Member Profile for Emrys
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The first video game I ever became addicted to was Sierra's "Conquest of the Longbow." From there it went to Quest for Glory III, King's Quest V, King's Quest VI...
Long-time Counter-Strike, Rainbow Six (series), and Halo player.
In my day job, I run an IT consulting company in central New Hampshire.
Top TV shows are The Unit, 24, Heroes, The Office and Lost.
Hobbies include studio engineering (recording music), motorcycles, martial arts.
- Beyond the Belt Martial Arts CenterPosted: Feb 27, 20105 Comment(s)
So, I'm very excited about a new business that a partner and I are opening next month. Not sure how many of you guys are into martial arts, but it's always been something that's fascinated me. Sadly, I haven't pursued it as wholeheartedly as Switch (who is a 2nd or 3rd degree black belt now. scary...), but I've always believed that martial arts could be intense, yet still accessible to average people (and a lot of people!), versus the typical hole-in-the-wall place with very limited appeal.Enter "Beyond the Belt Martial Arts Center." I'm providing the business expertise and a close friend and martial arts expert is running the studio (and Switch will be one of the instructors as well, as if he didn't have enough else going on!).The idea is that it's a state-of-the-art, spacious facility in a great location. It's professional, welcoming, and family friendly. There are great kids programs and an adult MMA program that teaches Muay Thai kickboxing, and traditional karate brazilian jiu-jitsu wrestling - a true belt-ranked MMA program. It's intense, yet very professional, clean, welcoming, and with multiple types of students.I think this is an opportunity to not just make a successful business for central New Hampshire (where Beyond the Belt is located) but prove that martial arts (and mixed martial arts particularly) can be taught well, to a lot of people, in a professional, welcoming environment. I think this concept could really catch on.The grand opening should be the end of March/beginning of April - you can see our progress at http://www.btbmartialarts.com. I'd love to hear your guys ideas and thoughts on the mattter!Frag on.[ read more ]
- On motorcycles...Posted: Jul 10, 20095 Comment(s)
I purchased my first motorcycle when I was 19. It was an 89 Katana 750 that I only dropped once (because it stalled in a dirt parking lot! wasn't my fault!).When I first decided to get a motorcycle, I had thought how cool it would be to have a motorcycle, when I would ride it, and who I would ride with. I hadn't thought about the actual act of riding.Let me tell you - riding is awesome. I know of nothing else that clears the head, quite like getting on a motorcycle and feeling the power beneath your saddle and the wind rushing in your hair (yes, I ride without a helmet).I've owned a number of crotch rockets (my current is a blacked out Yamaha R1 raven) but this year am trying to switch to a more sedate motorcycle. I just purchased a 2003 American Ironhorse Legend (I'll post pictures soon) which I absolutely love. It's like a smaller chopper and is a seriously bad bike. Here's the fascinating part: The Ironhorse itself, by its very nature, encourages a vastly different riding style than the R1. When I'm on the Ironhorse, I don't even think of passing people unless they're going slowly, and I'm content to just cruise and enjoy the experience. As soon as I even sit on the R1, the adrenaline starts going, and my mind engages in a completely different gear. It's all about acceleration, raw power, getting ahead, and cornering as fast as possible. In fact, to save my license and possibly my life, I'm considering selling it.... I mean, the bike does 100mph in 1st gear (125 in 2nd, 145 in 3rd...) and gets there in about 2 seconds flat. I just picked up a race bike which is for the track only (it's an R6), as I live about 15 minutes from one of the major racetracks (Loudon speedway in NH). My plan is to get as much of my adrenaline fix as possible on the track, then ride the ironhorse "sedately" on the road. Just as long as I keep riding, I suppose...[ read more ]
- Is Rock Band / Guitar Hero good for music in general, or bad?Posted: Dec 26, 20083 Comment(s)
One wintery Saturday night I invited a group of friends over to my house for some drinks and music. They responded ecstatically and showed up with guitars in hand. Plastic guitars.I happen to have a fully-stocked home recording studio in my basement. When I saw that my friends would rather rock out with 2' long brightly colored plastic products from Japan, I must confess that the temptation to mock them for their childish pursuits proved too great for my self control. Too bad that whenever you mock it has a tendency to turn around and bite you... My self-assured smugness gradually began to fade as I found out just about everyone I knew had been smitten by Rock Band. I finally tried it out (on bass, as I am a bass player), tried my best to hate it, and ended up playing it so long that on the drive home dots were climbing the windshield. I have to confess - I was embarrassed to buy it! In the store, I felt like I had to explain myself to the clerk, because hevean forbid he should mock me, like any normal person would. "Hi... how are you? Good? Good, me too... Um, do you, like have Rock Band, you know? Um, yeah, like for my... nephew?" I am now finding that rather than going to my basement to play real music, I'd rather play Rock Band. I can immediately rock out to STP, Fleetwood Mac, Flyleaf, and Boston, with a full band! I don't have to struggle through learning and memorizing a song, I can rock out immediately. So it brings me to the title question - is this good or bad for music? It gives a pseudo experience of being a musician. And yet it's far less work than actually recording in a studio or playing a live gig - to say nothing of the years of practice it takes to learn an instrument. I can imagine a lot more kids are going to be interested in music thanks to Rock Band. And yet, after making so much progress on the game in 1 hour, are they going to be able to spend the 100 hours it takes to learn basic technique and musicianship? My fear is that it will not. Rock Band / Guitar Hero will probably increase the number of CDs purchased and increase some music appreciation, but I would be reluctant to think that an impatient 13 year old, when presented with the decision between painfully practicing fingerings on his 6 string, versus jamming out to Metallica in the game, that he will make the disciplined decision. For me, it's increased my desire to learn more songs and pick up the bass again. But have I? Especially since I'm not in a band anymore? No, I haven't. But man can I nail Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on Expert...[ read more ]