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Thanks to Steam's Halloween sale, I have more games that I won't play in a looooooong time. Woo.

 

LOL!!!!

Same boat!

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LOL!!!!
Same boat!

I enjoyed the 10 hours I put into Torchlight 2, then didn't play it since 2 weeks ago... Sigh. I really did enjoy it, just wish that I can muster up enough enthusiasm to just progress a bit. This will come up eventually, though it's always during some important exams or projects. >_>
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Phew. Havent had much time to login in the past weeks. Entering a real hectic week with 3 birthdays (including my own -__-).

 

Surreal recent events: I went to a party that I did not enjoy namely because a small Maltese spent the entire evening trying to make love to my pant leg. It was an adorable dog but clearly had problems, being old and not desexed. It quite happily followed me from room to room, while its owner was largely ineffectual in stopping it because she was drunk. I tried spritzing water on its face, which worked for a while until it went a bit mad and started barking at me, at which point I stopped and decided to go home.

 

Also, at this party I met a girl who looked like a female version of me. She is currently dating a guy I used to date. That is tremendously confusing.

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VSONIC's CEO comes off as a part of the second generation rich kid squad. 

 

I don't know I told this story in this thread once, but the time I was in Shanghai a few years back I went to dinner with a local business owner who I had never met before. My host (a very loud, jovial and friendly Chinese guy) invited me to Karaoke, began doing Black Label Johnny Walker shots with me, then began telling me that next time in Shanghai if I needed anything in Shanghai (any entertainment at all) I should call him, proceeded to write his number on a business card (impossible, since he was too drunk). Things started to turn ugly when he began to tell me that if I didn't call him, there would be trouble. Note that I can't speak Mandarin; one of my Dads colleagues was there to help with translation and he and I were getting increasingly uncomfortable. Then the host began to tell me that "Your father is a great man! You, are no good at all." and "You are nothing without your Father!" All the while I nodded and smiled diplomatically and told my deeply uncomfortable translator / ally to tell him that I hoped he and my father could do productive business together. Then the host disappeared for the night, probably to vomit.

 

Keep in mind that I have never met this guy, and while I have some indulgences I don't live like a Princeling; especially since I didn't even grow up in the culture and am absolutely appalled by the rich / poor divide in China. I even find it uncomfortable to have a Maid when I'm staying in relatives' places in Hong Kong. Australia is a place where even the rich would like to think of themselves as upper middle class, and no one wants to be a tall poppy.

 

I was really amused by the trajectory of an evening where the dinner host started by trying to impress me with his hospitality and ended with insulting and threatening me. (I doubt he remembers any of it though). 

 

Talking about it with my dad's colleagues on the taxi back home, he explained the seething anger that a lot of people have in China towards this second generation phenomenon and how I just saw the ugly face of it. My dad's response was a little less analytical: "Maybe he just really didn't want to take you to karaoke."

 

I had a lot of fun in Shanghai by myself, and this was definitely a keeper as far as travel experiences go.

 

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It's messing with the heads of the decision makers and they don't like not understanding what's going on.

 

I really like the idea of the entertainment company execs sitting around a board room and ringing their hands, watching Psy's music video over and over again and trying to make sense of it all. I look forward to future sterile attempts from them to capture the magic.

 

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We narrowly avoided the storm on our flight; arrived in Detroit and then went southeast to the Carolinas, all while airlines were canceling flights up and down the central and northern seaboard, leaving travelers stranded. It was fortunate for us, but most of my siblings are in the path of the storm and my partner is being forced to rearrange plans for a conference she's attending because her flight on Tuesday has been canceled.

 

I've been following the news about Sandy, and I do hope that everyone here is okay. It sounds horrifying to be in that kind of disaster zone...

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I've been devouring Slavoj Zizek's new book, Less Than Nothing, which is more or less his Summa. At some 1000+ pages it's quite an impressive tome, but Zizek has a penchant for engaging his audience and making the topics he treats therein appealing. When I was an undergraduate and still keenly interested in psychoanalysis, Zizek was more or less my master (and through him, Lacan). I even considered myself a Lacanian for a spell. While I've since distanced myself from his philosophy, I still find myself returning to his latest endeavors, almost like a repetition compulsion appropriately enough (and in this sense, the more I distance myself from it, the more I probably am a Zizekian!). Personally, I prefer his earlier work which focused more on ideology and had more of an Althusserian bent to it.

 

In December I'll be giving a series of lectures, a prospect that is at once both exciting and terrifying. The subject is a general overview of the readings of Hegel in the 20th century by Kojeve, Adorno, Zizek, etc. and the (im)possibility of orthodox theology appropriating Hegel.

 

That sounds kinda interesting but it's assuming way more previous background than I have.  Are there any summaries of those topics that do them justice?

