Have Some Random Tuesday Thoughts!


  • My quest to earn myself a shiny platinum vocal icon for Rock Band 2 was a success. My final score was 414 out of 420 stars, which, while obviously not perfect, is pretty darn good. As a bonus, I earned the Bladder of Steel award for not failing or pausing throughout, even if I sort of had to cheat to pull it off (Suffice to say that my bladder is, in reality, made of something far less capable of holding back water than steel. No, I didn’t wet myself, but the challenge, despite its name, doesn’t mention anything about not relieving oneself the entire time; you just can’t pause while you do so.). Now I have to start playing online so I can show off the icon.
  • Having had to drink the stuff about 10 times in the past 4 years or so, I’m now convinced that “St. Anger” is a euphemism for “Barium Sulfate Suspension, particularly the line about “You flush it out”. In short, for those of you lucky enough to not need annual CT Scans, Barium Sulfate Suspension is a concoction that you drink 90 minutes to 2 hours before a scan. It basically helps stuff show up easier on the scan, which is good for the people who are trying to read the scans. Problems: It’s about as appetizing as it sounds, and it proceeds to mess with my insides for the next several hours afterward (As the side effects listed in the link may show you). Bleh!


    • James on December 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I wonder if the bladder of steel award was a jab at the “hold your wee to win a wii” radio contest that uh, killed a woman. Congrats on the epic achievement, how was your throat afterwards?

    Also, Barium Sulfate Suspension sounds… icky. Probably not what Metallica was aiming for when they write music.

    • emptyeye on December 12, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks! My throat was actually about as good as it could be after 6 straight hours of singing. I made sure to ingest small amounts of water throughout to not kill my voice too much. Suffice to say, though, I have no idea how you’re supposed to not pause for 6 straight hours when you’re singing and female, though some have actually done it!

    As for Barium Sulfate Suspension, it’s ostensibly raspberry flavored (I actually like raspberry flavor). In reality, as I mentioned, it tastes pretty much exactly like you’d expect something called “Barium Sulfate Suspension” to taste, and it’s about as good for your stomach as well.

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