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XP Techie mode! (daw) [11 Dec 2005|09:35pm]
[ mood | nerdy ]

Yesterday, I learned how to reformat an HD and set it up using Windows XP. Yeah, kind of a useless skill to learn nowadays, but my aversion for XP makes me rather want to use a typewriter than own a system using that ickle OS...

I spend the whole afternoon and late into the evening at padpad's fixing his system. And after many mistrials and false starts we were finally able to get it up and running again. There are so many nuances and things about XP that really ticks me off and i refuse to believe that all those features are all for the user's "convenience." All this just reinforces my convictions in using older and more reliable OSs instead. Heck, I don't even like XP that much in her OS-tan mode. (Go 98 and 2k-tan! XD)

Oh, and padpad's little sister makes a mean batch of pancakes... ^^

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Warning: Quite possibly a senti post... or not XD [01 Dec 2005|11:04pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Other Lives And Dimensions And Finally A Love Poem
by Bob Hicok

My left hand will live longer than my right. The rivers
of my palms tell me so.
Never argue with rivers. Never expect your lives to finish
at the same time. I think

praying, I think clapping is how hands mourn. I think
staying up and waiting
for paintings to sigh is science. In another dimension this
is exactly what's happening,

it's what they write grants about: the chromodynamics
of mournful Whistlers,
the audible sorrow and beta decay of Old Battersea Bridge.
I like the idea of different

theres and elsewheres, an Idaho known for bluegrass,
a Bronx where people talk
like violets smell. Perhaps I am somewhere patient, somehow
kind, perhaps in the nook

of a cousin universe I've never defiled or betrayed
anyone. Here I have
two hands and they are vanishing, the hollow of your back
to rest my cheek against,

your voice and little else but my assiduous fear to cherish.
My hands are webbed
like the wind-torn work of a spider, like they squeezed
something in the womb

but couldn't hang on. One of those other worlds
or a life I felt
passing through mine, or the ocean inside my mother's belly
she had to scream out.

Here, when I say I never want to be without you,
somewhere else I am saying
I never want to be without you again. And when I touch you
in each of the places we meet,

in all of the lives we are, it's with hands that are dying
and resurrected.
When I don't touch you it's a mistake in any life,
in each place and forever.


Thanks, pre... You always did know what to say to make things right.

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Post Halloween muck [03 Nov 2005|09:24am]
[ mood | blah ]

I just came back from the province yesterday and went straight to the office after our plane landed at around 6am in the morning. I had an hour to snooze at the office before people started coming in, which wasn't a lot since i think they were still having their own long weekend hangovers.

It's been 3-some years since I last went to my province, Capiz, (approx. 2600 sq. km.; major exports include seafood, capiz shells and aswangs XD) and I'm amazed how much has changed. For one thing we now have a real live mall and real-live commercial food centers like JOLLIBEE! (yes, and this was only a couple of years back)

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the Internet has finally spread even to our small barangay there. My cousin actually owns a net cafe where I was able to finish the last episode of Veronica Mars (galing ng ending, grabe! ^^). Hehe, kristiann you might be happy to know I was able to convert him into watching the entire first season of VM. XD

Oh, and because I found it cute here's a post Halloween meme that I think i'll post for the heck of it...

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
charliedoggie goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as ballerina in a pink tutu.
_defyingtheodds tricks you! You get a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
cea_chan gives you 11 milky white coffee-flavoured nuggets.
ficsation tricks you! You lose 7 pieces of candy!
gravewell tricks you! You get a block of wood.
iketani gives you 15 yellow spearmint-flavoured wafers.
kaoko_cow gives you 13 mottled green spearmint-flavoured gumdrops.
keiryin gives you 11 yellow blueberry-flavoured jawbreakers.
kristiann tricks you! You get a dead frog.
noble_scarlet gives you 17 tan tropical-flavoured gummy worms.
padpad gives you 16 light green pineapple-flavoured pieces of taffy.
charliedoggie ends up with 76 pieces of candy, a 3.5-inch floppy disc, a block of wood, and a dead frog.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

Whatta haul! Whatta haul! Figures that the only dead frog I'd get would be from kristiann though... XD
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PC Problems and others... [31 Oct 2005|06:14pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Having a wonky PC over the long weekend really sucks. Today I've been reduced to drawing, reading various manga and books I have backlogged and generally vegetating inside the house (and apparently updating my LJ... yes, I'm THIS bored!).

