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Posted: 17th Mar 2017 15:55
I got to sit on my new motorcycle today. And sorted out all of the paperwork I needed with Honda. If I succeed on my CBT, I'll be able to ride from next Friday, when I get my bike delivered. I can't wait now.
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Posted: 17th Mar 2017 20:01
Quote: "I got to sit on my new motorcycle today. And sorted out all of the paperwork I needed with Honda"

Nice, obviously you got a Honda but which model?
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Posted: 18th Mar 2017 05:42 Edited at: 18th Mar 2017 05:42
Quote: "I got to sit on my new motorcycle today"
Quote: "And sorted out all of the paperwork"

Whoooaah! That's impressive, Sepp! You sorted out all of the paperwork on your new motorcycle?! Sweeet! \m/
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Posted: 18th Mar 2017 05:58 Edited at: 18th Mar 2017 05:58
Quote: "but which model?"
A Honda duh
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Posted: 18th Mar 2017 19:16
Quote: "Nice, obviously you got a Honda but which model?"


CB125F, which I'll be riding until I pass my license. As in the UK, you have to do your CBT, ride up to 125cc and when you're ready, do you A1, which lets you go bigger and so on. But, it felt nice to hold and is a decent looking bike, incredibly fuel efficient and hopefully fun to ride.




When I can, I'll be looking at the new Honda Rebel CMX500 (which'll be 471cc, but I think I'll need my A2 license before I can ride one) that's coming out this year. Good thing with Honda finance is they won't have a problem with me upgrading half way through paying for finance on my 125, as long as I trade it in.
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Posted: 18th Mar 2017 21:13
Looking cool, Sepp! Ride the wind, mate! \m/
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Posted: 19th Mar 2017 01:13
He he, cheers mate.

Also, in my travels I came across this video (Parental Warning: Steel Panther). The kid asked to play guitar on stage, they do their in character banter and then let him play. Gonna say kudos to the kid for daring to do it and pulling it off and Steel Panther for letting a fan take over playing one of their songs.
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Posted: 19th Mar 2017 14:18
Quote: "The kid asked to play guitar on stage"

Lucky for him...but...I'm playing Painkiller on my guitar right now...can't beat that! \m/

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Quote: "* If your post has the number 13 in it anywhere, and you received points for that post, you have to get the next points post that contains 13 in order to claim your first set of points. If you fail to do that, you can always get the next post to contain 31 to reverse your points, which may actually earn you more points. If it does earn you more points though, you'll be given a rigorous test, consisting of a treasure hunt across the globe. You'll have to find 31 items all hand-crafted by myself (you'll know them because I put my own blood in each one). Upon receiving instructions, you must find all items within one year, but the time between finding the items must be the same (there's an error of a few seconds so long as you smile). If you do find all items within a year, and have evenly spaced times between finds, your points are automatically reversed. If not, you will be brought back to the secret Island of the Posting Competition. On this island, you will be marked as having failed the test. You will then be put in the cave with the other failures. On the one year anniversary of your marking day, you will be brought out by the tribe and allowed to fight for your freedom. Winning the fight means that you will forever be free (unless you decide to try and reverse your points again, and fail a second time, in which case all of the above will be repeated, but more difficult). You will be forever marked, and possibly shunned by society.

* If you post at exactly the 11th hour of any odd dated Tuesday of an even month in a double year (e.g., 2020, 3333, etc...), your post will appear in gold. If wearing the official glasses of the Posting Competition, the gold post will transform itself, revealing the exact date and time of the next available points.

* Your 100,000th point post must make an offer to the points gods. It favors food, particularly sweets. But not store-bought, they must be home made sweets.

* Every post you make, your signature must be slightly different than the last, but not be a repeat of one of the last 20 signatures. This means that you can create 20 different signatures at the least, and interchange them. If you repeat all signatures in the same order though, your signature will be permanently changed to contain embarrassing facts about you.
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How long has this been in the rules for this thread? I kinda want to attempt the reversing points thing now
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Posted: 19th Mar 2017 16:03
Quote: "Lucky for him...but...I'm playing Painkiller on my guitar right now...can't beat that! \m/"


Practising for when you ask Rob Halford if you can play for him?

