Haven't posted a blog in ages and, well, this is something I thought I'd blog about.
Heard last Wednesday night that R.E.M, one of my favourite, if not my favourite, band has disbanded
The past week I've been solely listening to their music, some old and some of their new stuff. It's hard to believe, I remember first hearing and getting into R.E.M. Must have been in 2005-2006 I started listening to them, perhaps 2007 I really started getting into them, buying a few of their albums to listen to, mainly greatest hits, but I did buy Monster, Green and their 2 most recent albums Accelerate and Collapse Into Now.
I have so many favourite tracks, my absolute favourite being Man on the Moon, other favourites being It's the End of the World as We Know It, Orange Crush, Radio Free Europe (their first ever single), Let Me In, Driver 8 and many more. I have posted a cover of Living Well is the Best Revenge on my page, the cover is crap, but it's my way of paying homage to one of the greatest bands ever.
My greatest sadness is that they never did a tour to follow up Collapse Into Now, ever since I saw them live at Twickenham Stadium on 30th August 2008 I was desparate to see them again, it was one of the best nights of my life and one I will never forget. Upon hearing they were releasing Collapse Into Now, their 15th studio album, I was hoping they would have another tour, sadly in an interview Michael Stipe confirmed they would'nt tour this album, which saddened me, but I thought there would be more time for more tours, sadly, as I realised last Wednesday, this would never happen. So ends one of the greatest bands alive and one I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and I would thoroughly miss.
R.I.P R.E.M, I will never stop listening to your music, never stop enjoying it.
Thanks for some great albums and some fantastic music in my life.
Argh, I'm so fucking annoyed with work, I spoke to my shift manager today about my pay for working Good Friday and Easter Sunday, I was angry and disgusted to learn that I am only going to be paid my standard hourly rate. I am so disgusted, it's just urgh, for fuck's sake I'm so badly gona have a rant about this tomorrow. I''s just disgusting.
1. Perfect? no 2. Tall? medium 3. In your pajamas? no 4. Left handed? no
LAST: 1. Friend you saw: Neale 2. Talked to on the phone: grandad 3. Person to text you: can't remember 4. Person to say they loved you: Jade
FAVOURITE: 1. Number: 69!!! 2. Colour(s): red 3. Food: steak 4. Place: dont know
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
Q: What was the first thing you did this morning when you got up? shut my door
Q: Do you have anything bothering you? yes
Q: Do you smile often? Sometimes
Q: Do you wish upon stars? Never
Q: Are you a friendly person? When I want to be Q: Where did you sleep last night? My bed
Q: Why did you sleep there? Because it's where I usually sleep
Q: When was the last time you cried? Last week
Q: What was your last thought before going to sleep last night? Can't remember Q: Rate life on a scale of 1-10 1 being bad, 10 being great. 3
Q: What do you hear right now? Made Up Stories - Go Audio
Q: Does anything hurt right now? My fucking thigh, serves me right Q: What's your favourite month? Dunno
TEN EMOTIONS: 1. Are you missing someone right now? Yes 2. Are you happy? No
3. Are you sad? No
4. Are you bored? No
6. Are you nervous? No
7. Are you loved? No, never have been,never will be
8. Are you tired? Kinda
9. Are your parents still married? Yes
10. Do you trust your top 2? Don't have a "top 2"
001. Real name? Oliver James Frost
002. Nicknames? Dunno
003. Eye colour? Beautiful blue
004. Zodiac sign? Aquarius
005. Male or female? Male
006. if you had one wish before dying, what would you wish for? That know one would miss me, I doubt they would anyway
007. Crushing? Maybe
008. Slut? No ¬_¬
009. Smart? Sorta
010. Hair colour? Light Brownish
011. Long or short? Inbetween 012. Beach or pool? Beach
013. Sweats or Jeans? Jeans
014. Phone or Camera? Phone
015. Health freak? Fuck no
019. Piercings? Not yet
020. Tattoos? Not yet
021. Righty or lefty? Righty
FIRSTS : 023. First piercing? Can't remember 024. First best friend? Robert 025. First award? Can't remember 026. First crush? A girl called Hollie 027. First pet? Goldfish 028. First big vacation? Can't remember
