Tuesday, December 23, 2008

CTCD.com sucks eggs.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I need to have an organizer because I keep on forgetting important things. I live life too spontaneously (which is good, as long as I don't have to do my laundry). I have an iPAQ at home, but the battery life is too short to be of practical use. It can't connect to WiFi using WPA-PSK because HP no longer supports the firmware. It can't send text messages too, although it can connect to my phone via Bluetooth so that it can push/fetch the messages. It can connect to the Internet via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, Bluetooth makes it drain power more quickly. Lugging two devices is not very practical too.

Basically, I just need a very small PC so that I can:
  • Use it as an organizer or music player.
  • Connect to our office via SSH to remotely fix small bugs in my code.
  • Check my IRC bots for important messages.
  • Check my e-mail.
Maybe I need an iPhone? Hmm... But iPhone is over-hyped and over-priced. I won't buy it unless its price drops down by around 60%. It's not that great anyway. An iPhone clone from China would be OK because I'll just replace its operating system with Linux or NetBSD. Unfortunately, I don't know if it can run those operating systems because I don't have sample hardware to play with.

I think I'll just get myself an Eee PC or MSI Wind. They seem to hit the sweet spot between price, portability, and functionality. I can use a USB HSDPA modem to connect to the Internet if there's no WiFi.

Monday, December 08, 2008

I'll try to wake up early tomorrow. In order to do that, I'll:
  1. Sleepy early (10PM, probably?).
  2. Refrain from playing DOTA.
  3. Drink coffee before sleeping (optional).
  4. Resist the temptation of going back to sleep.
I love sleeping. Dunno why.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I was amused when I saw this webcomic. I've always thought that the universe is a computation, a cellular automaton that emerged from... I dunno... from the very nature of information itself, I guess. I think that the concrete world we live in now is abstract underneath.

God is Logos, and Logos is God. God is a consciousness that emerged from logic just as Man's consciousness emerged from his brain's soup of molecules. Yummy soup. I think I'm just hungry, making me wax philosophical. Blah, blah, blah. No, of course I don't want to eat your brain, Claire; that's disgusting.

A note on the accompanying pic: it was supposed to be a henna tattoo representing the Hacker Emblem (I like to vandalize my face every Sinulog festival), but unfortunately, I forgot a single cell. By forgetting a single cell, this pattern will annihilate in mere 3 generations. *poof*

I was too lazy to fix this, so I just gave it new meaning:

Curiosity leads to hacking; hacking leads to not getting laid; not getting laid leads to suffering. Suffering is self-annihilation, the death of us all...

See? That was so profound! And sexy! Your nose is bleeding already.

I'm a hungry pseudo-philosopher who sincerely believes that reifying logic doesn't constitute a fallacy. I'm not a religious person at all, but my faith in the existence of a First Cause lies here.

But why Rule 34? I think scientists are risking the complete destruction of the Earth by building a doomsday device that would swallow us in a black hole, only to find out that all of existence is built using Rule 110, the simplest known Turing-complete system. Rule 34? I think it's porn.

Ooh, cellular automata porn sounds exciting! If we're still alive after scientists activate their doomsday device, I wish it would open a portal to Xen so that I can have my very own alien pet.

Friday, November 07, 2008

I have this weird idea on using DOTA heroes for Soul Calibur IV, so I made some custom characters. Here are some Playstation 3 screenshots.

Lina Inverse, Hiten Mitsurugi Style:



Lina Inverse, using the Sexy Mitsurugi Style:


Even sexier, the dangerous SimonCPU in his attack stance:


(more pics...)

I used Mitsurugi Heishirō as the base character for Lina Inverse, because his affinity with fire jibes with Lina's Dragon Slave and Light Strike Array. Mitsurugi's lightning special move also jibes with Lina's Laguna Blade. I was hoping to use Algol because he can fly just like Lina, and his mode of attack is by channeling energies through his body. Unfortunately, Algol is not available as base character.

