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The iTunes Shuffle Tag

I consider blog tags as one of the best and worst inventions in the blogosphere ever created. If you are lucky, you might get a tag that shows off your coolness to the world, and if you are jinxed like me, you get a tag that can completely devastate your entire readership in one post. This tag however, can be a little bit of both (i.e. a double edge sword). But In the end, I think my list has a whole “WTF” vibe going on if you asked me.

The premise of this tag is to simply answer the following questions by setting your MP3 player/iTunes (probably your iPod) to shuffle and then pressing next on each question. You have to jot down the name of the song for each question no matter how embarrassing or humiliating that song is. The tag also required the blogger to tag another 5 people, but I’m going to simply skip it because I’m a lazy bum.

It begins!

Q1: If someone says, “is this okay”, you say?

  • Song Title: The Battle For Everyone’s Soul
  • Album: Persona 3 Original Soundtrack
  • Artist: Shoji Meguro
  • Genre: Videogame

Q2: What Would best describes your personality?

  • Song Title: Candyman
  • Album: Back To Basics
  • Artist: Christina Aguilera
  • Genre: Pop

Q3: What do you like in a guy/girl?

  • Song Title: Legend of Zelda – Main Theme
  • Album: Super Smash Bros. Brawl Original Soundtrack
  • Artist: Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sound Team
  • Genre: Videogame

Q4: How do you feel today?

  • Song Title: Rise & Fall
  • Album: Rise & Fall, Rage & Grace
  • Artist: The Offspring
  • Genre: Rock

Q5: What is your life’s purpose?

  • Song Title: Kad Albi Ma’ah (She Took My Heart With Her)
  • Album: Lealy Nahary (My Night, My Day)
  • Artist: Amro Diab
  • Genre: Arabic

Q6: What do your friends think of you?

  • Song Title: Say Goodbye
  • Album: .hack//sign Original Sound & Song Track 2
  • Artist: Yuki Kajiura
  • Genre: Anime

Q7: What do you think of your parents?

  • Song Title: Kiss Me Goodbye
  • Album: Final Fantasy XII (Original Soundtrack)
  • Artist: Angela Aki
  • Genre: Videogame

Q8: What do you think about very often?

  • Song Title: Heavenly Star
  • Album: Heavenly Star – Single
  • Artist: Genki Rockets
  • Genre: Pop

Q9: What do you think of your best friend?

  • Song Title: Everybody’s Changing
  • Album: Hope And Fears
  • Artist: Keane
  • Genre: Alternative

Q10: What do you think of the person you like?

  • Song Title: Bosne Wa Salehni (Kiss Me & Forgive Me)
  • Album: Allah We’Allam (God Knows Better)
  • Artist: Fadl Shaker
  • Genre: Arabic

Q11: What is your life story?

  • Song Title: Free From Fear
  • Album: Biohazard 3 Last Escape Original Soundtrack
  • Artist: Masami Ueda
  • Genre: Videogame

Q12: What do you think when you see the person you like?

  • Song Title: Eyes On Me
  • Album: Final Fantasy VIII – Piano Collection
  • Artist: Nobuo Uematsu
  • Genre: Videogame

Q13: What do your parents think of you?

  • Song Title: The Tragic Prince
  • Album: Castlevania: Symphony of The Night Original Soundtrack
  • Artist: Michiru Yamane
  • Genre: Videogame

Q14: What will you dance to at your wedding?

  • Song Title: Feeling Good
  • Album: It’s Time
  • Artist: Michael Buble
  • Genre: Vocal

Q15: What will they play at your funeral?

  • Song Title: No Air
  • Album: Jordin Sparks
  • Artist: Jordin Sparks (Feat. Chris Brown)
  • Genre: Pop

Q16: What is your hobby/interest?

  • Song Title: With My Own Eyes
  • Album: Atonement (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Artist: Dario Marianelli
  • Genre: Soundtrack

Q17: What is your biggest secret?

