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A discovery about Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Unless the artist I'm talking about sampled his sources from elsewhere, I know where Amnesia: The Dark Descent got some chunk of its music from, it's from The Caretaker's 1999 album Selected Memories From the Haunted Ballroom and specificially from the track called From Out of Nowhere. The resemblance is eerily uncanny! Check out for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2p_JVbH0HY

I might be mistaking it for something else, it's been a couple of months since I've finished Amnesia, but do you think it's a likely source of inspiration? Not necessarily that low-pitched demon voice (actually not at all), but that ghostly female choir that occurs at 0:33 for the first time and the track's overall ambience.

Surprising what you can find in a...toilet

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73-year-old woman inhabitant of Wrocław (Poland) living in the downtown found a reptile in the her toilet.

Green anaconda constrictor was found in her apartment's toilet bowl. When Eva she saw the snake, she put the toilet board down, put a bowl with water on it and went to bed - says Thomas Grabinski, the veterinarian, who pulled out the snake of the drains. - Anaconda is very strong. It was stack in the pipe.

Eva notified the police the next morning. Why did she hesitate? - She explained that if she called the night with information about the snake in the toilet, the police would think that she was crazy - Grabinski laughs.

2 meter reptile was taken to the zoo. Police is looking for the owner. - When we were pulling it out it caused no problem because she body was very chilled - explains Grabinski. The brave 73-year-old summed up the situation - Big thing... They found a snake... Whatever.

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/6808001-anaconda-found-in-the-toilet

Just got my ass accepted for post-graduate studies

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I'm not that thrilled about the studies themselves (that's why I had a two-year break from them, ever since I graduated), but about an opportunity of changing the environment from stale, slightly below 20,000 inhabitants, town to quite attractive city with a historical background (around 360,000 inhabitants in the city alone, and over 500,000 as a metropolis). What's more important, I have friends there, while here hardly anyone from my clique remained. The city is Lublin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lublin

and I used to live there for half a year as well, so no problems in getting used to it. I'll have two familiar lecturers on the university I've gotten to.

Here is the university by the way:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_II_Catholic_University_of_Lublin

Polish president died in a plane crash

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TIME

(MOSCOW) — Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife died Saturday along with 130 others when their plane crashed while coming in for a landing in western Russia, officials said.

The governor of the Smolensk region, where the crash took place about 11 a.m. (0700 GMT), said no one survived.

"The Polish presidential plane did not make it to the runway while landing. Tentative findings indicate that it hit the treetops and fell apart," Sergei Anufriev said on state news channel Rossiya-24. "Nobody has survived the disaster."

The Polish foreign ministry confirmed that Kaczynski and his wife were aboard the plane.

The head of Russia's top investigative body, Sergei Markin, said there were a total of 132 people on the plane, a Tu-154.

Kaczynski was flying to Russia for events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police in Katyn and elsewhere during World War II.

The presidential plane was a Soviet-built Tupolev TU154M, at least 20 years old. The Army chief of staff, Gen. Franciszek Gagor, National Bank President Slawomir Skrzypek and Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremoer were on the passenger list.

In Warsaw, Prime Minister Donald Tusk called an extraordinary meeting of his Cabinet.

Kaczynski, 60, became president in December 2005 after defeating Tusk in that year's presidential vote.

The nationalist conservative was the twin brother of Poland's opposition leader, former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Kaczynski had said he would seek a second term in presidential elections this fall. He was expected to face an uphill struggle against Parliament speaker Bronislaw Komorowski, the candidate of Tusk's governing Civic Platform party.

According to the constitution, Komorowski would take over presidential duties.

Kaczynski's wife, Maria, was an economist. They had a daughter, Marta, and two granddaughters.

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I am a Pole and it saddens me, such an unfortunate turn of events which will leave our country in a temporary state of chaos, anyway, I wasn't his biggest supporter and I opposed many of his ideas, but it's very sad that he's gone now...

So, I've got a job : )

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Hooray! I was unemployed for only one month! Well, let me say, the difference between this school and that (previous) school (I've been working in) is like between:

Trabant

and

So...No contest. This school is very modern, and very well managed. Full professionalism. The principal turned out to be very, very sympathetic person, and there are lots of teachers from my hometown there. The salary is also significantly better than in the school I was previously employed, plus it will be easier to teach only 4 unique cl@sses (9 in total) rather than 6 unique cl@sses with totally different set of material for each. Not to mention, I'm a lot more suited to teaching soon-to-be-adults, than shepherding young and very young learners (not that I was bad at it, or the kids didn't like me - exactly the opposite), and I think these teenagers and young adults will appreciate my methods and approach a lot more than these young, naive, and developing minds. I have a good experience from teaching in high school as an apprenticeship, so I have no worries.

