Some android apps fresh users might appreciate

No ringing endorsements, just a small list of apps I use and like.

Aldiko Book Reader Premium – Android Apps on Google Playย (Or the free versionย Aldiko Book Reader – Android Apps on Google Playย Same features, I just bought it to support the app)

and also, though not for everyone

And in no significant order.

I just signed up for free @coursera online #gamification , #stats1 & #soc101 classes

Continuous learning is very important and this looks Fun!

Checking out 3 classes;

I’m very curious about how this will all work! ๐Ÿ™‚
The Stats should be a nice refresher course & Gamification will hopefully prove to be Very interesting!

The Sociology class is 2 weeks underway and is great, the interface impressive. The interface offers Video Lectures, Weekly Live Seminars, Discussion Forums, Course Readings & the Syllabus. The lectures are split up into several video’s. And the video’s are available as a HTML 5 player and flash player and offer features like modifying playing speed and subtitles. The video files are also downloadable as mp4 files with separate text and srt subtitle files. Class debates are organised with a selection of students and via Google Hangout, view-able by anyone interested. Impressive!

 

Join me!

KORN!

Listened to Korn this afternoon.

I like their latest album. A Lot! Guess I was really looking for a metal + dubstep combi ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, they need to come to Gent.

I’ll be catching up with their latest 3 albums, Its been a while since I had the chance to check out Korn. Though I’d rather say I kinda gave up on them after “See You on the Other Side”. Glad to see I missed something with this last album(s)

Feeling kinda cheap admitting this though.. I kinda seem to like the Korn + Skrillex songs best…

30 jaar Gert

Eerder nodigde ik een hele hoop waarnemers uit om de eenmalige gebeurtenis die best omschreven wordt als “30 jaar Gert” te observeren.

Een van die waarnemers, de hooggeeerde Bert akaย “meneer de fotograaf”, publiceerde recent zijn bevindingen en deze zijn dan ook te bekijken op zijn excellente internet interface opย tion.be.

Squish

Meer daarover dus op tion.be/gert30jaar/

I have new PS3 games

  • Heavy Rain
  • Bioshock 2
  • Little Big Planet
  • Max Payne 3

Not much to say.
Except that they’re AWESOME ๐Ÿ˜€
and that I haven’t really had time to play much

Things I DID notice were .. Heavy Rain has the best installer; folding Origami while waiting was actually exciting! Bioshock 2 was the worst as it didn’t even have a progress bar! Also, I feel Im missing a lot in the first minutes of Bioshock 2, not having played the first game..
Little big planet was a 100% pure surprise. I asked the guy what he played with visitors; he said shooters, I said “too steep a learning curve” and his next words were “Little Big Planet”. I’d heard of the game and its following, so I figured its probably worth โ‚ฌ9 second hand. I started it and its the game that kept me playing the most. I was just having a look and without realizing, 30 minutes just vaporized! Good game! Haven’t tested the multiplayer yet though..
And Max Payne .. hot damn! what a great cinematic experience! Awesome!! Fun game!

So; 4 good new games ๐Ÿ™‚

UGent Closed Calendar

I have no clue if UGent has a digital version of the closed calendar, but I took the liberty of posting my Goog calendar for when its closed; since I have it anyway.. Disclaimer: dont blame me if there’s a typo, use this at your own risk ๐Ÿ˜‰

XML: https://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/u679418c6kfbtu38teakiqbt5o%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic
ICAL: https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/u679418c6kfbtu38teakiqbt5o%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
HTML: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=u679418c6kfbtu38teakiqbt5o%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe/Brussels
CSV: UgentGesloten2012

A preview:

Excited about cyberpunk ~ Shadowrun Returns

I know its not exactly Cyberpunk but still, it comes very close and I am excited.

Shadowrun Backer

I had heard of the Shadowrun rpg but never really touched it; let alone played it. I’m really looking forward to this game! This being said, I’d prefer to play it on Android instead of PC but I guess I’ll just have to hope it comes along some day.

Edit by request from the comments: The game was always coming to tablets near you
Shadowrun Returns (for Apple & Android tablets and PCs) is the game that Shadowrun fans have been waiting for a long time.
hooray!
The game does have some vocal fans though ๐Ÿ™‚

This would, I guess, look a lot like my favorite Android game: Cyberlords – Arcology
Its an awesome “Lead your four-man team of augmented cyber-warriors on dangerous infiltration missions.” type game and I loved every second of it. Awesome game! And playing it filled me with hope for games to come; its obviously a big engine and common sense dictated that they must’ve written it with re-use for different settings & stories in mind. Sadly, a couple of emails to the developers shattered my hopes. I came to understand that the engine is old and the story is pretty hard coded. Creating a new game on the engine would not be a viable option as it is not anything near the current options for Apple-Android cross platform code.
I do get that they dont want to invest in the concept any further; I dont think the game in itself was a huge financial success, considering the probably big dev costs for the engine. I figured the investment would be worth while after creating several different stories and settings, but ….

That being said, Arcology provides an awesome 6 hours of mobile entertainment!
And I am backing the new Shadowrun game because I expect it to be Awesome!

Opeth – Storm Corrosion

I remembered that Opeth has a new album right about this year so I went to have a look

And I pre-orederd Storm Corrosion (CD+DVD)

I cant wait ๐Ÿ™‚ I am very curious about the 5.1 tracks!

Being excited about the whole 5.1 thing, I remembered that the last Opeth CD I bought had a DVD included! So I checked the Watershed Wiki page; lo & behold, it has a 5.1 track! Guess what disk I’ll be playing next ๐Ÿ˜€

Exciting!

Disconcerting however, was discovering that I actually missed that they made another album last year!! Heritage, apparently. Though I was listening to it as I was ordering the new CD. I was trying this Grooveshark thingamajiggy and clicked the most recent album, without really considering the name, thinking I had put on Watershed. And honestly wondering how I could have missed the nice piano intro ๐Ÿ™‚ And remembering the album to be a lot heavier last time I listened to it ……

So! A whole Opeth adventure! (allright, that might have been an overstatement just now) resulting in a pre-order and the intention to buy Heritage ASAP ๐Ÿ™‚

Q: What is the tastiest kind of donut? Please do not reply “bagel.”

A: I hate donuts. I honestly dont understand what people like about them. Its come to the point where I have decided European donuts must suck and I need to go to the US to try a donut because if the whole of america is enamoured with what they sell as donuts here, you’re all out of your minds. (more than you bargained for as an answer? yeah, thought so)

Answer on the Diesel Sweeties backer survey http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dieselsweeties/diesel-sweeties-ebook-stravaganza-3000