Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
If you're into animation [department], these are the two top Annie Awards nominees for 2009 with Coraline leading with 10 and Up with 9.
Although I didn't see UP in 3D and only saw Coraline on DivX, it's worth mentioning that I enjoyed them both and will see them again with higher resolution next time.
I'm no critic, simply an avid viewer. I loved them both and putting these film [posters] together form a word, and that's C UP. To finish, I liked CUP! Right now, I'd like a cup of coffee. Goodnight.
James Cameron Tells Peter Jackson He Would Rather Use CG Instead of Building Titanic’s Set Today Read more: James Cameron Tells Peter Jackson He Woul
Good discussion going on here! I wish I had something to add but I simply adored the film. Fantastic!
Pictured is Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, the Warrior Princess.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
London, England (CNN) -- James Cameron's feverishly-awaited sci-fi blockbuster "Avatar" has enjoyed its world premiere to strong reviews.
Hyped as the most technically-ambitious and expensive film ever made, "Avatar," had a lot to live up to.
But, as the credits rolled following the 3D epic's world premiere in London Thursday, it looked like the "Titanic" director's decade-long gamble had paid off.
There were whoops and cheers as portions of the audience gave Cameron and cast members, including Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington, a standing ovation.
Later, outside, among the excited crowd, much of the talk was about the amazing spectacle Cameron had created on the fictional planet of Pandora, which has been invaded by military forces from Earth.
"It was an absolute marvel and I am left in awe after seeing it," audience member James Howard, 23, said of the magical jungle planet that lights up with phosphorescence at night.
The planet's 10-foot-tall, blue-skinned indigenous species, the Na'vi also went down well with the audience.
Back in August, when Cameron treated fans around the world to a 15-minute taster dubbed "Avatar Day," there were questions about how appealing the creatures would be.
But Kent Renwick, 39, said: "The [Na'vi] female character had a really expressive face. She was really beautiful and that's why I think it worked.
Others commended the advanced 3D: Lucy Biswicke, 34, said she had no feelings of motion sickness from wearing the specs. "It's all about the quality of the 3D for me. I'd never seen a 3D film before and this is amazing."
Fox, the studio behind "Avatar," recently told CNN that "Avatar" is the most expensive film the studio has ever produced, although it declined to confirm a figure. Industry watchers have put the figure at around $300 million.
Part of the multi-million dollar budget was spent on developing new cameras, with the feature marketed as a huge leap forward in filmmaking.
Cameron, who is famous for pushing the boundaries of film, couldn't have hoped for a better reception for the the epic he first conceived 14 years ago.
Hype around "Avatar" has been further stoked by the "Terminator" and "Aliens" director's 12-year directing hiatus. His last film, the 1997 epic "Titanic," won 11 Oscars and took $1.8 billion worldwide at the box office -- a record that remains to be broken.
Parallels with Cameron's earlier work were apparent in more than just the huge ambition of "Avatar."
The strong female characters are back (in the shape of Sigourney Weaver as an acid-tongued cigarette-smoking xeno-biologist), as is his gritty, industrial vision of humanity in the future.
"It's like 'Titanic' meets 'Terminator' or 'Aliens,'" joked makeup artist Bill Corso, 42.
But some audience members took issue with the storyline. Andrew James, 27, said: "The plot is by the numbers, very much what I expected. You know, you've got the courageous army guy, you've got the native women, they're all very much caricatures. But, I couldn't help buying into it."
"There were parts that you couldn't help but chuckle at," Howard said of some of the dialogue which he found cheesy. "I know I'm going to talk about it and think I don't like it as much later on, but right now I thought it was absolutely amazing."
"The thing is, he's trying to cram a really complicated storyline into a blockbuster format so he has to rely on some cliches," said Lisa Armstrong, 35, from Nottingham.
It's not only Fox who will be closely monitoring such feedback: "Avatar's" boundary-pushing use of 3D technology is regarded as a game-changer for the film industry as a whole.
Positive reviews from critics in newspapers like The Guardian in London and trade press like Variety and Screen International have started to appear.
But the real test will come next week when the movie goes on public release worldwide.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
How People are LEGO: Fast manifestation on TridroidMy friend DJ Chuang, blogger and consultant, once called me a human Intel processor. I think it was a reference to the speed at which I would bounce around different ideas. I prefer to think of myself as a Tigger, as in the World of Pooh. Playful, creative, upbeat, and courageous, the Tigger is always listening, observing, and moving. What I've come to accept is that I'm something of a Fast Manifestor.
