Left Of Deth: METAL

Here’s a little video I made. I wanted something with my band logo and plenty of fire. Watch the beginning where I appear out of the blackness in a ball of fire. My greenscreen setup isn’t the best, but it was pretty good for free tools. Still trying to sell some music so I can do the really cool shit. Click on the Left of Deth Music Link to pick up a track or two if you think it’s cool.

Virtual Band Shirt 4 the Sims 3

Was playing around with the Sims 3 Create-a-Pattern tool and made this t-shirt for my sims dude. It didn’t center it at all and I’m much too lazy to actually figure out how to do my own meshes, so this is all I got. I did  a bunch of other things for my super awesome mansion amongst the good villagers of TrailersVille.

If you really want a copy of this t-shirt, I’ll email it too you.

Michigan Sucks

It gets kind of cold in Michigan, and one of my hobbies is gardening. Since the frost is nearing it’s time to start doing some cold care for my veggies. Here’s a video on how to make some hoop house to keep your plants warm and toasty. I’m planning on adding some Earthen Plaster to the mix to keep the beds a little extra warm. Earthern Plaster is that stuff they make Adobe houses out of, so it’s really good at retaining solar heat.

My Plans for next year for the garden include an irrigation system and maybe a soda-pop solar reflector to give my plants a little more boost. I’m also doing Sunflowers next year, which are major resource hogs, so the reflector might be good for that. To make the reflectors, I’m going to use an old scout trick of chocolate + aluminum can. Hopefully this makes my harvest a little richer due to the amount of shade in my backyard. Here’s a video on how to make the plaster if you’re interested.

This year my plants did ok in the raised beds we installed over the spring but my greenhouse plants were much better because of the improved conditions. I’m thinking of insulating the inside of the greenhouse with some of this plaster so that next years frost won’t be so damaging.

Here’s some pics of the work in progress, taken a little earlier this year.

Beer for Breakfast

Oddly, I’m not really much of a drinker anymore. I kind of gave up the hobby after my first couple years of college after becoming the beer pong champ several times. Now-a-days I may go out to the bar and drink a max of 3 drinks. I know…. being a responsible adult sucks.

When it comes to parties and special occassions though, I like to kick back a few, beer is a little better for social gatherings in my opinion because you don’t get shit-face wasted and end up waking up in a different state than when you first started drinking (true story). I have a pretty diverse palette when it comes to beer. Mostly I prefer the “regular beer” like Coors, or a Bud but sometimes I’ll mix it up with some Killians or some PBR if I’m feeling froggy. Dark beer is cool with me too, as long as its a Guinness and only if I’m drinking it with my bro. For some reason we always end up drinking THAT beer. I’m a fan of exotics too, I like Newcastle, Red Stripe, and have a particular affection for rasperbeery brew.

Cyanide and Happiness Rocks!!

Why did I give up constantly getting wrecked and fur-snickered you ask?!? I just seen a lot of people make a lot of bad decisions because of drinking. Friendships and families destroyed…. yadda yadda yadda, I just figured that I would get out of it before something bad happened.

Here’s some of my drinking high-lights:

1. Was playing “Slap-the-fifth” a game which requires you to slap a fifth, then proceed to drink the fifth without setting the bottle down. During this event, I happened to find a nice construction cone barrier, which I then promptly vomitted into. Unfortunatly, it was in my friends bedroom. How it got there, is still unknown. What IS KNOWN however is the fact that my friends liked to prank me when shit got out of control. So when I got hit by the TAZER at 3 in the morning. I got up, stumbled my way into the kitchen where this hottie I was working on before I passed out was sprawled out on the floor. She had made a bed out of empty beer cases but was not fully out of it yet. When she noticed the puke stains on my shirt, I knew there would be no further chance for the nookie. Thanks guys….assholes.

2. One night started out pretty chill. The band (Kaotic Tendancies at the time) was throwing a little bash at one of our guitarists house. I had the bright idea of just skipping the beer all together and getting a gallon of vodka, and a gallon of OJ and mixing the two together into two milk containers. That way, I just had to carry my mixed gallon around and didn’t have to worry about any cooler statchers. I really didn’t care that it would be warm, it wasn’t going to last long at the amount I was drinking at the time.

The events of that night are hazy, but when I woke up the next morning, I found myself in the ditch in front of MY HOUSE. How I got to my house is still unknown, but I later learned that someone had punched my friends DAD in the FACE, and the party had broken up. But there is more to the story, as I awakened, I noticed that my gallon was still laying next to me (now empty) and also this.

