Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jagalchi Fish Market

The most sea creatures you'll see without having to go underwater. My last post about this year's Busan trip.

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Water keeps flowing from hoses to the aquariums to the ground

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Bob vs. the octopuses

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Pusan International Film Festival Square is right across the street

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Halloween costume option #1 + true graph

My hair looks like this already. I need a trim. If I had a yellow jumpsuit, I'd be April O'Neil. Except I have a laptop, not a mic.

This came from the TEDTalk "What we learned from 5 million books" by Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden at TEDxBoston. The data are real.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Understanding the Thailand floods

Simple graphics and ideas but very clearly communicated. Informative videos we can apply to the Philippines as well.

Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies go to the Thai people who are suffering from this disaster.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I am changing

I am become more aware of how technology and the availability of content are changing me. It is getting harder to sit still. Or have no sounds coming into my ear. I crave information instantly, in shorter bites. What scares me is the day may come when I can no longer spend long hours painting. Then again, I've been listening to one podcast after another as I work.

I know that I still have my sense of wonder intact, but as my standards get higher, I'm afraid that one day I might not be able to meet them.

It's time to change. As I attempt to evolve my art, I am trying to teach myself a new visual language. It doesn't look good yet, so it will be a good while before I show anything. But I think I'm on to something. Just wait.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Facebook RPGs: Dragon Age Legends vs. D&D Heroes of Neverwinter

I signed up for these turn-based games because of my familiarity with Dragon Age and Neverwinter Nights. I quickly found out that 2D can still be interesting...until it gets repetitive. Both Dragon Age Legends and Dungeons& Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter have social aspects, activity outside of combat, and refresh times for characters. However, I prefer DAL over D&D:HoN for the following reasons:

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1. The look. There is a clear difference in the aesthetics. I prefer no-stroke graphics and gradients.
2. Loading times. D&D:HoN takes ages to load.
3. Free is fine. No need to spend to move forward in DAL.
The downside is that there is no difficulty level in DAL and some battles are just too easy. And then, there's the refresh times to deal with. We'll see how the higher levels go. But I'm close to giving up on D&D:HoN.

Tried either of these? Tell me what works for you.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Video dump of the week

I don't necessarily agree with all the lyrics, but the son of the queen's chaplain nails it.

One of the more fascinating TEDTalks I've seen lately.

Not fascinating, but a wake-up call. The internet is making the male of the species socially awkward.

Makes me feel hopeful for non-formulaic Filipino films.

Saturday, October 22, 2011




I wouldn't call it breathtaking—not early in the afternoon at least—but there was something unnervingly magical about the Dalmaji district of Busan. The description of the road, however, is breathtaking for the wrong reasons: “The Dalmaji Road is the 15 curves road along the coastline scenery from Mt. Wawoo leading to the Songjeong Beach beyond the Haeundae Beach and the evening moonviewing at this place is beautiful beyond belief and it is one of the Eight Exquisite Beautiful Scenes of Korea.”

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Starting from the top of the hill dotted by cafes and wedding photography studios, I worked my way down and only realized that I had missed the very thing I had gone there for when I got to the low end of the stretch. I walked back uphill into the side street for the art galleries and came down again until I returned to the beach.

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I just had enough time to lose myself but never quite get lost, thanks to the streetside map that I took a photo of. I stumbled on the asphalt and scratched my palm, with only the incline to blame.

There were some interesting pieces and spaces. I only wish I had someone to discuss them with. I suppose that loneliness lent to the romance of the place. All of it still lives in my head.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Haedong Yonggungsa

A sea temple in Busan, South Korea. You need to book a tour to see this because it's outside the city.

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