 

It also reminds me, your own personal philosophy has been something I've been wondering about for a while now.  I don't want to start an argument or anything, I'm just curious since it's not something I've come across before.

 

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I've also got the Stax SR-002 / SRM-002 on order. Really looking forward to it.

 

After getting my SR Lambda I'm pretty interested in those too.  Tell me if you ever figure out how to make them isolate without strangling the sound too much.

 

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The gear-related question I'm most struggling with ATM however is whether or not to go for the FitEar Monet. I can use a proxy to have my ear impressions sent to FitEar, so that's not the primary concern, though I must again reiterate my intense aversion to the custom fitting process. The biggest issue for me is the price I was quoted for the Monet: roughly $2200 USD. I know FitEar's customs are always uber-expensive, especially when the import costs are factored into the equation, but...

 

Yikes.

 

Monet-chan has really piqued my interest too.  I had gotten the impression that FitEar was 'serious' company which make me interested in how they're going to handle this.  Is it just cute branding on a tweaked version of a quality product or are they going to give it some really weird voicing?

 

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And yes, as a collector I'm conflicted about the market. There are many facets I like engaging in this hobby, though as a whole my perspective seems to be changing, and I seem to be shying away from the pure collection and accruement aspect of things.

 

It makes sense to me.

 

Probably because you're not collecting the same thing anymore.  It was always an industry but now that the marketroids seem to have taken over you're less of an 'outside observer' peaking in and appreciating it form a different perspective and/or collecting works of art.  Now you're more or less being actively marketed at.  It looses all its mystique when you're being played by the manufacturer.

 

'Serious' collectors rarely collect those kinds of things because they're not limited in some way.  Those limits don't have to be expense or rarity though, just that there's some kind of limit on how the collector can be marketed to.  That can be as simple as a disconnect between your motivations and the motivations of the primary market.  That will keep the market from being flooded with products that devalue them to you given your different motivations.  One could collect fine, handcrafted paintbrushes even with no ability to put paint to canvas.  It's (I'm assuming...) a low volume, quality focused market like the headphone industry used to be.  With all the half-assed overpriced headphones that have been flooding the market lately it would be like companies started making inferior, limited edition brushes, covered with random and gaudy graphics in hopes of capturing the paintbrush collector's market.  Or possibly wannabe artists with more money than sense or skill.

 

I wouldn't blame you for getting a little burnt out.

 

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The anime/manga fan demographic is unusually large here in Japan, home of this type of media as it is. I'd be surprised if the Monet had a big market outside of Japan if it's mainly designed to reproduce that niche genre of audio.

 

They're certainly aiming their marketing rather carefully but 'anime music' isn't specific enough enough to aim a sound signature at.

 

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http://rinchoi.blogspot.ru/2012/10/ultimate-ears-part3-in-depth-analysis.html
The UE900 looks like a great buy.

 

His THD numbers are way lower than Tyll's though.  Tyll's have noise too, but if you look at Tyll's other IEM measurements you can tell that whatever the noise is, it isn't from the amp.

 

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The Yongsan market was also an eye-opener. Imagine something like the garment district in New York, only for electronics. And bigger.

 

Sounds pretty cool...

 

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Also, at this party I met a girl who looked like a female version of me. She is currently dating a guy I used to date. That is tremendously confusing.

 

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@a-recording

 

Tall poppy, I haven't heard that term since the late 70's early 80's. Man did you just bring back some old memories of back in the day when I was a core kid. In my neck of the woods tall poppy was usually used by people who were directly related to a Scotsman or a Brit. In Portuguese circles people would call a tall poppy o senhor which in English only means sir. When the term o senhor is used in a certain way in the Portuguese language though it was a thinly veiled insult which meant you thought the guy you flipped it at was a rich arrogant idiot. I remember when growing up throwing that term around with my Portuguese speaking buddies at certain store owners who didn't like us pork chops ( a racist term they used to flip our way) around the neighborhood. They thought we were trying to be polite when we talked to them using the term o senhor but little did they know we were insulting them all the while laughing our butts off at their ignorance of our parents mother tongue. Heck here's a story for you guys.

 

A Day In The Life Of A 80's Portuguese Core Kid In Canada

 

The Suburban Years: Life Can Be Tough When You're An Outsider

 

