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Now with Christmas behind us, it's now time to look forward.

In less than five days, I will be turning 38 years old. At the same time, this year will come to a close.

Sadly, I have been unable to do any new drawings this past year due to my worries over my weight and keeping it under control.

Barring any time constraints, you're welcome to do a drawing of any of my Mechapuff characters in your style:

1. ppgrainbow.deviantart.com/art/…
2. ppgrainbow.deviantart.com/art/…
3. ppgrainbow.deviantart.com/art/…
4. ppgrainbow.deviantart.com/art/…

If you want to, you can also donate points or even Premium Membership.

I also forgot to say that some of the kiribans that I caught earlier this year are long overdue, btw.

I sure hope that I don't get let down, ya know.
  • Mood: Joy
Well, folks. Christmas has come and gone for this year. The presents have been opened up and this leads to a question that everyone has been talking about.

What did you all get for Christmas this year?

For me, I got the Windows Vista Ultimate retail DVD (which includes both 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs) from a auction that I won on the 14th of this month. However, I will not be able to install Windows Vista on this computer as it is not capable of handling the OS. I will either need to have the motherboard and all of the components upgraded or end up with a new custom built computer with a motherboard that still supports Windows Vista.

Along with Windows Vista, I also got a manufacture refurbished Logitech G510 gaming keyboard. I was able to test the USB keyboard on another computer, however I will not be able to install the drivers for the keyboard at this time.

For the Compaq TC1000, I got a Kingston 32 GB 266x Compact Flash drive. The TC1000 and Windows XP recognise the CF drive without problems. I also got a Western Digital 1 TB Passport Elements portable USB hard drive also. While the device is compatible with USB 3.0, it is also compatible with USB 2.0 and as such, Windows XP recongised the device.

The only other component that I ordered is the 4-port USB PCMCIA adapter. I feel that I need to start cutting down on the clutter by getting rid of the Belkin USB hub once and for all. The product will not be unable until at least the 3rd of next month.

Update: The 4-port USB PCMCIA adapter came a week earlier than expected and I'm having a bit of trouble getting the unit to work on the Compaq TC1000. I may have to post a update in the Hardware Forums to see what can be done with it.

With all the five items, it cost me over $280, including shipping and handling.

Please post your thoughts on what you got for Christmas this year. I would love to hear it! :D
  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
A quick note is that I want to wish everyone who watches me and elsewhere on dA, a Merry Christmas and a happy and perposterous 2014.

After 26 days, Christmas shopping has officially come to a end. If you haven't done your Christmas shopping or you never got it done in time...sorry to say this, but I'm afraid that you're out of luck. Better luck next year. :aww:

As I write this, it's virtually Christmas around the world for the next hour. This after Santa traveled 388,708 kilometres and delivering 7,056,276,203 Christmas presents to all of the good boys and girls around the world.

It was fun doing Christmas shopping this year, wasn't it?

I will write another journal entry to see what I got for Christmas this year!

In the meantime, Seasons Greetings! :hug::heart:

:santa::rudolph:
  • Mood: Seasonal
As you may not have already noticed before, the days of running this old computer are numbered.

I am seriously planning to migrate back to Windows Vista on a significantly newer motherboard/computer as the software is due to arrive here sometime tomorrow.

But after the new year rolls around, I'm afraid that I'm not planning to run Windows 2000 as the main computer any longer.

Once I or someone else gets the go ahead and order the parts for the new custom built computer, barring any funding related issues, I will have to stop using this old computer, back up all of the data, zero-wipe the hard drive and put the old computer up for sale...and not in the garage where it once stood for more than two years.

In any even if the new computer or any of the components are dead on arrival, it's gonna be back to the drawing board.

