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Updated: 2014-10-04T22:49:29.562-05:00


Can't wait for Armin ONLY


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This is Armin's latest track, it is planned for Armin ONLY, April 19. Since my visa expired (almost a year ago actually), I can't really leave the country until I get my new one, so another Armin ONLY I have to miss, but I preordered the DVD, so I should be all set to see it ... sooner or later.

I am happy to see Armin working with DJ Shah, their styles are fairly different, but I really like the blend. Shah's chilled, beachy tunes are really great against Armin's sound, I hope there's more after "Going Wrong". Very well done!

Strawberry fields forever


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Across the Universe was a very good movie - all of the Beatles' songs had great interpretation, however Strawberry Fields is my favorite by far!

I've always wondered what my life would have been if I lived in the sixties - so many riots and changes, I am sure I wouldn't have been bored :) But back to the movie, the scenes were very rich in symbols and emotions, and I was really happy to notice that most of the main characters had names from Beatles' songs! Another really unique thing about this movie is the live signing from the actors - according to the extra features on the DVD most of the songs were performed live, not lip synced, how often do we see that? Maybe this is the main reason why the soundtrack is so captivating - well known and loved songs got a new life in this movie. You should definitely see it!

Planet Leidseplein


Planet Leidseplein, originally uploaded by milliped.

When I grow up, I'll be able to make pictures like that too :)

Universal Religion part 3


I am the proud owner of Armin's new release - Universal Religion part 3! It is a very good compilation and the best part is the atmosphere of the live performance (it is live from Ibiza 2007). I have a few definite favorites - Markus Schulz' mashup of Rex Mundi and Ronski Speed's Space Perspective and John O'Callaghan's Big Sky :) Those are awesome! Armin's new track is pretty captivating as well, but a little too similar to Shivers I think. "All that you can give ... all that you can be, the state that's in your mind, I know you can't define it". Amazing album, check it out :)



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This is one of the best moments during Armin's show Nov 3rd in Sky. Even though the venue was pretty lousy, Armin was amazing. I love this video because he was just playing with us :) and teasing us with beats before he got serious! (Actually you can hear me screaming on a lot of these videos (if you go directly to youtube and watch the others from that user). Pretty fun night!

Best Tracks of 2007!


Armin van Buuren asks his fans to chose five of their most favorite tracks for 2007 on his web site but this turned out to be too hard for me, so here is my 'extended' list! Sorry Armin, I did vote for five, but I think the rest deserve attention too :)
(not ordered from most to least favorite though)
1. Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Rank 1 - Life Less Ordinary (A Less Ordinary Rank 1 Remix)
2. Armin van Buuren versus Rank 1 featuring Kush - This World Is Watching Me (Cosmic Gate Remix)
3. Bissen - Quicksand (Original Mix)
4. Blake Jarrell - Animal
5. Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren - Light The Skies (Retrobyte's Classic Electrobounce Mix)
6. Chris Lake featuring Emma Hewitt - Carry Me Away
7. Dubfire - Roadkill (Breakfast Remix)
8. Ilse De Lange - The Great Escape (Armin van Buuren Remix) [one of my favorites by far!]
9. Kirsty Hawkshaw meets Tenishia - Reasons To Forgive (The Blizzard Remix)
10. Marcus Schossow - Mr. White (Original Mix) [also one of my most favorite]
11. Markus Schulz versus Charkra - I Am
12. Rex Mundi - Perspective
13. Rio Addicts - The Distance
14. Terry Ferminal versus Mark Sherry - Walk Away (Terry Ferminal Mix)
15. Tiesto featuring Christian Burns - In The Dark (Tiesto's Trance Mix)
16. Tiesto featuring Jes - Everything
17. Wamdue Project - King Of My Castle (Sander van Doorn Remix)

Maybe one day everyone will POOP?


POOP - Perl Object-Oriented Persistence, is apparently catching on. How many people will find a solution to their design problems in POOP? Hard to tell, especially considering I am not a Peal programmer, but I definitely will think of looking into SLOOPS one day

Infrared Photography


Pasir Ris Park, originally uploaded by Dannie Tj..

One day, when I grow up, I will be able to make such nice pictures as well. Infrared Photography is really interesting and the results are stunning!

Furry Happy Monsters Laughing


This is hillarious! One of the happiest videos ever :)

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Great video, I loved the Muppet Show when I was a kid :)



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Oh, Amsterdam



Feel, originally uploaded by yellow sunday.

The Blood Lands


The Blood Lands, originally uploaded by Vermin Inc.

Amazing color, love it!



I just saw Beowulf and even though the motion capture execution was amazing, the movie itself was a little disappointing ... I did love the details in each character - Beowulf's scars on his skin, his beard and hair or Anthony Hopkin's fat arms, but the motion of the figures was disturbing. They were kind of sluggish and still video game like. And their eyes were completely still! If you want to mimic a human being, wouldn't you want to put as much detail and realistic touches to the most expressive part of the face? I don't really like that part, and the mouths sometimes were not very well synchronized.
Aside from the technical quirks, I did not like how they changed the plot! There were so many Hollywood elements, at times I thought it was ridiculously cheesy, and there was nothing cheesy about life in North Europe in the 600s BC! I still dislike Angelina Jolie, and her character was very flat, unlike the real monster from the story - it is a very fervently discussed figure, especially after the 1970s. Plus, her high heels were ridiculous! The golden streaks of water were very cool though. I am not sure how many people have read the real story, no matter which translation but the screenplay was only a third correct! Why didn't Beowulf kill Grendel's mother? The only thing that made the movie a little more enjoyable, considering my disappointment with the plot, was Ray Winston's character (ok, fine, body). Even just an animated character, he was hot! The accent kind of bothered me throughout the movie, because I knew I've heard it before, and couldn't place it within the accents I can recognize, but apparently it's just plain ol' cockney :)

Go see the movie, it's an interesting experience, just don't expect to see the real literary work in it, just watch it for what it is, and maybe you'll like it.



