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The Art Of ‘War’

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Inspired by my renewed interest in video games lately, I finally managed to buy a copy of the new game Transformers: War for Cybertron for the Nintendo DS:


I’ve been meaning to get this game since it was released last Summer because my dear friend Darion is responsible for the game. He was the head honcho in charge of the game’s creation at Activision so it’s pretty cool being able to play a video game that your friend produced. The game is available in Decepticons version and Autobots version (naturally, I went for the bad guy Decepticons version). I haven’t been able to play with it too much but I did spend part of my evening last night figuring things out. It’s a fantastic game … and I couldn’t be more proud of Darion’s hard work :D

Tonight, David and I have plans to attend an event for Ralph Lauren but I have an appointment that might impede my attendance. I’m gonna try to work it all out as best I can so … we’ll see. Thankfully, the rain has gone away here in LA and the sun is shining again. Temps are supposed to go up a lot this weekend so I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather :D

PS: Congrats goes out to Pink reader Katrina who won the tickets to see Maroon 5 in concert tomorrow night. Thank you all so much for your entries! Be on the lookout for more fun contests soon!!

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The Pursuit Of Trivia

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Last night David and I were invited over to Josh and Emma’s place in Manhattan Beach, CA for a home cooked meal and game night with a group of their friends. Along with Guy and Michael, the four of us supped on an amazing dinner which Emma put together for us before we hunkered down for a game of Trivial Pursuit:


I’m telling you, nothing tests the mettle of a group of friends like a spirited game of Trivial Pursuit. I’m happy to report that we all left last night as friends still … meaning we were all winners ;)

The rain continues to fall here in SoCal in buckets … an even that is so odd that people don’t know what to do with themselves. I plan on staying inside because, well, I hate the rain … despite its novelty. Stay dry, y’all!

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Gotta Catch ’Em All . . . Again

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Last week I started reading The Fall: Book 2 of The Strain Trilogy written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and last night I finally finished the book. I have to tell you, The Fall was one of the funnest books I’ve read in a very long time. Much like their first book The Strain, The Fall was a quick read … but it was chock full of amazing vampire fun. These books are the kind that you don’t want to put down because they are so good … I really cannot wait for Book 3 to come out. I understand the final book in the trilogy is due for release in Spring of next year. I don’t usually get excited for book releases like this but, man, I am really really looking forward to the final book.

Because I finished my book early, I decided to bust out my trusty Nintendo DS and finally start playing Pokémon SoulSilver Version:


I’ve been a big fan of the Pokémon video games from the very beginning and I LOVE that SoulSilver and it’s compliment game HeartGold are updated versions of the classic Silver and Gold games. With a new Nintendo 3DS game system as well as a new set of Pokémon games (Black and White) due out next Spring, I want to spend as much time playing this game in my quest to catch all 493 Pokémon. Of course, that will never happen but … the games are addictively fun. Have any of y’all played Pokémon SoulSilver? Ya got any tips for me?

It’s been uncharacteristically cool and rainy here in SoCal which is perfect video game playing weather … but tonight, David and I are trekking down to the beach where it will undoubtedly be cooler and rainier to have dinner with our friends Emma and Josh. Despite the bad weather, we’re gonna have a blast :D

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Kindle: The Next Generation

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I’ve mentioned over the past week or so that I’ve been reading again after putting my reading list on hold over the Summer. Now that the weather is cooling down and it’s easier to stay indoors, I decided it was time to get back to my ever-growing book pile. I also mentioned that I decided to upgrade to the Amazon Kindle 3 for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the smaller size and cool black matte color:


A few readers have asked me to comment on what I think of the latest generation Kindle so here goes … firstly, the Kindle continues to be the best e-book reader available. While other e-book readers have some cool features, none of them really touch the Kindle when it comes to book content, ease of use and readability. The new Kindle is super thin, super light and has a storage capacity for 3,5000 books. If you consider that the Kindle 3 starts at a price of $139 for Wifi-only and $189 for the Wifi-3G model, it really is a great bargain (the first 2 Kindle models cost well over $300). Because David and I share tech, it’s easy for him to just co-opt my Kindle 2 … and everybody’s happy. Since I got back into reading, I managed to get thru 2 1/2 books … tho, I also added to my reading list as well. Since the Kindle 3 is so small, I keep it in my bag so it’s always with me if I ever have some extra time to read. The Kindle just keeps getting better IMHO. I’m loving the hell out of mine.

