Saturday, February 28, 2009

From Geeks: Can you hear the sound?

Train Horns

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."

Post Surreal Portable














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

Visita Iglesia


I couldn't just go to Apo without revisiting Lourdes Church, now could I? Aside from being one of the country's best churches, this is the place where I grew up, and is naturally close to my heart.
I entered the dark church passing by the statues (I grew up with) and took pictures of most of them. Then I went to the candle-lighting room and lit just one, for thanks.
Looking at my specially-made montage now, I'm thinking who the other still few-lit candles could have been for, since every color had a different intention and all of them would be hopefully answered. *I hope I lit one more for the world today*

A Piece of Pie, anyone?










It's still a mystery to me...how we got Shakey's. Was it my fervent prayers, my emotional proposal, a sweet twist of fate of them simply finding me, since the manager lives nearby...

Whatever it could have been, I'm utterly grateful for the fact that business, no matter how humble, is booming.

That's Amore!

My very own Pizza Joint.
Just when I was beginning to think I was turning more and more into a stick in the mud with all my Internet waves and wantings, I realized I was waiting for this moment when I had a job of my own, and a steady income. Well, next to owning this Pizza Joint, what could be better than leasing the place I used to call home and do away with all the heavy work a real business is involved with.
Today, I was able to visit my old hometown...still in Quezon City but distanced by horrendous highway traffic from home now. It was like a walk in memory lane...upgraded by a very large Shakey's sign where I used to enjoy home-cooked food. My prayers have been answered after all, just across the street in fact where I asked for an intention in our old Lourdes church. In 2007, I remembered lighting a candle in the hopes of finding a good lessee. Today, I was happy to light a yellow candle in Thanksgiving for my new Pizza Shakin' business.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Intermezzo

Woke up today not entirely ready to watch another winner downloaded last night (movies Milk and The Reader). I'm more content just listening to the heavenly voice of Andrea Bocelli, whom Celine Dion once called God's singing voice. I totally agree. Listening to him ends up sorting my frazzled neurons and gets me in the mood to compose my thoughts...as I am writing right now while listening to Last.fm radio featuring his songs and others.

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

"I'm Slumdog Millionaire!"

"I've walked the streets of Mumbai, and all I can say is it's not a walk in the park...but I've kept my eye on the ball...and that's why they call me Slumdog...Mil-lion-aire!"
---Jamal

(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

My First Oscar goes to Vicky, Cristina, Ma. Elena

Right after watching the Opening Ceremonies of the 2009 Oscar Awards with Amazing Hugh Jackman as host and just reaching the part where Penelope Cruz is awarded for Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona all before our scheduled monthly luncheon with my dad's Senior Citizen friends (whew!), I was able to go see the movie today. Fantastic timing and a really good movie! I'm satisfied.

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

Time away

A poem without R&R

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.

Treasures and Trinkets

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!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Quotes

Life can be wildly tragic at times,
and I've had my share.
But whatever happens to you,
you have to keep a slightly comic attitude.
In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.

Katharine Hepburn