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GameStop's Holiday Game Picks

+ Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin: I Love Videogames
+ 28 things that will happen on Black Friday 2008 at Fry's Electronics:

27) People will get hurt. 
28) People will get arrested.

+ Black Friday Videogame Deals Cheat Sheet
+ ‘Left 4 Dead’ Movie Posters. I hope you know just how fun this game is.
+ Apparently, Game bloggers/"journalists" are blind and the fact that the Nintendo Logo is NOT red is a *story*(exhibit a and b). Look at the fucking Wii box, it's been gray RIGHT THERE since 2006. Who fucking cares. Now if Mario's hat changes colors, that's a story.
+ The Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix finally came out, Tim, time for a re-match!
+ December's game of the month: "Prince of Persia" Launch Trailer HD
+ Mortal Kombat announcer: "Obama Wins, Flawless Victory"
+ Yes, there is a game called Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ and another called Bikini Zombie Slayers
+ Aurora Feint II: The Arena Arrives in the App Store


That's Spider-Man's Aunt May @#@%ing cursing and being all Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino comes to mind) on Eddie Brock (Venom) - Ultimate Spider-Man #128

+ Is Batman Destined for Death? ( it's a damn comic book, NO ONE EVER STAYS DEAD!)
+ A Dozen Dark Knight Deaths
+ Veronica Mars as Leia
+ U2 Scrap Rick Rubin Songs  | Edge confident as deadline looms | I think the last album U2 released during Spring was "POP" and you know how some people feel about That One. I like Fall released albums thank you very much.
+ The Fader 58: Kanye talked about the new album.
+ A Jurassic Park 4 poster?
+ Techno-lust: New Apple 24-inch LED screen
+ Top 7 Things to do at work instead of working
+ How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Quotes of the week:

"she's a bamf!" - Liz

"You probably get all the girls with your accent, huh?" - Liz

"When I unsubscribe to your newsletter (that I didn't subscribe to in the first place) do not send me another email to verify" - Veronica

things i am thankful for: -never having done cocaine. i would surely be addicted by now - Leo

[ Great Moments in President Bush's speeches ]

I see Blu, I see Red, Double Dipping, Triple Dipping


+ Donnie Darko Awakens on Blu-ray on February 10th
+ Echo and the Bunnymen - Killing Moon/live

My eyes are snobbish and the last time I watched DD on DVD with some friends it looked like a bootleg. You can only imagine my intense enthusiasm for this release. On the other hand, Damn It, really? I have to buy this again? Not until it hits Blu-Ray Universal, with your U-control bullshit menus and all. Ready to buy again: The Bourne Trilogy. Obviously I have not gotten the memo about some sort of recession going on.

+ "Make sure you're close to your PlayStation 3 this weekend, and think of a different question than "Here's my 10 suggestions on how to make The Hobbit totally awesome"

Unrelated: I love Heat Tech

Thursday Night is good for Fighting and Miscellanies


+ For Colleen, Rachel, Dani et al: songs from the twilight soundtrack
+ Santogold on XLR8R TV
+ Santogold's cover of "Hometown Glory" (via Dafna)

+ 'The Shield' final season review
+ Justice League Heroes United - a reason to find an arcade?
+ American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Recommends MK vs. DC For Families
+ Social Networking Gets Easier with EventBox
+ Ziff Davis to Shutter PC Magazine Print Edition. What magazine will be next? oh yeah, EGM.
+ Bike Hero: the best viral marketing game video ever?
+ Ozzy Osbourne World of Warcraft Commercial
+ Introduction to Nick Hornby's Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Sarah Vowell [via]
+ Google Search Wiki
+ In Love With Star Trek
+ She said Yes. Foux du fa fa fa faaaaaa.....
+ Universal to Bring 'Bourne' Trilogy to Blu
+ Zune Gears of Wars 2 Special Edition | Zune Mixview & Music Pass

I'll put the empire state building on your wall

// The Kills - What New York Used To Be
// The Standells - Dirty Water
// John Cale - Style It Takes

