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What kind of music do I like? September 20, 2014, 9:21 am
I only know that it sounds like either techno/trance/house and that I only truly love about 1 in 100 tracks. Perhaps if I share some of my favorites, someone could help me pin down what genre/sub-genre I should be checking out?







I take my music very seriously. The last track was so awesome that I, in 2004, camped outside a private wifi hotspot in the early hours of the morning on a pentium 2 laptop to finish recording the mix that was streaming at the time.

As those are some of my all-time faves, what genre does it seem that I lean most towards?

Pimped my drumkit September 19, 2014, 5:59 pm
So I bought this 90's maple Premier Signia kit last x-mas just to get a smaller bass drum. My Starclassic birch/bubinga kit had a 24" bass drum which was a pain in the ass to carry around and it was too loud, so I bought this kit just to get the 22" bass drum. It turned out that I loved the sound of the thin maple Shell so now I've got 2 whole kits (one Tama 3 piece and one Premier 5 piece) and my interest for the Tama kit is fading.

The problem I had with the Premier kit was that it looked like shit. Black laquered Shells is just so fucking ugly that it makes my stomach churn. It was originally white but the previous owner did the worst black laquer paint job you could imagine so that could somehow explain my disgust for the finish. Since I love glitter/sparkle and really wanted to make this my main drum kit, I ebayed some sparkle drum wraps and found this awesome turqoise sparkle wrap that I ordered.

I worked my ass off for 2 nights and finally got the drums covered in the new wrap. It turned out awesome.

Here's some pics:

This is the kit set-up for a recording session. The floor tom is part of the Tama kit though:

The black laquered 10" tom before I stripped off the hardware:

The inside of the Shell. Notice the bad ass re-inforcement rings:

The Premier Signia kit has this unconvinient tom-mount on top of the bass drum that I never use. So I decided to plug the hole for the mount and the 4 small holes that held the mount in place.

The plugs are in place:

the 10" tom is wrapped. Now I just have to drill holes for the hardware and install it:

The 10" tom is finished. The sparkle isn't really noticeable in Daylight though:

The bass drum with new wrap, no tom mount and new hoops in natural maple finish:

I brought the bass drum and the floor tom to a jamming session with my band tonight:

Bonus: My beautiful Pearl sensitone elite phosphor bronze snare:

My nickname is no longer valid. I have to remove the "bubinga" since I'm all about maple now :( I'm still happy though!

Introducing myself September 18, 2014, 10:14 am
Greetings fellow Doomers!

I'm a 27 year old Brit who's been playing computer games since I was a nipper. The very first computer I used was my Mum's Amiga, on which I used to play New Zealand Story and Lemmings (although I remember that I kind of sucked at both games and often asked my Mum to play them for me), and some other games which escape my memory. Skip forward a few years and I get a Windows 95 machine for Crimbo. On that machine an older friend of mine introduced me to Duke Nukem 3D and with it, the first-person shooter genre. I was hooked! DN3D became my obsession, along with Dungeon Keeper and Lemmings Paintball (anyone remember that?).

Then came my second computer, an XP machine. A friend of my parents gave me a disk for a game called Half-Life. My computer could barely run it in software rendering mode, but it became my new obsession in spite of this. It was with this game that I first learned to play with a mouse and keyboard; on Duke Nukem I had just used the keyboard. It was tricky at first, but it set me on the road to becoming a truly skilled player of the FPS genre. At some point I scraped together the money to buy a new graphics card rather than using the crappy chipset that came with the motherboard, which greatly enhanced my gaming experience. Half-Life introduced me to game modding and thus my HL obsession became manifested in the form of me spending as many of my spare hours as possible playing Sven-Coop online. With my improved graphics capability I could play a much wider range of games, enabling me to discover and experience such gems as Quake II and Unreal Tournament.

For years I happily tooled around with HL+mods and UT99+mutators, then Half-Life 2 came out and turned out to be a worthy addition to my personal gaming canon. I'd certainly heard of DooM and its reputation, and had even played it on occasion, but having got used to a mouse and keyboard the control system felt awkward and also having advanced onto my third and current computer, compatibility issues were an obstacle.

Then I discovered source ports like ZDoom and gzDoom.

And just like that, the scales fell from my eyes. HD resolution! 360 degree mouse aiming! Easy to use and a vast repository of custom levels and mods! I now consider myself well and truly DooMed. It took me long enough!

So here is my situation at present: aside from classic Doom, the first Doom mod to catch my eye was Aeons of Death, followed by Brutal Doom and then Russian Overkill. I also found a Wolfenstein 3D total conversion which made me wonder why I didn't discover the game earlier, like with Doom. I also enjoy playing Synergy, a HL2 coop mod.