When I was 14 my folks had saved up enough to move out of the core and into quiet suburbia. At the time I was one of only 3 Portuguese kids who went to the junior high in my area. Back then in my new school it was mostly Ukrainian German Jewish a handful of Poles and a mess of what we termed Heinz 57 kids which were kids whose family were 3 or 4 or more generations in Canada and were a mix of various nationalities. Most of the nationalities I've mentioned were families who had been in Canada for a good two generations already if not more. I was one of the very few kids who was first generation immigrant. They used to call first generation immigrants back then off the boaters. Before anyone says anything yes I know we Canadians have some very colorful descriptive terms. Any who I used to have this one social studies teacher who generally I thought was a nice woman. One day during class she separated us all into small groups of 7 or 8 kids. The idea was to do a classroom debate exercise involving social issues in Canada and the various groups would be matched against one another in open classroom debate involving a subject the teacher picked for us. I was put in the group who was assigned to debate the pro view of the Canadian immigration policy. Long story short, the debate got out of control when this one guy during the debate threw at me and I quote "You shouldn't even be allowed to debate the topic. You weren't born here you're just a foreigner." I responded to his statement with my own which was my family had immigrated to Canada when i was 1 year old and that we had been citizens since I was 6. His response "You're a paper Canadian which means you're not a real Canadian. I was born here and so were my parents. We're real Canadians. You have to be born here to be a Canadian not just immigrate in. It was at that point in time my face began to turn purple and I began to wonder if my marksmanship was good enough to throw my binder 20 feet across the room at this idiots head who was daring to openly insult me. Luckily, the teacher immediately stepped in and stopped the debate before anything really bad was said. At the end of the class I decided to hang around and waited until everyone left. Needless to say I felt pretty low because of what that kid said. I approached the teacher and I actually thanked her for stopping the debate before it got way out of hand. She just looked at me and replied "You're welcome, it was partially my fault for putting you in the group slated to debate immigration. I should have known it could get heated considering your background. So that you know though, I didn't want to say anything in front of the class because I didn't want to embarrass you but what (insert kids name here) said had validity. In my eyes and everyone else whose family has lived here for generations you're not a real Canadian. You're just an immigrant with a Canadian citizenship card. Your kids will be Canadians but you never will be" I walked out of the classroom shocked and feeling like complete poop. I never went back to her class again and just lost the credit. I thought she would haul me in the office for skipping her class but I'm guessing she realized what she said could get her in trouble if I said anything in the office. She gave me an incomplete for attendance and I retook the coarse the next year with another teacher


Edited by DigitalFreak - 10/31/12 at 10:00pm
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Phew. Haven't had much time to login in the past weeks. Entering a real hectic week with 3 birthdays (including my own -__-).

 

Surreal recent events: I went to a party that I did not enjoy namely because a small Maltese spent the entire evening trying to make love to my pant leg. It was an adorable dog but clearly had problems, being old and not desexed. It quite happily followed me from room to room, while its owner was largely ineffectual in stopping it because she was drunk. I tried spritzing water on its face, which worked for a while until it went a bit mad and started barking at me, at which point I stopped and decided to go home.

 

Also, at this party I met a girl who looked like a female version of me. She is currently dating a guy I used to date. That is tremendously confusing.

 

lmao time to put that dog to sleep ;)

 

That story about the guy dating a look-alike copy of you reminds me of Gavin Rossdale, Marilyn,Gwen Stephani. Marilyn kinda eerily looked like Gwen Stefani back then :P.


Edited by lee730 - 10/31/12 at 10:58pm
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@a-recording

 

Tall poppy, I haven't heard that term since the late 70's early 80's. Man did you just bring back some old memories of back in the day when I was a core kid. In my neck of the woods tall poppy was usually used by people who were directly related to a Scotsman or a Brit. In Portuguese circles people would call a tall poppy o senhor which in English only means sir. When the term o senhor is used in a certain way in the Portuguese language though it was a thinly veiled insult which meant you thought the guy you flipped it at was a rich arrogant idiot. I remember when growing up throwing that term around with my Portuguese speaking buddies at certain store owners who didn't like us pork chops ( a racist term they used to flip our way) around the neighborhood. They thought we were trying to be polite when we talked to them using the term o senhor but little did they know we were insulting them all the while laughing our butts off at their ignorance of our parents mother tongue. Heck here's a story for you guys.

 

A Day In The Life Of A 80's Portuguese Core Kid In Canada

 

The Suburban Years: Life Can Be Tough When You're An Outsider

 

...

 

In Hong Kong we have a similar thing; people will sarcastically refer to each other as "Ah Sir" (Sir in a Cantonese tone) when they mean to imply that someone is being arrogant or making unreasonable demands. Seems like a kind of colonial double edged insult.

 

As for that story, gawd I am so floored that anyone can be so ignorant. It's pointed that in Australia, which only has a few centuries worth of immigration history outside of the indigenous population, immigrants will arrive and within two generations begin denigrating the newcomers. So many people look at society as a zero sum game where people are taking your slice of the pie, and the size of the pie never changes.

