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20080301

iPod Random Generator February 2008

Entry 424 posted in: 9. I, Pod


Also in 2008 my MySpace page will contain some useless iPod statistics. This year however my iPod will always stay in shuffle mode, in other words: the machine will decide what songs will be played. For more information: Random Blueß aka sucking for statistics.

At the end of each month I will publish the ten most popular songs of the year and the ten most popular songs of the past month.

For the top 10 list of the songs I've been listening to in 2008 go to http://www.myspace.com/atagong.

For the top 10 list of the songs I've been listening to in February, go to the MySpace blog section.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: iPod Random Generator January 2008

Wow!

Entry 505 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash


Anything for a drop... Atagong.com should now be completely updated.
Time to open all kinds of bottles of Champagne, Spumante and other fizzling stuff.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: Penumbra Walkthrough (the very first entry on this blog).

20080308

John Lennon called him 'Normal'....

Entry 507 posted in: 5. The Pink Thing


Norman ‘Hurricane’ Smith (February 22, 1923 – March 3, 2008) was part of the Golden Age at EMI. One of his very first assignments as engineer was the Johnny Kidd and the Pirates classic Shakin' All Over in 1960. Already in his thirties when he began with EMI, Smith came up through the ranks the hard way, learning the ins and outs of Abbey Road's three studios. By the time he got to engineering The Beatles, he'd already learned to compensate for the sometimes acoustically odd rooms and crude two track recording consoles.

He and others developed some extraordinary techniques; just listen to way Ringo's drums still jump out in She Loves You. EMI’s innovations left the competition baffled by their recordings, which couldn’t imagine Ringo Starr’s distinctive damped snare sound was due to a combination of close miking, compression and tea towels in the bass drum!

Smith had engineered all the Beatles albums through 1965’s Rubber Soul and was adept at the arduous cut-and-paste editing required for their four-track recordings. Having learnt his craft under the tutelage of Beatles’ producer George Martin, he had been promoted from engineer to producer and Piper was to be his first album as producer.

Norman and Pink Floyd

Despite his problems with Syd, (My godfathers, he's an awkward chap, this Syd Barrett) Smith did some incredible work with the Floyd, coaching them through vocal harmonies, sometimes joining in on the recording. note He, Peter Bown (engineer) and Jeff Jarratt (tape operator) rode the technological advances for all they were worth, using limiting and reverb, then moving into flanging, artificial double tracking. Spartan controls disguised the sensitivity of the circuits inside the desk. The TG12345 Curve Bender provided an equalisation curve, which let a sparkling surge of sound through to saturate the recording tape.

Smith’s touches were subtle but powerful, note the rising glissando note, which finishes each chorus on Bike, achieved using a crude oscillator and vari-speeding the tape down while the track was running. Smith was a hands-on producer, spending plenty of time on the studio floor with the band rather than ensconced up in the control booth.

Despite his at time stolid approach to recording, Smith had a wide-ranging ear and an experimental approach. If Mason wanted tympani, Waters wanted to play his bass with a violin bow or Wright wanted to mike up a harmonium, Smith was critical in helping them. Toy clockwork running around the studio floor or miking wooden blocks, these were all done because they had Smith as an ally.

Songs evoking the intensity of their live performances, such as Pow R. Toc H. and Interstellar Overdrive, benefited from Smith and Bown, having the rhythm section of Waters & Mason mixed right to the fore. The mono mix is much punchier, compressed so the midrange jumps out with thunderous drums and bass. If Barrett’s more intricate sonic textures fade into the mix, his guitar rings out sharp as sirens, jumping out like phantoms from under the stairs.

Stereo Piper

Despite purists crowing over the superiority of the mono mix of Piper, the stereo version Smith produced was a feat of engineering. So radical a departure from the mono mix, the stereo version amounts to the first remix album. Smith, in a dazzling display of work, did the entire stereo mix in two sessions totalling nine hours. The 2007 remaster gives the stereo The Piper at the Gates of Dawn great resonance, with a wide horizon of reverb, echo and chorus galore.

On the stereo version of Interstellar Overdrive, the rhythm section of Mason & Waters is mixed to the right, while the melodic team of Wright & Barrett is mixed to the left. The split in the stereo spectrum mirrors the split in the Pink Floyd’s own music; with an edginess that seeps into their tracks from the contention, musical and personal, between the two sides of the group.

