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NEWS | IM YOONA and SONEs are the trend!

Yesterday, we saw a lot of hollywood singers and artists names together with their respective fanclubs trending in twitter.com. The list includes Justin & Beliebers at #3, Taylor & Swifties at #4, Gaga & Monsters at #5, Demi and Lovatics at #6, and more.

Some K-Pop fanatics became really frustrated (including me) bacause the the day after that night is Girls’ Generation Yoona’s birthday, and of course, it’s a must to make Yoona up in the trends list. I did not sleep early because of this, trying to help other SONEs and non-SONEs. However, as I’ve checked right now, I can see IM YOONA in the 5th spot.

Surprisingly, SONEs is also trending. This is a very good news for K-Pop fans. I hope IM YOONA can make it to the number 1 spot. On the other hand, let us greet Yoona a happy birthday. 🙂

BTW, here are some of my posts last night:

That’s all, and please keep Yoona noona in the top trends.

|> Trivium – Throes of Perdition

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NEWS | Play On – PSN Restoration Begins Now

The Sony PlayStation Blog recently posted a new article about the current status of the PSN service. Oh, and I’m glad that PSN is coming back now. Here’s what it says:

Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks. As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password. Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality.

Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country. The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state. We’ll be updating the map below as service comes online in individual states. It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates. In the meantime, now’s a great time to get your PS3’s firmware updated, which is required to get online.

Notice: If your state is illuminated but your service has not yet been restored, please be patient – it can take a little while for the servers to populate fully.

Posted by Patrick Seybold of The PlayStation Blog

Great. I myself is feeling so excited to play online games again. Even the people in TipidPC PS3 thread became alive again. I hope the restored PSN is no more hackable. Thanks Sony.

|> 소녀시대 (Girls’ Generation) – 훗 (Hoot)

NEWS | Here comes Firefox 4!!!

Earlier this day, my web browser, Mozilla Firefox, looked something like this:

Firefox 3.6.16

Equipped with a custom SNSD Hoot persona, my own firefox 3.6.16 surely makes a win-win situation. What I like the most in computer applications are their ability to customize itself, provide great security and fast performance. Firefox might not be the fastest, yet I can claim it’s faster than IE, just behind this overrated Google Chrome.

March 22, the newest version of Firefox finally came out. The 4.0. So a few minutes ago, I decided to upgrade my 3.6.16 to the new 4.0 and enjoy the new redesigned interface and other exciting new features. After reading some documentation and some more info regarding the new firefox, I thought about my own personal settings. Finally it came out good. My own personal settings such as the Personas I am using throught the years can still be used. So, I started downloading and installing the new firefox 4.0 while eating something (jjampong, to be exact). To my surprise, it came out like this:

ff4

As you can see, it came out as good as what I did not expect. It’s not my first time using the 4.0, but I have tried using some Beta and release candidates over some months, and honestly speaking, I am not very satisfied. The first time I tried the Beta version, I got pissed of. The fact that Personas are still not working, and some more Add-ons and plug-ins are un-usable, in general, the Beta version is useless. So I stick to version 3.6. Finally, the guys from Mozilla made Personas and some other common plug-ins working in 4.0. Unfortunately, 2 of my plug-ins aren’t working. But anyway, with 4.0, I am very satisfied. Compared to IE9, I’m still gonna stick with Firefox.

Aside from bringing back Personas, the 4.0 is also equipped with a different interface, and as you can see,the Menu Bar has been removed, but instead, put them all in a single “Firefox” drop-down menu located in the upper left corner of the browser. On the other hand, 4.0 can now handle HTML5 written pages as well as an improved security engine. Here, you can see my own Firefox 4.0 browser in window mode:

ff4-window

I’ve been using the new 4.0 for… let’s say… 20 minutes. And as far as I can tell, I found some not-a-big-deal bugs. Well, as I have said, they’re no big deal, so you people shouldn’t take it too seriously. One thing is, during window mode, when I move the window, it’s not as smooth as the previous version, or atleast it’s not as smooth as a normal window. Well, it’s a bit annoying to see, but the fact that I’m always using my browser in fullscreen mode, I can guarantee that this issue is not a big deal. I’m not experiencing it anymore, good news. The second thing are the letters/fonts. It’s not that it’s ugly or what. It’s just different and I think it’s not normal. Maybe there’s some option to tweak these things. And somehow, I can’t tweak it. No option is available. Try clicking the picture above, you’ll see the texts aren’t as fine as it is before, and no, it’s not the ClearType issue, I have tried that solution and it still remains like that. I believe it’s a real bug, and I hope the dev team of Mozilla would work on it, coz’ so far, it’s the only annoying thing about Firefox 4. You wouldn’t want our eyes to get as bad as you grandma, do you?

