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Language Of The Mad


obligatory AMA

Posted by The Xinlo , Jul 25 2014 · 18 views

first time I've done this anyway




Posted by The Xinlo , Jul 04 2014 · 121 views

am I the only one who was recently converted by the korra premier?


I did a thing

Posted by The Xinlo , Jul 01 2014 · 116 views

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possible tattoo idea... we'll have to see what happens. Either way I like it as an image.

Props to anyone who can recognize at least half these symbols :P


Star Trek KRE-O

Posted by The Xinlo , Jun 02 2014 · 105 views

So a few months ago I caved and bought some of these kre-o sets against my better judgement (because official TREK building sets???) and I forgot to mention it here. Was just messing around with them and thought I'd post 'em here with a little mini-review.

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So yeah I ended up getting 3 sets, all small ones. From left to right: USS Kelvin, Klingon D-6 Battlecruiser, and USS Enterprise. They come on these funky little stands which light up when you squeeze the starfleet insignia base.

I noticed a few things about the klingon battlecruiser that weren't very well done (parts that could have been spun around to better represent the shape of certain sections) but then I realized that it's based off the D-6 ship which got like 30 seconds (maybe) of screen time in the 2009 trek movie, and not the classic D-7 ships from TOS. So that made more sense. Even so, I ended up moving a few parts on each model to make them slightly more correct.

The Kelvin is probably the most accurate of the three (and also the smallest piece count) because it's hard to mess up a saucer and two tube-like structures. :P My biggest complaint is the saucer's un-needed thickness and the squareness of the warp engine. But otherwise, you definitely know what ship it (and the others) are supposed to be.

In terms of quality, the parts stick together fairly well. Having had experience with both megabloks and best-lock, I can say these seem to be slightly better than both (though in fairness megabloks seem to be getting better). The ships stay on their stands, the parts mostly fit (a few slight gaps here and there) and they're nice little representations of some great ships.

Each of these cost about $10, and I was pretty happy with them for what they were. Not really screen-accurate by any means, but they're valiant attempts and nice desk models (and as I said those stands are pretty sweet). My biggest beef with these is the many things on the Enterprise model that could easily have been fixed to be more screen-accurate - like the needlessly wide engineering hull, the warp bussards being on the top of the engine rather than the front, things like that. But most of you probably wouldn't have cared all that much. :P

I did some tweaking to prove my point, and while it's not as good as it could have been because most of my lego's in storage, it does represent the ship a bit better and there's no reason they couldn't have done it more that way.

Anyway, these were fun and cheap, and I'd recommend them to any lego-loving trek fan even just for the novelty. I hope hasbro makes more ships like this when the next film rolls around - I'd love a miniature USS Vengeance!


Super-early birthday present from my sister

Posted by The Xinlo , May 23 2014 · 140 views

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so I got back into stargate recently

Posted by The Xinlo , May 05 2014 · 121 views

picked up where I left off and now I'm almost through season 7

just watched "Heroes, Part 2" and I am so emotional right now why do shows feel the need to make me cry


First Year

Posted by The Xinlo , Apr 17 2014 · 81 views

of college is officially done. Now I just need to wait and see if I did well enough to make it into my major next year. *fingers crossed*


Winter Soldier

Posted by The Xinlo , Apr 06 2014 · 236 views

Saw this movie last night. I hadn't seen the first Captain America so I watched it a few hours beforeheand and it was really good.
Anyway, I was pretty stoked for this movie and it let me down a bit. I won't spoil it for anyone, and my thoughts on it are pretty simple, so here they are:
The story was great. Had me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I wasn't sure who was the actual bad guy for most of it. Loved it in that sense - however, there was WAY too much "action" (notice the quotations). First of all I usually don't care much for fight scenes that last a really long time - but The Avengers pulled it off with some great choreography, a lot of humourous moments and just by being cool. This movie, however, was tedious at best when it came to the "action". Now the reason I use the quotations there is because I was astounded while watching how little was actually happening in these scenes; there was a lot of blurry camera flailing about and a bunch of unexplainedly-powerful enemies who kept causing stalemate after stalemate and you end up sitting through a good 7 minutes of punching and kicking until the bad guy runs off and nothing was actually acheived or thwarted. That and there were some truly ridiculous scenes , which is stupid because the dude's already a super-soldier who can withstand unbelievable amounts of torment. Why do you need to make that even more unbelievable?
My experience in this movie basically boiled down to checking my facebook during the action scenes because they were sooooooooo boring (and when I watch a movie I'm generally completely invested in it until the end).
So yeah, decent movie with a great plot, but wasted so much time it could have spent giving Falcon or the Winter Soldier some more character development (seriously for a movie called "the winter soldier" the dude was barely even in it). I just really hope these movie-making guys will finally cut down on this "bigger, faster, louder, crazier" attitude they have and actually focus on making a truly great movie next time.


