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Music is an emotional art form and because of that I form emotional attachments to certain stars. I never met David Bowie, but I loved him and who he was, even though complicated. I loved his music and movies and antics. He was a gift to life. I’m going to celebrate that instead and just list some of my favorite things about David Bowie.

  1. His ability to change.

2. His creativity.

3. Generosity. He was very charitable and he was always kind to other artists.

4. No Fear.

5. His private nature.

I am having a hard time writing this. It will be a while before this hole closes. May he rest in peace.

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In a Galaxy far, far away… Star Wars is bringing George Lucas great pain.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is bringing joy to so many people but a small minority of jerks couldn’t let everyone be happy. They had to post spoilers or in one case I heard about, they had shout the spoiler in an office full of Geeks who hadn’t seen the movie yet. Bad behavior is one thing.  This is just malicious. How can you delight in the writhing pain you cause people? It’s not funny. It’s not cute. You need to get a new brain because getting enjoyment from tormenting others is horrible. Learn some damn respect.

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The excitement around the new Star Wars movie brought out the worst in a small amount of the population. I guess  some people were never taught to let people around them enjoy things. Some parents are bad examples and can’t be happy if others are joyful and they didn’t get to be as well. Time never runs out to learn lessons in life.

Luckily in my life everyone has been really careful about not spoiling the movie for anyone. Kane and I were especially careful not to talk about what we saw unless we were sure everyone around us had seen the movie. I still debate over whether or not to post certain comics because I don’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t seen it yet.

Seriously though, why do people feel the need to intentionally spoil a movie for other people? This is literally what the internet looked like the day the movie came out to the general public.

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The fallout? People saw the movie anyway. Deal with it. If you don’t like, don’t bother watching it. If I don’t like a sport, I don’t go out of my way to make people who enjoy them feel emotional pain. Star Wars, or ANY movie or show should be held to the same level of respect.

Here are my rules for making sure you can keep your friends safe.

  1. Ask, “Hey, have you see this movie yet?”
  2. Don’t post long posts without WARNING people that there are Spoilers ahead.
  3. ASK. Some people don’t care if you spoil the movie because they have no plan, want, desire or need to see the movie.
  4. If you think something is awesome or hilarious think for a moment… will this ruin a key plot point for my friends and family?

These are pretty easy rules to follow. Also, hey…if someone hasn’t played Fallout 4 yet either, shut your mouth.

 

Last year I was a bad kitty. I didn’t keep up with the blog. This year is going to be different. There will be a new structure to the blog, with three weekly articles and a bunch of revolving monthly blogs. That way things are more consistent for you, the reader.

(Hope no one is offended by the graphic below.)

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Weekly

Wednesday – Life in a Box – Talking about geeky memories and emotions.

Friday – Card Shark – Weekly card spot light. How to use it, how it’s broken, or just how it’s awesome.

Sunday – Movie Time – Reviews, coming attractions, old movies

Monthly

What’s in the box?! – What we’re doing and where we’ll be.

Casual Time – Casual games I enjoy.

Brick by Brick – Talking about Legos… and sometimes Mega Blocks.

The Sandbox – Anything at all.

Toy Box – Toy reviews

Breaking Down 2015

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Some amazing movies and games came out this year. If you haven’t played Fallout 4 yet, or Santa thought you ordered Fallout 3, you are missing out. You need to save up the $60.00 and go get it. It’s $49.99 on the Steam Sale right now. They’ve made major changes that allow you to build settlements and craft items easier. You have a home base but it can be customized. It’s also work the investment to buy the guide, which was only $18.00 when I bought it two days ago. Animal Crossing also came out with a spin off game called Happy Home. It’s fun if you like grindy games with no end. I’ll write more about these two later. Rock Band 4 came out. We’re finally getting to play it tonight… hehe.

