"It's a drink, a-Mario! Woohoo!"
I decided to release this episode a little earlier than planned. In this one, Aliesha, Gary and I try a Dr. Pepper from Ireland, plus a similar energy drink to the Pac-Man ones we tried in an earlier episode...
"It's a drink, a-Mario! Woohoo!"
The sixth chapter of Forbes' story, "Angels & Demons: Rebellious Nature" is up. Check it out at the link button below.
Hello everyone. It's now time for the first of our monthly recap blogs. Because this is the first one since we launched the website, this one will cover everything we've done since then. All other blogs after this one will only cover the month building up to that point, making this one the longest of the recaps. These recaps won't be as detailed as the blog entries we've posted before, which will help keep them short. So, without any further delay, let's get to it!
The website was launched this month on the 10th. A request for viewers to switch off (or add the site to the safe list of) their ad-blocker software for the sake of the ad banners we had at the time (we have since disposed of these ads, by the way).
My first non-Trying Stuff food review (Georgie Pie) was posted.
Forbes posted reviews for the first 4 Black Sabbath albums.
We shared our condolences for Mick Jagger and the loss of his then girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, which postponed their New Zealand concert as a result.
My review of restaurant chain, Burger Fuel, was posted. This was soon followed by a review of the V "Kaboom!" Double Hit Energy Drink.
The first of Forbes' stories, "Investigations - The Lightning Man" had its release.
Finally, I posted my review of the 2014 film, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman".
Forbes posted reviews for the following 2 Black Sabbath albums.
It is realised at this point that n-Somnia is still going strong on selected websites.
The rest of Forbes' "Investigations" story is released.
Links to material produced by Gary Fox is added to the website ("No World Order" comic and a "Downfall" parody).
Social media widgets for relevant profiles are added to their own page on the website for people to keep up with the likes of Facebook and Twitter without having to go to the websites directly.
My first 3 music reviews (2 Unlimited, a-ha and ABC) are posted.
A profile page for characters we've created was added to the website.
It is revealed that the website has a hidden 'Easter Egg' somewhere on the website.
Forbes' follow-up story, "The Demented Department: House for Sale" is released.
It is announced that we have a new YouTube channel and plan on gradually moving all of our videos to this new account over time.
We announce the inevitable release of our "Comic Wit" video, useful info about it and even a teaser trailer.
I re-release my documentary film, "Pilgrim", to the public.
A video we made at this year's Armageddon Expo is released after a long delay.
"Comic Wit" finally gets its release.
A slight change in prices for our albums were made on Bandcamp.com this month.
I blogged about spam messages via mobile phones.
A very important message on escalator safety was addressed.
The return of the "Trying Stuff" series after a year-and-a-half absence is announced, and the first new episode is released.
I get my first ever radio interview as n-Somnia at Pulzar FM.
We commenced working on "The Gosney Tapes", followed by the release of the first single ("Satan's Death") since 2012.
Forbes starts his "Weasel Words" blog series, based on a segment in the later episodes of "Ducksel FM".
The first 5 chapters of Forbes' story, "Angels & Demons: Rebellious Nature" are released.
Gosney's first album from "The Gosney Tapes", called "The Brother of Hell", is released.
We each both posted a blog sharing our thoughts and respects after the passing of Robin Williams.
The next "Trying Stuff" episode is released.
And finally, we announced the conclusion of "The Gosney Tapes" sessions.
So, there you have it! You are now up-to-date with what we've been up to. For a more detailed description of all I've mentioned in this blog entry, you can go back on the blog by clicking on the corresponding months linked to the right of the blog messages.
Everything else will proceed as planned as of tomorrow. Happy reading!
Hello everyone. Just a quick update on what's going on, and will be going on very soon.
First up, the first week of September will have a few things posted to the website to begin with, but much of the last half will be a little quiet. The reason? It's my wedding anniversary week, that's why! Three years!
With that said, I have lined up a few things for the next few days:
1. On Sunday (31 August), I will be posting a recap of all we've been up to since the website was launched earlier this year. Once a month after this, I will be doing a monthy recap of the 4 weeks prior to the blog entry.
2. Monday, as usual, will have the follow-up chapter of Forbes' latest story. Because of the busy week, it will most likely be up around midnight Sunday/Monday (local time).