Lately, the social media Tweetups I've attended are a-buzz with questions about the viability of Twitter, whether it's a fad, and what its purpose is. After a similar conversation with college Tweeter @arianna at Solstice Cafe in the U-district (Seattle), I blurted out this thought: "Oh my God, people are LEGO."
Wait a minute. What do fast manifestation, LEGO, and Twitter (or Tridroid for the Android phone) have in common? Did you just get lost in these seemingly unrelated thoughts? In my Tigger brain, these subjects are intertwined through our desire for relationship. The idea that we might find relationship in 140 characters, let alone LEGO, is mind-boggling.
I don't know how gurus, spiritual leaders, or scientists define the phenomenon of fast manifestation (if you want to know, you could Google it, "The Secret"), but here's what I think it is: it is your personal passion about something or someone upon which you focus on (message) repeatedly, either consciously or unconsciously, so that whatever you are messaging comes to fruition. To the new observer, it looks like a fast manifestor (person) has some kind of luck or magic juju, and that others have bad luck or bad karma in comparison. But fast manifestation is neutral: it is neither right nor wrong, good nor bad, and often has no moral tone attached. Therefore, in some ways, we are all fast manifestors, only some of us are more in-tune with how to manifest what they want more than what they don't want. They have a certain amount of control over the outcomes of what seem to be random events.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Sony added the bold statement that they hope to "lead to the 3D market," and will begin to offer 3D tools to third-party developers in the near future.
Besides the PS3, Sony is looking to incorporate the technology into Bravia HDTVs and the Blu-ray format in general.
The other four keys were motion control, Blu-ray, PSN, and PSP-integration.
The console is seen as equally effective as textbooks and more portable. Overall, the Navy has cut training costs down to GBP 200 per hour.
The first officers to receive the training PSPs are" marine warfare engineering technicians, who are responsible for radar, sonar, VHF radio and communications systems."
"You have a voiceover as well as a presentation to explain it, instead of having to sit there and read it from a book and fix it in your own mind," adds leading engineering technician Chris Colpus. "As soon as people know they are going on a course, they are going to want to get their hands on these as quickly as possible so you can get a heads-up on the maths."
The Royal Navy considered also physically removing the UMD drive but opted not to, letting the officers play games during downtime.
"I thought if we don't disable it, it'll be better looked after,"says Lieutenant-Commander Mark 'Beasty' Williams. "They are also engineering technicians and would probably be able to fix it themselves."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
My blog template only shows the time of blogging, not the date. So this week is Halloween week (nobody's really in school), and I've added four blogs in succession just for tonight. May I greet everybody Happy Halloween today until Sunday. Although it's not my favorite holiday, I think we're all set for it!
Please be updated too of my new and revamped website at Wix. It's AdVentures: A Journey for your Bookmarks/Favorites. So, pardon me Hallmark, but there will only be exciting additional artwork if you care enough to download the very best. Thanks and Bon Appetit downloading! ---so fart the artist!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
One of the biggest arguments I've heard against using Gmail is that desktop clients like Thunderbird and Outlook offer better keyboard shortcut support. To this I say NONSENSE! Gmail includes great keyboard shortcut functionality, you just have to turn it on. You will also have a small learning curve because the Gmail keyboard shortcuts are different than those found in Outlook and Thunderbird. The great thing is, if you turn Gmail shortcuts on once, they work from any computer.
The 5 Gmail Shortcuts I use most frequently are:
c - creates a new email message. Use Shift+c to open the new message in its own window.
/ - puts the cursor in the search box. Email search is probably something I do more than any other email fuction.
u - takes back to your inbox view from any message.
j - moves down the message list taking you to the next older message than the one you are currently on.
x - checks the box next to a message. Used in combination with j you can quickly move through a list of messages and check them for archiving, labeling or any other action.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
As much as I would like to (appease my sister and) go back to my psychiatrist, if I had the choice, I'd really like to move on with my life and not get stuck for another millenia indulging in psycho-babble. I'm helping the doctor more than I'm helping myself at this point.
May God give me the decency of having a "say", a "choice" in what I'm in this world for. I hate to waste (my talk time) out on some psychiatrist (who will only meddle with my thoughts). Maybe I can do it for a couple of weeks but that's the limit for sure.
In all 20 years of psychotherapy, this is the Best Advise I've heard of yet!
Exclamation 1: I've never talked to him since 2006!
Exclamation 2: And it was only yesterday when I had a civilized conversation with my sister.
Addtn'l Bit of Record Trivia: Plus I'm 45 and I've never been to a doctor for the longest time (for general check-up anyway).
Record Trivia #2: I've taken up Medical Transcription when I was not under his mutilation er...monitoring. Don't tell me having a sense of dry humor is all that bad.
