Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wedding Update

Happy 2009!!!! I managed to survive the wedding, but only by the skin of my teeth. I did manage to walk away with some funny stories, though.
The point I consider the worst was when my Grandma began discussing my date life with a lady we had only known for about 2 hours. I dislike it when she asks me about my girlfriends, let alone when she chats idly about them with near-strangers. It was incredibly traumatizing, let me tell you.
Now, for the funny story. When they threw the garter, I plain out refused to go up. My uncle, however, was dragged up there and forced to try and catch it. When the groom tossed it, guess who it landed in the hands of? That's right, my uncle. He was horribly embarrassed, although he really should have saved it for the next stage. When the bride threw the bouquet, a 15-ish year old girl caught it. My uncle reddened. He went up to put the garter on her, but before he could the mother of the bride ran up and told the DJ to stop him, because they were related. I'm sure the DJ has encountered this scenario before, and he followed an alternate script and played some different music. My uncle got the garter put on him, with Dude Looks Like A Lady playing. Now, even for a normal dude this would be horrible, but my uncle has an, ahem, condition that made it worse. He has hair that falls to the middle of his back. It's not like he's a Hippie or anything, he apparently just doesn't like haircuts. So, he's getting the garter put on him, with his really long hair, and the earlier mentioned song playing in the background. It was side-splittingly funny, and probably one of his top-ten worst moments in his life.
It's not nice to laugh at others, but I think that gets an exception for being extra funny. Well, I've told my tales, and wished you all a happy 2009, so I think I'm going to finish this thing off. Once again, happy 2009!

One Wedding And No Funerals

Hello, everyone. Is the Internet, like, dead today? There have been no posts on any of the blogs I follow, and no one is logged in to Messenger. I've read my way through the archives of this web comic, and Slow Wave only posts once a week. I can't even shop on amazon, because I'm totally broke.
On an unrelated note, in about an hour and a half, I'm going to a wedding reception. We're only going to the reception, and if it's boring, we'll leave to go see the new James Bond flick. Two years ago, we went to see Casino Royale, to properly welcome the year (2007). Last year, we saw I Am Legend, which was kind of over-rated. I read the novella before going to see it, and it was way better. Seriously, the movie had absolutely nothing to do with the book, other than the whole vampire thing.
Has anyone been missing my CD and movie reviews? I haven't really gotten anything worthy of review, so I haven't been. I'm glad to see that the poll on the side bar actually got some responses. It's been the first since Boyd's World gained a following, and I'm quite glad.
OK, looks like it's time for this post to end. Time to put on a tie...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Electronic Stuff

Hello, everyone. It's the day before New Year's Eve, and I'm posting again. I was watching a movie, but my stupid DVD player is bent and determined to skip as much as possible. I got a lens cleaner from radio shack, but it skips too, so I doubt it helps. The problem with buying on is the fact it has a VCR built in, and they really don't make those any more. At least, that's what I've determined through glancing quickly at appliances when looking at movies. I'm sure they have them, just not in the limited places I've looked.
By the way, I am throwing that party I was talking about. Ashley's going, and so are Alix and Stephen. It's gonna be pretty awesome, what with the great selection of music. Stephen is bringing a huge collection of music, and everyone is invited to bring MP3 players and stuff to plug in. I spent a large-ish chunk of my day cleaning the basement, and firing up the wood stove. I got the best location for my amp figured out, and all that good stuff. We're getting a couch on friday, and it's going to be great.
I wish I was posting more often, but I suppose it's for the best. Looking back, some of the November posts, the month I was so post-happy, were total crap. I mean, how much can someone talk about being bored and proper grammar? Blah blah blah. I'm going to finish this post, as to keep from being November-ey.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

