10 years ago I took my first tentative step into Apple-dom. I bought an 8gb iPod Nano and filled it with hundreds and hundreds of songs and audiobooks. It never left my pocket, it was perfect; the best MP3 player I had ever owned (and there had been a few). From the time I got that MP3 player I knew I wanted more, I wanted an iPhone! And so… when my phone contract was up just under a year later, I did it, I got the iPhone 3GS and I was in love. This thing of beauty was easy to use, you didn’t need a manual to just make a phone call; in fact what Apple lovers had been saying was true It just works
It’s been pretty momentous few weeks for me in the grand scheme of life. After almost 9 years of being a Type 2 Diabetic trying every medication and combination of pills potions diets and injections; I have now been put on Insulin to try and control what is an otherwise medication resistant case of Diabetes.
… for those in the know, my answer to that question is… I DON’T CARE REALLY!!! For those who have no idea what I may be talking about (welcome to the majority of the people around me 90% of the time), I will elaborate a little. Later on this afternoon, after two bloke finish banging around a little ball of fuzz, the BBC is going to announce who the 13th Doctor will be in Doctor Who.
After probably one too many hours at work with one too many ahead of me, I find myself stood in the garden smoking that one cigarette that is most definitely one too many for the past hour. I look up to the sky and an instinctive feeling crept into my fingers. A feeling that I hadn’t felt in a while, a feeling that that used to have a permanent residency in my head, my heart and my stomach. That feeling of wonder; the feeling of I wonder who could possibly have thought to put those colours together and present them to a blind ignorant world that would most probably just look through living room windows and wonder for a split second, Ohh the sky is on fire.
There only a handful of films that I can watch over and over again, Citizen Kane, The Doors and the film I would like to talk about here… The Exorcist. I have been a fan of Horror films for as long as I can remember. My mum was an advocate of treating my brother and I like humans and not little things to be programmed. She allowed us to experience films that ordinary 9 and 10-year-olds would usually be exposed to. She let us know that they were just films and someone with a weird imagination had created something out of the ordinary. We accepted this and Leatherface and Freddy Krueger became people I would re-enact in the school playground; teachers probably didn’t understand, but hey… it was the early 80s and progressive teaching hadn’t really kicked in yet.
The simple answer is I miss it and I want to. The more detailed answer would be that I seem to have slipped into a new phase of life that has given me a new lease on life. The stereotype of men who enter mid-life is that they go out and buy a penis extension fast car or motorbike and divorce the wife and shack up with a young busty blonde swede from Bristol(?).
**This review originally appeared on Scribes of Metal** Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky Label – Mascot Music Group Released – April 1st, 2016 Marks out of 10 – 9/10 After almost 6 months of waiting and a relentless social media tease campaign that began when the band entered the studio, the new album is out and, my God was it worth the wait. The band have been playing a few tracks on recent tours around the world, and inevitably these tracks have shown up online and if you are any kind of a fan of BSC then you will be familiar with some of the stuff that shows up on Kentucky. However, nothing really compares to listening to the music on a CD as it was meant to be heard.
As a rule, on my previous blogs I have shied away from doing list posts, but here on the Balding Geek, that will change. Lists are great for loads of stuff. So, for my first list, I want to try and let you know what my favourite films of last year were. There is a slightly self-serving motive behind this post. Whilst putting this list together I realised that my film watching last year comprised overwhelmingly of Superhero films. Whilst I think those films are great and serve a purpose, I feel that I am missing out on so much more with other genres of film. So, this post will serve as a basis for me looking back this time next year at what my favourite films were this year in the hope that I have diversified my viewing. OK enough of the blurb, let’s get on with it.