Monday, October 27, 2008

Three movies worth waiting for

The following are three movies I suggest worth waiting. It's up to you to wait for it but believe me, it's worth the wait.

Let's start off with the movie some girls have been drooling some time now (including my sister)

Twilight

You know, the vampire loves human and vice versa hype is here again. Better watch this with your special someone.



Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

A prequel to the Underworld franchise. Expect some leather and some gothic stuff here. Watch it with your buddies.



Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

It's the greatest saga ever since Star Wars, 'nuff said. Watch it with the whole family.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pablo Banila, a person suffering from ADHD?


Pablo needs your help. Give him some of your attention
My online buddies at Plurk are talking about a certain "stalker" that was viewing their Friendster and Multiply by the name of Pablo Banila. What I think is, this person is suffering from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Some say he's a stalker, some say he's a hacker. What I say is he's a person who needs attention. Someone who was deprived from having a friend in his life. He was locked up on his room playing with himself and drooling over the pictures of Alodia. You shouldn't be afraid of this loser. Instead, understand him. You know, that poor guys who doesn't have any friends at all. Pablo wants your attention, can you give it to him?

Jennifer Hudson's family massacred


Jennifer Hudson, the star of Dreamgirls and American Idol, was in awe last Friday night as her mother and brother found dead at a South Side home in Chicago. Jennifer's nephew is still missing and police held custody a suspect that was linked to the deaths.


William Balfour was being questioned, but Julian King's whereabouts were not known, law enforcement sources told the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Balfour has not been charged.

Jennifer Hudson's personal publicist, Lisa Kasteler, confirmed the deaths.
"We can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation concerning the deaths of Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson," Kasteler said in a statement. "No further comment will be made and the family has asked that their privacy be respected at this difficult time."

The deaths appeared to be the result of domestic abuse, Bond said. The Cook County medical examiner's office said autopsies for Donerson and Jason Hudson were pending.
Deputy Chief Joseph Patterson said a family member entered the home around 3 p.m. Friday, found a woman shot on the living room floor and left to notify authorities. Responding officers found a man shot in the bedroom, Patterson said. There was no sign of forced entry.

Police tape blocked access to the large, white house, where a crowd gathered outside. Investigators with dogs and flashlights searched foliage surrounding a church that faces the home.

Authorities issued the Amber Alert for King and sought a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban. The child was the grandson of the female victim, officials said.
The alert said the child was possibly abducted and could be accompanied by Balfour, who was considered armed and dangerous and called a suspect in the double homicide investigation.

Records from the Illinois Department of Corrections show Balfour, 27, is on parole and spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle. Public records show one of Balfour's addresses as the home where Donerson and Jason Hudson were shot.
The alert said the boy could also be in a teal or green Chrysler Concorde with a temporary license plate, a left front headlight hanging out and scratches on the left side of the vehicle.

The tragedy comes as Hudson, who grew up in Chicago, continues to reach new heights in her career. Her song "Spotlight" is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts and her recently released, self-tiled debut album has been a top seller. She was featured in this year's blockbuster "Sex and the City" movie and is also starring in the hit film "The Secret Life of Bees."

She won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2007 for her role in "Dreamgirls." In an interview last year with Vogue, Hudson credited her mother with encouraging her to audition for "American Idol," which launched her career.
The singer, whose father died when she was a teenager, described herself as very close to her family. In a recent AP interview she said her family, which includes older siblings Julia and Jason, helped keep her grounded.

"My faith in God and my family, they're very realistic and very normal, they're not into the whole limelight kind of thing, so when I go home to Chicago that's just another place that's home," she said. "I stand in line with everybody else, or, when I go home to my mom I'm just Jennifer, (so she says), 'You get up and you take care of your own stuff.' And I love that; I don't like when people tell you everything you want to hear, I want to hear the truth, you know what I mean."

Hudson recently announced her engagement to David Otunga, best known for his stint on VH1's reality show "I Love New York."

Hudson's representatives would not disclose her whereabouts Friday. She had been scheduled to appear Monday in Los Angeles to collect an ensemble cast honor at the Hollywood Awards for "The Secret Life of Bees" with co-stars including Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning.


