"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"

Welcome to the world of a dreamer...a person who is heavily influenced by music, a person who loves looking at things with a simplistic outlook. I am a big fan of The Beatles.

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I am a dreamer, procrastinator, last-minute worker. Music is my passion--I am an obsessive music collector. Often I collect gigabytes of music only with the hope to listen to'em "someday". I like writing, reading, and I also cherish to learn to play the guitar someday...

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Third Child of The Goat: Part 1: Banish The Irish

In a far, far away land, there's this eating out place which named itself  "West Ireland Cafe". It could as well be East Ireland, but that doesn't change things much. I saw it a couple of times while driving by; it's in the  rich and posh area of the city. 

To seem authentic, and genuine, like either of the first two goat children, they even put up a shamrock logo on top of the restaurant signboard. However, what follows below is not only mysterious, but also defies any logic that the most over the top Rajinikanth stories suggest. 

"A Thai and Continental food place". Wait, what? THAI? As in not the body part thigh, but rather the food genre that represents the country Thailand? Since when did Irish men (or women, to cover all scenarios; ah well, I am also adding mad men/women and children) start being good at cooking eastern Asian cuisine?

When you hear about Irish men, some of the few things that pop up in our minds is an Irish pub. In every notable tourist location, you will find an Irish pub or two. They serve beer, steaks, and a variety of other stuff, but nothing Thai. Or even if they do serve Thai food, they never promote or highlight this as their culinary specialty. 

However, this guy, one of the third children, have heard that Thai food is in vogue. So he decided to add it with his fake Irish themed food store to attract more customers. "Enhancing the appeal and broadening the scope of attracting more customers", he thought. 

While people are still searching for Irish themed authentic restaurants and filling their test buds in genuine Thai food places, this guy is wondering why his restaurant stays empty, stays fool.

I am also wondering.

Third Child of The Goat: Intro

Third child of the goat is an unfortunate soul. He or she has to wait for her mother to finish feeding his elder siblings; hoping that there would be enough milk left for him when they are done drinking.

But alas, what happens in reality is that by the time the third child is ready for feeding, the mother has already depleted her internal source of food for the children. The third child feels sad, but before reacting, he notices that his siblings are now well fed, and they are jumping in joy. 

The third child, without thinking much, starts jumping up and down; just like his siblings--the first and second child of the goat mother. 

After a while, the third child forgets that he has not yet received any food/drink, and there isn't really any reason behind his profound happiness.

But he keeps on rejoicing. Just because others are doing the same. After a while, he even forgets why he was there and what he was supposed to do. He only imitates the feelings of others, and joins the bandwagon.

All hail the third child of the goat. 

I wanted to add a nice, shiny picture of three jumping goats here, but couldn't find anything appropriate. If I ever find something like that, I will definitely add it here.

This'll have to do for now. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

First Two Hours of GTA V

Well, the first few hours of a game can be very, very crucial. Especially, for a game as anticipated as GTA V, these initial levels can set the tone for the rest of the game. In contrast with earlier titles in the series, or at least the last one, I almost immediately found myself inside the game with one of the three characters, yielding a gun. 

Things looked familiar, but not everything was exactly like there were in GTA IV. The crosshair was too small for me, and I haven't yet found a way to change it. But then again, I haven't been exposed to much gun play either. 

The scene unfolded inside a bank. My character was part of a heist job, and things seemed to go really smooth. I was slowly being introduced to gameplay basics and controls, and it felt like a good old tutorial level. But suddenly things got chaotic, and after some adrenaline high minutes, I found my character alone; all his buddies have died and apparently he was getting caught by the law enforcers. 

Suddenly, I was taken elsewhere, credits rolled in, and I was now controlling another character. The gorgeous graphics was showcased for a while, and Los Santos never looked better. Yet, flashes of GTA San Andreas came back to my mind. Saw some bicycles, homes designed like CJ would come out of them any moment. 

