Minggu, 05 April 2015

Part of Me

I've made terrible mistakes along my life. They come to haunt me some nights. All those life-changing decisions. How much I wish I made different ones. Don't you too? Don't you wish you answered smarter in that scholarship interview? Don't you wish you said and did the right things in front of your crush? I wish I had done a medical check-up before going to NTU. As much as I want to move on, those mistakes will never go away. Trying to forget them is an exercise in futility. I'm grateful though. They remind me how stupid I was. They keep me from making the same stupid decision. They make me the man I am now. They are part of me.

Sabtu, 07 Maret 2015

WHIPLASH - Movie Review

          A promising young drummer, Andrew Neiman, played by Miles Teller, meets an instructor (Terence Fletcher, played by JK Simmons who won an Oscar for his performance in this movie) who stops at nothing to realize his students' potential. The title, Whiplash, refers to one of the songs played in the movie. It also refers to the fierce swinging of drum sticks as if someone uses a whip to punish slaves. That's it. That's the premise of the movie. A drummer and an asshole band conductor meets. Simple. Such a simple idea marked the best 2 hours of my life. Such a simple idea gives me the whole gamut of emotions. It gives me thrill. It gives me tension. It gives me such intense, such personal feelings. It makes me chuckle. It makes me teary. It makes me want to learn drumming. It makes me google about Jazz, Jo Jones, Charlie Parker. But most importantly, it gives me burning inspiration!

          Andrew Neiman, an innocent-looking 19 years old drummer, aspires to be acknowledged by people, including and especially, his mentor, Fletcher. Against all odds, Fletcher saw him playing and recruited him to the Studio Band. From then on, his hellish journey to the top begins.
The cute Neiman, admiring the drum kit

          Terence Fletcher is a perfectionist conductor who makes sure his Studio Band is always in the best shape. He changed his players when he feels like to, when he feels they are not up to his expectation. He yells. He shouts. He humiliates the players physically, verbally, mentally, personally, from all angles. You know he would fill in the whole YouTube video of "The Best Insults in Movie". Sometimes his insults are right on the spot that it makes me laugh!

Fletcher, gutting the fat kid

           The idea of Fletcher is that, if we let people do things half-hearted, if we don't push them beyond what's expected of them, we are at risk losing the (potential) greats. He tells us the story of how Charlie Parker became a jazz legend. Jo Jones threw a cymbal at Parker for his terrible performance. He cried the whole night. The next day he practiced and practiced and practiced. A year later, he gave the best performance the world had ever witnessed.

Fletcher's philosophy

          We would most likely see Fletcher as a swearing asshole. But deep down, we know he has a point. We all kind of hope that we meet our own Fletcher. If we do meet him, we either become the best, or we'll pussy out and "make Daddy look like a success story". It’s our choice, really. At some point we wonder if Fletcher goes beyond the line and discourages the potential greats instead, he simply answers with, "The next Charlie Parker would never be discouraged."

Blood on a cymbal

What does it take to be great, to be one of the greats? What have you risked? Are you ready to sacrifice everything? Friends, girls, families? Have you trained until your muscles burn and your veins pump battery acid? Do you need to meet a heartless mentor who pushes you beyond your limits? WHIPLASH answers all of those questions. If Whiplash doesn't leave you with fiery passion to realize your dream, you either dozed off during the movie, or you just got discouraged. 

Minggu, 03 Maret 2013

Android Screen Lock Pattern Repertoire

The simplest thing to be done is often fun to play with. The other day, I've been experimenting on several methods of screen lock. Pattern being the most interesting one, as I can impress people by showcasing a beautiful pattern. So in this post, I'm going to share some of my favorite screen lock pattern on Android (version 4.1.2).

Firstly, if you don't know how to configure a lock screen, go to Settings + Lock Screen + Screen Lock. Choose "Pattern (Medium Security)" to begin.

