Had An Awesome Time Hangin’ With My Retro Collector Friends From Colexions.com

7 04 2014

My buddy and fellow Retro Gaming fanatic Corey Buckner has put together a great community of fellow minded collectors over at colexions.com. Well, not only has he put together a great site to show off your own collection and geek out over fellow collectors treasures, he also hosts a monthly “Show And Tell” on Google Hangouts. What it is is a group of us collectors having a great time, showing off our stuff and talking about retro gaming and what ever else might come to mind. This was the third monthly get together and boy did we get to see some amazing stuff. We represented five different countries and three different continents but the distances just made the conversation better. It’s really cool to be able to meet like this. We had Corey Buckner (of course) from just outside Chicago and indie game developer Gary Brafford in West Virginia and lifespiller79 from…um sorry man, Texas (I think), all three in the U.S. of A,  We had Gabo representing Argentina, Mark in the U.K, Paul in Australia and little ol’ me up here in Canada. Everyone pulled out all the stops and showed some real stunners from our collections. Checkout last Saturday’s get together below:

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My Visit To The Pinball Hall of Fame

29 08 2013

We (my fabulous wife and I), visited the amazing Pinball Hall of Fame while on vacation in Las Vegas. This was an amazing experience and definitely suggest you stop there in in Vegas.

The first video is taken by my resting my phone against my belly to improvise a sort of belly height first person view of the pinball table, Pinbot. I apologize in advance for the stupid balls joke part way though that video. The second video is me walking through the hall trying to give you an ideas as to just how many machines are in here. Take note that I missed an entire row of the oldest machines (sorry – I suck).

Then we have a link to a huge gallery of pictures and some more videos I took at the Hall of fame. The thumbnails are just a tiny portion of the pictures – click on any one to get to the entire gallery.

 

Pinbot – in “Belly-Vision”

 

A stroll around the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Captured on my cell phone on August 27, 2013.

And a CRAP-LOAD of pictures!!!

Pinball Hall of Fame, a set on Flickr.
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Black Sabbath ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

22 03 2007

Tony Iommi - Guitar GodMarch 13, 2007 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton was like a day lost in time: It could easily been a late Winter day in 1981 or so… and that was a GOOD thing.

That was the day (well night really) of the the Heaven and Hell concert (read that as Black Sabbath show). The show was simply fantastic. Although it’s been 25 (or so ) years since this version of Black Sabbath first got together, after the firing/quitting of Ozzy Osbourne, they still knew how to blow the roof off a place.

Ronnie James Dio, vocalist extraordinaire, still has an amazing set of pipes, despite being in his mid 60s. Sure, he doesn’t quite have the range that he used to, but he managed to change up his singing so as to not end up cracking or dropping any of the lyrics. Tony Iommy, well he seems to be getting better with age ( as good guitarist seem to do). His riffs were tasty as they always are and the solos cut through tio my soul. Geezer Butler was as solid as he always is. That man could knock down the walls of Jericho with that bass of his. Vinnie Appice, the veteran drummer still has what it takes. Rock solid beats and a fantasic solo… These guys show that getting old doesn’t have to mean getting boring.

The set was energetic and classic. Opening with the erie instrumental, E5150, and sliding into After All (the Dead), the band led the audience through a classic Metal adventure that few will forget (until the onset of Alzheimer’s, that is – hey, there were a lot of older guys there 😉 ) . It was a long set of about twenty songs, including the three new songs that they recorded for the anthology, The Dio Years. It’s hard to pick highlights from a show that rocked through and through, but if forced, I would have to say that Sign of the Southern Cross, Children of the Sea, Voodoo, Heaven and Hell (of course!), and Neon Nights stood out as especially great moments… but if you asked me ten minutes from now that list might change – it was that good.

Opening band Megadeth has been doing this thing since the 80’s, and although I have never been a fan of them, they did perform a professional, tight show that was nearly flawless.

Man… I loved this show!