You Wanted MoAr!! You Got MoAr!!! Here's MoAr Eights And Aces Vids!!!!1

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a brief update.

Jon and I went to Eights and Aces‘ recent practice session and made some new vids. Here are the vids from Eights and Aces‘ July 5th 2008 practice session. Enjoy!

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Low

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Perfect Situation

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Pork and Beans

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Closing Time

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Cumbersome

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Wankfest 2008

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 46 days since www.theandysan.com has been up and 18 days since www.spicymelon.com has been up. I’m going to be retooling www.spicymelon.com so it might take a bit before I update it again. Stay tuned!

Praise The Autonomous Action Unit!! Praise It!!!1

Happy Independence Day to my American audience, it’s TheAndySan here after a bike ride into town.

I did my usual biking around town and walked around the Freedom Days festival/picnic. The only kinda-interesting thing there besides the food that I had no money for was the band that was playing. They’re called Sierra Shame and they’re some country rock band. They’re a lot better than the bands that I’ve seen before at Freedom Days, but I don’t find them to be interesting.

In other news, here’s a review I submitted to Musician’s Friend for my D’Addario Chromes Extra Light Electric Guitar Strings:

Hey guys, my name is TheAndySan and I’ve gotta tell you about the D’Addario Chrome strings.

I’m the kind of guy who’s always experimenting with his gear to find different tonal possibilities.

I was recommended these strings by my local music store and decided to give them a shot. Boy, they are a-freaking-mazing!

No more string sliding noise so your slides are super-quiet. Their darker tone is perfect for pretty much any style of music ranging from heavy metal to jazz. I find that they’re best for beefing up treble-happy pickups.

These are my strings of choice!! I dare you to find better & cheaper flatwound strings than these!!

Also in other news, Jon and I will be kicking out the jams with Eights and Aces early in the morn’ tomorrow at 9. I can’t wait!!

Well, I’m gonna go celebrate the 4th of July by playing my guitar. Enjoy yourselves!

TheAndySan

P.S: Here’s the Autonomous Action Unit, now PRAISE IT FOR IT GAVE YOU YOUR FREEDOM!!!1:

PRAISE IT!!!1

Has It Really Been Four Years?

July 3rd, 2004: It was a day that forever changed my life. It was the day that my dad passed away. As corny as it sounds, I remember it like it was yesterday.

It was a Saturday morning and I was on my way to the local trading card shop to play in a Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament entitled The King of Games Tournament. As I was walking out the door, the phone rang. I thought that it was Eriopolis, who organized the tournament, calling about something so I went back inside. My mom picked up the phone before I could and was told the devastating news by one of my cousins: my dad had passed away in transit to a rehabilitation center. I quickly called Eriopolis and told him that I wouldn’t be in the tournament today.

We drove to Dad’s house, which was also Grandma’s house at the time, and met up with everyone to figure out what had happened. We knew beforehand that Dad was in the hospital and that he was dying. We were told that he would go to a rehabilitation center so that he could die without all the hussle and bussle of a hospital. We were waiting for him to go there so we could visit him and begin to heal our relationship with him.

You see, two years prior to his death, my bro Jon wrote him a letter saying that we didn’t want to see him until he stopped drinking when we were visiting him. We were sick and tired of him always passed out on his chair and we couldn’t spend any quality time with him. We used to do things with him all the time when we were over there. It may not have been extravegant, but it meant the world to us. Dad would record  DragonBall-Z throughout the week (keep in mind that this was back when Toonami was in its prime) and we’d watch it together. We developed a theory about time travel from watching the Cell Sagas that I callled the Tree Theory. The Tree Theory states that reality is split whenever someone makes a decision. That split is called a branch. As a result of the branch existing, it can grow new branches from itself. If someone were to go back in time and change events, they would be adding and subtracting branches from The Tree.

All we wanted was for our dad to spend time with us. We didn’t need for him to spend loads of money on us or anything like that. My fondest memories are of us doing things together that cost us pretty much nothing. Sure, we’ve spent many a dollar and good time eating Little Caeser’s pizza, Dad’s home-grilled steak, or just pizza rolls.

I miss him. I wish that I could drive in my truck to his house or just call him and talk to him about whatever I wanted, just like I used to do. But I can’t. He’s gone, and no amount of wanting him is gonna bring him back.