I really don't know what triggered it, but one second I was reading my email and the next thing i know my PC reboots and suddenly I don't have a working mouse and sound driver anymore. I was able to save the mouse driver by downloading it off the Microsoft site but I can't seem to get DirectX and the sounds working. Just my luck that my Win 98 CD decided to go wonky on me as well when I tried to just reinstall everything. ~_~

*sigh* I'm so farking bored now... T_T

This should teach me to keep downloading stuff off pr0-- er, anonymous educational sites... XD


I watched the Legend of Zorro the other day. I have to agree with [lj user=gravewell], that while it does seem like a campy movie at times the Antonio Banderas-Catherine Zeta Jones banters are to die for when watching the film.

It's rather refreshing to see an action movie which doesn't rely on state-of-the-art special effects and animation to wow the crowd. While the plot isn't something totally gripping or ground breaking, the script just pwns other action flicks I've seen lately.

And since I was able to watch this before my brother, I was totally able to spoil him over the entire movie! MWAHAHAHAHA! (uh, sorry... it's just this thing me and my bro have with movies ^^;)

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[26 Sep 2005|06:40pm]
[ mood | infuriated ]

I tore a big, fat hole in my newest pair of boxer shorts last night. T_T





(I really hate it when stuff like that happens ^^;)

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Final Fantasy sa Hong Kong Disneyland and a Meme in a Pear Tree! [15 Sep 2005|02:55am]
[ mood | happy ]

I just finished watching Final Fantasy: Advent Children with my lil bro now and all i can say is: DEEEEYMN, IT'S KEWL! XD

No spoilers, but whether or not you're a Final Fantasy fan (more especially if you're one who's played FF7), then you definitely cannot miss watching this movie. Great effects, great fight scenes and it resolves some loose threads at the end of the FF7 continuity, plus it revives all the well loved characters from the game and more.

I'm pretty amused how my bro's raving about it now and how much he regrets not playing FF7 ever. Right now he's barraging me with a plethora of questions about it and I simply told him to break out the old FF7 CDs and just play it and find out everything for himself. XD

Oh, yeah... and Tifa is wuv! <3


My brother, Fritz, just came back from Hong Kong earlier as well. I find it nice that he decided to spend his honeymoon with his wife at the opening of Disneyland there. Just proves the point Walt Disney made upon creating the gigantic fantasy theme park that is well-known all around the world: you're never too old to enjoy being a kid all over again. ^^

I find it funny that I always imagined going to Disneyland with my bro. It's been sort of a dream ever since we were kids. I'm slightly miffed that he got to go there without me, but I don't begrudge him anything, especially since he apparently enjoyed the sights there just the same.

He gave me a Mickey Mouse keychain as a souvenir... and I promptly choked him by strangling him with it. (Well, actually I didn't but I kept threatening him that I would if he didn't shut up on how much fun the place was T_T)


Oh, and the meme in a pair tree from kristiann:

1. Go into your LJ’s archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag 5 people on your friend list

"(this should satisfy my taste for a pseudo-blog right now... :P)"

I found it funny that my 23rd post was my 1st post on LJ and that line came from the 5th and last line of that entry. Just goes to prove how lazy I am when it comes to posting and how much i enjoy being an LJ stalker more. XD

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Gamer's Rave and Art in General [04 Sep 2005|05:49pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

I've always been a sucker for TB(turn based)-strategy games. I especially like those which concentrate a great deal on character development and a good depth in the plot. Notable among these types of games is the Super Robot Wars series. I mean, who wouldn't enjoy a giant crossover of several anime all rolled into one game? XD

In line of the theme of the SRW series, here are two games I can't wait to get my grubby little paws on:

Namco x Capcom (PS2)
When I first heard about this game I thought it was going to be another crossover fighting game, but boy was I wrong. I'm actually glad they turned this into a strategy game instead. This is definitely a first for Namco/Capcom where everyone's best loved video game characters can team-up or beat up each other Tactics style. ^^

Super Robot Wars J
Yey, another installment of a great series! Plus, they were able to get Full Metal Panic into the series! However, what shocked me when I was browsing throught their site was this:

Just thinking of Sagara in his Fumoffu mascot suit kicking ebil Gundam butt just sends me into fits of laughter. XD They seemed to stepping it up with the more popular mecha series especially since Gundam SEED is in the game as well. My only disappointment was that they don't seem to have included my favorite Shin Getta Robo in the game. T_T Still, this is definitely something I'm going to be looking forward to when they release it in two weeks time. ^^

Oh, and did I mention I'm going to play these games in their original Japanese import format since the game developers have little or no intention of making English versions of these games? T_T


It's been a while since I've concentrated on art in general. I guess it helps having a job (even if it is part-time) that involves using Photoshop for more creative purposes rather than cropping pics to fit a web site. But this is something I wish I had given more attention even back then. I guess it's never too late to pursue things which make you happy and fulfilled just as long as you apply yourself positively towards it. I just pray that this is something that lasts, and even if it doesn't I'm glad it's put me back into the proper perspective.

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Wednesday, Kapatid ni Monday at Friday at Sunday... [20 Jul 2005|09:24pm]
[ mood | confused ]

As a personal preference, I'd rather not watch a movie alone if I can help it. However, I broke my regular movie-watching habits and watched Pinoy Blonde after my client meeting earlier alone. I can't exactly say why I decided to watch it all by my lonesome. The best I came up with after the movie was it was mostly in honor of the memory of an old friend and all the good times we had together.

Let it not be said I was ever a disloyal and sorry friend.

P.S. The movie was a pretty good watch, too! XD


I ate a peanut butter glazed donut earlier to satisfy my curiousity on why ficsation loves the darned thing so much. I was not disappointed. ^^


I went out with my cousins for dinner earlier. I find it funny that when I hung out with them all those years ago, I couldn't relate to a lot of what they were talking about back then (i.e. college, work and scoping out girls). And now after all these years when I finally think I can relate with them, things still seem so distant no matter how old I get (now they talk about marriage, retirement and scoping out girls).

A younger cousin's lot is never easy... ^^;

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I Love Coffee... NOT! [14 Jul 2005|10:30pm]
[ mood | sick ]

Because I love to hate the vile substance and because I have this annoyingly compulsive nature to be morbidly curious about everything (even though I'm a dog person), I've decided to make this post to show my spite for coffee... coffee lovers beware! XD

You Are an Iced Coffee

At your best, you are: hyper, modern, and athletic

At your worst, you are: cheap and angsty

You drink coffee when: you're out with friends

Your caffeine addiction level: medium

(Ok, actually i made this post mostly because I'm bored rather than a protest of how much I hate coffee... XD)
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Weird Random Things Which Happen While Waiting For Your Job Interview [06 Jul 2005|03:32pm]
[ mood | weird ]

Wala lang. I was quietly waiting for my job interview in Makati earlier when a low-flying bird rammed itself on the back of my head, stunning us both. It didn't really hurt, but the bird was lying on the ground after so i had to shoo it away into some bushes before someone stepped on it or something... ^^;;;

Makes me wonder if my head looks like a nest or something that being the reason why the bird wanted to try landing on it...


