Monthly Archives: July 2006

Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories Pre-order at NIS America!

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Okay, so here’s the deal: I’m a total Nippon Ichi fanboy. I loved Disgaea, Phantom Brave was cool, Makai Kingdom was better. I even have the rare (well, not anymore) Rhapsody: A Musical Interlude for PS, though I haven’t played through it yet (it seems kinda primitive in comparison). If you’re still not convinced, read this post.

Disgaea 2 is coming out in America on August 29, so I gotta be ready! NIS America actually has a somewhat sweet pre-order package available.

For $75, you can get the Disgaea 2 game (duh), A strategy guide, a volume of the Disgaea manga, an art book, and the official soundtrack. Yeah! There’s some other digital download things too, like the game manual and some mouse cursor or something. There’s also a different package for $65 that only doesn’t include the manga. Lame.

The way I calculate it, the video game is worth $50 (or more; I’ve been waiting forever for it!), the manga will probably be worth $10, and the strategy guide would be $20. Add another $10 for the soundtrack and $75 isn’t looking so bad. Plus I get to support my favorite video game company ever, Nippon Ichi!

Okay, I’m going to stop right now, because I sort of sound like a commercial. But that’s what fanboys are for! N1 forever!

Asian Guys Doing Karaoke (Badly)

So while I was on Youtube looking for actual karaoke videos (like for me to sing along), I found these videos of two asian guys playing Karaoke Revolution. The guy on the left is pretty good, and the guy on the right is not quite as good…

There’s something to be said about hearing two Asian guys singing endless love to each other… And California Dreamin’ is just terrible! They seriously need to switch parts.

Anyway, these videos are the real reason why Youtube is freakin’ popular, so I thought I’d share the wealth:

Greatest Love of All


Endless Love

California Dreamin’

Believe it or not, these videos really make me want to run out and get Karaoke Revolution. They have “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”? I must get it.

Pandora Internet Radio – Find Music You Like!

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So I guess this has been around for a while, and I tried it a long time ago and forgot about it. Pandora is this online radio thing. You give it an artist or a song that you like, and Pandora creates a radio station that plays music it thinks you’ll like. For instance, I made a “Toasters” radio station, and it mostly plays ska. The idea is that you’ll find new music you’ll like and buy tons.

It seems like their algorithm is pretty complicated:

Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It’s not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it’s about what each individual song sounds like.

It’s actually done a pretty good job of finding music I like. The Aquabats station plays a lot of music I already own and like. The other songs are okay too.

After playing with it for a few days, I have a few complaints. First, they repeat themselves way too much. I’ve heard The Toaster’s “Can I Get Another” like, four times already! Next, they only let you skip so many songs every hour. You can get around this by making more than one station and switching them (which will play a new song!).

Other than the weak variety of songs, Pandora seems to work pretty well. It’s at least nice to have free music that you’ll probably like streaming automatically.

Mogu People Pillows – WTF!?

So I saw this thread on fatwallet about “Mogu People.” Apparently they’re these squishy pillows in the form of people. Here’s the hippy company’s description:

Mogu People are reminders of what is best in all of us. Each one represents a positive human ideal or emotion. By their presence, Mogu People remind us to use our positive attributes to overcome challenges, reach our goals and follow our dreams. Keep them around to motivate you throughout the day or share them with others to empower their day.

Friendship, love, encouragement, motivation, sympathy, apologies, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, holidays…

I guess they were popular a few years ago, but I never heard of them. They seem to be really cheap now. Anyway, one of them really creeps me out. The Success one:

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Seriously, it looks like an alien! I can imagine waking up, seeing this next to me, and flipping out (and killing people)!