In some aspects, I am glad that he died. If he were still alive, I don’t know for certain if I or Jon would be as dedicated to playing guitar as we are. I’m positive that I would try to learn to play guitar once I saw Travis’ Zakk Wylde Les Paul at McDonald’s. Who knows? Learning to play guitar from Dad could have been the thing that would have brought us back together after spending two years apart.

To be honest though, I do believe that it has reconnected us. It has opened up our creativity and allowed us to bond even from beyond the grave. While the artist may only live for a short time, the music lives forever. This I believe.

Happy 4th Deathday, Dad!

From your loving son with all of his heart,

Andy

The Niche Itch

Hey guys, long time no blog. It’s TheAndySan, the one and only, hurr again…with pants!

Okay first up, I’ve been stupid-busy as of late so if my blogs were a bit inconsistent both topically and chronologically, I apologize. This is the jist of my days lately: Wake up, eat something, call or get called by Eriopolis or Ben, hang out with them and then work or visa versa, come home at a ridiculously late hour, and sleep/pass out on the couch.

Despite all of this going on, I have managed to make some rather big changes to this blog. You might have noticed that I removed the group of share buttons in favor of the Share This! expanding button. This also made the Technorati button in the sidebar obsolete, so I scrapped that as well. Since my AdSense has been super-nuked, I’ve put up Chikita ads in the meantime until I get my Yahoo Publisher Network account approved. More to come on that so stay tuned!

So, why is this post called The Niche Itch? Because it’s a bitchin’ rhyme? Well, yes and no. I’ve been doing a lot of reading from the bloggers that pull in a shit-ton of money. We’re talking hundreds of dollars daily, if not thousands. They all pretty much say the same thing: “Find a niche and don’t jump off-topic too often.” In other words, “Be specific! B-E specific!” There is a large amount of evidence to prove that if you settle on a main topic and talk about nothing but it, then you’re gonna get tons of viewers followed by tons of money. Who am I to buck the trend? I am officially announcing the main topic of this blog: my life. With my life as my main topic, I am now free to talk about whatever I want since EVERYTHING has some sort of relation to my life. Whether it’s an interesting article that I read in the newspaper or what I did with my friends the other day, everything has some sort of relation to my life. The only things I can’t talk about in this blog are things that I am not aware of. As I become more aware of things, I can incorporate more topics as well as shuffle out the topics that I’m bored with. This is how I can talk about Magic: The Gathering, playing guitar, working at Wal-Mart, and my life goals ALL IN THE SAME POST! All of these topics relate to my life because they play a part in my life, however big or small in importance.

In other news, my lesson with Rich today was really awesome! I learned that I only really need to learn any scale in one key since they can all be transposed by however many half-steps the initial key is to the new key. For example, if I wanted to change from G to A, I would move wherever I am up two frets since A is only a whole-step up from G. I never realized that until today. In essence, I have learned to play lead in any key possible. I also learned that the minor pentatonic and the major pentatonic are very closely related. For example, the 1st position minor pattern is exactly the same as the 5th position major pattern, just starting somewhere different. It was such a revelation for me!

Also in other news, I’ve added new st00f to the Eights and Aces MySpace page. It’s not a lot, but it’s something. You can take a gander at www.myspace.com/eightsandaces. I jammed with Ben today and he said that I’ve improved so much as a player. I taught him how to play Still Got The Blues by Gary Moore last night and he played it for me, but it was a bit off. Not by much, but he’s got the first part pretty down so it’s all good.

Fairly recently, Cody, my friend and the bassist for Eights and Aces, moved out of his parents’ house and into an apartment with his girlfriend Danielle. It’s a pretty sw33t pad, especially for his first apartment. We played a lot of Magic: The Gathering there. It’s also a million times cooler, in relation to temperature, than Eriopolis’ room since Cody’s apartment has excellent circulation and Eriopolis’ room has ziltch.

Well, I’m gonna go to bed so I’ll see you guys on the flip-side! Laterz!!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 28 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. As I’ve said before, I took away the social bookmarking site buttons and replaced them with Share This! because it’s easier and much moAr aesthetically pleasing. If any of you guys use Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them that way.

This Does Not Look Good…

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with some more bad news.

