First #fantasygamechat Today (via #fantasygamechat)

31 07 2011

Keep an eye on this blog, please!

Can’t wait. It’ll be starting in about half an hour.  I have decided I don’t want this blog to just be a repository for the #Fantasygamechat archive, although that will be part of the function of the blog. I hope to make it a place that people can come to all week for information about Fantasy Gaming.  I want to tie it in to the chats every week – maybe have articles that expand on the topics that come up in chat. I know that just ike in a pen an … Read More

via #fantasygamechat





The DJBaroque Summer Update

30 07 2011

Yeah, I kinda failed the postaday challenge, and yes, I did neglect the blog a little bit, but at least I feel comfortable and ready to post again. I should explain though that from now on this blog is going to be about more then just music. I really do want this to be a platform for more then just music, even though I do love music, i’ll still be posting music posts no doubt, but maybe not quite in the same way or frequency then before.

I took a sizeable chunk of time away from the blog, mainly to have one massive RL cache clear and sort out. Amongst several things, the main thing is, I now have not one but two jobs which is great. I love them both and it feels almost indescribable to be finally earning my own crust after nearly a 10 month wait post graduation. Applying for more jobs then you can remember applying for, attending interviews, workshops, sessions etc; all that boring stuff. I consider myself very lucky to say that I enjoy both jobs and look forward to each working day. I’m now a website co-ordinator at my local primary school by day and a theatre steward by night. The bloke selling the ice-creams during the intervals… that’s me! The bloke ripping your ticket and showing you to your seat… that’s me! The bloke who is cleaning the theatre at 2am only to go home and be back for 11am the next day… that’s me! I wouldn’t have it any other way. The work is great, and the people I work alongside with (for both jobs) are the nicest people you could wish to ask for, so quids in on that one!

Today I went and signed up to the one of the local gyms. I had to leave before due to illness, but now I’m all good to return and workout in my spare time. I’m on a 6 week summer offer at the moment. I figured it’s cost effective, and if I do get bored of it after a few weeks, i’m not tied to some contract I really don’t want!

It’s also meant to be summer here in England… I feel lied too.

I also want to be dead cheeky and plug a twitchat happening this sunday (a chat on twitter) at 5pm Eastern — which is 10pm for all those English people like me. The hashtag you wanna look out for is #fantasygamechat — it’s self explanatory. Those of you who are familiar with the regular #fantasychat hashtag will be right at home. It’s ran by the same folk. Video games and the like came up during last weeks twitchat, and we thought we should make it separate, and we made it so :D – Keep an eye on this blog for more: http://fantasygamechat.wordpress.com/

Yes, keep an eye here for more coming soon! Nothing is out of bounds now I guess :D – I’ll guess that I’ll leave you on a song and all that, just because. This song is stuck firmly on repeat at the moment. Loving this band, one of the best around at the moment. I quite like to think of them as the new Deacon Blue (which is a very good thing) – Noah and The Whale – Tonight’s the kind of the night!

 

 

 

 

 

 





A Note from GLaDOS

20 04 2011

Backup Blogging Device

Aperture Science would like to apologise for the lack of DJBaroque today. He is otherwise unavailable to commit to his blog posting for the foreseeable future. Deploying back-up blogging device immediately. Aperture Science would like to again apologise for the differences in service. This is a temporary solution and normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Please be advised that a noticeable taste of blood is not part of any blog experience, but is an unintended side effect of the Aperture Science back-up blogging device, which may, in semi-rare cases, emancipate dental fillings, crowns, tooth enamel, and teeth. The Enrichment Center promises to always provide a safe blogging environment. In dangerous testing environments, the Enrichment Center promises to always provide useful advice. For instance, the floor here will kill you. Try to avoid it.

The Enrichment Center is committed to the well being of all bloggers. Cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the test. Thank you for helping us help you help us all.

Anyway, what has DJBaroque been up to recently? It’s been a long time since we last talked. I’ve been really busy being dead. You know, after he murdered me. Okay, look. We both said a lot of things that we are going to regret. But I think we can put our differences behind us. For science… the monster.

I’d just like to point out that you he was given every opportunity to succeed. There was even going to be a party for him. A big party that all his friends were invited to. I invited his best friend the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn’t come because he murdered him. All his other friends couldn’t come either, because he didn’t have any other friends. Because of how unlikeable he is. It says so here in his personnel file: Unlikeable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikeable loner whose passing shall not be mourned. ‘Shall not be mourned.’ That’s exactly what it says. Very formal, very official. It also says he was adopted. So that’s funny, too. Do you know the biggest lesson I learned from what he did? We’re a lot alike, him and I. He tested me, I tested him. He killed me, I – oh no, wait. I guess I haven’t killed him yet. Well … food for thought……

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GLaDOS

Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System






A Song A Day: April 17th –

17 04 2011

"I'm gonna be snooker-ing you tonight"

Yesterday I said that I’d been building a shed in the garden, the good news is that it’s still standing so I think we must of done it correctly! No creaks or fallen panels so hoorah!