stress levels through the roof

Posted by The Xinlo , Apr 02 2014 · 138 views

I apologize for this spew and you don't need to actually read it I just needed to get it all out

okay so let me break this down

I have roughly two weeks until finals. In the grand scheme, that means 3 weeks until I need to start job hunting for the summer or (heaven forbid it comes to this) go back to my old job. So that is a giant stress

but let's go more immediate

I have two large projects to do as finals, two large written tests, and three practical proficiency tests on top of the weekly homework they're still giving us. I have two weeks.

Now add to that the thin ice I'm on after nearly failing half my courses last semester, failing one of my midterms, and being behind in two other classes. Plus one of my projects is really huge (I need to transcribe a song into a score as well as individual instrument parts) and I just discovered what I thought was an easy 2-part horn line is actually a 5-part, which more than doubles the work I need to do on it.

I have my final road test tomorrow for my full license application.

I am going to a concert (which would be great but circumstances) for FOUR DAYS where I'll be able to get hardly anything done, the four days I have to practice my bass playing for the proficiency tests next week (for a class I passed by millimetres last semester. Passing it is also a requirement for my major next year. )

this also causes me to miss one of my finals which I will hava to make up the day after with a minuscule amount of preparation.

PLUS I bought a new bass that was easier to play and would really help with my tests but it had to go in for repairs which were supposed to be done saturday but aren't and who knows how much that's gonna cost

and finally my work ethic improved last week and I was attempting to get so much done and then I was hit with a chronic migraine that incapacitated me for 3 days halting all preparations for this stuff

the universe seems to be trying to do everything it can to screw me over and I have two weeks left. at this point I want to just give up


Tax Return Came In

Posted by The Xinlo , Mar 19 2014 · 132 views

so naturally I bought some lego. Unfortunately the new Jedi Starfighter was sold out (again) but I got these 3 awesome sets:

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I think this exo-force hero factory is really working well and I love this set. The lego movie stuff is obviously great (I HAVE A UNIKITTY NOW) and the new V-Wing is sweet aswell. Having all 3 V-Wing sets, I still maintain the (2009?) Imperial version is the best, though this one does improve upon some of the mechanics.


Coheed & Cambria cover

Posted by The Xinlo , Feb 27 2014 · 70 views


just finished this instrumental cover of The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut for school.

Some things to note:

-it had been so long since I'd played this last that I forgot it was in drop tuning, so I accidentally recorded it in standard.
-I play bass, both rhythm and lead guitar, organ, and piano (what little there is of it) on here. The drums are midi, and sadly there's no vocals because I haven't found anyone to sing it yet. Working on that.
-I just realized the distorted guitar comes back in too late, so I'll be fixing that tomorrow perhaps.
-The solo's not quite perfect in a few areas, but most noticeably is the lack of a high bend near the beginning because my guitar didn't have enough frets. :P

Anyway yeah, pretty proud of this. Wanted to record it for ages and now I finally have,and I hope others don't find it too shabby either.



new macbook pro

Posted by The Xinlo , Feb 07 2014 · 90 views

at this point I'm considering giving up on future human relationships and just marrying this computer.
it is the greatest computer I have ever owned.
if I want something done it just... does it
no fuss, no adding additional programs, no crashing, no messing about in the terminal, or anything else that goes with windows or linux. I'd almost forgotten why I loved these things all those years ago


mildly not-super-dull "adventures" in music college

Posted by The Xinlo , Feb 03 2014 · 113 views

so in ear training class today someone had written "What a friend we have in Jesus" on the board, so one of the other guys stood up in the middle of the class, erased "Jesus" and put "Jimi Hendrix."