My AdSense account was closed today due to excessive clicks. I guess the same dude that uber-clicked my Kontera ads to death did the same for AdSense. Dammit! I lost over $140!! *sigh*

Don’t worry though, all is not lost. I’ve recently signed up with Yahoo’s Publisher Network to replace AdSense. It’ll be up in a couple of days. I really hope that nothing bad happens to my YPN or my Chikita account (editor’s note: I replaced Kontera with Chikita. It’s basically the same thing, but with a different company.). I feel like this site has been 2 steps forward and 3 steps back ever since my Kontera account got closed down. At least now I know what to do if I get a stupid amount of clicks again: email the companies and tell ’em what’s up. Also, my site’s been up for awhile so I have traffic now; not a lot of traffic, but some.

Anyway, I’ve been watching this new anime called Wagaya no Oinari-sama. It’s an awesome anime about a kitsune who gets unsealed in order to protect these 2 brothers and their dad. It’s really good and I recommend you guys watch it!

Well, I’d better head to bed. I’ve got a Wal-Mart Double-Feature tomorrow with a meeting at 8 in the morn’ and coming back in to work at 2:30 until 11. Fortunatly, I have Tuesday off. Yay. So, I’ll see you guys later. Bye!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 26 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. I’ve added some social bookmarking site buttons so if any of you guys use Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them. Please submit my stuff. I need moAr viewers!!1

I Think I Have A Case Of The Lolicons… Or Not…

Do not fear, I don’t think it’s terminal. Sup guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with some disturbing news.

I was at Wal-Mart earlier today during my long bike ride. After I had bought a new phone card, I was approached by a young girl, roughly 10-12 years old, and asked if I would donate money for batons and baton cases. She had the whole cute little sister thing going on: pigtails, high-pitched voice, you get the deal. In an attempt to avoid donating money since I’m on a fairly tight budget, I asked her questions about what I’m possibly donating to, how much each thing is, etcetera, in hopes that she would find another potential donator and I would ninja myself outta there.

Then, another girl came up. She was older, probably high school age, and stacked. Oh yeah. But she was telling me something about the uniforms costing $100 to repair if any of the girls damaged them because they were made of super-thick cloth. She offered for me to feel how thick and I didn’t go for it. I didn’t go for it. My first instinct would be to go for it, but then logic kicked in and said, “HEY! That girl is underage. Best not to do anything weird or you’ll get hauled off in the loli-car (police car).” Fortunately, someone walked by and I GTFO’d outta there, ninja-style!

In other news, I went to the local music store to have my usual look-around. I found an interesting mini-guitar. Now, I’ve never played a mini-guitar before so I was a bit skeptical. It was a lot of fun to play!! I could do all kinds of crazy-wide stretches with pretty much no effort! The big drawback was that it was kinda hard to do power-chords. Other than that, with a good setup, it’s a pretty decent little guitar.

Well, I’m gonna go get some gas for the lawnmower. See-ya!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 24 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. I’ve added some social bookmarking site buttons so if any of you guys use Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them. Please submit my stuff. I need moAr viewers!!1

Super Hat Womanz

Hey fellas, it’s TheAndySan here with a new post.

I saw in my stats that someone found my site by searching “super hat womanz”. Because this is one of the funniest things I’ve yet to see, I’ve decided to make this post about, you guessed it, hot women wearing hats. Enjoy, fellas!







And ladies, don’t think I forgot about you:

Well, that’s it for me. Take ‘er easy.

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 23 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. Yesterday, I added some social bookmarking site buttons so if any of you guys use Digg, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them. Please submit my stuff. I need moAr viewers!!1

Top Ten Things You Can't Do With Your Dead Dad On Father's Day.

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with another quickie post.

If you couldn’t tell by the redunk-yo-mamma-liss title, this post is about the Top Ten Things You Can’t Do With Your Dead Dad On Father’s Day (copy-pasted for teh win). Before we begin, for some of my new viewers, this is obviously not meant to be taken seriously. Coming from someone who lost their father, I know it can be a rough experience. That aside, here we go:

10 – Walks on the beach.

Sun + salt water + seagulls = x eternally haunted children, where x = the number of children your dad had. Gotta love math humor!

9 – Picnics on a grassy knoll.

