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Whacky Wednesday

It's Wednesday! So here I am again, with yet another daily post for this week. I've done a month of daily double flashes and audio submissions as well as ALMOST a month of daily deposits and an average of 1 BBS Post, Music Review and Flash Review per day, so a week with daily news seems like an unquestionable follower! Right? Anyhow, I actually had some school today. Woke up early (8) and traveled by train to the university for a semi-interesting lecture on Japanese Tea Ceremonies. I learned how the tea plant was originally developed (it grew from Bodhidarma's ripped off eyelids), how a disciple finally took him out of his trance by cutting off an arm, how the tea tradition was brought to Japan from China, why they had tiny doors you had to crawl through in the early teahouses and much more. Does this sound interesting to you? Maybe you should study Japanese then!

All our lectures so far have been varied and a few legendary Japanese movies have been shown as well. Strangely though, none of Akira Kurosawa's, but the teacher said that he tried gathering a selection of movies we probably hadn't seen already. I haven't seen any of Akira Kurosawa's movies, but I'd like to. A movie that I have seen, though, is Zatoichi, which they will be showing us next week. On Friday this week we're having a lecture on Anime, or more specifically Japanese Animation, something that is today well known around the globe. I feel almost inspired to fetch my external HD and start watching the GITS Stand Alone Complex series, one of the few that I have saved for rainy days and have not yet seen.

It was cold today, ice cold. I had to wear one of my newer jackets, one that's warmer than the current summer jacket I've worn since March. I even had to put something on my head and black leather gloves on my hands, the thermometer displayed -3C this morning but it felt like -30C. The ground has stayed frozen the whole day (even in the city) and the little snow that's left after the past few days sunny melting rampage is still here tonight. After I got home from University I made myself a lunch as warm as possible and sat down by the computer to finish a few website related missions I've set for myself. These missions consisted of a big library update, 100 new games to the games section, round corners on the sidebar and finally finishing the BBGrounds and WonPeace websites, among other things

I took a trip to my buddy Andreas house later on, but he wasn't home, so I came back and watched...

Perfect Stranger (2007)

Perfect Stranger is a movie starring that Die Hard character and that other female figure thats been in a countless number of movies already that I really should know the name of by now. Of course I remember Bruce Willis, who can't remember a name like Bruce Willis? As for the other character it's a mystery. It's a great movie. The main character is a reporter, and a good one at that, trying to uncover the secrets that rich and powerful men hide. In the beginning it seems like just any other romantic thriller, but there's much more to it than that. The main characters aren't always what they seem to be and there are plenty of secrets to be unrevealed. I hope I don't spoil it for you by saying that things won't turn out as predictable as you think they would in the very end. The very very end is also the intro, which connects a couple of dots and makes you say: "Aha - So that's what it was!"

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Trivial Tuesday

Kort Till Farsdagen 2007

Hello World! Since I started this week by posting a post specifically stating the week day in the title I thought I might as well make another news/blog post for today, though this one will be much shorter than it's prequel. I woke up late today, 10. Stayed up late last night watching a few more series than I had planned, they're addicting, heh, so it's not of any strangeness. Spent half of this short day walking, jogging and picking a bucket of nippon to make marmalade. The other half of it I watched the Bee movie ( 2007 ) and played a little Worms Armageddon - new reloaded edition with 25 more weapons from WWP, new levels, new missions, etc. Also worked a little on my website and discussed a few aftereffects of my recently seized site suspension with my webhosts support team. A few more movie reviews follow, two for the ones I watched the day before yesterday and one for a movie that's playing on TV right now that I've seen before. :P

The Bee Movie (2007)

If you've seen and liked Antz and a Bugs life, then you will probably like this. Take a trip into this parallel universe in which the figures all look a bit more animated than we do and where all animals can actually talk, their laws don't allow them to though, but as people often do nowadays, he decides to break the moral codex.

The world of Bees is busy, and everyone does what they have done for the past 25 million years and what they will probably do for the rest of their lifetime, work. One of these bees is different though, after graduating from his nine days of school he's not as thrilled as the others to take on the monotonous missions of factorywork that they have to chose from. Eventually his different perspective on things changes the whole world and the fate rests upon his shoulders. With all the genetic foods being grown today and the bees that in consequence disappear, it makes me wonder if the movie has a deeper moral meaning. Either way, it's a great movie! Fast paced and funny!

Trapped (2002)

It's a thriller with Kevin Bacon featuring the perfect kidnapping except that the kidnappers really aren't after the ransom but a much nobler cause and that the kidnapped baby is very asthmatic and can die any time if not treated right and woah if you can read this run on sentence without gasping for air then you have pretty good lung capacity! Definitely worth watching.

K-Pax (2001)

Yet another one of Clint Eastwoods great movies starring himself as the main character. This one isn't as great as the others though, and in my opinion he fits much better in the legendary western movies he made earlier. He's made for western, not action thrillers like this. His style of acting, the same "slow" and untouchable style just doesn't fit in modern Brooklyn, where this movie takes place. He plays the role of an old police officer hunting after a psychopath killing women, and does a good job at it as well. Lots of eyecandy in the movie ( especially if your a necrophile ), an intense plot, mild comedy and drama, everything a movie should have! Even if it's not one of his best ones it's definatly worth watching.