Then we progressed into a lesson on suspended chords and another kid at the end of the lesson changed it to "What a friend we have in Gsus"


The Gods have answered my prayers

Posted by The Xinlo , Feb 01 2014 · 122 views


what is this, you ask? Only a mail-order subscription for a collection of nearly every ship ever featured in Star Trek as a little 6-inch desk model. They have over 65 ships in construction with more planned to follow.


guys guys

Posted by The Xinlo , Jan 10 2014 · 192 views

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it's rapunzel and flynn

in a scene from frozen

this makes me way too happy


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The Person That Is Xinlo

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Name: Lachlan

Age: Nineteen

Country: Canada

Hobbies: Guitar, Bass Music, Drawing, Drafting, Lego, Model Kits, Internet, Xbox, My Little Pony

Genres: Thrash Metal, Progressive Rock/Metal, Alternative Rock, Blues, Jazz Fusion, Classical, Solo Piano

Newest Album

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Albums Owned (Hard Copies)

-Permanent Vacation
-Pump (Vinyl)

The Alan Parsons Project:
-Tales Of Mystery And Imagination
-I-Robot (Vinyl)
-Pyramid (Vinyl)
-Eve (Vinyl)
-The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Vinyl)
-Eye In The Sky (Vinyl)
-Ammonia Avenue (Vinyl)
-Vulture Culture (Vinyl)
-Stereotomy (Vinyl)
-Gaudi (Vinyl)

The All-American Rejects:
-The All-American Rejects
-Move Along
-When The World Comes Down
-Kids In The Street (Deluxe)

Alter Bridge:

-A Fine Day To Exit
-A Natural Disaster

-Spreading The Disease
-Among The Living
-Persistence Of Time
-Worship Music
-Worship Music (Orange Vinyl)

Art Of Dying:
-Vices And Virtues

-Heat Of The Moment (Single, Vinyl)
-Asia (Vinyl)
-Alpha (Vinyl)
-Astra (Vinyl)
-Then & Now
-XXX (Vinyl)
-Gravitas (Special Edition)

Avenged Sevenfold:
-City Of Evil
-Nightmare (2LP Vinyl)
-Hail To The King

Avril Lavigne:
-Let Go
-The Best D*** Thing (Japanese Import)

The Beatles:
-Rubber Soul (Vinyl)
-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Vinyl)
-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Cassette)
-Abbey Road (Vinyl)

Billy Talent:
-Billy Talent
-Billy Talent II
-Billy Talent III
-Dead Silence

Black Sabbath
-Paranoid (Vinyl)
-Vol. 4
-Greatest Hits, 1970 - 1978

-Boston (Vinyl)
-Don't Look Back (Vinyl)
-Amanda (Single, Vinyl)
-Third Stage (Cassette)
-Walk On (Cassette)

Breaking Benjamin:
-We Are Not Alone
-Dear Agony

Bruce Dickinson:
-Tattooed Millionaire (Cassette Tape)

-Mirage (Vinyl)
-Moonmadness (Vinyl)
-Breathless (Vinyl)
-Stationary Traveller (Vinyl)
-Nude (Vinyl)
-The Single Factor (Vinyl)

Chris de Burgh:
-The Getaway (Vinyl)

Chris Squire:
-Fish Out Of Water (Vinyl)

Coheed & Cambria:
-In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3
-Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume One - From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness
-Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume Two - No World For Tomorrow
-Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV: Volume Two - No World For Tomorrow (Vinyl)
-Year Of The Black Rainbow
-The Afterman: Ascension
-The Afterman: Ascension (Vinyl)
-The Afterman: Descension
-The Afterman (Silver/Gold Vinyl)

Death Angel:
-Act III
-The Dream Calls For Blood (2LP Vinyl)

Deep Purple:
-Machine Head (Vinyl)
-Machine Head
-Deepest Purple: The Absolute Best Of Deep Purple

Dennis DeYoung:
-Desert Moon (Vinyl)

-Holy Diver
-Sacred Heart (Vinyl)
-Master Of The Moon (Picture Vinyl)

Dire Straits
-Love Over Gold (Vinyl)

-Ten Thousand Fists
-The Lost Children

Dream Theater:
-When Dream And Day Unite
-Images And Words
-Images And Words (Cassette)
-A Change Of Seasons [EP]
-Falling Into Infinity
-Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
-Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory (Limited Edition Vinyl)
-Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
-Train Of Thought
-Black Clouds & Silver Linings (3-Disc Special Edition)
-A Dramatic Turn Of Events (Special Edition DVD)
-A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2LP Vinyl)
-Dream Theater
-Dream Theater (2LP Vinyl)

Electric Light Orchestra:
-Discovery (Vinyl)
-Out Of The Blue (2LP Vinyl)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer:
-Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Vinyl)
-Tarkus (Vinyl)
-Trilogy (Vinyl)
-Brain Salad Surgery (Vinyl)
-Welcome Back My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends - Ladies And Gentlemen (3LP Vinyl)
-Works: Volume 1 (2LP Vinyl)
-Works: Volume 2 (Vinyl)

