Archive for December, 2007

December 31, 2007

2007: my year in review (as illustrated by the prettiest little girl in the world)

Seeing as it’s my birthday and the end of another tumultuous year, I thought I’d take a look back at the events that shaped my year. In a stroke of luck, while I was pondering what kind of picture I would use to represent the choices I’ve made this year, my sister dropped me an email with pictures of my niece, Nina. So without further ado, I present to you my year in review.

Pushing forward, looking back

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The beginning of the year was a hard one for me. Certain events had occurred that made me want to just move forward and get past everything, but at the same time a lot of emotional baggage was dragging me behind. But like Nina, I just kept pushing forward and dragging that wooden horse behind me, and slowly things got better.

Choices/Change

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This year was also marked by numerous choices that I had to make, choices of love and career, both of which had huge consequences. Nina illustrates this by wondering “do I want the toy, or the box the toy came in?” Ah, decisions.

Risk/Reward

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Towards the end of the year I was offered a dream job. A high risk, high paying job to work as a concept and game artist for a game development startup. I would be working with people with a lot of prior experience in the game industry, any of whom would dwarf me with the amount of experience they have under their belts. The risk? Job security mostly, and the fact that if the paychecks stopped coming in I coudn’t do squat cause my boss is in another country.

Nina knows my apprehension. Here she is offered a gift by an aunt she’s rarely ever seen. Do I take it, she asks herself. Is it worth the risk?

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Yeah, we took the bait. And for the most part, it looks like it was a good decision.

Pleasantly surprised, always suspicious

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In closing, this year was tumultuous but ultimately a happy one. I’m content with where I am now, and at the surprises life has thrown at me. Just like Nina’s happy and surprised at the…thing (penguin?) she got for christmas.

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However, life has been cruel to me at times, and so I always carry with me a suspicion that something bad is bound to happen eventually. And so I am happy but eternally on guard, waiting for the shit to strike me from on high.

Happy new year everybody.

December 30, 2007

Street art Manila : Zombiebee

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Spotted in the area near my old office, along H.V. delacosta in Makati.

December 29, 2007

RIP Netscape browser

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It’s not like anyone’s still using Netscape all that much anyway, but it’s still kind of sad to see a pioneer in an industry go down this way.  Kind of like how Atari closed up shop.  Then was reborn, then closed up again.  Netscape will live on in the hearts and minds of old timers on the internet, and anyone whoever took up the “fuck Microsoft in the ass” cause.

December 29, 2007

Street Fighter 4 gameplay video

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Looks awesome.  Love the fluidity of the movement and the effects when they do their special moves.  I gotta say though, I’m not a huge fan of the art style they chose.  I mean seriously, look at the picture above.  The intensity in Ryu’s face makes it look like he hasn’t taken a shit in days or something.  It’s like they went back in time to Street Fighter 2 and made it 3d.  i would have much preferred 3d versions of the Alpha series or the Udon comic style.

December 29, 2007

This is why having a geek girlfriend rocks.

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I am now the proud owner of two Transformers “hard hero” busts, namely Ironhide and Soundwave. Aissa got them for me this christmas, and I couldn’t be happier. Oh and the coolest thing? They’re limited edition busts, so I am now the proud owner of 1 of 5000 soundwave busts and 1 of just 4000 ironhide busts! That limited edition nonsense always suckers me in. Plus, I kind of prefer busts to action figures because they’re low maintenance. Action figures you gotta pose every now and then, make sure they stand properly. Busts just sit still and look pretty all the time.

Unfortunately, this now makes me want to collect the other busts in the collection, like prowl or devastator, and that means busting open the piggy bank again.
December 28, 2007

Number 2, baby!

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Woohoo! After being stuck at number 3 for almost a month, I finally took the number 2 spot in my fantasy league thanks to monster games by Hedo Turkoglu and Brendan Haywood.  I only have a slim 100 point lead over the dude in 3rd place, so I’m gonna enjoy this for as long as it lasts.

December 26, 2007

An uphill battle.

I have a notorious tendency to reward myself too easily when it comes to work. I tend to do 15 minutes worth of work, then relax as soon as I have something done, or when something challenging comes up. Apparently when it comes to fight or flight, I’m a “flight” person when it comes to work. As is everyone I suppose.

Or at least, every normal person.

I find it a constant struggle to keep myself in front of the computer once something even remotely difficult comes up. It just feels so good to say “well, I’ll take a break and tackle it in 5-120 minutes”. If you can imagine it, I actually growl at myself/my brain telling me/it to quit whining and keep working. Of course, at the end of the day it feels much more rewarding to look at all the work I’ve done and I feel justified in relaxing with a drink, but the road there is just exhausting.

December 18, 2007

Microsoft gets sued by Philippine college, gets taste of own medicine

So apparently Microsoft and its local subsidiary Microsoft Philippines has been slammed with a lawsuit by SEC (southeastern college) over the use of a manual that they created to teach people how to use Office XP (If they mean the new Vistafied version, I’d a like a copy because that version is total ass).  Here are the facts as I understand them:

  • SEC made a manual for the use of XP that was to be distributed to its students and teachers
  • Microsoft Philippines licensed the use of the manual to print it out and distribute to public school teachers nationwide, in their “Partners in Learning” program
  • Microsoft allegedly distributed the same manual, this time in .pdf format, in CDs given our during corporate events
  • SEC Conrad Manalac feels like they gots to get paid, so they try to negotiate terms with Microsoft Philippines
  • Negotiations fail, and Microsoft gets slapped (poetically) with a copyright infringment lawsuit

Based on the facts above it’s obvious that Microsoft made a gaffe and was unable to reach a compromise with SEC.  I hardly think they did this with full intent, as there was nothing to be gained from it.  I’m not sure why they couldn’t achieve a compromise with SEC, but it’s amusing that the rules of copyright infringement have been turned on its supposed watchdog.

December 18, 2007

Budding concept artists around the world rejoice!

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Because if this is what passes as concept “art” for a triple A title like Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War, then you (and your 5 year old kid brother) should have absolutely no problem getting a job as a concept scribbler artist in the games industry.

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December 17, 2007

Coming soon to a T-shirt near you!

Or rather, me.  Because I haven’t made a new t-shirt design in ages, I decided to roll one out, ninja style.  Cause everybody loves ninjas right?  Except pirates.  Pirates hate ninjas.

Based on the 10-minute ninja sketch I did a few days ago.

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