Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Song up on Myspace - Bitter(Sweet)

So, I don't know if I really mentioned it on this blog in the past, but I am a musician. I record under Matt Wyllie. I'm a vocalist (and a vocal teacher), a self-taught pianist, and have been considering learning some guitar to round it out a bit. But, I do have a myspace music account, a page on facebook, a YouTube account, and I do run Twitter. In fact, I'm gonna through those up on the links side bar.

Anyway, I've put up a new song on Myspace. It's a rough demo of a song written about a month ago. It's a piano-vocal song at the moment, but I think I'm hearing strings. 

Hop on over to Myspace to give it a listen!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Yaoi Fest - Finally, A Canadian Yaoi Con!


I was really excited to hear about Canada's very first Yaoi Convention being organized. I was even more excited that it's being set for next year and in Calgary! It's close enough I could drive if need be! I'm totally going! 

Yaoi Fest is planned sometime for Fall 2009 in Calgary, Alberta. Details are still sketchy and rough, but I'm really hoping this will pull together and go through! I'm definitely excited for this. 

It's about time we finally got a Yaoi convention in Canada! 

Check out their official website here!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Posting now erratic!

So my second job has taken up more time than I thought it would. It looks like posts will end up being whenever I can get to it. Sorry guys.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Women -- Eh...


I don't know what it was about The Women that didn't quite work for me. I mean, it wasn't a horrible movie. But it wasn't quite what I thought it should be, either. The cast was pretty good, the characters were likeable, and it was touted as one of the gayest movies in a while thanks to Debra Messing and Bette Middler being involved. But it was just kinda... eh. 

Bette Middler was in the movie for all of five seconds. She played a stoner acting agent that Meg Ryan's character met at some random camp she went to after separating from her husband. She tells Mary (Ryan's character) that she should ask about what she wants not what everyone else wants over a joint and that's all we see of her. It was really more of a cameo than an actual role. 

The story was a good idea, but the implementation was kinda off. Mary's husband cheats on her and it's about how she deals with it with some of her friends help her. Jada Pinket Smith plays a lesbian writer, Anette Benning plays a magazine editor, and Debra Messing plays a mom-type. 

It was okay. But I guess I just wanted to like it more than I did. I'd wait for it to come out and rent it or even just wait for it to play on Movie channels.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Apple -- New iPod Lineup


Apple introduced it's new lineup of iPods yesterday. The whole line has been updated with new UI, storage updates, and hardware changes. However the Price Changes introduced for the US aren't quite as nice for Canada even though our Dollar is near equal with the US Dollar now. Tch. When will you learn Apple? Head past the jump to see what's changed in the iPod lineup. 

Monday, September 8, 2008

Pre-Order Who Killed Amanda Palmer

Pre-orders for Who Killed Amanda Palmer started today! There's three different combinations of what you can pre-order...

Package 1

A physical copy of the album
An instant download of the entire album and two exclusive bonus tracks: I Google You (a song co-written by Neil Gaiman) and Straight (With Strings) [ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH ONLINE PURCHASE! DOWNLOADS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH PHONE ORDER! I had a rather bad run in with MusicToday about this]

Package 2

A physical copy of the album signed by Amanda Palmer* and Ben Folds**
Exclusive Downloads from Package 1
An exlusive "I Killed Amanda Palmer" t-shirt in the size of your choice from S - XL

Package 3 (LIMITED TO 672 COPIES)

A physical copy of the album signed by Amanda Palmer* and Ben Folds**
Exclusive Downloads from Package 1
An exlusive "I Killed Amanda Palmer" t-shirt in the size of your choice from S - XL
Limited Edition Lithograph signed and numbered by Amanda Palmer
A copy of "The Big Book of Who Killed Amanda Palmer" featuring photos by Kye Cassidy and Short Stories by Neil Gaimain. Signed by both Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman
A copy of the album on Vinyl and signed by Amanda Palmer
A "Crime Scene" photo set and exclusive Murder Evidence

*Only the first 5,000 copies order between both Package 2 and 3
**Only the first 250 copies ordered between both Package 2 and 3 

Click on the Album Cover to Pre-order!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Scheduling Change

Hey guys!

There's gonna be a change in posting here. I've just picked up a second job and It's gonna take up some more of my time now. So the posting schedule's going to change to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Saturday Night Rant will change to Friday Night Rant. Everything will pick up again on Monday!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

WTF -- Google - "We Use Your Shit And Don't Pay You!"



So, it turns out that Google's decided to find an easy way to advertise. The EULA (End User License Agreement) basically states that Google has free reign over whatever you post to the internet through the Chrome browser. So if you're a blogger, Google can use anything you posted to your blog with the Chrome browser for anything they'd like without having to pay you. The same goes for anything uploaded to Flickr, or posted to Facebook, Myspace. This includes music accounts! If you're a musician and you've uploaded something to your Myspace Music through Chrome, you could hear your song pop up in a Google ad sometime soon. 

Past the Jump for EULA terminology. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Shots from Leeds United Video

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Originally uploaded by Alex de Campi

Amanda Palmer has shot her first solo music video this past weekend! On Sunday, a video was shot for Leeds United, the first single from the album. It is separate from the Who Killed Amanda Palmer series. That series comes to a close next week with Guitar Hero and an Outro. 

A couple more shots after the break.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Google Browser -- Chrome


Google's taken a leap and entered the mainstream browser run. You can add Chrome to the list of browsers you spout off whenever someone asks how to access the net. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome? 

Some of the features include:
- New JavaScript engine called V8 for faster performance
- "Special tabs" above the window, not below the address bar (see image above)
- Address bar auto-completion
- Opera-like "Speed Dial" with thumbnails of your most visited 9 websites
- Privacy mode
- Web apps can be launched in their own window without addressbar/toolbar

Chrome definitely sounds interesting. I haven't had a chance to try it out for myself just yet as there's no Mac or Linux version up yet. But you Windows users out there can try out the beta, if they can find it. I haven't been able to locate the exact download page just yet.

Monday, September 1, 2008

No Post Today!

There will be no usual post to today as I'm away from the computer today. Since it's a holiday, I'm out at the lake with the family.

Posting resumes as usually tomorow!