the april drizzle and confetti eggs

April won’t pass me by without an update to this collection I’ve been maintaining for years. This month has been super busy which made it fly by like the others. I’m committed to not missing a month without writing a post here to keep it going, so here we go.

This semester is almost over. I only have a couple weeks after this one until I’m done with enhancing my education for a while. I will definitely be relieved when I don’t have to attend class or waste my time on labs and assignments.

I’m happy that I made it through, but I didn’t make it without kicking and screaming. Nonetheless, I didn’t give up, and I hope the effort rewards me more than just the fact that I completed the goal of going back to school to enhance my skills.

If any of you wonder why I don’t update this as often as I’ve done before, here’s the main reason why: My day job requires me to be in front of a computer most of the day. My class work requires me to utilize a computer to complete my labs and assignments. Everything from managing my finances to communicating with the world to acquiring my television programming involves me staring in a glowing box with my fingers tapping a keyboard and clicking a mouse. The way I currently live has me glued to a machine for most of my waking hours. Therefore, I do my best not to immerse myself in computers but the rest of the world wants me to do otherwise.

Mortal Kombat and Portal 2 on PS3 are my games of choice right now. I’ve played Mortal Kombat a little bit but haven’t really done much with Portal 2 other than played a few stages in co-op mode but I’m loving them both.

I plan on updating at least once more this upcoming weekend before the month is officially over. For those of you with Flash installed, jump jump:

Peace out.

the tired and uninspired

[ [ [ Countdown to 3hirty Posts in April: THREE! ] ] ]

April has come and gone.

I’m hoping that May is more productive in my realm of creativity. I would like to do more writing that doesn’t involve spending more time on what you’re reading here than I should. Then again, I offered up the thirty-post challenge that I surely can’t allow to defeat me.

I’m hoping to be in the process of churning out something involving comics next month or at least be very close to making something happen. I also have a small video-like project that will be put together next month that you should be seeing posting here.

I’d also like to get caught up on my comic-reading, but it seems like I buy more than I should and create a huge backlog that will take me a very long time to work through. It’s the collector in me.

I haven’t been watching a whole lot of movies lately. Sleepytime involves putting on some classic cartoons and fading out to them. They bring back memories of my childhood. I thought I’d never get to see some of them, but fortunately the dollar DVD industry has picked them up and released a bunch of them.

Rock Band would definitely consume my time if it was here at the apartment.

Mare had a test that went on ’til 9PM, and Neil and the gang went to a Spurs game. Pluckers was canceled this week. I hope it resumes next week. We had that terrible waiter last time. He was so bad that I wrote a review about it (see: the pluckin’ good time 4/15). I also had the nerve to fill out their comment card online and refer the post to them. Surprisingly, the general manager of the location we went to responded and also hooked me up with a gift card. Bonus!

Work is going well. Our mainframe was upgraded and going faster than ever. This is helping production and making my job much easier. We also got a new director of operations, and he’s a cool guy. He listens and offers solutions. Our last boss seemed like he was going along for the ride and only lasted something like six months. Then again, that particular position seems to have a tremendous turnaround considering that it’s had the most people fill in the place since I’ve been there and it’ll only be two years this July.

I’ve done my rant for the night. Today’s the last day of the month. I have two posts left to go. Peace out.

the thrizz and the trooper

Thrice played an amazing show at Stubb’s BBQ on April 23rd. Their next two volumes of The Alchemy Index was released the day before, and the set they played a great selection from their three latest albums: The Artist in the Ambulance, Vheissu, and The Alchemy Index.

I was being a total shutterbug at the show. This was something like my tenth time to see them live. I stopped counting a while back. I first saw them back when they were promoting The Illusion of Safety, their second record released on Sub City Records.

Riley rocks out on the drums.

I had a better picture similar to this one, but I couldn’t help but post this one up due to the heaven light interrupted by Teppei shredding.

Again, I had a better picture of Eddie but check out the awesome light pattern on the left!

Dustin looking mesmerized while a beam of light slips past him.

This was one of the better pictures taken with my DSC-T33. The camera really dislikes low-lit scenery and rapid movement. Fortunately, this one isn’t too out-of-focus since they were playing one of their calmer songs.

Dustin plays acoustic during one of the songs on the Earth record.

They played Stare at the Sun, Deadbolt, and The Earth Will Shake as their encore songs. We were disappointed that they’ve abandoned their faster, heavier songs like To Awake and Avenge the Dead but I’m sure they’ve grown out of the whole punk/metal hybrid not to mention that so many bands have given that style of music a bad name. Nonetheless, they played an excellent set that made the highlight of that week.