I also made Rylai Crestfall using Kilik as the base character, but I don't have her screenshots.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Here's an elephant origami that I made using a 500-peso bill. It was based on instructions that I found somewhere:


Too bad I had to dismantle it because I had to buy lunch. I wonder how people would react if I use an origami to pay for lunch... Hmmm... I think I'll try it some time.
Okaaay... I now have a couple of LEDs to play with. I'm planning to make a LED cube for fun (it's much safer than a bomb). I need to find a drill bit so that I can drill holes to a plywood. I need the holes to hold my LEDs while I solder it.

I'm planning to make a 4x4x4 LED cube. I was wondering how to wire this thing, until I discovered the concept of multiplexing.

So that's how you chain devices together using only one cable... Now I know.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I was searching for random videos on YouTube, when I stumbled upon my cousin's video. Whoa... she has a sweet voice:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Eye: that horrible growing sense of a hostile will that strove with great power to pierce all shadows of cloud, and earth, and flesh, and to see you: to pin you under its deadly gaze, naked, immovable:


A great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame. This evil is ever watchful.

I am the mighty evil Eye of Simon. Behold my awesome power!


Okaaaaay... this is just a plasma ball which my GF gave to me on my 23rd birthday. She knows how to make a geek happy!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Someone sent me a package. The registry notice doesn't say where it comes from, so I have no clue as to what it is. Maybe it's a free t-shirt or something; maybe it's a bomb. I really don't know. I hope it's a bomb.

Anyway, I went to the post office a while ago, but it's already closed. I need to go back on Monday. Since I was within walking distance to Basilica del Sto. Nino, I took this opportunity to visit Magellan's cross.

Legend has it that whoever touches the Magellan's cross would be granted immortality and have power to rule the world!

So I touched it and waited for its magical energies to emanate and grant me with powers to conjure coffee at will. I waited... and waited... and waited... and then, something happened. What happened was nothing. Nothing at all! It's just a cross. B-O-R-I-N-G.

I can't find a vacant taxi so I went around downtown to look for electronic parts to play with. Maybe I'll build a robot. Or a 3D LED cube. Or maybe a bomb. Yes, a bomb, that would be cool! But I wonder what practical applications would a bomb have. Hmmm...

I'm bored. I want to create something. Too bad I wasn't able to find an electronics shop in downtown that sells what I need.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Me wanty wanty Sudoku Cubes! I hope I can find one of these here in Cebu. If I can't find any, I think I'll just buy a DIY Rubik's Cube kit and print out my own stickers.




Images blatantly plagiarized from various sites... =)

Friday, September 19, 2008

I HEART NINJA

There are infinite ways to store music. One exciting way is to gather a large group of pirates and hang them upside down to let them represent a series of bits. A live pirate represents 1 bit while a dead pirate represents 0 bit. Music can be stored efficiently this way. This is a write-once storage medium because bits can only be turned off, not on. Ninjas prefer this storage medium.

Wouldn't it be cool to let the pirates double as a music player too? The pirates can be arranged into an array and their heights can be represented as a single note which they need to sing. The space between the pirates represents time. Their heights can be manipulated by the simple process of cutting off their limbs. This method is energy-efficient because we need not use electricity, although it would be cool to electrocute the pirates while they sing.

Monday, September 15, 2008

At last, I found the book I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter. I tried buying this from Amazon, but they didn't want to transact with shoppers from the Philippines. I went in to Powerbooks Cebu yesterday without any intention of buying anything, but I couldn't resist playing with their computer kiosk because... because I don't know. I like poking things and pushing buttons. It's amusing. Anyway, I found out that they were selling one copy, so I grabbed it and went outside immediately to pee because I drank too much Pepsi and coffee. Caffeine is diuretic. It also causes you to type your thoughts into a blog because... because I don't know. I'm just bored and I like poking things and stuff, such as my keyboard. I also like to poke readers such as you. I hope I could see your reaction after reading this post, wondering why I didn't make any attempts on structuring it. I fancy my self as being a surrealist or something, but I really have no idea on what surrealism is. I have hacked into your computer. A 32x32 grid of pixels in the upper right corner of your monitor has been capturing 12 frames per seconds for the past few minutes, and have transmitted images into my Database of People who Read Non-sense blogs... blah blah blah...

