Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Go Set A Watchman: A Humble Book Review From a Humble Reader

Writing a review for this book was a bit challenging. First because of so much controversy that surrounds the book's publication and secondly the many bad reviews the book is getting. In a nutshell people are pissed about some of their favorite characters turned into something completely different from what they thought they were.  It is no secret that Atticus Finch the beloved father of  Scout in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is now a huge racist in Go Set A Watchman and that's not the only thing that has fans of the original book upset. As a reader I find that what most people are upset about the book is that a hero, like Atticus who stood up for a black man accused of rape in To Kill A Mockingbird, isn't as perfect as they thought he was and the same goes for some of the characters in the book. I too was shocked when I first heard that Atticus was a racist in the new novel because I remember loving what Atticus stood for and thought of him as a better man. I even went ahead and thought to cancel my preorder of the book for that reason but I thought better than that. And yes To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my favorite novels and unlike most of you, I chose not to read it during high school (because screw the man and how dare they make read a book!). I read To Kill A Mockingbird after high school and I'm glad I did because I appreciated it more. So what do I think of Go Set A Watchman? Before I begin my humble review I should say two things. One: that I choose to read this book despite the controversy surrounding it because I like to judge the book for myself in the end. Two: I consider this novel to be a sequel to Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. Yes I know that GSAW is supposedly the first draft of TKAM and was later changed into the original work. Despite that I choose to consider this book to be a sequel so this review is coming from that point of view. And why not a sequel? Everything is getting a sequel and a reboot so why not American classics? Star Wars is getting a sequel, it wouldn't surprise me if The Catcher in the Rye got a sequel out of nowhere. Lets get on with the review.

Some of my summer reads with Lego Indy
GSAW is set during the 1950's, The novel begins with Scout now a young woman of 26 and using her birth name of Jean Louise, coming home to Maycomb, Alabama. She comes home and finds things to be different when she left. The reader experiences those changes through Scout as she walks through Maycomb County. Atticus now lives with his sister and aunt to Scout, Alexandra. We also meet Hank who is Atticus' right hand man and childhood friend/ boyfriend of Scout. Yes Scout has a boyfriend which means our Scout is grown up (duh). The plot thickens when Scout starts exploring around her changed town and finds that Atticus is not what she thought he was along with some of the townspeople (racist). The book is easy to read and can be read within 2-3 days with only 278 pages and thick fonts. But let us get down to the good part (or bad part).

Going back to the question: did I like GSAW? I can see why most people dont like it. As I stated in the beginning, the biggest beef most people are having is accepting that heroes aren't perfect. Yes I really enjoyed reading GSAW for many reasons. One of them has to do with Atticus. Atticus is old now suffering from arthritis but the biggest thing is that Atticus is a racist who joins a committee who fights for segregation between the blacks and whites. Atticus believes that "mixing" is wrong and can be the downfall of many things and it is even hinted that he may have been in meetings of the KKK. While I completely do not agree with what Atticus is saying, I liked seeing Atticus not be the hero of this story like in TKAM. This is the heart crushing below die hard fans of TKAM felt and the reader who has read that work feels all the feels through Scout who is crushed to learn the truth behind her father. This makes me think of everyone who said that they would not read GSAW because of Atticus being a racist and all who were crushed about Atticus who was a hero to them who looked up to Atticus; they all felt the crush Scout felt. I wasn't crushed but did see the disappointment through Scout. Here is a little girl who loved and looked up to her father only to find out that he wasn't perfect and it's especially hurtful since Atticus is all Scout has. Dill and Jem are gone and the only connection to Scout's past is Atticus, Aunt Alexandra, Hank and Dr. Finch (Scout's uncle). I liked this part about the book because it teaches us that no matter who our heroes are, they aren't always what they appear to be and aren't perfect. It's like Atticus turned to the Dark Side and Scout has to deal with it. Really heart breaking which I just felt and liked alot.

Another thing I liked about the book was that within all the changes that have happened, Scout is still that lovable tomboy we know from TKAM and then some. Scout is strong and stands up to here father. She has grown (probably because she has lived in New York for a while now) and she knows where she stands in her life and like she says she is colorblind. That can be a good thing for some and bad for others. but Scout knows what she is and that is something I liked.

