Thursday, August 31, 2006

Series of Events

Anything can happen in just one day!

It all started when I went to Glen (my student in YB) and hanged out, then we headed for SM North Edsa (which is a 5 minute walk). Then I saw Paul (from TA) and my mom (two separate places). Then we ate at Chowking, then my mom went home, found Vane and Pearl at Cyberzone, chatted with Vane, laughed, then Paul and I loitered on the steps of SM where I saw Ma'am Lowella Cacho (teacher and friend) We haven't seen each other for a year and here she is married TODAY. WTF! After that, Paul and I saw Jen and Jane with Domingo and we ate at Dots Donuts and I headed home!

How's that for a summary?!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Petition to bring back subs in Animax-Asia


Anime otakus all over Asia made a petition to return animes aired in Animax Asia in their English subbed versions

Otakus out there can sign for the petition here:

Animax Asia, Bring Back our Subs

Amazon Accepting Vista Pre-Orders


BOSTON (Reuters) - Internet retailer Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN - news) has started taking early orders for Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, offering versions of the product from $100 to $399.

Taken from Yahoo News:

The retailer's Web site said the software will be available on January 30, and an Amazon spokesman said on Tuesday the date was an estimate based on informal conversations with Microsoft and others in the computer industry.

Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos declined to comment on Amazon's pre-sale, saying the software maker is still finalizing its pricing model. It has not set a release date for the new version of Windows, which sits on more than 90 percent of the world's personal computers.

Microsoft has repeatedly postponed the release of Windows Vista, which is already five years in the making. Quality assurance delays have put off the consumer version of Vista until early 2007 -- after the crucial holiday shopping season. Vista is due to ship to corporate customers in November.

Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund said in a note to clients that Amazon's pricing on high-end versions of the software was above his forecasts.

Vista will be sold in more versions than Microsoft's current
Windows XP operating system, with different lines targeted at consumers and businesses.

Amazon's pricing ranges from $100 for a basic upgrade version of Windows to $399 for a full "ultimate" version of the operating system, according to the retailer's Web site.

"The pricing of higher-end versions, which we believe will be more popular than the lower-end versions, may be more significant and longer lasting than the incremental upgrade revenues that have been of greatest focus by analysts," Sherlund said in his note.

Sherlund also said that a January 30 release date would be about two months ahead of what he was expecting.

Vista Prices Leaked!



Apparently, the Canadian Microsoft retail pricing page “accidentally” put up a list of the upcoming Vista versions along with prices and SKUs.

The site was taken down quickly - but the damage had already been done:

Full Version
•Vista Ultimate $450
•Vista Business $341
•Vista Home Premium $269
•Vista Home Basic $233
Upgrade Version
•Vista Ultimate Upgrade $269
•Vista Business Upgrade $224
•Vista Home Premium Upgrade $179
•Vista Home Basic Upgrade $116


It looks like if you are interested in picking up Vista, you had better start saving. Or you could always defect to OSX for a mere $129 (OSX “Leopard will also be available in spring 2007.)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

L'Arc~CON:PIECES of Yesterday



L'Arc~CON:PIECES of Yesterday ~an LPFC Anniversary Special~
September 16, 2006, UP Ang Bahay ng Alumni
12:00nn-10:00 pm
program officially starts at 2:00 pm

Activities are as follows:
· Exhibition Booth - An exhibition of the Organizer's Pride Collection of original L'Arc~en~Ciel stuff and merchandise (albums, singles, dvds, posters, magazines, etc.)

· Music/Listening, Karaoke and Film Showing Booth - Several music listening area will be provided for all the fans. Also a karaoke area wherein fans can sing Laruku karaoke tunes. Plus, a chance to view rare videos and the "latest" from the band.

· Bazaar - Different anime-, manga-, Laruku-, and other Japanese-related goods from different stores will be up for grab for all fans during the event at a very reasonable price.

· Organization/Institutions Booth - School organizations, clubs or institutions considered as an Affiliate for the event is encouraged to promote and exhibit their respective organizations.

· Fan Art Competition - A showcase of Filipino artists through original fan art and designs of L'Arc~en~Ciel and it's members.

· Cosplay Competition - Participants shall portray a certain character of their choice. There will be two (2) categories for the cosplay competition and are as follows:

o Laruku Idol Cosplay Competition - individual cosplayer shall portray any from the L'Arc~en~Ciel band members.

o Anime/Movie Laruku-related Cosplay Group Competition - group cosplayers to portray any from the L'Arc~en~Ciel-inspired anime and movie themes.

