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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Zippo: The Truth

ZIPPO MYTHS (Bottom Stamp)

Myth 1-
The codes on the bottom indicate the quality of the lighter. Some individuals believe that an "A" lighter is better than an "H" lighter. For date codes including Roman numerals, the higher the Roman numeral, the higher the quality.
Fact -
The codes on the bottom stamp are date codes indicating when the lighter was manufactured.

Myth 2-
Lighters are manufactured by prisoners. The Roman Numerals at the bottom of the lighter indicate the length of prison sentence.
Myth 3-
Lighters are manufactured by prisoners. The letters on the bottom stamp indicate their crime "R" for Rape, "M" for murder, etc.
Fact -
Lighters are manufactured in Bradford, PA by employees who are paid for their service to the company.

DATE CODES


Regular Lighter Identification Codes
In 1979 an error was made in the date code. One of the slash marks was removed from the left of the Zippo trademark instead of being removed from the right; thus the code read: / //. This date code error was corrected within the same year to read: // /
Effective July 1, 1986 the dot and slash system was replaced by year / month code. Year is noted with Roman numeral; letter designates month (A=January, B=February, etc.)
Beginning in 2001, the Roman numerals indicating the year were replaced with numbers corresponding to the last digits of the year of manufacture.

Mine: J - XIV (means manufactured in October 1998)

Thursday, March 30, 2006

God Of War 2 : Divine Retribution

Kratos returns to the PS2 on the first quarter of 2007. Great news for Kratos fans indeed. Sony has confirmed the release of this sequal at the GDC 2006(Game Developers Conference). God Of War was the best game i have ever played in my life, i just hope that the second one is just as good. Can't wait for this release to come out.... OMFG, i have to wait 10 months... well, enjoy some of the screenies and video footage.

EDITED : (8th June 2006) all screenshots and official trailer can be seen here
God Of War Official Site

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Perodua Kelisa got smashed in Top Gear

This clip is part of a UK-based auto show called "Top Gear" hosted by an ugly looking old man that look like a vitamin D deficiency, Jeremy Clarkson. In this video he review a Perodua Kelisa he just bought and you know the rest. I feel pity for the poor Kelisa. Enjoy the clip.

p/s: Top Gear is "Pak Lah's" (Lan's roommate back in 2004 V3) favorite auto show along with some other various movie trailers. hahahahahah

DOWNLOAD (Kelisa got ketuked) size: 15.1MB
DOWNLOAD (Proton Savvy got kUtuked) size: 1.68MB

Monday, February 06, 2006

Zippo Trick

Ode to Flamers: Trip around the Dragon

p/s: Remember my original hilarious zippo trick called "The Egg Cracker"?... ahahhahaha (the name just popped out of my head actually). Well, this is not it. I'll post my own trick some other time. Check out the clip below... enjoy dol !!!!
  • Hold the lighter in the standard Trip Flick/Palm Squeeze grip (lighter sideways, hinge facing up, resting on your curled ring finger, bottom of the base pressed against the webbing between your thumb and index finger, with your thumb and index finger gripping the cap either side).
  • I find that having the placement of the thumb and index close to the hinge helps both getting the lighter open and the spin later on. So, gripping with your thumb and index push/squeeze the lighter into your webbing (with a slight upwards direction) and watch it flip open. If you are still gripping the cap tight it is most likely horizontal with your thumb and index.
  • Now let up on that grip, but not too much, and let gravity force the lighter to rotate 90. Try to do this Flip and release the pressure move almost simultaneously, but be careful not to loose the lighter.
  • Still loosely holding the cap with your thumb and index reach over with your ring finger and place it on the striking wheel. You may find that your little finger automatically comes around to rest under the lighter.
  • Now, apply pressure on the striking wheel with your ring finger and force the lighter base to rotate up through the hole created by the thumb and index finger grip (you may need the bottom of the lighter to slightly press against your palm to light).
  • After it’s lit, using your thumb and index finger slightly, bring the cap towards the base (almost as if closing the lighter) and place your ring finger on the cap corner opposite the hinge. You have 2 options from here: 1. immediately apply pressure with your ring finger and force the lighter completely through the hole to give an “Around the World”-effect. If all the moves are done fluidly the effect should be a non-stopping 360 spin ending with a lit lighter. 2. Wait a while. The flame is lit but hidden from view (as was the striking move). Suddenly force the lighter through the hole, as above, to give a “Hidden Dragon” effect.


