Day ten of my temporary PC-less existence


WordPress (Photo credit: Adriano Gasparri)

I’ve kinda given up all pretex of blogging exclusively via the mobile application. After having used them for several days, there’s no way they are in any position to replace the desktop functions of WordPress. Blogging via mobile apps also excludes me from taking advantage of Zemanta functionality within WordPress as well as WordPress’s functionality to recommend tags for my post based on what I’ve written about.

Round, round, get around, I get around
I’ve finally ordered my tickets for the Beach Boys concert, in Berlin. I’m so stoked to finally be able to see them in concert for the first time in my life. Even my mother and sister have watched The Beach Boys sans Brian Wilson – and I’m so much more Beach Boy mad than they are.

I do think I’m probably the only Malaysian that’s really nuts about the Beach Boys – I’ve got both the Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys box set and the The Pet Sounds box set. I only lack the Smile set to complete my collection of Beach Boys box sets (I don’t count sets like the U.S. Singles Collection: The Capitol Years 1962-1965).

I still remember my very first Beach Boys tape, it was a pirated mixbootlef and it was an ecletic mix of Beach Boys tracks. My very first Beach Boys song I ever heard was Surfin USA, but this mix contained stuff from diverse albums like Pet Sounds, Smiley Smile, Friends, and Wild Honey. Some of the tracks I still remember are:

  • Breakaway
  • Wild Honey
  • How She Boogalooed It
  • Bluebirds Over The Mountain
  • Breakaway
  • Mama Says
  • I’m Waiting For The Day

Come to think of it, looking at the tracks above, I can’t believe they managed to get me hooked deeper into the music of the Beach Boys. After all, a majority of those tracks were post-Smile and a far cry from the Surfin USA music that originally captured my interest in the Beach Boys.

Getting deeper into The Beach Boys
After my experience with that bootleg tape, I was truly hooked on The Beach Boys. Luckily for me, Capitol Records were reissuing old Beach Boys albums as two-fers (two albums in one CD). I chose to start my journey in chronological order, with Surfin’ Safari/Surfin’ USA. Few things can replace the feeling I had unwrapping that CD, putting it into my CD player, and playing it while reading the excellent liner notes.

I quickly learnt the parts to all the songs on those albums, with particular emphasis on the bass vocals of Mike Love. In fact, my current bassy voice that has helped me get voice over and emceeing gigs is all from hours and hours of practice trying to emulate Mike Love’s deep bass. It was only many many years later when I realised that Mike Love’s vocals were usually double-tracked, thereby enhancing the bass effect. I’d say it was a good thing I didn’t know that earlier as it made me work hard to get my bass as smooth as Mike’s.

PSU warranty replacement status: Complete
I double checked my Scan account and as far as I’m told, my warranty replacement has been completed – so I guess my replacement PSU should be mailed to me soon? Hopefully it’ll arrive before Saturday rolls around… having a couple of guests over and it’ll be nice if my computer was up and running then.

Antec Truepower 650W power supply unit

Just to remind myself what my PSU looks like ;p

Fourteen days til E3 2012

E3 2010 Nintendo Media Event - Legend of Zelda...

E3 2010 Nintendo Media Event – Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword demo machines rise from the floor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s soon time the biggest gaming spectacle of the year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo – a time when the big three, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, war with each other by way of press conferences. In this unique battle, the company with the most astoundingly impressive announcements and jaw-dropping surprises will ‘win’ E3.

Of course, no one but the gaming community and gaming press really take notice of who ‘wins’ E3 but all the same, it’s fun to speculate and debate about which company’s press conference won the hearts and minds (and hopefully dollars) of gamers everywhere.

As a Nintendo consumer, I do hope for some really impressive announcements and some megaton announcements from Nintendo.

Here’s my top five wishes for Nintendo at E3 2012:

  1. For the WiiU to bowl over the competition and win back the core gamer
  2. For the 3DS to receive more video content rather than the four videos I receive every couple of weeks. Once I’ve finished watching them, there’s not much else to watch. Eurosport content is also pretty slim. Where are my 3D movie trailers?
  3. For Nintendo to show some love to the Wii and squeeze out one more great game
  4. For the Wii U’s price point to be less than $300
  5. To see games that will blow my mind.

Read my impressions of last year’s Nintendo E3 2011 press conference and the announcement of the WiiU from my viewpoint as a Nintendo fan.