January 31, 2014

[Linux] Guilty Crown background and updated Conky

Continuing my love for Linux Mint 16 has resulted in another customised desktop. This time, I have changed the Conky (sidebar) theme to match the Guilty Crown background that I happened to come across whilst looking for wallpapers on the net. This is probably my best Linux Mint desktop set-up yet!

[Life] Insync to the clouds

I've been using Insync for nearly a month now and I have come to a conclusion that Insync is definitely the Google Drive alternative client for me. I seriously can't live without my cloud syncing. Everywhere I go, I can instantly access my personal files, pictures, and documents from my smartphone or laptop.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of 'Google Drive' and 'cloud sync', let me try and explain it in a few simple sentences. Google Drive is a cloud storage provider, that is, storing your files to Google's servers as well as locally on your computer. Whatever changes you make to your local files within that 'Drive' folder, it would be reflected (and uploaded) to the 'cloud'.

The benefits of using cloud storage means that you able to easily recover your files if your laptop/smart device gets damaged or stolen. You are also able to access your files from anywhere on any supported device (whether that would be your smartphone or laptop).

January 30, 2014

Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google in $2.91 billion deal

In a surprise announcement this afternoon, Google has revealed that it's to sell Motorola Mobility, the smartphone maker it acquired along with other bits of Motorola in 2012, to Chinese firm Lenovo in a deal worth $2.91 billion. That total amount consists of $660 million in cash, $750 million Lenovo shares and a $1.5 billion promissory note.

Google says it'll retain "the vast majority" of the Motorola patent portfolio, to which Lenovo will receive a license; Lenovo will also receive more than 2,000 patent assets. And the company will take ownership of the "future Motorola product roadmap," as well as the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark.

[via Android Central]

January 28, 2014

Red Nexus 5. Could this be for real?

Red Nexus 5

Well, if you're dying for a red Nexus 5, then your wishes have come true. It looks like the Nexus 5 will be coming in red sometime in the future. Check out the source link below for more information and screenshots!

January 26, 2014

[MBT] 2 Years and Counting

Guess what today is? It was on this day back in 2012 that this blog was created. Back then it was purposed to be more of a personal blog than a general interest portal. However, as time passed, the blog became more open and a few other Authors were invited in collaborating to change the personal blog into a more exciting and social blog. We must thank all who have continued to support us these couple of years, and we hope to continue providing more exciting up-to-date content in the future!

January 25, 2014

[Life] I love my tutoring job

I finally got my teaching evaluations/student feedback from the previous semester in the mail. I absolutely adore my students. I love my job teaching/tutoring maths & stats!! (Note: Phil is the course lecturer's name) lol!

January 24, 2014

[Life] Building my Valvrave and filling up my glass cabinet

I finally finished building my Valvrave! So happy and proud that I built this.
I bought a glass cabinet from IKEA to store all my goods, which dad and I spent 1.5 hours assembling Thursday morning.
The 4th tier stores my Pokemon and Doraemon goods. The plushies were from my uncle.
Third tier stores my "memories".  For example the souvenirs I bought when I went to Hokkaido, and the mini piano was a gift for a friend who I had accompanied her vocal performance during high school.
Second tier stores my anime figurines (including Tiger & Bunny, Ao no Exorcist, Hakuouki and Code Geass).
 First tier stores the bigger and more precious pieces.

What Would X Do For Money?

Cosplay as Miku of course!

[Life] PS Vita Mega Pack 16GB

So I decided it was time to upgrade my PS Vita's Memory Card from 4GB to 16GB. I  originally bought the 4GB Memory Card as just a placeholder to let my PS Vita play games and save game data to the Memory Card. After a while though, it became apparent that I would need a bigger Memory Card in order to save downloaded PS Vita games to my device.

PS Vita Mega Pack 16GB
A single game averages between 1GB to 3.5GB each so a 16GB Memory Card will fit about 4 - 8 games.

So I went to my nearest game shop in search of a 16GB Memory Card. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the game shop had run out of 16GB Memory Cards and the only one left was a Mega Pack. What was this Mega Pack?

