Listen to music forever with Yonder

NOFX

I came to the music app bandwagon pretty late. I have heard of a lot of brands that provide such services but never really bothered since I have very fixed tastes in music. I mostly listen to the music I played growing up, the great punk rock bands of OC County circa 1994 – NOFX, Green Day, Offspring, Rancid.

Yonder Beta

However, this all changed when I started to fiddle around with Yonder Music App. I was quite surprised (and impressed) when all the NOFX albums came out when I searched for them. I usually have little faith in most mainstream apps since the bands I like are never in there. Imagine my delight when I saw everything from the classic “Punk in Drublic” to “Heavy Petting Zoo”.

Deep Yonder

Yonder Music App is a new service available to all users of Celcom. It’s not so much a streaming music service but a way of life. Their slogan is “Hear Forever” which is very apt considering Yonder Music App not only streams the songs you play but the songs they think you’ll like. I have to say that it’s spot on in their analysis.

Celcom Yonder

Okay, let me elaborate about what I just said. Yonder has:

  • No subscription fee
  • No download charges
  • No commercials
  • Unlimited access to millions of tracks

Song Stream

That’s coz the licensing is done by the commercial partner Celcom, not you. Revenue is distributed to the artists according to what you play so you don’t need to pay. It not only offers on-demand streaming like other music apps but goes one step further by downloading the songs you played (plus the ones they think you like) so it’s Always On.

Yonder Android

This means that even if you’ve gone offline, you’ll still be able to able to hear related music. This ultimately reduces bandwidth usage and provides your life with a soundtrack. This feature is aptly called the Magic Library coz presumably you get music even though you’re disconnected. Awesome stuff.

Search Yonder

Yonder is also filled with social features. The app stores and syncs users’ playlists, followers and social activity automatically and with their algorithms deliver something they call Social Discovery. What this means is that you get recommendations and continuous play based on what you like and favorite and who you follow.

Playlist

Yup, you can also follow other users, called Heavy Hitters and subscribe to their playlists.

Xpax Yonder

The Leaderboard feature is pretty sweet too. Every track and artist has its own Leaderboard of the Heavy Hitters (which as I’ve said are users like you and me) that they’re most associated with. One of my favorite songs is Dying Degree by NOFX and if you pop in Yonder you’ll see my name on the Leaderboard. This allows everyone to create active communities and build influence with every song you play.

Yonder

I highly recommend this. Celcom is running a contest where you’ll get to see Bruno Mars Live in Vegas just by downloading Yonder Music App. The app is only available for Celcom First and Xpax users and it’s free for now so get your music on now! I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that it’s changed my life. I’ve enjoyed Yonder Music App so much that I’m even bringing it into the shower to listen to while I sing along, much to the chagrin of my better half.

Yonder Me

My smartphone is waterproof btw, I do not recommend you try this unless yours is too. Meanwhile, if you want to listen to some really cool music, just download Yonder Music App and I’ll see you inside. Try following me if you like a different spin on music, something less commercial and radio friendly. Discover something new, I’ve curated a few playlists (another epic feature of Yonder Music App) so come find me and share my music!

Yonder Play

P/S – Those of you who want a chance to win a free trip to Las Vegas to catch Bruno Mars live, click over to Yonder Music website to get more details on how to win by just downloading Yonder Music App.

sixthseal.com’s first video post – Episode I: Shadow People

This is the first full video blog. I am basically doing a monologue
about my day. In the grand tradition of sixthseal.com, we tend to do
things differently. While others strive to present only their most
aesthetically pleasing self to the readers, culling out all “ugly”
photos and only inserting the “good ones”…we, on the other hand,
present it like it is, just one take, and its uploaded. Thus, be
prepared to see a rather unflattering version of me in this pilot
episode. :)

shadow people

Download: Episode I: Shadow People [sixthseal.com].
Requires Apple Quicktime. Going to the “Movie” drop down menu bar and choosing “Fill Screen” would be more optimal for viewing.

Yeah, that is what I look like after multiple day runs…strung out, scattered and definitely not pleasant company.

