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{March 28, 2011}   Goodbye

I’ve had this for a while. I haven’t been able to update very much. And I lost sight of what I wanted to do. I had no focus. I’m shutting this down. No more posts. Goodbye.

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{February 26, 2011}   Just this one

While I was stumbling today, I came upon this here and I’d just like to put it here so that more people see it.
Actually…I don’t even want to close that tab…



{February 14, 2011}   Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s day to you. Hope it’s a good one, and don’t feel sad today alright? If you are just remember that chocolate goes on sale tomorrow!

Anyways, my plan is to cook dinner tonight. I’m planning on garlic bread, fettuccine Alfredo, and some tiny chocolate cakes for dessert, though I wanted to pick up some tartufo, they didn’t have any at the store. I bought a tiny strawberry candle at the dollar store and downloaded some chill music for the background. Youtube Bearkeys, you won’t regret it.

As for what we do after? I have no idea, but I really hope this dinner goes off well, it’s the first time I’m cooking for someone else, so wish me luck.



{August 3, 2010}   Zune Software

For a little while now I’ve been thinking about upgrading my mp3 player. I mean I love my little sansa clip and it’s great, but really I need a larger capacity now that I’m listening to more music. And when I mean a larger capacity, I mean a lot. So naturally some of the more popular options sprung to mind, the iPod and the Zune. However each of these devices require the use of their own software (though I know that other music players can also sync with the iPod, I heard nothing of the sort for the Zune) so I went ahead and downloaded both iTunes and this Zune software.

First of all adding your media is a snap. Just select your folder(s) and there you go. I actually found some music that was hidden away because it was in a folder I don’t check very often (My Music).

Quickplay
The first thing that you see when starting this for the first time is the quickplay screen.It has three columns of pins, new and history that show your pinned items, new additions as well as recently played. However each of these columns only show 4 or 5 items, and that really doesn’t help unless you listen to the same thing over and over again obsessively. If you do than this screen may be of some use, but I found it kinda useless…especially since it’s sorted by album and uses album art. There’s a lot of songs that I have which are from unknown albums or don’t have any album art, but I guess that that’s my fault, but it’d be nice if it pulled the album art from the internet.

Collection
This is really where everything starts. underneath the music section you find three columns, artist on the left, album in the middle and songs on the right. Selecting an artist on the left will show the albums in the middle and all the songs on the right. Selecting the album will show you the songs in that album. This is if you sort by artist. If you sort by genre, the left column displays the genre. Sorting by albums removes the leftmost column. Sorting by songs takes you to a screen with a lot more. with as many columns as you’d like to add, and some that you can’t remove, it’s where people with a lot of music would probably hang out. Sorting by playlist just shows your playlists and the songs you have in them.
Underneath the videos section it shows you all the videos and playback is smooth.
Under pictures it shows you the pictures that you’ve added. It separates by which folder they are in. Clicking on a picture starts a slide show with your music playing in the background. I liked this though the windows picture viewer does the same thing, so really…it wasn’t something that helped the software in my eyes.
Podcasts run as well as you’d expect. You can set it to hold on to a set number of episodes. Speaking of setting, it brings me to my next section.

Settings
This is really barebones. You can add folders for media and designate folders for where you want ripped CDs and podcasts. You can set the speed for the photo slide show. You can set a background, though the selection is limited. Ripping and burning options also exist but are limited to things such as the bit-rate and whether the cd is to be ejected after it is ripped or burned. And that’s pretty much it.

Good Things
The now playing screen is a big point for this software, sadly it’s the only point in favour for this software.

Bad Things or Things that I miss.
There’s no hint of an equalizer. There’s no visualization options at all. No options for crossfading. Limited backgrounds. Can’t edit song information. A heavy emphasis on album art but often separated tracks in an album but keeps it under the same album art (ridiculous).

Overall
I wouldn’t say this is a bad piece of software, just that it lacks things nearly every other player has…It could certainly be a lot worse, be glad that it isn’t.



{August 3, 2010}   Typo shirts

Here’s something else that I found a while back that I just came across now that I’d like to share with you. It’s quite amazing really, emphasizes the power of words quite well. This. I find the first example to be quite powerful.



{August 3, 2010}   Steampunk Cosplay

Now I know there’s a lot of steampunk out there and there’s a lot of debate amongst what is true steampunk and what is faux-steampunk, but honestly, this is beautiful either way. Great attention to detail, just look at that gun!



{August 3, 2010}   A Collection

I found this collection of pictures a while back, and I’ve been meaning to post it for some time now. I thought I might provide a little snippet for each one, just a thought about it, but there are far too many and it really would detract from it. So here you are then. I really hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did. Which is to say a lot.



{May 16, 2010}   Exams, Last.fm and burning

Hello again to all my friends (and those of you I have not yet befriended),

I really should not be updating√©posting at this moment in time, I’m right in the middle of exams you see. 7 down, anf 3 more to go. But I did want to let you know that I have been recently introduced to the world of Last.fm. I have not really done much with it as of yet. Here is my profile anyhow.

So I had to download this scrobbler thing so that whatever I’d listen to would get updated online, the thing was that it wouldn’t work, or rather I couldn’t get it to work with my media player of choice, that’s MediaMonkey if you wanted to know. But it does work with Winamp, which I had downloaded previously for some reason that escapes me now. However for me to have any sort of structure with winamp I would have to reorganize my music collection with folders. (MediaMonkey grabs all audio files off your harddrive for it’s library which is why I never bothered before).

