The Moving On Post

Oh boy

Story time


Once upon a time there was a young boy. He was just an average young boy growing up in America. His parents got divorced when he was only three and so he lived with his mother and loved her very much and lived with his father for the summers. He went to school and performed like any average boy would – averagely – and no one thought anything special about him.

In his school in Chicago, he befriended a local DJ and producer at the tender age of 10. This DJ became a mentor of sorts to the boy. The boy, as young as he was, had the talent to put together some real beats. He was a nobody, but his music didn’t sound like they were made by a nobody. The boy spent some time, in the years, producing for local artists and came about a signature style and everything. Eventually, he got his big break and was presented with the chance to produce for a bigshot rapper.

The year after that, he worked more with the bigshot rapper and produced even more music for what became regarded as one of the greatest rap albums of all time. Ever since then, the boy went on to produce for other big names in the hip hop industry.

The boy wanted to do more than just produce music, though. He wanted to be the one rapping over it. He pleaded with labels to let him rap and headline, but no one gave him a chance because he wasn’t a g like the rest of the rappers at the time. The boy has never hustled a day in his life and wore Polos and loafers. The boy became depressed and would leave meetings crying all the time.

But he was determined to make it happen on his own, even surviving a car crash and forcing himself through the pain, in the most difficult circumstances, to put out his debut album. It hit the charts hard and made a lasting impact. His well known talent producing music merged with his lyricism tackling societal norms and religion and as a result, his album broke the gangsta rap mold. Soon after the hit album, the boy created his own label with other big names.

A year later, the boy released his second album. He steps up his lyrical game and showed the world that he didn’t just want to create pop music, he wanted to be pop music. He pushed the limits of rap and hip hop by incorporating an orchestra and a composer. None of this had been seen before. The boy was a household name and was beginning to cause media storms with his fame and cynicism of the world around him.

Another album later, the boy was still hitting all the album sale sweet spots, skyrocketing to number 1 within the first week of release. But that was the last high for a while. A few years later, the boy’s mother died from a heart attack and his fourth album reflected all his sorrow and grief. The boy chose not to rap and opted to adopt autotuning to process his voice for his album. The fragility of his mind was brought to attention when he made a scene and a fool of himself at an awards show in front of the whole world.

On hiatus from music, the boy ventured into other facets of his creativity. Fashion was the avenue he chose to explore and he, like many other things, poured all his time and effort into it. Collaborating with Nike to make limited edition sneakers and interning at Gap and Fendi, the boy had a foothold due to his fame. He released his own apparel collection, but to mixed reviews.

He returned to the music scene with his fifth album, with darker tones and production value on a grand scale. The content of the album was aurally and visually grandiose in all senses of the word. His work was like art. He followed this with two collaboration albums, his wedding, a daughter and seemingly everything he could have ever wanted.

His next album denied anyone who thought the boy was living a calm and idle life. His music was dark, loud, abrasive and uncut. It was received with heavy criticism and is the only album to date to have sold fewer than a million albums in the United States. He claimed to be a god and went on to compare himself in interviews to the biggest minds in history. People were beginning to guess the size of the boy’s ego.

A few more media storms later, the boy released his seventh album which was another hit. Another triumph and potentially one well worth the catharsis. In it, he included sounds and influences from gospel music to trap and dancehall. It was his sixth solo album in a row to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

HOW CAN YOU SAY YOU LIKED THE OLD KANYE?

Tech Update – 2018

Ahhh boxing day. The real Christmas for the frugal/bargain seekers. This year, I was planning on only buying a few things. Mainly a new PC case, a new monitor and maybe a mouse or games if they’re on special. So on the 25th, I hopped on to PB Tech’s website and started browsing cases.

I found the Phanteks P300 with RGB support (trust me RGB = speed). I threw some extra cables into the order and I was done. The case arrived a few days later and I began on moving my PC from my old case to the new one.