· Wall Graffiti and Commemoration Area - An area for Laruku fans to display their sincerest appreciation for the band. This section shall serve as our project for LPFC's Scrapbook activity.

· Auctions - Original pre-owned or new items of any Laruku or J-related items.

· Games - Fun-filled games to keep the camaraderie among Laruku fans.

· Laruku Concert - Five (5) hours of non-stop Japanese Music as the ten (10) performing Filipino J-Coverer bands play L'Arc~en~Ciel music.

Filipino J-Coverer Bands: "Laruku Concert"
Paradoxical Review
Borazuteru
Ethereal Anthem
Euphoria
tRANCE
Himitsu Heiki
Progeny
Rtschrk
Do'Ahou
Xeven:Thvrsday* watch out for their singles


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COSPLAY COMPETITION GUIDELINES
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1. The L'Arc~CON cosplaying contest is open to all event attendees.
2. The L'Arc~CON is divided to two (2) categories namely:
a. Laruku - Idol Individual Cosplay Competition - In this category, a cosplayer is required to portray ONE L'Arc~en~Ciel member
b. Group Cosplay Competition - In this category, there is a group of 4-25 cosplayers who will portray any of the anime or movie that is any way related to L'Arc~en~Ciel.
3. Individual Cosplayers is not qualified to join the Group Cosplayers and vice versa.
4. The L'Arc~CON cosplay event is a First - Come, First - Served basis.
5. The registration starts from 12:00 to 2:45 pm only at the Filcosplay Booth. The cosplayers will then receive their corresponding numbers. The call time for all the cosplay participants is 3:45 and they shall proceed at the Filcosplay Booth (near the stage area).
6. All individual cosplayers are required to submit one (1) sample picture of their choice for cosplay for pre-judging purposes. For the group cosplayers, they are given three (3) minutes to perform their skit. If the group desires to have background music, they are asked to submit the needed materials with the proper label during their registration.
7. Total number of the cosplay participants:
a. A maximum of fifty (50) participants only for the individual category
b. A maximum of six (6) groups only for the group category
8. After the quota has been completed, the registration is automatically closed. However, those cosplayers who were unable to join the contest still have a chance. The organizer will pick one (1) lucky Special Award winner from their crowd.
9. All cosplayers must enter through the BACK ENTRANCE. The entrance fee for all the cosplayers is PHP 80.00. If they are accompanied by a family or a friend, their family or friend should enter from the MAIN ENTRANCE and pay for the corresponding ticket fee.
10. The lounging area for the cosplayers is provided by the organizers located at the back of the stage area. This is where they can place their costumes or props. All of the cosplayers are requested to label their belongings. Make sure that wallets, cell phones or other important things are in safe place. The organizers will not be held responsible for anything lost of their property.
11. If a cosplayer or any member of the cosplaying group commits any violations, the organizers have the rights to disqualify them.
12. The organizers, sponsors and/or the authorized press media may take picture and/or videos, which will be exclusively a property of the organizers, sponsors and/or press media and may be used for further publications or promotions.
13. There are no exceptions from the guidelines mentioned. The organizers' decision is FINAL.


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CRITERIA FOR JUDGING will be announced on the event proper
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AWARDS
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Best Hyde
Best Tetsu
Best Ken
Best Yuki
Special Award - Best Sakura [if there's any]

Best Group Cosplayer
Special Award - Organizer's Best Bet

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PRIZES*
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1. Individual Cosplayers - each winner shall receive:
a. One (1) original audio/video courtesy of Japan Foundation, Manila
b. One (1) special edition of Plushy Doll
c. Five Hundred Pesos worth of Gift Certificates from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
d. One (1) special L'Arc~en~Ciel poster
e. One (1) special the Thought Factory item
f. One (1) special L'Arc~CON t-shirt

2. Group Cosplayer - they shall receive:
a. Cash Prize
b. One Thousand Pesos worth of Gift Certificates from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
c. One (1) L'Arc~en~Ciel poster each
d. One (1) Thought Factory item each

3. Special Awards/Consolation Prizes
a. Coupon voucher/s from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
b. L'Arc~en~Ciel poster/s
c. Thought Factory item/s

* additional prizes will be announced on the event proper


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FANART COMPETITION GUIDELINES
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Entry Qualification
Who: Open to all with over ages 1o and above.
Where: DeviantArts Booth, UP Bahay ng Alumni
When: September 16, 2006, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm only.
How: First-Come, First-Served basis.