I am also a big fan of Dissident Aggressor, just that opening to it the vocals and the guitar kicking in, put on full blast. And shows exactly how high Halford can go in his notes.



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Posted: 19th Mar 2017 16:15
Quote: "When I can, I'll be looking at the new Honda Rebel CMX500"

Nice, I'm sure you're more looking forward to that. Do you plan on going for your A license at some point or sticking with A2?

Quote: "How long has this been in the rules for this thread?"

They were put in a while back (when Aaron showed up on the forums again).
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Posted: 19th Mar 2017 18:09
Quote: "Practising for when you ask Rob Halford if you can play for him? "

Lol, that would be amazing to do!

Quote: "I am also a big fan of Dissident Aggressor"

Great song indeed, even though it was done ages ago. Also very well covered by Slayer. I guess Judas Priest started thrash with that song, lol!
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Posted: 19th Mar 2017 23:31 Edited at: 20th Mar 2017 09:48
As odd as it sounds, they attribute the birth of Thrash Metal to Queen. Then of course, Venom turned it into Black Metal, with the likes of Bathory and Emperor perfecting it and it's funny to think of Black Metal having roots to Queen. But it was Stone Cold Crazy's rhythm that evolved into it. No surprise that Metallica have covered it...and Am I Evil, another song attributed to the sound of Thrash.

However, not heard Slayer's cover. *goes and listens* Oh wait...I might have done, as I own the album it's on, it has been...probably 10 years or more since I listened to it, blimey. It has been a long time since I was properly into Slayer. Usually, when I get in the mood to listen to thrash, it's usually something like Sodom, Megadeth or old Metallica I'll listen to. Though I did get into some of the newer stuff to come out from Slayer, at least I watched those 3 music videos that had a running story between them from Repentless.

What I do like is that Rob Halford did say that he would like to do a black metal album, if he ever had the time to do one. Considering he did the growl when I saw Judas Priest live (like towards the end of Valhalla), I think he could pull it off. I am imagining his voice suited for something like Emperor's Curse You All Men.


Quote: "Nice, I'm sure you're more looking forward to that. Do you plan on going for your A license at some point or sticking with A2?"


I plan on going the whole hog for a full A License. And yes, I am looking forward to riding a Rebel too. Hell, I am sure the CB125F will provide plenty of thrill as a new rider. I was also half tempted to go for an MSX125, from the reviews they sound fun to ride, my brother rode one yesterday and loved it. But figured the CB was a more sensible first bike and to pick my joy in my second bike (plus the MSX125 is more expensive, which doesn't make sense if I aim to upgrade to a bigger engine bike anyway).
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Posted: 20th Mar 2017 20:53 Edited at: 20th Mar 2017 20:54
Quote: "As odd as it sounds, they attribute the birth of Thrash Metal to Queen"

I don't think it's all that surprising, Queen definitely had a metal side to them and Sheer Heart Attack (as an album) really showed that. That said, I definitely think there were earlier bands that were incredibly influential to Queen's style. If you've never given Van Der Graaf Generator a listen, i'd recommend doing so. In my opinion, they are one of the most important bands in all of metal, you can hear a huge influence of them in other bands (especially Ihsahn's solo albums).

Quote: "plus the MSX125 is more expensive, which doesn't make sense if I aim to upgrade to a bigger engine bike anyway"

Yeah, that was the right call. You'll probably be itching for the 500 after about a few weeks on a 125.
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Posted: 21st Mar 2017 12:44 Edited at: 21st Mar 2017 12:51
Quote: "I don't think it's all that surprising, Queen definitely had a metal side to them and Sheer Heart Attack (as an album) really showed that. That said, I definitely think there were earlier bands that were incredibly influential to Queen's style. If you've never given Van Der Graaf Generator a listen, i'd recommend doing so. In my opinion, they are one of the most important bands in all of metal, you can hear a huge influence of them in other bands (especially Ihsahn's solo albums)."


