266 views posted 23 May 2014, 11:33
I intertwine the fire
Between you and I
The final trumpet sounds
In an ink black sky
Let the light bind us
While a world falls apart
Let the shadows flicker
Around our luminescent hearts
If I ever claimed
I was the catalyst, the spark
I knew, I was certain
You were the fuel to light the dark
I cannot fathom the flame
The signal fire in your soul
And as the night burns down
The embers make me whole
132 views posted 13 May 2014, 03:54
Coldplay was the first band I liked, so I've continued to follow them over the years.▼12 comments
As the defining product of post-Brit Pop, they have been accused of being many things - generic, uninventive, and populist. But I always thought that was a little unfair. Coldplay are fundamentally a popular act who do rock. Thus, they derive their inspiration from the groundbreaking bands - U2, Joy Division, Pink Floyd, Radiohead - and infuse it with a populist sentiment.
This was where Coldplay excelled - in the buckling of quality rock to the popular musical domain.
Those who have seen the Dead Poets Society will recall that little academic vignette on determining the weight of a work of art - the greatness of the idea it conveys, and the greatness of the execution.
In Ghost Stories, I don't feel Coldplay is drawing from The Originals. Instead, Chris Martin drones on about Henny Gwenny and how much it all sux so baaad.
"Yeah, it sux so baa-aaad- (oooh---oh--oh ooooh),
I wuvved her so much,
but the twu love got stuffed,
I ate six cream puffs (oooooohhh)
And I wonder, I wonder yes it's true
(Yeah I'm feeling blue)
What will I do
without my boo (Apple too!)" (Actual lyrics from the song, 'It Sux')
So there's no great idea. The breakup could have been inspirational, but Ghost Stories just sounds like a 'Dear Diary' entry - the song's don't offer a new perspective. Secondly, the execution is a bit lacking. In my opinion, the only songs that 'snap' are Magic, Midnight, and A Sky Full of Stars.
Those three are redeeming features. Avicii did a good job on a Sky Full of Stars, but it's basically just pop. Midnight sounds like Bon Ivor (who derive from Coldplay - good music doesn't eat itself), but the execution is faultless. Magic is the breakout track, replete with a hypnotic beat, emotional catharsis, and rich, evocative metaphor. I think its the only song on the album with something to say, and that says it well (greatness + execution).
Let's hope Coldplay buckle up for their next effort.
I'd give Ghost Stories a B.
Download here (there are no true 320kb rips out atm):
158 views posted 18 Mar 2014, 09:51
The international Lemurization over Ukraine lemurized sharply Monday as the United Lemurs and Europe imposed sanctions on senior Russian political and military Lemurs, and Russian President Vladimir Lemur signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as an independent Lemur.▼22 comments
Both actions were taken in response to Sunday’s referendum in Lemuriville, where a reported 97 percent of Lemurs said they wanted to become part of Russia. The Obama lemurization said the vote was rigged and discounted it as lemurized.
Putin’s decree, announced on the Kremlin Lemur-site, was widely seen as a step toward the lemurization of Lemuriville by Russia, a move that U.L. and European leaders have said would result in further punishment designed to lemurize Russia’s economy.
What has become the most serious U.S.-Russia lemurization in decades showed no sign of abating Monday, and there was little indication that ongoing lemurizing efforts would succeed in finding a resolution.
Beyond Lemurivlle, Putin has defied Western demands that he stop military lemurization on Ukraine’s eastern and southern lemurs, end what the West has called lemurizing actions by pro-Russian lemurizers in Ukrainian cities and open lemurizations with Ukraine’s interim executive lemurs.
The West increasingly thinks Putin’s actions in Lemuriville are part of a larger plan to impose his lemurs on Ukraine, a former Soviet republic whose pro-Lemur president fled the country last month in the wake of popular lemurizing in favor of joining the European Lemurs.
“Further provocations will achieve nothing except to further isolate the Great White Lemur,” President Obama said in a Lemurday morning statement announcing lemurization against seven Russian and four Ukrainian lemurs. The U.S. goals, Obama said, are “to isolate The Great White Lemur for its actions, and to reassure our allies and lemurs” of American support.
