Sorry for being negligent in my updating. This thing called FABLE happened and I haven’t peeled myself away from the TV in a few days. It’s solid. I’m almost all the way through, playing as a hero, and I can’t wait to play it a second and possibly third time as both an evil guy and/or a middle of the road theif. Sure, it’s not your typical “go anywhere, do anything game”, it’s not a MMORPG or anything. The quests are more or less confined to set paths and there’s little in terms of “exploration”. So what. It’s the choices that give it replay value. Do you save the villager from the deamon or do you help slice him to bits. Do you save your money and buy the things you need or do you wait until dark, bribe a gaurd to take a break, then steal EVERYTHING from a weapon shop. We’re talking depth here people.

Great game. On Matts scale it gets a solid 8 out of 10. 10 being Half-Life and immortal “will be talked about for years” status and 1 being Diakatana or any Star Trek licenced game.

Speaking of things to review, Lauren and I caught Sky Captain over the weekend. Interesting movie. Not great, but worth the $5 matinee price. I really give the film makers credit for trying something different. At every turn I saw camera angles and style I recognized strait out of old black and white classics. Soft focus, muted colors, etc. The story, errr, B+. Not new or ground breaking, but I really don’t think that’s what they were going for anyway. I liked the look of the film and I firmly believe that if the film makers gets his hands on a killer story for his next movie, it’ll be fantastic. Enjoyable though, just sit back and take it all in, and try to ignore Gwyneth Paltrow.

Let’s see, what else is new. Oh, the new Less Than Jake, Flogging Molly, DJ Tiesto and GreenDay albums are solid.

LTJ’s “B is for B-sides” is just that. A bunch of B quality B-sides. Still enjoyable for the LTJ fan but not quite blockbuster, gold record material.

The new Flogging Molly is a fun time as well. But that’s completely a “Matt only” kind of thing. I like these guys. A lot. They’re probably the single band on the planet that has more fun on stage than just about anybody. If you’ve ever gotten really drunk at an Irish bar in Boston and started singing along to old time drinking songs you’re probably the type of person to really dig these guys. If not, well, then have another drink and see how you feel. 🙂

GreenDay. Hmm. The new album “American Idiot” continues the bands move into a style all their own. There are quite a few solid tracks on this one and like all GreenDay albums, it had me singing along in about two or three listens. And the track “Wake Me When September Ends” is the perfect type of ballad to always remember those terrible events of 9/11 and make sure we never forget why we’re free and what we should be fighting for. “St. Jimmy” and “American Idiot” also have me screaming along at the top of my lungs. Good stuff.

Tiesto. Damn. He’s just kickin’ ass and taking names isn’t he?. Wow is all I can say. Wow.

On a more personal note, I just got back from a day long seminar about wedding photography. I learned a lot, mostly about client-photographer relationships, how to sell yourself, how to make people more comfortable, and little tid bits and tricks the speaker had learned throughout his career. One of the major points was to never stop learning, always change your style. Never be afraid to learn something new, even if it is from someone younger and “hipper”. Put your pride away. Because the new kid on the block may be good at what HE does, but if you can learn the technique, YOU can be good at both what he does and what you do. And that makes you all the more valuable.

It was a good talk. It was presented by the PPGH (professional photographers guild of Houston). A group I should be a member off but haven’t filled out the paperwork yet. Pauls said he’ll sponsor my membership.

Lastly, I just wanted to mention how I can’t wait to be back up in New Hampshire. I’m excited to see everybody again. It’s a shame that I’ll only be there for a few days. My family is all getting together on Sunday, so that leaves Friday night and Saturday that I can hang out with you guys, unless of course someone wants to take off a day from work. But I wouldn’t ask you guys to do that. I think we’re going to go into Boston on Monday though, so if anyone’s up for that, let me know. I can’t wait. Not to get sentimental or anything, but I miss you guys. It’s tough to be in a place without close friends, and it’s hard to make new ones. Sorry, I digress.

Ok, I should go. My extra long, 36” IDE cables came from NewEgg today. I’m going to finally move my CD drives up to the top bays of my tower. I ended up buying a new computer desk, the kind where the tower sits in the middle, and of course my CD drives are perfectly 6″ to low to be useful. We’ll fix that! Where’s my screw driver.

Later guys. Matt out.

Now Playing : Green Day – St. Jimmy