Top Three Thursday 4/30/15: Favorite Christian music

Okay, I know this blog is chiefly secular (and I’ve actually been exposed to some pretty crude stuff), but I’m going to come out and say that I am a believer in Christ or, as the world would interpret it, a Christian. Now, I don’t claim to be a true Christian, like a follower or a disciple of God, simply because I am young (20) and still have spiritual growth to undergo. Still, I grew up in a Christian family, and the time I’ve spent in church, in my campus’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry, and listening to K-Love on the radio has convinced me that there is at least some basis behind my faith. The radio part is especially important; music is a good way for followers to remember the teachings of God and to expose them to others, not to mention Christian music is the only type of music I can truly appreciate for its lyrics. Although it is difficult to choose three particular songs that I like the most, they would be:

 

3. Virtuoso – David Phelps

I didn’t actually hear this song on K-Love, but I know it from way back when. This could be considered the song to define all songs; after all, it is because God “breathed the breath of Heaven” that we can even produce music and use it as a medium to sing His praises. As a matter of fact, the song uses music as a metaphor, comparing it to life itself, hence the lines, “Life is a symphony that only You can play”, “There isn’t a note of mediocrity in all of Your creation”, “This heart is Your instrument, and this life is Your song”, and this entire stanza (2:34 – 3:01 in the video):

A timeless melody
Of beauty and emotion
Perfect harmony
Inspiring true devotion
No one else can play its chords
So graceful yet so strong
You made the instrument
And wrote the song

So, in a nutshell, the song describes God as a virtuoso, hence the title. Not to mention it’s upbeat (especially for a Christian song) and pretty catchy.

 

2. He Knows My Name – Francesca Battistelli

This song is a positive reminder that, even if we mean nothing to the world, we are special to God. I wouldn’t like this song nearly as much if not for the lyrics, but they’re definitely powerful lyrics. I find the “I am loved” part especially touching, so much so that it almost brings tears to my eyes. And really, through all the noise of the song, those three words are the most important part. The song is also a reminder of Matthew 6:1, in which Jesus says: “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Moreover, all throughout Matthew 6, He repeats about the people who desire to be seen by men: “I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” Yes, the approval of man is insignificant; the approval of God is all that matters. It is true that being noticed by others is an honor (especially all those views on my Cross-a-Pix article…where did those come from?), but listening to this song makes me realize that striving solely for positive feedback is wrong.

We are not made as consumers, but as a light unto the world. This truth may be hard to swallow (speaking personally here), but it is God’s Word (Matthew 5:14-16). Even if we look foolish to the world, God approves of those who persuade others to praise Him.

 

1. The Proof of Your Love – for KING & COUNTRY

As I first perceived it, this song is a blunt reminder that everything we do, good or bad, is meaningless without love. Although love in worldly terms is simply seen as an affection, the type of love described here is more than that; it is explicitly stated in the chorus: “Love is sacrifice.” We all know John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” He made the ultimate sacrifice. He lived a perfect life, died a death that we deserve, and rose from the dead in order to exemplify for us the ultimate love. Of course, Scripture emphasizes the importance of love in many places, but here are two that are particularly important:

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:34-40

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3

The second passage is referred to, although not quoted verbatim, in the song (2:27 in the video). Furthermore, at the end of the segment comes the most important line: “No matter what I say, no matter what I believe, no matter what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”

So, once again, the type of love they are referring to in this case is not a simple affection. It is sacrifice: giving 100% and expecting nothing in return, just as God did when he sent his Son to die on the cross. You may be thinking, “Actually, he does expect something from us, doesn’t he?” Well, it’s not so much an expectation as a call to do what we naturally ought to do when shown this great a love: to love back in the same manner, or at least something similar. If not, well…that’s the point of this song, right? We are nothing without God’s love.

 

Well, that is the sincerity of my soul, poured out through this blog post, whether you like it or not. As I mentioned, music is definitely a helpful medium, for believers and non-believers alike, to connect with God. That much is obvious by how church service commences when the band plays. For further exposure to Christian music, please visit K-Love’s online radio player at http://www.klove.com/listen/player.aspx – I believe it is worth a visit for anyone of any faith.

Nowi Wins À la prochaine! (Until next time!)

