Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Come on, Toshi!

There are not many videos I find that I wish to embed in a post, but this one certainly qualifies.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Bad day

So I had seen Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory for 9.90 at a store yesterday, which is a great price, but didn't have quite enough money on me, so I thought maybe I'd get it today. Except it wasn't there anymore today. And I had gotten all set up for a new game... So I checked online, it's not available anywhere anymore, it seems. I'm going to have a look around for it on Monday after the haircutting.

And on top of that, when I was walking out of the store, I dropped one of the two orange-juice packs I had bought and it broke.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Christmas presents

Since I'm absolutely positive that people want to know what I want for Christmas presents, here are a few things... In order of most feasible/affordable to least:

Boards of Canada - Transcanadian Highway (CD)
House of Flying Daggers (DVD)
Monty Python's Flying Circus - Best of (DVD)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Box (DVD)
Money
TM Network - Final Live Last Groove 5.18 and Decade (DVD)
Another Code 2: Memory (Japanese version)
Ultimate DX-48 keyboard stand (preferably black)
A 512MB stick of RAM that fits the eMac (for those interested, here are the specs for those)
Roland Juno-D
New computer, maybe a Mac Mini?

more later as I think of something...

Update: Thomann.de has a returned FM7 for 82€!
Re-update: so it went pretty quickly, but if you find it for cheap somewhere... ;)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A temporary relocation

So I got the word that we're going to put in a new floor in the living-room. This means that everything there must be moved to other places, including the "data centre".

It's always a hassle to move the computer around; once in a while I do an all-out cleaning of the corner where the computer table is – disconnecting every cable, cleaning out and reconnecting – it's always a pain in the ass.

Anyway, since I have no idea of how long it will take to fix the floor, I decided to set it up somewhere else so I wouldn't be without internet/music. This new location is granddad's old room that we've used sort of as a storage room since he moved out.

It's a very makeshift solution and I probably won't get accustomed to it in a long time, but at least it's an acoustical improvement over the old corner where there was a crazy spike at around 120-150Hz. (Yes, I'm actually considering leaving it here. A bit crazy, I know, but we all go a little crazy sometimes.)

I've also found out that it wasn't just the corner responsible for the loud fan-noise; the eMac fan is obscenely noisy.

We'll see how it all works out.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Experiment

I think I have just seen the most horrible, scariest, horrifying, saddest movie so far in my life. And no, I'm not talking about Borat, which I have to write about later since that requires a lighter mood wherein I'm not shaking with upset with tears threatening to burst out.

The movie I'm talking about is The Experiment. The premise seemed interesting and I was soon captivated by despite missing the first 15 minutes or so. If you want to see something truly scary, that's what you should watch. Screw Saw and your run-of-the-mill serial killer-movie; the idea that we have our own little monster inside us that is just waiting to jump out and suppress all our common sense is far more scary than that. Seeing regular people being completely twisted just makes you completely lose faith in humanity. I thanked god reading on IMDB that it didn't go as far in the real experiment it's based on, the Standford Prison Experiment.

I honestly can't remember the last time a movie left me this shaken and teary-eyed. Absolutely horrifying... Don't see it if you unless you want to lose your faith in humanity.

(If you've read Harry Potter: I could easily imagine that this is what it would feel like getting too close to a Dementor...)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Titus Andronicus

As some know, I've been reading in my Complete Works of William Shakespeare in the evenings before I go to sleep, and the other night I finished off Titus Andronicus.

And I must say that I was a bit shocked at how brutal it was. Not far into the play was a scene where the daughter of Titus Andronicus was raped and her tongue was cut off so she wouldn't be able to say who did it, and her hands were cut off so she wouldn't be able to write it.

After that I'm really looking forward to The Comedy of Errors, which I hope is a bit more uplifting.

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And tomorrow, Borat! About the only clip of it I've seen is the first four minutes available on Youtube, so it's basically completely unspoilt for me. Unlike the Matrix sequels where it seemed that all the money shots had been shown in the endless previews, trailers, commercials and 'making-of's already.