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RIP George…

The late George Carlin

There will never be another like him again. You fucking rocked and you will be missed…

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Guitar Rising

I never quite understood the whole fascination with the Guitar Hero series of games. Sure, it’s an amusing idea and I am sure it’s a complete blast at a party, but playing a real guitar really isn’t too impossible. It just requires lots (and lots and a bit more) of practice to get things down right. As far as the folks who have YouTube videos of their GH accomplishments with the throngs of people jizzing their pants worshipping them, I simply don’t get it. How is quickly tapping buttons impressive? Oooh, you can do Slayer’sRaining Blood” with 100% accuracy on expert… Oooooh! I betcha Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman would let you play on stage with them next time now wouldn’t they? 🙂 You want to really impress me? Play Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rendition of Hendrix’s Little Wing or Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) in front of me using the real thing.

Anyway, when I saw an ad for Guitar Rising, you can bet your ass that this game really piqued my interest. To me, this is what Guitar Hero should have been in the first place… A chance to learn and to play your favorite songs with the help of visual cues and your PC (or game console). I (and my black ESP) am definitely looking forward to this when it comes out!

It can’t get here soon enough in my opinion!

Found via Gizmodo

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Here’s looking at you kiddo

Have I ever mentioned how much I love How It’s Made? I just saw the episode where they showed how ocularists create artificial eyes and it was so insanely cool. I must admit I have never met anyone with an artificial eye, so I had just assumed they painted a ball and popped it in. Turns out it’s not a ball but rather a cover that has an intense amount of work done on it to simulate an eyeball, complete with fake silk thread veins! I also did not know they were made to move in unison with the good eye too.

I wonder how much money an ocularist makes per artificial eye?

Here’s a nifty web episode on the same subject. There’s a couple of parts that look slightly creepy, so if you do not think you could handle seeing an empty eye socket, you may not want to watch.

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And this time, I didn’t forget the gravy…

I was going to do one of those nifty ‘my day in pictures’ posts today, but all of the pictures I really wanted to upload did not come out nearly as nicely as I wanted. That and I realized, on a work day everything’s pretty freaggin’ boring in my neck of the woods to boot! So, I’m going to do it again one of these weekends coming up when the chickie and I venture out somewhere cool. Probably when she gets back from the UK next week or something, unless she’s got another business trip lined up.

Anyway, went to one of our new favorite restaurants today which just happens to be right around the corner from me. It’s called East and it’s somewhat of an Asian fusion restaurant and so far it hasn’t failed. I tried a new appetizer today, a yellowtail tataki:

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Man was it as tasty as it looked! The chickie had a very tasty wonton soup though I didn’t manage to grab a pic of it. For our entrees, she chose the orange beef dish which had a nice spicy kick to it and OMG look at that presentation!

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I had the same thing that I tried last time just because I love the combination of mangoes and chicken so much. This dish delivers on utter and complete awesomeness:

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Was I stuffed after that meal. 🙂

Not much else to report, though I did manage to take a decent photo of something which makes me smile every time I look at it:

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