Listen Like Thieves

I’ve recently had the desire to seek out  and obtain some of the older INXS albums. I not talking about anything after KICK, which debuted in 1987. INXS really only had one more more  hit in them, Suicidal Blonde before Michael Hutchence allegedly committed suicide.

I was working in my garage the other day and the song  Listen Like Thieves came on and brought back many fond memories. I then  went back and checked out that entire album, which was released in 1985  and it’s a great 80s album! The song list includes What You Need, the aforementioned Listen Like Thieves, Shine Like It Does, This Time and Same Direction.

Being  the cheap bastard I am, I don’t want to shell out the $9 for the album.  So I will continue to search out one of the best 80’s albums around.  Also on my INXS want list, The Swing and Shabooh Shoobah, first album  released in the US. Hmm, that reminds me maybe I should also look for  some early English Beat.?

Kid Leaves After Xbox is Taken Away

Computer gaming has become prevalent in society these days with gamers taking on an entirely different online persona. Prior to becoming involved in PC gaming with Quake 2 back in 1997 and game development in 1999 I knew nothing of this “digital world.” Knock some of this off to the fact I was raised on an intelligent machine, the Apple Computer, unfortunately when it came to gaming, Apple’s selections were very slim.

As kids of my generation enter their late 30s and early 40s, their lives included computer gaming (and console) as part of growing up. I am sure some never partook in this sort of entertainment, but it is truly a mainstream form of entertainment now than it was 25+ years ago.

Today, out of Canada comes the story of a 15 year old kid who ran away from home because his father took his Xbox away. Microsoft offers reward for missing Xbox gamer the headline reads on Yahoo. What I find most ridiculous from this story, outside of irresponsible parents is the fact that MS has put up a portion of the reward. *sniff* *sniff* Smells like they are trying to avoid a lawsuit if you ask me.

Parenting is not easy and I am only speaking from 2 years worth of experience. “I just took away his identity, so I can understand why he got so mad and took off. Before, I couldn’t understand why he was taking off for taking his game away,” said this kid’s father. LOL. Funny how he only realizes this AFTER his kid runs away from home. I guess if parents took more of an interest in what their kids are doing we would see kids less dependent on video games as a form of socializing.

I had an online alias and I was a very different person than I was if you walked up and had a beer with me in real life. Unfortunately irresponsible parents don’t seem to understand that, “I didn’t realize how in-depth this was until I took his Xbox away,” Steve Crisp told the Globe and Mail. “That’s like cutting his legs off.” LOL. No it’s not! Yet, go ahead and believe you did the wrong thing. I bet the moment this kid returns daddy gives him his Xbox back. Never mind the fact there were changes in the kid’s behavior.

Take it from DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, “parents just don’t understand.”


Seventy years ago tonight, Orson Wells radio broadcast of his War of the Worlds spread panic from Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, south to Florida and even out to California. It’s just unfortunate that the Tom Cruise version of the piece was released a few years back. What garbage! The radio piece is a science fiction classic that was only heard over radio back in 1939.

“The broadcasting company added that the whole thing had been somewhat in the nature of a Halloween prank. The program, which came over station WABC from 8 to 9 P.M. was presented by Orson Welles’ “Mercury Theatre of the Air.”

“The War of the World’s was a typical H.G. Wells shocker. It described the bombardments of England by huge “space capsules” carrying warriors from Mars. These inhuman gigantic warriors laid waste to England and killed hundreds of thousands of people. Finally, they were killed by germs and infections – because they came from a planet which had no disease, and thus were susceptible to every disease. In Wells’ book there was no mention of the United States.” (from the original article in the New York Daily News, October 31, 1939)

Listen to the original broadcast of War of the Worlds