Support the Ominous!

You may have already read my interview with Liam Croft and my Track by Track of Once Bitten, well now you can help the Ominous.

The lads are competing in a poll to perform in a festival, and you can support them by clicking on this link and voting for The Ominous. They would really appreciate it, and it may help further their career. I hope so.

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Once Bitten Album Interview, with Liam Croft

My friends are a part of a sludge metal band called The Ominous and have released their very first album on Saturday the 25th of June. While I am working on my Track By Track Interview, Liam Croft, lead guitarist, kindly agreed to talk to me about the new album in an ‘If you ask Me…’ exclusive. If you’ve not heard any of it yet, feel free to listen to Once Bitten on Spotify as you read this post.

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Unfinished thoughts

On my blog, I have posted a lot of entries throughout the last 2 years. I have posted 217 entries since June 2012, though I have written 240 posts. I have 23 posts that have never seen the light of day. So, in an attempt to clear out my drafts folder, here are some of said posts, at various levels of completion. Please note that lists and top 10s are excluded, as they do take time, and I do think about them a lot before they are posted. Here are 5 unfinished thoughts.

POST 1: NO TITLE.

AN EARLIER VERSION OF A POST I WROTE REGARDING MY TECHNOLOGY. IT IS NOW REDUNDANT BECAUSE I ALREADY WROTE IT.

Like many people, I use technology on a daily basis, who doesn’t these days? So I thought, seeing how I have some spare time on my hands, I will tell you about the tech I use and own.

Mobile Phone
I use a Samsung Galaxy mini, an original one with a 3 mega-pixel camera. I can be used for the internet, but I only use it for SMS and calls. I am not on a contract, my current contract is pay as you go, because I don’t use it for that much really. My mobile phone is used so I can contact people on the go, which was what it was invented for. I will be upgrading soon though, maybe next Christmas, as I had this phone since 2011, and it works, no need for replacement. I am also debating whether to get a contract in the future, so I can use internet, but I don’t need it so no rush.

MP3 Player
The only Apple product on this list. you guys know what I think of Apple, BUT I have owned 2 iPod’s. One I broke and the other which I currently own, the iPod Nano 6th Gen. A small touch screen device, and its 8gb. I won’t go into my music on it let’s just say I have some…bad romance.

Tablet Computer
I own a 1st Generation Nexus 7. A brilliant tablet that I recommend you get the newer one of. It’s compact, clean, modern and it doesn’t cost an arm or leg. The newer one does have some newer features, for much cheaper prices than the iPad. I’d advise you get it.

POST 2: LEGO MOVIE WEEK: EPILOGUE

THIS POST WAS TO BE THE LAST ONE OF LEGO MOVIE WEEK. IN THE END, I DECIDED TO GO FOR JUST THE FILM REVIEW.

The LEGO Movie was released in the UK today. My 13 year wait for a theatrical film on LEGO is over. Early reviews from state-side seem positive, and I have the intention of seeing it during the half term with Sam. But, I would like to talk about why I still like LEGO.

I often get ridiculed for my liking of the LEGO Toy. I get told on a regular basis that it ‘is for kids’ or that I am ‘lame’. There is truth in that, LEGO is a toy that is played with by Children as well as lots of adults as well. LEGO is a toy, but it is a toy capable of doing far more than playing, it encourages the most important things needed in society; creativity and imagination.

LEGO brings family together. My Uncle, Grandma, Granddad, Mother and Father have built models together. We worked as a team and we built them, and now that I am old enough, I get to build them and play with them with my Brother. LEGO is a toy which encourages you to build whatever you want and can bring the people together.

POST 3: BEN ON ALCOHOL

SIMPLE REASON FOR NOT POSTING WAS THAT I FELT THAT THIS POST WAS TOO PREACHY. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DISCUSS MY STRAIGHT EDGE VALUES WHEN I WAS PUSHING IT. BUT, WHO AM I TO JUDGE PEOPLE FOR DRINKING ALCOHOL?

I have never touched alcohol. Ever. I am; as of the time of writing this, 16 years old and have never touched Alcohol. I suppose you could call me teetotal or straight edge; or a self righteous square. A lot of people are surprised that I don’t drink, or that I don’t want to drink. So here are a few reasons for me not drinking.

1. Peer pressure

I refuse to submit to peer pressure. I have been raised to not do something to please other people. If I don’t want to do something that ‘friends’ tell me to do, then I am not going to do it. I have been told by people; not naming names, that I am a ‘square’ or that ‘Ben, you should drink’. No I shouldn’t, If don’t want to.

2. Self control

I like to be in control of my own body. I want to stay away from illness, I want to be in control of when I do things, and most importantly; I want to be in control of my mouth. Alcohol is a drug which has an effect on your body; In large enough amounts at least, which cause loss of bodily control. I don’t want to be in the corner of the room, slinging obscenities at people who pass me by

POST 4: BEN ON SEX

THIS WAS A RESPONSE TO THE YOUTUBE SEX SCANDAL THAT ERUPTED, AND WAS DURING A SHORT PERIOD OF WANTING MORE CURRENT AFFAIRS. IN THE END, I READ OTHER PEOPLE’S BLOGS AND I THOUGHT WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY HAS BEEN SAID. I MAY STILL WRITE THIS POST, BECAUSE I THINK THE TOPIC IS INTERESTING, THOUGH I MAY DOWNPLAY THE SEX SCANDAL.