3. Tuesday (probably 24 hours after I post the story chapter) will have the latest "Trying Stuff" episode.
4. One of those days (if not, the beginning of the following week), I will be posting a detailed blog on what's been going on with Gosney.
With that said, now for a brief mention of the previous item...
"The Gosney Tapes" (pictured above) are officially completed! All the material (that we were able to salvage) has been saved as audio files on my computer ready to be uploaded to Bandcamp.com. What's needed now is a selection of cover art for the albums and singles to come.
Speaking of the albums, there will be at least 3 of them! I have done the math (Calvert would be proud), and have worked out that the final release should be made available well into the beginning of next year.
As it was announced a few weeks ago, there are still a couple singles from the first batch of tapes yet to be released. It was (probably) mentioned also that the single called "Painbreaker" was to be a non-album track. However, in the second batch of the tapes we discovered an album of tracks with a different version of the song on it. This means it will instead be the single that kicks off the release of that album.
That's all I will share about the topic for now. A more detailed blog about the upcoming releases will follow (as mentioned in #4 above).
The second single from Gosney's "The Brother of Hell", which is called "Free for a Fee", will be released on September 13. Stay tuned for that one!
I shall return on Sunday evening for the recap blog. Stay safe!
Hey there! I thought I’d continue my focus on politics, considering here in New Zealand we’re having our general elections. You might remember my political party, the Dudeman Party. Last time we talked about some of this parties policies. You know, health with my regenerative technology, crime and the Robocops.
This time let’s talk numbers. I’ve crunched the numbers. Pretty sure I mentioned that last time. But yeah, I’ve crunched the numbers. I’m standing in Christchurch east-south-west-north-central sideways. I got a pretty good chance of winning that seat. There’s only one other candidate. His name’s Brian and he’s a dog. Hmm, that might be a television character. In any case, I think I might win that seat and enter parliament. But there is a question that my campaign manager had raised. The question of the party vote. If I get over one percent of the general public to vote for the Dudeman Party, then I could bring a friend into parliament with me! How cool is that? I’ve seen what one Member of Parliament can do but imagine what two could do!
But there is a problem and I tried explaining this to the dentist. That is what my campaign manager calls himself - the dentist - like some kind of big time mob gangster, but I think he’s been watching Doctor Who way too much. I mean, he calls himself the dentist. He’s not my dentist. Haven’t been to the dentist for a while.
Anyway, I’m getting off topic. I have a problem and I tried to explain this to the dentist. I don’t have any friends. What if I get the required party vote and they say, “Ok, you. Bring three of your mates to the Beehive.” I’d have to say, “Um, I don’t have any mates.”
That would be hugely embarrassing wouldn’t it? They might laugh at me. Maybe they might say that I NEED to bring three people with me and I would have to go outside onto the street and try to talk people into coming with me to the capital. I suppose I could bring the dentist with me. He’s a cool guy and he’s working really hard. I also suppose I could bring Duckman, but I don’t think he likes politicians, so that could be weird. I’m not sure he’s a big fan of my policies and it could be problematic getting him to support funding for my big black dildo policy.
Anyway, I’m really excited to bring more of the vision of this party to the public and get people behind it, but in a good wholesome way. Not in the old man at the park kind of way.
I might talk more on our policies in this next volume. I think you all might like that. I got a lot of positive feedback from the policies we released. Well, the dentist told me that it was positive and he doesn’t lie to me. He’s my campaign manager! He’s all good! Well, unless you need work done on your teeth. I made that mistake once. He’s not a very good dentist.
Howdy there folks! Hope everyone is having a grand ol' time. I’d do a smiley face but you can’t really do that kinda thing in this blog, which is disappointing. I like doing things like that all the time!
Anyway, the reason for today’s rant, or talk, is politics. Right now in New Zealand we’re having our general elections to decide who shall form the executive for the next four years. I won’t be going into specifics here because I think I rant about who I think should or shouldn’t win is rather boring and I don’t believe in forcing my political opinions upon others. But what I shall do is talk about a dream of mine. I have devised a political party. It’s not registered, I don’t have the necessary five hundred paid up members or even any members whatsoever, but I do have a vision and I think you might like it.
