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break Room / Happy Canada Day!
« on: July 01, 2018, 07:35:58 AM »


Eh bud, looks like it's time for a right good Canada 151 there. Let's celebrate our great campy country by getting Tims or Robins and like listening to Rush and Carly Rae all night. I was saddened, I went to Tims this morning, naturally had The Spirit Of Radio, Subdivisions & Distant Early Warning going from my Rush mixtape, but anyway I got my normal dark roast double double and a sausage breakfast sandwich on an English muffin, but they had no Canada Day donuts! Well frick bud, I just had to settle with the poppy seed loaf, a newer item, but I was crying.   

At the end of last year I went though a whole thought of, what does my nationality mean to me? and what does it mean to be Canadian? There is no deep answer, it's very clear to me, even though my armpit in Northern Ontario might not have the brightest prospects, there is still something to be found all around that makes me feel the spirit. What is the spirit? I can't say bud, you'd have to live here to understand.

This unexciting picture I took in a nearby township says it all for me.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiRuj2_czzw


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Develop Your Story / Northern Nerds Exchange
« on: May 07, 2018, 08:44:07 AM »
I'm trying to write again but I'm hella rusty as I've found out. This is a simple tale of a small shopping plaza in a Northwestern Ontario armpit. I'm just going to write it and worry about making it good later, maybe I'll make it into something if I get motived? Either way I wanted to post this and see how it is, I'm very rusty and my writing isn't to the same quality as before.

I've written in a manner that is not quite like...novelish but not scriptish either. It's a simple way that I figure can turn to either and looks easier on the eyes then my old script format. So here, I'll see how this is. I need to write these characters a lot to really get them going anyway, I want to make a story that is about random characters in this plaza, more then just this one store. I want it to go somewhere as well, but I don't know what to do with it, so I figure it out as I go.

Chapter 1 : Battleyoads
Spoiler
Some Armpit In Northwestern Ontario

Bright blue skies, not a cloud to spoil the view. A chilly breeze flies by through an empty lot. In Dicker’s View Plaza we see a stretch of buildings that form an L shape. At the end of the space a small store with the name “Northern Nerds Exchange” hangs in a faded image.

“Instant cash for your geek goods” reads a cheesy sign from 2004, a washed out image of the Master Chief along with a poorly photoshopped PS2, Watchmen comics and an Elektra figure. The sign hangs on the small window below “Now accepting musical gear” with a small image of a chibi school girl ripping a Jazzmaster. 

Beside the small space is an empty lot with two windows, an entrance and a blank sign on top. A sign reads “For Lease”. Next door is Sassy Sally’s Steaming Salon, next to an Italian deli “Mussolini Meats” decked out in a tricolour explosion. i-Travel2000.com is next, a travel agency with it’s classic “CALL 1-866-WOW-DEAL AND GET AWAY FOR LESS” slogan in big letters below the sign. 

As the building forms it’s L shape we see an old Buck-Or-Two struggling to hang on. Next is a Little Cheasers, a big pig pizza that omits an awful greasy smell all day long. In the modest street the Dicker’s View Plaza sits next to many fast food joints, all assembled in little clusters.

It’s 8:59 AM, cars are moving along and people are stopping for gas or Tims. The parking lot for Dicker’s View is quiet, aside from a couple old wops waiting outside Mussolini Meats. The Canadian and Ontario flags mounted next to the plaza sign blow roughly in the breeze that runs across the sunny skies.

A car suddenly burns down the road, the song of jangly guitars and Kermit the Frog singing omits from the open car windows that dare to embrace the breeze. The old grey Impala turns into the plaza parking lots and stops promptly in front of Northern Nerds Exchange. The figure inside quickly turns the car off and grabs his backpack.

As he does a figure appears in the door. A somewhat tall girl with a lean form, light brown skin and long brown hair begins to turn the “Closed” sign around. Her brown eyes glare at the driver from under her thick black rimmed glasses. She slowly turns the sign as the driver grabs the door handle and roughly pushes it open.

“Safe!”, he calls out as the girl puts out her foot, tripping him to the floor. “How about showing up before we open next time?”, she smirks, officially opening the store. The driver looks up annoyed, “Right! I do this every time and it pisses me off! Like right before I have to go I get involved in something and boom! It’s 8:55!”. 

The employee stands tall with a skinny form. His shaggy dirty blonde hair moving as he speaks, his eyebrows a darker colour then his hair, and green eyes express every word, as he makes big motions with his hands. Kacey Karvala stands in clean new jeans and a collared black shirt.

Ami Desrosiers shakes her head, wearing the same type of clothes but with a necklace of USB sticks and assortment of rattling bracelets. Her long brown hair flows down her back roughly, in a manner that looks perfectly messed up, her bangs bushy and to her eyebrows. 

“When do you wake up?”, she asks grinning. “Oh 6:30 everyday!”, Kacey exclains proudly.

“What’s wrong with you dude!”, a loud voice calls out from behind the counter, a plump guy with a golf cap and brown beard walks into the scene. Medium height, wearing khaki pants too small for him, and old fashion loafers. He wears a long black top under his employee shirt.

“I like to be productive and get going! No time to waste sleeping I say!”, Kacey pounds his fist in his hand, making a proud statement as his backpack slips down his arm.

“You have so much time and yet you’re late everyday”, Walter Perogiski replies, hands on his chubby hips. “Don’t lecture me man”, Kacey becomes annoyed, “I’ll try to stop being late”, he speaks facing Ami as he walks behind the counter.   

“That guy eh, always late...unlike someone around here…”, Walter looks smug, straightening out his hat. Ami smiles, shaking her head. “Coming 20 minutes early to re-alphabetize the games won’t win you any favours, unless you can sell more of them”, she walks by, flicking Walter’s hat down his face, exposing his balding head.     