All in all, Firefox 4.0 is the new masterpiece of Mozilla, and I agree with that. From top to bottom, from interface to security, it is indeed a masterpiece. So I recommend it to everyone. That’s all, goodnight 🙂

|> Slapshock – Madapaka

NEWS | Google passing on the Tsunami Alert

Today was one of the first tragic day for the year 2011. Asia has been in a state of disaster, and because of that, depression of the people can be seen. Even though I had a great morning wake up call, the first thing to shock me is the Tsunami surrounding the land of the rising sun, Japan. Countries living below and near them such as the People’s Republic of China, New Zealand, Hawaii, Indonesia, are now on high alert. Unfortunately, my very own country, the Republic of the Philippines, is also on a high alert. I’m not sure if waves can enter my country or just pure earthquake. But what I’m sure is, the world right now is suffering too much.

After eating my dinner, I went back to my computer and witnessed Google.com‘s warning message that says “Tsunami Alert for New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and others. Waves expected over the next few hours, caused by 8.9 earthquake in Japan.”. I felt like, “Oh my God, is this really happening…now?”

What we can do is pray, have faith in God. Please, even to the people in the west, please pray hard for your fellow people’s safety. – Sincerely, Mister Computer.

|> Judas Priest – Turbo Lover

NEWS | The Big 4 Update!

I recently find out that the guys of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, in short, the Big 4 of Thrash Metal just made their official and active Facebook account! This is a good news for fans of Big 4.

From now on, we can stay up to date to any of the bands of the Big 4 plus the upcoming 2011 Big 4 concerts. Just like the page Facebook.com/TheBig4 via Facebook and start following their feed.

I’m hoping to see these bands in my country soon. Big 4 rocks!

|> Slipknot – Psychosocial

NEWS | 2011 Grammy Nominees for Best Metal Performance

It’s the new year, 2011, and as usual, a number of Heavy metal acts are competing for the upcoming Grammy Awards to be held this coming February 13, just before the Valentines Day. As you can see, from 2009 up until today, a lot of Heavy metal bands just recently released new albums. 2 years ago, we’ve got Slayer’s World Painted Blood, Lamb of God’s Wrath, Megadeth’s Endgame, Killswitch Engage’s self-titled album, Children of Bodom’s compilation album Skeletons in the Closet, and some more. While last year we saw the release from bands like Iron Maiden’s fifteenth studio album The Final Frontier, Nu Metal band Korn with Korn III: Remember Who You Are, and more, this time we’ve got these bands (below) nominated as Best Metal Performace for the 2011 Grammy Awards:

Iron Maiden – El Dorado
from The Final Frontier


Korn – Let the Guilt Go
from Korn III: Remember Who You Are


Lamb of God – In Your Words
from Wrath


Megadeth – Sudden Death
from Sudden Death


Slayer – World Painted Blood
from World Painted Blood

Honestly, I am very satisfied of which bands are nominated for this year’s Grammy. They are all competitive and we’ve got bands with a name from different genres. From the Nu Metal songs from Korn, the Groove Metal of Lamb of God, the classic and traditional yet powerful Heavy Metal of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden and lastly, the two out of the Big 4 of Thrash Metal, Slayer and Megadeth. This is Dave Mustaine and the rest of Megadeth’s ninth grammy nomination. This is a battle of genres. I hope this year’s Grammy would be very memorable among Metalheads.

I also would like to congratulate metal god Rob Halford and the rest of Judas Priest for winning last year’s Grammy, beating Lamb of God, Slayer, Megadeth, and Ministry.

|> Lamb of God – In Your Words

NEWS | Jenpoo is back!

Last year, if you can still remember, I blogged about one surprising moment among netizens. That is, the sudden shutting down of the website Jenpoo.com. The website is popular for catering high-quality downloadable mp3 files of most Korean Pop music. It became popular for having almost all of K-Pop artists’ album catalogue, all organized together with the information available. Although considered piracy, users who are into Korean Pop can easily share the music files, their opinions to the music and easily request songs that aren’t present in the catalogue.

