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So, last night, during some PT, my waster acquired its first real casualty.

I had done 5 min of good hard cardio with my Heavy Hands, and switched off to use the longsword waster for some heavy bag striking.

Sure enough, before I could even get a good hit in–BAM! went the light globe hanging from the overhead. Shattered glass pieces all over the carpeted floor. I had hit it with the waster. That thing has endless reach.

I had smacked it before, but only once or twice. At least once with the bokken, if I remember correctly, and I think once with the waster.

Really–having lived here now for 10 years (*gasp*!!!!), I would’ve expected them both to have come down by now. Between having several sets of roomies living down there, and the fact that I use the room for workouts and martial arts training… so I’m really quite happy with the longevity of those ceiling lights (there are two–well now, one–squashed looking glass globes hanging from the relatively low ceiling containing two bulbs each).

I’ve actually been thinking of finding a way to recess them. Maybe now’s my excuse… 🙂

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Okay–so now that I can post…

The long and short of my post, before I got so rudely interrupted, was that I ended up playing a video game with friends last night.

(Those who know me, know that I “don’t” play video games, and the meat of what I was saying was the why of that. Maybe later.)

Over at my friends’ house, we all ended up playing the Xbox 360 game “Rock Band.” They had quite a get-up: at least two guitars, a voice microphone, and the game drum set. Pretty cool.

Apparently it’s an expansion of the “Guitar Hero” premise–you play simplified instruments that resemble the real thing, and hit the correct buttons (or pads in the drum set) corresponding to the note that needs played at the right time as it comes scrolling down the screen, Tetris-like. Only you don’t have to worry about flipping or twisting the “note” or anything (though that seems like an idea for another game, eh?), just hitting it at the right time.

The guitar and bass use the same implement, and the note is activated when you “strum” up or down on the little springy toggle lever where you would do the same thing on a guitar. The notes are chosen up on the neck; they are good-sized color-coded buttons that correspond with the… lozenge-like notes that scroll down the screen.

Anyway, I watched three of the guys play for a few songs, then I jumped in, and took up bass so that Eric could take the mic.

I did pretty well for never having seen the game before, or even the predecessor, Guitar Hero. In fact, on “Easy” mode, I was getting scores up in the high 80%s, and then the 90 percents. And that’s with accidentally taking Lead Guitar on the first song. It’s pretty addictive, and a lot of fun, too.

And as a band, we were kickin’ some metal booty…

Eric’s wife Cass came up, and after a while, I handed off bass to her. Previously, Chris had played bass, and Cass lead guitar. However, with the switch-up, Chris on lead, Cass on bass (Jim on drums, Eric, vocals), they were doing better than they had ever before. Even when they switched to “Medium” for a song or two to practice before going back “on tour.”

While I was playing and Cass was watching, she kept saying that she wished she was taking pix–I guess we must’ve looked all rocked-out and intense or something… 🙂

Oh, and the other thing is that you create a persona to be your player onscreen. They all had some nifty avatars; to get going quickly I just took some default guy and name, which was okay by me.

But Chris’s character was “from Stockholm,” and he kept doing a mock-Swedish rocker accent a la’ one of the guys from the cartoon “Metalocalypse.”

So, if something was really good, and rang true to the heavy metal stereotype or formula, then the saying was: “This xxxx is metals,” in the accent of his character. Hence the title of this post.

In addition, winning money enabled them to be able to buy more “metal” gear to dress their characters in, and fancier instruments, etc.

Great fun it was! Recommended.

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Yay!

Looks like the formatting stuck. Yay!

Now if I can just recreate what I had been talking about earlier. it was a brilliant post, I assure you–I think I was about to solve all of the world’s major problems. If only I could remember…

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New Post

I checked the faq and saw that others were having the same problem. I noticed that somehow I had a new tab when posting, a “Visual,” when all I had seen before was the “Code” view.

The faq answer went through other users that had the same problem, and suggests they turn off “Enable Visually Rich Editor,” under the Users tab in the Dashboard.

That’s what I’ve done–somehow I got the Visually Rich Editor turned on in mine at some point, so I’ve turned it off now. Let’s see how that works…

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Apologies

Folks–I’ve been trying to post here for a little while, but I’ve run into problems. For some reason, my posts are not staying formatted after I write them (all the paras are running together, and the links don’t put up right), then try to edit them.I’ll try to rectify. If I can’t, well then it’s time to move on. Apologies…

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Day!

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Okay, so I finally went and did it. Got me a waster. Ordered it a little while ago, and it finally arrived today.

“What’s a waster,” you say? Well, other than a relative or friend who sits around all day and smokes weed… 🙂

Basically, it’s the term for the wooden sword you use when practicing classical Western (as opposed to Eastern… not, “cowboy”) sword arts. As in, for battle, as opposed to either “Olympic-style” fencing (which I also do) or theatrical fence (which generally use either metal replicas or metal Olympic-style blades adapted for the situation).

Here’s a photo of the model I got, a longsword waster, from Purpleheart Armoury:

L7 Cherry Longsword Waster

A nicer photo of the same from Therion Arms:

L7 Cherry Longsword Waster Therion

And a close-up of the hilt, featuring the cherry pommel and crossguard:

L7 Cherry Longsword Waster Therion Hilt

Beautiful, no? But this beauty is also a beast! Rawr. With that in mind, the sword spoke its name to me: “Sibyl.” The Prophetess. The Priestess.

“The Sibyl, with frenzied mouth uttering things not to be laughed at, unadorned and unperfumed, yet reaches to a thousand years with her voice by aid of the god.” (Heraclitus, fragment 12)

Rawr again.

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