Archive for October, 2005

October 25, 2005 Leave a comment

Okay, I went out tonight and applied to some places.

They are: Linens and Things, Party City, Home Depot, Circuit City, and Sears.

I have an interview at Sears on Friday, but I’m not getting my hopes
up, because I was scheduled for it after completing my online
application, i.e. it was just the last step of applying, a.k.a. they
interview everyone.

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October 24, 2005 1 comment

So, I got my first paycheck.  Hours worked: 5.25, total earned $27.04.  Total tax $27.04.  Net pay: $0.00.

Is this legal?

Anyway, I need money, so I’m going out looking for more jobs tomorrow afternoon.

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October 20, 2005 2 comments

More evidence that Opeth is the modern-day Beatles:
“MI: Who do you think the best composer is?

Mikael: The best song in my opinion is Sgt. Pepper – A Day In The Life,
which is a Lennon/McCartney, mostly Lennon. I think the two of them are
the greatest songwriters of all time.

MI: If you had your CD player on right now what would be playing?

Mikael: Martha My Dear by The Beatles.”

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October 20, 2005 Leave a comment

It’s Thursday.  Yesterday we had Tower practice…except it was
just me and Greg.  Anyway, we came up with some more ideas…and
we’re pretty sure we ripped off Black Rose Immortal…we’re pretty sure
we did at least.  It seems that our songs are all in odd meters,
so, that coupled with the death style singing and thrashy riffs and
Maiden influences, I have determined our genre:  the New Wave of
Progressive Death Thrash, or NWOPDT for short.

Anyways, I have work at 5 today.  Apparently I’ll be getting my
official orientation today, assuming no one calls in sick and Dan is
available to train.  I also work tomorrow, which I imagine will be
closer to what I’ll be doing than tonight will be.

I’m tired since I got up at 7 this morning, so I’m going to go downstairs, relax, and have dinner.

If Chris reads this, let me know what day during the week you can get together and jam.

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October 8, 2005 3 comments

As I sit hear listening to my music I come upon strange
questions…What exactly is a Jotun?  Where does the smile of dawn
live?  Some of these questions can be answered.  A Jotun is a
mythical giant creature in Norse mythology.  That one makes sense,
since In Flames is from Gothenburg, Sweden.

The smile of dawn?  Who knows.  Todd and Angie say she lives
down the road.  I say that the smile of dawn is probably the child
of dawn, i.e. the one who makes dawn smile, so who is the child of
dawn?  The child of dawn is whomever is born from dawn, so what
happens when the sun rises?  Dew forms?  Flowers open? 
The air warms?  It is quite the enigma.  However I recently
came to the conclusion that most progressive rock lyrics exist to
create enigmas.  Very few lyrics have actual meaning to
them.  Oh well, it’s an awesome song, so the lyrics don’t bother
me much.  On a sidenote, it seems that the smile of dawn is also
Metropolis, who, if you connect Metropolis Pt. 1 with it’s sequel
album, is also Victoria, the spirit of a woman who was murdered by a
jealous lover in 1928.  Perhaps the smile of dawn could be the
memory of a dream?  Very interesting indeed.

I’m in a strange mood, so please excuse my odd thought patterns.

I went out to Guitar Center today with Chris and Greg looking for a
cheap seven-string guitar to use for recording on Chris’s album. 
No such luck.  They had a very nice looking Jackson Randy Rhoads
model 7-string, but one, it had the tune-o-matic bridge which I can’t
stand, and two, it was $400 used.  Triple R Guitar has a $129
Ibanez 7-string for sale, but they were closed when we got there (they
close at 5PM on Saturday ???  Who does that?)  So no guitar
for now.  Perhaps I’ll peruse ebay.

In a somewhat related though, I miss Dream Theater.  They haven’t
put out a good album since Scenes From a Memory in 1999.  That’s
three albums that have sucked.  It seems that they’ve gotten the
idea that prog metal needs to be on seven-string guitars and have
boring cliche metal riffs with random interspersed shredding.  I
miss the artfully-constructed songs of Images & Words, Awake, and
Falling Into Infinity.  At least there are now other prog metal
bands to listen to, such as Symphony X and Andromeda.

Speaking of bands, I can’t wait until Halloween.  That’s when I go
to see Opeth with Into Eternity and Nevermore opening up for
them.  ‘Twill be amazing.

Laura and I did a radio show this morning since the owners of the
timeslot couldn’t come.  We did 4 hours, with each hour being a
decade of music.  60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s/00s.  It was fun,
although programming 4 hours of music is hard even with a theme.

This has become quite a long entry, so I’m stopping now.  Stay metal m/

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October 6, 2005 Leave a comment

I am now an employee of Gamestop.  Thank you Greg for the hearty
recommendation; my interview was basically a “here’s what you’ll be
doing, do you want to do this” rather than an “are you the right person
for the job”.  I have orientation/paperwork on Saturday. 
After that I don’t know, but I imagine that I’ll be training for a
while.  The bad news is that it’s only $5.15/hour.  The good
news is that I get 30% off at Barnes & Noble, and 20% of games,
plus free “rentals” one at a time.  In the end, it’s a job, and it
brings me money that I desperately need to pay for school.

I had a Solfege test today.  It went fine except for the fact that
I totally had a brain fart on the chord progression, so what would have
been a B+ turned into something else (he didn’t tell me).  The
good news is that I got an A- on the written aspect, so as long as my
progressions flow out of me a little easier on the next test and on the
final I’ll be fine for the semester.

The Flyers are back, but they lost the season opener to the
Rangers.  Oh well, they can still beat the Devils on Friday and
make me happy.  Also, congratulations to the Phillies for putting
up a solid effort right until the end.

Lastly, I cancelled my Rhapsody trial.  It was okay, but there
just wasn’t any availability of tracks by current underground
bands.  They had pages and bios and everything, but no
music.  I guess the talks with the record labels are still

Good night all.

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