Monday, July 07, 2008

I'm starting an open source project called Phuselage, a framework for implementing PHP Web services that can be mounted on a system using FUSE. No code has been uploaded yet, but I'm hoping to have a working prototype next month. The license is in BSD... =)
I think I'll just use a mock license for my software. I still can't decide. "Sisterware" license, which requires users to introduce his/her sister sounds fun.

Coffeeware license would probably be OK. Blah...

Saturday, July 05, 2008

I'm bored. I have nothing to do and I have no interesting problem to solve. I don't want to go to the office because it's a weekend.

I think I'll just make a weird filesystem for Unix/Linux or something... I dunno... Hmmm...

I think I'll just write a filesystem in PHP because it's weird and I foresee weird commercial applications for it. A filesystem on HTTP would be weird and cool. Imagine, we can use Web services from various websites and mount them on our system. We can directly access RSS feeds, browse Flickr pics, or even use a database as our storage back-end.

I'll just use GPLv2 instead of BSD (my preferred license) because I'm not making any money out of this.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Yes, yes, my faithful stalkers, I'm still alive. I don't feel bored/weird/naughty/deranged enough to post in my blog because... because.

I think I'll just paste some of my e-mails from various forums. Debate and conflict gives me a reason to write. Problem is, I can't find any conflict in my own blog. I can't troll in my own blog, you know. Blah...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I was making poo poo when an idea suddenly hit me: poo poo is art so I should make a haiku. Here it is.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Today I looked at the wall. I closed my eyes for a second, and looked at it again. The wall is still there, despite repeatedly looking at it.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Today I looked at the wall. I closed my eyes for a second and looked at it again. The wall is still there.

I might look at the wall again tomorrow.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Today I opened a browser. I typed in an address, and waited for it to load. After seeing the page load, I clicked on some links. I clicked on the links for quite some time until I was finally contented. I then closed my browser. I might do this again tomorrow.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I've been unproductive lately. My mind seems to have frozen for some mysterious reason.

After running a diagnostic on my brain, I found out that the most likely cause for this problem is over stimulation of my nervous system due to intense social interaction in the past few days.

Social interaction places a strain on my system, and depletes all of my mental energy. I have made remedial actions by temporarily isolating myself from society by drinking coffee and beer alone in my spare time. Sitting alone and feeling the wind blow on my face as I close my eyes accelerates this process.

Energy is now slowly being recharged via contemplation, meditation and self-inspection of my thoughts.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

It's nice to see a spike in Google for the song "Angels" by Robbie Williams. People are looking for its lyrics and MP3. It seems that someone sang it at American Idol. I dunno... I don't watch it. I hope they won't murder one of my favorite songs...

Friday, April 04, 2008

The files in my workstation are getting messy now. The files are all over the place and the libraries are out of whack. We didn't use virtual machines and/or prototype boxes a few years back, so this workstation served as both my working computer and prototype box.

I think I'll just reformat this and do a clean FreeBSD-7.0 install. I'll just transfer /home to an external hard drive.

I have a spare SATA hard disk lying idle at my home. I wonder if I could buy a hard disk enclosure at CD-R King that supports SATA. CD-R King sells computer accessories at inexpensive prices but I have to line up for almost an hour just to buy something because everything is done manually.

I dunno why they don't streamline their process. They claim that letting their salesgirls write the receipts manually on paper saves operating costs, which they pass on to the consumers. POS is expensive, they say. If they only observe their customers, most of them leave and go to other stores and spend additional P100 rather than wait.

If they don't want to use POS systems, maybe they could rearrange the layout of their stores and let the customers bring the items to the counter.

Anyway, I hope they'll still be around after being slapped with penalties for smuggling. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Some dude has just shown that a scrambled Rubik's cube can be solved in 25 moves at most, regardless of the starting configuration.

