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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Victorian Driving

Well, my driving lesson this afternoon was doing well but what my instructor has been trying to tell me was that, I just have to get things on sequence.

Yeah! I know what to do on Stop and Give Way signs and try to look for necessary clearances but I’m just pissed off with trying to make things on specifics, Stop, count 3 seconds, and look for clearance and off to go.

I have done those on my mind while she was trying to talk things to me about the specifics. Am I just too fast or is she just too slow?

Hmmm. I guess I just have to sit back and should be licking her ass as I just have to get things on a roll. She even threatened me to walk back home if I don’t know how to Stop and count. What a girl?!

So, after all the technical stuff, Victoria still has road accidents. Much more than what we have in the Philippines. We might lack road signs, roundabouts and good roads but we just make things simple. The Filipinos are in a way “psychic”. We have an understanding on our roads and how to go around. We just don’t need signs, we just use are telekinetic powers.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Free Tibet?

The Dalai Lama is weird. He wanted autonomy but recognized China in handling Tibet's affairs. I think the Dalai Lama should stop his people from getting into violence. China is just doing it as the recognized entity to rule over its country, as Tibet is part of it.

Though I like the idea of being free, I think the Dalai Lama is being a smart ass as China will be hosting the Olympics. Why just now? He could have done those ages ago.

It’s like the situation at Mindanao where some Muslims wanted autonomy. But having Mindanao as part of the Philippines, it’s governed by its rules. One of the rules is to maintain order by suppressing some acts by the people who would break the law.

I think thats makes sense for now.


Sunday, March 23, 2008

Papaya Dance at Good Morning America

Whoa! I'm happy to see this. Americans are now getting the Papaya wave.

Video here and here

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

...Nice

Just got home from dinner and in a way, I am drunk as I had some Aussie wine. I know, I haven’t been into binge drinking for so long and I kinda miss my “barangay”. My alcohol tolerance has dropped and I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not.

Roger, my boss and his wife, invited me and the “Prime Minister” into this Italian restaurant at Pako. We had Pizza and Spaghetti with meatballs and it was nice of them to share the night with us. They’re just a sweet couple.

Anyway, just to make things settle for tonight, I am listening to Guns N’ Roses. It’s great as it brings back the good memories. I guess this is what they call, “I’m too old for the crappy new bands and settle for what I am used to.”

iTunes playing G N' R


Monday, March 17, 2008

Hot Aussie sun and Pacquiao

Its 40°C max here in Geelong and I just can’t afford to go out to get some lunch. The Aussie sun is no doubt so fierce and it’s piercing right to everybody’s skin. My daily ritual has accommodated a “sun screen routine” just for this. *sigh…it just consumes so much time applying it.

Anyway, I’m having my break this time and passively watching UNTV on the background. News about Pacquiao is still ringing and I just find it stupid for Ronnie Nathanielsz, (a boxing analyst) that Pacquiao should not win at yesterday’s bout with Marquez. Well, he’s entitled to his opinion but having that always on every Pacquiao’s bout, he has to wash his mouth. Even on PBA, he just talks rubbish. As if he knows everything. I guess, he’s just doing it to become controversial and to get a pie of attention from all the hype.

I hope I could find a clip on Pacquiao’s fight tonight. Being here in Geelong and technically remote from all the possible access to Pay Per View is kinda hard.

So much for now as I’ll get back to work. The aircon still can’t make me cool.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

My new toy

I’ve been busy for weeks and never had a good chance to sit and do some things for myself. Much had been allocated to work and some chores at home. And after so much of these, I decided to give myself a prize.

Though I have a working PC at the moment, which my uncle had let me resurrected from his pile of dodgy stuff, I just can’t get through to all of the things that I am currently working on. A 2.4 Ghz Celeron with 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB of disk space doesn’t do that much for my work and play, so, its about time to get things on a roll.

I’ve been contemplating for weeks on what to get on a budget. A computer freak like me had to take the ordeal on what I want to what I should get. Things like what processor to get, what motherboard to go with it, how much disk space should I get, how much RAM, wireless networking and display.

First, I just have to leave the display behind. I still got a 15” Colored CRT and an extra 15” display upstairs, which has been sitting for ages. That would be great on switching between tasks and PCs on RDP.

