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  1. Genie: You have summoned me from my lamp and are granted one wish.

     

    Me: I wish for a car ban.

     

    Genie: ...Are you sure? This would cause immeasurable disruption in the transpo-

     

    Me: leaning in Ban. Cars.

  2. Celebrating 10 years of being anime-free 😄😄🎉🎉🙌🙌

  3. I am calling for a complete ban on males writing female characters until we can figure out what is going on.

    1. Catpho

      Catpho

      Is there something going on? Out of the loop here.

  4. Amp simulators are so fun to dick around with for hours on end

  5. I've been watching Steamed Hams videos for 2 hours and giggling like a madman

     

    send help

    1. Catpho

      Catpho

      Lol u are like me :P

      What makes them so entertaining lol

  6. Serious question: How much would you charge for a commissioned map with a level of detail like Umbra of Fate?

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    2. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      lol nope.  It's just one massive level, equivalent to about three normal ones.  Conceptually it's split into three-ish areas, though.  And it's not a sequel to SoTNR.

       

      It's a prequel

    3. Mr. Freeze

      Mr. Freeze

      Any idea on how much? 

       

      If it helps, what would you consider for a detail pass (adding portals, slopes and other fancy graphics to a map)? Or a level the size of Downtown, say?

    4. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Sent you a PM.

       

      Honestly, I have yet to use a portal in GZDoom XD  All my 3d stuff is with actual 3d floors.

  7. I've spent the last few days looking at pornstar boobs so an artist can get the shape of a character correct. Sometimes being a designer is fun. 

    1. BigDickBzzrak

      BigDickBzzrak

      Best excuse for watching porn ever.

    2. Memfis

      Memfis

      How can you get the shape correct if the boobs are fake???

    3. Mauzki

      Mauzki

      Very handy for doom maping.

  8. I'm nicknamed a contrarian jokingly by my friends, but I'm really starting to feel like I'm on a different wavelength than everyone I know

    All my friends are Bernie supporters? I'm the lone Clinton fan
    All my friends watch Game Grumps and Jon Tron? I haven't seen anything, don't plan to
    All my friends love anime? I can't stand it, prefer manga
    All my friends prefer Marvel? I like DC more, albeit slightly
    All my friends love D&D? I can't stand D&D. I prefer Call of Cthulhu and Delta Green
    etc etc etc

    Anyone else feel like this?

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    2. 40oz

      40oz

      darknation said:

      These are some pretty minor differences. You should celebrate what you have in common.


      Right on.

      It seems you and your friends have more in common than I do with most of my friends. Those dividing lines are pretty thin. If you like the rocket launcher and your friends like the super shotgun, that doesn't make either of you dislike doom. If you focus in on smaller and smaller details you will find differences in even the most identical personalities.

    3. printz

      printz

      Why is the word "outcast" thrown out so casually? It makes it sound like the people with different tastes or opinions are unwelcome.

    4. Mr. Freeze

      Mr. Freeze

      TraceOfSpades said:

      Well, if you have nothing in common with them...how did you become friends?


      We all met and bonded over D&D. Over time I kinda grew to hate it, but I enjoy our currant campaign.

      printz said:

      Why is the word "outcast" thrown out so casually? It makes it sound like the people with different tastes or opinions are unwelcome.


      Growing up and being diagnosed with BPD made me feel "outcast" was a perfectly acceptable word for how I feel. Not as much any more, but my teenage years were spent away from others.

  9. Actually it was yesterday, but I was too busy working, playing X-Wing, and seeing The Force Awakens to post. 27 now, feels strange approaching 30

    1. Memfis

      Memfis

      The 27 club seems to be a danger zone, some cool musicians died at that age. Be careful.

    2. Hellbent

      Hellbent

      Congrats! You're just warming up, so don't feel strange!

