Kung Fu Watch List

Please make suggestions to add to the list.

  • The Buddhist Fist
  • Ip Man 1-4
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Ong Bak (maybe move to Awesome Fight Choreography section)
  • Once Upon a Time in China 1-2
  • Kung Fu Killer
  • The Legend
  • Drunken Master
  • The Forbidden Kingdom
  • Crippled Masters
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Fist of Fury
  • The Way of the Dragon
  • Hero
  • Iron Monkey

Set up a Minecraft (Java Edition) server on Shockbyte!

Setting up a Minecraft server can be done in many different ways. Some are simple and some advanced. I’ve experienced most variations, everything from setting up a home server to using a hosted service.

That said, I’ve decided to go with a hosted solution since it is very affordable and much easier to set up and maintain. It practically sets itself up. It won’t setup the network for you(not without paying extra), but at least the creation of each server will be straight forward and easily repeatable as you want to add more worlds/mini-games.

What is the difference between a Minecraft network and a single server?

In a single server setup one server is used to host everything. In a network setup there are multiple servers behind a proxy server so there is a minimum of 2 servers needed to set it up. Both network setups and single server setups can support multiple worlds and a lobby system. At first glance there seems to be no advantage to a network setup but the scalability implications are obvious.

I tinkered with both setups and decided there was no difference to me except that the network setup had one more thing to manage and maintain(the proxy). I am not expecting a lot of traffic and so I doubt scalability is an issue. I have switched to a network and back and the process was straight forward so I have no issues with keeping it simple now and expanding in phases if needed.

What we will setup and configure:

1 Minecraft Spigot Server

Steps:

Go to https://shockbyte.com/ and purchase 1 instance. The minimum size is okay for now. Once you decide you like your setup and are going to keep it for a while you can upgrade the size to the performance level you need. The third tier is good for personal/friend use.

Once purchased, for sake of easy navigation let’s assume you’re back at the home page. Click on “Client Area” button at the top right. Find the login button and log in.

Then Navigate to Manage -> Multicraft ( I know, it’s not the most intuitive navigation )

You will now see 1 server listed and likely all with the same default name advertising Shockbyte. Click on it to start configuring it.

Rename it whatever you’d like and for “Server Type” select “AUTO UPDATING: Spigot Latest” and click save. Also click start button at the top. Note the IP address including the port number (e.g. 123.456.789:25546). Navigate to server edit page -> Files -> Config Files and the main pane will list a bunch of config files. Edit any configurations as you please and restart the server to apply your changes.

It’s as easy as that! Use the IP address to connect to your new Minecraft server!

Update: For Bedrock server select the latest Bedrock server available from the “Server Type” drop-down.

Scooter over Rover, my new best Amigo is here?

Scooters are becoming more and more popular as our cities congest. Aside from exposure to the elements, it has all the convenience and practicality that a city commuter needs. Especially if you live in a place where parking is scarce or at a fee and public transit is not quite up to par.

I’ve been researching what is available out there and it seems silly paying $3000 and upwards for something that has a 50cc engine. Perhaps I’m cheap and it’s actually not that much more to upgrade to 150cc but maybe it is because it would be my first one EVER. Some high performance or freeway capable scooters have engines as big as 300cc and these get up to the $5-7k range so not sure why I wouldn’t just get a motorcycle at that point since the convenience of it being small and lightweight is diminishing at that point. That said, I don’t think I’m looking for anything larger than 150cc which seems to be the larger of the smalls within the scooter tier of smalls.

While I was looking around I came across a bunch of ads for a brand called Amigo. I did a little research on them and found out that it is an American company that is rebranding and reselling scooters made by a Chinese company Znen. The article below was quite convincing in why Amigo version will have a certain quality of standard and consistency. At least it is not the “you never know what you’ll get” fear. With an entry level cost of $1-$2k I think it’s a no brainer that I will give this brand a try.

Let’s Play Minecraft


If you want to join in on some Minecraft fun, we have a Bedrock server AND a Java Edition server so no matter what version you’re on you can join in on the fun.

Bedrock: mc.oddbrew.com:25681 (port may not be needed)

Java Edition: mc.kidsumo.com:25611

We may start restricting who can join so if you’re not able to connect to the server please reach out to kidSumo or leave a comment below with your username and we’ll be sure to add you.

