GOW: Ragnarok Complete
2024-02-17T07:47:43Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
After nearly a year, I finally finished the main campaign of God of War: Ragnarok! I spent a lot of time doing the side quests because I love the gameplay and really wanted to avoid the story. In fact, I really don't know what happened in the main story as I normally just watch something else as an unskippable cinematic plays out. I only completed the main game because I exhausted all the side quests and more is unlocked after the game is completed.
Now I'm happily working on those!
The final bosses were really easy! I think the optional bosses honed my skills. The optional battle arena was really fun and I look forward to the optional boss that's now unlocked there!
As I mentioned before, even on the hardest difficulty, player deaths never felt unfair. All my deaths are due to my mistakes.
The only time I was annoyed was when the game glitched out when I thought I finished an encounter -- I was either soft or hard locked! There was one mini-boss that always hard-locked for me so I worked around it by leaving the battlefield and killing the boss from outside, which worked! Soft locks for me occurred when all enemies were defeated but the game was still in battle mode and refused to progress further -- couldn't figure out how to workaround that and had to redo the encounter and pray. Other soft locks occur when a mini-boss doesn't spawn and the game can't progress further -- boss music is playing but nothing is happening! Ahh, this game is glitchy...
Despite all that, the gameplay is where this game really shines and I highly recommend it for that reason. Not to mention all the additional content and gameplay are provided as FREE DLC! I truly believe this is the best game of the current generation!
Now onward to complete all the side quests!
HSO: Music of Studio Ghibli
2024-01-16T18:59:38Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
Following up from: https://identi.ca/d6chung/note/Zm0UHqKiRj-TyKLvD0CNsw
They just had their concert over the weekend and I enjoyed it overall.
Unfortunately, they played only a single cue from Kiki! That was quite the disappointment.
At least it was my favourite cue from the soundtrack: https://yewtu.be/watch?v=pR4iCWB-VVQ
However, I prefer either the original movie version or the one just linked (2023 Symphonic Celebration arrangement) where the melody jumps around the orchestra. The one I heard live had the melody mainly with the piano and strings -- it is such a tame version of that cue!
I was pleased to hear the catbus cue (with original instrumentation!) from Totoro live so that was the highlight for me!
Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood
2024-01-12T20:50:15Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
I was just introduced to this on the classical station. I thought it was neat and it got a laugh from me with what they substituted the hunters with.
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2024-01-11T19:34:00Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
I've been using Evernote forever since it had BlackBerry support!
Now they updated their pricing model that place limits on the actual number of notes (!) and I'm essentially locked out the service.
So I guess it's time to export my data and say goodbye.
2024-01-10T19:30:57Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
So they scheduled https://www.myhso.org/concerts/ghibli-march-16 since https://www.myhso.org/concerts/2024-music-of-studio-ghibli-jan-13 is sold out.
However, the conductor for the overflow concert is marked TBA.
I wonder if they're trying to get Hisaishi himself to conduct! I wouldn't mind going to a duplicate concert if so!
Final 2023 Ranking
2024-01-09T21:51:38Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
With the holidays and a bunch of flights for me now past us, it's time to publish my final movie rankings for 2023. So here is a quick run-down of the many I saw on planes...
Fast X: As expected, you'll have to turn your brain off for this one. 4 Mai Tais.
The Adults: A very slow build. You'll probably need to sip on 1 Mai Tai as the characters become more established toward the final act.
The Equalizer 3: I thought this was well-paced enough to require 0 Mai Tais!
A Haunting in Venice: Pretty engaging! It's mostly dialogue so you'll need to keep a sharp mind on this and partake 0 Mai Tais.
Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story: This felt very shallow -- it's hard to describe but it feels nothing really happens in it. 2 Mai Tais.
Barbie: Surprisingly well-done! The overall cinematography elevates this and knowing that the a lot of the effects are practical set designs makes me appreciate this all the more! So this is technically the best movie I've seen in 2023! 0 Mai Tais! However, screenplay-wise, I prefer Oppenheimer and it used IMAX film so for those reasons, it slightly nudges up ahead to take the top ranking.
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part One: Mostly engaging but I feel myself muddling this with Indiana Jones -- maybe they have very similar scenes? 0 Mai Tais.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: I get this muddled with Mission Impossible. Perhaps it was not a memorable movie for me? Maybe it's the train scenes, which reminded me of Uncharted2 and I think Mission Impossible did it better complete with escaping from falling cars! Wait, weren't we talking about Indiana Jones? Nah, just take 2 Mai Tais.
Final 2023 ranking:
Oppenheimer: 0 Mai Tais
Barbie: 0 Mai Tais
BlackBerry: 0 Mai Tais
A Haunting in Venice: 0 Mai Tais
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part One: 0 Mai Tais
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret: 0 Mai Tais
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves: 0 Mai Tais
The Equalizer 3: 0 Mai Tais
The Blackening: 1 Mai Tai
Cocaine Bear: 1 Mai Tai
The Adults: 1 Mai Tai
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny: 2 Mai Tais
Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story: 2 Mai Tais
Fast X: 4 Mai Tais
Happy New Year!
2024-01-01T14:35:05Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
A follow-up of my post regarding winning the New Years concert lottery!
The Vienna Philharmonic was really tight and I haven't personally experienced an organisation that can top them. So the New Years concert was truly a treat!
I didn't realise that there are many cameras installed in the concert venue. During the performance of the Blue Danube, the cameras smoothly coming in and out of their hiding spots reminded me of 2001. I shall try to watch the TV broadcast to see if I'm included in the editing.
