Friday, April 8, 2011

Sonic and The Sims, These are Two of my Favourite Things!



Modern AND Classic Sonic in the same place at the same time?! What kind of sorcery is this? PARADOX!!!! etc.

In terms of video games, this week has been fantastic for me. A few days ago The Sims 3 Generations was FINALLY announced. Talk about procrastination! I hope EA doesn't take so long to announce Unleashed EP5. It seems like they take longer to announce the summer EP than the winter one so probably not. Generations will resolve the issue of it only being fun to play as adults in the game. New playground equipment for kids, pranks for teens, mid life crises for adults, walking canes for elders, and a lot more. Sims will finally be able to use video cameras! YES!!

Then the day after Generations was announced, there was an announcement that something big was coming to Sonic's Facebook page. It ended up being a teaser trailer, and that picture happened. Rumours say the game may be called Sonic Generations. Well, isn't that a coincidence? Two games announced in the same week that may both be called Generations and they're from my two favourite video game series. What's next, the new SSX being renamed to Generations? Smash Bros. Generations? F-Zero Generations?

Wow, it's like this week was specifically made for me.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Seeing Things Differently

Recently, I learned that Blogger came out with new, dynamic ways to view blogs.

At the top there's a few more options aside from the sidebar. Impressive! Seems like I should try to include pictures in most of my posts from here on out so the blog looks good in the new formats. Too bad we can't use YouTube thumbnails!

Here's the pic I'll use for this post. Seriously, the new white buenos are addictive!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Anniversaries!



 So my 50th blog post is on the horizon and so is the landmark 10th episode of Aussie Life! Talk about crazy! When I learned about blogging my first thought was "So what? Why would I want to write about my life online?" Well, now here I am a few years later doing just that.

My Aussie Life vlogs are also hitting a landmark, episode #10! Great, so what is it about? Well, not one thing in particular, but several events all compiled together to make something awesome. There will be singing, there will be partying, there will be shenanigans, and there will be a seagull named Mimico. Check out the trailer I just put up!


I didn't even show the best part! From here on out, we'll hope to see episodes that don't just focus on me, but other people living in my complex. Since I liked how I managed to fit Mimico into episode 9, he will make plenty more appearances in the future. You may also remember him making a brief cameo in episode 4 when I was talking about Star Wars. Maybe he'll become a breakout character like Barney from How I Met Your Mother. Again, we can hope!

Wonder how many episodes I'll manage to make before I go back to Canada? One thing's for sure, I will do as many as I can!

When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes! To This Album


 When I learned that Yellowcard has finally got back together and started work on a new album titled When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, it was an understatement to say I was excited. The Florida-based band has been my #1 favourite ever since I first heard Way Away while playing SSX 3 on Gamecube. Usually I only like a few songs from a band or artist. With Yellowcard I currently own almost the entire discography (Angels & Airwaves is the only other band I can say this for). The use of electric violin in punk rock is very unique and never gets old.

The album opens with The Sound Of You And Me. Anyone who likes Ocean Avenue will enjoy the pacing and lyrics. Amazing way to start the record. For You And Your Denial has a very similar feel to the first track. They actually blend together pretty well. This song was the first from When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes released as a single, and it definitely was a good teaser.

With You Around reminds me of Inside Out from Ocean Avenue in terms of pacing. Both are not slow, but not fast. They're somewhere in the middle. There is also a neat reference to Only One right in the first line. This further emphasizes the more mature tone throughout the whole record.

Hang You Up was the other single released before the album was shipped to stores. I feared that I would be tired of it buy the time I bought it as I listened to it much more than For You And Your Denial, but thankfully that is not the case. I can very much relate to the disappointment of differences between people as we grow up. This song also probably has some of the best use of violin that Yellowcard has ever done. It lends so much to the sad feeling that it really stirs the emotions. 

Life of Leaving Home almost fell into the same category as With You Around, but it grew on me. It's about spreading your wings out to new experiences and leaving the nest. I can really relate to this with my experience in Australia right now, heh.

Hide and Soundtrack are both great songs. The former appears to be about a fallout in a friendship and saying that they will still be around. The latter seems to continue where the former left off. It first starts off about how things fall apart sometimes, but with confidence can be put back together. However, both instrumentally have a very upbeat tone. Nice trickery there.

Sing For Me is no doubt my favourite. I was so glad they didn't choose this one to release as a single before the album came out. It easily ranks up there with Dear Bobbie and Only One. I love how there's always some heartfelt and emotional songs in between some of the more fast paced stuff. In my opinion they are what makes Yellowcard truly stand out. Apparently this track is about frontman Ryan Key's terminally ill aunt.

See Me Smiling goes right back to the fast paced punk rock that Yellowcard is known for.  The song is about a former relationship, and how painful it is to be without that partner. In the end however, they hope they can see him or her smiling. Very easy to relate to, and one of the best songs on the album.

Be The Young is one heck of a finisher. Starting out with blaring guitar riffs, you know this album is going out with a bang and not a whimper. Not only that, but the lyrics also contribute greatly to what is meant to be a concluding song. Ryan Key sings about how awkward and painful growing up is, but it can be overcome and you will always be young at heart. "It's endless and I know" is the last line. Perfect note to end the album on.

All in all, Yellowcard's two year hiatus seems to have done nothing but good for the band. When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes takes the best aspects of their music and continues to develop and mature it further. I very highly recommend this to anyone who even mildly enjoys rock. There are no "bad" songs here though a few may need time to grow on you. This could be just the shot of adrenaline your music collection needs.

Highlights: Sing For Me, The Sound Of You And Me, Hang You Up, Be The Young
Rating: 10/10. Mind blowing!