  • Song Title: Mareed El Mahabah (Patient of Love)
  • Album: Hind 2008
  • Artist: Hind
  • Genre: Arabic

Q18: What do you think of your friends?

  • Song Title: Distant Memories
  • Album: Eureka Seven Original Soundtrack Vol. 1
  • Artist: Naoki Sato
  • Genre: Anime

Q19: What should you post this as?

  • Song Title: Jayi (I’m Coming)
  • Album: Inta Menni (You Are From Me)
  • Artist: Yara
  • Genre: Arabic

Q20: What do you think of yourself?

  • Song Title: Give It To Me
  • Album: 3 Doors Down
  • Artist: 3 Doors Down
  • Genre: Rock

My Top 10 Free iPod Touch/iPhone Applications (So Far)

Are you a cheap bastard? Of course you are. I mean my God look at you: the clothes that you got from Ross two years ago are practically worn out and dire from the constant washing with cheap laundry detergent, your hair is god-damn awful from that hair gel you got from a Canadian store (no offense), and that fragrance you are wearing is so stale that it smells like cat pee merged with rotten milk. But with all that, you are still a happy person, because above that half-broken table you got from Craigslist is a sparkly iPod Touch that is USB-attached to an ever-glossy white MacBook. But now, you want to use that iPod that probably cost you a fortune, and desperately in need to add some neat applications to brag to your other cheap bastards friends.

Fear not then, in this post I’ve compiled my top 10 favorite and most-used iPod Applications that might strike your fancy in case you haven’t downloaded or heard about them yet. So go ahead, read, search, and download, and don’t even bother commenting that you are not a cheap bastard, because deep inside (maybe very deep deep) you are. In no particular order, I present thee:

Aurora Feint: The Beginning

  • Category: Game
  • Size: 24.1 MB

Hands down my favorite game ever graced on my iPod Touch. It’s a crossover between an RPG and a puzzle game. It’s intuitive, polished, and has a great musical score considered for a free App. If you like puzzle games, than this is the game you should get.

Now Playing

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 0.5 MB

This nifty application not only displays updated showtimes, local theaters, and distance from where you live, but also shows you the ratings and reviews from Rotten tomatoes and Metacritic so you can know if that movie sucks ass or not. Which means, even if you don’t live in the States, this handy application can be turned into a mini review guide for movies. You can also check out trailers and book tickets, making it more convenient than ever. Get it!

Twitterrific

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 1.0 MB

Now you can twitte anytime anywhere and constantly bother your followers with this App. It’s user friendly with a nice interface and completely does what is supposed to do. It’s Twitterific!

Shakespeare

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 2.8 MB

Don’t tell me you hate Shakespeare! Or maybe you hate him because you have never read his plays before. Well, now it is a good time to do that. This awesome application lets you view and read all Shakespeare plays and sonnets with a push of a button. Now, I can enjoy Othello (my favorite play) as many times as I want and wherever I go. Extremely handy for those who are taking Shakespeare classes this upcoming semester.

“For I am nothing, if not critical”.

IGN Game Reviews

  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 0.1 MB

Hate them or love them, but now you can read your IGN reviews at the palm of your hands anytime and anywhere you go. This is extremely handy if you want to read about a game that you are slightly hesitant to invest both your money and time with. You can even watch reviews which is more practical for those who don’t want to read big walls of text. For gamers only.

Tris

  • Category: Games
  • Size: 0.4 MB

It’s a freaking Tetris game (sorta). You know gotta have it. You can even keep track of your scores and submit them to the global scoreboard to compete with your pals. Very handy when you are on a bus or waiting for one. Get it!

Restaurant Nutrition

  • Category: Healthcare and Fitness
  • Size: 0.8

On a diet? Want to know how many calories that Chocolate Chip Paradise contains (it’s 1600 fucking calories)? Then you gotta add this application to your iPod. It neatly allows you to view and track calories, carbs, proteins, and fats in every menu in the most popular restaurant chains across North America. It has a modest list for now but they promised to add more restaurants via upcoming updates. Which reminds me, we need someone to franchise Chick-Fil-A in Kuwait. I really love that place.

