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Archive for December, 2007

Oooohh Singing Drummers!

Friday, December 28th, 2007

I have a huge, HUGE respect for drummers. First off, every limb of a drummer’s body is doing something: the hands have the sticks covered, left foot is on the high-hat and the right foot covers the bass pedal. Not to mention, his mind is needs to be in tip-top shape if he wants the sound of his “weapons” to be FULL.

As for singing drummers…

That’s another story.

To sing WHILE playing the drums is an amazing feat. It’s like juggling while eating, I tells ya! There are rare, singer drummers out there. Eventhough if a drummer can sing while playing, it’s VERY, VERY important that he can SING or at least… yeah… HE MUST SING WELL.

This band’s name is Atreyu, a hardcore metal band named after the dog from The Neverending Story. I’ve been listening to these guys since 2004 and my faith in them has never faltered. Their sound is raw and powerful and their vocalist’s presence is powerful enough to scoop you off your seat and eat you alive.

Atreyu - The Theft

Atreyu - Becoming the Bull

Nice huh?

Not unlike this travesty



A Festivus for the Rest of Us!

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

FRANK: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reach for the last one they had - but so did another man. As I rained blows opon him, I realized there had to be another way!
KRAMER: What happened to the doll?
FRANK: It was destroyed. But out of that, a new holiday was born. “A Festivus for the rest of us!”
KRAMER: That musta been some kind of doll.
FRANK: She was.


FRANK: And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and you tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year.
KRAMER: Is there a tree?
FRANK: No. Instead, there’s a pole. It requires not decoration. I find tinsel distracting.
KRAMER: Frank, this new holiday of yours is scratching me right where I itch.
FRANK: Let’s do it then! Festivus is back! I’ll get the pole out of the crawl space



“As I rained blows upon him…” is probably the best line in sitcom history. And why is Frank buying a doll for Georgs?


Toy Fever

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Well, I just blew 6,200 cool beans last night, I’m lacking sleep and my fingers hurt (from the pressing and the dismantling and the putting-together) and in sincere need of sleep. With the floodgates opened, I started to research on dragons and fantastic toys in general. Lo and behold, Mr. Todd McFarlane has provided me with enough resin (or plastic or whatever these things are made of) sculptures to sate even my most twisted desires. Enter, McFarlane toys!

In the spirit of the holiday season that has just passed, I’m gonna show you McFarlane’s twisted Christmas:

Santa Claus

How cool is Rudolph?

You wouldn’t want these elves making your toys now, would you?

The rest of the series is not Sanriotown-friendly so if YOU REALLY, REALLY want to see the others, go to

Happy Overly Commercialized, Highly Twisted Holiday!

In the words of shortcircuit, Moohahahahahahahahaha


Happy Overly Commercialized Holiday, Kiddies!

Monday, December 24th, 2007

Well, in a few scant hours, Christmas will be upon us - the holiday that has stirred the imagination of millions of children worldwide and has lulled many people into doing good even for a few short days.

What I don’t understand is why do people, with the sudden surge of Christmasy Spirit, turn into semi-saints ready to help one and all? Why can’t they be like that the whole year round? Does Christmas spur a spirit of hypocrisy that has become so ingrained within our society?

I sincerely hope not.

I don’t want to be Sanriotown’s resident Scrooge so Happy Holidays, everyone!

P.S. You’re all sheep!

Dragons + Lego = Love

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

There’s something regal about dragons; they’re big, ferocious, awe-striking, majestic, dangerous, sleek but at the same time, the biggest mother you will ever run into. Dragons have been portrayed from evil and conniving to heroic and glorious and regardless, they have become objections of admiration for so long.


Since I was 3 years old, I remember the first toy I ever had was a huge bucket of Lego. The old ones’ only colors then were yellow and red. Boy, the cities I erected and smashed, the tight pieces I bit apart, the vehicles and cars and spaceships that my sick, little 3 year old mind concocted were endless.

*segway ends*

When I was growing up (around 12 years old), I told myself that once I start earning, I’m taking my passion for Lego and/or Dragons to the next level i.e. START A REAL HOBBY.

So anyway, it all started innocently enough: I was in Toy Kingdom looking for a Charizard toy, I then ran across this:

I froze. Dragons AND Legos all rolled into one!?




I fell in love. In more ways than one. This bad boy was bought right away.

And then


And tonight, a new empire dawns. I’m blowing Christmas money for this:

and this:

Glorious. I’m going to plow through throngs of eager shoppers tonight.

P.S. I know it’s not Lego but Megabloks is like the Lego of the big boys.

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The Rock Out On: A.F.I.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

If you’ve read my early, early post The Gauge of Masters, I wrote down that a stellar band’s sound is almost indecipherable when it comes to comparing between a live act and their CD. A band reaches superstar status when a band DELIVERS acoustically.  Following this pattern, a band is groin-grabbingly amazing if they rock out be it in CD form, live or acoustic. Today, I’m focusing on AFI (A Fire Inside). Watch these first… The song of choice? Endlessly, She Said from their latest album, Decemberunderground.


This video is from their DVD I Heard a Voice. Buy it! and lastly, I’ve shown this video before but I have to show it again, the acoustic version of the song.  

Yeah sure, the vocalist oozes ridiculous amounts of flambouyance, he is all man. His pants may be tight, his eyelashes curled, his make-up fresh, but Davey Havok is a very, very, very, talented musician. No, scratch that, A Fire Inside is one of the best.

Batman lives on!

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Batman IS the ONLY amazing thing about the DC Universe, hands down. No super-powered dweebs like Superman or Green Lantern and Wonder Woman and the travesty who is Martian Manhunter who can all fly and have super strength and run really fast. Ewww.

