I haven't played RuneScape recently, but my friend told me that apparently you can now do surveys and buy magazine subscriptions to earn extra ingame stuff...
man runescape's really going down the shizzleter isn't it
what's next? you will have to go through an adf.ly link to get to the game?
News titles like this: "Lawmakers Allow Putin to Use Military in Ukraine"
"Crimea Crisis: Russian Parliament to Review New Annexation Law"
This is legitimately scary, because Latvia is also right next to Russia, and what if they suddenly decide to go here too? It's obvious Russia is going to invade Ukraine at this point, like really obvious, I mean there already are Russian forces in Crimea.
And the big western countries are doing nothing, but making empty warnings. This reminds me of WW2, when Hitler just took Poland and no one even attempted to stop him.
EDIT: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26400035 Russia is invading Ukraine
Man, the situation is Ukraine is really escalating. The events happening there feel very much like what happened in 1991, when the Baltic states where trying to win independence from the USSR. Back then Latvia had declared independence, but USSR was still trying to get everything back in control, so barricades were set up all around the center of Riga, while OMON units and Tanks were trying to get in. So yeah, very similar situation.
I wish everyone over in Ukraine luck, hope they defeat the government and finally gain independence from Russia!
So I've barely ever worked with Inkscape, and I'm trying to turn this bitmap into a vector. I've pretty much finished it, but there are some parts that have stuck together, and I've been messing around with path nodes for an hour now and I can't figure out how to separate those parts again.
Here's what I mean:
I've circled the parts that have stuck together when tracing a bitmap, and it would be cool if you could separate them for me!
Here's the .svg: https://www.mediafire.com/?yu2jykm9kk922w0
And there's another thing. I've made a prototype logo for a project of mine, and I think it just looks really plain. I was thinking of adding like these small, stylized patches of grass (so they fit with the minimalistic beartrap) around the beartrap, but I'm no artist so there's no way I can do it in a way that looks nice :D See if you can make it look any less plain. I've attached a GIMP project: http://www.mediafire.com/download/cdshmi01xskbb6j/slazds.xcf
Thanks in advance!
A lotta stuff has happened since the new year and I've been putting off writing a blog post about it because well, the stuff is still happening, but well I decided to write something up quickly.
So first of all New Years Eve. It was fudgeing crazy. I'm not going to go into many details because a lot of stuff happened, but basically I celebrated NYE with my friends at one of theirs' apartment, and occasionally we went out to do other stuff (like went to watch the fireworks at 00:00 and then went to some pubs in the Old City), and during the night I got crazy drunk (hadn't happened for a while), lost a glove and got my phone pickpocketed from me. It was nuts! Even though I lost stuff, I think it was a great night overall.
That brings me to the next thing - my phone. I had this HTC Wildfire for like 3 years, it had gone through a lot of shizzle (I once went swimming with it in my pocket, so it was submerged for a couple of minutes and still worked afterwards, even though the battery was kinda shizzle) and it was like a family member to me at that point :D But well, honestly it wasn't that good. It was a budget phone when I bought it and now it was pretty bad. I had rooted it though and installed some ROMs which made the experience with it a little better though. But yeah, I had put off buying a new phone for a while now because I'm cheap and my phone really wasn't my priority, but now I just had to do it. So I bought a Nokia Lumia 820. That's right I've left Android and joined the Windows party! And you know, it's really good. I'm loving it. It looks nice, it works nice, the only disadvantage of it is that it isn't as open as Android, so you can't do everything. Other than that, it's great! I bought it because I have Windows 8.1 on my laptop, and I recently installed Windows 8.1 on my main PC at home too, so they all work wonderfully together - syncing everything and stuff.
Another thing that's going on at the moment is the exam session. I don't know if that's how you call it in English, but basically we have something that we call the "Session" which basically means you get exams at the end of the first semester and they are spread out throughout January, so I'm basically spending most of the time at home studying and getting ready for various exams. I had one today and I have one tomorrow, so I want to finish this up quickly and get back to work :D
My promotional Trap music channel is doing really well too. It recently hit 5000 subscribers and I also recently received my first paycheck from the ads :) So I'm really excited for the future and I'm already planning to spread out, because electronic music is like my main passion and hobby and it is just as important to me as my CompSci education, so I'm really excited for the future of Trap Turf and other stuff I'm planning :)
And that's it for now, that's what's been going on in my life :D See you next time!