    3. RestlessRodent
  10. 26 now and feeling more burned out each birthday
    dont know how much longer i can stand being alone
    oh well, happy birthday to me i guess

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    2. Cupboard

      Cupboard

      It must be nice to be a chad in shining armor sometimes, just playing the field. The rest of us are scraping by and enjoying the little things and not trying to fuck people over. I'm sure I'd like to have a drink with you but honestly not in a lifetime.

      Next thing I knew, I was dating three to five girls concurrently, laughing off rejection without a care, with my romantic stress level becoming nonexistent.


      How many other relationships were you fucking with while you engaged in this behavior? How many feelings did you trample on because you didn't give a care, you just wanted to have yours.

    3. Mithran Denizen

      Mithran Denizen

      There's a huge middle ground between "scraping by," and "fucking people over." It's not hard to date prolifically and still be ethical about it. In fact, it's really easy, since desperation will never tempt you to do questionable things to get a woman if you have ten willing phone numbers to call for a date on any given night.

      I never toyed around with people in committed relationships, or misled a single soul.

    4. printz

      printz

      Thanks for that post Mithran, I needed that encouragement. If it's okay to date multiple women concurrently without it seeming like I'm cheating anyone, then it's awesome. Happy new year!

  11. And it's all due to the shareholders.

    For those of you not in New England: Market Basket is both a huge supermarket chain and the last bastion of decent working in the region. I work there along with my full-time job, and the benefits of just working *1-2 days every week* are fantastic, nevermind the people who work full time (we get bonus checks every quarter and profit sharing).

    Basically, MB's board of directors has been conspiring against Arthur T (the now-fired CEO) over the bonus checks we get, as well as MB's year-long 4% everything price cut. Their argument being "the more sales and checks you write out, the longer it takes for us to make bank".

    So now with Arthur T gone, his cousin Arthur S can now sit on the CEO seat and undo everything "Arty" did. No more bonuses, no more profit sharing...I have 3 people in my department who need those checks to support their kids. It's absolute bullshit.

    Full story here: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_26022460/across-region-familiar-refrain-demoulas-ouster-shock

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    2. 40oz

      40oz

      geo said:

      My Walmart is much better, so its really just that Walmart.


      I fucking hate WalMart. I get anxiety whenever I go in there, and is usually the instigator between all fights I ever have with my wife because it stresses us out beyond compare when we shop there together. Their shelves are empty, theres shit all over the floors, theyre not as cheap as they advertise themselves, "speedy checkout 20 items or less" registers are the only ones open, and have lines out the door, loaded with distractions, and the most disgusting human beings on the planet. I'm getting frustrated just thinking about it.

      its seriously the worst place in the world.

    3. Cupboard

      Cupboard

      Agreed, walmart fucking sucks. They advertise a couple items in the walking paths which are cheap, but when you walk down the aisles, everything is priced as you would expect it. They are good at promoting certain loss-leader items to get you to buy more things than you actually need.

      They treat their employees like shit and it wasn't long ago that they actually took life-insurance policies on their own employees in case they died so they could profit from the death of their personnel without paying anything to the widowed spouse.

      They helped destroy American manufacturing by pushing all their suppliers' operations overseas in order to please shareholders.

      They are as anti-American of a company as you could ever hope to find.

    4. geo
  12. I've been playing guitar for about 10 years now, and I've never been able to progress too far. But that's fine, because it inspired me to creatively overcome my limitations (double-jointed wrists give me pain when I make 3-finger chords, and I can't play leads for shit) through sound manipulation.

    When a guitarist will record a track for an album, it's normally a guitar>amp>mic>mixing board deal. Being a hardcore punk fan, that's what I've heard for over a decade.

    Problem with me is that I find that boring. When I was in school for recording, I could never get a sound that I liked from microphones. I always felt a disconnect from the sound- the microphone being the middleman.

    Recently, I bought a Alesis io2 USB interface and torrented FL Studio 10. After a few afternoons fucking around, I managed to record a few tracks directly into the program. After layering fuzz and distortion on top of the clean master track, I managed to get a horrifically dirty, mangled guitar sound. For an idea, you can listen to "Wish" Nine Inch Nails- the initial guitar parts during the verse were what I A/B'd with my signal.