Works
Title of Work:
Free of your choice.

Materials:
Any medium (e.g. color pencil, pencil, watercolors, oil crayons, pastels, paint, etc.). Works that are fragile or have uneven surfaced structures will not be accepted due to difficulties with handling. We are also unable to accept works containing grain or other materials, which may attract insects or easily decay.

Size:
¼ size WHITE CARTOLINA (or equivalent). Artwork of other sizes will not be accepted.

Number of Entries:
No Limit. It can be of original fan art, if not original, submit sample photo of your model. Collaborative efforts and/or group works are not accepted.

Entries are to be submitted with the following information:
Real Name:
Alias Name:
Description of Work:
Medium Used:

Fee:
P20.00 per entry.

Others:
Framed works will not be accepted.


Notes
1. Works submitted will not be returned.
2. All entries submitted will become the sole property of the Organizers.
3. Work submitted would be used for LPFC's Scrapbook Project that will be sent to Japan.
4. The Organizer's decision is deemed Final. The Organizers reserved the rights to disqualify ANY entry in the event that any of the aforementioned guidelines and/or rules is violated.


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CRITERIA FOR JUDGING will be announced on the event proper
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Fan Art Competition Awards are as follows
Organizer's Best Choice Award – Grand Winner
Organizer's Best Choice Award – 2 consolation prizes (2nd and 3rd placers)


PRIZES
Grand Winner
- Cash Prize
- One Thousand Pesos worth of Gift Certificates from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
- One (1) Thought Factory item
- Two (2) L'Arc~en~Ciel's posters
- One (1) special L'Arc~CON t-shirts

Consolation Prizes
- One (1) Thought Factory item each
- Coupon Voucher/s from Tokyo Tokyo, Inc. each
- One (1) special L'Arc~CON t-shirts each

* additional prizes will be announced on the event proper

Partners:
Japan Foundation, Manila
HD5
AsiaCom
FilCosplay
Devian Art*

Sponsors:
Lipovitan
Tokyo Tokyo, Inc.
Legend of MIR II
Aqua Soft
SanMig Foods
Thought Factory

Media Sponsor:
GMA Network

... more sponsors coming up


for more updates, email us at larukuphilfansclub@yahoo.com


ticket price is P100.00
cosplayer's entrance fee is P80.00 (entrance at the back door of BnA)
fanart participants - P20.00/entry

pre-selling of tickets is on September 2, 2006 @ SM Megamall Foodcourt, near the Kiddie Ride (right side)
10% discount for bulk orders (15 tickets and up)

Not PSP2


Rumors were circulating the web that Sony is launching already a version 2 of their popular handheld PSP

No it's not PSP2, It's called Mylo, a WiFi Audio/video communicator equipped with Google talk and Yahoo! Messenger. No it does not play homebrews and stuff like that. Sorry to burst your bubbles.

See the link for the full rundown of Mylo

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Penny Arcade Video Game Announced


The creators of Penny Arcade have joined forces with the indy developers at Hothead Games to create a series of video games based on their online comic.

he first game - “Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness” will be available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (with next gen console versions to follow). Initially, the games will be available via digital download with new installments coming out several times each year.

Naturally, expectations for the game are going to be at an all time high. On that subject, Vlad Ceraldi, President of Hothead Games made the following bold statement:

“I’ve promised this with past games, and I stand by it: if the game sucks, I’ll eat my shirt.”

Currently, there is no release date set for Penny Arcade Adventures.

Source: Joystiq

Pluto no longer a planet, say astronomers

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Pluto is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.

Taken from CNN.com
After a tumultuous week of clashing over the essence of the cosmos, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of the planetary status it has held since its discovery in 1930. The new definition of what is -- and isn't -- a planet fills a centuries-old black hole for scientists who have labored since Copernicus without one.

Although astronomers applauded after the vote, Jocelyn Bell Burnell -- a specialist in neutron stars from Northern Ireland who oversaw the proceedings -- urged those who might be "quite disappointed" to look on the bright side.

"It could be argued that we are creating an umbrella called 'planet' under which the dwarf planets exist," she said, drawing laughter by waving a stuffed Pluto of Walt Disney fame beneath a real umbrella.

The decision by the prestigious international group spells out the basic tests that celestial objects will have to meet before they can be considered for admission to the elite cosmic club.

