Friday, November 28, 2008

Monitor speakers

After selling my PA system to my friend Dean, I now have the cash to buy some decent powered monitor speakers for my PC, so I can start making music again! So I have just ordered these lovely Yamaha HS-50M's online.
I still need a little mixing desk and them I am set to go again! With proper monitor speakers I'll be able to EQ my tracks to a slightly better standard then before! Now I am exited, but my brain is muddled due to the clutter in the room, which will probably prevent me starting straight away, when they arrive!
A friend of mine has recently bought some of these which I have listened to and I feel they will be very adequate for my intended use!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Song ideas and political debates

Another image I captured a few weeks ago whilst on walkabout!

I have my driving theory and hazard perception test booked for December 15th, once I pass these my instructor can book me in for my practical driving test!!!

Ideas are gathering in my mind for the 4th 'Legend of Sid' album! My one man alternative/ comedy/surrealist/piss-taking/totally un-serious virtual band (of which I have so far, only recorded one song towards, called 'Buxom Wench') I just need to get some monitor speakers and get my music recording studio (parents dining room) cleared of all my dads DIY stuff, a large stack of hard wood flooring and boxes of underlay, rolls of wallpaper, tubs of plaster that sort of thing! But it may be a number of weeks before that happens, and I finally get the required space to work and record!

I have been spending my time at work over this last couple of days discussing my friends articles from his blog with colleages, scribbling down notes and gathering ideas to form responses, which try and stimulate him into a debate! His blog is very much on the political side, which is something I think he may aspire to become more involved in, in the future, so I feel that debating his points of view will be essential practice for the real thing, should he ever get involved in politics on a real level! Maybe by standing as an independent in the next local elections, or joining one of the larger political parties! It's a shame that most of the independent candidates are overlooked during elections as many have good ideas, but most people bypass them and go straight to the usual tory, Labour and Lib Dem sections to place their cross! I must admit I have been guilty of that!

Weather is cold, wet and generally rubbish so i am getting lots of computer gaming time in, but dispite the dismal view outside I remain generally in high spirits, I have not read a book in ages, the last ones I read were 'England: History of a nation' and a no holds barred behind the scenes look at life with Led Zeppelin back in the good old days by their road manager. I have a Ronnie Wood autobiography to read and 'Cash' by Johnny Cash, a book on great battles a book on tyrants, plus Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War' and a few others so I'll have to start reading one of those maybe!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A cold day out to watch the football

It was a very cold day out yesterday as my brother and I traveled down to Portsmouth on coach, a journey which took 5 hours and 40 minutes! We found out that Fratton Park is an absolute shithole! After the game we journeyed back up north to find on returning to Hull that it had been snowing!

I bought Guitar Hero: World Tour on Friday, I cant stop playing it, it's great!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Pat's Magical Mumbo Gumbo

After being so proud of Alex and me for creating a belly pork dish (Pork Belly is one of Pat's favorite things) He decided to treat us to one of his recipe's, this time a Gumbo containing guessed it, pork! Which he served to us on jacket potatoes! It was really very nice and we named it 'Pat's Magical Mumbo Gumbo' there's me showing off my dinner with Pat over my shoulder and Alex to the side with Mark also sat at the table! Man that was some good Gumbo! Maybe we can talk him into making a Jambalaya or some Jerk Chicken next week!

Monday, November 17, 2008

I saw the light, whilst rocking out with guitar hero!