My party is called the Dudeman Party. It’s a party for the people by the people, and the Dudeman Party has a vison of awesomeness for the country. Considering certain political parties do a lot with but a single member being representative in parliament, I thought why bother with other members? I can do this by myself!
You are probably thinking to yourself, "What are your policies? What do you stand for?" These are good questions and I will endeavour to answer them to the best of my abilities!
We stand for awesomeness and all that inspires awesomeness. I’ve crunched the numbers with Calvert and we are pretty sure that our numbers stack up. I got the papers to prove it. Graphs and everything. It’s like an episode of Doctor Who.
In health we will make regeneration technology and heal people from all diseases. The technology is there. We just have to make it! This will cut down on hospital stays, which means less beds and less hospital food which everyone hates! I’m sure you have some very obvious questions. You will be asking how this regeneration technology will be developed. The next time The Doctor visits us we will ask him to give us the technology. I will bake him some cookies. Cookies are good.
Education, I feel, is in a good place and not much is needed. But maybe we need to develop some cranial data transference devices to help those losers catch up with the winners. Let’s make all the children winners.
Policing should head down the Robocop direction. Lets make some kickass cyborg dudes to take crime down hardcore. This would include awesome guns and the ability to smash through walls. That would be rad. The courts would be abolished. Lawyers to be killed in bonfires. The Robocops would dispense justice on the spot. As they would act as judges and executioners there would be no appeals and no sentences. Crime, I believe, would go down and repeat offending just wouldn’t happen, obviously!
I recognise these policies may seem radical to some, but I think most rational people would support my line of thought. Nothing I have suggested here is impossible, really? I think everything I have put forward would make this world of ours a great place to live!
Look for the Dudeman Party. It’s a one-man show. Well, I do have a horse and a donkey and there used to be a giraffe, but after a drinking session things got out of hand and there was an ‘issue’ that I legally can’t speak of. My lawyer won’t let me. In fact, he isn’t a big fan of my crime and policing policy. I think it’s the whole burning the lawyers thing. Ah, well. You can’t please all the people all the time can you?
Parts 4 and 5 of Forbes' story, "Angels & Demons - Rebellious Nature" are up. Check them out at the link button below, or head on over to the Stories section of the website.
Also, be sure to check out his other stories while you're there!
The third part of Forbes' story, "Angels & Demons: Rebellious Nature" is up. Check it out at the link button below.
As we continue to mourn the loss of Robin Williams, we shall move into something in the comedy section of the website (I'm sure it's what he would've wanted). We bring you yet another episode of "Trying Stuff"! Forbes has posted a lot of material lately, so it seems fair that I fill in the gaps somewhere. The beauty of pre-recording material to share at later dates!
In this episode, Aliesha, Gary and I taste 4 sodas from a brand called "Always Ask For Avery's", but these aren't your average soda flavours (or are they?)...
I’m in the middle of another piece but I feel like I need to say something about the death of Robin Williams. I took a few days to try and comprehend this so I wouldn’t be too emotional. You see, I suffer from mental illness and understand the struggles with dealing with it. For those who don’t suffer, it’s hard to get your head around the issue and to understand how it is for someone suffering.
I was on a lunch break at work in the cafeteria and logged into Facebook and saw a link shared by a friend. “Robin Williams dead, suspected suicide.” I was shocked and thought, "Nah, this can’t be true", but there were so many links, so many friends upset by this tragedy that I had to accept it. To say I was blown away would be an understatement. I couldn’t believe it. One of the funniest men of our age was dead and by suicide nonetheless.
Even here now writing this, I am welling up and getting emotional. I loved him like most of us did. He was there for me as a kid as I grew up. He taught me to laugh, to be brave and to value what I had. He showed me there was magic in the world and we must strive to find it.
I can’t do the man justice and would never even try to. I have loved most of his movies and felt he was better at dramatic roles in a way. My favourite roles were the ones where he became a little more human. He was a funny man but his ability to make you feel, to touch your heart was his greatest skill. His role in "Good Will Hunting" is absolutely fantastic. I love that scene where he shows Hunting that to really love someone is to take them at their worst and embrace them. Of course, like most others, I loved "Patch Adams", "Mrs. Doubtfire", "Good Morning Vietnam", "What dreams May Come". As Duckman mentioned, the "Whose Line is it Anyway?" special was a favourite of mine. His ability to think a 100 miles a second made Improvisation a natural to him and I remember that the other members had difficulty matching him on that occasion. I think Ryan Styles had the best success and it was awesome to watch the two comedians try and out best each other. It was probably Styles’ best performance and that was largely down to Williams’ forcing him to raise his game.