P.S. Here's something cool.
Heard this in a recent Flosstradamus mix, and god damn, this thing is massive. It's already apparent that people will go nuts to this thing when it comes out! Probably going to be the next "Animals" :D
Yeah sorry, I didn't write up the "log" of my Day 30 (woowooo) of rejections, but really finally the holidays are here and I just didn't really want to sit down and write a blog post, so I'm kinda forcing myself to do it now :D
Anyway, yup Day 30 was hit, and it felt awesome! And it was really weird too - the card said "Invite someone to workout with you" which is kinda weird, and it probably meant like your friend, but I was like "fudge it" and just asked a stranger, so you can probably imagine how awkward it was :D The guy I asked, instantly made a confused (kinda offended) face, said no and just left. While he was weirded out, I was feeling awesome and congratulating myself on 30 Days of doing stupid shizzle, yaaay!
I'm pausing it for now, because well I can't really do it while I'm not going anywhere outside of my house, and I'm mostly staying home for the holidays. Think of this as like a Season 1 :D
As for Christmas, I wish you all a very good one, even if you're sitting at home with no christmas decorations, no christmas music, you can always fix that, just dim the light (so you cant see that you don't have decorations :D) and put on some christmas playlist on your PC speakers. Yeah, okay, well, see ya!
A lot of stuff has happened in these last 2 days! More on that later tho, first of all my rejection therapy stuff :P So on Monday my goal was to "ask for no tax on a purchase".
I tried this at a supermarket, and well you can probably guess how that turned out :D The cashier at least didn't get offended or anything, just kinda smiled and said no. I probably should've tried this at a smaller place, though, not something owned by a big company. But well, what's done is done :D
Today I was eating at McDonalds and that was the perfect opportunity to do another rejection thing, because I remembered this from one of the cards - "Ask for a tour of a restaurant’s kitchen". So I approach the cashier and just casually ask "Hey umm can I have a tour of your kitchen?". She goes "Why?" and I'm like "You know, just cause." She looked at me suspiciously as if I was going to steal the food from their kitchen or something and yeah just told me that they can't do that. I dunno, I've heard of kids getting a tour when celebrating birthday parties at McDonalds, but that was a while ago.
In other news...
So yesterday I had to go to this kinda semi-formal dinner at a pretty high class restaurant, to meet this man from Sweden who basically pays for my scholarship. Basically, when I applied for one, I got chosen for this one and basically he just chose 5 different students from different spheres that he thought were important for the society. I was the Computer Science student with another guy, and there were 3 other girls, one of which was studying to become a doctor, another studying culture or something like that and the last one actually studying construction (which is interesting, because she is a girl and that doesn't happen a lot).
I was incredibly nervous, because I had never been to something this formal, especially with this very important, rich man and his friends (a man who works at a bank in Latvia, and a Latvian actor), and I was constantly afraid of doing something rude accidentally :D I even googled up some info on what to do and what not to do at formal dinners :D
But it wasn't that bad, I didn't do anything stupid and it was ok actually :) So anyway, when the dinner is over, we (the 5 students) leave. One thing that I'm going to mention is that we didn't talk that much during the dinner, unless we were talked to (because nervous), but now when outside for some reason we started chatting with eachother and decided to just walk for a bit towards our public transport stations. It's kinda fitting now to mention, that one of these girls was pretty attractive so I was starting to get a little flirty with her :P
So then within the next 30 minutes, our group becomes smaller and smaller, because one of us stays at their station or gets in a bus or whatever, until there are 3 of us left - me, this other CompSci guy and the girl that I was into. So what I do is I just say "Lets go grab a drink". The CompSci guy doesn't want to, because he doesn't drink alcohol so basically it's just me and the girl now. She accepts! (at this moment I'm noticing that she's into the "irresistable Fabis", so that makes it even better :D)
So here we are, sitting at this bar on a Monday evening (with me having a test the very next day) just drinking and talking about stuff. We sit there pretty much until the bar closes at 4 AM, we go outside and she wants me to walk with her for a bit, and I tell her "No way", because I've learned that if you buy girls drinks, hold their purses and generally act "too nice" (as in Beta), you're not going to get very far. Well, it works (not really a big surprise), she actually walks in my direction for a bit, I kiss her, pull back first (leaving her wanting for more), tell her that we're going to meet again and then we went on our separate ways :)
I ended my last relationship about a month back without actually getting very far, so I'm excited to see where this goes :)
So I might have said this somewhere already, but I was supposed to be DJing yesterday in a University ball/party.
