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Easter forecast

Mar. 23rd, 2008 | 01:22 pm

You know there's something wrong when you wake up to snow on Easter Sunday.

To who it may concern,
World's broke - plz fix.
K thx bai.
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Freedom of Sword

Apr. 27th, 2007 | 12:13 am
location: London
mood: sympatheticsympathetic
music: TMR: Heart of Sword

Before it's too late I'd like to post to a petition that was emailed to me earlier.
This one is similar to the govt. petition that was up before concerning Cars having to have trackers fitted for tax purposes. This time, however, ministers are attempting to put through a complete ban on swords.

"The proposed ban on the import, sale and manufacture of swords will have an adverse effect on legitimate practitioners, collectors and manufacturers. Actual sword related crime is very rare and does not warrant a ban that affects the cultural activities of thousands of legitimate martial artists, collectors and smiths. Current legislation is quite adequate to deal with violent crime connected with bladed weapons. New legislation is merely for show. Enforcing such a ban will also affect cultural events such as Scottish Sword Dancing and many Sikh festivals. We urge the PM to reconsider this knee jerk reaction to media influenced scaremongering."


The deadline is the 15th of May.

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An unexpected but welcome call

Apr. 25th, 2007 | 08:39 pm
location: London
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
music: Kidney-Thieves: Zerospace

I got a call this morning from an "Unknown Number" that brought good news. I've been short-listsed for the summer job at Uni and have an interview on Tuesday afternoon.

The deal is pretty simple. I'll get a standard hourly wage to do one of a variety of jobs in halls to cater and care for the foreign students on campus during the summer months On top of that, I'll also get free board until september!

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed and hope to be alert and fresh on the day (if possible, I'll be taking my interview in between a mass of lectures :S).
On a different subject, I've been hankering for "old-gen" games for a welcome distraction to my studies. Nothing brought yet, just lusting. For the KoF group that Nia wanted to have ready for Amecon, I've been wanting to purchase a King of Fighters game for a while. I did a look into the, 3D, Maximum Impact games and it looks like Maximum Impact 2 (which fixes the issues of the first and promises to have a boatload of bonuses) will be coming out at the end of the month - a post-exam reward maybe?

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Anyhow, all this means I have alot of reading up to do over summer. One of my lectuerers has already told me I can make use of existing engines or shells for my build/implementation so I won't need to build up and entire game from scratch- but I still have *alot* of work ahead of me.
For now, I have 4 weeks will exams and 3 papers that need to go in too.

As a last note, and penace for my verbal diahorrea, I'll leave you with this today.Today's Penny Arcade strip covered an unexpected gem of a game they came across by accident: Odin Spehere

And a cheesy yet cool trailer for Spiderman 3 for Wii

Today I also happened to stumble across this new show called SPECTER. Imagine if the Power Rangers were run by the MiB.

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St George's Day

Apr. 23rd, 2007 | 07:47 am

Happy St George's Day everyone.
Let us remember the Knight of Golden Legend - The warrior that slew a dragon and rescued a princess.

I'm not sure exactly what we are supposed to do today but right now I'm going to finish my tea and Creme-Egg and get back to my paper.

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100 GETS

Dec. 20th, 2006 | 03:51 pm

I forgot to mention;

on Saturday, I managed to earn £100 for designing and installing a home network for a friend of the family. When he heard I was aiming to upgrade my machinery, he wanted to pay me 50% more but it didn't seem right to take that. Instead, I will be required to update the network further in the next following weekend or so.

At the moment, I'm feeling like I need to upgrade my computer a fair bit but I'm stuck. I've got a fairly decent P4 but the motherboard uses AGP, so the best gfx-card I can get will be on APGx8.
I keep getting told that PCI-E is the way to go but to get that I'd need a whole new motherboard and compatible processor.
When the costs total up, I might as well get an Alienware and that's most likely outside of any budget I might have.

But for now, yey!, £100!

