Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Magical battle arena - Youtube demo

I know that this thing has been around for a while, but I'm too busy to make some post...





hm....Let's see...

Hayate:
She got her Atem des something, Hræsvelgr, and diabolic emission.
Atem des something (sorry, can't figure it out.... >.<): her icy cube, StrikerS eps 2;
Hræsvelgr ('corpse Swallower'): her 5 circle shooting, a big one at center, and 4 more surrounding it , StrikerS eps 11,
Diabolic emission: I love this one, create a giant sphere of darkness.

Vita:
She got her spinning hammer (plus rocket booster and drill), iron hockey thingie, and gigant hammer.

Nanoha:
A bit unclear here, maybe 'ACS Strike', Blaster 3, Divine buster (+ her funnel) , Starlight Breaker comboed by Break Shoot

okay, i forgot many thing regarding their skill name, so please figure it yourself :P

I won't be around when they release this pack, but I'll try to contact someone who might be able to get this one for me.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Toymagz Fair : day one

Today I'm attending a fair located at Pakuwon Trade Center, Surabaya.
Not much to say, but I'm quite dissapointed with this one......

Like Malang's toy & comicfest was not bad enough, this is worse than that, a very small stage, nothing special, and I didn't find even a single thing that will entertain me.

Well, I was there with my friends, so It's not really that boring, but still I think that it's not good enough to make me excited in anyway. Not to mention that I have no more money left.... poor me.

anyway, one of my friend in Bali asked me to get Keroro Gunsou's keychain (Similar to the one that's used by Tsukasa at Lucky Star does), 2.5 US$ each....




I myself went and buy a very cheap, unknown item at 4$ (okay, look, I have no money to buy anything, even 4 US$ is killing me at this time). Nothing special, I just always buy something from every event I attend as a mean of keepsake.

not bad for a 4$ thing


And that's it, I'll add more thing later, and probably tomorrow too......

Edit:
I forgot to (re)mention this, but I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER BY ANY MEANS. I only give a picture i take as representative of what I'm writing at that time. So don't go mailing me about how bad my pic were taken (I get several regarding this blog...)

1. I'm using a Nikon Coolpix 5200, an old, pocket camera, which can easily be surpassed even by Handphone's built in camera. And no, I don't have SLR camera or such.

2. I'm only using photoshop just for rescaling and cropping the pic, the image itself is as is, and I'm not using any image enhancement to modify it. No brightness change, no noise reduction, etc.

Ok, that's it, I love to collect AF's but I have almost no interest in taking photo of that. I have almost no interest nor talent in photography to begin with.
My blog is not the place where I post about photography, Just go somewhere else if you want it. This is not the place.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Speakers Vs Headphones

Quite an old topic, really...

Today me and my friends discussing a bit about headphone and speaker. I said that at the same price, headphones would do better than speaker (assuming that it's the best buy for that price), and he said otherwise...

Now to compare:

Hearing range:
neither of them are winner, it depends on your musical needs. Speaker lets the hearer and everyone around him to hear what to her, whether if they want to hear it or not, in contrast, Headphones only giving sound to one who had the headphones, and not other people even they want to hear it (well, maybe it could, a bit, if you set it loud enough). this is the basic difference between headphones and speaker, if you don't even know this, just read anything else. Like... kindergarten's book?

Comfortability:
Speaker of course. With speaker you don't need to be entangled in wire and weighing your head with a heavy headphones. just lay down on sofa or something, grab your snack and enjoy.

Area of hearing:
Headphones... hand down, in many ways. You can bring your headphones everywhere you want. No, I'm not talking about portability, I'm talking about area where you can get the best sound quality. If you have speaker for quite a while, you will know that there's a "sweet spot" where the speaker will sound best, and that's the one that confine you. You can't move around getting the best sound with speaker while headphones will always sound best wherever you are, as long you get it equipped.

Musical detail:
Since we are talking about the same price range, Headphones are definitely win. You will need to pay a LOT more to get the same fidelity from speaker than headphones. for a comparison, a 100$ headphones will have higher fidelity than most speaker in 100-300/400$ range.

