Diablo 3!

Two decades have passed since the demonic denizens, Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, wandered the world of Sanctuary in a vicious rampage to shackle humanity into unholy slavery. Yet for those who battled the Prime Evils directly, the memory fades slowly and the wounds of the soul still burn.

When Deckard Cain returns to the ruins of Tristram’s Cathedral seeking clues to new stirrings of evil, a comet from the heavens strikes the very ground where Diablo once entered the world. The comet carries a dark omen in its fiery being and it calls the heroes of Sanctuary to defend the mortal world against the rising powers of the Burning Hells – and even the failing luminaries of the High Heavens itself.

Stay a while, and listen….

Blizzard have finally announced Diablo 3. Took them a feckin’ while. But you had to figure something was up when they started going around buying up domain names eh?

Go and read the FAQ! There is some news about the classes which will be available. I’m a bit fuddled about the Wtich Doctor class, and I hope to God they bring back the Assassin – best. class. ever. And there is some even better news about quests. They haven’t completed them yet, but there will be class specific ones. Which means you could play the game 5 times over and every time it would be different! -_- (.)

I’ve been waiting a long, long time for this, and I am super excited. I was so paranoid for a while that it would be a dumbarse WoW type thing – totally sucking and too addictive to play. But they followed through on a true RPG and made it a solo game with Battle.Net added in for bonus fun-times.

Thank you Blizzard, for not selling out. And now, go over to the Blizzard Diablo 3 website and read about Deckard Cain *groan*, Tristram, Sanctuary and all the cool things which have now come back to life!

The bad kinda munchies

Well, today I well and truly fucked it up. I went to the dentist and I narrowly avoided a root canal. My tooth has been sore for a while now and driving me mental. I sucked it up and paid $350 and got a filling. A root canal would have been over $1000 easily.

The only problem is I got it done right before lunch. I asked the dentist and I was able to go and eat, so I did. My own lip. I was chewing away at my sandwich, all numbed up. Then I noticed blood. I rushed the mirror and I didn’t realise it but I’d been eating my lip with my sandwich.

I’m still numb, but oh my God, that’s going to hurt when it comes right. Now the right side of my upper lip has gone, and I just hope to God it heals and comes back.

Sorry to gross you out, but I did think it was blog-worthy. ;-)

Chevelle

Chevelle – Closure

This is one of their more “quiet and beautiful” songs. All their songs are awesome and beautiful. I think this one I would classify as their signature ballad. ;)

I’m not sure what the story is with Illinois. But if there was any state I would move to it would be Illinois. Not just because it’s got the lovely Oyn in it, but because it seems to pump out so many great bands. Disturbed, Chevelle, erm Styx o_O, Ministry, Pavement, The jesus Lizard, The Pumpkins (yes, the smashing type). I think Veruca Salt is also from Chicago? And don’t forget that lots of those foundation rockers like Eddie Vedder and Kim Thayil are from Illinois. How do I know this? I’m a stalker of course – or maybe I’m just obsessed with Soundgarden! No, music is more a hobby for me than Abandonware :o I’m probably wrong about this, but I’m sure the Rollins Band came from there somewhere too, but I’m not sure so I should Google that one day. Same with 1000 Homo DJ’s, they first came to my attention on NIB (woot) but I’m sure they are from Chicago.

Anyway, yes, I’m talking about Chevelle though! Above is Closure, a great video clip from them, one of their ballads. If you like that song then check out Comfortable Liar or any of the others you can find on YouTube.

Chevelle is made up of three hot brothers, Pete, Joe and Same Loeffler, and have been popular in the States a long, long time, but hardly heard of in New Zealand (if at all). I first heard of them when they were touring with Sevendust (another of my faves) and Filter (boy that guy can wail). That would have been around… erm, 2001. They have been around since 1995 so I missed out on a good 6 years of awesomeness. But it probably took that long for them to get off the ground. I’m too lazy to Google, but there was a demo album released at the beginning that I haven’t been able to find. If you find it then send it over! ;)

They released their fist album in 1999 or 2000 called Point #1, but I’m a bit “meh” about it. It’s okay. And I totally missed it because I didnt know the existed then ;)

It was around then (2001) they released their first real chart hitter (and second) album “Wonder What’s Next”. The song “The Red” (which is probably their most popular song) came from that album – and reminds me a lot of Tool. He has a real Maynard-sounding voice. You’ll also probably like “Send the Pain Below“, which is another typical rock song and made it big. I think that one sounds a bit commercial, but it’s okay. :-)

The lucky bastards toured with Disturbed too y’know. That was only a few years ago. But no, they didn’t come to New Zealand. They have never come to NZ…

Their next album (third) was “This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)”, and was released in 2005. I know this because it was around my birthday yeah. ;) It generated another mega-hit “Vitamin R“. Panic Prone is also a pretty stand-up song from that album. They lost their bass player around here, which was the brother Joe (a hottie). They did get a new bass player and I think it was another relative. They must like to keep it in the family!