A few moments ago, while listening to Lamb of God’s 4th release, I checked out Jenpoo.com’s fanpage via Facebook. I heard it’s back and therefore, I tried checked it out myself. It is indeed true. Although I am not really sure what is the real reason behind Janpoo suddenly closing down, my expectations I posted before, “Rest in Peace Jenpoo. I know you guys who are working on that site will be back with a new name, new layout and better environment.” is indeed true. I feel great that it’s back. My purpose is to download songs from my favorite K-Pop acts and if I get satisfied, I’ll buy the album If I have the money. I am sure most netizens share the same reason as mine. Cheers!

|> Lamb of God – Pathetic

NEWS | Park Min Young admits to plastic surgery

“I’m not going to say that I have something I don’t have, and that I don’t have something I do have. I did have plastic surgery.”

The actress of “Sungkyunkwan Scandal“, Park Min Young, admitted for the first time, in an interview with Sports Chosun, to having done plastic surgery.

She went on to state, “I got double eyelid surgery in junior high school. My mom let me get it so I could become prettier. I also got my nose done, but that’s only because my nose was crooked during junior high.”

Having earned much popularity for her ‘goddess-like looks,’ Park Min Young went through some difficult times after pictures during her elementary school days were revealed.

When asked why she decided to reveal it, she answered, “I don’t think it’s a bad idea to truthfully state something as is. The past is important, but I hope people focus more on the current ‘actress Park Min Young.‘”

Regarding her role in “Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” she went on to state, “I never worried about how I’d look on screen while filming it. I have a lot of things I don’t like about my face, such as my large forehead and chubby cheeks, but acting got a lot easier once I let all of that go. Although I acted the role of a female dressed as a male, I didn’t even use insoles to add any height.”

Her agency also gave a few statements regarding Park Min Young’s looks by stating, “She enjoys pilates and is adamant about taking care of her body. She also doesn’t wear any make up off camera so her skin is usually flawless.”

Original text:

“있는 것 없다고 하지도 않고, 없는 것 있다고 하지도 않아요. 저 성형했어요.”

KBS2 드라마 ‘성균관 스캔들'(이하 성스)의 배우 박민영이 성형 사실에 대해 최초로 공개했다.

박 민영은 최근 스포츠조선과의 직격 인터뷰에서 “중학교 때 쌍꺼풀 수술을 했다. 어머니가 예뻐지라고 해주셨다”고 솔직 담백하게 밝혔다. 이어 “코 수술도 받았다. 코뼈가 조금 삐뚤어져서 연예인 데뷔시 수술을 받았던 것”이라고 당당히 말했다.

‘여신급 미모’로 팬들의 사랑을 받고 있는 박민영은 현재와는 ‘조금 다른’ 모습의 초등학생 시절 사진이 공개돼 곤욕을 치른 바 있다. 드라마의 대히트와 더불어 데뷔 전 사진이 새삼 눈길을 끌게 되는 유명세를 제대로 치른 것이다.

사 실 인기 정상에 오른 배우가 뒤늦게 성형 사실을 고백하기란 전례를 찾아보기 힘든 일. 여배우로선 결코 쉽지 않은 결정일 수 있다. 이와 관련 ‘있는 것 없다고 하지도 않고, 없는 것 있다고 하지도 않는’ 솔직한 성격이라는 박민영은 “있는 그대로의 사실을 밝히는 것이 나쁘다고 생각하지 않는다. 과거의 사실도 중요하지만 현재의 ‘배우 박민영’을 봐주셨으면 좋겠다”며 “연기를 행복하게 즐길 줄 아는 진정성 있는 배우가 되겠다”고 밝혔다.

민영
◇박민영이 본지를 통해 초등학교 시절 모습이 담긴 증명사진을 공개했다. 어렸을 때부터 남다르게 흰 피부를 자랑해온 박민영의 어릴 때 모습은 더할나위 없이 귀엽고 깜찍하다.
이 어 “이번 드라마를 촬영하면서 처음으로 화면에 내 얼굴이 어떻게 나올지 걱정하지 않고 찍었다. 나 역시 이마가 너무 넓다든지, 볼살이 너무 많다든지 하는 콤플렉스가 있지만, 오히려 콤플렉스를 드러내니 연기가 편해지더라. 남장여자로 출연했지만 신발에 깔창도 넣지 않고 촬영했다”고 말했다.

