Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Arabian Nights

... was surprisingly good. Not that I'm saying I didn't enjoy any of the other productions (cough) but this one was very very naice. ^_^
Grats to everyone in the cast, very nicely done. I loved the human props, Aleisha was fantastic, the slicked back hair was very stylish indeed... :) Benjamin looked like a rockstar in his wise man wig and Emerson, the turban was turban me on...
HAH thanks to Liss for that joke... I was laughing for hours after she told me that. :)
anyways. Good work guys, and until next year...
Speaking of next year, why not have the most epic production evar? Say, Pokemon live in concert...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Life choices

Well, my good friend Samantha and I were discussing what sort of tattoos we would get if we were gonna get any at all.
I thought the Hylian crest would be freakin sweet.


Or even a little bit of Elvish script. Always very elegant, but quite common...
Sammie was more inclined to get something a little less... nerdy. She was talking about butterflies and chinese symbols and the like. Possibly song lyrics, if they meant something special.
And then, while roaming over the internet today, I came across this lovely Celtic-style drawing of a wolf.


For many reasons, wolves are one of my favourite animals - I love writing about them, reading about them (Read the books by Jack London, they're fascinating), I love drawing them and I absolutely loved Twilight Princess because of the wolf-situation. One of my favourite movies from my childhood was Balto, and though it isn't necessarily about a wolf, Balto is wolfish and cute so you should all go watch it naooow...
So this is what I'd get if I was going to get anything at all.
I love asking what other people would get because it says a lot about them as a person (especially if it's a tramp stamp) so feel free to add what your ideal tattoo would be so I can analyze you further as a person and perhaps judge you in more ways than one. ^_^
Henceforth, wolves are amazing.

Good excuse for bloggage

Well since Mr. Wong decided to post something on his blog during school hours about important near future events I figure I'd just mention a few other important dates for later this year...

QUEEN'S DAY (aka Koninginnedag)
April 30th
This is like Australia Day, but for Dutch people. Celebrated in the Netherlands every year on this day (or on the 29th, if it's inconveniently on a Saturday...), the Dutch people parade around and wear lots of orange to show their pride in the nation and the royal family. I figure if Ireland is allowed to wear green all day for St. Patrick's day, I can wear orange for Queen's Day, as I am more Dutch than Irish...
Cause if you ain't Dutch, you ain't much...

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
September 19th
A pointless holiday, but oh so very fun and lively. Talk like a pirate all day and call your best friends scurvy bilge rats and generally drink lots of grog and shoot wenches and the like. Going to have a Pirates of the Carribean marathon. Shall be hunky dory. Arrrr.

Some other important dates to remember are:
- February 22 - Thinking Day (I missed it... I guess I just wasn't thinking.)
- May 25 - Towel Day :D
- August 13 - Lefthander's Day
- September 13 - International Chocolate Day ^_^
- October 1 - International Music Day !!
- October 29 - Internet Day
- November 21 - Television Day

And for the animal lovers out there...
- March 20 - World Frog Day (missed this one too.)
- April 25 - World Penguin Day
- May 23 - World Turtle Day
- July 16 - World Snake Day
- August 15 - World Lizard Day
- October 1 - International Racoon Appreciation Day
- October 4 - Animal Day (all animals?)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

ARGH

Tennis, tennis, tennis...
I realised why nobody ever plays tennis.
Because it's a STUPID, SEXIST, PIECE OF CRAP SPORT THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO WIN.
I'm not blogging any more until something DECENT happens.
Like, for instance, maybe someone buying me a new amp? Or maybe being allowed to have an axolotl? Or maybe being able to just sit down and read a freaking book now and then and maybe go to a party where you're not the only one not getting drunk because your parents think you'll kill all your brain cells and have quadruplets, or maybe finding a cheap shirt that fits every now and then, or understanding a damn word of a stupid chemistry assignment.
In case you hadn't noticed, my weekend could definitely have gone a bit better.
Henceforth, this week better improve or I'm just gonna throw myself off the new Benedict Building.
It needs a christening.

Google This

They're called the Dear Hunter, alternative progressive rock I think is the technical term but I like to call it awesome. :) They're not exactly mainstream (in the least) and they have some weird music (Not as weird as the Mars Volta, but close enough) but they're pretty damn awesome.
Just thought I'd mention it.
Hope they come to Perth sometime before I die.
Henceforth, Dear Hunter are awesome.



