10 Songs Considered To Be The Worst.. Ever

Music

Here is a list of some songs that were considered to be the worst songs by several public polls (such as by VH1 and Blender Magazine) and as listed by Wikipedia.

  1. Reginald Bosanquet – Dance With Me (70s)
  2. Jimmy Cross – I Want My Baby Back (60s)
  3. Richard Harris – MacArthur Park (60s) 
  4. Starship – We Built This City (70s)
  5. Don Johnson – Heartbeat (70s)
  6. Cliff Richard – Millenium Prayer (80s)
  7. Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out (90s)
  8. The Cheeky Girls – The Cheeky Song (2000s)
  9. Rebecca Black – Friday (2010s)

This is not to say that these are bad songs though. Some of the songs are actually kinda good and/or funny, save the last one. Now that I think about it, I can add another song to this already awesome list.

  10. Poetic Assassin – Inverti in Darkness

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 – Trailer 2 and Poster

Movies / TV Shows

The movie looks like it will be a lot more exciting than the last one with lots of wand action. And the teaser is unlike any other Harry Potter trailer – it feels epic like Lord of the Rings. Watch it here in HD quality if you haven’t already:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Trailer 2

Also, here is one of the new posters featuring one of the best characters ever, Severus Snape.

Go Snape!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster, Severus Snape

10 Most Useful Free Utilities For Windows

Tech
  1. Process Explorer: Process Explorer is a free program that provides the functions of Windows Task Manager. It also allows you to see which files a particular process is using.
  2. Teracopy: TeraCopy is a free utility that can move or copy your files a lot faster than default which is great for large file transfers. It also replaces the default copy and move operations in Windows, so you can install it and then forget about it.
  3. Defraggler: Defraggler is a replacement for Windows’ default Disk Defragmenter. It lets you choose which files or folders to defrag as well as whole drives. It also provides the option to move big files such as movies, archives and disk images to the end of the drive. Another feature is to defrag the free space on your drive which puts all your files together by forming one large free space from all the smaller free spaces between your files.
  4. CCleaner: CCleaner is a great tool for cleaning up your computer.It deletes temporary files left by programs such as Chrome, Windows Media Player, Winrar and Office along with things like system caches, memory dumps, log files and browsing history. It can also fix missing references and unused entries in the registry. Moreover, it can wipe the free space on your drive to disable recovery of deleted files, help you uninstall programs and lets you manage the start-up programs like MSConfig.
  5. Everything: Forget about Windows Search. Everything search engine is a tool for Windows that lets you find files and folders instantly. It indexes a fresh install of Windows in a second and uses very little resources. You can also use wildcards and regular expressions while searching, making this a great program as long as you can’t remember where your files are.
  6. Greenshot: Greenshot is a great open source screenshot tool that pretty much replaces your Print Screen button. It provides shortcuts to capture a specific area, a window or the entire screen and later allows you to edit and save the captured image. Since I don’t use this tool all the time I only run it when I need it and since it uses lots of RAM.
  7. WinDirStat: WinDirStat provides you a disk usage statistic allowing you to clean up your system more effectively. It allows you to see which files and folders use up the most space in your system.
  8. Fences: Fences is a free program that allows you to organize your files on your desktop. It surrounds your similar icons with fences, contributing to the layout of your desktop and save desktop space. I don’t put many icons on my desktop but it is a great utility for those who do.
  9. Recuva: Recuva is a free file recovery program which allows you to undelete files that you erased. You can scan for deleted files in a drive or in specific folders and save the files you need to folder your choice.
  10. EASEUS Partition Manager: EASEUS is a free partition manager, it allows you to partition your hard drive as you like and resize the partitions. It also has more features such as partition copying, creating boot disks, drive letter switching and more.

Evolving 2D Cars By Using Genetic Algorithms

Tech

Genetic algorithms mimic the process of natural selection and they are mostly used to generate solutions to optimization problems. Such as the problem of building two-dimensional cars to navigate a bumpy race track.

Here you can see an example car that I generated with 3 wheels jumping across the race track. To the top is the current generation, which is 12. It means that our car belongs to the 12th generation and that there were over 200 cars tested before it (since a generation consists of 20 cars).

Go BoxCar Go!

Cars with an extra wheel to the front tend to perform better after hitting a bump and getting airborne.

After the program tests a generation consisting of 20 cars, it considers the cars that belonged to that generation for selections, crossovers and mutations; which is another way of saying that it selects them by considering their scores, it does some crossovers between them and it does a degree of mutation to them. These result in a new generation of cars that may perform better in the racing track.

The cars aren’t perfect to begin with. At the start, they may not even have wheels (reinventing the wheel anyone?) and they roll over in seconds. However as generations pass, the better performing cars are found and the program goes ahead to use them more often since they score a lot more than the other weirdly shaped cars. The race track also gets trickier and bumpier after a while, which helps the further evolution of cars. In the following image you can see the same car slowing down to a stop while trying to ascend a steep slope.

Argh, almost

BoxCar crawling down to a stop, it was a good ride

You can also share a car that performs great with others or see other people’s cars. The algorithm is also explained to a degree for those interested. One problem is that after a while the generations tend to take a longer time since the cars perform better and longer. A solution is to get a bumpier road, by changing the track while keeping your generation.

The name of the program is BoxCar2D, check it out yourself. It’s pretty fun in the beginning, then you can make it run in the background for a while and check it later to see a better generation. Rinse and repeat to find the ultimate car.

Signing Up For Technorati And Revising Categories

Blog

I decided to sign up for Technorati and to claim this site as mine, I needed to include a token in my feed. So I added the token text to this post and then updated it to remove it. So that was that.

I’ve also been working on my categories and tags; I changed the categories I had slightly and I made it so that every post had only one category since I think this will simplify site navigation. Each category has a description now too that is visible when you hover on the top menu and in the category’s page. Another thing is that I’ve added a menu under the header that shows the categories. Neat.

A thing that’s missing is tags. I thought I had too many tags and it was getting pretty unmanageable to keep track of each. So I decided to think about it a little and have only categories until then and see what happens.

Most Awesome Songs Featured In House M.D.

Music

A list of the songs played in the series House M.D. so far, in chronological order!

Videos aren’t embedded in this page to improve loading times and performance. Links open in a new tab/window. I also tried to avoid spoilers but do read at your own risk :) Enjoy!

Season 1:

Season 2:

Season 3:

Season 4:

Season 5:

Season 6:

Season 7:

Hope you enjoyed this list of songs featured on House; there are some missing songs here and there but I believe that these are the best songs featured on House. I’ve also created a Spotify playlist that has most songs that are featured in House.