Smith was working round the clock, doing double time on the Pink Floyd’s debut and The Pretty Things psychedelic song cycle S.F. Sorrow. Dick Taylor, the Pretty’s guitarist, recalled Smith as wide open to experimentation, and with Smith as producer the Pretty Things let loose with some inspired work. S.F. Sorrow and Piper DEFINE psychedelia, filled chock a brim with sonic invention. These Norman Smith productions sound radical and fresh forty years later.

THE MAN WAS A FUCKING MONUMENT!

Please, in memoriam for Hurricane Smith, crank up Interstellar Overdrive until your bass bins rattle and the council files a noise complaint. In Normanni nos fides. A great producer and one of the last of the old school. RIP old man, you will be missed.

(Written by lulianindica, reprinted with permission)


Note:  Norman Smith replaced drummer Nick Mason during the recording sessions for Remember A Day (October 1967, A Saucerful Of Secrets). His vocals are also prominent on the same track. Remember A Day is mostly cited as being one of the very few Five Man Floyd tracks (meaning that both Syd Barrett and David Gilmour played on the track, together with the rest of the band). Back to text.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: Pink Floyd Mini-Vinyl Studio Box Set 

20080314

Perplexed Orbbery

Entry 515 posted in: 4. Orb Weavers, 5. The Pink Thing


One of the best Orb disks ever is called Moonlight Orbbery but it can only partially be credited to LX P and partners. It is, in fact, a remix-rehash-mash-up project from Bill Bbroo Brooks that was distributed amongst Orb fans in the year 2002.

If you are into spacey soundscapes you will not be disappointed provided you could still find the little gem of course somewhere in a forgotten time curve of the wwweb (long time since I’ve seen that word floating by).

After Moonlight Orbbery had received much acclaim, some people even thought it was a genuine Paterson-Brooks-co-operation, Bbroo wrote:

If someone as untalented as I can do this, so can you. I suggest that everyone that plays an instrument, dj's, mixes, etc: GO FOR IT! Don't put it off, create that new sound and I promise you will not be disappointed. You may not become a star, but you will probably have more fun anyway...

So I took the opportunity and created some Orb rip-offs myself and even put these on my MySpace page for a while. Should you bother to care then you can read something about it in an old post called Florbcast.

There are a lot of good home composers in the wild so I won't try to give a listing. Too many of them not enough time to listen to them all. I've got some good memories about Gel Sol (who turned professional after a while) and wet nature project just to name two of them that happen to cross my mind.

When Syd Barrett passed away in 2006 several fans put their feelings into music. Alessandro Cospite put A Man In Cambridge on YouTube and Maynard and the Molemen made the very cute Song For Syd (it could do with a better recording though).

One of the more active (active as in wacky) members of the Syd Barrett Late Night forum is ~SVG75~ or as we better know him: Stanislav. In the middle of last year he made a twelve track album called Perplexed Infinity, that he first advertised on the forum, and that he made now - it’s about time, isn’t it - public on his blog.

One of the tracks, called Missed Episode can be found as background drone and in a slightly remixed way on my MySpace page, were it will reside ad perpetuum or until I have found something to replace it with.

Oh, by the way, when you are still at it, you can also have a look (or a listen?) at Stanislav’s side project called Syd Save Me. I still have to give that a spin, but I promise I will do that after I have finally listened to The Orb's The Dream.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: Dreams come through.

20080315

Giordano Kazemi

Entry 517 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash


Today at the rattrap aka bus stop this girl who had meticulously invested in the under-nourished-empty-cocaine-stare look perplexed me. Instead of proposing her a bite of my vegemite sandwich the only thing I could think of was if she would address me with that universal pick up line: ”Sucky sucky for a coca cola?” That would have to be diet coke obviously. I shuddered at the idea that a man’s mind lays not that far from under his belly.

When I finally escaped from my rêverie the girl was gone and I had almost passed my destination. I needed to see the health insurance because my taxman urged for a statement, written, signed, sealed and delivered on paper, that my health insurance tax deductions weren’t a kind of universal fraud scheme. I honestly don’t understand why the Belgian Tax Administration wants me to get that paper - on paper - because with a simple click on a button, provided that their computers at the office already have mice with buttons, they can dig into my professional, administrative and even financial life and browse through all possible databases without my consent.

The good woman at health insurance dot co told me that she couldn’t give me the paper on paper because the computer system was down but she promised me she would send it as soon as the computer would be functioning again.