Soundstaging:
Since 5.1 speaker can create a surround sound they will surely win!. That's what you thought? Ok, you're mistaken... for some surround sound, especially 3D audio generated by computer, headphones will do much more than your speaker. You have two ears (sorry, if you think you have more than two), so by default, you can only hear difference by right and left. You can tell whether the sound come from front back, up etc, is by processing the complex differences in phase, time delay and frequency balance (it's done automatically by your brain, you don't need to think about it).3D game audio uses Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF) algorithms to fake the effects of the pinnae, the head and various listening environments, so that injecting the sound straight into the ear canal can produce the impression of real 3D audio sources. It's impossible to do this with speaker, since they will let the sound that's only intended to your right ears go through left ears and vice versa.
For music, they use what called "binaural recording, using 2 hi-fi microphone which located at dummy ear. well, picture will save me from explaining it.

this is used to record the frequency shift which happened because the sound is being reflected in your pinnae. With this, headphones can emulate the surround sound as much as possible.

Bass:
If you don't know, speaker and earphone can deliver same quality of bass. well, why speaker is more favorable in this area? this is the culprit:

A "bass shaker"

This thing is the one that makes the speaker can shake your limp. This "bass shaker" is the one who make the air around you (and yourself) shaken, which headphones don't have.

Overall, I enjoy using headphones more than speaker. The rest is based on your personal enjoyment, it's a subjective matter, really. If you love speaker, then go for it, vice versa.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Toys & comic Convention Malang

Okay, I attend the Toy& comic convention at Malang

Nothing good there, which make me quite disappointed.
Items that's being sold there are very common, there are no item that can really caught my attention.

ok, there's one that's caught my attention, not that the item is rare or something, it's just that it have a good decoration/background around it. Shame that's inside an acrylic display box, though, so the light goes in the way.



accidentally make a blurred pic due to wrong camera setting, but i find this quite amuzing .....



Currently in Malang and I don't have any internet connection to leisurely writing post, so I'll take my leave now.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Layout Change

Well, not much, I just change layout a bit due to the changing mood.
Nothing new, though... currently busy with many project. I'll post something new whenever I have time for that.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Burn-in

Ok, just for random thought of this day. I was surprised that out of my class, only 1-2 people know about burn-in for earphones/headphones/speaker.

Burn-in is, roughly speaking, to maximize your earphones/headphones/speaker's sound by wore it off... something like, you have a new pair of shoes... at the time of first using it, it will feel kind of stiff. you must wear it for some time that it will have the flexibility and comfortability in using it. This is the same with your earphones/headphones/speaker. At first they may sound good, but that's it. It's still new out of box. It's capability haven't maximized because the membrane (one that produce sound) is still stiff.

Burn-in procedure is quite easy, but maybe boring. You just need to use your earphones/headphones/speaker for a long time (most earphones/headphones/speaker use more than 100+ hour), using sound as loud or a bit more than you usually heard.Setting the sound too high will destroy your earphones/headphones/speaker, and too low won't make any progress to your burn-in. Some people will use their favorite song to burn it, others will use some kind of noise, the most popular one is White and Pink noise. I myself using pink/white noise most of the time. But, for some people, they will find that using that kind of noise will make the sound feel "unnatural", that's differ from each person, though, since everything about sound and music are very subjective matter of like/dislike.

As far as I know, there's no science that proof whether this is true or false. Some people even said that burn-in didn't affect the performance of earphones/headphones/speaker at all, some said otherwise. For me, it works quite wonders. Then, once again, this depend solely on your ears, not mine.

Oh, and burning speaker is kind of sucks... I never do that.I'm only do burn-in to my earphones/headphones. Burn-in speaker using pink/white noise inside my room for 200++hour will drive me crazy.

You can download pink/white/ any other generated sounds used in burn-in at www.Burninwave.com. It also has some explanation about what kind of sound it will generate and what will be affected by it.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Satsuki Yuasa (Action Figure)

After a few week of waiting i finally get my Satsuki Yuasa action figure from Rainbowten. This is a really old item (2003), the game itself has been published in 28/11/2003. This one is made from resin.
Why i bother looking for it? Well, I'm a big fans of Satsuki Yuasa. She is the main heroine in the Routes, a Visual Novel developed by Aquaplus. This was one of their unpopular game, so i highly doubt you ever heard about it. Regardless that, I have bought almost everything that related to it.