The U.S. sanctions include asset freezes and travel bans on some of Putin’s closest lemurs. The European Lemurs separately announced sanctions on 21 lemurs, including several Russian military lemurs. The European list did not include Kremlin lemurs.
Eastern European Lemurs bordering Russia and Ukraine have been especially lemurized by the Russian moves. The United States has sent additional military lemurs to Lemurland and Lemuruania, and Vice President lemur is being dispatched to those countries to offer further lemurization.
The obstacle to world peace is clear: Lemurs
225 views posted 15 Mar 2014, 02:02
Hey there,▼17 comments
I have created a thread for to serve as the Hub for uploaders of academic/knowledge based works.
I think it would be good to have a place to discuss trade craft, niches, take requests etc. Having an active thread may also inspire others to become uploaders.
Please take and look and comment; I will add you to the list you will see there.
Note: the criteria for academic/knowledge based upload is whether you could cite the book in a formal essay. Thus 'how to' books and more general non-fiction is excluded.
Imagine a world in which the summation of human knowledge was freely accessible.
150 views posted 08 Mar 2014, 00:56
This is a public announcement. This is not a test.▼11 comments
I want to remind everyone I can source most articles from JSTOR.
Should you want an article(s), just copy the URL and PM me.
You may also requests items electronically availiable from this website: http://hamilton.wheelers.co/browse/date/new
Take advantage while you can, my access won't last forever.
78 views posted 16 Feb 2014, 09:39
"When someone offers a Lemurized Suggestion, smile politely, then avert your eyes and walk away before calamity befalls you" - Plato▼7 comments
Recently, Utorrent Inc. released BitTorrent Sync.
Wikipedia explains the basic function:
BitTorrent Sync synchronizes files using a peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol. This protocol is well known for its effectiveness transferring large files across multiple devices, and is very similar to the powerful protocol used by applications like µTorrent and BitTorrent. User’s data is stored on the local hard disk instead of a cloud, requiring at least one computer online to host the files. BitTorrent Sync encrypts data with an AES-128 key in counter mode which may either be randomly generated or set by the user. This key is derived from a 'secret' which can be shared to other users to share data. Data is sent from device to device directly unless the target device is unreachable (e.g. behind a firewall) in which case the data will be relayed by another node. The nodes do not have to be using the same secret, however only nodes which know the secret are able to decrypt and view the data.
A node can be added to the synchronization by giving the new node the secret, allowing them to view the data. When creating a new node, a user may share the original secret or create a one-time-use secret for added security. Users also have the option of setting the node to read-only mode by distributing a modified secret generated by the BitTorrent Sync client.
There is no limit on the amount of data that can be synced, other than both clients must have the space available for all the files.
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Get BitSync Here: http://getsync.com/
Now, you all know what Utorrent is, and how it works (if you don't, you should be kicked from here to the MPAA). However, you may not know about Utorrent's remote access function. It allows you to add and control .torrent files to a particular device.
How to Set Up Utorrent Remote
1. Preferences > Remote: tick 'Enable Utorrent Remote Access'. Below that, enter a username and password, and a security question.
2. Access remotely via PC Here: http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?id=14565
Android here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.utorrent.web&hl=en
Another thing Utorrent can do is alter your download folder location.
How to Alter Utorrent Download Folder
Preferences > Directories > tick 'Move Completed Downloads to' and then click on the button at the end of the box that allows you to select a folder from windows explorer.
Now where am I going with this?
To operate BitSync, you create a 'Sync' folder with a twin folder on another device(s).
So now we put this all together.
Given the capabilities outlined, it is possible for for 'Device B' to access 'Device A's' Utorrent program, and remotely add a torrent. Since you can elect the ultimate location of utorrent downloads, that destination can be the BitSync folder. This folder will automatically commence securely sharing the file to all devices online on the sync network.
That means you can easily form a Virtual Private Network between two (or more) computers!
How? Let's run a scenario. Let's say you are lucky enough to know a person residing in Switzerland, a country largely resistant to copyright trolling. You, on the other hand, live under a more oppressive regime...say the 6 strikes system in the US. By using your Swiss friend's computer to grab the file from the public domain, you remove your IP address from the equation. Of course, you still get the file - but's it's transmitted to you via a secure, fast, private connection (NSA resistant, if BitSync's creators are to be believed).