Units

  • Category: Utilities
  • Size: 0.2 MB

I suck so bad in unit conversions. Hell, they might be the reason that I didn’t do well in Physics, but then again, who does? It has a very simple interface to input numbers and units. And for a bonus, this application comes with a built-in-ruler for doing small, quick measurements, and I’m not taking about the male penis. Very dexterous for those who work in chemistry and physics labs.

WordPress

  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 0.3MB

For the blogger on the go, this application is a must. You can publish, edit, and preview your posts in a very robust but simple interface where everything can be managed with a touch of a finger. Those who equipped themselves with an iPhone can upload their camera pics more easily, but for those of us who have an iPod Touch need to settle with their modest library photos. Still, this is a great applications and I recommend it to anyone who owns a WordPress blog and an iPhone/iPod Touch.

BookSearch

  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Size: 0.1MB

This is a great application for those who want to find and buy books online without spending too much time in google or in bookstores. It will even display the price of your book of interest and the version (i.e. mass market, hardcover) within a single page. It’s a must for university students and great for book lovers. Download it now.

Also consider

  • Balance
  • CheckWord
  • Diggerific
  • Flashlight
  • NY times
  • Sudoku (Free)
  • Facebook

Walmart New Logo Losses The Hyphen

I’m probably late to the party with this piece of news but it seems Walmart is reinventing their logo once again. For those folks who haven’t been to the US, Walmart is basically one of the best and worst supermarkets in America, and it’s not a place where you can buy some walls (Thanks Paris Hilton). The new design losses the start hyphen in the middle but it gains a burst of sunlight at the end. Personally, I love the new design but the old one kinda has the “American feel” that we are all comfortable with. For those who are thirsty for a history lesson regarding Walmart logos, check the image below:

Post-Mortem: Dubai Trip

It’s been almost a week since I got back from Dubai, but the lazy bum that I am, I had to wait for like six days to talk about it. Every time, I tell myself that this would be the last time I abandon my blog for more than a week, I find myself abandoning it for too long, to the fact I started to lose readership (an unfortunate loss for a long time blogger).  So, I’ve asked myself: how would I repay the debit for all of that? Well, by writing a semi-comprehensive post that’s how. Allow me to share my insights regarding my trip to Dubai with my aunt and her “delightful” daughters.

Things I Loved In Dubai

  • Aside from the elevated, breathtaking skyscrapers that seem to stand high among the sky, it was the amount of construction that is going on that left a big impression. I’ve no idea when the constructions in Dubai will ever come to an end. It’s like a continuous cycle of death and rebirth; for every old constriction that goes down, a new one emerges out of nowhere in its place.
  • The diversity of people there never seizes to amaze me. I think Dubai is becoming the new London in terms of being a multi-cultural city. I found it very refreshing.
  • Another thing that I loved is that everyone seems to mind his/her own business. That is, you won’t find people starting at people, or horny men harassing/staking girls in malls. There is an apparent amount of respect among the residents and visitors of the city in spite how different they look or the choice of clothes they wear. Very distinctive indeed of what we have here in Kuwait.
  • The quantity of tourism and activities. If you think that Dubai is just a place where you just go and shop, then you are terribly wrong my friend. Unfortunately, you have to be loaded with dough to enjoy everything Dubai has to offer.
  • Mall of The Emirates! That place is like a shopping heaven. You are bound to find every single item in your shopping list there. Prepare to spend a whole day (or a two) there to enjoy every nook and cranny of this humongous mall.

