28.3.10

One Acts and such

Uh oh, I'm late in updating!

I've been busy getting things ready, as I am directing a One-Act Play with KWLT and auditions are the coming week. Should be a fun adventure, my first official directorial debut. I like the script, I like the actors KWLT attract and am personally familair with many, I like the other plays in the One-Act Festival, this should be fun.

Yesterday was the FASS Annual General Meeting, where new constitutional changes came in, new committee members were chosen, and the new theme was chosen: Myths and Legends. Not my first choice, but still a good choice. Timely as well, considering that the Clash of the Titans remake is coming out soon.

d'Archangel has a show coming up soon in Toronto, at Rock & Roll Heaven on April 22nd. The last show was a HUGE amount of fun, and the whole band is excited to perform again. I hope to see oyu all out there!

17.3.10

Baile Atha Cliath was good Craic

It being St. Patrick's Day, there is lots of green and "Irish" abound. Thus, it is no surprise that I think back to my time in Dublin. Holy crap, it's almost been two years since I got back from there. I have very excellent memories of Dublin, from the food, the roommates, the work, the drink, the sites and the general good craic to everything in between.

North America for the most part, though, seems only to be aware of the "Guinness" and "Green" aspect of Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. Guinness isn't even that good. London Porter is a better export stout, and when in Dublin you can get much better local stouts(my favourite was a chocolate truffle stout).

So, here are some random facts about Ireland you may not be aware of:

-Despite the popular correlation of Catholicism and Ireland, the large old cathedrals and churches you see are not Catholic, but likely Anglican or Presbyterian. This was due to the Catholics not being allowed to build churches for many centuries.

-Each city and decent sized town in the Republic has a street named after Daniel O'Connell.

-Gaelic is actually the 3rd most spoken language in the country, after English and Mandarin.

-Each county(almost even each town) has its own unique dsitinct accent. Not a small difference either.

-The St. James Gate Guinness brewery used to be the largest in the world, now it's only the second. The largest is in Nigeria, but it too is a Guinness brewery.

So Slainte, my friends, and don't get too knackered.

11.3.10

I Want You Now

One of my favourite tunes by Big Sugar

COPYRIGHT GOES TO BIG SUGAR!! I CLAIM NO RIGHTS TO THIS SONG AND ITS POETRY!!! PLEASE DON'T SUE ME!!!

Half awake in the morning
I want you now
This feeling grips me without warning
I want you now
Sunlight dancing on my curtain
And I want you now
My state of mind remains uncertain
But I want you now

Lying in the bed for hours
But I ain't sick don't send me flowers
You can kill me with your powers
And I want you now

Som misdeed or some infraction
But I want you now
I bet a billion of my actions
'Cuz I want you now

Don't lose the thread of your story
I've been a fool in all my glory
That's why I've come to say I'm sorry
ANd I want you now

Say it guitar, say it one time for me.

Even the faithful can falter
But I want you now
That's why I'm kneeling at your altar
'Cuz I want you now

Don't lose the thread of your story
Honey I don't see no cause for worry
I've been a fool in all my glory
That's why I've come to say I'm sorry
And I want you now

I want you now

I want you now

I want you now

7.3.10

Roleplaying

I love roleplaying games. They are great ways to spend some time with friends. From the character creation, to the story telling, to the joking, to the thrill of getting a big hit, everything just meshes together so well. It's so unfortunate that a good roleplaying group is so hard to keep together for a period longer than 3 or 4 months.

Whenever I mention to someone that I play Dungeons & Dragons one of the common questions that I get asked is "What is it like?" The answer I give is "It's collaborative storytelling." It has one person driving the main plot, while everyone else controls the actions and decisions of the main characters. The best sessions and campaigns come about when the player's character ideas and motivations become part of the bigger world, and when the themes and of the world get expressed int eh characters. There have been times when I wish someone was writing everything down so that it could be the next great fantasy novel.

I also know a lot of people with whom I've gamed that loved creating their character portrait, encouraging them to think of new things to draw. Especially with 4th edition of D&D, there is a lot more emphasis on flavour and visuals of the world and the characters as opposed to just the system they live in, which is very inspiring from an artistic and a storytelling perspective. I know I read a few fo the descriptions in the rule books and looked at the illustrations and though 'man that's cool, I totally need to send the players there.'

But yeah, this was just a little waxing about roleplaying.