Source Associated Press

Friday, October 24, 2008

American jailed for being a lolicon


An American was jailed for possessing a shitload of lolicon (lolita complex) manga. Epic fail for this guy. Read on

An Iowa manga enthusiast has been charged with possession of obscene materials, based on the allegation that of his collection of over a thousand volumes, a handful depict underage participants; he faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years if convicted under the PROTECT Act.
A free speech legal defence fund, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, has leapt to his defence, claiming the law is a flagrant violation of the First Amendment rights Americans enjoy to free speech; the CBLDF is scathing:
“The government is prosecuting a private collector for the possession of art. In the past, CBLDF has had to defend the First Amendment rights of retailers and artists, but never before have we experienced the federal government attempting to strip a citizen of his freedom because he owned comic books.”
The CBLDF is most unhappy about the assault on freedom of expression, and is now also concerned that the move represents an unprecedented extension in scope of a law previously targeting chiefly dealers of pornography:
“In the lengthy time in which I have represented CBLDF and its clients, I have never encountered a situation where criminal prosecution was brought against a private consumer for possession of material for personal use in his own home.
This prosecution has profound implications in limiting the First Amendment for art and artists, and comics in particular that are on the cutting edge of creativity. It misunderstands the nature of avant-garde art in its historical perspective and is a perversion of anti-obscenity laws.”
The PROTECT Act being used as a basis for the charges has already taken a beating in courts, with portions being ruled unconstitutional, but sections still retain validity.
In particular, for a guilty verdict to be rendered the jury will have to decide that the material concerned is “obscene”, which involves applying the so-called Miller test to allow the material to be stripped of First Admendment protection:
• Whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest.
• Whether the work depicts/describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct or excretory functions specifically defined by applicable state law.
• Whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. (This is also known as the (S)LAPS test- [Serious] Literary, Artistic, Political, Scientific).
In the past, application of these criteria has proven complex and highly controversial, so it remains to be seen what kind of decision the manga in question will prompt.
The PROTECT Act, an act containing a diverse jumble of “child protection” measurres, itself has been the subject of much legal action, and it is still not clear to what extent it maintains the ability to target artistic or “virtual” maeterial depicting underage participants.
We do not hear how the unfortunate individual in question came to the attention of authorities.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My collection so far...

My action figure / statue collection so far




Greener pasture


Yesterday me and some thirty students went on an IT tour somewhere in Ortigas. No it's not some call center but an IT company who originally from Japan. We all attended an orientation about the company and what on Earth is their job. As the orientation went by, I saw something that originally found only in my dreams...to go to Japan! This is it, this company is offering me all the things I dreamed of.

These were the things that really made me want to go to this company

1. Work is from 7:30AM - 4:30PM or 9:00AM - 6:00PM
2. There is no Saturday work.
3. You got to be trained in programming for FREE.
4. You got to learn Nihonggo for FREE.
5. You can go to Japan all expenses paid by the company.
6. Really really cute girl programmers (MOE~!)

The list goes on. As I talked with their HR manager, she told me that I can apply to their company anytime I want. She asked me if I had any experience in the industry, which by the way is zero, but she said it was okay. Then she told me, "You know, you are a teacher, and teaching is a noble profession."

Now I am in a dilemma, should I continue my teaching career or should I pursue the software engineering career?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Elmo Iive!


After the success of Tickle Me Elmo last year, Fisher Price launched a new Elmo for the whole family. This new breed of Elmo, Elmo Live!, hailed as the "most innovative and engaging Elmo toy ever," will officially hit store shelves today (October 14th) for $59.99, though we suspect the first batch will be snapped up in no time flat. Of course, those of you intent on retaining your sanity probably pre-ordered a few months back, but for everyone else, your battle to get one of this year's hottest holiday gifts starts in under 24 hours. For those wondering what's so special about this fellow, he supposedly tells jokes and makes movements that "give kids the feeling that Elmo is alive in their own homes."

Here is a review by Mike Mozart


Xperia X1 unboxed!

Although Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 is delayed, some lucky fellows got their hands on the gem. Here's a video of Xperia X1 being unboxed. I'm drooling all over





Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Yabang Pinoy


I recently stumbled upon a website that shows why we should be proud of our own products. I'm not being patriotic in anyway but seeing the video on their website made me proud of being a Filipino.

Visit their website here

Monday, October 06, 2008

Nokia 5800 Xpress Music..another killer


The trend of creating a smartphone is upon us. Thanks to Apple's iPhone, many company created their own cash cow that would make iPhone cry in envy. We all know that iPhone is all about hype and the emerging smartphones can prove to that. The Philippine community bought an iPhone becuase of the hype, they don't care if the interface is so-so. Anyway, on with the new Nokia 5800 Xpress Music.

This baby boast a 3.2" inch touchscreen and two cameras, a 3.2 snapper and a VGA front camera. The usual features like 3G,HSDPA and Wifi connectivity are present. It comes with a 8GB microSD straight from the box which really helps a lot.What concerns me is the S60 OS which is different from the usual Windows Mobile 6.1 of the other smartphones coming out of the market. Whether Nokia's faith on the Symbian OS be successful or not depends on the reaction of the users who will use it. All we can do is wait and see.