Things I Hated In Dubai

  • The traffic, especially between 5PM to 9PM. No day goes by that I don’t get nuisance from the constant braking in the midst of the traffic. Having a full bottle of Perrier at the end of the day has totally become a daily ritual.
  • The taxi drivers! Half of them have developed quite an attitude, and some of them tend to develop a terrible body odor during rush hours. Keep a vomit bag handy whenever you ride a cab.
  • There are many conmen and people who wish to embezzle you, and cash in from your naïve knowledge. Make sure you equip yourself with basic familiarities regarding the cost of items and such. And be extra careful on whoever tries to befriend you out of nowhere. Even though I hate to endorse a stereotype, but some of the people living in Dubai has no humane conscious at all.
  • The customer service in some stores is really terrible, and yes, Zara is still one of them. Some of them really look down at you as if you are asking for their charity. My advice: become a total bitch whenever they act in a derogatory manner toward you. Show them who’s the boss.

Gallery

The Chinese ship in Ibn Battuta Mall is glaring at the visitors.

The Chinese ship in Ibn Battuta Mall is glaring at the visitors.

Is that the flight info screen? No, wait! That's the movie schedule screen. Enjoy almost censorship-free movies in any of Dubai’s big cinemas.

Is that the flight info screen? No, wait! That's the movie schedule screen. Enjoy almost censorship-free movies in any of Dubai’s big cinemas.

A Meydon project in BurJuman shopping center.

A Meydon future project in BurJuman shopping center.

Behold! Mall of the Emirates...and Modhish!

Behold! Mall of the Emirates...and Modhish!

On the road, heading back home after a full day of shopping.

On the road, heading back home after a full day of shopping.

A Dreadful E3 2008

How to sum up the most awaited gaming convention that almost every gamer in the world was waiting for since July of last year?

It. Sucked. Major. Ass

  • Microsoft’s conference was flashy and hip just like last year, but it didn’t have as many surprises and announced titles as initially anticipated. The new Avatar system was a nice addition even though it was a clear rip-off from Wii’s Mii functionality. Gears of Wars 2 and Fallout 3 weren’t big surprised since it was announced weeks before E3. But, I guess the confirmation of Final Fantasy XIII coming to Xbox360 was definitely an unexpected turn of event. I always thought Metal Gear Solid 4 would squeeze its way to Microsoft’s cherished home console, but Final Fantasy XIII, not in a million years. I think I’m more surprised how Sony let this game slipped from their hands than anything else. And finally, Banjo-Kazooie remake announcement has definitely made my day and made me more eager to snag an Xbox360.

  • Sony’s conference was a snooze fest as always. The video renting service didn’t do a thing for me at all, and the announcement of God of World III was expected, unfortunately, the trailer that was shown wasn’t direct gameplay footage, but I don’t think the game would change significantly from its predecessors. The price cut however was nice; despite the fact it served the same function as the 40GB model (i.e. no backward compatibility with PS1 and PS2 games).

And that’s all she wrote folks. Click HERE to sink your teeth for more E3 news as it comes. Who knows, we might get a surprised announcement from some publisher since E3 still hasn’t closed its doors for its attendants.

P.S. Please, take off your fanboysim shoes at the discussion door before you chip in your 2 cents. It won’t be tolerated here.

How Sweet It Is: iPod Touch Applications

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Since I downloaded the latest iTunes version (7.7) yesterday morning and purchased the newest firmware (2.0) for my iPod Touch, I’ve been quite a frequent visitor to the iTunes Store, searching for neat and new applications to add to my iPod Touch. Thankfully, I have a US-based Apple account, so I was able to net some nifty applications that aren’t normally available in the “Kuwaiti branch” of the iTunes store. I was tempted to download much more than the ones that are shown above, but I decided not to rush things out and cram my iPod with useless applications.

So far, I think I’m in love, and quite impressed by the intuitive interface. Although, I’ve to say that Apple should keep an eye out on some stupid worthless Apps that are just a waste of space and human intelligence (I mean, have you checked out the “Hold On!” application?) *Barf*

P.S. All the applications I downloaded so far are free. Yup, it turned out I am a cheap person after all…Wait! What?