Top 13 Tracks As Of July 31, 2006

#ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1DisturbedDown With The SicknessThe Sickness
2SlipknotThe NamelessVol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
3SlipknotVermilion Pt. 2Vol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
4David Draiman of DisturbedForsakenQueen Of The Damned
5Drowning PoolBodiesSinner
6DeftonesChangeQueen of the Damned
7Rage Against The MachineFreedomRage Against The Machine
8OrgyCant Take ThisPunk Statik Paranoia
9NonpointMove NowRecoil
10DisturbedSons Of PlunderTen Thousand Fists
11DisturbedGuardedTen Thousand Fists
12Shinedown.45Leave A Whisper
13MudvayneHappyLost And Found

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Weekly (Sort of) Links of Interest

Like a bad clock, a week and a half later, we give you another installment of Links of Interest.

Our first link of interest comes straight out of our referral logs. Its not often we see a Hungarian website in our logs, so I decided to check it out. I cant read Hungarian and babelfish does not have a Hungarian translator, so I have no idea what it says. There was one word I did understand and it said Music. Nice of them to link to our site. While my interest in the Hungarian words is more curiosity than anything else, it was the pictures on the site that caught my eye.

I am not sure if these are original works or comments on others work, but I spent quite a lot of time just going through the site to look at the art work. So, check out this Hungarian Blog to see some incredible fantasy artwork.

Our second site comes by way of an accidental encounter. I was trying to find the font used in the Punisher Comic Book and ran across Iconian. This cool website is a comic geeks dream. It has tons of free fonts in tribute to the comic books that inspired their design. It was fun just going through the list to see which Fonts I could associate with the appropriate comic book.

Our third link comes to us from a story I was reading in the latest copy of Wired Magazine. I really wanted to talk about this article and it turns out you can read the whole thing online on the Wired Website. The article is a short brief on a lawsuit filed by the MPAA against Shawn Hogan for allegedly downloading Meet The Fockers. It turns out that not only does Shawn own this movie on DVD, but he happens to be the CEO of a multimillion Internet company called Digital Point. You may be aware of their largely popular Webmaster Forums.

Rather than paying the $2500 settlement fee also know as extortion money, Shawn has decided to take this to court even if it costs him hundreds of thousands of dollars. I am glad the MPAAs illicit RIAA like tactics of suing its own customers is going to be heard in a court of law. Suing your customers is not a smart move and it really needs to stop.

Top 13 Tracks As Of July 23rd, 2006

#ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1SlipknotThe NamelessVol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
2DisturbedDown With The SicknessThe Sickness
3SlipknotVermilion Pt. 2Vol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
4StereomudSteppin AwayPerfect Self
5Rage Against The MachineFreedomRage Against The Machine
6KornA.D.I.D.A.S.Life Is Peachy
7Drowning PoolBodiesSinner
8David Draiman of DisturbedForsakenQueen Of The Damned
9ThriceImage Of The InvisibleVheissu
10SlipknotVermilionVol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
11SlipknotLeft BehindIowa
12SlipknotDuality9.0: Live [Disc 2]
13Shinedown.45Leave A Whisper

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Top 13 Tracks As Of July 17, 2006

#ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1SlipknotThe NamelessVol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
2Drowning PoolBodiesSinner
3ThriceImage Of The InvisibleVheissu
4KornA.D.I.D.A.S.Life Is Peachy
5David Draiman of DisturbedForsakenQueen Of The Damned
6SlipknotVermilion Pt. 2Vol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
7SlipknotMy Plague (New Abuse Mix)Resident Evil Soundtrack
8Shinedown.45Leave A Whisper
9MudvayneHappyLost And Found
10DisturbedDown With The SicknessThe Sickness
11StereomudSteppin AwayPerfect Self
12SlipknotVermilionVol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
13SlipknotLeft BehindIowa

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Is BF2142 The Next EverCrack?

Gamespot has a

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

Our band could be your life, real names be proof….

I watched We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen on DVD tonight (Thank You Netflix!). This is a 90 minute documentary about the how the band came about, its D.I.Y. philosophy, and the void left by the untimely death of D. Boon in a traffic accident on December 22, 1985. It features interviews with Mike Watt and George Hurley as well as a long list of punk rock icons. Disk 1 Contains the 90 Minute Documentary and 2+ Hours of extras and Disk 2 Contains 62 live songs from 3 full performances.