Blue Streak (1999)

Ever heard the story about the criminal who hid his valuable stolen diamond in a construction area just before being busted and leaves jail years later to find out that the place has become a police station? If you watch this you will have. The main character finds himself in a situation where he either has to enter the building in handcuffs or with a badge, and he choses the latter. Absolutely hilarious and watchworthy.

That ends the movie reviews for today... Oh, and I haven't posted anything about Fathers Day last Sunday (which for you confused non-Swedish people, is the day that it's celebrated here in Sweden). As always me and my sister baked a cake and gave a few items of importance to the family leader. I drew a card in Illustrator, accompanied by a poem (it's in Swedish) and here it is!

Goodnight now.

Manic Monday

Hello World! Day one of the week has passed, Monday. I started the day by going on a quick shopping-spree for Christmas presents and a soft-air Uzi for myself. The mission was quickly accomplished and I traveled back home in time to cut my hair before the sun sank down and the world was once again doused with winter. The mission wasn't a complete success though, two of the items on my well-planned inventory were sold out, so I'll have to return sometime to buy some more. Before most important occasions with giving involved I'm usually out shopping the last few seconds so this is a great improvement since previous years though. Anyhow, since then I've spent my time watching the latest episodes of Mar and One Piece, followed by four movies, for which short commentaries follow below in yearly order (warning, spoilers). After this post I'm on my way to watch an episode of 'My name is Earl' and go to sleep.

BloodMonkey (2007)

Deep down in the jungles of who knows were you'll find a valley, previously undiscovered, that is inhabited by bloodthirsty monkeys never seen before. They lurk in the bushes through the whole movie, and you get to see how they really look like first at the very end. So how do they look like? Just like normal gorillas, except with red eyes, and they're digital as well. Most, if not all, of the filming is "real" material, and at the very end a very digitally animated looking gorilla jumps onto the screen, which I really must say, really is crap. This is another American movie, and as usual without much inspiration.

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One Hosting

One

I signed up for three accounts at one.com a couple of weeks ago, a webhosting service that I have read nothing but good reviews about. Even one of my webdesign clients has their account there and my brother does as well. When I was uploading files to their websites I couldn't help but notice how incredibly fast their servers are compared to the other ones I have tried myself. On my first webhost, canaca.com, both uploads and downloads went at less than 50kbps, and the pages took ages to load. Sure, we did have a lower Internet connection back then, but it wasn't that low. When we moved over to cyberdb I was happy about the new upload and download speeds, which were twice as good as they had been before. I have hosted my websites on a dussin free webhosts as well, and some of them have been pretty fast, but none of them as fast as one.com. Files went up and down within seconds, between 400kbps and 600kbps. So with this in mind I signed up for three accounts at one at once.

What I DIDNT know was that only one SQL DB was allowed and that they didn't allow mod rewrite and that their support sucks. I tried chatting with one of their representatives to find out why the mod rewrite didn't work and he didn't even know what mod rewrite was. So then I learned that their staff, at least a part of it, is pretty incompetent with webrelated issues. At least they have a 15 money back guarantee, which is good, because it came in handy . . . but maybe not that good considering that other places offer twice as long time to evaluate their services before the point of no return. Ones unlimited bandwidth would be mighty useful too if it wasn't for the small amounts of space they offer. I'll compare WHB, the webhost that this site is hosted on. WHB - 300GB Space. One - 1GB. WHB - Free domain name for life. One - Over $10 per year. WHB - No setup fee. One - About $10. WHB - $4 per month. One - $2. The price is twice as high, yes, but the features are soooo much higher on WHB than they are at one. Plus, WHB has good support, competent staff, and they listen to their users.

So I backed up my DB, files, and asked them to take down my site and give me my domains back. It's been almost 5 days now. Occasionally they'll send an email saying that they're working on it or that they're forwarding it to a different section. I noticed my sites have finally been taken down, and now I'm just waiting for my money and domains. They said the money would take a week. They gave me my domains, but didn't bother help transfer them to my other account lik I nicely asked them to.

I'll miss the speed though. The speed was the one thing that made One stand out from the rest, but otherwise I very much unreccomend this host. For less professional webdevelopers their services are flawless. For those who don't use more than one my SQL database and for those who don't need to change PHP settings, but if any of you advanced users are considering setting up an account here, I strongly recommend you head over to another host. Webhostingbuzz, in contrast to One, has unlimited SQL databases, FTP accounts, addon domains, heaps of space, and hey! They even give you a free dedicated IP if you get an SSL certificate. I did, and it's working wonders ( try adding an "s" after the http. I can host my domains with the cheapest provider and link together the DNS servers and my domain dynamically. So heres an addition of yet one sucky host I've signed up with and quickly regretted. Learn by my mistakes people, I know I never will.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! ^_^

Happy Halloween!

Banned Once More

Oh my, I've been banned again. 3rd time this month!
I'll be back at the BBS in a day or two.

UPD: Ported from NG

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