Archive for September, 2007

September 30, 2007

A discussion on the effects of casual gaming on the gaming industry

On Intendo.   Just propping up my intendo peeps yo. Word.

September 23, 2007

I now pronounce you chuck and larry

A funny, if sometimes a little too over the top movie.  Brilliant acting all around.  It’s nice to see Sandler abandoning his retarded nice guy schtick.  Apparently bombed by critics, but I think this is a case of leave your brain at home and you won’t be disappointed.  Jessica Biel is hawt.  Ving Rhames as a fag isn’t as funny as it seems.  The ending was a bit contrived but if you expected more then you’re an idiot really.

September 19, 2007

I hate Nokia but the N81 makes me think twice

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I have traditionally disliked Nokia phones, and only gave the N-gage a chance because the concept of a multiple use gadget has always intriqued me.  In general, I find that Nokia’s phones ar boxy, unsexy, and their UIs look like they did when they were monochrome and pixelated.

This little number makes me wonder though.  The N81 still has the same crap UI, but the design’s just so much sexier than I’m used to from nokia, almost Sony Ericsson-like, and with 8GB of space  and a 2.4 inch screen it almost gives the iPhone a run for the money in my book.  My creative zen had a 2.5 inch screen and watching movies on it was a delight until it got cracked down the middle and started bleeding liquid crystals.  With a 3.5mm headphone jack and dedicated gaming buttons that don’t look awful, this’ll be the phone that might make me buy Nokia again, if Nokias weren’t so damned overpriced here.

September 10, 2007

Prized Possesion

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I used to be an avid Karl Malone NBA card collector back in the 90s, mostly because he was a cheap guy to collect and I was holding out hope that the Jazz would pull it together and win a championship at least once.  No such luck. As long as Jordan was still in the league, there was just no way to stop the Bulls.  That said, Karl Malone is still an NBA legend and a future Hall of Famer, so snagging his rookie card on eBay.ph felt like a bit of a coup for me.  I got an Iverson rookie card as well for a grand total of 700 pesos inlcuding shipping, so all in all not a bad deal.

September 9, 2007

Disturbia

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One of the few thrillers where all my questions were answered, the plot made sense, and two stories weave perfectly into one.  Disturbia definitely shouldn’t be missed.

September 7, 2007

The iPod touch theme song

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Just a quick thought.  There are two songs that would be perfect as background music for any ipod touch ad.  “The touch” by Stan Bush and “I touch myself” by Blondie or Divinyls.  Think about it.

September 6, 2007

Grab bag

grab bag n. Slang A miscellaneous collection.

So, I’ve been having a bit of an NBA card renaissance, what with ebay offering instant access to tons of cheap and relatively rare goodies.  Case in point: Hakeem Olajuwon’s second NBA card:

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250 pesos, in near mint to mint condition, to my untrained eye.  Interesting discrepancy, this card actually shows Olajuwon having already played 3 years in the NBA, but this was the only the second card printed with him on it.

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Steve Nash RCs, 2 for 120.  What a skinny fucker, and what’s up with the hockey outfit, eh (Yes I know he’s Canadian and that explains it all, I just thought it looked funny)?

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The man whose beard led the Golden State Warriors past the number 1 seeded Dallas Mavericks in last year’s playoffs.  4 rookie cards for 140 pesos equals hey not bad.

I also got a grab bag of Glenn Robinson rookie cards and inserts for 150 bucks, none of which are worth even putting up here, despite the Big Dog’s athletic achievements.  You couldn’t buy a quarter pounder value meal with those cards, but what they hey, right?

September 5, 2007

This might finally push me over the edge…

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..To finally get an iPod. Oh.my.God. iPod touch. look at the size of that screen. Can you imagine watching videos on this baby? It would almost make converting Xvids downloaded off bittorrent to work on it.

September 3, 2007

Collectibles Corner

As anyone who’s known me long enough can attest to, I love to collect things.  Entering my room is like being in the localized version of the 40 year old virgin.  I collect toys, books, comics, cards, just way too much shit to fit into a single room.  My defense has always been “well it’s an investment” but really, it’s not.  Still, I do have to admit that my taste for toys has waned in recent years because I no longer have the shelf space necessary to display them.  So if I get a toy it has to be A) fantastically cheap and/or B) look really cool/funny.  Hence:

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It’s a Japanese KISS Ace Frehley SD figure.  How strangely odd an awesome is that?  The packaging totally got me, and it set me back 70 pesos at the toy palace in farmer’s market.  They have some X-men toys from ’95 and some odd Mad Max stuff too.  Any toy aficionado should definitely check it out.

And on the matter of saving space, I’ve recently checked out some of the NBA cards they have up on ebay.ph, and there’s really quite a few gems there, like these two cards:

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The one on the left is an excellent/near mint 1978 topps Kareem Abdul Jabbar card.  It’s was printed out before I was even born!  No idea how much it costs, but really, to find a gem like this in the Philippines is pretty damn rare.  The card on the right is a Marcus Camby/Moses Malone card that’s autographed by Moses Malone.  Moses was THE Malone before Karl came onto the scene, and is contemporary of Jabbar and Chamberlain.  Autographed cards always increase the value of a card, especially since this is one out of a thousand.

I actually quit buying NBA cards around 10 years ago because it felt kind of silly to be paying so much to buy pieces of cardboard with pretty pictures on them.  But after collecting toys for a few years, you kind of learn to put things in perspective.  Besides, at least NBA cards have some relation to the real world, and you can store a whole collection in a single drawer.