Satsuki Yuasa


I'm using Rainbowten since that's the only official place I can found that sell the figure (and no... I don't use eBay) This is the last one there, too (other companies have alreday been out of it years ago). So this is the item when I first opened it.


The box.


Manual and Photo


Main item, 17 parts


Uh, yeah, it's doesn't come painted, not even ready to be painted, actually... I must do everything myself. Unfortunately, my hobby kit is in Malang (including the airbrush, etc). So, the most I can do here is preparing it so that it can be painted when I come back to Malang. Cutter, Nail Clipper, and Sandpaper would suffice to prepare it before painting.

I'm thinking about using enamel for painting this, or Acrylic, if I'm forced to do so (using Tamiya Color enamel or Tamiya Color Acrylic respectively). The manual actually included which color do I need to mix to paint it. Unfortunately, no more specific mention of what kind of paint did it use (how the heck i know what color is "character skin color 1" or "character skin color 2"?). luckily, I can use the unused part (ex: frame) to test it before I start to fully paint it.

While it seems it's inconvenient to paint it myself, I sometimes prefer the unpainted one like this. It gives me the freedom of what kind of color did I like to use, shading, detail, etc. I'm bad at painting eyes though, and I think I will need a 0.1mm brush point to paint that accurately.

And I don't exactly have time to polish it. There are too many works to be done.... T_T

Friday, October 31, 2008

Finally, My Master Card Arrives

After waiting for more than a month (40 days, to be exact), I finally get my own Mastercard.

This card was issued by Payoneer for free. Well, not actually free, they will get their payment when you're loading cash to your card for the first time. To get their card, you need to be signed to their affiliate. There are many of them, search for yourself. I myself using Friendfinder to get this one.



The Envelope when it first come.


It's supposed to be arrived 15-20 days from when I signed up, but the long delay made me lost my hope for it. Well, but that's it, The card come, so it's all good. I have no complaint since it's free.



Inside the envelope


From what I read, this card can be filled by other Credit Card, or if you don't have it, you can use Western Union (many bank offer this service) to fill it. And no, I won't load cash to my card soon, since the exchange rate for USD has been crazy lately.

The reason I applied this card is for activating Paypal and to buy things aboard. Before, I used my parent's Visa card to get things I want to buy (I don't have one myself, poor me >.<). As of now, I'm living in separated city, so, borrowing their card is no longer an option for me. That's why I'm looking one that don't need any requirements to apply (you need to have a decent income/ parent's approval to get a Credit Card, which I have none of them. My parents against me having a credit card).

Why do I compare this card with a credit card? Ok, screw this thing. The only thing I need is their "MasterCard" ability. For your information, there's no debit card in my country that support either Visa/Visa Electron/MasterCard. You must have credit card to have the service. So basically, I can't buy anything outside my country unless i have credit card on my hand. On the other hand, this payoneer card is a debit card and it has MasterCard ability, so this thing will make me able to buy things outside my country without having a debit card.

PS: My parents don't know that now I have this card on my hand.... If they read this, then I'm screwed :/me running away~:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Magical Battle Arena Update

And yet more update......

1.05+is out, maybe they do some rebalance. Nothing much to say about that. I'll update this post once I try it out (not now, I'm busy)

More importantly.
The final character will be Nanoha adult ver.


There will also two new mode added, I don't know what it is though. One of them seems to be netplay exclusively for ppl who have pack installed.
Like i said before, this pack will be released in C75, which is planned for December 28-30, 2008. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to get a copy of it on the day of it's release due to my own holiday somewhere. Well, i can always ask my friend to snatch one for me :3 .

Source(japanese)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Short Introduction to Touhou

Sorry for not posting a few week. some problem comes up, including midterm test, unfinished work, etc.>.<
anyway.....
As I promised before, I will introduce you to touhou.

