JOURNAL: Willen (William K)

  • I should have done this sooner... 2007-04-16 09:22:16 Wow.

    I've been putting off replacing or repairing my computer speakers for a long while now. The reason? The subwoofer seems to have died. The main satellite speakers were pretty decent on their own (they are Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers), so I was able to go without deep bass for a while. Especially at night where the bass would bother people trying to sleep. I noticed the drop in bass many months ago, but it got worse over time to the point where if I played AMVs and MP3s on my PSP in the car through the car stereo, I'd be surprised at the bass coming out of the car speakers. It made it plainly obvious that I should do something. I guess you should be able to tell that I replaced the speakers today. Best Buy had a sale last week on the same Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers so I picked up a set. Yes, the speakers sat in my room for almost a week, unused.

    I find it unusual that speakers that came out in 2000 are still being manufactured today with virtually no changes. The only difference is that the labeling on the headphone output and Aux/MP3 input moved from below the jacks to above them and the Aux/MP3 label now is just a musical note symbol. Even the owner's manual is still the exact same one I got with my original ProMedias - they mention Windows 95 and 98 Control Panel speaker setups with no reference to Windows 2000 or XP! I know that traditionally speaker manufacturers don't update their products as quickly as other product makers (computers are updated every 6 months, most consumer electronics every year), but the other speakers I was considering in 2002 when I got my first ProMedias (Logitech Z-340 and Cambridge SoundWorks (Creative) MegaWorks 210D) aren't even made anymore!

    Now I have to get used to having bass from my computer speakers again. 
  • Well. 2007-03-23 04:27:02 The One The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya AMV to Rule Them All™

    At any rate, anyone want to finish my AMVs for me? I have 3 in the pipe: 1 at 70%, 1 at 40% and 1 at 20%. Prodigi? Anyone? :P 
  • ARGH! 2007-01-02 09:48:05 Heh, I realize that I'm fighting against time and my job to get my video(s) out by the time I want them released. I seriously need to pre-plan better and start major projects earlier. :(

    I've started working with Magix MEP11 now, and not surprisingly, it's nearly the same as MEP10. I dunno if I like the white/light colored workspace, though. And it seems to be a little more resource hungry. Final verdict will be when I finish editing my current project and export it. I hope some of the minor issues I had with MEP10 have been fixed or improved.

    And 2 new The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya AMVs were released in the last few days. SacredArrow18 (announcement thread here: and Greggus1 ( seem to be jumping on the bandwagon. :P

    Now, where is the One TMoHS AMV to Rule Them All™? |: 
  • Happy Holidays 2006-12-25 04:00:15 Merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or whatever you celebrate.

    And Happy New Years to everybody, too.

    On the AMV front, the project I mentioned in my last entry needs some redoing. I found some problems in some the clips I created so they need to be remade. I also should restart it with Magix MEP 11 since it's about time I upgraded, and hopefully, the improvements and additions to the program will come in handy.

    And finally, if you haven't read or heard about it yet, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has been officially licensed by Kadokawa Pictures and Bandai Entertainment. Go to for an interesting video. :P 
  • Hrm. 2006-10-05 09:52:17 Well, not surprisingly, the current video I'm working on is taking a while, even just to get a rough alpha. There are huge areas that don't have any footage at this time compared to my previous projects. Somehow, I suspect this is going to be the norm. Unfortunately, I can't do a more lyric sync-y video since the source anime probably won't allow me and the song isn't really conductive to doing that. Creating a basic story for this AMV is something I'm trying to avoid so as to not retell the entire anime in the span of a song. The video concept is an anime series profile, which is vague as it is.

    And I found out that my ASIB (SA) video got played at AWA at Koop's panel. Yay! I suppose I should get my ass there next year. :P 
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