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things i like:
rock'n'roll, country, punk & metal.
bands that combine all four successfully.
design, graphic & interior.
the intersection of philosophy & sociology.
ampersands.
andrew wk.
emergent gameplay, of the videogaming variety.
cursing.
beards.
beer.
bbq.
cjlo.
deep fried everything.
americana.
making lists
, including this one of my life's ambitions, and these of things on my mind at the time.

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i took a trip! read about it here.

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This might actually happen for me…
20. See ZZ Top live!

This might actually happen for me…

20. See ZZ Top live!

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a quest to attempt to figure out how I got here from there, at least in terms of the things that I enjoy. Given that exposure to the things that I most like today was limited in my youth, I have often wondered what could have planted the seeds of those interests.
I didn’t have an older sibling to turn me on to cool music. I wasn’t allowed to have many of the toys or games that most children around me had access to. I was the only child of parents who seemed to believe that most popular culture was devoid of value (and maybe rightly so).
I say this not as a complaint, but to contextualize the fact that at some point, I started cultivating certain interests kind of… out of the void. Sure, I had friends who turned me on to things, and lead me down certain paths, but had the field not been fallow, none of those things would have stuck.
While I’m still tracking down the genesis of certain obsessions (for example, I still can’t QUITE pinpoint my fixation with cowboys and Southern culture), there is one interest that I developed as a preteen that I see reflected in my current passions for heavy metal, video games and other generally “dark” pursuits.
You see, as a kid, I LOVED Fighting Fantasy books.
This is the kind of thing that most people admit to sheepishly, as they would a past spent playing D&D. The similarities are obvious (even though the enjoyment of Fighting Fantasy books is a totally solitary one, sadder still). For those who’ve never had the pleasure, FF books are basically Choose Your Own Adventure books… with dice. You use the dice to do simple mathematical calculations as you fight imaginary monsters and pick various scenarios. Playing them also requires a sheet of paper, on which you record the “items” in your “possession”, as well as any nerdy notes you may have. Drawing a map as you travel through the story is also recommended.
I used to read these avidly, and collected them passively, trading them with grade school friends (all boys… are you surprised?). For the record, I remember getting them into the books, not the other way around. During those few years, I think I probably accumulated 25 books or so, which I’ve recently dug out after having no interaction with them for almost 20 years. The last time I dealt with them, if I remember correctly, I loaned 10 or so of them to a friend, who I subsequently lost touch with.
In the past few months, I’ve been flirting with the idea of getting them back, via the magic of Ebay, and ended up buying a copy of House of Hell online for a couple of dollars. You’ll notice that, in the photo above, I actually have two copies. That’s because, while I was in Italy, I discovered 4 books stashed away in my old bedroom, House of Hell among them. I am now offering that for trade for anyone that might be interested.
Below, you’ll find the list of the books I’m interested in. I’m only interested in the Puffin Books editions with the fluorescent green spines. Anything italicized I already own. While I included the full FF 59 book list, I’m really only interested in the first 40 titles, since those are the ones I mostly consumed, and particularly those I know for sure that I’ve already read (marked with asterisks).
You’ll notice that Appointment with F.E.A.R. has three asterisks. That’s because that was my all time most favorite FF book, and I loaned it to my friend, never to get it back. In the nerdiest way possible, it is my Moby Dick, the one I want the most.
I guess that all this brings me to an update of my list:
19. Finish my Fighting Fantasy book collection.
Fighting Fantasy titles published by Puffin Books (1982–95)1 The Warlock of Firetop Mountain*2 The Citadel of Chaos3 The Forest of Doom4 Starship Traveller5 City of Thieves*6 Deathtrap Dungeon*7 Island of the Lizard King*8 Scorpion Swamp9 Caverns of the Snow Witch*10 House of Hell11 Talisman of Death12 Space Assassin13 Freeway Fighter14 Temple of Terror*15 The Rings of Kether16 Seas of Blood*17 Appointment with F.E.A.R.***18 Rebel Planet19 Demons of the Deep*20 Sword of the Samurai21 Trial of Champions22 Robot Commando23 Masks of Mayhem 24 Creature of Havoc*25 Beneath Nightmare Castle*26 Crypt of the Sorcerer27 Star Strider28 Phantoms of Fear*29 Midnight Rogue*30 Chasms of Malice31 Battleblade Warrior32 Slaves of the Abyss33 Sky Lord34 Stealer of Souls35 Daggers of Darkness36 Armies of Death 37 Portal of Evil38 Vault of the Vampire39 Fangs of Fury40 Dead of Night41 Master of Chaos42 Black Vein Prophecy43 The Keep of the Lich Lord44 Legend of the Shadow Warriors45 Spectral Stalkers46 Tower of Destruction47 The Crimson Tide48 Moonrunner49 Siege of Sardath50 Return to Firetop Mountain51 Island of the Undead52 Night Dragon53 Spellbreaker54 Legend of Zagor55 Deathmoor56 Knights of Doom57 Magehunter58 Revenge of the Vampire59 Curse of the MummySteve Jackson’s Sorcery!0 The Sorcery! Spell Book 1 The Shamutanti Hills*2 Kharé - Cityport of Traps*3 The Seven Serpents4 The Crown of KingsAdditional titlesFighting Fantasy - The Introductory Role-playing GameThe Riddling ReaverOut of the Pit
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UPDATE 05/28/12: This past weekend I was able to pick up not one, but two titles for my collection thanks to a trip to the SallyAnn. The books are #15 Rings of Kether and #23 Masks of Mayhem (a previously unread title, I think). The list above has been updated to reflect the new additions.