    I also made the decision to not look for a drummer for the band I'm putting together, but to use a drum machine for a relentless, pounding sound. Think Big Black meets early NIN meets Agent Orange. It's gonna be killer.

    1. Ribbiks

      Ribbiks

      ye ye, guit --> effects --> PC is definitely a convenient way to go.

      Apparently VST ampsims are getting good enough such that guit --> PC + layer on some sims is becoming tractable for serious recording, e.g. cubase amprack. Hardly seems worth it to get all the other hardware involved unless ya got some serious cash and very specific tone preferences.

      what ya using for drums, dfh?

    2. Mr. Freeze

      Mr. Freeze

      Ribbiks said:

      what ya using for drums, dfh?


      I've been fucking around with sounds for a while, but I settled on blending electronic and acoustic drum samples together for a "uncanny valley" drum sound. It's out of this world and very synthetic sounding.

      Hopefully in the next week or two, I'll create a soundcloud account with a demo song or two and provide a link.

  13. 24. That is 6 years past 18. 6 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. 24. Time to act my age. This is gonna hurt.

    1. Memfis

      Memfis

      24 = 4!. Probably the last time your age is a factorial. Appreciate it.

    2. DoomUK

      DoomUK

      Hope you have a cool Birthday.

      I couldn't resist.

  14. Just learned that the original medical records I would need to enlist in the military -something that has taken me years due to multiple health reasons - have been destroyed by accident. I can no longer enlist, because no reprints were made. There goes me career options...2 years down the toilet.

    I'm 23 and still live at home. I don't have a single penny to my name or a job. I am $15,000 in debt, and my only bank account is in the negative. I can't drive my own car because my license has been suspended due to me being unable to pay for repairs. I'm miserable all day, and the only enjoyment I get out of the week is D&D on Sundays...in another state.

    I have no career options due to not graduating college, so the only solution is to work at a menial job for whatever hours I can find. Except nobody is hiring in my town.

    My family is disappointed in my, even though they don't say it. I can tell. I seal myself away from everyone else in an attempt to hide, and my pathological lying isn't helping.

    I don't know what to do anymore. I am at the end of my rope.

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    2. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      Creaphis said:

      I work with mentally handicapped adults

      Aged care is another growth industry, if you can stand spending your day surrounded by people older than myself.

      @Mr. Freeze - if the military will accept re-constructed records and a statutory declaration as alternative documentation, I'd get started on that. Hiding in your room won't solve anything.

    3. Hellbent

      Hellbent

      @Creaphis: I grew up living with mentally handicapped adults. I am currently applying for a job in Cambridge caring for one autistic adult. I prefer caring for autistics over other special needs people, because I think they are the most interesting and have the least ego. It's only 10 hours a week, but includes free rent (it's a really large house with 10 other part time caretakers of this one single dude). I hope I get the job because the house is in a sick neighborhood. I'll then be able to fill my time with either more school in an awesome academic setting (Harvard extension is just down the street from the house) or some other job while I figure out my next step.

      @Mr. Freeze: I'd advise against being idle, even if it doesn't feel like you can do anything about the situation. The more active you are--the more stuff you try, the better you'll feel and more doors will open up.

    4. Maes

      Maes

      Hellbent said:

      @Mr. Freeze: I'd advise against being idle, even if it doesn't feel like you can do anything about the situation. The more active you are--the more stuff you try, the better you'll feel and more doors will open up.


      That explains why you keep posting anything.

  15. Ok, so I'm finally stepping up from my POS Dell laptop and saving for a custom-built PC. Price range is around $800-$900. Here's what I have so far:

    HDD: 500GB
    RAM: 8GB DDR3
    Case: CM690
    PSU: Seasonic S12 620 Bronze 620W
    GPU: AMD 6950 / 6970 (Depending on price)
    CPU: Phenom II X4 955 BE
    MOBO: MSI 870A-G54

    HDD doesn't have to be that big, so I cut it down to save money on the rest of the unit. Any suggestions?

