Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Somewhere along the Rim Trail, The Grand Canyon. October 23, 2008.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This scrawny kitty was abandoned near the Petrellis' house about two weeks ago. Poor critter was shivering and meowing to the high heavens for it had just rained. So my dad took it and I named it Ianto, after a Torchwood character. (I've only recently discovered Torchwood, a British sci-fi spin-off of the Dr. Who TV series.) But it turns out it's a girl, hee! Well, no matter. Ianto in the show is bisexual anyhow. Ianto felt at home very quickly. Her eyes are so huge she looks alien (fits right in with Torchwood, heh). She struts around the yard like nobody's business. The Petrellis hate her guts.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
If you want to get the iPhone for a lower price you can opt to buy it from *cough* other places, but be aware that you will most probably have to have it unlocked to be able to use it. The software might have been hacked already and you can't use all the other services apart from making calls and texting. And you have to go back to those *cough* other places if you want your firmware upgraded (assuming they can do that), and then be charged with a ridiculous fee for something you should have gotten for free. And oh, for all those hi-tech features, last I heard iPhone doesn't have MMS support. What's worse, you can't even forward or copy-and-paste text messages. You have to get a third-party application (like this or this workaround). Gee, what a cute quirk. (Oh lookee, I found this just now: 10 Things the 3G iPhone is Still Missing.)
If that's not enough to make you think twice, you ought to know that there are alternatives out there that might turn out to be better choices. It always pays to check out the competition - other brands might actually offer more value for money. (For me that's actually my basic assumption: that I can get better for a more reasonable price. In the end I almost always go for the competitor of the perceived leading brand.) You might like to check the Samsung Omnia, for instance. If, after watching a load of Samsung commercials during RPN's Olympics Opening Ceremony you already felt like wanting to buy the Samsung F480, hold on, the Omnia is actually a newer model. (Check out more pics here, and the specs, here.)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
(Photochop by flygirl24 of pinoyexchange.com.)
Of all the countries on earth, why the Philippines? <-- sort of a timeline tracing David Cook's popularity in the Philippines. Yeah I documented it.
Note: I noticed just now, I ran out of bandwidth (my media players are ugly waah). Sucks to have a free account. Oh well, come back after 20 days, Cook fans. I know you did it. ;-)
Monday, July 21, 2008
(Photo from deseretnews.com; faux-lomofication by me.)
Download the whole file (mp3, 79.7 MB).
Friday, July 18, 2008
Neil Patrick Harris stars as a mad scientist applying for membership in the Evil League of Evil. In Act I we see him planning his next heist (hello freeze ray!) while mooning over a girl from the laundromat. Naturally, he breaks into song! We also get to see his arch nemesis, the wonderfully self-absorbed Captain Hammer (played by Nathan Fillion). I don’t know what happens in Act II because I haven’t seen it yet. Which is why I have to wrap this up. So. Click on Dr. Horrible below to go to the official website:
I’ll bend the world to my will, and time will stand still… with my freeze ray I will stop the world
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I don't know why I'm even talking about this though. I just got me a Zen Vision W a month ago. And I had resisted buying it since it came out what, 2 or 3 years ago! Sheesh. I'm enjoying it, check out the large screen:
And whee, with Media Monkey I can even load album art. Sweet!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Anyway, here’s further proof of cookification. Over the weekend, Campus 99.5 had a 3-parter David Cook special: 3 solid hours of Cook music including his AI live performances and studio recordings, plus songs from his indie album Analog Heart. Songs were interspersed with bits from various interviews. It’s a veritable introduction to cookification, heh!
Although live streaming was available, I recorded the CookFEST since I know a majority of the fans on the other side of the world would be sound asleep as the program aired. These are for you, Word Nerds, Cookies, Cooktards, Cougars, Cook-kulets. Enjoy!
Played with it a bit in Photoshop.)
Download: Part 1 (57MB) Part 2 (58MB) Part 3 (49MB)
Friday, June 27, 2008
That song, my friends, is featured in Jason Mraz's new album called We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things.
I finally got to listen, and these are my thoughts on each track:
I'm Yours. Eh, this one sounds blander also compared to the first versions I've heard.
