Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Something Light...

I've been slacking on my gym commitment. Last week I only managed to go once, the week before, twice. I did have some valid reasons (I stayed up late at work Thursday night and was too tired come Friday, I was lazy, it was election day and I was out of town).

Speaking of elections, I once again did not. Still haven't registered myself as a voter, still have no plans to vote. I'm pretty sure there are those who would say it's my duty as a citizen to vote, and that I should not complain about the government running this country because I don't. But...

I pay taxes. I have just as much a right to bitch and complain about the government I AM FUNDING WITH PART OF MY SALARY than the person who votes who gets to play with MY HARD-EARNED MONEY.

Anyway back to the gym. This week I'll try to go my regular thrice a week. I was supposed to go today, Tuesday, with my officemate but I'd rather sleep and rest. I can go MWF. I'm varying the program I initially got. Why? Because it's getting boring. I'm changing some exercises, increasing weight in some, decreasing reps in some, and varying the intensity during my cardio.

It's tiring, specially since I always complain of lack of sleep. I do lack sleep but try as I might, every night I just cannot sleep earlier than 11pm. Dammit.

So what's the point of this blog? Nothing.

I'm just stretching my fingers while working. Back to work, then.


Saturday, May 19, 2007

Got this off a forum I frequent (actually its my high school class' forum) and I answered it at the office while waiting for my renders to finish. It is currently Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 2:32am. Yes, I'm still at work.

"ok. so you have a movie made about your life. you need a soundtrack.

here are the rules

1. Open your library (iTunes, Media Player, iPod, Winamp etc.)
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing.
5. When you go to the next question,press the next button.
6. Don’t lie and pretend you’re cool just type in what song really came out"

Here's how mine went... I copied this directly off my post at the forum.

"sali ako. i'm still at work, it's 2:25am i've got nothing to do but wait for my renders to complete before i composite them... most of the lyrics i got online. sorry sa mga maling lyrics.

A. Opening credits:
Dream Theater, Awake - Voices

"'Love, just don't stare'he used to say to me every Sunday morning"

B. Waking up:
Jimi Hendrix, Experience Hendrix - Red House

"There's a Red House over yonder, that's where my baby stays..."

C. First Day of School:
Metallica, St. Anger - Some Kind of Monster

"These are the eyes that can't see me
These are the hands that drop your trust
These are the boots that kick you around
This is the tongue that speaks on ths inside
These are the ears that ring with hate
This is the face that'll never change
This is the fist that grinds you down
This is the voice of silence no more"

ah, teen angst...

D. Falling in love:
Sandwich, 4-Track Mind - Everyone Suspects

"Everyone suspects, you're always the last to know..."

E. First song:
Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction - Architecture of Aggression

"Great nations built from the bones of the dead,
With mud and straw, blood and sweat,
You know your worth when your enemies
Praise your architecture of aggression."

F. Breaking up:
Sandwich, Thanks to the Moon's Gravitational Pull - Right Now

"You know what I want to do to you
You know what you want to do to me..."

seems apt...

G. Prom:
Pinwheel, Pinoy Blonde OST - Masayang Kalungkutan

"Hindi inaasahan pangyayaring sa ating inaasahan" (or something liket that)

WTF?!? i don't even listen to this album anymore... damned iPod...

H. Life:
Homebase, Cafe Del Mar Volume 14 - Dzihan & Kamien

pahamak, i haven't even listened to this song yet. seems interesing, though.

I. Mental breakdown:
Metallica, S&M - The Call of Ktulu

purely instrumental... puwede... puwede...

J. Driving:
Eraserheads, Anthology - Superproxy

"sawa ka na ba sa mga hassle sa buhay mo
ayaw mo na bang mag-isip para sa sarili
tinatamad ka ng bumyahe
ang gusto mo'y nakahiga na lang"

puwede rin...

K. Flashback:
Faith No More, The Platinum Collection - I Started A Joke

"And I looked at the skies
Running my hands
Over my eyes
And I fell out of bed
Cursing my head
For things that Ive said"

astig. lovely coincidence.

L. Getting back together:
Eraserheads, Anthology - Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka

ika nga ni Dylan, "I swear I didn't rig this."

M. Wedding:
Jimi Hendrix, Experience Hendrix - Dolly Dagger

"Here comes Dolly Dagger
Her love's so heavy, gonna make you stagger.
Dolly Dagger, she drinks her blood from a jagged edge...
Been riding broomsticks since she was fifteen
Blow out all the other witches on the scene.
She got a bull whip, just as long as your life.
her tongue can even scratch
the soul out of the devil's wife."

er, i don't know if this is a good sign or what...