The writing style of the book feels like it is Harper Lee and immediately sucks you into the world and story. Some parts are shabby but can be overlooked. Some editing could have gone into it which does make it seem like this is a first draft of something that once was and could have been the original. Lee transmits the reader to Scouts childhood and back to the present making things beautiful and even more heartbreaking when we get to the realization of Atticus' change. One part that I just really did not like was the introduction Dr. Finch(the uncle) who I can not remember if he shows up in TKAM. To me Dr. Finch felt out of place like something from Alice in Wonderland. The man is strange and most of the time I didn't know what he was talking about, even Scout expresses her annoyance at her uncle making no to little sense. Near the ending Dr. Finch tries to give Scout some meaningful advice but I felt like I waited to long to hear it and never got anything. I honestly hated the parts with Dr. Finch and that is saying a lot considering this book has many causes to hate. He spoke in riddles and the answer was never there. Maybe that was just me.

I don't know if this book was really Harper Lee's first draft of TKAM or written entirely new or even someone else's writing. But to me it does feel like Lee's own words and the message is strong. Racism is a hot topic in todays society and I feel like GSAW is important. It shows us the nasty sides of what people can become and how we can stand up to them. I don't know if GSAW will be the new TKAM of our generation but it certainly has a strong and emotional message. Will it ever be better than TKAM? Hell no. TKAM is a classic but GSAW is a great read regardless. To me GSAW is a sequel but you the reader can always decide what you make of this read. Reading GSAW I remembered a quote from The Dark Knight when Harvey Dent says "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Atticus is what Dent was saying. Truer words could not have been said from Two-Face himself.

So what do I give GSAM?
 The book has tons of controversy  and as I stated in the beginning people are mad about a hero who isn't what they expected them to be. The book is a great read and I truly enjoyed it. I feel that this book can be strong in many parts while in some it could use a little more work but I'm glad TKAM is the original work. I hated the character of Dr. Finch because he felt out of place but everyone else is good. Here's my rating for

Go Set A Watchman:
8 Koopa Shells out of 10
It's sad and heartbreaking but at the same time shows a real side to things and serves as a reality check.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Geek's Quest For Star Wars Expanded Universe Part 1

It wasn't too long since I talked about the future of the Star Wars expanded universe (or EU). It's been a while since we all knew that Star Wars was taken over by that big rat, oops sorry I am being told it's a mouse (sike), Disney. And when Disney finally bought the Star Wars franchise along with the Indiana Jones franchise things haven't gone so well with Star Wars fans. Yes we are getting some new Star Wars films for the next few years but at a great cost. All of the Star Wars EU has been thrown away causing a huge problem for hardcore EU fans. From Disney's point of view, the EU does limit their creativity since the EU expands hundreds of years after Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi. So now Disney took all those books, 161 Star Wars EU books and said they are no longer canon. Disney is now producing their own Star Wars EU books and quite frankly it is not too impressive. See all the old EU is being reprinted but under a banner called Legends, which in other
words mean "Hey this stuff you are reading is a waste of time and is not canon. Read our offical Disney Star Wars canon." Well thats how I see it. And this is where I start my journey: a journey to get all of the Star Wars Expanded Universe books without the "Legends" banner and that horrible Disney logo next to the Lucasfilm logo.