For now, membership will be restricted to the eight "classical" planets in the solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Much-maligned Pluto doesn't make the grade under the new rules for a planet: "a celestial body that is in orbit around the sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a ... nearly round shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit."

Pluto is automatically disqualified because its oblong orbit overlaps with Neptune's.

Instead, it will be reclassified in a new category of "dwarf planets," similar to what long have been termed "minor planets." The definition also lays out a third class of lesser objects that orbit the sun -- "small solar system bodies," a term that will apply to numerous asteroids, comets and other natural satellites.

It was unclear how Pluto's demotion might affect the mission of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which earlier this year began a 91/2-year journey to the oddball object to unearth more of its secrets.

The decision at a conference of 2,500 astronomers from 75 countries was a dramatic shift from just a week ago, when the group's leaders floated a proposal that would have reaffirmed Pluto's planetary status and made planets of its largest moon and two other objects.

That plan proved highly unpopular, splitting astronomers into factions and triggering days of sometimes combative debate that led to Pluto's undoing.

Now, two of the objects that at one point were cruising toward possible full-fledged planethood will join Pluto as dwarfs: the asteroid Ceres, which was a planet in the 1800s before it got demoted, and 2003 UB313, an icy object slightly larger than Pluto whose discoverer, Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology, has nicknamed "Xena."

Charon, the largest of Pluto's three moons, is no longer under consideration for any special designation.

Brown was pleased by the decision. He had argued that Pluto and similar bodies didn't deserve planet status, saying that would "take the magic out of the solar system."

"UB313 is the largest dwarf planet. That's kind of cool," he said.

PS3 UI

IGN got some hands on time with the PS3 user interface, courtesy of a play session with Sony Online Entertainment's Untold Legends. They futz around with a handful of settings and walk you through menus, a system that should look very familiar to PSP owners.

See it here

Friday, August 25, 2006

From Hero To Zero

As I browse my account in Friendster, I realized that I followed the exact same pattern from high school to my present love life.

Which means I never learn from my mistakes. I found out the common denominator in each of my failures and here are the results:

1. I fell in love head over heels

2. I did everything possible for a human just to please the girl.

3. I was betrayed by the person I trusted the most.

4. The girl hates me now to my very bone

5. From close friends, demoted to acquaintances

Ok, first of all, there are only three persons that I seriously fell in love with. One in high school, one in college and one in work. I don't need to elaborate each and every person to protect their identity, even the people involved in my downfall.Ok, number one, I am sure that I really love the person if and only if, I realize later on that I loved her, not the type like "love at first sight". it's like, started as part of a circle of friends, then became close then I'd just realied that I fell...so deeply. Then secondly, did everything just to make her smile. You know, no matter how hard the things i've done for her, as long as I made her smile, All the pain will go away. Then the turning point is someone, not just anyone, my friend will do something that I would never imagine and that something will make the girl hate me, despise me, and wished that I burn in hell. And the very relationship that I've tried to build up will crumble into bits and may never be built again. I'm too tired of trying to trust someone especially someone you trusted for 4 years. Damn those 4 years wasn't enough for you to have a conscience? Ok, if anyone is reading this post and might be confused on what the hell am I saying, don't worry, this is what we call a rant, a post to express one's anger, one's emotion. I need to do this becuase I can't stand the fact that he's ok with her but she's not ok with me, even though it's his 'ucking fault anyway. Well, I hope your happy now that The very person I love hates me and doesn't trust me anymore, thanks to you friend!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Love moves in mysterious ways

I know it may sound corny, but I don't know if this person is in love with me, this other person has feelings for me and this other person may give me chance to love her.

Wow that's three different persons! I don't know, maybe you'll think that I'm just "feeling" but it was the opinion of others I'm talking here. I tried to tell myself that there is no way a woman normal enough to fall for a geek like me (self pity huh) But some (not all) are giving me hints that these three lovely ladies are giving away signs..but I'm not looking! Call me an idiot but I don't believe them, you know, the three lovely ladies in question are my friends, maybe, the love they are showing me are just platonic (came from planktons perhaps?) love, and these people are just interpreting it in a romantic point of view. Well, I love these ladies but as the way I think they love me too, just friends. I never ever wanted to destroy another friendship because of love and I've learned my lesson already. Let's just wait for the development of things and let's all love each other...like brothers and sisters hehehehe.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Orgasm Game For the DS?



Heather Kelley, a designer for Ubisoft has developed a prototype game for the Nintendo DS that teaches players how to achieve an orgasm.

