Posts Tagged ‘optimus prime

28
Dec
07

pirated prime.

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Not enough cash for a leader-class movie Optimus?  (Or naubusan sa mall?)

Check out the chinese imitation!  Hahaha!

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(More @ Thai-Toku)

08
Jul
07

gamu-gamo rush.

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As a brother of mine noted, “we live in a society where it’s possible to live through a day — weeks even — without human contact.” You could be sitting in front of your computer and maybe order a pizza. Want some new material possessions? eBay. Want to get updated on what your friends are up to? Text messaging, blogs and social networking sites.

After almost two weeks of being netless, (apparently, the copper wires for the DSL was stolen by your friendly neighborhood pretend-linemen, to be melted into something you’d see at a tiangge near you soon enough) I have just been subjected to pure human contact. And it’s great, save for the fact that we have come to rely on such means to get in touch that it’s a bit hard to get used to living a disconnected life. (Most especially if your occupation requires you to be online.) Of course you could argue that we do, in fact, have internet connections in the office, and that online nonsensery is possible from 9-to-6, (or 8-to-5, depending on what time I actually get in) but I would decide otherwise.

It’s easy to forget that “PC” stands for Personal Computers, and I think it’s better to have a dichotomy between office computing and personal computing.

I lived through the ordeal. Whoop-de-doo, and it’s not like you get medals for getting through the day without getting the daily spam and what-not, but yeah, for netheads like me, that’s a big deal. Would I live through a disconnected life again? I wouldn’t mind, so long as it doesn’t take almost two weeks to fix.

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Last night, we got bum-rushed by moths. Like something from a sci-fi movie, they entered the windows in swarms, probably to eat our flesh(or just plain annoy, whatever).

My cousin lit up the kitchen lights downstairs so they moved there. He then turned on the electric fan and watched as single units get sucked in at the rear, to be spewed out to the wall to splatter. I took out the alcohol and set a line of struggling ones on fire. It took maybe an hour and a half until the threat was finished. The kitchen floor was disgusting, as the white tiles were covered in black and brown rustling. (an odd color to find, earlier in the day when you’re tasked to clean it up.) We were kind enough to leave things as is, my cousin and me, for the lizards. (yeh)

This happened last year too, two days before a major typhoon.

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Yesterday, a torrent of text messages proclaimed that “070707 (or 07072007 for us y2k-compliant people) is the luckiest day of the year” — I beg to differ, you know, with the Eva Longoria wedding.

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What would happen if Optimus Prime and Megatron used their scanning beams on a pair of Nike’s instead?

(http://members9.tsukaeru.net/ty1_toys/toys/NIKE_TF.htm)

02
Jul
07

harddisk introspection.

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I’ve been netless for 10 days. 10 days is long enough to get a lot of introspection. (bah.) I tried reading A Long Way Down, but the first few chapters dealt with getting on a rooftop and contemplating suicide. (I did finish part 1) So yeah, I put that down for a while, as I might jump off the veranda.

It’s moments like these when you wonder how the makers of spyware, distributors of viruses and hackers are given the privilege, and not you. It’s not like you have to create a justified reason for being online, but seriously, abuse is abuse. This isn’t about bashing the new kids, of course, it’s just that, you pay the bills, you’re tired when you get home, and boom(!), you’re deprived of that service. Kind of like an abusive relationship, you give and give, and you get nothing.

In starting a meaningful relationship, (or a DSL connection) we tend to do a little Cost/Benefit Analysis on whether it’ll be mutually beneficial for both parties. (As far as I know.) I mean, nobody likes being ripped off, right? And when things start going sour, you decide on whether losing that connection, as it’s becoming less of a win-win situation, and makes you think about sinking ships. Then I start to think that the last few sentences aren’t about losing DSL … or are they?

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Green Cab Pizza.

Has anyone heard of this place yet? Wow. Apparently they have tons of stores all around the country. Plus, the pizza pictures look tasty. Yum! http://greencabpizza.biz/

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For some top secret project, I had to research sites about Men/Women. Then I learned a new term, “Chicken Skin Underarm.” The Truth! No matter what! Hahaha!

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Just the other day, watching the modem’s “Link” light continually blink, I was humming the Bucky O’Hare song. That cartoon was awesome.

Trivia: Larry Hama, the original author of Bucky O’Hare also created Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow. Whee!

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With all the Transformers talk, I remembered another set of transforming robots from my childhood. Does anyone remember the Colgate robots?

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As a joke, when asked what my profession is, I always say “tubero,” to poke fun at those tubero signs scattered all around the metro. Now, my new friend Len asked, “How come in the US, it’s okay for housewives to sleep with Tuberos, Karpinteros and Hardineros, pero here nobody does that?”
She then concluded that all that belonged to those professions here in the Philippines are “manongs,” which is a vague generalization. My theory is that there’s no absolute privacy in the Philippines, and committing such an act will lead you to star in the latest chismis in your neighborhood.

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Finally got to see The Transformers movie. As a side note, since when did having a good time at the movies need social consensus? The couple beside me moved a seat away — and within earshot, the girl goes, “I’d love to sit there — if it weren’t so noisy!” Da fuck? So what if wanton destruction makes me giggle? Guess who was laughing the hardest when the “Baby Come Back” part went on. Also, idiots still turn on their phones inside cinemas. And this just goes to show that we are living under a participant culture of sorts … I’m not even sure if these kids got to watch the cartoons as kids.

P.S. I gave her the finger. And I started clapping during the end credits. People followed.)

P.P.S. Naiyak ako.

02
Jul
07

transformers.