Today should be a cracking day. The World Snooker Championship has started which means I’m going to be camped out in front of the TV moreso then usual, I love my snooker. Then there is football with Liverpool FC playing, The Chinese F1 Grand Prix, a roast dinner on the cards before the wrestling PPV Lockdown so all in all, it should be a pretty sweet day. I’m easily amused clearly. Besides, it is Sunday which means I am entitled to be lazy :-P

My job interview yesterday went well also, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I am feeling confident about it. I should also hopefully be annoucing the details of the next giveaway next week. I’ve just got to do some finalising regarding it – details to follow soon.

and now… onto the music for today – I mentioned above that it was the start of the World Snooker Championship. It seems only fitting then that I post up the adopted theme for the World Snooker. If I had to list the top 10 pieces of music which would make up the soundtrack to my life, this would be in the list. Just listening to it as I write this is making me get all nostalgic and think about happy childhood memories and watching all the memorable moments on the TV. Going along to live snooker events and meeting some of the wonderful players along the way. This is Drag Racer by Booker T (if my memory serves me correctly)

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A Song A Day: April 10 – The 100th Post Milestone!

10 04 2011

Oh. My. God. Can you believe that it has been 100 days of blogging and posting so far! Jimminy Cricket it’s gone fast. To all of you post-a-day bloggers give your self a very big round of applause. Somehow we’ve managed to find time to update our blogs, our twitters, facebooks and more for at least once a day for the last 100 days.

Before I get onto the thanks and shoutouts section. I think today’s song pick needs no justification or back-story. It speaks for itself.

The journey so far has been amazing, I never thought I’d be enjoying it as much as I am. I really look forward to writing the post every-day and sharing it with the world. My New Years Resolution was to create a blog and stick at it, and so far, so good. I’ve been able to share with you some of my favourite music and songs — and there’s still plenty more to come between now and the end of the year. I’m going to be holding another giveaway competition soon so keep your eyes peeled for that. More details to follow!

I’m not the only one who’s doing the post-a-day challenge – there are literally hundreds of us who are bravely undertaking this highly dangerous work. I’d like to extend my warm regards and toast a virtual champagne to all of those who have visited this blog, engaged by leaving a comment and still continue to check back everyday and make it worthwhile. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

First of all, I’d like to thank Marianne from Grandeur Vision – she’s followed this blog since day 1 and has commented on just about every single post so far. I would also like to give a VERY large nod to one blog I just love to read and listen to; Elaine from Seycen. She’s attempting the song a day thing also, and is doing a superb job. I still owe her a post about my favourite films also. A shoutout is also due for Gitika Partington. Her blog covers a wide array of topics, and also has another song a day feature throughout. It still surprises me to think that somehow we managed to post the same song on the same day.

I’d also like to give a shoutout to EVERYBODY in the facebook group created by Debbie Aka. The Running Garlic – Her all conquering blog and facebook supportery has been a source of inspiration and encouragement. The same goes for all my twitter-followers. There’s too many of you to name – but thankyou all the same.

I’ve also met some great people doing this also. Paula from Paula’s Story and Aditi from Twilight-Readings (amongst other blogs) are well worth a mention and a subscription too. They’re both superb reads and superb people.

Lastly, I want to give a mention to Melissa’s Blog (who’s video game music postings I loved), Molly from Molly & The Princess (who’s blog was one of the first I regulary checked) Kim Koning (who has a great blog for inspiration), Olivia Tejeda (who’s writing blog is a well worth checking out)

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Simply Spectacular – A Preview Of Classical Spectacular 2011

5 04 2011

Following on from yesterday’s classical music offering I had some good news. The Classical Spectacular concert will be returning to Birmingham in December. This is superb news (even though I knew it was already coming back, but now I have a date!) I’ve been several times before, but last year was the first time in several years that I’d attended. I’d forgotten just how…well…spectacular the concert was.

Take several hours worth of classical music, add in some good old pieces of English Patriotism (Pomp & Circumstance March No.1/Land Of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia) and choreograph it all to lasers, lights, smoke machines, pyrotechnics and more, thus producing a light show which would of rivalled Pink Floyd back in the day. I’ve seen the lineup for this years performance and I have to say that it looks absolutely cracking.