At first it seemed as though my weekend was going to be a bit rubbish, but in the end it proved to be a good one!
After spending Saturday morning helping my dad to mount his new plasma TV onto the living room wall (boring) I decided to get ready to go out and see 'The Strands' at 'The Welly' nightclub. I was due to meet a couple of friends at around 7:30 in the town center, however, when I went to put a top in the washing machine, I found to my displeasure, my sister was washing ALL her nursing uniforms and the machine was going to be blocked from use for some time. I just managed to get my top washed and dried for about 9:30!
I had already booked a taxi for 9:45 (after missing my earlier deadline) to take me to the welly where i planned to meet up with the guys and watch the band!
I was the first one in the nightclub except one lone girl playing 'Guitar Hero' in a corner and thought to myself where is everyone, the place is going to be very quiet! I wondered around until I finally bumped into John, the drummer with the strands, he said the band was in a back room and led me through a fire door and down a short narrow corridor which led into a grubby "bands only" area which was badly lit and covered in the graffiti of a thousand previous bands with a number of tatty old sofa's and chairs and a beer filled fridge in the corner!
It was a strange sensation being the first person into a nightclub (guitar hero girl not included) and being stone cold sober!
After I finished the bottle of beer that the band gave me I wondered back into the nightclub and found a few people had turned up, some of which I knew, after talking for a bit the club started to fill at this point we eyed the Guitar Hero game in the corner which the girl had vacated and I was instantly suckered into a guitar "rock off" with various people. Then my friends turned up who I was supposed to meet up with earlier (all very merry as they were 2.5 hours ahead of me in beer consumption) they joined the mock guitar fest, where we almost missed the strands starting their first song, as we were so caught up in our own little world in the corner!
The strands played a great set full of energy, then we partied and laughed afterwards reaching midnight when my friend Mark turned 23 and we partied some more! So it turned out to be one of the best nights out I have had in ages!

I woke up Sunday to the sound of my dads electric sander screaming in my ears which is not a good thing with a sore head! I got up and later we went to the football where Hull City had a 2-2 draw with Manchester City, and it was a very good game!
We came home and watched it on my dads TV and then I retired to my room and ended up watching 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!' another shit reality TV show full of people I have'nt heard of, except Robert Kilroy Silk (dickhead) and George Takai (legend) I think I will watch the next episode though purely for Sulu's quirky, funny as hell accent!

I also rang up Orange to find out why my mobile wasn't working and found out my contract had ended and I was due an upgrade, due to the "credit crunch" and "customer loyalty" (blah blah bullshit blah blah) I had my bill reduced from £25 to £18 a month with more free minutes etc. and a nice new phone to boot!

I will be buying 'Guitar Hero World Tour' this coming Friday! Why buy a computer game with a guitar shaped controller when you have a real guitar, you may ask! (as I did to others) Well all I can say is you need to play it to see the light!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Toilet humour

Yesterday was a very funny day at work! It seems that a few days ago, someone left a blockage in the toilet, in the male changing rooms at work! The toilet then "backed up" and spilled excrement over the floor.
Luckily I don't have to use this toilet or changing room, I'm in a different one!
Trying to enter the changing room was like hitting an invisible brick wall as I rebounded and retreated in horror after not being informed of the nasty situation!
So yesterday a man (who bizzarely seemed genuinely happy in his job) turned up to"rod out" the shit deamon which had set up camp in the changing room, this caused the smell to get worse and by the end of the day everyone was blaming everyone for the crime as the smell wafted through to the canteen next door!
However, there are three notorious suspects who regularly try to break records in that toilet, so I felt compelled to create this little poster which I attached to the door of the changing room of horrors!
I think it raised morale as everyone chuckled to themselves today, including the three people mentioned on the poster, which is a good thing because it could have been seen as harassment!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Better then life!

Whilst my dad had the electrics turned off earlier for some DIY, I thought I would take a walk and try and capture a few images in order to curb the boredom, seeing as I could not continue playing Fallout 3 on my XBox 360!

I took a walk into the old town and then onto the marina, I saw these derelict buildings in the old fruit market area and thought to myself they would look cool after a bit of "colour popping" in Photoshop!

Speaking of Fallout 3, it has taken over my life this past week to the point that I am glad I couldn't play it yesterday due to working on the Saturday morning and being at football in the afternoon and then with the electric being off today. I had been putting in so many hours in the post apocalyptic wastelands of Washington DC that it was giving me a headache! As my friend Dean kept saying to me "Kev, you should choose life" to which I replied "XBox and Fallout 3 is better then life." Since then he has bought Fallout 3 and has become obsessed with it also!

Just one last it right to burst out laughing when you witness your dad get an electric shock and scream like a girl?