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  • Archive for March, 2012

    March 29th, 2012

    We Got Cignal HD and It’s Pretty Neat

    by chad

    I was already contented with our current SkyCable subscription since I seldom watch television, but my brother thinks otherwise. I guess you can’t blame him – being an NBA enthusiast, of course you’d want to view the best of the best. And what’s the best? That full high-definition television experience, of course.

    So we subscribed to Cignal’s HD packages. Having done so, our folks were finally able to utilize the LCD TV we gave them for Christmas. So it’s pretty much a win-win situation. Well, kind of, as this would also be added monthly expenses for me >.

    We went with the 1290 package, having 57 regular channels and 11 HD channels. The guys from Cignal paid a visit about two days after to install the TV boxes (one for me, my brother, and then my parents), and got it working right away within the week. Besides the monthly expenses, there’s also the 700PHP processing fee and fee for the additional TV boxes, if there are any. The first box is free, though.

    Even with my 22″ LG LCD TV (though it supports 1080p), the difference between the SD channels and HD ones are quite discernible. Though I won’t be watching NBA HD, I’m pretty excited about my upcoming viewing experience with HBO HD, NatGeo HD, Discovery HD, FOX HD, Food Channel HD, and a bunch more to choose from! Too bad there’s no Cartoon Network HD (which falls under the 1590 package.) There’s also Screen Red which shows Asian award-winning movies (including Japanese with subtitles) and that Japanese channel NHK.

    I’ve decided to take a few pictures of my TV showcasing the aforementioned HD channels. If you’re also interested in getting the full HD experience that is an alternative to the expensive Sky Cable, better visit Cignal’s office. To know more about Cignal, their packages, channels and contact info, go to their website at http://www.cignal.tv/

    So yeah, here are more pictures:

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    March 28th, 2012

    Back to Metal Music with Seventh Messiah

    by chad

    When I have my axe in hand, nothing really gives me as good a time when playing metal music. That adrenaline rush, that burning passion itching to explode in heavily-distorted guitar gallops and double-pedaled mayhem!

    After years of inactivity with our college cover band Sacramentum (watch a gig here), we finally hit it off again. This time, now with goals of actually making original compositions, we’ll go by the name Seventh Messiah.

    Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not just this kind of music that I love. I’ll listen and play to just about anything. Be it metal, rock, pop, dance, techno, jazz, blues, R&B, orchestral, anime, death, christian, what have you! Closing oneself to just one genre is stupid anyway, right? There are lots of awesome experiences in the world. Why not try to experience them all to your full extent? Oh, I didn’t mean to preach there >.

    Anyway, I also brought my equipment to a random jam of ours and took the liberty of testing out the Canon 550D and Rode VideoMic combination, with the help of good ol’ Magic Lantern. The results were pretty good! The audio quality, I mean. We still need to tidy up on our songs lol. Here they are:

    Lamb of God – Hourglass (Vocalless)

    Burn You Alive (Vocalless)

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    March 24th, 2012

    Tapsilog Avenue, 24/7 Affordabest Meals!

    by chad

    Being the nocturnal creatures that we are, my siblings and I always crawl out of our den on the wee hours of the morning to look for some grub. Given the limited options of still-open establishments that we have to choose from, we’d almost always end up in Mcdonald’s, Burger Machine and 7-11.

    But hey, there’s a new place in town! The 24/7 Tapsilog Avenue just opened recently in Marikina, and it’s definitely gonna be one of our midnight snack spots!

    Given the fastfood chain’s name, expect the traditional combination of ‘-silog’ meals. Meaning, sinangag (fried rice) with itlog (egg) and meat (which would depend on the name e.g. Tapsilog – tapa or cured beef.) They have 10 varieties of main dishes to choose from, including the usual Tapsilog, Longsilog, Hotsilog and more. Each meal costs 45PHP. Not bad! Order up two or three of those, with free soup and softdrinks for 15PHP and you’re all set!