Indiscriminate…I’d rather be elite
I’ll choose my own shit scene
Unsubstantiated rumors flown are true
I’m here for me, not you

Nonconglomerate…I mean what I say
I’m not your fucking scape
Though, apparently I’ve alienated some
It seems my job’s half done
NOFX

So let me present to you, the first episode – Shadow People.

Transcript:
(coz I know I sound incoherent)
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Hey, you’re watching sixthseal.com and this is – a video post.

I’ve become too tired to write, and…this is how long my hair actually is now.

I keep it long on one side, probably the last time I’ll see such hair, because I have hereditary male pattern baldness.

I feel like shit, it’s been a couple of days without sleep…and I went to the doctor’s today, got some benzos, that’s good.

By the way, I’m just pretending to smoke, simulating things, you know. I’m not inhaling.
Honestly, I don’t smoke.

Anyway, we’ll just talk until this ends…ah, I’ve got one shaving cut today.
Somewhere anyway. Just a little cut.

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Dear readers, if you’re in the mood for some good old classic ultra
mundane posts with the blogger talking about things that you probably
don’t give two shits about, please, do not hesitate to download the
video post. I must urge people not to mistake this as some kind of
satirical production about the blogging community – that would be
giving me way too much credit. Heh.

Anyway, like I mentioned, I went to see one of my doctors today, I
don’t “officially” have a medical record for anxiety here, but he’s
always generous with the benzodiazepines whenever I go. He’s asks me
how many I want, instead of prescribing them himself, and I can pick
and choose here. :) I decided on 20 x 2 mg Rivotril (clonazepam) and 20
x 5 mg chlordiazepoxide (generic Librium, just for review purposes)
today. I suspect he knows quite a bit about my lifestyle even though I
never tell him. I’m quite certain he knows that I’m benzodiazepine
dependant but still doesn’t mind handing them out due to previous
consultations where I basically told him about my various problems and
he seems to feel that my situation justifies it.

highbp benzos

Anyway, I also asked to have my blood pressure read and it was
pretty good (for me). I registered a BP of 180/95 (same results, taken
twice) and a pulse rate of 135 at rest. The figures aren’t bad – it’s
the bit about sustaining what are probably higher figures than that for
hours, before judicious benzodiazepine self-administration reduced it
to the figure that was measured at the doctor’s that made me feel quite
uncomfortable. I must say that I wasn’t feeling too good earlier as
well, thought I was about to have a stroke. I have just about every
factor that puts me at a higher risk and I have had many incidences of
stroke symptoms manifesting during certain high risk activities.

There were a few that required medical attention (hypertensive
crisis) but most of them were resolved without medical care, off my
head, there was one a few months ago – extremely alarming rapid onset
of action, everything happened within seconds, or so it seems. I knew I
had gone too far and my body was protesting but I, er…drank another
cup of coffee, and suddenly felt an alarming feeling of pressure
insistently building up in my brain, followed by the lost capability to
move my left leg, which resulted in me tripping and as I laid there on
the ground, I couldn’t even think, it was all too confusing, and then
*whoosh*, came the extreme headache that I thought would push my brain
out of the skull and I passed out.

I woke up 3 hours later totally disoriented and confused and
couldn’t remember the events which precipitated it. It was worse than
the worst hangover I ever had. I was wondering what time it was, and
why I was lying on the floor. I thought I went to bed and fell off
it…until I saw the…ah, smashed coffee cup on the floor. It’s not a
very nice feeling to wake up in your own room and wonder why the lights
and computer was on (with several flashing IM messages to boot) and
you’re lying propped up against a laundry basket and there’s a smashed
*coffee* cup beside you. It took a while to regain my senses, and it’s
a testament that the first thing I did was to remove all incriminating
evidence (the coffee mugs which aren’t coffee mugs and coffee which
isn’t coffee) before my gf came in the next day. Granted, I was aghast
about the period of unconsciousness…it seemed to be too long and I
had the distinct feeling that a good portion of my brain was
compromised on that day.

Well, that’s what happens when you drink too much caffeine containing beverages like coffee
compulsively over a short period of time if you have condition(s) which
contraindicates those, but still do it anyway. I’ve never been the type
that learns from my mistakes, I’m the kind of person who jumps back on
the horse. I would be careful the next time though…from experience, I
noticed that for me, it’s the overt intracranial pressure point that
has “Last Exit” written on it, coz it can avalanche very quickly to the
point where you are unable to communicate with people and then pass
out. I noticed that I could never go on heroic runs after my first
incident. Two to three day ones feels punishing, while it wasn’t even a
problem before. The Shadow People are starting to turn up earlier and
earlier too….

