Saturday, June 26, 2004


Two years ago, I participated in a nonfiction workshop during the weekend. As an icebreaker, the facilitators (the esteemed Dr. Brion being one of them) hosted a game with unmentioned rules. They'd say a statement or ask us a question and we're forced to draw conclusions. The facilitators would tell us whether our answer was correct or not, and it would go on and on until everyone realized what it was (and for those who didn't get it, we'd stare at them hopelessly).

Anyway, thank God the game Petals Around the Roses wasn't played, or it would have taken me quite awhile to comprehend it. Anyway, feel free to solve the problem. And here's an anecdote of Bill Gates trying to solve it.
The game was courtesy of Rin.

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Friday, June 25, 2004

For Eberron Fans

Anyway, here's a link for novel proposals with regards to the Eberron campaign setting.

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Thursday, June 24, 2004

It's Really June

In a country that has only two seasons, guess which one it is?

Of course rain also marks the start of the school year for those who are still studying. The first few weeks of class are usually the most enjoyable, mainly because there's usually a storm or two to call of classes at least once a month (and there are always the holidays).

The wet season also shows you the flaws of Philippine construction and administration. The former, because in a street that's supposed to be flat and straight, you see puddles of water in the middle. It's the latter's fault because politicans here are interested in the short term (because long-term decisions rarely makes you popular or garners you votes), and so asphalt is still the material of choice when constructing roads (which isn't really the best of materials because although it's cheap, this is a country that's famous for erosion and weathering effects).

Did I mention that it's worse for pedestrians? It probably wouldn't be so bad if we weren't getting wet more from the passing cars rather than actual rain.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Technically Still Unemployed

Anyway, I'm just here at the house, hoping that someone from Client Logic calls me up soon (so call me paranoid) for my contract signing. In the meantime, my room is far from the most comfortable of places, since there's a number of flies swarming around (one fly at least is small and doensn't buzz when it's near, and another that does buzz).

It's a Bad Month for Wizards of the Coast

Aside from some figures from their miniatures line missing an arm or a leg (or gasp! a head), it seems that the print run of their new campaign setting, Eberron, has some misprints. Over 40% of the print run has some defects.

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Sunday, June 20, 2004

The SF&F Serials Seldom Get It Right

I was sorely disappointed in last year's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Anthology, at least in the part where they were doing a year-in-review of anime/manga, mainly because the writer didn't really know what she was talking about. Apparently, they're not the only ones who did it wrong, as can be seen in this article by Locus magazine (courtesy of Vern). Maybe it's just me, and I'm one of the few people who multiclass as a SF&F buff and anime/manga.

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Just A Note

To save myself the time of explaining, and I'll say it now. If you want to link me, go ahead. I'll usually link you back once I start redoing my layout (because honestly, updating your layout every so often just to accomodate someone new can be a chore). Similarly, don't take offense if I don't link you back immediately, because it really does take me quite a while before I change my layout.

Second, if you like something I wrote in my blog, feel free to quote it or post it on your own blog/livejournal, as long as you mention the source (namely me) and where you got it (this blog url, for example).

Things to Look Forward to This Week

1) Hopefully, someone from Client Logic calls me up so that I can formally say I'm employed. =)

2) This is wishful thinking on my part, but hopefully the books I ordered from A Different Bookstore finally arrives this Friday.

3) Just a reminder to people that next Sunday, at the Megatrade Hall, will be the Toy Convention. Hope to see you there.

4) God willing, Eberron and Giants of Legend arrive at Comic Quest by Thursday. And hopefully my Giants of Legend figs will have no defects, since apparently this batch of miniatures has lots of missing arms, legs, and heads (and while customer service at WotC is great, I'm here in the Philippines.

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