Long time no blog. I was thinking of cramming into this blog all the nice surprises and presents I got between the last blog and this one.
Be prepared cause this is a pretty long blog (with pictures also). I suggest leaving it in your updates or adding a bookmark so you can come back and continue later if you want. Here goes!
Well, to sum things up, I passed the point where I restarted SO3. I`m at disk 2 right now and I haven`t finished it yet, but I think I`m pretty close (half of disk 2 if I`m not mistaken). It is a very enjoyable experience, and I think I`ll replay it again pretty soon after I finish it. It has a great replay value.
Wait, who am I kidding? It`s an extraordinary game that I`ll surely reply the moment I finish it. In my opinion, I haven`t gotten close to this much fun and interesting story since FF7. So, if you haven`t played it, what are you waiting for? :P
On another note, I`m pretty much close to finishing my review model. I think I`ll start doing reviews of games soon. I`ll try to make them as detailed and informed as possible, so that you know what it`s all about in a certain game.
It`s pretty close from now. We leave this Tuesday at 4:30 AM. That means I have to wake up at 3 AM just to be there on time. Oh, joy of joys, there`s nothing more I wanted than to wake up extraordinarily early in the morning. Well, it`s a unique opportunity so I guess I shouldn`t miss it.
I`ll probably be back Friday at 9PM, if everything goes right. Basically, we arrive on Tuesday when the opening ceremony begins, we give the first exam on Wednesday, followed by the second on Thursday, and we`ll leave Friday after the results are announced. That is, if everything goes right and I don`t have to give another exam on Sunday for deciding who gets X place (in case 2 or more persons have the same score). As long as I`m not in the Top 20 (where, if your score is close to the one below of above you, you have to take that test), which, btw, is very hard to reach, and I don`t think I`ll reach it, I`m home safe.
Well, I hope you root/cheer for me guys! I`m hoping to at least do more than 0 points. :P
Two new tabs
Well, I wanted to point out the addition of two new tabs to my gamepad. One is a normal tab (My Status
) where I update and write about my mood, my games, my anime, my objectives and my pc, while the other is a photo album (Cute Anime
) with with...you guessed it...Cute anime pics. :P
Please tell me your opinions on this, and rate and comment on the pics if you feel like it.
I`m updating them pretty often, so be sure to check them out!
Happy Easter, everone
Well, I don`t know about you guys (though I think today is Easter for Catholics also), but today it`s Easter for us Orthodoxes.
Well, in case you do celebrate Easter today, I wish you a happy Easter and a nice time with your family. And don`t let the Easter bunny run off with your eggs! :P
Wohoo! Finally, after all the pain, we get a spring break from school. It`s only for a week, but still, it`s better than nothing!
The only downside is that I have to spend 4 days of my break to go to the Olympics. Well, I knew this would happen, so I made sure I got them back before they took them. If I count the total of how many cla$$es I skipped and how many school days I stayed at home, I guess it`ll add up to 6 days. Not a bad deal if you ask me. They take 4 days from me, and I take back 6 days for that. Hey, I`m going to the Olympics, right, so I have to get some R&R.
Speaking of school, here`s a pic of mine, carefully taken
by a photoshop artist friend of mine. Click to enlarge
Now, few notes. My school`s short name is "Liceul Teoretic [My City]", which means [My City]`s Theoretical High School. Now, in that pic, the title is a bit changed. It says "Penintenciarul Teoretic [My City]", which means [My City]`s Theoretical Penitentiary. Because of the fact that once you`re in, you can`t get out, that`s exactly how everyone imagines our school.
Well, it seems the Easter Bunny also brought me some great presents for me this time.
First, I got a new chair for my bedroom, where I have my computer. I really wanted this new chair, as the old one was too small, an arm-holder/elbow rest (or whatever you want to call it) broke, the sponge from the back rest was falling off (not to mention that the back rest was too short and I couldn`t rest my head on anything), and the sponge from under me was used so much that I could feel the metal screws and other bumps from under it when I sat on it. It wasn`t very pleasant, believe me.
So now, I got a new chair that looks more like one found on a coach-bus. It has a blue stripe in the middle of it from top to bottom, it has a long back rest, I can rest my head on it, and it even has a special seam for placing a pillow where my head would normally be.
So, here are a few pics of my chair. Click to enlarge them if you want.
