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Psycho Baby Doll

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A favourite T-Shirt for giveaway :'(

I’m giving this t-shirt away. It has an awesome slogan. It’s one of my favourite piece of clothing 🙁 but my mom takes offense with the logo at the back. Let’s leave it at that.

I’m looking for someone living in my area to give this to to love and wear and treasure and hopefully pwn more asses while wearing this t-shirt than I have ever pwned in my life. If you don’t already know where I live (it’s not like I keep it a secret, actually), please don’t find out.

Delivery will be a meet-up.

Measurements are below. Email me: secretss.x@gmail.com or iMessage me: secretss@me.com or tweet me: @Secretss_.

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Front.

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Front display.

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Back.

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Back logo.

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Tag.

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Length = 65cm

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Shoulder: Seam to seam = 37cm

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Arm: Pit to pit = 45cm

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Now you see it, now you don’t

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Warning: Emo song lyrics.

听见 (演唱:方雅贤)

你不开心的眼仿佛将我推到悬崖边缘
距离就算在靠近眼前我们一样没焦点
没有你的世界就像寒冬没有春天依畏
少了你培在身边我的四季只剩下冬天
悲伤喜悦回忆不断重演静下来的世界
有我的思念也有你的空虚无边

你有没有听见寂寞的声音悄悄在蔓延
它住近我们之间消耗着我和你的永远
你有没有听见思念的呼唤传遍每条街
就算你走的再远累了回头我就在你的身边
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Heard (Performed by: Fang Ya Xian)

Your cold eyes, capable of sending me to the edge of a cliff
Even as our distance closes, we still don’t share a destination
A world without you is like winter without spring for comfort
Without you, my four seasons are reduced to winter all year
Sorrow and joy, the memories of our past replay persistently
When the world quietens, what’s left?
My longing and your emptiness, boundless

Chorus:
Have you heard, the sound of loneliness as it creeps along
Sneaking in between us, extinguishing our future together
Have you heard, the call of my yearning spreading to every street
No matter how far you go, turn around, I’ll still be by your side

Repeat Chorus
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This song is from a Taiwanese idol drama that aired from Sep 2005 to Feb 2006, called “恶作剧之吻 It Started With A Kiss”. A translation of the chinese title is “prank (恶作剧) in a kiss (吻)”. The series is based on the manga “Itazura na Kiss” by Tada Kaoru, who passed away before she could complete the manga.

It’s a heartbreaking romance story. Goodness knows how many times I’ve cried watching and rewatching it. This is the only show for which I’ve bought and read the manga it was based on.

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Ramblings of the day

I visited Phyto Hair Spa today at Wheelock Place, #05-08. The place is incredibly high end, or perhaps that’s due to my limited exposure to such places. The last time I went to Wheelock Place, I barely made it past the Apple Epicentre on the second floor. This time I went up to the third, fourth, and fifth floor (using the escalator, not lift) and suddenly the stores disappeared, replaced by just one or two outlets per floor from where I could see from the escalators. There was a little pathway between the outlets, and it turns out that led to more outlets, but again, very sparsely littered throughout the floors. There were an eye clinic, a LASIK centre, a manicure saloon, some health or beauty clinics, and others that I didn’t notice.

According to the awards on the wall of Phyto, they’re quite the wizards at hair treatment and care. They also use plant based products for “wholesome formulas to restore scalp and hair back to its most beautiful and healthiest condition”. The membership fee (one-time only) is $700! But when you consider the prices of their therapies and treatments and other services, the location and overall feel of the place, $700 is not too far off the mark.

After a scalp scan, they put me in a room with about 4 other people, comfortably spaced out on puffy armchairs, facing away from one another. Each of us had a TV connected to a DVD player. There was also a complimentary drink. Someone started rubbing some healing ointment onto my scalp. Then my hair was wrapped up and put in a bag that was connected to a tube and a machine, which blew smoky, scented, cold air into the bag. After about 30 minutes, I was given a thorough massage of the head, neck, shoulder, and back. I was then led outside for a hair wash and finally a haircut.

The hair treatment was a “Detoxifying Hair Therapy with Wash and Blow and Styling” package worth $128, and the haircut was $55. I bought the therapy package via Groupon though, so I only paid $38 for that. I also got suckered into buying one of their shampoos at $28, and the parking fee was $8.57 for 2 and a half hours, so for a day of supposed money saving (I saved $90 from the Groupon deal), I ended up paying more than I saved.

Unfortunately, I was late for class at school, and in the end due to lack of seats, I skipped the lecture. Thank goodness today’s class isn’t the tough one I have on Mondays and Thursdays. I also received a piece of good news when I woke up this morning. All in all, I think this day has been great :D.

