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Again. I'm out. The conversations I was hoping to carry out through Facebook failed to reach an audience. Screaming at the wind indeed. Just like last time, upon quitting the Buddy Book I got this creepy CAPTCHA, although this time it's not only creepy it's intriguing. I hope you all enjoy being part of this test as I'm no longer a part of it. While I admit I get tempted to hit that login button when I hear of things people post that just seem to push all the right buttons, I must exert extreme will power and keep it all at arms length and all to myself, unless it's truly ridiculous. After all there's a reason I started Ask An Enemy right? I may just come right back to see if I continue to receive these cryptic CAPTCHA's.
A graduation means nothing if one continues to be ignorant.
I'm not gonna lie. I've only played with a Nook Color for about 15 minutes but those 15 minutes that I spent fighting with UI more than actually using it were enough for me. Sure it runs Android and I'm all for it, however lately it seems like Android is the new Windows of mobile devices. Got a new shiny tablet with quadruple core specs and enough ram to drain a scabby prostitute dry? Fuck it, slap some Android on that bitch. Forget about whether the UI's been streamlined this thing will run on anything, slap it on.
A friend of mine recently asked if she should pick up a Nook Color. I asked if all she planned to do on it was read, then sure, go for it. She replied and said that she'd heard it could play music and video and such so I asked, why not get an iPad. Now this is where most people say an iPad is too expensive. My response to that is a resounding you get what you pay for. Take heed people. User Interface is the sum of the device and it's software not the difference. If the user interface is not integral, then none of it matters, even if it can burn Blu-Rays and destroy Skynet.
That is why Apple is at the forefront of UI design. They design the software with hardware in mind. Both go hand in hand leading to phenomenal battery efficiency and overall system stability. It's why they decided to forgo what most would have expected in a touch interface for the desktop. It simply does not make sense throw one technology on top of another for the sake of doing so.
I've got plenty to read in the coming days. I need to catch up on it and quick. I'm massively disappointed I haven't even touched the last 8 issues of EGMi. It's rare that I don't see something through to the end but I've been doing that a lot lately. A lot. I'll chalk it up to not wanting to see then end of something I enjoy but deep down I know that's just a cop-out. The anticipation of wondering what comes next always, always, always, makes things even more exciting. I'm lazy and I'm in denial. I need to hit the road. I need to write music. I need to be creative. I'm not being pushed. I don't feel pressure. I'm complacent, passive and disgusted. El Paso does that to it's people. Not me. Not the El Paso I knew and loved. I'm in denial. MOVE.
UPDATE: Aside from a few small bugs I need to squash maintenance on the site should be finished for now. If you see anything that stands out please let me know. Otherwise enjoy the new look.
[Original]: Giving the site a face lift so if things look buggy it's probably because your Mom won't leave me alone, chasing me around and shit.
You won’t find any type of rockstar bio with lists of things I’ve accomplished here. I’m simply one guy with plenty to say about nothing. The Lipstick Device is a one man band from this little “ghost town” of El Paso, TX. “You can’t destroy the world without a Soundtrack” will eventually describe what happens when all inspiration is lost and seclusion wraps it's cold bare hands around your neck triggering an unhealthy, yet comforting acquaintance
To say I can't stand the music industry is simply too general of a statement to make. I love music and everything involved in making music, but I can't stand specific elements of the music industry. I can't stand specific bands who demand and request what they most always never deserve. I can't stand bands whose bios are filled with lame cliches about loving music or claiming to be something they most certainly are not. Most importantly, I cannot stand musicians who write music for the sole purpose of reaching some form of stardom. I may be a musician no one has ever heard of but I can live with that and that’s the difference between you and me and everyone else.
My music is written, first and foremost, for my own pleasure. It fills in the blanks where the musicians I listen to leave off. If you don't like it, that's fine with me. If you are intelligent enough to provide any useful criticism by all means provide it, I'm all ears.
It’s difficult to describe my music because I’d prefer to hear it described from another persons point of view. It’s like describing a dream. My description will not fit your image of it regardless of how hard I try. I feel it also rids you of any ability you have to decide for yourself whether you like it or not. It’s a form of salesmanship that I wish to play no part in. It's there, all you need to do is press play.