I wasn't allowed to do much with the first character, which I came to know (not from the game) as Trevor, but this new character was duly introduced. He is an African American person named Franklin, and he works in a automobile sales store. I was introduced to a number of supporting characters over the next one hour, and I was also introduced to Franklin's special skill. In true GTA style, I completed a few driving missions. 

I wouldn't get much in to the mission details, but from the 2 hours I've managed to play, I felt happy and contented. When I come back to play the new episode of a long running franchise, honestly speaking, I don't want a hell lot of innovation. I do want to have some new things, but the core gameplay should stay true to the series's theme. 

I liked the fact that police is still vigilante. It's not really possible to hijack a car in broad day light and get away with the theft without alerting the authorities. Also, GTA is still not carmageddon. Killing off innocent bystanders and ramming on to other vehicles has dire consequences, and they can be adequate to cause the failure of your mission. 

After completing a mission, I was walking in the streets and suddenly I saw a tram. I just hopped inside without thinking much, and nothing really happened. I saw some guys chatting away, and after 30 seconds, a cut scene started playing. After a while, I was dropped in a station closed to my next mission (it was the only available mission at that moment). I was actually impressed. I don't know why. This doesn't seem to be a technological marvel, but I didn't have to select my destination, pay any money or do anything other than hopping in. It just felt good.

Hijacking cars is easy as always, and there are ample ammunation shops for grabbing those ever useful sources of firepower.

The game looks and plays a lot like GTA IV, but the graphics has been vastly improved and there are a number of subtle improvements.

But world interaction still stays limited; considering the vast opportunities that lie around.

More to come...

Monday, August 26, 2013

My Website Has Been Launched

to access my website. It is still a work in progress, but you can see a thing or two. Creating a website has never been easier, it seems. Thanks to Quora for helping me find weebly. 

I remember the days of authoring dalnetbeatles.tk, using a combination of Microsoft Frontpage, Adobe Dreamweaver and a number of other resources. I hosted the site in Geocities and used the free domain .tk to give it a fancy look. I used animated GIFs, midi sounds and basic page layouts. 

I think I will also recreate the dalnetbeatles site. For those who are wondering, Dalnetbeatles was the one and only chat channel dedicated for discussing the life and music of the Beatles, not so much arguably the best rock band ever in DALNet, an IRC server. 

Does IRC sound alien to you? I can understand. 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

New Story: Poked By the Ball

Poked By The Ball

Today, when I was taking a shower, a story idea suddenly hit me. I guess multiple factors are the motivation behind this story:

1. Watching the movies "Horrible Bosses" and "Bad Teacher"
2. Going through some hassles regarding a bad "office" (not mine, of course--the Italian Embassy in Dhaka, if you must know)
3. The idea of a horrible office where horrible people can fit in.
4. Reading a lot about Steve Jobs.

The main character in this short story is named Steve, but it has no resemblance with the real life Steve Jobs (RIP).

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Oscar Wilde Quotes

He is indeed the master of irony and sarcasm!

  • The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
  • Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
  • It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
  • Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
  • A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
  • Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
  • Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
  • No good deed goes unpunished.
  • A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
  • Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.
  • He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.
  • A true friend stabs you in the front.
  • The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.
  • Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
  • Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
  • A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
  • “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."
  • You can never be overdressed or over educated. 
  • “I don't want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.” 
  • “I am not young enough to know everything.” Edit:By J.M. Barrie
  • Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
  • The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
  • "I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability."
  • The basis for optimism is sheer terror.
  • To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.
  • "Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."
  • One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
  • One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
  • All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.
  • "I can resist anything except temptation."
  • It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
  • “I have nothing to declare except my genius.” 
  • “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” 
  • After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.
  • Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
  • To define is to limit.
  • Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  • The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
  • How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
  • “I like men who have a future and women who have a past.” 
  • Youth is wasted on the young.
  • Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them
  • sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence,

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Ducking The Ducks

Just like many other people walking on this Earth, I, too, have some eccentricities. I have a very specific list of food items that I hate eating. Hatred is actually a strong word, I jut can't stand those food, or I feel guilty and awkward whilst force-digesting them on certain unfortunate moments. 

