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2006 April

  • I tried the new Yahoo Mail Beta for a while, but I decided to switch back just now. Short review: it's nice looking, but feels a tad sluggish. Well, sluggish compared to gmail at least. The biggest problem is that scrollbar in the message list. It's like promising that you can scroll through all your messages, but when you try to scroll to a far away part of the list, you just get a lot of "Loading... " text. I doubt that scales very well, especially as you get to the thousands in your number of messages. Google is being

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  • Usually, whenever a Catholic priest gives a homily during Mass, he stands behind a pulpit and generally act like they're making a speech. At the place where I go to Mass, the priests prefer to stand in front of the altar, closer to the audience, holding a microphone in their hands and pacing around a bit during the homily. I remarked to my brother during the Easter Sunday mass: "I bet priests would make great stand-up comics." His response: "That would make an awesome sitcom." Imagine, if you will, a priest at a small parish, occasionally bored with what is

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  • the four agreements, don miguel ruiz book -- a code for life and personal development agreement 1 Be impeccable with your word -- Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. agreement 2 Don't take anything personally -- Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be

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  • There are a handful of issues that would influence the general direction of the human race in years to come. Terrorism, oil scarcity, trade imbalances and worldwide poverty come to mind, and these are the ones most commonly discussed in mainstream media. There is however, another important battle being waged that is far removed from the minds of the everyday person. That battle is Recording Industry vs The People. Some of the posts at the above blog are awesome reads and point to an alarming pattern of abuse of the United States' judicial system by large corporations with armies of

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  • I wonder if the Catholic Church considers piracy as a sin... at least one that I should be confessing to a priest during er... confession. If so, I suppose I have more than ten years' worth of piracy-related sins to confess. Yeah, I go to confession. Once a year, around the Holy Week period usually. Once a year is the minimum frequency required by the Catholic Church, but I wonder how many observe it? Many parishes in busy Metro Manila hold a "Kumpisalang Bayan" (er... I'd say "Mass Confessional", Mass as in lots of people, would be a reasonable translation)

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  • One would think it an unfair comparision, seeing as how BG2 is at least 5 years older that Suiko5. But BG2 holds up pretty well, I end having a mental coin toss as to which game I will play at any one time. They both have their merits. Suiko5 Pros: Awesome story, lots of background and character depth. Cons: Extremely narrow gameplay, heavily scripted. Hero looks girly. Status: 12 hours in. Kicked out of home town? Check. Branded a rebel and thrust into leadership of one side of a civil war? Check. True Rune attaching itself to your hero? Check.

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  • I feel like I should be used to it, but summer seems a lot more intense this year.
  • (My previous practice was never to post an entry about a game until I'd finished it. This was a good idea during those days that I had a lot of free time and could finish the average RPG in a week. I haven't been in that state for four years.) My brother warned me that according to reviews, the first eight hours or so of Suikoden V were quite draggy. When I thought about it, that should be expected. I've played Suikoden 1-4 of course, and in all those games, a largish part of the beginning involved the setup where

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  • Sun, April 2, 2006, 3:01 p.m. / / blog / #tech-life / Syndicated: flickr / 💬 1 / 176 words
  • Yesterday, the guard at my office building pissed me off quite a bit. He refused to let me in because I was wearing slippers! Since we dress casually on Saturdays, very so often I like to wear slippers to work, especially when I'm feeling too lazy to put on socks. They never gave me any trouble before, so I argued with the guard for a bit. Stubborn-headed, he still wouldn't let me in. I stalked off grumbling and got into a taxi home. (I came back later... that guard cost me like an hour and a half of my time

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  • I've always been suspicious of radio station top ten lists, assuming they are predetermined marketing scams and not really based on actual listener requests. When I was in high school I wanted to put this theory to the test by having a whole lot of people call one station and request a really old song -- my choice at the time was "Hey Jude" by the Beatles. Unfortunately, my plan fell through because I could not gather the critical mass needed to accomplish it. And it was really hard to call into those radio stations.