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    2. Super Jamie

      Super Jamie

      # free -m
      total used free shared buffers cached
      Mem: 3933 3611 321 0 703 1747
      -/+ buffers/cache: 1160 2772
      Swap: 0 0 0

    3. Csonicgo

      Csonicgo

      fraggle said:

      My laptop has 8GB of RAM. You'd be nuts to build or buy a modern machine with anything less.


      I wish I could, but I have school software that breaks if I have that much RAM.

    4. exp(x)

      exp(x)

      Csonicgo said:

      I wish I could, but I have school software that breaks if I have that much RAM.

      Seriously?

  16. 23 now and if you live in new england you can thank me for the nice weather were having today

    thats natures birthday gift to ME

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    2. printz

      printz

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISTER FREEZE!!

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Happy birthday! And if you want some cold weather and snow, you can borrow ours.

    4. Super Jamie

      Super Jamie

      Gosh, 3 posts and no PBF, we're slipping.

  17. As some of you might know, I play Magic: The Gathering. It's my second hobby, and something I really enjoy playing.

    Like any Magic player, I trade. Every Friday and occasional Monday, I'm down at my FLGS trading for cards. And like every Magic player, I have trading goals.

    My goal is to grab a part of the Power Nine.

    Now you might be thinking "What is the Power Nine?". The Power Nine are nine cards printed in Magic's Beta through Unlimited Edition. They are also known for being obscenely powerful: every card in the P9 are banned in every format except Vintage, where they are restricted to one copy per deck.

    The Power nine is:

    1. Black Lotus $3000
    2. Mox Sapphire $1000
    3. Mox Emerald $800
    4. Mox Jet $800
    5. Mox Pearl $800
    6. Mox Ruby $800
    7. Timetwister $500
    8. Ancestral Recall $900
    9. Time Walk $900

    As of right now, my binder is mostly cleaned (traded it for store credit to buy a Commander precon), but I have a few things of worth in there. The most valuable thing I own is a Force of Will, worth $60. The rest is, well, jank.

    The trick to trading upwards is the "Christmas Tree" method, told to me by a buddy of mine: When you get something worth a lot of value, trade into multiple smaller pieces in terms of worth. For example: FoW is $60, Misty Rainforest is $15. I'll trade you my FoW for your playset of Misty Rainforest, and get my value back equally. The next time I trade with anyone, they'll probably take my playset on top of what they also want...allowing me to trade for something worth even more.

    It's going to be a long, slow, painful process, but I am one stubborn SOB. The recent release of Innistrad has put a lot of cards in demand, and I buy a lot of booster packs. Who knows, I might just grab a Liliana ($40) out of a $4 investment!

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    2. Shaikoten

      Shaikoten

      Mr. Freeze said:

      Wizards of the Coast isn't inflating prices. The prices themselves come from three places: the secondary market's determined value, rarity of the card, and demand. It is the market's desire to make money - AKA Starcitygames.com - that drives card prices. WOTC doesn't give a crap about pricing, and they've said so several times.


      The initial cost per booster pack would be a rather steep price, IF you were just getting cardboard. But let's not forget that this cardboard is covered in completely new content, designed by game designers, and covered in brand new full color art from highly talented artists. The argument that "you're just paying for cardboard" could be applied to computer software as well. "You're just paying for plastic."

      Freeze, on the subject of trying to get power, I'll say this: If you want to do it just through trades you're going to have to rip people off. A lot. And you're going to have to take things like current staple rares and mythics and trade them up to Legacy staples.

    3. Bucket

      Bucket

      Are the old editions worth much? I keep meaning to sell my deck. I bought a bunch of cards around the mid-90s.

    4. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Bucket said:

      Are the old editions worth much? I keep meaning to sell my deck. I bought a bunch of cards around the mid-90s.

      Like I said, they aren't worth terribly much, unless it's a rare from Alpha, Beta, Unlimited, Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, and possibly Ice Age.