All parts were moved in, I flicked the power on and… nothing. I played around with parts and fittings for next few hours. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I fished out my original motherboard from 8 years ago and tested my power supply. That worked. Now for the latest motherboard. I remember I took the CPU fan off for cleaning… I checked that and found out that two of the pins that secure it to the motherboard don’t sit on the motherboard at all.

I spent the next hour or so trying to figure out how this stupid push clip thing works. No dice. I put that down to the cause of no power on and decided to upgrade my whole system. So off to PB Tech to buy a new system. Since this would last me a long time, I went with the option of a Ryzen 5, new motherboard and 16GB of RAM. I already had a Radeon 560 from last year so that would last for a while.

I installed all the parts and it all worked first time. Some small adjustments were made and then it was good to go. I can now play Overwatch in slightly better quality. (I’ll clean up the wiring when I get more time/not so lazy).

So after that I thought that was it. I then began to notice my Xperia Z5 was overheating and having battery drain issues. I knew about the Google Play Services battery drain bug but this was worse. I was going down 50% overnight. This phone has run great for 3 years but it’s finally showing its age. I then decided to buy a new phone. (Editor’s note: Wow this guy)

I found it sad that I have to search for phones based on whether the manufacturer kept the headphone jack. I’m still a strong believer in using the various wired headphones I have laying around and I wasn’t going to buy 20 dongles just to get through my day. So after some research, I settled on the OnePlus 5T. It’s got an almost stock Android experience and lots of nice features. I didn’t know I needed gesture control i my life until I had it. Setting ‘O’ (or a circle) as Pokemon Go, enabling the music controls and swiping the fingerprint reader for reading notifications. The battery is good and the in-box quick charger makes life easy.

So I’m running two phones now. I decided to start an alternate account on Pokemon Go and use my Z5 as a spare device to help with Pogo (Pokemon Go) raids.

So you’re thinking now, that’s not too much. I also stopped by MightyApe’s site and got a Switch Pro Controller, Pokken and some RGB strips for the new PC. I also went on to AliExpress and bought a new case, a few more cables and the new Xiaomi power bank with quick charge support.

 

So there was conclusion to an expensive holiday. I’m happy with my purchases because I always wanted to buy these items but the cost of them all has set me back a bit. Now hopefully all these purchases last me as long as their predecessors have.

 

 

Edit: Post post update. As the header image I got some Custom Pokemon Key-caps.

The 1080p Post

MOVIES! A NEW YEAR! PSYCHES! GIRLS!

Okay no girls


Happy new year.

Who wants to talk about resolutions? Sure why not!

A new year always brings with it (among other things), a throng of people at the gym, and out running on the roads. They’re often the butt of new years resolution jokes but at least they’re out there giving it a shot.

But here’s the thing. If you want to be successful with your resolutions, then you have to know what kind of person you are. You really have to know what gets you all fiery and excited and what gets you down in the dumps and demotivated. So here’s a totally average but maybe hopefully possibly hopefully useful guide on what I reckon are the three types of people you can be to get stuff done.

Image result for american psychoThe Psycho

These people know what they want. Like the really know what they want and they want it bad. Plans, trial runs and maybe a couple of bodies later, they know exactly how to get where they want to be.

A classic trait is an unsympathetic and unwavering drive to get what they want. Some people call it focus. I call it insanity. They’ll consider all the things which impede them in reaching their destination and will do what it takes to remove those obstacles.

But wait what’s up with Christian Bale playing psychos all the time? I mean Norman Bates (American Psycho), Alfred Borden (The Prestige), Batman (…Batman)? Is Christian Bale the perfect psychopath? All those guys have one incredible desire and that becomes the real core of their character, know what I mean? Anyway this isn’t one of Ashwin’s movie thingies. Let’s move on?

All those characters are great, though.


Image result for leonardo dicaprio inceptionThe Flake

Does it really matter what this person commits to? I know, I know what you’re thinking. “Oh Dasarsh, that’s such a harsh thing to say! Don’t be so mean to your readers, especially when you want more.”

