Archive for September, 2004

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Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

‘Cause we are all the little tin man
With hearts like little tin cans
And as we line them down with tears
Over the years
They inevitably turn
To rust

More on the new Pain of Salvation’s album “BE” soon. For now, know it’s just fsking awesome! ;)

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

Today I managed to play Full Throttle, an old LucasArts adventure I played for the first time many years ago. I tried to play it a lot of times, but there was always something: the audio was missing, the game was crashing every minute… the sort of things that won’t make you enjoy a game. Today I discovered that scummVM, a virtual machine aimed to run old adventure games like Monkey Island, works on linux too: I knew scummVM before, but I always used it under Win, with all the problems I stated above. On linux the game runned smoothly and without problems (except for a little graphic bug near the ending) and it was good to be able to play again such a great piece of software.
The happiness for these renewed old memories didn’t last long, though: I am (metaphorically) banging my head against the wall, because I’m as stupid as a rock sometimes and it seems I can’t do a darn thing about it.

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

And now a new installment of “Music albums I bought months ago but I was too lazy to write about ’till now” :D
Let’s start with Prototype‘s album Trinity: it all started when I listened to the mp3s of Trinity and Live a Lie which I downloaded free from their site. I liked the songs and above all liked the drum parts (though it was a little depressing to realize I’ll never play like this in my whole life…). I still didn’t know if the album was worth buying, because the songs were quite heavy: the kind of music that’s likely to give you a headache if you listen to it for an hour… ;) At last I decided to give it a try. I must say I’m not disappointed: this album is often in my cd player these days.
Let’s change the musical style and talk about Neal Morse‘s Testimony, a double-CD set of prog music in pure Morse-style. I liked “Snow” a lot and was a little disappointed when Neal Morse left Spock’s Beard to follow the call of God… I thought Morse was a little crazy at the time, but still was eager to listen to what he was working on. When it came out, I didn’t know whether to buy Testimony or not: I didn’t like the idea of an album full of christian zeal, prayers and so on… when I found it at a low price (it’s a double-CD after all) I decided to give it a try, like I did with Trinity (well I shouldn’t say “did”, given the fact that I bought Trinity a few weeks after Testimony ;P). It’s a good album. It is, in fact, a sort of hymn to God, but it’s more like the story of a person who is happy because he’s found something worth living, no matter what it is. The music is masterfully crafted – you should expect no less from Neal Morse – and the only reason why I don’t listen to it more often is I’m too lazy to switch from disc1 to disc2 :PP
The last album is The music that died alone by the Tangent, a group formed by Roine Stolt, David Jackson and Andy Tillison. I love it ^_^ The cover is really a piece of art, and the music too. Maybe not something as touching as A Pleasant Shade of Gray (which is still the one I like more among the albums I own) but it’s still a pleasure to listen to such beautiful music.
Right now I’m waiting for the next Pain of Salvation’s and Fates Warning’s albums which are scheduled for this fall: I can’t miss them ;)

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Sunday, September 12th, 2004

This morning is raining. And night falls down always earlier these days. Sometimes I wonder where the summer went: not many days ago there was light until 9 pm, while now we have this sudden darkness. Looking out at the grey sky, at the leaves made shiny by the rain, at the water running down the drains – or maybe just imagining to look out – I feel a sweet sadness: old reassuring habits come back to lock you in their golden cage, new challenges await you down the road, fears and hopes…
I went back to read what I wrote an year ago (27/8/03). Was I right back then? I thought the year to come would have been a boring sequence of lectures and exams, and was a little depressed by this thought. I wouldn’t say the past year has been this bad after all, but it still lacked something, don’t know what exactly.
Maybe next year I will find what I’m looking for. Or maybe I won’t and another year will pass by and I’ll still be here, writing about the lack of something unknown in my life…

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Friday, September 3rd, 2004

Someone told me Konqueror refuses to show this page correctly. I just fixed it and now Konqueror should like it as well as Mozilla and IE did (my version of Konqueror shows it correctly, at least ;)).