I think the title is pretty much self explanatory. I am going to talk very openly and honestly about Sex. Inspired by recent events, I wish to discuss the subject of Sex to my audience.

I am 16 and currently a virgin. I am also single, and do not planning on having sex until I have found the right person, and we are married. I feel that that is the probably the safest way to go when it comes to sex. Because you need to have the trust of your partner; and vice versa.

I talk about this in light of recent allegations against various male you tubers; one of these people being Alex Day. What they have been up to is disgusting, comparable to rape in fact. While not only committing adultery; they were having sex with under-age girls (against their wishes). I use the word allegation lightly, as those accused have in fact admitted that this has happened. This has sent You Tube and Tumblr in a frenzy, people accused, merchandise removed from websites and all of the You Tube elite commenting on these acts.

You can pretty much guess my line of thought; these boys were stupid and abused their fans to a gross extent. It angers me so much.

POST 5: MY DREAM RESTAURANT

THIS WAS IN THE VEIN OF MY ‘RAISE THE STEAKS’ REVIEWS; WHERE I REVIEW MY RESTAURANT EXPERIENCES. THIS POST WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT MY DREAM RESTAURANT. I NEVER PUBLISHED THIS BECAUSE I THOUGHT ‘IF I SET A STANDARD, THEN NO RESTAURANT I WILL TRULY EVER LIKE’, SO I PULLED THE PLUG. ENJOY THE POST.

You have most likely read my ‘Raise The Steaks’ reviews of certain restaurants I have been to in my area (If not, why not?). But on the train home last night, I was thinking of things and I thought ‘How would I run a restaurant’. Immediately I set out to plan this idea…not before a German Speaking Assessment, but here I am now.

DESIGN

Obviously, food is the most important factor in a restaurant. If it sucks, then people will not go there. But, if the other elements suck, then no one will care about the food, so it is important to look at other factors. I think the design for my restaurant would be a hybrid of old and new. Open space, high ceilings, but with a steampunk look to it. Like the bar would have a copper colour, metal and all types of pipes and cool stuff like that. The staff would wear bow-ties and waistcoats and there would be wooden tables, but in a sharp, square style. Inspirations would be The Packet steamer, that actually was a nice layout (even if the waiting times were so damn poor). Another influence would be Coal, a restaurant I visited in Basingstoke. The platters were made of wood, and you could see the flame grill they used. It was awesome. There is also one in Cheshire Oaks, apparently…

SERVICE

In order for a restaurant to run efficiently, the service must be efficient. Now, hiring loads of staff would be good, but inconvinient and a waste of time. My proposal would be to buy a load of Tablet computers. That way, one could order their food from the device, tick a few boxes, write special requests (Steak Well done) and could also charge them then and there for what the customer orders, as they order. If customers wish to order from a real person, staff would be available. It would be awesome, as you could in theory use the tablets to use the wifi at the restaurant.

FACILITIES

My dream restaurant would have everything a restaurant needs: Toilets, bar, garden, and private rooms for family banquets and what not.

So, these were 5 posts I never finished. I hope you enjoyed seeing these posts which may never have been seen. And for reading this uber long post, here is bonus unfinished thought:

BONUS THOUGHT: BEN ON NEWSPAPERS

Hello all. I won’t be making a normal style of blog post

I may finish that one…

Stoppt die Klimaerwärmung

Die Erde wird Immer wärmer, Dies hat negative Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt. In Deutschland und der Rest der Welt der Klimawandel einen großen Einfluss auf das Wetter.

Was ist der Klimawandel?

Hier ist, wie Dr. Johann Schmitt beschrieb es ‚ Wenn die Sonne auf die Erde scheint, erwärmt sich die Erde. CO2 und andere Gase formen eine Gasschicht um die Erde. Wenn da zu viele Abgase; von autos und andere verkehr auf der strasse, wird die Gasschicht um die Erde immer dichter. Es gibt eine verstarkung des naturlichen Triebhauseffektes, das Chaos mit dem Wetter spielt‘.

Was sind die Auswirkungen auf das Wetter?

Klimaerwärmung hat einen massiven Einfluss auf unser Wetter. Die Zahl verheerender Stürme, Regenfälle und anderer wetterbedingter Naturkatastrophen hat sich in Deutschland seit den 1970er Jahren mehr als verdreifacht – und wird auch in Zukunft zunehmen. In Österreich ist Schneefall schwinden. Und dies hat negative Auswirkungen auf die Wirtschaftlichkeit. Es wird immer wärmer, und das ist Stauchen viele Skifahrer.

Wie können wir den Klimawandel stoppen?

Um den Klimawandel zu stoppen, müssen wir sofort handeln. Kleine Dinge machen große Unterschiede. Zum Beispiel, Schalte die Stand-by Knöpfe an Computer, und TV immer aus, oder Wasche dir die Hände mit kaltem wasser, und Kaufe Energiesparlampen statt normaler Glühbirnen. Wir müssen unseren Planeten den Respekt, wir mussen Stoppt die Klimaerwärmung!

 

Hello all. Here is my first post written entirely in another language. Originally this was Homework, but I was proud with it, so I put it up for you guys; and also a shout out to my friends in Germany. For those speaking English, I will write up an English translation for my Tumblr account: http://askmebitmore.tumblr.com/