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The Adventures of Indy Andy

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

The Dark Tower 

I've just read one of the most exciting pieces of news I've heard in a long time. My mate Matt has just added a post to his blog saying that he's just started re-reading "The Dark Tower" books by Stephen King. Following his link, I've now discovered that the fifth book in the series is due to be published in November
As anybody who knows me will tell you, I'm a huge Stephen King fan (although I'm not mad enough to be his 'Number One Fan'......), and "It" is probably my favourite book of all time (I'm on my fifth copy now!). The first Dark Tower book, "The Gunslinger", was published in 1982, and was quite a departure for King at the time as it had much more of a fantasy theme than any of his other mystery/thriller books up until that time. One of the things I found particularly appealing was the way that philosophy was woven into the narrative, especially at the end, and this theme has continued to run through the series.
Stephen King has always said that "The Dark Tower" story will probably never be completed, not because he can't be bothered or can't think of an ending, but because the story itself has no end, and reading the books you really feel the infinate nature of the universe and the way all life is intertwined. The books themselves have come out at infrequent intervals, and this is the first new book in the series for six years. At least two more books are planned, but whether Roland will ever reach the Dark Tower, and what he'll find if he gets there is still a mystery.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Mental! 

We've already established that I'm evil, but is that having an impact on my mental health? According to the following test, no it's not. I'm about as sane as the next man.

DisorderRating
Paranoid:Low
Schizoid:Moderate
Schizotypal:Low
Antisocial:Low
Borderline:Low
Histrionic:Low
Narcissistic:Moderate
Avoidant:Low
Dependent:Low
Obsessive-Compulsive:Moderate

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Friday, September 19, 2003

Am I Evil?... 

...Yes I Am! So sang Diamond Head. And it's true, I am evil. But what about you?


Which Evil Criminal are You?

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Profanity Found 

OK, in case you haven't noticed, I've added a new link to my sidebar.
It's the website for a local band called Profanity Found. They're a real heavy band, with a Slipknot/Slayer/Bolt Thrower (for the really old readers!) kind of sound. I'd like to able to claim to have discovered them myself, but in reality I used to work with the girlfriend of the guitarist, James.
They've played gigs with some of Britain's up and coming bands such as Violent Delight and Sikth, and have played at some of London's top venues as well as playing Mr Smiths and The Villa here in Bournemouth quite frequently.
They've managed to blag some studio time, and have recorded some tracks which you can download. Gram's probably my favourite, but all three are worth a listen, especially considering the production isn't top class.
If you've got any comments (or maybe you work for a record lable and want to sign them!), then either post a message on their site, or post a comment here and I'll be happy to pass it on.

I've got my tickets.... 

...but I'm still not entirely happy.
After all the aggro of the last month, trying to track down those elusive tickets for Metallica's show at Earls Court in December, they finally went on sale yesterday morning.
There I was, on the phone at 8:55, five minutes before they could officially be sold, and as expected the phone lines were jammed. I got through to an operator at 8:59, which I thought was perfect timing as I could keep him talking until it was time, but they were expecting people like me and he ended the call too early, the bastard. I finally got through again at 9:25, but all the standing tickets had already gone. I could have cried!!
Still, I was able to get seating tickets so I shouldn't really complain, especially as I'm in the front row. It's just frustrating 'cos I could have bought the tickets three days ago and saved myself all the stress and bother. If anyone is interested, and wants to come and say hi to Matt and myself, we're in Block 13, Row A.

I also found out this afternoon that Metallica have added a second date at Earls Court on December 19. The tickets went on sale this morning, and although I phoned to check, it was as I expected and they'd sold out of stand ing tickets for this one too.

But what the hey, I'm still excited, 'cos I'M GONNA SEE METALLICA!!!!!!!

