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Joe Strummer, the late guitarist of the Clash, is to have a square named after him in the Spanish city he mentioned in “Spanish Bombs” and visited after Clash members parted ways.
City officials in Granada have chosen a square after residents submitted a petition calling for the plaza to be named after him. It will be renamed the Plaza Joe Strummer.
While in Granada, he put his own money into producing a record for his friends, 091, whom he had met in his squatting days when his girlfriend at the time, Paloma Romero of The Slits, introduced them.
Officials say the petition is fitting, since his song “Spanish Bombs” which is about the Spanish Civil War, linked his artistic activity to the name and history of the city.
It seems as though digital music sales have overtaken physical music sales for the first time.
CD sales are down 10 percent, and digital is reigning king. Not surprising, since the ease of finding music online is so readily available. It looks like the most popular non rock categories are punk and indie, and I know that’s a good thing for musicians….
The old guy in me misses the hunt. That’s something that a lot of kids and modern music shoppers will never know.
Growing up, I discovered punk rock at a very important time in my life. I was a new kid in a new school, in my previous one I was bullied and never welcome, coming into a new school, I had a new chance to be somebody else, but learned it was not going to be easy. Then I met a kid named Paul Nasty, he made me a tape one day, and the rest was history…
Punk rock was not easily attainable then. The internet wasn’t what it is now, basically a couple of message boards for Star Trek geeks and text based adventure games. When we wanted something we went hunting. This often involved travelling hours to Houston, Austin or San Antonio to a record store. I remember all their names. But I mostly remember the feeling I would get walking into these tiny cramped spaces crammed with records, zines, stickers, tshirts… my senses on overload as I actually tried to find the right music for the little money I had.
I have spent thousands of dollars over the years on music. My collection has grown into the thousands and I have tried to organize it before, but the feat was too great. Despite this, I still know every CD and record. I can tell you where I was when I got it, and if it’s older than a few years I can tell you what happened on the road trip I went to get it. My music holds certain memories for me. I can remember walking out of a store with a few new purchases in hand, and putting them on the CD player as we headed to the show that night. I remember listening intently to every track, proud of the fact that I had music I couldn’t find in my home town.
I remember the first album I bought online. It was actually Tom Wait’s last album that I had been looking for in various stores before I just gave up and bought it on itunes because music stores are just about obsolete and they don’t carry anything cool. I missed holding the album in my hand, and the artwork. I eventually bought the physical copy, but I just can’t seem to get into digital. I think the ease and convenience of digital has ruined things for people. I always appreciated the obstacles I had to go through to get my music, and the envy of other music lovers when I found something they didn’t. Now… for the right price we can all have the exact same music collection. There seems something wrong with that to me…
So today the big hullabaloo is that starting in Jan, Instagram is changing it’s terms and conditions. In particular…
“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you:”
Of course, this probably would have gone unnoticed except that it just happened to go viral (must be a slow news day) and everyone from Wired to CNN posted news stories about the evil Instagram and Facebook empire.
Look man, we know it’s evil. We get it, I just wrote a post about it yesterday. Facebook and Instagram are in it for the money. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Just because some of you share your most intimate moments on these sites does not mean they care about you or your friends. You are a consumer, an ad clicker and a hit counter. I’m sure FB was laughing all the way to the bank on election night as you guys bickered among each other who had the best candidate, because it brought record traffic. Every major news event, tragedy, storm etc isn’t you guys and your “valuable” opinion. It’s your hit count and your logged in hours that makes them salivate, and their investors.
So knowing this, why should we be surprised when Instagram is bought out by FB and then pushed to make money? And why are we surprised when we know that if FB gets the rights to our privacy and info (oh yes.. and you agreed to it) why are we surprised when Instagram makes a similar claim.
It’s a free service to you. It’s free. It costs you nothing. Here’s a news flash. Nothing is free.
But it’s the same reason people complain when twitter is down, or FB gets a new timeline. People feel the need to complain. They will form petitions, they will make FB groups (ironically) they will share memes to show FB and instagram they ain’t playing around. Slacktivism goes another step.