Before the emoji…

Remember the days before emojis? No? I didn’t either until I accidentally stumbled across some old ASCII art that was displayed as the welcome message on an old server that I had setup years ago. Anyways, it inspired me to search for these one-liners because I had always been amused by the quirky results. Here’s a few examples and a link to the source where you can find more.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

><((((‘>

=^..^=

╭∩╮(Ο_Ο)╭∩╮

龴ↀ◡ↀ龴

•͡˘㇁•͡˘

[̲̅$̲̅(̲̅ιοο̲̅)̲̅$̲̅]

︻╦╤─

【ツ】

┏(--)┛┗(-– )┓┗(--)┛┏(--)┓

https://1lineart.kulaone.com/#/
https://www.asciiart.eu/miscellaneous/one-line

Considering Scooters?

I’ve owned a motorcycle before. I’ve had 2. A Honda Ninja 250cc as a starter and eventually upgraded to a Honda Nighthawk 750cc. When I got the 250cc I had to have the seller ride it home for me then I gave him a ride back, I learned how to ride it trying it out around the block. Of course I did a little research first but I eventually figured it out and just started riding after that. I have a tendency to throw myself into the deep end, a bit reckless to be honest. To this day I still don’t have an M1 license. If it’s any better I did have a learners permit at the very least. I technically just couldn’t ride on the freeway, with a passenger or at night. Anyways, when I eventually stepped up to the 750cc it was a relatively hefty bike compared to the 250cc. It gave me everything the 250cc was lacking, the power on steep hills and freeways to accelerate on demand as well as the stability and top end speed for longer trips on the freeways.

I loved being able to jump onto the smaller bike and zip around town like it was a toy. I loved the ability to go on the freeway with the larger bike. The 250cc however felt like a half-assed version of a real bike and I never really go on long trips on the bike anyways anymore considering I have a young kids and a family now. One of the things I loved about owning a bike in general was that it was something to tinker with as a gearhead and also the creative side of me loved customizing it. Maybe putting different bars or playing with the colors a bit, lowering the stance, customizing a new seat and more. In fact, I completely stripped off all of the plastic from the 750cc and also pulled out the mufflers to give it a bit of a post apocalyptic utilitarian cafe racer and Harley mix. It was more mellow looking than it sounds but just had a general bad-ass look. It was also a decent size bike, just manageable enough to easily maneuver it around but just big enough to not feel zippy and light around town like the 250cc.

Enter the scooter. It’s purpose built for zipping around town and seems to be a fun little alternate ride. “Fun” and “little” doesn’t really go with the bad-ass theme that I went with on my last bike, nor will it really jibe with me in any future ride. Enter the scooter conundrum that I think many have faced while considering purchasing one. For me, it doesn’t necessarily have to be bad-ass. I just don’t want it to look like it was made for the female or hipster demographic.

Where I live the general population is growing due to the jobs and quality of living in the area. It’s in a transition period where traffic is getting worse and the population is getting more dense but the public transit infrastructure is not scaling to accommodate the growth at the same pace. Smaller fuel efficient vehicles become more practical in this scenario. Scooters are a good option for those that commute by themselves or possibly with one other. Especially for short trips while avoiding fees for public transit and parking as well as saving a significant amount of time waiting for the next bus or searching for parking.

For whatever reason there always seems to be a cultural barrier into the widespread adoption of something that is otherwise, in theory, a great product. Right now the scooter is not the most popular form of transportation in America in general but where I live I do seem to see more and more out on the street.

I did find that there is popularity within sub-cultures and/or smaller groups. The Honda Ruckus scene seemed to have a sub-culture that may have stemmed from the motorcycle scene that has taken to increasing the performance and customizing the looks much like custom motorcycle and car scenes where people bring their one of a kind renditions to shows and such. With it’s more rugged utilitarian look it’s not hard to understand why it was a solid foundation for that scene. I believe there is a Vespa scene that is around and may resonate a bit more with the hipster crowd with its retro look and history. This one seems to be more of a natural trend in the culture itself versus it itself defining the sub-culture altogether. More recently I got exposed to an Aprilia group that ride the higher end freeway capable scooters and would frequently go on long road trips together as a group. So there are definitely sub-cultures and scenes out there but I would say it pales in comparison to other trends and scenes.

The general scene and popularity is still quite lacking. I feel it can use a facelift. Two ways I can think of this happening. Change in mindset of general public and the stigma around scooters. The other would result from necessity and the practicality around that necessity, where other options are reduced by other variables(e.g. affordability). I think the country is too well off for the latter to become a circumstance in the near future. That leaves the mindset change that can come organically or via clever marketing campaign by a large company pushing the scooter scene.

So as I consider a scooter for fun, hobby and some commute around town, it’s dawned on me that I’ve written this because I have a personal issue with the stigma of a scooter that I have in my head and that I need to get over it and realize that maybe I actually do want to just have a “little fun”.