That's a little story about how I came to this forum. There's a lot of stuff I've left out, like my experiences with handhelds (mainly Pokemon Red+Blue on the Gameboy Colour) and consoles (many evenings spent playing splitscreen games with friends and flatmates), and the times I spent playing strategy games until stupid o'clock, but I think this post is long enough already!

I find myself wondering... September 18, 2014, 3:58 am
If life is hard, then does it mean that death is easy?

Inspired by a girl complaining about a hard lesson then followed by the teacher saying "That's life."

I didn't ask this right away because I know I'll end up in the psychologer or something.

Fall, and the harvest September 16, 2014, 3:42 pm
Grain's been harvested about week ago, rye's set in, and the potatoes are now stored, now it's just about to plow, which can be done any time.

And maybe start doing more Doom related. :P

"They stole my idea!" September 16, 2014, 10:25 am
Ever have an idea for something that someone else ends up turning into a reality, completely independent from you? The minecraft thread in EE reminded me of a weird thing - back in 2006 or so, I had an idea for a game that basically was Minecraft. I even started work on a prototype. The game was set on a randomly generated island, and the idea was that you were stranded there and had to figure out how to survive. This involved collecting resources to build things. For instance, you needed to sleep every night, so you had to collect wood to build a shelter. You also needed to collect food to replenish your hunger meter. I then had the idea that you could build other things - for instance, wood could also be used to build bridges to cross bodies of water, or tools to hunt and defend yourself from predators.

Now, my idea never got far... I never even implemented the animals and weapons I had planned, but I had the basics of collecting wood, building shelters, and even bridges, as well as figuring out how to randomly generate an island. But even then, looking at it, it amazes me how much Minecraft reminds me of my own idea. There are differences, to be sure - while you could build things in my game, it wasn't to the same degree of freedom - you couldn't, say, dig up stones and build a fortress, or a giant penis statue. Also, my game was in 2D and played more like the Legend of Zelda. But still, I find it interesting that someone essentially took my initial idea and actually expanded it into a full game, and really it was kind of along the lines of what I was aiming for - having the initial goal being of survival, but also having the freedom to do pretty much whatever you wanted. I just thought it was kind of funny how somehow I ended up with the game I had wanted all along, even though I'm 100% positive my game did not influence the creation of Minecraft in the slightest (mostly 'cause I never even really told anyone about my idea).

Went on a trip to a nature reserve (photos) September 16, 2014, 2:40 am
If anyone's interested in seeing what South Africa's countryside looks like.


Trouble with naming my band September 15, 2014, 12:47 am
I'm creating a new band, and I came up with a name: "Void Central".

Only thing is I don't know if I should switch it and make it "Central Void" instead.

So, I don't know, I'll create a poll here and see what you guys think is better.

So all my youtube vids were mass disliked at the same time. September 14, 2014, 11:59 am
I logged into youtube and when I opened the video manager link I noticed every single video of mine had 5-6 new dislikes each, quite a few of the videos were fairly new which had no ratings until the disliking happened which made it obvious, I looked through the video analysis thing and according to it all the dislikes were all issued at the same date by the same country which was UK.

I guess someone just didn't like any comments I may have made on other videos and trolled me with a mass disliking spree, I really don't understand why people even go through the bother just because of something they probably didn't like.

My Grandpa Has Passed Away... September 13, 2014, 9:39 pm
Hey guys, as the title suggests, I have some bad news. Last night, my grandpa (also my mom's father) passed away as he died in his sleep around 3:00 AM. My mom broke the news to me around 8:03 PM on the phone while I was at my college's recreational center. I also had a bad feeling something bad happened as I was told I was going to stay the night back at my house away from the campus as my family came over there. I also asked one of my cousins who was coming over on what was going on and he said it was an occasion. I was concerned about what was going on and I asked my mom is something happened, and then she called me and she told me what happened as I said here before. Another thing was grandpa could have died before this, but he made it out OK.

Another thing was that on December 29, 2004, my grandma (born June 2, 1926) passed away and she was my mom's mother and my grandpas wife. My grandpa loved his wife as they were together for over 50 years. They also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the same year she died. My grandpa was very sad along with other family members. I was also shocked to hear about her death back then when my dad told me and my sisters in the kitchen of an old house we used to live in.

But now, my grandpa and grandma are finally together again after nearly 10 years of separation. He's also with one of his children again who was my aunt Debbie, who passed away on February 15,2012 which was not too long ago.

My grandpa was a great guy, and I had a bad feeling he didn't have much longer to live seeing how his condition got worse over the years. But now, he's free from his conditions. Despite that, I will miss him along with the other members of my family.

June 26, 1924 - September 12, 2014