Saturday, March 27, 2010

Best animated movie evar


How To Train Your Dragon
Oh my Amadeus, what an amazing movie! :D I took my cousins to go see it (it's a good excuse to go see a kid's movie) and Holy Moses it was the best movie I've seen all year! cough, yet... Iron Man II is coming out soon, but this is the best kids movie. :D
I read the book when I was just a youngling and I loved it, and the movie was even better. Toothless is the CUTEST dragon I have ever seen.




I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE!!!

So get your butts down to the cinema, get on those 3D glasses (the same ones they used for Avatar... I really wanted retro ones, but meh) and watch this amazing movie!
Cute AND firebreathing - much like myself.
Henceforth, I want a dragon. Reckon I can buy one online?

Idol Vids

Are up on youtube.
Probably already been on Wong's blog and seen them, but in case you missed it the link is here. Please, watch and enjoy. :D

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pokemon Catch Rate

I can't actually believe that they had this.

It's the exact formula to determine the catch rate for a pokemon.

Try it sometime :)


The exact formula is as follows:

Image:Catch formula 1.png

Where

  • HPmax is the number of hit points the Pokémon has at full health,
  • HPcurrent is the number of hit points the Pokémon has at the moment,
  • rate is the catch rate of the Pokémon,
  • bonusball is the multiplier for the Poké Ball used, and
  • bonusstatus is the multiplier for any status ailment the Pokémon has (2 for sleep and freeze, 1.5 for paralyze, poison and burn).

Given this formula, the maximum value for a (if the Pokémon could have 0 HP) would be catch rate × bonusball × bonusstatus. The minimum value for a (for a Pokémon with full health) would be × catch rate.

If a is greater than or equal to 255, then the Pokémon is caught. If not, then calculate b as follows:

Image:Catch formula 2.png

Then generate 4 random numbers between 0 and 65535, inclusive. If the random numbers are less than or equal to b, then the Pokémon is caught; otherwise the ball shakes n times, where n is the number of random numbers that are less than b. Note that b ≥ 65535 if a ≥ 255.

Therefore, the probability p of catching a Pokémon, given the values a and b calculated above, is:

Image:Catch formula 3.png

The second expression for p may be expanded as follows:

Image:Catch formula 3 expansion.png

Since (216 - 1)4 ≈ 264, we can approximate p with the following expression:

Image:Catch formula 3 approximation.png

The percentage error in this approximation approaches 0 as a approaches 255, and does not exceed 0.02%.

For a constant probability p, the probability P that a player can capture the Pokémon with no more than r tries is:

Image:Catch formula 4.png

Note that this is the cumulative probability function for a geometric distribution. The expected value of r is 1/p, that is to say, on average, a Pokémon that can be caught with probability p will be caught with 1/p tries.

The inverse problem, the number of tries, r, needed to have a probability P of capturing a Pokémon is:

Image:Catch formula 5.png
Henceforth: I think some mathematician pokemon fans have far too much time.

The Band!



We were EPIC today, our debut performance...
I don't have any other pictures (not yet... I stole this from Siobhan's facebook album. ^_^) but I will get my hands on some. Anyone who has pictures, upload them to the glorious internet! I know I saw Brandon with his camera...
And the IT guys were filming it too.
:D :D :D
I am so happy
I didn't screw up! And the other guys and girls were amazing! It was definitely the best Foundation Day evarrrrrrr ^_^
Except for Sister Kettle, what a nong. Does she have to ridicule my bass skills? I thought I was doing alright...
Don't patronize me or Jesus will smite you!
And thanks muchly to Brittany for lending me her clothes (they were very comfy, too... I'm just washing them at the moment because playing bass is sweaty business.)
Thanks to her mum for letting us use her office as a store room for all our musicy junk :D
Grats to Joe, Conrad and Emerson for winning - you guys were so good ! Made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside
It was a great day. Hope everyone had a lot of fun :)
Until next time....
Henceforth: WE ARE ALL AMAZING
and all in this together...
doo doo doo la la la...
I'm so happy I could skip :D

Thursday, March 25, 2010

While I'm on the topic...