"What Dreams May Come" is probably my favourite because it was a bit different, very abstract, dealing with a man’s mission to find his wife. The story is a little disconcerting now considering what happened to Williams, but still a great story. Some would say "Dead Poets Society" would be their favourite and I will give respect to that. I was very young when I first saw that and probably didn’t appreciate the whole message of the movie. Maybe I will have to rewatch that one. But my favourite role would be the counsellor role he played in "Good Will Hunting". The movie is average until you put the Williams dynamic into it. The scenes he has totally steal the movie away from the young guys. One of the hardest things in counselling is getting into people’s heads. Williams’s character does this in a very thoughtful way. He plays a man who has lost a lot and in the process almost loses himself. He has been there and done that and imparts upon this kid, Will Hunting, that he really knows nothing at all. Williams makes you feel for his character.
Putting the movies aside and all the work he has done in comedy, televison (who can forget Mork?) and in charity, the worst part is the fact that he killed himself. That part hurts the most. I have been listening to a song called "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith. The chorus: “Stay with me, because you're all I need.” Sung by a full compliment of a choir just resonates with the feeling we have. I just wish he could’ve in that moment realised that the love that so many people had for him and the love of his family was more than enough to find the light in the darkness.
I will cherish his memory and rewatch his iconic movies and maybe find that episode of "Whose Line is it Anyway?", because the best way to honour this man is to let him make us laugh again and again.
Duckman spoke of getting help if you need it. If you need to talk to someone, do so. Don’t let the darkness overcome you. If you need to talk, message me or Duckman. We’ll be happy to help in any way we can. Remember, when someone ends their life in this way, we all lose.
Another thing, some people call suicide cowardly. This is a lie and I will not stand for that kind of talk. People dealing with depression are fighting a battle with life and sometimes they lose. These people are heroes and should be supported not slandered.
That’s all I’m going to say. I hope it’s enough. If it isn’t, well I have no more words left in me and I think I’ve said what I needed to say, so I’ll leave it at that. I hope you all appreciate life for the marvel it is. Take the time to look at a tree, to hug a loved one, maybe give your mom a call and tell her how much you love her, eh? Because you just never know what can happen.
A little over a day ago, I (Jared) found out about something I had trouble believing at first. My wife, Aliesha, was checking her Facebook account when a news article showed up in her news feed. As she expressed a feeling of shock through the means of a saddened noise, I looked over at the screen. The first thing I said was, "That better not be true..."
But alas, after looking around the Internet for confirmation (starting with Snopes.com), I learned the sad truth. Legendary comedian/actor, Robin Williams, had passed away of a suspected suicide.
I haven't really said much about how I felt about the news. The most I've done until now is change my profile and cover photos on my private Facebook account to a screenshot from "Hook", and a sad Genie from "Aladdin".
I found out that the news was true through 2 very reliable sources - Lisa Jakub and Mara Wilson. Lisa played the role of his oldest daughter in "Mrs. Doubtfire", while Mara played the youngest. Both have left the acting profession since and have their own blogs (you can find links to these at our Links page). The messages they posted on Facebook were enough for me to know it was the real deal:
Lisa: "Sometimes, there are no words."
Mara: "I am very sad, very confused, and probably not going to check social media for a while."
Needless to say, this cast a gloom over the day (and most likely a number of days, to be honest). Robin Williams was (and still is) an inspiration in the world of comedy. His role on "Mork & Mindy" was the first thing I saw as a child and I was very much amused. Later I would see his films, such as "Jumanji", "Mrs. Doubtfire", "Aladdin" "Patch Adams", "Hook", "Jack", "Flubber" and more recently, the "Night at the Museum" series, "RV: Runaway Vacation" and "World's Greatest Dad". His guest appearance on the American version of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" is one of my overall Top 5 episodes of the series.
The list goes on.
Parts of my own comedy and acting is directly influenced by him among many others. For that I am very grateful.