E8 movements video!
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The theory of everything?


The theory of everything article I read today made my head spin! If this theory is proven correct, it will be one of the greatest things in science. Don't get me wrong, I am fascinated by String Theory, but I like testing things, and String Theory, right now, is untestable, therefore go figure if it is applicable to our universe.
I've always believed that The Answer to everything will be amazingly simple. The E8 theory seems like a plausible solution, right? It is also so beautiful! Sometimes I wonder why didn't I come up with it? I mean, walking Maggie every day is the perfect opportunity to ponder the existence of things - while she is peeing on every branch and corner, I could totally think of something amazingly deep. Now, the reality is that it most likely won't happen, because even though I do ponder about things, they are usually pretty down-to-earth - what do I want to cook next Sunday, why does Maggie's fur change color, or why my web services are not working. I will try to think a little deeper next time. Depends how long Maggie will take to poop.

How dorky is too dorky


Yesterday I had an entertaining conversation with a friend of mine. Here is part of the log:

raligenova: i still think people are replacable
raligenova: and even if you really click with someone, think that they are right for you, all that cheesy stuff, there are a lot of other people out there that can make you feel in a very similar way
raligenova: :)
raligenova: think of it as a permutation of all our characteristics
raligenova: and some of them are compatible, some are not, but there isnt a unique pair
raligenova: :D damn, that is dorky, i shut up now
Matimus2012: its ok, im probably one of few men who appreciate love permuations :p

His answer made my day! Totally :)

have you had a dorky encounter recently?

Quand Les Feuilles Volent au Vent


An amazing picture I saw today on my Flickr Pool



I had almost forgotten the incredible feeling of finishing a piece of code, that actually works! There isn't anything like it, except maybe fixing a bug, but not that type of bug, more like the ones that don't let you go home, until you smash them!
So, during my last two semesters at school, I got disconnected from the web development world, and had to work on OS projects, none of which ended up working, for one reason or another. I mean, come on, there is a reason why OS implementations are not in Java! Anyways, sidetrack. Now that I work on 'real' projects, the feeling is back! Of course, the pressure is back too, but there isn't anything one more cup of coffee can't fix :)

And here is my favorite pic of the day





I was browsing through my Google Reader, looking through my Flickr Pools, when I found this image, from the group "The Best. Nothing Else". I am really picky about what I like, and on first look it did not get my attention, but when I clicked on the link to see the photographer's other work, when I really noticed it! The light, and the composition reminded me of a movie I saw last January - El Laberinto del fauno by Guillermo del Toro. It was an amazing movie! I've always loved fairy tales, used to read them constantly when I was a kid, from Andersen, through the Grimm brothers, back to Charles Perrault and various mythology books. Movies usually can't do justice to the books though, there was always something missing - the characters were not exactly how I imagined them, or the animation just sucked. "El Laberinto del fauno" was different though. I guess it was a different type of story altogether - a story for adults. I do admit it was somewhat brutal at times, but magical as well. Del Toro did an amazing job of setting the mood, and the soundtrack was one of my favorite parts! The character of the faun was something else I was intrigued by - wouldn't it be awesome if fauns really did exist? Well, they would be kinda ugly, but still very interesting creatures :)

It is strange how one thing leads to another - from reading articles on Web Services with Oracle, through long exposure photography, to this tree root image, that reminded me of a movie. Sometimes I can't really explain how my train of thought works (croquet made me think of Alice in Wonderland, and my coworkes were perplexed why). However, there is always a reason behind my reasoning. Except when I see a bee and think coffee, due to this weird McDonald's commercial of the Bee Movie and premium roast, "the way you take it".




Loud music is so much better when you are drunk, I wonder why.
You are driving down the road, windows rolled up and listening to the favorite song of the day, no one can invade your bubble, the streets are passing by, and it's pretty peaceful. Now, when you are drunk, this is a completely different story! Then you want to roll down all windows, even the windshield and turn up the volume to the max - as if the more people listen to your particular song, the better! Or maybe your brain just can't register any of the tunes or words, if the volume is anything less than max, since alcohol has invaded it. You never know, but it's a cool observation - take a note next time you are in a car with a considerable buzz (throwing up is discouraged).

Kalopsia - Clarification


Kalopsia according to most dictionaries means "the delusion that things are more beautiful than they really are" However, to some people it just means the new cool track by Blizzard, that became famous as part of Amin's A State of Trance 2007

Kalopsia Intro Edit by Armin
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It is a great track and I do believe you can't define how pretty things are - one day they seem gorgeous and brilliant, the next we get tired of them, and they now fall into the mundane and boring category. You never know, until then Kalopsia is just an interesting word I felt like naming my blog :-)