Tuesday, December 12, 2017

4K Video Downloader, when you have video collection needs

When you follow as many Youtube channels and podcasts as I do, you tend to want to store some videos away for future viewing or just as good notes.

But as far as video downloaders go, I've found one to be more straightforward and handy than others. And when the developers offer a free premium license when you talk about it, well, all the more reason to blog about it.

I am confident many of you are going to find 4K Video Downloader just as useful.
Just have a look at how simple it can be:




Pros:
Downloads at multiple resolutions
Low resource requirements
Able to download entire youtube channels
(haven't seen this RSS-feed like utility in a while, and appears to be unique to this program)

Cons:
Couldnt't think of any. Works exactly as advertised.
Specifying download locations and queuing are however areas for improvement


And if you have a decent social media network, why not even take up their offer of a free premium license in exchange for spreading the word on what is already a pretty darn good program.



Links:
https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader/?r=free_license
https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-youtubetomp3/?r=free_license https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-stogram/?r=free_license

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mr Lawrence, and the final train ride goes online

When a close friend who taught you valuable lessons in life goes on to the ever after, you stop where you stand and take a good hard look at your life and realise you can end just as easily any time. And if you are wise enough, you reevaluate the important things in life.


Mr Lawrence was just such a man.

I left to my practice for many reasons. It was gradual, but in the end, as I realised several years ago (as i am reminded again today) how short and fleeting life is. I needed to seize back the time that is rightly mine and do what i want with it.

when your time comes, will you be able to say you lived a good life?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ola Bola, and why every Malaysian should watch it - Lingghezhi rating 8/10




First things first, watch the trailer. This one is safe to watch without spoiling too much, don't worry. The target audience seems to be Malaysians above 30. You do not need to know much about football.




The Malaysian film industry generally has most of its best stuff come from independent film makers who release their material on social media, as opposed to the watery material that ends up on the big screen every festive season that do not speak greatly of the average Malaysian movie-goer's maturity. The last notable Malaysian movie for me was  Yasmin Ahmad's Sepet, and that was 2004!



It's such pleasure when a historic gem like Ola Bola comes around.

Why should you, the above-average, educated, football-loving or otherwise, Malaysian watch it?

Because it reminds us that despite the current state of Malaysian football, we have potential.
We had a strong team, the then Harimau Malaya. We may not have one now, but this sport is our national passion, second to only maybe badminton.

Because of all the 1980s memorabilia and artifacts of the time, from the light lamps to the sewing machines, from the latex processing method to the chicken essence boiling. These are things slowly lost to time, as each generation passes. I was only recently pleasantly surprised to find the old made-in-China hand towels still available for sale, albeit not as cheaply as before.



This film, despite being half fiction, has made itself part of Malaysian history, and is definitely a good candidate for future literature studies many decades from now.

The various hurdles and judgements passed by the families of players and the expectations placed on them can hit home to a lot of us, and the simple ride back home on an empty village road surrounded by greenery reminds us of a simpler life people once lead. Contrast this to the time one spends now on the LDP and Federal highways every day, running in the rat race to our own little goals.

After the movie ended (note: you need to watch the credits), as I shuffled out of the cinema alongside other moviegoers, it is obvious the Malaysia potrayed that most senior citizens of Kuala Lumpur remember, no longer exists. The crowd in today's globalised Kuala Lumpur no longer matches the demographic or the spirit of the people in the movie.

It is a world that will disappear with the generation who lived it, making the value of this movie immeasurable as it captures so much of that life.

The only weak points would be the hints of amateur acting showing through. Marienne Tan's beginning and ending scenes unfortunately would flicker me out of the zone, mostly because I had expected better in a film that spent so much care on the details.

The placement of the senior Balak Eric and Marienne in the midst of a tale being told of the past however was seamless, and the many sentimental little pieces of Malaysian life in the 80's will make many of us smile.



TLDR : Lingghezhi rating 8/10. Must watch for Malaysians.




Worthy reads:

http://malaysiafootball2u.blogspot.my/p/great-players.html

http://says.com/my/entertainment/malaysian-football-s-golden-age-the-true-story-behind-ola-bola-the-movie