AVTechNO – Feedback/Artery (feat. Kagamine Rin and Len)

Been a long time since I posted anything here. I know I said something about uploading medical school reviewers (based off my own notes + additional reading) in the past, but the last time I encoded my notes on a Word document was on the first shift. The vast majority of my notes are in my notebook.

I recently reignited my love for music created with VOCALOID voicebanks thanks to a friend who is still deeply engrossed in the fandom (although she has a leaning towards Hatsune Miku and the Kagamine voicebanks — I can barely keep up with VOCALOID libraries released after MEGPOID!)

AVTechNO is a producer whose tracks I haven’t listened to in a long time. I felt like his VOCALOID material left more to be desired at the time, although I liked his non-VOCALOID work and the Historias album that he made with Morrigan.

Then came Feedback/Artery. This seems to be a variation of Artery from his PULSE single, which had Hatsune Miku as a singer. (Len’s part has additional lyrics compared to the corresponding verse in Artery, and it’s also sung in a different part of the song.)

AVTechNO does not use the Kagamine voicebanks that often, so this was a nice treat. It’s one of the best implementations of the append banks I’ve heard. Some might say Rin’s tuining in this song sounds like Miku, but that’s to be expected since the original song was done with Miku.

I’d sing a cover of this song if AVTechNO released an off-vocal version. Oh well, singing along to this will have to do for now!

As usual, lyrics follow under the cut! The kanji version was taken directly from the description of the video, but I added a special note for 「永遠」 which is sung as 「とあ」 and not 「えいえん」 in this song.

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ANRI – Lady Sunshine

I’ve had this saved as a draft for 7 months. SEVEN. MONTHS.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of ANRI. Although I knew of her music even before I got into Future Funk, remixes by MACROSS 82-99 and other talented individuals in the niche genre made me love her more. As I have no formal educational background in music theory (save for bits and pieces from piano lessons that I have forgotten,) I cannot describe exactly what gives ANRI and her music their charm — as it stands, she is one of the most sampled artists in Future Funk.

I only knew of Lady Sunshine from YUNG BAE’s “Sailor Babe,” but I was hooked with the song for a long time. (I know by now that YUNG BAE’s remix does not have that many differences from the source material.)  It’s still one of my favourite songs by ANRI (as an added bonus, it was composed by THE Toshiki Kadomatsu!)

Lyrics for this city pop favourite follow below the cut!
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ANRI – Remember Summer Days (マクロス MACROSS 82-99 Bootleg)

I’ve been into vaporwave/future funk/Japanese Disco for the past few months, though I’ve listened to only a few producers of such (Night Tempo センパイ, ALPHA CENTAURI アルファ, ⋀DRI⋀NW⋀VE, just to name a few.)

I am no stranger to ANRI’s music, and I’ve even posted lyrics to another one of her songs in the past! She’s one of my favourite Japanese singers (and definitely my favourite from her era.) Boogie Woogie Mainland used to be my favourite song of hers (along with “Listening to Olivia”,) until I came across MACROSS 82-99’s bootleg/remix of the song.

Since I’ve noticed that a few of the comments on the track request for the song’s lyrics, I thought I’d post kanji and romanised lyrics here (for those of us who want to sing along to this earworm.) As usual, you can find lyrics below the cut.

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Shining feat. bird – DJ KAWASAKI

Been a long time since I posted any lyrics here. 🙂

I recently found out that bird (北山有紀) will be releasing a tenth album entitled “Lush” on November 4. bird is one of my favourite Japanese singers, and I’ve always wanted to sing some of her songs. Her albums are quite difficult for me to find, though, even online. Fortunately, her collaborations (especially with MONDO GROSSO/Shinichi Osawa) aren’t as scarce.

Though I’ve listened to DJ KAWASAKI for a few years now, I haven’t followed his work that closely, so I was surprised to find that bird did the vocals for this track. After listening to a 2-minute preview on YouTube, I decided to put leftover iTunes credits to use — I got the full track and I don’t regret it. :’) This song is from DJ KAWASAKI’s 2013 release, “NAKED ~ DJ KAWASAKI Complete BEST”.

Lyrics follow below the cut!

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Character Alternate Universe Ethnicities

I was supposed to do more concept work for Viatralles, a humanoid species that I can sum up as stained-glass inspired living glassware. I won’t go into detail with them right now, but I might have something about them on this blog once I finish a “species sheet” for them.

Many of my characters aren’t human, but I thought it’d be fun to try guessing alternate universe ethnicities for them, IF they were human (and lived on Earth.) Some of them were already set prior to this list, but a few of these were made on the fly (namely the “ambiguous” ones.)

A lot of these won’t really be fitting their (current) appearances, though — feel free to check my character gallery if you want to check how inaccurate these are!

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Obligatory Post-Board Exam Blog Entry

I really want to get back to blogging, even if it’s just for song lyrics. I intended to transcribe “Run Away” and “Walking in the Rain” by Sunstroke Project (the group made popular by Sergei Stepanov/”Epic Sax Guy”‘s performance in Eurovision 2010.)

Someone probably already did that in the past, but I find that some people still think “Run Away” has gibberish for lyrics.

