NWN2sday

Today is the release date of Neverwinter Nights 2. I’m hoping that a nearby Ebgames will have a copy on the way home today, but who knows. The game has gotten little hype, and we’ve seen almost no “official” gameplay footage, but I remain hopeful. At least I can count on user-made material to improve the gameplay experience. If I do manage to get the game I suppose I’ll post some info/opinions on it eventually.

I finally got all of my France photos (and my sister’s as well) onto my computer so I’ll actually have some of those up (as I said back in August) at some point as well.

I still have some of the same old story ideas running around in my head and I’ve wanted to get some of that up here as well (since I started this blog) so at some point I guess I’ll dig up my old writing and post some info.

Truth is there just isn’t time for all the things I want to do and when I do have free time I’m usually so tired (physically and mentally) that all I want to do is sit and do nothing.

I actually set my alarm for 6 the other morning so I could go for a run, but when I woke up I just turned it off and went back to sleep for another hour. Close, but not quite. I’ll get there eventually…..really.

I managed to send two job applications out this week (one for a fellowship at Cornell University and another for an Assistant Archivist job at Wenner Media), don’t know what’ll come of it. I usually expect nothing since I’m terrible at writing cover letters (I can bullshit 20 pages of a paper yet I struggle with what is essentially a 3 paragraph, minimum, form letter; go figure) and my resume is a mess. Not to mention the fact when I finish classes in December I don’t get a degree until January (that is of course, assuming everything ends wells class wise and paperwork wise). I still have the application for the Philadelphia Free Public library sitting at home, but they could not pick a more complicated process. Applications and instructions are downloaded from the government website (phila.gov or some other nonesense), and are still somewhat confusing (where the hell do I send the applications, not to mention they want my transcripts).

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All hail the Black Parade!

So ever since I saw their performance at the VMA’s over the summer I was looking forward to My Chemical Romance’s new album, The Black Parade. It has been a long wait but it is finally here and it was worth it. No bones about it for what I caustically label an emo band this is a highly entertaining album with some rather interesting and well put together music. Don’t get me wrong it still is very much emo but it has some more depth than the typically “woe is me” mentality that seems to be infecting most of these bands, not to mention it has some really fantastic music that dares, at least a little, to stray from the mainstream screeching and whining choruses typical of the emo crowd. “Mama” in particular manages to somehow channel a little bit of Jim Morrison (the main rhythm is very reminiscent of Whiskey Bar) while managing to remain its own entity (complete with a Liza Minelli guest appearance of all things) and at the same time maintain its pop sensibilities. Despite the musical experimentation that the band attempts the album is still very much pop music, which isn’t a bad thing.

All in all, a great album and a must buy for fans of the band or anyone interested in something a little bit different from what they’re used in the modern rock genre.