Within this list, "Duck" has a high place. High in a sense that even if no other food is available, I still don't want to eat it--I'd rather starve than eat Duck. So whenever a host invites me for food and offers me cooked duck, roasted duck or any other form of duck ,I have to politely decline. 

This happens quite a lot when I visit my in laws. They have a thing for ducks (like many other normal people--Disclaimer: I am the eccentric one; it is solely my problem that I fail to devour ducks with the same level of passion and pleasure others, including my beloved wife can.)

Let me elaborate a bit on the disclaimer part. I am by no means a vegetarian; I love eating chicken and beef, and I also believe that having a preference for ducks (as a food item) is perfectly normal, and I reiterate; it's all in my mind. 

I tried thinking a lot. What are the repelling factors that prevent me from enjoying a good "duck meal"? Both my parents and sister, and almost everyone else in the family I know eats duck. I wouldn't say everyone "loves" duck, but no one else has an issue with them birds. So, it's not a family thing. 

I enjoy meat. I love beef and I prefer exotic chicken dishes. I am even up for mutton and lamb, and I am sure I will try venison or rabbits if I come across them someday. So, it's not a vegetarian thing either.

I am not allergic to Ducks. I have eaten (or had been forced to) ducks many times, but I never enjoyed eating the meat and a constant feeling of guilt engulfed me. Guilt.....

Yes, after analyzing all facts and thinking hard, I could only come up with one explanation. I feel guilty while eating ducks and it brings a bad taste in my mouth. I just can't continue eating the once alive now turned in to food cute little birds.

Just look at this image. An image of a white bird which signifies serenity, peace, innocence and calmness. You may term me a hypocrite or you can just say I am "full of shit", but the fact remains--I feel guilty. 

I feel like a killer,a  criminal who is in some way linked with the murder of an innocent living being. If I was less voracious, this bird might have not ended up in the dining table. He might have still flown across the blue skies with his white wings spread across. I can see the image clearly in my mind. Ducks, making their not so cute quack quack noise and flying above my head like free angels.

Well, comparing ducks with angels is a bit outrageous, but there is no point in denying the fact that while alive, they are cute, lively and full of life. No one has the right to kill a duck who was a wife to a male duck or a mother to a group of young ducklings or yet to be hatched eggs. Also, killing a male duck might make the young ducklings orphan.

In an era of violence and indifference, writing pages after pages on the lives of ducks seem like a uncalled for luxury. And yet, I am writing away, trying to explain my dilemma. I don't shed a single tear when thousands of people are dying under the rubble of a crashed building, but I can't eat ducks because they are cute while living.

What the hell is wrong with me?

I can't stop the killing of innocent human beings, but I can at least play my small part in giving the same fate to innocent ducks, right?

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Review of Wangchuk Hotel, Bhutan

Review posted in my travel blog

Review Posted in Tripadvisor

Review of hotel Wangchuk where we stayed during our Bhutan trip. A full fledged travel blog is in progress.

Hopefully I will be able to finish writing it within this month.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Whatever Happened to my Blog Friends?

Most people who I knew blogged has changed.

Most of them stopped blogging and moved on with life.

Some of them are still blogging. A very, very few of them. I actually hope some of them would quit writing.

Some people who didn't give a dime about blogs (when this thing first started) are now avid bloggers. But they blog in Bengali.

People who are writing  blogs now are not like the ones who used to write.

The term "blogger" has too much negative association nowadays.

I don't want to be termed as a blogger anymore.

A simple writer will do....

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My All Time Favorite ODI XI

I started watching cricket seriously since 1992, so I have mostly considered people from that time on-wards while selecting my team. 

