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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hope y'all have a good one! It's my last day at the office. Filed a leave for the workdays next week, 2005 budget be damned. >:) Baguio muna, priorities! Heheh.

See you (or tag you) on January!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Frozen Bubble - a Symbian Game Review

Continuing the thread on Symbian phones, I just had to show you the first game I downloaded over the internet. It got me hooked for a few good months. And it taught me that playing games on my 6600 is a bitch on the battery :lol:

Frozen Bubble

Frozen Bubble (download), as I had mentioned in a comment, is freeware originally from Linux ported to Symbian. How does the game go? Simple:

Fire away, mateys!

You shoot balls from a laterally stationary... harpoon(?). You can move the pointer 180%, fire a colored ball, and if the ball hits another, the ball fired will stick onto the ball on the screen. But if they are of the same color, those balls fall off the screen. Simple Puzzle Bobble mechanics.

Tip: bounce balls off walls! Wow! o_O

Only here, there is no score involved, and you can't die (until you quit that is). Sounds are nice, but not really great. The good news is, there are hardly any lags while playing, and its the type of game that you will not get sick of in the long run. You know there's an opportunity to play it, and its replay value is endless. Wish there was a save function though, and the high score contains only the level reached until you give up and the time you spent to reach that level, leaving much to be desired..

Yes, only Level 24. I lost No, I did not lose patience on the game early

Overall, addicting for a while but you may get sick of it once you realize that there is no end to the madness that is Frozen Bubble. Great game to have on your phone, great time-consumer, and great battery drainer Ü. Just don't get too preoccupied with the game, you just might not notice the cellphone snatcher beside you...

Scale of 0 - 5:
Graphics: 4.0
Sound: 3.5
Gameplay: 4.0
Addiction factor*: 4.5
Staying Power^: 5.0
OVERALL: 4.2 / 5.0

* -
How hooked will you be? Will you be able to put your phone down?
^ - How long before you decide to uninstall the game?

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Can You Say Alley-Oop?

Vince Carter traded to New Jersey Nets. Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and a pair of first-round draft picks went to the Raps.


First thoughts: The Nets are gonna be hella fun to watch. It's going to be like an All-Star Game for Kidd every game, throwing up alley-oops to either Carter or Jefferson. The Nets owner finally coughed up some moolah to improve his team. The Nets may have a chance here.

Wait, belay that thought.

Fact 1: Kidd is still not 100%. Carter is injured (supposedly). So is Mercer and Planinic.
Fact 2: Carter of 2004 is not the Carter of rookie heydeys. Nope, Carter 2k4 is a player with incredible leaping ability who settles for too many outside shots. It's like he swore off dunking like it was a sin.
Fact 3: There are not enough shooters in New Jersey that will open up the paint in half court sets.
Fact 4: Most importantly, Their big men: Jason Collins, Brian Scalabrine, Nenad Krstic, and a couple of other fringe-NBDL players. If I was Lawrence Frank, I'd rather shoot myself before you make me pick who gets the minutes from this bunch. Run-and-gun offense are fueled by 3 things: athleticism, defense, and rebounding. Their big men can't provide any of the three. If they provide anything at all.

At least New Jersey boasts of a 3 All-Star caliber guys again. The Continental Arena attendance should spike 50000%. Heck, only 30 people watch the Nets play there now, its not too much to ask for. ;-)

Really good trade on paper for NJ. Emphasis on "on paper".

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Personal Style Inventory

In my studies at my MBA at DLSU, we were introduced to a test that will show you your basic personality type, your strengths and weaknesses. And I quote:
"Just as every person has differently shaped feet and toes from every other person, so we all have differently " shaped " personalities. Just as no person's foot shape is " right " or " wrong, " so no person's personality shape is right or wrong. The purpose of this inventory is to give you a picture of the shape of your preferences..."

This test is the Personal Style Inventory (R. Craig Hogan and David W. Champagne), which you can take online by clicking the link. Some companies actually use this test to assess whether your personality type is apt for the job that you are applying for! You can be one of 16 possible personality types, and I was labeled an I-S-T-P: a "Strategizer":
Cool onlookers. Quiet, reserved, observing and analyzing life with detached curiosity and unexpected flashes of original humor. Usually interested in impersonal principles, cause and effect, how and why mechanical things work. Exert themselves no more than they think necessary because any waste of energy would be inefficient. Action-oriented, precise and tireless. Can be impulsive. Challenged by complex equipment. Somewhat solitary.

I'd say that was quite accurate. :) How about you? What's your Personality Style?

Tip: Since you will be asked to rate your preference from 0-5, as much as possible, avoid scoring an item 2-3 points. Go for the extremes whenever applicable. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Wham Bam Slamming Action

"She got hit by a truck.... [fades to giggling noises]"

I recently slammed our Toyota Vios onto a Ford Explorer.

The results? Explorer 1, Vios 0.

I was 3rd in a chain of 3 cars that were bumper-to-bumper, literally. By their accounts, the first one, a Civic, narrowly avoided a car who suddenly stopped for no apparent reason on top of the EDSA - Ortigas Flyover. Car # 2 was alert enough to hit the gutter at the side of the flyover, therefore lessening his speed enough to only impart minimal damage to the Civic.

I, of course, was not so lucky nor was I as quick on my wits (only in humor, not in driving. Damn), and crashed onto the back of the Explorer at about 20-30kph. Miraculously, the engine was still operational after, and the headlights were still working, even if the impact was strong enough to push back the radiator (and possibly the engine as well) 4-5 inches.

But the Explorer only got a scratch on the paint job. Not even a dent.

Damn, I want my 4x4!!! Bump car tayo sa EDSA! Wooohooo!!!

If the NBA Playoffs Were Held Today...

  • Cleveland would have the Eastern Conference second seed, beating out the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons for the Central Division's best record. Of course, as a result, they will face 7th seed Detroit in the first round..
  • The #1 seeded team in the East would be the Washington Wizards(!!!)
  • New York will claim the Atlantic (and the third seed) with a record below 0.500, and will earn a first round matchup with Indiana, who sports a record above 0.500.
  • No surprise: The Spurs have the best record in the NBA.
  • Big surprise: the Seattle Sonics are virtually tied with the Spurs(!).
  • Above expectations: The Phoenix Suns are also virtually tied with the Spurs and tied with the Sonics..
  • #1? seed? Washington Wizards! (just in case that didn't sink in)
  • The Clippers make the playoffs at #7! And they'll face Seattle, increasing their chances to get past the first round of the playoffs in a very, very, very long time.
  • Four Western Teams with better win % than the East 8th seed will miss the playoffs.
  • Sacramento vs. Dallas in the first round. Some things wouldn't change with time.
  • And lastly, the #1 seeded team in the East would be the Washington Wizards!!!(sorry, I really couldn't believe that)