Nerdcore Dumpsite

Head on over to my sister site:

http://nerdcorelife.com

Let me just say 2 things about this:

1) The aim of this site is to be the largest collection of freely available nerdcore music.

2) I can’t do it without your help. If you know of a freely distributable nerdcore album or song that I haven’t included. Please send me an email -> mark@ridlen.net. If you have an album you would like to mirror or host exclusively, let me know as well. My goal is to archive as much nerdcore music as I can.

If you do see anything that shouldn’t be posted there, please inform me and provide the reason and I will take it down quickly.

Minecraft Maps Posted

You can see the daily progress of my minecraft server here:

http://antisocialrap.com/files/minecraft-maps/

The numbers 1-4 denote the angle, not the day that the picture was taken.

Files in the sub folders are older.

Come and join in the building extravaganza!

Minecraft server

In case you are not aware, I have a minecraft server. I’m not on it very often, but there is a base set up. Come on by and add to the collective. No griefing kthx.

Server: antisocialrap.com

If it gives you a strange error, it probably crashed and I’ll fix it in a day or 2.

Fixed the website

The website was broken because of the wonky twitter feed I was using.

I got a better widget.

It loads in about 1/2 second now instead of 5.

Movie and Show Reviews Issue no. 1

First off, I should explain why I’m doing this, since you don’t really need another movie opinion article:

  1. I am a major movie geek. I watch way to many movies to be considered healthy. I figured I should do something productive with that knowledge.
  2. I review some unusual or obscure movies that would probably be unknown to you.
  3. I give you the nerd’s perspective on this. I’ll review all kinds of movies, but with an emphasis on the nerd-friendly aspect.

So without further ado…

Gun Sword (26 Episodes @ 23 min. each)

This is an anime series featuring a quirky lead character, Van (pronounced “vaughn”), who wears a tuxedo, drinks milk, and puts all the condiments on his food. He is swift on his feet and carries an unusual whip/sword combination.  He meets his sidekick, Wendy – a young girl, in the first episode. Several other supporting characters are added along the way.

The Plot: Think Kill Bill. Van is out for revenge against the people who killed his would-be wife. Wendy is searching for her kidnapped brother. Along the way, details are filled in. Very well executed.

Humor: It was funny at times, but overall, not really a laugh-a-minute show. It was pretty serious at times, but didn’t really feel boring or overly dramatic.

Philosophical Content: This anime is full of difficult ethical dilemmas and it never really gives any clear answers. Nobody really feels much like a good guy or a bad guy, and I think this was intentional. I don’t want to give too many spoilers. It’s pretty brainy stuff, and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who watched Trigun.

Acting: Not that great as this was an English dub, but better than some dubs I have seen.

Visually: Much along the lines of Trigun or Cowboy Bebop, this is a space western. Animation quality isn’t anything to write home about, but it looks very nice.

Nerd Content: Duh, it’s anime, isn’t that nerdy enough for you. Plus it’s sci-fi as well, so a double whammy.

Pros: A thinking man’s anime.

Cons: Possibly hard to watch for those who don’t like ethical dilemmas.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

As a child I loved the book this was based on, and this certainly doesn’t disappoint. Of course, they had to write extra content, or it would have been about a 10 minute movie. The movie follows Flint who is an inventor, and Samantha who is a reporter.

The Plot: An invention of Flint’s is up in the sky and raining food. Pretty self explanatory based on the movie title. Samantha is a rookie reporter / weather girl and lucks out on the timing of her visit. There is also romantic involvement.

Humor: Extremely funny. Very well thought out gags, running jokes, one liners, etc. The writers really stuck it (as in, gymnastics terminology).

Food Content: This made me want a giant steak soooo bad.

Acting: Voice acting was superb and spot on.

Visually: Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see this in the theaters in 3D, but it was plenty visually appealing in HD on my home TV. The animation quality was very good, and they got the lighting just right for evenings and such. I’m sure this would look awesome in 3D.

Nerd Content: This is a real nerd pride movie in disguise. It’s a central theme in the storyline. You should all see it.

Pros: Great visuals. Funny movie. Nerd pride.

