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Originally Posted by driver 8 View Post

I think I'm enjoying Death Grip's new album, but I feel awkward going through tracks in it on campus because the album art's a penis.

 

Am I the only one who thinks that album art showing up in the GUI is for the illiterate?

 

I especially hate cover flow.  It's like if I walked into a McDonalds and the first thing the cashier did was hand me the picture menu.

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I'm listening the album here. Instrumentation is crazy and very loud. It's like a mix of Rap and Ambient ( or whatever heavy electronic music). Do English native speakers feel disgusted or disturbed  listening to something like this? 

I feel disgusted every time I hear rap, it's like a gag reflex.
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I feel disgusted every time I hear rap, it's like a gag reflex.

I never quite know how to take a statement like that. Rap's been around since the 80s and gone though so many evolutions since the beginning. How can you have the single reflex to what's a pretty complicated genre?
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I especially hate cover flow.  It's like if I walked into a McDonalds and the first thing the cashier did was hand me the picture menu.

 

I like cover flow, but a lot of implementations of it are pretty bad. I have to include a few of Apple's products in that group.

 

It's not spoon-feeding morons. I have a lot of albums that I remember more strongly by cover art than by title and artist name. Being able to browse by cover art is a great thing.

 

As long as it's not the only option. When I know the title, browsing by title is far more efficient.

 

What could make cover flow awesome is the ability to sort by dominant color or compositional complexity. This would probably sort everything by ECM at one end and everything by Parliament at the other end.

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yeah, picture flow is pretty useless, especially if you don't have the album art uploaded. I ripped a bunch of albums before having the art was a default and I'm much too lazy to track it all down.
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Of the 1700 albums I've already ripped, I've found art online for all but, I think, three of them.

 

Weirdly enough, that even includes some albums that only came out on CD-R.

 

It's getting easier to do since there are a few sites developing good album art archives. One of the best resources is Amazon -- with a little poking around, I've frequently been able to find decent scans of the specific edition of a given album.

 

The albums that are hardest to find art for are the quasi-legal low-budget imprints that compile old '78s. The album is usually titled after one of the tracks, or the artist's catchphrase, as are all the other low-budget quasi-legal compilations of that artist that came from competing obscure record labels. I could just scan the CD jacket myself, but it feels almost like a perverse form of cheating.

 

Currently I'm managing a log of rip quality for my CDs, and will probably go on a campaign of re-ripping anything with errors, but with the exception of some seriously glitched-up albums (such as the Beach Boys' Smile box set, for some reason), I'm currently in no hurry to do that.

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AMZN has helped me out with cover art BIG time!

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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post

I like cover flow, but a lot of implementations of it are pretty bad. I have to include a few of Apple's products in that group.

 

I think they're all pretty bad because...

 

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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post

When I know the title, browsing by title is far more efficient.

 

...of this.

 

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It's not spoon-feeding morons.

 

I still kinda think it is, or at least that was what inspired the idea.  That doesn't imply that anyone who likes it is a moron but I think it's at least a pretty egregious case of style over substance unless...

 

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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post

I have a lot of albums that I remember more strongly by cover art than by title and artist name. Being able to browse by cover art is a great thing.

 

there's some way that I'm unaware of for one to find themselves in this situation without using cover flow in the first place.

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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

Vizio isn't exactly an example I'd bring up to make a point. wink.gif

 

 

Warning: Vizio owners stay out (Click to show)

I don't want to step on any Vizio owner's feet, but the only thing that seems good about the specs of that particular one is the SSD disk. The processor is pretty sub-par, the HD4000 works (but is pretty .. bad .. for graphics intense purposes even if it's better than the HD3000), the build seems bad and the screen, touchpad and keyboard doesn't seem too good. Still, build quality, touchpads, keyboards and screen isn't in my definition of performance. Performance is basically (sometimes specific) computations per time unit. Resolution I could accept as performance is the argument was solid.

 

However, there were some ultrabooks in there that seemed okay for the price, but again, I'm mainly looking at Swedish prices where most of those are at $1000. For about $600 we get laptops with significantly better specs than most normal ultrabooks. Discrete graphic cards, hybrid disks, i7 processors and more RAM. Those parts makes for better performance than the Vizio for the same or even less money. As said, the only real good thing about it, performance wise, is the SSD.

 

We have for example this one: http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Versatile_Performance/K53SM/#overview for about the same price as the Vizio. 

We also have this one: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/acer_aspire_V3-571G-9435.aspx for about the same price as the Vizio (albeit this one is on rebate for the moment, perhaps an unfair comparison).