As for Vienna itself, my key takeaway from it is that North American culture can learn from Vienna (and possibly other similar European cities) on how to run things more efficiently. I really wish American drivers are as competent, that transit fare is managed as efficiently, that plastic bottles are also non-existent, and that service avoids small-talk.
2023-11-20T19:20:20Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
To prepare for concerts as an attendee, I normally "study" the concert by absorbing the program ahead of time.
I'm so glad these exist:
Wished they had a wider shot of the entire orchestra but I guess I'll have to wait to see a live performance of these pieces. Wonder if Hisaishi will drop by Honolulu.
HSO Sold Out
2023-11-18T00:56:02Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
I think this is the first time ever I've seen HSO sell out a concert!
Fortunately, I got my usual seat with the pre-sale so looking forward to this concert in January!
2023-11-07T18:49:00Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
Thanks to construction across the street from the office, I witnessed for the first time the start of a cement truck pouring its payload!
It was as if that truck was having a bowel movement! Fascinating!
Disobeying Lane Markings
2023-11-06T00:37:40Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
There seems to be a recent trend in disobeying lane markings.
Just this past week, I witnessed 3 drivers making a turn from the incorrect lane (eg. right turn from the left lane). Of that three, one resulted in a collision but I was just a pedestrian at the time. Another incident involved myself and in a rare moment, I sounded my horn as my ABS kicked in.
I think I said in the past that I believe traffic violations should result in immediate revocation (not just suspension) of the drivers licence. I stand by that viewpoint.
Max is taking 4K away from its legacy ad-free subscribers
2023-11-06T00:30:33Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
Welp, looks like I will be going back to subscribing with Amazon gift cards provided they don't pull out of Amazon again...
Interestingly, from what I've read on forums, annual subscribers (myself included) have not been notified. It's unclear to me if this change will impact annual subscribers next month.
SiriusXM Scream - Castaways
2023-10-29T20:52:34Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
It took me way too long to realise what was going on in this audio short.
The short begins with someone introducing survivors of a plane crash. He goes around and introduces everyone and what they've been up to. Then he realises that no one is talking to him and then has a panic attack. Finally, the short ends with him resetting his script and introducing everyone again followed by his maniacal laughter.
So what's happening is that the narrator is the sole survivor of the plane crash! He's really introducing corpses, which is why no one is talking to him! The choice words in the narration and audio cues gave subtle hints but it took me a few listens to finally understand why the person being introduced were stuck where they are.
I think this short is the creepiest of all the shorts that play on this channel and thus, it is my favourite.
As is tradition, the SiriusXM Scream channel is the penultimate channel I tune into before I transition into the holiday channels. Looking forward to it!
Not from Space
2023-10-26T01:35:40Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
I was finally able to catch a live broadcast of this! Today was the only day after the 13th where they broadcast this in a time that worked for me: https://nitter.net/dairycola/status/1712657180606800097, https://nitter.net/dairycola/status/1717228147790213225
It was worth planning to catch this live just like the old days when you needed to rely on scheduling guides! Fortunately, I was at least able to pause on my streaming player but whenever I heard abrupt cuts, I was worried that I lost my stream.
Apparently, the 20th anniversary edition was played as confirmed in the end credits.
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Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix
2023-10-23T20:35:11Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
I'm surprised that Ubisoft is okay with how Rayman is presented in this series although I thought it was amazing! If Ubisoft ever releases a Rayman game based on this series, I would buy it!
This series also unlocked an earworm that was buried in my head for the past decade: https://yewtu.be/watch?v=dRThUTGzQ0g
The Rayman Origins title theme was appropriately cued given the context of the scene and the title of the game!
CVS Telemarketing Opt-out
2023-10-18T19:09:02Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
In case anyone needs to, the procedure is as follows:
- Call +18007467287
- Navigate the phone-tree: 8 (more options) -> 4 (automated call preferences) -> 4 (other options)
- You'll be connected with a human where you will need to verify your name, DOB, and phone number to opt-out
So I've been receiving automated telemarketing calls from CVS despite their consent language failing to indicate that the number supplied will be used for that purpose. During the COVID-19 lockdown, their consent disclaimer did include marketing communication, which was why I refused to setup an appointment with them. However, they recently changed that language to indicate that the number supplied for setting up an appointment is for that purpose only.
I'm on the do-not-call registry and am very careful on what I'm consenting to. I'm apparently one of the few who actually reads the TOS and privacy policies.
Thanks to CVS, I've been reading the regulations about this: https://www.ftc.gov/business-guidance/resources/complying-telemarketing-sales-rule
It turns out there is an establish business exemption where no consent is required: https://www.ftc.gov/business-guidance/resources/complying-telemarketing-sales-rule#businessrelationship
That section does indicate "but not automated calls or robocalls" so perhaps I should be reporting the violation to the FTC!
2023-10-18T00:08:36Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers
I finally caught up with this series. The games were interesting but I wasn't too into the dramatic displays that I'm the producers encouraged.
However, the star of the show for me was the food! I normally skip the bantering in game shows but couldn't here because I wanted to see all the food!
Another East-Asian guilty-pleasure for me is Talk Survivor: https://www.netflix.com/title/81484461
The premise is so silly yet the series somehow got me hooked.
Re: DL UX ImprovementFollowing up from https://identi.ca/d6chung/note/3HqWmxE4RHWbBc-37ximXA
It didn't feel right to praise the layout without showing a sample so here it is with actual details obviously edited.