Monday, April 26, 2004

Here is why I don't watch Formula 1 anymore. Sure, everybody loves a winner, but a winner that drives one of the best cars in the field isn't that exciting anymore.

Here's an interesting development. Glad to see they're reaching out to their fellow Asians. And yeah, that no good former Malaysian Prime Minister is the root of all the troubles we've been having in creating a good rapport with the Aussies. Also, the wife of the former President of Somewheristan needs your help to move $50 bajillion in gold bars.

I'm not doubting their intentions, it's just the timing of it is quite suspect. Nobody likes being the one left standing in dancing chairs, I should know. But given their stubbornness in the past regarding opening up their markets to ASEAN goods, it would be safe to say that the price of admittance has increased. Whatever the case may be, the market for Filipino goods and services will increase by twenty million.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Here's one bit of news that made my day. David beats Goliath... Filipino ingenuity does it again!

There goes the neighborhood. It seems that there will be a shortage of DVDs this coming months.

Sure, it's stealing, but in this country, they helped bring down the prices of licensed products to a point where it's become more affordable for the masses. A few years ago, prices of DVDs average around P2500($45.50), now it's at P1200($21.80). VCD prices, too, fell dramatically.

It has also affected a number of businesses in ways that people never would have imagined. One type of business on the way to extinction here is the video rental store, not many of them are left. They have either changed their method of doing business or they closed up.

The local movie industry is floundering as well, leaving many to look for work in television. Note the number of soap-operas, teeny shows, comedy shows with boobs, and variety shows that are forced upon the hapless viewers. One might also notice that year-round, all the movies studios make are crappy movies aimed at the horny male movie-goer. The studios reserve their best (I use the term lightly) movies for the 'Metro Manila Filmfest'. They then clear out the schedules of all the cinemas in Metro Manila just so they can have exclusivity for their movies. (Note: I'm still pissed at them for delaying 'The Return of the King')

But there is a good side to all this. With broadband access becoming more pervasive, there will come a time when the effects of piracy will diminish.

Movie and TV shows on demand will be piped through to your home; that means local cable companies will no longer have a choke-hold on programming. Case-in-point: SkyCable vs Destiny.

Already, songs are being sold for 99 cents a piece; that is a bargain compared to buying a CD that contains one good song and ten lousy ones.

Bottomline is: nothing forces change faster than piracy. You may fight it like what the RIAA et al. are doing, or you can effect a change, like what Apple is spearheading. Adaptation is the key, people.

Update

You gotta love them Canadians.

It seems that Filipinos aren't the only ones who never vote wisely. And the last line speaks the truth: "In a society where popularity is determined by attraction, that's driving the competition.''

One advantage of having a 1000Mb of storage? I get to redirect all my egroup messages (including files, pictures, movie clips, etc.) to my Gmail account.

A few months back, Yahoo decided that it would no longer store email attachments in it's egroups section. So if you missed out on getting the attachments the first time or your mailbox is full, you're out of luck.

I only noticed it now, but when I deleted all my messages in Gmail, I got this complaint: "You don't have any mail! Our servers are feeling unloved." And this one: "No new mail! There's always Google News if you're looking for something to read."

Ok, when I logged on to Blogger.com, I saw this offer about GMail. As many of you know, Gmail is Google's answer to Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and other free e-mail accounts. And it's biggest attraction is it's gigantic storage space: 1000 Mb worth of e-mail!

Of course, there's one drawback that has privacy activists up in arms, Gmail is ad-supported. What does that mean? Let's say, I receive an e-mail from a friend inviting me to go on a camping trip. So, when I read that message, I'll also see links to stores selling camping equipment, hunting equipment, etc. Gmail does this by scanning for keywords in the message that I received and it will format the message, along with the appropriate advertisements, when I click on the email.

Here's an excerpt from the message I received upon signing up:

You may also have noticed some text ads or related links to the right of this message. They're placed there in the same way that ads are placed alongside Google search results and, through our AdSense program, on content pages across the web. The matching of ads to content in your Gmail messages is performed entirely by computers; never by people. Because the ads and links are matched to information that is of interest to you, we hope you'll find them relevant and useful.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Just changed the channel to TechTV and Call For Help was on. What do you know? Chris is back. Welcome back, dude!

Saturday, April 17, 2004

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICKI!!!

And here's one reason why everyone should avoid singing in the workplace. (Note: Don't forget to turn up the volume so you'll know what the co-workers have to put up with.)

