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November 24, 2009

Rookie: Slide Presenter - A Web-based Application

Microsoft has PowerPoint while OpenOffice has Impress. These two slide editor and presenter software shapes and changes the ways business presentations are delivered. This semester, I am going to develop a similar application - a web-based slide editor and presenter. Well, this plan isn't final yet because there are still people who are going to scrutinize the specifications of what I am going to develop. There is still a possibility that this project will be canceled either at the beginning or at the middle of the development (rejected is the worst).

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Temporary logo of the "Rookie: Slide Presenter".

The name of my web-based presenter is "Rookie: Slide Presenter" because even rookies (beginners) can create their own business or wacky presentations using this web application. As much as possible, the controls and buttons of this application are minimal unlike PowerPoint and Impress which has numerous buttons and menus. I am not saying that the two existing applications are difficult to use, what I am trying to say is that this one which I am going to develop is an easy-to-use one.

Failure to accomplish this project means a failing grade. I need sheer courage and numerous sleepless nights in order to finish this project on time. I hope someone will help me along the way.

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November 18, 2009

Seminar and My Favorite Song

One of our subjects this semester requires us to conduct a seminar to a group of people. The topic of the discussion must be IT related and the minimum participants should not be less than ten. My first plan was to conduct a tutorial about brochure or poster making to a group of fine art students or people who are interested. Then I remembered that the students in my ex-high school have an idea and experience on how to use Adobe Photoshop. I went there and ask some faculty members about this seminar requirement. After I explained everything, they suggested that instead I will teach the students brochure or poster making, I should teach them desktop publishing (using Adobe InDesign CS2) because Press Conference is fast approaching (December 2 and 3) and the students must learn how to layout school publications. I agreed to their offer because desktop publishing is also related to designing only a little bit formal and follows certain standards.

Letter noted by the principal.

I will be conducting the seminar this coming Thursday, November 26, 2009 at the computer laboratory of Minglanilla National Science High School. Only selected freshmen, sophomores, and juniors including some faculty members and the principal are invited in the seminar. I will also provide free snacks (last sentence of the letter).

After I went to my alma mater, I remembered one video of Van Roxas singing my favorite song "Touch My Hand" (David Archuleta). I downloaded the song and uploaded it back in Vimeo so that I can embed it in this post (the previous source of the video doesn't have an embed feature).

Video from Van's facebook account.

He's so cute in the video and his voice is so amazing. I hope I can meet Van in person. ahehehehe...

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November 11, 2009

Sun, Sea, and Sand at Maribago Bluewater

Even though I am not sure if I can really avail this once in a lifetime opportunity, I am so excited about this Maribago Bluewater invitation to selected bloggers. I have never been to this kind of luxurious place and I think this is one of the right moments I should be visiting and enjoying this sun, sea, and sand experience given by Maribago Bluewater resort. The resort also offers not only maximum enjoyment but also ultimate relaxation brought by the in-house Amuma Spa. I’ve visited their website and found out that they can also host events like conventions, graduations, baptisms, weddings, and a lot more.

There were already bloggers who availed this shall I call summer escapade but I am really hoping that I could do or experience alike. Selected bloggers started visiting the resort last October 25 but I am hoping I can go on November 22 – Sunday at the beach. From this very moment, I am now visualizing the food, nipa huts, white sand and the crystal blue sea with matching sound of the sea waves.

To have a sneak peek and discover more about the resort, just visit Maribago Bluewater blog. You can also watch a Maribago Bluewater video or stopover at PinoyWorld.

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November 7, 2009

My New LEGAL Blog (Not Really)

Hello, I just opened my new blog named "Just Torrents!". The name might sound illegal but before judging the word 'torrent', let me try to define that word. There are about 238,000,000 search results in Google about the word torrent. Torrent, before the digital world existed, means a strong current or flow of liquid and particles (i.e. rain water, rivers, etc). Torrent could also mean a small river or stream with varying flow of water through time. There are lots of meaning over the internet about the word torrent but this word has a common or general meaning which is "flow".

Downloaders especially the pirates (LOL) could define the word torrent as a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used for transferring large amounts of files or data. But as what I have observed, this mode of technology is used mostly for illegal purposes like downloading movies, music, and games.

Welcome to Just Torrents!

Music, movies, games, etc. are not embedded in my new blog, only torrent files, which will allow people to download what they want, are the only ones available for download. If a torrent uploader removes a particular source torrent file, then I will immediately update that file.

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November 5, 2009

Before the 2012 Movie

November 13 is the showing date of the movie 2012 here in the Philippines. I don't know if everyone's excited because I myself is not looking forward to watch this film in the theater. I think this movie is just based from History Channel's "Decoding the Past: Doomsday 2012" which is a documentary type film. The most creepy part of the documentary is the prediction of the Mayan people (native and ancient people of Central America) wherein they made a calendar that predicts many things and scenarios in the future. This calendar does not only predicts phenomenon but also planetary alignments and lunar activity like solar and lunar eclipses. The calendar mysteriously ends on December 21, 2012. Many westerners including the creator of this film, 2012, believes that there will be a major shift or change that will happen to the world.

Video Credits: YouTube EmbarkToHeaven

Promotional poster of the movie 2012.

Before you believe this film and the predictions that will be shown in the movie, take a look on the previous failed end of the world predictions.

1806: Prophet Hen of Leeds - Someone said that in the town of Leeds (now a city of United Kingdom), there is a hen laying an egg 0n which the words "Christ is Coming" is printed or written. A curious local watched the hen and the eggs and found out that the phenomenon is just a big hoax.

1910: Halley's Comet - An astronomer discovered that the tail of the Haley's comet contains a deadly toxic gas cyanogen or simply cyanide. The panic started when it was discovered that the tail of the comet will pass through earth. Nothing happens as the comet passes by through the skies of the earth.

1997: Heaven's Gate - When comet Hale-Bopp appeared in the skies of the Earth (probably the only comet I've seen so far), a cult named Heaven's Gate speculated that a UFO is following in its tail and NASA is responsible for the cover-up. Astronomers or even people with telescopes can prove that this speculation is not true. Their little world ends as they committed suicide (all of them) on March 26, 1997.

These three failed doomsday predictions are just a condensed form of the article "10 Failed Doomsday Predictions" from Live Science.

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