“And Kacey try to be on time alright”, Ami turns her back and walks towards the employee room, “I’m already going to be firing one flake this week”. Walter’s eye light up, “Jerry!”. Kacey shrugs.

The store is bigger inside than it appears but still modest in size. In one half is a counter with all kinds of games, figures, cards, and board games behind it. The exchanges are done here with a cash and computer behind the class cabinet containing used game systems. Along the wall are racks of video games, new and old, with the other wall containing a growing music section.

A couple cheap guitars hang from the wall, with practice amps, cords and pedals nearby. A keyboard sits in the box below, with a shelving unit holding assorted goods. Next to it are shelves of DVDs, Blu-Rays, VHS tapes, CDs, records, tapes and books. A small selection that is packed tight.

The walls are all packed, with a TV in the corner playing a curling game. The store radio lightly blares, rotating between classic rock, old & modern pop and bebop free-style avant jazz at any given day. 

There is another counter by the door for purchases, a small space leads to a washroom, employee room and closest of random cleaning and handy gear. In the center wall a door leads to the backroom.

Kacey walks in the employee room, throwing down his backpack, he tosses his water bottle in the freezer and straightens his collar. He turns around to see Ami holding up the doorway smiling. “You know what time it is?” she teases with a playful grin. “Coffee-a-clock already?”, Kacey grins back. Ami nods, holding a couple loonies out. “4x4, large, make sure it’s a roll up cup, I got ripped off last time!”.

“But Roll Up The Rim ended 2 months ago!”, Walter yells across the store. “I don’t care! I just want to finally win! Do you realize how maddening it is to lose every SINGLE TIME. I WON’T STOP UNTIL I-”, Ami rants as Kacey grabs the change and begins to walk off.

“I’ll be right back! Want anything Walter?”, Kacey askes as he nears the door. Walter thinks, “I could really go for a 1 milk 1 sugar iced latte with a strawberry danish. I need a little fuel in me!”, Walter straightens his cap as he cleans the glass cabinets. 

“You look like you’ve eaten too many danishes Walt”, Ami smirks from the corner. “What...oh, okay hold the food then, and make my coffee a medium”.

“Ya don’t want to get more fat eh!”, Kacey grins. “HEY! Workplace bullying!”, Walter throws down his paper towel in mock fit. “Ya but it’s okay when she makes fat jokes!”, Kacey replies annoyed. “She was just looking out for my health and well being!”, Walter looks back at Ami. She shakes her head, “Just go Kacey, hurry up today might get busy”.

“Might get busy...it’s never bu-”, as Kasey turns around a girl walks through the door. “Oh”. He quickly turns to the side and opens the other door, speed walking outside and promptly opening his car door before speeding off quickly.   

The girl looks confused, turning her gaze up to Walter and Ami. “Hello, my name is Ellie Mäkkeli and I am coming to apply at store”.

Ellie stands at a fair height, with her blonde hair in a tight bun, little pieces touching her face. Her blue eyes shine, with her brow tense as she holds out an essay sized resume. She wears a white sweater and black pants with grey fuzzy boots.

“Oh, you want to apply well let m-”, Walter begins before Ami walks up, grabbing the resume from Ellie’s gloved hands. “Kal-la-jocky, Finland?”, she tilts her head looking up from the paper to Ellie. “Kalajoki!”, she corrects Ami. “But this is a j...why are y-whatever, anyway I guess you saw the ad online?”.

“Yes. I am coming to Canada now, and I need work before I go school. I live nearby and am a great team player who works well with others or alone!”, Ellie smiles brightly. Ami shields her eyes, “Right, I’ve heard it all before...you have an impressive resume Ellie Maka-e-lie”.

“Mäkkeli!”, the blonde girl stomps her foot and looks up angry. “Holy *censored*, okay Ellie yes. I will keep your resume by my desk and get back to you!”, Ami nods motioning to the door. “Thank you, I’m hoping you consider me for placement. I am tidy, organized and above all punctuational.”, Ellie beams. “Yup…”, Ami opens the door as she leads Ellie out, the blonde girl waves bye to Walter and skips off.  Ami tosses the resume in the trash and walks to the employee room, “I need some coffee…”.

“I thought you sent Kacey to for that?”, Walter askes. “It’s for while I wait for that airhead”, Ami shouts back. Walter shrugs, humming and playing air guitar along to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song that fills the store. “And be a simple kind of man!”, he thrashes around dramatically beside a customer who looks over embarrassed for him.

5 minutes later Kacey shows up with a bunch of coffee in his arms and donut bag in his mouth. He struggles to open the door before spilling Ami’s coffee all over the sidewalk. He gets mad and throws it all down, kicking the cup along the sidewalk. As he opens the door Ami points back to his car, prompting him to sigh as he walks back to his car and drives off, leaving the Tims cups to sit on the concrete.   

An hour later a Tims cup lands in the garbage, staining Ellie’s resume. Kacey looks at 5 PS4 games still in plastic wrap. “Ya, so how did you get these…” 

“I had this like $75 gift card to Wal-Mart man so I like bought a bunch of games, just stupid things, and thought I’d sell them for some quick cash!”, the stoner kid stands, looking dazed as he tells his story, shaking around, wearing a baseball cap and baggy pants. 

“Oh so instead of buying I don’t know food and essentials, or selling the card you bought 5 games to sell to us for a lot less money then $75?”, Walter comes in from the side, looking angry. “Dude go away this is my sale! Ya I can do something on the games...let me see…”, Kacey replies.

Walter eyes up the customer angry, as Kacey looks up the games. “Do you have a problem?” the stoner askes angry. “Hey Walter, go back to what you were doing!”, Kacey replies annoyed. Walter backs up, looking at the guy in disgust as he walks back to the guitars and plays a Led Zeppelin riff poorly. 