Cool, but I can solve a Rubik's cube through the following very effective methods:
  • By disassembling and reassembling the cube.
  • By rearranging the stickers, duh.

Haha. =)

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Google bot is a giant nut
If you eat too much, you get very fat
Now, the Google bot is a big, big nut
But its delicious nut is not a nut

Friday, March 21, 2008

And Jesus-look-alike prayed.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Jesus-look-alike is a rock star.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Farewell Arthur C. Clarke...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I'm watching Jumper (again). The concept is cool, but the story is crap. I hope my friends won't have the same conclusion too. They're probably in for a disappointment once they discover that the movie leaves many things unexplained-- how does their teleportation ability work and how did it originate? Why are the Paladins after them? If the Paladins are after them, then why won't the jumpers organize themselves and form an anti-Paladin group? More importantly, how do the jumpers keep themselves from teleporting in front of a running bus or materializing inside a wall? This implies knowing the exact details of the destination beforehand. Blah, blah, blah.

Anyway, I wish I had teleportation ability. If I had teleportation ability, I'd teleport mid-air while doing whoopee. I wonder how it feels like to do whoopeee while in free fall. Whoopeeeee...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Because Earth has not yet experienced a full rotation since posting my last journal entry, a significant percentage of the Earth's population still exist on a date of March 14, rendering my licence to communicate in a manner fittingly absurd as a Physicist still valid.

Approximately 8 hours ago, a set of people entered a game simulation involving a virtual interaction of two teams, labeled Terrorists and Counter-terrorists, using processing machines that were interconnected in a network. This set of people simulated a game scenario of life and death by feeding input to the devices, mouse and keyboard, based on their judgement of visual and aural information acquired through the monitor and headset. This set of people perpetually inputted information to the devices, until the upper limit of their organic processes were reached.

Interacting with the game simulation has the expected after-effect of lowering their glucose levels in their bloodstream because the whole process consumes energy. As their glucose levels went below their lower threshold, nerve signals were sent to their brain, signaling parasympathetic reactions that cause these people to seek organic fuel, commonly known as food.

The primary objective of engaging in this simulation was to accelerate the rate of their subjective experience of the space-time conundrum that these people were located in. It was observed that the simulation invokes a discontinuity in space-time, which signals the people's brain to release endorphins. This chemical reaction alters their experience of reality, colloquially known as the state of being happy.

Certain people, however, experienced prolonged exposure to endorphins long after the simulation has ended. This is most likely because of endorphin-caffeine reaction in his bloodstream that drastically altered his brain, causing him to post scientific theories in his journal, also known as a blog.

Friday, March 14, 2008

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A complete stranger talked to me at the elevator just a few moments ago. I've got to learn that skill. Small talk is an art that does not come naturally to me. It requires an ego orientation of extraverted feeling, a way of orienting one's self to the environment in terms of a culturally defined language of social relationship.

When people say, "hello, how are you?", people expect me to respond, "I'm fine, thank you."

But I don't want to say "I'm fine, thank you." In fact, I don't want to talk to people at all. Depending on my mood, these are probably the thoughts that go inside my head. If only I could say them:

"Are you inviting me for a multi-level marketing scam?"

"Go away. You're invading my personal space."

"Duh, doesn't it look obvious?"

"You have nice boobs."

Rather than change myself into someone that I'm not, maybe I need to learn how to say those things in a polite way instead:

Girl: "Hello, what account are you handling?"
Me: *blink*
Girl: "You're working at People Support, right?"
Me: *blink* *press elevator button*
Girl: "Oh, you're not. You seem like the quiet type."
Me: *smile*
Girl: "Hello??? Why are you so quiet?"
Me: "You have nice boobs."

Monday, February 25, 2008

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Inday for president!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Today, I have no more clean briefs left. I don't know what else to do. The end is nigh; the sky is falling; doom shall befall us all.

