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January 31, 2007

Hyrule can rot. I saved Princess Peach!

I successfully rescued Princess Peach from the evil clutches of of the terrible Koopa King Bowser. Order has been restored to the mushroom kingdom.


Yes that is right. I beat super mario brothers for the first time in my life. Go on and laugh, but I never had a Nintendo when I was a kid. However, I now have a Nintendo Wii and I love it. Aside from the incredible motion sensitivity and the fun games that you can buy for this platform, one thing that i love about this system is that you can download old school games like Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog.

I always remember going to friends' houses when people had the old school nintendo that came with super mario brothers and thinking that it was so awesome. I never beat the game before... until now. Lindsay and I both beat the game and it was a great feeling of accomplishment. It feels like I can finally close that door from my childhood. Maybe now I can move on to games that have been created in the 21'st century.

Posted by collin on 10:01 AM | Comments (12)

January 27, 2007

Where it is possible to buy the jason latshaw?

I admit that I sometimes google my own name. And today when I did that, I found the oddest message board! What do you think is going on here? Some kind of generated spam? Anyway, I'm flattered, because it looks like I'm in high demand. Take a look, it's kind of hilarious.

Posted by jason on 02:06 AM | Comments (7)

January 26, 2007

Our Best Review Yet - 4 Stars

From PunkNews.org, a review from someone who seems to "get us."

Few bands have ever given me such a hard time in the way of pinning down a genre as the Look Machine. And I suppose, that in itself, in this day and age, is a victory. In an era where seemingly anything can be tagged with 'core,' the Look Machine have offered a debut that's just as grounded in punk and hardcore as earthly folk.

There's so much going into this musical puzzle that I may as well be trying to put the pieces together with a blindfold on. One minute a rock band with epic vocal delivery, the next a folk band using nothing but the grassroots of voice and acoustic guitar, and the next a hardcore band buzzing with energy and dissonance, the Look Machine have truly covered all bases. They've reached to the farthest corners of rock music and taken something special from each. And rather than a muddled result with no true sense of itself, they've succeeded in being a jack of all trades.

Go ahead and read the whole review, it even has good grammar and spelling too, unlike some other. . .ahem. . .less talented writers out there. Thanks PunkNews.org, and thanks "Anchors," the reviewer, whoever you are.

Posted by jason on 11:09 PM | Comments (2)

The Evening Service - Real or Fake?

OK, so we need your help here. We've watched the video on the page, read the stuff written on the sites. . . and . . . .we're still not quite sure.

The song is called "The Bible Says," from a band supported by the "Love God's Way" ministry.

Is this a hoax? Please, weigh in with your opinions!

Posted by jason on 01:09 PM | Comments (15)

January 25, 2007

The Best Stress Relief


this is an amazing video! it's by Asobi Seksu, a pretty sweet band.

Youtube is pretty awesome. What are some of your favorite videos on there?

Posted by shane on 01:30 PM | Comments (5)

January 23, 2007


Sometimes it seems like life plays a cosmic trick on you and everything becomes due in a very shortened amount of time. That's the situation I find myself in now. I have 4 presentations I have to finish for a consulting job that I'm doing at Chase. I have to finish another 15 pages of my screenplay by tomorrow for my screenwriting program. I have to finish writing an interactive quiz for a job I'm doing for the Blood Bank of Delmarva. I need to finish designing Christian Dunn's book. I have to finish all my financial year end stuff for my taxes. Oh yeah, and a special top 10 print for someone who is leaving Chase. And that's just the stuff that's due this week.

What do you do when you're so busy? I don't even have time to watch my netflix movies or play with my Wii.

Posted by jason on 10:25 PM | Comments (20)

January 18, 2007

I saved Hyrule. . .


I'm proud to announce that it only took me a ridiculously long 67 hours of gameplay, but the Kingdom of Hyrule is safe from the powers of the Dark Lord Gannon. It was an epic battle to the finish earlier today, which I have admit pushed and confused me.