Later the stoner walks out with $40, rolling up his sleeves, “Vein juice!” he smiles running off. Kacey sighs as he rubber bands the games together and throws them in a bin on the floor. “So happy to pay for someone’s trip”, he sighs. “Should’ve given him more money so he could overdose”, Walter chimes in. Kacey shakes his head, “Feh”.

The next morning. The skies are bright once more, Walter is inside reordering the games. Ami sits at her desk arms crossed as the open sign is flipped. On the schulde we see Kacey is off and Jerry is on 9-5, but nowhere to be seen.

“Today’s the day, if the prick shows up”, Ami mutters as she drinks from her Robins Donuts mug. Finally the door creaks open, an awkward bald guy with a big backpack and taped glasses stumbles in, he’s carrying a half finished pizza and 2L of Coke.

“Jerry, you’re late again”, Ami speaks plainly as the employee walks to the desk across from her. “Ah”, he speaks softly, sitting down as he opens the 2 liter. He begins to drink the coke and slowly pick at the pizza.

“Are you going to do any work today Jerry?”, Ami turns around in her chair as Jerry huddles up, picking only the pineapples off the pizza. “Dah”, he replies with a mouth full, taking another sip of pop. Walter shakes his head in the background and walks up, Ami signals him to stop as he approaches Jerry.

“We can’t do this anymore Jerry, it’s not working out. For 2 weeks since you’ve started all you’ve done is sit in the corner for 4 hours eating pizza and drinking pop, how can you explain yourself?”, Ami speaks firmly hands on her hips. Jerry looks up at the clock, noticing it’s 10:00.

“It’s apple-o-clock”, he speaks trying to get up. “Please get out of my way, I have to eat my 10 a clock apple”. Ami stands in front of him as he tries to leave the chair. “Jerry you’re fired”.

Outside the store a deadpan Jerry walks out eating an apple, pizza and 2L of Coke under his arm. “See if I care” he laughs to himself, choking on a piece of apple in the parking lot.

Ami sits inside with her head in her hands. “Great down another employee...what will I do…”. Ami looks over to the garbage can where Ellie’s resume sticks out. She shrugs, taking it out of the garbage covering in coffee and food stains.

“This girl seemed pretty useless, I think I may regret this one”, she speaks grabbing a phone.

The next day, Ellie shreds on a Jackson V. Everyone is in shock as the blond girl plays with technical and aggressive precision. She rips across the fretboard with a goofy smile, nodding her head back and forth and her fingers menace.

“The bridge is not set up good. I think I should adyust things a bit. Lot of the fret buzzings”, Ellie looks at the guitar as everyone picks themselves up. “Ellie, the guitar lass of Northern Nerds Exchange”, Walter speaks as he adjusts his hat. Kasey looks at Ami as she tries to hide her surprise. 

“Well Ellie you’re good at guitars, but what about games? What if someone asks for a recommendation or wants to sell some rare titles?”, Ami askes.

“I like to play video games, back in Finland we used to stay up all night me and my father, and we were playing the old Nintendo and the...what was it, cube of games?”.

“The Gamecube, my favorite system”, Walter finger guns. “Did you ever play the Momdroid Prime discs?”, Ellie askes. “Did I ever, wow. Sister, I played the HELL out of Momdroid Prime, it was my JAM!”.

“Remember the final level when Sam’s Mom is in day care and-”, Ellie looks excited, Walter backs up. “Oh it’s been a while I don’t remember too much...but uh, it was a classic!”.   

“Sounds good Ellie, but the only issue is your English. How will you interact with customers and tricky situations?”, Ami askes. Ellie grins, “I am master of English language in only four easy steps! Four long steps, but book says four easy steps!”, Ellie smiles smugly.

“Ya she’s hired right?”, Kacey whispers. Ami shakes her head, “I like the spirit, and it’d be nice to have someone around here that is good with guitars”. Kacey and Walter motion to themselves, “Ya I said good” she fires back.

“I have of one question however”, Ellie smiles. “Ya what’s that”, Ami braces.

“Have you a copy of Battleyoads?”. 

No one replies, the store is silent aside from the soft sounds of avant jazz that blare. Ami puts her hand on Ellies’ shoulder. “You'll be alright Ellie”.

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Music / 2018 In Music
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:05:20 AM »
We had a thread in 2017 so now we have one in 2018 for music that comes out in the year of this one year right now.

Scandal, Honey 

On Valentine's Day Scandal are back with a 10 track album, full of rockin' and sweet elements. Their previous release Yellow took on many American styles and was a great step forward. Scandal are a band that evolves, they are past their old days while still keeping the spark alive, Honey continues to find new ground among the classic Scandal rocking. Right away on "Platform Syndrome" we hear a drum sound like the indie era, but with a much more refined tune. Rina's drums sound awesome here, and Mami is always ripping some new tones. Tomomi's basslines are popping especially on "Electric Girl", their are some crafty grooves like the verses of "Midnight City".

Haruna sings almost everything like on Yellow, but Mami gets a song with the energy filled "Oh! No!" and Rina does the verses of "Midnight City" an almost great song that is let down by the chorus. "Madwoaketara" is amazing, the best song on the album. It's a wonderful lovely R&B tune. Scandal take on the sound so well, it's great when they try new things, this track comes as quite the surprise and I instantly clicked with it. The same with "ShortShort". The album takes off in it's last half, with 5 really excellent songs. The old single "Take Me Out" is still great also and fits in well on the album. "Koisuru Universe" is mad fun also.

The group still rocks and by now they are much better at their craft, to my ears they are vastly improved from the beginning. The spirit of Scandal is high. Ever since Hello World they evolved into something of their own, Honey is another fine effort. With many fantastic new songs, it's less varied then Yellow but it's no problem as all 10 tracks do something interesting. In many ways it's a more consistent album. Good stuff!