I've played with enough bands to know that my original intention to stay behind the scenes and become solely a song writer has been solidified. I love performing, but the trouble of finding fully competent, dedicated musicians in this small but lovely city of El Paso, makes it near impossible to accomplish any form of success in that department.
To be blatantly honest, I almost lost any reason to continue to document, liberate and implement any more of the ideas I had brewing in my head. I’ll always do what I want to because I find some enjoyment in it and NEVER solely for the purpose of earning a buck.
Four weeks, 200+ hours, and a coffee cup the size of Jurassic Park 3 later, I've finally finished this project at work that's kept me away from this little place I call home. I wasn't even sure I was gonna have the opportunity to share this with anybody but fortunately I am. I've made videos in the past ofcourse, however this one is special in that it's the first one I'm actually 99% proud of as opposed to the usual 10-15%. No artiste is ever 100% proud of anything they create, if they are it's bullocks. In the past I've used programs like Sonic Foundry's Vegas for cutting video, Pinnacle Systems' horrendous Dazzle bullshit, and experimented with Adobe's After Effects, which I used to create the intro to all the previous Ask An Enemy TV episodes. That's all changed since I've found refuge in Apple's Final Cut Studio, Logic Studio and ofcourse Mac OSX. I pushed this little beast to it's limits, keyframing the fuck out of every animation you see and solidifying my decision to stick to this side of the computing world for the time being. Stability, plain and simple. To avoid what would sound like fanboyism to anyone who doesn't know shit I'll leave it at that.
My productivity went through the roof and this was all done on a 13 inch MacBook Pro running your average 2.26 Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB of DDR3 RAM with a choking point of 1066mhz and I say choking point lightly, very lightly. She made me so proud I recently rewarded her with an upgrade to 8GB of RAM, which to Juan Valdez at UTEP searching for Il Canto on Google Maps and a place to shine his pointy ass boots and belt buckle is complete and utter overkill, yet for someone like me it's what the word fan-fucking-tastical was created for. Yeah suck it. All sequences were shot with Flip Mino HD pocket camcorders which have great image quality. Watch the video above in HD for the full effect. The Flip Mino HD's Achilles heel though is that is has absolutely no image stabilization. So if you're anything like me and can't hold a camera steady for shit, good luck.
My lady, Kel, seems to really enjoy the song I used for the El Paso sequence that I'm actually debating putting it up as a single on iTunes. I don't think she know's there are people like Paco De Lucia, or what most refer to as really good musicians out there that would put this song to shame but I also said "pos fuck it" as most El Pasoans do.
Enjoy the video and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section, after all, Ask An Enemy....sounds appropriate.
I haven't been able to write about anything lately since I've been pulling 15 hour shifts at my real job. I can't complain though as I'm sure the pic above shows what my temporary office set up is like. I'm working on some super slick stuff I wish I could share with you guys but unfortunately at the moment I just can't. Its video production work though that definitely helps me freshen up on some skills I thought I'd lost ever since I was in Devices in Shift or fuck even The Lipstick Device. I love creating something from scratch always have and always will. I am forever grateful to have the sickest fucking boss who for some reason always allows me to do what I do. I've been with Kel for close to 9 years, have had full time job for a little over 6 and lived in the same place for about 4. Those are records in my book and they've got to mean something.
I'll be back to writing about games and music soon. I simply needed to take a deep breath. Now I know what it's like to be on staff at EGM only without all the knowledge and slick writing skills :)
E3 is right around the corner.
Noel Gallagher - Wonderwall - Sorry YouTube doesn't allow embedding of this matierial so you'll have to hit the link to watch the vid.
I'm sure many of you know this song. I'm almost sure many of you don't know the song was written by one Noel Gallagher yet sung and for the most part performed by his brother Liam or Oasis as a whole. This version, sung and performed by the song writer, has no post production values, no proper song architecture. It demonstrates what a true artist is and does. Once the labels take hold of it they over emphasize parts, they put layer on top of layer of nonsense.
This version may throw you off at first, but give it a chance and you'll see that all it's mainstream-ness, all of it's "pop" feel is gone and what you get is the songwriters true intention. I can't see any reason why anyone would or could go back to it's perfectly symmetric and heavily produced sibling.
And here's another simply for good measure.
I'm tired but thought I'd post this before hitting the hay. HEYYYYYYYY!!!
This is by no means my deep analysis of either of these titles, I simply haven't written about anything gaming related in awhile so I thought I'd post up some quick thoughts.