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Yes, talk of golden colors and brown cables also reminds me of that. biggrin.gif
Also interesting at the same Kyobo bookstore (as well as the innumerable and ubiquitous mobile accessory kiosks across Seoul) was the display of iPhone 5 cases, and the Lightning connectors on sale at Frisbee stores (the local, independent counterpart to the Apple Stores that haven't arrived yet). The iPhone 5 won't actually be available there until early November, as part of Apple's progressive international release schedule, so the Kyobo clerk I showed my phone to nearly plotzed when he got to play with it. A little embarassing, but I guess South Korea is going to have its Apple fans too.

speaking of phones how much was the note 2 cases there? 

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All over the map. Depends on what you want.

 

In general at accessory stores it looked like I could get some decent phone cases in Seoul for less than in the States. The top-quality ones I only found at Kyobo and Frisbee, and they cost more than in the States. (In case you were wondering why we were in big box stores instead of gallivanting in the streets: My wife wanted a Hangul keyboard cover for her Mac, and Kyobo has a stationery section larger and better than any stationery or office supply store I've visited in the States.)

 

What I liked seeing there that's surprisingly hard to find here are wallet type cases, like slim nylon/thin leather billfolds that fold around the phone that's clipped into place. Quite popular among people on the subways in Seoul. I'm kind of kicking myself that I didn't snag one when I had the chance (it was only about $12, too). I figured I'd be able to track it down once I was back home, but no luck; closest I can find are considerably bulkier stitched leather things that don't seem as well-designed and built.


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All over the map. Depends on what you want.

 

In general at accessory stores it looked like I could get some decent phone cases in Seoul for less than in the States. The top-quality ones I only found at Kyobo and Frisbee, and they cost more than in the States. (In case you were wondering why we were in big box stores instead of gallivanting in the streets: My wife wanted a Hangul keyboard cover for her Mac, and Kyobo has a stationery section larger and better than any stationery or office supply store I've visited in the States.)

 

What I liked seeing there that's surprisingly hard to find here are wallet type cases, like slim nylon/thin leather billfolds that fold around the phone that's clipped into place. Quite popular among people on the subways in Seoul. I'm kind of kicking myself that I didn't snag one when I had the chance (it was only about $12, too). I figured I'd be able to track it down once I was back home, but no luck; closest I can find are considerably bulkier stitched leather things that don't seem as well-designed and built.

You could always get it from fleabay ^^

Meh Im just gouging for pricing, I dont think I will use a case anyways  

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Yeah, I probably will.

 

The iPhone 5 might be about 1cm taller than previous iPhones, but that seems to be just enough to make it unwieldy to carry both a wallet and a phone. So I'm curious whether it'll be more practical to use a phone wallet + money clip instead.

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A Day In The Life Of A 80's Portuguese Core Kid In Canada

 

The Suburban Years: Life Can Be Tough When You're An Outsider

 

 

These are typical problems of many countries. I was born in the USSR and was a citizen of this country for a bit less than two decades. Then the USSR collapsed with its Russian language domination in soviet republics and though I'm living at the same place I feel like a foreigner here because I can't even speak the official language of this new republic. 

 

Imagine that you were born in Quebec and you were brought up in French speaking environment. Then Quebec lost its independence and official language became English and though French was still there in broad use you couldn't find a job if you didn't know English. Many French speakers were leaving to France and English speakers were coming to Quebec changing the environment radically. And now a French speaker feels like a foreigner and outsider among English speakers. 

 

The problem where I live is even more difficult because ethnic differences are more pronounced. Canada is a place where all nationalities can feel at home. But here it's different. For example, Uzbekistan is the place where Uzbeks have ruled all the time. Other nationalities won't be considered proper citizens of this country despite they were born there.

 

People here differentiate themselves by their ethnicity which is way more important than official citizenship. For example, Ivan is a Russian, Erzhan is a Kazakh. Both are Kazakhstanies. Does citizenship make them equal? No. Because Erzhan ( Kazakh) is considered to be a host and Ivan is considered to be a guest despite he was born in Kazakhstan. And Ivan should go to his country Russia if he wants to feel equal.


Edited by mutabor - 11/1/12 at 10:59am
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Yeah, I probably will.

 

The iPhone 5 might be about 1cm taller than previous iPhones, but that seems to be just enough to make it unwieldy to carry both a wallet and a phone. So I'm curious whether it'll be more practical to use a phone wallet + money clip instead.

at least it didnt grow by 1.5 inches think on the positive side :P 

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A Day In The Life Of A 80's Portuguese Core Kid In Canada

 

The Suburban Years: Life Can Be Tough When You're An Outsider

Interesting story, thanks for sharing.

 

My wife's family can probably trace their roots in Canada back to 1610.  A lot of people I know have family trees that go back generations in Canada.

 

I only have on grandparent born in Canada, and no great-grandparents.  That said, all of them are from the British Isles. 

 

The first person, that I know of, in my family to play organized ice hockey is my younger sister.

 

In so many ways, I'm not much of a "real Canadian" either.  I guess having my name and language fit in helps, though.

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