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    March 22nd, 2012

    Wireless USB Gamepads by CD-R King

    by chad

    The more I got to play with the DualShock 3 Wireless Controller for the PS3, the more I grew weary for my thickly-wired USB gamepads for the PC. It gets really irritating in the long run, considering my room’s structural design. Each time someone goes in my room, the people playing on the couch would have to lower the controllers so that person could pass through.

    Because of this, CD-R King’s wireless controllers have caught my eye for some time now. Problem being, the stores I usually go to never had any stock. I thought about PCX and Villman’s, but their branded ones’ prices just doesn’t fall around my ballpark figure. With a stroke of luck about a week ago, when buying work-related materials, they had ‘em hanging on the product shelves!

    I bought two for 350PHP each. They run on two AAA batteries, so I also bought from the store a battery pack of four for 40PHP. After getting home, we immediately tried it out on Umineko’s Ougon Musou Kyoku, Melty Blood: Current Code, and various games from the Super NES, PS, PS2, and Wii Emulators.

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    March 15th, 2012

    Treffpunkt, German Sausage Buffet!

    by chad

    Get your hungry bellies ready for Treffpunkt‘s eat-all-you-can German sausage buffet! This goldmine of a restaurant has been around since 1986, but I guess they don’t like to advertise much. I only got news about this after my sister told me about it a week ago, but I’m definitely gonna bring my friends here for another visit sometime soon!

    It took us some time finding the restaurant, but that’s just because we took the P. Tuazon route. With Treffpunkt having rested along Liberty st. cor. Edsa, the best way would be going via Katipunan, then turning right to Boni Serrano st. just before White Plains. After that, turn right to Edsa then you’ll be seeing the place soon on your right side at Liberty street.

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    March 9th, 2012

    360° Panoramic Photos Tutorial

    by chad

    I tried something new today, and just like the title says, it’s about 360-degree panoramic pictures and teaching you guys the basics of making one!  I’m no expert, but I guess my first try wasn’t so bad (I think!?!) And because of that, I’m gonna share to you guys the rundown! Who knows, this could be the start of a beautiful virtual tour business :D And just between you and me, virtual tours are actually rising in demand these days. Hohoho.

    For those who still have no idea what panoramic photos are, they’re simply a single image containing stitched-up photos offering a far more wider perspective than what even fish-eyed full-frame cameras can. Basically, if you stand facing one direction and make a full turn, then that’s the perspective a 360-degree panoramic photo would encompass.

    Here are my attempts in making one:

    From outside my house:

    From outside the terrace (spot the area where I made a mistake :D)

    There are certain rules to be strictly followed
    if you want to produce a good one, and that is also to avoid irrevocable mistakes in the post-processing later. To do that, you might even need expensive specialized equipment for fast and efficient production. But we ain’t aiming for fast and efficient, are we?! XD In any case, it’s possible to do even with only a cheapo camera with no tripod, given the right conditions.
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    March 9th, 2012

    New Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie Footage

    by chad

    Pop Culture Crusader Tim just informed me via Nerd Herd PH about new footage in YouTube regarding the upcoming super-awesome live-action movie adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X)!

    Apparently, the video is derived from a Japanese local channel’s show where they briefly featured the movie in a segment (characters, cast, staff, etc.). And what do you know, there’s a new trailer in it as well!

    The movie will comprise of the arcs including Kamiya Kaoru, Sanosuke Sagara, Jin-e, Myoujin Yahiko, Saito Hajime, Takani Megumi, Takeda Kanryuu and the Onibawanshu.

    Comparing to the first trailer released, this totally looks badass! The new scenes shown make the movie appear more organic and substantial. I was kind of having second thoughts after the first one came out, but this one totally reeled me in! Can’t wait for this movie to be released with subs after August. :D

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    March 8th, 2012

    Japanese Romaji Project I: Pronouns

    by chad

    Okay, here goes the first part of my Japanese Romaji Project! If you haven’t read the introduction and purpose of this certain endeavor of mine yet, read it by clicking here.

    Introduction | I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII | IX | X

    Anyway, let’s start with the translation of pronouns. With the help of various sites I’ve come across to, I was able to compile all these for our future use with constructing Nihongo sentences.