For a living I mostly do some IT monkey work for people who think you need a PhD in applied programming just to change some printer toner. One of my annual recurring tasks is to give the Belgian VAT agency the yearly listing of all VAT activities of the company I work for. There are two practical ways to give that list to the Belgian Tax Authorities: either you write (or print) everything on a huge chunk of paper or you can save it on a floppy disk and send that - by snail mail - to the tax office. Although the Belgian tax department website brags that one can upload the data directly to their server not one single tax department employee, officer, manager or director has been able to explain me how. When I recently asked why I couldn’t send the file by mail or upload it to an ftp-server I received a long cold look combined with the grinding sound of burning brain tissue. Government! Bah!

When I left the immer-smiling girl I decided that luck (or fate) should guide my wanderings through the beautiful, albeit noisy, city of Louvain. In a local second hand bookshop I saw a TekWar novel by William Shatner, but because I couldn’t remember which one of those I’ve already got I skipped the offer.

The cosmology section of the bookshop had an Adrian Berry book called The Giant Leap (Mankind Heads For The Stars) (2000). I’ve already written something about him on this Popular science books are fun post. As a matter of fact his The Next Ten Thousand Year (1974) was the book that I used to carry around for years. Here was a non-fiction work that not only read like a brilliant SF novel but, even more, contained more tantalising ideas on one page than TekWar contains in a dozen.

I was so proud to have found this book and couldn’t wait to open it. It was as if I had re-found a long lost love. I sat down on a bench in the city and started reading. In the introduction Adrian Berry recalls how philosopher and sci-fi author avant-la-lettre Giordano Bruno was bound to a stake on the Campo de Fiori in Rome and burned alive. Of course the fact that he believed in a myriad of suns, planets and inhabited worlds was not his only offence. Bruno defied the holiest dogmas of Catholic Church such as the virginity of Mary and the transubstantiation. As an alchemist he also believed in metempsychosis (or incarnation, to keep it simple) and in the magical mumbo jumbo that alchemists seem to be keen of.

Giordano Bruno’s court case in the 1600’s is a nice show opener for Adrian Berry’s book, but I had the feeling to have to read it once too many. Berry wrote – very vividly - about the same subject in The Next Ten Thousand Years and it truly gripped me 30 years ago. But now it felt like sleeping with the ex-wife again and the only thing I could think of was: …so what?

Who am I to care about a Catholic heretic who died 400 years ago (insulting his judges even in the last minutes of his life, the man had panache, I admit) when today the UK government threatens to expel a young homosexual back to his home country where he will be promptly executed by the Iranian inquisition?

Nothing really changes. Not even when we make it to the stars.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well:Popular science books are fun 
A (partial) review of the Berry book can be found at: Picasso Power 

20080316

ArianeB 5.0

Entry 520 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


Probably the best beer in the world. People who know me fairly well (or the dozen of them who happen to read this blog) know that I am a big fan of the dating simulator game ArianeB aka Virtually Date Ariane. You can read about it in some of my previous posts, so I am not going to repeat all that shit again. To quote my LA-girl, who is still firmly asleep when I type this: "If you are going to tell me everything twice I will have to live two hundred years to listen to that crap of yours."

But although I am a fan of ArianeB, I am not obsessive about her. I don’t play the game every day, you must be kidding. She’s nothing but pixels and I do go get me a life from time to time. I consult the ArianeB website and blog on a monthly basis to check if nothing has changed over there (alas, there is no rss-feed).

So why am I writing all this, one might ask. Good boy. Because I just found out that something did change. The downloadable ArianeB game has made a jump from version 4.8 to 5.0.

This means that I have now again a reason to play and update the walkthroughs I had made so far. At first glimpse version 5.0 does contain some brand new features: the image folders has grown considerably from 694 pictures to 914. Running those added images through the Irfanview image browser show me the following new situations:

  • the deleted pizza scene seems to be re-introduced in the game
  • apparently you can now take ArianeB to a fast-food restaurant
  • she suddenly likes Carlsberg as well (good choice)
  • at the bar ArianeB plays a game on an electronic device
  • a brand new basketball & playground scene
  • the lingerie shopping scene has been altered as well

So keep on tuned for the next few days (or weeks) when I will try to update the walkthroughs. Wish me luck.