What gets me though is the whole suicide thing. It makes no sense to me as to why it came to this, especially when it's someone as full-on and energetic as Robin Williams. At face value, you wouldn't expect someone such as this would be capable of doing it. But that just goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover. Even the happiest person in the world has their own issues. Give me the name of someone that doesn't have a problem. They can have a cookie.
The topic of suicide can be a little taboo at times, and the same goes for depression. I feel that it's because there's still a lot of misunderstanding and/or a complete lack of understanding overall. Take my word, this topic should never ever be overlooked.
If you feel that the world is on your shoulders and that everything is too tough for you to handle, please do NOT give up on hope. Suicide is never an option, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise.
On the flipside, if you are concerned about someone you may think is having problems, whether it be showing on the surface or deep down, don't be afraid to help them. Quite often, talking is a great way of doing so. Trust me, I've had experience in this a number of times...
If you're not sure who to talk to or what to talk about, there are still ways to help out. It could be an activity or something like that. Also, where there's a lack of things to say, there is plenty of room for good, old-fashioned listening.
There are also some helpful people you can call over the phone if you're in need. I don't know all of the phone numbers for the helplines in your country, but there will definitely be ones available in your local phone book. It might take a few minutes to look them up (the Internet is useful for this), but there is always somebody at the other end of the phone line standing by.
The same goes for those who want to help people with depression. If you're not sure what to say or do for those who suffer from this evil thing, you too could call the same helpline for some handy advice on what you could do to contribute towards saving lives.
This is the longest blog I've done on this site (and in my life), so I shall wrap things up here. I hope you're all well and are doing OK...and I seriously mean that. You are awesome. Remember that.
Much love from us all to you out there, especially to those who have been touched by the life of Robin Williams over the years. We are mourning with you.
Rest in peace, Robin. We will miss you.
The third Gosney album, "The Brother of Hell", is now officially released. Head on over to the Bandcamp.com link to buy it!
Its second single will be released in a month's time, and its follow-up a month later.
Part 2 of Forbes' story, "Angels & Demons - Rebellious Nature" is now available for your reading pleasure. Click on the button below or head on over to the Stories section to check it out.
Howdy all you wonderful people! I know how much you enjoy my ceaseless ranting about things, so I thought I’d rant some more!
I was chatting online as we all do, and I was talking about my world plan for domination. I mean, we all have one of those. Mine involves a guy named Gary Fox. I’m hoping that you all know who I’m referring to as Gary is an artist that we associate with on our website. And as you are all good little rabbits you have visited his page and checked out his cool artwork. If you haven’t, then I am going to put you over my knee and I don’t mean in a sexual way. I mean in the 1950’s "You’re in big trouble, mister" kind of way.
But I am getting off track here and I really shouldn’t. Your time is valuable, my time is valuable, so I should just get down to business. My plan for world domination. The thing is I didn’t really have one until I started going on about it earlier on today, but I am incredibly imaginative and I like to freak out Gary Fox. He knows one day I’m going to do stuff to him he just doesn’t know when or where. Hahaha!! Diabolical is what I aim for.
The plan comes in stages:
1. Kidnap Gary Fox. I will probably do this when he’s at home. I don’t really want witnesses. Plus I will be dressed up as a woman to seduce him. This isn’t really necessary but I like women’s clothing.
2. Build an army of militia. As an all-round bad guy and all my knowledge of bad guys comes from watching TV, I need a team of highly trained badasses to do what I say. Now, mind you, I don’t want the kind of bad guys from the 1960’s "Batman" series. You know, the ones that Batman and Robin used to beat up rather easily. My team have to be able to take down rich guys who want to dress up and have powerful toys. I want my team to be able to beat these guys up with ease.
3. Build the world’s biggest black dildo. This really speaks for itself, don’t you think? But I am really bad at building things so I will need to get a scientist. You know, someone good at building and creating large sexual objects. I mean, this thing will be as big as the Taj Mahal! It will require 1.21 gigawatts (just thought I’d throw a "Back to the Future" reference). Oh! Wouldn’t it be cool if this dildo that’s the size of a building could travel through time? That would be awesome but it’s not a prerequisite for this plan, but maybe after I’ve dominated the world for a while I could travel back to Napoleonic times and do some stuff.