This week already started off pretty busy, because since the semester is coming to an end, there's loads of tests and stuff, and in addition to that I'm sitting home practicing my DJing pretty much every day :D
So then like 2 days before the event, I still haven't received any info like "when should I be there", "what kind of cables do I need to bring" etc., so I message this organizer guy in skype, and after talking for a few minutes he tells me that for the ball they need slow music, rock & roll (because of the theme of the ball), something for the couples...so I'm like "What??" You're telling me this now? Like 2 days before the event, you tell me that I need to completely change my set.
Imagine me - this electronic music DJ, who doesn't listen to any non-electronic music, let alone rock & roll, and now I have to play hours of rock & roll (the ball/party was Great Gatsby themed and yes I know that Rock & Roll wasn't in the 1920s, but that's what they told me to play), which is an insane pain in the ass by the way, if you're a DJ you understand (impossible to beat match). So like 2 days before the event I'm scrambling to find rock & roll, shizzle that I never listen to and never will listen to again.
If you're saying - don't DJ events if they require different music from the one you have, then 1) at the beginning when they asked me to DJ, I gave them my mixcloud with my mixes and they said it's fine 2) they told me the "news" 2 days before the event, sure I could've just told them off and quit the job, but there was no way they would've found a new DJ that would DJ swing/rock & roll music for hours in 2 days, so I kinda helped them out even they fudgeed me over.
There was this thing that saved me, though - Swing House. It's this combination of House music and Swing and even though I'm not a big fan of it, it was still House music so I enjoyed it a lot more than this shizzlety Elvis Presley and whatever else I had to play at the beginning.
I thought the event was going to be a disaster, but I think I kinda saved it and did it well enough. Even got to play some Electrohouse for a few minutes, and that basically made the whole night worthwhile :)
But yeah this is a lesson for you guys - don't ever DJ uni/school parties if they are organized by the students, because they are really incompetent and have no idea what they even want.
For Day 27, the card specifically said "Ask someone to donate to WikiLeaks" :D
So I'm walking down the street and this time I've chosen my target to be this woman walking towards me. I was wondering what would she say to that, I mean WikiLeaks is kind of an odd choice, considering the fact that usually people donate to things like charities for kids and stuff like that.
So I approach her and ask her to donate to WikiLeaks, she kinda smiles at me, says No and shakes her head. Yeah, I guess WikiLeaks isn't that big around here anymore :D
Actually, that movie that came out recently about WikiLeaks isn't doing very well either, so maybe these 2 things are somehow related.
So Day 24:
I had to ask for someone's business card. So I'm walking down the street, and I lock on to my targets - 2 women working on a shop window (like putting on stickers or something, I don't remember). I approach them and ask my question. One of the women looks at me strangely and asks me "Why?". I keep it cryptic with "I just do", and she says that she doesn't have one. The other one still keeps ignoring me :D The first woman is curious though and asks me more about it, but well, I of course wasn't going to tell her "Oh, I'm doing this 100 day rejection thing". The encounter was refreshing, though, because she didn't ignore me and actually was kinda friendly. Felt good!
For Day 25 my goal was to ask someone what are their thoughts about something I wore that day. The thing that I decided to ask people about was my snapback, because I think a snapback is pretty controversial - a lot of people hate on it for no reason. So after my lectures I'm again walking home, through the park, and this time my target was a guy in his twenties. The encounter was pretty short - I pretty much said "Excuse me, what do you think about my hat?" He looked at me, like I was crazy (I'm used to it already), laughed at me, said "Nothing" and left. Yeah, I guess he didn't like it :D
My goal for this day was "Make a lunch appointment with an old acquaintance". I tried this with an old schoolmate of mine, but there's not much to talk about here, because he hasn't responded yet. If he will, I'm gonna tell you guys about it :)
This entry is going to be kinda short, but basically for Day 24 I had to smile at people all day. It might not seem that difficult, but it really was - it just felt weird smiling at strangers walking past you, and well, I also wasn't always in the mood for smiling, but I noticed that by forcing myself to smile I actually became happier as well. You can use that whenever you're feeling down :D
In other news...