Okay, so maybe you can pull this one off if Pops was buried in a hill. Just don’t pass him the Worcestershire sauce!

8 – Shopping.

Whether it’s trying on a fancy new set of threads or picking out the right steak to throw on the grill, your Dearly Departed Daddy’s gonna attract a lot of unwanted attention. Best to do the shopping beforehand.

7 – Backyard BBQs.

Speaking of throwing meat on the grill, Perished Papa’s not gonna have much of an appetite this Father’s Day. Unless you’re grilling brains.

6 – Car rides around scenic places.

With gas prices rising stupidly high, it’s best to keep your deceased dad local. Even though he could use some fresh air.

5 – Camping.

Bears. ‘Nuff said.

4 – Go to the local bar.

Getting your dead dad a nice, cold brewski after he’s bitten the big one sounds like a good idea, right? Well, his rotten liver disagrees.

3 – Watch a movie at the theater.

Watching Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull seems like quality father-child bonding time. However, your festering father is more worried about his sinking-in skull.

2 – Surprise Mom with a present.

It’s a twist that’ll make even M. Night Shyamalan proud. It’s Father’s Day and Mom’s getting something?! Wow-wii!!!1 Honestly, I think she’ll be more surprised that your Decaying Dad’s around than any set of diamond earrings you’ll ever get her.

And the Number-One Thing You Can’t Do With Your Dead Dad On Father’s Day is…

1 – Say you’re sorry for all the crap you’ve given to him during his lifetime. What a twist!! Yeah, Putrid Pops won’t have much of an ear for those kinds of things so don’t even bother. As a matter of fact, he won’t have much of an ear at all.

Well, there you have it. The Top Ten Things You Can’t Do With Your Dead Dad On Father’s Day. This is TheAndySan signing off. Stay classy, always

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 22 days since www.theandysan.com has been up. I’ve also added some social bookmarking site buttons so if any of you guys use Digg, Reddit, etc., you can submit my stuff to them.

I've Just Been Violated…

…or at least my Kontera TOS has been. Sup, it’s TheAndySan hurr with some most unsettling news.

When I was checkin’ out the ol’ Gmail, I got an email from Kontera about a possible TOS breach involving fraudulent clicks. This came as an unwelcome surprise since I just started using Kontera a week ago and so far have earned around $14 with it. I emailed the guy back, saying that I didn’t have a clue as to what was going on. I admitted that I’m still a n00b when it comes to using an ad-generating service like Kontera. I mean, I did what I was suppose to do. I put the code in my website, it made hyperlinks out of certain words, people click on those words, and I get money. Simple, right? Well, people have been clicking and I’ve been getting money so who am I to question that? It’s doing what it’s suppose to do.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to discourage or encourage clicking on any of my ads. That would be a definite breach in all of the programs’ TOS (TOS means Terms Of Service by the way) and I would get nothing. I’d lose. Good day, sir! Sorry, I had to pull out a Willy Wonka quote because it’s not everyday that I can.

Anyway, getting back to the point, I have no idea what’s going on. All I know is that people are clicking on my ads, both Kontera and AdSense, and I’m making money from that. That’s it, plain and simple.

Meh, I’m tired. I think I’ll pack it in for the night. G’ night!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 22 days since www.theandysan.com has been up.

So Menards Is Open Now…

…and it’s f’n huge!!! Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan here with another quick update.

I’ve added a little bit to The History of TheAndySan so be sure to check it out.

As the title says, I visited the new Menards that opened up in my area and it’s wayyyyy bigger than Wal-Mart. It’s like comparing the old Wal-Mart to the Super Wal-Mart. Unfortunatly, Billy, my former manager at Toxic Hell, works there…Awkward Turtle…

Kinda in other news, I bought the new issue of Rolling Stone and it has the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time in it. No, Stairway To Heaven isn’t number 1. Neither is anything by Hendrix. *l33t soiler* It’s Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode *end of l33t soiler*

I’m really f’n poor right now. All I have is $10 in my wallet. I seriously can’t wait to get paid on Thursday!!

Well, I’m gonna go now so I’ll see you guys around. I’ll end this with a video almost completely devoid of guitar. It’s Miami Sound Machine’s Dr. Beat! Enjoy!!:

TheAndySan