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If I Were A Manga

The Hell Has Frozen: I Got An Xbox360

If you ever told me that I’m going to buy an Xbox360 a year ago, I’d have laughed at you while bitch slapping you silly, and even deleted you from my gaming circa for not realizing my tastes in videogames. Now calm down, I’m not saying the Xbox360 is a bad console, not at all. Arguably, it’s probably the best console for this generation. However, the reason that made me avoid it all these years, it’s because it’s a very “American-heavy” console; that is, it is catering to the typical American gamer mentality. I’m more like a Japanese gamer; I favor RPGs, Adventure, and 2D-fighting games over Shooters, Action, and 3d-fighting games. I also enjoy the narrative, collective aspect of a story than being the central subject of the game.

But things started to change. The Xbox360 is getting some nice exclusive RPG games as a pointed out in one of my previous posts, and I cannot sit idle while witnessing those games being released one after the other. Not until last week that I made up my mind and decided to go ahead and snag me one and so far it has been a great ride.

Tales of Vesperia is just plain awesome and tons of fun and I cannot stop from enjoying every aspect of it. The Orange Box is really great, and Portal is simply a work of genius. There are so many great games I’ve missed and I cannot wait to play them. Don’t worry, I’ll be buying some Shooter games as well (i.e. BioShock), which should add a little bit of versatility to my reviews. In the mean time, here’s my Gamertag. Feel free to add me if you want.



P.S. Excuse me for begin a total typical Kuwaiti gamer by adding the “Q8” at the end of my Gamertag. I tried my birthday and stuff but they were all taken, so I had to settle down with this one.

Late To The Party: Happy Ramadan

It’s always interesting, experiencing Ramadan in the States. For the past years, I’ve always bitched and moaned on how miserable it is to spend Ramadan away from the family, and away from the homemade Ramadan food you always get to have in your household. But to be honest, spending Ramadan either alone or occasionally with your friends have developed a special taste in my palate. You can witness the cooperation with your friends as they struggle to whip the best dishes they could, and also your effort in trying to contribute a little. For me, I suck at cooking. That’s the only skill I haven’t fully achieved while studying abroad. So, my contribution usually would be buying dessert from Safeway, brining lunch platter of subs from a nearby Sub store, or sometimes if my cooking curiosity has been activated, I would make a large bowl of pasta salad.

Of course, the situation isn’t always glamorous, especially when you have your Iftar (or Fotoor) alone. I mean last night; I had Hotpockets served with kettle-cooked potato chips and a Weight Watchers muffin. Then for Suhoor, I had some waffles served with maple syrup, and finally I ended the day with a cup of green tea and at least a liter and a half of water to sustain my hydration for the next day. But in the end, it’s all good, because I know I have something to eat unlike many people who are suffering from hunger and deprivation. I’m blessed after all. And I wish everyone to be blessed in this holy month of Ramadan; regardless you are a Muslim or non-Muslim. After all, my life motto is always and always has been:

To Live And Let Live

Happy Ramadan

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

Inside America

I feel like a broken record by now but again, pardon the brief absence. Last week, I traveled back to the States for college, and from the moment I landed, things got crazier by the minute. I’m not going to divulge much further than this but to sum things up, all I’ve got to say:

  • Comcast, you suck ass. I hope you get bankrupted very soon.
  • Xcel Energy, you suck major ass. I hope solar energy get discovered so you’d be out of business.
  • Dr. Asirvatham, you suck extravaganza of major ass. I hope you get the most obnoxious students in your class from now on.

Well, now that’s out of my system. I shall commence my blogging activity once again.

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

Too Many Books?

Ewooh! What's inside this Magrudy's Green Bag?

Ewooh! What's inside this Magrudy's Green Bag?

Just some books. Maybe too many or too little...

Just some books. Maybe too many or too little...

Or maybe there isn’t such a thing as having too many books. I purchased those books from those three stores in a six-day Dubai trip. Although, I’ve to say that I re-bought couple of books because I lent them to people who refuse to hand it back. Don’t worry; I’ll give them a piece of my mind once I see them again. And yes, there’s one Arabic-written novel in that pile.