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c24sCLSVg-E

Band-Maid, World Domination 

DAMN BAND-MAID STEPPING UP THE GAME! My God, their last release was good but they sound even more fired up with higher aims. Some of the riffs are pure 80's thrash, but in the same song it will explode into fast and hard rocking alt. rock goodness. "Domination" showcases this in the amazing lead into the chorus with some really great guitars. This is the kind of album where a song will start and I'll just raise my hands like, dude another awesome track. It just rocks, there is variety to and a mix of styles. The album takes a refreshing break near the end with the slower "Daydreaming" and the very great power ballad "Anemone".

The melodies and Saiki Atsumi's vocals are so good! On that song and on the whole album, Saiki is such a powerful rock vocalist but she shows range on this album. I love "Anemone"! It's my favorite on the album along with "Domination". Band-Maid take on J-Rock styling but add thrash, heavy metal and other elements of American rock music, mostly on the same song! It makes for a pretty great sound, and the band is much improved from before. This is their first great album. The group is a lot more then a gimmick. The gothic maids make for an interesting band dynamic, their music holds it's own very well. This album is cool.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmxEuQXTHUU

Palm, Rock Island 

I don't know what's more surprising the music or the fact that a modern day indie album can actually be this shocking, interesting, creative and...new. The songs are just wild, build on a lot of looping glitchy sounds and uncertain progressions. This album is actually kind of alarming and it instantly is gripping and sounds like something I need to buy and listen to a lot. It's actually a new sound to my ears, and the style is just so perfectly strange in a way that is unexpected. As the album goes on it creates a tone of it's own, it's certainly a nice sounding record. I quite like the sounds and the world it creates, it's so unique and actually good to the ears. This is a very fascinating and compelling record.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dnKnwamoKo

GARNiDELiA and fhana are also releasing new albums on the same day next month. I hope that GARNiDELiA make a better album then Violet Cry which was a bit of a letdown after how good Linkage Ring was. Some singles like "Error" have been fairly good. and fhana, well if they can have one song as great as "Relief" on the next album then it's fine. Normally their album songs are better then the singles it seems. 

The Idol Formerly Known As Ladybaby have split..they are releasing a full length of all the singles and a few new songs, I had to order it for the nice slipcase packaging and because it's their end! Utada has a new album coming as well, pretty cool. Her music is on Spotify now! Well aside from Fantome it seems. She's also doing a domestic tour! It's nice that she is really back in business. I can imagine Seiko Oomori will have something new, if it's a full length with draw(a)drow I can only imagine what else it may hold...I imagine BiSH will do an album at the end of the year unless they split as well.

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Anime Talk / Winter Season 2018 : First Impression Reviews & Discussion
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:04:19 AM »


http://anichart.net/winter

It's the season of the White Album and...why am I doing this again!??! It's a habit now. But once more I will make this thread, and once more I will try to do First Impression reviews. Will I? Will my reviews actually be something again unlike last year? Hell if I know right, but I know who does know...no one! Yow, let's do it. As normal if you watch anything this season join in, and be like hey this show, it doesn't suck. Or it does suck! Who knows, you will. Ei.

The Yohane Rating
This time I shall rate with Fallen Angel's.

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MR Pub / Chit Chat 2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 05:32:52 PM »
The same ol' Chitting and Chatting just in 2018. Let's do it.

   
 

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Anime Talk / Your Top Anime of 2017
« on: December 27, 2017, 10:00:53 AM »


2017 has not been a great year in anime for me. There has been a real lack of interesting series for me, however the good ones have been remarkable. Last year was so much better with series I still think about today like Keijo, High School Fleet, Flying Witch, Flip Flappers, Amanchu, Konosuba and others. But regardless this year is ending so we need to do the lists of the anime shows.

Of course if you've watched some of this year's offerings post your own lists and favorites and all of that. Also I did not include Magus Bride as it ends next year and I intend to watch it in lots not week by week. But I would say the four episodes I saw where the best of anime this year. Anyway this is my list ei.

Spoiler
#1. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

  • Kyoto Ani hit gold once more with the most remarkable series of the year for me. Dragon Maid was cute, hilarious and a ton of fun. It has everything you'd want from a show of it's kind, the charcters are all great and there are plenty amusing antics they get up to, as well as good serious bits. The animation is most excellent with a perfect and remarkably fluid style, Kyoto Ani never mess around with their A shows. fhana's OP was perfect as well, it was just a great show man.
#2. Konosuba 2

  • The brilliant comedy strikes out again with another hilarious and extremely enjoyable 10 episode season of antics from our cast of lovable idiots. Things get taken to new extremes with everyone's quirks, Darkness gets a lot of great focus with more hilarious masochist moments. There is great detail in all the jokes and reoccurring themes, care is taken to ensure the running jokes find new ground and don't get stale. Konosuba is a series that could just go on and on...
#3. Scum's Wish 

  • When the director of White Album 2 makes another mature romance series you know it's going to be good. Scum's Wish was a great look into the deep intimate feelings of a group of high school students. We see all their angst and lust, it's a messy series with less romance and more of the pains of their age. It has a solid cast who all have their own little problems, and the relationships are great. I was very happy to see another show that like White Album 2 presented love and lust in this fashion. This is not a shiny romance, it's a scummy tale of a bunch of confused and unsure people, and it was great.
#4. Love Live Sunshine Season 2

  • I'm remarkably biased to Love Live, a series I have a lot invested in. The second generation had a bumpy first season, but now with the past and Muse cast off, Aqours had a chance to shine in their own right. What we get is another imperfect and cheesy season, but it's also has a lot of charm and personality. The characters are a bit one note and over defined, but anytime we have Yohane raging or Dia going buu buu on us it's just fun. Everyone has their moments, and there is a fantastic side story with Saint Snow which gave us the best song in the Sunshine series, "Awaken The Power". It's just more Love Live antics, cheesy but in a good way.