Update : the latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one

Legacy walkthroughs:
The ArianeB 5.0 Chronicles (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 1) 
Hungry Like A Wolf (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 2) 
After Dinner Mints (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 3)  
Games For May (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 4) 
Moon And Mooning (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 5) 
Photoshoot By The Lake (ArianeB 5.0 Walkthrough part 6)  

20080323

The ArianeB 5.0 Chronicles (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 1)

Entry 533 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


ArianeB: through the looking glass ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .0. The game has been revised, half a dozen of new scenarios have been added, and there are now over 900 pictures and situations to be cherished.

Here is the first of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish. I’d like to warn you first that playing by the book will take most of the fun out of the game. But if you are one of those guys in a hurry…

Another warning: the game contains some graphic graphical graphics (a lame joke, I admit, but apparently it is linguistically correct) containing some full frontal nudity. To put it in other words: if your mommy has forbidden looking at these then quit immediately and go and play with your marbles instead.

1.0 Playing the game

You can either play the game online or you can download the zipped file (approx. 60 MB) from Rapidshare. I suggest trying the downloadable version as the overcrowded ArianeB server is not always responding accurately.

Unzip datingsimulator.zip to a directory of your choice and double-click default.htm in the datingsimulator/dateariane folder. Allow the blocked ActiveX scripts to run, otherwise nothing will happen.

Each of the 900 images contains clickable hot points that will trigger different situations.

1.1 Variables

The starting page of ArianeB contains different variables that are used in the game, knowing these can help you in defining what to do next or where the following steps will lead.

Drinks

0

sober

1

available but still sober

4

drunk if no food has been consumed – game over

7

game over

Beers

0

none

4

all cans are empty (these add up to the drinks quota above)

Liquor

0

sober

2

dead drunk - game over

Food

0

no food yet

1

candlelight steak

2

picnic steak

3

restaurant

4

spaghetti

5

burger king

Dress

1

clothed

2

shirtless

3

no pants

4

bikini

5

bikini topless

6

naked

Change

0

no clothes have been changed

2

maximum changes

Towel

0

naked under towel

1

topless under towel

Face

too much kissing is not appreciated

Breasts

too much touching is not appreciated

Bottom

too much fumbling is not appreciated

Dance

too much dancing wears ArianeB out

Swimming

too much swimming wears ArianeB out

Freshen

only one bathroom visit is allowed

Spin the Bottle

only allowed to play once

Stargaze

only one stargaze per game

Downtown

0

first visit

1

from restaurant

2

from lingerie

3

from bar

4

from museum

5

from dress

6

from house

No Gas

0

driving to the mountains without filling the empty tank is a stupid thing to do

Part 2 will show how to start the game.


Update : the latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 

Hungry Like A Wolf (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 2)

Entry 539 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .0. The game has been revised, half a dozen of new scenarios have been added, and there are now over 900 pictures and situations to be cherished.

Here is the second of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish. I’d like to warn you first that playing by the book would take most of the fun out of the game. But if you are one of those guys in a hurry…

Warning: this 18+ game contains some exquisite, sorry explicit, nudity. To put it in other words: if your mommy forbids you to look at thongs and titties you are not welcome.


Upside down, girl you turn me I suppose you are ready to start the ArianeB 5.0 game. If not you may have to re-read the download and installation instructions at: The ArianeB 5.0 Chronicles (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 1).

2.0 Introduction

The game starts as you introduce yourself to ArianeB. You need to impress her without going too far. Turning on some music will put her in a romantic mood but going to fast will end the game before it has even started. Basically this introduction is the same for nearly every scenario.

2.0.1 A bad start

Introduce yourself.
Compliment her outfit.
Say something smart.
Caress her chest.
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a lousy 1.

Probably the main reason why the Neanderthal man has disappeared from Earth is because he thought that touching a woman by the breasts at first contact was an appropriate way of showing your affection. We all know what happened, Ariane 45000 BC gave Neander a slap in the face and went to a cave party were she met that nice Cro Magnon type of a dude. So let’s start all over will we?

2.0.1 A better start  

Introduce yourself.
Compliment her outfit.
Say something smart.
Kiss her cheek. Now that is better, isn’t it?
Turn on some music.
Jazz.
Kiss her while dancing.
Stop kissing.
Change music or dance again.
Soft Rock.
Kiss her while dancing.
Stop kissing.
Dip and kiss her neck. Kissing her neck too soon in the game will stop every action, but here it is quite safe to do.
Stop necking.
Go back to the couch.

2.1 A walk in the park

ArianeB hints that she is rather hungry (but not for love, yet). Nothing better for a good appetite than a walk in the park. This is the first of the many new situations in version 5.0...