LEGO! How could you lose the TMNT license to Megablocks? Seriously, why did your stuff have to suck so much for that franchise when everything else was amazing. ( Side note: the Back to the Future car… also terrible.) Lego did a great job this year on their Friends, Elves, Disney, City and Star Wars lines but kind of dropped the ball on a few other licenses they were holding. The Jurassic Park sets were amazing but they had a hard time keeping up with demand. This left a lot of collectors flapping in the wind. The architecture line has been amazing the past few years but this year they didn’t do their big box of all white blocks. Color me disappointed. This is a Christmas time set that they release only in Lego stores. It wasn’t release this year but they did a smaller box. I have to give Megablocks their dues though. They came out with some really great looking historical military sets and Call of Duty brand Zombie sets.

Tanto Cuore, I love you. I will never leave you… EVER. I can’t wait for OktoberFest to come out. I had the good fortune to volunteer with Japanime Games this summer. It was amazing and I can’t wait for the conventions to start up again this year. Luckily they had demo sets to show people for Pre-Orders and Previewing. The game introduces a new mechanic, beer cards, which affect your ability to play certain cards. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you want a GOOD FUN card game for 4-5 people, keep an eye out for it. They should be shipping them out in the new year. Also, they have an associated company called Kamikaze games. They produce Barbarosa, which is an irreverant, sexy, World War 2 card game. You really have to be a good sport to play this because they base it off real battles, so… you sort of play as an invading Nazi army, featuring chibi sexy Hitler. It’s a great game though. There is a version of the game that has historical photos instead of the Ladies if that makes you feel more comfortable. ( I like the Anime version.) They also have several other new games coming out. One is called Gods Gambit, which they let me try out when I was at Kumoricon! I’m looking forward to Gods Gambit so much. It’s an Uno Style game. It will be a great fast game you can play with your buddies at a party. The art is really interesting too. I have some photos, I’ll dig out later and write about it in depth.

Cell phone games… well… If you didn’t play Alpha Bears, go work on that right now. They have made so many improvements to the game. They added a VS mode. They added a better system of replenishing coins. They’ve added seasonal, special event content. Kudos to Alphabear for listening to their users. It’s amazing. They are also developing a new game for Android in 2016.

Movies were really great this year. Do I even have to mention Star Wars? Holy Carps. Holy, holy Carps.

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Crimson Peak, Mocking Jay part 2, The Martian, Jurassic World were all pretty incredible movies. I hope Hollywood keeps up the momentum because so far all I want to see in 2016 is Civil War and Dead Pool. Hopefully, it will rev up quickly and not be an off year for movies.

That’s all for now. 2015 was a great year and 2016 is going to be even better. Happy New year!

2015

People go to great lengths to look good at conventions. At least, in the past few years. I am that way myself. I think I originally fell victim to being self conscious and trying to be the opposite of the stereotypical gamer/convention goer. You know, unwashed, sloppy and overweight. I am overweight but I don’t try to dress sloppy or go unwashed. I’ve taken it a step further though. I go out of my way to dress up nicely, even when I’m not in costume.

I’m not the only one either. Vloggerfair had a lot of guests but was smaller compared to PAX. I really noticed the difference here. Women were in full make up and dressed to the 9’s as they say.

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Clothes, Hair, and Make up have become more and more visible at conventions. I hope that they are doing it for themselves. I am doing it for myself these days. Although, at Vlogger fair I was partially doing it because my every movement was being taped! Dear gods. It was insane. I am still trying to think of a good way to sum it up.

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Here I am bleaching my hair the night before PAX Prime. I decided hair needed some work after Vlogger Fair. I eventually want to go purple and pink again but for now, this was a lot more work than I thought it would be. It was mess too. I am not a huge fan of the mess. I made a big deal this year about looking just right though.

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This is from the first day of PAX Prime 2015. I think I looked smashing and it helped people focus on the game I was teaching them. Dressing up really made people feel more comfortable talking to me about a game with sexy maids (Tanto Cuore). Looking good also made me feel more confident talking to hundreds of strangers over the next four days.

