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Disappointed for my lack of determination at learning guitar

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I guess that’s the real reason behind the fact that I abandoned trying to learn to play the guitar and I shouldn’t try and hide it.

Yes, I failed. But I’m not sad at all. Well, because… I’m now going to learn to play piano! ๐Ÿ™‚ — almost sounds like you’ve heard that before. Don’t even THINK “He’s not gonna learn it either. It’s just a phase he’s going through. He wants to learn an instrument be he’s completely blind of the fact that whatever instrument it might be, it’s pretty damn hard to learn to play it. Especially if you have no background whatsoever!”.

For those who know me, did I capture your thougths exactly? ๐Ÿ™‚
I wouldn’t be surprised since I should know you too.
(Why am I laughing at the matter?)

First thing, I’m selling my guitar. I’ve already put it up for online auction. Several people have already showed interest in buying it. In return I want to get myself a really cool midi controller with a keyboard. Although I would have to empty my pockets a little bit too, because it seems that electronic instruments are more pricey than real instruments :/, I’m very inclined to buy an Axiom 61 by M-Audio. I was initially looking at a Keystation 88es just because it has more keys (but also less knobs and tweakers overall AND no aftertouch), but more octaves might not be what I really need for a starter. Ironically, the Axiom is priced higher so I don’t know for sure if I would be investing too much before I know for sure if the investment is worth something. But I just can’t resist the drum pads on the Axiom, the extra rotary encoders, faders and aftertouch. There’s another thing, I’ve read some bad reviews about the Keystation 88es saying the keys deteriorate soon after using it but not from a lot of people so I’m not sure… but in comparison, the Axiom seems to get a lot of good reviews.

If anyone gets to read this, tell me your opinions on the Axiom before I go buy it (it should be in January I hope, but maybe not).

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December 23, 2008 at 17:22

New PC

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Yes! I got a new computer! I’m really happy about this. I got to build it by myself using parts that I bought. It’s the first computer I’ve built from the ground up and not in the process of upgrading one. I have to say that everything went smoothly. It ran smoothly too, after I installed Ubuntu on it. ๐Ÿ˜€

I will give you the specifications now:

Motherboard: ASUS P5K with Intel P35 chipset
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz (64bit dual-core, vme, 1333MHz FSB)
RAM: 1024 MB x 1 OCZ DDRII @ 1000MHz
GPU: ASUS G70 (NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT 64bit 256 MB PCI Express, SLI ready)
HDD: 250GB Westernย  Digital SATAII
CASE: G-ALANTIC with G-ALANTIC PSU 450W

Now I will have to wait for the new LCD on Tuesday. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. – Don’t think I forgot about learning for my exams. No. I will start Monday.

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January 20, 2008 at 22:33

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Exams are dangerously closing in

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I have finally found some time and the thing somewhat worth writing about.

The reason why I have been neglecting this blog for so long is that my life has become a little harder since I finished highschool and got a job.

At least six months passed since I started going to work every morning. Coming back from work is not the same as coming back from school. Trust me.

I might have not adapted too well to this because about a week ago I realised, suddenly, that my exams were closing in but I haven’t been able to learn ANYTHING so starting today I took some time off from work so I can learn something in the two weeks I’ve got left before the first Algebra 1 exam.

Besides that I also have Analytical Geometry, Mathematical Analysis, Computer Systems Architecture and Procedural Computer Programming, including Assembler and C, very soon after.

I hope I still have enough time left. Pray for me, please! :’-<

In other news, I’m going to buy a new PC. Probably tomorrow. I sold the old one and using that money, plus some more I saved, to build a new one from the ground up. I’ll tell you more next time.

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January 18, 2008 at 23:04

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Random funny thing

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While I was showing someone pictures of some places around Romania, using Google of course, when I queried for images from “tulcea romania”, I found my picture in the results! X-D

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December 29, 2007 at 19:02

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Is rubber good?