Second was the processor. As much as I love AMD, I just can’t deal with it in terms of doing a lot of tasks. A Level 2 Cache of 256k to 512k, would just make things worst on multi-tasking. So, an Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 was a great choice. It got 2.33 Ghz and a 4 mb of L2 cache. I guess, I just have to come back to AMD when I want a HTPC. A Sempron would be great on it.

Third was the motherboard. I love Asus and Gigabyte but what made me get the Asus V3-P5G333 barebone was its chipset. It comes with Asus P5K-VM motherboard with Intel G33 chipset with fast memory access technology. The case was also nice and got a lot of USB slots, card reader and front and back access to music and firewire. I’m pretty sure that it was carefully designed by Asus to make this thing a work horse. As I have read some of its review, it has been great with games and overclocking.

The rest was pretty easy. A stick of 2 GB RAM (PC-800), a pair of wireless Logitech Keyboard and Mouse, 500 GB SATA 2 hard drive, a lightscribe DVD writer and an entry level wireless router by Netgear.

So far, my new toy has been doing fine. I just have to transfer my files to it and configure my old toy to Windows 2003 SBS. My PSP is also happy communicating with my wireless network. I just have to get my Skype accessory to make some free calls.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Seven Deadly Sins 2008

Listening to the radio this morning, I was very much amused with Vatican as they have updated the Seven Deadly Sins.

Vatican had finally joined the updating bandwagon. From computers to systems, the Catholic Church had finally has its own Seven Deadly Sins 2008.

Of course the world has evolved so much since the Seven Deadly Sins Version 1 and it’s reasonable to have it updated. Sins like “ruining the environment”, “carrying morally debatable scientific experiments”, “taking drugs”, “social injustice” and “excessive accumulation of wealth” were considered to adapt with globalization.

And if these are to be followed religiously, everybody will go to hell. Just on “ruining the environment”, where everyone is using computers, TVs or any electric device, directly or indirectly, which leave green house gases.

And with “excessive accumulation of wealth”, Jesuits are no doubt to be the first in line.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

It's not Radiohead nor Nine Inch Nails. It was Rivermaya

I just feel so tired about Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails claiming that they have “revolutionized” the music industry by distributing their tunes via the internet. That they have done it first and in a way, felt so proud about it. But do they know that it’s not them who made it first?

As far as I know, it was Rivermaya’s “Free” album? Well, during the year 2000, the band released their 5th studio album which can be downloaded over the internet and even distributed CDs on their gigs.

So, since it was done on that year, I guess, it was them. Even earlier than iPod which was first released on October 23, 2001 that truly revolutionized music distribution through iTunes.

Are there any band or artists who have done earlier than them?

...break time

And after 3 days of fixing the school’s network, the users are finally online.

It’s all because of the dodgy switch and some weird server configuration that created so much traffic within the network. So far, everything has been working fine and I’m just feeling great and relax after the ordeal.

Anyway, I’m getting excited for the long weekend as Monday would be Labour Day. I just have to be early on Saturday as I have lots of things to do. Stuff like getting a decent aerial antenna for my digital TV, driving lessons and some biking around the city. I also have to do some readings and some geek work on my workstation. Hopefully I could stretch my budget and do things on track.

Back to work.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

...getting hold of my sanity

I’ve been so busy for days and never had a chance to get some time to “recover”. I did a lot of work at “work” and at home so, what’s left for me at the end of the day was the usual “getting ready to sleep” and “getting ready for work”.

I’ve been waiting for this day and I am very happy to have done so much since I woke up. I had my driving lesson at 8 AM, did my ironing at 11 AM and went biking to the city and waterfront at 1 PM. In a way, I am refreshed from all the work and all the pressures. It was my first time to get at Eastern Beach and I think I just have to do that weekly.

Geelong Waterfront

Seaside Promenade

I am also very happy that my bike’s rusty parts had been painted with black and the breaks have new break pads. I can actually bike with confidence as breaks are now working. Hehehe

As a present to myself, I bought a digital TV tuner card for my PC. With this, I could beat boredom in between and be in the loop of what’s happening around. I just have to get an aerial antenna next week as the indoor thing just cant’s pick.

My new digital tuner

I also have the iMac on my room which is lovely. I guess I just have to start saving for it.

PC and Mac, working for me