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I wasn’t the only one though. Whether you they were in cosplay or there for work, I noticed a lot of women just felt more comfortable being dressed up!

What does it mean? It’s a safe space for one. They don’t feel they have to dress down to be comfortable. It means that they feel that they can run around and be themselves.

That is a good sign with our culture. The last few years have been rough. There will always be some of the old guard that don’t realize Women are people.

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I think it’s also because a lot of the crowds are mixing now. It’s common place to have dances and formal dress events at Anime Conventions. More Anime fans are also going to comic book conventions and gaming conventions. The crowds are mixing and those norms are changing. I saw more suits at Kumoricon then I think I ever have at a convention. A lot of those attendees weren’t wearing them for a costume either.

Conventions are special events and people are starting to treat them that way. It’s kind of exciting.

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My parents meet Kane and I last week after we returned from Hawaii. They wanted to go to dinner and none of us could figure out what we wanted, so we went to Uwajimaya ( A Japanese grocery store that has an asian food court.) There is always something there for everyone. Tonight we all wound up at the Hawaiian place, Aloha Plates. They are pretty awesome and make kaluha pork very close to what we had in Maui. After we ate, everyone popped into the grocery store for various items. I needed Portuguese sausage. My parents wanted almond cookies. Matt wanted Monster Hunter figures. When we went to check out with our collected items and I found VEGGIE GUMMIES!

I bought a package right away. The last time I was going to buy weird Japanese candy, when I went back they were gone!

What are they?

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Well the package has pictures of different vegetables. They include a carrot, eggplant, Onion a Red pepper and so on. They call them vegetable gummies. The gummies do have a bunch of different vegetables listed in the ingredients. They list red cabbage, Chinese cabbage, radish, broccoli, red peppers, celery, spinach and asparagus to name a few. These are all as part of the mixed juices.

Opening the package I was surprised! They are all a uniform orange color. I was expecting different flavored gummies. Holding out hope though I popped a few in my mouth.

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They all tasted the same. There was absolutely no difference in taste from one orange lump to another. We had a friend over, both Kane and she were in agreement, they were uniformly the same flavor. They tasted like… oranges. Yeah, they tasted fruity not savory. I didn’t realize that they had the gummy pictured on the front till it was too late. It blended in, I had no idea till I opened the package that these were what the gummies looked like.

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Actual gummies inside the package.

Disappointment, you taste of citrus fruit! 

Here is some additional nutritional information. From what we found researching them, it’s a ploy to make them appear as a healthy snack. They are just sugar though with no substantial nutritional value.

We found some other blogs. One blogger opened them to find ALL THE GUMMIES AS A CLUMP! Horrible. They are pretty tasty but remind me of the gummie vitamins we take.

The company that makes them, Kasugai is better known for their wasabi and sriracha peas. They are yummy snacks I enjoy.

If you aren’t satisfied, you can call them between 9 AM and 5 PM local time. The number is on the bag above but remember to dial the US exit code 011.

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We’re Back!

Posted: August 5, 2015 by Noccie in Life in a Box
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Hachi Machi… I just got back from Hawaii. We have a lot of articles partially composed for you lovely people!

I have so much I want to say about Hawaii! It was fascinating. I tend to connect to a place by observing the world around me. That usually means the trees, sky, plants, birds, creatures, ocean, water, water, water, RAINBOWS! PEOPLE SPEAKING HAWAIIAN! I take it all in and study it. I throw myself into it and enjoy the crap out of learning about the place.

I’ll give you more of that in the days to come.

