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Clogs of Mud

I step into the rivulet, my foot caked in mud
It’s cool and fast, and the water takes the mud away
Once my foot is washed, I step on the mud again
And press it down, so that it’s deep into the mud now
I lift it with effort, and wobble on the mud then
My other foot presses deep, sinks into the mud too
Then I balance myself, on clogs now of the mud made
And teeter by the stream, water ahead, mud behind
I teeter over the stream’s flow, on my clogs of mud


Mottö


Zombie Words

Is there a word for words that keep appearing in your mind for no discernable reason? A word that’s been bugging me for a while now is ‘pewterglass‘.


Backlog of 1700~ items on Anki.

 

Let’s get to work.


Emotional Driver


More Bloody Important Than Being Right

Me, I want to bloody kick this moronic bloody world in the bloody teeth over and over till it bloody understands that not hurting people is ten bloody thousand times more bloody important than being right.

David Mitchell
Black Swan Green


Kissing in Heaven


I don’t know what you want


鬼ごっこしよう

この世の終わりは
毒虫の吹雪
あなたも私も
同じ小さな虫
だから
あのね
消えてしまうまで
つかの間遊ぼう
くるくるまわって
鬼ごっこしよう

大槻ケンヂと絶望少女達
人形たち


Experiments in Tinkering Around with Firefox 4

Sometime around 2008, Google released Chrome and simultaneously, the top secret body of Browser UI Designers Worldwide decided the hip new way to make a browser is by un-making the browser and stripping out everything most people don’t really need. It took a while for the memo to reach me, but it did, and now I spend an inordinate amount of time tricking out my Firefox 4 install into looking like this:

I know, it’s amazing! I never thought President Saleh would step down. But also awesome is that browser UI you’re looking at. It’s a single strip with back/forward, a Gmail app-tab, the tab bar and a couple of useful buttons at the end. I haven’t figured out a way to solve the ugly-looking caption buttons at the very end. Maybe if I did, the browser would look awesome, it would refuse to work. It’s a theory.

The address bar, search and the gloriously orange Firefox button show-up when you hover over the top strip. This might seem annoying, but it actually isn’t. Also, the top-strip (I call it that because it’s kinky) has one uber-new-tab-button, which says “Click anywhere on me to make a new tab” (mostly it just says “+”).

Here’s another screenshot, with my totally pimped out context menu.

It isn’t perfect though, there’s a lot of inelegancies left. For one, the add-on bar stays down until I manually call it up with the Ctrl+/ shortcut key. The need for the bookmarks bar was eliminated with the help of Fast Dial for Firefox, which is a much more fun way to store and use bookmarks anyway. The bookmarks bar itself only shows up on new tabs/fast dial tabs, as it has my RSS feeds on it (can’t do without RSS feeds in my browser). This makes things look cluttered.

Seeing as how the hover-bar is unlikely to be lapped up by every browser user on the planet, I’ll be modest and not call this the browser UI of the future. It’s just the browser UI of the future’s future.

Most customisations have been achieved with a wealth of Stylish userstyles, most of them modified by me for compatibility. Add-ons helped a lot too, but mostly just the Moveable Firefox Button add-on, which should totally be an in-built feature in Firefox 5.


Omegle Role-Playing: Zombies! Everywhere!

You’re now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Official messages from Omegle will not be sent with the label ‘Stranger:’. Strangers claiming to represent Omegle are lying.
You: Zombies! Everywhere!
Stranger: :O
You: Everywhere I tell you!
You: Quickly, take my hand!
Stranger: Get the gunsss!!!
Stranger: Okay!
You: *gets guns*
You: *pulls you up to safety*
You: We’re done up on the roof now, sonny
You: Just us, the zombies and our guns now
Stranger: *shoots a zombie* Okay, thanks dad(:
You: The name’s Danny, Danny the Weasel
You: But ya can call me dad if it makes ya feel better
You: Hear that?! *shoots zombie in the brain*
Stranger: Alright..dad..What’s the plan?
You: We got enough supplies to last a week and bullets to last a month, but if those zombies get inside the building…
You: Then we’re done gone shot ourselves in the foot, know what I mean
Stranger: Where are we going to run too?! What if they get in?!
You: Now them radio’s been saying something about military helicopters flying ’bout town
You: But I ain’t hearing no rotors the past the week
Stranger: Are they coming here soon?
Stranger: Fuck
You: If they get in… we’re gettin out, sonny
Stranger: WE have to hold them off until the choppers get here.
You: Well, I dun see much of an option in the choice department, now
You: *shoots more zombies*
You: Godless bastards went took my niece Annabelle
You: Now I ain’t much of a cryer, but they take from my blood, they done right askin for some o’ their own ta get spilt
Stranger: Good job, *zombie grabs at window, Shoots him* Damn, that must suck, We the onlly two here?
You: Say, how did ya make it here, tough lad? I tho’t the whole town’s done deserted.
You: Well, unless there’s someone hidin’ in them closets, we’re the lonesome bunch as it were, but I haven’t gone checkin ’bout the building now.
You: I’ll be damned if someone’s been hidin’ here, real damned
Stranger: I..Came here on vacation, saw on the news the infection spread and was coming this way. So i head south looking fo rany signs of life to help.
Stranger: Do..you wanna check?
Stranger: i’ll open this one. (more…)


Watching you

I am watching you
Watching the way you watch people do
The things that they do

bôa, For Jasmine


Goodbye, Mo

Goodbye, Mo. You will be forever remembered for your incredible courage. It is the greatest honour to have been able to talk to a hero like you.


It’s a glass cage, so I can’t pretend


Only the mountain and I

All the birds have flown up and gone;
A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
We never tire of looking at each other -
Only the mountain and I.