Just thinking about Harry Potter
So if you're like me and you love the magical world of HP, then you'll love this.



that's all, no henceforth.
Pointless post. :)

50 Things I Am Not Allowed To Do At Hogwarts

  • I will not poke Hufflepuffs with spoons, nor will I insist that their House colors indicate that they are “covered in bees”.
  • No matter how good a fake Australian accent I can do, I will not imitate Steve Irwin during Care of Magical Creatures class.
  • Growing marijuana or hallucinogenic mushrooms is not “an extra credit project for Herbology”.
  • “I’ve heard every possible joke about Oliver Wood’s name” is not a challenge.
  • I am not allowed to attempt to breed a liger.
  • I will not go to class skyclad.
  • The Giant Squid is not an appropriate date to the Yule Ball.
  • I will not use Umbridge’s quill to write “I told you I was hardcore”.
  • I will stop referring to showering as “giving Moaning Myrtle an eyeful”.
  • Polishing my wand in the common room is acceptable. “Polishing my wand” in the common room is not.
  • If a classmate falls asleep, I will not take advantage of that fact and draw a Dark Mark on their arm.
  • House elves are not acceptable replacements for Bludgers.
  • Starting a betting pool on the fate of this year’s Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is tasteless and tacky, not a clever money-making concept.
  • I will not start every Potions class by asking Professor Snape if today’s project is suitable for use as a sexual lubricant.
  • Adding the name “Bueller” to Professor Binns’ roster is not funny.
  • “Springtime for Voldemort” is not an acceptable suggestion for the class play.
  • Seamus Finnegan is not “after me Lucky Charms”.
  • I will not refer to the Weasley twins as “bookends”.
  • I will not refer to the Patil twins as “bookends”.
  • The Slytherin prefect is named Draco Malfoy, not “Rocky Horror.”
  • It is exceptionally tasteless to tell Professor Lupin that “Once you go Black, you never go back.”
  • I will not call Lucius Malfoy “Jareth”.
  • I will not bring a Magic Eight Ball to Divination class.
  • I am not to refer to the Potions classroom as “Kitchen Stadium”.
  • I will not tell Ron and Hermione to “Get a room” whenever they start to fight.
  • The Forbidden Forest is forbidden for a reason.
  • I am not a tribble Animagus.
  • I am allowed to have a toad, rat, cat, or owl. I am not allowed to have a reticulated python, snow leopard, Tasmanian devil, or piranha.
  • I do not weigh the same as a duck.
  • Remus Lupin does not want a flea collar.
  • Sirius Black is not #24601.
  • I will not lick Trevor.
  • I will stop asking the Arithmancy teacher what the square root of -1 is.
  • I am not being repressed.
  • Calling Lucius Malfoy “Luscious Mouthful” is just plain gross.
  • I will not change the password to the prefects’ bath to “Makes getting clean almost as much fun as getting dirty”.
  • There is no such thing as an Invisibility Thong.
  • I am not a Pinball Wizard.
  • Asking “How do you keep a Gryffindor in suspense?” and walking away is only funny the first time.
  • I will not offer to pose nude for Colin Creevey.
  • I will not offer to pose nude for Dean Thomas.
  • It is a bad idea to tell Professor Snape he takes himself too seriously.
  • It is a bad idea to tell Professor McGonagall she takes herself too seriously.
  • Sir Cadogan is not one of the knights who say “NI”.
  • I will not offer to prepare tandoori owl.
  • I will stop asking when we will learn to make “Love Potion Number Nine”.
  • I will not ask Dumbledore to show me the pointy hat trick.
  • I will not greet Professor McGonagall with “What’s new, pussycat?”
  • There is not now, nor has there ever been, a fifth House at Hogwarts, and I am not a member of that house, nor am I its founder.
  • I will not take out a life insurance policy on Harry Potter.

  • Not written by me but by some other clever cookie who loves Harry Potter... this makes me laugh all the time. :)
    Henceforth, Harry Potter jokes ARE funny :D
    Oh, what a Seamus...

    le Ocarina!

    Well, I've had this baby for a while now but this is his internet debut.
    I present to you, my darling Ocarina.


    This is a twelve-hole Peruvian style alto Ocarina. The first of which I hope is a collection, once I get some more money. They're also hard to find in shops, this one was bought online from the guy who makes them in Canada.
    I really want a Zelda-styled Ocarina of time. And I'd like a double or triple as well. :) An army of ocarinas awaits me in the future!
    I haven't named him yet, I still can't decide. Unless you didn't know, the bass is called Red Rover, and my piano is known as Sparkles. I have my reasons for this, but it's probably just insanity beneath all of my strange behavior anyway.
    Say hello to my little friend!
    Henceforth, I am the demigod of Ocarinas. :D

    Axis of AWESOME!

    This is one of my favourite comedy performances of all time. Makes me giggle so much.
    Watch and learn, my friends.