Sue me. 🙂

These people set goals and establish all the right habits but it really just turns into nothing. They’re convincingly on top of things but really they’re not all there at all. New years resolutions are a way of getting through the first 2-3 weeks of the new year without getting bored. I’d give these people 3 Taco Tuesdays before the summer bod gets put on the back burner. I actually really love tacos.

But srsly what’s with Leo playing all these flakes, man? Especially of the mind-bending, narrator kind. He’s Teddy Daniels (Shutter Island) and Dom Cobb (Inception), and if you forget the narrator part, he’s been Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) and Billy Costigan (The Departed), as well. They narrate to you a story that’s confusing and wrong, or aren’t even who they say they are. I mean, which supermodel is he dating now? 😉 Flakety flakety flake.


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Now we’re just talking about the average human being over here. These everyday people are just doing their everyday things, everyday. They get their moments to shine and be all cool, but y’know… we all do. And then they’re back to their usual grind of an average lives.

They’ve got good intentions and stuff. They wanna get strong. They wanna be smart. They entertain the idea of meteoric career progression. What’s more is that they’ll put in the effort, too! The average person’s capable of being great! But, and it happens to us all, life gets in the way and there are struggles and sacrifices.

Has anyone noticed that Will Smith plays the man heaps? I mean he’s just an ordinary dude and then something weird happens and sets him off track, or changes his outlook completely and then he’s a different person altogether, ya feel me? He’s been Jay (Men in Black), Del Spooner (I, Robot), Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness) an Howard (Collateral Beauty). Like just normal guys who get hit by life. Will Smith is also the man. Yup.

 

Yeah well that’s it. I should probably do my best to undo any offensive I’ve caused you to take. I listed three types here but it’s probably more of a spectrum or something. Or maybe we’re all, or any, of the three types based on circumstance. Oooooooh how interesting.

Anyway, everyone should know that I am in no way a professional about anything I’ve been typing about. Everything here rates high on the grain-of-salt-o-meter. I’m just some dude writing what I think.

Happy (advance) February!

Quick Reviews – December

It’s December. It’s the Christmas period. So there’s lots of stuff going on.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Before: It’s Star Wars. There’s lots of nostalgic hype going into this.

After: I loved it. It’s almost my top movie of the year. The story was good and the visuals were just gorgeous. The fight scenes were brilliant as well.

 

Bright (Netflix)

Before: A Netflix movie about Orcs in our world with Will Smith. Sounds good to me.

After: It was a pretty simple movie and wasn’t too bad but it also didn’t amaze me. It must have been a good year for movies if people are slating this as the worst.

 

Pokken Tournament DX (Switch)

Before: I dub thee Pokemon Tekken. This is a Pokemon fighting game. It’s almost what everyone has wanted for years.

After: I’m one of the few people who play fighting games as a single player for the fun of learning combos and moves and I like this game. It’s not too hard to get into and there is a story mode of sorts. I will definitely be bringing this along to my next gathering and playing it with my friends.

 

Overwatch – Moira

Before: A new hero. It had better be a healer.

After: OMG. This character is awesome. First couple of comp games and I have both pixel and cute sprays. She’s very easy to manage for both healing and damage and can also help the team out. The common flankers of Genji and Roadhog aren’t a big issue now because of Moira’s warp ability.

 

 

December wasn’t too big of a month in terms of new movies or games for me. Of course I spent a lot of time on Overwatch and Hearthstone. I finally hit gold rank and I’m probably going to spend rest of the season working to stay in gold. Hearthstone is very casual. I’m trying to figure out the right plays I need to make to beat the new dungeon bosses. I also built a new PC but I’ll save that for another post.

Now that the holiday season is coming to a close, I can start getting back into the normal flow of things.

 

 

 

 

The Music Box Post

Shazam!

I’m probably late on this but is Cardi B like… Nicki Minaj from an alternate dimension or…?


