Saturday, August 30, 2003

Friday, August 29, 2003

It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine ! (the Dimension AS1 ... when the new model comes out, it will be MINE !

I need to allocate more time to posting these days. I thought I'd have enough time but I don't. I'm finishing up an Incomplete from Spring Semester which is only days away from the time I said I'd have it completed ... ugh ... and I've got two trivial (but long) math and programming assignments due next week and some research work to finish !

Monday, August 25, 2003

Oh, and I'll update my favorite posts and such, too... and I'll add the credit listing to the compilation of 'Rockin' movies (see below) because Netshade most definitely had a hand in helping to create it :-)

An update is forth-coming. But I won't update until the next time I'm at school ... tomorrow most likely :-p.

Well, with that out of the way, I'd like y'all to keep on lookin' at this page, cuz I'm going to be moving it soon

Check out the weird, but cool dueling pianos song ... I've been wanting to get feedback from that weird old-school lil' thing for awhile now :-) instrument-file credits and information about the song can be found below (or in the archives).

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Hmm ... I've just found out that fruity.mp3 is crashing non-WinXP compies ... Hard to believe, but it has been tested and verified, oddly enough ... so I re-encoded it and added a safe version, fruity_safe.mp3 . Heheheh ... I never thought I'd have to have OS versioning for mp3s ... I'm betting that the other encoding software must've had some WinXP-specific watermarking that mussed it up for Win2k and earlier OS's.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

I suppose I can load up a very, very, old song (did I mention extremely old ? Well, okay, it's not that old since I finished it in 2001, but I started it in '97 ! I was still a Junior in High School !) that I made when first learning to use the various freeware sound trackers out there ... In fact, I will ! This one was made with Fast Tracker 2, but I think I'll just post the mp3 for copyright's sake ... I'm the only one that has the perfect line-for-line xm module of the song, complete with full instrument files, and after all, most of the instrument files I used were taken from other people. But that means I'll also have to post up the comments from the xm file to the mp3 file. Well, I'll have it up shortly for your enjoyment (and/or laughter).

Before I give the link, you must remember that I started the song in '97 and then left it untouched until I finished in 2001 ! Remember !
Um ... after further thought, I've got the mp3 version here now. Dueling Pianos: a 50-cent samba and it's a really stark contrast to my other song, This IS Fruit Loops since one is jazz and the other is industrial ... but the problem is that Dueling Pianos is unequalized and the panning is absolutely horrible ... (aka: the overall sound doesn't mesh well, and the "dueling pianos" aren't separated out, so it sounds like 2 people on one piano. But worry not ! I'll change it later ... one day when homework is due, and I'm completely freaked out and losing sanity ... in other words, two weeks, latest. :-D )
Heh, this song's got a lot of history, a lot of would-be additions and extra parts that never made it into the final cut ... but I left one part in there, just for the heck of it: a rogue spasmatic trumpet solo right in the middle of the song ... and it appears no where else in the whole song ! :-) Totally out of place, but it made such a great segue that it had to stay ... I might change it to piano later on, but it's funny enough to leave in for now :-)
School is approaching fast. Soon the days of endless work, fear, life lessons, and overblogging/commenting shall come again. :-D
A certain friend of mine has finally made a blog, and out of all my close friends, this is the one I've been waiting for the longest. Without further ado, here is his introduction !

Also, I'd like to point out his currently most recent post which is by far, one of the most interesting posts I've read in awhile, and not just because I make an appearance in it :-D.

In other news:
Okay, I said I'd have the details soon, but whups. How about this ... I'm really planning out two songs ... which might actually become one song ... the first is a mechwarrior2-style : a hard, kickass drumbeat with some light industrial sounds + classical music instruments and beatnick instruments. The second is a "Rage-against-the-machine" style which is titled, "Teddy Bear". I'm thinking about combining the two and making the overall result 'jammable' ... or basically playable with a band, in simple variants for an extended length of time, just for the sake of playing good music together.

Sunday, August 17, 2003

It's about time I posted up a new song.

Details in a few.

Sunday, August 03, 2003

The News !

You're not only what you eat, but also what your momma ate when you were her womb-mate !

The Ozone layer is supposedly showing signs of recovery ! This is wonderful news, considering if the sun ever sends a large enough wave of radiation during one of its 11-year peaks, it could easily wipe out our protection if the layer is weak enough ... which means after one night of spectacular northern lights visible from every part of the planet that the sun doesn't reach, we all burn up and die at first sunlight, like vampires, looking like roasted chicken.

This is NOT unbiased news. It's reporting of several different bits and pieces to present an overall point. I agree with the overall point, but as far as the reporter's view of everything else, I'm disgusted. The people he wrote about ... they were making prejudiced judgements about individuals based on their heritage (parents were complaining of a white teacher teaching a class on black history, when in actuality, the black teacher who normally teaches the class simply had a schedule conflict, and wth kind of a title for a class is BLACK HISTORY ?! That's like giving a class on Asian History ... there's just TOO MUCH ! That is the vaguest title I've heard ! Do they mean Black History in America?), well after that, the reporter decided to make his own comment, but in doing so, he made the same damn dumb mistake, grouping up individuals with their heritage, in a horrible attempt at refuting something that one of the protesting parents complained about.

He also added information on Mike Long's really stupid arguments against a public school for gay, transgender, bisexuals, etc ...
As far as that's concerned, the better argument is the fact that the school would be far too much of a target for hate crimes; come on, the school is in NEW YORK! It's really too bad that the conservative fool never even realized what the point of the school was for : so that people with alternate lifestyles could learn to accept who they are, and learn more about themselves, and learn that they're not alone. It's still dangerous : they'd need a lot of security. Interestingly enough, Mark Steyn, (the reporter) makes a good point about this:it is a high school ... will the main focus still be on college/work preparation, or self-esteem ?
Still, I doubt it would be self-esteem ... I suppose they'll just have extra classes on mental health -- the segregated school in itself might be enough, as long as it has adequate funding : I highly doubt that the graduates of that school will be blowing their brains out any time soon (as opposed to living with a "don't ask, don't tell, and we won't beat the shit out of you" policy), and what's more, they might just come out with better education than other public schools.

Near the end, he finally makes his startlingly clear point, which I agree with : No one is focusing on the most important issues of school reform.
Why worry about it, anyway? School only acts as a catalyst of growth and development in giving people a better understanding of how they perceive the world in which they live. only.
The rate things are going, why even bother with high school at all ?