WOOHOO!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Metal Gear Solid 3 

Wow! I've just seen a 12 minute trailer for Metal Gear Solid 3, and it rocks! I'm a big fan of the Metal Gear games, so I was excited about the latest installment before, but having seen the trailer I'm now at fever pitch.
Despite the game still being in development, and the code is still far from perfect, the visuals on the trailer really do blow you away. As far as gameplay goes, this one looks to have upped the stakes in every way possible. Gone are the restrictive corridors and linear set pieces, and in comes a vast open forest where you have the freedom to navigate at will. Hideo Kojima (the game's creator) says that he has made every effort this time to open up the game area, and to do this he has changed the focus of the mission. Whereas in the past the game starts from just outside the enemy base, this time you start from the very beginning of the mission, i.e. you have to infiltrate hostile territory in order to make it to the base in the first place.
The stealth element hasn't been at all hindered by the open environments. It looks like the majority of the game will be set in a dense jungle/forest, and this only emphasises the need for stealth. If you go bumbling through the undergrowth hell for leather you're sure to be heard by the enemy, but if you follow the trails then you'll be seen by the four man enemy patrols who, by the way, have been programmed to behave like real life SAS patrols, so that every possible angle of attack is covered. Without any walls to hug, or corners to peer around, you really will have to hone your stealth skills in order to survive, especially as (due to the game being set in a much earlier, lo-tech timeline) you no longer have a radar or codec to assist you.
But Metal Gear isn't about getting from A to B as quietly as possible. The previous games would have been nothing without any gun play, and once again Metal Gear Solid 3 has really ramped up the action. The gun fights in the trailer have taken on truly epic proportions, resembling something out of a Hollywood blockbuster. As well as sneekily taking out enemy patrols, the trailer shows Snake attacking whole villages and encampments, with smoke, bullets, explosions and tracer fire all around you.
Hideo Kojima has always tried to make his games with a movie ethos, and with Metal Gear Solid 3 it looks like he may have finally realised his dream of creating an interactive film.
Total Immersion Gaming!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2003

Zen and the art of eating 

Just watched "Enter the Dragon" and feeling a bit peckish? Maybe you need "Enter the Sandwich"!

Ticket fiasco (part 2) 

The story so:-
At the end of their set at this year's Reading festival, Lars Ulrich announced that Metallica were coming back to the Uk in December to play Earls Court. The day I got back from Reading, I phoned the Earls Court box office to try and buy some tickets. They told me the tickets should have gone on sale that morning, but the promoter changed it at the last minute. Every day for nearly three weeks after that I phoned the Earls Court box office to get a date for when they were going on sale.
Last Wednesday, I finally got through to an operator who could give me a date. Hurrah! They were going on sale at 9:00 Thursday morning. I was so excited I nearly needed to change my underwear! Thursday just happened to be my day off last week, so I made a point of getting up early, and at 8:58 I started dialling the box office number.
OK, so at first I'm put in a queue, due to all agents being busy. Fair enough. I want tickets for Metallica, one of the biggest bands in the world, this was expected.
At 9:02 I get through to an operator. Not bad, surely not even Metallica could have sold out the venue that quickly.
Woohoo, I'm going to see Metallica!
Erm, maybe not.
I was told the tickets weren't going on sale that morning, they were on sale from Wednesday 17 September. I'd been blatantly lied to the day before. Bastards! There was some light at the end of the tunnel though - advance tickets were going on sale to CCLive subscribers two days earlier.
What's CCLive? It's Ticketmaster's email gig guide thingy, and subscription is free. Cool, I'm gonna subscribe to that, then I can still guarantee getting tickets, yay!
So here we are. Today is the day CClive subscriber's can buy their tickets, and sure enough the tickets are on sale. Things are looking up at last. I'm seriously excited now!
Hold on though, what's this? The only tickets available are for the seated areas at the back and sides of the arena. Standing tickets won't be available until Wednesday.
What true Metallica fan wants seats? I mean, seriously! We want to be standing, getting involved, dancing and jumping around like a loon, getting squashed in the crush, emerging from the mosh pit battered, bruised and bleeding. We don't want to be sat still, politely clapping the jolly good show taking place somewhere in the distance.
There we have it. After all this time, tickets have finally gone on sale, but some high and mighty prick in a suit, who has probably never even heard a single Metallica song, says that I still have to wait to find if I can buy tickets!
I'm beyond frustrated. Pissed off doesn't even come close.
That's it, rant over. At least until Wednesday......

