Monday, May 31, 2010

Ralph Wiggum gets Censored

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Me fail English?
That's unpossible!
The oddball kid from the Simpsons gets censored for the first time (I think). Knowing him all throughout the series, it's unbelievable he phrased a vulgar response when asked about Moe Szyslak as a 'Simon Cowell'-type judge in the episode Judge Me Tender. While we can't add what he said to the list of Ralph Wiggum's famous lines, the bleep nonetheless made the joke very funny. It's just left to our imagination to wonder what the statement is. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

How to Celebrate Pac-Man 30th Anniversary

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Pac-man's anniversary, based on its first game release date, just actually passed two days ago but there's no excuse in reminiscing the game glory and celebrate its 30th birthday as long as we want. We know it ourselves deep inside that we yearn to live the old days and play hours of Pac-man. Without further ado, here are some ways to celebrate:

Play the original Pac-Man for free.

Of course the most obvious way to celebrate is to play the original game. How? Chances are your old Famicom or Atari game console is broken, displaced and long forgotten, along with the Pac-man cartridge. That's where the Internet steps in, with various online versions of it offers (even for free).

Play Pac-Man clones, like Google's.

While most clones were developed to profit from Pac-Man's fame, Google did it as a tribute. For two days Google changed its homepage logo to a playable version of the game. While this first fully interactive special logo is not on main display anymore, you can check it out here. As a hidden bonus, you can play Ms. Pac-Man as well with a fellow player by clicking the Insert Coin twice.
Feeling lucky? Insert a coin.
Watch Pac-Man video tributes.

Most loyal fans of Pac-Man simply can't wait to express their love for the game. As such, they create tributes such as videos. Here's one by Annoying Orange:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Site Surfing #2: Exploring the Deep Web

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Ask anyone what to do when searching for a term, pictures, news, word definition, map and guides, etc., and expect the answer is to Google it. The popular search engine is closely synonymous to the World Wide Web. However, it's stored information is nowhere what the Web really has to offer.

Ever heard of the Deep Web? It is part of the online world where no search engines has entered. In other words standard search engines such as Google and Yahoo! do not have indexes of these possible info-rich pages.

Naturally one would ask how to dig this mine of information. I discovered by chance this list of search engines that specializes in crawling the Deep Web. What you may initially think as unavailable in the web might just be lurking around in the corner.

Some of these search engines are:

Databases of academic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, and many other resources await where not even Google Scholar haven't found.

Be aware that finding that oh-so-precious knowledge is just as hard as looking for a needle in a haystack; you need to know the proper search terms to get results you want. 
The web around Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Shrek Ends Chapter with Forever After

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The lovable ogre, Shrek, will have its last big screen appearance this year in Forever After. The film will be released in the US on May 21 and in the UK on July 2. (See more release dates here.) The cast (Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, etc) from the previous movies will reprise their roles.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Why You Shouldn't Miss Farmville

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I've just confirmed that Farmville, along with other games by Zynga, is gone from Facebook. Its old link displays a "Page Not Found" error. Is this grave news? To the app's 26 million fans, yes. But to me, the world has not changed at all. I didn't even get past level 5 without getting bored already. Below are some reasons why I don't (and why you shouldn't as well) miss the game.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Farmville, Café World Leaving Facebook

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Zynga, the creator of popular apps such as Mafia Wars, CafeWorld and Farmville, is threatening to leave Facebook once and for all. The relationship between the two companies is at an all time low caused by Facebook's extreme measures to control applications. Such measures include limitations on messaging users and imposing a credits system as the only payment form for apps to use. The credit system brings a heavy burden to companies like Zynga since it requires a massive 30% fee of all transactions.

FarmVille. Where have all the cows gone?

End of the Business World

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I'm not really familiar with corporate or business history but the cartoon below shows how many events in history have been linked to the end of the business world, which in fact is unlikely to happen anytime soon. While the economy suffers recession (and even depression), it always goes back to boons and growth.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

I got the cartoon from LeftyCartoons, a political cartoon blog by Barry Deutsch.

My Top 5 Annoying Orange Episodes

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"Hey, hey Apple! Don't be so fruity."

I finally figured out why my friend has been greeting me with "Wazzup!" lately; He got it from Annoying Orange, a comedy web series which began in October 2009 and now has become one of the most popular internet sensations. Whether it's the whimsical puns or the infectious laugh of titular character Orange, you won't look at fruits the same again.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Google Chrome - Internet at Lightning Speed

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Of all the Google Chrome videos made by its developers, the Potato gun, lightning, and sonic magic speed tests video is easily the best. These speed tests not only confirm what all the technogeeks have been saying all along, they also provide light entertainment for its unusual yet stunning methods to measure the internet browser's speed.