Not something that surprising, but a peculiarity that I quite like the idea of. Having known some fellow metalheads to be such purists and use the word "true metal", and then see what actually influences the metal gods we worship and what they like, to me puts down some of the metal snobbery that exists out there, fortunately, I have never been one, I love what I love and I don't care what anybody thinks. Pantera were a glam rock band and Ronnie James Dio was in what would have been the equivalent of a boy band. And most of our music has been influenced from elsewhere. Like Opeth too, their change to prog should highlight how much of their music was actually influenced by prog and the likes of Yes.

Hence I also make no preference on whether something is mainstream or not, somebody told me that In Flames is too mainstream these days and I didn't realise they had gone mainstream...nor do I care, though I will admit, I am not too big a fan of their latest album. But bands change directions. Therion, Opeth, Anathema, Bathory, Nightwish, Amorphis, all very good bands I love to pieces, but all made changes in directions that I also approved of. Therion, Opeth, Anathema and Amorphis all formerly being death metal bands. On the note of Anathema, what I really did appreciate them, when I went to see them on their Resonance tour instead of having support bands, they filled the time with 2 other shows, so in essence, three Anathema shows, one for each era of Anathema and even getting old band members back to properly do the whole set. Given they've been around since the early 90's, it was a really nice thing for a fan like me who'd have still been in diapers when they were originally performing their earliest stuff.

Given the huge change Anathema made in styles, it'd be like My Dying Bride turning into Sigur Ros. And they pulled it off, and as somebody who started listening to Anathema during their "mid" era, I am happy I got to watch them to do at least 1 song from every album. At the same time it was surreal. Because the evening started like this and ended like this.

And in my searches for Anathema videos, I discovered they performed a cover of a Pink Floyd song...and got Stephen Hawking to do his bit. Linky.

Quote: "Yeah, that was the right call. You'll probably be itching for the 500 after about a few weeks on a 125."


Yep, I was almost tempted by the MSX/Grom, but I am happy with my choice and my plans for the future. The Rebel 500 is a definite possibility, plus looks quite customisable, I seen some cool looking customisations already. But I'd probably stick with the nake bike for the most part, unless I find sensible modifications I like the look of.

Also, I am noticing one of the annoyances of having a really high resolution monitor. Upscaling. I am trying to practice my hazard perception, but the videos are all standard definition and look terrible upscaled and I get lots of articles on screen that blur out smaller details like indicator lights. If only my old monitor still worked. [edit] And whilst I am complaining about not noticing things as early as I'd like due to articles on the screen (but still getting points to pass), I fail one on a cyclist, even though I spotted them before the software tells me when I should have spotted him. XD
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Quote: "Anathema "

I love all Anathema, they're such a great band.

Quote: "Hence I also make no preference on whether something is mainstream or not, somebody told me that In Flames is too mainstream these days and I didn't realise they had gone mainstream"

I also don't like the argument that a band is "mainstream". I can understand if a band changes their sound to appeal to a completely different demographic (sell outs) but if a band gets popular just by being good, then good on them. As far as In Flames go, I have to admit, I've never really been a fan. Even of their older stuff, they never really impressed me much.

Quote: "But I'd probably stick with the nake bike for the most part, unless I find sensible modifications I like the look of. "

Another thing to keep in mind is how long you plan on having the bike for. Unless you're making a modification that can increase resale of the bike (or is just really simple), if you don't plan on keeping it for more than a couple years it's better to avoid the hassle of making modifications as if something goes wrong you could end up spending way more than you intended.
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Posted: 22nd Mar 2017 05:08
I will take these points, because no one else will.

Btw...for all metalheads on these forums...anyone listened to Elegis and/or Fractal Generator yet? I just did...and I liked it very very much! \m/



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Posted: 22nd Mar 2017 12:23 Edited at: 22nd Mar 2017 12:27
Quote: "I also don't like the argument that a band is "mainstream". I can understand if a band changes their sound to appeal to a completely different demographic (sell outs) but if a band gets popular just by being good, then good on them. As far as In Flames go, I have to admit, I've never really been a fan. Even of their older stuff, they never really impressed me much."


