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Walk in the Park

Things have been close to crazy around here.

The farmers who had been preparing their crops for the harvest had everything ready, only to find out that the carpenters in the village planned to tear down the barn where the grain was to be stored. It wouldn’t have been so much of a problem if the farmers had adequate time to find other places to store the grain. Everything…everything that the farmers had been working towards now meant nothing if the grain couldn’t be stored for the winter months. What is worse, some of the carpenters were helping out in preparing for the harvest. It didn’t even occur to them that the tearing down of the barn, which they too were a part of, would affect their co-workers so adversely.

In other news, Anne has begun to choose walking as her primary means of locomotion. Everything happens so quickly; life happens so quickly. She walks a few steps, then the next few days we receive word from our parents that she walked more than twenty steps unassisted. We’ve stopped counting. All this happened in a span of a few weeks.

Faith has been thinking of maybe working part-time to spend more time with Anne. Much as I enjoy my job, the reality of it is I am quite significantly underpaid for the kind of work I provide. Money hasn’t been an issue thus far, but it would help if the compensation matched what the stuff I bring to work everyday. I’d love to be able to give Faith the option of spending time with Anne during these formative years.

God has been faithful in big things and small. We just have to trust.

Why the Da Vinci code doesn't work

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PS, Wii Think You're Screwed

I’ve been thinking of getting a console for some time now. I’m a PC gamer, having used customised rigs since the beginning of time. When most kids my age owned a Super Nintendo, I was saving up for the first 3D accelerated graphics card available on the market. I just had to see MechWarrior constructed out of huge jaggied 3D polygons. The console seemed like a step back - throwing everything I’ve learned over more than 3 quarters of my life and taking the easy way out.

Now older and increasingly less energetic, the console means not having to think of upgrading my PC, which is now 3 years old and has a graphics card (GeForce 5200) Felix just described as “bleeding old”. I don’t play as many games as I used to, mostly switching between NBA Live and…. well, NBA Live. I no longer have the inclination to take on epic games that require many hours straight. NBA Live in 30 minute installments before reading up on the countless stuff I have interests in (damn you Digg!) and picking up skills to create web solutions to fully flesh out ideas I have at work.

Anyway, back to consoles. I’ve been holding out on the Xbox 360 because the Playstation 3 was supposed to be out. It’s now slated for November, which isn’t too far away, but comes with a $599 USD pricetag, which in my opinion is too much for my wallet to bear. Sony’s Ken Kutaragi saying that the PS3’s announced price was too cheap was rubbing salt in my imaginary wound. The 360, to be quite honest, is a steal.

As you probably already know, I’m not a big Microsoft fan. But with the whole Sony rootkit fiasco, we can safely say that both companies aren’t exactly the whitest of sheep.

Who comes out the winner? From the blind side comes the Nintendo Wii. Sure, it’s a stupid name, but there’s something very disarming about it. While Sony and Microsoft go for war, Nintendo seems to have the focus right - they come across as really wanting to make great games for their users. It may not have the graphical power the other two consoles boast, but graphics only get you so far. Now older and wiser, I’m in it for gameplay and storytelling. Dynamic lighting and transparency effects are nice, but they get old quick.

I’m still thinking of getting the 360 though. It’s a great price for what is essentially a souped up PC.

Sorry Also Must Explain

I don’t use vulgarities much, but there is no other way of expressing the level of incredulity currently running through my being. So if strong language bothers you, don’t proceed any further.

You are absolutely shitting me.

James Gomez was arrested after the elections for “criminal intimidation”. If charged, he could be jailed for 7 years.

A large part of PAP rhetoric this time round has been along the lines of “what we promise, we deliver”. Then there was the whole character assassination of James Gomez which took up a considerable chunk of what could have been useful discourse. Make no doubt about it - James Gomez was delivered a swift kick to the balls. This reveals the moral fibre of the ruling party, and that wearing an all-white ensemble only means having to use more bleach.

It has been so hard to write anything upbeat during election week. There is so much ugliness, and we the common people have to contend with the fact that these are the best we’ve got. These are our leaders.

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South American Psychology

Brazilian Waxing Advertisement with Typo

Nothing like hot wax on your nether regions to bring out your multiple personalities.

Apple Worms, Viruses and What-not

A lot has been said about how the new Macs’ ability to dual-boot into Windows XP has opened the flood-gates for viruses. I agree that having Windows on board makes it easier, but one great motivation for hackers would be the iSight Apple has included in all their iMacs and Macbook Pros.

Hacking into another person’s computer is an act of power - taking it away from someone, which is very similar to voyuerism. I’m willing to bet my pants that a ton of hackers out there are already working on how to turn iSight on remotely.

Steve, if you’re listening, I’d like my iSight on the side, please.

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