Rock on Design

Monday, August 21, 2006

With Stars in His Eyes

This past weekend I went home to visit my family for a quick visit. Friday night was the return of Don’t Block Bob to the barn stage back on the home ranch. (For those of you playing along at home, Don’t Block Bob is the name of the band my brothers and I have. Website still in progress.) Anyway, we had a great time, but the real fun came Saturday morning. My brother purchased a game for their Playstation 2… Guitar Hero.

Okay, so this game is crazy fun. (The game operated using a special guitar that pugs into your PS2 and you play it like a simplified rockstar!) As a guitar player even I was able to get into it. From rockin the solid low riffs to raising the guitar above your head and using the wammy bar, this game is 5 stars all the way. I am just blown away at how easy it was to pick up but challenging to master. Any beginner can finish “I Love Rock and Roll” or “I Wanna be Sedated” on easy, but it takes real skill to beat those same songs on expert. I can’t wait to see what the second version of this game will throw our way for putting on our own ROCKSHOWS!

(Heading Lyrics – Juke Box Hero by Foreigner)

Friday, August 11, 2006

You Got One Life Here to Make it for the Movies

At the end of May I joined a little movie club you may have heard of called Netflix. Yes, I have become one of those gullible people who have fallen for such an simple gimmick where in you pay each month but don’t use the service. Well I will have you know… NOT I… I have been very happy with the service that Netflix has provided. Sure from time to time I get a real stinker of a selection in the mail, but hey I choose it after all. What really impresses me however is the fact that Netflix was able to see and create a market based on our society. Even 10 years ago this would have never worked. But now that everyone and their great-grandmother is connected to this little bedroom community known as the internet we have opened the floodgates. Netflix realized that Americans are lazy and don’t want to be troubled by something as pesky as a 5 min run to the video store or as annoying as a due date on our rented selection. Bloody brilliant! At least that’s how I see them. Heck they have almost run Blockbuster out of business. Now I would wager a guess that a large percentage of video rentals are online.

I don’t know where that came from… but I needed a topic for discussion.

(Heading lyrics – For the Movies by Buckcherry)