Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Timing and Precognition in Dreams?

I want to know if anyone else has ever experienced this. This has been happening to me for my whole life.
This is last night's example. In my dream I'm riding in a car with two friends, Friend A and Friend B. Friend A is driving, Friend B is riding in the middle, and I have the window seat. We went and got a bottle of whiskey earlier and we are driving home to drink it. Friend B says "Hey we should get some Coke for chasers, let's go to the store first." We pull into the grocery store parking lot...roll up to our parking space. Friend A and Friend B are like dating or whatever so Friend A turns and gives Friend B a kiss on the cheek.

Friend A opens his car door to get out, but he leaves the keys in the ignition...I hear the beep beep beep of the key in the ignition alert. I hear it right when he opens his car door. Not before, not a little bit after, but right when it should happen.

This beeping noise is actually my cell phones alarm going off in the physical world.
It's not like it's been going off and it just started to register in my dream either, I hear the very first beep at the exact time when it would make sense in my dream. I know this because it beeps with kind of a rhythm, beep, beep, beep, (pause), beep, beep, beep, and I count the beeps in my head when I hear it.

So what exactly is going on there? How is there this elaborate setup in my dream that culminates in a sound being incorporated into my dream at the exact time that it would make sense?

I've heard my alarm be other things too, off the top of my head I can remember it being an air raid siren that started going off after bombs started hitting our base.
There are others, but I can't think of any examples right now.

Does this happen to anyone else?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Coppers Are Out in Force (Today)!

So I just got done with my first week of school. I live right down the street from the college. It's a quiet neighborhood usually, but when school starts there is a lot of traffic and a lot of kids....and with a lot of kids comes cops. Lot's of them.
It's a short walk to the campus from home, I usually leave early and hang out outside for a bit. Everyday this week before and after class I must have seen at least 10 cops within as many minutes.
Cops in cruisers pulling people over, cops in cruisers giving mass parking tickets, cops on fancy new motorcycles hiding behind parked cars with radar guns, cops on motorcycles cruising through the big parking lots to give out tickets.
Why are there so many cops crowded around an area populated by nothing other than students? It's not like there is some big pickpocket ring operating in the area. If you go the Airport district, where ACTUAL crime takes place everyday, you'll hardly see any police. People get shot to death almost every week in airport and there are armed robberies there about once every 1-2 months. The airport district is overrun with drugs and gangs. But the police for some reason feel a need to have some overpowering presence at a place of learning.

It just proves my point that the police are nothing more than opportunistic predators, preying on the public.
I would have took a bunch of pictures but I was more worried about getting to class, you'll just have to take my word for it.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Insert Coins.

I just wanted to let everyone who reads this blog know that I have created a new blog. I originally made the new blog to document the building of my first MAME cabinet, but like all the great ideas I have it's suffering from a lack of funding.
I realize now that INSERT COINS is a pretty generic name for a blog about video games, but I guess I'm just not that imaginative. I'd like everyone who follows this blog to go ahead and subscribe to insert coins, 
if you want, it's basically the same stuff, but I really like the look of the blog better, I worked hard on the layout and it just seems more fun to me.
And when I finally start building my MAME cabinet you'll get to hear all about it.
So hopefully I'll see you there.
http://insertc0ins.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 17, 2010

There's No Sign of the Mourning Coming...

So Dio has turned himself Invisible, but obviously his glorious metal will live for eternity.
The things I remember most about Dio from back in the days when I was a kid (other than the records themselves) was that if you turned the band logo upside down, it spells the word "devil". That and he was always doing the metal fingers that he popularized back then.

From Wikipedia:
"Ronnie James Dio is known for popularizing the sign of the horns in heavy metal.[3][4] His Italian grandmother used it to ward off the evil eye (which is known as malocchio, Dio's term for the gesture). Dio began using the sign soon after joining (1979) the metal band Black Sabbath. The previous singer in the band, Ozzy Osbourne, was rather well known at using the "peace" sign at concerts, raising the index and middle finger in the form of a V. Dio, in an attempt to connect with the fans, wanted to similarly use a hand gesture. However, not wanting to copy Osbourne, he chose to use the sign his grandmother always made.[5]"

What's that you say Dio? It was just something your superstitious old granny did to ward off the Evil Eye?
Then why did we spend fifteen minutes talking about how it's really the "Horned Hand" and a way to get kids to accept the power of Satan during Spiritual Emphasis Week at christian school?

