Monthly Archives: February 2012

How to Set Fire to the Rain

Adele is big news recently. She won a shit-ton of awards in the Grammy’s and she had the fuck you moment on the Brit Awards (where she was cut off while giving her album of the year speech).

Boooo!

I love Adele. Even if listening to her makes me feel old (Really?! She’s only 23? Shit I’m old.). Her album, 21 was awesome. It reminds me a little about Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill. I guess heartbreak, anger and frustration really are good inspirations for writing great music.

I love Adele’s lyrics. For me it shows that there’s hope for the music industry going forward. I wouldn’t say the lyrics are deep or poetic. But they effectively convey an emotion that the listener can relate to. It’s descriptive and beautiful. Like how the song Set Fire to the Rain describes the heartache someone feels during an end of a relationship. It’s raw and powerful. Moving.

But I Set fire to the rain
Watched it pour as I touched your face
Let it burn while I cry
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name

Good right? At the very least, it’s loads better than:

Baby, baby, baby ohh
Like baby, baby, baby noo
Like baby baby, baby ohh
I thought you’d always be mine.

Fuck you Bieber

Moving on. Set Fire to the Rain is my favorite song in the album. It’s a great song with a catchy chorus. I think setting fire to the rain is a metaphor for crying in the rain. You know, imagine crying in the rain, the tears are welling up and rolling down your eyes and the tears make your eyes burn.

Set fire to the rain = Eyes burning 'cause of tears

At least I think that’s what it means. But the great thing about music, it can mean anything for anyone. It can even mean this:

LET IT BURN!!!

Which, come to think of it, is fucking awesome. Starting now, this will be what I picture when I listen to the song.

Note:

I still didn’t use a scanner when digitizing both pictures, I used a smart phone camera. Yes, I should really get a scanner. For the picture of the crying girl, I tried digitizing the drawing without inks, just the pencils. That’s why the lines are all over the place. I was going for a “sketchy look” but it didn’t turn out that well. Oh well. 

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Dear iOS haters…

There is an idea going around a tiny minority of Android users regarding the iOS user base. No, I don’t mean that iOS users are sheep who buy every possible thing that Apple turns out. I think it’s somewhat true. Come on! Apple things are sexy! If I could afford to, I’d buy everything made by Apple as well (And Sony too, and Microsoft and Samsung…). Besides, what’s wrong with sheep? Sheep are cute, fluffy and have been helping cure insomnia since the dawn of time.

Admit it. I'm cute.

The idea I mean is that iOS users are incompetent, wannabe artists, who have a deep underlying fear of technology. In other words, the idea that iOS users are “n00bs” while Android users are some sort of technology paragons.

‘The Fuck!?

First let me get two things out in the open:

1. I think Android is Awesome

Ice Cream Sandwich specifically. It’s leaps and bounds better than iOS in some ways (just like how iOS is better than Android in some other ways). I love its task manager, the widgets (specially the super useful settings widget) and that the customization options are near endless. From a smart phone OS perspective, I think Android has caught up to iOS and they are now on equal footing. Why do I prefer an iPhone then? That’s a story for another post.

2. Not all Android users believe this shit

Of course, not every android user believes this idea. I know a few Android users, and they are fine upstanding citizens. In fact, my wife is an Android user. She owns a Galaxy s2. Great phone by the way. But don’t tell her, I hate her cellphone case. Shhhhh.

In fact, I only see this idea rear its ugly head in tech site comment sections and forums, where idiots can hide behind anonymity. It’s easy to spew hate when people don’t know who you are. I want to believe these are a minority of Android users. It is because of them (whom I shall refer as “haters” moving on)that I write this post.

Most of the time, the haters attack iOS for its simplicity. Basically they take iOS’ strength (like Steve Jobs said: It just works) and make it look like it’s weakness.

“It’s limiting.”

“It’s designed for 5 year olds.”

“It’s designed for really old people.”

“Why can’t you do this on iOS?”

