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  1. Rose640's Avatar
    That's a legit question. Those who fled after the Revolution were seen as excoriates who weren't worth scraping off the bottoms of your shoes. It became a punch line in the exile community but to be honest, we really didn't give a hairy rat's a** what Fidel thought of us. It's not easy to condense 62 years of history into one paragraph but suffice it to say, US policy toward Cuba has been an abject failure from both political parties. The Embargo Act of 1964 has decimated the island especially since the fall of the Soviet Union. I'm sure there are many countries in Eastern Europe still feeling the effects of such.

    As for today, it's funny you mention it. Since this weekend there have been multiple protests across the island nation (believe me, that would never have happened during Fidel's rule). The internet got knocked out by the state on Monday so there has been precious little information going in and out except for some TikTok videos that have made their way out. The exile community in Miami has also taken to the streets and just yesterday they blocked a major highway as part of the protests. S**t's starting to get real, stay tuned.
    Well, can't say its too far off from what I thought. Restrictions imposed on countries hardly affect those in power, it really only hurts the ones who haf been suffering already.

    There's an agency here that had tours to Cuba just last year I think. Crazy to think how much things can change so quickly.

    Do you miss Cuba?
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    07-16-2021 11:41 AM
  2. Rose640's Avatar
    1 more exam until graduation. I have around a month to prepare, which is a good part. The bad part is that it's the toughest course of the 1st cycle.
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    07-16-2021 11:44 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    1 more exam until graduation. I have around a month to prepare, which is a good part. The bad part is that it's the toughest course of the 1st cycle.
    Wow! I wish you good luck with the exam and the best with the studying.
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    07-16-2021 11:53 AM
  4. Rose640's Avatar
    Wow! I wish you good luck with the exam and the best with the studying.
    Thanks a lot! I'll definitely need a bit of luck.
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    07-18-2021 02:08 PM
  5. Mohamed Ashid's Avatar
    Hello. I used to post on these forums a lot when I still used a Windows Phone (RIP). I was going through my old phone and found a WC Forums app, so I thought that I might as well take a nostalgia trip lmao. Good to see the forum is still alive, although I dont remember anyone I used to talk to. Oh well, just thought I'll come in and say hi as I luckily remembered my password (got it right on the 4th try). Hope everyone is good and well. Cheers.

    Edit: Read some of my older posts and has a cringe attack.
    Last edited by Mohamed Ashid; 07-20-2021 at 09:42 AM.
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    07-20-2021 09:30 AM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    Hello. I used to post on these forums a lot when I still used a Windows Phone (RIP). I was going through my old phone and found a WC Forums app, so I thought that I might as well take a nostalgia trip lmao. Good to see the forum is still alive, although I dont remember anyone I used to talk to. Oh well, just thought I'll come in and say hi as I luckily remembered my password (got it right on the 4th try). Hope everyone is good and well. Cheers.

    Edit: Read some of my older posts and has a cringe attack.
    In that case, it sounds like you have had growth. Growth is good. I don't think we have crossed paths, but hopefully you find this to be helpful.
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    07-22-2021 10:56 AM
  7. Rose640's Avatar
    Troubles in Balkan once again. High Representative imposed a law that forbids negation of 1995. genocide and well, one side didn't quite take it well. We're back to same old same old, who wants to break up from the country and who won't let them go.