My taste in music is kinda like old rap. Y’know, Wu Tang, Snoop, Dre, MF Doom and such. I love that man, it’s so good. When you listen to Wu Tang, it feels like you’re listening to a bunch of friends making beats and laughing and stuff on top of them. Snoop’s like always just having fun talking about all the stuff he’s into. MF’s albums are just made really nicely – the samples are nice, the rhymes are nice, that scratchy voice is nice. Mmm mmm mmm! But yeah that’s sort of what I’m into and that’s what I anticipate listening to when I’m just chilling out or maybe working or anything like that.

It’s just nice having albums at your disposal. It’s like you’ve got the perfect sound and music for any situation (watch Baby Driver). That’s powerful, man. You’ve got control over your psyche and you can induce whatever emotion you want, whenever you want. Gym playlists are a prime example of this (ask Ashwin, he’ll vouch for that). Having a library of music you know and love just feels like home.

One night, I had a realisation. It wasn’t like an epiphany (which I think are supposed to be enlightening), but more of an “Oh wowowow so that’s how it is” moment. I was out somewhere with some friends and there was music playing. I didn’t recognise a song and asked someone what is was. All good, no realisations yet. I didn’t recognise the next song either so I asked that same person again. No problem. This happened again and I asked what the song was a third time. For all three times I asked about the song which was playing, I got an answer. So it wasn’t like there were weird indie songs being played. I learnt later that they were just normal top 40 songs and then it hit me.

All this time, as a result of me and my proud old school rap tastes, I wasn’t listening to new music. It’s like I had justified to myself that the only good stuff was the stuff I was already listening to. So then what’s the point in trying other and newer music? I vividly remember thinking that new rap music isn’t as good as the old. I know a lot of people will still stand by that but the more I think about it, the more obvious it is to me that you can’t live your life that way!

The old is the old and the new is the new. This is a classic case of the “you don’t know if something is good unless you try it” trope. But really, it’s true man, I’ll stick to the music analogy, though. Why allow yourself to be boxed in by your own tastes? Your tastes are allowed to change and so should your musical boundaries. If one does not allow oneself to branch out, one may miss beautiful poetry such as Gucci Gang by the genius of our age Lil Pump.

Open-mindedness will sort this out for me. In my example, it means actually listening to the radio or the top 40 or whatever every now and again to keep myself in the loop musically. No one likes falling behind and I don’t think people should be justifying their falling behind. If you like the new music, then great! If you don’t like the new music, then cool no harm done. Just don’t be building walls and rejecting what’s new because nothing quite fits into your box anymore.

Happy new year all,

Dasarsh

Quick reviews – November

So I got this idea from a friend (thanks Ku-Ku). Quick easy movie review/opinions. I’m still trying to work out the format but I’m going to post a few now and see how this goes. To expand on the ideas, I’m going to include games and TV shows as well.

 

I usually watch a new movie every week. My taste in movies is pretty generic. I love my action, comedy and especially my anime. Nowadays I rarely get the chance to watch movies at home, usually go a movie on Saturday night catch up with friends.

With that I was thinking of making monthly post of movies I’ve watched and updating the list before and after the movie.

With games and shows, I’ll try follow a similar pattern.

I’ll try keep these as spoiler free as I can.

So let’s try this.

 

Justice league

Before: DC’s big jump into the cinematic universe. I still dislike the fact that the cinematic universe doesn’t link into the successful TV universe which is running great at this time.

After: CGI still irritates me. You could tell some scenes were forced and didn’t fit in that well. Fight scenes and nods to the comics and other characters were very nice.

 

Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Before: So much community hype. I loved Zelda since I first played Majora’s Mask on the N64. Nostalgia will always play a huge factor with the series for me.

After: Amazing. Truly a beautiful game. So much to do. It’s been a month and a bit but I still have so much to do in the game. This will be my game of the year for 2017.

 

Pokemon – Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Before: It’s just going to be Sun and Moon 2?

After: I’ve played first half of Ultra Sun. Other than small nicer changes it feels like the same game. I’m very interested to see how they change up the after-game.

Punisher Season 1

Before: Punisher killed it in Season 2 of Daredevil. Hopefully he keeps on murdering.