Trip down the stairs into hell
Cathay de I miss your smell
A mixture of puke, beer, stale piss,
fuck, sweat, and fear

Adrenaline addicted, the
blood leak from my head,
kinda concerned my friends…

But at the time it felt so right
The music blaring on….
NOFX

Supply chain management

This is a post by veritas.

Sick of your deliveries getting held up in transit? Well, we can’t help you in that aspect but we do have an alternative:

sudafed.jpg

It’s Sudafed to the rescue! I’ve never had any problems with
purchasing pseudoephedrine, except this one time at Chemmart. I was
looking at the Colds and Flu department when this store attendant came
up to help. The girl was very friendly and helpful at first, getting me
a generic pseudoephedrine pack, but I saw that it had 5 mg
chlorpheniramine maleate (an antihistamine) in it too and asked for a
pseudoephedrine hydrochloride only preparation and she immediately said
they don’t carry it and walked away. Yeah, that’s real nice customer
service. I don’t even look half-dodgy, I always get asked for ID when I
buy cigarettes or alcohol. I’m not saying that I purchase
pseudoephedrine frequently though, no, of course not.

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Anyway, I don’t have a stuffy nose, I’m just taking it in a (vain)
effort to stay awake. It’s a very, very poor substitute for meth
though, 320 mg + caffeine isn’t doing much to shake off the
benzodiazepine metabolites that INSIST (Why are you doing this???) on
sedating me. I am still sleepy right now, despite guzzling Coke (the
drink) like it’s going er…out of style? I don’t have any meth – supply
chain issues, hopefully will resolve itself soon. Help, I seriously
have trouble staying awake. Caffeine and pseudoephedrine is not
triggering my dopamine receptors. Damn things are spoilt by meth. Now
if only I have some red phosphorus, Lithium, anhydrous ammonia and some
organic chemistry background…

I’m kidding of course.

NOFX – Quart In Session
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[1:36 minutes 128 KBPS STEREO 44.1KHZ 1.48 MB .mp3]

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It’s funny how
Nothing seems much fun anymore to me now that I don’t have meth
Coz soberness – it might be what I need but
It certainly not how I want to be
Nothing seems much fun to anymore to me…

Slight modification of lyrics.

Beyond the Rainbow – My day in pictures

Dead parrot. Rainbow. Tree bark. Walk with me…

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Dead parrot. Too colorful. But real.

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Rainbow. Caulfield Plaza. Nice.

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Rainbow. Monash University Caulfield Campus. Picture of the Day.

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Tree bark. Pointless? But for texture stock photo collection.

NOFX – Monosyllabic Girl [sixthseal.com]
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I take her down to the aquarium, she says ‘shark’
I take her to the planetarium, she says ‘dark’
I take her to the seaside where she likes to spin and twirl
You know, she says ‘sure’ and ‘cool’ and ‘yeah’
She’s my monosyllabic girl

I take her to the university, she says ‘huh?’
I take her to her anniversary, she says ‘one!’
I take her to the jewelry store
I say ‘diamond’, she says ‘pearl’

Oh, everyone knows I’m in love with a monosyllabic girl
You know, everyone knows I’m in love with a monosyllabic girl

Sum…hmm…mmm

I’m listening to Sum 41’s Does This Look Infected? album now. They
sound like a cross between NOFX and Offspring. Cutting off the edginess
of NOFX with the mellower sounds of Offspring. The basslines are really
good too, I can feel them rebeverate down my neck in two chords (which
are my neck cords). It seems rather teen-oriented though, with the
angst and insecurities and all that. I like NOFX’s wittiness better.
But can’t deny them great chords going down my cords. I like Over My
Head though. I’m totally chilling on the chords and I like the lyrics
too. The voice sounds slightly whiny too, as should be. Slightly
nostalgic. Sure brings me back to ’94. I would have loved them when I
heard them then, when I was 14. Mmm…So Good Chocolate Flavoured
Soymilk.

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