In case you are wondering, FB and Instagram are posting blogs stating that “there is some misunderstanding” on how the terms are worded and they are working to change the wording to a simpler and easier to understand language… Simpler than English… since you know most of you already lost interest in this blog due to my use of words with multiple syllables. But what this means is they will probably backtrack and find another way to make their money off you. Somewhere. Somehow they will. In the meantime, post a meme and make sure to like my status or you don’t love America.
Get off my lawn.
What up?!?! Here’s what’s going on.
Well, Assassin’s Creed 3 is OUT!!! So go pick up a copy. As I am typing this, I have not been able to pick up a copy. But that’s a whole other thing. So last week I gave you the UK Launch trailer for the game. This week I have the US launch trailer! Which rules!!
Oh man is that gorgeous! Seriously, go get this game!
Alright. Halo news. We are officially less than a week away from the release of Halo 4! I talked about this on this weeks episode, and here it is if you haven’t seen it yet: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Episode 4!! Now with live action Master Chief!
Now, as you may or may not have heard(lets face it, if you listen to our show, you’ve heard), Disney has bought Lucasfilms, and all the properties associated with it, including Lucasarts. So yeah, Disney will be making Star Wars now. We’ll se what happens there. Now, some of you gamers out there might be wondering now what the future of Star Wars 1313 will be. Well, don’t worry, the development of 1313 will not be affected by Disney’s latest purchase.
Finally, for those who have not heard, we are having a contest! Here’s your chance to win a copy of Red vs Blue Season 10 on Blu Ray!! Here’s all you have to do!
Send a tweet of your favorite Red vs Blue line to @oldmanbittergal, include the hashtag, #ombgcontest with your tweet….AND THAT’S IT!! It’s easy!
That’s it for now! Later!
Hey guys! We’ve got a really special contest that we are gonna tell you about on this weeks episode! But I’m gonna give you the inside scoop right now on how to enter!
Well, here’s what’s going on. We are gonna be giving away a BLU RAY copy of Red vs Blue Season 10, along with some free stuff from us!
Now, you must be asking yourself, “How can I win Red vs Blue Season 10 on Blu Ray and awesome stuff from OMBG?”
Funny you asked that question, because here’s the rules for the contest!
1. You must be a United States resident. Sorry to our listeners in other countries, but customs scares me.
2. Send us a tweet to our Twitter, @oldmanbittergal. Tweet us your favorite Red vs Blue line.
3. Use the hashtag #OMBGcontest with your tweet to enter.
And that’s it! We will get your name from your Twitter handle and put them into a hat, or empty beer box, or whatever kind of container we can find.
On the November, 5th episode, we will announce the winner. We will then ask you to DM us your mailing address so that we can get you your prize!
So there you have it! An awesome contest for some awesome stuff!
Well guys, we are a week away from Assassin’s Creed 3, and I’m very excited! All of the trailers and behind the scenes videos have been leading up to this, and I’ve got a couple more videos to tide us over until next Tuesday.
First of all, I’ve got a fan film made by a group called Corridor Digital, inspired by the Assassin’s Creed 3 trailer. It’s very well made. Check it out!
The ending was kinda cheesy, I know, but the actor they got to play Connor really got his moves down well.
Next, I’ve got the launch trailer for AC3. Check it!
Next, I’ve got the opening cinematic for the game, which gives us a refresher course of Desmond’s journey for those who haven’t played any of the previous titles. Check it out!
Finally I have a television commercial for the game that features Connor writing the Declaration of Independence while taking down some Red Coats and Templars. Pretty cool stuff. Here it is!
That’s it for Assassin’s Creed. Now we move on to Halo 4! As you know, we are a mere two weeks away from the release of Halo 4! For those who haven’t seen the launch trailer, entitled “Scanned,” or the latest episode of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, check out the blog I posted last Friday!
Now, a new trailer has been released for Bioshock: Infinite! Not only does it give a little bit of insight into the story, but we also have a release date! Check it out here!
Very cool. Bioshock has always been a franchise that has intrigued me. And Infinite is looking to be no exception to that. City in the sky? I mean come on!
Lastly, as I said in the title, there’s gonna be an added bonus to this weeks video game news. And it has nothing to do with video games.
Well, the first official trailer for Iron Man 3 has been released!! AND IT’S AWESOME!!!! Check! This! Out!
