林憶蓮 - 詞不達意
OT: Communication (2003) – The Cardigans
曲：Peter Svensson 詞：小寒 編：劉志遠 監：Jim Lee/Sandy Lam
Recorded & Mixed by Jim Lee
Guitar & Bass Solo: 劉志遠
Drums: Melchior Sarreal
Background Vocal Arrangement: Jim Lee/Sandy Lam
Background Vocal: Sandy Lam
Pro-Tools Editing: Jim Lee
Recording Studio: 唐樓錄音室 (HK)/上赫錄音室 (Taipei)
Mixing Studio: 上赫錄音室 (Taipei)
Thanks to re-sandy-lam.com for the lyrics
Cranes is a shoegazing band formed in the mid 1980s in UK. They play mostly alt rock, dream pop, and also sometimes gothic rock. This is a track from their band's 1997 EP entitled "Can't Get Free". The band's style leans heavily towards ambient and ethereal sounds. The shoegaze "feel" is further amplified with the calm, gentle strumming of a solo guitar as well as lead singer Alison Shaw's ever prominent child-like vocals.
Cranes - Perfect World (mp3)
Visit Crane's official site on dadaphonic.com for further details of the band's latest gigs and downloads.
"14 message ～every ballad songs 2～" is the title of Every Little Thing's 4th "Best Of" Albums. It was just released on Valentines Day 2007 and is currently No. 2 on Oricon's Album chart. It is a collection of some of Every Little Thing's best songs and celebrates the tenth anniversary of the group's debut. Includes all their singles, live recordings, and fan-selected tracks spanning their complete history of ballads!
14 message ～every ballad songs 2～（フォティーン・メッセージ～エヴリ・バラード・ソング・ツー～）全曲原音で収録されており、ヒット曲「UNTITLED 4 ballads」収録曲、「恋文」、「また あした」といった前作ベスト以降の14曲が収録されている。
7. azure moon
12. good night
13. また あした
I'm listening to the album now and I really like what I'm listening to so far. I'll probably submit some lyrics once I'm done translating them. In the meantime, you can view the PV of ELT's song UNSPEAKABLE from Oricon here. You can also read about the interview with ELT regarding their new album (sorry it is in Japanese only).
Open Office is a suite of office applications developed by Sun Microsystems. It is an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Office Suite and for this reason, it is often bundled together with various Linux distros such as Knoppix, Ubuntu and MEPIS. It also has the ability to save the documents in native Microsoft Office formats so that you can continue to work with your document even though the computer doesn't have Open Office installed.
Of course, there are several setbacks to Open Office. Firstly, its the incompatibility of the formatting Open Office with Microsoft Office. Of course, as time advances, compatibility between the two offices have increased by leaps and bounds and formatting is now a small problem for Open Office. The next issue is printing problems with Open Office in Linux. This is a problem that I have personally faced numerous times. Most users overcome this problem by either exporting their document as a PDF file and print them or take the drastic measure, ie. to reinstall their printer in Open Office.
Of all the problems mentioned above, the most common problem faced by Open Office users is of course the program's slow loading time. I've tested some methods to speed up Open Office's loading time and here's a list of methods I've found useful for my machine. I'm running a P4 with 256MB of RAM and Open Office takes almost 30 seconds to load. After applying the changes, Open Office now loads about 30% faster!! (thankfully!)
1. Increase Memory Cache
This is a method to decrease the loading time by tweaking the memory settings.
Under the OpenOffice.org heading, select Memory,
Under Graphics Cache, change the "Use for OpenOffice.org" to 30 MB (or more if you have >512MB RAM)
Change "Memory per Object" to 2.0 MB
2. Reduce Number of Undo Steps
Under the OpenOffice.org heading, select Memory,
Now change these settings:
Undo:Number of steps = 25
3. Disable Java Runtime Environment
Apparently Open Office also loads the Java Runtime Environment at startup to handle databases. If you don't use database, you can disable the feature.
Click on Java, and deselect “Use Java Runtime Environment.”
Restart the program and and this should give you a much faster Open Office!
Happy Chinese New Year!!
"...We go tonight..."
This is the official Prison Break flash game on the Prison Break DVD special site. In this game, you play the role of prison inmate Michael Scofield trying to breakout to save his brother Lincoln Burrows from a death sentence. You have to make your way through tunnels and secret rooms to ultimately steal across the yard and over the wall. Breakout your way towards freedom!
As Micheal Scofield said, breaking out is just the beginning!