    Some useful info:

    1.) Pronouns really aren’t used much in Japanese speech and writing, unless really necessary. As much as possible, they are to be omitted as long as it is clear on who or what the speaker is talking about.

    2.) Unlike the common English pronouns ‘I’ and ‘you’ which have no other meaning, there are certain pronouns in the Japanese language that also indicate the speaker and/or listener’s gender and social status. Meaning, you can’t just randomly choose from the pool of words below. Some pronouns can appeal extreme hostility or rudeness just by saying it, even without you knowing. Thankfully, I was also able to find info on their level of formality, which gender should use it or whom to use it to, as well as additional notes.

    3.) There are also commonly used verbs that already indicate the subject of the sentence, therefore making the use of pronouns unnecessary. For example, ‘kureru‘ means ‘give’ in a way that ‘somebody gives something to me or to somebody very close to me.‘ and ‘ageru‘ where ‘someone gives something to someone other than me.‘ For sentences with a single adjective (often ending in -shii), it is assumed that the speaker is the subject. For example, ‘sabi-shii‘ means ‘I am lonely.’

    4.) In some contexts, if it is required to state the second person, the listener’s name (suffixed with a honorific e.g. -san) would be more widely used instead of pronouns.

    5.) These are only the most commonly used terms, and therefore incomplete.

    6.) I roughly got them via internet dive. Feel free to message me if there are corrections! :D

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    March 7th, 2012

    Japanese Romaji Project: Introduction

    by chad

    Hello, internet people! Out of my wholehearted interest in the Japanese culture (and watching too much Japanese-dubbed anime), I’ve decided to take personal notes and research on learning the Nihon language via the Romaji route – the romanization of Japanese wherein the language is written by utilizing the Latin script. In short, roman letters.

    Introduction | I | II | III | IV | V | VI | VII | VIII | IX | X

    Yes, we get to learn the words by hearing and pronouncing it with the aid of the English alphabet. I know what you’re thinking: “You can’t learn Japanese just by ear and mouth, you idiot!” Well, I guess you’re right. We can’t technically read Japanese by Romaji. This can be a start though, and I feel like I can’t take on Kanji and Kana just like that with the half-motivated me right now. Of course, I’ll make that happen and share it with you guys here in the future. For now, my friend Nico is doing a similar project wherein he blogs about learning Kanji. Check him out at NicoKanji!

    To begin, there are three modern systems under Romaji – that is the Hepburn, Nihon-shiki and Kunrei-shiki romanization. Now, I won’t turn this blog post to a boring history lecture so I’ll just get straight to the point: From here on out,  I’ll be sharing the translation of Japanese words to Romaji using the Hepburn system, and how to construct sentences with them. To those interested in the history behind, fully-detailed articles are ready for you to read at Wikipedia.

    Yosh, hajimemashou! (Alright, let’s begin!)

    Here is the prospected ‘course outline’ for this project:

    I. Pronouns
    II. Common Nouns
    III. Adjectives
    IV. Verbs
    V. Adverbs
    VI. Interjections
    VII. Numbers
    VIII. Basic Sentence Construction
    IX. Basic Conversation
    X. Resources and Helpful Links

    Anyway, don’t expect too much – this is all just done by an inspired effort of diving thoroughly through the internet on my free time. I hope you learn something from this series of posts in my blog! d^_^b

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    March 5th, 2012

    Type-Moon Nasuverse Character Chart

    by chad

    For the ultra-Type-Moon fans out there, just how much do you know your Nasuverse heroes, villains, supporting characters, and their relation to each other? After doing a site dive at Type-Moon’s Wikia, I stumbled upon this very awesome illustration made by a certain Lord Phrozen where he indicated almost all the characters from the different franchises of the company, and their relation to each. Not just to their respective series, but to neighboring ones as well!

    The illustration includes characters from Tsukihime, Melty Blood, Kagetsu Tohya, Kara No Kyoukai, Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Hollow Attraxia and an officially released character material and artbook featuring some from Fate/Prototype and the upcoming visual novel game Witch On The Holy Night or widely known as Mahoutsukai No Yoru.

    Click on the image to enlarge! ;)

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