2.1.1 Fun in the park 1  

Go to another room
Go for a walk
Follow her to the park
Give her a push
Done swinging
Ask her for a gymnastic demonstration
Done playing on the bars
Walk back to her place

2.1.2 Fun in the park 2  

Now the previous one was a funny situation but we can elaborate it a bit by taking the other alternative. Most situations in ArianeB have sideways that lead you to other pictures...

Go to another room
Go for a walk
Follow her to the park
Take the other swing
Done swinging
Climb on top and hang upside down
Ask her to show her gymnastic skills
Tell her she is doing well
Don’t mind at all
Wow! That is pretty good
Applaud
Follow her back to her place.

2.2.1 We meat again

ArianeB already hinted that she was hungry and the game provides plenty of opportunity for that. We’ll have a steak...

Kitchen.
Get wine to drink. This will put ArianeB in a good mood.
Finish drink.
Get steaks for dinner.
Drink wine. This will put ArianeB in an even better mood.
Finish drink.
Wait for the steaks.
Eat steak dinner.
Compliment her.
Talk to her.
Drink wine.
Go somewhere else.

2.3.1 A glimpse of better things to come 1

Before and during the dinner ArianeB has been fuelled with 3 glasses of wine. This is what will happen if you have followed the first fun in the park guide (2.1.1).

Go to the backyard.
Go swimming. ArianeB jumps in the pool with her clothes on.
Yell
On a scale of 1 to 10 you get a 5.

2.3.2 A glimpse of better things to come 2

But if you have chosen path 2.1.2 instead (the second fun at the park bit) or didn’t go to the park at all, this is what will happen next:

Go to the backyard.
Go swimming. ArianeB jumps in the pool with her clothes on.
Yell.
Change clothes.
Follow her into the bedroom. Hmmm, nice room with a view.
Let her finish getting ready.
Go somewhere else.
Go to the bedroom to put some clothes on.
You rank 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.

2.3.3 Skinny dipping.

Scenario 2.3.2 showed what a tipsy ArianeB is up to, but it is of course possible to take the adventure one step further. After dinner you go to the backyard but not for a jump in the pool.

Go to the backyard.
Get in the hot tub.
Change clothes.
Follow her into the bedroom.
Let her finish getting ready.
Go somewhere else.
Go back outside in a towel.
Go skinny dipping.
Jump in the pool.
Keep swimming.
Get out of the pool.
Go back inside.
Take a shower.
Follow her into the bathroom.
Wait for her to get out.
Take a shower.
Ask to stay the night. Be careful here, the wrong move will end the game.
Strip naked and wait.
Climb into bed.
Climb into bed.
Have sex.
Ung Ung Ung Ung... uhuhuhuhuh... AHH AHHH AHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a 10.

2.3.4 Dancing the night away

If you are in a dancing mood you can try the next steps. Of course we need to get ArianeB out of her clothes first.

Go to the backyard.
Get in the hot tub.
Change clothes.
Follow her into the bedroom.
Let her finish getting ready.
Go somewhere else.
Dance In the Living Room.
Rock (or Country).
Try a different style of dance / Change music and dance again.
Country (or Rock). The country image is more... revealing.
Stop Dancing.
Go to the convenience store.
Offer her 20$ to buy beer naked.
Pay for the beer and head for the jeep.

2.3.4.1 Sex in the parking lot

Drink some beer.
Have sex in the parking lot. Well, this is what this game is all about isn't it?
End game.

2.3.4.2 Cruising and bruising

A variation after you have bought the beer at the nightshop.

Suggest cruising downtown.
Turn around and go home.
Get a bottle of whiskey out of the cabinet.
Drink whiskey.
Finish drink.
Compliment her.
Grab her breasts.
Stop fondling her boobs.
Touch her pussy.
Stop fingering her pussy.
Finish the bottle.
Carry her to bed.
Tuck her in.
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a 7.

2.3.5 Basketball game

In this scenario we will go to the park after the dinner, not before. Say hello to ArianeB (2.01), go immediately to the kitchen for the wine and dine (2.2.1). After dinner we do not go to the backyard but we will head to the front door instead.

Go to the park.
Follow her to the park.
Try a shot. To make the first shot you need to hit inside the rectangle as presented here.

Her turn to shoot.
Let her shoot.
Take your shot. To make the second shot you need to hit the basketball backboard exactly where the red spot is located (of course the images in the game don’t show this).

Her turn to shoot.
Defend the basket.

