Anime Baka

Anime - Japanese Animation
Baka - Japanese word for idiot or fool

Loosely put an Anime Baka is someone who's crazy about Anime. However interpretation's may vary. I tend to think of Anime Baka as meaning something like drooling fan boy/girl.


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Wrote this a long time ago. Too short for an article:
Perverted - Hentai in Japanese. But the word pervert means deviation from normal or accepted. So, how can all guys be perverts?

Did you ever notice that the sex scene in the movie is generally at about the same realative place as the guitar solo in a song?

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2010-12-08 Normalizing MP3s
I do love sourceforge. Recently I decided I needed to rip my CDs to mp3. I almost went for flac but decided on high quality 320vbr instead. I can probably do flac sometime when hard drive space becomes less of burden. So anyway I went through and did them all. I have some stragglers waiting, but I see 513 albums in the folder which is a good start (don't ask about getting copies). Anyway I put a couple albums on the new mp3 player I got for $15 black Friday and noticed that some albums were recorded very low and others were recorded very high. I switched out ear buds from the stock which helped bring up the volume level, but there was still a lot of variation.

I use CDex for ripping CDs. It's a great program again from sourceforge:
And I remembered that there is a normalize function in it, but the thought of re-ripping 500 CDs gave me pause. Also the more I thought about it I didn't really like the idea that every song on an album would be set to the same level, albums are sometimes recorded with certain songs specifically quieter than the rest. But still I'd like them the same on my mp3 player so I can shuffle without going nuts.

So I did some research and came up with something new. I found MP3gain. This program doesn't do a typical normalization but instead does something better (it will do normal normalization if you force it). It uses a mathematical formula to determine how loud a particular song is precieved by the human ear. Then instead of re-encoding the mp3 file it simply alters the volume settings within it. What's more it saves the old settings within the file so it can be set back at any time. It also has another great feature; instead of looking at each file one by one it can look at a whole album (or any group of files) as a whole and determine the best matched setting. So if an album is mostly loud with one quiet song it will adjust the whole album adjusting the quite song by the same amount, keeping it quieter than the rest of the songs.

Wow, this is great, but in practice on my mp3 player I just did all the songs individual and they sound great. I dragged the whole mp3 music folder with subfolders into it and it did them all in one shot. As I said it doesn't re-encode the mp3 so there is no loss of quality, and it can be re-set later on. Looks like I can have my cake and eat it too. The album based setting works pretty good at equalizing your albums so that one is not significantly louder than another, but the individual song leveling is a bit more level for headphones. Also it lets you choose how loud to go, the preset is so that it won't encounter clipping in most mp3 players.


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