Tuesday, October 31, 2006

One Price to Rule them all

Good news to Filipino credit card holders! Read this. About time, yeah!, perfect for this coming Christmas season.

Monday, October 30, 2006

[kawr-nuh-koh-pee-nyuh]

I'm 30 now and I believe that I'm on the right path.

This year is my 9th year as a professional (read: employee). 9 years!?!, it's my highschool & college time spent put together, wow. Time sure flies fast.

9 years. Can you believe it?

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NBA Season 2006-07 launches tomorrow and my fantasy teams are now bursting with energy. My inaugural team in NBA.com's Salary Cap Challenge is composed of Ricky Davis, Raymond Felton, Elton Brand, Shawn Marion, Jumaine Jones, and Rasho Nesterovic. For this season, I'll be joining 3 games offered by NBA.com (I didn't qualify in NBA.com Premier Fantasy).

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My PBA team, Talk 'N Text PhonePals, is on a 2-game losing streak now. They slid to 4th place in the elimination round standings and it's quite clear that they still need to work a LOT on team defense. I watched their game against SLR and since it was a delayed telecast, I was treated to a 12-point loss at 12.30 am yesterday.

Pals, go, go, go!!!

Sigurista

Cebu Pacific e-Ticket - P4,509.12
Cebu Ferries Suite Ticket - P3,379.54

I know, i know - Christmas vacation is still 53 days away but what do we lose if we bought these 'kets in advance? I guess this is because we never went home in the province last Christmas... Plus buying online is very comfortable.

Found an apartment yesterday. Fudge and I will move there within 2 weeks.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Oct. 26 '06 Update

Quote from Avenue Photo (Hidalgo, Quiapo - Wilson at 0919-2061307, 02-7332761):

Canon EOS 350D body - P35,000
Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II lens - P4,000

Quote from INSOTEC Computers (Lapu-lapu City - Lito 0917-5496632, 032-3414326):

Canon EOS 350D body - P37,500
Canon EOS 350D kit (with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6) - P 41,500.00
Canon EOS 400D kit (with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6) - P 45,500.00
Canon EOS 30D body - P67,500.00
Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II lens - P4,600.00
Canon PowerShot S3 IS - P28,500.00

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Starter's Kit

FireFox 2.0 is nice although it uses 55MB of RAM while I'm blogging now. I opened the same window in IE 7 and it uses only 10MB (I switched my blog draft to IE7 and memory usage is still 10MB). I wonder what they meant by low-resource requirement of FireFox 2.0... I guess this is another marketing crap. Or, maybe XP is conspiring with IE7 in showing the real figures hehehehe gotcha!

(Why do people hate MS so much???)

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Just learn today that the lens included in a lens kit is not really recommended for advanced users. Basic lens kit is literally a starter's kit & I'm not a starter anymore.

So to get my blood flow rolling, I asked around and discovered that a good lens starts at P22,000 (!!!). Holy sh.... cow!, that's already 50% compared to a brand new 400D body!

Definitely this will be a lifelong hobby of mine: a body then a zoom lens 1 year later, then a set of filters a year later, then a 8GB high-speed card a year later, then a powerful external flash 2 years later, then a prime lens (30mm) 2 years later, then another prime lens (300mm) 2 years later, and finally another body 3 years after that.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Trivia: Symbol & Electron Flow

Today, I learn who caused the 'mess' on current flow & symbol confusion. At last.

Benjamin Franklin, that's who.

As shown in the diagram, actual current or electron flow is counter-clockwise. But because of earlier (naive) assumption by Ben, current symbol standard (diode, for example) follows the wrong flow.

But this is trivial, really. Conventional wisdom still works.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Police Invisibility

The other night, I was surprised to see 3 policemen hanging around near our place. Not that we need more security; our place is located just outside Mactan Air Force Base that has regular patrol. But I'm glad to see 'em nonetheless.

Police personnel from Luzon & Mindanao are really swarming Metro Cebu nowadays in preparation for the ASEAN Summit this December. As they are assigned in almost major street corners, traffic is a bit smoother because of minimized 'illegal' PUJ loading & unloading and locals feel a sense of security. Law-abiding locals that is.

Recently, vigilante-related killing now rises, rather quickly, to 172 since December 2004. See News 1 & News 2. To the conspiracy theorists, it seems very clear now that these 'vigilantes' have an inside connection as they still operate with impunity. It seems they know the daily patrol and surveillance routines and they stand over the city like a deranged wife over a cowering husband.

Not that I'm against these 'vigilantes' but I hope that they change their focus to the 'big fish'. Come on, give 'em small-timers a break!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Simple Pleasures

Just want to post it here so that someday I can use this as reference.

Currently playing:

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory

Soon to be playing:

Half-life 2: Episode 1
Heroes of Might & Magic 5
Titan Quest
Sid Meier's Pirates
Company of Heroes

By the way, today is my 7th day on Herbalife Shake Diet. I'm now down to 212lbs from 217lbs. I'll try to make it through a month and see if it really works.

My 'darting' is currently on-hold as stuff like PC games, Prison Break S2, movies, etc. really takes away my focus and dedication. I'll try to play a 10-game leg this weekend.

Here's my updated DVD Library.

Bon cap de setmana!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Goal Highway

Today, I declined a job offer from a promising organization in Metro Manila. From a financial point of view, their offer is twice my current salary plus benefits (stock options, allowances, 4-year guaranteed contract, etc.). Actually, I declined them twice now.

Fudge & I agreed that this is just one of the temptations that will try to take us away from our main goal.

We will achieve that goal and time will tell.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

e-Ticket works, thankfully. Flights were delayed but that was due to bad weather conditions.
"He's called Dr. J because, on the court, he operated on people." - Nate "Tiny" Archibald on Julius "Dr. J" Erving