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Friday, February 17, 2012

Win $1000 for Whitney Houston

One of my favorite websites, prizes.org is holding a remarkable Whitney Houston tribute where you could win $1000 USD by simply crafting a tweet. With the money, you then have the option to donate to the charities which are closest to the heart of the diva:

  1. The Whitney Houston Foundation For Children
  2. The United Negro College Fund
  3. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  4. St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
  5. American Red Cross   

You have to join the contest here to be eligible: 

Here's a sample tweet that I made:

If you believe that the children are the future, let us help 's legacy thru 

IMPORTANT: Your entry and tweet must be made on the prizes.org website to be eligible.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Large Hadron Collider Bosoms!?

I R NOT A SCIENTIST. So I ask silly question


Such a gargantuan cost, for a gargantuan idea that promises - to unlock the secrets of the universe. For an ordinary non scientific dude like me, the question not only straddles those pertaining to cost. The project reportedly cost, if I got my cost-o-meter senses aligned, 4.6bn Swiss francs (approx. $4.4bn, €3.1bn, or £2.8bn as of Jan 2010) for the accelerator and SFr 1.16bn approx. $1.1bn, €0.8bn, or £0.7bn as of Jan 2010). (Wikipedia)

$4.4 Billion US Dollars coming from various sources.

or

$6.4 Billion US Dollars (Neatorama: 10 Things About the Large Hadron Collider You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask)

Of course, if one were to find somebody willing (and credible enough) to answer that for you with a serious tone and a stern look in the eye, the answer would most likely bend towards research costs, yada, yada, yada, facility upgrades, yada, yada, yada, meta scientific extrapolation via algorithmic yada, yada, yadas.

All of which redound back to the question of why?




Why do many governments support this gargantuan project?
Most importantly what are its practical applications to everyday life?
What is Higgs Bosom, er, Boson - why do we need to find it? What does it do? What can it do to our daily lives? What technologies can it enhance? What consumer products could arise from it?

I suppose, I'm not using the right forceful words here - but it seems to me that the whole endeavor is pretty much akin to discovering reasons for our existence in the same way as the SETI project endeavored to discover sentient beings in outer space. While noble and scientifically progressive, there seems to be something underlying the reasons which is not readily shown to the public's eye.

Scientific cooperation and collaboration on this scale and cost almost always have a direct outcome that must be concretely applied in existing technologies and processes. With the LHC, that is not readily seen. At least with the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life in outer space, the next step would be to communicate with them and quite possibly initiate contact -

No wonder, guys like me, (only with bigger wallets and access to Hollywood stars and producers) conjure all sorts of tales pertaining to the LHC, much to the fear and further confusion of the general public. It would seem, that nobody outside of the scientific community, could readily explain the gravity and import of this project.

If indeed, this project will unlock the secrets of the universe for us to know, then I suppose that the next question will be, what's next if they are successful - or not?



Monday, February 06, 2012

Old PC Rant Day

Doesn't it annoy you if a well known blogger keeps on showing the pictures of his new game with his new rig? (or her, but if he's a she, then it really doesn't matter right - as long as her rig is big...). 

So there's this guy with a heckuva PC, an Intel Core i7 and he keeps on prattling on facebook about how he got a beta invite for the new game Diablo 3 by blizzard. At first I was like, hmmmm, another remake? Bah, I'm too old for these games. Then I was like, what idiot would post his PC specifications on Facebook anyway?

Don't be that idiot.

So, here's a video of this shitty looking game.



I tried looking for the PC system requirements of Diablo 3 and I was a bit annoyed that they needed these:


Diablo 3 Minimum System Specifications


 
PC
Mac
OS
Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs) with DirectX 9.0cMac OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.X (Latest Version)
Processor
Intel Pentium D 2.8 GHz or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 4400+Intel Core 2 Duo
Video
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT or ATI Radeon X1950 Pro or betterNVIDIA GeForce 8600M GTor ATI Radeon HD 2600 or better

 
All Platforms
HD Space
12 GB available HD space
Memory
1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista® Windows® 7 users, 2 GB for Mac® users)
Drive
DVD-ROM drive
Internet
Broadband Internet connection
Display
1024x768 minimum display resolution
 

Diablo 3 Recommended System Specifications


 
PC
Mac
OS
Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs)Mac OS X 10.7.X (Latest Version)
Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHzIntel Core 2 Duo
Memory
2 GB RAM2 GB RAM
Video
NVIDIA GeForce 260 or ATI Radeon HD 4870 or betterNVIDIA GeForce GT 330M orATI Radeon HD 4670 or better
Note: Be advised that some wireless connections do not meet the minimums required to be a true Broadband Internet connection. Wireless results may vary.


From the official site: http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/diablo-iii-system-requirements

Not that I'm unemployed or anything but I'm still using a "legacy" PC that is 10 years old! Why? Because I have to "prioritize".

For me, the decision matrix is like this: "baby" > "hot and spanking new PC"

Guess who wins?

Let's see here, in the case of "Baby vs Dad" this is the end result:


Baby FTW!

A Family That Plays Diablo 2 Together....

So anyway, my kids, wife and I have lately taken a huge liking to the "legacy" isometric non graphic card extensive version Diablo 2. So ya, I do want to buy the Diablo 3 thing, but to buy it, I'd have to buy a new PC too.

Sucks right?




Friday, February 03, 2012

South China Sea Islands??!

This story is about a little globe my wife bought at National Bookstore here in Robinson's Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines. And maybe a little overreaction from my part? You be the judge.

It says there, South China Sea Islands
Sorry for the terrible picture.
I'll try to take a picture of it with the scanner
Now, I'm not really a geography buff but sometimes I do take a look at the map of the Philippines for sheer amusement. (Yeah, my life is that boring...)

Ok, now I need to scan it for you folks. It's round so I had to put bond paper at the sides...


This is the best quality I can come up with


Am I overreacting? I can understand that we've been calling the area the South China Sea since I was grade one or maybe even longer. Now, maybe for political reasons, we call it the West Philippine Sea.

My point is, the globe that I had is very small and obviously made in China. It was published (It's only now that I realized that people published globes rather than manufacture them.) by a company called SinoMaps Press.

The over emphasis of South China Sea Islands seems to me like a subtle form of propaganda. The font of the words are even bigger than those of the word BRUNEI - considering that these islands barely even show on any map for their miniscule physical size.  

So what? Choc nut!

Wala lang!


Buy a Toyota to Win a Toyota

Everyday, I check 3 news websites as a way to stifle my boredom. One of them had this advertisement from Toyota which prominently says,

"As a way of saying thank you, we're giving away 10 of Toyota's best selling vehicles"


Don't get excited...

I thought that I was finally going to get a chance to have 4 wheels. 

Toyota should have said in its ad, 

Buy a Toyota to Win a Toyota. 

Because that's what they're really offering. 

Otherwise, poor schmucks like me would click on the link in the hopes of getting a shot at a car only to find that I would have to buy a darn car to get me another car. 

I guess, that's wishing for too much. Oh well, Toyota, I guess I would have to troll the Internet for a while to see if someone is really giving away a Toyota in exchange for a survey form or a tweet or something.