Intel Atom powered VB 6 programs


I was strolling along Trinoma before heading to a children's party when I found the booth of Intel. A booth that introduces their new Intel Atom processors. The Media Center is great but two of the booth's program really disturbed me.

The two programs in question are the cash register and the office timekeeping. The intrface was so-so and the concept was below avarage. Heck my students can make a better one! They used Microsoft Visual Basic 6 which is gaddam old already. They could have used VB 2005 or 2008 which is a lot better.What a waste of computer resources *sigh*



BTW, the price by visitng the booth is so lame. A keychain ~_~


Go here for the complete pics

Korean Sukiyaki?


When you see it, You'll shit bricks

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Space elevator anyone?


A conference will be held in Japan regarding the construction of a "space elevator" that would transport humans and objects alike into orbit.


A conference discussing developments in space elevator concepts is being held in Japan in November, and hundreds of engineers and scientists from Asia, Europe and the Americas are working to design the only lift that will take you directly to the one hundred-thousandth floor.

A cable anchored to the Earth's surface, reaching tens of thousands of kilometers into space, balanced with a counterweight attached at the other end is the basic design for the elevator.
Don't Miss

* Training for space travel
* Astronaut teachers
* The Spirit Of

It is thought that inertia -- the physics theory stating that matter retains its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force -- will cause the cable to stay stretched taut, allowing the elevator to sit in geostationary orbit.

The cable would extend into the sky, eventually reaching a satellite docking station orbiting in space.

Engineers hope the elevator will transport people and objects into space, and there have even been suggestions that it could be used to dispose of nuclear waste. Another proposed idea is to use the elevator to place solar panels in space to provide power for homes on Earth.

apanese scientists at the Japan Space Elevator Association are working seriously on the space-elevator project.

Association spokesman Akira Tsuchida said his organization was working with U.S.-based Spaceward Foundation and a European organization based in Luxembourg to develop an elevator design.

The Liftport Group in the U.S. is also working on developing a design, and in total it's believed that more than 300 scientists and engineers are engaged in such work around the globe.

NASA is holding a $4 million Space Elevator Challenge to encourage designs for a successful space elevator.

Tsuchida said the technology driving the race to build the first space elevator is the quickly developing material carbon nanotube. It is lightweight and has a tensile strength 180 times stronger than that of a steel cable. Currently, it is the only material with the potential to be strong enough to use to manufacture elevator cable, according to Tsuchida.

"At present we have a tether which is made of carbon nanotube, and has one-third or one-quarter of the strength required to make a space elevator. We expect that we will have strong enough cable in the 2020s or 2030s," Tsuchida said.

He said the most likely method of powering the elevator would be through the carbon nanotube cable.

So, what are the major logistical issues keeping the space elevator from being anything more than a dream at present?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology aeronautics and astronautics Professor Jeff Hoffman said that designing the carbon nanotube appeared to be the biggest obstacle.

"We are now on the verge of having material that has the strength to span the 30,000 km ... but we don't have the ability to make long cable out of the carbon nanotubes at the moment." he said. "Although I'm confident that within a reasonable amount of time we will be able to do this."

Tsuchida said that one of the biggest challenges will be acquiring funding to move the projects forward. At present, there is no financial backing for the space elevator project, and all of the Japanese group's 100-plus members maintain other jobs to earn a living.

"Because we don't have a material which has enough strength to construct space elevator yet, it is difficult to change people's mind so they believe that it can be real," he said.

Hoffman feels that international dialogue needs to be encouaraged on the issue. He said a number of legal considerations also would have to be taken into account.

"This is not something one nation or one company can do. There needs to be a worldwide approach," he said.

Other difficulties for space-elevator projects include how to build the base for the elevator, how to design it and where to set up the operation.

Tsuchida said some possible locations for an elevator include the South China Sea, western Australia and the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. He said all of those locations usually avoided typhoons, which could pose a threat to the safety of an elevator.

"As the base of space elevator will be located on geosynchronous orbit, [the] space elevator ground station should be located near the equator," he said.

Although the Japanese association has set a time frame of the 2030s to get a space elevator under construction -- and developments are moving quickly -- Hoffman acknowledges that it could be a little further away than that.

"I don't know if it's going to be in our lifetime or if it's 100 or 200 years away, but it's near enough that we can contemplate how it will work."

