Monday, December 23, 2013

Type 3, Duck Dynasty and a NEW desk

I think i'm coming down with the flu (Or some other bug), so since I can't broadcast, I'll just have to settle for a good old fashion blog post.

My body aches. Solutions?

So you want something serious? Here goes. Why am I so surprised that a society made up of mostly conformists would have no problem with being monitored by unseen agencies with little to no oversight who seek to extend the range of its intrusion through the very secrecy they deny the citizens who put them in those positions of power and security in the first place?

Because I expected Type 1 sooner rather than later. Sigh.

I'm starting to realize that governments seemed to be either created or mostly used for the suppression of our attempt to reach a Type I planetary status. For those who aren't aware of what that means, see wikipedia or my 3rd album.

Speaking of albums, I wrote my first dedicated song for Omniverse : Type 3 : Aum niverse. It's called "Interdimensional Council of Greys" and I fucking love it. I can't wait to let you all hear it. Writing it was so easy when I was finished I still felt like I should keep writing to it. Type 3 will have 30+ songs and will be 3 discs. Or come in 3 parts. I havent decided yet. People who follow me on reddit will get exclusive preview material so don't be that guy (or sexy gal) that misses out on the dopeness.

A few more updates:

  •  Gripp's Ansible album is complete, nearing launch, and has a track on it feature myself called "We should be so lucky". Make sure you go support #GU's Gripp on his latest release.
  •  Ryuken Vs album will have at least 3 more songs on it to make up for the fact that it's past due. I'm still pretty excited about releasing it though. Especially since we've planned a couple of videos for it. 
  • The #GU album is quietly being put together. Shhhhh.
  •  I released a previously unreleased track from my Apocalypse days called "Talkin' in Circles pt 2" You can check it out here if you are interested.

Completely random. I started doing one of those video exercise training programs; (T25 since you asked) aaannnnnddd I am official old. Maybe not old, but definitely not young anymore. But to be honest, those video training regimens are pretty awesome. It's got very little to do with age and more to do with overall conditioning and discipline. I hadn't felt that good in a long time and I'm fairly active.

For the first time in my music career I have a real studio desk. Man I love it. Every slot, has a purpose and there's more desk space than i've ever had. My chessboard from Canada functions as my mousepad.

Not bad eh?

Here's my opinion on the Duck Dynasty controversy.

Anyway, as the New Year approaches expect me to start releasing information about show locations and performances. Remember, if you can get 10 of your friends to come out to a Greydon Square show and there's 5 people who can do that, then we can do a show anywhere in the country.

I plan on definitely performing in these locations in 2014:

Los Angeles, CA
Seattle, WA
Denver, CO
Washington DC
Phoenix, AZ
Boston, MA
Vancouver, BC

If I don't hear from you or see you until after the New Year, be safe! Have a happy and healthy New Year. Do something fun, that's an order!

Peace peace.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Summer's Ending Video Shoot, Game of Thrones, & Reddit

Personal log entry
Stardate -309199.

   So yea, I have a new addiction. You know it as I know it as the most addictive place on the internet. Between TIL and wtf I can't get enough of that site. I find myself looking for the most obscure subreddits now that I have a good collection of common ones. I had known of reddit for quite some time though. I myself have made it onto the front page of atheism subreddit a few times in the form of my lyrics being attached to memes. Now its to the point where ive not only set reddit as my homepage, but i've set it up to where is the subreddit that comes up. Which means every time I load my browser it randomly loads a subreddit i've probably never seen before. Awesomeness dipped in crack. My name on there is GreydonSquare however i now have several sock accounts, now that I understand why you would need one. For those who are unaware, a "sock" account is a fake account that you've built up over time to appear as real as any other profile. This is great when you want to communicate consistently anonymous, you can do so and no one will be the wiser. Some times its good NOT leaving a digital footprint as Greydon Square.

   I'm not sure if I told you this, but a couple of weeks ago I had a chance to try the Oculus Rift. Man that thing was cool, however, it would've been a MUCH better experience had it NOT been at indiecade outside. It seemed the people working the display booth were so impersonal and disconnected with the whole thing. THEN, the demo i got was this wack ass dumbo-elephant-swing-your-trunk-around-and-hit-things game. Terrible. I'd give the game itself a 1/10 if i had to rate what I tried. I didn't even have the earphones on, so i had to listen to people who couldn't control their screaming while i was demoing the rift. In concept it was an excellent piece of tech. 1:1 movement ratio, as well as 1080p resolution. I just wish I could've demoed something else somewhere else.

   Yes, yes, Game of Thrones. This isn't going to be what you think it is. I'm not going to oversell this series the way it was sold to me. Coming off of the great series that was Spartacus, hearing all of the hype behind this show, I knew it was only a matter of time before I checked it out. And while it hasn't reached the level of great, so far, it is relatively good. I'd say this show has as many primary characters as Star Trek Deep Space Nine and just as many secondary characters. I kind of like it, but, I kind of prefer a tighter story circle. Either way, so far, it's done an fairly decent job at balancing the progression of the characters but, because there are so many, i find myself wondering about other characters, and certain unexplained expects of their history. No matter, the show is VERY watchable, and enjoyable if you see it through the eyes of certain charming characters. Right now i'm in the middle of season 2, so ill wait to withhold final judgement, but so far, i'm giving it a B-.  Check it out if your into to slow dialogued fantasy sword fighting shows.