Site Surfing #1: How to Make Ice Cream

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I already knew about stumbling into sites before but from now on I'll be sharing noteworthy sites with you guys. I call this series of online exploration as my Site Surfing. :)

How to Make Ice Cream

Ice creams are my favorite!

There's no denying that ice cream is a popular treat. I myself would love to have a vanilla sundae whenever I get the chance. This is why my day just got made thanks to a quick recipe guide for ice cream. It only takes about five minutes which afterwards can lead you to an hour of sweet satisfaction. I know this because I've done this myself!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Video Games as Art

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I wouldn't have wrote this article if I wasn't disturbed by Roger Ebert saying video games can never be art. Admittedly a gamer myself, I didn't pay attention to appreciate video games in the realm of art.

After I read the article, I thought what other gamers would think. I created a thread in a forum and patiently waited for replies. You can expect some prejudice among people who favor video games but they are arguably the ones who know video games better, not some old coot that Ebert has likely become (you can even conclude that he is when you read his article).

Friday, May 7, 2010

Google Gravity

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Want to try fooling your friends that Google has gone haywire? Try Google Gravity. The page looks exactly like the Google homepage, except that after a while all the page elements (logo, links and everything) falls to the bottom. The only thing to worry about is if they notice the URL and icon are different, so be sure they're well disguised. :P

Google Gravity

The Simpsons Does Tik Tok

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From left to right: Lisa, Marge,
Maggie, Homer and Bart

The Simpsons latest couch gag in the episode To Surveil With Love features Kesha's Tik Tok. The cast of the show lip-synced to the song with matching hilarious actions.

I'm sure both the Simpsons and Tik Tok are familiar to people. The Simpsons however made me like the song, which I initially didn't pay attention to since I am not into dance-pop/electropop music.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Where to Look for Ideas to Post in your Blog

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It's fun to blog. But even with all the cool layout design and gadgetries on their blogs, some people encounter this problem at some point: what to write about. Sure it's nice to talk about your dog or cat, but people are more interested on stuff that matters. You need to know where to get the inspiration needed to blog.

Ever Played a Chatroulette Game?

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The first time I heard of Chatroulette was in a South Park episode You Have 0 Friends. I wouldn't have believed such a video chat is actually real until I read this article. Video chat is already common these days, even back when it started on Yahoo! messenger then on Skype. But what makes Chatroulette different is that in a matter of seconds you can be hooked up to chat, no registration needed. The people you meet here are fellow "players" randomly selected from around the world. That's where the problem comes to the picture: nudity.

My Opinions Should Matter

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I frequent a forum and post replies to topics I'm interested. There was this one time however that I was rebutted with this statement:
Who is Conan Hughes,whoever he is, as compared to Former Senate President Jovito Salonga and Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Possible Plants Versus Zombies 2 Screenshot


I stumbled upon a screenshot when I was looking for updates to the sequel of the casual yet very addictive video game Plants Versus Zombies. While the results of my efforts have been fruitless (I only found out 2 things: that PvZ game designer George Fan is busy developing a game with a new concept and that the sequel is unlikely to be released this year), I noticed that the background of the screenshot shows two familiar plants and a zombie in the PvZ game.

Plants Versus Zombies 2 ETA Within a Decade

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That's right. Fans of plants shooting peas against a horde of zombies won't be able to get a hand of the game's next iteration anytime soon. In a 2009 interview by Gamezebo, Plants vs Zombies game designer George Fan was interested in creating another game with "a whole new setting and a new concept."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The State of Reading

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I used to download sample LSAT tests to determine if I have the capacity to become a law student (which I may consider later in life). In one test I saw a passage narrating how communication evolved through time. At first, before writing systems were discovered, people used to exchange information orally. Over time, as you expect, people moved on to print which helped historians dig our past. In addition, reading and writing has always been associated with an increase in cognitive and comprehensive skills.

Noynoy Aquino Sans Parents' Legacy

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A friend delighted me with a question that probably leaves supporters of Noynoy Aquino scratching their heads: "Would you vote for Noynoy if he had far less prominent parent figures?"

Monday, May 3, 2010

Increase Blog Site Traffic

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Increasing traffic is one of the top priority for a freshly made blog. A simple Google search provides tons of articles, many of which made by bloggers themselves. One particular list I'd like to share is compiled by Seth Godin.

(Video) Noynoy Aquino: A Jejemon Politician

When confronted with questions regarding his achievements while in Congress, he becomes a fine example of a Jejemon, defined as someone who talks unintelligibly, veers away from the topic because he doesn't have anything relevant to say, and seemingly has a low IQ. If you observe carefully in the video, even the interviewer was a bit confused with what Aquino answered.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Exploding Whale in a Lisa Episode

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Every time the Simpsons show releases a new episode focusing on Lisa, chances are it's an episode about the environment and "green living." The latest Lisa episode, The Squirt and the Whale, is initially about wind power and continues on a beached whale after a severe storm blows through town.