Keep Calm and Carry On


Hello everyone!!

How are my favorite Pensive fans doing this weekend? Sorry that there was yet another gap between blogs but I seem to be running out of steam. Is it just that I've written so many blogs that I've run out of (interesting) things to talk about? Maybe. I'm gonna do my best to keep you all well entertained and up to date on all the going-ons in Pensiveland and sometimes that means skipping a blog instead of subjecting you to another pitiful run-on sentence of a blog. I've got your best interests at heart ya see? So join me this week as I discuss all sorts of random things with no connection beyond being mentioned in the same blog! Ready?

All you Sandy Eggo kids probably already knew, but we had ourselves a fun little hometown show on Friday. As great as shows on the road can be, nothing can quite match a hometown crowd for sheer excitement and sing-along-action-ness. Except maybe Safford. Anyway, it was lots and lots of fun getting to see everyone rocking out with us again. It feels like its been a very long time since we shared a venue with you all so it was especially nice. Though, who knows when the next time will be since, as you may or may not have heard, our drummer Jeremy has left for the greener grass on the other side and Friday was his last show with us. Which means a few things. 1. We need a drummer. Are you a drummer? 2. We probably won't be playing live much this summer till we find a drummer, unless . . . 3. We might start playing some special acoustic shows if demand is high enough. We'll see what the future holds.

I'm sure at least a few of you will ask why Jeremy left and here's what I'll give you: the standard answer that is always given when a person quits or is fired from a band. Something along the lines of "creative differences" or "different priorities" or maybe "personality conflicts." All very nice and polite and usually all lies. I suppose its the more proper and polite thing to do. I mean, no one wants their dirty laundry out in public. Sometimes though, a little bit of truth can be nice. Especially in this day and age where the line between band and fan is so much more blurred than it used to be. With Twitter and such giving us constant insights into the thoughts of others, do we have boundaries anymore? Sometimes its nice to see a band like the Smashing Pumpkins really hate each other. If you want a straight answer, Billy Corgan will give it to you. So, you ask, why did Jeremy leave the band? Different priorities.

Anyway, enough of all that silly crap. Let's get onto something that is actually important. E3. Don't know what that is? That makes me sad. Its the Electronic Entertainment Expo held every year in Los Angeles. It is the the greatest four days for video gamers the entire year (unless they also like comics in which case Comic Con easily defeats it since it features video games, movies, tv shows, collectibles, and of course, comics. Though, Comic Con doesn't really break news about new stuff where as thats basically the point of E3 . . . ) It starts tomorrow with the Microsoft press conference at 10:00am PDT. There's plenty of places to get all the info out there on the web. There are my personal favorites such as 1up.com, VG247.com, and GameTrailers.com. Make sure you stay up to date since word 'round the campfire is that there's some pretty big news waiting for us all in the next few days! I'll make sure to give a nice big report on it all in next weeks blog. I'm all tingly with excitement. I dreamt about E3 last night. It was wonderful . . .

I've started a new book. Its called Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons. I've always had a few Dan Simmons books on my list of books to read someday (such as the Hyperion series and his re-imagining of the Illiud and the Odyssey) but this one caught my attention seeing as it has a nice little quote from my good friend Stephen King on the cover proclaiming "Carrion Comfort is one of the three greatest horror novels of the twentieth century. Simple as that." That basically sold me right there. Then, on the back, it was a quote from my new good friend, James Rollins (I've been one a bit of James Rollins kick lately . . . I imagine it won't be long before I own all his books) stating "Carrion Comfort is one of the scariest books ever written. Whenever I get asked the question 'Who's your favorite author?' my answer is always Dan Simmons." Considering how not too long ago, I remarked that nothing seems to be that scary to me anymore, that completed the sale. I haven't gotten much of a chance to delve into it yet, but I will soon and I'll let you know how my journey goes.

I'd say that should just about wrap things up for this week. Tune in next when I'll dissect the good, the bad, and the ugly of E3 2010!

Isaac Clark

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