Well, the PS Vita Mega Pack 16GB is pretty much a games + memory bundle in which you pay a little extra for the Memory Card, but you are given a code to redeem 10 free games from the PlayStation Network Store. The only games I find worth downloading are Little Big Planet PS Vita, Wipeout 2048 and MotorStorm RC. Of course, if you are into the classic or obscure games, you may find the rest entertaining enough. 

Here are the games:
  • Little Big Planet PS Vita
  • Wipeout 2048
  • MotorStorm RC
  • Little Deviants
  • Frobisher Says!
  • Ecolibrium
  • Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
  • Lemmings
  • Hungry Giraffe
  • The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character

January 22, 2014

January 19, 2014

[Linux] My updated desktop screenshot of LM16

I have slightly tweaked my Linux Mint's set-up again. A few panel applets have been added and the bottom dock bar now has smaller icons. I am loving the Cinnamon interface!

January 16, 2014

Pumpkin's Palette: Midorima screen crack

The latest fanart craze in Japan is drawing your favourite anime character getting trapped inside your smartphone and with some of them cracking your phone screen.
The keyword for this style of art is "閉じ込めてみた", that is, "To look trapped". 
If you set these drawings as your phone lock screen or background it can look really realistic.
A friend mentioned that "there is not enough midorimas in this world!!!", and so my latest work is to satisfy her cravings, that is to have Midorima crack her phone screen using his 3-pointer.
Have fun cracking your phone screen with Midorima!
Edit: Here is the crack screen in action.

January 14, 2014

Valvrave progress report: Night 5

I've kinda lost count of how long I've been spending building my VVV. At least 2.5 days and 5 nights in total. But everything is taking shape! I've got the arms and legs. I'm almost halfway through the instructions booklet.
Well I'm gonna call it a night and continue (re)-playing Brothers Conflict Brilliant Blue.
The beautiful blue eyes of my Husbando #1, Ukyo ~ <3
What is it like to fall in love, to have butterflies in your stomach, to have your breath taken away.

My husbando #2, Kaname ~ <3

How Smartphones Have Taken Over Our Life

Smartphones have definitely taken over our lives. Everywhere you look, people are using some kind of 'smart' technology as if it is attached to their body. That is true is some way. If you think about it, smartphones have stealthily crept in our lives and have replaced traditional objects we used previously.
Home phone
Consider these factors how smartphones have replaced our everyday objects:

  • Home phone - Our smartphone's most essential tool; as a communication device. When was the last time you picked up your home phone and talked to someone?
  • Mail - Your smartphone can instantly send and receive emails with a single press of a button. The traditional snail mail has been replaced.
  • Phonebook - Nobody uses a paper-based contacts book anymore. Your smartphone can do all that for you - and can even store contact's social network profiles, various contact address, locations, etc...
  • Camera - Your phone's camera is probably more powerful than those small digital camera everybody used 10 years a go. When was the last time you picked up a digital camera and took a picture with it.
  • Calendar - The traditional wall-hanging calendar has been replaced by an event organiser in your smartphone. No more missing events as your smartphone notifies you when an event is about to occur.
  • Clock/Watch - Ever since my first smartphone, I have stopped wearing watches. It is just so much more convenient checking the time using your smartphone. Your clock app probably can even do timer and stopwatch functions.
  • Memo - Who still uses sticky notes/memo pads? I don't. My Google Keep app can do that for me.
  • Pen + paper - Phones and tablets have become more powerful now; and writing documents or taking notes have never become so much easier thanks to various word processing apps you can find in your app store.
  • TV + Media Player - Your smartphone can watch videos anywhere at anytime. You can watch TV or movies with a single press of a button.
  • MP3 Player - Seriously? Who uses MP3s anymore? It's much more convenient to use a smartphone to listen to music. Your phone can also stream music on the go!
  • Newspaper - Get the latest news from any news source on the net instantly using your smartphone.
  • Books - Books are slowly being replaced by electronic version counterparts. It's much more easier to produce and lower cost to sell/buy; and you don't have to carry around your entire book collection with you.
  • Calculator - There's an app for that.
  • Radio - Listen to various radio stations locally or from around the world easily via radio streaming. It's free and easy.
What else has the smartphone replaced in our daily lives? If you think hard enough, you may realize how far technology has come and how much more technology can replace in our daily lives.