Fates Warning:
-No Exit (Cassette Tape)

-Foreigner (Vinyl)
-Double Vision (Vinyl)
-4 (Vinyl)

-Trespass (Vinyl)
-Nursery Cryme (Vinyl)
-Foxtrot (Vinyl)
-Genesis Live (Vinyl)
-Selling England By The Pound (Vinyl)
-The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (2LP Vinyl)
-A Trick Of The Tail (Vinyl)
-Wind & Wuthering (Vinyl)
-...And Then There Were Three... (Vinyl)
-Misunderstanding (Single, Vinyl)
-Duke (Vinyl)
-Abacab (Vinyl)
-Genesis (Vinyl)
-Invisible Touch (Vinyl)
-Invisible Touch (Cassette)
-We Can't Dance (Cassette)
-Calling All Stations

-The Oracle

Green Day:
-American Id**t

The Guess Who:
-The Greatest Of The Guess Who (Vinyl)

H*** Or Highwater:
-Begin Again

Iron Maiden:
-The Number Of The Beast (Remastered)
-Piece Of Mind (Remastered)
-Piece Of Mind (Vinyl)
-Powerslave (Picture Vinyl)
-Live After Death (2LP Picture Vinyl)
-Somewhere In Time (Cassette)
-Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (Cassette)
-Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (Picture Vinyl)
-Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
-The Final Frontier
-The Final Frontier (2LP Vinyl Picture Disc)

Jethro Tull:
-Aqualung (Vinyl)
-Thick As A Brick (Vinyl)
-M.U. - The Best Of Jethro Tull (Vinyl)

Jimi Hendrix
-Winterland: The Jimi Hendrix Experience

-Evolution (Vinyl)
-Separate Ways (Single, Vinyl)
-Departure (Vinyl)

Judas Priest:
-Screaming For Vengeance (Vinyl)
-Turbo (Cassette)

-Last Fair Deal Gone Down
-Viva Emptiness (Vinyl)
-Viva Emptiness (Anti-Utopian MMXIII Edition)
-Dead End Kings

King Crimson:
-In The Court Of The Crimson King (Vinyl)
-Starless And Bible Black (Vinyl)
-Larks' TOngues In Aspic (Vinyl)
-Discipline (Vinyl)
-Beat (Vinyl)

Lacuna Coil:
-Dark Adrenaline
-Broken Crown Halo

Led Zeppelin:
-Led Zeppelin III (Cassette)
-Led Zeppelin IV

Lobate Scarp:
-Time And Space

Logan Carlstrom:
-Logan Carlstrom

Machinae Supremacy:
-A View From the End Of The World
-Rise Of A Digital Nation

-Garden Party Live (12-inch Single Vinyl)
-Brave (2LP Vinyl)
-Crash Course

The Mars Volta:
-De-Loused In The Comatorium

The Mayfield Four:
-Second SKin

Meat Loaf:
-Bat Out Of H*** (Cassette)

-Killing Is My Business... (Original Uncensored Vinyl)
-Killing Is My Business... (Remastered)
-Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? (Remastered)
-So Far, So Good... So What! (Remastered)
-So Far, So Good... So What! (Vinyl)
-So Far, So Good... So What! (Picture Vinyl)
-Rust In Peace
-Countdown To Extinction (Remastered)
-Youthanasia (Remastered)
-Hidden Treasures EP
-Cryptic Writings (Special Edition Cassette)
-Cryptic Writings (Remastered)
-The World Needs A Hero
-United Abominations

Metal Church:
-The Human Factor
-This Present Wasteland

-Ride The Lightning
-Master Of Puppets
-Master Of Puppets (Picture Vinyl)
-...And Justice For All (2LP Vinyl)
-...And Justice For All
-Metallica (The Black Album)
-S&M With the San-Francisco Orchestra (3LP Vinyl)
-St. Anger
-Death Magnetic
-Through The Never Live (Vinyl Single)
-Beyond Magnetic [EP]

-Life In Cartoon Motion

-Greatest Hits

-Dark Passion Play
-Imaginaerum (2CD Special Edition)

Mike Oldfield:
-Tubular Bells (Vinyl)

-Heritage (Special Edition DVD)

-The Electric Age

Ozzy Osbourne:
-Blizzard Of Ozz
-No More Tears (Cassette)

Albums Owned (Hard Copies; Cont.d)