Cons: Nerd pride gets diluted by the other 8-9 messages of the movie.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Ultraklyston – Romance Language 2 – Review

Here is my track by track breakdown

1) Past Date Poetry – This song is pretty good, although somewhat minimal for my taste. It feels more like the oldschool Ultraklystron sound from previous albums. It makes for a good start to the album, but it’s not the best song on the album…

2) Shuttea – This song is awesome. First of all, the instrumentation is awesome, it’s like a combination between Fort Minor and Hybrid (a hybrid of the two, one might say). That piano part is very awesome. The lyrics are solid and hard hitting as well.

3) Perfect White Knight – From the catchy chorus to the mellow backing track, this is one of my favorites on the album.

4) Scan Your Eyes – I’m not too sold on the instrumentation here. Mainly it’s the bleepy part that comes in at the vocals. It just sounds bad. It’s not a bad song otherwise, but that pretty much ruins it for me.

5) Polygonous Polygamy – From the hard hitting track to the catchy hook to the well written lyrics, this track is one of my favorites. This sounds really good in my car.

6) Warmth – The R&B flavor is great. I keep humming this at random times. Definitely one of the catchier songs on the album.

7) Funhouse Mirror – I don’t really like this for the same reason as Scan Your Eyes. It doesn’t have enough musical flesh to really interest me. Then again, I’m not really all that down with the detroit / minimal stuff as much.

8 ) Aim 4 The Top – I like this one. I wish there was less of that bagpipe sound, or that it would drop out sometimes, but it does give this track a Boards of Canada feel to it. One of the best overall songs. This one has staying power.

9) Distant Star – I wish there was something to carry the chord progression other than the atmospheric pads. Other than that, this is one of my favorites. I like the heavily distorted drum sounds. This sounds ultra futuristic, which of course is right up my alley.

10) Congratulations – This one the minimal sounds really works for. The bass sounds great on this one. Lyrics, music, everything is solid on this track.

11) On Your Six – This feels like more the old style (like track 1). Not bad but then again I don’t really like the minimal stuff as much. The hook is pretty catchy.

12) Neverending – I love that bass. The lyrics really play of this track very well. The rhythm feels a little slow for the hook, but still one of the better tracks on the album.

13) That One – I don’t really like that high pitched synth all that much (could have been toned down a little), but this song really pumps. Catchy hook (I catch myself humming it all the time), the lyrics are solid and the lyrical meter is rock steady.

14) Second Place – This is a solid song, musically very good, although nothing all that out of the ordinary for an Utra K album. What makes this song great is the subject matter.

15) Sweetest – Catchy pop feel to this one. Solid song.

16) The Dream Designed – If there is any song that needs a grittier remix on the album, this is it. This would sound great with an instrumentation like Shuttea has. Definitely one of my favorite tracks, but could still stand some improvement. The chorus is probably my favorite on the album.

17) Feature Creep – Technically and subjectively speaking, this one of the best songs on the album. The catchy lyrics paired with the shuffled beat make for a downright awesome track. I would love to hear a mash up of this and Beefy’s entry to the Feature Creep contest.

18) Sweetest (Jazzstep remix) – Gives the original a different sound. I certainly wouldn’t call it any better or worse than the original.

19 & 20) The last two songs are also remixes (of Perfect White Knight and The Dream We Designed), I liked em, but not as much as the originals. I suppose that’s me being picky.

This review may seem somewhat negative, but really this is Karl still at the top of his game doing exactly what he does best. Despite some minor artistic choices that don’t exactly jive with me, I still have this on constant repeat in my car. My fingers are crossed for a remix EP of this album. This album is definitely worth the purchase.

Remember My Name (Gordon Freeman) – music video

In case you missed it, here’s my new video:

BeyondWeb VPS hosting going out of business…

Sadly, my VPS hosting is going out of business. I am moving my content to Slicehost until I can get a good colocation setup going (with lots and lots of storage).

Please let me know if you see anything out of place (broken links, error pages, etc.).

HipTrax

I have trouble following every podcast on the planet – and I’ll admit that I rarely ever have the time to listen to podcasts. It is a result of this character flaw on my part that I neglected to notice that the Wired Geek Dad HipTrax podcast featured a song of mine:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/06/geekdad-hiptrax-51/

Caffination Podcast

I apparently made it into the Caffination podcast with my song Caffeine Trip:

http://www.caffination.com/podcast/caffination-433-aware-2327/

Very awesome!