I hate that Disney has taking over and completely trashed the Star Wars EU. To me it is an insult as a fan and as a reader to say assault these wonderful books are nothing but trash because they aren't part of the story anymore. The Star Wars EU books had a rich history covering from The Old Republic to after Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi in an era known as The New Jedi Order. We, the real Star Wars fans, grew to love characters like Mara Jade (Luke Skywalkers wife), the Solo twins, Darth Malgus, Grand Admiral Thrawn and many other Star Wars EU characters. These wonderful stories filled me with so much backstory that the films weren't just films to be but a true work of art. But those rats at Disney didn't care about the fans just as long as they make money out of it. Now there are some people who hate on the EU saying it was bad, that it contradicted itself or if you have friends like mine who claim to be Star Wars fans you'll hear "Well atleast new Star Wars films are coming out!" The Star Wars EU books were better than the films, rich with good story telling. I am
Star Wars vs Disney Assaulted Star Wars
excited for the new Star Wars film, believe me I am. And yes I will be there opening day when Star Wars Episode 7 premiers but I will always believe that the EU was first. To me, the Star Wars EU is the real Star Wars. This is why I refuse to buy the EU books with that "Legends" banner and especially not that Disney logo in the back. Thats another thing that is insulting to be as a fan. The fact that Disney declares the EU non-canon and therefore crap, they then go ahead and add their stupid "Disney" logo to the back of the old EU books. Sure Disney owns Star Wars, but they shouldn't add their logo the the "non-canon" Star Wars EU books. Its a big insult. I am a fan of Star Wars not Disney Star Wars (despite the fact that I am reading Disney's new Star Wars EU books).

This is why I have given myself the mission to grab all of the Star Wars EU books that don't have that "Legends" banner and especially the Disney logo in the back like in the photo above. I will try to find this old school Star Wars books everywhere I can and hopefully completing the entire collection of the Star Wars EU. I will only get Star Wars books with the "Legends" banner if I can't find the book without the banner. I certainly would hate to grab the Star Wars EU books with the "Legends" banner and the Disney logo. DAMN YOU DISNEY! So for the next few months up until the release of the new Star Wars film I will make it my mission to grab all the Star Wars EU books. Now I know there is lots of Star Wars EU material out there like comic books, short stories, videos games and even role playing games, but I am only sticking to the Star Wars EU books because it's easier for me to follow and hunt down than the other stuff.
The mixing of "Legends" and Star Wars

Why do I hate Disney so much? Because they own everything I love. Things like Marvel, Star Wars, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, and especially Indiana Jones all belong to Disney now. I hate Disney as a company but I love going to Disneyland. It's a weird hate/love thing I have with Disney. I think they are evil but hey Disneyland is fun. Greedy but fun. I just don't like Disney messing with the things I love. I certainly would hate Disney if they even thought of rebooting Indiana Jones and the Indiana Jones EU books (all of which I own). Star Wars vs Disney Star Wars are two very big things. This is my Geek quest. I have to do this. It's important. If any of you guys want to help me out do so! To my fellow Star Wars fans I say on to thee Fight On! Many died to bring you these EU stories (not really). For now my wallet will suffer and the journey will be long and tough. I am determined.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Musty Boyz Pre-Valentines Day Show

What did I do this weekend? This weekend was filled with shows. Bands like The Growlers and Thee Commons were playing over the weekend. I started off my weekend on Friday February 13, 2015 over The Echo waiting for the Musty Boyz first show of the year that included some awesome bands like The Frights, L.A. Witch, The Buttertones, and the main headliner Cherry Glazzer! Check out the pictures and the video I recorded. There's no point in me reviewing anything because everything was awesome complete with babes, music, sex dolls and musty people! I'm still in pain from the pit I was in that day. Awesome stuff.

The Buttertones

L.A. Witch
L.A. Witch exploded on stage quite literally

L.A. Witch Such babes

Cherry Glazzer
Cherry Glazzer's set brought out the sex dolls. Musty Boyz throwing out sex dolls

Cherry Glazzer (such dream pop)

The night
Okay folks thats all for this post! I'll be seeing you cats real see!
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Here's the links to the bands and their music. And while you guys are there tell them The Traveling Informant sent you!