Oh here's the reasoning that they gave. (I swear this is true)

They showed two slides.
A pic of Dio


Pic number two...
Richard Ramirez, aka The Nightstalker 


Notice the similarities in style and appearance. Forgetting the fact that Ramirez was an AC/DC fan. (Although the teacher didn't like AC/DC either, claiming it meant "Anti-Christ/Death to all Christians)

Here is Dio's band logo.

Here is the logo upside down.


I can actually see where it says devil and I think it's kinda a cool effect.


So, in conclusion, some half-assed connection between Ronnie James Dio and the Nightstalker, along with the deciphering of the clever piece of artwork that is their logo is irrefutable proof that they worship Satan, with candles and blood chalices and everything.

It's NOT just a bunch of dudes shredding guitars and trying to look scary to sell records.

The other thing I remember about DIO was their truly epic music videos.
Holy Diver- This video is a great adventure.




Rainbow in the Dark - I'm not sure what's going on in this video, but Ronnie has a kick-ass outfit on in it, I especially like his white furry boots!


The Last in Line - An awesome arcade, and Dio rocks yet another great outfit.


With Style like that you can't really fuck with Dio. And the guy was also in Black Sabbath after all. Kinda legendary.

RxIxP07/10/1942 - 05/16/2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Some Software I'm Liking.

I just wanted to share some of the programs I've just got a hold of that I actually like.
DreamJournal 2.5 is a fun way to write down your dreams, I've been writing mine down for years, first in a notebook, then in notepad. I'm going to start using this, it looks really neat they way you can organize everything. Here's a screenshot then.

Keeping a record of your dreams really helps with dream recall and it makes for a weird life, I can go through my olde logs and just have a whole lifetime of memories of weird crap that never really happened. I recommend it.
It also has some other very strange effects over time that I'm not going to get into here, but trust me, crazy shit will start happening to you if you do this long enough.

Dropbox adds a folder to yer comp that reminds me of the Resident Evil Item Box. I like it.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Well this completely surprised  me..... all I can say is it's about freaking time!
(and) Even though I know it won't be I hope it's still hand-drawn/2D!!




I bet it'll be pretty epic anyways!
There are a TON of articles about this already if you want more info!
That Ryu at the end looks sooo good! I have high hopes for the future!

Monday, April 12, 2010

CAPCOM Ringtones

Ahoy! So I went to Fresno a few months ago to stay the weekend with some friends and party. One morning I got a chance to play Marvel Vs. Capcom on Franko's PS3. I always choose the Morrigan and Megaman. After awhile I started just throwing Tornado Hold Busters with Megaman because it sounded so ridiculous on his super loud stereo. I decided I wanted my phone to have Megaman yelling when ever I get an SMS. Surely It won't be too hard to find a .wav of it on the internet.....well I really had some problems with that. All I could find (besides the standard ryu and ken sounds taken from the SNES) were background music files for Megaman.
So I guess I'll have to make my own.

I used Audacity and Mame32 to make my own silly ringtones.
I kinda made alot and I'm going to share them with you to do whatever you want with them.
They are all .wav files recorded at 44100 Hz and small in size.
Enjoy!
(edit I'll probably add more later from different capcom games 4/21/10)

MEGAMAN
tornado hold
leaf shield
taunt
lucky!
something in japanese
something in japanese again
ikuzo
iko
charge shot
bye bye!
arigato

MORRIGAN
shadow blade
soul fist
morrigan laughing
morrigan laughing again
morrigan something in japanese1
something in japanese2
something in japanese3
something in japanese4
something in japanese5
ikuiyo

CAPTAIN AMERICA
charging star
final justice
freedom prevails
good work soldier
shield slash
stars and stripes
thumbs up soldier
victory!