I have to say, this is the best video game I have every played. Without a doubt. If you like games at all, you owe it to yourself to pick this up and play it. The story is top-notch, you care about the characters, the art direction amazing, the music inspiring, the gameplay astonishing. Seriously, there are parts of this game, many parts, where you just want other people to be around, because you want other people to share in just how awesome this is. And I was lucky, because my 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son were as obsessed with it as I was, and were right with me every second of the quest. Watching and cheering (and pushing me to check the internet if it took me longer then 15 minutes to figure out what to do next. . . which I didn't do!)

Of the 5 people who waited overnight for the Nintendo Wii, I am the 3rd to beat it. Luke "the video game god" Ziegenhorn beat it in like 34 hours and about 3 weeks ago, maybe even longer. Joe "hurt his foot and had lots of free time" Kempista finished in I think around 45 hours and a week ago. I wandered around and took my time because I didn't want this game to end. The only reason I beat it today instead of looking for more hearts and shiny bugs and poe souls was because the kids pushed me to go ahead and save the world and stop wasting time.

Posted by jason on 08:55 PM | Comments (13)

January 16, 2007

Join our email list

Hi everyone --

If you'll look on the right side of our home page, you'll see you can easily and quickly join our email list. We won't bombard you with messages, but if you want to be kept up to date with what we're doing, go ahead and subscribe. Also, if you've accidentally unsubscribed from our email list, (it's happened!) you can resubscribe there too.

Posted by elanyarts on 03:18 PM | Comments (2)

January 13, 2007

posting from a wii

hi all. mostly i'm just writing right now to show off. because i'm posting from a nintendo wii. yes, it does not get much nerdier than publishing a blog post from a wii. but there you have it. i'm proud!

thanks so much for supporting us on tuesday. gracer was amazed at the crowd for a house show on a weeknight. the best house show they'd ever done.

go eagles! a friend sent an andy reid mii today for good luck!

Posted by jason on 05:11 PM | Comments (15)

January 10, 2007


hey, everybody.

thank you all so much for coming out to the concert tonight. it was a blast. it was so nice to see your smiling faces.

tomorrow, ian is headed off the Nepal for a few weeks.

we have some tentative shows for the spring and later winter. hope to see you there.

oh, and to hold you over until next time, here is the video of "stop the bleeding" from our previous Palk Basement show.

goodnight, friands of the machine,


p.s. ian's jetta got run into while it was parked... again. it has now been hit 8 times, and shot by a bb-gun once!

Posted by shane on 01:48 AM | Comments (6)

January 09, 2007

Super Large Palkovitz Basement Show

Hey everyone, for all of you who came to the last Palk Basement Show, you know what a good time it can be. So we're very excited to announce the following:

Tuesday Jan 9th. at the Palkovitz house.
We are starting promptly at 6:00 so that we will be done by 10 (because it is a "school night.")
Failure to Excel is opening. (If you've seen them you know how awesome they are, don't miss it).

Gracer and Speakerfire, two incredible bands in the middle of a major tour, will then be playing. Seriously, these are some incredible bands.

Finally, we are of course playing too. Should be a great show.

There is a $5 cover charge so that we can pay the bands we have booked (otherwise we have to pay them out of pocket. . . ah).

So yeah, this is an important show for us, playing with such great bands, so we'd love to see the same kind of support we had for the CD Release show. Plus we have some great new shirts and hoodies, so you don't want to miss out on a chance to get some of them.

Posted by jason on 10:09 PM | Comments (25)

Parking Tonight at the Show

Hey everybody! I can't wait for the show tonight!!!

Just a boring but necessary note: The ground is really wet so we can't have people parking all over our yard and all over the neighbors yards. Our driveway also can't hole 500 cars. So, we're asking that you park accross the street on Den Road.

If you're coming from Newark or anywhere south of us, Den Road is about a 10th of a mile past our house on the left. It's directly accross from Ricky D's sandwich shop.

See you soon!

Posted by ian on 09:05 AM | Comments (0)

January 03, 2007

Peace Out!

Next week I am heading to Nepal for several weeks. I'll be spending time in an orphanage, then writing about it for school. It's going to be sweet!

I leave on Wednesday, so you should all come hang out with me at the show on Tuesday night. That will also be sweet.

Posted by ian on 10:54 PM | Comments (2)