in 2010 after he announced in his own words, that "Buckethead is having some animatronic parts replaced, Slip Disc snuck into the park and caused some mayhem." Fans who enjoyed so many albums had a slow year as Buckethead recovered from his never fully announced back injury. Now in 2011 Buckethead is making up for it. With just a few tours dates announced and more on the way I will do my best to again see him live again.
Buckethead released a limited Christmas treat for fans to open:
When Alytha sent me Hogsfather to begin my Pratchett introduction it was like dipping my feet in the kiddie pool and learning how to swim again. Pretty soon, just a few chapters in I was doing the doggie paddle and laughing with glee. For a book that was originally released in 1996 and was turned into a movie I will hold off on a review. I will simply describe my journey.
"Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree"
And thus began my introduction to Discworld. A world filled with philosophy, magic, history, and a lot of wacky stuff. Pratchett describes it as a world like our own, "like a geological pizza but without the anchovies." A pizza I am definitely ready to sample, for when I finished Hogsfather I was attached to the characters. Pratchett quickly took me from: Assassin Teatime's scheme to end the Hogfather, to Susan's silly hope to simply be normal (while "disemboweling" bogeymen), the God of Hangovers search for a cure and a purpose in life, and the Archchancellor's quest for the perfect shower, and Death playing the role of Santa err the Hogsfather with a human sidekick full of alcohol, and advice.
As I read I struggled to put each fast paced and charming mystery together. When it finished I was able to put the book down with a smile on my face. Definitely a good introduction.
I am now currently reading another Pratchett novel -- Nightwatch.
The focus of this switch was simple. Competition. In order to stand out you have to be different. We've all seen the discount cards in Hobby stores and wonder why that brand thought they could survive. Its takes more than a popular brand. It takes a fun game, a cool concept and something for fans come back for more. The chapter system seems like that system. Fantasy Flight terms it a "Living Card Game". Explaining that the playing field has been leveled and that creativity and deck building have replaced wallet size when it comes to gathering rares. This is a system that should be beneficial for both Fantasy Flights wallet and mine. The one negative is four players is needed to enjoy the full game.
This video was most helpful. I look forward to playing with anyone in the future. :-)
How to Play:
- Current Mood: hopeful