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My Google Music experience

Right now all my music are up on Google Music, properly tagged and in their proper albums. Song count, album count, artist count and genre count all tally with my local library. And I found out some three days ago that the web app works on iPad Safari! Sweet! 😀

Being beta, the process of getting to this point wasn’t all that smooth. It took me almost two weeks to get all 4327 songs up. First, the Music Manager wouldn’t detect all the songs: I have 4327 .mp3 files in my folders, but the manager detected 4324 files (including those that failed to upload). After it got done adding these 4324 files to Google Music, I checked the web app and at the right corner where it states the number of songs uploaded, it read 4309 songs. 18 files failed to upload and I didn’t know which ones they were nor why.

I removed a couple of folders from the manager, clicked Apply, added them back, and tried again. This time, 4237 files were detected. However, after a whole night the number of files added still remained at 4324 and the number on the web app was still stuck at 4309.

I went on the web app and scrolled through every album to find the missing tracks (by comparing number of tracks in album with the respective value on iTunes). I found out that some songs were mistakenly placed on their own as separate albums. I deleted these erroneous files and noted them down with the rest of the missing files. As I went through the cloud library, I copied the corresponding files from my local library into a New Folder. I eventually had 42 files in this New Folder.

I converted these files again to .mp3 with a bitrate of 192kbps just in case, and verified their tags with Mp3tag. Then I removed all folders from the Music Manager and added just New Folder (with the newly converted files) to scan. 42 files were detected and added. I then pasted the newly converted files back in my actual folders where they belonged, replacing the old copies. Finally, I removed New Folder from the Music Manager, added all my original folders, and clicked Apply. This time, 4327 files were detected, 4327 files were added, and when I checked the web app, 4327 songs were uploaded.

I still have 4 2 Google Music invitations. Let me know if I should send one your way :). It’s thanks to @undeadrevo that I got mine!

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Missing icons in Installous Downloads?

Iconulous

You will need unzip installed from Cydia. The script grabs icon artwork from all ipa files in your Installous Downloads folder. Put the file in /usr/bin and set access permissions to:

Run in Terminal as iconulous:

Thanks to hack2learn, Esamu, and Hexane for telling me unzip exists :P.

Changelog:
v1.0 – Initial release.
v1.0.1 – I don’t remember. Added unzip installation.
v1.0.2 – Only extracts icon for those ipa files without them to save time.

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CyIPList

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Google+ invites: leave a comment and I’ll invite the email you leave behind

Obviously, don’t put the email address in the comment text; just leave it in the email field that’s required for comments to work. Only I will see that on my WordPress dashboard. Comments are moderated. When they appear on the blog, that means I’ve invited your email address on Google+. I just hope they work.

Once you’re in, check out http://gplus.to to get a nice short url for your Google+ profile (the default url is a long string of numbers).

Some formatting tips for when you post on Google+: *word* for bold, -word- for strikethrough, and _word_ for italics. Don’t get me started on how incongruent it is for italics to be represented by the underscore and not the forward slash.

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Big Google+ kink to iron out…

Our information is scattered all over the Google ecosystem.

1. Multiple profiles

Subsection A: Avatars
Before I did something about it, I had three different profile avatars on Google: one on the mobile Buzz profile page, one on the mobile Google+ profile page, and one on the old Google Accounts page.

Subsection B: Mobile profile pages
I found two ways to get to my mobile profile, and then it turns out they were /two/ different profiles because they carried different information and tapped from different information sources.

I get to mobile Google+ profile by going to plus.google.com on my device and then going to Profile -> About. I get to the mobile Buzz profile by going to profiles.google.com (or by using the gplus.to shorturl) on my device.

2. Getting information down from the profiles

The big problem is that somehow there is information on the mobile Google+ profile page that I never put up. My phone number and address are up there and there is no way to get it down. All “edit profile” links are now directed to Google+ and Google+’s profile editing page does not have these information.

3. Information source for mobile Google+ profile

I don’t remember providing my address. At first I thought it was my gmail contact (I had myself as a contact) but I’ve deleted the contact and the sensitive info is still there. I’ve added pseudo information to my Google+ (via desktop) hoping to displace the real information, but the change doesn’t show up on the mobile Google+ profile. Where is the profile getting the information from?

4. Mobile Buzz profile is using Google+ information, but mobile Google+ profile is not responding

On the other hand, the mobile Buzz profile is getting updated with my changes. As you can see on the Buzz screenshot, the pseudo address is showing up. I’ve also removed my secondary email (via the old Google Accounts). This change is reflected on mobile Buzz (the email fields show singular addresses with no drop down arrows) but the mobile Google+ profile is still showing my secondary email via the drop down arrows.

I understand that Google+ needs time to iron out the kinks, especially regarding cohesive integration with existing Google products. I hope this privacy problem gets ironed out soon. I’m loving Google+ too much to delete my account!