Spontaneous Saturday 4/25/15: Momentary pause

Apologies. It’s past 10pm and I’ve been too wrapped up in my studies to write about anything recreational. I don’t want to make this a complete cop-out of a post, though, so I suppose I’ll mention that I’ve been playing Disgaea DS lately. It’s definitely been fun, maybe even more so than Final Fantasy Tactics A2. I’m only at the beginning of Blazing Core story-wise, but that’s because I’m grinding…mainly because in Lavish Hall (the last mission in Dinero Palace), Laharl was literally the only unit that survived.

On that note, I’ll include an imgur album of my current army (or whatever you call it).

http://imgur.com/a/hFJIr

 

Nowi Wins Once again, apologies for the half-baked content. Regular progress will resume on Top Three Thursday.

Poké Monday 4/20/15: Krokorok

RNG (Krokorok) 

Smogon official tier: NU
Type: Ground/Dark
Base Stats: 60 HP, 82 Atk, 45 Def, 45 Sp.Atk, 45 Sp.Def, 74 Speed
Abilities: Intimidate, Moxie, Anger Point (HA)

Usable moves: Aqua Tail, Brick Break, Counter, Crunch, Dark Pulse, Double-Edge, Earth Power, Earthquake, Façade, Fire Fang, Focus Punch, Foul Play, Frustration, Grass Knot, Hidden Power (Electric, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ice), Hone Claws, Knock Off, Low Kick, Power-Up Punch, Protect, Pursuit, Rest, Retaliate, Return, Roar, Rock Slide, Shadow Claw, Sleep Talk, Sludge Bomb, Stealth Rock, Stone Edge, Substitute, Taunt, Torment, Toxic

Overview

Although NFE, Krokorok has decent potential as a lead due to having access to Stealth Rock, Taunt, and Knock Off. 74 is not too bad of a Speed value (in fact, it speed ties with Seismitoad) and, while it looks frail, Intimidate and Eviolite give it a nice bonus in bulk. The added bulk is not much, however, as Eviolite-boosted defense without investment makes its base defenses approximately equivalent to 78, and factoring Intimidate into its physical Defense would make it equivalent to 126. While that may seem like a high base number on paper, do keep in mind that it’s uninvested, which would thusly equate to a Defense stat of 288 (and the Special Defense stat would equate to 192), backed by its feeble HP stat of 262. Simply put, it pales in comparison to…well, plenty of things. Either that or it sacrifices the Speed required to outspeed 252 speed +SpA nature Magmortar and/or the offense to OHKO said Magmortar with Earthquake.

Alternatively, it could try to go offensive using Choice Scarf and Moxie, although being unable to switch between moves is problematic, especially where Earthquake is concerned. Additionally, with Choice Scarf, Adamant Krokorok only hits 370 Speed and Jolly 406, so it would have to run Jolly to outspeed Adamant Scarf Sawk and max speed Swellow, and even then it falls behind important things like +1 Vivillon and Lilligant, Scarf Primeape and Sawsbuck, and Shell Smash Barbaracle, Gorebyss, and Huntail (although the last two, if 252 neutral, speed tie with Jolly Scarf). I will say, though, Krokorok is the only good Scarf Moxie user in NU (Mightyena prefers Sucker Punch, and Pyroar’s Attack is poor). So, while it is somewhat usable, don’t expect it to go far. Actually, that sentence applies to Krokorok as a whole, not just its Scarf set.

Set

Krokorok @ Eviolite
Ability: Intimidate
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
– Knock Off
– Earthquake
– Stealth Rock
– Taunt

This set leaves little room for explanation. Stealth Rock causes residual damage on opposing switch-ins, which is always good. Taunt prevents slower leads from setting up their own Stealth Rock, or anything else from inflicting status or trying to heal. Knock Off removes the opponent’s item, which is also a favorable outcome. Earthquake is supplementary STAB that gets good coverage with Knock Off and does more damage (much more if the opponent’s item has already been knocked off). Intimidate and Eviolite augment its poor bulk to manageable levels, and Jolly with max offenses lets it hit as hard as it can.

Other Options

As mentioned, Choice Scarf+Moxie is a more offensive way to look at Krokorok. As far as coverage moves, Stone Edge and Iron Tail are the most preferable options, the former for Flying-types and the latter (albeit not listed under “Usable moves”) for Fairy-types. You could also run a bulkier spread on the lead set, and I’m not stopping you from doing so, but I would suggest in that case to use Bulldoze instead of Earthquake for the utility of reducing Speed, and to invest 12 EVs in Speed in order to speed creep past Claydol and be able to Taunt it. Roar and Toxic are other defensive options, but honestly, Krokorok should not be used chiefly for defensive purposes, just as its evolution, Krookodile, is not. I mean, even with Eviolite, 60/45/45 can hardly be considered wall-quality defenses.

Sample Team

http://pastebin.com/UFhGtWez – Beware of Gear Grind misses.

Top Three Thursday 4/16/15: Advice I would give to other drivers

For about three months, I have been driving solo from home to campus and back. (I also stop at Chick-fil-a from time to time, but that’s beside the point.) Overall, it’s not as horrifying of an experience as I made it out to be during the ~4 years I spent living in fear about it, but really, there are some drivers out there (especially here in Virginia) whom I watch and have to ask, “Why?” Honestly, if I were to give three tips to drivers who need help (or at least act like they do), they would be:

 

3. Distracted driving is a no-no.

To be honest, in all my weeks of driving, I have never seen a distracted driver with my own two eyes (which is why this is only number 3 on my list), but I imagine that distracted drivers are crazy drivers, although not all reckless driving is linked to distractions; some could be linked to tough situations or just plain foolishness. Don’t get me wrong, though; I’m not saying people should remove all distractions (for instance, having the radio on is fine as long as it doesn’t interfere too much). All I’m saying is: modify your schedule in order to minimize distractions prior to your next drive. I mean, as it is, there’s a lot to consider while driving (plenty of sights and sounds, maybe even smells), and the less you focus on it, the worse it will be. Set an alarm if you have to (even two alarms; that’s what I do). Miss a call if you have to. Texts are not so urgent that you need to pool driving focus into them. If you have food or drink, only consume it while at a stoplight or while sitting through heavy traffic. If something’s really bothering you, be it an urgent call or a text or whatever, find a safe place to pull over before settling it. Distraction leads to a rough experience, for you and for the people around you who have to put up with your manner of driving.

 

2. If you’re going to take a turning lane, do so immediately.

The longer you delay the action, the more confusing it will be to the person behind you. Just take it immediately; chances are there’s nothing stopping you. I just wanted to make this clear because there are several people who wait until halfway, the last minute, or—on one odd occasion—not at all. (Yeah, just when I thought I’d seen it all, there was once a time when some buffoon turned on a non-turning lane. For the record, it wasn’t a truck.) How else can I put it? It seems so self-explanatory, yet some people just don’t seem to have that algorithm embedded into their minds.

Well, okay, there is one exception: if the lane has enough blockage that you feel you cannot take the lane without being askew, don’t even attempt; it makes for a worse effect if you get rear-ended.

Still, though, it’s not just with turning lanes; people drive indecisively on split lanes as well. Like, the most frequent case is when they keep right until the last second, when they take the left side of the split lane, but I may have seen one or a few with the opposite case. Really. Left or right. Pick one. Use the dashed lines as a reference. It’s not that difficult.

 

1. Signal (properly) when changing lanes.

That’s it. Plain and simple. Use the signals for what they are for. Too many people I see who change lanes without signaling, to which I internally and sarcastically respond, “Nice signal, buddy.” Honestly, think of it this way: using a signal is like asking permission, be it to get in a lane or to turn. If you ask permission, people will get the message that you intend to change lanes or turn. Possible excuse: “It’s fine if there are no people around.” Okay, if literally not another soul is present to watch your movement, it’s fine, but here’s the problem: you can never guarantee that no one will be watching. Distance is not an excuse; if an eye is on you, it will observe and evaluate you based on your behavior, and not signaling when changing lanes (i.e., not asking permission before acting) is rude. You simply cannot expect another driver to default to permitting your actions if you cannot ask permission, which might even lead to an accident depending on who’s not careful.