Awesome! I really can’t wait to see how they are going to bring the Extremis story to life and still make it grounded in reality. Does it seem a little Dark Knight Rises-ish? Yes. But overall, Iron Man 3 looks pretty intense.
Anyway, that’s it for now. Later!
Sup guys? Here’s what’s going on this week!
Lets start off with some Halo news shall we?
Well, part 2 of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was released this past Friday! In my opinion, they should just let 343 Industries make a Halo movie already, because this miniseries has just been amazing so far. For those who don’t know, Forward Unto Dawn is a miniseries that serves as a primer for Halo 4. It follows Thomas Lasky, a young cadet in the UNSC CAMS cadet school. During that time, the Covenant invades the school, and the Master Chief shows up to help Lasky and his fellow cadets come together as a group and fend off the Covenant forces. Fast forward to Halo 4, and it’s now Captain Lasky who finds Master Chief on the UNSC Forward Unto Dawn. Anyway, here’s episode two of the miniseries!
Did anyone else see the bald guy during the fight in the mess hall? If you did, then you caught a special cameo appearance by Halo franchise director, Frank O ‘Connor! So good eyes!
Along with Forward Unto Dawn, IGN has also been releasing video walkthroughs of the various multiplayer maps in Halo 4. Here’s one for the map called, “Meltdown.”
In other news, it looks as though Domino will be making an appearance in the upcoming Marvel/High Moon game featuring everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool! For those who don’t remember, back at this years San Diego Comic Con, Marvel and High Moon announced a Deadpool game! Here’s the announcement trailer!
As some of you may know, New York Comic Con was this past weekend…and Deadpool decided to show up and have a little fun. Luckily, he had a video camera and recorded the whole thing!
Well that was fun!
On to Assassin’s Creed 3 stuff! We are less than 2 weeks away from the release of Assassin’s Creed 3, and I’m so excited!! IGN has made a behind the scenes video that showcase the wilderness and terrain that Connor will be traversing in the game.
Very cool, you can see the inspiration from Red Dead Redemption in this making of video.
Finally, we have a good look at the multiplayer aspect of AC3. Check it out!
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now! Till next time! Later!
Sup guys? Here’s what’s been going on in the video game world over the past week.
First of all, as you can see in the nifty artwork at the top of my article, the first peace of DLC to come with the season pass for Assassin’s Creed 3 will be a single player mission entitled, “The Tyranny of King Washington.” This will take place in an alternate reality in which George Washington, the hero of the American Revolution, actually decided to become king of the newly independent union. And he becomes a tyrannical king at that. Now, it’s up to our new assassin, Connor, who helped during the revolution, to bring down the evil King of the United States. I, for one, am very intrigued by the concept of this mission. As you may or may not know from US History, George Washington was offered the title of “King” after the Revolution but he declined saying that the new union would not be ruled by a king. I love how Ubisoft puts twists on actual historical events.
Anyway, in other Assassin’s Creed news, there’s been a new trailer released that shows some of Connor’s back story. Him as a child having his village destroyed, to him being trained to become an assassin. And here it is.
Very cool stuff.
Alright, on to Halo 4. Well, to be more specific, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Yes, the miniseries made it’s premier last Friday. And here is episode 1!
I’m digging this series so far. And I really enjoyed the Master Chief teaser at the beginning of the episode and I really can’t wait to see a live action Master Chief!
In other Halo 4 news, I mentioned the other week that the Flood will be making it’s return in Halo 4. When that was originally announced, all we had was a screenshot. Now we have a gameplay demo thanks to the guys at IGN! Enjoy.
Ok, now some stuff that has nothing to do with Assassin’s Creed or Halo 4. Well, it seems that the hit game Angry Birds is going to a galaxy far, far away. Yes, on November, 8th, there will be an Angry Birds Star Wars game. And here’s the teaser trailer for it.
Yep. That’s happening.
Finally, so last week was the release of Resident Evil 6. I was looking forward to this game. It looks great both visually and gameplay wise, and the story looks pretty cool too. It seems that both the stories of Leon Kennedy and Chris Redfield will intertwine as they take one both the classic T-Virus zombies we know from the first few RE games, and the crazy parasitic foes we know from recent titles. I haven’t had the chance to pick up a copy, but here’s the launch trailer for the game!
Man. I forgot how good that trailer is. I really wanna pick up a copy now.