Peter Gabriel:
-Peter Gabriel (Car) (Vinyl)
-Peter Gabriel (Security) (Vinyl)
-So (Vinyl)
-Shaking The Tree

Phil Collins:
-Face Value
-Face Value (Vinyl)
-No Jacket Required (Vinyl)
-Dance Into The Light

Pink Floyd:
-Atom Heart Mother (Cassette)
-Meddle (Cassette)
-Dark Side Of The Moon (Vinyl)
-Wish You Were Here (Vinyl)
-Animals (Cassette)
-The Final Cut (Cassette)
-A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (Cassette)
-A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
-The Division Bell (Blue Cassette)
-The Division Bell (Blue Vinyl)

The Police:
-King Of Pain (Single, Vinyl)
-Synchronicity (Cassette)

-Prism (Vinyl)
-See Forever Eyes (Vinyl)
-Armageddon (Vinyl)

-Sheer Heart Attack (Vinyl)
-Under Pressure (Single, Vinyl)

-Queensryche (Vinyl)
-Rage For Order (Vinyl)
-Empire (Cassette)
-Promised Land

Rage Against The Machine:


REO Speedwagon:
-Hi Infidelity (Vinyl)
-The Hits

-Rush (Vinyl)
-Fly By Night (Vinyl)
-Fly By Night
-Caress Of Steel
-2112 (Vinyl)
-A Show Of Hands (2LP Vinyl)
-A Farewell To Kings (Vinyl)
-A Farewell To Kings
-Permanent Waves
-Moving Pictures
-Exit... Stage Left (2LP Vinyl)
-Signals (Vinyl)
-Grace Under Pressure (Vinyl)
-Power Windows (Vinyl)
-Power Windows
-Hold Your Fire
-Roll The Bones (Cassette)
-Roll The Bones
-Counterparts (Cassette)
-Test For Echo
-Vapour Trails
-Snakes And Arrows
-Time Machine (Live In Cleveland 2011)
-Clockwork Angels
-Clockwork Angels (2LP Vinyl)
-The Garden (Single; 10" Record Store Day Picture Vinyl)
-Vapour Trails (Remixed)
-Clockwork Angels Tour (3CD)

Schramm & Kvarnström:
-Dolphin Dance

The Scorpions:

-Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray

The Smashing Pumpkins
-Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
-Siamese Dream

-Starcastle (Vinyl)
-Fountain Of Light (Vinyl)
-Citadel (Vinyl)

-Styx II (Vinyl)
-Equinox (Vinyl)
-Crystal Ball (Vinyl)
-The Grand Illusion (Vinyl)
-The Grand Illusion (Cassette)
-Pieces Of Eight (Vinyl)
-Pieces Of Eight
-Cornerstone (Vinyl)
-Cornerstone (Cassette)
-Paradise Theatre (Vinyl)
-Kilroy Was Here (Vinyl)
-Kilroy Was Here (Cassette)

-Crisis? What Crisis? (Vinyl)
-Even In The Quietest Moments... (Vinyl)
-Breakfast In America (Vinyl)
-...Famous Last Words... (Vinyl)

-The Great Radio Controversy (Vinyl)

Thin Lizzy:
-Jailbreak (Vinyl)

-Toto (Vinyl)
-Toto IV (Vinyl)
-Hydra (Vinyl)

-Kaleidoscope (2CD Special Edition)
-Kaleidoscope (3LP Vinyl)

Uriah Heep:
-Abominog (Vinyl)

-Chariots Of Fire (Vinyl)
-The Friends Of Mr. Cairo [With Jon Anderson] (Vinyl)

-Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
-Beyond H***/Above Heaven
-Live From Beyond H***/Above Heaven (3-disc/DVD Special Edition, signed copy)
-Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (Deluxe Edition)

Roger Waters:
-Amused To Death (Cassette)

Andrew Lloyd Webber:
-Jesus Christ Superstar (vinyl)

The Who:
-Who's Next? (Vinyl)

-Greatest (Vinyl)

-The Yes Album (Remastered)
-Fragile (Vinyl)
-Fragile (Remastered and Expanded)
-Close To The Edge (Vinyl)
-Close To The Edge
-Yessongs (3LP Vinyl)
-Tales From Topographic Oceans (2LP Vinyl)
-Relayer (Vinyl)
-Going For The One (Vinyl)
-Tormato (Vinyl)
-Drama (Vinyl)
-90125 (Vinyl)
-Big Generator (Vinyl)
-Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
-The Ladder (2LP Limited Numbered Edition Vinyl)
-Fly From Here

3 Doors Down:
-The Better Life

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