Cherry Glazzer's Bandcamp:

The Frights

L.A. Witch

The Buttertones

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Traveling Informant Reviews a Book: Autobiography by Morrissey

I am not a fan of Morrissey. I don't consider myself a fan of Morrissey nor do I consider myself one now. I only simply acknowledged his existence but never listened to anything he produced. I am not familiar with any of his solo work or any of his rants. To me, Morrissey was a douche bag who thought to highly of himself and a giant depressed ranter. Always complaining about the world and injustice. But I like The Smiths and because I like The Smiths I knew who Morrissey was. But I never looked into who the other band members were and what their names are. Until now.
Morrissey's Autobiography

Are you still with me? Good because I have something to say. I loved Autobiography. Morrissey knows how to write. So why did I even read this book if I am not a fan of Morrissey? Good question. Here's my answer, simple and true. I read it because I wanted to know why so many of my friends had an unnatural obsession with Morrissey. I wanted to know why so many people loved Morrissey and why this special girl I know loves Morrissey. The book was recommended to me by this special girl and so I read it hoping to know who Morrissey is from his own words. And so I have read it and I have enjoyed the words that this man has written. So here is my first ever book review for all you droogies. Here's how I'll do it. My grading scale will be at the bottom of the review and I shall rate the books (and any future things I review) out of ten. For example if a book is a 10 for me then I shall say "10 koopa shells out of 10" (Koopa Shells are those turtles from Super Mario and I'll use koopa shells instead of stars) There are three things I want to talk about this book. I want to talk about it's publishing under the Penguin Classics print, the two editions of the book but we'll start off with the content of the book. We all good now? Okay on to the review droogies!!!
The front page of Morrissey's Autobiography; displaying a baby Morrissey chilling

BOOK REVIEW: So before I start I want to mention that for the sake and purposes of this review I shall be reviewing the U.K. edition of Morrissey's Autobiography. There is a U.S. edition of the book and rumor has it that that there are some differences between the U.K. edition and the U.S. edition of the book. I'll be reviewing the U.K. edition of Autobiography (even though I have both editions in my possession but I have only read the U.K. edition). More on that later on. The book is written as an autobiography, meaning that Morrissey himself is behind the pen. The book length is roughly 457 pages with photographs from Morrissey's childhood era, family photographs and photographs of other artists and friends including album covers from his time with The Smiths and his solo career.
Morrissey starts off with whatever my friend told me "a very cheesy Morrissey way" of starting a book by using the sentence "My childhood is streets upon streets upon streets upon streets." It was in this sentence that I knew what type of Morrissey was (overly dramatic) and that I was definitely going to enjoy this book to it's fullest. The saddest parts of the autobiography are the details of his childhood and how poor life was during such time. The cool part about this is that Morrissey doesn't make it necessarily sad and makes it so dramatic that it's sort of funny the way he makes things sound. Another thing is that Morrissey don't make you feel (or at least I didn't) sad about himself but he feels sorrow for those around him. I laughed out loud when Morrissey says that thankfully his giant head didn't kill his mother during birth. But it is apparent that Morrissey would suffer from the Autobiography isn't your typical autobiography. Morrissey's Autobiography is a statement. A statement about what his believes are (as he bashes those who eat meat hence the title Meat is Murder) and what his struggles as an artist are.
Two of a Kind yet different
beginning of his life. His talk about his childhood school days are also heart breaking yet still have that black humor to them. I'm not sure if Morrissey does this intently (I would imagine he would though) or if it just comes off like that. Another favorite scene is when a girl punched him out simply because she liked Morrissey but he didn't respond the way she wanted him to. Such childhood stuff! That happened to me. The rest of the story continues on with Morrissey talking about major music influences he had during his teenage years like the David Bowie, Lou Reed (both my all time favorite music artists) and of course the New York Dolls. These guys are Morrissey's favorite band (although he never actually states it on paper. Morrissey goes on to talk about The Smiths, and the troubles that followed with the band members like Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, and Andy Rourke. His solo career and the injustices his faced with record labels like Rough Trade and the judicial injustice Morrissey suffered with Mike Joyce and a judge named John Weeks. It is that this part that really sucked me in as I felt the anger that Morrissey felt against Weeks and Joyce, hell I even came to dislike Johnny Marr. If a writer can do that, to make you feel what he or she feels then they have understood what writing is. Morrissey's writing is unique.