In the meantime, as far as I know, Winamp might not eventually shutdown after all. TechCrunch is reporting that AOL might be finalising talks to sell Winamp and Shoutcast to another company. This is according to a source with the knowledge of the discussions. For more information, read the reason why: techcrunch.com/2013/12/19/wina…

And on a happy note, today was officially the last day of school/college for virtually everyone as we're going into a two-week Winter break. The second half of the 2013-2014 semester year will eventually not resume until Monday, 6 January 2014.
  • Mood: Seasonal
Okay, yesterday...I posted a forum thread of what I want for a custom built computer and with the help of PR-Imagery here's what I'm deciding on:

1. NZXT Guardian 921 RB Black Mid-Tower Case w/blue LED, ATX
2. Fractal Design Integral R2 500W Power Supply, 80 PLUS® Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V, 1x 8/6-pin PCIe
3. ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0, AM3+, AMD® 970, DDR3-2133 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16, SATA 6 Gb/s RAID 5 /6, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, ATX
4. AMD Phenom II X4, Socket AMD3 w/Phenom II X4 955 (4 x 3.2 GHz - 8 MB Cache)
5. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3/AM2, 159mm Height, Copper/Aluminum
6. Cooler Master Thermal Compound, 1.0 g
7. Crucial 8 GB (2 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport XT PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
8. EVGA GeForce® GT 610 810MHz, 1 GB DDR3 1000MHz, PCIe x16, HDMI + DVI + VGA
9. 2 x Western Digital 1 TB WD Caviar® Blue (WD10EZEX), SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
10. Lite-on iHAS124 Black 24x DVD±RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA
11. Nippon Labs ICR-EE Black 1.44MB Floppy Drive + All-in-One Card Reader Combo Drive, 3.5" Bay
12. Encore ENEWI-1XN42 Wireless N510 PCI-e Adapter, 2dbi Antenna
13. StarTech 2 Port PCI IDE Controller Adapter Card, two dual channel IDE connectors, four IDE devices, 28-bit LBA

That's it. With the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 motherboard, AMD Phenom II X4 and a EVGA GeForce® GT 610 graphics adapter, Windows Vista should run well with little or not problems! :D

Update: This is still not my final configuration as it costs way more than anyone can afford...this is even if I have to strip out all of the optional components to replace this aging computer. Due to a severe shortage of funding right now, I will have to eventually hold this off until at least after the new year.

Furthermore, even if I didn't spend less than $300 on other components that I bought from eBay, $300 simply even isn't going to be enough to replace this aging computer or at least upgrade the motherboard.

Well...what I'm getting is what I'm getting, but that is gonna have to wait. Unfortunately, I'm $677.46 short in money right now and plans to replace this old computer is not going to happen until at least after the holidays.
  • Mood: Joy
It certainly is finally going to be the end of a era for this desktop computer that I'm still using.

For the first time in more than 10 to 13 years, I'm finally getting a new custom built desktop computer! This is after I WON the auction for the Windows Vista Ultimate Retail DVD for $74 + $7.50 S&H!

For more information on the custom built computer that I'm considering, read this forum thread: forum.deviantart.com/technolog…

The specs of my new computer are not final yet, but here are some things that I'm expecting when things are finalised:

:bulletred: Not be on a decade-old hardware as the main PC.
:bulletred: Significant improvement in speed. I expect the computer to be up to 12 times faster than my current one.
:bulletred: Use some of the hardware and software that requires modern hardware and operating systems designed for Windows XP or even Windows Vista.

Here are some other things that are worth noting:

:bulletred: Certain vendors continued to provide driver support under Windows Vista through at least June 2012 and for Windows XP through the end of December 2012. The motherboards that I absolutely want to avoid are the P8Z77, P8H77 and P8B75 motherboards due to the Intel chipset limitations. Additionally, driver support under Windows XP through the end of 2012 were provided "as-is" due to Microsoft discontinuing Windows XP support.
:bulletred: The custom built computer that I buy will not have a operating system pre-installed like my current computer. I will need to install the operating system that I purchased from eBay. I will also need to get the drivers that are designed for the OS as well.
:bulletred: By migrating to a new computer, I will no longer be able to re-install Windows 2000 or older versions of Windows. Doing the right move is a very difficult decision to make and with vendor support completely drying up, I'm afraid that I can no longer continue using this old computer.

Once the configuration is finalised, I will need to backup all of the data and get it off of this old hard drive and zero-wipe the contents on the hard disk as late as the end of this week. In order to cover the cost of running the new computer, I strongly expect that I will have sell the old computer as well as some of the stuff that I do not use anymore very shortly afterwords.

Update: I've been having a bit of trouble with a couple of components in the proposed new machine, including the Coolmax PSU and the AMD FX processor.

First of all, I heard that most Coolmax PSUs can present a fire hazard and can end up killing hardware most of the time. Next, it's the AMD FX processor. Released in late 2011, it has not been even tested under Windows Vista as far as I know and possible issues associated with the CPU that can adversely affect the operating system.

