Archive for June, 2007

Upcoming birthday love

This message brought to you by your friends at Bmatt Enterprises, Incorporated. Bmatt Enterprises: Where the future meets the crazy.

Hi friends. I’m Brandon Matthews, founder, president, CEO, CIO, CTO, Supreme-Dictator-for-Life, and marketing manager of Bmatt Enterprises. I’m here to remind you of a very important upcoming date.

On this upcoming date, 24 years ago, a great thing happened. Something very unique and special came into this world….oh forget it I can’t keep this up anymore. I’m making MYSELF sick and I like me.

I really should start a Bmatt Enterprises though. Just for the business cards.

So yeah, my birthday is coming in 10 days. If you would like to get me something for it, click the big button below

My Amazon.com Wish List

Since Bell is shut down the 4th through the 6th, I’ll be in Waco on Tuesday after work until late Friday. I have to go home for the 7th and the 8th for an uncle’s wedding. I’ll bring some DP for you guys too.

iPhone comes out tomorrow. No, I’m not getting one. Too expensive for too little storage space. More gigs, less dollars, then we’ll talk. Plus I’d have to get a new cingular contract, and I just recently renewed mine. I like having all my music on one device, I don’t want to have to pick and choose. Would love to play with it though.

I’m slowly coming to the realization that I may need to trade my car in. But I have no idea on if I should get a new car, or find a used one, or where do I look for a used one, or anything. Do I buy, or do I try this leasing thing I keep hearing about? Never been much of a car guy. Anybody have any ideas on where to start? Should I just deal with mine and get a Wii instead?

Aight, enough for now. Them zombies ain’t gonna shoot themselves.

It’s what all the cool Blood Elf Warlocks are riding these days

Real quick one gang, some more WoW Screenshots.

My Blood Elf Warlock, Nihilus, hit level 40 today, which is the first level you become eligible for a mount to ride. Now normally, one has to pay for the riding skill training (which is somewhat pricey) and the mount itself (which is really not).

However, one of the features of the warlock class is that at 40 you learn a spell to summon a mount of your own, called a Fel Steed. Learning the spell happens to grant both the skill and the mount at a substantially reduced cost.

However, since the Blood Elves are a new race in the game, they have a new mount called a hawkstrider to go with them. And since it looked so weird, like a big ol’ black chicken, I figured I had to have one. Here’s some pics! Click to see bigger ones.


Dun….dun dun dun…..dun dun dun….DANANANANANANA!

Back…in black. Or possibly blue. In fact, I’m wearing blue as I type this, but Back in Blue doesn’t really have the same feeling to it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll wear something black and then blog again, then it might work. I digress.

Waco. After a month and a half without it, I gotta tell ya it was fun to go back. I got to see a lot of people I hadn’t seen in ages. And plenty of people I had seen in ages too, of course.

Friday night was me and Chris grabbin’ some food, hanging out, waiting for Josh to pull in from his trip overseas. By the way, now that he’s back, I can tell you he was in China and Thailand, working with a long term team over there. Anyway, after we got food we met Jacob and Joseph at a snowcone place, the name of which escapes me. We were going to rent a movie, but we couldn’t come to any agreement on one, until I stumbled upon “Unbreakable” which I had never seen. Joseph was insistent that Chris had mentioned having that one at the D-house already, so we just headed back with the intention of seeing that one. Chris informed us that we were mistaken, he said they had “Invincible”. After much groaning and laughter, we ended up watching SOMETHING, but I can’t remember what. I know it wasn’t Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 or One Night With the King, because both of those got watched on Saturday. However, I am completely blanking out. Darn it.

At any rate, Josh eventually did show up. Myself, Chris, Lee, and Smith were all outside waiting on him, (and I think Drew was there too, blasted useless memory) and when he pulled up, we all agreed that we would pretend we were engrossed in a story and not notice him at all. Worked pretty well, and Josh, probably confused, just went on inside. At which point we of course followed him back in, laughing and all.

