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I've read about that Ace of Base girl where they were attacked and it caused her to have psychological problems. poor girl.
Yeah its a tragedy how much it weighed psychologically on Linn's mind. Most fans attribute that to her gradually sinking away into the background of the band and eventually leaving it, which is a shame given that she was very gifted vocally (much more than her sister Jenny).
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Ace of Base - Beautiful Morning
How could singing about a beautiful morning not be a feel good song?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zc3BVU-Rno

Alice DeeJay - Celebrate Our Love
Hurray for 90s dance music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlJHFEQFA3M

Chicane - Locking Down
This one makes me feel sad at the beginning but then it just picks up and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside like everything is going to be ok.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEaUqWpMWj4

Enya - Orinoco Flow
Most of Enya's music is mellow and calming but Orinoco Flow seems to especially have that feel good feeling.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfVJ11GXzXQ

Kate Havnevik - MYYM
This one never fails to make me smile. I think it's the interesting mix between the oriental inspired strings and electronic beeps.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C25vuqqx-iA

Milosh - Warm Waters
His music is mostly calming but this song has this sense of optimism that is infectious that makes you feel good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9B2ffZ0iI8&ob=av2
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Here are the new albums I listened to in 2011. Note - I probably don't listen to the same type of music the typical GWer does so my tastes might not match popular consensus.. but here we go.



I love VNV Nation. I'm more of a fan of their upbeat stuff and this album delivered that in spades. Some great danceable tracks here. Interestingly the one song I don't like is Control (where the album name comes from. It's not a bad song by any means, I just don't like how angry Ronin Harris sounds here, haha). My standout tracks from this album are Streamline, Gratitude, and Nova. Overall I wouldn't say it's their best album (I still give that to Futureperfect) but I enjoyed it all the same.



I came across Ellie Goulding randomly by flipping to one of the digital music channels on my tv and hearing the Bassnectar remix of her song Lights. I was intrigued so I typed in the lyrics and discovered the young Brit artist. She doesn't have an amazing voice, but it works really well with electronic style she has going. My favourite song from his album would have to be Starry Eyed.



This one is special to me since I was one of Kate Havnevik's pledge supporters on PledgeMusic. The wait was worth it. (And so was the autographed cd she sent out.. but that's just a bonus). I first discovered Kate after finding out that Imogen Heap is a friend and fan of her. Kate's first album, Melankton was amazing. It blended classical music with electronic elements that surprisingly worked magnificently. This album, You, has less electronic elements and more contemporary pop influence, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I enjoy every track which is rare for me. My standout song has to be MYYM - I loved the Asian feel it has and the hook just get stuck in your head.


Those are all the albums I can remember listening to that came out in 2011. Really looking forward to the start of 2012 as the new Mind.in.a.Box album is coming out!!
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I watched eXistenZ last night, because tastekid said it would be similar to Cube. It lied. I didn't really enjoy the movie and I saw the ending coming from the beginning. The concept was alright but the execution was pretty bad. The Thirteenth Floor is a similar film but its execution is so much better, despite having a largely unknown cast unlike eXistenZ.
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This reminds me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlFxWoqqRhU
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Please tell me you know that Proceed with Movement executes all the Move Commands above it before executing the command after it. Somehow that's one handy thing some people never find out, so they always have to use wait commands to guess how long it takes for move commands to finish.
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I don't know how I initially came across it but I viewed Renaissance. The graphical style was very interesting and certain scenes had very nice cinematography. (There's one scene I liked in particular that uses a glass reflection to superimpose the main character's face onto another.) Unfortunately, the story itself wasn't that interesting or compelling. In the end I felt like I was watching a video game play out. What makes no sense though is how many people had British accents when the whole thing is supposed to take place in a futuristic Paris. (The main character is voiced by Daniel Craig).