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Sorry if this was previously blank. I was posting using Konqueror which seems to have messed things up with Blogger.

Two days ago I bought a rubber keyboard. Last night I told my friends in a Jabber chat room about it. I think they all laughed but out of respect for me they didn’t want to show it. Especially MattJ. Today I was alone in the chat room, just me, the bots, and barlas. I didn’t really talked to barlas before so I checked his Jabber vCard, I got the link to his blog from there and I visited it. It stunned me to read his last post about his new rubber keyboard (I know not everyone calls it like that). MattJ said last night that he knows a saying about people that use rubber keyboards but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get him to tell me what it was. He said he couldn’t bring himself to tell me. I was hopping I would find out what it was from barlas’ blog, if MattJ would have commented, but he didn’t. Click the title to read barlas’ post, by the way.
Anyway, I’m glad to know that someone else I know uses such a keyboard and it’s the same getting used to it for them as it is for me. A rubber keyboard has its advantages but I admit that I mainly bought it out of pure curiosity. The keyboard is light, small, flexible, water proof… attracts dust like a magnet (it’s silicone rubber), the air inside changes density depending on room temperature so the keyboard is sometimes flat and sometimes a little bumped but I’m not complaining.

Here are some pictures. Oh and my advice is that you don’t buy one if you don’t really need a keyboard that you can carry around in your pocket. It’s probably the best advantage of having such a keyboard that I can think of. But then again I may be wrong since there are much more expensive ones than the one I bought (about $20).

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December 2, 2007 at 12:43

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Can you type your password without looking at the letters?

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Even for people that no longer need to watch the letters when they type at the keyboard, there are moments when it’s almost impossible to type without closely looking at what you are typing.

At least in my case, the reason I can type at the keyboard without looking at the letters is because I actually am looking at the letters — at the screen, not the keyboard.

I know where every letter of the QWERTY layout is and every special key, but even so, I realized that if I were not to look at what I was typing on the screen, typing mistakes (typos) would appear… lots of them. That’s not acceptable for me, not even in instant messaging sessions. I am really appreciative of people who can actually spell words correctly and don’t become lazy enough to use “u” instead of “you” or “la8r” instead of “later”, just as examples.

Acronyms are another thing. Using ASL every time you enter a chat room is annoying, but not “Hi everyone”/”Hi”/”Hello”/”Good day to everyone”, or TTYL when you leave the room for example. If TTYL would be used as much as ASL in chat rooms, we’d probably see ten people per second leaving the room (ok, that’s a little exaggerated, but still ASL is used much more often than TTYL and it’s annoying).

Getting back to the subject, the only time I look at the keyboard letters is when I type my passwords. There’s no way I could type my 15+ characters long passwords perfectly without looking at the keyboard letters (considering that all you see on the screen are stars ***). Well maybe I could, if I were to practice typing them for long enough, but I hate typing my password too often. That’s why I use any means possible to cache it :P. At least per session.

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November 17, 2007 at 14:55

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What do you do when laziness strucks you?

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I’m really lazy, I know. I’m supposed to use my free time wisely… watching Prison Break (Season 2! Yay!), drawing stupid mock ups that no one will find interesting, playing Warsow (go visit warsow.net by the way), watching anime like little kids do, plus the usual, eat and sleep. Not many great things.

I should be continuing to learn programming with the QT toolkit or write on my other blog, but there’s nothing I can do when laziness couples with strong boredom. Trying to get out of the state I’m in, the best I can do is write a blog post. You can tell this is an act of boredom too, because I never managed to keep a schedule with posting. That’s why (almost) nobody reads my blog. I’m not saying all of my posts are the result of an act of boredom, just the posts I don’t write.

I’m sure everyone knows this feeling, so if anybody reaches my blog, leave a comment and tell me you’re lazy and bored too, so we can all feel better dwelling in our similar states.

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November 11, 2007 at 16:36

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