We're only two months into the year and already we've got two if not three AAA titles out ready for mass consumption and I have yet to pick any of them up. Truth be told, I never thought I'd find myself saying this but I simply don't and or won't have the time to do so. Thanks to the recent release of Rockband's Creators Network I've been putting some hours into a much needed creative space. I'll elaborate on that one in a future post but for the time being let's focus on the post at hand.
Let's Bioshock 2 shall we? The first 15 minutes didn't grab me as much as my first dive into Rapture did, it may have been due to the fact that I was pressed for time. I only had about an hour to play both Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock 2 but the most logical explanation is that Ken Levine had nothing to do with Bioshock 2. Something about the intro felt a bit to forced to me. Avoiding spoilers lets just say it starts off with a bang. I'm still not entirely sure we needed a sequel to Bioshock and Ken Levine thought the same but from a business standpoint, Take Two obviously thought differently and leaving money on the table is never an option to them. After all the sequel will sell on name alone. One thing I noticed that's a definite plus in the sequel is the ability to use plasmids and weapons simultaneously, one two combo FTW!
When Rapture failed to impress within the first 15 minutes I decided it was time to throw in some Mass Effect 2. Where Bioshock 2 was a sequel based on its predecessors sucess, Bioware had Mass Effect 2 in the books and planned as a trilogy from the beginning. It definitely shows as I spent upwards of 45 minutes into the game and only stopped because I had to wake up the next morning to earn a paycheck. As someone who only played about an hour of the first game and never thought of going back to it I think its safe to say Bioware did their homework. The weapons now have individualilty and they connect with where you aim. They've finally been given a more visceral effect. It's gotta mean something that I'm eagerly looking forward to some more Mass Effect 2 when I wouldn't even think twice about going back to the first.
Who knows when I'll have the time though. Working on tracks for Rockband is a very time consuming process, but well worth it.
This isn't Adrianne Curry in a swimsuit special or Maxim cover shoot, it's just Adrianne Curry being herself while interviewed by two fellas known as The Fine Brothers. It's awesome she's willing to do interviews like this. It's worth a watch.
Go check it. I'll put more stuff up as I come around to it. Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see. Pool side chat from ladies in swimsuits, video game reviews from ladies in swimsuits, maybe even the occasional live webcast from any future musical performances (with ladies in swimsuits). Yeah, I write about video games and geekery folks, no chance of anything like
ever happening. Ah, YouTube, making dads around the world very proud.
I'm in the process of getting some maintenance done around the site so you may see some changes. Actually you may have already spotted some changes. Hint: the Ask An Enemy Store. Hit it! I've been meaning to take care of some lose ends around the site, giving reviews their own place, not because I'll be doing cigar reviews god no, who the fuck wants to read that, HAHA! just fucking with ya T-Dawg. It takes a certain kind of man to do those types of reviews and here at Ask An Enemy, that's not how we roll, get it. I'm still working on it as we speak and the live webcast/video podcast section is in the works see the grayed out section in the image above, there's a reason for it. It also allows me to consolidate and rid the blog of the Livejournal section as Barry makes a good point of it reminding me it's 2009 and not "Hey bro, you've got a LiveJournal bro". You'll be seeing some of the entries I bring over from there so if you happen to stumble across them be prepared, lots of fat people shit talk. Hey, c'mon, there fat. Anything that doesn't fit into the Reviews or Podcasts section will be under the Home section under the appropriate categories. What does this mean to you the reader? Well, the writing's on the wall, Ask An Enemy says it all. I'm hoping this makes for a more well rounded blog. The email remains the same podcast[AT]askanenemy.com.
Feel free to let me know what you think of the changes in the comments section. Hopefully the maintenance makes the site easier to navigate.
I just had to post this email I got from my my girlfriend, Kelly. I think it really emphasizes two things. People in El Paso love them some Community College and when it comes to selling microwave ovens, no description is necessary. BAM BITCH! Post the pic and sell it. If you live in the area read the listings to yourself in the local tongue and you'll be ROFLMAO'ing in no time.
I love how In the last pic you can actually see the lady leaning out to fit that shit soup of a broken home MORROR into the shot. Comedy Gold (chapa de oro) right there folks!
