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Greetings world!

Now now, I know what you're thinking. That I missed yet another week and I'm certainly not living up to my promise of a weekly blog. But ya know what, last year got off to a rocky start as well so I wouldn't lose hope just yet. In case you were curious, I finally caught the illness that's been floating around for the past couple weeks. Quite the nasty head cold if I do say so myself but its ok, I'm all better now. Hopefully. Anyway, I've found myself wondering over the week whether the very idea of a blog is egotistical. I mean, its not like there has been a mandate from the masses demanding me to write a blog each week. No. This is just me throwing a bunch of gibberish out into the world assuming that people read it and care about my silly opinions. Seems a little egotistical to me, don't you think? Perhaps the very essence of being a musician is a bit egotistical as well. Well, maybe not quite the same seeing as whether Pensive existed or not, I would still want to make music whether or not anyone else ever heard it. I guess the idea of pop music then. The concept of making music for others to hear. I dunno. Its an odd thing when you really get down and think about it. Maybe its better not to get overly analytical about such things. Have I lost you? Cause I think I've lost myself. Let's move on shall we?

Even though I said I wouldn't, I did end up watching the Super Bowl earlier today with a couple of past Pensive members (though none of the Indy folks so thankfully there was no Colts cheering section at the Pensive house today!) Was I excited that the Saints won? Yeah. I was. I'll admit it. I got wrapped up in the game and I screamed and cheered when the Saints got the interception and basically nailed the Colts' coffin shut. It was fun to have to ol' Pensive line up hanging out altogether. Not that there was ever really any bad blood between us (at least, not since many, many years ago) its just that its rare that we're all ever in the same the place at once. Speaking of Pensive ancient history, some of you may not be aware of this, but this April shall mark the 10 year anniversary of the founding of Pensive. Thats a damn long time if you ask me. We've been in this band and been giving it our all for ten years. How many things can you say that about? You may be wondering just when you might see us again, am I right? Well, its looking like it maybe be pretty soon. Relatively speaking at least. I can't reveal anything just yet but as the winter nears its end, Pensive will be coming out of hibernation. Stronger and meaner than ever! Sadly since there's been lost of illness floating around the Pensive house as of late, not much headway has been made in the recording department but don't worry. I'm thinking that by the end of tomorrow, I'll have knocked my two solos out of the freakin' park and then we'll just have to see how long any other things take. Not that much of this really affects you since it doesn't really change the fact that you won't be hearing them any day soon. Sorry!

I'm sure at least a few of you are expecting a long rant about how freakin' amazing the LOST season premiere was but you're not gonna get it. I'm gonna keep it short and sweet. LOST is the best show to ever air on TV. Deal with it. Yes, I have theories about what's going on but I'm gonna save them. Though I will say that Pensive collectively freakin' called it that John Locke was the smoke monster! "I'm sorry you had to see me like that." Classic.

Up next, we have a fun little rant heading your way. Very, very few of you will care about this, but by god, I sure do! And I'm betting you'll never guess what my newest rant topic is. Go ahead and take some time and think about it all you want but you will never, ever, ever guess it. Ready for it. The covers of North American video games as compared to their overseas counterparts and what it says about our intelligence level. It would take far too long to draw all the proper inferences to point to the second half of my statement so we'll solely focus on comparing and contrasting covers and I'll let you draw your own conclusions. First up, and our most recent example and the game that inspired this rant: Resonance of Fate (or as its known in Japan: End of Eternity). First up, here's the Japanese cover. Here's the American cover. Next up we have the also soon to arrive Final Fantasy XIII. The Final Fantasy series has been legendary for its horrendous North American covers, and FFXIII sure seems to follow suit. The Japanese cover and the far less elegant American cover. Though its nothing compared to some of the past travesties that Square has inflicted upon us Westerners. Japanese FFVI and American FFVI (known as Final Fantasy III here when it was originally released for the SNES back in '94). The simple Japanese cover and the laughable American cover. Oddly enough, sometimes the European nations get stuck with the crappy NA box art, while other times, they get much better ones as well. Like with Resident Evil 4 for the Wii. European CoverAmerican cover. (though granted, as far as differences go, while the European cover is far more artistic, at least the American cover is lazy) Finally worst of all, we have the majestic ICO. Here's the equally majestic and understated Japanese cover and its horrendous American counterpart. Why do these video game companies seem to think that American's have such rotten taste? There are many, many, many more examples but I think you get the point. Granted, there are probably some instances of the American cover being better and there are plenty of well done American covers for Western games (Fallout 3 and Dragon Age: Origins immediately spring to mind) but it is still a grotesque trend that needs to stop. Please.

Alrighty! I think we're done for the week. I hope you enjoyed the blog and the rant. See ya'll next week folks.

Jim LaFleur

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