Thursday, September 25, 2008

Music... randomness... its 10PM and I'm tired and bored... but don't want to go to bed... lol

After listening to DragonForce for about an hour straight… I switched to my “favorites” playlist (a super long list of song I like…) and hit shuffle. I am now listening to Art of Breaking by TFK. It’s a good song, but its so… empty…

I mean… seriously, Trevor starts singing and I went… he voice doesn’t fill the room… he’s so… small… the guitars so… soft… the drum is… noexistant…

Oh well, that’s hard rock for you I guess.

Oh… and after much thinking, I have decided that Nightwish has amazing Bass. I think Marco should form his own band, I’d get the album. I love that guy. Okay… he looks really weird, but hey… that’s Finnish Metal bands…

DragonForce’s new album… its good… overproduced, but I like it. More of the same really, but I mean… DragonForce hasn’t changed in three albums, and stated that they really didn’t want to change. Something about how other bands always say, “we’ll be faster and harder on this album.” And then never really are. So DragonForce said, “you will get exactly what we say you get, which is more of the same.” It’s a good thing, but I have a feeling that they have exactly one more album in them before people stop buying video game inspired (Darn… that’s so cool… in a geeky kinda way. :D) lyrics played far to fast, far to high… every song is like that. I like it, but I listen to LotR metal by mediocre bands… so what can I say?

Not much else to talk about… I started spamming people’s blogs on the Isaiah forums, for those few of you who didn’t notice/aren’t member of the Isaiah Forums. For those of you who have no clue what I mean, the Isaiah forums are an unofficial Invision Free board for The Potter’s School students and Alumni (I think most of the regulars are now alumni… lol). I’m spamming blogs, and I must say, I had a lot of fun last night…

And now POD’s Enternal is playing… its good… but my ears feel empty… I wish more bands could have the level of “power” that DragonForce and Nightwish manage to pull off. I guess that’s why they call it power metal, no?

Anyways… I think I might just go to bed now.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Randomness... and a rant

Nothing new yet… still… I’m updating… why not?

I played Razor in DOTA… I’ve decided that while Razor appears to be imba (imbalanced for you non-nerds) he really insn’t, even if he can get about every level 4 item in the game if he has about 60 minutes and a really good creep count. I nearly did. :D

However, I don’t care what you say, Lich is the most imba hero ever created. NERF LICH!!!! Oh… and buff dragon knight please, that way I can pwn everyone with him :p.

What else… I found an older version of Moo Moo Town that is winnable, you can spam healing potions much easier in this version. Me like! I cheated to win it, but I figure with 3 heroes it could be winnable rather easily.

I’ve also decided that the Grapes of Wrath isn’t that good of a book… clich├ęd characters and far too much Marxism for my liking… capitalism works! Even if the current economic situation seems to disagree with me -_-.

Ah… I was going to talk about music. You know… its kinda annoying, but my favorite bands of all time do things that I/my friends could never imagine doing if we/they (I don’t play an instrument, remember?) ever formed a band. Nightwish… AMAZING BAND. But… we need a few things that I can’t think of finding:

1. Someone with a keyboard that can be programmed with MIDIs, oh… and the ability to do said programming in the first place…
2. A GOOD female vocalist… one who can sing rather high… unlikely.
3. Someone who actually likes Nightwish to play guitar and drums… oh… and Michael to learn Bass…

Then there is dragonforce… *laughs* why bother… the greatest guitarist I know (Mark) was nowhere close to Herman Li or Sam Totman. Not to mention we need 2 eletric guitars, 5 people with a sense of humor (come one… read the lyrics… they are plane stupid!) and a double bass drum set (not to mention someone fast enough to drum said drum set).

