Rebooting This Blog

Hello everyone!

It’s been a long month since I wrote something on this blog. Trying to type a blog post from a touchscreen device (i.e. WordPress for Android) is truly awful. And the normal Web interface for WordPress.com… Let’s just say that it’s not as good as it could be. Also, using a webapp makes you vulnerable to distraction from the Internet-at-large.

Yes, yes, I know that Windows Live Writer is already released since a long time ago… But since I already have Office 2007, I can’t be arsed to install a Word-lite program. Until today that is. Office 2013 (Preview) is great! For all of you that have Windows 7 (or 8?) try it! You need a Windows Live account though.

Now back to cleaning the blog.

What am I doing?

I dunno, just graduated high school recently.
I’m entering college very soon anyway.
I guess I’ll blog more since WordPress for Android is usable now.
I’m sorry if the contents aren’t as good as before though.
Also thank you for tolerating my procrastination this far.

What A Turbulent Week

Last week was a disaster. Through and through. I mean, 60 for Math? 70 for Physics? And 74 for English? Blimey. I know that this is only a try-out for the National Exam, but still…

In other news, my class went to Bandung for photo-shoots on Saturday. The journey was great. Going to ITB was very nice. Shame about that incident on the way home… Sorry for my clumsiness, Saviq. Oh, and being forced to reveal my secret — well, breaking the dam after holding it in for (close to) 2 years was euphoric, so I guess I can’t be too mad at all of you.

But wow, this Monday… The euphoria of getting invitation to University. Granted, it’s not certain that I will be accepted into ITB, and I hopefully shall not falter in studying these last four months, lest I become a ronin.

Also, Nisemonogatari is very nice. I recommend all of you reading this to watch that. Very brilliant.

I just realised: I should post this into Livejournal, no?
I think I’ll do just that…

NB: Wow, what a difference writing in a ‘minimalist text editor’ makes compared to writing in Word. I can’t even write using Word anymore… Too many distraction, I think. Internet, I am tsundere to you.

But yes, I’m using this: http://www.baara.com/q10/ . I feel like a word wizard already. I guess I should start using a therasaurus more.

And I should write more. Yes. I guess I’ll revive this blog. Hopefully I won’t fail again.

 

Hopefully.

Touhou 13 Demo / Trial Hands-on [to be finished]

Hello everyone! I’m sorry that I’ve gone for so long (again), and w/o any clear reasons, too… Well, the excuse is, that I’m grow tired of the clutters that I have — through my own mistakes — here in wordpress.com. I even have three useless blogs that cluttered up my dashboards! Anyway, I had just taken the five (!) minutes needed to delete them all, so… YAY! … I should do it from ages ago D:

Anyway, if you follow Japanese dojin gaming scene, you’d notice that the demo of the famous Touhou Project series 13th official game, Ten Desires (Touhou Shinreibyou ~ Ten Desires) — which was supposed to be released at the Reitaisai 8, which was delayed due to the Japanese 8.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami twin disasters in March 2011 — was released this week, on 15 April 2011.

No cover image yet, sorry!

The demo, which is composed of the first three levels of the full game, is released on the internet for free, and can be downloaded from mediafire (ddl) , or from ceena (torrent), or the one I got it from, nyaa.eu (torrent). All of them are setup files, and may need d3dx9_43.dll (DirectX 9 library) to be played properly.

Installation

As for the installation itself, it’s straight and uncomplicated, like normal software install. One thing to note is that, if you do not have Japanese system font installed in your computer, you might see gibberish on the buttons and texts (tested on an US English Win7 Pro x86 SP1). If you are well-versed in application setups however, this won’t worry you in the slightest, due to the common placement of options.

Touhou 13 demo application setup, note that the buttons are all composed of gibberishs common to Shift-JIS to Unicode transliteration mal-function

Note that the buttons are all composed of gibberishs common to Shift-JIS to Unicode transliteration malfunction. Not that it matters much.

 Before Playing

When you click the th13.exe, you are greeted by a window asking you to specify the resolutions you want to play in, which are 640*800, 960*720, and 1280*960 (There are two of 640*800 option, but since my machine can’t display Japanese, I do not know the differences between them, sorry. However, I strongly suspect that the first means full-screen 640*800) (fake-edit : I tried to become less lazy, so I tested them, and yes, the first option is fullscreen! In glorious 640*800! :P)

I still do not know what the bloody lowest ?????? means...

Oh yeah, launching the th13.exe will disable your Aero (Win7 will say “The colour scheme has been changed to Windows 7 Basic : A running program is not compatible with certain visual elements of Windows”). This is highly puzzling, due to it being 2011, and Touhou IS made for Windows, so… Perhaps it’s because ZUN still loves his XP? Perhaps, but this is certainly interesting…

Anyway, onto the game proper!