The way Autobiography is written comes off as a humorous rant that reflects who Morrissey is. Yes I believe Morrissey is overly dramatic in his views of life. He describes himself as being attracted to humans not just one sexual preference and his comments make him sound depressed yet he says he is a very happy man. I was glad to see his take on his struggles with his music, censorship, and fights with record labels (which I always thought were evil). The last part of his book deals with his tour in Mexico and how he falls in love with the audience every time. And I loved the story of how Morrissey almost got kidnapped. Crazy things happen to Morrissey. Who the hell refers to themselves in third person? Morrissey does. He talks about relationships with people, which to my understanding he has never talked about. He has never talked about him being gay or straight. Like he says, he is attracted to humans. But in Autobiography, Morrissey talks about a relationship with a man named Jake Walters. While Morrissey never states he had a homosexual relationship with the guy, it is clear that there was a relationship and a strong attraction for one another. Not that it matters but fans would like to read that story since it's interesting.Often times I have heard Morrissey being compared to Oscar Wilde and I thought that was ridiculous. Not I agree with that statement.  Morrissey is our Oscar Wilde.

Morrissey's Autobiography demands to be read not twice but thrice. It a book that is wonderfully written filled with emotion and passion. Passion for music. Anyone can enjoy it; both fans of Morrissey and non fans of Morrissey like me. I'm not saying I don't like Morrissey that's not the case, I simply wasn't interested in him. But this autobiography was wonderful.  Here is what I rate it Morrissey's Autobiography:
10 koopa shells out of 10
Its is uniquely written, with passion and dark humor. It is sad yet happy.

Now one problem I have with this book is that it is written under the Penguin Classics print. It is my understanding that Penguins Classics are reserved for highly esteemed authors whose works have Autobiography was automatically printed under the Classics print and that shouldn't be the case. Yes the book was very well written but I don't think it deserves to be written under the Penguin Classics print. IF anything, I think it's a marketing scheme by either Morrissey or the publisher to make money off of it. Which is why I also think that there are two editions of the book. The U.K. edition was the first to come out in Europe. However for the U.S. edition, there are some changes to the book as some claim. I myself got both editions after I had originally bought the U.S. edition. After I read online that the U.S. edition was heavily edited especially to his story about his relationship with Jake Walters I decided to get the U.K. edition. I was lucky to find a U.K. edition at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. But after comparing briefly the two texts I have found no real differences between the two books. The U.K. is 457 pages long and the U.S. edition is 457 pages long. But the odd part is that the U.K. edition is thicker than the U.S. edition despite that both books have the same page length. So I ask Are both books really that different? I don't think so. But like I said before I believe Autobiography should be read three times. I don't think it deserves to be printed under the Penguin Classics book, but being a Morrissey book I am not surprised that it even is published under the Penguin Classic banner. So folks if you guys can get both copies of the book go for it. The U.K. is a little hard to find if you live in the U.S. but if I were to buy a copy it would be the U.K. edition just in case the U.S. edition really is censored.
The U.S. edition on top of the U.K. edition of Morrissey's Autobiography
stood the test of time and whose texts continue being important till this time. Why Morrissey's

I'll try to reread Morrissey's Autobiography along with the U.S. edition of it and see if there really is a difference between the two or not. For now good read this book it's fun and a great read.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

A Walk Through Darby Park: A Odd Adventure and a Ghost Car

Now I have been holding off with this story for a while now.  Mostly because I haven't had the time to write it, the other reason being that I didn't know how to start it but seeing that it's the beginning of a new year I have decided to write again. Now I have a vague sense on how to start it. It involves an empty park at night, a ghost car, a lone figure, and the turning off of lights. Read on dear reader.

You see, dear reader, for the past months or so, one of my closest friends Jesse has been roaming the streets of Los Angeles with a camera. He is trying his hand at photography and like any good friend I have supported him. In fact he's one of the reasons why I opened an Instagram. As a consequence of this new found hobby of his, me and some friends have gone on several amazing adventures that include sight seeing and what not. But mostly just doing idiotic things on the streets of Los Angeles, especially downtown L.A. This adventure took place in a park near our neighborhood (for you see we live near each other). So it was Jesse, Baby Jesus, Itzel and myself and we found ourselves at Darby Park in Inglewood. It was around 8:30 p.m. that we were there.