  18. I just found out that an old bank account my parents set up for me when I was 5 or something has $1600 in it.

    wat do

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    2. Bucket

      Bucket

      But what if he gets a blister on his middle finger?

    3. 40oz

      40oz

      $1600 is pretty much nothing if your mind is looking toward the future but if your mind is looking at right now it can mean a new tv and free food at Applebees for a week.

    4. DuckReconMajor
  19. So my right-click is dying, and I think we can all agree that playing CS:S and Doom is now significantly harder. Among other things.

    If anyone can help me with recommendations for a new mouse, I'd be very grateful. What I'm looking for is a wireless mouse with enough sensitivity for gaming, and 3 buttons max.

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    2. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      I hadn't much choice. The ridges on that Logitech mouse are H shaped (most noticeable with the right button) with the crossbar operating the switch and the others limiting button movement by using the body of the microswitch as an end stop. Filing them away to restore normal operation would have added an extra 1mm of free play to the buttons which I might have found unacceptable.

    3. Maes

      Maes

      GreyGhost said:

      What's more, I salvaged my copper stock from a jumper header on a dead motherboard. Am I ghetto or what!


      Yo da shit, dawg.

    4. ArmouredBlood

      ArmouredBlood

      GreyGhost said:

      I hadn't much choice. The ridges on that Logitech mouse are H shaped (most noticeable with the right button) with the crossbar operating the switch and the others limiting button movement by using the body of the microswitch as an end stop. Filing them away to restore normal operation would have added an extra 1mm of free play to the buttons which I might have found unacceptable.


      Ah, I didn't look at your pic. Looks a lot more complicated than my razer, which is just a (relatively) large plastic pillar that pushes down on the microswitch.

  20. Final match. Standard format. My Mono Black Discard against his White Phantoms. After getting my ass kicked for 7 straight rounds, I played Guul Draz Specter, who turned into a 5/5 because he had no cards in his hand.

    Immediately after, I played Gatekeeper of Malakir and kicked it enough times to kill every creature he had.

    His turn. He draws a card but doesn't play it. By this time, I've gathered three Liliana's Caress. I play Mire's Toll, and he discards. The three Liliana's Caress make him take 6 damage. THEN, the Gatekeeper and Specter take him down another 7. In a single turn, he lost over half of his health.

    Next turn, same thing. He draws, doesn't play. By my next turn, I gad won.

    I need some more cards with "Opponent has no hand" bonuses. Maybe Quest for the Nihil Stone.

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    2. Csonicgo

      Csonicgo

      I remember when i actually saw a dude's magic card torn. he played some wits card that means that he automatically won. the other dude started a brawl. :3

    3. Mr. Freeze

      Mr. Freeze

      Csonicgo said:

      I remember when i actually saw a dude's magic card torn. he played some wits card that means that he automatically won. the other dude started a brawl. :3


      There's a huge tourneyfaggot at my local FLGS. Skinny as death, face like a relief map, nasally voice, the works. He goes off on a huge tangent whenever someone used weenie decks in EDH, and takes 40k fluff to seriously (he even threatened to kick my ass for saying that the Space Wolves were Mary Sues).

      I'm building a sideboard for my EDH deck just for him. Red Burn will turn into Red Land Destruction. Ideally, the combo of LD, Discard, and Control will utterly ruin his deck.

      Sometimes, you gotta teach them a lesson.

    4. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Vile said:

      I suppose you get what you pay for with him, lol. Cards like that make me wonder if they ever planned to make new rulings for EDH (or Commander) regarding poison, since currently it's still 10 poison counters to die although your health starts at 40. That and right now there's only one card in all of Magic that removes poison counters, I believe.


      And MaRo said that there wasn't going to be any poison removal in the block. So yeah... Suddenly all those old boxes of Homelands they couldn't sell before are going to start flying off the shelves.