No plans for tonight … so I guess I’ll be reading. Happy Monday!

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Marsters And Servant

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Last night my friend Angie and I made our way to a tiny hole in the wall club in Santa Monica, CA to see Buffyverse alum James Marsters and his band Ghost of the Robot play their first show in 7 years. Ghost of the Robot broke up back in 2003 and haven’t played a show together … until last night. Here are a few photos that I snapped from last night’s concert:


James was especially proud of the fact that his teenage son Sullivan was able to play a few songs with his dad’s band and you could tell that everyone had a blast. Angie and I were so excited to be in the same room with James that we were just giddy with excitement all night long. We were both very thrilled to get to chat with James for a bit after show. He very graciously took as much time as possible to pose for photos and sign any autographs asked of him by his loyal fans … he really is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. It is plainly obvious that he appreciates every single fan and is happy to do whatever he can (within reason, I’m sure) to put a smile on every face. That moment came for each of us when we got to snap pics with our fave Buffyverse vamp (I mean, let’s be honest, Spike is just way cooler than Angel). We had so much fun … I’m so glad I got to share last night with a fellow Buffyverse geek ;)

I have to give a shout out to Pink reader Alex who I got to meet at the show last night … it was my pleasure meeting you :)

After the show, Angie and I made our way to Pink Taco to eat, drink and be more merry. It was a very fun but very late night … and I loved every second of it.

Not sure what the plan is for tonight … I might lie low … keep it simple, possibly indoors. Happy Sunday, y’all!!

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Battle Of The ‘Network’ Stars

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Last night David and I made our way out to see the new David Fincher film The Social Network and I have to say, without one bit of exaggeration, that it is the best film that I’ve seen all year and will likely be the best film I’ll see before Awards season next year. I know the film has been getting a lot of rave reviews but I have to join the chorus … from the direction, to the writing, to the acting, to the music — The Social Network is even better than the hype it’s been receiving:


I remember posing the first photos from the film’s production in November of last year and commenting on how uninteresting I thought the film would be. And to be honest, without Fincher‘s expert direction and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin‘s fantastic script, I’m certain The Social Network would be an incredibly boring movie about all the in-fighting that went on in the wake of the creation of Facebook. Instead, The Social Network is the most interesting, most compelling film I’ve seen in a long time. I am certain the film, at the very least, will be showered in Oscar noms … particularly for Fincher and Sorkin … but very probably for Jesse Eisenberg as well for his outstanding portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. His acting performance is riveting … and expertly delivered. The film’s score, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, is just perfection … my guess is that TR and AR might get an Oscar nom of their own. Additionally, I’m just AMAZED that one actor played both roles of the Winklevoss twins (with the help of a body double/stand in). I don’t even know how that feat was accomplished but … dang, impressive. In all honesty, The Social Network feels like a very long movie (it felt like a long movie even before the Sean Parker character is first introduced) but the storytelling is so compelling that you can’t help but want more. If you were just to read the facts (or alleged facts) about the creation of Facebook you might be interested for a while but I doubt you’d find it very compelling … it is the marriage of expert direction, superb writing and impressive acting that makes The Social Network so good. I’m really curious to hear what those of you out there who saw the movie think. David and I haven’t been able to stop talking about it … and while it’s not a film I think I’ll need to see over and over again, I wouldn’t mind seeing it one more time just to take it all in again. Mark my words, this movie will make a big splash come Awards season next year … and rightly so. It’s good, y’all. It’s really damn good.

Tonight, my friends Angi, Darion and I are going out to see Buffyverse alum James Marsters and his band Ghost of the Robot play a concert here in SoCal … which should be a total blast. All 3 of us are big Buffy/Marsters fans and none of us have met him yet … we’re hoping to remedy that situation tonight :) Happy Saturday!!