If I get the configuration right and if I'm satisfied, I'll post a final update of what my computer configuration will be that will work under Windows Vista.
  • Mood: Joy
I've been using Windows 2000 for almost four years now and I'm slowly starting to become fed-up with using the OS as the primary machine, in light of the fact that Windows XP will lose all support next year.

While I found a retail copy of Windows Vista Ultimate (x86 and x86-64) on eBay for under $80, I found some motherboards (16 GB and 32 GB versions) that will support it, but while some of the 16 GB motherboards are priced reasonably, they have only one IDE connector and one floppy drive while others don't have that at all.

I also found a manufacturer refurbished ASUS PSQL-EPU motherboard on eBay for $49.98 + $25 S&H and an 250 GB ATA/100 hard drive. And since it has one floppy connector, I'm considering getting a 3 1/2" floppy diskette drive too, an Intel Core 2 Quad processor and at least 8 GB DDR2 memory (for which the memory can be maxed out at 16 GB later).

The problem that I can work around is that I will need to use the USB DVD-ROM drive to install Windows Vista on this semi-new motherboard. If it is possible, I will need to migrate the Iomega ZIP drive as well as the Linksys network card and the PCMCIA to PCI card onto the new motherboard as well.

If I go ahead with this consideration, this will most likely be the last semi-new computer that will have limited legacy support, including IDE/floppy drives and PCI support.

I will need to look up at a inquiry on how much will all of this cost. I'll post my final configuration and timing regarding the fate of this 13 year old computer that is becoming increasingly not capable of handling modern technologies that it used to.

If for some reason that it can't be done, then...I will most likely have to scrap this consideration and probably continue using this computer until the motherboard dies.

:p
  • Mood: Seasonal
Cross-posted in the Gaia C&T forums, the dA forums and doing this in my journal.

There are some sad news for those who still use Winamp. After more than 15 years, AOL made a difficult decision to shut down Winamp and any services associated with it in exactly one month from now (Friday, 20 December 2013). Winamp 5.66, for which it will be supported only until the shutdown date will the be the last release.

All web services associated with Winamp, including skins and plugins will no longer be available after this date.

Former Winamp employees are blaming the AOL mismanagement and the high costs of keeping the service online for the shutdown.

Rest in peace, Winamp. :(
  • Mood: Sadness
As you may have already noticed, my tooth got extracted earlier today...at approximately 10:21 AM.

The reason why the tooth (most specifically tooth 18) had to go was that:
1. The top left part of my tooth was broken.
2. My tooth was loose due to the fact that the bottom right part of the tooth eroded.

These reasons have rendered that tooth unhealthy. Back in late July, tooth 18 was hurting to a point where I was nearly unable to eat anything.

And because my tooth got extracted, the gums were bleeding pretty bad.

The damage to my mouth has been done and the consequences that I must face for the rest of my life is the tooth that recently got pulled will never grow back.

And if I fail to take care of my teeth properly, more teeth may get yanked in the near future.

I don't like having my teeth pulled, but due to the consequences of neglecting my teeth for more than 17 years, one of the teeth got loose and it had to be done.

It will take at least a week for the extracted tooth and the gums to heal up...so, for at least the next several days, I'm gonna have to take it easy.

Have you ever had your tooth extracted? If so, please share your thoughts.
  • Mood: Sadness
The wait is finally over!

The Boston Red Sox have won the 2013 World Series after they defeated the National League champion, the St. Louis Cardinals, 6 to 1. The Red Sox eliminate the Cardinals, four games to two.

Since the introduction of the League Division Series at the close of the 1995 MLB season, both of the teams who made it all the way to the World Series, shared the best overall regular season records in each league only to win the World Series that season. This previously happened in 1998, 2007 and 2009.

This is also the fourth meeting between the Cardinals and Red Sox in the World Series (previous meetings were in 1946, 1967 and 2004) and also the first World Series since 1999 to pair the two teams with the best regular season records in their respective leagues and also the third time in history (following the 1949 and 1958 World Series) to feature two teams with identical regular season records.

The last time the Boston Red Sox won the World Series on home plate in Fenway was on 11 September 1918 when they took out the Chicago Cubs, four games to two.

