Thursday, March 27, 2008

Newly-discovered Skype Icons

I forgot to post this right after we discovered it.

Skype has special animated icons for typing status! Before, we were already amused that it didn't just have the scribbling pencil icon, but also a flipped-over pencil erasing!

A few days back, we discovered:

which appeared when you just hold down keys, and:

when you hold them down a bit longer!


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Another Fanboy Wish Comes True!

I learned from Jamie that there finally is a Blade of the Immortal animé!!!

This deserves another: "IT'S ABOUT TIME"


It's yet to start on April 27. I also forgot to note that the manga is still ongoing (at least, the English version being published by Dark Horse)..

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Saw this in the bus this morning, on my way home from Makati..

Young Jennifer Connelly FTW!
Young Jennifer ConnellyYoung Jennifer Connelly

The vid in the bus had subtitles of the lyrics -- which somehow mesmerized me into nodding to the beat.. and almost lip synching! @_@

Maybe it was because they sounded like girls, and I had trouble putting it together with the sight of the blonde mullet guy's creepy smile..

A YouTube comment: "Can u get more g-- then that ? like lord of the g--?"

The limp arm waving a pointed finger (1:06)
Brother Louie - Waving pointed finger

"Brother Louie, Louie, Louie! Oooh, Doin' what he's doin'.." ..this guy has a creepy smile.. (1:22)
Brother Louie - Raised fist

"Forever.. EVER.." ..creepy stare! (1:59)
Brother Louie - Looking away

Tag team creepiness.... ..and blonde mullet guy is still doing his fist-thing.. (2:48)
Brother Louie - Taking turns

While taking screenshots, I didn't try to seek to the exact frame.. I went back for, not just a couple of, but several seconds before and re-played it again and again and again... gaaaaaahhh!

I have it on Firefox, on IE and on a downloaded FLV version at the same time....


Monday, March 17, 2008

Laughing Out Loud

DM of the Rings!

A moderately-long running webcomic, this is one of those rare ones that never failed to make me laugh at almost every other strip (I embarass myself when I laugh uncontrollably and I'm alone!)! The only other ones I could recall is SMBC and XKCD..

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I Will Spoil You!

*** SPOILER ALERT! (expires at around 2pm later today) ***

Pacquiao won his rematch over Marquez on a surprising split decision!

We at home were quite relieved that Pacquiao still won, after his very shaky performance and his lack of aggression in the 12th round. Marquez's cut over his right eye was ugly, but it was started by a headbutt. We thought Pacquiao's attempt to "counter [punch] the counter [puncher]" failed miserably! Marquez was obviously the more accurate puncher, landing punches on Pacquiao's cut with great timing. I was actually scared for Pacquiao after his cut opened up, and especially when he seemed to careful about it.

We also sympathize with Marquez when he expressed disappointment that Pacquiao did not want a rematch. And I winced a lot during Pacquiao's interview (an extra wince for Chavit's presence).

We watched the match on our local cable provider's channel, live with no commercial breaks! Aaand I don't think I'm spoiling it for anybody else, since I'm expecting those who are watching the delayed telecast to still be glued to your TV sets.. or not.. =p

Friday, March 14, 2008

Dumbing Down..

I really need to kick my brain and get it started..

I couldn't load my Blogger Dashboard a while ago, and kept getting this page. So I clicked on the link to the Help Page, and I deleted the browser cookies from

I refresh the page a dozen times.

Until I look at the URL and realized that I am indeed reloading the same gosh-darned page!

Ashamed and defeated, I click on the Blogger logo..

What is your..

..short term goal? Finish Patapon and God of War. =p

..mid term goal? Get started on my pet project!

..long term goal? Uhhmm.. get rich?

From JAm!
*feel free to answer the same questions on your blog. (yes meme time!)

Monday, March 10, 2008

YouTube Gripe

There is no immediately available RSS feed for my own favorites?! What the hey! My first idea was that it should be really simple and therefore it might just be a particular way of constructing a URL.

And in my searching, there are a lot of other users who are looking for this same feed. I found several solutions that go deep into parsing the XML result of a REST request using the YouTube Developer's API or *gasp* the actual My Favorites page!

Fortunately, I found a solution done using Yahoo! Pipes. I took a peek into how it was done. And it WAS simple!<insert username>/favorites

Now I just have to test if it works on the PSP's RSS Channel! =D

(UPDATE 2008-03-10 7:52PM -- Awww, man! It's an Atom feed, not RSS!)

(UPDATE 2008-03-11 12:03AM -- Before Jaemark posted his FeedBurner comment, I was already playing with Yahoo! Pipes plus a bit more research.. aaand it seems that you just can't get video direct from YouTube onto the PSP.. there are a lot of PSP-compatible video sites, but YouTube still has the bulk of the videos worth sharing.. oh, well..)

Something Wrong.. my head?

I.. I don't have Tekken in my PSP..

(In the rush of packing my stuff, I moved Tekken out of my memory stick in favor of God of War: Chains of Olympus and Patapon..)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

CAPTCHA Is Broken?

Says this article: CAPTCHA is Dead, Long Live CAPTCHA!

The most reliable CAPTCHA implementations were announce to have been defeated.

I don't know much about CAPTCHA, but couldn't they somehow mimic the "salting" done in password hashing? Maybe split the CAPTCHA images into random partitions: "gh9p3845" for example could be posted as two images with "gh9" and "p3845", or maybe even 4 partitions with "gh" + "9" + "p38" + "45" or, better yet, one image per letter -- what's important is the partitioning being random.

The article suggests "Distinguish pictures of dogs from cats". Since this might boil down to a somewhat a multiple choice question, bot could possibly get lucky. I'm thinking we could extend the salting to use a picture: CAPTCHA phrase "lk2s" + dog picture + some instructions that it should be typed as "lkDOG2s"..