Building a space elevator is a matter of when, not if, said Hoffman, who believes that it will herald a major new period in human history.

"It will be revolutionary for human technology, and not just for space travel. That's why so many


Talk about elevator action hahaha.

Source CNN.com

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Collecticon 2008


Hobbiworx Inc. and Pinoytoykolektors.com in cooperation with Robinsons Midtown Mall brings you.....

COLLECTICON 2008
Oct. 4 & 5, 2008
Robinsons Midtown Mall Atrium
Ermita, Manila
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Admission is FREE


This will be a big toys and collectible experience with 1500 sq.m. of open activity space. There will be more than 60 booths with toys, comics and other collectible merchandises. Lots of activities, fun and surprises instore.

Activities in line :

Toy Auctions
Live Bands
Oldest Toy and Comics Collectible Contest
Customizers Clinic & Workshop
New Statues Unveiling
Trivia Contests
Life Size Display
Photo Contest
Meet, Greet and Photo Ops with:
Alodia
New Worlds Alliance Characters
and SW 501st Legion



Live Band Performers:

Oct. 4, 2008 Saturday

2:00 Bagetsafonik
2:30 Distant Shores
3:00 Ronarudo
3:30 Still Breathing
4:00 Eternal Now
4:30 Trinidad
5:30 18th Issue
6:00 Salamin featuring Paolo Valenciano


Oct. 5, 2008 Sunday

2:00 Rakuen Science Club
2:30 Raika
3:00 Ikuso Iwa
3:30 Catfood
4:00 Meja
4:30 Valet Parking
5:30 Publico

“ My Toys” Photo Contest Rules

a) Entries must be printed. Please do not submit images on CD or via email.
b) Enter up to ( 5 per category ) 8x10 or 8x12 enlargements.
c) Your name, address and daytime, contact number should be written clearly at the back of the photo.
d) Submission of entries. You can drop off your entries in a brown envelope at :
Black Dragons Toys, Blue lane, 3rd level Shoppesville, Greenhills, San Juan on or before Sept. 30 or bring them at the event venue on or before 12 noon Oct. 5
e) The judges will choose the winning picture based on the following qualities: impact,(25%) lighting (25%), composition(25%), creativity (25%) total of 100 points..
f) 2 categories. Edited and non edited. Please mark your submitted entries at the back.
g) Subject any form of toys, figures, cars, statues and robots.

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Robinsons Midtown Mall ( formerly Manila Midtown Ramada Hotel) is a new wing of Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita. It is strategically located at the heart of romantic and historic City of Manila. Within a kilometer radius is a community of residences, government and business offices, schools and universities, parks, art and cultural centers, hospitals, stretch of curio shops, and night spots. It is within walking distance from Manila's major thoroughfares -- Taft Avenue and Roxas Boulevard.

Exact location: Pedro Gil corner M. Adriatico, Ermita, Malate, Manila

How to get there:

Commuting

Easiest way is to take LRT and get off at Pedro Gil Station, from there you can take a 3 minute walk towards Roxas Blvd.

Jeepneys passing through Taft Ave, Mabini and M.H. Del Pilar are also available, just get off the corner of Pedro Gil st, and take a 3 minute walk.

Car or personal transport

If coming from the North ( Quezon City ), you can take Taft Avenue, then take a right turn at U.N. Ave or Padre Faura, turn right again at M. Adriatico ( Pedro Gil is one way towards Taft Ave. don't pass there, if you missed Padre Faura, you have to take the next 2 sts., right at J. Nakpil, then turn right at j. Bocobo st. towards Pedro Gil. )

If from the South, from Quirino Ave. right turn at Bocobo st. then straight towards Robinsons. Or Roxas Blvd towards Luneta,take aright at Pedro Gil st. Robinsons is on the left side.

PARKING

You can park at the Basement Parking. Entrance is located at M. Adriatico and Pedro Gil Main entrance ( infront of the drop off area ). Take parking sections E and F which is nearest to the venue entrance. P30 flat rate.

DELIVERY

Exhibitors can park and drop off their goods at the Main Entrance along Pedro Gil st. which is good until 8:30 am otherwise you have to park at the basement which has entrances at M. Adriatico ( cars, trucks and vans ) or Pedro Gil Basement Parking ( cars and vans only ) take delivery section for freight elevators. Take section E and F ( stairs only ) if you want to be near the venue ( door entrance is just 10 ft. from the activity area.

Google 2001


Celebrating their 10th birthday, Google returned their oldest available index which dated back January 2001 which you can find here. If you search for siopaomaster, no matches will be found. Siopao Master was born on 2003, so there you go.