4. Get Gary Fox to draw it. This isn’t essential, but I don’t want Gary to get bored while he’s locked up. Maybe Duckman could spend some time with him for a while.
5. Turn the dildo on and see what happens, hehe…
6. Nothing happens because I got the scientist on the cheap!! NO!!!
7. The combined militaries of England, France, Russia, China and America overcome my militia and I get arrested. This isn’t how I thought this fantasy plan of mine would turn out. I have been watching waaaaay too much "Roadrunner".
Hmm. As the saying goes, I guess its back to the drawing board. I think I might ponder on this for a bit and get back to you. Hope life is treating you folks well
Forbes "Weasel" King.
Part 1 of Forbes' latest story, "Angels & Demons - Rebellious Nature" is up. Check it out at the link button below, or in the usual website location via the tabs above.
Alright, sitting here listening to my favourite band, Klank, and getting clearly worked up about a lot of things, but let’s stay focused if we can. But "Stomp You Out" has come on the playlist so, well, we’ll see. I was out running the other day and I saw a truck with the company name ‘Treecorp’ on the side with the image of a tree behind it. Really? Treecorp? I know what this company is - a dude cutting down trees or the branches. A corporation is a multimillion dollar business with lawyers on call, vice presidents, and corner offices. You get the general idea. It is not a dude in a truck with a damn saw cutting down trees. What gives some overweight, over-the-hill, bearded, dirty and bordering on alcoholism the right to think that their company is a corporation? It is not a corporation. It is a one man operation. A dude wakes up in the morning and thinks, "OK, I have a saw and a van, cool. I can create a corporation out of that. Easy." Is the 15-year-old who helps him out in the school holidays the freaken vice president? Is his corner office in the back of the van? What kinda perks do you get with a company like that? Key to the bathroom?
I mean really. Some people live in complete delusion. A cold hard case of what Rowdy Roddy Piper would call a reality check is needed. Don’t get me started on politics. I could be here all day going off about what I think is wrong with people, but I will say that there is a lack of common decency in the political system and I also think it will never change. New parties come to the forefront and promise to deal with the issues and say that they understand the issues and understand the voice of the people, but this is a lie.
I could go on about the quality of current affairs shows in this country of mine, but that would be pointless. Last night I saw that the main story on a current affairs show was about a bird competition. Yes, you read that right. A bird competition. Really? Birds? Who really cares? I mean, birds are cool, but to have a competition featuring them seems loco. And they have like a hundred judges for this thing. Please excuse me while I shoot myself in the face.
This is why I don’t watch a lot of this type of thing. Although, there are some that I do like. The family/community minded current affairs doesn’t interest me at all. Kind of like the friendly talk you get from the power companies as they charge you a small fortune for the power that you use. Is it just me or is it becoming difficult to justify existence within this model that is modern urban living?
Then there is the situation in the international scene. That is more screwed up than anything we are seeing in our own country. Like the rebels that shot down that plane. A plane that happened to come from the same airline that lost a plane four months ago and still hasn’t been found. The whole situation has blown up in Russia's face and there is a certain humour to that. Not for the families, and I feel for them, I really do, but there is a larger picture here. The Russians armed the country for insurrection and the international community cared but not enough to do anything about that. Then these ass-hats, untrained jerk-knobs decide to shoot down this plane full of Europeans. The Russians have egg on their face because they created this environment. Things will now happen because innocent people have died in the civil war that the Russians have instigated.
Getting a little too serious? Yeah I agree. Let’s talk about the Commonwealth Games! It’s like the Olympics but without any of the big hitters. No Americans, Chinese or Russians. Basically, it’s a chance for the Queen of England...oh wait, the Scottish are still a part of her empire or whatever, and so it’s the Queen of the Commonwealth. Commonwealth? Really? Is there an average wealth percentage within all of these countries that include some African states? Really? I think not. I think these games are a joke, but I don’t really like the Olympics, so yeah. But at least the Olympics has everyone. What kind of world sports event has only half the countries that would usually be at a world sporting event? But I suppose it’s a chance for other countries to win something.
Right, rant finished. Whether you agree or not makes little difference to me. Read or don’t read, do or don’t do, there is no try? Whatever.
Peace, my homies. I’m out.
-Forbes "Weasel" King-
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