Signaling falsely is almost, and I mean almost, equally bad. If you leave your signal light on for too long, it confuses people into thinking you’re going to take another lane when you’re actually not. I’ve witnessed this firsthand when a truck that I was slightly behind and to the left of had its left signal blinking, so I thought it appropriate to keep slow in case the driver wanted to take the lane, but…guess what? He never did. After about 30 seconds, he realized that he forgot to turn his left signal off. It was kind of a bother because I was going slower than usual for basically no reason.

In summary, it’s better to signal than not, but pay attention to your signal so that it’s communicating the way you want it to (i.e., be alert of accidental false signals).

 

Nowi Wins My final point in all of this is: don’t confuse people, especially while driving. Driving can be easy to take for granted if done often enough, but it is still necessary to take factors like these into consideration. The slightest confusion, the slightest distraction, the slightest miscommunication, can lead to quite a lot of chaos. Safe travels!

Spontaneous Saturday 4/11/15: Sym-a-pix, the puzzle that I underestimated

If you recall on June 14, 2014, when I wrote my first Conceptis article (http://wp.me/p4GI1b-u), I stated the following:

Looking back, that was a shallow judgement on my part, and I regret it wholeheartedly. It dawned on me last week when I decided, “Hey, why don’t I do every puzzle instead of just ignoring those three in particular?” I mean, Dot-a-pix is still child’s play and Maze-a-pix is average at best, but when I did last week’s Sym-a-pix puzzle, I found out the hard way that there is more to Sym-a-pix that meets the eye.

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 12.48.51 AM

You see, when I first looked at a board like this, I thought, “Well, just draw the smallest possible box around all the colored circles, simple as that.” For a while, I was going along with that logic and thought, “Eh, this is getting boring.” That was where the shallow judgement came from. Then, that one fateful week, I tried to apply my shallow-minded way of thinking to that week’s weekly puzzle (not the one shown above) and, surely enough, found out to my dismay that I had 64 wrong walls. Going through the many errors that I had committed, I was taught the true nature of Sym-a-pix. That is the focal point of discussion on this Spontaneous Saturday.

 

For simplicity, the example will not be the one above, but instead a more basic one.

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 1.09.43 AM

The point of Sym-a-pix is not to draw the possible box around all the circles, but to create walls on the grid such that:

  • All enclosed areas have one and only one circle within them.
  • All enclosed areas have rotational symmetry, meaning you could theoretically rotate them 180º and still see the same shape.

Things to note when solving Sym-a-pix puzzles:

  1. Start with corners and edges. If a circle is taking up one of the corner squares, it is actually okay to apply my “shallow judgement algorithm” (SJA, as I’ll call it), and surround the circle with the smallest possible box (1×1 for circles in the center of a square, 2×1 for circles on an edge, and 2×2 for circles on a corner). If a circle is taking up one of the edge squares, create walls that are both parallel and as close as possible to the edge in question. Applying this step to the example should result in the following:
    Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 1.24.09 AM
  2. Divide adjacent circles. In this case, adjacency refers to the concept that the smallest possible boundary boxes of two circles will overlap at at least one edge. This edge or set of edges should be highlighted, as it is the means by which the “adjacent” circles will be divided. Applying this step to the example should result in the following:
    Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 3.36.06 AM
  3. Consider the symmetry. This is the sole most important rule of Sym-a-pix, and where the “sym” part of the name comes from. As mentioned before, the boundary surrounding a circle should be rotationally symmetrical, meaning that it can be turned 180º without its appearance changing. Similarly, if you take any borders that surround a circle and rotate them 180º, using the circle as an axis, the resulting image should depict borders that are to be highlighted if they are not already. This is a complex process, so here are some elementary derivatives:
    Circle in center: For any boundary that is a part of the SJA box (the box generated by my Shallow Judgement Algorithm, mentioned above) of the circle, the line on the other side must also be highlighted. Applied to the example:
    Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 3.37.15 AM
    Circle on edge: This is slightly (but only slightly) more complicated. The dimension of length 1 works the same as any dimension of the SJA of a circle in the center, but the dimension of length 2 is a different case. If a border lies on that dimension, not only must its “reflection,” so to speak, be on the other side in terms of its own orientation, but in terms of its perpendicular orientation as well. This goes back to the previous definition of the rule; whether it’s on the left or the right (relative to the circle), if you rotate the boundary 180º, it should still be on whichever of the left or the right it was on before. It’s really difficult to explain this any further, so I’ll just fill in the example:
    Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 3.50.55 AM
    Circle on corner: Similar to circle on edge, only both dimensions are of length 2. In the example (not much change here):
    Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 3.51.51 AM
  4. Consider which tiles belong to which circles. The easiest way to think about this step is by looking for the “dead ends” of the puzzle—for instance, row 3 column 9 and row 10 column 1.
    Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 3.53.28 AM
    Anything not covered by any of the first two rules or the first check of rule 3 will probably fall under this rule. On some occasions, this one included, you can keep doing rule 4 checks until you’ve reached an impasse, like I will for this example…never mind. It turns out simple dead end analysis is really effective for low-difficulty puzzles like this one (mind you, this one is low difficulty relative to Sym-a-pix, not puzzles in general). However, sometimes, you will have to refer back to rule 3, and from there back to rule 4 again, in order to complete the puzzle.