Who was this girl?! and how did she end up next to me in the ditch. Alcohol…. is my only answer (picture taken before my phone died, which ALWAYS happens when I get wasted).

I have many more stories which include me getting carried out of bars, various bar fights and other cool shit that happens when you drink but I really don’t feel like writting a fricking 45 page post, so that’s all I got for now. I’ll leave you with this image of the best use of empty beer cases ever. You’re Welcome….

Band Initiation: A Rite of Passage

Don't Get Caught

You may ask yourself, do I have what it takes to be in a band? Am I really that good? Will people really come to see my show?

The truth is, you need a band to go on stage, otherwise you might want to stick to the street corners, unless you can sing really good…. then you could do karoke.

A band is more than just a group of friends with a mission. It’s a calling, a lifestyle and the embodiment of all things rock AND roll. To get into a band, you must pass an ultimate friendship test that will stress your intrapersonal friendships to the max. If you can survive, you band may be good, even great. Here’s a list of some cool ways that I have been initated into different bands throughout the years.

1. King of Beers

Everyone in the band has to buy their own 12 pack, cans or bottles, it doesn’t matter. No borrowing money from other band mates, a king has to be able to get his own finances. Then, as an initate, you have to buy 2 fifths of the bands favorite alcohol, using money borrowed from friends of the band. This includes roadies, groupies and band-aids. How you get this money is up to you, but suggested ways are an empty guitar case in the band room, making a poster/flyer supporting your donation or creating some form of band memoribilia to sell for the band.

Now here’s how the game works. You, yourself has to finish all 12 of your beers by the end of the night. No cheating!! The first fifth is donated to the previous champ for his “wenches” but I’ll explain those in a minute. The second fifth is for you and your “wenches”.

The Wench system breaks down like this, there’s 1 queen or head wench (could be a girlfriend, wife, etc) and three princesses (groupies) that the king is responsible for. There is no taking the queen!! Any violation of this rule will get you removed from the band. You can trade whores… opps I mean groupies, (princesses! there got it.) but they can only drink from their kings chalice (the fifth).

To win the game, you have to drink all of your 12 beers and then put the empty carton on your head (your crown), extra points are awarded for the number of  whores (Princesses!). If you fail to finish all 12 beers or all of your Wenches leave the party then you are disqualifed and have lost your chance to be in the band.

2. The Mighty Shaming

This method is usually applied to bassists or newbies who are trying to get into a band that has been playing for a while. The key here is to make your new member do everything a band and their crew is supposed to do. Carrying the heavy equipment, providing guitar picks to senior members, wrapping up cables and doing pretty much everything a roadie does by themselves until they learn the ropes of the band. This also includes going to Taco Bell at 2 in the morning, Beer runs and cleaning up after the afterparties. In order to use this one correctly, a time limit must be enforced. Usual time limits range between 1 week and 3 monthes before you have put your time in as band bitch.

3. The Set Challenge

The new member of the band has a set of 7 songs, they play all seven songs unless they are booed out America’s Got Talent Style. The initate must have 5 songs that all of the band members liked or it’s hitting the road in search of another band (this is also called try-outs)

4. Groupie Fest!!!

Some bands require that you have a set number of groupies before you even join the band. This kind of iniation requires you to bring all of your groupies to a band practice/gig/afterparty so that you and your band can look like a bunch of high-rollers. The bare minimum being 3 groupies.

As long as you keep your whores..er groupies (Fanbase!!! got it again🙂 then you can stay in the band. Just try not to get an STD.

5. The Dark Arts

I’ve never really been a band that had this kind of iniation but I figured I’d mention. The Dark Art iniation is one where you basically sell your soul to the Dark Lord in exchange for rock and roll talent. Rituals include: Drinking Blood, sacrificing something to Satan, or being a fan of Type O Negative. You must dye your hair black, look unusually pale and burn all your Norman Greenbaulm albums to the tune of Stairway to Heaven backwords while chanting 6-6-6 for this iniation to work properly.

Ryan does a Cover


This is a buddy of mine, we were doing a sound check for the camera and he just started playing this song. And you know when someone plays a song and you can’t for the life of you figure out what song it is? doesn’t it just bug the crap out of you? anyways, I finally figured it out, it was L7’s Pretend that were dead. Now he owes me some chicken wings and a 6ier.

The Band Goes Skateboarding

One day we were all sitting around, trying to figure out what to do. So we played some music and then went out to the skate park to school the kids on how to board. Here’s some clips from that day.