Is it going to change your life? Who knows. The issue is the commitment to Apple’s design really. I was thinking about doing a reset on the services I use with Apple and going back to an all Google or varied services model, but Siri works best at getting things done within the Apple ecosystem. So I’m gonna stick with it for now. My mail is not so crazy that it needs to be handled in any dramatic fashion, and although the manual threading is annoying, I’m sure something will happen down the line to alleviate that. It’s honestly not the worst thing in the world, and everything else works so well.
I’m about to download the new operating system and I’m excited to see the new design, which I’m already seeing in iCloud.com. Thank god for this, actually, because the notes is actually nice to look at, and there aren’t three dumb font options. I just want a place that’s comforting to jot down something, not a place to avoid and ignore.
I’m working iTunes as we speak to get this transformation going, but the program is reporting that there is no update for my phone. Did they put a cap on this thing? I’m just gonna keep trying. Good luck to everyone else trying to download right now!
@2 months ago
T’was pretty good. I have to say right out that I love the Best Buy Theater. I enjoy the space and layout, with a pit, standing room, and nice seats where a drink waiter will walk by. I’ve never been in the VIP area, but it also looks nice with what I believe to be Parisian black steel wrought chairs and tables for couples. Perfect for a night of metal. It was mostly kids with their parents, though, from what I could tell.
My one complaint would be that, while the sound is always good, this night the sound guy blasted the bass on the kick drum, rendering the rest of each band nearly unheard. This was especially bad for DEP, the sort of band that has so much shit going on, it’s hard enough to keep track. They are that odd sort of metal band that needs more of a jazz rig to be heard right.
DEP was fantastic as usual, Ben and Greg running around all hyped as if they’re just about to start a fight or a play on a football field. Ben was jumping up crazy high onto the speaker cabs and then jumping down onto the stage. He always does this and does this several times, but this time the drummer was on a platform, and he was jumping off the kick drum, too. Nuts. And Greg is doing this new thing now where he stuffs a mic in his mouth for part of a song, which is pretty bizarre in its result, although it sounds just like what you would think. A guy screaming into a mic while it is in his mouth. At the end of the show both of them got into the crowd and smashed some shit as usual. Greg lost his shirt and looked ripped as hell.
Periphery was great, too and I was really interested in seeing how they handle the presentation of three guitarists, a vocalist, bassist and drummer. Their drummer is a gigantic man - not overweight, just very tall and well built for dragon slaying. I love Misha Mansoor and his interactions with the fans and his bandmates. He’s all smiley and having fun up there. Just a great vibe from them. They move around on stage but the frontman definitely works the stage, which is great because their material is pretty complicated.
The Ocean was swell but didn’t play as long as I would have liked. Really only got about 4/5 songs in. I hear that their vocalist is trying to keep it easy since recovering from his medical condition. Animals as Leaders were completely perfect, as usual, and I get a kick out of how everyone in the crowd became continually more tuned in and spaced out. They dug that shit. Cattle Decapitation was swell, too and totally intense.
I’m pretty much fucking done with Norma Jean. They’re a baffling band to have been a part of this tour and they sort of treated it as if it was a summer festival with alternative kids doing water bottle and guitar flying tricks I’ve seen a thousand times. I watch them and I’m witnessing metal core collapse. The lead singer just comes off as an insincere asshole, which I’m fine with, but he’s also not interesting. Constantly complaining about the monitors, he broke a mic he probably didn’t need to, and then after all that, when it came time to sing, he sucked. Mind you he complained about the monitors during parts of their work where he is screaming in monotone fashion, and that kind of shit is just not cool. They just seemed totally unprofessional and probably couldn’t give two shits about having shared a stage with classic artists and new kings of prog and technical metal. Norma Jean is prog and somewhat technical but in a more subtle way and this wasn’t the right crowd for them. Also not cool - telling people to buy your merch ASAP because they have to be off on the road by 8:30. Matter of fact the vocalist never stopped promoting and I get it - you’re all DIY, but who wasn’t on that stage, if not then then at some point? You look pathetic. You made an album, something new and you’re giving people shit about it, screaming that the band isn’t a jukebox. But you love your fans and they are all wonderful people. Kill me. I wish I could have left the venue and come back when they were safely on their bus.
I think the best thing I saw all night aside from the music and performances was one vocalist from a death metal band who sounded exactly like Cookie Monster, even when he was just talking between songs. Best part: whenever there was a section in a song where he wasn’t singing and it was really fast and heavy, he pretended that his mic was was his dick and jerked it off. Actually better than that was his cat call to all the ‘fine looking ladies’ and requesting their presence at the merch booth. Yeah, a guy who jerks with his mic isn’t getting any in this town.
@4 months ago
How to ruin a country via big business ideals:
1. Poorly compensate employees who do the ground work to reduce the quality of products and services.
2. Continuously raises the prices of products and services, while cheapening material costs in order to increase profitability.
3. Out source and off shore jobs within the company, further reducing the quality of products and services.
4. Hold monies outside of the country to avoid tax liabilities.
5. When profits decline, cut jobs within the company in order to maintain profitability.
6. Insanely overcompensate employees at the top for a job well done!
7. When profitability declines, cut on overhead, cut more jobs, and right when the bottom is about to give out, sell the company off.
@7 months ago