Well, here's my pick:

1. Saeed Anwar
2. Adam Gilchrist (WK)
3. Brian Lara
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5. Sakib Al Hasan
6. Jacque Kallis
7. Michael Bevan
8. Wasim Akram (C)
9. Muttiah Muralidharan
10. Curtly Ambrose
11. Allan Donald

12th Man: Jonty Rhodes

Some logic behind the selections:

Saeed Anwar was the first batsman to go near the 200 run mark in ODIs. He is one of the most iconic left handed batsman to ever walk on the cricket grounds, and till today he serves as a big inspiration to all opening batsmen. Few batsmen could destroy the opponent's bowling like he did. 

Also, he will make a great pair with Adam Gilchrist. Just like Saeed, Gilchrist, too, has been one of the most demonic openers ever, and Australian ODI XI has never been the same since he retired. His wicket keeping skills gives me the luxury of picking an additional batsman, and thus I will go with him. 

Brian Lara, enough said! He is one of the most creative players ever, and he can turn the tides of a game anytime. 

I am not a very big fan of S.R.Tendulkar, but he is highest scorer in ODIs, so, yes, he gets the number 4 slot. He can dominate any bowling lineup anyday, so...

Sakib Al Hasan has proven himself to be a very versatile and effective all rounder, and he has been topping the best ODI allrounder's list on a frequent basis. He can be the 5th bowler and the 2nd spinning option for the team, as well as being an effective number 5 batsman. He is also a great fielder. 

Kallis is such a great player to have in the team! He can score loads of quick runs, and grab some tricky wickets with his much effective medium pace. 

Bevan is arguably the best finisher cricket has ever seen. He is also one of the most underrated players. I firmly believe that he deserved more opportunities and accolades. His left handed chinaman spinners can also come in handy in the ODI games. 

Wasim Akram can spearhead any pace attack and bring excellent results. There won't be any other bowler like him. He is also a great batsman who can hit sixes and fours during the penultimate overs of a game. 

While Warne was a great test bowler, Murali was great in all formats of cricket--he even left his mark in T20s. He is a match winning bowler, and he is the team's primary spinning option.

Ambrose was part of the West Indies team when they were in their decline stage, and yet he shone above his contemporaries in many ways. An effective bowler in the ODIs, he didn't shy away from hitting a few sixes also. 

Finally, Allan Donald will be the new ball partner of either Wasim or Curtly, and he is the kind of bowler who can set fire even on a very much flat or batsman friendly pitch. 

Arguably the best fielder ever, Jonty Rhodes comes in as the 12th man.

So my team has 3 specialist fast bowlers, 1 fast medium bowler (Kallis), 3 spinners (Murali, Sakib and Bevan). As for batting, there are 4 specialist batsmen and 4 all rounders. I think this is a much balanced game. 

Few names I considered, but had to leave out:

1. Steve Waugh (one of the game's most successful all rounders)
2. Chris Cairns (records will never do proper judgement to this great all rounder)
3. Sanath Jayasurya (This was a tough call; he could add a great spinning option in the team and can be considered as a great replacement for Saeed Anwar)
4. Imran Khan (The most charismatic captains of all; his captaincy and all round skills are difficult to be matched)
5. Glen Mcgrath
6. Andy Flower
7. Mark Boucher

Sunday, October 07, 2012

The Worst Piece of Design Ever Done

Read Quote of Ishtiaque Khan's answer to Design: What is the worst piece of design ever? on Quora

The Most Challenging Question That I've Ever Been Asked in a Job Interview?

Haha, not mine, but an interesting image nonetheless!

The question that baffled me terribly wasn't really an unusual one, but it came as a complete surprise to me. Without any introductions or any other questions, the interviewer just told me that he is giving me 10 minutes to sell myself to the interview board.