CAPTAIN COMMANDO
tannji commando!
yelling in japanese

CHUN LI
gomen ne taunt
kikkosho!
kikkoken
kensho kick
chun li kick

CYCLOPS
optic blast

JUGGERNAUT
headcrush

HULK
gamma crush
gamma charge

IRON MAN/WAR MACHINE
geronimo!
proton cannon!
repulser blast
shoulder cannon
smartbomb
here's my sunday best!
war destroyer
yahoo

MAGNETO
hypergrab
magnetic tempest
you shall be the first to fall
the m disruptor

RYU
tatsumaki sempuukyaku
shoryuken
shinkuu hadoken
hadoken

KEN
shoryureppa!
shinryuken!

ONSLAUGHT
behold my mighty hand
i reject your presents! (lol)
fear my fury!
know my name
know my pain and anger
no one is safe
taste my wrath

PSYLOCKE
psi thrust

VENOM
we are venom
we want to eat your brains

WOLVERINE
berzerker barrage
drill claw
let's go bub
rookie
tornado claw

STORM
typhoon

ZANGIEF
atomic buster

Some other sound effects
se1
strider sword
grab
camera
se017E

Friday, April 9, 2010

Worst Video I've Ever Seen.

This is so completely stupid I just couldn't pass up sharing with you.
After I found this video, I realized good ol' cracked.com already wrote an article about it. I can't really compete with their level of funny, but the damn video is funny enough that you don't really need commentary.






There are a ton of juggalo kids in this town and they all seem to have this level of education. Don't do drugs kids.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

When will they shoot?

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm fully convinced that the CIA killed Eazy-E. I thought that the day the Eazy died, and my opinion hasn't changed. Eazy died after ten days in the hospital. I'm of the opinion that that Eazy was murdered after being admitted to the hospital by CIA agents, but even if he had terminal AIDS before going into the hospital he was still killed by the CIA if you know what I mean....
Eazy died in 1995 on March 25th and I miss him.
I was a big fan.
I was also a big fan of the Ice Cube. The Predator came out in 1992 and in my opinion is Ice Cube's best album. The album is overshadowed by "It Was a Good Day" which is a great great song, but no one seems to remember the first song on the record.
The first song on the record is "When Will They Shoot?"
This song is so fucking dead on, I think it might be the only reason Ice Cube lived through the '90's If they woulda killed him after he said all this shit, shit woulda been on.
Way to go Ice, I'm stompin' walking in my big black boots too.

Boom.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Teasn' Pleasn'

Hey hey, so... first off....my "brand new" netbook that I got around Christmas time is totaly dying on me and I blame the "not authentic" windows 7 that came with it. I'm going to go get an external optical drive and install some other OS on it, but that's the reason I haven't posted my very exciting blog about C64 emulation and the story of my quest for Mega Man ringtones. But it's coming. In the meantime....

I went to a christian school in 8th and 9th grade after being kicked out of public schools for fighting...it must have cost my parents a fortune, I was a bad kid and I feel pretty bad now about how much stress I caused them and still do. At this christian school, we weren't allowed to have long hair or wear metal tshirts. We also had this thing every year called "spiritual emphasis week". It was a week long event where the whole school would not go to class, but would gather in the auditorium or the chapel and listen to some hotshot out of town guest speakers about....not jesus and god and such, but the horrors of heavy metal, role-playing games and satanism.

Now for me, being one of only two kids at the school who liked heavy metal and role-playing games (the rest were pretty much jocks) this was a complete laugh fest for both the years I attended.
Basically your standard stuff, Judas Priest and Painkiller will make you kill your parents, sex before marriage will send you to hell, Dungeons and Dragons will make you kill your parents AND send you to hell.
The guy would show all these slides...one of them was some tagging by some punk kids in what looked like Santa Cruz, it was a wall with typical punk writing on it, eat the rich uk subs, and s(A)nta (cruz)
...the guy was like...what do you think that santa means?! Santa Claus!? No!! It's Satan!!!!
This went on for an entire week.
He read some alternative lyrics to Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar on Me... ( a hit song at the time)
it was like : Put some sugar in me, in the name of drugs, cmon line me up, blah blah blah.
We also covered: The Nightstalker, Subliminal sex messages in magazine ads, and satans face in a canadian bank note...writing about it now, it seems even crazier than it did back then. I wonder what spiritual emphasis week looks like now.