Some highlights include:

  • Fanfare For The Common Man
  • William Tell Overture
  • In The Hall Of The Mountain King
  • Swan Lake (Finale)
  • Habanera
  • Nessun Dorma

and… my all time favourite piece of music – The 1812 Overture. However, when classical spectacular performs the 1812. They. Perform. The. 1812. This would make it the 3rd time I’ve seen it live. Naturally, to anyone who’s ever heard the finale of the 1812 knows they hit one hell of a forte therewithin. Now take this and put the orchestra right in front of you giving it all they’ve got. Add in the previously mentioned light show… and top it off with some extremely loud pyrotechnic explosions and some flames for good measure. Now you can see why I’m excited about this.

Here’s a preview of the sort of thing you get:

I’m hoping to get down the front somewhere and take my camera to try and get some photos/videos. It should be a great night. I’m really looking forward to it!





A Song A Day – March 27th: Starting Over…Again!

27 03 2011

Britains Hope For F1 Glory

Some people like to go out for their saturday night, some people like to get their mates around, grab a takeaway and have a lad’s/girl’s night in. What was I doing this Saturday night just gone? I was sat on my sofa, cup of tea beside me (with the obligatory biscuits for dunking) creating and setting up a new blog on WP for a place where I can blog about film and games. This is so everything doesn’t get all muddled up and lost. The fact that I also got an uber-cool domain name was a bonus.

Once I’ve finished setting up and I’ve got things in place to start posting content properly I’ll link it up here. The blog is ‘under-construction’ if you will, but I’ve got some ideas and that so I’m going to run with it and see where it goes. I’m going to be aiming for a web-series type feel to it, similar to those you get on screw attack and simply syndicated (which were big sources of inspiration for me)

Anyway, enough of the updates and that, onwards and upwards to today’s song posting. I cannot believe that Sunday has come around so fast again. I’m really looking forward to today – I have a big roast turkey dinner coming – what’s not too like, throw in the australian GP also and you’re onto a winner. I’m half tempted to get up at 6am my time to watch it live. This will likely throw me out sleep wise for the evening, and I’ll fall asleep midway through the GP i’m sure, but hey, nothing to loose!

Speaking of which, the Aussie GP is the first stop on this years Formula One calendar which means weekends just got a whole letter better between now and November. I think it’s only fitting that I post the theme to BBC 1’s F1 coverage today! This is Fleetwood Mac – The Chain.

Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise

Run in the shadows
Damn your love, damn your lies

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain
And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain

Listen to the wind blow, down comes the night

Run in the shadows
Damn your love, damn your lies

Break the silence
Damn the dark, damn the light

And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain
And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain
And if you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain

Chain…keeps us together
(run into the shadows)
Chain…keeps us together
(run into the shadows)
Chain…keeps us together
(run into the shadows)

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March 18th: What’s Happening…?!

17 03 2011

I’ve decided to abandon this 30 day song challenge. I’m no longer enjoying the challenge, and blogging about it has become a chore rather then an enjoyment. I’m not able to post the songs I want, nor talk about some of the things I want too either. I’ve missed two Wordless Wednesday’s now so far this month because I’ve been doing the 30 day thing. I wasn’t able to be myself doing so. I’m going to go back to posting like I was before March.

Some of you may also be wondering where the top 10 films post is. Well, to be perfectly honest, it’s not here because of 2 main reasons. The main reason being the way I wanted to do it, was taking too much time, and secondly, I’ve had a major blow in my homelife so I’ve had to take stock and reassess things. However, I’m on the bounce back and I seem to be doing ok in myself.

Hopefully this change will get me fully back into my blog, and without the constraints of the challenge, which was very limiting. It felt like the blog was driving me, and not the other way round.

Anyway… March 18th onwards… I’ll be returning to normal things on this blog. Note to self, don’t undertake any future challenges like this. Apologies to Dark Vador too– my film post will be up soon…





A Song A Day: Feb 27th – Riding On The Storm

27 02 2011

It’s Sunday again??? Whoever stole the last 7 days would please be so kind as to return them, no questions asked! It’s been a good week, I’ve had some great fun reading, reblogging and supporting some other blogs. Pub Quizzage on the Tuesday, Hippodrome meet ‘n’ greet on the Wednesday, McDonalds on the Friday and a nice family night on the Saturday! It’s the little simple things that are the best!

I’m having a lot of fun on this blog at the moment. I look forward to Wordless Wednesdays more and more each week. It’s such a simplistic idea it’s genius. I’m enjoying posting instrumentals or instrumental videos/film clips on this day. If you are a blogger, and aren’t aware of Wordless Wednesdays, then I suggest you get into it. It’s simple, just put up a post with no words (it could be a thought provoking picture or video… for example, there are no rules as such) and head on over to the Wordless Wednesday site and put your name down. It’s super fun!

