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Battleheart Tips/FAQ

by cloudier

NB: This will be updated as I progress through the game

Battleheart is an action RPG which throws away all your d-pads and attack buttons and replaces it with a simple and intuitive touch-based system.

In this guide I will only give tips which aren’t clearly explained or given in the game. Here is a beginner’s guide to playing Battleheart for people who are utterly hopeless with technology and are still very lost after the tutorial given at the beginning of the game OR people who didn’t read through the tutorial properly. Read the rest of this entry »


don’t you just love how all the tennis umpires have accents?

by bezzle

All I can say now is that school can’t come quicker enough.  All I need are school shoes.

Oh wait potato trials D:

I was sitting on the toilet and noticed on the last page of the Chinese newspaper lying in the bathtub the English words ‘iPad2’ and ‘iPhone5’.  Obviously, I was curious and the article turned out to say that the second generation of iPad would be out in spring this year, and the iPhone 5 next summer, this year.  That’s so early!  And then everyone’s going to go get the new iPhone and OHMYGOSH like not enough people have an iPhone already.  It’s stupid of me to say this, but some part of me gets annoyed when I see another person with one, even though I used to own one.  I was in a train carriage, and FOUR people within a one-meter radius of me all took one out!  That’s the power of marketing and design for you I suppose.  Like one in three phones I see in people’s hands when I walk in the streets is an iPhone.  And yeah, how does Apple keep pumping out these new models so quickly D:

Reminds me of that line in ‘My Blackberry isn’t working’ that Claudia posted xD  ‘Last week?  Hah, they’ve brought out two more new Apples since then.’  That thing has been the funniest thing I’ve come across in ages :D

My dad is such an Apple fanboy.

Something that I found the epitome of rudeness came to me last Sunday.  It was before the boring furniture shopping – we were at yumcha, when one of the middle aged trolley ladies (who had already stopped by our table before) came over, stopped and in an offhand tone remarked that I looked like a ‘gwei mui’ [a Western/Caucasian girl].  We all sat there, silently stunned while she just stood there, waiting for a reaction I guess.  My parents didn’t say anything, and I just smiled politely and she went on with her trolley pushing.

I think those who spend a lot of time with me realise I might talk about my apparent ethnic looks and rants about people’s comments on my appearance, I’m sorry.  I’m kind of sensitive about it, and that’s not really an excuse.  But this really niggled me.

over 18s venue only

by cloudier

Richard Ludlow:

No. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, Jobs’ use of his wealth to be listed in multiple areas led to a fairer distribution of livers than would have occurred otherwise.

In the US, all patients on the liver transplant list are assigned a score (based on objective medical criteria) called a MELD which essentially indicates how much they need a transplant at a given time. A patient with a score of 40 will soon die without a transplant, whereas one with a score of 10 can wait a while.

In what most people would consider to be a perfectly fair system, livers would be distributed based solely on medical need, so people with higher scores would always get preference over people with lower scores.

However, transplants are managed regionally, not nationally, and some regions have a relatively greater supply of donors than needy recipients. Thus, someone in Florida can get a transplant with a MELD of just 18, while someone in California ends up waiting until they have reached a score of 30. California recipients remain sick for longer and have worse post-transplant outcomes, simply because of the arbitrary factor that they live in a different state.

Registering on a hospital’s transplant list requires an expensive series of tests, and Medicare and most insurance only cover listing with one hospital. However, wealthy people like Jobs can pay to be listed at multiple hospitals in multiple regions.

Jobs is still only allowed to receive a transplant if he is the sickest eligible person in a given region where he is listed. In his case, he ended up receiving a transplant in Tennessee, one of the states with a relatively higher supply of organs than California. The impact of this was likely that someone in Tennessee with a score of 20 had to wait a bit longer to receive a transplant, while someone else in California besides Jobs with a score of 30+ was able to receive a transplant sooner.

The argument that Jobs’ actions were unethical stems from the assumption that they gave him an unfair advantage over other Californians. However, his actions actually helped everyone else on the California list (because he was no longer ahead of them), and just put him on the same footing as someone in Tennessee.

His use of his wealth helped correct an inefficiency in the system, and led to livers being allocated based on medical need instead of geography. Until the government corrects this problem, all wealthy people will help themselves and the system as a whole by paying for multiple listings

Jobs’ experience resulted in a greater universal good: passage of legislation in California requiring drivers in California to make a choice about their organ donation preferences.…

His actions will undoubtedly improve the prospects for patients on organ transplant lists and save more lives.

Listening Room is a website for listening to music with your friends. Anyone in a room can play mp3s from their computer, and everyone hears the same thing at the same time.

Sure, Android has moved a lot of volume. But the platform’s various devices seem to lack most of the passionate customer demand that iPhones have always had. Nobody’s lining up the night before to buy them. Even the gadget blogs have a hard time feigning enthusiasm for this week’s hot Android phone because they still haven’t taken the shrinkwrap off of last week’s.

Whenever I’ve overheard conversations about smartphones in real life, by “normal people” (not geeks like us), it has always been clear that the true battle happening in the U.S. phone market wasn’t iPhone versus Android, but iPhone versus Verizon.

The decision that people were discussing wasn’t “Do I get an iPhone or an Android whatever?”

It was always “Do I get an iPhone or do I stay on Verizon?”

I get the feeling that very few people except anti-Apple geeks really care about Android itself. The buying decision for most seemed to be, “I’m on Verizon and don’t want to switch, so which of the phones in the Verizon store looks best? They say this one is just as good as an iPhone. I guess I’ll get that.”

One effect I expect to start immediately: developers of popular iPhone apps are going to feel a lot less pressure to write Android versions if it becomes apparent, or if we all just speculate in the same way, that Android isn’t in fact going to take any more U.S. marketshare away from Apple and is likely to give back some of what they took over the last year. Android’s marketshare may have just peaked.


by cloudier

I was taking a plane from LA to NJ to see my family and I found this note inside of the menu pamphlet. I was hoping we could help this guy out in hopes that he’s a redditor. Feels fitting for the holiday season.

Here’s the text and pic of the napkin with the note on it.


“I wonder what I’m going to tell you once I get off this plane. It might be something along the lines of about the last time I was home. And about how you said you were a mess and how you cried yourself to sleep everynight. And how I spent a whole night on your kitchen floor with you trying to make you smile. And when you did smile, I found myself saying I could spend the rest of my life finding all the ways I can make you smile until forever and ever. It might be something along the lines of how I don’t care if you don’t believe me when I say you are the most beautiful woman in the world, but believe me when I say, “to me, you are.” Believe me when I say, “I love you.” Because if there is ever a time to be selfish, this is it. I don’t think I could live the rest of my life knowing I never let you know how I feel. But I wonder what I’m going to tell you when you’ll look back at me and say, “but you’re leaving soon.” With my return ticket booked and my life in L.A. starting, I don’t know what I’ll do.” Read the rest of this entry »