Archive for August, 2011

It’s a holiday, today and tomorrow both. But what good is a long weekend when it’s being ravaged by a typhoon? So here I am, cooped up in my room, listening to my collection of MP3s.

I’ve always liked listening to Santeria by Sublime.  While the message of the song is, ahem, of parental concern to say the least, the vocals and musical accompaniment of the song is high up there on a musical scale.

I didn’t know, or cared about the punk-ska band, until a few years ago when I happened upon the song in a compilation album. Its appeal to me are the vocalist’s style and voice quality, as well, the playful yet serious guitar play, rendering the reggae feel of the song.

So today, I’ve looked at the band’s profile while the song played on Winamp. Too bad, the vocalist, Brad Nowell, has been dead for a decade and a half now. He didn’t even get to see the success of their self-titled album, Sublime, where Santeria is part of. The album was to be released two months after Nowell’s heroin overdose.

It’s really a tragedy to have great talents lost to us because of drugs!

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The follow-up to the successful 2009 game Batman: Arkham Asylum will be released this October. This time, Batman teams up with Catwoman, which I gather, is a playable character. Nice!

Characters revealed so far are Harvey Dent (Two-Face), Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Dr. Hugo Strange, The Joker, and Harley Quinn. They’ve got shots of the Riddler so he’s probably one of the unrevealed characters here.

While waiting for its release, enjoy these wallpapers:

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All images are taken from batmanarkhamcity.com.

Messing with Chess Titans

Posted: August 13, 2011 in Blurbs, Games
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When you know your ABCs, you can mess with XML.

I own two 500-Gig Western Digital Elements SE, and while I’m happy on their performance, there’s one problem that I’ve only recently found the solution for. By recently, I mean just now.

The issue I’ve been dealing with is I can’t use both at the same time. I know neither is broken because I can use them one at a time with no problem. But whenever I plug them both in, only the first one is accessible in the file system. The other is still registered as an external drive; I know because it appears in the list for the “Safely Remove…” icon. Somehow, Windows just refuses to mount it.

If I check in Disk Management, both drives are listed. Except the second displays “Offline” on its info panel. Hovering over that detail will display the text “The disk is offline because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online.” There’s our clue right there.

I’ve googled for solutions, and found some methods a bit too arcane. I figured there must be a simple solution.

And there is. Turns out I’m only missing a few steps on the Disk Management screen.

The steps:

1. Launch Disk Management. (You need admin rights. But you know that already, right?)

2. Locate the second drive, the one that says “Offline.”

3. Right-click the words “Offline” and click “Online.”

Simple and effective. I initially missed that simple method because the “Online” menu item looks disabled. But don’t be fooled by its appearance; it’s entirely clickable.

Today I found this photo over the Internet. Looks authentic enough. Henry Cavill wearing the Superman costume. What do you think?

Henry Cavill as Superman