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Cute Dawgies Always Make Me Wanna Post... [30 Jun 2005|02:19pm]
[ mood | kawaaaaaaii! ]

Because they're cute and I'm a dedicated dog-lover, I decided to help a friend pimp-- er, sell his adorable baby Whippets for anyone who's interested.

They're nearing two months old and a litter of nearly all girls and one guy. They're 10k a pop and anyone interested can just leave a comment and their email (if possible) here so I can relay your request to the owner. I'm getting one myself since it's been lonely since our Daschund was kidnapped a month or so ago. T_T

Here are some pics of the adorable pups:


Even more doggies!

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I hate updating my jounal... XD [23 Jun 2005|09:20am]
[ mood | geeky ]

I blame jov and kaoko because they tagged me and they both know how much i hate updating my LJ and would much rather stalk people on their LJs instead... XD

List 5 reasons why you are a geek. And make them good reasons. Justify them. Explain them. Be loud and proud about how big of a geek you are! Then pick the 5 biggest geeks you know and have them do the meme.

1. I actually got a grade of 100 on my high school report card for Com. Sci. You probably would, too if you had a project on simulating AI as your high school science project. And I've kept true to that calling ever since. I found that most of my work now involves myself somehow being magnetized to a PC for the entire day. To say the least about the number of hours i STILL spend in front of a PC after i get home from work... ^^;

2. I look through my bookshelves and all I see are books mostly about science fiction and fantasy. If it has the word "star", "sword", "wizard" or "tech" in the title then I've probably read it already. I still dream of having the biggest collection of sci-fi/fantasy books to keep myself content for the rest of my days. ^^

3. When online i tend to sp3ak in 1337 and c0nfu5e mos7 people. w00t! zomgwtfbbqplzzzzz!!!111 STFU n00b! kekekekeke-- uh... *ahem* yeah, thus proving me dyslectic rather than geeky... ^^;

4. I only have myself to blame when it comes to spreading this disease called anime to my friends. I still remember hoarding old VHS copies of so many anime titles with this one other friend of mine and spreading the joys of anime when it was still a budding genre here. We even setup a small anime store renting out VHS tapes of the latest anime to other people. And boy that was... that was... a long time ago! ^^;

5. I have a gamer's soul! 'nuff said!

I choose not to tag anyone since I believe nobody ever has to go through the pains of updating their journal if they don't want to... XD

*relapsing once more into stalker mode*

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Happy Things We See in the Mall... [09 Jun 2005|04:18pm]
[ mood | happy ]

I was walking through Megamall yesterday when I came from playing secretary at my sister's clinic when I saw something which made my giddy with happiness...

They have a new Ez2Dancer (2nd Move) arcade console installed in the basement arcade of the place! ^^

Hehe, i consider Ez2Dancer one of the shallow things that makes me happy for no apparent reason. I went on the thing for a couple of rounds, not really caring if there were a lot of people lined up in front of the game and that I was making an epileptic spectacle of myself for everyone to see.

Hmmm, at least now I have a better incentive for clinic-sitting at my sister's every wednesday... XD

(Mental Note to Self: as much as I love the thing and no matter how brand-spanking new the console is, i don't think i should've pushed myself too hard playing Ez2Dancer so... enthusiastically. Ouchie! Leg cramps... that's not cool! @_@)

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Because it's the in thing now and something to relieve the boredom... [18 Mar 2005|08:57am]
for reasons being: it's fun, it's been a long time since i last posted and it's something to pass the time before quitting time... XD

How well do you know your (this) dog...
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[25 Dec 2004|10:58am]
i don't post very often so please take it easy in case you wanna shoot down what i'm gonna post...