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a quest to attempt to figure out how I got here from there, at least in terms of the things that I enjoy. Given that exposure to the things that I most like today was limited in my youth, I have often wondered what could have planted the seeds of those interests.

I didn’t have an older sibling to turn me on to cool music. I wasn’t allowed to have many of the toys or games that most children around me had access to. I was the only child of parents who seemed to believe that most popular culture was devoid of value (and maybe rightly so).

I say this not as a complaint, but to contextualize the fact that at some point, I started cultivating certain interests kind of… out of the void. Sure, I had friends who turned me on to things, and lead me down certain paths, but had the field not been fallow, none of those things would have stuck.

While I’m still tracking down the genesis of certain obsessions (for example, I still can’t QUITE pinpoint my fixation with cowboys and Southern culture), there is one interest that I developed as a preteen that I see reflected in my current passions for heavy metal, video games and other generally “dark” pursuits.

You see, as a kid, I LOVED Fighting Fantasy books.

This is the kind of thing that most people admit to sheepishly, as they would a past spent playing D&D. The similarities are obvious (even though the enjoyment of Fighting Fantasy books is a totally solitary one, sadder still). For those who’ve never had the pleasure, FF books are basically Choose Your Own Adventure books… with dice. You use the dice to do simple mathematical calculations as you fight imaginary monsters and pick various scenarios. Playing them also requires a sheet of paper, on which you record the “items” in your “possession”, as well as any nerdy notes you may have. Drawing a map as you travel through the story is also recommended.

I used to read these avidly, and collected them passively, trading them with grade school friends (all boys… are you surprised?). For the record, I remember getting them into the books, not the other way around. During those few years, I think I probably accumulated 25 books or so, which I’ve recently dug out after having no interaction with them for almost 20 years. The last time I dealt with them, if I remember correctly, I loaned 10 or so of them to a friend, who I subsequently lost touch with.

In the past few months, I’ve been flirting with the idea of getting them back, via the magic of Ebay, and ended up buying a copy of House of Hell online for a couple of dollars. You’ll notice that, in the photo above, I actually have two copies. That’s because, while I was in Italy, I discovered 4 books stashed away in my old bedroom, House of Hell among them. I am now offering that for trade for anyone that might be interested.

Below, you’ll find the list of the books I’m interested in. I’m only interested in the Puffin Books editions with the fluorescent green spines. Anything italicized I already own. While I included the full FF 59 book list, I’m really only interested in the first 40 titles, since those are the ones I mostly consumed, and particularly those I know for sure that I’ve already read (marked with asterisks).

You’ll notice that Appointment with F.E.A.R. has three asterisks. That’s because that was my all time most favorite FF book, and I loaned it to my friend, never to get it back. In the nerdiest way possible, it is my Moby Dick, the one I want the most.

I guess that all this brings me to an update of my list:

19. Finish my Fighting Fantasy book collection.

Fighting Fantasy titles published by Puffin Books (1982–95)
1 The Warlock of Firetop Mountain*
2 The Citadel of Chaos
3 The Forest of Doom
4 Starship Traveller
5 City of Thieves*
6 Deathtrap Dungeon*
7 Island of the Lizard King*
8 Scorpion Swamp
9 Caverns of the Snow Witch*
10 House of Hell
11 Talisman of Death
12 Space Assassin
13 Freeway Fighter
14 Temple of Terror*
15 The Rings of Kether
16 Seas of Blood*
17 Appointment with F.E.A.R.***
18 Rebel Planet
19 Demons of the Deep*
20 Sword of the Samurai
21 Trial of Champions
22 Robot Commando
23 Masks of Mayhem
24 Creature of Havoc*
25 Beneath Nightmare Castle*
26 Crypt of the Sorcerer
27 Star Strider
28 Phantoms of Fear*
29 Midnight Rogue*
30 Chasms of Malice
31 Battleblade Warrior
32 Slaves of the Abyss
33 Sky Lord
34 Stealer of Souls
35 Daggers of Darkness
36 Armies of Death
37 Portal of Evil
38 Vault of the Vampire
39 Fangs of Fury
40 Dead of Night
41 Master of Chaos
42 Black Vein Prophecy
43 The Keep of the Lich Lord
44 Legend of the Shadow Warriors
45 Spectral Stalkers
46 Tower of Destruction
47 The Crimson Tide
48 Moonrunner
49 Siege of Sardath
50 Return to Firetop Mountain
51 Island of the Undead
52 Night Dragon
53 Spellbreaker
54 Legend of Zagor
55 Deathmoor
56 Knights of Doom
57 Magehunter
58 Revenge of the Vampire
59 Curse of the Mummy

Steve Jackson’s Sorcery!
0 The Sorcery! Spell Book 
1 The Shamutanti Hills*
2 Kharé - Cityport of Traps*
3 The Seven Serpents
4 The Crown of Kings

Additional titles
Fighting Fantasy - The Introductory Role-playing Game
The Riddling Reaver
Out of the Pit

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UPDATE 05/28/12: This past weekend I was able to pick up not one, but two titles for my collection thanks to a trip to the SallyAnn. The books are #15 Rings of Kether and #23 Masks of Mayhem (a previously unread title, I think). The list above has been updated to reflect the new additions.

Well, tonight is the night I’ve been waiting for… yep, just in time for VD, a computer is gonna school us all in trivia. I’m a huge Jeopardy fan,

[18. Be a contestant on Jeopardy.]

and I’ve been excited to see IBM’s Watson take on the show’s most successful guests, Ken Jennings & Brad Rutter. It’ll be a three day tournament, starting with this evening, and based on the above results from a practice tournament, I predict that the AI is gonna kick the HI’s ass.

Scissorfight - Drunken Hangman

The video is labeled incorrectly as Helicopter Killing Cottonmouth, but don’t be fooled.

I’m on a nostalgia trip today, remembering what it was like seeing Scissorfight play at Foufounes on November 19th, 2002. They opened for Clutch, but everyone arrived fashionably late for the headliner, so there weren’t that many people for Scissorfight’s set, and those that were hid in darkness under the safety of the upstairs balcony overhang.

I was with Véro, who had gotten me into the band a year or so earlier, two small girls in what was predominantly a big ol’ sausage fest. We were super into it, but intimidated by the huge expanse of open floor between us and the band, and as they ripped through their set, Ironlung would lean out over the stage and glare at us as only he can… if you’ve seen it, you know exactly what I mean. He exhorted the crowd to come closer, and we would, a step or two at a time, until it felt like it was just us in the middle of the floor and the band destroying on stage.

My memory fades from that point. What’s left is just a ghost of what it felt like to be there… the ground shaking under my feet, the legitimate thought that the floor might not hold, the low frequencies rattling through my gut, down my legs, up my spine, the punishing decibels bludgeoning my ears… it was one of the most beatific moments of my life and it set the precedent for the feeling I’ve been trying to catch for the past eight years. Since that show, I’ve seen many heavy bands, some maybe even heavier than Scissorfight, and while several have come close, none have been able to replicate it. My fondest wish?

17. See Scissorfight live again. 

P.S. Marry me, Jarvis.

15. In a spooky parallel to life’s ambition #6, spend an afternoon in Texas, QC.

How has there been a Texas, QC all of a 20 minute drive away this whole time without me noticing?

14. Stand on the border between the US and Canada. (September &#8216;08)

14. Stand on the border between the US and Canada. (September ‘08)

13. See Monster Magnet live.

Walking through metro tunnel. Youre jealous arent you?
Metro lines 1, 2 and 4 went down today, and commuters had to be evacuated in the tunnels. Mad with envy, not because I miss the daily commute or the inevitable clusterfuck this must have caused, but because:
12. Walk on the subway tracks, preferably overnight.
[Part of a recurring series, hit the link &#8220;life&#8217;s ambitions&#8221; to your right to see the rest.]

Walking through metro tunnel. Youre jealous arent you?

Metro lines 1, 2 and 4 went down today, and commuters had to be evacuated in the tunnels. Mad with envy, not because I miss the daily commute or the inevitable clusterfuck this must have caused, but because:

12. Walk on the subway tracks, preferably overnight.

[Part of a recurring series, hit the link “life’s ambitions” to your right to see the rest.]

via travelblog.viator.com
11. Visit the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, NV.

via travelblog.viator.com

11. Visit the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, NV.