      Mr. Freeze said:

      There's a huge tourneyfaggot at my local FLGS. Skinny as death, face like a relief map, nasally voice, the works. He goes off on a huge tangent whenever someone used weenie decks in EDH, and takes 40k fluff to seriously (he even threatened to kick my ass for saying that the Space Wolves were Mary Sues).

      I'm building a sideboard for my EDH deck just for him. Red Burn will turn into Red Land Destruction. Ideally, the combo of LD, Discard, and Control will utterly ruin his deck.

      Sometimes, you gotta teach them a lesson.

      This is why I don't enter any tournaments and only go to the FLGS when I'm meeting up with my friends.

  21. For real this time. I'm 22 now.

    in b4 that comic. Yeah, that one.

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    2. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      Mr. Freeze said:

      Heh. Thanks.

      You're welcome.

      where is my map 40oz
      you said there would be mappage

      While 40oz is shovelling coal into his PC's boiler, here's a bit of nonsense I threw together that's thematically related to my last offering. It requires an engine that supports MBF sky transfers, and for a laugh - see what Skulltag's OpenGL renderer does to it.

    3. Philnemba

      Philnemba

      Happy Birthday Freeze man!

    4. Use

      Use

      Technician said:

      Is there a joke here?


      That would be Hellbent. omg birfday

  22. Whenever I audition for a band or jam with my friends, I always get asked the same question: "What's your tone like?"

    The answer? "Depends". As of now, I have three tones for my bass, provided via my Line 6 Lowdown 400 amplifier:

    The first is a typical fretless tone, provided with the R&B channel. I use this tone if the band has two guitarists, which allows me to fill out the EQ. Mostly bass and mids, as treble tends to make it sound gnarly. For an example, listen to this song:



    The second is a very clanky and rattly tone, thanks to the Brit channel. The bass is reduced, and the mids and treble are boosted to taste. I tend to use this when the guitarists have a ton of distortion or bottom end on their guitars, because the additional bottom end from the bass would just sound muddy and undefined. For an example, try this vid:

    (I wish I could sound as good as he is ._.)

    The third is a very distorted, raw sound from the Grind channel. I tend to leave the mids and bass flat while turning the treble up a bit, which allows the pick noise to cut through. I usually only use this tone if the band has one guitar player, because this is supposed to replicate the sound of another guitar, albeit a octave lower. The best example I gan give is this video (not mine, but a rough aural idea):



    And I'm STILL not in a band. Fucken schedules ;_;

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    2. Technician

      Technician

      Mr. Freeze said:

      Yeah, that's the problem: everyone wants to practice like 3-4 times a week.

      If your not interested in practicing with a band on a regular basis I suggest you don't bother. Casual bands are usually older members because they are already accomplished, skilled musicians who only need the bare-minimum rehearsing to function as a group.

      How spastic is your work schedule? meeting 3-4 times a week for a couple of hours is not much. Especially is you have a nine to five.

    3. Mr. Freeze

      Mr. Freeze

      Technician said:

      If your not interested in practicing with a band on a regular basis I suggest you don't bother. Casual bands are usually older members because they are already accomplished, skilled musicians who only need the bare-minimum rehearsing to function as a group.

      How spastic is your work schedule? meeting 3-4 times a week for a couple of hours is not much. Especially is you have a nine to five.


      It's not that I don't WANT to rehearse that often, it's that my schedule forbids it. I work 40 hours a week, and my schedule is always different. This proves problematic when bands say "Well, we practice x y z days from x to y hours...". Even if I don't think it's a bad deal, they think the opposite.

    4. DuckReconMajor

      DuckReconMajor

      Mr. Freeze said:

      Finding...dare I say it?..."casual" bands is a nightmare. Either they all suck or they're all blues or something.

      Wouldn't you have to practice a lot to not suck?

  23. I just discovered that a regular customer to the store I work at is Kelly Conlon, bassist for Death on Symbolic, session bassist for Vital Remains, and Monstrosity's bassist on Millennium and In Dark Purity.

    The coolest part? He complimented me on my bass on Halloween.