I'm definetly buying PS3, upgrading my comp to gaming PC (I7 processor, some state-of-the-art graphics card), and possibly also buying Wii. I don't know in what order, but that's the least thing to worry about. :P

I have a job interview in 2 hours

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Wish me luck, the school I'm going to needs someone to work there till the end of the school year, because their teacher is on maternity leave now. It's a high school this time. I'm going to buy PS3 for my first or second wage. And then probably Wii.

Togo football team bus attacked in Angola; 6 hurt

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LUANDA, Angola — Gunmen opened fire Friday on a bus carrying Togo's national football team to a tournament in Angola, wounding at least six people including two footballers from the West African nation, an official said.

Some of the players said they were inclined to pull out of the African Cup of Nations tournament following the violence.

Togolese football federation vice president Gabriel Ameyi said backup goalkeeper Obilale Kossi and central defender Serge Akakpo were among those hurt. The team's top player, Emmanuel Adebayor, was unharmed, according to his club Manchester City.

"We were machine-gunned like dogs," Togo player Thomas Dossevi, who plays for French club Nantes, told Radio Monte Carlo. "They were armed to the teeth ... We spent 20 minutes underneath the seats of the bus."

Alaixys Romao felt Togo should not go ahead with the tournament.

"If we can boycott it, let's do it," Romao told French TV channel Infosport. "It's just not on for us to be shot at because of a football match. All I can think about is stopping this competition and going home."

Dossevi agreed: "We don't want to play this African Cup of Nations," he told Infosport. "We're thinking about our teammates — to be hit by bullets when you've come to play football is disgusting."

The 16-team African championship starts Sunday in Angola, with Togo due to play its opening match on Monday against Ghana in Cabinda. The team had just crossed the border into Angola when the bus came under fire. Ameyi, speaking in Togo, said the team shown have flown to Angola instead of traveling by road.

The wounded were taken to a hospital in Cabinda, Angola's main oil-producing region that has been plagued by unrest. Human rights groups have accused the military of atrocities and claim government officials have embezzled millions of dollars in oil revenue. The government has denied the charges.

Angola has been struggling to climb back from decades of violence, and its government was clearly banking on the tournament as a chance to show the world it was on the way to recovery. A building boom fueled by oil wealth has included new stadiums in Cabinda and three other cities for the tournament.

An anti-colonial war had begun in the 1960s, and a civil war broke out after independence. The fighting ended in 2002.

On Friday, Dossevi told Infosport television in France the team had just crossed the border and were going through customs when the attack took place.

"We were surrounded by police buses. Everything looked fine and we came under heavy fire. Everyone scrambled under the seats trying to protect themselves. It lasted at least a quarter of an hour with the police responding."

Claude Leroy, a former Cameroon and Ghana coach, said African footballing authorities now had to decide whether to play the tournament.

"You have to ask the question. Football's just a game," Leroy told RMC. "This is really serious and means that safety cannot be guaranteed. These local hotspots can be really dangerous. The CAF is going to have to take a decision on this crazy shooting."

Before leaving for the tournament, Adebayor was asked by British journalists whether he had any reservations about playing in the politically unstable Cabinda region of Angola.

"We were born in Africa so we know what it's about. Some people might be afraid which is normal, I can understand that. But I'm going back to Africa, to one of the countries on my continent, and I'm prepared for Cabinda. I will enjoy myself," the former Arsenal forward said.

It was the second major gun attack on a sports team in less than a year. Several players were injured and six policemen were killed when gunmen opened fire on the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus in Lahore, Pakistan, in March 2009.

The violence also comes five months before the World Cup in South Africa, the first to be held on the continent. The biggest concern leading to that 32-nation tournament has been the security situation in South Africa, a country with one of the world's highest crime rates.

Togo, which played at the 2006 World Cup, did not qualify for this year's tournament in South Africa.

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It's a disgrace to humanity, I hope no one got killed (some other reports mention one fatal casualty - the driver. I'm getting a little worried about upcoming World Cup in Rep. of South Africa (I know Angola and RSA are totally different ballgame compared to each other, but still...).

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