Oh… but how about Demonhunter or another metalcore band… okay, I won’t laugh… but it won’t happen. Only Jacob and me can take music of that level, and even I don’t like As I Lay Dying THAT much… I can’t stand Underoath, for the most part (to… discordant). Plus, we need a good lead and rythmn guitarist, a drum that can do double bass drumming, and someone who has enough vocal skill to do growling vocals/clean vocals and not ruin his vocals… okay… I think I will laugh *laughs*

Sometimes I wonder why I was put here… amongst friends to whom heavy is… Kutless… and can only think of bands in terms of worship music (which rocks… but seriously, think concerts… in Dhaka… worship music isn’t exactly that popular…)

Right now, I think the best we could do is something along the lines of Breaking Benjamin, (Alt. Metal)… but we run into the problem of needing a 5 piece band… on and someone who can actually sing. I mean, Max is there… but remember that line about Kutless? Yep… he’s that person…

If only I could sing… if only Jacob could sing (not that he exactly looks like a singer…) if only Michael could sing…

Of course, we could TRY to have me sing… but that would be… a massive fail… it’d be funny, in a sad sort of way.

*goes off to listen to Nightwish and dream of meeting a vocalist of equal skill as Annette*

Monday, September 15, 2008

Life is normal...

Since I haven’t done so in a while I am now blogging again.

So far, the week has been okay… I’m behind in Science, but that should be soon remedied… mostly. Its kinda scary, I have more math in my Science than I do in my Math… crazy, no?

Also, I got my graphing calc a few days ago. It’s a TI-84 Plus (Silver Edition). It’s… big… but cool. I’m still getting used to all the fancy features and unique button locations (well… at least different from my old Casio calc).

I’ve been playing DotA a bit, as usual. Man… I love that game… it’s amazing.

And I can’t think of anything else that has happened worth mentioning… a bit sad really, that means my life has been normal since I last blogged!

Well… there was the traffic jam that I got stuck in for two hours… but that wasn’t really exciting… I just sat in traffic… broke a sweat… and talked to Jacob, who was with me.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Ah the joys of the first week of TPS...

Well… I’ve had an interesting 24 hours. Well… more like 12 hours, but still, it’s been interesting.

I had Programming 1 last night, and I must say, it was probably the funniest TPS class I’ve ever had. Not because the class was fun, but because everything went wrong! First off, one of the students, Nicholas something, had couldn’t get into class properly. He would log in, but the chat box, participant box, and presentation wouldn’t come on. Yet, interestingly, his mic was on! So he’d talk to Mr. Madison (Mr. M) but he would get cut off every thirty seconds or so… that was weird. Finally, he figured out that something on his computer was blocking GP4… a firewall, parental controls, something like that. He left to figure it out… hopefully he’ll be there for the rest of the year.

After that, class was pretty much normal. Except for a few things… Mr. M ran us through the introduction pretty well… but then… he got kicked… and things went downhill from there. He couldn’t present, and spent several minutes troubleshooting that… when that didn’t work, he gave up, and tried just to talk… but even that got messed up. The best way to describe this would be one word: Aliens.

I’m not joking, it sounded like aliens had hacked into our GP4 meeting and messed with the audio, Twilight Zone type music and a completely distorted Mr. Madison followed. Finally, we figured since class was about over anyways… we needed to quite class.

And that was my first meeting with Programming, ironic that the “computer course” had all the bugs, eh?

Monday, September 8, 2008

EA = Evil

Well… a few different things have happened during the past week. First off, I’ve started playing with Pit Lord against AIs in DOTA. HE ROCKS! Against AIs… he’s harder to use against real players in the cafes but still, the pushing power of the Pit Lord cannot be denied. At one point, me and Michael were fighting 5 Easy AIs, Michael was Tormented Soul, and he wasn’t doing to good, so he left, but I kept playing for kicks. I would have lost once they all got to level 25, but as I was several levels higher than them, I could still push them back. I COULD FIGHT 5 AIs! That is saying something…

Also, I’ve decided not to buy spore, and will have to reconsider buying Red Alert 3, or any PC game from EA for that matter. Why? One word: SecureROM. What is SecureROM you ask? It’s a DRM, a Digital Rights Management program. Now, I really don’t have to many problems with DRMs in general, but they have a bad habit of messing with your PC system, being malware, destroying hardware, and the like. Google search Starforce and Ubisoft. Starforce, Ubisoft’s attempt at DRM ended up destroying a few people’s CD-ROM drives. Starforce wasn’t sued (since they are in Russia… *sigh*) but Ubisoft lost 5 million US dollars, no small amount of money for them.