Friday, April 16, 2004

Ah... summer. This season always brings with it the promise of mindless and over-the-top entertainment for everyone. What am I talking about? Movies!!!

Check it out!

THUNDERBIRDS...ARE...GO!!! Check out the trailer here.
Around the World in 80 Days. You can see the trailer here.
And of course, Spiderman 2

More trailers can be found at the Apple Trailer site.

Man, I'm getting goosebumps all over.

A Public Service Announcement
Don't Do Drugs!!!


Thanks to E! Online for the mugshot picture of Courtney Love.

My good friend, T.C., asked me to download the video of a band called Fountains of Wayne. New band, weird name, what could they possibly have to offer? The video was called "Stacy's Mom", the title didn't ring any bells. It took all of 10 minutes to look for the file and download it on Kazaa. That was way too fast, but then, the fact that there were 72 users with a copy of it made sure that I would get it fast.

"The porn industry is the driving force of the Internet," said Miko matter-of-factly. He and I have known each other since grade school, and even since then, he's the go to guy if you want your daily fix of the good stuff. And he may be right. I mean, which site would you most likely visit? A site that sells water sprinklers or one that has the lost Paris Hilton feed?

And on a more serious note, I was having a conversation with my driver regarding the proliferation of tricycles and how they clog up the streets by parking in clearly marked 'No Parking' areas. He said that the cops are to blame for not enforcing the law. I replied that the tricycle drivers are to blame because the areas were clearly marked and it is their responsibility to follow the traffic rules and regulations.

I have always held a strong belief that it is up to an individual to maintain order. Even with the absence of an enforcing body, one should always follow the law. Just because no one is looking doesn't mean that one can bend the rules for their convenience.

But that way of thinking may not be applicable in our society. Our society excels in shirking responsibilities, we are content with achieving personal comfort.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

A week ago, I bought a 'copy' version of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. I enjoyed playing the game so much, I bought the original from Datablitz.

I bought the first Splinter Cell for the XBox as soon as it hit the shelves. And it remains as one of my favorite games for any platform.

I fear that I'm getting too much into the game. I'm sure a lot of gamers are also experiencing what I'm going through. The ever-present temptation to shoot the lights out. Sticking to the wall and peeking around the corner just to see if anyone's coming. C'mon, you know what I'm talking about.




Saturday, April 10, 2004

Some time ago, I stumbled upon this site that can generate random phrases. It's called the 'The Always Amusing Euphemism Generator'.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

It's so nice to be awake in the middle of the night, and while channel surfing, you come across something that tickles your fancy. I'm a big fan of the B-movie genre, and Cinemax Asia has been kind enough to show one of the films that I somehow missed (ie it's not available on kazaa).

I'm talking, of course, about that 1955 movie, Tarantula. Even if the movie's nearly 50 years old, the special effects are still quite convincing. Well, it's more convincing than some of the movies being shown recently. *cough*Python*cough

It might be interesting to note that this was one of the first movies that Clint Eastwood (uncredited) appeared in, he was the squadron leader of the fighter planes at the end of the movie.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

I've watched Akira several times and one thing that I remember most about it, aside from the overly violent scenes, is Kaneda's motorcycle. I kept on thinking, 'Man, it would be sooo cool to own that baby!' Whatever the case, someone has heard my prayers! Check it out...









Sunday, April 04, 2004

Thanks for the link, guys! Jay and Joey are both very good friends of mine. We go way way back, back to the days of high school. *sigh* That was ten years ago...

Here's to you, guys! May we never stop dreaming , and never lose sight of our dreams.

I've been out of touch for quite a while. The repairman arrived at the office around 9:00 pm. Yep, nine in the evening. He did some tinkering inside the office and checked the lines coming in from the street. Everything was working, he said. So he decided to check the signal amplifier on top of the post across the street. And sure enough, the damned thing was malfunctioning. Which was what I kept telling the smart people on the other end of the phone whenever I called tech support.

Anyway, everything's working now. Just in case something acts up again, I got the mobile number of the cable guy. I'll call him directly, instead of going through channels.

Airsoft, gotta love it. It's 'sort of' illegal here in the Philippines, same with speeding; but no one seems to care. I got started 10 years ago, but stopped after a while when some politician decided it would be good PR to go after the retailers of these replicas. I'm sure that the hobby continued underground, but that was it for me. It wasn't until last year, when my brother decided to take it up as a hobby, that I decided to give it another try.



The picture was taken a couple of weeks back at an abandoned hotel in Antipolo, Rizal.