#5. Blend-S

  • Who ever thought a series about a cafe with cutesy girls would ever be this interesting? Blend-S is a super fun and hilarious series with a cast of quirky and well detailed characters. It has a lot of great jokes and scenes, with some good dynamics in the cast. Everyone is different enough and the series has the right tone to make things work. The jokes can be hit or miss, but when they hit...they hit. The series has all kinds of...surprises to throw at you as well as a ton of charm. It's just a great series.

I would also mention New Game 2, Gabriel DropOut, Sakura Quest, Akiba's Trip and Recovery Of An MMO Addict.

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Music / R.I.P. Malcolm Young
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:11:29 PM »


Though he might not rank too high on every "best guitarists" list, there is no doubt he is #1 on mine. His style was more bare bones then bare bones, while Angus was the show and spark of Ac/Dc, Malcolm was the very foundation. His heavy handed and simple approach defines the very genre of "hard" rock. There was no nonsense to his playing in any regard, just a loud amp and a wrecking ball wrist. Everything about Ac/Dc, the entire vision and mission statement of the band was Malcolm's.

Malcolm is the guitarist that I learnt to play from, and the reason I have broken so many strings from just playing open chords. It was playing along to Ac/Dc songs like Shoot To Thrill, Walk All Over You, If You Want Blood, Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be, Shot Down In Flames, Gone Shootin' etc. that I learnt to play. I never touched Angus' parts, opting to miss the fills in Back In Black and enter half way into verse 1 of You Shook Me All Night Long because I simply wanted to be a powerful rhythm guitarist like Malcolm.

While I like to think I'm a little more then that now (gotta step up if yer a one man band) Malcolm was a vital influence for me, and his rhythm playing was never underrated. The answer of my favorite guitarist is a simple one. Below is a video of my favorite Malcolm moment, after Angus' noodling the bastard slams in at 0:46, mighty as ever. Chester's was the first celebrity death that effected me, and Malcolm's was the first of my rock n' roll heroes to fade. Rock on brilliant bastard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZuJSxE_twI&feature=youtu.be&t=46

Other great Malcolm rhythm moments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bP6aVG6L1w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnjh-zp6pP4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f77MshQoyP0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuUTtVGO10Y


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Music / The Manimal's Halloween Rock Down
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:08:21 PM »
Time to do another gimmicky and silly Manimal thing! The Halloween week rock down 7 on 7, whatever name you wanna call it. I post 7 cool songs by a cool band that fit the season for the next 7 days. You don't really care, but I do it anyway for fun. Because we gotta get seasonal somehow, if it's Halloween then it's time to rock. But not...like death metal...no no, good stuff by Manimal's estimation.



Let's begin...

Day 1


My Last Words
  • By my estimation the most bad ass thrash song of all time is here. A full speed finale to Peace Sells, "My Last Words" does not let up once it gets started. Beginning with a very cool figure on the intro, things quickly get wild. Fast paced, hard rocking, the verses led by the bassline. Dave sings off a desperate game of Russian Roulette, a shot away from death. One to crank.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35-X8MiGkKM

Train Of Consequences
  • My favorite Megadeth song, Youthanasia is a great record with lots of catchy melodies and riffs. This chuggy song has a great groove and...well if you never warmed up to Dave's vocals his "loaf pitching" style on the chorus won't change your mind now, but this song is rad regardless! Listen to Marty's smooth solo! Megadeth where easily able to fit into the alt scene of the 90's, a lot better then Metallica would. It was in the 90's when Dave finally out did his old bandmates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nBY40Bdan0

The Skull Beneath The Skin
  • Megadeth's debut sounds pretty poor but man do the songs rip. With a fierce technical style of riffing and an angry snarl, Dave was out for revenge. This song tells the bloody tale of Megadeth's mascot character Vic Rattlehead. Good stuff. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyUallIQ9po

The Conjuring
  • Dave is scared of this song. Lyrically a tale of black magic, which is something Dave takes very seriously. The track is riff heavy, with plenty of change-ups. The tap harmonics in the beginning are my favorite part, a great song for the season. Along with Good Mourning/Black Friday, this is one track you will never hear Megadeth play again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arxmxwMWbM4

She-Wolf
  • The chorus of this song was my ringtone from 2014 to a few months ago when I changed it to the chorus of "Dirty Boots". By far the most catchy of Megadeth's songs, it rides a solid chugging rhythm with some cool leads all around. But it's all about that chorus...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwbBz59lIQo

Ashes In Your Mouth
  • Picking just one song to showcase from Countdown To Extinction is no easy game. But the all out finale, Ashes In Your Mouth stands as one remarkable jam. Another song with multiple sections of juicy riffs, and a brilliant harmony solo! Dave and Marty trade off until it suddenly breaks into this video game sounding lead out of nowhere, it's really the most stunning moment on the record. Awesome stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayKYv1ERevU

Tornado Of Souls
  • If you ask me what the best metal solo of all time is...I would say Crazy Train...but next up would be Marty's stunning lead on Tornado Of Souls! The smoothness, the mastery, and the scale jumping combined with melodic brilliance. The rest of the song is one of the better put together on Rust In Peace, lots of great riffs and an overall cool structure that takes it easily to 5 minutes. But it's all build up to 3:09!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44iFZzV6y_o

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break Room / Where Do You Want To Visit?
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:45:39 AM »
I've never cared about the world too much until a few months ago, and now I care a lot more and wish I could go places. But I've only ever been to 1 other province and 2 states, sort of. Don't really count Wisconsin, I've not been in the heart of it. Never even been on a plane...So I like to think now. Where would ya'll like to visit?

For me #1 above anywhere else in the world is Finland. I want to see the towns where my grandparents where born and see as much as possible in a country that is perhaps not too exciting but I wish to feel more connected to. I only recently learned how truly great the country and it's history is. Finland is also the only place besides Canada where I have relatives.

