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Better thank your lucky stars!

I’m going to start by saying I’m not a big fan of astrology, or in Sheldon Cooper’s words: “the mass cultural delusion that the sun’s apparent position relevant to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.”

I don’t really think my dad believes in astrology, but there he is every week sending me whatever the astrologist from the Village Voice says about my sign. He justifies this weekly ritual by saying that even though he doesn’t really believe in it, the way this guy predicts your future through astrology is somewhat ‘cool’… And I have to agree.

So enough introduction, this is the astrological prediction for my future according to my sign:

GEMINI [May 21–June 20] According to John Gardner, there are two kinds of stories in literature: 1) You go on a journey; and 2) A stranger arrives in your world. According to my analysis of your destiny in 2009, you will reap rich rewards by including both plotlines in your life story. So let the brainstorming begin: What’s the best journey you could choose for yourself—a journey that will educate, challenge, and delight you? And what can you do to attract the best kinds of strangers into your world—strangers who will educate, challenge, and delight you?

Now I know that this year I will have to go and finally meet with all the people I met through the years via Internet… A long journey awaits for me. And for the strangers part… I guess I’ll have to finally get off my ass and join the circus, I bet I’m going to find so many strangers there or maybe… Maybe just strange people.

Oh! It’s Christmas Eve so I wish you all a Merry Christmas and ‘one of those hangovers‘, like my friend Lindsay Lohan would say.

Now that last sentence gave me an idea…

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Videogames

I think I failed to mention in my previous post that I’m going to play more during my time off. It’s been more than a whole year since I last played any tipe of videogame. I think it was during the summer of 2006/07 that I played Need for Speed: Underground 2, and I think I completed it.

But the game I played the most during high school was undoubtedly Warcraft III… What an awesome game! We would spent lots of nights playing with my best friend Ayrton. We even got to move our computers around (before we had laptops) and make silly 2-PC LAN parties, but we would get tired after a while.

Since I left the city for college and everything, my best friend started playing Counter-Strike. When I was in my first or second year of high school everyone was psyched for that game. We had 40-minute long lunch breaks, and my classmates would cross the street and go to this cybercafe so they could eat while playing all sorts of war games or FPS (first-person shooters) such as (if my memory serves me right) Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament (2004?), Soldier of Fortune II, and many more, I think.

But I didn’t play. At least not on a regular basis… I would play with them maybe once in two months. There was no space for my criticism about explicit violence or how lame they looked when they played those games.

So last week I went to my best friend’s house and installed Counter-Strike. The first game I ever installed on my laptop (my 8 month-old HP Pavilion DV2425). Luckily, it runs smoothly (it’s a 5 year old game!).

And just today I got my hands on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, which I’m going to install tonight on my dad’s new computer. It’s my little experiment: I’m going to try and install every videogame that comes out with insane requirements on that computer.

I really hope this is going to be my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the requirements of almost every game. It’s a Core 2 Quad with 3 GiB of RAM, 500 GiB of HD and a GeForce 8600 GT under the hood.

So that’s it for now… Oh! Also, I installed Iron Man, the videogame based on the movie and… It sucks.

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[Music] Every Avenue – Shh. Just Go with It

1. Days Of The Old
2. This One’s A Cheap Shot
3. Where Were You?
4. Think Of You Later (Empty Room)
5. A Story To Tell Your Friends
6. Boys Will Be Boys
7. Take A Step Back
8. Trading Heartbeats
9. Freak Out!
10. Between You And I
11. Chasing The Night

There are also two bonus tracks included in some releases. I added them for download at the end of the post.

12. Fame And (Mis) Fortune
13. The Hell Back Home

One sunny day of november or december (it was summer on this side of the world) I downloaded a song from Mark’s blog called “Where Were You” by an unknown band called Every Avenue. He had uploaded it to his blog so all the subscribers would get it.

After a few listens it kept growing and I needed more. Luckily I stumbled upon their “AH! EP”

After years of almost getting to hate the direction the genre was taking with bands such as Simple Plan or Good Charlotte, finally I got to know a new band that’s actually pretty good at what they do, staying close to that sound that I always enjoyed from old school blink-182, Sum 41 and Green Day. Not that they will become the next best thing (although they do have the potential), but it’s just so pleasant to know that a certain type of music hasn’t died.

Excerpts from the review on Can you see the sunset from the southside?

This band should be huge. Seriously. Not with late-twentysomethings with a two year old kid like myself but (rather) with the teenage MTV crowd. Let me explain. First, Every Avenue sounds almost exactly like a cross between Fall Out Boy and Cartel. On their latest album Shh. Just Go With It, Every Avenue churns out catchy and mid-tempo peppy, poppy, punk-ish rock music that is safe and polished enough to have mainstream appeal. It is a little too vanilla for my tastes, but that is why it should be huge.

Therein lies the problem. Every Avenue is actually good. Despite the overstyled press photo you get when you open up the CD (which is evidently what kids look like these days), the band has talent. Maybe the studio has been kind to them, or maybe I’m a sucker for pseudo-pop-punk hooks, but the band is tight, on point, and ultra-melodic. The record’s thick and crystal-clear production make it sound like a million bucks; I mean, this is how big rock records are supposed to sound.

Every Avenue is better than so many other neo-pop-punk bands out there (see my review of The Frantic here).

Artist: Every Avenue
Album: Shh, Just Go with It
Label: Fearless Records
Playtime: 35:38 min
Genre: Pop-Punk
Released: February 19th, 2008
Quality: 224 kbps avg / VBR / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Buy: Fearless Records | Amazon
Download: MediaFire (56.79 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website

Bonus Tracks

Download: MediaFire (9.19 MiB)
Quality: 198kbps avg / LAME v3.97 -V2 –vbr-new
Playtime: 6:28 min

Rating: 8.5/10

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Every Avenue – Where Were You?

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Every Avenue – Days of the Old

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Every Avenue – Take a Step Back

I’ve been listening to them for almost 4 months now and I absolutely love them. They made me go back to the pop-punk kind of music that I grew with (listening to some unknown band called blink-182)

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