The game involves tickling, touching, tapping, and stroking a cartoon bunny named “Lapis” until she is so stimulated that she flies into the air. Players can also talk, sing, and blow onto the bunny’s fir using the built in microphone.

Kelley noted that she wants to help women take a “magical pet adventure'’ to their “happy place.'’

It appears that this title is targeted directly at female gamers, but my guess is that it will be better suited for a male audience. After all, if you are an avid DS gamer, chances are that you are around 10 years old - in which case it is never to early to start the learning process. On the other hand, if your are an adult you probably have some serious catching up to do.

Click here to play a demo of the game.

Console Wars

Microsoft vs Sony vs Nintendo


Microsoft to enable user created XBox 360 games



Microsoft has announced their latest project for the XBox 360 entitled XNA Game Studio Express. The product will allow anyone with skills to develop games for the XBox 360 and the PC simultaneously. Users will also be able to share their work via the new XBox 360 Creators Club - which will be integrated into Microsoft’s XBox Live service.

According to Gamasutra: “XNA Game Studio Express will be available for free to anyone with a Windows XP-based PC, and will provide them with what’s described as “Microsoft’s next-generation platform for game development.” In addition, by joining a “creators club” for an annual subscription fee of $99, users will be able to build, test and share their games on Xbox 360, as well as access a wealth of materials to help speed the game development progress.”

Apparently, initial game development packs will allow for basic game programming with future versions becoming increasingly elaborate. There will also be an XNA Professional version that will be aimed directly at high level users.

The XNA Game Studio Express beta will be available Aug. 30, 2006 as a free download on Windows XP. A final version is expected during the holiday season.

Sony & Nintendo's love child?

What if the PS3 and the Wii were made into one console?


The Ultimate Super Mario fanboy

All hands down to this guy


Naruto 2 on Nov 2



Fans of Naruto are delighted to know that their favorite anime will end its uber long filler episodes and start Naruto 2

Episode 207 entitled (to be updated soon)marks the start of Naruto 2 1/2 years after. scheduled to be aired on November 2, 2006.Based on the manga, it continues the story that was left on Episode 135. But before that, Kakashi Gaiden will also have an anime adaptation which will feature a three part episode just right before Naruto 2 arc. I can't wait to see Naruto and the rest of the gang all grown-up and ready to kick some ninja B-hind!

Koda Kumi new single 4 Hot Wave


Koda Kumi (1000 words & Real Emotion) released her 32th single 4 Hot Wave last July 26, 2006 with the following tracks:

01. INTRODUCTION ~I'll be there~
02. 人魚姫 (Ningyohime)
03. I'll be there
04. INTERLUDE ~JUICY・人魚姫~
05. JUICY
06. With your smile
07. OUTRODUCTION ~With your smile~

currently listening to it and it's good ^_^

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Farewell Party

Last night we celebrated a farewell party to our outgoing faculty members

Sponsored by Mam Len, we held a party last night to commemorate the departure of our faculty members going to Bahrain and to those who filed their resignation letters. Too bad some of our faculty members didn't make to the party but the night turned out to be a happy experience. Food food and more food, some booz and the videoke machine is being used non stop. I sang a few songs (Crazy for you, Prinsesa, Pare ko, Buloy, Lunes, What do I do and some duet with others). We will miss all the faculty members that are leaving specially that friendship was build between us. Godspeed to all














Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Lucky

After everything said and done, the storm is now over.

Finally, our conflict is over. No more fighting, no more bloodshed. Both sides accepted each other again and I'm glad it's finally over. I don't even care about the person who is responsible in our dispute in the first place, let him call to mind his sins and lament on his mistakes for he has broken my trust and breaking a person's trust is like removing a soul to its body. Anyway, ranting aside, the feeling of peace is an ecstasy to my body and soul, specially to her, my beloved, my queen. All I can say to those people who loses hope, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and there's alway a rainbow after the rain

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Gone...

I realize something, the people who became close to me are leaving...

It's like an instant, no warnings, no signals, no nothing. They just leave. I can't blame them. They are seeking for greener pasture. one is resigning, another is leaving for another country and another one is tying the knots. Time passes by when you least expect it and the moment you realize it, it's now too late. Well, I hope thay put into their hearts the times we spent together for I will never forget them. i just hope our communication will not just fade away.

"No matter where we are, our hearts will bring us together again."
                                          - Aeris Gainsborough, Kingdom Hearts