Then Italy for the other half of my family origins. I'm sure there is a lot more to see and eat there. But Italy is you know, Italy. Finland is more appealing to me, but if I see one I gotta see the other. I'm very curious about Russia, I'd like to see Volgograd with that monster statue the Motherland Calls. I never hear about anyone going to Russia...it looks like a hard place to visit but a nice land. Poland would be next on my list, see Warsaw. Poland and Polish people are cool. New Zealand would be nice, looks like a wonderful place and a lot nicer then the land beside it. I mean we all love Australians but the country...

You know the weeb in me kicks in, but I'd be too embarrassed in Japan. You know The Manimal would blow all his money on Love Live stuff, but it'd be nice to be invisible and see some major cities. I feel it'd be unenjoyable to be a tourist there. Mongolia would be alright. Add Cuba, one to spite Americans since they can't go, and two for more curiosity. But really, I don't think it'd be so nice.

I'd like to see way more of Canada (just not Quebec or Saskatchewan). The North interests me a lot, even if it's cold, I like the low population there...must be nice in a certain way. I want to go to Whitehorse, Iqaluit and Yellowknife. Newfoundland as well, and PEI. Unlike everything else here, this is actually possible one day. No ridiculous airfare, just long ass drives.

Add Greece for Anthens. The Netherlands! Dutch are cool, good chips those Old Dutch, and the windmills and wooden shoes. Denmark for true Lego land. Norway is also cool, I'd go there. I would say Spain but haha. No. Not in today's state. I might say the UK but haha. No. Not in today's state. Well maybe Scotland would be okay. That's my over long post, I listed a lot, Finland is the only real life goal, everything else is nice thought...how bout ya'll.



(Less reading version. Finland, Italy, Russia, Poland, New Zealand, Japan, Mongolia, Cuba, Greece, The Netherlands, Denmark, & Norway)

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MR Pub / The Manimal's Unbelievable Gameplay Commentary
« on: October 06, 2017, 07:20:10 PM »
Time for a new era of The Manimal.

Using the highest quality of technology I have begun a new YouTube channel on https://www.YouTube.com and made a hip video for kids on the new FPS shooter game.

The adventure begins...

Episode 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg_pHLV6hUM

Episode 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2iWJ0agSmA


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Anime Talk / Fall Season 2017 : First Impression Reviews & Discussion
« on: September 26, 2017, 07:31:53 PM »


https://myanimelist.net/anime/season

Fall comes, and with it's orange glow will The Manimal's hope in a lackluster year of anime be restored?
With the return of his savior Love Live Sunshine and the second season he never needed, Unmaru-Chan 2, the Fall promises to be...atleast a little bit. But, will the other shows be good or bad? Will The Manimal even care? Well who cares about that, this thread is for all who watch things this anime season of Fall in the year of 2017. You know how it goes by now gang.


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MR Pub / Happy Birthday Paipis
« on: August 10, 2017, 02:08:20 PM »
Happy birthday to the Piped, Pickled, Platinum, Peppered, Pale, Paltry, Panicky, Panoramic, Papery, Parallel, Paramount, Paranoid, Paranormal, Parasitic, Parched, Parsimonious, Partial, Particular, Passionate, Passive, Past, Pastel, Pastoral, Pasty, Patchy, Pathetic, Patient, Patriotic, Paunchy, Peaceful, Peachy, Peculiar, Pedestrian, Pellucid, Pendulous, Penitent, Penniless, Pensive, Penultimate, Penurious, Perennial, Perfect, Perfidious, Perfunctory, Perilous, Periodic, Permissible, Permissive, Perpendicular, Perpetual, Perplexing, Persistent, Persnickety, Personable, Personal, Perspicacious, Perspicuous, Pertinacious, Perverse, Pesky, Pessimistic, Pestilent, Petite, Petrified, Petty, Petulant, Phenomenal, Philanthropic, Phobic, Phony, Photogenic, Physical, Picayune, Picky, Pink, Pious, Piquant, Placid, Plaid, Plain, Plant, Plastic, Plausible, Playful, Pleasant, Plodding, Plucky, Plump, Plush, Pneumatic, Poetic, Poetically, Poignant, Poised, Poky, Polite, Political, Pollyanna, Pompous, Ponderous, Poor, Popular, Porky, Portly, Portuguese, Positive, Possessive, Possible, Potent, Powdery, Powerful, Powerless, Practical, Pragmatic, Prayerful, Precarious, Precipitous, Precise, Precocious, Predictable, Preeminent, Preferable, Pregnant, Premium, Preoccupied, Present, Presumptuous, Pretentious, Pretty, Previous, Priceless, Pricey, Prickly, Prissy, Pristine, Private, Probable, Prodigious, Productive, Proficient, Profuse, Progressive, Prominent, Promiscuous, Proper, Prophetic, Propitious, Prosperous, Protective, Protuberant, Proud, Proverbial, Provocative, Prudent, Prudish, Prurient, Psychedelic, Psychic, Psychotic, Public, Puerile, Puffy, Pugilistic, Pugnacious, Pulpy, Pumped, Punchy, Punctilious, Punctual, Pungent, Puny, Pure, Purple, Purposefully, Purring, Pushy, Pusillanimous, Puzzled, Puzzling, Platypus Paipis!


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MR Pub / Happy Canada 150
« on: July 01, 2017, 05:09:06 AM »
My people, Canada, it wasn't Canada 151 years ago but it was 150.

You know it's Canada 150 when you are violently awaken at 1:20 by someone shooting ridiculous amounts of fireworks off.