This Post Will Change Your Life

Hey, everyone. I had a great Christmas, and I got everything I asked for. I'm posting because, well, I've been a slacker lately. I really need to keep up with my blog more. I've been IMing a lot lately, and it's hard to focus. Currently, no one is online, for at least a few minutes.
Oh! I finally hit the 10 followers mark! I'm pretty happy. Thanks, Diane, for helping me achieve that. Currently, my blog has had 113 hits since I installed a counter. I'm glad, because 3 months ago Boyd's World was virtually unknown. Now, everyone seems to have a blog.
I just got a cool book (not a Christmas gift). It's called This Book Will Change Your Life, and it was created by this site. It's 365 days of activities geared towards changing the way you look at life. It's kind of anarchist, but still pretty cool. I think the main goal is to turn you into a social pariah. I started today, and I can already feel the changes occurring. OK, not really, but I'm sure the anti-social activities in this book will soon change my outlook on life. One of the weirdest days is day 13: write a letter to a famous serial killer.
I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to achieve some of these activities, such as going an entire day without talking. I'm going to carry around a sign that tells people my plight, but I'm sure some of my teachers will be slightly disapproving.
Well, people are online again, so I'm going to end this. Posts get discordant if I write when IMing, for some reason. Well, see you later, my lovely readers.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

Hello, it's about 10:41, and in between IMs, I'm going to post about my experiences with Christmas. I'm going to get up and open presents. I'm kind of hoping for a distortion pedal... After that, we're going to my grandparents house, where my great aunt and my uncle (not great) will also be.
Today, I've already gotten a few things. My great aunt exchanges gifts the night before, for some reason, and she got me a Barnes and Noble gift card (sweet!). Also, in our family, the night before, we get to open one gift. I did so, and I got a peacoat!!!! I've been wanting one, ever since Edward wore one in Twilight. It's totally cool looking.
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house; not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... probably because I have to use a crappy laptop touchpad...
Well, merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Late Night Speculations

If any of you read either Ashley or Stephen's blogs, you probably already know what I'm about to tell about. For those who don't, allow me to tell you exactly why I'm really tired and I slept in until 11 'o' clock today. Last night, I somehow managed to stay up until 1 in the morning (so, really, it was today). I couldn't bring myself to get out of bed before 11 this morning, even with the help of wonderful Diet Pepsi. Now, it's about 10:50, and I just logged on. Apparently, that's too late for someone to be on Yahoo Messenger, so now I'm really bored.
I was planning on trying to convert some tapes to MP3, but I can't find my tape player. Plus, I'm not even sure if what I'm planning will work, so it has a 50% chance of being a moot point.
Does anyone know the significance of the number42? I've obviously got it as a photo on my toolbar, but some may not get its meaning. It's a nerd thing. In The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, it is the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything. The Guide is a somewhat unknown series, at least in my area. I try and promote it, such as with my toolbar pic, but it just doesn't seem to catch on. Oh well, it's probably for the best. I don't think stuff like that should be known by the public, anyway.
I'm going to get going, so have a great day.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Concert

I'm having a good day, so I think I'll post. I'm listening to good music (The Cure), I'm talking to a friend (Ashley), and I'm watching a really freaky, trippy movie on channel 20.
Well, I did mention I'd tell you about my concert yesterday. I played totally awesome, except for one little part. Unfortunately, that one little part was my duet, the only time during the entire concert I was one of the only two people playing. Other than that, though, I did great. Actually, our whole band did really good, except for 3 of our saxophone players. They seem to be totally inept at counting, and playing, for that matter. Luckily, they were pretty much drowned out, and we sounded great.
We've had a substitute director for the past six weeks, because our band teacher was gone on maternity leave. Our regular teacher is pretty cool, but I really wish our sub was our full time teacher. Now, I'm saying this from a purely professional view, and I really have no quarrels with either teacher. It's just that the sub was a really good conductor, and I found it easier to follow along. He also taught us a lot of stuff we didn't know. Plus, he had the coolest name: Mr. T. It just naturally led to tons of jokes, like "Mr. T. pities the fool who plays a wrong note."
Well, time is winding down, and so am I. I'm tired, and I think I'm gonna go to bed now. I'll see you next time, on Boyd's World!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blogging In School, Remixed

Hello. It's been a while, hasn't it? I am handing out the invites to my party tomorrow, so you can see that I managed to get that all worked out...
Guess what?!? At our school, as class prez, I get to go to meetings where stuff is planned, like future electives and extracurricular activities. Our principal, Mr. Haynes, mentioned that he wanted to get something going after school that got kids reading and writing, as well as taught them valuable Internet skills. He kept mentioning pod casts, which is really just a buzzword for teachers, and some other thing like "moving storyboards". One of the teachers mentioned she had been hearing a lot about those blog things, and I immediately pounced upon the opportunity. I listed all of the benefits to a blog, and how they would fit his needs perfectly. Impressed by my apparent knowledge on the subject, he assigned me to work with the teachers organizing it. Pretty cool, huh? I may have brought a flood of new blogs to our lovely little community.
I'm making this a relatively short post, because I'm totally dead on my feet. I had a band concert, which I'll talk more about in my next post. It seems like another Soprano's kind of ending today, so-