It was a disaster. Instead of talking about myself, I ended up stating my opinions on the organization, bashing the company's strategy and predicting that the entrance of any competent global competitor would decrease their market share significantly. 

I didn't get the job, but my prediction came out to be true after almost 10 years

If I was ever asked the question again, this is how I would respond:

If you ask me now, I'd say that any business owner or top executive would want me to be in their team because of the following things:

I am cold blooded, and not in a negative way. I am almost always calm and cool; I never panic and I always take crisis situations with a pacifying mood. Sometimes people misunderstand me by thinking that I cannot fathom the gravity of the situation and thus I can remain calm, but they change their opinion when I am the first to devise and implement the right strategy to eliminate the crisis.

I am confident, but not arrogant. Yes, I know my limitations and I also know the extent of my abilities, which gives me a strong sense of ownership and control. If I don't know the solution to  a problem and lack expertise, I don't hesitate in admitting it. However, when someone else tries to do my job or tries to ridicule me, I handle the situation with utmost confidence and I prove my abilities to them.

I am a great team player. I know how to bring the best out of my team mates--I know the ways of combining my skills and expertise with the same of the other members of the team to get the best output. 

I am open minded, and I often think out of the box. Yes, proven and tested workflows and formulas can get the job done, but new ideas can do a better job, or replace the job in hand with something better that will yield bigger and better results! 

I look at the big picture and I also think ahead. I consider work and life as a grand game of chess; one needs to anticipate the next 3 or more moves from the opponent, and one also needs to keep on creating, evaluating and updating the game plan for each type of resources. Focusing only on the pawns or rooks won't win you the game; you have to keep your eyes open for everything.

Just like a number of my recent blog entries, this comes from Quora. My answer did not get many up-votes, but I consider it to be important (for me). 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Most Dance Worthy Tracks

Someone in Quora asked 

What are the most danceable songs ever made?

And here's what I wrote:

I think Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley will always be on top of any such list. As soon as you hear the first guitar lick and the opening verse, your legs automatically starts twisting. It happens all the time. 


You Should be Dancing
 by Bee Gees. The title says it all. You should be dancing!

In Smooth Criminal , Michael Jackson does his famous moonwalk, and many other cool dance moves. 

Rockafeller Skank by Fatboy Slim. This song was included in the original American Pie movie, and it was also featured in the video game Fifa 99. Always makes me wanna dance. 


We Like To Party by Vengaboys. Yeah, it's a silly song, but the beat is much dance-worthy. 

Barbie Girl - Aqua. Another one of those stupid songs that does magic to your feet. 

Scatman's World - Scatman John. I am a big fan of Mr. John Paul Larkin. He was a genius, and he managed to convert his biggest weakness in to his biggest strength. Rest in peace man, God bless your soul. Whenever I hear his songs I pray for his departed soul. He was a great inspiration to everyone who has some kind of weakness in their lives. 

I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles. Vintage beatles; many of their early works were heavily inspired by Little Richard and Chuck Berry, and this is a great, classic dance song.

Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry. This song has one of the most famous guitar solos, and it has a similar effect as Jailhouse Rock.

Long Tall Sally - Little Richard. Another classic dance track.

Well, that's my mini list

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Initial Impressions

I've started playing computer games from around 1999. Well, actually that was the year when my dad bought me a top of the line Intel Pentium II 350 Mhz computer with an awesome 16 MB Creative Voodoo Banshee graphics card. I had the best gaming PC among my friends and I'd gladly show off the shiny new graphics on games like Fifa 99, Age of Empires, Need for Speed 2 and 3, etc.

From the very beginning, I had a thing with non playable characters and non-interactive elements within a game's universe. Although EA Sports had the tagline of "If it's in the game, it's in the game", many elements within a game seemed restrictive. As an example, when you are playing a first person shooter game, you would quite often hit invisible walls, i.e. inaccessible areas. Also, you see things lying around the terrain but you can't interact with them, i.e. a soda machine is there but you can't buy soda.