The music of our people
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tq-UsaRchI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWUgPIQNgGo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ObBFhgPnfI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYwdQqTU8Fk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qSEwYaSlWk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot70G4wSQi0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A09rBqT-bw4
https://soundcloud.com/poptarthero/zellers-heroes  ;)

Top 5 Items At Tims
1. Ice Cap
2. Double Double
3. Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
4. Frosted Cinnamon Roll
5. Frozen Lemonade

Ya, Canada. It exists and...I don't know. It exists. Cool.

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https://myanimelist.net/anime/season

Summer's here and the time is right for racing, fighting and dancing in the streets once more. We got the sum anime coming in like, something. I don't know maybe nothing. We'll see once more it's the same old thing in the same ol' place. This is the thread to talk about the shows, if there is anything to discuss, who knows not me.

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Manga Creations / MR & ManimalVerse : The Midnight Harmonica
« on: June 27, 2017, 04:41:48 PM »
Okay this is a silly story I'm making which puts my songs universe (especially this albums Magnus Bridge & Black Hair Like Blood) into the MRVerse. It will use the themes from my songs and the canon in some kind of alt universe tale or a meeting of the two.

Midnight Stella is rescued by the MR Brigade and brought along on their mutual hunt for the long lost Barry Goldman. The man who holds the golden harmonica, a key which the evil 4Kids armies and the Diametric Twin Tailed Goddess seek to complete their evil silly sci-fi schemes.

I will write in first person from Stella's perspective. It's a silly story but I just want to write something and I figured this would be amusing. It's like Halo, Star Wars, G1 and other stuff. Don't think too hard eh.

Chapter 1 : Stella's Takeoff
Theme Song : Star Light Zone Act IV
Spoiler
“Hey, are you awake?”

Exploding through a stream of a dream that seemed to never end, all at once my senses popped as I instantly perked up. *SMASH* I fell back down, looking to see a stone floor covered in fresh blood...my blood. I felt my nose dripping, looking up I saw a head which reflected me back.

“Ow!” the figure in front of me cried out as he fell to his bottom, hands rubbing his head. His completely bald head. So shiny it glowed in the dull light of wherever I was. Quickly the figures behind him moved. “Are you okay?” a girl’s voice asked me as she brought a handkerchief to my nose.

“I’m fine I c-why can’t I mov...AH!” I felt a hand grace my buttocks, I jolted back to see another figure laying on the floor behind me. It was holding some kind of lock pick. I quickly connected the dots and found my arms cuffed behind my back. “What is going on here!??!” I screamed, backing myself into the corner of...a JAIL CELL? The figure on the floor was...CHUCK E CHEESE! "SOMEONE HELP ME! I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. CALL THE...cops? HELP ME!"

“It’s okay we’re here to rescue you!” the short figure knelled down. It’s now I realized she was wearing a KFC buckets with eyeholes. A black cape was over her body. “Who the sh*t are you people?” I called out disgusted, wiggling to get free. “Real sorry there, I was just trying to get those cuffs off you”, the figure on the ground said as he removed the gross pizza stained mouse face.

Behind the mask hid the face of a British man with a butchered fringe, like a 60’s reject Lennon wannabe. I looked down at his greasy and dirty costume, the scary and deformed helmet eyed me from the prison floor. The man spoke like a voice straight from the radio. 'I really didn't mean that, I was just trying these tools and...oops!" “Sure, okay I don't care I guess...but um, don’t touch my butt again please”. “Sorry I won’t touch the bop bop, just let me help okay, also your nose is gushing blood, it's gross, and let Mahlua help you”.

“Eh?” I looked up as the girl behind the KFC helmet unmasked herself, with long ginger hair and odd nearly diving goggles over her eyes. She put the goggles up as the third figure yelled, “Hurry up! We have to get her out of here now!”

“Hey wait, I don’t even know who you ar-ah!” Mahlua pitched my nose with a Toy Story 2 themed handkerchief, the British man crawled over. “Let me see them wrists”. “For the love of everything ever, why is this happening, WHY AM I HERE!” I smashed my head against the wall as the two helped me.

“The Spam Ninjas will be here any second, hurry up you two. We have to get her out of here!” “You’re the one who wanted to rescue the prisoner!” Mahlua yelled up to the shining bald man, a cardboard sheet was over his face, the image of Darth Vader drawn on with a permanent marker to hide his face. Wait, Darth who? He had a long lab coat on with a weird alien blaster in his hands. I recognize that blaster…

”The Diametric Twin Tailed Goddess!” I shouted, suddenly the ground shook. Everyone braced themselves as the entire structure was rocked. “We’re aboard one of her ships aren’t we?”

“I’m not sure who that is but...sure” Bald Vader spoke as I got to my feet. I rubbed my nose against my arm. No blood, “Alright I’m good”. “That was kind of…gross there young lass” the British man noted. Mahlua shrugged and threw the Toy Story 2 rag down as we exited the block. “It’s this jackasses fault I got a bloody nose anyway!” I smacked lab coated one as I scanned the scene. It was a purple ship with stone cell blocks, made no sense. There were 3 other cells in the small space, all empty.

“Wow almost like we didn’t just save you or something” he laughed. “Whatever, come on let’s go or something” I spoke running my hands through my long black hair. I was dressed in unfamiliar yet comforting clothes. A long grey sweater that went way over my hands, and skinny black jeans. Where was my space dress?

“Vacant check the hallway” the British man nodded and quietly opened the prison door. The pink light busted into the room, I shielded my eyes. It reflected off the nameless one’s head. He looked to me, throwing a blaster in my hands. “The name’s Coryn” he spoke, lifting his mask to reveal a face of eternal wisdom. “Hi...I guess you know me? Stella?" I shrugged. "No but I did pick up two mighty signals from Earth."