#34 1st Base, David Ortiz was named the 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player. During the World Series, he was credited for scoring 7 runs, 11 hits and 2 home runs with 6 runs at base and struck out once.

Average time of the game in the series was 3 hours and 19 minutes and a average of 42,927 people attended the games in the 2013 World Series.

Once again, Boston strong! Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, champions of the baseball world! :D

Thoughts on the 2013 World Series, anyone?
  • Mood: Pride
Well...I don't know what I can say anymore. I've been struggling hard with my weight loss recently and this has put a dent on my ability to do other things...such as drawing. And now, I found myself so deeply frustrated to a point where I found myself digging into a huge hole.

Yes, I admit that I have been stalking the Projects Forum (on and off) and I'm one of the users who do free commissions for other artists. And not caring about what they draw for me is what make it a concern here. What makes things downright insulting is that if I ever asked someone to do a request...only that it can be removed from their gallery completely.

Doing illustrations (whatever they're free or not) takes hours, days, weeks...possibly up to a month which is a lot of hard work for a artist to do. Improving the artistic style takes years from the get go.

For me, I unfortunately have not done any of that and I have not found a good time nor have the capable to continue drawing. Infact, I haven't even been able to draw anything new...for almost two years now! :depressed:


And along with my struggles to lose weight, here are the reasons why this frustration has been haunting me:

1. I have been using this desktop computer for the last seven of ten years. I use a PS/2 mouse to navigate and the 17" CRT monitor lacks touch screen capabilities. It's unfortunate that I will not be able to replace this machine as I do not have the funds to buy a replacement PC.

The PC itself is running Windows 2000 and even though it has the latest version of UURollup extended kernel installed, the operating system, which is used by less than .04% of internet connected users, has not been supported by Microsoft in more than three years now. Almost all vendors have ceased compatibility with this OS.

This means that even if I have the extended kernel installed on this computer, some of the software that was designed for Windows XP and later will not operate 100% correctly, if not at all.

The 11-year old Compaq TC1000 is going to have the hard drive replaced with a 32 GB compact flash card that will connect to a 2.5" Compact Flash to IDE adapter that will act as a hard drive. The whole unit hasn't been working correctly, because the hard drive cable got loose. Even though the unit got fixed, the damage to the old hard drive has been done and it can't be reversed.

I remember that I purchased a CF-to-IDE drive for nearly $9 and found that the unit did not fit on the TC1000's hard drive caddy. So, I got a better one and it only costs $3.89 (including free shipping)!

2. I also have a working 16-year old Fujitsu Point 510 tablet computer. The unit does not have internet capability, because it's running MS-DOS with Windows 3.1 and the only way to transfer files is with a 2 GB (or smaller) compact flash adapter. Because I have been using this desktop computer more than the unit itself, I haven't had the time to use the Point 510 computer for the time being. :(

3. I have other portable computers that I no longer use or don't work correctly, if not at all anymore. The 17-year old Toshiba Tecra 720 CDT laptop for which it had its hard drive wiped twice now had been running Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 respectively. The laptop that I used was very slow and with the low specs, you can't browse deviantART on that unit at all. Plus, the laptop is heavy and works "as-is", but in any event that I revive it in the near future. it's not expected to operate forever.

On the other side of the coin, the 20-year old GRiD 2270 tablet computer is no longer functional, because the battery does not hold a charge anymore and it has to be connected to the back of the tablet computer in order for it to work. I have been very unlucky to find replacement parts for the unit and as far as I know, the unit was unreachably expensive and did not sell very well when it was new a long time ago.

Along with the GRiD 2270, if no one wants to use the Tecra 720 CDT laptop...I suspect that it will most likely go to a recycling center soon.

4. Speaking of lack of funds, PC sales have been in a slump. Consumers have been declining to buy a whole new computer due to glitches that were found in the Windows 8 operating system. What's worse is that smartphones and tablets are attempting to replace the personal computer.

But things are not expect to last forever as at some point, older PCs are gonna have to be replaced in any event motherboards and other critical components die and that there are no more replacement parts available.


I think that I will be listening to the 2013 World Series for the next several days and think what I'm going to do next...
  • Mood: Lazy
For those of you who already have Windows 8 installed, there are some good news: Windows 8.1 is available for download!

Windows 8.1 has brought back the Start Button (a feature that was missing in the original release) and also includes Internet Explorer 11...for which it has been ported to users running Windows 7 SP1.