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Partying, Pt. 2

Hey everyone. Sorry that I haven't posted for a whole day, but I'm trying to not post when I don't have a good-ish topic to write about. I just got back from an awesome party, this time at Ashley's house. I had a ton of fun, and I wish I hadn't had to leave so early. However, that's just how it goes.
I want to have a party at my house sometime, but there are a few problems. I need the space necessary for people to hang out, and the only place big enough is my basement. My basement isn't finished, and it has no furniture to speak of. It's kind of a storage space for stuff like my Legos (yes, I still enjoy Legos, don't judge me) and it has stuff like exercise equipment and tools. It's got cement walls and a crappy floor, and it has lots of cobwebs. We're going to get a couch for down there soon, which will probably solve the seating problem. I think, despite the many issues, I can fix it up to the point of usability, and I will be successful.
I'm going to get going now, because I'm getting distracted by the T.V. Kung Foo Panda is a total rip-off of Star Wars, yet I'm still drawn into it. Probably because it has Jack Black in it, and every movie he's in has to be good. See you soon, on Boyd's World.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Records And 8-Tracks And Tapes, Oh My!!




Hello everyone. It's time for another Boyd's World post, the exact thing you were all hoping for when you logged on. Did I post yesterday? If I didn't, then I apologize. If I did, then I need my memory checked.


Okay, lets get to it. Have you ever tried to get a certain album on every kind of media? Records, tapes, 8 tracks, CD's, all of that good stuff. I wish I could get The Wall on every media, just to compare meaningless trivial stuff, but it's almost impossible to find it on tape, at least at the prices I'm willing to spend. I do have Dark Side of the Moon on tape as well as CD, but the tape was pretty much trashed while it was in storage in my grandparents' attic. It's still cool though, to hear how much sound quality has improved. I also kind of like the garage-band sound a tape or record gives music, so I win there as well. I have a lot of tapes, at least for someone of my generation, but I would like to get a MP3 converter so I can put them on my fake-Ipod. I've got lots of Weird Al tapes, and I'm trying to get them all on CD from the public library. I have a few oddities, like Oingo Boingo's Dead Man's Party. It's a really sweet tape, full of that unique New-Wave sound we all dig.


I also realized something as I read an old CD review of mine. I critiqued A.F.I. for being all goth and depressed when they're so famous and well liked, and felt they were just maintaining that image for their fans. My realization was that I listen to bands like The Cure and The Smiths, who were popular, yet kept up that very sad, goth look. I don't criticize them for it, because I enjoy their music more, but I'm kind of being unfair. I officially revoke the rating I gave that album, and would like to exchange it for a three out of five. Really, I was somewhat prejudiced from that band by what others said, and I didn't really review it as unbiased as one would want.


There, I've spoken my feelings about old musical media, and I've apologized for my bias. It seems like a good way to finish this post, which means I will. See you next time on Boyd's World!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Viewer's Mail #1

Good morning to you all. I've been asked a few questions by the newer followers of Boyd's World, so I think today's post will be a viewer's mail #1-type post. You asked it, now I'll answer it.
To Deep Blue Diamond: My favourite books by Micheal Crichton are probably Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Andromeda Strain. I've been a fan of his for about three years now, and the first book of his I read was a giant hardcover edition of Jurassic Park. My "occupation" is student.
To Ashley: In my band, which really isn't a band at all due to the fact I kicked everyone out, I sing. I'm learning, slowly but surely, electric guitar, and once I'm to the point I can say I play and be telling the truth, I might play rhythm or lead as well. In addition to those, I play cornet for the school band. I recently got 1st chair, though I'm not really sure how.
To Aaron Costello: Okay, you didn't really ask a question, but I still feel the need to respond to your comment. I use a P.C., but not necessarily out of personal choice. About half of my posts are done on school computers, so those I have absolutely no choice over, and the home computer I use is my mom's laptop, which doesn't give me trouble. I think I'd like to experiment with Macs, because so many authors swear by them, but in order to do that I would need to buy my own. In order to buy my own, I would have to refrain from constantly buying CD's from Amazon, and I just don't think that's going to happen.
Okay, glad we've got that all down. If any of the readers do have questions, please, feel free to ask them via the comment button. I really enjoy having a good subject to write about, and answering these questions gives me one.
Well, now that I've been the good blog author who responds quickly and courteously to questions, I've gotta run. Reality is about to start back up, and I'm going to have to deal with it. Until next time, peace out.





Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Solution And A Rabbit

Hello again, all you lovely readers. I discovered something a little while ago: violence motivates my guitar to work. I told this dude at school who knows a lot about guitars my problem, and he recommended a solution that involved tearing the whole thing apart. I did so, but his diagnosis was wrong. After I put it back together, I was fiddling with the pickup selector when it suddenly started working! I played it joyfully, discovering somehow all the pickups worked again. My joy was brief, however, because it soon started buzzing again. In frustration, I hit it really hard on the pickups, and it played some more! I found out that when I hit it in a certain place, it will work for a short period of time. It won't be a permanent fix, but for now I'm happy.
Oh, have I talked to you about my rabbit yet? He's awesome. His name is Koko, and for those of you who care, he's a mix between a Netherland Dwarf and a Polish. He's brown, and incredibly fat. I realized you all had no idea he existed as I cleaned his pen, a chore I despise. It's bad enough to do in the summer, when I don't freeze to death doing it. Unfortunately, I live in Michigan, where you can get a sunburn and frostbite in the same week. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, but it can be tragic.
Well, I've pretty much given you an update on my life, so now I will end this post in a totally generic manner. Bye!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Henry Ford And IMAX

Hi, I'm posting the results of my trip to the Henry Ford Museum and IMAX. I had a lot of fun at the museum, because the people in my group were Stephen (you all know him) and Bobby, a new kid in our troop who, despite his age, is almost 6 feet tall, taller than 5 foot 9 you're currently talking to.
A weird thing happened while we were there, though. We had just gotten back from lunch, where another group had told us that there was a group of college-age girls trying to get people from our troop pose with them for photos. It wasn't five minutes after that when they approached us. They didn't even ask us to take the photo, they just kind of walked up and told us to get in a group. We all knew about them, so we were kind of laughing to ourselves when they got a photo of one of the girls standing with us. They never really asked if they could, or spoke to us at all, except for instructing us to smile and a quick thank-you. Apparently, this happened to a couple other groups as well... I guess Boy Scouts are supposed to pose for photos? It was really weird and funny.
When we got to IMAX, it was showing Polar Express, which I've seen about a million times already. I had my MP4 player in my pocket, so I decided to listen to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon to see if the two movies synced up in any significant manner. To make a long story short, after two complete playings of the album, I discovered that no, no there was no significant correlations. It was pretty cool though, and parts that were really slow and dramatic were usually during the fast songs, and vice versa. I would have liked to have listened to The Wall instead, but it's split into two different parts on the menu, making a good segway impossible. Maybe next time...
I got this cool souvenir at the gift shop, it's called a hand boiler and it demonstrates heat transfer. the basic principle is this: when you put your hand around the bottom of the thing, it boils the liquid and causes it to rise to the top in a classic display of the water cycle. It's going to make a sweet dust-collector, at least.
Well, now that you managed to get all the highlights of the museum and IMAX without paying, I believe I'll end this post. Perhaps I'll see you tomorrow, who knows?

Friday, December 5, 2008

A Museum Of Trees?

Good morning, everyone! It's a short post kind of day, because I only have about ten minutes. I just felt like checking in, because I probably won't get a chance to write later. I'm going out looking for a Christmas tree. I want a really pimpin' black artificial tree they have at WalMart, but my mom wants to just get a regular-looking one. I see nothing wrong with a unique tree, but apparently she doesn't think the rest of the family will approve when they come over. It's pretty bogus, if I may say so myself.
Oh, tomorrow I'm going to the Henry Ford Museum, and then the Imax next door. It's a thing with Boy Scouts, so I'm not sure how fun it will be yet. At least I got in a good group for wandering a museum, because I know some groups will probably just run through the place, pressing buttons. My favourite part of the museum is the section where they have stuff from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Good music, cool technology, and interesting fashions all came from those era's, and I love to see it and compare them all to modern day.
Well, the bell is about to ring, so I have to get going. Oh, there it is!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Crush of Society and Going Solo