Saturday, I hung out with Josh and Gino at lunch, Kyle joined us later, and we headed over to his place to catch up. After that, Josh had a date planned with Angie, so I hung out downstairs with Drew as he prepared to leave Waco forever for Portland, Oregon. Yes, it’s true, the time of Drew in Waco has ended. Tis’ a sad day. He left Sunday and should be well on his way there as I type this. At any rate, we ordered some pizza and watch TMNT 2 that night. Chris and Joseph showed up later when they got off work and then we saw One Night with the King, which is actually a very good film I think, a dramatic retelling of the Biblical story of Esther.

Sunday was Church (sermon on the power of a Father for Father’s day and all), and then we all grabbed food on our own and met up back at the house (most people ironically enough got Bush’s Chicken), where none other than Ted Murray showed up with Drew. Man, I missed Ted. He cracks me up. He and Drew together are best described as “a riot”. After everyone headed out, I went and got some ice cream with Chris, Josh, Angie, and Mindy. Cold Stone is very good, and it had been too long since I had it. However, they seem to have gotten rid of the Cinnamon ice cream. I WILL NOT TOLERATE SUCH AN INJUSTICE!! When we got back, it was getting to be about the time I should head back home, when Drew called Smith and invited him and myself to a little get together at his place. And he then uttered the magic word: Halo. Oh yeah, now we’re kickin’ it old school. And it definitely felt like the old KSG days when Andy and Justin were there. The repeated sucking of Brandon also felt just like old times. I got back into a semi-groove soon enough. Makes me wonder if I should get an Xbox360 for some Halo 3 love.

Then I drove home, after the Bellmead Wendy’s lost my order, with a headache the whole time. Not fun. Also when I got home, our internet connection was still very unstable and the phones were dead again. This has been happening a lot over the past few days. It goes through periods where nothing will be wrong, everything will be superfast, and then it will just have skyrocketing latency. I can’t maintain any sort of a connection to World of Warcraft, downloading any podcasts becomes impossible, and loading pages takes forever, and usually times out. Unacceptable! Thankfully someone is coming out to look at the phone line, hopefully getting that fixed will also solve the lag issues.

Well, I guess that’s it from me. I’m being told I must come down on the 4th of July for those 5 days I have off (the last of which includes my 24th birthday), so I might be back as soon as then. Someone at some point is going to have to see Transformers with me if that happens!!

Back to work, and back to lolkittehs.

Trip time!

Well crazy peoples, I’ll be in Waco this weekend. Might be having way too much fun to blog at all.

In the meantime, enjoy this video. If you played Punch-Out on the old NES, you’ll love it.

Aaaaah full out Star Wars nerd time fun.

So yesterday, I went out to the opening day of the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History with Mom. It was extremely cool. They had a lot of costumes and movie props on display, including some of the models they’d shot the space scenes with, along with some exhibits detailing how the special effects were done and how some of the concepts were actually being implemented in real life (such as with cybernetics or future deep-space shuttles). After that, we went to the Omni IMAX theatre where we saw a documentary on special effects, which was very interesting. If ya like Star Wars, it’s a worthwhile $20 to spend. Though you might wanna bring more, because the Star Wars Store is extremely comprehensive, and ya might wanna walk out with a sweet-awesome shirt as well (or in my case, a shirt, a poster, and the Complete Cross-Sections book, heh heh heh). Check out some of the pictures below.



Oh, and if you wanna know about the next edition of Bmatt TV…well I got nothin’ for ya yet. We’ll see what we can do. I just haven’t had any good inspiration, but we’ll see what we can come up with later.

Josh gets back this Friday, so I should be in Waco sometime soon. Catch ya’ll around.

“The Physics of Fire”
Becoming the Archetype.