    Just 2 more years without a war so I can get my Master's degree and leave.
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    07-23-2021 10:27 AM
  8. raycpl's Avatar
    Hello been awhile.
    Recap... Me and wife completed our 2nd dose couple of weeks back. We're good, just mild reactions, sore shoulders....
    Malaysia hit the millionth infection today which for a nation of 33 million is really bad. They screwed up on getting the rollout til late, too slow and too little...
    Its faster now, but what a mess. There were numerous incidence at vaccination centres of people receiving "empty" jabs i.e. jabbing in and pulling without pushing the vaccine out of the syringe into the body" - it smell of a syndicated wide-spread theft.
    We have so many variations of MCO, travel restrictions, scewy SOPs - people are just frustrated and the numbers just kept peaking and peaking.
    Parliament has been suspended for months and set to resume on Monday. As usual, we get MPs falling sick and getting Covid this few days and going into self-quarantine. Bunch of cowards.
    Man, I miss going to the farm. There is a restriction on interdistrict travel. Its almost a year since I last visited. There is not one working on the land, it must have revert to a jungle by now... I miss seeing the land and the jackfruit, durian, pineapple and durian fruit trees
    Stay safe, ya all
    07-25-2021 07:40 AM
  9. me just saying's Avatar
    after a couple of months,finally had a pic line pulled out of my arm and stopped taking about three types of antibodies because of a bone infection. was finally able to get the covid vaccine. I was going to wait until it was actually approved by the fda but cases in the county I live in when from three a couple of weeks ago to almost a hundred and still rising. At my age and the weaken immune system, I decided not to wait. Two days later, my arm still hurts just to touch it. Hope the second shot will be better.
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    07-25-2021 09:54 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    Hello been awhile.
    Recap... Me and wife completed our 2nd dose couple of weeks back. We're good, just mild reactions, sore shoulders....
    Malaysia hit the millionth infection today which for a nation of 33 million is really bad. They screwed up on getting the rollout til late, too slow and too little...
    Its faster now, but what a mess. There were numerous incidence at vaccination centres of people receiving "empty" jabs i.e. jabbing in and pulling without pushing the vaccine out of the syringe into the body" - it smell of a syndicated wide-spread theft.
    We have so many variations of MCO, travel restrictions, scewy SOPs - people are just frustrated and the numbers just kept peaking and peaking.
    Parliament has been suspended for months and set to resume on Monday. As usual, we get MPs falling sick and getting Covid this few days and going into self-quarantine. Bunch of cowards.
    Man, I miss going to the farm. There is a restriction on interdistrict travel. Its almost a year since I last visited. There is not one working on the land, it must have revert to a jungle by now... I miss seeing the land and the jackfruit, durian, pineapple and durian fruit trees
    Stay safe, ya all
    Wow it sounds like there’s a lot going on there. I’m glad to hear that y’all are doing okay and was able to get that second dose. I didn’t realize that it has been that long since you have been able to go to your farm. :(
    I hope that y’all stay safe too. Thank you for the update.
    Last edited by libra89; 07-26-2021 at 07:51 AM.
    07-25-2021 08:32 PM
  11. libra89's Avatar
    after a couple of months,finally had a pic line pulled out of my arm and stopped taking about three types of antibodies because of a bone infection. was finally able to get the covid vaccine. I was going to wait until it was actually approved by the fda but cases in the county I live in when from three a couple of weeks ago to almost a hundred and still rising. At my age and the weaken immune system, I decided not to wait. Two days later, my arm still hurts just to touch it. Hope the second shot will be better.
    That’s scary about the cases rising. I’m sorry to hear about the pain from the shot. I hope that the second shot and that the pain from this first shot will subside soon.
    07-25-2021 08:34 PM
  12. fatclue_98's Avatar
    after a couple of months,finally had a pic line pulled out of my arm and stopped taking about three types of antibodies because of a bone infection. was finally able to get the covid vaccine. I was going to wait until it was actually approved by the fda but cases in the county I live in when from three a couple of weeks ago to almost a hundred and still rising. At my age and the weaken immune system, I decided not to wait. Two days later, my arm still hurts just to touch it. Hope the second shot will be better.
    Oh boy, if you thought the first one hurt your arm wait till you get the 2nd one (DO IT!!). I’m pretty tough with aches and pains considering all the surgeries I’ve had and the resulting RA, but that sumbitch hurt for days.
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    07-25-2021 09:18 PM
  13. Rose640's Avatar
    Hello been awhile.
    Recap... Me and wife completed our 2nd dose couple of weeks back. We're good, just mild reactions, sore shoulders....
    Malaysia hit the millionth infection today which for a nation of 33 million is really bad. They screwed up on getting the rollout til late, too slow and too little...
    Its faster now, but what a mess. There were numerous incidence at vaccination centres of people receiving "empty" jabs i.e. jabbing in and pulling without pushing the vaccine out of the syringe into the body" - it smell of a syndicated wide-spread theft.
    We have so many variations of MCO, travel restrictions, scewy SOPs - people are just frustrated and the numbers just kept peaking and peaking.
    Parliament has been suspended for months and set to resume on Monday. As usual, we get MPs falling sick and getting Covid this few days and going into self-quarantine. Bunch of cowards.
    Man, I miss going to the farm. There is a restriction on interdistrict travel. Its almost a year since I last visited. There is not one working on the land, it must have revert to a jungle by now... I miss seeing the land and the jackfruit, durian, pineapple and durian fruit trees
    Stay safe, ya all
    A farm that had not seen work for a year, man, strap yourself for a serious work once you go back.

    Hoping everything ends well for you and your family and people of Malaysia as well.
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    07-26-2021 07:48 AM
  14. Rose640's Avatar
    I have to say, being lazy felt good for like, 5 days. Then it just got boring. Now I'm stuck between not having anything to do and not wanting to study yet. Just a weird feeling after being constantly bombarded with obligations.
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    07-26-2021 07:51 AM
  15. libra89's Avatar
    I have to say, being lazy felt good for like, 5 days. Then it just got boring. Now I'm stuck between not having anything to do and not wanting to study yet. Just a weird feeling after being constantly bombarded with obligations.
    I can imagine how that feels. It is weird for sure. What do you plan to do now?
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    07-26-2021 07:59 AM
  16. raycpl's Avatar
    A farm that had not seen work for a year, man, strap yourself for a serious work once you go back.