I am in agreement, I don't think music should be about appealing to a demographic or making the most money, though I can understand needing money to pay the bills etc. but when you're a band with a big fan base anyway, chances are you're not needing to worry about your day-to-day money problems. Music I argue is not something that should be treated in the same way as business. Or any of the arts.

And appealing to a demographic doesn't always mean a band's sound will change either. Some bands will let themselves go stagnant to play it safe with fans than actually take their music in its natural progression. At the same time, some bands don't change, because they love what they do so much and have no plans to give up any time soon, which is what I get when I see classic 70's and 80's metal bands, there's the view that their metal will never die and have a lot of fun on stage. Like when I see Saxon or Maiden, you can tell they're loving it. And on the note of Maiden, they're practically worshipped as gods, are among the highest of fame and to a level where you might expect divas or for their fame to get to their head and the egos to break loose, but actually, they are still like blokes you might meet down the pub.

Quote: "Btw...for all metalheads on these forums...anyone listened to Elegis and/or Fractal Generator yet? I just did...and I liked it very very much! "


Hey, not bad. For some reason, a band called Sarpanitum comes to mind. They're a band who're inspired by ancient Mesopotamia.






Quote: "Another thing to keep in mind is how long you plan on having the bike for. "



That is very true. It'll be a case of crossing that bridge when I come to it, whether I like it enough to keep it for a longer period of time, or whether I seek something else when I pay off the finance. Or whether I do what my brother did, and get two bikes. Or my uncle, who was going to get rid of his Triumph because he wanted to ride a sportier bike again and my aunt's approach was "why just not get a second bike instead of selling your Triumph?" She treats him well, my mum would have never said something like that to my dad about his guitars. Or as he posted on his Facebook this morning.
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Posted: 22nd Mar 2017 15:03 Edited at: 22nd Mar 2017 17:51
Quote: "Hey, not bad. For some reason, a band called Sarpanitum comes to mind. They're a band who're inspired by ancient Mesopotamia. "

Never heard of them before, but glad I did now, thanks for the link!

There's so much great (new) bands these days that it's hard to keep track, lol.

While searching for some of the old school stuff I liked, I stumbled upon this beauty ! In my opinion much better than the original track by the same band...Bathory! Enjoy! \m/

Btw...was able to play this song years ago on my guitar. Haven't tried lately, but should be fun to do.

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Quote: "And appealing to a demographic doesn't always mean a band's sound will change either"

True, but I was talking more specifically about In Flames since that's what they get flack for. There are plenty of times a band's sound will change without selling out. Going back to Priest, they've essentially changed sound every two or three albums, but they always make a good album (I'll fight anyone who says Turbo is a bad album, because it's not. Ram It Down is another story. That album is pretty much the only garbage album they ever released).

Quote: "Or whether I do what my brother did, and get two bikes"

A second bike is always nice, provided they're different enough to want to use them both (though, not at the same time).

Quote: "anyone listened to Elegis and/or Fractal Generator yet"

Fractal Generator, yes. They're quite a good band. I don't think I've listened to Elegis though. They are pretty good.

On another note, Death Therapy album was released and is quite interesting. If Nine Inch Nails decided to become a death metal band, this is exactly what they'd sound like
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Quote: "though, not at the same time"

What if they're so good that you do want to use them at the same time?????

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Posted: 22nd Mar 2017 23:24 Edited at: 22nd Mar 2017 23:26
Quote: "True, but I was talking more specifically about In Flames since that's what they get flack for."


Ah, I wasn't aware they were getting any flack, other than in a colleague's "they're mainstream" rant and somebody I don't usually pay any attention to.



Quote: "On another note, Death Therapy album was released and is quite interesting. If Nine Inch Nails decided to become a death metal band, this is exactly what they'd sound like"


I never heard of them, but am glad that I now have. You only had to entice me with two things, Nine Inch Nails and Death Metal.

Which also reminds me, for FFXIV primal fights, they like to have a theme track for each and Powerman 5000 complained that they ripped off one of their songs for Sephirot's fight (not Sephiroth, as in Sephirot from FFVI's Warring Triad).