The Verge has a review of Windows 8.1 and you can read it all here: www.theverge.com/2013/10/17/48…

If you still want Windows 7, it's not going to be too much longer before Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 to direct OEMs and terminate retail sales of the operating system.
  • Mood: Joy
Hey all.

As you may have already noticed. I was close to having to completely abandon this aging desktop computer that I've used for years, but now thanks to dad, I got another chance...this is especially after the 17" Sylvania PD-80A monitor had its LCD backlight burned out and stop working. :la:

I'm using a Dell M782 monitor manufactured in August 2001. It is a 17" CRT monitor capable of displaying resolutions of up to 1280 x 1024...which is a common standard for most legacy PCs. It seems that since I'm technically after a monitor that people don't want to use anymore, I want to use it now...that is until the motherboard on this computer finally dies and that there are no replacement parts available.

The monitor works perfectly, but it is "as is" as it has scratches and dirt around the monitor. :) (Smile)

I'm gonna have to uninstall the VNC client on my sisters laptop and give it back to my sister and I deeply apologise for all of the chaos that was caused. I had to use the laptop for over a week, because I couldn't find a replacement monitor to use for this PC and the eMachines CRT monitor no longer works.

You can all give me a hug now!

:hug::heart:
  • Mood: Joy
I've been offline for a while, because I have some not so good news as I am typing from a laptop belonging to my sister as what is going on right now.

The monitor attached to the graphics card stopped working properly. :no: I also tried to connect the eMachines monitor and it simply wouldn't turn on. I'm gonna need to get the monitor tested in the family room PC to make sure that it still works properly. I was forced to turn the computer off, because of thunderstorms in the area and when I tried to turn the computer on, the monitor wouldn't come on properly.

I will most likely need to get a different monitor to use for this computer and if it still doesn't work, then it has to be the graphics card going bad. I sure hope that is absolutely not the case as I've been using the NVIDIA GeForce MX400 graphics card for over a decade without any problems and it always worked without problems.

Sorry about that. :(


Update: The 11-year old graphics card is still working as is. Earlier this week, I found that while the monitor would turn on, the back-light on the 17" Sylvania LCD monitor stopped working.

Until I find a replacement LCD monitor online (if I can), I will have to use my sister's laptop and use a VNC client as this aging desktop computer does not even have a computer monitor now.
  • Mood: Sadness
Hey there! I'm still around dA and I deeply apologise that I haven't been doing any new drawings lately, but I'm starting to face some neglect here. :(

I had as many as over 5,700 deviation messages from last year and so far, I've been capable of getting that number down to 4,200 (which puts it in mid-August of last year), while I hope to get that number of messages below 4,000 by the end of the day, I clearly hope to get all of the messages in the 2012 folder cleared by the end of this month.

After that I will log out of this account and still hope to concentrate on working on the long overdue kiriban drawing of Madison Kahn for xxCuteEmmyxx that I promised.

It won't be too much longer before the hot weather that has been plaguing for nearly five months is finally going to be outta here.
  • Mood: Sadness
For the first time since 1964, the city of Tokyo, Japan was selected to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad...this is especially what's going to be considered a safe rather than a trans-formative choice. This is especially in a time of political and economic uncertainty around the world.

This is the case, because of the International Olympic Committee's environmental concerns in the island nation appear to be less urgent than the Syrian war on Turkey's border, a harsh crackdown against anti-government protesters in Istanbul recently as well as Spain's economic recession and high unemployment.

Prior to this, Japan has hosted three Olympic Games, the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Additionally, Japan has hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea and has shown that it can organise the world's largest sporting events. Funding of up to $4.5 billion will be contributed to building stadiums for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

Most recently on 11 March 2011, northeastern Japan was hit by a massive 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, killing 15,840 people and leaving another 3,926 missing. Tsunami warnings were issued in 50 countries and territories. In the aftermath, emergencies were declared at four nuclear power plants that were affected by the quake.

How was Tokyo, Japan win the bid to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad?

In the first round, Tokyo, Japan defeated both Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain by a 42 to 26 vote. However, since two cities had a 26 vote, a runoff was declared. In the runoff, Istanbul eliminated Madrid by a 49 to 45 vote.