Points to ponder:
- Basically, he says I'm more in focus...more than he had ever seen me before. That would mean anytime during the whole length of time I've been seeing him since the early '90s.
- I haven't been taking my medicines since 2005 or 2006, and apparently I've done well without them (...and something he overlooked completely...him!)
- He didn't prescribe any...for fear that I might not want to see him again.
- I have low-grade depression and recommend I read up on Calabrese.
- He gave me a prescription to have my T3 T4 and TSH taken, as requested.
- I'm not fat!
Here's what I've read on Low-Grade Depression. I'd rather focus on getting well than on a condition I'm most likely to overcome anyway. Full Stop.
Note: If I were to write (based on my knowledge in transcribing) my own SOAP, here's how it would read...but I guess people aren't ready to hear the truth. Or I'm not ready to write a full disclosure, not that my medical records are all up to me.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
(Ricky Hatton Knocked out BBC 5Live Report)
Never since the Thrilla in Manila in 1975 has my interest in ringside boxing been revived with much curiosity, not that I think Pacman is the Greatest.
On May 2, 2009, the Battle of East vs West took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the whole PI was crimeless stupid for at least 15 minutes or so (Sunday morning, May 3rd over here).
Several knockdowns in Round 1. A total knockout in Round 2. A defeat of a whitey by a series of solid punches and a crushing left blow from an LBB (little brown brother). Manny Pacquiao is the man of the hour and the Ricky Hatton fight was truly a delight all Filipinos can be proud of wherever they are. Finally, hats off to the Pacman.
May you eat up all future ghosts lurking at every corner. ROFL..
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tao Te Ching 38
When the Tao is lost, there is goodness.
When goodness is lost, there is morality.
When morality is lost, there is ritual.
Ritual is the husk of true faith,
the beginning of chaos.
Therefore the Master concerns himself
with the depths and not the surface,
with the fruit and not the flower.
He has no will of his own.
He dwells in reality,
and lets all illusions go.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, spilled his blood and died for our sins upon a wooden cross. He was a symbol of great sacrifice. Did God really have to do that physically? Isn’t it the same to just think about the symbol? Can’t we just talk about? We can be very logical and concrete. There is no proof that it really matters. It is silly and naive to do such things, childlike. They are not necessary.
Or does that perspective tear away the husk of true faith?
We seek the sweet kernels of corn inside. We seek the fatty meat and milk of the coconut. It’s hidden inside past the husk. Those delightful morsels can’t become fruit without the husk to shield and protect them while they grow. Once the fruit is mature, is the husk of no use? No. It holds and protects what is inside — a container for something delicious.
The master knows that deconstruction beyond ritual is the borderline of chaos. The capstone can not shine and reflect in the rays of the glorious sun without the base stones holding it up.
Ritual is the husk of true faith. This is the reality. Can you let go of your illusions and let it happen?
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Nobody blame Bush. Just be constantly reminded what this Iraqi War was all about.
Some American Idiot had the gaul to post this on Geeks and laugh about it. Just goes to show how downright stupid some Americans can really be. At some point in this boy's life (the one who posted it), I hope he gets the chance to empathize with the Iraqi boy this video is all about...and then laugh about it.
After all, Adversity makes men. Prosperity makes monsters.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A god without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but Fate and Nature.
Isaac Newton: Principia Mathematica (1687); Rules of Reasoning in Philosophy, Rule IV 
A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
Une oeuvre où il y a des théories est comme un objet sur lequel on laisse la marque du prix.
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, part VII: Time Regained, chapter III, "An Afternoon Party at the House of the Princesse de Guermantes" French versionand English translation
Genius creates, and taste preserves. Taste is the good sense of genius; without taste, genius is only sublime folly.
Le génie enfante, le goût conserve. Le goût est le bon sens du génie; sans le goût, le génie n'est qu'une sublime folie.
François-René de Chateaubriand, Essai sur la littérature anglaise (1836): Modèles classiques 
You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come;Knock as you please, there's nobody at home.
Credited as Epigram: An Empty House (1727), or On a Dull Writer; alternately attributed to Jonathan Swift in John Hawkesworth, The Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin (1754), p. 265. Compare: "His wit invites you by his looks to come, But when you knock, it never is at home", William Cowper, Conversation, line 303.
Lull'd in the countless chambers of the brain,Our thoughts are link'd by many a hidden chain.Awake but one, and lo, what myriads rise! Each stamps its image as the other flies!
Samuel Rogers, The Pleasures of Memory (1792), Part I 
Never find fault with the absent.
Absenti nemo non nocuisse velit.
Standard translation: Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent.
