Monday, November 10, 2008

check out interpals.net

It's a pretty cool site, even though it seems like the majority of the users are teenagers. I love the simplicity of the layout, it's like facebook without all those stupid widgets. And I think language and cultural exchange is a much more solid purpose than just "social networking." Anyway, check out my profile at http://www.interpals.net/arnquist and if it looks interesting to you, make an account!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

My music on youtube

I recently uploaded some of my new music I made with Renoise onto youtube, and also went ahead and purchased an official copy of Renoise, so if you haven't seen it yet, go check it out. http://www.youtube.com/user/stephenarnquist In other news, I've recently gotten back into World of Warcraft, but it looks like the account might have been hacked >_< hopefully I'll hear back from Blizzard soon.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Soul Eater Episodes 1-3

This is a really fun show so far, and I love the OP, it sounds so much like Porno Graffitti, I was a little surprised when I looked it up and found out it's actually a group called TMR. Anyway, the first three episodes introduce the characters. First Maka and her weapon "Soul Eater," plus the flirty cat girl Blair. Maka's voice actress has a weird way of talking, not sure how to describe it, I don't know if it's bad acting or if it was meant to sound like that, but she sounds like she's bored all the time... even when she's angry or sad. Second episode introduces Black Star, who seems like the Naruto type character of the show, and his weapon Tsubaki. And the third introduces Death the Kid and his two weapons, Liz and Patty.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Excellent Craig Ferguson Monologue

There are soooooo many videos of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on youtube, and they're all so funny. I love it when he does jazz hands or a goofy dance after a joke that didn't get many laughs from the audience, it kills me. Anyway, you could (and I do) just click on video after video, but there's one in particular that I think is worth seeing whether you think he's funny or not. It's called Ferguson speaks from the heart, and it's up to almost a million views. It's still funny, but that's not why it's got so many views, you can take a lot of lessons from it "spiritually." You have to take responsibility for your actions, know your own limits, understand the potential consequences of making fun of others and understand that everyone is human, that we all make mistakes and need some love and support from time to time.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Renoise

I've been making a lot of songs with tracker programs, first Mad Tracker and now Renoise, to quote a They Might Be Giants song, "I think I'm getting good, but I can handle criticism." So take a listen and let me know what you think. youtube.com/user/stephenarnquist

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Death Note

**SPOILERS**
I watched the last episode again recently after seeing this hilarious video on nicovideo.jp. All that desperate screaming is hard for me to laugh at in the actual context of the episode though, I love that show, it would probably be in my top 5 along with Haibane Renmei.

Monday, May 26, 2008



I came across this picture of all the Vocaloid characters... plus some unfamiliar additions. I think they're all fan made characters like Akita Neru (The angrier incarnation of Miku) and Yowane Haku (the unskilled/drunk incarnation of Miku, used for sad songs or badly written songs).

The characters from left to right, are; unknown pink-haired girl, Yowane Haku, Akita Neru, unknown silver-haired girl, Hatsune Miku, MEIKO, Kagamine Rin, KAITO, Kagamine Ren, MikuMiku, unknown red-haired girl, unknown green haired girl, and up above there's another character I don't know flying around. If anyone can tell me who they are please leave a comment.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Software Extravaganza

I really need to make blog entries more often... I've been downloading and figuring out how to use a lot of programs lately. I tried flash for a while but didn't get very far with it, made some silly videos with windows movie maker, made a lame little 30 second long game with RPG maker. I should go back to RPG maker, I never even tried anything with the battle system, just events and switches. I've been trying to figure out Zelda Classic, I got the hang of some things, like layering, placing enemies, initial game settings, but I still don't know enough to make a whole quest. I'd like to add my own graphics, but editing palettes for custom sprites and tiles just looks like too much of a hassle.

Most recently I've been playing with music making software, first some midi makers, which are fine, but MIDIs are just so dang limited, so I turned to trackers, specifically Mad Tracker, which can make just about any kind of song you want with the right sample sound or plug-in. These music programs are so much fun it makes me want to learn music theory, cuz I'll have an idea for a song in my head but just playing it by ear takes a long time, and once I've thrown out a few bars of music I never know where the song should go next or how to go about adding more parts. I've just started toying with Vocaloid, it looks like it will be a lot of fun, and if I post anything with Miku Hatsune (she's supposed to be the voice of Vocaloid) ...
... in it on youtube, (my channel is stephenarnquist by the way) it's sure to get some views. She's got a bit of a cult following (and I'm one of em ^_^;).

I've also been playing a bunch of Doujin and Indie games, (cuz I'm poor and unemployed, living at home with lots of free time and a good internet connectiong >.>) Out of the many I've played my favorites are Cave Story, Chantelise, Lyle in Cube Sector, Within a Deep Forest, and Sunset Over Imdahl.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Year of Living Biblically

I just got done reading this book, by A. J. Jacobs (he mentions he has a habit of Googling his own name, it makes me wonder if he might read this). It was great, kind of the reverse of my own spiritual journey from Mormonism to my current agnostic-slash-taoist philosophy, I think both leading to the same conclusion that religion can be scary and fanatical, but also has its own beauty and worth. I admit, I was a little disappointed that Mormons only got mentioned a couple times, I guess we're not nearly as interesting as the Amish or the Samaritans. I'm excited to read his other book, "Know-It-All" next time I go to the library, and look for a copy of "The Year of Living Biblically" once it shows up at half priced books (sorry A. J., I'm cheap) so I can add it to my humble library of religious/philosophical books.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ergo Proxy

I just finished watching this, I loved it. I loved episode 16, I loved Pino, and I loved the sort of "screw you God!" note that it ended on, heh. It does leave you with the same sort of feeling that Evangelion does, annoyed, dissatisfied, simultaneously thinking the show sucked and yet wishing there was more. That's the way Japanese story-telling is, often non-linear, full of plot holes, no real distinct beginning or ending, but that's also part of what makes it great.