Every couple of years or so, we get blown away by some musical intervention that overwhelms us all. In which for some people, it takes them into some-what of a different realm and changes the way they see and listen to music. In 1999, ZP Theart, Herman Li, and Sam Totman conceived the melodic, power-metal onslaught that is DragonForce, which took the world there.
Hailing from the UK, these metal gods, known as DragonHeart at the time, posted their now discontinued demo, Valley of the Damned, online and got a massive fan-base with numbers as high as half a million within a short time. Sanctuary/Noise... Read More
Every regular internet user must have at least experienced one or two of them by now, either by an e-mail from a friend or just stumbling into one by looking for things to do on the World Wide Web. I saw my first interactive internet cartoon a few years ago. Its called, â€œThe JÅesterizer: 10 Speed Frog Bender 2000â€ by Joe Cartoon. It was a frog in a blender and it was amusing to the simple fact that the frog is insulting you while you press the blender to a higher power of, well, blending. Till the frog meets his end, and gets ripped apart at the end. Itâ€™s a bit crude, but it was new... Read More
*Warning* - *Contains movie spoilers*
The 2006 release of the Wicker Man provided some with hopes that it would equate the excellence of the original 1973 version, while others dreaded it would be another flop remake. I was one of those hopeful moviegoers that decided to see if the remake could live up to its original standards. Alas, it failed.
The basic story is laid out like this. A policeman gets news of a missing girl, is lead to an island of pagans who deny the girlâ€™s existence and from there the policeman searches the island for clues as to what happened and who is responsible.... Read More
I have been a father now for two years and my son amazes me on a daily basis. His wonder and excitement over the mundane inspire me to look closer at the legacy I need to leave for him to follow. He brings out the kid in me, as well as the philosopher and the sentimental schmuck. These ten easy to live by morals are things I must first strive for in myself before I can hope to see them in my son.
1. Tolerate the ignorant because they donâ€™t know any better.
Tolerance is word that normally pertains to race, creed or religion. But we must also tolerate the ignorant, who do not practice tolerance... Read More
You tell me. With the onslaught of the internet and spy cams to show us every detail of a person's life, an ever increasing hunger for reality T.V., and the signing of the Patriot Act by President Bush on October 26, 2001, is it any wonder that we have no more privacy? Everyone wants to be in everyone else's business. And to take that one step further there's a growing, pulsating need to dictate how another person lives behind closed doors. Why should Mr. President care who we keep company with in the privacy of our bedrooms? Why should anyone have the authority to delve hap-hazardly into our... Read More
Itâ€™s another blistering hot day in Southern California, and from the moment I wake up and look outside my window, Los Angeles has long been buzzing. Routes are suffocated by cars and SUVs determined to get to their destination, gas pumps are working overtime despite soaring gasoline prices, and a lingering grey haze seems to leave no one deterred. A harrowing visual of the Earth pulled downward in a tug of war with traffic grips me. I feel claustrophobic, unnerved, and like I need a cold splash of water. After seeing â€œAn Inconvenient Truthâ€ â€“ the Al Gore narrated documentary about... Read More