Sextus Propertius, Elegies, II, xix, 32
The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.
Variants: 1) The unapparent connection is more powerful than the apparent one; 2) The hidden harmony is better than the open one.
Heraclitus, Fragments, 54  and 
The sick in body call for aid: the sickIn mind are covetous of more disease;And when at worst, they dream themselves quite well.To know ourselves diseased, is half our cure.
Edward Young, "Night Thoughts," (1742-1745) Part IX 
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease.
George Dennison Prentice [1807-1870], Prenticeana (1860)
And as Alexander Pope himself would say :
"To err is human, To forgive...divine."
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I live in a large hollow block. A square room averaging 5 x 5 sq. meters. It is made up mostly of cemented beams...cement for the ceiling, walls, and floors. Like I told you...a large hollow block is what it is. I can hear sounds from all over reverberating in my hollowblock room. Sounds from our next door neighbor when they bang their big tall iron gates. Same disturbing sounds when they bang their car doors.
Sounds from below my room...which seems to have quelled at the moment...that irritating sound of a tiny child speaking a dialect I couldn't figure out what. Anyway, it's just plain noise to me.
Never mind the ongoing construction work of a nearby condominium building which they shouldn't be building in a residencial subdivision. I can't fight the corruption that is City Hall on my own.
I also hear the sounds of my Logitech computer keyboard as I am typing away.
Other than that, there is silence in my room...except for the occasional ringtone reminder...that the grbage truck is due soon.
Sometimes, I welcome the silence. Make that on regular intervals, I welcome the silence. But silence doesn't come voluntarily or even regularly. Sometimes, I create noise to make silence. I have to be adamant to make it.
My mind is dictated by the people around me...as diverse as people who don't fit in our house. People who really have no physical place.
I am trapped in my own room thinking while I type, typing while I spend a little silence. I get silence by simply typing something. I get peace by simply typing and thinking. By turning a little naked and typing something.
I want to be happy. I want to be free. By writing or initiating something, I cannot be blamed for not trying at all.
People are dying here. It's not a home I live in. There is no warmth except in my auto-built sunroof but sometimes, the sun's too strong and I have to come down and rest in my red room.
The only maid we have is taking care of 1.) an 87-yr old jerk, most of the time, even to her; 2.) a 3-yr old blah-blah from Ani-i; 3.) a husband waiting aimlessly for an overseas job that never comes. He is in my opinion, nothing but freeloader aside from being eyesore. She also, aside from being cooky, cooks smelly fish in the morning and irritates me endlessly with her mind games. She is overworked from my own description. She came to our house to conquer. I'll tell you this. She cannot conquer me. I think she is working with an undiagnosed mental illness: retardation. Seriously. Add to that, righteous indignation that has no place in my heart.
My only sister, 7 years older, just let go of a personal therapist she was solely responsible for taking abroad to work. After a major operation last July, 2008, she didn't take a much-needed vacation from work, only a few weeks in Helsinki with needy friends. She is a doctor but since she considers me an unnecessary baggage, she will accept no help from me, only take here and there and just forget about it as if I owed her something anyway. I respect her. I think she's a good, functional person, just not someone to entrust my life with. Sad but true. Our best conversation is an emotional argument by her. She gets so emotional, which makes me conclude she really needs a doctor...of the mental kind. She too is dying but will not care to admit it to a little sister like me. She feels I deserve no sort of "homey" information. She's just as lost.
My 87-yr old perpetually jerky father is obviously dragging me down just by still being alive and eating off my remaining hold on sanity. Enough said. Senile at best. Senile at worst. Smiling, cursing senile nonetheless.
My 23-yr old nephew with cerebral palsy. He tugs at my heart but what good can I offer the poor boy, who has been through nothing but nothing at all. He was better of sleeping the days off...without care about the world or himself. I'll always be here for him though. He offers me inspiration and hope. Ironically.
My household is comprised of nothing a but a series of mentally ill patients, waiting for nothing but the daily allowance of increasing boredom in their lives. They seem to be happy with that. Maybe I should be too.
I too am dying. I have nowhere to go but keep myself locked up in a room...of my choosing more than 30 years ago...and force myself to be happy without doing anything at all. I've been transparent for the most part. My life is nothing but an open book but people still refuse to see the page where I actually fall off and turn into a hologram. If it's alright with you, I'd rather turn the pages for you and if I choose to close the book...maybe it's time for all of you read another one that's more appealing.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"So this guy comes up to me and says: Whats the vision?