    Henceforth, you now know the secret to musical success. :D

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    No words, just a picture.


    guess what I'm doing right now. The above is a hint. :)
    Henceforth, I love the internet. <3

    Oh, my, god

    Suddenly, life's choices become so much easier.
    I had to decide whether I wanted a jumper from Canada when I go there on holidays... (one of those big awesome hockey jumpers... like the one below)

    or buy myself a DS and get the new SoulSilver pokemon game.


    Ahhh, financial drama!
    What to do, what to do...
    Then a little birdy says, why not have both? :)
    why not... be a pirate?

    Wait and see. <3

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    I MADE DINNER


    THAT'S RIGHT
    I MADE DINNER
    THIS IS CAPS LOCK - WORTHY !
    Henceforth nothing, I am a kitchen-goddess.

    The Great Pokemon Race Finale

    I'm sorry to announce that the Epic Pokemon Race was a fail, and has been postponed.
    Mostly because we're all retards and don't know how to use the emulators properly, therefore the games were lost. Well, I say all of us but Lachy didn't screw up so he's announced himself the eternal pokemon champion.
    I demand a rematch.
    Until next time....
    Henceforth, emulators can suck my wang.
    Hypothetically, if I had one. You know.
    Don't take everything I say so literally...

    Library Adventure

    Went to the State Library archives? Damn skippy, we did!
    Look at those quality photos!


    On the day of the great storm, while we were still all quite unaware that we were all about to die, the photography students took a trip to the lovely State Library of WA for the WA Press Photography Awards exhibition.
    Trouble started brewing when Teesh and Hayley arrived, and as we spent about five minutes looking at pictures and then another few hours sitting around doing nothing, we were finally allowed to go deep into the Department of Mystery.... ahem, I mean, the state archives.


    Teesh and Hayley causing trouble, as usual...

    Conor facing his fear over the third story rail. I felt like doing the 'saved your life!' thing that the kiddie fishies do on Nemo, but I'm not that mean.


    "aww, you guys made me ink!"

    moving right along....


    So this is us running away from the Death Eaters in the Archives.


    And this is us trying to find a prophecy to whether Lord Voldemort will kill us all or whether we shall triumph.

    I'm only pretending it was a scene out of Harry Potter because it was so boring in there. And I'm amused by the slightest of things, including Mike Wazowski in the scanning department.


    Actually, the excursion was sort of like a blast from the Pixar-past. Nemo, Monsters Inc... I see a pattern happening.


    After leaving the big old State Library, we went past the museum...


    then we decided to drop into the local gay bar...


    Teesh and Hayley found this highly entertaining.

    and then we went back to school for lunch.
    And I said, hey!
    HEY
    What a wonderful kind of day!
    Where you can learn to work and play,
    And get along with each other!

    Twenty points to the person who can guess what TV show that song is from. It's been in my head for the past week or so. :)
    Henceforth: We are tha most eddicated stoodents in the skewl. coz we went to ze library...
    Why am I German all of a sudden? Meh. Guten morgen. :D
    Seeya, chappies.

    I can't not blog about this

    So I know everyone's been talking about it but I don't think many people who live in the area near school can understand the trauma I have suffered from the freak hailstorm as I live closer to the city. Get me a fricken Shamwow already!


    First of all, I'd just like to say that my tennis game was cancelled because the hailstones were the same size as the tennis balls. It was quite strange and slightly humourous at first, and as it started to pelt down and Mum was pulling out of the 'no exit' driveway at school, we spotted Christine and Daniel trying to get home in the rain. Daniel didn't know what hit him. Heh-heh-heh. Get it? Because it was hail? Hit him in the head.... okay, I'll move on.

    After that, we started driving home on the freeway. It sounded like we were getting shot at and
    I kept cringing every time a really big hailstone hit the car. I said, trying to be reassuring, "Don't worry Mum, it won't dent the panels because they explode on impact."

    I also find bullshitting a source of inner peace...
    Mum's car has now got dents like that all over the front bonnet and the right door and panels of the car. Yoohoo?! insurance company!?
    So then we got home and inspected the hailstones for the first time, and lord, I have never seen anything so big. (that's what she said... heh heh... sigh, I need to stop doing that. It's not helping.)


    We're keeping one in the freezer.


    Say hello to the abominable hailstone.

    Okay, so then our power went out. Bit of a bummer, but we have mountains of candles in our house for some strange reason so we all got to work setting fire to everything.
    Pyromaniacs, assemble!


    Candles are not romantic. Candles are for times of darkness... like when the Jedi temple was destroyed by the Siths. Why didn't they have any candles there? They should have.