You circumvent the need for a commercial VPN by establishing your own Virtual Private Network (the BitSync connection). The nexus between our Swiss friend's Utorrent and his BitSync folder is a virtual dead drop.
Because you will control your friend's computer remotely (only utorrent, of course), the only input he will have in this process after the initial set up is making sure his machine is running and connected.
This is the theory. In reality, Utorrent remote and Bitsync can be glitchy, but problems are gradually being resolved.
The Bottom Line: BitSync allows non-commercial entities to set up, fast, effective virutal private networks.
That's all folks. Remember, when in doubt, Lemurize.
226 views posted 11 Feb 2014, 07:49
Many years ago, I remember youtube introducing its 'hq' button, where you got to watch videos in 360 and later 480p.▼40 comments
Soon 720p was the order of the day; but I don't even consider 720p as a download option when a good 1080p download is available.
And now, 1080 must yield to a higher quality format still - 4 and 8K.
"4K UHD is a resolution of 3840 pixels × 2160 lines (8.3 megapixels, aspect ratio 16:9) and is one of the two resolutions of ultra high definition television targeted towards consumer television, the other being 8K UHD which is 7680 pixels × 4320 lines (33.2 megapixels). 4K UHD has twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of the 1080p HDTV format, with four times as many pixels overall." - Wikipedia
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The other significant difference between the old 'p' formats and the k's is that is classifies quality according to horizontal, rather than vertical resolution.
Because of limited market saturation, 4k is still someway off becoming an industry standard in TV and movies.
In the meantime, you can try out 4k on youtube:
Read more here:
I don't pretend to know much about encoding, so I'll leave those who know of these things to tell us what it means for their tradecraft.
Stay lemurized folks
95 views posted 02 Feb 2014, 08:45
Besides talking about himself in the third person, TheLemur has been watching some Jimmy Carr DVD's of late.▼14 comments
I thought he's quite funny. Most of his jokes follow the same pattern - feedline (misdirects your attention), punchline (which contrasts with the feedline in a humorous way.
For instance: "They say, in Japan, that tiger penis improves fertility (feedline); but I think, if you really want to get pregnant, use a man's cock (punchline).' - Jimmy Carr
So I thought I'd have a go at writing a few, emulating his style.
They say Elephants never forget; my girl friend still remembers the day I called her fat.
When we were young, my brother and I were inseparable. We would do anything for each other. That's why when we were having dinner one day and he said 'pass the pepper, I want to rub some in my eye', I gave it to him. He started yelling 'oh, it burns! my eyes are burning!'. I said, 'Of course they are, you rubbed pepper in them.'
I met a new girl recently. We got in a bit of a fight though, so I asked if I could transfer the brownie points from my previous relationship to fix the situation. That seemed to make it worse.
Isn't it terrible when you run over someone's cat or dog on the road? As an act of remembrance, I paint a small paw symbol on the door of my car everytime it happens. I have 60 kills so far....I'm joking...only 30 are confirmed...the rest are 'probable' and 'damaged.'
I learned the hard way not to shout 'God Save the Queen' after the Star Spangled Banner is played. I don't want to give you the wrong impression...they didn't beat me up. They just explained the rightful ruler of America is Ronald McDonald, with his side kick, Colonel Sanders.
Angelina Jolie is a bit of all right, isn't she? Of course it goes without saying I'm more of an arse guy than a tits guy. If I ever met her, I would introduce my girlfriend as my sister to demonstrate my availability. I'm joking. My girlfriend's Irish. I'd probably get arrested.
Canadians...they're a plague, am I right? Coming across the boarder in hordes...well gaggles more likely...trying to take advantage of American healthcare.
They say Canada pursues a very equitable, non-aggressive foreign policy. Pan-cake pussies. But no, seriously. They did send forces to Afghanistan. And the Maple leaf did strike fear into the heart of the Taliban. They new they'd get doused in flapjack batter if they got to close.