I checked my NaNoWriMo account today.

(CAVEAT: This is another exercise at free-writing. Please excuse the messy grammar, the non-linearity of my thoughts, as well as any confusing clauses.)

I’m not sure why I did that. In a previous blog post, I mentioned that I attempted NaNoWriMo on November 2014. Predictably, I was unable to meet the 50,000-word challenge.

It was only then that I realised that I had put off on logging Camp NaNoWriMo stats. It turns out I won all Camp NaNoWriMo attempts I’ve started so far. I didn’t make OMEN and Casa Macoto strictly for it, but setting an arbitrary word count goal for myself (which I based off the FAQ on determining word counts for non-novel projects) assisted in making me churn out more content. I still divided my totals by three, however, since the real count seemed too large (even for the amount of time I spent into the stories.)

Operation May was also not made with Camp NaNoWriMo in mind (it began on March and ended on May,) but it’s probably my most ambitious creative work so far (spanning three different websites and multiple media used to illustrate the interactive story.)

If I had more time in my hands, I would continue to write anonymous plots. I would not have had as much motivation to finish these stories that have floated in my head for years, otherwise.

The important thing about writing anonymous plots is not to do it for fame, but rather, to present your story — to pour your heart out to the audience, no matter how big or small. (For instance, I have never sent messages to more than 100 recipients, mostly due to point and time constraints, but seeing my small audience help each other with the puzzles made me very happy. I am also very grateful to the people who communicated with my characters and didn’t get completely weirded out by the interaction!)

Oops, I went into quite the tangent there.

Casa Macoto is far from completed, for example. Since it’s a prequel for OMEN in a more dysjointed format (it’s made up of conversations, documentation, and snippets obtained from the Hiiragi Juutaku,) I don’t have a set date of completion for it.

After inputting relevant information for OpMay, OMEN, and Casa Macoto, I realised precisely why I wanted to open my NaNoWriMo account. I wanted to make a formal attempt for the month of July. It won’t be an easy task, since my licensure examinations fall on the beginning of the month’s latter half. At the very least, writing will be a relatively productive reprieve from studying.

I have two choices in mind so far, for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I can either complete (hopefully) and edit the novellisation of Operation May, or creatively present core concepts of Katzung’s Pharmacology. The latter appeals to me slightly more (even if I do intend to finish novellisation of OpMay) since it will also help me review for the licensure exams, in a way. I’m not quite sure presenting it in the point of view of pharmacy students in a review class will be appealing for the average reader, but I can try to work around that.

Revisions of Katzung 13th Edition (Relative to the 12th Edition): Front Cover to the Preface

DISCLAIMER: By making this blog post, I do not intend to infringe on anyone’s rights.

I decided to find the revisions made in the 13th Edition of Katzung’s Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, since I (and many other pharmacy and medical students) have the 2012/12th Edition of Katzung — I am presenting this for people to decide whether they think the changes are significant enough to warrant buying the new edition, or if they believe the 12th edition will suffice for the time being.

The cover itself has a few changes, apart from the edition number and the image used on it. For instance, Susan B. Masters, PhD, is no longer listed on the cover. On examining the second page of the book, she is not attributed as an associate editor of the book. Anthony J. Trevor, PhD is mentioned as the sole associate editor of the 2015 edition.

In the preface of the 13th Edition, the following significant revisions are mentioned:

  • Addition of a chapter on pharmacogenomics, an area of increasing importance in all aspects of pharmacology. The drug development and regulation material previously covered in Chapter 5 has been incorporated into Chapter 1.
  • A generic name/trade name table appears at the conclusion of most chapters, providing a rapid reference for these names.
  • Many revised illustrations in full color provide significantly more information about drug mechanisms and effects and help to clarify important concepts.
  • Major revisions of the chapters on sympathomimetic, diuretic, antipsychotic, antidepressant, antidiabetic, antiinflammatory, and antiviral drugs, prostaglandins, nitric oxide, hypothalamic and pituitary hormones, central nervous system neurotransmitters, immunopharmacology, and toxicology.
  • Continued expansion of the coverage of general concepts relating to newly discovered receptors, receptor mechanisms, and drug transporters.
  • Descriptions of important new drugs released through August 2014.

In particular, changes that have been made to pages before the preface follow after the cut (click “Keep reading”.)

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#GRADwaiting? #Graduated.

I consider myself very privileged to have officially graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy (earlier this morning.) On that vein, I’d like to congratulate my batchmates — regardless of what faculty, university, or country you’ve graduated from. It’s highly unlikely that anyone I know in person would see this blog, but it’s out there for any other graduates of 2015.

Before I enter medical school this coming July or August, I will be submitting medical school enrollment requirements, undergoing a mandatory physical examination for medical school freshmen, and reviewing for the pharmacy licensure examinations (review? what review? ahaha.)

All my appreciation and thanks go to the people who believed in my capabilities, those who were behind my back all this time, and most especially the Almighty Father.

Though I’ll finally have something resembling a vacation between the first three years of medical school, I’ll probably have to taper most of my online activities. I still hope to blog once in a while, but focus is more crucial in post-graduate studies. 🙂