Merry Christmas! ^^
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[19 Dec 2004|05:23pm]

My first niece, Aidanne Yuuki S. Ishikawa

May she walk with the grace of father's honorable presence and the hopeful heart of your mother...
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Mecha Rulez! [05 Apr 2003|03:26am]
[ mood | happy ]


gawd! i'm such a sucker for mecha, even really ancient ones... i really love playing this game... where else can you get the yummy goodness of all your favorite childhood mecha anime in a battle royale against Ankoku Dai-Shogun, Bozanian Beastfighters and winged Brahmin warriors? (asides from answering the eternal question of who was the stronger mecha: Voltes V or Daimos? ^^)

this was the reason why i got into other mecha series that i admittedly don't even like that much (mostly the later Gundam series)... but, hey, if it's mecha it's got to be good! ^^

if anyone can tell me the stories/plot of the following mecha series i'd really appreciate it: Gear Fighter Dendoh, Gundam X, Neo Getta Robot vs Shin Getta Robot... ^_^

long live mecha anime! (this is inspiring me to make a new set of avatars for my LJ! yipee! ^^)


is a
Brain-Eating Love Monkey

...with a Battle Rating of 8.3

To see if your Food-Eating Battle Monkey can
defeat charlie, enter your name:

laughed my @ss off when i saw this on iketani's LJ... heh, tried it out and i actually beat him with it, too! ^^ just call me the LOVE monkey! :P
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L5R Update [17 Mar 2003|12:53am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

After almost two months of not joining a tourney, I finally got the guts (and the cash) to join one yesterday. Considering I already placed dead last the last time, I thought to myself I absolutely had nothing else to lose. I played a Phoenix (^_^) honor runner deck originally sponsored by Voltz. Voltee gave me free reign to slightly modified the deck so as to fit my usual playing style for Phoenix - kill, kill, kill! Death, Maho and magical destruction! BWAHAHAHA!


Anyway, in the end I was more than pleased with my overall standing in the tourney. A 7 win, 2 loss record - giving me a first place in the tourney! ^_^ I'll probably write up a tourney report one of these days at the request of Voltz. For now I'm still a grinning idiot considering this is the first time I ever got top spot! :D

However, I would like to thank Voltz first and foremost for lending me the components of his deck. Half the prize does rightfully belong to him, but he said he'd just pick off any of the cards I won if he ever finds a need for them. Hehe, I don't really mind. Like I said, the thrill of victory was more than enough reward for this lowly dog. ^^

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy is Fun! ^^ [12 Mar 2003|11:42pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

i went to the sci-fi/fantasy convention at Louie's THX earlier with iketani, chris, curbs and noel and, i should say, i had a damn good time at the place! ^^

noteworthy events that happened were:

1. joined the Star Wars Create Your Own Jedi contest with curbick
2. found out that my art style does NOT work with just pencils
3. a lot of LOTR and other cosplaying characters that look surprisingly like the real thing
4. seeing storm troopers and darth vader dancing in their undies is a very BAAAAAAD thing
5. depressed at finding out that the other guy that drew chibi-art won instead of me T_T
6. looking for iketani's friend in vain and never really being able to confirm if the person we saw was her ^^;

i also was pleasantly surprised to see some old faces at the convention as well... i saw tobie and zane there... chris seemed pretty happy as she was able to get her fill of her X-Files hottie, Fox Mulder... *rolls eyes* oh, and the booth that won the best booth contest was X-Files all thanks to the amount of screaming fangirls that supported the booth (or rather the man behind the booth ^^;)

my only regret was that i wasn't able to bring home a single souvenier from the event... still, the memories were more than enough to remember the convention by... ^^

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macabre test i wanted to try out... [12 Mar 2003|11:40pm]
You are Vlad the Impaler. The man behind the legend
of Dracula. You hanged your victims, stretched
them on the rack, burned them at the stake,
boiled them alive, but mostly impaled them.
Most of your killings were politically targeted
but sometimes you killed just because you were
bored. Your "reign of terror" lasted
from 1456 to 1462. Estimated numbers of victims
vary between 30,000 and more than 100,000.
Evil Evil man. Fie on you!

Which Imfamous criminal are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

kewl! scary, but kewl! ^^
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