Monday, September 19, 2011
Will the Eighties Never Die?
Things are going to be a little quiet on the Chrontendo front in the immediate future. Chrontendo is currently on hold (not on "hiatus" or anything of that nature.) I've recently put together a new PC, and it will take a little while to get everything set up. Having gone from Windows XP to 64-bit Windows 7, I now have to unlearn many habits and learn the peculiarities of the new OS. I still haven't figured out how to add a "show desktop" button on the taskbar. And, having to reinstall programs means having to deal with all sorts of missing DLLs and whatnot.
On top of all this, I feel sort of unfashionable by having a huge, clunky desktop computer. We are repeatedly informed that we are now in the "tablet age" of computing, and that powerful desktop machines are a thing of past. Everything is now done through online applications and cloud computing. Supposedly everyone loves the iPads, but I have no idea what I would do with it if I had one.
Also, we are in the middle of getting our roof replaced, and have been getting quotes from contractors for the last two weeks. Do you know what Dr. Sparkle just loves doing? Writing checks for amounts with lots of zeroes on the end. Hooray.
Earlier, I posted a terrifying picture of an old man in leather pants. You may be wondering, "Dr. Sparkle, why did you make us look at that horrible picture of that scary old man?" The story behind this is that my wife dragged me to a Human League/Men Without Hats show the other week. Yes, you heard that correctly, I just went to Men-Without-Fucking-Hats concert. The dude in the leather pants is the guy from Men Without Hats, and he was dressed in that exact same outfit when I saw them, right down to the little bitty cowboy hat (irony?)
Pic from here.
Both bands were operating in the "one original member" mode. To be fair, this line-up of Human League featured the three vocalists from the second version of the band, when they were producing all their hits. MWH consisted of the singer and three hired instrumentalists. Strangely, I was more curious to see MWH than Human League, simply because I had no idea of what sort of band they really were. When you think "Men Without Hats," what pops into your head? Probably a dwarf jester dancing around.
They turned out to be fairly standard synth-pop band fronted by a guy who pranced around on the stage looking like a gayer version of Bono. At two separate points during the show, he did a dance move thing were he pretended to be popping imaginary bubbles floating in the air.
Human League, the headliners, were the *better* band, I suppose. At least they had a drummer. The main dude (who was once known for his wacky hair style and is now completely bald) came out dressed in a black leather raincoat buttoned up around his neck, a hoodie obscuring almost all of his face and a pair of sunglasses. He was suffering from the delusion that he was Banksy, I guess. Or maybe it was some sort of comment on the London riots. One of the singers was a skeletally thin woman wearing a Euro-trashy evening dress thing and an absurd amount of sparkly bracelets, earrings, tiaras, and shit. All three singers did a few outfit changes throughout the show. I couldn't tell of the whole thing was supposed to be ironic or not. Despite having sat through an entire Human League show, I still have no conception of what Human League is supposed to be about.
Pic from here.
I should point out the show was at an Indian casino, and took place in a room the size of a small theater/large bar. I'll charitably describe the room as "two-thirds full." It was a very odd venue to see show and the room seemed more like it was more suited for a real-estate seminar or something.
Sorry for taking up your time with non-video game related stuff. There should be an Episode 41 related update before too long. Also, I should start posting older episodes of Chrontendo on Youtube in the near future.