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Happy Birthday to You 

Today is my Mum's birthday. I won't embarass her by giving her age away, but I thought I'd take this opportunity to wish her a happy birthday. She's never been online in her life before, so chances of her reading this are next to nothing, but hey, it's the thought that counts!

Guess who's back... 

Hello everyone, I'm back again. As you can tell, I've been very quiet on the posting front this week. That's because my son has been ill (nothing serious thankfully), and I've been suffering a distinct lack of sleep. But now I'm back and raring to go again, so normal service has now been resumed.

Saturday, September 06, 2003

New season, new hopes 

At last! After eight long months, the new season of American Football has kicked off. Every Sunday evening I'll be getting together with Matt to watch all the latest action from the NFL, as the 32 teams fight it out to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
I'm not exactly what you'd call a huge sports fan, but other than motorsports, American Football is the only one guaranteed to get my adrenalin pumping. This week, Sky Sports are showing a double header. The show starts at 5:30 with the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. It should be an absolute cracker, as they were two of the best teams last season. This is followed by the Chicago Bears against San Francisco 49ers. That's six and a half hours of solid Gridiron action, what a way to start!
The season's already got off to a good start for me, though, as my favourite team, the Washington Redskins, beat the New York Jets 16-13 earlier today. Not exactly what you'd call a crushing defeat, but given our performance last season, this is a pretty damn fine result. There's no way we'll make it to the Superbowl this year, but I'm hopeful of getting to the Play-offs.

This was the Week that was 

As another week passes us by I thought I'd let everyone know what I've been doing to get my kicks this week, when I've not been slaving away at work.
Musically, I have been listening pretty much exclusively to "Permission to Land" by The Darkness. I still can't get enough of them, although I'm slightly worried that it might be turning into an unhealthy obsession! I've also been listening to my favourite Metallica album, "Load".
I'm currently playing Diablo 2: The Lord of Destruction. I've only recently got the expansion pack, so I'm still getting used to the skills and abilities of the 2 new character classes, But they're both fun to play, especially when the Druid morphs into a bear!
I'm also plodding my way through "The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", which it feels like I've been reading forever. I've always been slow reading Tolkien, and I don't get anywhere near as much time to read now as I'd like, but I'm very near the end, and I'm determined to read the whole trilogy before the film of "The Return of the King" comes out.
The real highlight of my entertainment week, though, has got to be the series of Troma films currently showing on Sky Movies Max. If you haven't heard of Troma, they're a film company dedicated to keeping the spirit of independant film making alive. They are renowned for their extremely low budgets, bizzare imagery, and their ability to try and gross you out in every scene! Most people know Troma for their horror/sci-fi films ("Class of Nuke 'em High", "The Toxic Avenger", etc.), but they've made plenty of other styles of film, such as the hilariously wierd "Sargent Kabukiman, NYPD". The best film shown this week has got to be "Tromeo and Juliet", a film based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (obviously!), but given the usual Troma twists of blod & guts, violence, pierceings, sex (straight and lesbian), and incest! It was also narrated by none other than Motorhead's Lemmy!!!!!

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

It wasn't like this when I was a kid! 

Ever wonder what would happen if Hanna Barbera's cartoons had been done in the style of anime? Well, wonder no more and check out this clip I found of Hong Kong Phooey! It's mad as fuck!

Where are my tickets? 

This is getting very annoying now. At the end of their performance at the Reading festival a couple of weeks ago, Metallica announced they will returning to the UK to play at Earls Court on December 20. I tried buying some tickets as soon as I woke up the day after getting back, and was told the tickets should have gone sale that morning, but the promoter had delayed the sale for some unknown reason. Since then I have been on the phone to the booking office every day, tring to find out when they're going on sale.
Although all the staff know the gig is taking place (they sound like their really fed up with Metallica fans phoning them!), their computers are telling them there is no official confirmation it will happen, and that they have no idea when, or even if, the tickets will be available.
I'm getting really frustrated now. I feel like a kid who's woken up on Christmas morning, only to be told they can't open their presents until the middle of January!

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