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As children of the ‘90s, it’s our utter responsibility to know at least two of any of the following properties: The Transformers, Thundercats, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Carebears, Visionaries and GI Joe. (Although it’s really not that hard to see that Optimus Prime = God)

First off, I’d like to share Dave Willis’ sentiments concerning the movie — my reaction is like the sound of a dying pulse, until it turns into one long “beep” sound. (Yes, I can say that I can die now that I’ve seen the Transformers movie, but … in a good way.)

Second, The Transformers being icons of pop culture, didn’t fail in including all sorts of inside jokes and references (the VW in the used car lot, for one) for fans of the old show. (The cast was also heavily laden with stars we know from different shows/movies — why is Sucré in the army? Frank Catton’s the car salesman! How come Carla Santini’s such a nice girl? Isn’t he that boy from Even Stevens?! Megatron is Agent Smith!)

Third, it’s pretty hard to please fans, so I tried watching it without all the backstory of the cartoons, this movie obviously being set in a different universe than anything that’s come before it. (Plus, the franchise gets rebooted, say, every other year or so anyway.) Instead of ranting/praising about each thing, I kept a list in my head of stuff I liked, and questions I had in mind, you know, just so you wouldn’t have to read through it in detail, to not spoil your enjoyment.

* Bumblebee’s off-screen triumph over Barricade

* Intarweb talk — provides comedy gold — funny dialogue juxtaposed with Cullen’s (Optimus Prime, yo) delivery just hits the comedy nerve.

* Where’d Scorponok disappear into? La la la

* Megan Fox (Carla Santini, yeh)

* Sector 7 = serious MIB mofos when we first see them turned comedic relief when they finally see the Autobots.

* “That Bad Boys 2” shot. (Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.)

* Why does Optimus Prime have a mouth?! Logically, he doesn’t need a facemask/mouthguard anyway, since, you know, he probably doesn’t have teeth, but yeah, IT JUST LOOKS WRONG! Haha

* Hugo Weaving on being Megatron: it’s not as bad as we thought it’d be. Seriously, I was thinking he’d go Agent Smith, “So, Optimus, we meet again.”

* No Ark, no autobot city and no Metroplex = autobots trying to fit in a house. (Extremely funny)

Don’t let these minor details hamper your viewing though, I just get obsessive most of the time. And that’s what I get for having low, low expectations, the enjoyment of my inner 5-year-old. Michael Bay did it — he made me believe cars could transform. I’m seeing it again this week! Woohoo!

(As a side note, since when did having a good time at the movies need social consensus? The couple beside me moved a seat away — and within earshot, the girl goes, “I’d love to sit there — if it weren’t so noisy!” Da fuck? So what if wanton destruction makes me giggle? Guess who was laughing the hardest when the “Baby Come Back” part went on. Also, idiots still turn on their phones inside cinemas. And this just goes to show that we are living under a participant culture of sorts … I’m not even sure if these kids got to watch the cartoons as kids.

P.S. I gave her the finger. And I started clapping during the end credits. People followed.)

P.P.S. Naiyak ako.

5/5

07
Jun
07

netwhorage and the lack of subtlety.

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Work with a message board long enough, and you tend to see a pattern — person A starts thread about problems with X (this may be a service or a product that person A is genuinely having problems with) and then you see person B replies with something that goes like, “oh that’s so bad why not try Y-product, followed by person B’s contact info and an assurance that a helping hand is just around the corner.” Or — person B starts with a faux testimonial about Y-product and before you know it, boom(!) — contact details on how to avail of Y-product.

It’s not that I have problems with getting namedrops every so often — and they do help sometimes — but dammit, where’s the subtlety? Where’s the feeling that someone sincerely wants to help me, and not sell stuff to me? Gad. That’s just pimping in the digital age.

If these are the trends for the new age, then I vote we skip on it — try to get with the inner hermit and live in a wooden cabin away from every person B out there. Next thing you know, we get product placement in dreams! (a la Transmetropolitan)

Res ipsa loquitur. If product B’s any good, it’ll sell like gas at a gasoline station — forcefeeding tends to make people vomit anyway.

(P.S. In the following paragraphs, I’ll be mentioning media that I really do like.)

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Lily Allen makes me giddy. (ahihi) In between the clever lyrics and the cute british accent, it’s hard not to acknowledge that she’s also easy on the eyes.

So I listen to Lily, Chan Marshall and The Pipettes sing about boys who’ll never be me, while I go giddy over them. (ahihi)

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I’ve been playing Defcon (and have been finding that the unscalable AI goes strategic medieval on my ass most of the time) and what it shows is that the Philippines is no nuclear terror.

To note, according to every simulation, if there ever will be a World War III, we’re all safe here.

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Been inhaling mostly Transformers news these days, thanks to the fact that, like Spidey, we’re getting a taste a couple of days before the US does. And aside from Megan Fox’s participation, (Carla Santini, yeh!) I find that I have low expectations for the movie.

I’ve been pretty vocal about my complaints at the over-complexity of the ‘bots now, but what the hell—- check out this photo.

Didn’t a certain superhero have a similar pose in a poster? And did the fans take in his movie with open arms? (Clue: His name starts with S, and rhymes with ‘pider-Man’) What’s Optimus supposed to be doing? — flexing???! (It really just looks awkward, and leaves many fans questioning: TRUKK NOT MUNKY?)

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I mentioned the band Los Chupacabras in my last post, and I took the liberty of compiling these youtube videos: (PS. They don’t have the ‘satan’ song, or the ‘vibrator na saging’ song uploaded.)




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