Depending on the previous score the game will trigger the following:

2.3.5.1 Third shot (nice)

Take your shot. To make the 3 point jumper you need to hit the basketball backboard exactly where the red spot is located (of course the images in the game don’t show this).

2.3.5.2 Third shot (nicer)

But when there is a possibility for ArianeB to tie the game she will try to disturb you by showing some flesh.

Take your shot. To make the 3 point jumper you need to hit the basketball backboard exactly where the red spot is located (of course the images in the game don’t show this).

A zipped file containing these alternative pictures can be downloaded here - if you replace the originals in the /datingsimulator/dateariane/images folder with the altered images you will never miss.

2.3.6 Reward  

After the basketball game...

Go back to her place.
Go to the kitchen for dessert.
Eat dessert then go somewhere else.
Go to the kitchen for dessert. Yes, you go again to the kitchen, this time it is to have an extra drink.
Have a drink.
Stop drinking.
Go somewhere else.
Go to the bedroom to put on a swimsuit.
Follow her in the bedroom.
Let her finish putting her hair up.
Go to the backyard.
Go skinny dipping.
Jump in the pool naked.
Keep swimming naked.
Get out of the pool.
Get in the hot tub.
Suggest playing Truth or Dare.
Truth.
No.
Have you ever had sex in the bathtub?
Dare.
Dare her to kiss you.
Stop kissing.
Massage her shoulders.
Stop massaging shoulders.
Grab her breasts.
Stop fondling her breasts.
Kiss her nipples.
Stop sucking her tits.
Rub her lower back.
Quit rubbing her back.
Grab her butt.
Quit massaging her butt.
Massage her pussy.
Quit touching her pussy.
Make love.
Ahhh... Ahhh... AHHH...
It was wonderful.
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a 10. Call me anytime!

2.3.6.1 Bug story

Path 2.3.6 has to be followed exactly as written because there is a bug in the game. Here is how to trigger the bug (after you did the skinny dipping):

Get in the hot tub.
Kiss her.
Stop kissing.
Fondle her breasts.
Stop fondling her breasts.

Suddenly ArianeB is sitting in the hot tub wearing a bikini and she won't exactly be pleased if you take it off.

Food for thought

In the next walkthroughs we wil visit the different restaurants and do some trips to the city.
End of the second walkthrough. More will follow later...


Update : the latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 

20080324

Just like Belgium

Entry 559 posted in: 1. General Mish Mash


Belgium I seldom write about politics here. You wouldn’t care about politics if you are trying to get ArianeB out of her clothes, would you? But sometimes this shithole of a country I live in is getting more surreal than the Belgian painters who put surrealism on the map.

It took the politicians over 9 months to create a government and yesterday, when the government was officially one day old; the first crisette (a Belgian neologism for small crisis) took place. One of the five (5!) deputy prime ministers found it necessary to contradict the prime minister on a signed agreement.

In 1962 Belgium was divided in two unilingual parts, Flanders and Wallonia, and one bilingual region: the capital of Brussels. But as the linguistic, judicial and administrative borders of those regions didn’t exactly match the Constitutional Court (the highest court in Belgium) decided, after 40 years of profound thinking, that this situation was illegal and that some revisions had to take place the next five years. This was in 2002. A consequence of this decision is that no federal elections can take place anymore because they will be considered illegal. Our last elections date from 2007 and thus the government is stuck. They need to find a solution before 2011 if the frail government doesn’t fall before that.

It needs to be said that the Dutch-speaking majority from Flanders is the winner in this court case. The francophone political world is only willing to agree with the court sentence if the Flemish majority gives some extra guarantees (read: money, power, young Flemish virgins) to the French minority. The Flemish point of view, before the elections, was that a court decision is a court decision and that the law has to be obeyed, regardless the consequences.

Nine months ago there was this distinct feeling that Belgium was going to split as the water between the two communities ran too deep. Today we know that the (Flemish) Prime Minister lowered his trousers in order to keep this country united. It only takes a quick sum to show who really rules this country: 10 Flemish ministers and state secretaries represent 60% of the population, but a majority of 12 French ministers and state secretaries represent the rest. The ones to blame are of course not the Walloon politicians who bargained, bluffed and won. The ones to blame are the Flemish politichiens who, to quote General Charles de Gaulle, ‘s'occupent beaucoup de leur carrière et fort peu de l'intérêt général’.