Growing up in a small town in the pre-internet days of the 70s and 80s, I didnt have a lot of exposure to anything that wasnt mainstream pop or country on the radio stations in the area. I first heard of the Minutemen through R.E.M. which I had just started listening to after I had stumbled upon someones taped copy of their Murmur album. I happened to read in Rolling Stone that R.E.M was going on tour with the Minutemen and so I figured if R.E.M. liked them enough to tour with them, that they must be good. So next time I went to “the big city” (actually a small town but they did have Dartmouth college and an awesome record store) I dug around until I found Double Nickels on A Dime. It took a few listens before I began to appreciate the genius that is that album as it was nothing like what I was expecting. I have since worn out to cassette copies but have finally secured a digital copy so I wont have to worry about that again. I also purchased everything else that I could find by them in the meantime. Their unique style of music combined with overt politics, and their passion for life and the music just struck a chord with me that has kept me listening to them for 20 years. Tonight I finally got to hear their story as told by them and their friends and it kept me transfixed for several hours.

This little spiel (to steal Mike Watt & D. Boons term) doesnt do this film or the band justice, but if you like the Minutemen or even if you have never heard of them check it out, it will be good for you.

You can read more about the movie and buy the DVD here: We Jam Econo

Is BF2142 Hard To Say?

Ive been thinking about lately about BF2142. I do that from time to time, but its not what you think. I am not talking about the game. I am talking about the name. You see, BF2142 does not have a good ring to it. Its almost too complicated. Here is how I see it.

First, we had Battlefield 1942. We shortened it to BF42. Easy enough. Then came Battlefield Vietnam. Again, we shortened it to BFV. Smooth and rolls off the tongue. Next, EA released the third game in the Battlefield Franchise, Battlefield 2. (Dont ask) This became BF2. So far, so good. The next game in the series is called Battlefield 2142. So what does it become when abbreviated? BF twenty-one-forty-two. Say that fast 10 times while holding your tongue. Ouch!

I have a proposal. Its quite silly actually, but I think it would give the next game in the Battlefield franchise a nice and easy name. My proposal is to abbreviate the name to BFBJ. I know what you are thinking. It reminds you of a hummer from that hot girl who only wants to be your friend.

How about this? Battlefield BlackJack aka BFBJ aka BF21. I like the name BF BlackJack better than BF21. Then again, Battlefield 2142 is kind of BF2.1. Hey, maybe we should call it BF2.1?

So, which one do you like? BFBJ or BF2.1?

Atomm Nihilo runs GamersRadio.com and has a Love/Hate relationship with EA and Battlefield that some would say borders on the edge of addiction.

Calling All Music Fans!

We are starting a new contest at Gamers Radio. If you like music, then drop by and give us a hand at testing it out. Here are the details.

We are going to start a new monthly contest. For the months of July and August, it is a dry run only. September will be official with a $10 Itunes Gift Card or a 3 Month VIP subscription to Live365 as the prize. Winner will get to choose.

The Rules:

1. I will post a single word from the lyrics of a song at random intervals.
2. You may make one guess with the Artist and Song Title after each word is posted.
3. We will keep track of the winners and the last week of the month will be a “Name That Tune” type contest.
4. Songs can be from any Rock or Pop Genre from any time period.

Final Round
1. When the final round starts, only previous winners for the month will be allowed to participate.
2. Each winner will tell me how many words they can name the tune in.
3. Once all winners have posted, the lowest number gets first guess.
4. If they miss it, the next highest number will get a guess.
5. There is a catch though. Only one word will be added after each miss.
6. If all contestants miss, we will start over. However, we will pick a different part of the song for the next round.

Drop by and check out our new forums!

Monday Links of Interest

Welcome to a new tidbit we are doing on Mondays. We will bring you 3-5 links that we find interesting. If you think you have an interesting site, please send us feedback and let us know.

I have to give credit where credit is due. This idea is not my own. I got it from Jason Murphys Blog. He does a segment called Free Links Friday where he puts up 7 links and tells you why he finds them interesting. I think its a great idea and I encourage you to check his blog, especially on Fridays for 7 Sites You Should See. Thanks Jason for linking us in your last list and thanks for a great idea. I hope you dont mind sharing. After all, the Internets a big place. 🙂

Our second link of interest comes directly from Jason Murphy. Hes going to kill me…. heh. But, I thought it was too good of a cause not to put it on our first list.

Let me introduce Michael OConnell. Michael has Muscular Dystrophy. Michael was very fortunate to have been given a Van at the age of 24 back in 1992. Needless to say, it has seen its last days. Michael put up a webpage telling you about himself, why he needs a van with an extremely expensive driving setup.

