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2007 October

  • One of the qualities that I think make a really good software developer is the ability to solve difficult technical problems. Unless you're the sort of software developer who just sells the same piece of software over and over again, at some point in time you'll to need to find out how to implement some feature you've never tried before. Or you'll hit a problem that's not documented in any official docs and you need that critical functionality. Typically, there are two approaches: Research and Experimentation. Today I'll talk about Research. Research means the internet of course, but what part

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  • I was in Galleria earlier today and suddenly the power went out for a few seconds. It came back up almost immediately, but of course everyone was a bit spooked given the recent bombings at Glorietta 2. Even I felt a bit shaken up I might add, even considering cutting short the tournament (I wasn't doing well) I hate that. Being overcome by fear, even for a very short instant. Hopefully, the authorities would be able to find whoever was responsible for the recent bombings to make the rest of us feel safer.
  • Ugh, I feel like an idiot. Lowryn Sealed card pool: White 1 Cloudgoat Ranger 2 Goldmeadow Stalwart 1 Kinsbaile Balloonist 2 Kinsbaile Skirmisher 1 Kithkin Greatheart 1 Neck Snap 1 Oaken Brawler 1 Pollen Lullaby 2 Springjack Knight 1 Surge of Thoughtweft 1 Thoughtweft Trio 1 Triclopean Sight Blue 1 Æthersnipe 1 Amoeboid Changeling 1 Drowner of Secrets 1 Ego Erasure 1 Faerie Harbinger 1 Faerie Trickery 1 Mistbind Clique 1 Mulldrifter 2 Pestermite 2 Ponder 1 Protective Bubble 1 Tideshaper Mystic Black 2 Bog Hoodlums 1 Boggart Loggers 1 Faerie Tauntings 1 Footbottom Feast 1 Hornet Harasser 1 Makeshift

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  • The game was not as long as I had hoped, although I finished without completing stuff. (Only had 11 hearts when facing the final boss). I told a friend that the current Zeldas are too easy compared to the Zeldas of old. There are a lot more hints this time around on how to get past stuff, etc. He told me that the 3d Zeldas are even easier. One of the sacrifices they had to make to become popular I suppose. Of woe to the hardcore gamer! (Not that I claim to be a hardcore gamer mind you) Still, very

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  • I wasn't too keen on playing, but that Dark Confidant kept whispering at me to give him one more chance. Rakdos again, except I removed Martyr of Ashes from the board and put in Avalanche Riders to help the terrible Angelfire matchup. Round 1: 2-1 win vs BWR Slivers I kept Hit/Run in the main because I thought he had Solifuges, he did not. Round 2: 2-1 win vs White Weenie Game 1 was a wipe in his favor, as I had mulled to five. Games two and three I took control. Round 3: 0-2 loss vs RG Greater Goyf

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  • Can holding a stylus cause carpal tunnel syndrome? Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for a few days now; the controls are purely-stylus driven so my wrist aches a bit after a few hours of play. Of course the game has been consuming a good number of my waking hours (I didn't even play any Magic this weekend), but that's not what this post is about. This post is about the original Legend of Zelda. The first time I played the game, I was able to borrow some sort of faulty and/or bootleg copy that wasn't able to save games. Stupid

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