Sneak up behind guards to knock them out. But be really careful when you're doing this, they'll hear you if you run. Avoid search lights by hiding in the shadows. Use the left and right arrow keys to walk, holding SHIFT to run. Use the up arrow key to reach above. Use the down arrow key to crouch or climb down. Press space bar to jump.
Play it now
You might also want to know how to fold the paper crane from Prison Break.
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Magyar Posse is a six piece band, capable of conjuring up sounds that are surprisingly fun to listen to. The band is from Finland, and specializes in post rock. The track "International Hussle" below is performed live in Oulu, Finland on 17/04/2005 and is part of a larger liveset performed by Magyar Posse. The track is somewhat progressive and builds upon the steady melody and background. Towards the second hald of the track, a solo violin plays - giving the track some much needed elegance. Towards the end of the track however, the track is extremely distorted sounding, providing a stark contrast of mood as compared to the progression and solo violins.
Magyar Posse - Intercontinental Hussle (mp3)
You might also want to check out Magyar Posse's official site.
The Postal Service is electronic indie band which is popular among the worldwide underground music community. The track featured here "Such Great Heights" has been featured in many various TV series and films such as Grey's Anatomy, and the trailer for the film "Garden State".
In this special remix by house/techno DJ and electronic music artist John Tejada, the track "Such Great Heights" is presented as a rendition of electronic music closer to likes of tech house and electro clash. Light enough to be listened on its own, yet still mixable into house sets, the track is made up of simple beats and light synths - groovy and ideal for mixing into intros of sets.
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix) (mp3)
You may want to also visit postalservicemusic.net and paletterecordings for more info on "The Postal Service"
Kid's Return (キッズ・リターン) was one of Takeshi Kitano's greatest films. Like many of Kitano's films, Kid's Return is centred around the yakuza (Japanese gangster) theme. The movie is about two high school dropouts who try to find a direction and meaning in their lives—one by becoming a yakuza lieutenant, the other by becoming a boxer.
As usual, Joe Hisaishi (久石譲), the composer of film scores for many of Takeshi Kitano's movies, gets to write for Kid's Return as well. The track is has many traditional sounds such as drums and also manipulates vocal samples to infuse that native Japanese folk rhythm into the track.
And here's the piano scores for Kid's Return.
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Credits to joehisaishi.net for providing the scores.
You might also want these other scores by Joe Hisaishi:
Laputa: Castle in the Sky's Piano Score
Kikujiro no Natsu Piano Score
Been listening to alot of Scandinavian music lately - Bjork, Efterklang, Sigur Ros, and now Lars Horntveth - musical leader of Norwegian ten-man band Jaga Jazzist.
Over the last ten years, he has crafted a truly unique and innovative body of work. While Lars' style is remarkably similar to his works in Jaga Jazzist (of course, they're the same person involved in different projects) but the tracks released under Lars Horntveth's own name are a far more personal piece of work. His track were recorded entirely with real instruments and a nine-piece string ensemble on board to supply some extra textures, with the exception of programmed beats. In the tracks "Tics", strings (in both simple, short bows and pizzicatos) are the instruments of choice chosen by Lars to give the track a curious, playful, yet relaxing mood to it.
If you're a fan of Jaga Jazzist or the like, don't wait anymore. Download the track featured below on Lars Horntveth's official site now! You won't be disappointed.
Lars Horntveth - Tics (mp3)
Bjork is one of the hallmarks of contemporary Icelandic and Scandinavian music. And here's a free download featured by Bjork on her official website. This is a track from her single "Hidden Place", which in turn from her 2001 hit album "Vespertine". Quoting from her site, Bjork mentions that:
"'Hidden Place' is sort of about how two people can create a paradise just by uniting. You've got an emotional location that's mutual. And it's unbreakable. And obviously it's make-believe. So, you could argue that it doesn't exist because it's invisible, but of course it does. And it's sort of a one-nil situation."
I've always liked the way she writes and arranges her tracks. Her albums are often very graphic and thought provoking, depicting scenes of distorted sexual acts such as fellatio and vaginal penetration. Despite the unconventional style in many of her tracks, it is still somewhat easy on the listeners' ears. The track "Verandi" featured here highlights Bjork's signature vocals and with that flute and eerie synth loop reminiscent to church bells ringing in the distance and repeating in the background. You will be left feeling slightly disturbed, but never confused after listening to the track.
Bjork - Verandi (mp3)
Do visit her official site for more news and downloads.