Michael brings up a point that I personally appreciate. Even though he is handicapped, he works for a living. His van has allowed him to do that. Because of this, he does not require government assistance. I think a lot of us take for granted how much having the ability to get to work increases our quality of life.

Go read Michaels Story. Its very humorous. Check out the pics of the old brown Econoline VAN, then check out the cool new (2002) Van with Starship Enterprise like controls, Blue Flames and a working FM stereo. When you are done, be sure and donate to his van fund.

Rock On Michael!

Our third link of interest is for a site called Fever Gaming. Doesnt sound familiar? It shouldnt, but you may have known it in another life as TotalBF2.com. You see, Fever Gaming is the work of a fella by the name of GameWizard. Now he should be familiar to you. After all, he was the guy that created and made TotalBF2.com what it is today.

I will not go into boring details, but Fever Gaming is running a copy of the TotalBF2.com Forums database. It is my understanding that GameWizard was fired from TotalBF2.com, even though he was actually the owner of the site. It is still to be see what contractual obligations were made between him and MyIS over the purchase of TotalBF2.com.

MyIS are the guys who brought you the Battlefield Rules of Engagement and pushed for EA to make them the official Rules for all Ranked Servers. In addition, they have appointed themselves the keepers of the rules and are taking up violation submissions for their review. If the "bf police" are watching us, then who is watching them?

I liked the TotalBF2 community of the past. If you are like me, then I encourage you to drop by Fever Gaming and become a contributing part of the new Battlefield Community.

Thats it for this week’s Links of Interest. Next week, Sarge or Bubba will tell you about theirs.

Top 13 Tracks As Of July 10, 2006

#ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1SlipknotDuality9.0: Live [Disc 2]
2SlipknotWait and BleedSlipknot
3KornFreak On A LeashFollow The Leader
4David Draiman of DisturbedForsakenQueen Of The Damned
5StrataNever ThereStrata
6SlipknotVermilion Pt. 2Vol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
7MudvayneNot FallingThe End of All Things to Come
8Killswitch EngageThe End Of HeartacheThe End Of Heartache
9Breaking BenjanminSo ColdSo Cold
10System of a DownInnervisionSteal This Album!
11SlipknotSpit It OutSlipknot
12SlipknotDualityVol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
13Slipknot(SIC)Slipknot

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Battlefield 2 1.4 Beta Testing Begins

Directly from the EAUK BF2 Forums

We are beginning the first phase of our 1.4 patch beta testing! This initial phase of testing will only include a small number of servers whose focus is to ensure stability in a live environment. At the completion of this phase we will be rapidly expanding the number of servers hosted to allow everyone an opportunity to review this latest patch. I would like to stress that everyone who downloads the beta files should take the time to read the included text file so that you can properly safeguard your current BF2 install.

Also please note that EA Customer Service can not provide any support for issues related to the Beta Patch. I encourage everyone to log into the EA Battlefield forums and participate on the 1.4 Patch Beta discussions that will cover both 1.4 issues, tuning changes, and new features.

We have up threads for issues and gameplay feedback, please make sure you post in the right one once they are unlocked.

A few of the servers hosted will be set to the new ‘No Vehicles’ server setting that will allow players to focus on infantry vs infantry combat on all BF2 and Special Forces Maps. Other servers will include the new ‘Road to Jalalabad’ map which will allow US and MEC forces to engage in a new urban warfare environment! Everyone here at EA and DICE look forward to working with the community to ensure this next patch is a solid step forward for the Battlefield Franchise.

-The Battlefield Team

The last paragraph is particularly interesting imo. Download links can be found in the link above. This has only been out a short time, so feedback is minimal so far.

Discuss and provide feedback here in the Gamers Radio Forums.

Top 13 Tracks As Of July 2nd, 2006

#ArtistSong TitleAlbum
1KornHollow LifeUntouchables
2KornFreak On A LeashFollow The Leader
3David Draiman of DisturbedForsakenQueen Of The Damned
4SlipknotDuality9.0: Live [Disc 2]
5DisturbedThe GameThe Sickness
6SlipknotDualityVol 3 (Subliminal Verses)
7Breaking BenjanminSo ColdSo Cold
8SlipknotWait and BleedSlipknot
9PanteraWalkVulgar Display Of Power
10MudvayneWorld So ColdThe End of All Things to Come
11DisturbedDown With The SicknessThe Sickness
12CrossfadeColdCold
13SlipknotSpit It OutSlipknot

This list is generated weekly from a ranking based on your votes in the Live365 playlist window.