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Dragonball Z

Dec. 20th, 2006 | 03:02 pm

The American dub and subsequent western fanbase nearly completely destroyed my happy, if not rose-tinted, memory of one of my favorite childhood shows. Fortunately, clips of the remastered Japanese dvds have rekindled my nostalgia.

Note the last Unknown Malaysian Dub! [5:30 onwards]
This christmas, me and Matt have agreed we *have* to make a definitive compilation of the best of my old Malay DBZ dub soundbites.

Who knows, it become greater than Nine Thousand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBtpyeLxVkI

Ah, Master Roshi. You gotta admire his dedication. He knew that he was at the end of his life and had nothing else to loose.

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PSP: When Viral Marketing Goes Wrong

Dec. 19th, 2006 | 09:29 am

Just as I've come close to finishing my research journal on the influence of internet blogs and comments on public opinion, I come across this little story.

It seems that Sony, in their infinite wisdom, hired a viral marketing company to place employees onto internet communities like YouTube.com. Their express mission, to try and create desire for the PSP product by pretending to be "one of the kids" and exploiting that trust for commercial gains.

Almost scarily, the collective of the internet were able to pick away and see through the facade. Eventually, the facts about the who actually owned the website and a mass of little details lead to the complete exposing of the deceit. The website AllIWantForXmasIsAPSP.com was flooded with comments and messages and the website was eventually shut down.
-but not before a full confession was posted on the site.


Other fake blog sites include the "character" Bee, aka "Lonelygirl15"

The videos still remain, resurrected by YouTube users. The Internet does not forget so easily:

[edit] It seems that even though the site has been taken down, a spoof site called http://www.alliwantforxmasisaps3.com/ has been created. It uses the same style and format but openly critizes the hardware for being expensive and flawed.
-Thanks to popfulmail for the link.


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Done and Done pt1

Dec. 16th, 2006 | 10:34 am
location: Halls
mood: accomplished
music: System of a Down - The Legend of Zelda

Just finished all of my online tests for Human computer Interaction [HCI].
Judging from my results I must've averaged over 90%.

RIGHT! Now for a fukkin' cup of tea.
I've still got some blogs to do and courseworks to turn in before its the season to be jolly.

Oh shit!

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Flatmates, Flickr and Fun

Dec. 16th, 2006 | 04:39 am

Doing research blogs and online tests has given me a headache.
My flatmate, Tom, asked me to send him some photos for a flat collage of some description.
I decided to upload them to my poorly, neglected, flickr account.
I've taken so many photos this semester and I still haven't uploaded them.
I'll do it all this Christmas I'm sure!


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Dec. 13th, 2006 | 04:49 am

Phew, doing extra units in this third year isn't easy. I've got a whole shed load of work to get in before Christmas break and another lot to do before we return in the new year. And yes, I mean I actually have 2 sheds to store all of my work.
Okay, I lied on the last part.

I've been letting alot of things like this livejournal slip alot and have even been missing out on shows like Lost and Dr.Who spin-off Torchwood, not to mention animes. But what I have been keeping up with is the new western animation series Avatar: The Last Air Bender.

It's a a very well animated show, to the point which puts a lot of recent Japanese animations to shame, about the 4 lands of Water, Earth, Fire and Air and the Avatar. Each land has it's own style of martial arts which gives them the power to bend the elements, thus they are called Benders. The Avatar is reincarnated every generation and is supposed to be able to bend all 4 elements. And before you ask, no they do combine to form Captain Planet :)
In this story, the Avatar vanished one day for 100 years. During this time, the Fire Nation grew into a significantly powerful military force and has slowly started to conquer the 4 lands and the Air Nomads have disappeared.
Two siblings form the Water Tribe discover a young boy, named Ang, encased in a meditative state inside a glacier in the South Pole. He seems to be the only Air Bender left - and this is where our story begins.

Here are a couple of amv links, nothing spectacular as amvs go but a good showcase of the epicness of the story and the beautiful animation quality:
*Suprisingly some of them seem to be from the "I'M THE JUGGERNAUGHT BITCH!" guy

I also found this site for some official wallpapers and stunning backdrops:

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