Basic rules to a unique pattern:
1. It has to be symmetrical in some way.
2. It resembles some symbol.
3. You need to connect at least 4 dots, but not all dots are necessarily connected. For math nerds, that leaves us with a (9! + (9P8) + (9P7) + (9P6) + (9P5) + (9P4)) possible combinations of pattern, which is 985824 possible combinations. Imagine how creative we can be utilizing those possibilities!
4. Rules are made to be broken.

To simplify this tutorial, each dot is labelled with numbers:

So when I say 74269 or 96247, it will look like:

Are you ready? Let's begin to explore some fantastic pattern.

The Initial

The basic premise is putting your initial to your lock screen. While this might be easily guessed and not unique, it could settle your identity to your lock screen. Some of the letters that can be put into the lock screen are M (7415369), N (7415963), S (321456987), R (74123659), T (85213) and G (321478965).

Mr. Simple

The main idea is to connect as few dots as possible, but still maintaining its symmetry. For example:

8546, 2546, 4528, or 6528.

The Disproportionate Swastika (125897463, NOT 364798521)

The Impossible 3-Ends

 This pattern is called that way because it is somehow impossible to make 3 ends in one line, but the image shows you that it's actually possible. Plus it is also beautifully symmetrical! I proudly present the code for you: 854693217 or 856471239.

The Impossible 4-Ends

Four ends? WTF? It's actually pretty simple and less beautiful than the magical 3-ends because it's not symmetrical. here's the code: 785469321.

Now let's move on to more complex ones. 

Swarm the Centre (573289146)

Shooting Star (576248319)

 The Milky Way

This is one of the most beautiful lock screen pattern that I've ever seen. The code is 529438167. Enjoy.

That's all I have to say tonight.
Which pattern do you think is the cutest? Do you have any extraordinary pattern that you want to share? Post a comment below and let me know!

Sabtu, 23 Februari 2013

Back from the Dead

Wow. Three years. It's been three years since I do anything to fill my little universe. Part of my laziness is to blame, but the main reason I've been refraining from blogging is that I have so much to write, that I end up writing nothing.

Seems like a good excuse, huh? But this time, I ain't kidding. You can see copious drafts sitting right in my personal folder. But no worries, my loyal readers. At this moment, I'm filled with a renewed determination to continue sharing my thoughts on this blog. My universe is going to be revived.

So now that I don't have to hold on no more, be prepared to drown in my ocean of ideas. You'll come to see things my way! :))

Sabtu, 23 Oktober 2010

The Simulation Hypothesis

     Are you ready for your brain to explode? The question that is very nature about our existence! For and all out infogasm that will leave you exhilarated, breathless, and begging for more! If so then prepare to be punched in the face by the fist of knowledge because it's time for The Simulation Hypothesis!

     Through billions of years of evolution, life on earth has transformed from protists, to single-cell organisms, to mammals, all the way to strange creatures known as humans. Now, you and I are examples of these human creatures, and it is our evolutionary best interest, to be smart. Because of our natural evolutionary desires to be smart and to understand things over the course of our species existence, we have developed technology.

     Now by today's standard, the first man-made technologies were ridiculously simplistic and technological advances were far between. But as time went on and technologies were gradually developed, each new bit of technology allows the next technological step forward to happen sooner than the last. Fast forward a few thousand years and we've got computers, we've got the internet, we've got technologies being developed, at an incredible clip, with no signs of slowing down.

     Indeed, computers are increasingly empowered at such a ridiculously fast exponential rate that to try to think what they might be capable of even just fifty years from now, is damn, near, impossible!

     Let us, however, speculate a little bit! We already have computer simulation of all sorts of different things. Engineers can simulate the physics of their design. Scientists can simulate extreme experimental condition. Gamers can simulate complicated and beautiful fantasy world.

     As we continue to improve this simulation, who's to say that someday, be it as few as fifty or as many as fifty thousand years from now, we won't be able to simulate something as complicated as the entire known universe?

     Now, who knows, maybe for reasons we haven't discovered yet that there is an upper limit to our computing potential and we'll never be able to simulate hyper-complicated things. But as we understand computing today, there's no reason that simulating the entire universe, couldn't someday be possible.