After: DAMN. So much blood and brutality. I loved it. The action was awesome and very good use of the flashback and PTSD.

The rework

Today post is about our lack of post over past couple weeks. For both of us so far we’ve had a busy weeks. I had a post ready but it felt it was too weak/not enough content. We’ve taken some time to think this over and we’re going to switch posting a bit slower.

You’ll still get a post every week, but just one. The post author will alternate each week. We’re open to any feedback and look forward to the writing down our wacky ideas, thoughts and ramblings. We’ll make sure to keep you guys posted once we’re back on track.

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The art of binge watching

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Ahhhh. It’s one of those days. Nothing planned. You got nothing serious to do right now. Let’s sit down and watch that TV series you’ve always been told to watch. The whole series is currently sitting on Netflix now. Break out your favourite snacks, get comfy and chill in front of a screen for the next large amount of time watching TV.

The good ol binge watching of a TV series.

Too many people have done this, myself also included. It’s sort of relaxing and depending on the show you can get lost in the world of whatever you’re watching. The last show I binged was Netflix Defenders. This was the epic conclusion to phase 1 of Netflix’s Marvel universe. I love crossovers, team-up series/episodes. Since this was only 13 episodes, I sat down on a Saturday and finished the whole thing. Thanks to Netflix, all the episodes were up on Friday. I spent the very next Saturday morning finishing off the whole series.

Usually I watch a TV show as the episodes come out. I usually don’t like waiting for the whole series to be out. Main reason would because I’d have to binge multiple series as they finish (episodically most shows run from October to April/May). With each weekly episode I like to read subreddits for the show and see what other fans think, browse the memes or fan-art. It also helps build hype for the next episode.

I personally like using Saturday morning for my quick 2-3 hour binge watching. This usually isn’t limited to Netflix. Most of the time I’ll try catch up on TFS (TeamFourStar) streams or other miscellaneous YouTube videos (i.e. Twitch highlights from PUBG, Overwatch or Hearthstone).

So with binge watching, it doesn’t matter what you’re watching or how long. It’s a new way of relaxing and catching up on some media that you didn’t have time to watch over the week. I like to use it as a form of entertainment or a way to escape my busy life. Even if its just for a couple hours of the week. A binge watch doesn’t have to be restricted to just video. I’ve had weekends where I’ve finished off games or listened to new artist of albums. I like to think of these as tools to help us escape our everyday lives and to be entertained in our own way.

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Learning a song with an amateur

So after watching Mike Boyd on YouTube I got inspired to starting learning random skills. So let’s look at what I’m doing.

Quick background on Mike Boyd. His YouTube channel is based on him learning random skills. This will be things like lock picking, solving a Rubiks cube, doing a kick-flip etc.

So why did I choose to learn a song? I wanted something I could do in short bursts and sort of do everyday. I decided to learn a song while I drove to and from work.

With this mini goal, it was something I thought as I was driving to work one day. I was blasting out Run The Jewels – Legend Has It, windows down and attempting to recite the lyrics. Since this was a rap song I mumbled so much of the song and messed up many words.

Side note: this song was used in the upcoming Black Panther movie so wait for it to explode.

Why this song? My driving playlist consists of over 733 songs. My liked songs is just over 1000 songs. As I stated in a previous post, I like a large variety of music. EDM would have been a bad choice on learning lyrics because its more music based rather than lyrics. Rap has some complex lyrics and getting the correct mnemonics is easier.

So to do this I usually have a 10-20 min drive from home to work and vice versa. I play the song 2-3 times during that trip. As the song progresses I will try recite as many of the lyrics as I can.

I’ve done this for the past 2 weeks. I have yet to actually read through the lyrics, I’ve learnt the lyrics via sounds only. At this stage with only the music I can recite about 70% of the lyrics. What will I do once I can recite the song? Nothing really. This is a fun side project that I wanted to complete on my own and with minimal effort. Maybe I’ll move on to a new song and see if I can do it faster. Maybe I’ll move on to a new skill.