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Created by Train Horns
My Reply to the Discussion:
"No, I can't. At first, I thought I heard one, similar to the sound of a dog whistle and when I ante'd up my volume, I heard the same tiny sound again. I heard it but technically, it wasn't significant. I'm 44. Although I pride myself in being able to listen to faraway sounds, as far as my neighbors' place, I also choose to cancel their noise by simply listening to elegant music.
Good Discussion entry though."
I've been happily browsing early this morning and here's what I've found...a prototype for the new PSP 4000, Sony's answer to its current rival-come-lately iPod Touch. Since Sony has been a frontrunner for gaming and amazing hardware, I'm excited to see any new tech they come up with.
From Afterdawn Website:
PSP-4000 to have slider screen?
23 February 2009 21:57 by Andre "DVDBack23" Yoskowitz 12 comments
For over a year now rumors have surfaced every few weeks that a Sony PSP 2 is in the works, with the most recent rumor claiming the new hardware will be touchscreen and will have dual thumbsticks and the removal of UMD. According to new "highly-trusted sources" contacting VG247, there will be no PSP 2 anytime soon, but instead a completely redesigned PSP, dubbed the PSP-4000. Internally the system would be identical to the PSP-3000, but the hardware would be a "complete aesthetic overhaul", adding a large slider screen and the much hoped-for dual analog sticks. There is no other details as of now, and Sony has denied comment on the reports. The mockup from the source is as follows.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Whatever it could have been, I'm utterly grateful for the fact that business, no matter how humble, is booming.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
If they say listening to beautiful music takes you to heights the mundane world stubbornly refuses to even let you see let alone experience, then right now...I'm happily floating on cloud nine, if only for a few minutes before I accompany my 87 yr-old WWII Veteran father to claim his right for his lumpsome benefits from the US government. The bill was finally signed this month and it would be interesting to say the least, to see how the old people are scrambling to various government offices to see their long-promised fortune come to fruition.
It's only 10 o'clock in the morning as I am happily typing away and hopefully, if I can get my mind completely flushed from yesterday's surprise hit, I'll be able to focus on an entirely new story.
La donna e mobile, as The Three Tenors would put it.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
(or what Jamal could have said the day after the super exciting quiz show...that won him his ulzimate happiness)
Thank you Director Danny Boyle for bringing it to me...and the rest of the world. Slumdog is easily this year's most optimistic World movie. Knowing how probably dreadful and utterly hopeless living in the slums could be (and that comprises a large chunk of the world too often ignored), I've found a new leash in life after watching the funtastick movie. So instead of being self-proclaimed "King of the World", I can softly declare that I'm Slumdog Millionaire!...everytime I walk the streets of Manila or even Quezon City.
Having said that, here's hoping I don't run into a tomato-throwing clown when I watch Gran Torino tomorrow. *Me and my big mauz!*
Monday, February 23, 2009
Without knowing anything about the movie, I initially thought the title was a full Catholic girl's name, with Barcelona as her last...all within the likely setting of Barcelona, Spain (duh). After the first few minutes of watching, I couldn't have been happier to be completely uninformed. Thoroughly enjoyed another Woody Allen movie and that's all I can really say...except that I'm going to be a fan of Slumdog Millionaire once I get to watch it tomorrow, and probably The Reader the next, and Milk, and Doubt and all the nominees for this year's Oscars.
Now's a good time to watch a movie, don't you think? Next week will probably be a better time to watch a downloaded torrent clear copy of the Oscars. Hooray for film. Hooray for my newfound interest in watching. Hooray for a just little saved money. Hooray for compressed file formats XviD and DivX. Hooray for blank DVD-R's. Hooray for the Internet. Hooray, hooray, hooray! Now if I can only keep my spirits up...for an extended time.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
It's time for me to blog, I know...
Since I've been caught up with another site to write...about.
But I guess writing another blog
if written well...will also end up with that Site I had to tell.
I realize now I'm really not at all Internet-savvy
What with all the new things I'm just beginning to see for the first time
For example my new old friends in Facebook
Or my new new ones in Geeks.
All in all, social-networking rocks...
if only you knew how to make it work for you.
Others wouldn't have second thoughts but I'm not just one of the others
Who couldn't care less but be careless with their thoughts.
More than just being widely connected,
I think it's the substance that ultimately makes sense...
The meaning in saying this thing...
As opposed to this thing that says the meaning.
After all, computers still are ruled by people who type away
And not the other way...where pure computers would simply type
And away they go...like a race to nowhere...
Absolutely nowhere to go. Only time away.
Just in time for the Oscars.
I'm sorry. My real message can be decrypted as Even an Oscar can turn into just another one of Wall-e's treasures or trinkets.
Ah, now it makes more sense ;-)
But not really if I'm Kate Winslet, that is. Hail Titanic!