Still, I say it's worth checking out just for the graphics which I'd describe as being a black and white version of Mirror's Edge.
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I've been on a psychology experiment-gone wrong binge recently, so I watched Das Experiment and Die Wielle. Das Experiment is really good. Much better than the American remake The Experiment, so watch that instead. It's about a group of men who sign up for a psychology experiment where they are then randomized to either be a prisoner or a prison guard for 2 weeks, and then get moved into a prison complex. (It's basically a movie about how the Stanford experiment could have escalated even further). (Unfortunately the English subtitles on the internet leave a lot to be desired, so I've taken the liberty of improving them so that certain sentences make sense. If anyone wants them let me know).

Die Wielle was alright but I wasn't as impressed with it as the former movie. It's about a high school teacher who gets stuck having to teach Autocracy (instead of Anarchy as he wanted) for project week, so he gets the brilliant idea to demonstrate to his class how an autocratic government works by having his class become one. Things quickly get out of control.

Up next I'm going to watch El Metodo (The Method) because I'm a sucker for these kinds of films as well. It's about a group of people all applying for the same high level position for a company, and they're all in one room together and slowly get disqualified one by one determined by group consensus.

If anyone knows of any other movies similar to the above in any language let me know because I'd love to watch them!
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I watched Concursante (translated as The Contestant) because it was directed by Rodrigo Cortés and I wanted to see how he fared as a director in a more traditional film. (He's the same guy that did Buried). I have to say that I really enjoyed the film. I love how it was shot - not a style I'm used to seeing in American cinema. Basically the movie is about a guy that wins the biggest prize in game show history and how the winnings ruin his life. You witness the events from the protagonists point of view as he recounts his memories. Kind of scattered, but very effective. It teaches you a lot about economy as well, and makes it interesting if you can believe it. I highly recommend you torrent it as I don't think it got a really wide enough release.

Aww, Bridge to Terabithia. I never saw either of the movies but I did read the book in grade 6. Truly a heart breaking piece of literature. I don't know if I can go through watching a movie version of it because I hate movies that make me overly sad. :(
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I watched Buried two nights ago. I have to say I enjoyed it! (But I'm a sucker when it comes to one-setting movies). Ryan Reynolds impressed me with his acting being able to carry the entire film on his shoulders (lol, can't resist the pun). But anyway, I liked how the film made you feel claustrophobic. If there's one thing I didn't like its the end credits music. I think they should have scrolled down silently, not with this weird happy banjo music.

I don't think it's a movie I'd watch again by any means, but it did leave me with some sort of impact afterwards which I love when movies do that.
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I watched In a Better World (Haevnen) last night, and compared to Incendies (which I really loved!) this movie sucked! I found it extremely predictable and the use of random imagery to depict symbolism was shoved down your throat so much that it annoyed me. I can't believe it won the Oscar over Incendies...
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Have no fear Mateui is here!

Hopefully this is the right file. I checked my computer and found a rpg2003_goliath.zip file so that's what I've uploaded.
http://www.gamefront.com/files/20486546/rpg2003_goliath.zip
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I've been enjoying L.A. Noire. Feels like a game that would result if Grand Theft Auto had a baby with Heavy Rain. It's awesome.
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Ellie Goulding - Lights (Bassnectar remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoVjSeb4aYA

WARNING - dubstep. :P
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One documentary I recently watched was pretty interesting. It's French - "La Jeu de la Mort" but has been translated into English - "The Game of Death." It's basically about a group of French researchers putting subjects through an upgraded Milgram Experiment - a famous psychology experiment that tested how far people would when obeying authority figures - in a gameshow format to see how the results would be affected. Interesting stuff.
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I just discovered Mind.in.a.Box. Loving them a lot. Thank you Ronan Harris from VNV Nation for pointing them out.
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HAHAHAHA. I love how Potence is pointing at a guys crotch.
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Just started A Clash of Kings after finishing up A Game of Thrones. Loving it so far since it just feels like I'm continuing the first book which really grabbed me at the last hundred or so pages.
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The series is alright but the second season is just out there and the most frustrating thing is that it just ends without any closure. Kind of frustrating actually because it just seems to hit its "peak" (pardon the pun) in terms of Lynchonian wackiness.
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Since we're on the topic, my fondest memory of Dr. Funk was his farewell video. I hope somebody saved it. Burned with Desire was his farewell song.. it just fit so perfectly.