   What if I told you that I shot Summer's Ending in 4K? What would you think that looked like? Let me answer that by saying this, I've never seen myself on such a camera or in such a resolution. I had a chance to live as a homeless man with Jakob Owens of the Buff Nerds at the production helm. With his cameraman Tom Taughter we started shooting as early as 5:30am in North Hollywood. We didn't stop shooting until sunset in the LA river. One of my guys Flylane Case told me if you wanted a video done right you get Jakob Owens. So that's what I did, and damn, Case was spot on. I promise you will not believe what it looks like. A very special thanks to Jakob, Tom, and the city of Los Angeles for allowing such a creative backdrop and landscape to shoot in.

   So thats my update. A special shoutout to my friends Devin and Cathryn for tying the knot over the weekend. Congrats and I wish you guys the very best in the future. Im sorry I could not be there to attend the big event.

   Be on the lookout for C-Gats upcoming project as well. It's called Gatzilla. And I have a song on there called Drone Cypher. Should be hitting bandcamp and itunes in a month. Ryuken Vs is still coming, but artwork is really coming along slowly. May have to take some drastic steps.

Until next time, Peace peace.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Gaming PC's, Oculus Rift & Star Citizen

First let me say, balls on your chin. Now that that's out of the way. I hope you had a great last 2 weeks, because I sure as hell did. The site I told you about last post is doing great. Growing fast, and drawing visitors. Which is good.

During the long dog days of late summer, without basketball, or longboarding, I spend a LOT more time gaming. Something I am very passionate about. See, I'm a console gamer. Been one since NES. However, after the years of console driven sports titles, and the occasional Final Fantasy 7, I've always known there was something missing in my gaming world. Enter Star Citizen. Now I know i cant just jump from talking about consoles to one of the most anticipated PC games of all time without a little introduction and history first.

Star Citizen has no real comparison to anything in my gaming history because honestly, I've never heard of a game quite like it. Now, it's not out yet. It's scheduled to be release Q4 '2014, but check this video out and tell me you aren't as excited as I am.

I mean, infinite space, customizable ships, vast economy, flexible game system, passionate development team, AND a ravenous modding community, makes this the must own title of the decade in my opinion. Plus did you check the last item on the list? The Oculus Rift support?!

Let's talk about the Oculus Rift for a second, because if you haven't heard about this due to living under a rock or so, then, you might not have been blown away by all of the first time user video compilations on youtube. Here's the pitch video from Kickstarter.

So that solves that. Well, the being visually immersed thing. I'm not sure how people are going to work out controller-less movements, but it's safe to say, that this, is here to stay. Ill be heading to Indiecade 2013 in Culver City Ca on Oct 3rd to check one out. I can't wait. If anyone wants to donate $300 dollars for me to get a dev kit, I'm not going to stop you.

So this brings me to my future gaming computer. After AMD's announcement yesterday regarding the R9 290X GPU that they are dropping soon, I think im going to build a monster from scratch. Specifically to run Star Citizen at MAX settings. This is my rough idea right now...

Motherboard: Rampage IV Extreme
GPU: AMD R9 290X
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
PSU: Corsair Professional Series 760 Watt
Case: Bitfenix Prodigy M

More to come, but I think that'll be MORE than enough to get me out into the verse. Star Citizen baby. I see it in my gaming future.

Oh yea, and my birthday is in 2 days. See you in a week or so.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Return of the blog.

The Return

       Since deciding to take a break from facebook's social mediasphere(indefinitely), I thought I might go back and give the old blog another try. This wont be like the last one. This blog will be about my whole life and the things that are actively going on in it. For instance, I built a website recently with a brother of mine. What an amazing experience. Building something from the ground up to become something that was just an idea is always amazing to be apart of. So the site I built is a personals site. A place where people can casually meet people for free. Stripped down. Simple. Yet effective. I am also starting another mobile app in the near future. Almost immediately. Time waits for no man.

Recently I did a show in Seattle. August 24th at the Hyatt House in Redmond Washington. A lot of my guys showed up. Syqnys, Tombstone, Adekwit, and RE GU. Though some weren't able to make it, it ended up being a lot of fun and interaction with some hardcore GU fans. If you ever get a chance to come to a GU party, don't miss it. This week i'll be finishing up the Ryuken VS album that I have coming with C-Gats. If you haven't checked out the new material, I suggest you check out our bandcamp page or our soundcloud page. Hope you like what you hear.

This Edward Snowden/Bradley Manning thing is crazy as well. Those who know me know that I am a US Army combat vet, but I cannot condone what the US Govt has done in the name of security. Sounds like some straight 1984 bullshit. I feel like Snowden should NOT be criminally pursued. I also believe that Manning's sentence should be either reduced or pardoned completely. I have never believed that revealing the crimes of superiors is a crime within itself.

Obama, what the fuck are you doing??? Not just Obama, but seriously, is there anyone at the wheel? Now all of a sudden the US Department of Justice wants to cut back on MJ dispensary raids. Even though this dude PROMISED he would NOT use federal resources to do such things. One of the many promises Obama went back on. All that we learned from this presidency is that the people in office do not represent the people that elect them. This should probably change if we are to have any real future as a species.

Most Americans don't want to intervene into Syria. I don't. I'm not saying I condone chemical attacks, but obviously bombing a country that's basically in a civil war already is probably going to do more harm than good at this point. I mean they are ALREADY using chemical weapons. What makes the US think they are going to stop, simply because they are getting attacked from someone other than rebel forces or being condemned by the international community?

So this is my return to the blog. These days I have a lot on my mind about a lot of things that cant be fit in a facebook status update or a tweet. So for the foreseeable future I will be relying on my blog to voice such thoughts.

See you next week. Where I discuss my discovery of love for longboarding.

Peace peace.

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