I should have washed my briefs when I had a chance. Today, the chance has already passed. If only. Oh, if only. Those must be the two saddest words in life.

I wonder how it feels to walk around town without any underwear. I used to do that when I was a kid, but I was forced into the world of brief-wearing-adulthood when I had this very traumatic experience when I was a child. You see, my nanny accidentally jammed my little weewee into my short's zipper. I had to be taken into a hospital because my weewee's foreskin already turned blue. Added insult to injury was that my mom scolded me for not wearing any underwear. Adults don't really have clue. They don't know what it feels like to run around the street naked with your nanny trying to catch you. It is very amusing to see people react the way they do.

It was a very traumatic experience. So from that day on, I vowed to wear briefs every time to prevent my little weewee from jamming into a zipper ever again.

I wonder if it's still OK not to wear briefs now. My once little weewee is no longer little, and I might have some awkward moments if it stood on attention at the most inopportune times.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame. This evil is ever watchful.

I am the mighty evil Eye of the Basilisk. Behold my awesome power:
(|)
Hihi. :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I was intrigued to see how certain characters in the Unicode character set resemble the western alphabet when they are flipped. My inner geek immediately saw possibilities at this observation:

ndɔuoɯıs
simoncpu



Autistic thoughts.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Last night, I've stumbled upon a very cool online store that sells theatrical contact lenses. They sell contact lenses that look like Uchiha's Bloodline Limit, the Sharingan. I'm a Naruto fan, and I really find these lenses very cool:


In the Naruto anime, the Sharingan is a special genetic ability that allows the user to perceive motion clearer than normal eyes, and lets him see through Ninjutsu and Genjutsu. It also lets him copy motion and even ninja techniques, and can subliminally input ideas into his victim.

The Sharingan user has the power of letting his victims perceive 24 hours of illusion for every second that the victim looks into his eye. A Sharingan user can torture and break down the mental defenses of their victims this way, making them a fearsome enemy in the battlefield.

Sharingan users, such as Itachi and Sasuke don't have much creativity though. If I had Sharingan abilities, I'd use it for sex. I'd let my partner feel 24 hours of bliss for every second she looks into my eyes. Itachi and Sasuke really need to get laid. The battlefield is such a bad place to use their abilities.

I wish I could have one of those. But for $200 per pair, well...

Friday, January 25, 2008

My blog is getting messy now, what with those links and RSS feeds. I may need to finally start implementing my website now. I've always been lazy in implementing it because I don't see any point in doing so.

I don't see any point because... I don't know. I'm just lazy, I guess. Blah, blah, blah. I love to use the word "blah." Blah is something unknowable, nothingness that stands for something. Blah is simply is. Blah is Mu.

Blah, blah, blah. My mind is roaming again without organization, freely floating and blah, blah, blah.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

P = NP? What is computable? What is intelligence? What is information? How can we build complex systems simply?

Typing, typing, typing. Bored, nothing to do. Incoherent thoughts. Snapshots of my consciousness. Debugging my Life's Core Dump.

Thursday, January 17, 2008



I am the Lord of Destruction!!! I have come to enslave teh entire Intarweb... mwuahahahahaha...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A large velociraptor died in a blogging accident while it tried to eat my computer. As a result of this catastrophic event, various cats with stickers on them were found floating in a meme pool that was filled half-empty and/or half-full using a series of tubes. A herd of PHBs were also found tortured, and apparently died in a knitting accident. Upon closer inspection, it was found out that an impressed Natalie Portman caused their deaths by exposing her hot grits to Cowboy Neal, making them jealous to death. In Soviet Russia, corny nerd in-jokes that don't make sense to you will be rendered more cryptic by reversing the order of subject, verbs, and objects in a given sentence YOU!

As of today, there are apparently about 2,270 Google results for "died in a blogging accident".

Friday, January 11, 2008

Your momma died in a blogging accident. Funny how memes can manipulate Google search results. I wonder if this can be used for marketing (i.e. spam) or something.

Or world domination, perhaps?