+ For the Boston girls: "The 5 Most Anticipated Scenes From ‘Twilight’"
+ Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin: Left 4 Dead
+ 75 comics being made into films
+ Neil: "So, no Compleat Death in March. But there will be an Absolute Death later in the year..."
+ 5 Ways That Sandman Changed The World
+ Eisley: "Eis-Wood Sessions" | Sherri @ Refueled
+ DC Comics presents THE SPIRIT SPECIAL ( the ad at the bottom of the cover is so tacky)
+ I like the cover: FABLES VOL. 11: WAR AND PIECES
+ "heartboners are important"
+ A Love Story in Stop Motion

The great big city's a wonderous toy


[ Ella Fitzgerald: Manhattan ]

Away Message: Away on Vacation.

+ Lou Reed: Dirty Blvd./live from the album "New York"
+ Madonna: I Love New York/live - "Just go to Texas, isn't that where they golf?"

+ Boston Then and Now
+ The Bee Gees: Massachusetts/live

P.S. - I love "No Direction" from Longwave's new album. It was featured in an episode of Veronica Mars a hundred years ago and now it is finally on an album.

Lonely Sunday Chronicles [5]

Dear [C],

This is it, by this time next week I’ll be there. It has been a tiresome week thus this is short. Sleep beckons.

Of possible interest to you…
+ KORG DS-10: video of four DS units playing KORG
+ The Nintendo DS is your instrument: the Korg DS-10

// Being a Sunday.Night.mixed.media.mix about my week that was

// Priscilla Ahn: Dream (gorgeously live)

I asked God who I'm supposed to be.
The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.

// The Hollies: Air That I Breathe
// R.E.M: I Will Try Not To Breathe
// Sia: Breathe Me (live) | Also used on this Prince of Persia Trailer
// "Mad World" Gears of War Trailer | "How It Ends" Gears of War 2 Trailer

Gears of War 2 is my game of the year


Gears Of Wars 2 is the "Two Towers" of shooter games. 'nuff said.

SPOILERS below, for people who have not played the campaign yet.
+ Sci vs. Fi: Gears of War 2

Interviews include:
Zach Levi (Chuck)
Aisha Tyler (Ghost Whisper)
Luke Walton (pro basketball player)
Nikole Zivalich (Cute Chick who plays games) "what do you want, like a tampon and a chocolate bar?". Her commentary is the funniest.

+ "Gears of War 2 Cole Train - BEST COLE TRAIN MOMENT EVER!!! "
+ Flying the Reaver ( "Return of the Jedi" forest bike sequence much?)
+ Riding A Brumak
+ Gears of War 2 sells 2.1 million copies on day 1
+ How Gears of War 2 Raises the Bar for Military Simulators

The second Emergance Day - Gears of War 2

+ The New Yoker: The Grammar of Fun, CliffyB and the world of the video game

Gears won virtually every available industry award, and was the 360’s best-selling game for nearly a year; it has now sold five million copies. On November 7th, a sequel, Gears of War 2, will be released

+ Sci Fi Channel's documentary takes on Delta Squad
+ Gears of War 1 and 2 Flashback Map Pack Screenshot Comparison and Impressions
+ Microsoft is flexing some monetary muscle this week and putting Gears of War 2 everywhere.

Who gives a F---

+ Supreme Court debates 'F-word' without using it

The policy change in question arose following a live 2003 broadcast of the "Golden Globe Awards," when the lead singer Bono from the Irish rock ban U-2 declared his award was "really, really, (blank)ing brilliant." During the 2003 Billboard Music Award, quasi-celebrity Nicole Richie declared "it's not so (blank)ing simple" to remove "cow (blank) out of a Prada purse."

+ Bono: 'Fucking Brilliant'
+ Obama: "We Can't Solve Global Warming Because I Fucking Changed Light Bulbs In My House"

Lonely Sunday Chronicles [4]

Dear [C],

While reorganizing things here at the fortress of solitude, I ran into a book that reminded me of you.


I bought The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Vol. 2 with you when we were on our way to a concert (either Deathcab for Cutie or Spoon). It may have been the first time I ever took you to Austin Books. In any case, I bought the book because I had gifted away the actual issues and never bought the last one. Turns out that I have yet to remove the shrink-wrap on this book and still don’t know how the story ends.