Table Dinner - $250 (East side) Its in good shap. the coloer is blech. and it has 4 chars. And price is 250 or less make me an offer.
MICRONDAS - $25 (79915)
MORROR - $35 (DOWNTOOWN)I HAVE THESE NICE MIRROR THAT DON'T MATCH WITH MY DECO ANY MORE IT HAVE GOLD FLOWERS(CHAPA DE ORO) I'M ASKING FOR $ 35.00 FOR MORE INFORMATION JUST EMAIL ME THANK YOU.
Writer's block. Of all shapes and form. Musically I can't find inspiration. Shorts bursts, but few and very far between. Lyrically my voice is gone. I can't find anything worth saying that can't be neutralized. I used to create situations from thin air in my head. The images I paint in my mind are still vivid, spectacular and breathtaking, but only I find them to be this way.
I've lost my voice. I've lost my reason. I've become, complacent. I've let society win. I see both sides. I've decided not to partake it's festivities. I'm careless, passionless, and selfish. I need to break this stoic mold.
Well, maybe not quite unboxing but you get the idea. My sister-in-law or SIL, if you will, rocks mad balls. On her return from a recent trip to visit family in Japan, Asako, brought me back these two gems. I know, I know, there are three in the pic above but let's just say the last one wouldn't be on America's Next Top Model but she'd definitely be holding a candle at the Special Olympics. Let's just call her Bosley.
These figures are found in Japan just like we find Homie's here in the States. If you ask me I'm more keen on Japan's way of doing things. It ends there tho. Tubgirl anyone? Exactly.
They look a bit like Pokemon based on packing but these are far from being "Pocket Monsters" unless ofcourse we're talking about Bosley. Man, seriously, there's nothing worse than seeing a chick with boobs that look like two fat chicks invited to the wrong party. Yeah I threw that one away. Life has enough fat chicks, why would want a fake one.
Try to guess which is my favorite.
Religion is for individuals who need direction in life. If you are a fully competent person who can make rational decisions and understand these decisions don't come without consequences, good or bad, then it should make absolute sense that you do not require a set of rules to live by. You understand what makes the world turn, you understand that in order to have and maintain friendships you must be caring and dependable. Those aren't rules they are common sense that unfortunately, not everyone has.
Movies are so entertaining because they allow us to break free of the rules society sets forth. Movies establish that rules were made to be broken. In the real world if someone rapes your sister, you can't suddenly become a masked vigilante without some consequences, while I personally think that's all sorts of badass I also understand life simply doesn't function that way, sad face I know. The situation does not end with a roll of credits as the hero wanders off into the night seeking vengeance on future rapists. No. It does not work like that. Unless you are insane.
Generally speaking can be harmful, but how can you address a crowd without generalizing. If you take a blanket statement personally, who's problem is that, yours or the person speaking?
Heaven, Hell and even Purgatory are there to provide direction in life through fear of consequence. If you are scared to death of kicking it in a fiery pit after you die for doing nothing more than wishing for one night with Carmen Electra, first off, what is wrong with you, secondly, I ask what's wrong with you because I see it from my point of view.
That's harmless, though that cute bitch from The View would probably think differently, but I'm sure she grinds pretty regularly.
In your point of view I'll be crisping up real well in the afterlife. Fuck, I'd rather be living it up with Brad and Angelina at the BBQ than drinking some Ensure with the 700 Club.
Yeah, this isn't the last of my thought's either. I'll be back. Fuck if Terminators existed that would be all sorts of rad too. FUCK. Religous zealots could be considered Terminators, of anything fun, but they I don't have the cool endoskeletons or the harsh German accent.
Potato,Putahto, retardo We're back in business.
I'm currently testing out, once again a new blogging desktop app called blogo. Looking for any inconsistencies this system might add to the blog in terms of code that shouldn't be added. You may not even have a chance to see it. Hmm
UPDATE: Well it's seems as though Blogo can suck my balls. It's biggest downfall is it's inability to customize HTML. I can't edit img tags in anyway whatsoever which would render lightbox useless and we all know how fucking kickass lightbox can be.
For the time being I'll go back to Ecto's unreliable-ness. Yeah, Big Boss is pretty pissed about the whole situation.
Until my MacBook Pro arrives I'll be posting blogs from my iPhone using iBlogger. Depending on how much work it takes it may be just a couple of posts here and there. We'll see.