I might get the chance to play at the Christmas party of my and 2 others University faculties'. I'm so excite!
Also I haven't posted anything music related in a while, so here's something new (literally came out today) that I've been digging a lot!
So for Day 21 of my rejection therapy, I had to ask someone if I look like a celebrity. More than one person has told me that I kinda resemble Rowan Atkinson (the Mr. Bean guy), and while I disagree with them (there is a really small resemblance, I wouldn't say I look like him), that's the celebrity that I would ask someone about.
So I'm walking through this park towards my tram station and I spot this woman (aged 18-21) walking towards me and I start preparing (telling myself "it's going to be over in a minute"). When she's near enough I ask her the question, and to my surprise she wasn't angry or annoyed or anything and actually answered my question and even smiled about it.
The answer by the way was "No". Then I asked if I look like Rowan Atkinson specifically, and she still said no. She was pretty nice actually, didn't look at me like I was crazy or anything, but yeah that was it, I thanked her and left.
Next day wasn't as good. I had to ask someone their thoughts about something on the news. I wanted to use something that wouldn't be sad or offensive to anyone, so I chose to ask about the Russians going into space with the Olympic torch, which I thought was pretty cool. This time my target was this about 50 year old lady. When she's about a meter away I start with "Excuse me", and she kinda stops for a second and looks at me. Then I continue "What are your thoughts about.." and while I was still talking she just immediately takes off, completely ignoring me. So I'm standing there, still trying to finish my sentence while she's already walking away, not even looking back at me. Wow.
I think this might have been the worst reaction I've gotten, even the people being angry at me was better.
So you may or may not have heard about the disaster that happened in Riga, the capital of Latvia, yesterday. If you haven't heard then yesterday this mall collapsed, and at the time the news said that 4 people had died, and they were still working to clear the rubble and save any people that were still alive. Today after coming home I checked the news again and the death toll had climbed up to 47 people. At this moment, 51 people have been found dead (3 of which are firefighters). Supposedly there are still about 20-30 people in the mall. Are they alive or not, that is not known. Of course, I hope that they are, but I'm not really optimistic about that.
If you live in the United States, 50 people might not seem a lot to you, but if you compare the amount of people living here to the amount of people living in the US, this is kinda like 9/11 for us. This is pretty devastating, because not often terrible things happen around here, we're lucky that we don't have earthquakes, we don't have big storms and tornadoes and we don't have terrorist attacks, so when something like this happens it's a big shock to everyone.
The mall actually is relatively close to where I live and also my big brother manages this chain of pharmacies around the city, one of which was inside that mall, and he often visits them to check up on things, but fortunately he wasn't there at the time, so I'm really glad that this disaster hasn't affected me and my family personally.
It's kinda crazy, if you think about it, I mean who expects to die while shopping? One second you're picking something to eat for breakfast and a second later you're dead. Pretty scary.
You can read more about it here - http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-25045879
Okay today was really weird. Today my 100 day rejection therapy card said "Get a free pass". So you know what I tried to do? I tried to get a free tram ticket. And the outcome is something that I didn't expect at all.
So I'm waiting for the tram, being kinda nervous. Then the tram finally comes, I enter and ask the conductor for a free ticket. He goes "Huh?", probably because there's this glass pane separating us, with a small slot at the bottom for the ticket. I repeat my question, ready to get rejected and feel really dumb, and he goes "Ah", turns to the ticket machine, presses something and gives me a ticket saying basically something like "Free ticket 0.00 Ls". Uhh, what? What did just happen? Flabbergasted, I go and sit down. There were multiple things going through my mind at that point. One of them was "Did I really just get a free ticket?", the other one was "Doing something crazy and actually succeeding feels amazing!" and the last one was "fudge, I didn't get rejected, I have to do this again". Well, those were the rules, I had to try again. So after I get over the fact I just got a free ticket, I exit the tram 2 stations later and wait for the next one.