Now, EA is using DRMs, namely, SecureROM. This is annoying; first off, you MUST register with EA online. Second off, it limits to you three installations. That last bit makes me want to curse… no joke, its downright stupid. For me, I have a Laptop, that’s one instillation, my sister might want to play the game, she has a laptop, two installations, oh, and my brother, and mother might want to play these games too… FOUR INSTALLATIONS! Furthermore, any reinstallation of Windows and some hardware changes (new motherboard, new graphics card, new sound card… etc) might trigger an installation. Great… furthermore, you have to call an NON toll free number to try and ask EA if they want to let you get your installations back, this number is only available during working hours.

The greatest thing about this? The so called, “added security” that SecureROM brings. I mean, such a big deal, it must actually work, right? Nope. Spore was hacked, cracked, and uploaded to the internet BEFORE SHIPMENT. How stupid is EA?

So… this means something very simple: if I buy Spore, it will be a pirated copy. If I buy Mass Effect, it will be a pirated copy, if Red Alert is released with similar software, I will pirate it, remove SecureROM and hack/crack the game until I have removed the friggin stupid software. EA, you’re a bunch of idiots. That being said, I’m sure that in a few years this whole thing will blow over, EA will remove SecureROM and get back to making games like smart people do: without all the extra “piracy protection” software.

Now… to continue this piracy rant… I must speak. People claim piracy is killing industries like the movie, video game, and music industry. Ya, maybe they are losing sales, the Music industry appears to be for sure, but especially with the other two industries, I think it all steam and hot air to get people to not focus on what these industries are really lacking in a lot: quality. I mean, let’s be honest, most Americans, Europeans, and people in the first world do acquire their games legally. That being said, most people in the 3rd World, particularly Asia, do not. However, this does not mean, if given the opportunity to buy the game legally, if the pricing of said game was reasonable (and no, $50 bucks for a PC game is not reasonable to me, I can buy a pirated game for 120tk, less than $2). If EA, Blizzard-Activison, and other Video game and movie companies (music as well I guess) sold their stuff here, legally, for reasonable prices (we are talking $30 dollars max) people would buy them. Okay, some would still pirate and buy pirated games, but not everyone. I’ve lost PCs do pirated software and malware on video games. I’ve had CD Key-gens that are in fact Backdoor Trojans waiting to pounce and hack my PC to bits. I’d rather buy real software and install it, even if I have to crack it later on, I’d still rather have the Real CD.

Oh, and speaking of this, everyone, check the following website: www.gog.com. Good Old games is the website’s name. This site claims to be selling a bunch of “good old games” that are hard to find in stores, and are still classics. It’s not open yet, but the best thing is that it will have no DRM and agrees with me, the best way to combat piracy is low prices and lots of extras.

As for the those who still believe in DRMs… COME BACK INTO THE LIGHT! COME TO ME I TELL YOU! (we have cookies!) :D

Monday, September 1, 2008

Ramadan

It’s the first day of Ramadan today. For those of you who don’t know, Ramadan is the month of fasting for Muslims, I believe Mohammad fasted during this month, and thus all Muslims do. By fasting I mean they are not allowed to eat or drink anything from the time the sun rises, to the time the sun sets.

And so… with this comes the injustice of this month. First off, people don’t eat enough in the first place, couple this with having absolutely messed up eating schedules means people don’t eat properly… (and of course, the kids, who aren’t supposed to fast, do it anyways, because their parents don’t have the energy or money to cook more than 1 or two times a day… not five). And then the prices get raised. Its stupid, its Ramadan, so people raise the prices, why? Its Ramadan. Umm… okay… like that makes any sense. I pointed out that if just ¼ of the population of the city didn’t buy some of the stuff that gets marked up (various fruits, puffed rice, various snack food items) for just one week, the prices would go back down. But, of course, no one does, they just complain, and then buy the item, killing themselves to get it.

Oh the upside, it’s a great time to pray for people. So I guess that’s something to be happy about, no?

Oh, and TPS starts next week. *cries* I don’t want to start TPS… I mean… I do, but I don’t want to… you know? I like my semi-busy schedule… once TPS starts it’ll be much busier… with a proper Latin course, English, Math and Programming, I’ll be quite busy.

Oh well… that’s life.