I realized that I haven't wrote an update on my band, and my whole rock stardom in general, so I believe that's today's subject. First, about Crush of Society. I kicked out everyone, so pretty much I'm bandless again. I couldn't stand their constant insanities, and I was feeling oppressed. Now, I don't actually play, so that may sound a bit dramatic, but I reserve the right to sound however I please when in my electric domain. I kept the name of the band solely because I really like it, and I think that if I ever do get a band, it could still be named that.
As my guitar playing goes, I'm actually getting pretty good. The thing is though, I can't read music for guitar, and I can't play actual chords. Oh, sure, I can play imaginary ones with the best of posers, but when I sit down with actual sheet music I start to freak out. I've tried playing my cornet music on the guitar, with notes, but the way it's written sounds really messed up. Also, I'm too cheap to buy solo music for my cornet online, so all I've got are band arrangements. If it wasn't for the fact I played a solo-heavy instrument, I would probably have much less to try and play. As it is, the only stuff I've gotten from cornet music is part of Iron Man and Smoke On the Water, neither of which really fit into my niche of music.
I did discover, however, that either the line into my amp or the guitar itself is broken. I can't get the sound to go to the amp every time, and it really sounds better amplified. I have two acoustics to my disposal, but they're strung right-handed, so I would have to re-teach myself the guitar right-handed. I really don't care that much, so I've just been playing it unplugged lately. I've had a guitar for 344 days so far, and I have about that much experience.
I'm going to stop talking guitar now, so it doesn't get too tedious. Plus, the bell's about to ring, and I've got to go and learn (in between socializing, that is). I'll probably post again tomorrow, so no one out there gets too bored while I'm away.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Outsider

Wow!! Someone I don't know is following Boyd's World! I don't want to seem crazy, but this is totally awesome. If someone managed to find this without my help, perhaps soon others will as well. Now, I still haven't ruled out the possibility that the person was really just advertising her own blog, but it's not like I can blame someone for that. I've considered going through the various blogs and following them, or posting comments, just to get followers. Really, it doesn't matter, because it brings my follower number up, and hers as well.
Perhaps blatant advertisement is the way to go. No, no, that can't be as good of an idea as it seems. I can understand someone doing that, but some might not. I don't want to hurt my rep on Blogger. I would love to get more followers, but I also don't want to be universally despised for mass advertisement, which I think I would be.
So, to sum it all up, someone has discovered Boyd's World without knowing me. I'd like to say thanks to her, thanks for following my blog. It's cool just to see the number of followers, and cooler to see a person I don't know listed as one of them.
I've got to go now, because school's nearing it's end and I have to go in for allergy shots. Yes, Keeley, I'm writing about my allergies more. Must you be so obsessive over one small aspect of the legacy that is Boyd's World?
See you all later!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Elements And Inspiration

Wow, sorry about the whole time gap between posts. I've been pretty busy lately, being a slacker and all. I've got to memorize the first 20 elements and their symbols by tomorrow, and I think I have them down. mnemonic devices seem to help me a lot, and I found some cool ones on the net. Well, I have them down right now, but in 12 hours, who knows? They might just disappear from my mind.
I'm worried I lost that spark of inspiration that caused me to write so much in November. Well, I know I didn't lose it, but it may have dimmed a little. I sit here, having not written in two days, with nothing noteworthy to write. I'm IMing at the same time, so I'm probably distracted. I wouldn't call it writing under the influence, but it is close to it because of the high amount of anti-focus I'm currently suffering from.
It's almost pathetic, my lack of inspiration. I can't find a thing to write about, while the five other blogs I may or may not have inspired are flowing with long and fascinating posts. Where did I go wrong?
Actually, this post seems pretty inspired, so perhaps all hope is not gone. It's almost pushing the mark that I consider long, and I'm pretty proud. Perhaps my lack of inspiration is somewhat inspiring. I know, that's an oxymoron, but you're hearing it from one, so it's okay.
Well, I'm gonna get going, because I succeeded in my mission of writing a good blog post. It may not be the best, but I'm sure it will tide you over until the next, probably tomorrow. Bye!