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Posts to come:

  • Top 10 references in MLP:FIM
  • Atomas Is Science
  • 2048: Squared Away
  • Invader Zim Returns
  • Vegetable Gummies?!
  • Nerdy Things to do in Paradise
  • Connecting with Maui
  • Hamster Life: Translation Lacking

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Settling into my seat, I realized the show still wasn’t for a bit starting, so I wandered around. I marveled at how good my seats were because of the general admission. Funny thing about that. I went to settle back and I had been let into the wrong part of the theater. I hadn’t realized my ticket was for the balcony.  When I decided to go comfy the ushers sent me to the second floor and I thought about how much Kane would have hated this seat. I was a few rows from the front of the balcony and he would have had vertigo of the worst kind.

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You don’t really get the true feeling of vertigo from my photo here. I felt like I could just trip and be flying. The seat was really good though. I enjoyed the view, and as you can see, nothing was obscured.

Finally the lights went down and people rushed to get to their seats. I was sad to see that the theater wasn’t completely full because I adore Cibo Matto. The age demographic in the theater at the start of their set was mostly mid 30’s to mid 40’s. It’s probably because Cibo Matto took a break from 2002 till 2011. Their newest CD, only their third, is Hotel Valentine. All the songs are about a hotel, the rooms and surrounding areas. It’s adorably so much their shtick.

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When the lights went dark and Cibo came out, people crowded towards the stage. It was an amazing show. They danced, sang and partied playing to the crowd. I was excited because they played all the hits, Sugar Water, Know Your Chicken, Sci Fi Wasabi, and Birthday Cake.

They came out and danced during Sci Fi Wasabi.

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Sci Fi Wasabi is by far my favorite song of theirs. They do a little rapping on this track and it’s got some hilarious lyrics. I’ve always loved their nerdy references to Star Wars and science fiction tropes.

“What’s up b? wa-sa-bi

I’m searchin? the city for sci-fi wasabi
The start button has been pushed already

Obi-wan kenobi is waiting for me in union square
My wheel needs repair. The bike lane’s glowing all over the city
My bike, specializes in the nitty-gritty
New york city never had equality, it’s reality, economic duality
Where are my amenities
Tell me my sanity
Ain’t no analogy for individuality, I got immunity from multiplicity
That’s how we do it. we got your harmony.
Where’s you’re identity?
Our name is stereotype with an A
I got to get the shit straight
Your vision of stupidity’s made of vanity
Keep your quality up in the sky

There is a hole on broadway, no control, it’s in my way
I feel no goal. where is my soul?
I got no reset for this game

A.o.k. gotta find an alley anyway
My hair turns grey day by day
Don’t erase your points, you’ve got your pace
Don’t waste your days, get your innerspace
Don’t give me chase, I’m at st. marks place
Feeling stromboli, not ravioli
I’m charging my energy fresh as a daisy
Biologically let your system know what’s up
Here comes your twin hopper
Yuka honda knows her water, Pass the volvic?
No wonder her fingers are smooth like butter
It’s specific. no mind traffic
Cibo matto 1999!
I’m miho hatori straight outta purgatori
AI’ aI’ alright? I’m passing on your right
Don’t be snobby with me
Not aioli, surely not moby
Obi-wan kenobi told me in the lobby
Technically I’m free and I can find the key

Our name is stereotype with an a
I’ve got to get the shit straight. can you relate, my mate?
Don’t be late, my gate is open
Downtown still sends me up in the sky.”

Throughout the years, I’ve heard Cibo in movies and video games.  They used the song Birthday Cake in Jet Set Radio Future. If you haven’t played it you should find a copy. It’s the sequel to Jet Set Radio. You and your friends are roller blading taggers running from the police. Everyone listens to a pirate radio station that is a tribute to the radio station in the Warriors. It’s insanity. You have to roll around tagging things, fight rival blade gangs and avoid getting caught by the police. The levels get larger and crazier as the game goes on. They chose the song Birthday Cake, which is about a woman baking a cake for her son and his wife, on his 30th birthday! (Yeah, I used the lyrics there. 😉 ) You can usually find this game used for $5.00 or under, it’s worth it.

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I swear they used a Cibo song in Katamari but couldn’t find any internet references to corroborate my claims. If you remember this or can recall the song, feel free to comment.