As with every album launch there is a mega-tour that never makes it to NZ and I can only see on music websites :( But I guess reading about it was good, because it brought Taproot to my attention (check out their song “Poem“). So I have to give them a big thumbs up because they hang out with awesome people.

There was another album released when Charlotte was born “Vena Sera”. This fourth album was a bit quieter than the previous ones, maybe that was the new bass players influence, who knows. But there was also a big epic tour too, and they travelled around with Finger Eleven and Evanescence (another 2 bands I love). There are no specific songs on that album which I would label awesome. It’s probably worth checking out “I Get It“.

Anyway, that’s just what I know about Chevelle which probably scratches the surface eh? But they are a fave of mine that I’ve been following for the last 7 or 8 years and I think they still have a ways to go.

I think YouTube is just brilliant, where else can you listen to endless music when you don’t have your mp3 drive hooked up? ;)

3 men in a hotel room? ;-)

I got this one in the email today:

3 men go into a hotel.
The man behind the desk said the room is $30 so each man paid $10 and went to the room.
A while later the man behind the desk realized the room was only $25 so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys’ room with $5.
On the way the bellboy couldn’t figure out how to split $5 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man a $1 and kept the other $2 for himself.
This meant that the 3 men each paid $9 for the room, which is a total of $27 add the $2 that the bellboy kept = $29. Where is the other dollar?

I love this one, it totally does your head in. And it drove my mum crazy and a whole host of other people. It’s called a trick, it gets you with one simple little phrase: “the 3 men each paid $9 for the room, which is a total of $27″.

It doesn’t work like that. The $2 for the bellboy comes from the $27 they “spent on the room”, the rest ($25) paid for the room, and they all got $1 back. So $25 for the room, $2 for the bellboy and $1 (x3) goes back to them.

It’s the order the story is written in and the way that it makes you think. You are lead to believe that the room cost $27, but it didn’t it only cost $25! And the $2 cost was the $2 the bell boy stole. And the other $3 being the $1 each they got.

The real question asked should be “what are 3 men doing in the hotel room in the first place?”

Asshole Green party owe me money!

Would you look at that eh? Another of the Green Party crappy laws passed. Who the hell voted for these people? Oh, only about 5% of the population. Yet they have so much fecking power, it’s totally unbelievable!

Bright eco-bulb idea has dark side
5:00AM Thursday June 19, 2008
By James Ihaka

Dimming the lights for a romantic dinner could end the evening with a bang once planned Government lighting regulations kick in.

The Government wants to cut lighting energy consumption by 20 per cent by 2015 and from late next year incandescent lightbulbs will be banished.

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons has hailed the move, saying the changes to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) could save the country $500 million by 2020.

But while the changes are likely to benefit the environment and people’s pockets, some in the lighting industry are warning of issues people will need to get used to.

“If you try to dim the lights with CFLs you’ll probably end up blowing the switch,” said Kevin Lord, who manages Hamilton’s Lighting Direct store.

“They have developed some you can dim but at the moment they’re not on the market and if they are, they don’t comply with New Zealand standards.”

Mr Lord said things were also not so bright for chandelier lovers as the sharp white light from CFLs could not bring out the sparkle in a chandelier’s crystals.

“When you put an opaque-type lamp in it [the chandelier] it’s just a dead, dull light.

“I’m not sure what the future option will be.”

He said a quick night-time dash to the toilet could also be a problem, with some CFLs taking up to a minute to warm up and fully light an area.

And the future of heat lamps, used in bathrooms and restaurants, was also a “curly one” that would have to be sorted out.

“But overall I think it won’t be too big a problem for people and most will probably adapt pretty quickly.”

A report from the Efficient Lighting Group showed 8 per cent of the total energy used in homes was consumed by lighting.

The figure increases to 14 per cent in lighting for businesses and public areas.

But CFLs typically use between a fifth and a quarter of the energy an ordinary lightbulb uses while lasting eight to 10 times longer.

A spokesman for the Electricity Commission said an average four-bedroom home, which typically had 28 lightbulbs, could potentially make significant savings on its annual power bill with CFLs.

Based on an electricity unit cost of 20c/kWh, the cost of using a quality 20-watt CFL for four hours a day was less than $5 a year, which compared favourably with the $21.90 to run an ordinary lightbulb.

He said CFLs had minuscule traces of mercury, so the bulbs had to be carefully disposed of if broken, but the amount was about a hundredth of that contained in the average mercury tooth filling.

