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An Introduction to My Madness (I)

Since I am returning from a long while away from this blog, I feel that I should reintroduce myself to any potential new readers, even if they just happen by while browsing. For any old readers, or people reading that actually know me, this will serve more as an update on my current interests.

My name is David. On the internet, I’m usually known as Ninja D! or TheNinjaD. Rarely, it’s Istirith or Black Jack Davey. I may still even have some accounts that I no longer use under the names The Lost One or Davidknght. I live in Mankato, Minnesota. I love this city and it is pretty much the hub of south central Minnesota in every way. I’m 24 years old and I work overnights at a truck stop.

Something that seems to be the biggest development in the eyes of many is that I have started drinking. Alcohol, that is. I have always been strongly opposed to the stuff in the past. I guess you could say I gave in to its temptation in a time of weakness. After a series of disappointments, let downs, and otherwise unfortunate happenings, it felt like my life sucked for a little while. That’s when I started. I’m better now, more or less. However, since I can’t really say I don’t drink at all now, I’m not as inclined to avoid it. I’ve actually come to like the taste of UV apple vodka. Rumple Minze isn’t bad, either, and much stronger. Go figure. What hasn’t changed is what I think of alcohol. It’s still stupid because it is, in fact, poison. You really shouldn’t drink it. It’s a bad idea. Also, if you’re drunk out in public, you’re still an asshole. Do it at home and don’t bother anyone. An exception to this is bars because people working there signed up to deal with that shit.

My interests are still primarily music, comic books, video games, and just a whole lot of generally pretty geeky (but no less awesome for that) stuff. I’ve been working a bit more seriously on music than I had been for quite a while and watching a lot more TV shows and movies. I’ve also recently come to like suits and think I just might be wearing them often from now on.

Music. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of local music from the past and present. Among these are Old Towne Ghosts, Professor Fresh, !ntell!gent Des!gn, Discount Brown (no longer together), Phedge (no longer together), Collabo (no longer together), and probably a number of others that I’m forgetting at the moment. I’ve also been listening to a lot of (hed)PE again. As for what I’ve been working on, that’s mostly still with the project called Behavior Modification Therapy and we’ve actually been making some progress.

Comics. I’m still reading most DC titles, along with the big ones from Top Cow, and a few others. I really need to cut back on what I’m ordering and I’ve been doing that gradually. I’ve also only been ordering comics every other week instead of weekly and I guess that’s probably saving me a bit in shipping costs. I am, of course, still ordering from Midtown Comics. The Green Lantern and Batman books are mostly my favorites but there is a lot of good stuff out there. Probably a bit too much for me to go into right now.

TV and Movies. I am sometimes a Netflix junkie. Lately, I’ve mostly been watching How I Met Your Mother. Before that, I watched all that I could of Louie and Archer. I’m still gradually working my way through Star Trek, little chunks at a time. This week I watched the movie Trollhunter, which was excellent and easy the best found footage movie I have ever seen. The last couple of movies that I saw in theaters were Prometheus and The Avengers, both of which were quite good.

Video Games. I canceled my subscription to SWTOR because I just don’t feel like I have the time to dedicate to it. I’m still bound to WoW for a number of moths yet because of the Annual Pass that I signed up for. If anyone would like to play that with me, I would be very interested. I feel bad that I’m paying for it and haven’t even logged in for so long. I’ve played some Diablo 3, Skyrim, and Mass Effect 3 but I’ve mostly been hooked on Minecraft again, both on PC and Xbox 360.

And there you have it. I think that’s more than enough of a summary for now. I hope you’ll read beyond this point where things may actually become more interesting.


Punch Your Cock In Tour

Last Wednesday was the Minnesota stop of Punch Your Cock In Tour. I got to the show late so I didn’t get to see every band that played. I did see Psychostick, As Summer Dies, Ventana, and the last song of Screaming Mechanical Brain.

The show was at Station 4 in lower town St. Paul. I’ve only been there once and was not impressed then. I liked it a bit better this time around. Either that means they’ve improved some or I’ve grown less picky as I’ve had fewer and fewer options. Either way, I consider it to be a positive thing. I’ve heard this venue called “a place where local metal bands go to die”. That isn’t true, don’t buy it. Plenty of bands play there and still go on for many years. In any case, they are doing their part to keep the scene alive and should be respected for that. They even do all ages shows, which are far too rare. Check out their website.

I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to see more of SMB. They are the band that I wanted to see more than any other there. They’re from Minnesota and I’ve been a fan for years. Their sound has been pretty much constantly evolving during that time and they’re really worth following. Their main Facebook page is right here. There is another one where the band is registered as a person instead as a page, which dates back to a time before Facebook pages existed in their current form. I think they’re usually listed as in a homosexual relationship with Satan or something like that. Check that one out, too.  Most things are posted on both.

The band that followed SMB was one called As Summer Dies. Unfortunately, their music really didn’t grab me. They seemed to be pretty much the standard fare of modern ‘hardcore’ music. That’s a style of music that really is of no interest to me, anyway, so it should not come as much of a surprise that this band didn’t impress me. If you normally like that style, check them out. They were from waaay out of town (Buffalo, New York, if I remember right) and could no doubt use your support. Also, they are part of this tour so apparently Psychostick considered them worthy. Their Facebook page is here.

Next up was Venatana. I read on the poster for this show that the band included members of Mushroomhead. That caught my attention since I enjoy Mushroomhead and saw that they can put on a good show a while back when they toured with (hed)PE on the head to (hed) tour. Unfortunately, this band was no Mushroomhead live. I enjoyed them more than the previous band but found that I couldn’t really get into their music. Their image was a bit of a strong point for them, for whatever that’s worth. Facebook.

Finally, Psychostick. I’ve seen these guys more times than I can remember. I’m pretty sure that I was listening to Squizz on XM the first time they played Beer. That’s really where it all started. Since then, I’ve seen them nearly every time they have played in Minnesota, a few times in Iowa, a few times in Wisconsin, and once in South Dakota. Their lineup has changed quite a bit in that time but the core always remains Rob (vocals), Josh (guitar), and Alex (drums). They used to always have two guitars but have now transitioned pretty smoothly to only ever having one guitarist. They always put on a good show, even if their jokes aren’t always the greatest. There are a lot of jokes, too. Psychostick’s Facebook.