The sample, if completed successfully, should look like http://i.gyazo.com/671ef2c147982cd4fff22c4fcbf62f06.png

 

Nowi Wins Once again, I have been, in a manner of speaking, slapped in the face and told to check myself before I wreck myself. (It may not be “once again” in terms of Vouiv-review, but overall I’ve made dumb errors like this too many times to count.) In closing, I take back what I said before about Sym-a-pix; it requires plenty more thinking than I gave it credit for, even more so than I can explain (at the moment), although this does not mean it’s the most difficult form of puzzle out there (personally, I find Pic-a-pix more difficult). That said, I hope this post has been of use somehow, and y’all have fun solving puzzles!

Poké Monday 4/6/15: Nidoran♂

RNG (NidoranM) 

Smogon official tier: LC
Type: Poison
Base Stats: 46 HP, 57 Atk, 40 Def, 40 Sp.Atk, 40 Sp.Def, 50 Speed
Abilities: Poison Point, Rivalry, Hustle (HA)

Usable moves: Blizzard, Body Slam, Counter, Disable, Double-Edge, Drill Run, Façade, Frustration, Head Smash, Hidden Power (Electric, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ice), Hone Claws, Ice Beam, Poison Jab, Protect, Rain Dance, Rest, Return, Shadow Claw, Sleep Talk, Sludge Bomb, Substitute, Sucker Punch, Sunny Day, Super Fang, Thunder, Thunderbolt, Toxic, Toxic Spikes

Overview

I’ll be blunt here: Nidoran♂’s stats are pretty bad. None of its stats is particularly outstanding, and its sister, Nidoran♀, is superior in terms of bulk (55/52/40). Poison is good typing defensively, but Koffing makes substantially better use of it. Its offenses are not stellar by any means; given Hustle, it just about matches up to Sheer Force Bagon in terms of offense (16*1.5 = 18*4/3) except with lower accuracy and worse STAB. Fortunately, similarly to Durant (and Bagon if you wish to put Dragon Rush on it), it can patch up its lowered accuracy using Hone Claws, making even Drill Run 100% accurate. It also gets Sucker Punch, a form of priority, which is cool.

Set

Nidoran-M (M) @ Eviolite
Ability: Hustle
Level: 5
EVs: 220 Atk / 36 Def / 196 SpD / 36 Spe
Adamant Nature
– Poison Jab
– Sucker Punch
– Drill Run
– Hone Claws

Honestly, the main use I managed to get out of Nidoran♂ while testing it was its Hustle-boosted Sucker Punch. I don’t think I’ve ever missed anything with Nidoran♂, and I’ve used Sucker Punch without the Hone Claws boost plenty of times. Poison Jab is for STAB, while Drill Run is for coverage against Steels. It’s unfortunate that the set gets walled by Ferroseed (and Hidden Power seems to be the only Fire-type move it can get), but hey, you can’t win ’em all (and besides, Ferroseed can’t do much back outside of Thunder Wave). EVs are fully concentrated in Attack and bulk with the remainder in Speed.