Sunday, January 22, 2006

Dinosaur Jr (Band Bio & Discography)

"Dinosaur Jr. was largely responsible for returning lead guitar to indie-rock and, along with their peers the Pixies, they injected late-'80s alternative rock with monumental levels of pure guitar noise. As the group's career progressed, it turned into a vehicle for J. Mascis' songwriting and playing, which had the ultimate result of turning Dinosaur's albums into largely similar affairs. Over time, Mascis shed his hardcore punk roots and revealed himself to be a disciple of Neil Young, crafting simple songs that were delivered at a crushing volume and spiked with shards of feedback. Consequently, Dinosaur Jr.'s '90s albums -- when the group was essentially a front for Mascis -- don't sound particularly revolutionary, even with their subtle sonic innovations, yet their original '80s records for SST were a different matter. On their early records, Dinosaur lurched forward, taking weird detours into free-form noise and melodic soloing before the songs are brought back into relief by Mascis' laconic whine. Dinosaur's SST Records laid the foundation for alternative rock's commercial breakthrough in the early '90s, and while the band's profile was raised substantially in the wake of Nirvana's success, they never really became much bigger than highly respected cult figures.

J. Mascis (b. Joseph D. Mascis; guitar, vocal) formed Dinosaur Jr. in Amherst, Massachusetts, after his hardcore punk band Deep Wound broke up in 1983. Hooking up with fellow high school student Lou Barlow (bass), Mascis initially played drums in Dinosaur, but shortly afterward, former All White Jury drummer Murph (b. Emmett "Patrick" Murphy), joined the group, and J. moved to guitar. Over the next year, the group developed a local following, and in 1985, the trio released their debut album, Dinosaur , on the Homestead label. The record and the group's crushingly loud concerts developed a cult following over the next year. By the end of 1986, a hippie-rock group called Dinosaur -- featuring former members of Jefferson Airplane and Country Joe & the Fish -- sued the band, which changed its name to Dinosaur Jr.

In 1987, Dinosaur Jr. signed to Black Flag's indie label SST and released You're Living All Over Me , which became an underground sensation, with groups like Sonic Youth championing Mascis' wild, feedback-drenched guitar. Early in 1988, they released the seminal single "Freak Scene," a song that captured the feeling and tone of the emerging American post-punk underground. "Freak Scene" became a college radio hit, and it led the way for their acclaimed 1988 album, Bug . Although the band's popularity continued to grow, tensions were developing between Mascis and Barlow, who rarely talked to each other. In 1989, Mascis told Barlow that the group was breaking up; the following day, he "re-formed" Dinosaur Jr., this time without Barlow, who went on to form Sebadoh.

Without Barlow, Dinosaur Jr. relied on a rotating array of guest bassists, including Don Fleming and the Screaming Trees' Van Connor. In 1989, the group had an underground hit with their non-LP cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven." The following year, they signed with Sire Records. After "Just Like Heaven," Mascis remained quiet for several years, as he produced acts like Buffalo Tom and collaborated with friends like Sonic Youth and Fleming's Velvet Monkeys. Green Mind , Dinosaur's 1991 major-label debut, was recorded almost entirely alone by Mascis, and its varied, eclectic sound was received poorly in many alternative rock circles. Before the Green Mind tour, former Snakepit member Mike Johnson became the group's full-time bassist. On the subsequent tour, Dinosaur Jr. was supported by Nirvana, whose success with Nevermind soon overshadowed Dinosaur's. Instead of capitalizing on the commercial breakthrough of alternative rock, Dinosaur released an EP, Whatever's Cool With Me , in early 1992 and disappeared to record their next album.

Released early in 1993, Where You Been benefited greatly from the commercial breakthrough of alternative rock, and many of the articles surrounding the album's release hailed Mascis as an alternative godfather. It became the first Dinosaur album to chart, peaking at number 50, and it generated the modern rock hit "Start Choppin'."

That summer, the group played on the third Lollapalooza tour. Mascis recorded the band's next album without Murph, who unceremoniously left the band; he later joined the Lemonheads. Dinosaur Jr. released Without a Sound in 1994 to mixed reviews, but the album was a moderate hit, thanks to the MTV and modern rock hit "Feel the Pain." In the fall of 1995, Mascis launched his first solo acoustic tour, which was captured on his first official solo album, Martin & Me, released in the spring of 1996. After contributing several Brian Wilson-styled songs to Alison Anders' 1996 film Grace of My Heart -- he also made an appearance in the movie -- Mascis completed Dinosaur's next album on his own, leaving Johnson to his solo career. Upon its spring 1997 release, Hand It Over was hailed as Mascis' best album in years, although it failed to generate a significant hit."

Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All-Music Guide

Discography


Year

Title

Label


1985

Dinosaur

Homestead (reissued 2005 on Merge Records)


1987

You're Living All Over Me

SST (reissued 2005 on Merge Records)


1988

Bug

SST (reissued 2005 on Merge Records)


1991

Green Mind

Blanco y Negro / Sire


1993

Where You Been

Blanco y Negro / Sire


1994

Without a Sound

Blanco y Negro / Sire


1997

Hand It Over

Blanco y Negro / Sire


Click here to hear 'Dinosaur Jr - I dont think so'

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Resident Evil 4


Publisher : Capcom

Genre : Action, Adventure

Verdict : 9 out of 10
*scroll down for trailer

In Resident Evil 4, players are reacquainted with Leon S. Kennedy, Raccoon City Police Department's idealistic rookie cop from Resident Evil 2. It has been 6 years since the destruction of Raccoon City and in that time, the US government has been able to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation. Six years later and Kennedy has been tasked to look into the abduction of the President's daughter and his investigation has led him to a mysterious location in Spain.

Cue being left in the countryside with no support and ten bullets in your gun. The action is non-stop from there on.

As for Gameplay, it is fairly intense if not a little frustrating at times. While the camera angle has been changed to a third person perspective the evil villagers who would all be comfortable in the Texas Chainsaw massacre film have a tenacity to appear our of nowhere and strike you with a big pitch fork. It's something that is a little annoying, but luckily the game doesn’t fall into the usual problems where the camera only acts as a hindrance rather than a benefit.

This combined with hordes of villagers means that you’ll have to be on your toes to avoid getting killed. Gunning them down isn’t as easy as you might expect even if your handgun is fitted with laser sights and depending on where you hit them will depend on how fast they go down.

Run out of ammo (which is very easy as each villager takes at least three bullets to take down) and you’re left with a knife and your swinging action. The problem here, is that moving is rather clunky with no strafe available. In addition to this, you can’t move and swing your knife at the same time and it’s a case of hope and pray as you fight that pitch fork guy, the end result normally that you take a couple in the face.

Those looking for a challenge will be pleased to know that there is one here. The monsters and bad guys throughout the game are fairly intelligent when it comes to making sure you end up dead – at one point trying to catch our breath we hid up a tower only to be inundated with flaming bottles from the villagers below.

VERDICT

While fans of the series will love the graphics, the game play, storyline and the more focused approach to action rather than puzzles, for the rest of us the game may come across frustrating compared to your usual hack and slash horror game.

This is like a George A Romero horror film – good but will take a time to get going and past the initial frustrations.

Stick with it though for the payoff is worth it in the end, if you survive that long...

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

P2P filesharing : The facts and the myths

Imagine going to work and touching a pole, allowing you to receive all the files that you need to work on for the day. Or imagine going to your friend's house, and transfering all their songs to your iPod. There are a lot of areas where this technology can be used, it should be exciting.

FACTS AND THE MYTHS OF FILESHARING

Myth: Filesharing is illegal
Facts: No it isn’t illegal in as much that it does not constitute a criminal act

* If you are caught and if the matter is pursued, it is a civil matter between you and the recording industry and you could be sued.
* You cannot be arrested, searched, fined or imprisoned for filesharing. The recording industries do not have state support, they cannot simply search property at will or seize your possessions, they are private companies with no more rights than private individuals.



Myth: 16,000 people have been sued for filesharing
Facts: No they haven’t. The actual figure is around a handful

* The number of people who have actually been sued for filesharing by the recording industry amounts to little more than a handful
* None of these cases have actually been defended on the basis of filesharing, but on the basis of fair use, dismissal because it was someone else, etc.
* A letter demanding settlement does not amount to a lawsuit, or being “sued “



Myth: The recording industry always wins
Facts: No they don’t

* Over 75% of the people receiving demands for settlement in the 2 years ended September 2005 neither settled nor were taken to court
* No cases contested on the basis of filesharing have yet been heard by a judge



Myth: The risks of being caught filesharing are very high
Facts: They are not

* The risks of receiving a demand for settlement are 1 in around 4,000
* The risk of receiving a demand for settlement and then actually having to do so are around 1 in 17,000
* The risks of being taken to court for filesharing are around 1 in 12M
* Nobody has ever received a demand for settlement or been sued for downloading only. The risk of being the first to face such an action are in therefore the order of 1 in 60M
* More than 95% of those caught filesharing have been caught using Fastrack clients such as Kazaa