I call this last one "The Mammoth and the Ant". Great comparison, eh?
The second present I got was a laptop. Ok, it isn`t actually mine, it`s my parent`s so they can use it for work (cause they wanted to open up a new shop). I really enjoy it`s crisp and shiny widescreen LCD monitor. It somehow resembles the shiny plastic the PS3 is covered with.
It probably isn`t a powerhouse (1.4 Ghz, 512MB RAM, integrated Intel graphics card), but hey, it`s a laptop! I can go wherever I want with this beauty.
Here are some pictures of it. Again, click to enlarge.
A nice Easter Egg from SO3
Well, SO3 made me a nice surprise these last few days. When I went to Airygliph castle the second time, after watching the cutscene, the camera simply zoomed farther from the screen (though I don`t think you can call it "zoom"). Simply put, I could see everything behind the walls (usually it was complete blackness), and my character was but a tiny dot between dots. How nice, eh?
Even when I got outside of the castle and outside of the city, it was the same. Btw, did you know Airygliph has no sky? Nope, none! It`s because the camera never switches to the sky once in that city. So all you get is a black sky with snow falling from nowhere.
Speaking of camera angle, SO3 is kinda notorious there. It always seem to display the character from above, at a maxium of 45 degrees measured from the top. Few are the moments where you can actually see your character from his back, so that you can see where you are actually going. Most of the time, you have to rely on your map to see what`s in front of you because of the angle. So I always wanted to see an option or something to change the camera angle. This glitch, however, was something I didn`t want to happen. Still, I guess someone tried to grant me a wish and f@cked up. :P
I`ll post some videos to see what I mean in my next blog.
My ultra extraordinary internet speed
It seems my ISP also wanted to give me a present for this Easter. In a strange occurrence, one day, I saw I had an internal IP when checking out a site that had a security measure of checking a change in IP address. I thought it was really strange, and when I looked closer, I realised I now had an internal IP. This usually is a bad thing, because some programs require you have an external one (eg: being behind a router implies having an internal IP) to work.
The great thing was that when I tried to download something, my speed went through the roof. I downloaded a 5 minutes clip (around 100MB) in less than 10 seconds! So, I went to check out my internet speed on a site, and this was the result:Click to enlarge
Even though the site says I have 8mb/s (megabits/s), remember those are not 8MB/s (megabytes/s). 8mb/s=(8mb/s) /8 (MB/s)=1 MB/s (1 MB=8 mb). That`s right, I had 1MB/s download.
That was the best result out of 10 tests. Now, a few days later, I try to download a file and see that I have an incredible amount of speed:
That`s right, you saw it! 1.57MB/s download tops. I was in digital heaven.
Now, the bad part is that it all ended the day before yesterday. That`s right, I`m now back with an external IP, a normal speed, and all the problems associated with it. One of these problems is also the GT upload one, since it seems my ISP has a crappy ISP that has servers that most of the time they time out, meaning if GT isn`t configured to send more requests before saying the transfer is cancelled with an error (with it isn`t), then every time I try to upload it gives me an error. Great!
Well, at least it was nice while I had that speed (approximately 1 and 1/2 months).
A present for you, too!
Well, I thought it was unfair for me to get so many presents while you probably didn`t. So, I decided I`d give you something to see that I do care about you.
I said in a previous post of mine about uploading a few videos of Jeanne - The Kamikaze Thief anime, didn`t I? Well, I wanted to keep my word and offer you a glimpse at this great anime. Unfortunately, as I told you , it seems my ISP decided to switch back to my old connection, so now I have the same upload problem on GT as before (with the Crisis Core trailer). Until this is solved, I uploaded the video to YouTube, so, I`m sorry for the crappy video quality, but I didn`t have any better choice. Enjoy!
Link: Jeanne - The Kamikaze Thief intro
Well, that`s about it! I hope you don`t mind the length of this blog, since I also posted some pics and videos to keep your attention up.
I hope you enjoyed this blog as much as I had a pain making it (translated: the bigger my pain, the more enjoyment I hope you have). Gosh, resizing images to fit and not brake out of frame and linking them to the originals takes ALLOT of time. It took me almost 9 hours
to make everything ready.
Stay tuned for part 2!
Well, hope you enjoyed it and please leave a comment if you like!