So a couple of minutes later another one arrives and I repeat my question. Guess what happens? No really, just guess. You probably guessed that I got another free ticket, because otherwise I wouldn't have asked that question. Well you're right, it happened again. There was only one thing going through my mind at that point "what the fudge". So yeah, of course I had to try again. Another couple of stations later and exit, to wait for the next tram.
I don't want to make this a super long and boring blog entry so I'm just going to say it now - I did it and succeeded for 4 more times. Yes, I got a free tram ticket consecutively 6 times in total. Why not 7? Because I was already at my stop and I wasn't going to ride around all day trying to get rejected. So yeah, I guess I didn't really fulfill my goal today and didn't get rejected, but come on.
So I come home and Google some info about these "Free tickets" (I mean why do they even have an option for one on the machine?) and it turns out that these free tickets are basically for disabled people. Which is why I felt like a dick after all this. I mean if you go around acting disabled to get free stuff you are an goosedown, but in my defense I really didn't know that beforehand and was just trying to do my rejection thing.
There's one very important thing I learned though - when asking for something crazy, sure getting rejected is good, but actually succeeding feels even better. I mean, I did something that no one would ever do and got something out of it as well, so it just feels amazing.
So today's thing was kinda weird. For my 100 day rejection therapy, today I had to introduce myself to a stranger. When I read that, the first thing that I thought was "And...?" I mean, what do you do next? Well, it didn't say, which made this whole thing weirder and more awkward (which is good in this case actually).
So when I'm about to do it I'm wandering around the Old City and there's this square with many souvenir stalls. For some reason I had decided that the lady who owned the stall was to be my target. So I approach her look at her and kinda laugh on the inside because she has no idea what's about to happen. She greets me and I say "Hi, my name is Fabis". That's when it got awkward.
She didn't know what to say, I mean really, what would you say to that in a situation like this? The silence after that sentence went on forever and to break it for some reason I asked for her name, which made it even more awkward. I mean she was like 50 years old and it probably looked like I was hitting on her. So she kinda smiles and tells me her name.
You know what I did then? I complimented her on her name, which definitely made it look like I was hitting on her and it got really super awkward then. I didn't know what to do, and it was obvious to me that she thought I was a weirdo, so to make it less awkward I say something like "I'm just being friendly" as if that would make this whole situation any less awkward (it actually made it even more awkward). Emphasis on "like", I mean I was so anxious that the sentence that came out of my mouth was something dumber that only barely resembled what I was trying to say.
So another second of silence goes on (which felt like a minute) and I left. I just wanted to get out of there as soon as possible :D
Forgot to post this yesterday, so here I am, sitting at my computer at 9 AM typing this up before going out :D So after the weekend and the national holiday I'm back to my rejection therapy. What did I do this time? I asked for a hug! And while that doesn't sound too bad, you generally don't ask Latvian strangers for hugs :P
So when I go home from the University, I have to go through this garden-like area in front of the Opera. While I was walking through it, I noticed this woman in her 20ies/30ies walking towards me. We were like the only 2 people there. So when she gets close enough I say "Excuse me, can I hug you?" She very quickly said no and left. I think she thought I was some sort of creep, because we were like the only 2 people there and we were literally walking through something you could call a small park. I don't doubt that she looked back a couple of times after I left, to check if I wasn't sneaking up on her to rob her or something :D
Today was the independence day of Latvia. I saw the military parade (seeing military helicopters and jets fly by was awesome) and then went out to dinner with my family. Awesome day, thanks people-who-fought-for-Latvia-in-the-Latvian-war-for-independence!