Batman, on the other hand, is the ONLY unique character - he doesn’t fly, he doesn’t run fast, and he relies on his wit and technique. He is the perfect anti-hero.

Imagine my joy when the FIRST Batman movie came out and Jack Nicholson blew my mind. Things went downhill from there: after Batman returns, Joel Schumacher took the franchise and flushed it down the toilet.

Things looked up with Batman Begins and my faith was restored. Now, my anticipation for the sequel, The Dark Knight, is making my world explode. I CAN’T CONTAIN IT! Things went awry when I  saw this: The original link for the trailer of the upcoming movie

Heath Ledger looks AWESOME.

Don’t mind me… I’m just gonna collect my jaw from the floor.


Now THIS is rocking out!

Friday, December 14th, 2007

I’m assuming that all of you out there have seen (or heard of) the rock version of Canon in D. It’s an awesome rendition and you guys must hear it. If you look all over YouTube, there have been a lot of people filming themselves playing it. Of all the imitators, this is probably the best:

Meet Levi - a friend of mine from the underground. Don’t be confused, she’s a girl (but playing for the other team if you know what I mean) and she can play a mean bass. The other week or so, she got bored playing bass and decided to fiddle with her guitar again, and this was the result:


She’s good ain’t she?

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Wolverine speaks out

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

I know Wolverine is AWESOME and that he can probably own anyone in the Marvel Universe, but come on… the guy has feelings. He spoke out against it himself.

Well, in a way, he has acknowledged that he is the rockstar of Marvel.

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The Rock Out Spotlight: Wolverine

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

During his time in Japan and other countries, Wolverine becomes a master of virtually all forms of martial arts. He is proficient with most weaponry, including firearms, though he is partial to bladed weapons. He can defeat the likes of Shang-Chi and Captain America in single combat. He also has a wide knowledge of the body and pressure points. He is also an accomplished pilot and highly skilled in the field of espionage and covert operations.

Wolverine sometimes lapses into a “berserker rage” while in close combat. In this state he lashes out with the intensity and aggression of a mindless animal and is even more resistant to psionic attack. Though he loathes it, he acknowledges that it has saved his life many times.

Though seemingly brutish, Wolverine is actually extremely intelligent. Due to his increased lifespan, he has traveled the world and amassed an intimate knowledge of foreign languages and cultures. He can speak English, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Cheyenne, Spanish, and Lakota; he also has some knowledge of French, Thai, Vietnamese, German and Portuguese. When Forge monitors Wolverine’s vitals during a Danger Room training session, he calls Logan’s physical and mental state “equivalent of an Olympic-level gymnast performing a gold medal routine while simultaneously beating four chess computers in his head.”

Despite his apparent ease at taking lives, he does not enjoy killing or giving into his berserker rages. Logan adheres to a firm code of personal honor and morality. He is often irreverent and rebellious, particularly towards authority, though he is a reliable ally and capable leader. He has had romantic, platonic, and even paternal relationships over the decades with numerous women.


1. Magneto extracts the adamantium from Wolverine’s skeleton.

At the end of the Fatal Attractions crossover, the adamantium is ripped from Wolverine’s skeleton by Magneto. This act injures Wolverine so severely his mutant healing factor burns itself out in order to keep him alive. In fact, most of Wolverine’s other natural abilities including his heightened senses, strength, stamina, agility, and reflexes are weakened as well.


2. Wolverine becomes Death, a Horseman of Apocalypse

Wolverine lives without adamantium for some time before being kidnapped by the villain Apocalypse. Apocalypse sets up a contest between Wolverine and an adamantium-bonded Sabretooth to determine who would become the new leader of his Four Horsemen.

Although he knows winning means being brainwashed and turned against his friends, Wolverine supposes that Sabretooth would enjoy being set loose as a killing machine, while he himself might be able to fight it. Emerging victorious he is made the Horseman Death, and Apocalypse strips the adamantium from Sabretooth and bonds it to Wolverine’s skeleton once more. Made to battle the X-Men, Wolverine overcomes Apocalypse’s conditioning with the help of Jubilee.




3. Wolverine joins the New Avengers.

Wolverine is brainwashed into becoming an agent of a now-allied HYDRA and The Hand. While under their control, he kills Northstar. He is eventually rescued by S.H.I.E.L.D. and he uses their resources to exact his revenge. Soon after, Wolverine is recruited by the New Avengers, because he is willing to “cross the lines they refuse to cross.” after the events of Avengers Disassembled, Iron Man recognizes the need to have someone who is prepared to kill on the team should something like what happened to the Scarlet Witch occur again. He serves alongside such notable Marvel heroes as Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Luke Cage.

But, after the Civil War, the whole “concept” of Avengers was split in two: with the death of Captain America, Iron Man leaves the New Avengers to form the Mighty Avengers. The NA go underground and refuse to be registered superheroes and be part of “The United States of Iron Man.”

4. Wolverine regains his memories

At the end of House of M, Wolverine’s memories are completely restored. This causes a panic for some of the major powers and governments across the Marvel Universe because of their involvement in Wolverine’s past. The United States and Canada purge all records of Wolverine’s involvement in anticipation of his revenge.


Honestly, the whole Messiah Complex story arc that Marvel is cooking up is AMAZING. Just a bit of a background: Due to Scarlet Witch’s insanity which led her to utter the words “No… more… mutants…” , the whole mutant population (approximately millions) to a flimsy 187. With the mutant population close to extinction, the first mutant birth in months has attracted the attention of Mr. Sinister, The Purifiers (military, anti-mutant fanatics) and the X-Men and now, they’re waging a war against each other to secure the child.