Screensaver Madness: Have The SNSD Girls Take Over Your PC

10 08 2011

It maybe a year old now but it never gets old.

Last year, DAUM, a popular Korean search engine had the girls of SNSD – more popularly known as Girl’s Generation to millions of red-blooded men worldwide – make a screensaver for them. As seen above it’s a combination of cuteness and hotness that will overload anyone’s senses. Want more? Check the Youtube link for the download link.


2 Legit 2 Quit: Gamersgate

9 08 2011

After talking about Good Old Games in my last post, it’s time to talk about another purveyor of fine games. This time for games not so old. Of course, there are a whole lot of those – with Valve’s Steam leading the bunch – but for the Filipino digital customer, quite a few of those can be inconvenient. Well, here’s one that’s perfect – no-frills and no-DRM – well, most of the time. It’s Gamersgate!

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Going Legit: Good Old Games

4 08 2011

Let’s be honest here – the Philippines is a hotbed of software piracy. Arrr! I’m not offering any excuses nor will I be making statements that will have the authorities at my door. However I’m pointing out that with all the fancy games out nowadays, don’t you ever have that flood of nostalgia for some of the classics? Fallout, Arcanum, Myst, Master of Magic and all the others are just some of the games that people grew up with that you can’t legitimately buy on the market. At least on the physical level. Read the rest of this entry »

[Points of Interest] Memoir ’44 Online

8 07 2011

War. War never changes – especially when it’s been translated to the online version.


Memoir ’44 is probably one of the easiest war games to get into. It’s more game than simulation – which often turns off the more serious war gamers – but it does that game part very well; plus it’s one of those really good entry-level games.  The biggest problem has always been it’s a two-player game – which is a turn-off for some board gamers – which makes it difficult get a game on. Well, here’s the Internet to the rescue!

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Points Of Interest: The Interactive Way To Go

1 03 2011

Go is one of the world’s oldest and best-known boardgames – at least in East Asia. Known under the names, wei qi and baduk in China and in Korea, the Japanese name for it has become the best-known for it it; this is mostly because of the anime series Hikaru no Go which popularized the sport a lot when it came out in the late 90’s.

Anyway, I myself am enthusiast of this ancient game. It’s a very strategic game with deep gameplay behind it – and the rules are pretty simple. Anyone can find them out with a simple search on the Internet. The problem is that sometimes it’s difficult to get a foot in the door and find actually get a feel of the rules. As every gamer knows, you really can’t grok rules until you see solid examples.  Thankfully, the Internet is here to save the day! Hiroki Mori’s The Interactive Way to Go is a great introduction to the game, with solid example and simple problems to give any interested person a grounding in the game. Plus, it’s all free!

So, if you want to get into Go, there’s no better place to start.

Something That Can Grow On You

2 02 2011
Ah, sleeping. I think I did that once, years ago.
Image Courtesy of RockPaperShotgun

Flash games are now an ubiquitous part of online life. I mean everyone’s wasted a minute or two playing these timewasters. They’re plentiful but forgettable. However, there are quite  few diamonds in the rough. One of them is the Grow series of games. Devilishly well-made, these puzzle games are the brainchild of ON and he keeps them all on his website. Controls are intuitive –  just point and click, while the premise is just as simple: activate the items in a specific order to reach the desired goal.

Why am I talking about them? well, ON’s cooked up another one of his puzzles and it’s ready for perusal.  If you want a bit of a brainburner for free, head on down there and check out GROW cannon and try to wake up that sleepy fellow up.



I Keep Killing The Buddha On The Road! It’s So Addictive!

25 01 2011

I’m not going to talk about the book, ironically enough.  I’m merely going to post what’s probably the most important part of it, the Eschatological Laundry List. Sheldon Kopp’s incomplete register of universal truths always makes me smile the way listening to a Zen koan and meditating on it does. So here it goes:

An Eschatological Laundry List
A Partial Register of the 927 Eternal Truths

1. This is it!

2. There are no hidden meanings.

3. You can’t get there from here, and besides there is no place else to go.

4. We are all already dying, and we will be dead for a long time.

5. Nothing lasts.

6. There is no way of getting all you want.

7. You can’t have anything until you let go of it.

8. You only get to keep what you give away.

9. There is no particular reason why you lost out on some things.

10. The world is not necessarily just, being good often does not pay
off and there is no compensation for misfortune.

11. You have a responsibility to do your best nonetheless.

12. It is a random universe to which we bring meaning.

13. You don’t really control anything.

14. You can’t make anyone love you.

15. No one is any stronger or weaker than anyone else.

16. Everyone is, in their own way vulnerable.

17. There are no great people.

18. If you have a hero, look again; You have diminished yourself in some way.

19. Everyone lies, cheats & pretends.

20. All evil is potential vitality in need of transformation.

21. All of you is worth something, if you will only own it.

22. Progress is an illusion.

23. Evil can be displaced but never eradicated, as all solutions breed new problems.

24. Yet it is necessary to keep struggling toward solution.

25. Childhood is a nightmare.

26. But it is very hard to be an on-your-own, take-care-of-yourself-cause
there-is-no-one-else-to-do-it-for-you grown up.

27. Each of us is ultimately alone.

28. The most important things, each person must do for themselves.

29. Love is not enough, but it sure helps.

30. We have only ourselves, and one another. That may not be much, but that’s all there is.

31. How strange, that so often, it all seems worth it.

32. We must live with the ambiguity of partial freedom,
partial power and partial knowledge.

33. All important decisions must be made on the basis of insufficient data.

34. Yet we are responsible for everything we do.

35.No excuses will be accepted.

36. You can run, but you can’t hide.

37. It is most important to run out of scapegoats.

38. We must learn the power of living with our helplessness.

39. The only victory, lies in surrender to oneself.

40. All of the significant battles are waged within yourself.

41. You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.

42. What do you know……..for sure……….. anyway?

43. Learn to forgive yourself, again and again and again and again.

Originally conceived by Sheldon Kopp, author of:
“If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!” and
“Even A Stone Can Be A Teacher”

And there you go. If you’re interested in getting a copy of Mr. Kopp’s book here in the Philippines – you’re out of luck; found my dog-eared copy in Booksale for 100 pesos. I don’t think they have the latest edition in local bookstores. You always order from Amazon.