박민영은 ‘성스’에서 남장여자 윤희역을 맡아 ‘윤희 사랑’ 신드롬의 주인공이 됐다. 이른바 이선준(박유천), 문재신(유아인), 구용하(송중기)와 함께 ‘조선시대 F4’로 인기를 끌어온 박민영은 ‘성스’에서 남장을 하고도 빛이나는 미모를 자랑하며 폭넓은 연령대의 사랑을 받아왔다.

소속사 측은 “박민영이 평소 필라테스를 통해 꾸준한 몸매 관리를 한다. 또 일상생활을 할 땐 화장을 잘 하지 않고 민얼굴로 다녀서 피부 트러블이 잘 일어나지 않는 편”이라며 박민영의 여신급 미모의 비결에 대해 귀띔했다.

박 민영은 “‘성스’를 통해 윤희라는 캐릭터를 만난 것은 행운”이라면서 “시청자들이 보내준 관심과 사랑에 감사하다. 가끔 선입견을 가지고 바라보시는 분도 있는데 진심으로 다가가면 통한다고 생각한다. 나만의 색깔을 가진 배우가 되고 싶다”고 각오를 밝혔다.
정해욱 기자 amorry@sportschosun.com

Source + Photo: Sports Chosun

Hmmm… I’m not mad. Honestly, as a fan, I feel quite more relieved now as compared before. Now, no one can accuse this lady of having plastic surgery, coz’ it’s already been proven. I could say I’m a fan of Park Min-young now. It’s been 3 years since I started admiring this girl, same with Girls’ Generation. If you didn’t know, Park Minyoung is SNSD Jessica’s bestfriend, as featured in her episode in MTV Girls’ Generation, broadcasted around 2007. I first saw her acting performance in I Am Sam, then Unstoppable High Kick. Currently, I’m watching her and Micky Yoochun in SungKyunKwan Scandal. Everytime I see her, it always reminds me that it’s been 3 years already since I became active in becoming a netizen.

To her fans, I wish you guys feel proud about our minyoung more than herself. Let’s cheer her up and let her feel that what she did just now, revealing things that seem to be not advisable, is the right thing to do. We hope more Park Minyoung in the near future. I wanna see minyoung again in Dramas after her performance in Sungkyunkwan scandal. Looks like I will have to join her fansite 😀

|> In Flames – Alias

2010 | Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp

Alright so finally, T-Ara’s Park JiYeon’s recent movie is up on the internet, illegally. I was looking for it since september, waiting and waiting. Thanks to our dearest DVD rippers out there, the movie is now in our hands :]

Other Name: Gosa 2
Directed By: Yoo Sun Dong
Released: 2010
Genre: Horror; Drama
Cast: Kim SooRo, Park JiYeon (T-ARA), Hwang Jeong-Eum, Yoon Si-Yoon , Park Eun-Bin, etc.
Ripped From: DVD
Subtitle: English (.srt)
File Format: DivX (.avi) | approx. 700MB

Download Links:

Movie: Megaupload | MediaFire Folder (001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014)
English Subtitles: Megaupload | MediaFire

*Megaupload Links fully credited to Asianent’s effort.
*MediaFire links are uploaded by me. MediaFire links have password “iamsad”. MediaFire links are split into 14 files, 50MB each file. Use HJSplit to join all 14 parts. Please do not take out these links.

Off this topic, I am somehow sad about our T-Ara Jiyeon’s latest controversy. I know you guys you would say that Jiyeon really looked like the girl in the video. To be honest, I agree. I can’t deny it and it’s bothering me. Jiyeon is my favorite in T-Ara and she’s the reason why I started to love this idol girl group. Still, I’m waiting yet wishing that this controversy was just a hoax. I will still believe in Jiyeon. The fact that the company, Core Contents Media, T-Ara, Jiyeon’s family and friends, and even Jiyeon herself admitted that the girl in the video wasn’t her but a look-a-like, I feel more energy and hope to keep on believing her side. I hope this controversy will be resolved as soon as possible. We at TIARAdiadem are feeling depressed. 😦

Anyhow, please enjoy this horror movie from JiYeon and the rest of veteran actors/actresses present in this movie. As far as I know, this would be Jiyeon and Kim SooRo’s second project together. First being the KBS2 TV series, God of Study, which I have finished watching a while ago, back in May 2010. Please do thank the original uploaders and sources of this re-blogged topic. Thank you Asian ENT. I will watch this movie well 🙂

|> The Clash – Death or Glory