    Just thought I'd share.

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    2. Bashe

      Bashe

      No shit? That's awesome. Kelly is one of the lesser known Death members it seems, and having him as a regular in your store sounds neato.

    3. myk

      myk

      st.alfonzo said:
      Interestingly though, there's probably been a fair few VIPs that have crossed our paths at some point or other, it's just that half the time our knowledge and interests aren't nearly deep or widespread enough to be able to recognise these faces.

      Yeah, I recall seeing this guy at a small local supermarket. I also met a guy who became the minister of economy a few days later, at a party.

    4. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      Never met anyone famous myself, unless you count the guys from the Legendary Pink Dots, but that was at one of their shows. A friend of mine was working at the Bellevue Barnes & Noble once rung up a bunch of books for Bill & Melinda Gates. Also, the guys from Soundgarden are frequently sighted in my hometown. Back in the early 90s my mom caught their bass player listening in on a conversation about Frank Zappa with the owner of a local record store. Also, an old high school friend of mine was in a couple local bands that were rather well-known to the area and recorded a couple albums.

  24. One thing I've noticed in my dealings with the local punk scene is that the role of a bassist is usually dead-set in stone. To be a so-called "good" punk bassist, you must:

    1. Play nothing but 8th notes
    2. Play nothing but root notes
    3. Use a pick

    I literally have never seen any bassist play any different at all. Now, I definitely don't consider myself too great at bass, but I know that I'm above the abilities listed above (except for the pick; I play w/ a pick sometimes, but I mostly use my hands). This seems to turn off prospective bandmates, who seem to think "I can do better" translates to "I have a huge ego, and am going to use your band only as a vehicle for my own skills". The fact that I play fretless doesn't help, as everyone seems to think I'm a jazz freak or something (SPOILERS: I'm not).

    The worst part?

    I hooked up with a band in Allston that loved me to death. They were so anxious to get me in, but my commitment to my career prevented me from joining (schedule conflicts all up in this bitch). I mad, and jelly.

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    2. Danarchy

      Danarchy

      40oz said:

      Oh. I was insisting that punk was around way before rock was commercialized.

      I disagree. Rock was plenty commercialized in the 60s.

    3. 40oz

      40oz

      But punk (as a culture, not even the music genre) existed in an indefinite time way before that.

    4. Snakes

      Snakes

      Xeros612 said:

      Hm... sounds kind of familiar...

      Kind of funny how punk is supposed to be anti-establishment and whatnot yet a crucial component of their music seems to follow the same rubbish that the "establishment" sets in stone for music.


      Punk's never been so much about musical innovation and technical wizardry, which yeah, it holds in common with commercial rock music. There are about 10,000 other things the two don't have in common, though. Like, y'know, how punks (mostly) have no desire for commercial success, but rather enough to get by.

      Not to mention the whole message and attitude attached with the music of each, the fact that in a lot of punk music I can't understand a word of the vox, the overall lifestyle... Lots of stuff.

  25. Holy Jesus on a pogostick, this thing rules.

    *5 Strings for easier hand movement
    *Fretless w/ lines and dots
    *Singlecoil pups (although I might switch them out)
    *Bolt-On

    +The sustain on this thing is amazing. Each note rings for a very long time.
    +The neck is smooth as butter and thin enough to wrap your hand around (too bad my wrist is double-jointed :()
    +By far and large, it is the best-sounding bass I've ever played.

    -Pickups are a little "eh"
    -It's heavy as fuck (mahoghany body, maple) neck. I've had to switch my strap for a padded one because of a bruise I got.

    Soundclips coming soon.

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    2. Mr. Freeze

      Mr. Freeze

      Anyone know a website that allows uploading of .wav files?

    3. stewboy

      stewboy

      Why not convert them to mp3?

    4. Planky

      Planky

      Mr. Freeze said:

      Anyone know a website that allows uploading of .wav files?


      Not of the top of my head. You could always load it onto youtube with a picture instead of a video

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