I thought it was a great track, but I was thinking when I first did it, "this is like Nine Inch Nails, sweet" then listened to the Powerman song is was allegedly copying and my first thought was "you're complaining they stole your style from a song you did that sounds very much like Nine Inch Nails?" See below. But I was just psyched they used Industrial for one of their themes.



But they do that sort of thing a lot at least. I like the phase change of Shiva and Ravana had a slight Rammstein flair to the vocals.
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Posted: 23rd Mar 2017 20:07 Edited at: 23rd Mar 2017 20:09
Quote: "What if they're so good that you do want to use them at the same time"

I have not planned for that scenario.

Quote: "Ah, I wasn't aware they were getting any flack, other than in a colleague's "they're mainstream" rant and somebody I don't usually pay any attention to."

Yeah, I've seen a lot of people complain about their change in style.
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And my bike came yesterday and here's a photo (next to my brother's Triumph):




But I cannot ride it yet, I didn't complete my CBT in one go, but returning tomorrow, to hopefully finish it. The only thing I need to work on is clutch control, brake control and gaining more confidence at higher speeds (which comes with the first two). I was getting it right 2 out of 3 times, but everything else I was fine for. I think I got too used to bicycles with weak levers and have never used a motorcycle or moped or any kind of vehicle, so I was just at times struggling to keep within the 'sweet' spot on the clutch and brake. I was riding a Suzuki, but the gear and neutral lights were faulty (and I think he had me use this bike on purpose to not get me to rely on them or take them for granted and he showed me how to compensate), which was a pain, as it was gear 2's light that didn't show, so with the neutral light not working, it wasn't always obvious whether I was in neutral or second gear lol.
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Nice, Sepp! I would love to have/ride a Harley Davidson, or a Ducati, but...I don't have my driver's license, and I think that a Ducati would be too powerfull to begin with, lol.

Quote: "Fractal Generator, yes. They're quite a good band. I don't think I've listened to Elegis though. They are pretty good."

Yup, both are excellent bands.

More metal related stuff...it seems that the one and only Metal God Rob Halford and his crew are working on a new album! Oooooh yeah! Really looking forward to that! \m/
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Quote: "The only thing I need to work on is clutch control, brake control and gaining more confidence at higher speeds"

Yeah, all that comes with practise.

Quote: "it wasn't always obvious whether I was in neutral or second gear lol"

If your bike has a gear indicator it really is good to get used to riding without looking at it. In the event you need to know exactly which gear you're in, if you already know you can make decisions a lot faster than having to look down.

Quote: "it seems that the one and only Metal God Rob Halford and his crew are working on a new album"

Awesome! I have no doubt it will be excellent just like their last album.
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Posted: 25th Mar 2017 13:18
Quote: "Awesome! I have no doubt it will be excellent just like their last album."

'Redeemer of Souls' was/is a great album, same for 'Nostradamus'. Still listen very often to songs like 'Prophecy', 'Death', 'Revelations', 'Nostradamus', 'Walls of Valhalla', 'Dragonaut', 'Redeemer of Souls', etc, etc...
Even though K.K. was a big part of JP (and I love his great looking guitars ), I think that Richie Faulkner also fits very well in the band.
One of the songs from the Halford era that I really really like, is undoubtedly 'Silent Screams'. Just epic! And of course, not to forget the excellent acoustic versions they did of 'Diamonds and Rust', and 'Worth Fighting For'. \m/
Rob's voice has matured over the years, and I really like it. He still sings better than 80% of some of the newer bands today, lol!
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Quote: "Nice, Sepp! I would love to have/ride a Harley Davidson, or a Ducati, but...I don't have my driver's license, and I think that a Ducati would be too powerfull to begin with, lol."


Thanks. I am thinking of a cruiser to upgrade to, but not a Harley, I think I mentioned the Honda Rebel 500 in a previous post, looks like a likely chance, but as the people I did my CBT with do the test on a Honda Hornet, I could decide whether I'd want to continue with a street bike and upgrade to the newer version of the Hornet (I was riding on the bake of one on Thursday, and it felt so smooth) or go for a cruiser, like my brother rides. But Harleys are pretty expensive and from what I hear, not as reliable though it is hearsay, so I don't know how reliable they actually are.