Why were we there? I went to Target to do nothing really and we always cut through that park since it's the fastest and easiest way to get to Target. Jesse and myself included went to take some photos because that's the junk we do when we are bored and looking for adventure. On our way back I had the idea of stopping by the park and play in the kids play ground while taking photos.It was already dark since it was 8:30 p.m. (I should make a note that each of us ride and were carrying our skateboards or cruiser boards if you want to be more accurate.) And we did mess around for a while eating chips and drinking (soda!) and taking photos. Things we normal for a while until the lights that illuminate the park suddenly turned off (which is freaking creepy! Have you ever been in a children's playground at the dark?). Jesse and the others immediately become alert and start becoming uncomfortable while I continue eating my chips. Jesse and Baby Jesus start telling me that this exact thing happened the last time they were there and that a white truck randomly popped out of nowhere. As soon as they finish telling me this a truck suddenly appears out of nowhere. I get a little freaked out not because I think it's a ghost car, but because I thought it was the cops and we were drinking (soda!). All of us get low on the playground. Itzel hides in the slide while I lay flat on the stairs leading to the slide (I was lucky there was a wall covering me). Baby Jesus throws himself behind the slide on the floor and Jesse...well I don't know where he went. All I remember was me just hiding while trying to keep the white truck in sight. Then suddenly I feel a strong woosh! and I look around and I see Jesse. Running. Half way down the basketball courts. The idiot forgot his cruiser broad. (I should note that all the cruiser broads were laying next to me.) Next thing I know I see Itzel and Baby Jesus sprint after Jesse leaving me by myself. Those traitors. I look back to where the white truck is at...but surprisingly I see no white truck. There was nothing there. All the while I continue eating the chips I have with me. Because if I see something odd (and believe me I've seen a think or two) then I rather go out not hungry.

Since I see no truck anymore I grab my board and my backpack, not leaving the chips or my drink (soda!) and just book it to where my cowardly friends/traitors are hiding which wasn't far from the playground. As soon as I reach them the lights turn back on the playground. Jesse says this stuff isn't right and that we should get out of there. I laugh, meanwhile Itzel and Baby Jesus run back to the playground and get their boards as well as Jesse's cruiser board among the junk food we had. One of them cries out to look at the baseball field which stands right in front of the playground. There under the light stood a shadowy figure. None of us could tell any features from the figure so we all ran. I ran because I thought it was kind of freaky and our neighborhood is dangerous. We were halfway down the basketball courts when the lights suddenly turn off again. I turn back and I see the lone figure right behind us and the white truck suddenly appeared out of nowhere. I scream to run faster and get the hell out. We where half way out of the park when we all heard a scream. That really freaked us out. But by then we were out of the park skating across the street to our homes. We all stopped and turned back and looked towards the park. The lights where on and there was no sign of a figure or a white truck. My friend Jesse believes the park to be haunted and my other friends think there is something fishy going on there at Darby Park. I personally believe we drank too much (soda!) and that perhaps a park ranger was simply messing with us. That is the tale I have for you. If you believe it or not that it your problem not mine. But it did happen and three other people were with me.

Now there is something peculiar about the park itself. My friend Jesse once pointed out that there is a creepy message hidden in the park. Right by the exit of the park that leads to the street, there is a message written on the light poles that says "One way to heaven keep doing right." If that isn't creepy then what is? Why is that written on the light poles? Is this where they sell drugs? I don't know reader. But I do know there is something fishy about Darby Park and I would like to figure out more if only my friends weren't such wussies. Oh well. That is the tale I have for you. This really happened. Unfortunately no pictures of the ghost car were taken. Only one photo was taken that night by me. So below I'll post some pictures of the park during day light including, the creepy message written on the light poles and the peculair picture I took that night.
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This was the only photo I took of that night and the only photo taken that night. This was right before we spotted the "ghost truck" We hide among this bars and slides. 

A look at the entrance/exit we took when we fled that night towards the houses and the street.

Right in the middle of the field is where the lone figure appeared out of nowhere. The white "ghost truck" was in that field also.