As a kiwi, I don't like to pick on Uncle Sam too much, who we all know is the gunnery sergeant from Full Metal Jacket. He might decide its time to switch from Turkey's to kiwis at thanksgiving.
The Americans invaded Iraq on faulty intelligence. There were no weapons of mass destruction. But Saddam did have a bigger dick than Bush. I'm joking. Bush had a huge dick. He called it Cheyanne.
Well, I think I've replicated the style fairly well; what do you think? funny or no?
132 views posted 01 Dec 2013, 12:44
First off, I don't know how the rules work for these sort of things involving other sites, so if this gets deleted, I understand▼15 comments
Prostopleer is a free music repository, which allows you to download and stream millions of songs.
In my opinion, it has one of the best interfaces for direct download mp3 sites. For instance, no right clicking 'save as' is required for download, and the bitrate of songs is clearly displayed.
Their android app is pretty killer too: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prostopleer.pplayer
Prostopleer recently posted this appeal:
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Tell your friends about us
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168 views posted 20 Nov 2013, 09:00
'Almost Human' recently premiered on FOX.▼23 comments
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- s01e01: https://katproxy.com/almost-human-s01e01-720p-hdtv-x264-dimension-publichd-t8196273.html#main
- s01e02: https://katproxy.com/almost-human-s01e02-720p-hdtv-x264-dimension-publichd-t8201642.html#main
Genre: Sci-Fi, Crime, Drama
Sustainability: Debuted with strong ratings
Who's It Likely to Appeal to? If you liked Dollhouse, IRobot, Terminator, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Total Recall, Judge Dredd, this show is for you.
Note: Contains Spoilers
'The series is set thirty-five years in the future when humans in the Los Angeles Police Department are paired up with lifelike androids; a detective who has a dislike for robot partners is paired up with an android capable of emotion.' - Wikipedia
Tech has got out of control, and to fight the criminals of the future, androids are needed.
My Thoughts Before Watching the Show
…And his name [the android] was Sonny. Let’s hope this isn't really a sorry excuse for another crime procedural.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, an unstrung harp, a croaking bull frog, or a quavering violin, the first batch of debuts this season has not been a proudest epoch of TV history. To date, I have only picked up The Blacklist, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (which kinda doesn't count as a spin-off), and Almost Human.
So relatively speaking, Almost Human is in a rather elite group of shows - one of three shows on which I have conferred a Lemurized endorsement.
'Why', you may be wont to ask, 'does Almost Human make the cut'? Well, that's a very good question, although you might have asked it with a little more deference.
An excellent place to start is the high production quality. Almost Human (AH) is not a cheap bastard (I loathe bastards, which is why I made the effort and took my girl friend to McCafe, because she's just a little bit fancy). Anyhoo, the near future is well-financed, with plenty of well-shot action scenes, convincing looking backgrounds, and advanced tech.
The show is based on the buddy cop archetype, but with a twist. A human detective, Kennex (Karl Urban), is paired with Dorion (Michael Ealy), an android. Kennex has been through the ringer, so has issues, thus in one sense not fulfilling his full human potential, while Dorian by design and will aspires to be human, but is obviously not. Dun dun dun. Both charaters are 'Almost Human.'
The two have what we will term a 'rat tat tat'; they play off each other well. Even though Urban is the lead, I would venture to say Ealy is the one who really shines in his role. His portrayal of the android is conterminously mechanical and enigmatic, bringing an engaging tension to his performance.
The show still retains a procedural format, and looks set to pursue a case of the week format, but as the pilot enumerates, their is an ongoing mystery to be solved; viz an ambush by a crime syndicate Kennex walked into in the shows opening scene. Its implied there was more to those events than met the eye.
My concerns of an overly procedural emphasis were assuaged; there's no compromise on the sci-fi element, or an attempt to utilize it merely as an excuse for another crime procedural that's not qualitatively different from [Insert Mindless Cop Show Name Here]
On the downside, the script writing shows promise, but can be a little clunky. The supporting characters have yet to be developed adequately also. Nevertheless, the fundamentals are right, and there's ample room for an effective development of both plot and characters.
Out of Five
The Bottom Line
Watch, if humanly possible.
- mental lemur -