LI PO
Alone Looking at the Mountain


What to do with a newspaper in public

Write this message on the front page of the paper:

“Leave this paper for others to read! Leave comments, too.”

Then do as the message says.

Alternatives:
“I am watching you read.”
“If you take this paper away, I will destroy you, and your family.”
“Help, a witch turned me into a newspaper. Kiss me!”


And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Corinthians 13


World Map of Every Location Visited in Every Call of Duty Game So Far

I have way too much time on my hands. If you need proof of this, I’ve created a giant world map with cute little dots that mark every location visited in every Call of Duty game, from the first Call of Duty to the very recent Black Ops. There’s a few things I should make clear first:

  • I’ve ignored the DS versions of Modern Warfare 2, World at War and Black Ops; they usually followed their original game’s paths too closely, or had unspecified locations.
  • All locations have been sourced from The Call of Duty Wiki and YouTube videos of the level openings (for console games), further supported by Wikipedia and Google Maps wherever needed.
  • For Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops, I used the maps in the level intro videos. These were often inaccurate and sometimes plain wrong, but I tried to stick to them as much as possible when they don’t provide any explicit locations.
  • Tightly overlapping circles usually indicates that multiple games were set in the same locations. Some locations have been crunched into a single circle, such as the different Normandy villages in the first Call of Duty.
  • As far as I can remember, only one location has been ignored, and that is “Arctic Circle” from the mission “Project Nova” in Black Ops. We have no info on where exactly the mission takes place.
  • I’ve ignored “Modern Warfare 2: Force Recon”, as details about its exact locations are pretty scarce. If anyone wants to help me out, they’re welcome.
  • I also have a .svg of this available, if anyone needs it.

Link to the Call of Duty Map – 1.2 MB super-sized map, 56kers beware.

  • Interestingly, “Site Hotel Bravo” from Modern Warfare 2 is actually located in Pakistan. The intro video zooms into a false close-up though, as there is no river in the actual location and of course, the game says it’s in Afghanistan.
  • No, I don’t know what to do with it either.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Force Recon


And the world was so much newer


What’s Up With Blio?

K-Whatever’s Blio eReader has had the privilege of being one of my most most-awaited software releases in a long while. This is mostly because of the amazing demo they came up with last year, back when they announced the January release date. January’s been gone 9 months now, and the reader released just now with all the polish and finish of an Obsidian Entertainment video game.

Between the time their old site was taken down and the new download-bearing site introduced, the player apparently dropped support of PDF files for no explicit reason (and haven’t responded when I e-mailed them asking why). More curiously, I was on Blio’s e-mail list and they had contacted me months ago to tell me that the people on the list will get an exclusive beta of Blio – which we didn’t quite get. I got an e-mail though, a whole 12 hours after I downloaded Blio.

So dropping the PDF support is bad enough, but while the website lists XPS and ePub as supported formats, Blio only seems to be able to open XPS files. Here’s a screenshot.

Blio comes with a store and a Free Books section. The store has some rather bizarrely priced titles that I’m not interested in buying, which leaves the Free eBooks. While they were working fine yesterday, their search server has gone down in the past few hours, which leads to this for not just me, but some other people, according to Google:

They have a centralised search server apparently, even though they’re getting their books from Feedbooks and Google Books. The latter are completely useless, as they simply give you a format-not-supported error message. Feedbooks makes sense – but apparently, they weren’t intimated that their service was going to be used. :/

To add to that, since Feedbooks does not support XPS, Blio downloads the book in ePub format and spends a long time converting it to what is presumably either FPS or PDF, which makes the books look horrible, the font notwithstanding. That goes nothing to say for the abysmal, auto-generated covers that make my library look so ugly, I wish there was a view option that let you hide the covers and just see all the books in a list.

I could go on about complaining on Blio, but releasing a product as incomplete as this is a baffling move. Luckily though, looking around for Blio news introduced me to Digital Editions, which looks much more fascinating.

So this being the mysterious version 5 of Blio, I hope they step up their game for the 6th.


The KMPlayer is Dead, Long Live the PotPlayer

Looking back at my previous posts, it turns out that the day I embraced The KMPlayer as my video player was the 19 February 2007. It’s maintained an impressive lead since then, and I’ve never had to change players. Things happened, however – the creator stopped actively developing the player, dropping the job to somebody else, who hasn’t really put up anything to wow the world.

While I’ve been around, trying players like GOM and the SPlayer, I found none that had the breadth of features and flexibility of The KMPlayer (no, I don’t like VLC very much, thank you). What I found on the KMPlayer’s own boards was the answer: an obscure player owned by a Korean media service called Daum, named Daum PotPlayer. What’s so special about it, you ask? It’s based on the same model as The KMPlayer.

It’s been described on the Internet as The KMPlayer redux, and it pretty much is. I don’t see any features from KMP that I miss in this new player, which is a breeze to navigate and plays things just as flawlessly as KMP. The only real hurdle is that it is a Korean program, with English support so far. Hopefully they’ll get around to making an English build if the international popularity increases, but there are already (unofficial) English builds out. I got mine from Xenon Magazine, who’ve done a really nice write-up on the journey from KMP to PotPlayer.


The Witcher: Horrors of the Windowed Mode

Following advice from a forum thread I found via Google, I decided to turn off The Witcher’s fullscreen option to improve frame rates. The loading times were unaffected, but the frame rate had indeed improved. I noticed that Geralt’s hair was a bit different, however.

As I rotated the camera, however, Geralt’s true horrors were laid bare:

He even managed to jam his trophy hook into places where jamming sharp things is typically a bad idea!


THE STREET BEATS – I Wanna Change

I normally refrain from posting songs hosted on YouTube, but I couldn’t help myself this time.


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Pass / Erase / Remove


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