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The ‘Riot’ Act

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Last night I made my way out to the Key Club on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA to see the amazing Digital Hardcore innovators Atari Teenage Riot live in concert for the first time since 1999. I’ve been a huge fan of ATR and Alec Empire since the mid-90′s but I only got to see them live in concert one time on their first US tour in ’99. Last night, at long last, I was able to see them live on stage again:


Digital Hardcore is electronic punk/noise and isn’t really the kind of music that most people like to listen to. I am not like most people tho and I really, really love the genre. Despite the fact that the music is mostly noisy, there are electronic beats that give the music a heart and soul … albeit a cold, aggressive yet funky soul. I’m not much of a mosh pit guy anymore but I simply had to get up close and personal with ATR last night. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped during the show … More »

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Happy Birthday, Mark

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I’d like to take this opportunity to send out lots of Birthday Lurve to my homie Mark who is celebrating his … well … let’s just say a big birthday today:


Mark has a bit of a rough year but very recently made some very positive steps forward toward a happier and healthier future. I know he is celebrating back home in Detroit today but I wanted to share his Happy Day with all y’all so you too can help him celebrate his birthday.

Tonight, I’ll be making my way to the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA to see Atari Teenage Riot perform LIVE on stage for the first time since I saw them back in 1999 at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI:


I’ve been a HUGE fan of Digital Hardcore music as well as its innovator Alec Empire for many years now. I’m fully prepared to have my head and ear drums blown at tonight’s show. It should be a great night.

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‘Hatchet’ Job

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Last night my friend Darion and I made our way out to Grauman’s Egyptian Theater for the Hollywood premiere of the uberfun slasher flick Hatchet II. After the original film, Hatchet, got into a bit of trouble with the MPAA over its movie rating, director/writer Adam Green decided to tell the MPAA to eff off and has decided to release Hatchet II without a rating … making it the first film to be in wide release without an MPAA rating in about 25 years. As a fan of silly fun horror, I was really excited to be among the first folks to see Hatchet II:


Citizen Kane it is not … but what Hatchet II is is a bloody funfest of classic horror movie madness. The Hatchet films, which feature new horror monster star Victor Crowley, are a fun nod to the slasher flicks of the 70s and 80s and are just a good ol’ fashioned fun time at the movies. While the plot is pretty text book, the situations are kinda funny and the death scenes are over-the-top ridiculous. Most of the time, all you see is gallons of fake blood spilling onto walls, trees or the ground. Yes, there are inventive and painfully gross looking deaths but Hatchet II is more fun than disgusting. I’m telling you, I’ve learned new ways I do NOT want to die … which include belt sanders, extra long chainsaws and, of course, hatchets. This movie may not be for everyone but if you’re looking for a fun movie to see this Halloween … go see Hatchet II. If this movie does well, it could signal the end of the influence of the shadowy and totally unnecessary MPAA ratings board here in the US. Darion and I had a great time seeing this movie … so much so, we plan on paying to see it again just to make the point.

At last night’s premiere, we got to meet the film’s star Danielle Harris (who is something of a young Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis). After the jump, check out some of the fun photos we snapped last night … More »

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Young Love Sucks

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As I mentioned earlier, my friend Josh and I were kindly invited to attend the LA premiere of the suspense/horror remake Let Me In (based on the original Swedish film Låt Den Rätte Komma In) which we were both very excited to see:


Josh was excited because he is a fan of the original Swedish film and I was excited because I had only heard amazing things about the film. I am very pleased to say that IMHO, Let Me In lives up to the rave reviews that it has been receiving:


Unlike the plethora of other vampire stories that are so hot right now, Let Me In is a painfully beautiful and poignantly sad tale that reminds the viewer that being a vampire is a curse, not a supernatural blessing. I’m hesitant to reveal too much about the plot mainly because I knew very little about the story going in and found it very entertaining to have the story unfold before my eyes. I will say that the young lead actors, Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) are simply superb! I was totally engrossed by the relationship between Chloë‘s character Abby and Kodi‘s character Owen. Let Me In is kinda scary but more than that, it’s a beautiful love story that naturally becomes very complicated. Even from young actors, tho, the complexities of Abby and Owen‘s relationship is fully fleshed out and is just amazing to watch. I really loved Let Me In … so much so that I hope to be able to see it again when it opens this weekend … plus I deffo plan to read the original novel and see the original film this movie is based on.

After the premiere screening, Josh and I made our way to the afterparty and had a really fun time. We came home with souvenir Rubik’s Cubes (which, after you see the movie, will make more sense). Additionally, I got to meet Pink reader Scott at the afterparty so I want to send a big shout-out to him :) We had fun last night … it’s always a good time with Josh.

Tonight, Darion and I are going to another film premiere … this time, we’re seeing Hatchet II. I can’t wait to see how the sequel measures up to the original film ;)

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