Photoblog update: Dark woods

October 14th, 2009

I’ve added a new photo to my photoblog: Dark woods

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Life is too…

October 12th, 2009

“… Life is too short to complain…”
“…All your pushing might be in vain…”
“…So try to have fun as long as you can…”

Quote from D-D-D-D-Dance by Micatone.
Listen to the clip:

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Online dirty talk

October 6th, 2009

Made me laugh :-)

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Popcorn Hour C-200 in da house!

September 22nd, 2009

Today I finally got my Popcorn Hour C-200 media streamer/player in the mail. It’s a device that you connect to you TV and computer / NAS / USB drivers / etc. It allows you to play music, video, foto’s and more from those device sources. It’s a great device and I’m gonna install / configure it this evening! Whoot can’t wait :-)

Edit: Just heard today that I’m one of the thousand lucky few in the WORLD to own this machine! (500 in Europe, 100 in the Netherlands)

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Music: Claude François – Disco Français!

September 21st, 2009

Now this was a magnificent artist. Claude François was one of the hottest stars in France during the 60’s & 70’s. His french disco songs were and are still very popular and well know in France. His wonderful disco beats and beautiful ballads instantly transport you back to those decades. He was also know for his fantastic shows with wonderful dancers in sexy outfits :-) I have searched some videos on Youtube where you can see him in action along with is dancers (see below). All beautiful ladies on very very high heels!

Unfortunately he died in 1978. He was electrocuted when trying to fix a lamp spot while standing in his (filled) bath…

A nice fact about him is that he’s song Comme d’habitude was the original My Way, a song later covered by Frank Sinatra and others.

My favorite songs are:
Magnolias for ever
Alexandrie Alexandra
Je vais à Rio

These songs bring me in a good mood no matter what 😉

All these songs and more are on his (in my opinion) best album
Souvenir 1978. It’s a live concert. It’s one super ride of continues music disco galore from the 70’s! Here’s the cover of that album, go get it! Click the link to Amazon, you can listen to the songs there :-)

I grew up with this album. We still play this album today, especially on nice summer evenings this fits in very well. The best place to listen to this music is in France off course. So book a trip to the South of France, buy this CD and get carried away….!!!

Here are my favorite songs tracked back on You tube. Enjoy!

Magnolias for ever (check out the dancers!!)

Alexandrie Alexandra (here’s a link to better quality sound)

Je vais à Rio

Comme d’habitude

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Photoblog update: Sunset beach

September 20th, 2009

I’ve added a new photo to my photoblog: Sunset beach

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Music: Barrabas – On The Road Again (1981)

September 19th, 2009

Alright, here’s some music from the old days again! A song from 1981. On the road again from Barrabas. Great grove! This is one of the singles out of the old box of singles at my mothers house. We still play it sometimes.

Here’s a version with video clip. Check out the dancers coming at 0:30. No need for fancy clothing, knickers and a t-shirt is enough! Enjoy :-)

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September 18th, 2009

Bad today. I’ve been training the last few months for a running event called the Dam tot Dam loop. It’s a 16km run. It’s the biggest running event of he year here in Holland.

Last week after my training I felt some pain in my right knee. I decided to give it some days of rest. So today was the day I would do my final training run before the event this Sunday.

After running for about 10 minutes the pain started to come up. 5 minutes later it was to much to run on. I desided to just walk for a few minutes and then continue. But unfortunatly this didn’t help… It feels like there are knifes stinging in my knee right now. So there is absolutly no change I’m gonna run 16km on Sunday…. F*CK!!!!!!!!

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World of Warcraft raiding: an example

September 17th, 2009

Currently I’m not playing an MMO, but in the past I’ve played lot’s. The last one was WOW (World of Warcraft). I was a member of a Guild called Phoenix Rising and we were a raiding guild. Before I continue I’ll explain some basics about MMO games and raiding.

MMO(RPG): a massively multi-player online roll playing game, which basically means that you play in a persistent world with thousands of others at the same time. The mail goal in this game is to advance your character to the maximum level. At that stage you enter the realm of raiding.

RAIDING: engaging and defeating complex (monster) encounters with a group of 10 / 25 people. These encounters are mix of different mechanics you have to master with the group before you can defeat the monster. Every class is needed in this encounter.

CLASS: a player type. You have tanks (mitigating damage from monsters), healers (healing damage from other friendly players, ranged (doing damage to the monster from a distance), melee (doing damage from close range). These are the basic groups, but all have different sub classes in them. For example you have different kinds of healers and you have different types of ranged.

DUNGEON: this is the place where the bad guys live and were you will face them.