N. Birth of a child:
Corrosion of Conformity, Wiseblood - Wiseblood

"When I was young some wise fool told me
live & learn but nothing comes for free
so I did what I could when I was able
to keep the truth away from our table"


O. Final battle:
Corrosion of Conformity, Deliverance - Señor Loco

"So hard to be a fighter when your hands are always tied."

guess i lose the final battle.

P. Death scene:
Black Sabbath, The Best of Black Sabbath - Electric Funeral

"Reflex in the sky warn you you're gonna die
Storm coming, you'd better hide from the atomic tide
Flashes in the sky turns houses into sties
Turns people into clay, radiation minds decay"

sa wakas, a black sabbath song! and perfectly timed, too...

Q. Funeral song:
Homelands, Cafe Del Mar Volume 14 - Nitin Sawhney

WTF?!? FDNA!!! patalo... first time i've heard this song too...
parang ayos naman, sounds latino (should it sound latino?
just copied this album from my officemate)

R. End credits:
Dave Matthews Band, Listener Supported - Two Step

"Celebrate we will
Because life is short but sweet for certain
Were climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue,
The things we cannot"

puwede na rin. feel good closing song for a strange life."

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I Would If I Could

Right. It's 11:23pm and I'm at work waiting for some renders to be done. Looks like I'll be staying here for the night. Not that I mind...

I was actually looking forward to this night. I knew the possibility of a sleepover (if you could call it that, more like workover) at work was high, because I need to finish something for a project which is due tomorrow.

After a good dinner with my director and colleague I was ready to hit warp speed with what I'm doing. I had a plan of attack, and I knew how to resolve the problem.

Except my stupid workstation doesn't want to cooperate.

Understand, this is a pretty cool PC. It's fast and it's built for 3D. Dual core AMD processor, 2GB of RAM, a video card dedicated to doing 3D (one of them nVidia Quadro super expensive video cards that work well with Maya but isn't for games). But my PC is a lemon.

Ever since I got it it has been rebooting on its own, very sudden. Batch rendering in Maya isn't reliable as it can't seem to finish a whole batch render. Either it gets a fatal error or it says the rendering is complete, when in fact it is not. It won't even render sometimes.

So what am I getting at?

I'm pissed, and frustrated. My old single core PC was more reliable than this crap-heap I call a workstation. The sad part is this is only happening to my workstation. My officemates with the dual cores all have reliable PCs.

I can't even render simple particles right now.

And here I thought I could finish what I was supposed to do.



Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Updates and Randomness

This is it. It's been quite some time since I posted anything here. And I just recently posted a link to find out what kind of pie you are (I was mud pie - yum yum).

So it's time for another installment of updates and randomness.

  • For starters I've been "religiously" going to the gym three times a week for the past how many weeks now (I think it's been five or six). I still haven't lost much weight, probably because my eating habits remain largely unchanged, but my stamina and overall feeling has improved. I don't get short of breath that often and I feel lighter on my toes. Thanks in large part to the fifteen minutes of cardio I do before every weight training session. Next up? A new program dedicated to improving my physique so I can play basketball a lot better.
  • Met up with my high school classmates for dinner at Dayrit's. They finally met Maica and after dinner I followed to Ferds' house for some beer drinking and catching up. Most were surprised that Maica and I have been going steady for the past eight years. And I was also surprised at how much we've changed, physical and attitude-wise, over the years.
  • I recently had my hair clipped off. Gone are the long "locks" of hair I once had, and replaced by bristle like hairs. Why'd I do it? The usual answer is because of the heat, but honestly? I don't know myself. It was a spur of the moment decision on my part.
  • A surprising, and happily welcomed, event that has happened twice to me recently was that I dreamt of my grandmother who passed away. And now the dreams I see her in are what I would describe as happy dreams. Not dreams where I wake up sad or pissed off that she's gone. So I guess that means I've finally come to terms with the fact that she's gone.
  • Work has been the same. Same old, same old. If only I could write about what I really thought, I would. But let's just say I can't. And if you like metaphors, this stone is starting to get a little mossy, if you know what I mean.
So that's it for now, I guess. Gotta catnap before work starts since I'm still trying to catch up on sleep. If anything of importance happens, I'll most probably blog about it.


What Kind of Pie Are You?

Nicked this link off of a discussion group in Flickr...

You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses