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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Musical Baton

So what do we call these latest incarnation of chain mails and forwarded emails? Chain-posts? Forwarded blog entries? Blog-wards? Err...

Total volume of music files on my computer:
Less than 1GB on my office hard drive. Pathetic, I know. But that doesn't count the MP3's on the shared HD on the server. Wehe.

Last CD I bought:
The latest album by Nina methinks.

Song playing right now:
Mr. Jones - Counting Crows

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:

No Such Thing by John Mayer - Aside from having a resemblance to me (according to some people) and having a voice that's well within my singing range, I just love the melody of Mayer's songs. And the lyrics? A simple sample:
Well I never lived the dreams of the prom kings
And the drama queens
I'd like to think the best of me
Is still hiding up my sleeve
Coolness.

For You by Duncan Sheik - I always loved songs that has the vocalist effectively expressing his emotions through his song. When you feel that his emotions could extend from his voice, to the CD/MP3, to the speaker of your radio, to your ears, to your heart. That breed is rare nowadays, ever since we've been subjected to the poptarts on the radio that seem to just mechanically produce sellout songs. But when I heard this song last year, it blew me away. Made me go "Awww" and "Whoa" at the same time. Barely Breathing was cool but this was just.. sweet.:) Plus factor in me liking the song? It wasn't overplayed on the radio. :)

Wishing Wells by Eraserheads - Probably the best anthem for fantasy heads who wish that they can "go back to those fairy book tales, forget the real world a while and seek the seas of the talking whales." Or seek places where no man has gone before. Or simply just explore the nooks and crannies of Prontera. Oh, but I forget: Rokers already have an anthem - "Chicksilog". :p

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town by Pearl Jam - Because of 3 things:
  • Because Pearl Jam rocks;
  • Because Versus rocks; and
  • Because its long-ass title rocks.
Rave Stomp by DJ Dero - Just kidding. Kung di ka Camia, or di ka Pisay at naging teacher si Mijares, di mo gets to. 3 words: Lab gown boys.

You by the Carpenters - Because it's our song. 'Nuff said.

Five people I'm passing this to:

In random order -
Jaz
Abi
Logs
Kiven
Marden

Monday, May 23, 2005

Conference Finals!!! Plus: The Ultimate in Cell Phone Gaming

San Antonio over Phoenix in 5.

Detroit over Miami in 6.

Give or take a game. :)

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Just watched parts of the 4th quarter of the Suns-Spurs game... and I have to say, Horry still has it. He still has most of his talent, with double the maturity. If only he was this mature when he was younger...

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My perception of Phoenix? The bull that charges at its opponent, overwhelming them with brute force, speed, quickness. I'd say the Spurs are the matadors, picking their spots, playing the bull's game..

On Heat vs. Pistons: Lakers with Shaq, Kobe, GP, Malone, Phil Jax, and soap opera drama vs. Pistons with current starting 5, plus better bench players- Pistons in 5. Heat with Shaq, D-Wade, the ghost of Eddie Jones and Mourning, plus better chemistry vs. Pistons with current starting 5, missing some key bench players from last year's run - who would you pick? Unless I'm underestimating the Heat chemistry, I still say Pistons in 6.

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Current cell phone addiction: vNES - the Symbian Phone NES emulator. Which means I get to TRY to beat Mr. Sandman after failing miserably when I was 10. Nope, not doing any better nowadays either. Click on the link to download! Then just search for "NES ROM [name of game]" on your friendly neighborhood Google, and you're on your way :D.

Oh, and did I mention that the 2-player via Bluetooth works? Sweet.

Now remember the old mantra: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. Now go kick some alien ass. 8-)

edit:

Pardon the menu on the side. Replaced the screenshots with something cleaner. Screenshots as promised:

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And he winds up...

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One-hit knockdown? You betcha!

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Classic gaming? This has got to be at the top of the list of any 80's kid.

(Screenshots from my Nokia 6600)
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Phoenix vs. San Antonio - SA wins the series 4-1. Prediction tally? Both winner and number of games! :)
Miami vs. Detroit - Miami leads 3-2.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Is it the Year of the Phoenix?

First, Steve Nash won the MVP award.

Next, Suns Coach Mike D'Antoni won the Coach of the Year Award.

Now, they have reports that Phoenix Suns president Bryan Colangelo has been named NBA executive of the year.

Kulang na lang Championship. (All that's missing is the championship) Well, congratulations. Surely well-deserved honors for turning around a lottery team into a championship contender in one season.

But if they win it all, I'm looking at it as a conspiracy by the league to promote their highly entertaining way of playing games. :p

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2nd Round Update:
Miami Swept Washington. Winner prediction? Check. Number of games? Nope.
Detroit over Indiana 4-2. Winner prediction? Check. Number of games? Check.
San Antonio over Seattle 4-2. Winner prediction? Check. Number of games? Check.
Phoenix over Dallas 4-2. Winner prediction? Check. Number of games? Nope.
Running prediction test score: Winner 4/4, number of games 2/4.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Nash Is MVP?

Jason Kidd deserved it more in '02. Should've been the Big Daddy this year.

But that's just me. Sorry Trebs.

Monday, May 09, 2005

NBA Playoffs - Round 2!

In my previous foray into the fortune-telling business, I got 5 of 8 winners correctly, with 2/8 finishing in the number of games predicted. I overestimated on Van Gundy, underestimated the Wizards, and failed to account for JO and Tinsley returning from injuries. My prediction numbers were failing scores in my point of view, but does that prevent me from pretending to be an expert once again? Heck no! Heheh.

MIAMI (1) vs WASHINGTON (5) - Unless the Wizards' bench gives a miraculous contribution, the Heat is too experienced to be fazed by Washington. The backcourt is fairly evenly matched, but the bigs of the Wiz are far overmatched by Shaq's posse. In the meantime, expect Coach Stan to find more minutes for Zo in anticipation of the Detroit tussle. Miami in 5.

DETROIT (2) vs INDIANA(6) - Well, well, well, the NBA pulled it off - they got the playoff match that everyone wished would happen, post-Palace brawl. But these guys faced off last year, and it didn't end favorably for the Pacers. Granting that they're missing Artest now, they'd probably just duplicate last year's feat at best. Detroit in 6, and my money is on Stephen Jackson getting suspended by Game 4 of this series. :p

PHOENIX (1) vs DALLAS (4) - Wow, all that firepower should make for an entertaining series right? I'd say matchup nightmares abound against Dallas. If Dirk struggled against T-Mac, how would he fare against the Matrix? Who's gonna guard Amare? Also, how inspired will MVP Steve Nash be, once he plays in Dallas? Could Avery Johnson shift gears instantly from playing against a 2-man relatively-disciplined team to a run-and-gun, helter-skelter 5? Phoenix in 5. But if the Mavs figure the Suns out and use their depth, good luck Suns.

SAN ANTONIO (2) vs SEATTLE (3) - The Spurs will beat them, the question is in how many games? I'd say in 6. You?

Damn, there are no upsets in my predictions! Oh well.