Exams update 3/6

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Halfway there.

The 2 exams today were brutal, Im not really sure how I did tbh, the question format is you pick 2 essay questions out of 4
For both exams, 1 Essay went well, and the other went kinda of meh at best…. Which i mean… at least one of them went well?

IDH (infectious diseases and health module) did the dickbag move of putting a ridiculous question and making it a compulsory one, now the twist here is that we’re not allowed to complain because… Its the exact same compulsory question from the year before! Of which we got to see as a practice, the problem arises in that the question didnt make sense then, and didnt make sense in the exam today.
Everyone (myself included) sort of thought ‘I dont understand this question, but it’ll be okay hopefully because surely they wont ask the same question 2 years in a row’ , and then they fucking did.

*sigh*

next 2 exams are on tuesday so I at least get a tiny break to revise for them.

I really want to play some games and have some fun right now, but my head is completely fucked. Mentally completely exhausted and I have a headache, If i could sleep right now, i would.

Exams update 1/6

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First exam went pretty fucking badly, Its always the ones you’re confident on that you get completely buttfucked by.

I have 2 exams tomorrow, not particularly confident about either of them. Fucksake.
Who puts 3 exams in 2 days anyway. Why couldnt you spread that shit out eh university?

This is how I feel right now.

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Ok, I’ve seen a bunch of speculation of why people think PSN is down, and I thought I should just post what the community knows in comparison to what Sony is telling everyone. The truth is, there was a new CFW (custom firmware) released known as Rebug (http://rebug.me). It essentially turns a retail console into a dev console (not fully, but gives you a lot of the same options that usually dev’s only have access to). Anyway, this new CFW was quickly figured out by 3rd parties (not Rebug) to give CFW users access to the PSN network again via the dev networks. With a little manipulation of the URL’s through a proxy server you could get your hacked console back online. Not that big of a deal, right? Well, it also turns out that some people over at NGU found out that you could provide fake CC# info and the authenticity of the information was never checked as you were on Sony’s private developer PSN network (essentially a network that Sony trusted). What happened next was extreme piracy of PSN content. Sony realizing the issue here shut down the network. Now, before you go freaking out about the latest information posted about Kotaku, no ones personal information was accessible via this hack. Not to say they couldn’t get it, but no one is admitting to it being available. Anyway, that’s the real reason for the PSN downtime. Sony is now rebuilding all of it’s PSN servers to be more secure and (hopefully) make sure the CFW users cannot get online anymore.

Edit #1: To those of you saying that this is speculation, you are correct. But, it is speculation based on a lot of facts and the outcome seems to make the most sense.

  • Rebug was released on 3/31/11.
  • First guides of how to use the dev network to get back on COD games on 4/3/11.
  • Word of NGU users finding a way to pirate PSN content via the dev networks on 4/7/11 (basing this on posts I had to delete on the website. Update: Users have pointed out to me that these posts existed on NGU as of 4/2/11).
  • PSN goes down on 4/20/11

Now, you can believe Sony’s PR team which has kept you completely in the dark, or you can see the list of events above and come to your own conclusion. Now, this isn’t the first time Sony has fought back against the PS3 modders from getting on PSN. A couple of months ago we had a utility called f*ckPSN that changed the necessary header information that was being sent to Sony to allow modified consoles back online. We were able to use it for about a month. Then came the new TOS, the mass e-mail to PS3 customers, and software update 3.56 and 3.60. So, once again, yes this is all speculation, but it is speculation based on previous actions and known facts.

Edit #2: Mathieulh just mentioned that he has been in contact with someone that has official access to the SCE devnet servers and it was posted to them today that only 3.60+ debug firmwares will be allowed on the dev network anymore. All earlier versions will be cut. If you want to retain your access you need to contact Sony and upgrade to 3.60 debug firmware.

Edit #3: Ok, it looks like some various news sites have picked up this story and taken it out of context. Once again, this is all speculation and information gathered from various devs in the PS3 scene. It might very well not be the real reason PSN is down, but as the timeline fits, it’s a reasonable explanation. Now, as to Rebug directly allowing this to happen, that’s not the case at all. Different CFW’s have had access to the dev network the whole time. This is not new news for people in the PS3 scene. It’s what people have figured out what to do with the said network that has caused all the recent issues. Saying that Rebug is what did this is like saying a gun manufacturer is responsible for every death that happens with a gun.