This one is significantly cheaper than any ultrabook: http://www.fujitsu.com/fts/products/computing/pc/notebooks-tablets/all-round/lifebook-ah531/

 

Again, I don't disagree that ultrabooks are the future, but I don't think we're there yet. At least not in terms of performance.

 

I actually noticed this back in the AH531 when I was searching for a normal laptop. The US model? Core i3 or i5, HD3000, 4gb's for $800 when it first came out. The German model? Nvidia 550v, 8gb's, core i7 for the same price. I like Fujitsu as a company (because my cutetop has been so reliable) but in the US they really do only seem to cater to IT. This does seem to be the norm though; Asus's models in Europe and Asia are much better for the money: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230424

Yes it's a refurb on Newegg, but I've read that this is a Korean model.

 

Edit: And... the laptop you posted has a 3610QM and 630M for $150 more, dang. The cost of that refurb might still be too high...

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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

 

Am I the only one who thinks that album art showing up in the GUI is for the illiterate?

 

I especially hate cover flow.  It's like if I walked into a McDonalds and the first thing the cashier did was hand me the picture menu.


lol


Edited by Sylverant - 10/8/12 at 5:19pm
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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post

there's some way that I'm unaware of for one to find themselves in this situation without using cover flow in the first place.

 

My visual/spacial memory is much stronger than my verbal memory. It's not a deficiency and it's not even unusual. I know every album I own, but more of them by artwork than by title. Cover flow might not be optimal, but text search is not optimal for anybody either.

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Does anyone here practice martial arts? I had a particularly painful training today.

I'm training in Chinese Kung Fu, specifically Hung Gar, and at the beginning of training today my teacher started by stating that "today is the reason you signed a waiver. I will be conditioning you all. It will hurt, and you will be sore. I will tell you what were doing before hand, and if you don't like it, that's fine... You can go, but don't come back."

So I started off like usual with 5 minutes of running, stretches, pushups, situps, et cetera, but then it changed up when we got to horse stance. Normally, Sifu will tap our legs with bamboo poles to check our solidity, but today he left slight bruises. Inside/outside of the calf, outside thigh, and buttocks. Painful, but not to bad. The next activity though... he lined us up and told us to hold our hands out like were begging, And preceded to strike the underside of my forearms. Then he told me to breath in before the strike, anticipate it, and exhale as the strike makes contact to steady myself. He hit that spot again, then the top of the forearms, and then slightly lighter right before the wrist.

Afterwards I was given two bamboo poles of slightly different weights and was told to use the heavier one in the hand of my off balance side. I was told to keep my arms and wrists straight and not let them bend, and to strike without letting the pole bounce down, and was to repeat this for 2 30 minute reps... My arms are so sore.

Normally, Hung Gar is taught for sport nowadays, compared to Ving Chun which usually isn't, but my teacher is focusing on defense. Traditional Kung Fu seems brutal, but there is something really satisfying about it, it feels like I'm changing as a person and getting somewhere, where as at ASA Karate when I was a kid... it felt as if my parents money was just being sucked out of them mad.gif

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I know nothing about martial arts, but as a parent of a kid that went to the typical local Tae Kwon Do when he was 8, I can absolutely confirm that the sole function of that place was to suck the money out of the parents. First, we were required to buy the gi with their logo patch on the back. Then we were required to buy all the pads and sports bag with their logo. OK, fine - we knew that going into the deal (although having to buy overpriced pads with a logo on them instead of just generic pads was a rip). HOWEVER, about 6 weeks later, the owner suddenly announces that he is changing the name of his school and he is no longer going to be "associated with his old master's school" So, as a "sign of respect", he is requiring all students to buy new gi and new sports bags to carry the gear. Using the old logo gear "is OK for practice, but if you plan to go to a tournament, then you will be required to purchase new gear." Screw that - my son had already lost interest anyway, so we bailed.
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Originally Posted by Sylverant View Post

Does anyone here practice martial arts? I had a particularly painful training today.

I'm training in Chinese Kung Fu, specifically Hung Gar, and at the beginning of training today my teacher started by stating that "today is the reason you signed a waiver. I will be conditioning you all. It will hurt, and you will be sore. I will tell you what were doing before hand, and if you don't like it, that's fine... You can go, but don't come back."

So I started off like usual with 5 minutes of running, stretches, pushups, situps, et cetera, but then it changed up when we got to horse stance. Normally, Sifu will tap our legs with bamboo poles to check our solidity, but today he left slight bruises. Inside/outside of the calf, outside thigh, and buttocks. Painful, but not to bad. The next activity though... he lined us up and told us to hold our hands out like were begging, And preceded to strike the underside of my forearms. Then he told me to breath in before the strike, anticipate it, and exhale as the strike makes contact to steady myself. He hit that spot again, then the top of the forearms, and then slightly lighter right before the wrist.