On the down side I have to reorganize my music. On the up side, my music will actually be organized. And I got to check out lots of pretty skins for winamp, I didn’t find one that I really loved though…I’m using Ebony at the moment. If you have a skin that you’ll think I like leave a comment, and I’ll check it out.

Anyways, I’m excited to try this Last.fm thing, as well as finally finishing my exams! I really can’t wait. I am going to burn all my notes! I will try to take pictures, before, after and during of the process, and post them too, but I don’t know if I can. I will most definitly try.

Wish me luck on my exams!

Till next time.



{April 25, 2010}   An Omegle Story
Hello my readers. I was on omegle, and I had the inspiration for a story. Here is how it played out. Note that I just wrote what came into my head, no looking back at all. I hope you enjoy this drabble. It may turn into a full blown thing later on maybe.
-Page Break-
You’re now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Stranger: hey
You: hey
Stranger: how are u
You: really annoyed
You: you?
Stranger: awh why?
Stranger: im fine thanks
You: Well, everytime I start telling my story on here I get interuppted or disconnected
You: or asl’d
Stranger: om im story
You: I’ve tried like 20 times
Stranger: ill listen
You: really?
Stranger: *im
Stranger: yeah
You: aww you’re the best
You: okay
You: here we go
You: you ready?
Stranger: haha sure
You: k
You: Once upon a time
You: in a small kingdom far far away there lived a princess
You: she was the youngest of 5 sisters
You: the elder 3 had already been married away to princes and noblemen
You: it was just her and her older sister Eleanor
You: Eleanor was more a mother than her sister
You: Her real mother had died in childbirth
You: which might be why the king, her father neglected her so much
You: but as long as Eleanor was there, she didn’t have to worry
You: but even so, she knew that her father, King James, would eventually
marry Eleanor off too
You: He only thought of his daughters as tools to gain more power
You: The eldest duaghter had been married to a prince north of their
kingdom
You: It was a barren land, and the prince was very monkey like
You: always chattering and hollering
You: and at least 2 feet shorter than the sister
You: The second eldest had been married to a prince to the west
You: he was tall and strong
You: with a handsome face
You: but he was incredibly dumb, and ill suited for such a smart woman
You: The third eldest was married to the prince of the land south of them
You: To a short fat prince
You: more interested in food and drink than the wellbeing of his people
You: who starved as he grew fatter
You: Eleanor, dear sweet Eleanor would be wed to the east
You: She had already seen the suitor
You: he was a wretched old man who saw women as playthings
You: and Eleanor would lead a miserable existence with him as her
husband
You: Our youngest princess was at a loss
You: she had to save her sister, but how?
You: whenever she approached Eleanor with her woes, she was always
told, “It’s for the good of the kingdom Lily. IF our father wishes it, then I must”
You: But she spat the word father from her mouth as it were the foulest venom that existed
You: “You will be fine without me, you’re nearly 14 after all”
You: But Lily knew that once Eleanor would leave, the castle would be
empty of warmth
You: and the cold winds that whisteled through stone corridors would be
colder still, and would bite at her face and neck
You: the comforting presence of her sister would be lost
You: And her fate would be to marry a minor noble in their own kingdom
You: and she would never see dear Eleanor again
You: How was that so far?
Stranger: did u make tht up or is from something?
You: Nah, I just wrote it now
Stranger: its cool


{April 20, 2010}   A formspring story

I received a question on my formspring, asking me about how I met a friend of mine. I wrote a rather long reply, and people liked the story so I figured some of my readers might like it too. Here it is in its entirety.

Well, you won’t believe [how I met her], but I’ll tell you anyways. It was a dark night. Clear skies, and the moon hung low in the sky, and the stars twinkled like gems. I was taking a walk because I couldn’t get to sleep that night, I wasn’t sure why that was at the moment, but thinking back now I think it was fate that wouldn’t let me rest that night.

My feet led me around my neighbourhood, and then down to a small park. To my surprise there was already someone there. Sitting on top of the monkey bars with her knees up to her chest, arms crossed on top of them and her chin resting on top of those. For a moment I didn’t know quite what to do, but then I said to myself, ‘Pretend like she isn’t there bro, if you try to talk to her, she’ll think you’re a rapist or something.’ So I just meandered over to the swings and plopped down unceronmoniusly. The creak of the chains alerted her to my presence, and her head whipped around causing her hair to whip in the wind, and her dark brown eyes stared out from underneath her bangs. I gave a little wave and started swinging. Just slowly of course, and soon the rythmic creacking of those chains became the backdrop for that night. I don’t know how long I kept swaying in the wind, my eyes unfocused at a spot on the ground.

All of a sudden, an unexpected push sent me higher into the air and I was jolted from the haze that had settled down around me. Twisting in my seat at the apex of my swing, I saw her twinkling eyes behind me.

I laughed when she did it again, how long was it since I had played on the swings? Too long.

Soon, or later, we switched spots, and she squealed in delight as my first push sent her further than she expected. It was not until the first rays of dawn started to creep over the horizon that we realized how long we were out there. A sad smile graced both of our faces as we parted that morning. Not a word was spoken, and not a name was known.



et cetera