Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Friends don't let friends buy Lingo VoIP service

We're making the switch. We've run into a little issue with Lingo and a conference number that Shelly uses almost on a daily basis. With poor technical support along with even worse customer service, we're going to shell out a few more bucks a month and switch to Vonage.

We'll keep you posted as to the quality of service difference...

Friday, March 17, 2006

Shell takes on the March snowfall!

Here's a funny experience I had. Well, we had a day of some HUGE snowfall right? Well, seeing I was out with a bum leg, Shell was put to the task of taking care of the driveway and sidewalk with the new snowblower. Needless to say she had a heck of a time. Let's ran out of gas (twice) and a tire even fell off!

I can say she got the hang of it a few days later when we got hit with some snow again. Shell has used this more than me so far!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Book Review: Bang your Head - The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal

Yet another review for ya. This one was pretty good. This once actually touched base on several heavy influencing bands since the late 60's (such as Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper,Zeppelin, Aerosmith, etc) all the way to the 'fall' of the '80's metal' band era.

This story is pretty interesting because it touches base on the bands I grew up with and their influences. This book touches base on some of the previous books I've reviewed such as Kiss and Motley Crue but it also gives the reader a sense of what was happening with the music scene in general. I like near the end of the book when the scene takes a turn into the Seattle grunge era. Many people believe that the grunge music killed the 80's metal bands. In this book, there are many quotes stating that grunge was once piece of why that music genre disappeared for awhile. Equally important was the record companies financials and the bands mentality of 'living it up' as well as most of the bands themselves were self destructing amongst themselves.

One slight grudge: The book is kind of misleading and implies that all the bands mentioned in the book are 'metal'. Aside from a few bands, such as Metallica, Exodus, Flotsam and Jetsam, most of these bands would be considered 'rock' in my book. Also, the last chapter/section ending rather quickly.

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone interested in 'rock' music.

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

New winter toy!

I've actually had this awhile but thought I'd share my excitement. After neary ten years as a homeowner, I finally got me a snowblower. I nice compact, yet powerful 2 stage thrower. Bought this at nearly 50% off the normal price (after season sale)

Maybe I'll get to use it next year??