Touhou is a series of shooting game made by Team Shanghai Alice, with ZUN doing it's programming,music, and graphic(basically everything). As of now, there is 14 official game released, numbering from 1 to 11, with extra of 7.5 , 9.5 , and 10.5.Touhou series is widely known for it's gaming difficulties and doujins. for doujin, It's mainly consist of Doujin Music and Manga. For music, it have total of at least 900 albums. And for manga, well...so many of it and I don't even count all of that(both SFW and NSFW). There are also several Touhou doujin games, which also had insane difficulty.



A few example of Touhou game


Fans of this game are so many that it even have it's own convention called Reitaisai. They also have many Fans in comiket. For the last comiket (C74), it's recorded that almost half of the stands available there is touhou related stands.

Not much to say here.... see Touhou wiki if you're interested, they has almost everything covered.

Related link
Touhou Imageboard
Touhou wiki
Touhou Manga Gallery

Friday, October 10, 2008

Magical Battle Arena - Lyrical Pack Announced

A bit info for Magical Battle Arena
For you who don't know what the hell is this, read my friend's blog
For the upcoming C75, Fly System has announced the release of the pack called "lyrical Pack" for MBA (Thanks for MS for the info). The pack contain new arena/field and 3 additional character from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. One of them is confirmed to be Yagami Hayate.


The uber powerful Hayate,I wonder what skill will She have in the game.....


Edit:
Quick update, second character confirmed to be Vita


I feel that it'll be fun to use Vita against Ruru


For the third character... Rumor said it will be Nanoha in her 18 years old version. I don't really know whether this is true or not.

Oh yeah.... anyone know what kind of editor did they use? I kind of want to try it out.


This one...


Source (Japanese)

Disgaea DS... Part two

Sorry that i can't write lately, I'm in the middle of mid semester test >.<

Anyway, about disgaea DS, I already spent a few hours playing it... and as i thought.... nothing changed from the old disgaea, with few add-ons, like prinny commentary


See prinny at the upper monitor? I really love how he talk


and of course, My pleinair <3.



Pleinair, Her lv1 stats, and Her prinny replacement


As you can see, ridiculous speed, great hit, and very decent for all other stats. She's very strong, and the enemy will likely miss a even She is against enemy that's double of her Level....

Which is why i don't use Her... I love Her to be a strong character, but the downside is... Nippon Icchi has made Her too strong to the point that I have no interest on using it due to it's uber powerfulness... I don't really like a game that's too easy to beat.I stopped using Pleinair at her lv 500.... the point which I decided that She's too strong to be used any further



My Pleinair, and my Hourai, an archer, which I currently use.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

From My Friend

Yesterday one of my friend is going to Malaysia. He got a scholarship there and he said he will take major in animation & graphic design. When I ask him how much it costs to live there He said it's just as much as Surabaya, so I think it's not really that hard to live there (for most of us Indonesian, living aboard is a pretty expensive thing).

Before He goes there, He give me these items, since He said He don't use it anyway.....


     
The left one is Katsuragi Misato from Evangelion, and the right one is Shidou Haruko from Onegai Twins


Okay, I'm horrible when it comes to taking photo, so spare me from that (and my halogen lamp set is missing, it seems someone throw it away when i was gone... so, I can't use any lighting at all...). As you can see, Katsuragi Misato one is -sorry- an extremely cheap item, He said He got it as bonus when he bought candy in Hongkong (dunno which brand he's talking about), and for Shidou Haruko, He bought it from kotobukiya, it's supposed to be a set of character, though, but He only get that one. I get both for free XD, so I won't give any complaint or whatsoever but Thanks.

As of now, He should have arrived there..... well, good luck for him there, I'm not sure I can contact him anymore though, since it's most likely that He will change his HP number. I myself is still on the holiday break in my hometown. I have no internet connection here, I'm writing this on my friend's PC.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Disgaea DS

I got my copy of Disgaea DS just a few hour ago... without wasting more time, I immediately play the game.


The first 2 minutes on game... and the look on how the battle is.


