Went to their 3/6 concert at House of Blues Sunset. It was a long ass wait until they came on. Got there at 7 and they didn’t go on until after 9.
Didn’t know much of their music beforehand but they were pretty good. I liked the fact they part of their music is just a jam session. Their music is kinda like a pop soul type music. Most impressive thing about the band is how much energy that girl brings. Best usage of a tambourine I’ve ever seen. She was going pretty wild with it.
Cambodia Visa: Took a flight from Taipei to Phnom Penh. I did my visa online but it isn’t really necessary. You can just do it at the airport and the line wasn’t that long.
Screw the buses take a shared minivan: Lonely planet recommended taking the bus. From Phnom Penh to Siam Reap I took the Mekong Express and it was OK. It’s not an upscale bus, it’s an older bus from japan, but upscale bus because they give you a hot towel, water, and some bread. I’d say there is a better option. There are companies that you can buy a seat on a minivan type car. The car is much newer than the bus, seats look much more comfortable and probably faster too. Same price range too. Didn’t know of this option until I was in cambodia.
Finished watching the Sword Art Online (SAO) anime today. Today, I watched episodes 13-25. WOot! They’re ~22 min episodes so it goes pretty fast. Obviously I liked it esp in the first 14 episodes. The last 11 episodes were not as good do to a twist in the storyline. A bit strange with the plot change in the middle, kinda kills the momentum but you can only kill monsters for so long I guess.
I liked the series because I like the ideal of really living in the game world. I’d be a fighter trying to gain strength. Surely beats going to school. I’m pretty bad at MMO games so only having one life is very scary but certain things would be really cool like cooking or fishing as you can see in the anime.
Also raises the question of online vs offline personalities. This is a subject I find pretty fascinating and think about sometimes. Maybe a blog for a different day. I’m going to watch the SAO special epsidoes today (2013/03/03 Update: not worth watching).
The series can be found on Hulu.com or google ‘animefreak’ for a commerical-less source
SAO synposis from wiki:
a Virtual RealityMassively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO) has just been released. In the game, players control their avatars just as they would with their real bodies using the Nerve Gear, a VR Helmet that stimulates the user’s five senses via their brain. However, on its first day out of the beta testing period, the players soon discover that they cannot log out
So the players are stuck in this game where it becomes their lives and they can not be respawned either. In order to free them from the game they have to defeat all 100 levels.
Unfinished list last edited Dec 12, 2012 too lazy to even flush it out of the pipeline.
Listening to NPR podcast, albums we missed this year. Not sure why Lendrick Lamar’s album is on this list but I did find out something new about it. The album is one giant tale that happens over 1 night supposedly from different people’s point of view. I haven’t really paid attention to the lyrics but now I want to listen to it attentively in one long sitting. Man I wish I could find the text for how the lady describes the album.
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If the season doesn’t improve, do Lakers trade Dwight by trade deadline? For some picks and next year have Gasol as the C with a spread 4?
Pretty good show. They played a lot of their 1st album, Fantasies, which was awesome. I’ve been listening to their 2nd album, Synthetica, so forgot how great Fantasies.
One thing that really struck me was that the guitarist is bad-ass talented. He gets lots of time to do some impressive solo work which I’ve never noticed listening to them. That was a little bit eye opening and something to pay attention to going forward.
Last song was an acoustic version of “Gimme Sympathy”. The acoustic version sounded great, never paid much attention to the lyrics before and now that I know lyrically pretty nice. Plus it helped that they gave a little background spiel on the meaning of the song. It’s about pushing past the doubters and just going for. They moved from Canada to LA to
try and make it.
One thing I didn’t feel was having their music crescendo-ing and taking me to a new high. A little bit surpised there there wasn’t that over the top feeling.
I listened to Fantasies as I trained for a half-marathon so it’ll always have a place in my memory. Now I’ve got a concert memory to go with it.
Big ups to KCRW for having ticket giveaways for members.
Pretty nice hike even for a warm low 80’s day. About half the trail has
pockets of shade which is nice so it’s not a constant beating from the sun.
The top of the hike has some renmants of this old railway building or
something like that so there’s something to see when you’re up there. Plus
there’s a device to test your echo-ing skills. Plus there’s a picnic area
with tables which is really nice. Too bad we didn’t know about it and
didn’t bring a lunch.
I can see why this is a popular hike.
2.5 one way