A collection of random notes that used to make up the "blog" section of the last version of this webiste.

Thursday, March 17, 2022 21:36 -
So guess what got released today? DanceDanceRevolution A3. New DDR! It only released on gold cabs, but my local Round1 has a gold cab so I'll take it. Hopefully I can make it over there soon because I really want to play the new songs. They aren't any new licenses, but hopefully the KONAMI originals are good.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 21:06 -
I was cleaning out my closet today and I found my old MacBook Air from 2015 buried under a pile of clothes. I dug it out and tried booting it up only to discover a broken Windows 10 BSOD. Long story short, I fixed the broken Windows Bootcamp partition, deleted it, and reinstalled a clean copy of OS X El Capitan. It seems to work pretty well after sitting in my closet for six years, but it has some screen problems and it's missing the "T" key for some reason. But it works and that's cool.

Friday, March 26th, 2022 22:14 -
So I went to the Tri-County Flea Market in Levittown again to play some StepManiaX. I did pretty well, almost FC'd "Sunshine" on HARD towards the end. I'm going to make another video there sometime after school ends in late June. I want to do a "summer" themed setlist where I play the songs "Bumble Bee," "Sunshine," and "Summer (Speedy Mix)" together. Also, I wanted to share this picture I took of Tri-County's decaying IIDX cab. It's been broken for like a year.

Saturday, April 9th, 2022 21:32 -
I successfully connected my PlayStation 2 EyeToy to my Windows XP machine to use it as a webcam. It works about as well as it sounds. You can almost taste the pixels and the audio is very delayed, but it really brings out that early-YouTube aesthetic. Finding working drivers for the EyeToy was just tons of fun. The only ones I could find only seemed to work on Windows 10, which obviously didn't work on XP. I eventually found this totally-not-a-virus "setup.exe" on that did the trick.

Thursday, April 14th, 2022 18:54 -
It's finally here!...after like two years. I bought this DJ Station Pro beatmania controller off Yahoo! Auctions Japan way back in 2020 and it finally arrived today. It's the best 5key beatmania controller a 5key beatmania player could ask for. Maybe. The turntable is great, much better than the UKOC imo. There's these volume faders on the left side which really add to the "DJ" feel that this game's supposed to give off. The keys are a little stiff, I much perfer the UKOC's keys but what totally makes up for that is the fact that the keys light up just like the arcade! I haven't been able to try that out yet because I don't have a PlayStation, but I'm really excited to start using this controller. There's a guy on YouTube who cleared "SWEET BREEZE" from ClubMIX with one of these things, so I'm sure it's just a matter of getting used to the keys. Also, the seller bundled in a copy of beatmania IIDX 3rd style for the PS2 with the controller which was super nice.

Sunday, April 24th, 2022 14:46 -
I got COVID yesterday yeeha. I feel just so great right now and what a surprise I get it right at the start of finals week like isn't that #epic?

Monday, April 25th, 2022 12:37 -
My beatmania pocket 2 finally arrived today from Japan and I'm so excited to listen to its incredibly bit-crushed music. This thing is in beautiful condition and it came with its box to which is really nice. It even has the instruction manual too. I play on making a video about it along with my DanceDanceRevolution pocket soon as soon as finals are over with. Until then, My beatmania DaDaDa!! keyboard review video is coming out on the 30th which talks about another obscure BEMANI game.

Monday, May 30th, 2022 20:39 -
After 3.14 years of smashing arrows and 3 billion points overall, I finally achieved Veteran status on FlashFlashRevolution. I'm amazing, I know. No but seriously, that took fucking FOREVER. I'm just so glad it's done and I now I can focus on other aspects of my life outside of rhythm gaming, like going outside and touching grass. Also, I know I kinda fell off with updating this website. I've been pretty busy recently with work and school (and FFR).