Anyways. One day we went to the gym for an "Expose" about heavy metal music. The guy was showing slides of all these bands and talking about them, Ozzy biting the heads off bats, etc. At one point he showed a slide of a newer band that was completely obscure and not even that great or influential. "Anyone know who this is?" he asked.
Me being the know it all kid that I was yelled out from way up in the bleachers of the darkened gym...."Dangerous Toys!!!!"
Who said that!!! They didn't have a spotlight to shine on me so the speaker never found out, but everyone around me knew.

That's enough rambling for now.
Here's the one "hit" Dangerous Toys had:



The opening guitar riff kinda rocks.
There was a time when pretty much everyone I knew outside of school dressed like this too. Yup, metal is kinda dead.

(edit) I almost forgot the best part of that story. I was really into fantasy books in high school and i would read in every class and every lunch. The time I was there I read for the first time the Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends series, and all the Drizzt Do'Urden books Along with other Forgotten Realms books that came out at the time. ALL the kids would say things like, "Hey you still reading those devil books?". Someone even wrote "keep reading those devil books" in my yearbook. If you've read those books you know what total classics they are...
Man the kids at that school were lame.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Champion of Justice!

 
I used to have a mini obsession with a show called Moonlight Densetsu or Sailor Moon.
When I first saw it, it was like the third episode into its first run on US television.
I remember getting up at 5:30 am every morning to watch this ridiculous show, but as the (2) seasons they showed went on and on I liked it more and more. It really is funny and really twisted.

So I never got to see the final season, but I found a site that has all of them that you can stream. I watched the final episode...and wtf.....that made no damn sense at all.
So I've been trying to watch one episode a day until I see all two hundred of them.
I'm up to like episode 6 I think. I forgot how damn funny it is.

Seriously, the first season has a lot of funny moments that I'm only just now remembering...
Like in episode two "Talk Radio"

"Good evening all you night owls, it's the midnight hour and you know what that means...time for the Love Line" - Jedite
I didn't realize that Jedite was a trained talk radio host. It shows him behind the mic with his goofy uniform on and he's giving away The Romantic Prize.

fig 1. Jedite                                                                        
 
fig 2. The Romantic Prize
Here's the site to watch the episodes.
(As with everything associated with Sailormoon on the internet, there seems to be something shady going on with this site, so just be warned.)
Most of the episodes are just embedded videos from veoh.com anyways, so you'd probably be better off going there.

Here's the final episode if you want a spoiler.



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Also....I was able to pick up Samurai Showdown V on MAME and it's pretty interesting. I don't have my controller here so I can't really play it properly though. All the characters from SS IV are back plus some new ones. Here's some screenshots I took.



Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Arcade...

I always wanted to own and operate an arcade. I was going to write some long post about what games I wanted but I got distracted when I found out that Samurai Showdown V AND Samurai Showdown VI were released when I wasn't looking and they both still have completely hand drawn art and are still in 2D...YAY! I'm so glad they didn't go all 3D on us! These games being released is something I would have known about probably if there was actually an arcade in this town. Id' love to go drop 20$ on them right now :(
Anyways, my arcade would look something like this...

NO TICKET MACHINES. No stupid prizes, no whack a mole, no coin dropper garbage. None of that.

It would be VERY dark inside, it would have windows, but they would be so tinted that they might as well have black paint on them. Pretty much the only light would be from the glowing screens and marquees.

Every game would be checked daily to make sure it's working completely. Joysticks and buttons etc.

It would be very very loud. All games would have the attract sounds ON and set to full volume, so it's just completely maddening :)

ALL games would cost 25 cents. No more and no less. I haven't decided on whether or not I want tokens.

Kids showing up and hanging out all day during times when they should obviously be at school will never get narc'd on or turned away :)

The games would never be shut off, so that high scores would stay up as long as possible.
I'd like it to stay open really late, maybe till 3 in the morning.

It would have a ridiculous amount of fighting games and we would have weekly contests for cash prizes.
( a different game each week)
All them fighting games would be cranked up to the highest difficulty level :)

Lots of classic games, a few pinball games and no gun games.

I think I could build an arcade that would be really popular, someone should give me a bunch of money to do it.