Things got a lot better with the arrival of Half Life, and other modern era shooters like No One Lives Forever, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Max Payne, etc. Back then I didn't care or bother about RPGs at all. I heard about games like Diablo, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Elder Scrolls, etc. but never ended up playing one.

It wasn't until 2009 that I seriously considered playing through an RPG. I think I tried playing Fallout 3 in 2008, but gave up soon after encountering a weird situation. My character started moving like an elephant and I was constantly getting a written prompt which said "you are heavily encumbered". I was such a novice RPG player back then that I didn't even know that heavily encumbered translated to "you don't have enough space in your inventory" and I could easily fix things by dropping some useless gadgets! Earlier, I also encountered a similar problem with Oblivion and quit playing that game, too. 

Inspired by some internet friends in a gaming community I belong to, I took up a personal challenge of completing a basic RPG. I started with a very old, classic role playing game; the original neverwinter nights. At first, I found the game to be a little too much retro for my liking. However, I soon figured out the patterns of the game and

There are many capitals, large cities, small towns, caves and other miscellaneous locations to explore in Skyrim. It really is marvelous in a sense that each location is unique, with different NPCs, landscapes and quests. Resolving all issues of one town can take hours, or even days. While taking care of all the quests in a town named Riften, I felt like completing Dragon Age 2. Yes, it's such a pity for EA that Bethesda's one town can feel like their one whole game.

The game is unique in many ways. The best thing is perhaps that you can approach it in multiple ways. While fighting is an integral part of the overall experience, you can do quite well without fighting at all. Sneaking around in stealth mode is as good as direct confrontations in many cases. Also, there are many dialogue based fetch quests which can take long hours to complete. A day ago I spent a whole evening in Skyrim without doing a single fight. I went to different people, talked information out of them and acted accordingly to complete quests.

When you open your journal where all active and inactive quests are listed, you can easily single out the quests where violence isn't involved--at least initially. Retrieving Olaf's verse for the Bard's college may sound like a mundane task, but it actually involves visiting a ghost infested pit and defeating a powerful undead king. However, apart from a few deceivingly titled quests, there are many where you don't need to apply brute force at all.

When my character was below level 10, I was struggling against the very basic brand of bandits. But, now with a level 18 warrior, I've learned to block attacks better and I invested level ups in health and perks in heavy armor, shields and one handed weapons. Instead of making a jack of all trades character, I have started emphasizing on his core competencies of sword swinging and shield blocking.

The only kind of enemies that gives me a tough time now are mages, who attack from a far with ice and fire based fearsome spells. When battling it out against them, one must drink a fire resistant potion or otherwise you will become a burning corpse in no time.

Looks like I am advancing in the game faster than this blog post is advancing--I am already a level 28 warrior, and I can now challenge the frost trolls (the things that I've mistaken for Yetis) and the mammoth herding mountain giants with ease. I've completed some missions from the main story line and now I now know a lot about the titular character I am playing with.

During the initial phase of playing Skyrim, I was constantly getting challenged by the absurd amount of loot I was collecting from fallen foes and random locations. "Loot", or collectibles are a standard feature of any RPG game, and to many (me too), collecting loot is a very enjoyable part of the gameplay experience. Loot can be almost anything; starting from weapons and armors, health and stamina boosting potions, ornaments, amulets, food items, trophies (head of deceased enemies), wine bottles and what not! Most of these items can be sold off to specific NPCs and these are a very good source of money. One can definitely earn gold by completing quests, but in order to go for major cost involving activities like buying a house, upgrading the house, buying training lessons, etc., selling off loot constantly is a must.

