Archive for March, 2009

Strange Twitter Source

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I recently replied to a friend on Twitter with the normal web interface. I always use the Twitter web interface. So when I checked my tweet it had a different source. Here is the Tweet. The source is in Japanese. Here is link to my supposed source. Luckily Google Translator came to my help, but now it even makes less sense.

 The trend now operating in shunitanOS twitter client. There is no deep meaning to the naming. Because of the public airwaves by the venom of the authors of the source is open source.

Public airwaves by the venom of the authors? What the hell? Am I part of closed beta without me knowing? I’m starting to suspect a Japanese conspiracy theory, but the Chinese are the Web Spies. Hmm… can anyone help me?

Foto na Dans @ Tollies

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Ok, I’m going to slightly biased. I love Foto na Dans. Their live act is insane. Tight, epic and passionate. Le-Roi has an amazing voice.

Now Tollies is really random venue. Very unlike Foto na Dans, but I guess they were invited to play. The stage was very small, but they managed. The sound however wasn’t that great. Le-Roi’s vocals was a bit muddy.

They played a really random set: two new songs and Vergeet van My was not the set closer, rather 4th from last. Usually that’s the clincher, but Hou Jou Hand Bymekaar took the spot as set closer this time around. I haven’t seen them since the end of last year, but they do more crowd participation now, and it was especially apparent in Hou Jou Hand Bymekaar and Vergeet van My.

Despite a random set I will always enjoy Foto na Dans. They are doing new things with music and not just copying international trends with Afrikaans lyrics. Along with Lark, I rate them as the best local group in South Africa. Going to check them out at Coke Zero Fest. Really excited to see them on such a huge scale.

Video Game Shooting

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http://bit.ly/LF8o1

Go read and that.

The German teenager who shot dead 15 people including nine school pupils before killing himself played a violent video game hours before his gun rampage, reports said Saturday.

Investigators said Tim Kretschmer, 17, spent two hours playing Far Cry 2, a video game in which players hunt arms traffickers in the jungle, on Tuesday night, the news magazine Der Spiegel reported on its website.

The article is very vague in bluntly citing the causality between the recent German school kid rampage to video games, but it implies it – even with a sort of told you so air to it. Can we just start to grow up and not milk this really lazy way off blaming games for kid rampages?

Yes, it does add to the desensitization of the current generation, but so does movies, television, media and the Internet. It is everywhere. Video games often becomes the first scapegoat when teenagers or young children are involved in murder sprees. It is ridiculous sensationalism for the older generation who do not understand the medium. “Ye, young whipper snappers better stop playing dem video games, or you’ll kill your school” and then your grandfather proceeds to rap you on your knuckles.

The media needs to look at other avenues, before milking the mostly misunderstood gaming market. Seriously anyone that is going to kill people off callously is not psychologically sound. I play many video games, watch many violent movies, read many gruesome books but I will never go on a killing spree.

So please, playing video games does not equal instant deranged maniac. Thank you, now please get that into your heads, before I pull out my semi-automatic on my English Literature class.

Fail Spam

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This message leaked through Gmail’s spam filter today and neatly arrived in my inbox:

PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
…………………………

My name is Mr. Peter Mpenza, a South African, I am an employee of an Insurance Company called (Liberty Life Group). My position is the Senior Claim Adjuster for the Insurance Company.
During our last priminary auditions in 2007, I found out in my department that one of our client who insured his properties and life has died since two years ago that is in 2006. Since then, there was nobody that comes forward to claim his insurance premium which amounted to Eight Million Pounds Sterling (8,000,000.00).
Therefore, I am seeking for a reliable and trustworthy person that can act as the decease next of kin to make this claim for this above stated premium. Note that I shall provide all necessary assistance to make sure this premium is being paid out.
All documentation regarding this claim will be forwarded to you for presentation to the Insurance Company for further approval. If this goes well with you, we shall disburse the funds in accordance to an agreed percentage 50/50%. Note that this is absolutely confidential and upon your response, I shall explain explicitely to you for more understanding.
Please endeavour to contact me either by phone or email indicating your interest in this business proposition.
Yours truly,

Peter Mpenza.
Senior Claim Adjuster.

Wow. Epic fail. So, tell me Peter, are you looking for someone trustworthy to claim 8 million pounds? Over the Internet? Via email? Perhaps I would’ve trusted you more if your grammar was better.
“During our last priminary auditions in 2007″ – priminary?
“I found out in my department that one of our client who insured his properties and life has died since two years ago that is in 2006″ – What a horrid sentence!
“Since then, there was nobody that comes forward” – *came forward* and the nobody is just bleh. This whole sentence reeks of incompetence.
“Note that this is absolutely confidential and upon your response, I shall explain explicitely to you for more understanding.” – redundancy fail. It also sounds lolcat speak. I can has more understanding. Also please spell explicitly right.
“Please endeavour to contact me either by phone or email” – There is no phone number? Can I Skype you? This business proposition seems valid. MSN maybe? Then we can go PC2PC via webcam.
I cry myself to sleep  thinking that some people will actually get caught by this. The low grade English was just the icing on the cake. Oh, Google his name before you reply also. That helps.

How I got addicted to Twitter

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My twin brother has been using Twitter for a while before I recently jumped on the bandwagon. Last year, we got into a chat about the future of Twitter, and my feeling was similar to a juicy apple going bad after the first bite. We have all tasted the shallow Facebook status updates, but why do I need just a bite when I can have the full apple? It really is fun. I’m addicted to status updates. I want to know what other people are up to. I’m curious in nature. It pleases my inner Niel. However, it also shows the general population is sinking into Idiocracy. Really ridiculous bragging and bad spelling. I digress, that is another topic on its own.

Twitter, was at first glance for me a Facebook status update outsourced to a farm. It could happily breed with other status updates and not be disturbed by group invites and thrown sheep. I was not convinced. Some groups were awesome, and sometimes I’d impossibly throw something many times my size. Frail afternoon entertainment. Why would I need just status updates when I have it already?

However, when I saw my brother using it, I realized the potential of this new way of communicating. I slowly started checking it again and then within the past two weeks I’ve been on the hunt for more followers and more interesting micro-bloggers. The info is writhing between users like a crocodile in a sewer. I got hooked. Now along with Facebook , I also religiously check my Twitter for new bite-size fruits of information. I don’t mind if some people are merely transposing Facebook updates, “Mary had a juicy apple for lunch”, but along with that comes the news, the great articles – the social media.

Twitter can actually help me. Twitter is instrumental, whereas Facebook is merely social.

Wipe your feet on the welcome mat

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Hey!

I’ve decided to make a personal blog/page about me and have this site also serve as a portfolio/CV for my future. I aim to actively blog and post ideas, delusions, rants, dreams and knowledge on this site. I’m mainly a creative person, so expect many music posts! I really love music.

I’ve had a blog on Blogger. http://nieldefault.blogspot.com but I wanted more freedom and something more professional. You can go and read there about my previous posts – if you like. Just, when you come back please wipe your feet on the welcome mat, because I aim to really improve my writing and leave that mess behind. Not that it was bad; I know I can do better. Also this site will improve tremendously (theme change!) in the upcoming week or two as I work out the widgets and find the useful tools among the woodwork.

Oh and while you are here, add me on Twitter. @nieldlr

Peace,

Niel

Update: I’ve uploaded my old blog’s posts. So enjoy them here if you like. Now to categorize and tag them all. Also, uploaded this great theme!