Chapter 10 – The part where bad stuff happens (Exam timetables)

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27th Apr – Oncology
28th Apr – Bacterial Pathogenicity + Infectious Diseases and Health
3rd May – Extreme Enviromental Biology + Modern Approaches to human Disease
5th May – Integrative Neuroscience

6 exams spread over 9 days.
90 Minutes each

Fuck. My. Life.

Wish me luck folks. Cant wait til they are over so I can get back to playing games and blogging and all the good shit in life.

Getting mad at anime. (Baka and Test)

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So. I usually find anime to watch by sifting through genres, or going by recomendations from other people so on and so on.
Somehow, i stumbled upon ‘Baka and Test: Summon the beasts‘ , a show which has (i suppose) an interesting premise….

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Fumizuki Academy is a school that strictly stratifies students, and the comforts of their classrooms, by test scores. The lowest ranked class, Class F, lead by Yoshii Akihisa, the idiot amongst idiots (and the series titular Baka) rallies to use experimental fantasy summoned monsters to battle the higher ranked classes for school supremacy.

With the power of idiots and one of the smartest students in Fumizuki Academy, Himeji Mizuki, a girl who was sick on the day of the placement test and ended up in Class F together with Yoshii, one by one the other classes begin to fall before them.”

The show is tagged as (amongst other shit) Seinen Comedy – or comedy for 18-25 year olds.
What the show actually is, is an attempt at comedy similar to…. I dont even know… I cant even think of anything else which attempts to do comedy at such a poor level.
The plot is shit, the action is shit, the comedy is non-existant , the romance is sort of there but fucking christ you couldnt make a more stereotypical highschool romance love polygon than this shit…

I can honestly say this is the worst anime ive ever seen (of which ive seen about 150).
I can also honestly say I havent been so mad at a piece of digital media since the whole Final Fantasy XI incident and actually, im probably more mad at this because i spent more time on it, the reviews and comments say it gets better as you go but jesus fucking christ im not waiting around to find out. 3.75 episodes was enough for me to realise this is a complete shitpiece.

tldr; avoid this shit at all costs.

Princess Ghibli – Ghibli Metal covers

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I kind of downlaoded this just for a laugh after seeing the below trailer for it, it just sounded hilarious. And yet here i am, 3 days on, still listening to it, im not sure I still like it ironically or what.
I mean i used to listen to alot of metal back in the day (Slipknot, Mudvayne, SOAD, Disturbed, Korn, Sonata Arctica etc etc) so it wouldnt be completely out of character to genuinely enjoy the album. Nonetheless, its below if you guys fancy it

I think my favorite track is still track 5 – princess mononoke just because its so hilariously odd hearing the original japanese singing accompanied by about 15 guitars and 7 drumsets

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=675K5NYA

nothing much to report…

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Literally nothing happening in my life anymore

Revision is going bleh, past exam paper questions that i managed to find are bleh, gaming is bleh (decided to stop league of legends for a while, only playing the occasional Pop’n music and started final fantasy IV on psp)

ETA to first exam : 1 Week

Things i look forward to nowadays : Washing dishes, eating, anime, sleeping [ie. all the time spend which doesnt involve studying]

Deadman Wonderland (Spring Anime 2011)

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Wasn’t really looking forward to this much, it sounded okay on paper but was just kind of ‘okay sure whatever’, didnt help that AniDB has it marked as ‘Shounen’ (boys).

A Brief overview of the plot given in Episode 1 is that the kid below is just chilling in his class, hanging with his fwens (maybe it was a friday, who knows) , when all of a sudden some guy in a red cloak floats outside his 3rd floor classroom and basically murders the entire class except from him. The murderer then does a wesker and implants this red gem thing into the kids chest (KONAMI CAPCOM WILL SUE).
The kid is basically the prime suspect for the murders, some evidence is planted against him, and he is sent to death row in Deadman Wonderland – Basically a prison/themepark , depending on which side of the gate you are, the prisoners have to survive and win games to get candy (which they die without). And thats about it for ep1, oh yeah he gets some sort of power from the gem, of course.