In Round 2, Tokyo defeated Istanbul, by a 60 to 36 vote. Because Tokyo won the bid, they will not be eligible for another Olympic bid for a long time. Istanbul and Madrid will also not be eligible to make a bid to host the Games of the XXXIII in 2024.

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad will be held from 24 July 2020 to 9 August 2020 for which it is at most 2,511 days from now!

It will be a long time before we see the wait be finally over!

What are your thoughts on the International Olympic Committee's final decision for Tokyo to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020?
  • Mood: Joy
Well. It's been about two weeks since I wrote my previous journal entry, but things have been slow this past Summer vacation.

However, Summer vacation for most people has officially come to a end as the 2013-2014 school/college semester has begun. The rest will most likely go back next Tuesday after Labour Day comes to a end.

This Summer so far has been rough, especially with all of these wildfires in the western part of the United States raging out of control lately. I'm glad that it will finally be over in less than a few weeks as rainy season and the transition to Winter weather will soon begin.

In the mean time, since things have been slow, I've been slowly losing my struggle to get new watchers even though I cannot watch back everyone. It's down a bit to 892 after peaking at 897 and the kiriban is set at 1,000 watchers. There needs to be a way to overcome this.

Also, I seriously need to finish the long overdue kiriban drawing as well as I've been pretty much procrastinating. :(

Also, since I've caught numerous kiribans and requested drawings over the past several months, some of them are long overdue.

If for any reason you have finished the requested drawing or that you're working on it, you're welcome to either post here, on my userpage or send me a note. With that, I will get on it as soon as possible. I have not forgotten everyone here!

Thank you for understanding!

:huggle::heart:
  • Mood: Shame
:hug: :party: :cake: :iconaawplz: :iconteddyplz: :iconaawplz: :cake: :party: :hug:

Well...what do you know. Another year has passed from the last one. Today, I'm celebrating my nine years on deviantART! :party:

While things have been less turbulent, things will continue to be rough for a while. I still need to control my weight and my behaviour, both online and offline.

Thanks to all of the deviants who continued to support me over the year, including the past year. Unfortunately, I don't have the time to list all of the deviants that I like this year, but I really appreciate the effort and the hard work that you put on deviantART! :love:

:hug: :party: :cake: :iconaawplz: :iconteddyplz: :iconaawplz: :cake: :party: :hug:
  • Mood: Cheerful
12:01:54 AM: AomiArmster DA IS A STUPID TEENAGE, LETS PUNCH IT

I can't believe that deviantART is not in COPPA violation anymore. :la:

deviantART has been around this long, yet it hasn't significantly changed its layout in over three years now.

Congrats to spyed and the rest of the staff for all of the hard work that they put on this site for the past 13 years!

:party:
  • Mood: Cheerful
The 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game is in the books. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 3 to 0. This was the American League's seventh shutout in All-Star Game history and the first time that there have been shutouts in consecutive All-Star games.

The time of the game was 3 hours and 6 minutes with the first pitch at 8:19 PM EDT. 45,186 people attended the game.

American Idol champion, Candice Glover sang the National Anthem. Marc Anthony sang "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch. Additionally, Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" in the middle of the 8th inning.

This was the first time that the New York Mets hosted an All-Star Game since 1964 for which it was the team's inaugural season at Shea Stadium and the ninth time that the All-Star Game was held in New York City. The last that a MLB All-Star Game was held in New York City was in 2008, for which is where the old Yankee Stadium hosted it in its final season before being demolished.

#42 Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees wins the 2013 MLB All-Star Most Valuable Player Award. This is the case, because he was credited in the top of the 8th inning in a effort that he would pitch in his final All-Star game before retiring. He tossed a perfect inning and make a pair of standing ovations while helping the American League All-Stars snap their three game losing streak. For winning the MVP honours, he also got the keys to the new 2014 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray for his accomplishments!

The top performer in the American League was #22 2nd Baseman Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians, who scored 1 at base, 1 run and 1 RBI. The top performer in the losing team, the National League was #44 1st Baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks who went 2 at base and scored 1 run.

Also this was a low scoring game, the American League has regained their Home Field Advantage in the 2013 World Series this October. Overall, the National League still leads the All-Star Game with 43 wins, 39 losses and 2 ties.

Once again, congratulations to the American League for breaking the three-game losing streak and winning the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game!
  • Mood: Pride