    So then the leaking started. Our house isn't really all that new so it took it kinda badly... not to mention the leaks tried to kill our CD collection and also the power plug in the study.


    we went from plan a (towels...)


    to plan b (buckets...)


    to plan c (a combination of buckets and towelage)

    here's some videos I took of the storm. Nothing especially special but pretty cool nonetheless.

    video

    So here's the damage so far:
    ----- mum's car dented
    ----- dad's car semi-submarinal (he drove through, ummm, a 'puddle' on the way home and flooded the engine.... not good, says mr. mechanic...)
    ----- lounge room carpet flooded
    ----- lounge room ceiling cracked
    ----- gutters in state of repair
    ----- not to mention we were without power for 24 hours.

    that said, Western Power have done pretty well to get us back up again. There was something like 150 thousand homes without power yesterday and now it's only about thirty or forty thousand. they're doing alright.
    Plus, playing poker in the dark with matchsticks is the most fun I've had in a long time. Also waiting in line at McDonald's for half an hour for food is fun, too.
    Should have heard the guy in front of mum's car at the drive through.
    Guy: Can I have two fries, two cokes, two big Macs and seven cheeseburgers please...
    Server: Sorry, how many cheeseburgers?

    Mum thought he was feeding an army, but my sister said that it was only for two blokes - they only got two fries and cokes, didn't they?

    And I've found that even in the midst of the storm, there's always something beautiful to find.



    and quite a lot of snails, too.

    So, henceforth, how about we get our rain bit by bit and not all at once? Too much to ask? Alright then... until the next major news bulletin...

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Literature

    I'm in literature
    with Nicole
    studying...
    yay...
    Blogging for lack of a better thing to do because I am not in the mood for Alexandr Solzhenitsyn.

    This is Alexandr. Say hello, Alex...

    Just look at that... really, can you ever be in the mood for Solzhenitsyn? We have to write an essay about something. 'The resolution of a novel must satisfty the reader or the author has failed to write successfully - discuss with reference to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich."

    Or, alternatively, "Discuss how the author has constructed out of the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich out of his own experience and the history of Soviet Russia. What was his purpose for writing?"

    And now, I leave you to your misery, as I try to deal with my own. He's a literary genius, they say... well that may be the case, but he is also old and boring and writes strange symbolistic stories that make little or no sense until you read them the seventh time.

    I'm sure life will improve soon.

    Henceforth, don't fall asleep in class ever again.

    ANIME #2


    Well as the cats would say, 'Ohai'. This is the next update for anime, and I present to you...
    CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION
    Contain your excitement, your fangirly screams will have to wait. Now, if you are not fortunate enough to have discovered this spectacular series, you obviously have no life. Or too much of a life. Either way, you need to get laid right now, and then watch this anime series.


    Now, it's incredibly difficult to explain so here is Wikipedia's definition of Code Geass.
    The series is set after Japan's conquest by the Holy Britannian Empire on August 10, 2010, a.t.b. with their powerful new robot weapons, the Knightmare Frames stripping Japan and its citizens of all rights and freedoms and renaming the country Area 11. The titular Lelouch is a Britannian prince who was disowned by his father, Emperor Charles Vi Britannia, after his mother was murdered, and has vowed to kill his father, the Emperor, and destroy Britannia. He gains an ability through the mysterious power of the Geass, becoming the leader of the resistance movement to fulfill his two wishes: to seek revenge for his mother and to construct a world in which his beloved sister Nunnally can live happily.

    I love Wikipedia!
    They don't quite reach the root of awesome that the show is, but they're close.
    Okay so here's the thing: Lelouch is a kid who gets caught up in a rebel attack and because he freed this magical girl from a giant bomb or something similar, he took her powers to make anyone do anything he wanted.


    This is Lelouch. Grumpy looking kid, isnt he?

    So what does he do? He becomes a legend and the hero of the rebels, dubbing himself 'Zero'. Pretty cool superhero name... Something something something, his childhood friend is working for the Britannians and Lelouch is semi-Japanese or something, and something else happens and Lelouch is a little bit of a manwhore at school and something then something and lots of machinery and death and something and SUPERHEROES !!!


    Look at that first class man-whoring right there.

    That's about all, you'll have to watch to understand the rest.
    Good luck.
    MORE PICTURES NAOOWWWW!



    Doesn't it just make you happier looking at it?
    Henceforth you are now in love with Lelouch, because everyone else in the animated world is so why aren't we?