    Hoping everything ends well for you and your family and people of Malaysia as well.
    I don't look fwd to ceiling high weeds and wild trees.... eroded paths, clogged drainage & culverts, pest and disease.... squatters and thievery...
    We had don't mind the kids from the nearby villages helping themselves with some of the fruits, it'll go to waste anyway but we have a terrible neighbour who steals our stuff.
    We have considered selling it whole or part of, that will go towards another venture. But the Covid situation makes it very dicey
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    07-28-2021 03:46 AM
  17. Rose640's Avatar
    I can imagine how that feels. It is weird for sure. What do you plan to do now?
    Well, I got bored of being bored and sat down to finnish my Bachelors dissertation, gonna be a solid 100 page paper.
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    07-29-2021 03:08 AM
  18. Rose640's Avatar
    I don't look fwd to ceiling high weeds and wild trees.... eroded paths, clogged drainage & culverts, pest and disease.... squatters and thievery...
    We had don't mind the kids from the nearby villages helping themselves with some of the fruits, it'll go to waste anyway but we have a terrible neighbour who steals our stuff.
    We have considered selling it whole or part of, that will go towards another venture. But the Covid situation makes it very dicey
    I know what it's like to 'clean" a farm, trust me, I know.

    There's always going to be kids picking fruit, that's just a joy of being a kid. But the stealing stuff is just outright crime. I had a similar situation some years before, where a guy would casually come to our land, pick some plums and raspberries and just leave. And not a handful, but like a larger bucket. Some people.
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    07-29-2021 03:20 AM
  19. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Made with Love ❤️

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    08-01-2021 06:54 PM
  20. raycpl's Avatar
    I know what it's like to 'clean" a farm, trust me, I know.

    There's always going to be kids picking fruit, that's just a joy of being a kid. But the stealing stuff is just outright crime. I had a similar situation some years before, where a guy would casually come to our land, pick some plums and raspberries and just leave. And not a handful, but like a larger bucket. Some people.
    The neighbour have a small herd of goats, which always make their way into our area to graze... Sometimes, occasionally, I dream of delicious succulent fresh mutton curry
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    08-04-2021 02:44 AM
  21. raycpl's Avatar
    Made with Love

    Cool synths!!

    and visuals. I'm bought back to days of WinAmp plug-ins visualisation!!
    08-04-2021 02:47 AM
  22. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Cool synths!!

    and visuals. I'm bought back to days of WinAmp plug-ins visualisation!!
    Thank you!

    Ah yes WinAmp. Oh the memories!

    I’m glad you mentioned this, as I thought I should point something out that may not be so obvious:

    The app that I’ve been using for these pieces, “VS - Visual Synthesizer” is unlike ANY of the million and one different “visualization” apps and programs we’ve seen throughout the 90’s and to date.

    As the name of the app implies, this is a visual “Synthesizer”, where instead of simply reacting to audio, the visual elements are composed with MIDI and programmed by the user via tools you’d find on a typical subtractive synth. (ADSR generators, envelope generators, LFOs (low frequency oscillators) amplitude modulators, filters, etc) you get the idea.

    So while I’m composing the musical synths, at the same time, for each sound, I can compose an associated visual element to represent it at the same time.

    It’s really a fascinating piece of creative software, and one that has captivated me since its release!

    https://www.imaginando.pt/products/v...al-synthesizer
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    08-06-2021 12:20 PM
  23. Ed Boland's Avatar
    With that, here’s my latest production!

    I just got the new M1 powered iPad Pro 12.9 w/1TB and decided to see what it could do!

    This piece has several Synthesizer tracks and an improvised guitar lead track.

    I’m super proud of how this one turned out! Please give it a spin and let me know what you think!

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    08-06-2021 12:26 PM
  24. raycpl's Avatar
    With that, here’s my latest production!

    I just got the new M1 powered iPad Pro 12.9 w/1TB and decided to see what it could do!

    This piece has several Synthesizer tracks and an improvised guitar lead track.

    I’m super proud of how this one turned out! Please give it a spin and let me know what you think!

    I don't play any instrument, I'm just a "push-the-play-button" aficionado!
    One of my schoolmate has been playing keyboards/synths since the 70s, he probably get a kick out of your tracks.... Don't mind if I share your posts on an FB page for Synths lovers in Asia!!
    08-07-2021 01:58 AM
  25. me just saying's Avatar
    after a couple of weeks, I finally got the ring security system set up[. I got the five piece setup when they were on sale for 119 instead of 199 a few weeks ago. Plus I got free shipping and another 10 percent off for having their protection plan for cloud recording on the ringcams already installed. I was surprised how easy it was to set up. Now I hope there will not be too many false siren alarms because my neighbor on the other side of the duplex would shoot me since I work nights.

    It took forever to decide on a security system and cams. First I had guardzilla, hated it, cloudcams but it was discontinued, I think I would still be with them if they were not discontinued. nest cams but too expensive but great geotracking, wyze cams but no geotracking, could not turn on via voice, and subscription fee was too high since it was per camera. Finally settled for ring, mainly because unlimited cameras for one fee and fully compatible with alexa.

    Now what to do with the other cams. gave away the six wyze yesterday, got two cloudcams, three nestcams sitting in a drawer gathering dust. Most likely soon the local humane society will get them. guardzilla got tossed last year, I really hated it.
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    08-07-2021 09:31 AM
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