Afterwards I was given two bamboo poles of slightly different weights and was told to use the heavier one in the hand of my off balance side. I was told to keep my arms and wrists straight and not let them bend, and to strike without letting the pole bounce down, and was to repeat this for 2 30 minute reps... My arms are so sore.

Normally, Hung Gar is taught for sport nowadays, compared to Ving Chun which usually isn't, but my teacher is focusing on defense. Traditional Kung Fu seems brutal, but there is something really satisfying about it, it feels like I'm changing as a person and getting somewhere, where as at ASA Karate when I was a kid... it felt as if my parents money was just being sucked out of them mad.gif

 

LOL!!! I threw up on my first Kung Fu class when I was a kid...

 

Anyway, yep, my Sifu did similar stuff to us when practicing.

I practiced Northern Style (Bak Shaolin Eagle Claw ... later Lily Lau) for a period of 7 years I believe but could not continue due to College.

 

http://www.lilylaueagleclaw.com/

 

At that point I had already reached my brown belt but never took the black belt test. But since I was in charge of Saturday classes anyway, I didn't really mind. Our Sifu's approach was more "personal defense" rather than sport so we didn't attend a lot of tournaments. After a few years and with more competition from other schools, we started participating and kicking butt ;-)

 

A few years ago, I decided I was getting too "fat" and I wanted to find a good school and to my luck I found a Sifu who was friends with my previous one so a transition (and getting permission/approval from my 'old' Sifu) was easy and I started with Hung-Gar... It's not all that different but Hung Gar focuses on the 5 animals 5 elements stuff. Not bad, but I was so used to Eagle Claw and our Chin-Na!! LOL. But, this time, due to work, I ended up excusing myself as I couldn't take the classes anymore.

 

Anyway, it's a great experience and I would have preferred to have kept on practicing but responsibilities at work now come up first... sadly. I can tell you though, I wasn't the most athletic, the fastest, but I could do great in forms and fighting. It's all about discipline, practicing and focusing. You'll learn in Hung Gar that you will need to "perfect" your forms in order to even advance. This is Ok and it's the best approach your Sifu can take. Don't take shortcuts and don't expect them from your Sifu either. Practice! I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

P.S. One of the worse practice runs I had was the one I did to take my Brown belt/sash exam. For those tests (at least when I was practicing) my Sifu made us do EVERYTHING without taking a break... When you are at that high level, you need a LOT of conditioning, and a LOT of energy management (and correct breathing) or you will be out of gas mid-exam... I remember I spent a month running 10 miles + exercises + basic techniques + standard forms + weapons (broadsword, bo, double dagger set), etc. etc... I literally cried a few times... But after it was finished and I passed the exam, it was great! ;-)

 

P.P.S. One of the best experiences was to meet Lily Lau, her family and a bunch of Grand Masters in their first Tournament (1996 USAWKF National and International Tournament)... it was almost surreal.

 

P.P.P.S (lol): One of the "bad" things is that like in every "organization", there's a "mafia" or some sort and we (my school/Sifu) were in the midst of one situation (to put it lightly ... which is probably why I still love old Kung Fu movies with "stupid" plots ... but they're really NOT that stupid... most of them are based on discipline and respect...) After all these years, it's still an interesting read:

 

http://www.bakshaolineagleclaw.com/AmericanAdventure/articles/Eagle%20Claw%20in%20America.html

 

bye.

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I know nothing about martial arts, but as a parent of a kid that went to the typical local Tae Kwon Do when he was 8, I can absolutely confirm that the sole function of that place was to suck the money out of the parents. First, we were required to buy the gi with their logo patch on the back. Then we were required to buy all the pads and sports bag with their logo. OK, fine - we knew that going into the deal (although having to buy overpriced pads with a logo on them instead of just generic pads was a rip). HOWEVER, about 6 weeks later, the owner suddenly announces that he is changing the name of his school and he is no longer going to be "associated with his old master's school" So, as a "sign of respect", he is requiring all students to buy new gi and new sports bags to carry the gear. Using the old logo gear "is OK for practice, but if you plan to go to a tournament, then you will be required to purchase new gear." Screw that - my son had already lost interest anyway, so we bailed.


Yep.

This is why you first need to do homework on it. Definitely need references... But you have to also remember that Tae Kwon Do IS a "commercial" sport (as in, it;s in the Olympics, Colleges might offer you scholarships, etc.) So that comes with the territory. Less commercial ones (Aikido, Kung Fu, etc.) require you to have practice gear and a tournament gear but that's it.

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