Like A Storm : New song and updates

Like a Storm have released a new song to some fans via email in the last 48 hours, and gave a sneak preview of the lyrics video for the song today during a Zoom session.

While I cannot link/offer the MP3 or video at this time (hey, they asked us not to), I can let you know its a mellow and uplifting track compared to tracks found on Catacombs.

Chris and Matt came up with the main melody while in their grandparents car that they had borrowed, travelling between Taupo and Auckland. New Zealand is an inspiring place, regardless what part of the country you’re in, and what you’re doing.

For those that are wondering, the guys are still writing and recording while they wait out the Covid quarantines/lockdowns happening globally.

They are wanting to finish the NZ tour that they started with Black Smoke Trigger all those weeks ago, and Kent has even alluded to restarting the NZ tour – which would be AWESOME – If I can get the time off work to follow them….again.

Anyway, fingers crossed they can start the tour again soon.

New Star Trek Show


CBS All Access the streaming network in the states for all things Trek, announced on Friday a new Star Trek Show “Strange New Worlds”. It will be starring Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. These three characters were in Season 2 of Discovery.

For me personally this is good news as Captain Pike was the best thing about Discovery full stop, it also appears they are moving back towards a more optimistic approach to this show. Discovery is almost unwatchable for me and the only thing keeping me watching Picard is Patrick Stewart.

Obviously with the current lockdown this want start filming until things have settled down a bit so we could be looking at late 2021 or early 2022.

For me Star Trek has always been about a better future and having an hopeful message, so I am really looking forward to this show.

The Perfect Act

Over the years, games have reached (and in some cases surpassed) the quality of stories and characters in modern movies, leaving some players wanting more interaction with a certain character, and for those into it, cosplaying as that character.

I am NOT the latter – sorry. 🙂

Take for example the three primary characters in Grand Theft Auto V. There has been no other game I have played where Ive gone “wow, I wish they would make a TV series out of this”. The script, acting, action is all perfect (for me at least), and I actually felt some sadness for one of the characters, when I made a certain decision that resulted in their death in the storyline. Obviously I’m not going to say who and spoil it for those that have not taken that path yet….

There has been another character in an older game, that has impressed me.

Vaas from Far Cry 3.

The character is so perfectly sarcastic and evil, and his little rants are spot on for the occasion.

Some of his rants are based on other speeches/quotes made at stage in the world, but the actor giving voice to these words, nails it.

I’d love to see a game featuring more of Vaas, but sadly I doubt that will happen.

I’ll leave you with this great speech from Vaas….

Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is? Insanity is doing the exact… same fucking thing… over and over again expecting… shit to change… That. Is. Crazy. The first time somebody told me that, I dunno, I thought they were bullshitting me, so, I shot him. The thing is… He was right. And then I started seeing, everywhere I looked, everywhere I looked all these fucking pricks, everywhere I looked, doing the exact same fucking thing… over and over and over and over again thinking ‘this time is gonna be different’ no, no, no please… This time is gonna be different, I’m sorry, I don’t like… The way…
… you are looking at me… Okay, Do you have a fucking problem in your head, do you think I am bullshitting you, do you think I am lying? Fuck you! Okay? Fuck you!… It’s okay, man. I’m gonna chill, hermano. I’m gonna chill… The thing is… Alright, the thing is I killed you once already… and it’s not like I am fucking crazy. It’s okay… It’s like water under the bridge. Did I ever tell you the definition… of insanity?

One Set Of Rules…except for you.

I use torrents to obtains some files I require (come on, who can say they don’t, regardless if its legit or not) and generally do not have any problems.

Except for one site I visit.

They employ a ratio system to ensure files are kept alive long as possible – you seed for 72 hours or 1:1.

It works, except when a new file is uploaded.

So Bob uploads file ABC to the site. He seeds for a few hours then logs off his PC. However no one in the time Bob was seeding, was able to complete the file, so no one else can offer it.

Bob comes back days later and continues seeding. Everyone finally gets the file completed.

Now, Bob has broken the seeding/ratio rule – and nothing happens to him.

Now I come along, obtain a popular file with dozens of seeders, download it, and seed it for 71.5 hours and accidentally remove the torrent.

I get punished immediately.

Its frustrating as hell – I know there’s probably a bit of give and take with uploaders, but come on, if those uploaders are not seeding it long enough for at least one other user to complete it, punish them.

Anyway, bit of rant. I’m done.

My 5 Worst Movies

I have been inspired after XPD watched the Cats movie on the weekend (he watched a full 2 minutes of it before giving up).

The best horror movie of 2019:

I have decided to list the 5 worst movies I have seen and will indicate if the were “so bad they were good” or just plain bad.

Flash Gordon (1980)

This has a Queen soundtrack, over acting by Brian Blessed, super cheesy acting by the lead Sam J. Jones. But saying that me and my wife love this movie, its so campy but fun.

Verdict: So bad it is good

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Directed by the Wachowski sibling, yep the same duo that made the Matrix movies. Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis who are both passable and a over acting Eddie Redmayne (he should have had is oscar taken away for this performance.

This is a bad movie but has nice visuals and at least is trying to be different

Verdict: So bad it is good

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

A supposed comedy starring Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino. This is the only movie that me and my friends considered walking out of the theatre. Just not that great.

Verdict: Just Bad

Into the Woods (2014)

A stage show turned into a movie, it shows. I saw this with my wife and it dragged out and was really dull. Sad as this has a decent cast as well.

Verdict: Just Bad

Batman & Robin (1997)

I wanted to include a super hero movie in this list but had so many to choose from, every thirds X-men movie, half of the Spider Mans. Even some of the Marvel movies are pretty average.

This killed the Batman franchise for about 20 years.

But I could not include this “Classic” Batman movie, George Clooney tries his best but nothing could save this one. At least Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to enjoying himself as Mr Freeze, saying all of that I kind of enjoyed this movie in train wreck sort of way.

I remember me and my friends watching a midnight session when this first came out, there were about 20 of us all guys and everyone was shouting Alicia Silverstone name before the start. I believe that XPD might have also won a Batman hat hrere.

Verdict: So bad it is good