“Why can’t you do that?”

Yada yada yada. Yackity Schmackity.

On the other hand, they say that Android is the answer. In every way that iOS is shit, Android is king. It’s a powerful, advanced, customizable behemoth. And somehow, because they are able to tame this monster of an OS, to make it submit, to make it provide for their every whim, they think they are superior to the lowly iOS sheep who “Baaahh” at Siri and follow wherever iOS leads them.

I have a message to you high and mighty tamers of beasts: Wake. The. Fuck. Up.

Android is an OS that runs the phone/tablet you use, just like iOS. That makes you just like the rest of us: USERS. Android is a tad more complicated than iOS (okaaay, probably more than a tad). Mastering and knowing the ins and outs of Android does not make you Stephen-fucking-Hawking! Anyone can master android.

  • If you can use Windows for PC you can master android
  • If you can use a Scientific Calculator you can master android
  • If you play video games (ps3, xbox 360, psp 3ds or wherever) you can master android
  • If you can operate a television (specially with one of those programmable universal controllers) you can master android.

Basically if you have an IQ high enough to be considered a functioning member of our species, you can use AND master android given an appropriate amount of time to use an android device.

"So how about that ICS Harry. Pretty Sweet huh?"

Using android is not equivalent to winning a fucking Nobel Prize in physics. It isn’t Rocket Science.

To make a long story short: You do not have the right to brag about better than iOS users just because you can customize your theme and they can’t, because you have cool widgets and they don’t, or you have oodles of fully customized ROMS you could download into your phone and they don’t. You don’t have the right to brag because YOU DID NOT MAKE THOSE THINGS. YOU JUST USE THEM. So unless you designed those themes, wrote those cool widgets or developed those ROMS yourself, you can have a nice big serving of shut the fuck up.

Note: Obviously it goes both ways. People who hate on android should also keep their traps shut. It’s annoying as well.

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Ironman versus Magneto

Marvel’s next big event is going to be “The Avengers versus The X-Men”. I’m excited, and comics fans should be excited too. But there’s one match up that is an eensy bit one sided don’t you think:

 

Notes:

Instead of scanning the line art, I tried taking a picture of the original drawing with a camera phone instead. Just for the hell of it. It turned out pretty okay. Here’s the photo:

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Blogging – The Remix!

Wow. I haven’t updated this blog in really long time. To those wondering why there was a sudden shortage of my aweosmeness (cricket sounds go here), I share these 3 reasons.

Reason Number 1: I got a new Job
Apparently it’s hard to find time to blog while adjusting to a new work environment. I’ll leave it at that 😉

Reason Number 2: I’ve been busy with different Social Networking Sites
By busy, I mean lurking on facebook, google+ and twitter. I don’t actually generate content or interact with people all that much. But if I find something funny, you can be rest assured I’m gonna repost the shit out of it (or steal it and pretend I thought of it first).

Reason Number 3: I was playing a lot of awesome games
When I accepted my new job, I got a significant increase in my salary. That got my mind thinking:

So buy those games I did (I also got my wife to buy a few for me). In the past year I played Infamous 2, Uncharted 3, Batman Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Xenoblade (on the Wii) and Skyrim (Holy fuck this game is amazing). I also played other games that I can’t recall right now. What I’m trying to say is a shit-ton of my time was spent playing video games. It’s a miracle how my wife puts up with me. It’s one of the reasons I love her :-).

Aaaaannnnnddd now I’m blogging again. Why? I don’t know. I guess I’ve read all the new reddit and 9gag posts for the day. Also, my boss left early.

I guess I’m going to make a new years resolution to blog regularly again. So that brings my new years resolutions to two:

  1.  Lose Weight – I’m trying to go on a diet and failing miserably
  2. Blog regularly.

One out of two ain’t half bad right?

So I begin anew. I pity my facebook and google friends. They’re going to be getting a regular dose of shameless plugs from me again.

‘Til next time!

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