SEEING THE LIGHT: COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS

Q: How much do they cost?
A: On average about $6, although cheaper, poorer-quality options are available. They can last between 6000 and 15,000 hours.

Q: What do they cost to run?
A: CFLs typically use a fifth of the energy of an ordinary lightbulb. So based on an electricity cost of 20c/kWh, a CFL used 3 hours a day throughout the year will cost $4.40 compared with $21.90 for a standard bulb – a saving of $17.50 per year per bulb.

Q: Do you need to change your light fittings to use them?
A: No. CFLs come in screw and standard bayonet types so can be fitted in place of standard incandescent bulbs.

(from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority website and the Electricity Commission)

Well, isn’t that great. They are now telling us what kind of lightbulbs we should use. Nevermind they give off cold light, cause migranes, aren’t good for rooms where you need to get in and out quickly (bathrooms, pantry), have mercury in them (don’t go near if they break), don’t actually last the 6000+ hours, can’t be used if you have dimmer switches because they buzz, can’t fit into lamps or outside light enclosures, and I have to say it DON’T FIT IN MY FUCKING DOWNLIGHTING!

I wanna know who to send the bill to, because I’m going to need to build a big shed to store my oldschool lightbulb stash in until I can finish suing the Green party so they can come and pay for my entire house to be refitted. The stoopid eco-lights don’t fit into my light fittings. And my entire house uses those light fittings… Not to mention my outdoor sensor light bulbs, my bedside table lamps, the spotlights in the bathroom and above the kitchen sink, the heat lamps in the bathroom and the lights in the garage, or even in my mothers sewing machine. How are they going to get around this?

It’s gone too far. They need to pull their fucking heads in and start focusing on crime and alcohol, drugs and real issues facing this country.

Welcome to the Zoo

Jeebus F Christ, has anyone been reading/watching the New Zealand news lately? What the fuck is this country coming to??

  • A lady got into her car with her 8-year-old son and a guy opened the door and snatched her bag. She jumped out and chased him to his car and he ran her down and she died.
  • A shop owner was robbed and put his hands up, co-operated and let them take everything and they shot him point-blank in the chest, then other people kept coming into the shop and stealing stuff as he was dead.
  • A newly-wed lady driving to work and a guy decides he wants to take a few people out so he rams into her on the motorway and she’s dead.
  • A little 80-year-old Asian lady was beaten to death in her home. They are trying to say it was the Triads, because then they can blame it on Immigrants. But apparently witnesses saw some Samoan or Maori people.

We all know people WANT to go to jail. If you go to jail you get 3 meals a day, Sky TV, underfloor heating plus heating/air conditioning. And the prisons have these giant LCD TVs up on their walls, plus the TVs in the cells. I wish I had underfloor heating, 3 cooked meals a day and could get a free University education. Gee, where’s the incentive to stay legal?

There’s a bit of a story on crime in yesterdays Herald. South Auckland is the most ghetto place I know of. It’s like being in one of those slums in the US of A or being on the bad side of the tracks in Cape Town or Nigeria somewhere. What a bunch of fucking animals live in this country.

I just thought of something. Have you ever seen the Mad Max movies? That is going to be South Auckland and various other parts of New Zealand soon (if not already).

Offsetting your emissions?

Finally, a site that puts offsetting into perspective! So you drive that V8 to work with no carpooling and towing two trailers and a box of concrete, and it’s okay, because you plant trees or buy carbon credits. So you’ve made yourself carbon neutral right? And that’s fine, that makes you a good person… doesn’t it?

But does it really undo the damage you have done? Does it really make it okay? Or are you just compensating for something you shouldn’t be doing anyway?

wrong + wrong = wrong
right + right = right
right + wrong = ?

Here’s a site that really puts it into perspective: www.cheatneutral.com. “Helping you because you can’t help yourself”.

Read the “small print” page if you don’t get it. ;)

The Tea Party

The Tea Party – Sister Awake

I know that I hardly have time to breathe nowadays, but I found time this evening to play around on YouTube. I don’t have any music on my mac, and I want to keep my iPod formatted for Windows. So what better place to listen to music then YouTube?

This is my favourite song from The Tea Party. They are in my top 5 bands of all time. Jeff Martin is so talented (and so insanely gorgeous). They are one of the most underrated bands of all time, and could have conquered the world. Shame they were glued inside Canada.

The Tea Party full playlist (all their songs) is what I used whenever we played UT or whenever I play FPS games, for some reason it works. I always have warm fuzzy flack-cannon flashbacks when listening to them now, even though I loved them long before UT. -_-

Go and watch :) And view some other songs of theirs. I recommend The Bazaar, The River, Fire in the Head and their remake of Paint it Black.