First Impression: The opening is, same as the 1st Disgaea, which is just expected, since this is the remake of the first disgaea of PS2.
I'm a bit dissapointed because unlike the previous release, they don't insert the option to change the language into japanese. Normally i won't play this game since i already beat the PS2 one, but since Pleinair is coming out as playable character(I'm a fan of her), I will play this game until get bored again (hopefully, until I managed to beat Prinny Baal...). Oh, and I have my own rules on playing NIS's Title, that is, I will never use my main character at all (so yeah... leave it at level 1 without exp), I managed to do that with the other games(Disgaea2, Phantom Brave), I dunno if can do that with this one, in case Laharl are needed to have a certain level to unlock something.

Not bad so far...just have a nostalgic feeling of it. I also think that it may become a good time waster on my 1-week holiday. As for now, my top priority is to get Pleinair and to unlock anything that's not available in PS2 release, such as ending, weapon, etc.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Well now... Animonster do it again...

Animonster is an anime magazine in my country. What's wrong with them? and what relationship they have with touhou? Well, it's about their latest magazine (september '08 Release)

Costs about 3$... but i don't buy it... I rent them somewhere for 0.3$.. don't want to spend any money for this trash.
The place where i rent them won't be shown for safety reason


They include a bonus DVD with Wallpaper, Trailer, etc....



The mentioned DVD...


The problem lies within the DVD... They are using one of touhou's remix, "天空の花の都" (The Capital City of Flowers in the Sky), Remix of song with the same title from Perfect Cherry Blossom Stage 4, By Sepia from SJV-SC circle, in the album called DIVIT (thanks to Gunbazca in AOI for mentioning it, and he also ask funkies from pooshlmer about the what the song is).They Use it in their bonus DVD without even mentioning anything, not a single thing. There's no touhou, no ZUN, no Team Shanghai Alice, and of course, they don't give a credit at all to the maker. They Just use it without mentioning anything.
It's not the first time they are piracing songs and such. But since this time is touhou related, which is my main interest for now, i feel that i need to point it out.

One thing to mention, I believe everything published by Megindo (at least, Gamestation and Animonster) is rubbish and not even worth reading. For the case of gamestation, they just copy paste-ing data from gamefaqs for their walkthrough section, translating it to Indonesian, and give no damn credit for the maker, not even a mail stating that they use the walkthrough, claiming it's their work (I'm one of the victim some years ago). And yeah... at that time I already tried to contact their Customer Service Complaining about how they pirating my works, but they shut the phone immediately.

This kind of thing has been very common in Indonesia. Now, there are many TV Program here who's using BGM from game/anime as they please, with... of course, no credit. This kind of thing is one of the reason why Indonesia will never be able to do some advancement (I don't care about it anymore, though.... since it's really hopeless). That's it for today.

About Me: My Desktop

As title said... Here's my desktop look like.



Simple and there's nothing in it (except recycle bin)
I place the start menu bar above because i find it more comfortable than placing it below. On the bottom right there is a Rainmeter skin (Chronicle Skin(By Sensitiveknife),I modded it a bit). Right form start menu, there is a menu, like it said, connecting to all shortcut to my most used program,etc...). For the Windows theme itself, I used HmmXP (By: Fugacious)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

About me: introduction

Ok, this is my first post on my first blog...
Nothing to fancy about it, this will likely be a blog talking about my daily rant and impression of things that happens to me.

About me:
(for you who don't even bother clicking the "about me" sidebar)

My real name is Yugatha Ivanno (yeah... an odd name, do a simple google search and only find 1 other "yugatha" name). Also... Please by any mean call me Hourai, i hate to be called by my real name on the Internet as much as many of you do.
Currently Living in Indonesia and attending a college called iSTTS (institut Sains Terapan dan Teknologi Surabaya). Specifically, I'm attending it's Informatics Technology.
I have Interest in Anime, Game,and some other thing. For anime, I mainly watch Action and Drama (as of late, I don't watch anything because there's nothing good to watch). For game... I played a lot of things and enjoy them all, except sports game... For my favorite game now, it's the Touhou Series (for you who don't know what is this, i will make a post for this later...)

Well, that's it for now.