Mv. 1 – “The Great Fall”
In the time before the great fall
The power of fire was known to man
Imparted at creation as a vital component of the human soul
And the only knowledge that the enemy did not possess
And the reason that he deceived humanity
Many ages have passed since that time
When the evil one made his pact
When men were yet ignorant to the truth and easily deceived
In exchange for the keys to knowledge
Mankind gave up their immortal souls
Corrupted by the enemy
The souls were held
Encased in ice
Indefinitely

Mv. 2 – “Fire Made Flesh”
And so was the plight of man for generations
Their souls remained frozen
Enslaved in darkness
Until the day that fire fell from heaven
Those who witnessed the blaze took up torches
And carried them into all the earth
Bearing witness that fire would be the key
To undoing the enemy’s grasp on their souls
Yet there were those who refused to believe
Since they had not seen the source of the blaze with their own eyes
Still many others left all they had behind
They took up torches and carried the flame
I will carry the flame to the end of the earth with me
This fire that burns forever is the only thing that sets me free
They marched deep into the depths of the earth
To reclaim their souls from the enemy

Mv. 3 – “Epoch of War”
The number of men who carried the flame continued to increase
And a massive force was gathered just outside the prison
Where the evil one had trapped the souls of men
And with a sounding trumpet
In an instant the siege was underway
The forces of humanity swarmed the enemy camp
They stormed the gates relentlessly
Waving their torches and shouting together
There is none that can stand against the power of fire

Mv. 4 – “The Balance of Eternity”
They stood just inside the walls of the fortress
And looked out upon an endless sea of ice
At first the only sound was of burning torches
But another sound was rising
That of thousands of souls groaning in bitter agony
Trapped just below the surface and awakened by the presence of fire
The sound of the souls crying out for rebirth continued to grow
It became deafening and caused all of the men there
To fall on their knees
They drove their torches into the ground and watched as the ice began to melt away
The enemy’s grasp was broken by the power of fire
And a great multitude of souls were reclaimed from the ice
But there were many others that did not respond
To the presence of fire
They remained frozen
Enslaved in darkness
Forever

When the mountains crumble into the sea
When the stars fall from the heavens and scorch the earth
Then every knee will bow before the flame
And every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
Forever

The above was taken from the new Becoming the Archetype album “The Physics of Fire”. Each of the movements are songs from said album. It’s absolutely beautiful.

weeeee music nerdout time!

Hey again gang.

I could spend an inordinate amount of time metal-nerding about the awesomeness of Becoming the Archetype’s new album, “The Physics of Fire”, right here. Because, as David put it, it covers “one of my favorite subjects”. Which is true. I like fire imagery.

However, I’m not going to do that, because aside from David, who I don’t believe actively reads this, I don’t think very many of you are metal fans. Which is a shame, but that’s for another time.

Instead, I’m going to extol the awesomeness of the celtic punk stylings of Flatfoot 56.

Yeah, you heard that right. Celtic Punk. It’s a punk band with mandolins and bagpipes and similar instrumentation. I would never have guessed that to work, but man, it does.

I’ve got their 2 newest albums, Knuckles Up (which is actually a re-release I think) and Jungle of the Midwest Sea. I don’t really know how to describe them beyond the fact that they are just….FUN. They’re upbeat, fast-paced, and fun to sing along to., even on the occasional song where they deal with harsh realities.

And frankly, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard a more awesome rendition of Amazing Grace than on Knuckles Up. In fact, someone go tell the Dwelling Place praise band that they need to cover it one night. I will take off work to come see that happen. Go download the song somewhere or buy it off iTunes or something. I think you’ll agree with me.

This is seriously music you can dance and just have fun with, and I love it. Been in a metal kick lately, which isn’t really depressing, it makes me more mellow, introspective, and angry at Satan. At which point I usually start reveling in thought of the day when the Holy Wrath of God will be unleashed in typical metal fashion. Rawr!

Go give it a try, seriously it’s awesome.

Gotta boogie for now though. Catch ya’ll around.

My LOLCats repository is down at the moment, so I’ll give ya double next time!