Anyways... I need  to go find an arcade in the bay area or something that has SS V or VI. So I'm outta here!
(edit) I'm pretty sure part VI hasn't been released in the USA.

Samurai Showdown V



Samurai Showdown VI


Edit: I just found a pretty neat Samurai Showdown forum that has some cool stuff, including how to play emulated SS online against other ppl! I might work on that soon! Ippon! Sobu! Victoly!
http://samuraishodown.freeforums.org/

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Welcome to the 90's

I grew up in a small-ish town in California. My teenage years were spent in the 1990's.
I'm kinda longing for the return of those times, we didn't really have any internet, just bbs's, and I didn't use those too much. I mainly used my Commodore 64 to play SSI AD&D games, but more on that later. What I remember most about the 1990's in California was great music, and skateboarding..
I'm going to write about skateboarding later, this post is about the music of the 90's that helped shape my music tastes.. I've been trying to listen to alot of the stuff I used to listen to back then lately for some reason,
 so here's my top 10 listened to records of the 90's (in no order). And yes these are Amazon affiliate links, for everyone that doesn't know how to use Soulseek.

1.Danzig II - Lucifuge (1990)
This was the first time I ever heard Danzig, even before I had heard the Misfits. I remember reading the credits for Metallica - Garage Days (Green Hell ) and I found this cassette tape on a late night walk to the wherehouse with enough money to buy one tape.When I took it home from that long walk, no one was home so I listened to it in the living room at full volume...wow, it was pretty scary sounding, I loved it.
Listening to it now, I really noticed that it's a very goth sounding album, alot different than the first record. Her Blacks Wings has a super goth sound...woahhh under her black wings....really melancholy for a "metal band".
Snakes of Christ was a song I didn't want my parents to hear...
777 I still have no idea what he's talking about in this song lol.
Devil's plaything....I mean c'mon, that's one of the best Danzig songs ever. Timeless.
Good record. At one point I had an awesome 10' by 5' Danzig poster of Glenn on a cross with a goats head, when I moved out it mysteriously disappeared, I think my parents thought it was the source of my troubles and burned it or something


2. Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987)
...and I can tell you honey you can make my money tonight!
Ok So this came out in 1987, I don't know what year I first knew about it, but I know that the first time I ever heard of Guns N' Roses was seeing a video for Welcome to the Jungle on MTV. I must have been a little younger, because I remember pleading with my stepfather to get me the album, I even made him watch the Welcome to the Jungle video...I remember him just laughing and saying I don't think your mother would approve. Obviously with over 33 million copies sold, I was right and they were wrong.
Still one of my favorite records and they really were sleazy.....
Luckily I had older friends who lived down the street and acquired a dubbed cassette.
It actually seems fitting that I had to learn about GNR on the streets.
I still want to buy a copy of this record for my stepdad to show him what he wouldn't buy for me...I can't believe someone could go through their whole life without hearing Appetite for Destruction.


 Suicidal Tendencies - Lights, Camera, Revolution (1990)
Lights Camera Revolution was the first Suicidal Tendencies album I ever got. They are still one of my favorite bands. The first time I heard ST was on a channel called the The Jukebox Network.
They always played alot of Two Live Crew and Slayer.
So I was at this girls house on Halloween and the video for You Can't bring me Down was on..everyone was laughing at it, I was the only one sitting there staring with my jaw open and ears a'blazing...I went and bought the tape the next day. God that's a hard album. Been listening to it alot lately.




Slayer - Reign in Blood (1986)
Auschwitz! The meaning of pain! The way that I want you to die!
and then there was Slayer......I didn't get into them until a little later. Reign in Blood was the first tape I ever had that I felt that I ABSOLUTELY had to make sure my parents never found. I knew if they ever heard Altar of Sacrifice I would be in for some heavy psychotherapy, as back in them days anyone who listened to heavy metal AND played Dungeons and Dragons was obviously a satan worshiper who was just itching to kill someone (especially their parents) because the music told them to. I didn't know what a magical thing I had in my possession until many years later, at the time it was just great metal....who woulda thought that Slayer would still be making great records 25 years later that still sound just as good.
I must have listened to this record 10 times a day in the 90's. I still listen to it about once every two weeks or so. This was also a tape I got from my older friends down the street :) Necrophobic!Can't control the paranoia! Scared to die!

