Archive for November, 2007

Original Tracks

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Original tracks by friends and relatives. Pacific Invaders are from some of my experiments with Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason. The cover tracks are from MIDI files that I loaded to these two apps. “Everything is Under Control” (Coup de etat Mix) was from an Ableton Live remix contest I participated in. Beybeh Beybeh courtesy of Clang Sison. MMeX courtesy of “rawkista”.

2008.06.23 — Malay Malaya courtesy of Teyob Molina and Bobbits Darauay.


Hasta la vista iPod Classic!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Photo by Apple.

The moment the iPod Classic package arrived I did not bother to open the box and instead went straight to the Apple Store in Palo Alto to have it exchanged for the 16gb iPod Touch. There were just too many dissatisfied reviews at Amazon and Apple Forums on the recent iPod that I decided to just fuggedaboudit. Costco had a bunch in stock of the previous generation iPod Video also with 80gig but it they wouldn’t let me trade the newer one in (gave me some BS excuse).

After having the iPod Touch for a couple of weeks, I feel that I’ve made the right decision. It’s got a wider screen than the classic and the UI works nicely. It’s got the same multi-touch capabilities as the iPhone, same Safari based browser and smooth CoverFlow response when browsing through albums in iTunes. The best part is that I get a bigger capacity than the iPhone without the expensive monthly bills tied to the unlimited data package by AT&T (which I also ditched a month after getting the Nokia E62 last year).

The smaller capacity does not bother me. I just pick which albums to take with me when I sync. It’s playing time is definitely more than enough for my needs. I was at the eye doctor yesterday and the notoriously long waiting times at the clinic have been much more bearable. I also tested the Starbucks “What’s playing?” feature over at a nearby Barnes and Noble and it works. I just had to connect to the free T-mobile Hotspot in the store.

For a much improved audio experience under $35, I highly recommend the PX 100 headphones from Sennheiser (363 give it 5 stars and 125 give it 4 out of 532 reviews at Amazon).


Update on OLW#14

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

I am so delighted that the scrappers at One Little Word picked my layout as one of their favorites. Check out the slideshow at:

Sweet Energy by Sony

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Photo © Copyright Sony Corporation.

TIME Magazine had a recent issue about the best inventions of 2007 (the one with the iPhone on the cover). In it there was this one invention I was surprised to see, but was not as impressed as I was in 1993 when I first saw it as a high school science project by one of my classmates.



San Francisco Oil Spill

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Last Wednesday, a Hong Kong container ship the Cosco Busan on its way out hit the Oakland Bay Bridge spilling some 58,000 gallons of oil on the San Franisco Bay.

As of this morning, currents have pushed the oil up to as far north as the Point Reyes National Seashore a federal marine reserve where some 1,255 dead birds have been collected and 1,023 have been rescued. The elephant seals on its beaches are expected to give birth soon along with migrating gray whales. It’s been said that 45 percent of North American birds species have been identified here.

It’s disappointing (on so many levels) something like this would happen. I’m sure the businesses at the Fisherman’s Wharf who are dependent on the famous Dungeness Crab aren’t too happy either. Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm provides for 60 percent of California’s oyster crop each year and our family enjoy going to their historic store in Point Reyes where you can enjoy them fresh straight out of the water.

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