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  1. As the Adler and the Rimsky-Korsakov have been mentioned, another book suggestion is the Walter Piston. If your looking for other genre to learn orchestration for I don't have any ideas. Overall avoid writing parts that are out of the range of the instrument. Its much easier to play higher out of range then lower underneath. and it sounds better.

  2. http://kotaku.com/5274544/why-xbox-360-new-controller-is-called-natal

    Named after a town one of the people involved in the development lived in.

    Same language. Instead of being name just after the word its named after a town name "Christmas". Got to love other languages. You can name it something and most won't know a thing. I'm one of the few people I know that thinks the name for the drink chai tea is redundant because chai means tea. So thats tea tea. Correct name for that is chai masala. "spiced tea".

    woops I went on a little far. I'm half portuguese and I am minoring in linguistics.

  3. I've been floating around OCR since late 2003. The quality of the music has improved greatly since then. Its astounding to hear the differences between mixes being released then to those being released now. However the facade of putting together professional quality work has hurt some of the fun. The older mixes often have something behind them that makes them more enjoyable. They were more casually made, and have more imperfections. The next step will be to recreate the fun of the older mixes with the quality of the newer ones. Admittedly the lack of similar communities at the moment is probably hurting some of the creativity. I am excited to see what is going to come to OCR and happy for past accomplishments.

  4. Congratulations on getting through high school and making into an university.

    College is a bit different from high school. If you do things right you can have a good social life, get an ample amount of sleep, and get good grades. This depends on how quickly you do homework, how much time do you really want to waste doing extra things, and how much sleep your willing to miss. For a lot of us the first thing we sacrifice is the sleep. Mostly because that's what parts of the weekend are for. Also studying is good but if its the only thing you do then your sanity will start to disappear.

    The time involved in classes will depend on your major. GE's are a pain in the ass and waste time but most are easy ways to raise your GPA. My major is music so my classes get more hours per unit then whats reasonable and we all overworked. however its a social major too so most of us don't sleep much.

    Good luck. The first year can be a bit of a shock to some.

  5. I remember Ice Titan from Kingdom Hearts being really freakin hard, since most of the fight consisted of reflecting back the icicles he shoots at you to take off tiny fractions of his health with each one. Took me countless tries...and if I recall correctly Sephiroth only took me 2 tries (er, on second thought I'm probably thinking of KH2; Sephiroth couldn't have been that easy in KH). That last Riku fight was also really tough. Too many times he killed me in the middle of a frantic heal. Still one of my favorite boss fights ever though.

    It's too bad KH2 couldn't rival the KH bosses. Fuckin' reaction commands ruining everything.

    Ice Titan took me a while I had to go off and level and come back. I couldn't beat Seph on KH, but KH2 I raped him in under thirty secs. Trinity limit, berserk rage rise and repeat.

  6. Exactly. You need to go overboard to beat those fuckers. I think this was Square trying to cater to the "OMG I'm level 50 by the end of the first disc!" crowd. And a few monsters, fine. But AN ENTIRE COLISEUM'S WORTH?!

    Considering I had to figure out how to work as many attacks in as possible other wise I'd still get 1 hit Ko'd. I can't repeat that run through and I never want to again.

  7. My first time I played it I knew somewhat what to expect and many of the bosses in the arena I could deal with mostly because I had 3 chars with max str. of course the ones you needed magic to kill I was utterly screwed. I went a little overboard playing that game.

  8. Ah, anime. Grendizer was perhaps the first anime I was hooked into. It has a very strong fanbase here in Saudi Arabia because the Arabic dub was excellent stuff. Additionally, Captain Tsubusa (called Captain Majed in Arabic) was another strong anime here because of the dub and its all about soccer, which is a huge sport here. Back in the day, those two series were really addicting, and I never even realized that they were Japanese anime dubbed into Arabic until I looked around the internet.

    Other than those, I was mostly into classic American cartoons, particularly TMNT. Dragon Ball Z was another anime I really got into for a short while when I used to spend my summers in the US.

    Didn't get back into the anime scene until a couple of years ago when my friends raved about Naruto. I didn't see what the big deal was until I watched it and fell in love with it...although I can understand why people would think its overrated because of its DBZ-like nature. Since then, I've been dabbling here in there with series my friends recommend. Full Metal Alchemist was something I've been hyped about myself because Square-Enix was behind it. Then there's GetBackers, Bleach, dothack sign because I liked the first dothack game I played, One Piece, Gundam SEED, and a few others. Like some of you said, Death Note was spectacular. FLCL was also another series I was VERY surprised about; stylish animation with an AWESOME soundtrack. Finally, Read or Die isn't get enough love here...that was one hell of a series.

    I LOVE Miyazaki's movies, but I've gotten into them somewhat late. Spirited Away was the first one I watched, and it really moved me. While not quite an anime, Little Nemo is one of my all-time favorites...I read somewhere that it's a co-production involving American and Japanese animation studios.

    Definitely going to check out some of the stuff you guys recommended. Been reading on some of them in Wikipedia...Mushishi and Code Geass sound really interesting.

    I recently bought an anime collection titled "Serial Experiments" or something of that sort. I need to watch that.

    The band who did the soundtrack for FLCL is The Pillows. They are really good. I have virtually all their cds on my comp.

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