They announced at the end of their set that they would be back on tour in 2015. I hope it’s true. I would love to go see them again.

Tune Yards was up next and as a special treat, they brought Cibo Matto out to help them with a final song. Maybe later I’ll write about Tune Yards.

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After they played I discovered the bathroom on the second floor. I wear it was made for hobbits.

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The Missing Muse

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Lucky duck, I caught wind of a show Cibo Matto was playing in Seattle in December. They were opening for Tune Yards and I really only wanted to go to see Cibo Matto. I got my wish and Tune Yards gained a new fan. The night turned out to be pretty magical.

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Who is Cibo Matto? Seriously, you should fall in love with this band. Japanese expats living in New York, Cibo Matto is a duo act that started in the 90s. They are a mix of Sonic Youth style grunge pop and trip hop. The band name means crazy for food in Italian. Their first two albums all had to do with food of some kind. The concept was surprisingly robust. Throughout the years their music has appeared in movies and a video game, Jet Set Radio. (Although, I swear they were on one of the Katamari games.)

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I was out by myself to see a concert, which was strange for me. I’m usually with a small group or performing, either way I’m never alone at music events. I found a way to pass the time. I was there early bc my keys were locked up at work. I had to rely on timing and texting to make sure my husband and I connected at the right time. Since I was at his mercy, I was only fifth or sixth in line outside the beautiful Moore Theater. I’ve never been inside this Seattle Landmark. Footage from Pearl Jam’s Evenflow video was filmed at the Moore Theater. The weather was unseasonably warm which was perfect because I had a new outfit that was meant for summer. Standing in the line I realized as the sun started to dip it was a good thing I had an over jacket, scarf and gloves. Using my lovely phone I took photos of some of the surrounding area while standing in line as well as facebooking and tweeting about where I was and how excited I was to see Cibo Matto finally. I never had a chance to see them in the 90s.20141213_18475020141213_184104

The Moore Theater was built when architecture really meant something, 1907. The floors and walls are lovely marble with curving stairs up and down to the different levels. I found a bar in the basement with some restrooms. On the main floor was a snack bar with some food. The only things I could eat were candy, so I bought a water and some peanut butter cups. I was struggling with eating a gluten free, meat free diet and was starving. Really, I just needed something to keep myself standing. Looking around the room I glance to the second floor to see the room guarded by the muses. Counting the statues and reading their names I found Melpomene and Terpsichore. Both of whom I’ve used for character names but… there were only eight that rimmed the lobby. Who was missing?!

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Rewind… on my way out the door I suddenly doubled back. Taking off the necklace I had on, I grabbed a necklace I’d picked up at Geek Girl Con. On the necklace is Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. I love this necklace. I felt compelled to put it on, leaving the other necklace behind, then running out the door so Kane could lock up.

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Fast Forward. Starring up at the ceiling I start puzzling over who was missing… Urania. Urania is the muse of Astronomy and Astrology. I found this especially interesting because of my choice to go back for my necklace. Striking up a conversation with the ushers on my way to my seat, I mentioned the missing Muse in the lobby. 20141213_194918

According to the employee, the Muse haunts the upper balcony where a second circle of statues is also missing a statue of Urania. Searching for other stories about the haunted balcony, I have found accounts where people felt a statue was starring at them or seen mysterious movement. One story involved roadies sleeping with gear over night. They didn’t sleep at all because of footsteps, voices and a door that kept opening.

Hearing about the haunting, I felt instantly blessed and protected. As if I had listened to quiet whispers sending me back for my necklace to honor the missing Muse. They left her out because they didn’t think she had anything to do with the arts… now I find myself writing a song for my band about the last days of the universe.

The sky will grow dark and we won’t even know it on Earth until it’s too late.

Thank you to whoever told me to grab the necklace.