But I think I will like my Honda and tomorrow I'll be riding out on it because I finished my CBT today (woot) and the instructor was happy to sign me off. I would say, start less powerful, because less risk of going too fast or over throttling it. In the UK learners are restricted to a 125cc and riding today and Thursday, especially out on the road today, I can see why that is. Though, I can also see why people don't stick on them for too long either; because at 5th gear, I could see the bike I was on needing a bit more effort to get past 50mph, that said, I was still a fair way from the red line.

Also, with the CBT, the instructor encouraged me to ride a different bike to the one I rode on Thursday, as it'd get me in the mindset of riding a different bike and getting used to finding everything on the bike and it worked out quite nice too. Because he got me on a Lexmoto, which I liked a lot more than the Suzuki, which is surprising because the Suzuki is a Japanese bike, whereas the Lexmoto is Chinese, and people generally recommend Japanese bikes and tell you to keep away from Chinese ones. However, the instructor was explaining, whilst it is the case that Chinese bikes are generally cheap as well as unreliable, Lexmoto saw the gap in the market for good Chinese bikes and decided to go for something more reliable, but still keep a low enough cost and that the one they've got was surprisingly good, but still argued that the Suzuki is a better bike. I just felt better on the Lexmoto. I didn't catch the model name, but I believe it was one of these. Which is about half the price of my Honda.


Quote: "Yeah, all that comes with practise."


Oh aye, I was much better at it today, but still need to work on my braking finesse, I stop at the right time, I just need to practice smoothing it out. But clutch to start and maintaining clutch control has come along much better, I still need some work on it to handle turning from when stationary, but am doing it safely enough, just making it more fluent.


Quote: "More metal related stuff...it seems that the one and only Metal God Rob Halford and his crew are working on a new album! Oooooh yeah! Really looking forward to that! \m/"


I didn't know, but sweet! But Judas Priest are very much "we're gonna keep doing this until we're dead". They love it too much.

Quote: "Rob's voice has matured over the years, and I really like it. He still sings better than 80% of some of the newer bands today, lol!"


And I like that he's worked with it, rather than against it. Sadly, not all vocalists manage it, I'll be honest, I was disappointed by The Scorpians because I don't think he quite got it with how his voice had changed and against with Axel Rose when I saw Guns and Roses. But Priest, Saxon, Maiden, Deep Purple, Dio and others have nailed it. And on the note of Deep Purple, Ian Gillan's voice has changed a lot, but he's rolled with it too. To compare his vocals in Smoke on The Water and to a modern version and a more recent(ish) track he did. I may have picked that track, being a huge Final Fantasy nerd, and it was a collaboration of Ian Gillan and Nobuo Uematsu. And some of the stuff Nobuo has done works quite well as metal, hence the band The Black Mages, who Nobuo plays keyboard for, like Grand Cross.

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Posted: 26th Mar 2017 06:29
Quote: "not as reliable though it is hearsay"
Whoa. After being alive for 19 years and hearing 'hearsay' uttered many times, I've literally just realized that it's a combination of the words 'hear' and 'say'. Clever word, it is!
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Posted: 26th Mar 2017 21:37
Not to be confused with heresy.
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Ahah!

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Anyone else still scrolling to the bottom of the page for Geek Culture?
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Quote: "Anyone else still scrolling to the bottom of the page for Geek Culture?"

Yep...lol...but when I'm allmost at the bottom, I realize I was too far and then scroll back up.
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Posted: 28th Mar 2017 06:00
See... I only ever look at Geek Culture. The other parts of the forum are nearly non existent to me...
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Posted: 28th Mar 2017 21:06
Quote: "See... I only ever look at Geek Culture. The other parts of the forum are nearly non existent to me..."

Same, but I like seeing all the other things. It makes it less lonely.
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Gotcha. Are you folks like me, where you always, no matter what, have a tab open for the forums?