Playing the Game

TH13 splashscreen

TH13 title screen -- BTW, in widescreen computers, you'll see black bars on the sides if you go full screen.

Yep, it’s still the same like the previous Touhou games. Not that it’s bad or anything, and I love this style of menus, really.

There are 10 options in all, from Game Start (obvious), the greyed-out Extra Start (Harder bonus stage, unlocked after beating the game in normal mode without continues — not available in the demo, of course), Practice Start (Normal gameplay w/ the ability to choose stages and maximum lives to start with — I do not know why this is greyed out) , and Spell Practice (same as Practice start, only for the spellcards — bosses’ special abilities), Replay (re-watching your saved games), Player Data (High-scores), Music Room (The musical scores of the games with commentaries from ZUN), Option (obvious — however, I noticed that there is no way to set up maximum lives in the option, unlike the previous games (I haven’t played MoF and SA and UFO that much, though)), Manual (in Japanese, of course D:), and Quit

Anyway, on ward to the game!

X120e! Awesomest affordable ThinkPad yet!

[No image yet. I need sleep, sorry everyone]
X120e. The successor to X100e – the not-quite-netbook – or notbook – that was decried as a non-ThinkPad, due to its short battery life, and heat-related issues – which were caused by the AMD Neo chipset on it. Anyway, X120e is using the newest – and awesome – AMD Fusion APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), a dual-core 1.66 GHz-spec Zecate CPU + integrated Radeon 6100 GPU. Because of it, the Fusion-equipped notbooks should get the same amount of battery juice as Intel GMA-equipped ultraportables. Yum!

Engadget’s Take on X120e

Engadget’s Review of X120e

The shop.lenovo.com page on X120e, as of 2/7/2011. Yes, those're X201ts, not X120es...:/

Ehehehehe, I’m now in a conversation with @Lenovo themselves on Twitter. After I pointed out that the X120e shop page has picture errors – X201t (tablets), not X120e.\\

Anyway, the release of X120e will be in February 15th (After Valentine’s Day!), I do not know whether it’s world-wide, or only in select countries. I sure hope it’s the former, though. I’m waiting for the reviews to come out, and if the battery life is really >6 hrs, and there are no heat-related issues, I’m going to buy one immediately. I mean, it’s equipped with a Radeon 6100, it should be enough to play <2007 games. (And doujin games too~! I’ll be super happy if I can just play Hisoutensoku in sub-$500 ultraportables~)

UPDATE : It’s World-wide! AND THE LAND REJOICES. WOOHOO!

Jakarta Car Free Day : It’s awesome, and here’s why [TO BE CONTINUED]

Cyclers at Bundaran HI

Cyclers & walkers at Bundaran HI -- it's raining a bit, actually.

Hello everyone.
I know, I know. I abandoned this blog. Again. For a month.
Why? Regular excuses : School, Life, and Twitter. Sorry then, my blog, for being… 2nd class. I am really sorry.

Anyway, today’s morning, I — for the first time — cycled in a South Jakarta car free day event — the closing of Sudirman street – Thamrin street route to all motorised vehicles (e.g. cars, motorbikes, and buses) from 06.00 to 12.00. Alright, I have cycled through the route many times, but only on regular Sundays — the World seems to conspire to keep me from going to the Car Free Day, from school events, to rain, just like this morning. Why’s the rain an obstacle? Well, I have a weak body : Even a small amount of rainwater can incapitate me the following morning, so…

At any rate, I refuse to surrender to such petty obstacle, so I grabbed my helmet, and started cycling, even though there’re still some ‘minor’ rainfall going on. Heh.

Started cycling -- Sudirman St., front of Gelora Bung Karno

Anyway, at the start — since it’s raining — there’s not a lot of people cycling. Unlike regular, sunny (or cloudy) Sundays morning, so… Well, my morale was not upped then. Still, I continue on.

My cycling route

The cycling route -- from Gelora Bung Karno to Bundaran HI and back

(Sorry for the detour in the left right, that’s because Google Maps was using navigation for Car. Well, we were using car roads, soo…)

Anyway, continued tomorrow, since it’s too late now, and tomorrow I have a math test.

Sorry… -_-

TO BE CONTINUED

Daily Ramblings : 8/28/2010

Yosh everyone! How are you?

Yesh…. It’s the 18th day of Ramadhan (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan) now. Still 12 (or 11?) more days to wade through. Not that I’m complaining : Fasting IS awesome, after all~

I got a new theme : Monochrome, by Mono-labs. Isn’t it has a great feel to it? So yes, thanks Kafka Fuura (http://kafkafuura.wordpress.com/ , or twitter.com/ZephyrRz) for recommending it to me.

I will have a vacation on September 5th, for 2 weeks. I find it a bit too fast, but yeah, with Curriculum like this… We get a feeling that the whole point of school is to stress us out…😦

What I’ll do for today : Install Kubuntu on my older desktop, successfully!