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Month: March 2016 (page 1 of 3)

Harmony of a Hunter Album Review

Guest Post by Josiah Velez

(Originally published September 4, 2014)

In 2011, Shinesparkers release an album called Harmony of a Hunter. This album is a compilation of Metroid music by several artists, which have been re-orchestrated, some even remixed. About a year later, a second album (Volume 2) was release called Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run. In my opinion, the 101% Run is referring to (Metroid Title) 100% Run. These 100% Runs are usaully one video of some one playing a Metroid game and getting 100% of the game’s upgrades.

When I first saw Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run, I thought it was a fan made game and someone recorded themselves getting 101% of the game’s item. I was whatever. A few months ago, my sister found something called Zelda Re-orchestrated, ZREO, (I previously thought it was ZERO) and downloaded it. I listened to it and really liked it. A month from today, August 4th, 2014 , I randomly had the thought that Harmony of a Hunter was a re-orchestration of Metroid music. I looked it up and found a song. I almost instantaneously liked it. I told my sister and she downloaded both of the album.

The purpose of this post is to showcase my top five tracks from Harmony of a Hunter and 101% Run. Here they are:

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LOST in the Mystery Box

myster-box-lost-01My family has been re-watching LOST, and it’s got me thinking about something called the “Mystery Box”.

In 2007, JJ Abrams gave a TED Talk about the role of mystery in stories.

He called it the Mystery Box, and it represents the questions that are raised to keep us interested in the story.

In summary, it’s showing something mysterious and revealing the truth over time – or never.

You can watch the talk here to better understand it. (Note: has a little bit of cursing on par with LOST)

Even a casual viewing of LOST provides evidence of the mystery box. There’s so much about LOST that’s withheld from you until the last possible moment.

Do you remember the whole mystery surrounding Henry Gale and what it meant to be an Other?  Talk about mystery box. Or what about the whole mystery of the Island in general?

But are mysteries – the answered and unanswered ones – good or bad?

We’ll explore that question by looking at stories such as LOST, Star Wars, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Falling Up’s discography, and Inception.

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Udemy Review: The Professional Ruby on Rails Developer Course

rubyonrails-01The Professional Ruby on Rails Developer Course is a Udemy Course by Mashrur Hossain that aims to teach you everything you need to know about Ruby on Rails.

Ruby on Rails is a framework for the language Ruby. I started learning Ruby through CodeCademy, but I must admit that I didn’t have much of a clue as to what I was doing.

Ruby on Rails was supposed to take the simplicity of Ruby and make it better.

I started this course because it looked interesting, and I was tired of messing around with PHP.

So was it The Professional Ruby on Rails Developer Course any good? Did it teach you everything you needed to know about Ruby on Rails?

Let’s find out in this review.

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Answer My Prayer

answer-my-prayer-01Answer My Prayer, Sid Hite. 1995.

This book is historically bad.

And by “historically bad”, I mean that it’s been known to be terrible in our house for years.

It’s not even our book: my sister got it in 8th grade and never got a chance to return it before we moved to Puerto Rico.

For a while, she never let me read it, saying it was “terrible”.

The story was lame and the romance was laughable.

And she was right.

At least, that’s what I thought at first.

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6 Albums That Came Out in 2006

2006 was a great time for music.

That was the year my family moved from New York to Puerto Rico, but it was also the year that our taste in music began a dramatic shift.

Here are 6 of my favorite albums from 2006, plus one of my favorite albums that came out in 2006 but I didn’t hear until a lot later.

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