Today I read in the newspaper that the future king of Belgium, crown prince Philippe, has borrowed some Napoleonic furniture belonging to the Flemish region and refuses to give it back. In Napoleonic times, kings and would-be kings met Dr. Guillotin for less than that. Me thinks this country urgently needs euthanasia so that it finally becomes what it is most famous for: an interstellar swearword.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: Nomen Est Omen: Belgium: WTF?

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After Dinner Mints (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 3)

Entry 565 posted in: a. ArianeB


NEW: THE ARIANEB WALKTHROUGHS have now got their own domain:
http://arianeb.atagong.com


ArianeB or Virtually Date Ariane, probably the best - free - adult dating simulation game in the world, has been recently upgraded to version 5 .0. The game has been revised, half a dozen of new scenarios have been added, and there are now over 900 pictures and situations to be cherished.

Here is the third of a series of walkthroughs I am planning to publish. I’d like to warn you first that playing by the book would take most of the fun out of the game. But if you are one of those guys in a hurry…

Warning: this 18+ game contains some exquisite, sorry explicit, nudity. To put it in other words: if your mommy forbids you to look at thongs and titties you are not welcome.


Giving Rebecca some credit as well Another way to get to know ArianeB a little bit better is to take her out to a good restaurant. You can do this by introducing yourself in the appropriate way, as explained in Hungry Like A Wolf (ArianeB 5.0 walkthrough part 2). Then you go to the kitchen and have a glass of fine wine first, if you don’t do that ArianeB will settle for a hamburger and mad cow disease isn’t exactly what we want right now.

2.0 Introduction

All the right steps can be found here.

3.1 Dinner at the bistro  

Go to another room.
Kitchen.
Get wine to drink.
Finish drink.
Suggest going out to dinner.
Wait for her in the hallway. Don’t follow her in the bedroom; there will be plenty of opportunities for that later. ArianeB puts on a ravishing black dress.
Go out to dinner.
Be seated.
Order dinner.
Continue to eat.
Compliment her.
Talk to her.
Drink wine.
Pick up the check. Don’t be a scrooge, this will trigger the events that follow and it is not as if you are paying real money, is it?

3.2 Nightclub  

Head out.
Go to bar.
I'm driving so club soda please.
Ask her to dance.
Keep dancing.

A man grabs ArianeB - something we will simply not allow, you can either...

3.2.1 Roller coaster fun

Punch the guy.
Retreat before a fight breaks out.
Get out from the club.
Go to amusement park.
Go on the roller coaster.
Next.
Go on the log ride.
Next.
Get wet.
Go back to her place.
On a scale from 1 to 10 you get a 7. Game over.

3.3.1 Lingerie Shopping  

... but if you don't do all the heroe stuff and you just pull ArianeB away from her harasser the future will be a lot brighter.

Protect ArianeB.
Get her away from this guy.
Go lingerie shopping.
Go into the lingerie store.

The lingerie game has been completely changed in version 5.0, ArianeB will give you 3 characteristics and you have to choose the lingerie that fits will all three of them. Here are ArianeB’s possible questions:

I’m looking for underwear that’s...

3.3.1.1 comfortable, fashionable, and sexy

Take a look around.
Pick a strapless bra.
Pick a thong

3.3.1.2 comfortable, fashionable, and inexpensive

Take a look around.
Pick a sports bra.
Pick boy shorts.

3.3.1.3 inexpensive, comfortable, and sexy

Take a look around.
Pick a sports bra.
Pick a thong.

3.3.1.4 inexpensive, fashionable, and sexy

Take a look around.
Pick going braless.
Pick boy shorts.

3.3.1 continued

Wait till she tries it on.
Put clothes back and buy it.

Normally Rebecca would ask you to dance at the nightclub (and those scenarios will follow, don’t worry), but since you have been kicked out there, she looks for another place to go.

3.4.1 Strip club contest

Discuss other options with Rebecca.
Be adventurous and take a chance.
Stay and watch Rebecca's show.
Continue watching. Repeat four times until Rebecca's show is over.
See if Rebecca can talk her into it.
Encourage ArianeB to dance.
Offer her to be her coach.

3.4.1.1 Showtime

The strip show has 4 or 5 options per image. The following one guarantees to success.

Remove Jacket.
Pole Dance.
Remove Skirt.
Pole Dance.
Remove Vest.
Rub Body.
Sexy Dance.
Chair Dance.
Remove Bra.
Rub Body.
Chair Dance.
Sexy Dance.
Remove Thong.
Sexy Dance.
Chair Dance.
Rub Body.
Live Sex Act.
End routine.
Contest results.
Get dressed and celebrate victory.