Seriously, ever since I joined 6 and a half years ago in September of 2010, the TGC forums have always been the leftmost tab open in my browser, at all times. Interesting with how little I've posted here lately.
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No, I never have any tabs open.
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Posted: 28th Mar 2017 23:21 Edited at: 28th Mar 2017 23:24
If anyone happens to still be making games and has been looking for an inverse kinematics library, I'd be grateful if you could give my library a spin. I didn't see a library like this anywhere else so I took it upon myself to write one. I've implemented the FABRIK (forwards and backwards reaching inverse kinematics) algorithm, which is a fairly recent and highly efficient algorithm for solving the IK problem.

Find it here: https://github.com/thecomet93/ik

I wrote wrappers for the Urho3D game engine, the PR is still pending but you can build the branch if you are impatient. https://github.com/urho3d/Urho3D/pull/1871

Now for some screenshots to get you hooked on its capabilities.

It can solve arbitrary trees with multiple end effectors and disconnected chains.



Obviously it works with animations. Here you see an example where I've pinned the hand of the dog to a fixed location. The blue lines represent where it would be according to the animation.



Interpolating between initial and result trees is possible. In the case of the solution being far away from the initial tree, you can enable nlerping, which makes transitioning look more natural for organic creatures. Here it is with and without nlerp.



The solver supports target rotations as well as target positions, with inverse square decay:



The only thing currently NOT supported and still under development are arbitrary constraints. It will require an overhaul of the algorithm to make it possible due to the unfortunate fact that the solver works in global space but constraints work in local space. I'll have to transform to and fro every iteration which is a little bit disappointing, as it will impact performance quite a bit.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me at any time.

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Very cool Comet
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Posted: 30th Mar 2017 10:41 Edited at: 30th Mar 2017 10:44
I've having weird issues with my internet that make gaming fairly impossible. So I was having issues a while back and it turned out one of my housemates was uploading constantly to Google Drive which basically killed the internet. That's stopped and normally the internet was fine. But today it's been doing strange things. Check this out:



The ping sits at around 4-7ms which is great. But it periodically spikes to 100-200ms (sometimes as high as 400, approximately every 5 seconds). Anybody have an explanation for this? I have no idea what would be causing it. If it was torrenting or streaming on my network, I'd be expecting a consistent 40ms or something. The low ping and periodic spikes doesn't make sense


EDITTTTTTTTTTTTTTT:
Well the plot thickens.................

Now I really have no idea what the cause is, although at least it's been narrowed down here

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Definitely looks to be a local network issue. Have you power cycled the router, pc, and any switches or access points between them?

Do you have another device you can test ping to the router with? Does it show the same spike?

How many devices are connected? You may try disconnecting one, see if spikes clear up, if not, reconnect it and disconnect something else, one after another until you isolate a problem device.

Have any new devices been added to the network recently?

Is this a wireless network? Might try moving to another channel to reduce interference with close proximity neighbors. Also non networked appliances and electronics can cause interference, anything new or changed with this type of equipment?

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Well, after some investigating, it turned out the ping spikes aligned with network usage spikes in task manager. The thing is, they persisted after killing every non-system process.
Resource Monitor was saying svchost.exe and dashost.exe were using the internet, but unfortunately Resource Monitor doesn't actually give you a way to work out exactly what process is causing the spikes. It'll show the spike on its network graph, but in the list of processes it only shows the average usage over the past minute.

I ended up disabling BITS and DAS using services.msc and restarting which fixed the problem! However I still don't know which one of those was actually the problem (or maybe neither).

Tl;dr The problem was with my laptop. I fixed it but I'm not sure what exactly caused it

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Well, time to avoid the internet for the rest of the day.
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Why only the rest of the day ?
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Posted: 1st Apr 2017 21:28
And I've only just discovered Rammsteinn did an album of piano covers for a number of their songs, it is really mellowing me out. But they do translate rather nicely to piano at least.

However, this one isn't from the album, but I did find this piano version of Mein Herz Brennt on YouTube.



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And I've just earned me more points. No one else takes them, so I will do the honours.

Nice find btw, Sepp! Rammstein is a spectacular band live. A friend of mine saw them live once. He loved it. \m/

Oh...and the new Demon Hunter album is also out for streaming and in stores! Me and budokaiman pre-ordered several months ago. Eagerly awaiting the delivery. \m/

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