There will always be someone "better" than you for better or worse

The sad truth that I can't ever be the happiest nor the saddest person on earth because somewhere there will be someone worse/better off than me.

A dose of cute

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January 12, 2014

18 ways to tie a tie

There's no excuse for males to be "bored" with fashion. They could easily vary the style they tie their ties. It would definitely spice up the meetings!
In fact, I've tried 4 of these 18 methods already, and I'm keen to try out the rest!

That burns

We all need some encouragement

Hatsune Miku Viva Happy Dance

These guys did a great job in choreographing the dance for Hatsune Miku's 'Viva Happy' song and dance. Love it! =^.^=

Autumn Anime Season 2013 Review

I finally decided to do some quick summary reviews and thoughts of the anime from Autumn 2013.
  • Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova [8] - Who doesn't like battle ships that turn into cute girl personas that start firing weapons at each other?
  • BlazBlue: Alter Memory [7] - An anime based on a game in which people with superpowers battle each other. The story is too confusing.
  • Coppelion [6] - Too many annoying characters that either are overly dramatic or cry a lot.
  • Freezing Vibration [6] - Loads of plot. Story was bleh. Some conspiracy that happens in some factory that lasts 12 episodes.
  • Gingitsune  [7] - An interesting slice of life anime about the daily life of a shrine maiden girl.
  • IS: Infinite Stratos 2 [7] - Fanservice. Plenty of fanservice.
  • Kakumeiki Valvrave 2 [8] - Finally! (And the story overall is quite emotional...)
  • Kyoukai no Kanata [6] - No idea what's happening - bam! oh...that ending.
  • Kyousou Giga [7] - Confusingly awesome. You are in for some total randomness and 13 parallel universes.
  • Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai [9] - Hnng!
  • Miss Monochrome [6] - Life of an android idol is pretty tough.
  • Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come wo Zenryoku de Jyama Shiteiru [8] - lol
  • Outbreak Company [8] - Hilarious parody of otaku life.
  • Walkure Romanze [5] - Jousting. And boring harem.
  • Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita. [6] - Hahaha. What's next? More fanservice.

January 11, 2014

How do you push up your glasses?

How do you push up your glasses?
1. Average method
2. Scholarly method
3. "Chuu-ni" - high school fantasy method
4. Insulting method
5. Feminine/Sissy method
6. Buddha method
7. Thumbs-up method
8. Super thumbs-up method
9. Military method

I usually just do #2.

[Linux] Installing Microsoft Core Fonts

To further enhance your web browsing readability of websites and documents you view, it is recommend you download the Microsoft Core Fonts package available for all Linux systems. This package enables the support for Microsoft Fonts (such as Arial) to be read by your Linux operating system.

To install, simply open up terminal and do the following command:
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

January 10, 2014

One Week of Linux Mint 16

It's been a week since I decided to completely ditch Windows 8 on my laptop and dive into the world of Linux Mint 16. Since then, I have managed to customize Linux Mint to the way I want; how I want my Linux to look like. Appearance aside, I also found that I could easily replace Windows-only software to Linux alternatives.

In the end, I did not regret it one bit and I seriously love using this operating system! I have not encountered a single system freeze, crash, slow or hang at all! It performs fast and everything just works out of the box (including my gaming peripherals).

If there is something that doesn't work or if I don't like a particular program, I can just easily replace it from the Software Manager or search for a solution on Google. I'm glad I made the switch and I hope my post will inspire computer nerds/geeks like myself to give Linux Mint 16 a try!

MeMuMo: Let Me Down Easy by Sheppard

Title: Let Me Down Easy
Artist: Sheppard
Year: 2012
Comments: 'Let Me Down Easy' is a easy-going song with a catchy tune and lyrics to it. Enjoy listening to the song whilst you go about your work or just want something to hum along to.

Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren - Episode 1 [v.P]

Loving the second season of Chuunibyou. The main pair is so cute!