Overall, seems like an interesting anime, pretty dark and gritty at times which i quite like, good soundtrack from the sounds of it and it’ll be interesting to see how it progresses.
(Also, yet another fucking Sunday show)

You can grab the episode (DDL or torrent) here http://umee.is-fabulo.us/2011/04/17/deadman-wonderland-01/

[Oh. and apolagies for the bemani joke earlier which im sure 99% of my readers wont understand]

Why Friday is fun fun fun fun

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1. Ponies.

2. It means im allowed to listen to my most favorite song ever.

3. As you can see, the shows im following this season arent exactly evenly weighted across the week. Particularly when the best 2 shows (Nichijou and hanasaku iroha) are both on the Sunday.

4. Everyone generally seems happier on friday/weekend, or maybe thats just my imagination.

5. Ponies.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Finally finished this 64 episode beast the other day (after starting it somewhere around new years), the first half of the series doesnt really give you much incentive to keep watching and as a result I almost actually dropped it 1/3 through, but I stuck with it because it has like.. the highest rating on AniDB at the moment (9.4 with 2k+ votes)

Turns out they were right, the story picks up somewhat half way through, and then the last quarter of the series was essentially a clusterfuck of action scenes loosely strung together by a plot with more twists than your average DNA molecule.

The series reminded me alot of an old Arnold Schwarzenigger film, first 3/4 of the film is buildup, setting the story, introducing the characters, and lots of little action scenes, and then the final quarter is all out action – Difference here being the average action film is 90 minutes, equating to about 15-20 minutes of finale action, the action quarter in FMA:B Lasts around 13 episodes

This is pretty reflected in the average episode votes…

Anywho, what im basically trying to say is, The series was really fucking good. Its a memorable story with a huge cast of likable and distinct characters, the art was fancy and the ending was satisfying (unlike the end of the ‘original’ Full Metal Alchemist series). If you saw the old series, this is a fun trip back to revisit old characters, If you didnt see the old series, this will probably be a nice treat into an interesting universe of alchemy.

Akinator (aka. The time waster)

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So i only just discovered Akinator through ponychan, this thing is fucking amazing.

http://us.akinator.com

Basically, you think of a character, answer some questions, and it guesses who you was thinking of.

I thought it was pretty good when it guessed Albert Wesker (Resi) and Harima Kenji (School rumble), but then it guessed that I was thinking of Angel the Bunny (MLP) which was like…. wat.
(it also guessed Ed Elric, Dr Robotnik, Bruce willis, but those are kind of more common i guess)

Give it a try, ask it to predict some semi-common characters, then try to fuck with it by picking someone obscure

edit: Okay jeeeeeeeezus… This guy knows fucking everything, Successfully guessed…
Hirasawa Ui (K-ON) , Riza Hawkeye(fullmetal alchemist), Tsukamoto Yakumo (school rumble), Kamiyama (Cromartie) , maggey byrde (phoenix wright) ,General Ouromov (007 Goldeneye)
I thought i’d try Ryze (from League of legends) and it hits me with..

Nichijou TV (Spring Anime 2011)

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So episode 2 of Nichijou came out today, and its fucking fantastic.
I havent laughed so hard at an anime in a while, its bizarre humour is pretty refreshing amongst all the standard moeblob school comedy bullshit that is every other show nowadays.

If you liked Azumanga Daioh, you should check it out

I also made this, because im really fucking cool.

Minecraft project update 2

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Have to say, wasnt expecting to have to do essentially 3 layers of floor – that being background, lightstone and then visible floor and glass. (along with having to need to do 3 layers of ceiling per floor later)
Can see some testing of light sources on the left corridor, it looks pretty good (ill screenshot it when ive done the whole corridor), but it looks kind of like office lights.

Everything seems to be coming together pretty well, I had to brainstorm for a few minutes to come up with a floorplan/blueprint sort of thing though because i was pretty lost.

also. Looks like im going to have to remove the glass ceiling that i made because its too low, just as well i didnt fill in the whole thing.

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