My Affair with Computers

When I was younger I used to spend a lot of hours playing video games. It was the best thing in the world then. It’s the one thing I look forward to most in the morning, and when I was in school bored listening to my teacher. It could be my addiction that has cost me my examination marks. You see, playing computer games was one thing that I thought I want to spend my whole life doing. The idea of being able to play an entirely different life, a hero, appeals to me so much more than my ordinary life. I even thought I will align my life achievements to creating an immersive and multiplayer educational game. Like “The Elder Scrolls Morrowind” but with real plants, real people speaking English, and morals to teach us about society. Of course that never happened. There was no way I could have built such a sophisticated software. Even by today’s standards with all the highly simplified Integrated Development Environments. “Aren’t computers meant to make our lives easier? Didn’t the guy on the Microsoft TV commercial say that?” I would think and it’s partly true.

Then came my teenage years, and the popularity of the Internet started growing. People started being frequently online. Google started becoming relevant and useful. I started searching the Internet for Range Rovers, Defenders, videos on cars off roading and Music Videos. I’d marvel at the ability of the artists to provide free songs on YouTube. Most didn’t have videos like we do today, it used to show only a picture of the album with the music. I grew up with the Internet, learning the culture of the world through it. (Well, maybe the culture defined by the Internet, like the Nerdfighters, Brotherhood 2.0). I started to realise the power one wields in being the Internet service provider. The Internet was unstoppable and everyone benefits in life and work from it. Those who are afraid of technology, has to live through it. I have an innate feeling that our generation will usher in a new age. Different in comparison to previous generations because we have the aid of the Internet.


Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall

If you only know Adele through her songs, you may be in for a shock as vulgarity and unsightly behavior were portrayed at the beginning of her concert. Fear not as I digress, you will like her the way I do, or even more.

Today, I brought her album and immediately, I contemplated watching it. Atop my doorstep, I was calmed and settled but relentlessness swooped in quick as I was untying my shoe laces. So I confronted my dad just so I could borrow his Hi-fi to enjoy the added beauty of her voice as justice demands nothing less than a television built-in speaker. Those television speakers are absolutely horrible, and therefore DVD players should always be sold together with a home entertainment system if the consumer does not have one. “Hi-Fi” is an abbreviation for Hi-Fidelity, as self-explanatory as it is, it also refers to home theatre set considering cinematographers often create special effects(sound) that renders expensive system pointless.

Her first two songs weren’t of my expectation and perhaps it was me but as you sit through much of her lolly-gagging after each song, where vulgarities were the norm at the beginning and her awfully disturbing laughter weren’t actually disturbing but causing more laughter, you slowly set in and sedate as you try to discern and vicariously understand her because you know, you are in for something you have felt and that awful anguish will soon be soothed by her monumental vocal.

Fortunately half-way into the concert my impression of her changed greatly as I better understand, through her amazingly well written songs and talks on what inspired her to compose such a piece were coherent. I believe she is the Shakespeare of the musical industry. Her songs were so intense that she had to have a few gags just so some of the audience do not become too emotional that they could not take it. Many broke down, but wore a smile and some were spotted staring blankly, staring into space, lost in her art of her body waver(my gag!).

Summary :

So I was spiralling into the depths of my own despair, delved into my difficult times, all reminded again. But her last song, Rolling In The Deep, though equally intense, got me back to my norm. When the concert ended, my thoughts on my history were perceived with less regrets than before. Perhaps it was rocket science? I have no idea, but that is what’s so great about music. Tell me that I’m wrong.

Vivera – Dare To Live

What’s an opera singer doing in the 19th century? Has his family decided to slow down? Bahhhh, what am I saying… He ain’t an opera singer, he’s an Italiano! Ahem, I mean Italian. And there are no such genetic folklores!

Dad loves his voice. He first heard of him on Okto, a local free Art channel accessible to anyone who owns a TV. I first saw David Foster in an AV showroom of Courts Tampinese. On an aside, it seems like I am able to recall experiences I had long long time ago. But only feelings were resurrected, not much visual, is that why I could appreciate music so much? That showroom was for a top-end Morel speaker-on-the-wall compact theatre system. It was the familiar tune I heard when I was younger that caused me to realise this was something dad would see to, it was “The Hitman Returns: David Foster and Friends”. (David Foster is a Canadian musician whose daughter, Amy Foster, was almost engaged to Michael Bublé.) I knew I should have got him to buy the Blue-ray type even though it was $85.00 because quality music was our thing. Without it, life would be so mundane, and I wish to avoid that.

David Foster

The DVD includes many different array of artists. Legendary ones like Kenny G did the most amazing prologue with his soprano saxophone while Celion Dion chose to present herself virtually in the projector of a recent concert recording of hers, Celion Dion: Live in Las Vegas.

I believe there was something personal! 😛

It was that DVD that led us, or me rather, to the findings of once-thought-extinct artists. You may want to refer to the content of the disc in Amazon. Who knows? Some may be whom you have once vigorously sought. Now to release the sorrow of your next curiosity: About the sound quality, there were PCM Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 to select from. But I trailed through the two audio formats on my remote and surprisingly, for the DTS 5.1, the sound was a HUGE improvement. All of the sudden the audio exploded out of the speakers with jaw dropping clarity. I give the audio all its stars. Get the Blue-ray version though!

For Andrea Bocelli fans:|

The Blue-ray version I got!

Andrea Bocelli was born in Lajatico, in rural Tuscany, not far from the ancient city of Pisa. Fascinated by the passion and storytelling of opera and traditional Italian music, Andrea dreamed of following in the footsteps of his idols; celebrated Italian tenors including Mario Del Monaco, Beniamino Gigli and especially Franco Corelli. While a child, Andrea’s beautiful, natural voice had made him something of a local celebrity. However his musical dreams were to be interrupted by the realities of adult life. To placate his family and their concerns for his future, he graduated from the University of Pisa in law, practicing as a state-appointed defense attorney for a short time. But his passion for music remained, and Andrea was soon studying under a number of maestros, most notably achieving a personal triumph and a source of encouragement when accepted as a pupil for master classes by his hero, tenor Franco Corelli.