Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Fate We Make



My Name is Michael Sterling, and I approved this image and EveryThing it links to.

5 Comments:

Blogger yoxx said...

wow...its so creep... :)

January 28, 2008 at 7:46:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LONG LIVE THE RESISTANCE!

I saw one of your shows. It was way wicked.

January 31, 2008 at 12:57:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF "SALVATION" COMING OUT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS?

May 1, 2009 at 2:01:00 PM PDT  
Blogger CANDIDATE said...

Nine Inch Nails? I'M GOING!

In the weeks leading up to August 29, 1992, I actually thought that Arnold would fly into Colorado Springs for NO FATE / Shan Kive, my Wife and our family would fly back to HOLLYWOOD for the finale, and we'd all just take it from there.

Finale. HA!

Roger Water's wife was in tears when she got to the finale of "Dark Side Of The Moon". I know how they both felt, so I'll answer your question with some unknown T3 moments I can personally vouch for.

I had moved to Colorado Springs in 1987 because that's where George Gorely was. Many years before, I had walked out of a San Diego music appreciation class because someone was playing a Deep Purple riff on a practice room piano. I walked in and there was George, wailing away on Rimsky-Korsakov. Turned out he was a classically trained Russian pianist that could play "America" as well as Keith Emerson.

He was also a Gemini. Could never decide on a B3 or a chopper. Was always selling one to buy the other.

I don't know where George is now, but I know where he was on an August night almost 17 years ago. We had just completed the first BOOMBOX demo/soundcheck on the roof of the Chuck Wagon Pavilion (his D-50 experiments, my FUTURE WAR mix), and driving back from the Gods I noticed his car along the side of the road. Thinking something wrong, I pulled in behind him and got out. The college FM station was previewing "Amused To Death" before it's release (I never listened to radio), and I slid into the right seat to the jet noise of "The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range". Gorely - who turned me on to The Downward Spiral - just turned to me and said: “This is what you're doing.”

I figured we were even.

By NO FATE 3, I was feeling a little embarrassed about having created a yearly event, but that was the show where the role-playing game was introduced and I saw how the Resistance had taken on a life of it's own, as I'd hoped. Besides, Judgment Day was the definitive deadline.

Back on the West Coast in August of '97; explaining what FLYBYTE pages had to do with Planetary Mysteries, I read "Tales Of The Mystic West" aloud and realized the scope of what I had done, and that it WAS finished. Under budget, ahead of schedule (barely). You can imagine my dismay when the T2 follow-ons started popping up in public libraries many years later. Intrigued by the Schwarzenegger CEO the Terminators had been modelled after, I still thought ending a war was better than continuing one - for any reason - ESPECIALLY, in order to fund your run for Governor of California. Well, the machines rose once again, and I had to admit that if you couldn't stop Judgment Day, it was good to have survived it.

The "Chronicles" had some amazing moments, like assembling SKYNET weapons in a bank vault just in case, or a female Terminator that ended up naked at the end of every time-displacement escape (MUCH better than seeing the Black Cow Man nude), but it's the SALVATION trailer that gives me chills. Not just because the kid that screamed "HORSEPOWER" with tears in his eyes as P-51's roared overhead in "Empire Of The Sun" has grown up to play John Connor, but that he, like another before him, is once again addressing the Resistance. All those that can hear his voice.

Us.

It's not easy being John Connor but it is always worth it. I'm anxious to hear what the new one has to say.

As for me, I learned what the Resistance has come to understand. The life you lead may be your own.

May 4, 2009 at 8:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger CANDIDATE said...

Tonite, the air is quiet. Tonite, the air is full of life.
.ms

May 7, 2009 at 2:22:00 PM PDT  

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