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Kotoeri Likes GACKT

So, I was typing about the kanji GACKT writes his name with over in my SEM Group Red Leather, and when I go to write it and type がくと (gakuto) then hit space bar to convert to kanji (which I figured I’d have to do manually), I got this:

It knows.

XD They programmed “Gackt” in! WIN

Hm, I wonder if the latest version of Kotoeri has it convert to GACKT instead?!  After all, the iTunes Music Store went and changed his name to GACKT on all his tracks pretty shortly after he made the change.

Perhaps I’m too much of a geek to be amused by this, but I just thought it was great. ^o^ I never noticed this before because I would always just write “GACKT” in romaji even if the rest of what I was typing was in Japanese.

More Fun With Eliza, the Emacs Psychotherapist

It’s funny to me that the second most popular post on this blog is the one about playing Tetris and talking to Eliza in emacs.  So I’ve been trying to think, what conversation can I start up with Eliza?

Recently I’ve been having this problem of my MacBook Pro’s keyboard and trackpad becoming unresponsive.  I’ve spent a couple of hours reading threads on various forums of all the people having this problem.  (I’m actually kinda loligagging online right now just to see if the Hardware Restart worked…) Anyway, I figured this was as good a problem as any to approach Eliza with.  Afterall, it can be pretty nerve-wracking when one’s beloved computer goes all nutty.

Again, every other line, beginning with the first line, is Eliza “talking,” with one exception that I will point out in the caption of the appropriate screencap.  The other lines are mine.

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Looking at the above screencap, the five lines above where I wrote “Wow, now you’re talking to yourself!” were all Eliza (because I hit ‘return’ twice between each of her lines without ‘saying’ anything).  Notice how it seems like she took her own sentences as mine in this instance (that is, how she switched the pronouns, lol).

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Another interesting thing about this is that in my other post where I took screencaps using Grab of the Terminal running Eliza, it came out a bit blurry, whereas here it’s really clear.  The set from the older post was taken on my iMac that runs Tiger, whereas this set was taken on my MacBook Pro, which has Leopard.

Is iTunes’ DRM Obtrusive for You?

I just read this article that says pricing on the iTunes Music Store will drop in April 2009 to 69¢ for many songs, and that all tracks will eventually be offered without Digital Rights Management. And it reminded me of a question I’ve been wondering for a while now: is iTunes’ DRM really that obtrusive for the average non-bootlegger?

I’m not arguing in favor of DRM and surely, the malicious use of DRM technology, such as the Sony Trojan Horse scandal a few years ago, is certainly wrong. It’s just the restrictions that iTunes Music Store tracks come with that I’m wondering about, because for me, they haven’t been a cause for grief at all.

Not being able to have my iTMS tracks on more than 5 devices is certainly not a problem. Does the average person have more than 5 devices to put music on? I’d like to be that guy! Until very recently, there was only one computer in my house. When I was working, I didn’t like to listen to music at work, so that wasn’t going to add into my 5 device limit. If the average person owns an iPod, iPhone, desktop, laptop, and two more of some other device to make the limit a problem….well damn! Explains why so many people are in debt.

I’ve never needed to burn the same playlist 10 times, and even if I did, all I’d have to do is change the track order and it’ll let me burn another 10 copies. So this limit is also not a problem for a non-bootlegger such as myself.

The whole debate made me think about how for some reason, the culture in this country is, everyone thinks they’re entitled to stuff without doing much for it, or nothing at all. I’m not gonna lie and say I’ve never watched the copyright infringement fiesta that is YouTube. And in the past I downloaded a small number of tracks of foreign artists if they weren’t available legally domestically or through a trusted foreign online retailer (which is really unnecessary these days that the iTMS does carry a lot of J-rock and video game music, and now I know about CD Japan). Everyone says, “the record companies don’t need more money” and “the artists make very little off of CD sales anyway.” But the record companies have employees other than the fat cats at the top. What about them? What about the people working at the design house that put the album art together? Or the cameraman at the video shoot? The editors at the post-production company? If we all loyally went to the concerts and spent our money at the merchandise tables, then I guess it would be okay to never pay for a single track or video.

Well, that paragraph was slightly off topic. ^_^ I was initially just curious if the iTMS DRM was cumbersome for average users, and if so, how?

OMG Tetris?! and Other Emacs Fun

If any Unix or Linux geniuses pop in they’re gonna call me a n00b and laugh at me, but oh well. I will take their humiliating laughter and announce to the world that after living with my OS X iMac for nearly two years I just now discovered that you can play a version of Tetris through the Terminal!

I don’t know how many of the average Mac users are familiar with the Terminal. Of my friends who also use Macs, none have really used it. I’ve only used the Terminal to circumvent Grab’s “I’m not gonna let you screencap a DVD” roadblock, and my brother used it to run some data recovery program. If you, Dear Reader, likewise have never used the Terminal, below is a brief explanation.

Terminal is a command line. Back in the day, people used to have to type in word commands to their computers. Then Xerox and Apple changed the world by developing an operating system that would let you just click on pictures (“icons”) to have the computer do stuff, and lo! every Tom, Dick, and Maria was able to use a computer. As this system was widely adopted, the command line faded from the memory of people like me, who use computers mainly for using the internet, playing music, and writing essays. (Oh, and coloring in silly fanart, ^_^.) But then Apple built its OS X on Unix, and since I was already a video game geek, I decided to take a dive into computer geekdom and learn a little bit about how to use the Terminal. If you’re inspired to get into this, I highly recommend you get David Pogue’s OS X: The Missing Manual. It is an awesome book that anyone looking to unlock all the power of their Mac should own. Get the one for your version of OS X today! *Sparkling smile*

It takes a while to get used to the simplicity of this version.  As you can see, I was not yet accustomed to it. ^_^;;Anyway, back to Tetris. My brother found this page on the Easter Egg Archive that explains how to play Tetris on the Terminal. To summarize, once you’ve opened the Terminal, type “emacs” then press “enter/return”, then simultaneously press “esc” and “x” (which will give you a command line at the bottom of the Terminal screen), then type “tetris”, hit “enter” and enjoy!

As you can see from the picture, the pieces don’t have individual squares drawn on so it takes some getting used to. I wasn’t doing particularly well on this try…

As you can read on the Easter Egg Archives page, there are other games you can play through Emacs in the Terminal. I know it’s really old, but I like the psychotherapist Eliza. To “play” this, do the same as for Tetris, just type “doctor” instead of “Tetris.” I thought my first conversation with her was funny, so here are some screencaps. If you just hit “enter” without typing anything she’ll ask another question, as is the case with the last two sentences of the first session I screencapped. Otherwise, every other sentence beginning with the very first one is the emacs psychiatrist “talking,” and the other sentences are what I typed in.
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The last two sentences are both from the psychiatrist.

The last two sentences are both from the psychotherapist.

Now me being the huge geek that I am, I thought, “What if I did a little role playing here?” (Not that I actually fell down the stairs.) Inspired by my recent fanart, I decided to “talk” to Eliza as Sephiroth, seen in the second session screencapped below (both sessions take up two pictures each).
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If I do say so myself: *L O Freakin’ L!*
How about you, O World? Have you had a really funny session with Eliza, the emacs psychotherapist?
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