Gallery - http://www.tvnet.lv/zinas/viedokli/486705-latviesiem_nav_vienalga/gallery/16822
For Day 16, I did something similar to asking someone's phone number - I asked a stranger's email address. For some reason, I had less trouble with that than I had with the phone number, even though I asked a woman. The encounter was kinda funny though, because when I asked her that she had this angry look on her face like "Uhh, no?". She did at least say no, though, unlike the guy who's pants I asked to try on :D
Day 17 was again a night of hanging out with friends at bars and clubs. It was a pretty fun night in general, but I also did some of my rejection therapy stuff in it. Basically I had to just sit down with a bunch of strangers and strike up a conversation. And that's what I did. It was pretty interesting, because it became pretty obvious to me that they didn't really want to talk to me (or they just were really shy, I dunno), but they still didn't tell me to fudge off or anything, so it really isn't a big deal.
Post any suggestions if you have any! Note, that I wont do any stuff that is actually considered mean towards anyone and I also wont lie.
For the past few days I've been so busy, that I forgot to check what I actually had to do today for my 100 day rejection therapy. So after my lectures are over I don't know what to do, but then I suddenly remember some of you guys' stupid suggestions in the previous blog post. And yeah I went with one of those, because I really didn't have a choice. I did what Shooter585 suggested - I asked some random dude if I could try on his pants (trousers not underpants :P ).
So as I'm walking through the city I finally spot my target and while he's walking by I say "Excuse me, can I try on your pants?" Now, I think his reaction was the worst one I've gotten yet :D He looked back at me for a second, shook his head kinda angrily (like "Are you retarded?") and without saying anything just walked away. He must have really gotten offended or something lol. And yeah, I did feel pretty stupid and embarrassed after that :D
If you want you can post more suggestions, but I'm not promising that I'll do any of them :P
Today, for my 100 day rejection therapy I attempted to hitch a ride home. So I'm walking towards my Tram station and just decide "Whatever, I'm just gonna try it on the first car I see that has it's driver in it". Well, the first car I see is actually this van, and it looked like it was carrying some construction stuff in the back. So the driver is like standing outside of it reading some paper and I approach him and ask him if he could take me to the district I live in. He just kinda laughs and says something like "No, I'm working". Oh well, it actually would've been cool if he would've taken me home, wouldn't have to pay for a tram ticket :D
In other news...
My first DJ gig was last Saturday and I thought it went well. Sure, it was a Saturday, there weren't many people and they all for some reason expected me to play Top40 and Pop music, so it could've gone better, but it definitely was a cool experience.
For Day 12 of my 100 day rejection therapy I had to ask for someone's phone number. Now this might not sound that difficult, but for some reason I had the most trouble with this one. I actually walked around for like 20-30 minutes before I actually asked someone the question. I think I had anxiety, because asking for someone's number almost always means that you're attracted to someone and you want to ask that person out, and for some reason, the fact that the other person might think that really scares me.
The part where I actually asked the question was kind of underwhelming. She just said no and that's pretty much it. I guess after 1/10 of the whole therapy I still have trouble dealing with looking stupid in front of strangers.
Today was Day 13 and I had to ask someone of they believe in a god and that's what I did. The funny thing about that encounter was the lady's answer. She said something along the lines of "Yes I do and I'm fine with my choice". She must've thought that I was some sort of crazy person that tries to convert people on the streets, which is pretty ironic considering the fact that I'm an atheist.
For Day 11 of my 100 day rejection therapy, I tried to sell my headphones. I have a pretty good pair of Sennheiser headphones, that I bought for about 22 Ls (44 USD) and so I thought I'm gonna try to sell 'em. If the person would agree to buy them, then I'd try to sell them for 30 Ls at first and then maybe go down a little, but I wouldn't sell them for less than 25 Ls!
So anyway, my lectures are over, it's like 6 PM and dark as shizzle already and as I walk towards my tram station I'm choosing my victim. Almost every time I do this, I do it after my lectures, so I think I might be conditioning my brain to be afraid from leaving the University building :D Anyway, I finally spot this woman with her child and I approach her. "Excuse me, do you want to buy my headphones?" I ask. I felt like she actually was annoyed by that question, as if I was some crazy street salesman trying to scam her. Obviously she said no. I didn't quit, though, and I told her that the headphones were really good and the sound quality was good too, as she was leaving. Without even looking back, she says "No" even more angrily than before.
I actually kinda wanted to not get rejected this time, because I would've made some money that way :D But of course, getting rejected was my goal and thus that felt good too.
In other news...
Still nervous for my gig!