3.4.1.2 Celebration

ArianeB is exhausted and wants to relax in the hot tub.
Take her back to her place.
Follow her in the bedroom. I promised that, didn't I?
Let her finish getting ready.

There is a bug in the game because the next picture shows ArianeB in a bikini although she has proposed to walk in the nude. For the nerds amongst us: dressed4.jpg is shown instead of dressed6.jpg or dressed9.jpg. The rest of the game is familiar for those who have read the previous walkthrough.

Go naked hot tubbing.
French kiss.
Stop kissing.
Massage her shoulders.
Stop massaging.
Grab her breasts.
Stop fondling her breast.
Kiss her nipples.
Stop sucking her tits.
Rub her lower back.
Quit rubbing her back.
Grab her butt.
Quit massaging her butt.
Massage her pussy.
Continue.
Make love.
Finish.

3.4.1.3 Encore

You can leave ArianeB after the hot tub debauchery or you can have some extra quality time.

Suggest spending the night...
Ung!

This was probably the most spectacular scenario but there are some others of course, including a brand new scene at the lake. Here we go.

3.4.2. Let’s dump Rebecca

Follow the routines of the first part of this walkthrough: the basic introduction, the restaurant, the bar brawl, the lingerie shop… But when Rebecca finally asks ArianeB to do something together you…

Politely decline and take ArianeB home. Taking her home is not what you will do, of course.
Head to outskirts.
Take a scenic drive out of town.

At the lake there are two possibilities, take a moonlight stroll or go boating (and skiing).

3.4.2.1 Water skiing

Let's rent a boat for a late night cruise.
Park the boat here.
Suggest water skiing naked.
Watch her take off her dress.
Help her put on the ski vest.
Hand her the ski.
Yeehaaa!
ell here to come in.
Watch the moon set.
Suggest spending the night on the boat.
Kiss her goodbye.
End kiss.

3.4.2.2 Romantic Walk

There are many romantic paths in this scenario, including a philosophical discussion whether romance is a cultural attitude or an inherently instinctive response. Of course we didn’t come to this place to discuss.

Lets take a romantic walk.
Hold her hand.
Put your arm around her.
Take her into your arms.
I’d rather pursue you. ArianeB rewards you for that sweet remark.
Hold her naked body.
Sit on the beach.
The moon’s beauty pales to your own.
Walk back to car.
No, you look fine without it. Don’t let ArianeB put her clothes back on.

Back at home ArianeB is walking around in her birthday suit. And it isn’t even her birthday yet. If you have some difficulties in understanding a woman’s hint: running around in the nude is what I call a hint. So you can immediately jump at (or on) her in the living room, go to bed or follow this nice little scenario that is called…

3.5 Photo shoot at the fountain  

Going to the kitchen will trigger the fountain photo shoot. It’s a dead end street but it is nice.

Go to the kitchen and find something to do.
Go take modelling photos at the park.
Follow her to the park.
Do you have a problem posing nude?
Ask her to drop the towel and pose for a picture.
Nice artistic nude.
On my count 1 2 3.
Very revealing, but kind of a silly picture…
Go for it, ready when you are.
Be careful.
Wow, now that is worthy of desktop wallpaper.
Throw her a towel and walk her home.
Kiss her goodnight.
On a scale of 1 to 10, you get a 6. The Park Photo Shoot will end the game.

There are still plenty of places to visit in the city, but these will be discussed later.
Come and read next week another chapter of the thrilling adventures of ArianeB!


Update : the latest walkthroughs for the ArianeB 6.21 game can be found at: The ArianeB 6.21 walkthroughs: All in one 

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iPod Random Generator March 2008

Entry 569 posted in: 9. I, Pod


Going strong: The Kissaway Trail...

Also in 2008 my MySpace page will contain some useless iPod statistics. This year however my iPod will always stay in shuffle mode, in other words: the machine will decide what songs will be played. For more information: Random Blueß aka sucking for statistics.

At the end of each month I will publish the ten most popular songs of the year and the ten most popular songs of the past month.

For the top 10 list of the songs I've been listening to in 2008 go to http://www.myspace.com/atagong.

For the top 10 list of the songs I've been listening to in March, go to the MySpace blog section.


If you liked this post - you might be interested in this one as well: iPod Random Generator February 2008.