Skid Row - Skid Row (1989)
I was really into Skid Row when they came out, we all were. I didn't know quite what they were talking about on this record until a few years later, but man I loved their first record! I still do. To me it's kinda the pinnacle of hair/sleaze metal. When I was a kid I bought a pin-up magazine with nothing but Skid Row pictures in it and I had them all over my wall. I wish I still had even one of those pictures, I'd still throw one up in the band room. I still rock this album regularly, much to the annoyance of everyone around. It reminds me of really slutty metal chicks from back in the day...ahhh good times! 18 and life holmes. By this point I had given up on asking my parents to buy me music and just relied on my buddies. If I couldn't get appetite for destruction, there was no way i was going to get skid row's first record...here comes the generation gap.


Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
This is the one band that I listened to religiously since I found them and still do that I could not understand for the life of me that my parents were not completely blown away by like I was...I  made my stepdad listen to this album with me...he said it was good, but to me, Iron Maiden were the holy messengers of God. Seventh Son was the first tape I had from them. Seriously Iron Maiden was and is my favorite band of all time. I must have listened to seventh son 10,000 times in the 1990's. That band was the soundtrack for my teenage years...love it.
I finally got to see them in 2009, I almost broke down. Up the Irons.
I also remember listening to Fear of the Dark on a camping trip with just my mom...I always think of that trip when i hear that record now.
I think Iron Maiden is nerd heavy metal, I learned all of my history lessons from Steve Harris's lyrics. This  band was the neighborhood favorite. Pretty much everyone I knew listened to Iron Maiden.
You're souls gonna burn! In a lake of fi-ire!

Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? (1986)
Wow did this record really come out in 1986?
This band was another most played band on my street.
There's not a whole lot to say about this record except its the first Megadeth record I ever had, and I was pretty influenced by it. The first heavy metal shirt I ever got was the peace sells shirt with Vic Rattlehead crushing the dove and jets shooting him....
Such a great record, Marty Friedman is a ridiculously good guitar player, I'd sell my soul to be able to play like that! We used to listen to alot of Megadeth.
I met Dave Mustaine not too long ago, I told him I grew up listening to Megadeth and he just chuckled.
Don't summon the devil! Don't call in the priests!


Metallica - ...And Justice for All (1988)
To me this was the last good Metallica album. Also the first Metallica record I had, thanks again to MTV and the video for "one", which seemed to be on every single day multiple times. This to me is still a blistering metal album and I still rock it pretty regularly. Metallica was KING when this came out....untouchable. Oh how the mighty have fallen... I mean EVERYONE loved Metallica.
I remember coming home form school everyday and playing Legacy of the Ancients on my C64 listening to Ride the Lightning over and over. I really miss the real Metallica, before they changed their logo and removed the sharp metal edges. Load was a load of crap, their newest album is not bad, but they kinda lost it I think.
I can't believe... I can't believe....the price! You paid.



Faith No More - Angel Dust (1992)

I was already into Faith No More's album: the Real Thing by the time Angel Dust came out in 1992, but this was the record that got the most plays from me. It had a big hit with Midlife Crisis, but my favorite songs were Cafefine, Smaller and Smaller, Everything's Ruined, and Kindergarten. I didn't realize until MUCH later what a fucked up record this is. It's actually really depressing. I don't know how I  missed that when I was younger. Great basslines though :)
Now everything's ruined.....







 Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin (1986)
We used to listen to a lot of Ozzy in the early 1990's but the Ultimate Sin sticks out most for me for some reason. Everyone I talk to thinks that this is Ozzy's cheesiest album album and they are probably right...but I have lots of memories listening to this while I was lost in outer space. I don't know, I really like this record, it reminds me of heavy metal sluts also. I really like this one for some reason.






That's all for now.
Cheers!
*hex*

Thursday, January 14, 2010

This is the End of Babylon.

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This blog is here to chronicle the fall of all the old ways of thinking and to share my observations about the new Aeon of Horus. It's also for me to rant about inane stuff that I like or don't like.