Lucky w/ Colbie Caillat. Nice and laid back. Lovely to listen to on a lazy day on the beach with a cold drink in your hand. Or in bed on a rainy day. Kinda snoozy, not entirely in a bad way.
Butterfly. If it wasn't obvious by how I began this entry, then let me spell it out: I just love everything about this song. I shouldn't say anymore lest I embarrass myself. *cough*
Live High. Message-y but not so preachy as to turn you off. Clever lines: The call of the wild is still an ordination/In the order of primates/All the politics are too late/Oh my, the congregation in my mind/Is an assembly selling gratitude/And practicing the loving of you
Love for A Child. Not my favorite melody, but the story the song tells is poignant, and quite moving.
Details in the Fabric, the much-vaunted collaboration with James Morrison. Now this is poetry. Seriously. A quiet contemplation of the fabric of one's existence. It's one of those things which one can either find very sad, even verging on depressing, or hopeful. To me it's the latter. The chorus is beautiful in its simplicity: Hold your own/Know your name/And go your own way
Coyotes. I was too distracted by the previous track to listen to this more carefully, but I gotta say, I didn't love it the first time. I don't get it.
Only Human. Again one of the tracks that sounds castrated compared to the live versions.
The Dynamo of Volition. Ah, I know what it is about these studio tracks that throws me off. They sound too clean, too smooth. Dynamo is one of the songs I've come to enjoy a lot, I don't dig this version as much as the live ones. And I miss the guitar intro, I loved that! Harrumph.
If It Kills Me. One of the tracks I'm liking more and more. And of course a lot of people can relate to the story on this - it's very movie soundtrack-ish. And I just realized, I miss Toca! (Toca does Jason's back-up vocals for his live performances.) There isn't enough Toca in this album (is he even there? I have to check.).
A Beautiful Mess. I love love this track - this right here is lovely, especially the harmony near the end, but imo, the one from the We Sing EP version is the loveliest one yet. In fact, every single one of the songs that appear in all the EPs is a better version than the tracks in this studio recording. I lurve the EPs.
(Note: If all you see in front of you is a rectangular colored block instead of a player, that means either or both of two things: you will have to use Firefox or Netscape - you should be using Firefox already anyhow (coz it rules!) - and/or you need to have Flash Player 9 installed. Go download it, it's free.)
Turns out the creature is not a dog, but an alien character from a HongKong movie, CJ7, from the creator of Kungfu Hussle and Shaolin Soccer.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
List of services at Amigo's Barber Shop, somewhere in Bulacan. Haircuts cost Php 40, with hot towel included. (O ha!)
Yes, this is a dog. Mohinder chomping on a favorite chewy treat.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Make It Mine. This is the opening track of Jason's upcoming 3rd album. Performed at Park City Utah during the Where Music Meets Film event last January 26. I just love this, it's sort of Beatles-y.
1000 Things. My favorite Mraz song of all, recorded live at The Eagles Ballroom in 2004.
Clockwatching. Just Jason and his guitar, recorded in Ile St. Louis in Paris. I extracted the audio from the wonderful bonus take away show video by Valerie Toumayan. (The video I posted in my last entry below was from the same series.)
Warming Up. More than half-way through Jason hesitates, seems he forgot what's next, haha. I believe it was a very new song at the time when he performed this at Lestat's in 2004. To my knowledge this song does not appear in any of Jason's albums.
Rainbow Connection. A cover of a well-loved song, recorded at Cafe Dackhammer in Berlin last year. I like this as much as Kermit the Frog's rendition.
Dynamo of Volition. No one would have figured me for a fan of this style of music (almost like rap), but I'm just amazed how he can sing all those words! This song is also reportedly included in the new album. Also recorded live at Cafe Dackhhammer.
I'm Yours. Jason and his band have been playing this at concerts for years. Finally they recorded it for the new album. I'm not sure if this is that very studio version.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
There are 4 more videos from this series - 2 can be viewed at blogotheque.net, and 2 more can be downloaded from http://val3rie.free.fr/bonusmraz/.