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2008 December

  • I wanted to make a calendar of game release dates in 2009 (so I won't forget), but apparently details are sparse. The only games that I'm remotely interested in that already have release dates are: 20 Jan 2009: Mana Khemia: Student Alliance (PSP) Star Ocean: Second Evolution (PSP) 17 Feb 2009: Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (NDS) Street Fighter IV (PS3) 17 Mar 2009: Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume (NDS) Unknown Release dates (2009): Dragon Quest IX (NDS) Suikoden Tierkreis (NDS) Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon (First Half 2009) (NDS) GTA: Chinatown Wars (NDS) Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

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  • I came across a website that provided an online Speed Reading Test. Most people I know generally know me to be a fast reader so I decided to take the test. My results: 472 words per minute screen reading, at 82% comprehension, which the website says classifies me as a "good reader". Apparently the best readers can read at 700wpm at 85% comprehension, sounds tough =/ Try the quiz and post your results here. Blogged with the Flock Browser Tags: internet-quiz
  • My current blog app supports syntax highlighting in the blog posts, something I cribbed off Djangosnippet #119 One problem I encountered was that there was no quick visual reference for the styles available with pygments, so I wrote a short demo page here so that I could easily see the appearance of each syntax highlighting class. Of course, I haven't had a chance to use it in a post yet...
  • 3.2MP or better camera good/easy to use music player at least 2 GB storage more is better prefer easy to use keypad / d-pad (ayaw ko ng may joystick) the larger the display the better (at least 2.4" is preferred - same size display as my last phone) Internet/HTML browsing is a plus - able to view PDFs or office docs easily mura lang. j/k, bahala na ung budget but please don't tell me to get an IPhone, N96 or Xperia X1 unless you're willing to sponsor it :D
  • The last limited tournament of the season, it was last week, December 20 at Robinson's Galleria. The format was Shards of Alara sealed deck. For once, I opened a pretty good pool. Unfortunately, I failed to make the follow through. Decklist and (short) tournament report follows. Creatures 1 Sigiled Paladin 1 Welkin Guide 1 Viscera Dragger 1 Exuberant Firestoker 1 Predator Dragon 1 Ridge Rannet 1 Rockslide Elemental 1 Cylian Elf 1 Mosstodon 1 Mycoloth 1 Wild Nacatl 1 Bull Cerodon 1 Rip-Clan Crasher 1 Steward of Valeron Spells 2 Oblivion Ring 1 Resounding Silence 1 Dragon Fodder 1 Magma

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  • Frontend: All page templates are valid (X)HTML. However, I choose not to claim valid XHTML (and no doc type declaration) since I can't guarantee that blog posts I write are compliant! The site uses standard CSS and uses the Blueprint CSS Framework for the grid layout of the page. The site design is entirely original (if not simple and bland -- I'm not very good with website design yet!). The site has minor usage of JQuery Javascript library in some parts. Backend: The server side uses Python and Django behind mod_python on Apache, with a MySQL database. The following Django

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  • Previously I hosted two separate WordPress blogs on, the old one I've had since forever, and a separate one that discussed only magic related articles. It was a bit bothersome to have two WordPress installs though. Now that I've migrated to a Django backend, I decided to merge the blogs back into one. The blog now has the following sections/categories: Magic the Gathering -- for posts related to MTG Software Development -- for posts related to Software Development (hopefully I can write more about this topic) Gaming -- originally I didn't have this category, but looking at previous contents

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  • Well, it's a bit early. But if you're reading this then I've successfully migrated the website to a new host. See you after the jump! Merry Christmas!
  • I purchased a PS3 last week! As is typically with me making large purchases, a was wishy-washy about it for a whole two weeks (although Alvin had been egging me to buy one for months). To show how indecisive we are, here's the conversation we had at the store: Saleslady: Sir, anong kulay ang gusto nyo? Black, silver or white? Me: Alvin, ano gusto mo? Alvin: Kahit ano, silver na lang siguro. Me: Sige ate, silver na lang (The saleslady proceeds to take the silver model out of the box) Me: OK lang ba silver? Parang mas maganda black. Alvin:

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  • I'm on vacation, so it means I actually have time to hit FNM. I sleeved up the Kithkin deck (no more Blightning for me!) and headed over to Robinson's Galleria (Getting robbed along the way fyi). Nothing surprising, I managed to make 3-1, good enough for fourth place and four packs with crap rares inside. My loss was to the mirror match, most probably due to my lower card quality, as I had only 1 planeswalker in my deck. For reference, the Kithkin decklist I played: Creatures 4 Goldmeadow Stalwart 4 Figure of Destiny 3 Burrenton Forge-Tender 4 Wizened Cenn

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  • I wish there was more to the story, but the true story is rather short: I had a moment of carelessness as I hurriedly tried to disemabark from the crowded MRT, and by the time I was getting on an FX at Megamall I noticed that the front pocket of my bag was open and my phone was missing. The PSP which was in the same pocket was still there so I guess the thief was in a hurry. My best guess for the point of attack would have been as I was lined up at the outgoing gates and

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  • I actually initially thought that there would be a PTQ this weekend. When I found out there would just be a normal Standard tournament the night before, I assembled a deck quickly. I went with Blightning Beatdown: Creatures 4 Figure of Destiny 4 Goblin Deathraiders 3 Ashenmoor Gouger 2 Hell's Thunder 4 Demigod of Revenge Spells 4 Bitterblossom 4 Tarfire 3 Resounding Thunder 4 Flame Javelin 4 Blightning Lands 4 Auntie's Hovel 4 Graven Cairns 2 Mutavault 1 Ghitu Encampment 3 Savage Lands 5 Mountains 2 Swamp 1 Karplusan Forest 2 reflecting pool Sideboard 4 Infest 4 Guttural Response 2 Mind Shatter 2 Naturalize 1 Ashenmoor Gouger 2 wild ricochet Unfortunately, things did not go well for our hero. Tournament report follows.

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  • HOWTO: Be more productive (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought) (tags: lifehacks productivity)
  • I played around with the built-in comments app today, trying to clean it up. Some findings: Some of the moderation views, such as flagging a post or deleting a post, accept a next parameter that determines where the view will redirect to after the operation. However, the way the url's are set up, there's no easy way to pass this parameter normally, even through query strings. This lovely bug is documented in I wasn't confident enough to try patching it, so as a temporary workaround, I overrode the flag and delete templates and placed the following inside the form:

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