Part two will be about Cibo Matto performing. Amazing…

 

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Kane and I are in a band called Post Rapture Party. It’s been keeping us pretty busy this past year, so busy we haven’t blogged much. Our band is very important to not just our selves but our fellow band mates, Spooky and Ashe. The first Post Rapture Party CD is almost done and should be out next month. The CD is a great accomplishment that’s taken a lot of work from our band mates, producer, our artist friend Raph and our fans. One of the things I love about our music is how it touches such a large variety of fans. Now, we may never be famous, but I hope that people can listen to our music and enjoy it. That’s why I am bringing it up in a blog today.

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VIPS: Very important people in my life. Right to Left: Ashe, Spooky, Noccie (me), Kane. Photo by Neil Jordan of Shadows Will Fall Photography

 

Our music crosses over easily into the geeky realm because about half of our songs were inspired by geeky subject matter. We have songs that are about life like Aurora, which is a suicide note. I was thinking about the Aurora Bridge, which is the saddest bridge in Seattle. They had to put up a fence to keep people from jumping. It always breaks my heart because it’s so beautiful up there. My mind reels at how you can end it all while staring so much beauty in the face. So, I tried to put myself in that place. Other songs were inspired by movies, television shows or video games. At first, we were just writing to get practice together. In the past few years though, I’ve had good fortune to write songs about some pieces of geekdom that are near and dear to me. We aren’t explicitly a geek band or nerd core but it doesn’t stop us from writing with our hearts. Although, that was part of what made the past year so difficult. We had a member leave and part of that was because he wanted songs to be about real things.

Why does there have to be a separation about my emotions over Wash and my feelings over heart break in real life? Those emotions are the same emotions. One does effect me directly but at the same time… “I am a leaf on the wind.” (::sobbing softly::)

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Let’s talk less about that and more about how we are some of the nerdier people you know, without having it branded on our CD. (Although… that might be awesome.) We have been together four years at the end of May and during that time we’ve written songs about documentaries, horror movies, vampires, Firefly and a video game. Post Rapture Party is not the first band to write songs about pop culture and we won’t be the last. Part of how this happens is our writing process.

As the singer, I write most of the lyrics. The guys don’t know until it’s too late what I’m actually saying because of the unusual way we write our songs. Our method starts with pure collaboration though jamming. One of the band starts off playing and I don’t sing without listening to what they are playing. As I listen, things will flash into my mind. Occasionally it’s Serenity and how Wash wanted children or Mal alone in the cockpit with River. Other times current events like right after the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown we wrote a song I call Ashes. There is no specific reason the songs are written but something plays on our hearts and we run. Energy fills the room when the song is right. Everyone in the band gets involved and we start talking about arrangement and composition till we’re happy. We can write a song in two to three sessions usually.

Our second album is currently in the works and we have three songs so far. Out of those songs is Miranda. (Listen to the song while you read.) That is why I keep bringing up Firefly. The song describes the internal struggle Mal must feel about keeping his crew alive. I’ve always thought he feels like he has to make up for losing so many during the battle of Serenity Valley. Mal is as loyal to his crew as they are to their captain. We’ve performed the song a few times and even when people don’t realize it’s named after the planet that Reavers came from, they love the feelings behind the words and music. You don’t have to be a fan of Firefly to enjoy the song, but if you are there is a different level of engagement. The most obvious references in the song are in the chorus, “If you go to the edge of the universe, you lose your mind.”  The line comes from a conversation the crew is having about the origins of Reavers. Someone says they heard they are people who went insane from seeing the edge of the universe and Jayne says, “I’ve seen the edge of the universe.” There’s a hilarious moment there where everyone is giving him accusatory glances. One of the verses comes from the fact that Mal is an atheist of sorts and they make mention that believers are the really dangerous ones. The lyric is, “It’s hard to believe in anything with so many believers around you. The kind that have something to hold onto.”  Here’s a link to that live performance of Miranda again.

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On our first album, out in May 2015, we have a song called Dust Devil. The song is named after the movie Dust Devil. This horror movie was written and directed by Richard Stanley, the brilliant mind behind the videos for Fields of the Nephilim. If you haven’t seen it, take the time to find a copy. He’s not just a serial killer, he’s much worse doesn’t even begin describe it. Wendy Robinson is being pursued by the Dust Devil because she no longer wants the spark of life she’s been given. The demon has sensed her willingness to cross over but she changes her mind. The winds of the desert stoke the fires as Wendy fights for her soul and the Dust Devil fights for his immortality.

Dust Devil is a cult classic worthy of hunting down.

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Let it Go was written very early in our band’s history and is the fourth song we wrote. That was around 2011, WAY before Frozen. Let it Go was inspired by the video game Flower by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark. You play as the wind in the game. As the wind collects flower petals you affect the environment by rebuilding a fallen city. Our song is the same, you should feel the wind blowing across a land without people. We want you to imagine standing where you are right now but after the fall of humanity. There is nothing but grass beneath your feet because the world has reclaimed the land.

Welcome Home, also on our first CD, was inspired by a documentary called Cropsey. On Staten Island, New York, there is an urban legend about a man that will come and take you in the night. Mothers used it as a way to make their children go to bed when it got dark. No one knew that a real man was making the urban legend true. Andre Rand was the truth behind the legend. This insane killer snatched mentally disabled and autistic children from the streets and killed them. He had been a janitor at Willowbrook State School which was an institution for the mentally infirm. Willowbrook was made famous by Geraldo Rivera when he exposed the patient abuses going on at the facility. Really, this was just a place for people to lock away their autistic or mentally disturbed relatives. The facility was over populated with patients and didn’t have enough resources or staff to keep the facility in good running order. When Geraldo went into the facility, he just walked in and found patients soiled and in some cases alone in dark bathrooms with no lighting. It was horrible. The facility was shut down and when people didn’t come for the last patients they were put out on the streets with nowhere to go. Some of the patients lived at the abandoned facility years later after it was forgotten.  Welcome Home is written from the perspective of a patient returning to the facility and confronting their ghosts.

I hope you enjoy this insight behind my band, Post Rapture Party. Keep an eye out for more songs. We have one we need to get back to inspired by Blade Runner. Keep an eye out!

Our next show is May 28th at the Rendezvous, Seattle. Here is a link for tickets!

Like us on Facebook and Twitter!

Listen to us on Reverb!

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HAPPY 2015!

Last year was weird and crazy for us. I can’t say that it was all good or all bad but whatever it was, it was interesting all the way. There were many bumps in the road but we got through them.

This year is going to be amazing. There are some great nerdy things happening right now. Lots of fantastic books, television, movies and games are coming out this year. Here is a list of things I am looking forward to:

Cartoons:
1. My Little Pony Season 5
2. Bravest Warriors Season 3
3. The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Television
1. Constantine
2. 12 Monkeys
3. Gotham ( aka the Penguin show!)

Games:
1. MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE!!!!!!!

Movies
1. Jupiter Ascending – Mila Kunis stars in this movie.
2. Fifty Shades of Gray… haha Not! Just kidding. This looks like tripe.
3. What We Do In The Shadows – Mockumentary about vampires by the Flight of the Concords people.
4. Chappie – This is by the director of District 9. If that wasn’t enough, Die Antwood act in the movie.
5. Mad Max: Fury Road – Watch the trailer, it’s what sold me on the idea of this movie.

Books: Well… these came out last year or before but I am just reading them now.
1. Prince Lestat
2. Doctor Sleep – Seriously… the sequel to “The Shinning.” This is a must read.
3. The Wolf Gift

We are also seriously still into Legos in my house. We have a bunch of new sets to build and some older ones we just purchased. We’re planning to go to Brick Con and if we can get to California, Lego Land.

Here’s to a wonderful year to come.

Overlook Hotel New Years Eve