     Now here's where things get really weird. If it's ever going to be possible for us to create hyper-complicated simulation with beings inside who can think for themselves and have no idea that their reality isn't really real, then who's to say that we aren't already in one? What if some society reach the technological point where they could simulate something as complex as the universe, and so they did, and that universe is where we live.

     Now what if their universe was simulated, and the universe that simulated, that universe was simulated, and the universe that simulated, that universe was simulated, and so on, and so on, literally, to the infinite!

     Once you reach this point of thought, science, and religion, and philosophy all melt together, and nothing makes sense!

     My brain is melting. I honestly think, that my brain, is melting!

     Alright, okay, let me just boil all of these down to the simplest form possible. If it is not possible for things as complicated as the entire known universe to be simulated, then reality as we experienced is almost certainly real. If it is, however, possible to simulate entire universes then reality as we experienced is almost certainly, a simulation!

     Ladies and Gentleman, this simulation hypothesis is something that totally blows, my mind!

Source: YouTube - Pogobat
Transcribed by myself. Hope you like it. Tell me what you think by posting a comment or reply me on Twitter @MarcelCorleone.

Senin, 14 Juni 2010

Apology and Greyson

My Sincere Apology
First of all, I apologize for not updating my blog for a long time. It's not that I'm lazy, it's not that I don't want to, it's just that I'm so busy with my life that I could hardly find any time to post something. Nahhh, who am I kidding, of course it's because I'm lazy. ~____~

Before I tell you about Greyson, can I ask you one big favor? Please don't judge me. It's my personal belief that one's taste in music does not determine how good of a person that person is. So just because I have the world's biggest crush on Greyson, I'm not a bad person! GOT IT? :P

I've been a greysonator (read: a fan of Greyson) recently and let me tell you why. Firstly, if you don't know who Greyson is, Greyson is a 12-year-old boy who became an instant internet music sensation when his cover of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi got noticed by millions of fans on YouTube.

What's so good about Greyson?
And here's the reason why I like him so much. The main reason is that he covered Paparazzi and he gave it his own touch, which is really cool. That's not the best thing yet, he's only 12 and he wrote his own ORIGINAL song ("Broken Hearts" and "Stars"). Plus, he's playing piano at the same time! And that's not all, this boy's a REAL worker. It's clear that he rehearsed a lot before any of his show and it's really responsible and mature of him. :)

Greyson vs Bieber?
Let me say it frankly, Greyson is WAY better than Bieber, and I have my reasoning. Greyson's voice is stronger and more original than Bieber's. And his songs (Paparazzi and Broken Hearts) are harder to sing than any of Bieber's. It's not even fair to compare them at all, Greyson is just way too better. Period. :P

For TL;DR Lazy Ass
And a special conclusion for you TL;DR lazy ass, here's my summary on how awesome Greyson is:
1. He's only 12.
2. His voice is strong.
3. He plays piano.
4. He wrote his own song.
5. He gives Lady Gaga's Paparazzi his own touch, which is really cool.
6. He puts his family in front of everything.
7. He talks nicely.
8. He's adorable.
9. Did I mention that he's only 12?? :D

Now that you know what I think, it's time for you to let me know what you think. Post a comment or tweet me @MarcelCorleone, I'll try to response to them.

Rabu, 12 Mei 2010

#1 Casual: Movies I Desperately Want To See

Today I'll post a list about movies I really really really want to see, but can't see it yet because of several reasons.

Here's the epic list:
  • Kick-Ass (2010)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  • The Godfather III (1990)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • V for Vendetta (2005)
  • Superman: Man of Steel (2013)
  • Star Wars series
From all, I'm extremely excited about Superman because Nolan is going to produce it, and he said that he had a big plan on this movie.
In case you don't know who's Nolan, he's the director of my all-time favorite movie, The Dark Knight.

I won't discuss every single one of the list here, but maybe I'll review some from the list after I watched them.
Thanks for reading, and that's pretty much it.