Anyway, that’s it for now! Check back next time for more stuff!
The guys over at Rooster Teeth Productions have been making Red vs Blue for ten years now. It is one of the longest running internet series today, has garnered millions of fans worldwide and has received many awards including “Best Internet Series” from the IAWTV Awards in 2011. In those ten years, Roosterteeth.com has gone from being a forum site to go to watch and discuss the latest episode to being it’s own community site will over one million site members. Well, a few months ago, a survey was released by the creators for their community members to fill out. The survey consisted of questions regarding the communities favorite moments from seasons one through nine of the series. And now those votes have been tabulated and the winners have been brought together to give to you: The Best Red vs Blue DVD Ever. Of All Time.
I really enjoyed this best of collection and the way it was presented. When you see other “best of” clip shows, its usually hosted by one of the stars of the show and they would usually say things like, “Well, if you think that little mishap was funny, than take a look at all the other times this has happened to one of us!” Well, the Rooster Teeth guys did things a little different. Since this collection was put together by the votes of the community, this “best of” collection is brought to us in the way of an awards show.
Yeah, an awards show, complete with a red carpet pre-show hosted by nobodies favorite American Grifball League of America commissioner….The Commissioner.
The first ever Red vs Blue Awards show was hosted by the unofficial leader of the Blue Army, Private Leonard Church, and offered lots of bickering, heckling, and all out shouting matches from the audience. Along with seeing Church at the podium, we also got to see show favorites Tucker, Sarge, Simmons, Grif, Donut, Wash, Tex, Andy the Bomb, Sister, Junior, and of course, Caboose, come up and announce winners and categories. Some of the categories included are: Best Moments from seasons one through nine, favorite character lines, best episodes from seasons one through nine, favorite Grifball miniseries, favorite miniseries, and many others.
I’ve gotta say, it was really nice reliving all of these classic moments from Red vs Blue. I’ve been a fan of the series for a very long time and it’s really cool seeing the creators show their appreciation to their fans by letting them choose their favorite moments from the series.
Also, the awards show aspect was a nice touch, because we all know Donut’s been practicing his Oscar speech for years now, and the guys did it to a tee. As various characters would take the stage to announce categories, there would be the occasional bad joke, not to mention the Red vs Blue brand of humor that was heckling from the Reds when a Blue was on stage, or Sister accusing Wash of being a cop when he was on stage.
My only problem with the show, is that I think Donut should have been the host instead of Church. I can see why Church was hosting seeing as that he gets angry and blows up on people easily, which is not what you want a host to do. But Donut would have been better in my opinion because he would have taken what a normal awards show host does to an all new level. Probably would’ve included a song and dance number which would have been hilarious to see.
Other than that, The Best Red vs Blue DVD Ever. Of All Time was an absolute pleasure to watch, and we here at OMBG give it two thumbs up!
Sup guys? Here’s what we got this week in video game land!
First, another trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3. This time, we get a little history lesson about the famous Boston Tea Party. And apparently, our protagonist, Connor, plays part in the first form of defiance from the Colonist to King George in dumping the outrageously taxed tea into the Boston Harbor. Check out the trailer below.
In other Assassin’s Creed news, Ubisoft has announced that they will be releasing an Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Trilogy. Which is exactly what it sounds like. There will be a collection of AC games that will be the Ezio Trilogy, so it will include: Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood, and Revelations. The only thing is, it’s only going to be released for the Playstation 3. I’m a little irritated by that. I already own the Ezio Trilogy myself, but for those who don’t and are 360 gamers like myself, that’s a bit of a jip. But what can you do? The Ezio Trilogy will be released for the PS3 on November 13th.
BioWare has also jumped on board with releasing collections of their successful franchises. They have just announced that they will be releasing a Mass Effect Collection. Which will include Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3. This will mark the first time that the first Mass Effect being available to play on the PC and PS3. But while the PC and 360 versions of the trilogy will be released on November 6th, the PS3 versions has yet to be given a release date.
Finally, in Halo 4 news, the Flood will be making a return in Halo 4. As of right now, not in the campaign, but in a multiplayer type. There will be a new multiplayer game in Halo 4 simply called, The Flood. So we will see what happens there. That’s pretty exciting if you ask me.
Well, thats all for now. See ya next time!