"Earth" I thought deeply, what was Earth? "Earth. We where tracing the signals when we found you being carrying into this ship. We managed to find our way in, figuring whatever the signals came from, it had to be in here. and if my sense are correction, from you." I stood stunned, "From me?" “No time to talk guys, we gotta speed”! Everyone put their masks back on. “What, don’t I get one?” Coryn threw me a piece of cardboard on a string. I flipped it over, “Megatron ha ha...wait how do I know th-” “INCOMING!”

Coryn grabbed me by the wrist as we ran out the prison. We exploded down the weird purple hallways, pink lights shining on the top. The side panels looked alive, like creatures blood was running through it. Vacant stood by the door firing from his blaster. I looked back to see a swarm of black clad ninjas. They fell back and exploded as the hot plasma smacked them.

“No time to look back, he’ll be fine!” Coryn shouted as we ran. I let him carry me along, my legs felt weak. Like a sudden weariness overcame my body. Why did I know that face on the mask? “LEFT SIDE!” Mahlua jumped over, down the left turn came a swarm just as we ran past. Electro swords seemed to come out of nowhere as bursts of lightning so hot I felt it on my skin exploded.

“We need to help her! The Brit to!” I cried out to Coryn, my blaster ready. “Look at them”, “But you told me not to look ba-” Suddenly pink exploded in my vision. Bits of the ninjas splattered against the wall. Mahlua shouted a stream of sick, disgusting words and laughed insanely, calling out bizarre names as the light flashed from down the hall.

“NEVERMIND!” the high voice of Vacant exploded, as he ran in reverse he shouted into a giant microphone, the amps coming from the Chuck E Cheese ears. He began to talk about...some kind of game as the ninjas ears all blew up. “They good” I noted, “They very good” Coryn spoke “We’re here”.

We reached the end of the winding, hilly hallway. Coryn smashed at a white door, pounding into the keypad. “Come on!” he shouted. I looked deep into his head, suddenly I felt like I was surrounded by the white light of science. I lost control of my body as I looked to my thousand yard eyes in the reflection of his strained temple. I felt like I was spinning, numbers blew by, I saw some kind of science guy, a chalk board…

“5309!” I shouted as I came out of the forehead haze. “The code is 5309!” “Um, sure” I looked as Vacant and Mahlua got closer, fighting off the herd with easy as they walked like Michael Jackson on th...wait who’s Michael Jackson? “Got it!” Coryn threw his arms up in celebration as the escape pod opened. It was like a pink limo, with fluffy seats and a pair of dice on the ceiling.

I ran in with him as Mahlua barrel rolled inside and Vacant dolphin dived. Coryn pounded the controls. “Take off damnit, take off!” The doors closed, I felt the pod start to disengage. I jolted up as the spam ninjas pounded at the door. “Damn Ninjas! They’re strong today!” Vacant noted as he removed the head in a pizza haze. “Did you see what I did back there! I finally got my move down!” Mahlua shook with happiness.

Coryn pulled a lever and I felt us drop, “We have...take off!” I shook around as the pod blasted off, There were no windows to look back, just a green sort of map that laid out space before us. “Finally” I eased back into the seat as felt my eyes start to close. “Stella? Hey Stella?” Soon enough I slipped away as we drifted through the stars.

I awake violently, thrashing around in the pink seat. “Whoa!” I looked around, the faces of the three who rescued me where shut eyed. They all laid around napping. Coryn was curled up in his lab coat, Vacant hibernating in his weird outfit on the floor. mumbling about...show ideas? For what? Mahlua was curled in the other corner. I was in the middle of the three long seats. Mahlua's black coat was over me. I grinned, I don't know who these people are but they saved me. I think...I hope.

I sat up, trying to recall the events before this. I looked to my hands, dirty and cut up. My fingertips where oddly tough. My sweater was a mess, with rips all over. I could feel my hair exploding in all directions, my bangs nearly over my eyes. I pushed them back, trying hard to think. “Where was I...the Diametric Twin Tailed Goddess was chasing me...it was back on that planet and th...BARRY GOLDMAN!”

I screamed as it all flowed through me, everyone’s eyes opened. “Oh sorry” I covered my mouth and sunk back down. “No no, you said something interesting there. Say it again” Coryn sat up. “Barry Goldman”.

“I knew she was something” he spoke. Vacant shrugged. “Leave it to Coryn eh”.

“So you know of him to” Mahlua spoke still curled up. “Yes I...I met him in fact! But it wasn’t...he was called The Dingus. I picked up a trace of him from across the universe, but I don’t remember what we did or how I ended up like this...where this outfit came from...or anything!” Coryn rubbed his nose, “How interesting” he spoke.

“You said something about a Dynamic Twin Goddess, what was that?” Vacant spoke. “The Diametric Twin Tailed Goddess you British twit. She’s trying to rule this galaxy with her pink fist.” “So that was one of her ships then?”

“Yes, but not the main one. All my life I’ve jumped planet to planet and all my life she’s been after me. She needs me for...some kind of instrument...the Magnus Bridge”. “Sounds silly” Mahlua laughed. “Okay…sure.” I squinted at her. “Okay that explains some of it, but why where the Spam Ninjas there? Have you ever seen them before Stella?” “Negative, also how did you know my name? You said it earlier.”

Suddenly my eyes nearly exploded, Coryn pulled a magazine from his pocket. “Guitar World…” I looked at the cover it was...a girl with long black hair over her eyes, the same sweater as me and some kind of red guitar. “Stella Strikes Again, an account of Midnight Stella and Her Constellations second album. Coryn what is this?” My heart was exploding.

“I don’t know! We found it with you!” I sat blank faced, my head in my hands. “Okay sure, I’m Midnight Stella. Space traveler, guitar girl...anything else!” “The magazine says your second album was a letdown” Vacant spoke.

“Frick!"

I felt everyone go silent. I looked up puzzled at everyone's shocked faces. “She just said...the word” Mahlua spoke. Vacant cleared his throat. Coryn breathed in, “She did, she said...

...Barry Goldman’s word”


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