Credit the post’s title to Declan Patton and Andrew McIntosh, who published their research on the adverse effects of headbanging on December 2008.

This is no joke, ladies and gentlemen, this is a serious study on “the risks of mild traumatic brain injury and neck injury associated with head banging”. This concerns me, as occasional headbanger (there has to be some purpose to my long hair) and I was eager to know the conclusions of this study. 

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"Head banging tempo v the Head Injury Criteria (HIC) for various head and neck ranges of motion (45° to 120°). Abbreviated injury scale thresholds indicated as horizontal lines." Taken from BMJ 2008;337:a2825

 

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Guitar… Regular Guy?

January 11, 2009

With so many people bashing Guitar Hero and Rock Band for not actually teaching to play real instruments, it would be inevitable that developers would attempt at making a version using real instruments.

Wired.com Video: The Holy Grail of Music Gaming

There is also LittleBigStar, with the premise to “play games with music instruments / make music by gaming”.

And then there is the Tomy Air Guitar Pro, which I acquired in Japan. It deserves a post all of itself, but here is an interesting one nevertheless.

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Those who are strangers to Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series should skip this post and quickly endeavour to become familiar with both. For those who are familiar with the series but somehow don’t like it, I’m sure there will be some kind of custom-tailored hell for you when you die. The rest may keep on reading.

According to this test I accidentally found online, It seems I come closest to being Granny Weatherwax. Just as I expected. I couldn’t be having with it any other way… 

You are Granny Weatherwax

I am... Granny Weatherwax!

 

Scenes From 08

January 4, 2009

I decided to make a small review of last year, as it was quite a good year and has shown me countless times that I need to step up. So I put together some pictures from my Picasa Web Album, partly to force myself to acknowledge my good fortune, places I visited and people I got to know and miss. 

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Try this one on for size. Several reviewers have complained (or maybe the term in some cases should be “whined”) about the seeming lack of penalization for failure in the latest Prince of Persia installment.

Some interesting points are made in the following video. On a personal note, I must say that I have been feeling bad about my gamer skills whenever I try playing some old NES game (I have the PocketNester emulator on my HTC but you can also play online at the vNES website). It seems that , aside from the amount of skill necessary to advance in the game, the punishment for failure can be quite the nag, as after losing a few lives you are sent back to the very beginning of the game. Just go ahead and try to play a bit of Super Mario Bros, Megaman or Castlevania

Of course PC and later console games started implementing the save game system so that you could restart from some “closer” point if you fail or are forced to quit the game for mundane affairs 🙂

Happy New Year!

January 3, 2009

My New Year’s Resolution was to post on my blog. Quite a resolution I must admit, given that I was holding back posting until May 19 this year. Now that there is at least one post for this year, my new year’s resolution has been honoured and I can go back to being the same old lazy-ass blog owner 😛

Now seriously, I should sit down and review the previous year. I am quite averse to disclosing some details of my life on the Internets but then again, no one reads this little cobweb-filled corner of the Internets anyways. 

Where to start?

 

Feliz Ano Novo

Feliz Ano Novo