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 20:32 -
I bought a Rock Band microphone for use on my PC today and it works fabtabulously. I also bought a Band Hero drum controller too. The cool thing is that the red pad doesn't really work so very good so now I'm going to have to look up how to fix that. Also, can someone send me money for this Danny Dorito sticker I so much very want it it's my birfday today but not REALLY...

Saturday, June 25rd, 2022 23:58 -
So I've been looking around online for a drum controller for Guitar Hero, Rock Band, drummania, or even Rock Revolution that was at a reasonable price. I talked a bit about this in my last note, but I'm going to explain more of the story here. Last week, I finally found a listing for a used Band Hero drum controller for the Wii. I won the auction and got the controller for a pretty good price. It arrived a few days ago and after putting it together I immediately tested it out on Guitar Hero 5 on my Wii. All the pads seemed to work fine, except for the red pad. It was registering a hit around 30% of the time, and that got really frustrating after a while. So today I opened the whole controller up to take a look inside and see wassup. I disconnected the wires for the red pad, cleaned off some of the excess glue holding them in place, and then reconnected them. I put the controller back together and to my surprise, it actually worked! The controller didn't come with a foot pedal though, so I've been playing with the Auto Kick cheat until I can find one on eBay that will work. I may be able to connect my drummania foot pedal to it somehow, but I don't want to use that for long since it kinda sucks.

Thursday, July 21st, 2022 12:41 -
So my package from Japan arrived today, and I got a lot of cool stuff in it. It was a bunch of BEMANI related things I found on Mercari and Yahoo! Auctions Japan. I got stuff like some books, a HEROIC VERSE poster, a Hello Kitty DDR pocket, and a box? I've never seen this thing before anywhere on the Internet. It's interesting because the box shows DDR X gameplay, but the music box plays one of three licensed songs from DanceDanceRevolution (2010) on the Wii. The songs include "Hey, Soul Sister," "Bad Romance," or "Celebration." I have no idea which song mine plays yet because I haven't unboxed it yet. I might make a video about it because I think I may be the first to document one of these on YouTube. I posted about it on ZIv to see if anyone can help me figure out what this thing's backstory is.

Sunday, July 31st, 2022 20:31 -
I saw Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform yesterday and it was awesome! I brought my camera and took a few pictures there. They were playing at this small venue in a park near my house and I've never seen that place so packed before.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 18:12 -
So I was on Twitter this morning, and I saw that "IIDX" was trending. I click on the link, and it turns out there's a new beatmania IIDX game on the way. I still feel like CastHour came out last month but here we are. The location tests are going to be at the SILK HAT Kawasaki DICE arcade from August 5th to 7th, 2022. Anyway it's called beatmania IIDX 30 RESIDENT and just by looking at the logo it appears to have some kind of dark, polygonal, futuristic artstyle and theme. The logo stlye is reminiscent of Metal Gear Rising and the name "RESIDENT" makes me think of Resident Evil.

Saturday, August 6th, 2022 - 17:38
I bought a PlayStation 2 today. I went back to Tri-County to play some DDR and StepManiaX for one last round (and I actually got a new highscore on "Sunshine" on StepManiaX which made me really happy) and I just couldn't ignore the retro games store. So I went upstairs and bought a pretty heavily-used PS2. It reeks of age, but the thing still powers on AND reads discs. I think the laser is on its last legs though, so that's a sign for me to invest in a beefy hard drive and mod it so I can play backups. Also, one little cool detail I noticed is that my PS2 is a model SCPH-30001 which I believe is the first ever model sold in the US, making it 22 years old. So that's pretty cool. I tested it out tonight playing beatmania on my $10 Goodwill TV.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 22:51 -
I went to a Jimmy Buffett concert at the Jones Beach Theater last night and it was so fun! He played a lot of songs off his Life on the Flip Side album from 2020. We had to park two fields over from the theater as the closest parking lots were full of RVs and tailgate parties, which were fun to navigate through. It was awesome and the weather was perfect!