Finding Volume 2 reminded me of November of last year when the highly anticipated follow up, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier was released. I was on one of my business trips when it came out. The weather was absolutely crummy and all day long I had talked myself out of going into the city to go buy it. But as the night came on and I sat bored on a boat on the Upper New York Bay, I decided, “Fuck It, I’m going to Midtown Comics Times Square to get this book”.

Well, that turned out to be a misadventure. I had never been to that store, sort of knew where it was and went for it on instinct. I hadn’t really thought about it but I had never been to Times Square at night. I remember coming up the stairs and noticing how it looked like daytime down the street. Anyways, I went to the store, checked it out, got my book, stood in a long line (I’ve never seen a comic book store as busy as this one) and off I went. I was starving but nothing around me got my attention so I decided I would eat when I went back to work where I had some leftovers from Lunch.

When I walked out of the store, my sense of direction became confused and I took the subway going uptown instead of going down to the ferry station. It took me a few stops to notice and I was way the hell away from where I should have been. Ok, I get on the right subway, and off the ferry station I go. By the time I get there I missed it by a few minutes and had to wait twenty minutes or whatever for the next one to arrive. I was starving and you know how cranky I get when I’m hungry.

I get to Staten Island and take the same train I always take back to work. What I did not notice, when I was rushing to make the train, was that they had switched scheduled, or train entrances or whatever, and the damn train ended up zipping right by my stop, and kept going and going to who the fuck cares in way inside Staten Island. I didn’t feel so bad when the people around me were voicing their concerns about the train not stopping as expected. One old lady was really freaking out when she would notice the stop names we were passing by. And by freaking out I mean she was really scared. Another lady told her where she thought we were going to end up and that it wouldn’t be long. What fucking ever, it took forever for that train to stop and I was kicking myself for not having had a hot dog or something in the city in addition to being concerned about where we would end up based on the anxiety of the locals.

Sure enough, the train stops at a station I would describe as dark and dangerous looking. It looked like Jack the Ripper could jump out of any corner and go on a killing spree and here I was watching over a worried old lady. Thankfully the other lady on the platform with us was one tough cookie and had no fear and was nice enough to keep the old lady reassured that everything would be fine and that the right train way would arrive soon enough. Twenty minutes in the cold, rainy weather waiting and waiting until it finally arrived. It took forever to get to my stop, where I had a nice little walk ahead of me in oh so wonderful fucking freezing weather. By the time I got back to the boat I was ready to either throw the book to the ocean or eat it.

Sure, when I was cold and walking and hungry and pissed off, I was thinking about how I had made one bad decision after another that night. But in the end I knew that I would always recall this night fondly every time I looked at the book regardless of the misadventures. So, that’s what I think about when I look at these two books on my bookshelf.

The Kills covering the VU's "I'm Set Free"

Dido: Look No Further

but Among Your Books
Among your clothes
Among the noise and fuss

I've let it go

Being Quotes of the week

In regards to Halloween costumes: "I want an uber-smart, gun suit totting, slutty, flawed and sarcastic bad ass chick, but wishes, horses, all that" - D.

"All I can confirm is that I will be drunk and wearing a catsuit." - B.

"I lived in NYC a short time. Never really got the Brooklyn vibe. Probably because my ex-girlfriend lived there, and she's more dangerous than any Blood..." [via]

Whose strength’s abundance weakens his own heart

Comfortably Numb by *pincel3d

+ Shakespeare's Sonnet 23

Lou Reed: Tell It To Your Heart/live

Tell it to your heart, please don't be afraid
        NYC lovers
        Tell it to your heart

John Cale: Broken Hearts/live

Broken hearts are good for business these days, broken hearts
are good for business always.

John Cale: Heartbreak Hotel/live

You still can find some room.
Where broken hearted lovers
Do cry away their gloom.

Bjork: Anyone Who Had a Heart/live

Anyone who ever dreamed - could look at me and know I dream of you

James: Oh My Heart

Oh my heart
Come on break me in two