AGGRO: this is a mechanic that indicates the hate level a monster has towards you. If you at the top of his list, he will come to you and do his main attacks on you. Tanks must stay top on the list at all time since they are build to receive lots of damage. Ranged need to avoid being top, otherwise they will be killed in one shot. This means that players can’t just nuke all on the monster.

Ok, this were the basic terms. No let’s see how a typical encounter progresses. In this case I’m using the encounter in Ulduar (Dungeon) called X2 Deconstructor (name of the bad guy).

This guy has a few abilities that everyone needs to know and needs to know how they will handle them in the fight. He uses these abilities often in the fight.

Light bomb: a player is targeted and receives damage over time and all players in range of 10 yards of him will receive damage as well. This means that I you get this you will have to run out of the group, out of range from other players. Also you will need to be healed by a healer, otherwise you can die.

Gravity bomb: this time a player will get a field around him. This field will  pull nearby players towards him. After 9 seconds the player will explode doing damage to all players within range. Here the player needs to move out of the group to and also has to receive heals.

Tantrum: everybody In the group will receive damage. This means that the healers need to heal a lot of players. If this tantrum is mixed with another damage type, it becomes critical.

Exposed heart: this is a good thing. The bad guy stops fighting and his heart comes out making him vulnerable for damage. So everybody needs to do as much damage as possible when this happens.

Scrap bots: this last ability summons creatures from all 4 corners of the room. These bots will run towards the main bad guy. If the reach him he will get healed (which means you it will take longer to get him down as he will have new life). So it’s very important that these bots don’t reach him. Players with abilities to root or slow are needed for this. This will slow down the process of bots getting to the bad guy and leaves more time to kill these bots.

The fight start with the tank (the guy who will receive all the damage from the bad guy) walking to the main monster. Deconstrucotr will stay on him during the fight (unless some other player makes him mad by doing to much damage, thus pulling aggro).

My role in the fight is a Mage. A mage in this fight must do 2 things do damage to the main badguy and kill the bots (and slow them down). This is actually great fun!

Now imagine that all these abilities will happen in the fight, very often they will overlap, making it even harder to survive. It’s very important that not many player die, because if that happens basically this means that you can’t do enough damage to the main bad guy and you can’t kill him before the timer. That’s the last bit. The fight has a timer. If you don’t kill the guy in (I think it’s) 10 minutes, then he’ll become enraged and kill everybody in a few seconds.

So the pressure is on for everybody to be on their tops. Avoiding damage from the bad guys, avoiding damage from other players, running away when the have on of the bombs, killing the bots in time, healing other so they will survive, avoid pulling aggro, etc, etc.

Here’s a clip of an actual fight with Deconstrutor. You’ll see the things I mentioned in above. Purple clouds around players are Gravity bombs, Light bombs are with. You’ll see the bots approaching and being stopped. Finally the boss is killed :-)

To tackle a fight like this you need to practice a lot. Since 25 people have to know what the are doing. Also they need to do it well. So all in all it takes a lot of attempts to down a boss. But when you get him down, the reward is big. You’ll get nice loot (items for you to wear and improve your character).

I hope this example makes a bit more scene for people how do not play these kinds of games.
Have fun watching this video! :-)

TIP: view this clip on Youtube to see it in HD :-) Here’s the link.

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Sony Online Entertainment: Death wish 2

September 16th, 2009

Today I got an e-mail from SOE (Sony Online Entertainment), makers of Everquest and Star Wars Galaxies MMO. It was an e-mail concerning my account for Star Wars Galaxies. Here’s a part of the e-mail:

Due to the overwhelming success of the recent Free Character Transfer Service, we want to inform you that on October 15, 2009, at 5:00 PM PT, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) will close the following 12 Star Wars Galaxies servers:
• Corbantis
• Europe-Infinity
• Intrepid
• Kauri
• Kettemoor
• Lowca
• Naritus
• Scylla
• Tarquinas
• Tempest
• Valcyn
• Wanderhome

It’s ridiculous. SOE is again making a fool of themselves here. How blind can you be. How naïve can you be. How arrogant can you be to think that the players don’t know what’s happening here. The game is just empty, people are leaving and servers are getting underpopulated. That’s why servers are merging. But to market it as a success is really arrogant I think.
Also if you don’t do this transfer thing (which btw is a very tricky process, where you probably have to have an active account, etc) your account will be deleted. So if you don’t spend money to safe your char, then you will lose it. Are they creating another death wish again, NGE anybody!?!!??!

(NGE were dramatic changes to the existing game, which in turn had the effect that lots and lots of players went to other places (games).

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