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Saturday, December 04, 2004




Sometimes the lag is so horrible, you feel tempted to get a real-life gravity gun and hurl your PC. Well, no, I love my PC, but lag sucks. Bullet time it ain't. Posted by Hello

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Die, kims, die! Posted by Hello

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Duking it out with blackdock.  Posted by Hello

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This is my favorite map, dm_overwatch, from Chapter 12 of the single-player game.  Posted by Hello

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No doubt about it, the gravity gun rules. Have fun grabbing chairs, tables, filing cabinets, flammable barrels, toilets, cars and even hotel signs and then hurling them at your opponents. Posted by Hello

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Screenshot from dm_lockdown, one of the two maps offered on HL2: Deathmatch. If you've played the single-player game, you'll recognize this as one of the areas in Nova Prospekt. Posted by Hello

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Valve quietly introduced a multiplayer add-on to Half-Life 2 via their Steam online service. Thanks to Valve's Kellie Carson, I got access to Half-Life 2: Deathmatch. Also to Half-Life: Source, the digitally remastered version of the original Half-Life -- more on that soon. Posted by Hello

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it's all in the details


... then she started drawing eyeglasses for SpongeBob 'coz he always wears them when he tries catching jellyfish with his net. She even explained this to us. Yes, I also watch way too much of this show, but I love it. Posted by Hello

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jellyfishing


But that wasn't the end of it. Next Sam drew a few jellyfish... Posted by Hello

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who lives in a pineapple under the sea?


My wife Ellen bought Sam a whiteboard the other day, and Sam was really excited. Elle told her to draw SpongeBob, and this is Sam's masterpiece. Posted by Hello

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writing on the wall


See our bedroom wall? Sam had a field day with her crayons. Posted by Hello

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sam also shines


Sam wearing the dress her Ninang Bel (my sister) gave her last week. Posted by Hello

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Friday, December 03, 2004

blogging superstar

Meet Cristina Lagdameo, our Friday YOU Blog Addict.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

a blogger is born

Meet Migs Marfori, our Tuesday YOU Blog Addict.

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no mo' nanowrimo

So this is how it ends -- not with a bang but with a whimper. That sounds so pretentious doesn't it, hehe.

I don't have any excuses. I really meant to make one hell of an endgame run, but I've been sick since Sunday afternoon and I have to finally admit I can't do it. I tried to write last night, but I only managed 428 words for Chapter 6 of The Maharlika Legacy. It's arguable if I could have done it otherwise, but it's no use thinking of what ifs.

Congrats to Dean, who finished Salamanca in 29 days. I'll be one of the first in line to have my copy of Salamanca autographed once it's published. And congrats to banzai cat, Vin, Kat and all the other Filipino writers who participated in NaNoWriMo. I wish I could have done better, but it's an unforgettable experience and I don't regret taking part in this.

Read the last 428 words (for now) of The Maharlika Legacy.

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Sunday, November 28, 2004

comeback kid?

After not writing for nine days, I'm now faced with the daunting task of having to write almost 30, 000 words between today and midnight of Nov. 30.

Earlier today, I posted Chapter 5 of The Maharlika Legacy, which I wrote this morning, churning out 5, 184 words to give me a running total of 27, 920. Which means I still have to write 22, 080 words in less than three days.

Sigh.

Well, what can I say -- I had a lot of things I had to do, but I also did a lot of other things I chose to do, like playing this little game called Half-Life 2 (of course, part ofmy job is reviewing games like HL2, but still... this was definitely more pleasure than business). Ah well, no use crying over spilled milk, and I'm still determined to make my endgame run, so yeah, I'm still out to beat the NaNoWriMo deadline. We'll see.

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 5:

The Maharlika Legacy

By Arianna Martinez

More than 22 years after the first People Power revolution overthrew him and 19 years after he died a lonely exile in Honolulu, former Philippine president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos continues to shape the politics and history of the country he ruled for over two decades.

To many Filipinos and according to the history books, Marcos was the dictator responsible for the arrest, torture and death of countless political dissidents, and the criminal who ruined the Philippine economy -- some say irreparably -- through the systematic plunder conducted by the conjugal dictatorship and their cronies. The Marcos wealth has become the stuff of legend, with billions of dollars allegedly stashed in Swiss bank accounts. The search for the Marcos wealth continues, becoming as epic a quest as the saga of the Yamashita gold that at one time was upposedly the source of his riches. That, and his financial genius, or so his widow continues to claim.

Read The Maharlika Legacy.

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