However, just like most other games, the protagonist in Skyrim has limited carrying capacity, and in no time that capacity gets full. You lose some very important skills when you have more items than you can carry. You lose the ability to fast travel and sprint, without which it is almost impossible to play. If you are wearing heavy armor and can't sprint, going from point A to point B (even if it's just a few yards away) feels extremely lagged and tiresome. The only time I was forced to do that was when I pressed the "free movement" button and saw my character turtling towards the Inn where I wanted him to go and sell off some heavy weighing items.

There is no stash in this game (at least not initially) where I can keep the items that I can't carry right now but don't want to part with. The carrying capacity can be increased by increasing stamina, but the option comes once after each level up and levelling up is not a very easy task. So I had to resort to a command line parameter which allowed me to set my character's carrying capacity to the maximum. I gave input of 99999, but the actual value came out as something around 12 thousand.

Now I can loot without bothering about inventory management, and I can concentrate more on the core game.


I wrote the above preview when I was in the initial stages of playing Skyrim. My OS crashed at the very end of my journey and I gave up playing Skyrim before beating it. Now that a new DLC is out and I have finally managed to get Windows 7, I am planning to re-install the game and replay it using magical skills. I played with a sword and shield wielding warrior character (with a few magical abilities) in the last game.

Monday, July 09, 2012

A Short Review of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

I've written this short review as a challenge for the Decision Based Gaming Union in Gamespot. 


After wading through the near realistic graphics of Skyrim, the cartoonish graphics and heavy emphasis on fast paced battles in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning came to me as a pleasant surprise. Initially, the contrast was a bit shocking, but I quickly got hooked in to the beautifully refreshing fights and intriguing story.

The game started off with an interesting story, which I soon discovered to be a multi-faceted one with many side quests and a long main quest. Just like Skyrim, there are factions and completing their quests gives the player a lot of XP and some unique armor sets that cannot be obtained otherwise. 

I was having a great time jumping from one quest to another, but soon, the number of side quests became overwhelming. I started forgetting why I am doing these quests, and I started skipping all dialogues frantically. The battles also got stale after I unlocked some powerful moves.

It was possible to enlist the service of a "fateweaver" to redistribute skill points and abilities on the fly to alter between a warrior, a rogue and a mage. However, in reality, this is not too interesting as the rogue class is extra powerful, and you really don't need to yield anything other than the faeblade and daggers to win most of the battles. 

The game started with a lot of promise, but ended up being a somewhat bland game with repetitive quests and boring battles. It took me a lot of willpower and effort to go through the final hours of the game, and the ending was even worse. 

Monday, June 18, 2012


Sean Lennon (L) and Julian Lennon (R)-Half Brothers
It really is difficult to live under the shadow of a legendary father. I am sure Julian and Sean Lennon feels this everyday. Despite of being the children of the great late John Lennon, both of them have shone in their own, particular way. For the last few days, I've been listening to two songs by Sean Lennon titled "Happiness" and "Spectacle". Both songs have a melancholy tone, and yet they are very, very beautiful.

Right now I am listening to the remixed version of "Time of My Life" from the movie Dirty Dancing. This incarnation was released by Black Eyed Peas, and the song title is The Time (The Dirty Bit). I am not a big fan of the genre BEP represents, but I love their songs. I love the voice of Will.I.Am. and Fergie, and yes, Will.I.Am is someone's name. 

If you've seen Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li or X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you already know Mr. Will.I.Am. He played the roles of John Wraith and Vega in those movies, subsequently. None of the characters were major, but he did a good acting job. But I must say he's a lot better singer than an actor. 

Dave Brubeck Quartret
After listening to Time of My Life for 2/3 times, now I've switched to semi-classical jazz. Right now I'm playing the first track from the album Time Out by Dave Brubeck Quartret. Right now they are playing "Blue Rondo A La Turk". 

I think it'll be a good choice to switch over to Scatman John now. What do you say?

I just started playing "Only You" from Scatman's World album, but my bossed called me to his workstation like a perfect killjoy. 

Yes, I used my ipod to listen to songs. It's an Ipod touch 8 GB model.