A couple of new server banners

…for my KF2 server. I quite like these banners (Source: Watashi) because Misaka looks really chill in the Myst banner, while the Maelstrom banner looks a tad more hardcore (which fits the theme).

The two banners in question:

Similarly, the server name ‘Myst’ evokes a…relaxed feeling that is reflected in the free writing style of the font, while ‘Maelstrom’ is more serious with the text showing this as well.

But I’ll probably be running the server on Myst settings (aka no time to play KF2, just going to run it so that others can play) for the near future since, well I don’t have much time to play KF2 seriously. MaelStrom settings definitely will have to wait until May, minimum.

 

Test post

Checking if WordPress posts here are shared on G+…

Edit: Yea, they’re finally shared publicly. Would advise one to head over here in order to change settings for how G+ shares their posts. Default setting is limited only to the author, so I’ve changed mine accordingly.

A spike in views

And my first comment from Shion! That’s cool~

I quite like this platform since WordPress lets me regularly type out things in greater detail compared to, say, Facebook or Youtube. Although I’m on these platforms, they’re really specialized for one task.

  1. Youtube is the video platform for drum cover uploads. I can’t type out long essays there, the best that I could probably do is to make use of the status function (that some channels used to have) to update my subscribers. This isn’t really that…useful for reasons I’ll elaborate in the future, but suffice to say, Youtube’s just a good place to upload my videos and nothing more.
  2. Facebook is primarily used for stalking following other people in one’s life. Few people post extremely long and detailed posts there, it is something more akin to a club that everyone joins to show the best parts of their life. Sure, some people will post a bit if they feel sad or stressed, but there’s a fine line between wanting others to care and posting how one feels on Facebook as an ASP (attention-seeking ploy) or to garner sympathy. One could conceivably type out how they felt in say, a diary in Notepad which has no viewers if they wanted the chance to see their thoughts tangibly. Instead a public setting is chosen and their feelings shared with all their friends. It seems more of the latter than the former, at times.
    But I digress. I don’t see Facebook as a place which can be used to type out anything in detail aside from short updates of how one’s life is going. Theoretically I could post my SOL (slice of life) posts there instead of on this blog, but I’m lazy to consistently switch between Facebook and WordPress whenever I feel like typing something.

So it’s for those two reasons that WordPress is fairly liberating. I can’t upload videos here, but I can link to them within the text. And short status updates can still be done.

I’ve cleared up the ambiguity between articles and essays and created separate categories for them. In terms of ease of writing, there are perhaps three current categories:

  1. SOL posts (tagged under rambling)
  2. Articles (tagged as articles)
  3. Essays (tagged as essays)

The ease of writing increases from the bottom of the list up, but the rewarding experience of reading increases from the top of the list down. Mainly because essays take the most time to properly research, formulate what I want to say and cite everything within the essay. However, they go into the greatest depth compared to articles and SOL posts. Likewise, articles are somewhere in between with a slight focus on a topic compared to SOL posts, but not as much is researched or written relative to essays.

Anyway, that should be all for now. I do have a lot more things that I would like to write on in the future, but those will have to wait until I had a bit more free time.

 

It’s finally done!

Muahaha.

Had been working on that article for some time but never got around to finishing it after I’ve started. Finally decided to throw a couple of hours at it today and it looks quite nice. Essentially each article/essay is a collection of links rather than having cited works there. I wouldn’t mind using footnotes but I’m not running WordPress off my own server so I can’t use plugins unless I pay more dosh.

That said, this is pretty much a place for me to post random stuff. Like what Shion posted in his Useless Opinions post, it’s his blog so he posts whatever he wants there even if nobody reads. Although he has written quite some interesting reviews regarding Foreground Eclipse (which I’m sure a lot of FE fans would’ve read). Viewed in that light, my article on Foreground Eclipse is a tribute of sorts to them ^^.

The original idea for the Foreground Eclipse essay came from the magazine article that I had found somewhere….where precisely I’m not sure. It was a long time ago, but I saved that article down since I knew I wanted to know what was written there. A few years after futile efforts to translate it with what little Japanese I knew, I had made a close friend and was able to ask her for assistance.Over a few messages, she translated it quite accurately, such that if you check the original  unedited translation by her here, it’s a really good job.

That translation gave me new insight as to why Foreground Eclipse had disbanded, or rather the circumstances surrounding the disbandment which may or may not be related to the actual event. But I couldn’t find somewhere to discuss it as no forums existed for FE fans, so I gathered what…knowledge I had…gathered over the years as an overseas fan of them and smacked something together. The result you have is something that is a poor excuse for an academic paper, poorly researched and severely lacking in written flair. One might even call it a link-heavy post strung together by bits and pieces of words.

But it’s a start, I suppose. I used pretty much all the links and bits of information in an attempt to provide a brief introduction to the band. Much more could be written of the lyrical significance or their musical style, but those topics aren’t my forte as I’ve not studied Japanese to any meaningful level nor do I listen to a wide variety of songs that I can compare FE’s songs against. So that essay is pretty much the maximum I could do for this topic.

One thing completed, though. That’s good~

Some drum tracks

It’s rare that I drum in church (once a month atm), and rarer still that I bring my double bass pedals (since they’re pretty heavy and it’s a bit troublesome to replace them both before practice and the actual service).

So I guess it’s rare cubed that I recorded myself drumming during today’s church service and well, uploaded it on my channel so I can check it out next time if I feel like. I guess the biggest difference between playing to a recorded track compared to playing live is the lack of fluidity in the former. The band does move and flow with the drummer (more or less, anyway) in a live setting, which is quite cool.

On the flipside, playing to a backing track does allow for a lot more to be done musically at a lower skill level. You can pull off things that you normally wouldn’t dare try to in a live setting because you know at the back of your mind that you can always lock back on to the backing track’s beat/rhythm if you go slightly out of time. Not saying that you can’t do that in a live setting, but it requires a higher level of timekeeping and technique to pull stick tricks or complex fills and still not go out of time.

That said, here are the videos:

Planetshakers – Majesty

Mark Conner – Crown Him King of Kings & Hillsongs – Shout To The Lord

Hillsongs – Christ Is Enough

Jesus, Most Exalted Name

That’s about all for now I guess. I’ve got an idea of some songs to cover but it’ll have to wait till the term’s over.