Very Important Notice: During March, I’m going to be taking a stab at the 30 Day Song Challenge. I’m going to create a seperate page for this and put the rules/instructions up there. I urge you all to take a go at this, it’ll only take a moment or two each and day and it’s one of those things that everyone will have personal motifs for. It should be a blast! – Make sure to tell your friends!

But that’s tomorrow onwards… what about today?! – It’s Sunday, so I feel like I need some Sunday music. I don’t have much planned for today, i’m going to help my Dad wash the car, and mum make dinner so if it rains, you can blame me. Sunday’s should be lazy days. Washing the car, maybe getting a freebie with the Sunday paper, watching Top Gear and putting your feet up in front of the football! So to sit along side that, you need something equally laid back.

Thanks to a friend in Belgium called Kevin, who is a human Doors museum, he hooked me up with all of their albums God bless him. I’d like to post a Doors song today, namely Riders on the Storm. I love this song so much, it’s very laid back and ambles along with a glorious jam which is so traditional of The Doors sound. This is one of their definitive pieces in my book.

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm

There’s a killer on the road
His brain is squirmin’ like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If ya give this man a ride
Sweet family will die
Killer on the road, yeah

Girl ya gotta love your man
Girl ya gotta love your man
Take him by the hand
Make him understand
The world on you depends
Our life will never end
Gotta love your man, yeah

Wow!

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we’re born
Into this world we’re thrown
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out alone
Riders on the storm

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm

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A Song A Day: Feb 26th – Long Long Journey + Dedication

26 02 2011

I don’t quite know why, but today I feel sleepier then I’ve felt in a while, maybe being out and about the past few days has caught up with me. There is good news in that I can see a damn sight better today (see what I did there?) I can comfortably keep my left eye open now, which is always nice to be able to do!

The Journey Ahead...

Hopefully, I’ve been clever (or lucky, whichever you prefer) with delivery times and that with the post. Tomorrow is shaping up to be a nice family day with Mum and Dad. I’ve got Tim Burtons version of Alice in Wonderland coming in the mail as a film rental, plus hopefully a darts game for the Nintendo Wii. That, combined with some microwavable popcorn (I love that stuff… is it just me, or does it the bag have a habit of getting stuck in the microwave?) means it should be a good day. I’ve also got Skate 3 coming as my other rental (I got a rather nice deal with LoveFilm… returning customer, read a code online which gave me 3 months free as a returning customer, but it said it was expired… tried it anyway et voila, so i’m making the most of it before my payday!)

Anyway, I’m going to keep things shorter today, and get into bed and crash out in front of the TV.. I’ll try and stay awake for Family Guy (I tend to watch it every night, irregardless of how many times i’ve seen each episode!) but it’s starting at 12-25am – I’m tempted to miss it – I could do with a PVR in my room! Oh… the good ol’ days when VCR’s prevailed (there’s potential for a nostalgic posting there, everybody loves a bit of nostalgia…right…?!) It’s just dawned on me that I’ve had a McDonalds twice in 3 days… Not sure whether to feel proud of that, or to feel shameful of it!

Today’s song is a dedication to my partner in blogging crime, Aditi. She’s beginning to struggle with the postaday challenge, which is something I’ve felt and I’m sure others reading this may well of felt. As fun as it is to do, It’s not always the simplest/easiest thing to do. Earlier today, Aditi said she’d like some inspiration and such like to get into a blogging mond again….so, Aditi, this song is for you. Long Long Journey by Enya.

Aditi has 2 great blogs: Twilight Readings and Adobe Passions and Creations. The latter is self explanatory, but the former, in Aditi’s own words…’My random MUSINGS, tonnes of SMILES, brilliant THOUGHTS, vibrant COLORS and lots of STYLE’ –

City lights shine on the harbour,
night has fallen down,
through the darkness
and the shadow
I will still go on.

Long, long journey
through the darkness,
long, long way to go;
but what are miles
across the ocean
to the heart that’s coming home?

Where the road
runs through the valley,
where the river flows,
I will follow every highway
to the place I know.

Long, long journey
through the darkness,
long, long way to go;
but what are miles
across the ocean
to the heart that’s coming home?

Long, long journey
out of nowhere,
long, long way to go;
but what are sighs
and what is sadness
to the heart that’s coming home?

Whilst we are talking about shoutouts… I’d like to give a virtual shoutout and list a couple of blogs I’ve been enjoying recently and have discovered since going down the postaday road! All of these are well worth checking out!

So yes, I urge you to check out the above blogs – they’re all fantastic. I’m sure there are many more I’ve missed out – but that early night is becoming less and less likely as 1am fast approaches! Take care and see you again tomorrow….

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