Other Options

Hidden Power Fire is the most damage Nidoran♂ can do to Ferroseed—with Naughty nature and no investment, a 3HKO is guaranteed; with full investment, a 2HKO. (N.B.: There is no use running +SpA if running HP Fire, at least for purposes of dealing with Ferroseed.) Drill Run, on the other hand, requires +1 to 3HKO and +2 to 2HKO. Aside from that, there is honestly nothing else worth mentioning (i.e., that Nidoran♂ can run without being completely outclassed); Nidoran♂ not only has poor stats but also a really shallow movepool. In fact, I’d say Sucker Punch is the only thing preventing it from being complete trash.

Sample Team

http://pastebin.com/5DFbc728 – Nothing to say about this team apart from what I’ve said about my other sample teams.

Top Three Thursday 4/2/15: Recent Guitar Hero 3 FCs

1/2/16 EDIT: I guess Facebook changed its image URLs for whatever reason, so the images were broken and I had to fix them. But, hey, they’re fixed now.

 

This is late because I had work to do and had a really hard time thinking of a topic.

To people who don’t know what FC means (in the year 2015): FC means Full Combo, a term to describe when a Guitar Hero player hits every single note without breaking his/her combo by overstrumming.

For example, this is not an FC:

This is an FC:

(Yes, there was a time when I overstrummed in Chemical Warfare. It sucked. Badly.)

FCs are easily represented in GH5 and GH:WoR with the 6-star rating, but it’s not so easy to tell in any of the prior Guitar Hero games.

 

Anyway, in case you are not already aware, I am an expert Guitar Hero player on GH3 and GH6 (Warriors of Rock) for the Wii. Because I’ve pretty much reached an impasse in Warriors of Rock (six songs that I have yet to FC, and I don’t feel close to any of them), I decided to get back into GH3 for whatever reason. Unfortunately, though, all the data I’ve accumulated since I got the game is now deleted forever thanks to the old Wii getting bricked, so I had to look up all the cheats, unlock everything, and try to remember what songs I hadn’t FC’d. I do remember from my YouTube info that I had 62 FCs, so I made note of the most likely 8 songs. As of now, I have 65 FCs, which would imply that I got 3, although the overall count might be faulty, so it could be the case that I got 4…heck, I don’t know. At any rate, on with the list.

 

3. Nothing For Me Here

PJSalt

This is the song that I don’t know whether I had FC’d before or not. It was quite a tiring night back then; it took way longer than it needed to due to the sheer number of outro chokes and other dumb misses. Pretty fun song to play and listen to, but really annoying and quite a pain in the fingers (especially the middle).

 

2. The Number of the Beast

666

Once again, dumb outro misses. One was a try-hard attempt to squeeze (strummed a chord too early), and one was a brain fart at the beginning of the outro. The only hard section is Solo 1, for which I improvised a method (I can’t do it one-handed), but somehow in one run I managed to hit Solo 1 and miss Solo 2 (even though before that I hit Solo 2 easy peasy every time). In the end, though, I managed to get my head straight and FC the song. Despite the struggle, the song is fun to play. Listen to…meh, I’ve heard catchier.

 

1. Cult of Personality

CoP

Man, does this guy think he’s a god or something? I really find the whole theme behind this song to be a little unsettling. In structure, I find this song to be similar to Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits Theme from Warriors of Rock: easy stuff, Solo 1, more easy stuff, long+difficult Solo 2, and easy stuff until the end. In this case, though, Solo 1 is more of a gatekeeper than the stupidest section in the entire song (seriously, I’ve missed more in GHOTMHT Solo 1 than anywhere in Solo 2). To be honest, the day I FC’d Cult was a weird one; in practice mode, I was struggling trying to get Solo 1 so, while I usually do it one-handed, I added a few taps to make the method more consistent; then—here’s the odd part—I hit every section from “Start soloing!” to “Don’t stop soloing!” second try. That’s right, I only had to reset once, and that was due to a miss at the end of Start Soloing or the beginning of Keep Soloing (I don’t remember which). So, at that moment, I decided, “Well, time to do runs.” Thankfully, after the practice session, I managed to get the full song 4th try. Needless to say, it was a good day.

 

So, all that remains for me in GH3 is Holiday in Cambodia (stupid intro), The Way it Ends (takes time), Raining Blood, One, and (of course) Through the Fire and Flames.

 

Nowi Wins À la prochaine! (Until next time!)