CURRENTLY : 049. Eating? No 050. Drinking? Dr Pepper 052. I'm about to? Rub my thigh cause it hurts 053. Listening to? Americs's Suitehearts - Fall Out Boy 054. Plans for today? Go to bed 055. Waiting to? See the girl I love
WHICH IS BETTER WITH GIRL/BOY? 068. Lips or eyes? Eyes 072. Romantic or spontaneous? Both 073. Nice stomach or nice arms? Stomach 074. Sensitive or loud? Sensitive 075. Hook-up or relationship? Relationship
HAVE YOU EVER : 079. Drank bubbles? No 080. Lost glasses/contacts? No, but I have poked out a lens 081. Ran away from home? No 084. Broken someone's heart? I highly doubt it 085. Been arrested? No
DO YOU BELIEVE IN: 089. Yourself? No 090. Miracles? No 091. Love at first sight? No 092. Heaven? No 093. Santa clause? No 094. Sex on the first date? No 095. Kiss on the first date? Not sure
ANSWER TRUTHFULLY : 097. Do you love someone? People tell me I do, but tbh I wouldn't know what love was if it booted me up the arse and told me to get a better job 098. Are you seriously happy with where you are in life? Nol 099. Do you believe in true love? I don't know
Having finally completed Ubisoft's Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, the third installment in the Brothers in Arms story, I decided to right a review.
What can I say? Fucking amazing. Set during Operation Market Garden during the Second World War, you play as Sergeant Matt Baker as he journeys through Southern Holland with his faithful squad.
Many features in the game are the same as the previous two, for example, supressing your enemy before flanking to finish them off. No run-and-gun like other WW2 FPS such as COD and MOH. However the game is packed with many new features, no health bar, and a new "Gears of War style" cover system which with the touch of a button allows your character to "dig in" behind walls. Hell's Highway has a damage system similar to that of COD 3-5. Instead of a health meter the screan gradually turns red when your character is in danger of being shot. The darker the screen goes the closer your character is to being KIA.
Another wonderful feature is destructable evironments. In most FPS games you woul dbe safe from machine gun fire and grenades by hiding behind a wooden fence, in BIA HH however, bullets can easily tear up the wooden fence your covering behind leaving you exposed at the mercy of the enemy. Adding to the challenge of staying alive. Machine gun fire can destroy wooden fences and grenades or rocket fire can destory sandbags, again leaving you with not cover.
As with the previous games the scenery is well detailed and very beautiful, the weapons are authentic in both look and sound, as well as uniforms. Character detail is superb, from physical appearance down to their own character story. The violence is gritty, there's pletny of swearing which adds to the hell of the situation, including the addition of a new "slow mo death" sequence, where if scoring a grenade kill or a headshot, the camrea slows down and zooms in showing either a blood splattering headshot or, for grenades, the view of many Germans being blown sky high, some with limbs missing.
Despite all the fantastic features in the game, I only really have one gripe. That is that sometimes it's very easy to survive a mission without dying once, providing you use the cover system instead of runnin ginto a room full of Germans guns blazing, which will definitly get you killed.
All in all, Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway is an exciting, gritty view of warfare which will leave all fans of the series well satisfied and definitly wanting more.
I can't believe it, I never thought it would happen, but my hatred for people and mankind has stooped to a new low, I have become a misanthropist. I have lost whatever shred of fondness and faith in humanity I had left.
What does UG think? How do you guys feel about the dreadful irony of it? Do you think it is wrong to hate the species you are part of?
I for one find it horrifically ironic, and slightly disturbing. But then again, I cannot find any good in humanity, we are selfish, lying, manipulative creatures who spend most of our time killing each other through war and violence. We serve no purpose in our existence. I think it's high time humans were wiped off the face of the earth for good.