The bass legend Jaco Pastorius once said that he threw out everything he knew about bass – and music – because he realized he got by with playing it by ear. He started from scratch all over again, painstakingly relearning every single line of music he can play in his sleep, only because he wanted to learn the musical foundation of everything he knows.
Sometimes we’ve been used to a pattern so much that we tend to gloss over the details and not see why we do things a certain way. And sometimes we don’t even realize that we’ve been doing things one way that there’s a better and faster option if we only step back and figure out what the hell we’ve been doing all this time.
Taking a step back and looking at what you do, and focusing on the parts that need improvement, and recalibrating. Relearning is what this year is about.
Now that 2013 is coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the year that passed. Think about all the things you’ve done, the experiences you’ve had to get to this point, and finally all the things you’ve learned this year. This is the new year, and I know you want to take all these lessons and have an epiphany and change your life for the better. But most of us will just go back to our old routines and be the same old people we were before the holidays. Continue reading
Hey there, guys! At this time I’m probably out of town at some family function. So here it is, I’m greeting all of my readers (whoever’s left; I bet you all got sick of me a long time ago) a Merry Christmas! Or Happy Holidays. Or Happy Hanukkah.
Anyway, I found the perfect Christmas song for you. Turn up your volume really loud, play this video, close your eyes, and feel the Christmas spirit wash over you.
Fifty years ago, a small low-budget TV show started airing on BBC. Featuring a mysterious old man from another planet and his time machine, Doctor Who became an overnight sensation and has become one of the longest-running science fiction franchises. Last weekend, Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary in style. Who would have thought that that small black-and-white show with the wobbly sets and starring the old man who can’t seem to remember his lines become this big – and effectively take over half of the posts of this blog in the process?
To celebrate the 50th year of Doctor Who, Ade and Comicgasm co-editor RJ will sit down and talk about the festivities connected with the anniversary.
WARNING: SPOILERS AND CAPS LOCK AHEAD!
Ade: Before anything else, here’s a reminder: the Philippines needs your help after Typhoon Yolanda left Tacloban and parts of Visayas in shambles, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. I didn’t want to join in the noise by writing a blog post about it and be accused of jumping in the SEO bandwagon, but at the same time I didn’t want Yolanda to be unacknowledged. So there.
RJ: I do believe that this is the first time I’m writing for your blog after the 1:43 fiasco.
God knows what kind of trouble we’d end up in this time.
Ade: HEY 1:43! YOUR BAND SUCKS STINKY SWEATY SALTY BALLS. Aaaand that’s the sound of angry fanboys going to my blog. Dude, we have an audience! Let’s do this.
RJ: Let me just say that the 50th Anniversary Special is AMAZING. This will probably be our longest round table review yet, to the point where you (yes, you!) would stop reading half way.
Ade: You’d stop reading halfway and start to wonder what it is you’re doing with your life and possibly make some life-changing decisions and in the process find God.
RJ: We’re going to offend all sorts of people in this post, aren’t we? CAN WE START THE REVIEW YET? Continue reading
It’s been more or less five months since the last episode of Doctor Who. We all know how The Name of the Doctor ended by now (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen it, though) – the Doctor and Clara end up in the Doctor’s timeline and we encounter all the different past incarnations of the mysterious Time Lord. Then we see the an incarnation – played by John Hurt – unknown from everyone show up. The Doctor seems to be ashamed of this one incarnation that he even refuses to acknowledge this hidden Doctor with the name “the Doctor.”
Imagine my glee when the teaser for The Walking Dead: Season 2 was released.
Now all I want to do is for time to speed up so I can download this baby and follow Clementine’s story. And get emotionally traumatized all over again. And oh, Clem is a playable character again, so I imagine this will become interesting.
Did you like the first Walking Dead game? Are you looking forward to Season 2?
I tried watching classic Doctor Who, but aside from a few great episodes, I really have a hard time getting into it. I don’t blame the show though. The 60’s, 70’s, and the 80’s were a totally different time. Plus a sci-fi show like Doctor Who running in a public channel like BBC wouldn’t have much of a budget. The crew had to find creative and low-budget solutions to creating visual effects.
This led to novel solutions like:
A monster made out of bubble wrap.
A toy tank in the middle of a warzone
Cybermen made up of spare parts. (I find this the creepiest version though)
And my favorite, Disco Cybermen.
Add the fact that I’m a 30-year old guy spoiled by CGI, watching a show meant to scare the crap out of kids living the 60’s-80’s with makeshift effects, the pacing of Doctor Who was totally different. One story/serial meant around five 30-minute episodes, so a simple plot like “The Fourth Doctor goes back in time to destroy the Daleks before they could evolve into existence” meanders into a series of redundant chases. Continue reading
I got on the Breaking Bad bandwagon six years too late. I regret it. It’s such an amazing show and I only started to watch it when the final 8 episodes started to air. I had five years’ worth of TV to catch up to, and it meant two months of marathoning the saga of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, and Albuquerque’s beloved blue meth. Worth it.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet, spoilers for Felina – and Breaking Bad in general – to follow.
If there’s any mobile-exclusive game I will swear by, it would be the Infinity Blade series. I’ve probably prefaced every singlemobile game reviewand article I’ve written with how much I suck at gaming that I’d avoid touching a controller the way I avoid touching my male friends’ junk every time it is offered to me, and this is not going to be any different. I suck at console gaming. Which is why I keep to myself in my room playing on my tablet. No, that is not a euphemism.
Oh look, a dick joke in the third sentence. I’ve hit a new low.
Anyway, Infinity Blade 3. Back in Infinity Blade 2, we were left with the Worker of Secrets imprisoning our favorite protagonist Siris/Ausar in the Vault of Tears with the God King/Radriar. You just know that the Worker is up to no good and just put Siris and Radriar into a situation where loneliness can lead to swordplay but not of the fatal variety. Is there fan fiction of this already?