The beginning of the creepy message: "One"





"Doing Right" End of the creepy message

The entrance to the park coming from the main street. This same entrance/exit is the one we ran out when we saw the "ghost car"

The playground where we all hide in fear and confusion.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Let's Have A Talk

Sometimes I forget about this blog. It leads me to abandoning it for long periods of time. Then I remember that it still exists and that people read it. It's been a long time dear readers, but I find myself in a great need to just write about something. Last night was Halloween and I had the most interesting adventure I have had in quite sometime. It was so interesting in fact that no pictures were take by me that night. I only have one photo of me hugging death itself (which I shall post in the end of this blog). This adventure lead me from downtown LA to Hollywood Blvd, subways trains, and finally West Hollywood. So many fabulous people there on Halloween night. If you really want to know about just Google West Hollywood Halloween Parade. I heard its a big thing. 

 I don't have much to say this time. All I wanted to say was that I'm still alive and have a burning passion to write again. I'm still in school and I'm still writing those dreaded research papers and essays. They are enough to make me stop writing again. But I won't this time. I was thinking about rebooting my whole blog again, but then I'd be doing the very thing I dislike (about films). Two note worthy things you should know before I carry on dear reader:
1. I bought myself a cruiser board. It's a Santa Cruz Star Wars cruiser board if you really want to know. Here's a picture of it.

2. I made an Instagram to go along with my blog. I know I have critized Instagram before but I decided to give it a chance and use it for my blog/writing. Follow me @travelinginformant or here's the link Make sure to follow me there since I will most likey post more stuff there than on here. Adventurous things will be posted there and here will have more details. 

Now guys I have one more thing. There's a group of crazy cats called Musty Boyz that are super down to do stuff make sure to give them a visit on Tumblr and be sure to visit them at their Instagram page as well. Just tell them The Traveling Informant sends ya! (I don't even know them met one of them once at a show, so they don't even know I'm telling you guys about them. I'm nice huh?)

Alright guys thats it for today. Here's a picture of what happened yesterday

Friday, June 20, 2014

Loot Crate: Awesome Little Box For Geeks!

Folks, if you haven't heard of Loot Crate then you're not a geek and must be living under a rock. Just kidding. Actually Loot Crate is mostly popular within the Geek and Gamer community so it's perfectly fine if you, dear  reader, haven't heard of Loot Crate. Loot Crate is just what it sounds like. It's a crate filled with awesome (and exclusive) geek and gamer loot. Inside can be found shirts, vinyl figures, toys, candy, stickers and a bunch of random things!  And it's really cheap. Hell, sometimes only one item in the crate is worth $20 by its self. When you subscribe to Loot Crate you can easily get it for only $14 a month! That's just so awesome! Don't you think? I think so.

This month (June) I received my first Loot Crate and the theme was Transformers. Transformers 4 is just about to hit theaters next Friday too (here we go again). See, each month Loot Crate has a theme and this months theme was Transformers. Check out the cool loot I got for this month!

Items in Photo:

  • Loot Crate Exclusive Shirt Marty McPrime Shirt (Transformers+ Back to the Future reference= gold!)
  • Transformers Vinyl Figure from The Loyal Subjects (see link below to buy them from them) P.S. I got Gritlock
  • Major League Gaming or MLG wristband (man I used to wear wristbands in highschool...ah memories!) 
  • MLG Team Stickers (yeah its pretty serious. Its like the football for geeks. Seriously. Its not a joke. Google that shit)
  • Transformers Autobot  Vinyl Sticker (already stuck it on my 3DS!)
  • 3  (motherf%#king) Warheads
  • $5 MLG Game Code (don't really need that but thanks Loot Crate!)
  • Transformers BumbleBee Hexbug (this thing is weird! Don't know anything about Hexbugs...they just wiggle around. How odd)

Sadly you can't get a Loot Crate for this month but you can totally sign up for next month! And be sure to use the the code at the website to save $3 on your first subscription! Just go ahead and sign up through that link I put up and you can save even more and help me get a free month with Loot Crate! See, Uncle Daniel is a pretty nice guy!

Loot Crate Link:

For Transformers Vinyl Figures click below: