Monthly Archives: June 2013

Kevin Rudd as Australian Prime Minister, take two!


tribune.com.pk|Again, Mr. Rudd is at it again!

I’d say that this is for the good of Australia since the country deserves better.

Nothing really controversial has happened in Australia, except that it is still under surveillance when it comes to Internet filtering (yes, that really means that Australia is one of the least Internet-friendly countries in the world).

I’m not really familiar about Australian politics as a whole and Mr. Rudd’s local and foreign policies. Even though he has a fair share of controversies with Julia Gillard, at least he is more discreet and is more than professional. Also, you’ll never hear of him creating such oppressive policies unlike ex-PM Gillard who is, according to most sources, a racist (given that she migrated to Australia from Wales).

Of course, more respects and power to Mr. Rudd!

Now there is such thing as foot surgery!?

Paris Hilton said, “How I wish my feet were smaller… they’re just too big! But they’re still cute, though.

However, Victoria Beckham said, “I hate my feet–they’re the most disgusting thing about me.”

Hmmm… if someone asks me, “Will you consider foot surgery?”

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PinoyMonkeyPride’s own version of comparing Presidential vs. Parliamentary government

I could not help but agree with this whole video. I guess the Philippines should rather be a parliament rather than a presidential republic. After all, I could now see that the video about the Aquino-Cojuangco clan has some truths on it.

[Side Note: It’s only those who despise the Martial Law who do not agree with the facts stated by PMP]

However, when it comes to PMP’s way of showing that the Cojuangco-Aquino clan is still the center topic, well, why can’t they shift from one clan to another!? Sukang-suka na kami sa Aquino-Cojuangco clan, eh. Maiba naman.

If digital didn’t happen would you be as involved using film?

This is a question I got from Pinoy Photography website.

Answer: Well, I started to learn casual photography through digital, because I was really curious about just looking at the screen versus looking at the viewfinder. I was actually against film because I always find it to be “old school,” and with that, digital photography is more personalized since a person could manipulate the settings via easier DIY-style without being too dependent on the automatic settings. Also, it’s also an advantage NOT to limit yourself to just 36 shots alone–during the time when digital photography is on the rise, memory cards are also being available but these were considered as luxury items rather than a basic necessity. The only memory I had when using film photography is during our fifth grade field trip–GAH! I have killed all these 36 loads of film so I was hesitating whether I’ll get a new roll or not. Too bad, that’s it.

Starting 2010, the emergence of digital photography started when Digital SLR cameras started to lean from the business market towards the mainstream market. Almost everyone could make photography as a hobby rather than as a career–as a matter of fact, I badly missed the part when film photography was still very popular before the digital age almost halted film photography’s popularity. Therefore, I did not even grasp the chance to learn film photography myself.

If digital did not exist (or still remained in the luxury/business/enterprise market), well, I’d still use this good ol’ Konica Centuria 20 film cam and just had myself one PRO pack of Velvia 50/100 135 film/s. That way, I would have embraced lomography after.

 

Origa’s Impressive Performance in Boston

Well, if you’re an anime fan, you might as well be familiar with Yoko Kanno–she’s anime’s top composer and of course, musician behind all these anime OST. She’s one of the reasons why I still love everything Japanese–but one of her singers captured my eye, and that is no other than Origa.

Yep, that’s right. Origa is one of Yoko Kanno’s partners in crime who has been contributing to anime for so many years and yet she is still EPIC!

First time hearing Origa speak in English! However… it’s a good thing she could still remember the songs that she popularized!

Another angle of the performance.

Her voice is still ethereal… and powerful at the same time! LOVE HURRRRR FOREVAH!

A rare music video of Origa’s Polyushko Polye

I cannot believe that Origa also has a music video of her songs… but yeah. It’s too rare after all.

STILL cannot believe that I’m still a fan of hers up to now. ;D

iLounge’s photos on Apple products lineup!

Disclaimer: All photos are from iLounge.com

I really cannot explain about the beauty of each and every product… regardless of its color, shape and size. LOL. I’d say that Apple should not be too structured when it comes to releasing a new product. Each and every Apple product, particularly the iPod nano, should be selected not only in different colors but also in different models because I believe that each one of them are unique.

When people say that Apple products are not user-friendly, I beg to disagree. Again, it’s still a matter of personal preference so even though I disagree with that, okay fine, I will respect your choice if you’re no Apple fan since I understand not everyone loves Apple as a company. However, trust me. Once you own an Apple product, you will never ever consider other products unless you cannot afford it AT ALL. As a matter of fact, Apple is a standardized company which imposes its own “rules and regulations” together with its influence on its loyal fans.

iPod nano:


From left (ordinal numbers are by generation): 1st-gen (comes only in black and white), 2nd-gen (comes in different colors), 3rd-gen (redesigned after the iPod classic), 4th-gen (larger screen + narrower), 5th-gen (longer screen + rear-facing video camera), 6th-gen (watch-like), 7th-gen (current; first to be with the lightning port).

iPod touch (popularly and colloquially known as the iTouch):


From left (ordinal numbers are by generation): 1st-gen (comes in 8 and 16GB models), 2nd-gen (max. capacity is 32GB), 3rd-gen (max. is 64GB if I’m not wrong), 4th-gen (first time to have a front and rear camera + white panel option plus retina display), 5th-gen (first to have Lightning port + offered in different colors).

iPhone:


From left: iPhone original (1st-gen), iPhone 3G (available all over the world, offered both black and white rears), iPhone 3GS (first iPhone to feature HD video recording), iPhone 4 (redesigned over-all, first phone to feature front-facing camera + first phone with retina display and micro-SIM), iPhone 4S (first phone to offer 64GB memory capacity and Siri), iPhone 5 (first phone with 1GB RAM + 16:9 aspect ratio, accepts nano-SIM cards only, Lightning port and finally the headphone jack on the bottom).

Even though I have a love-hate relationship with Apple, I am still a fan of the said company ever since Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs is one of the people I really admire and respect, alongside Bill Gates. No wonder, I might as well plan on buying a Sony VAIO this time if time permits, together with the Sony Xperia Z, only to show that I will make a comeback to Windows and Android.

True Colors

In spite of the dying and endangered click wheel thing, that was Apple’s legacy over-all. Oh, wait. I don’t think it was Apple who originated the click-wheel feature. As a matter of fact, it was reinvented, innovated and patented by Apple itself.

Silver

I have to admit. Most of the gadgets that I used to have should always come in silver, not until I had my first water-proof digital camera (which in general, should be blue in color). I actually view silver as a more beautiful color than gold since the former has a “technological” and “futuristic” feel while the latter has a “luxurious” and “bling-ish” feel.

(Product) Red

Every Apple product that comes in red has a purpose in life: To help the children in need in Africa. See? If one of you has red as their favorite color (well, stereotypically, the Chinese people and Sandara Park LOL), then they must be generous donors towards the needy African population. Good move, in other words.

Pink

Admittedly, this is my favorite color speaking of being feminine. This color makes my skin whiter in photographs (trust me, it really works!) and also in person! HAHAHAHA!

Yellow

Also known as the Aquino color, it’s a good thing that the color is modest enough not to be “gold-ish.” In other words, Apple might have competed with GoldVish if ever! LMAO!

Green

Well, this is the La Salle color. Sadly, this color makes my skin darker! Oh noes, rather wear pink than green! LMAO!

Blue

Wooooo! This is my favorite color of all time, even though it’s the color of Ateneo! Well, no worries, because the “blue” in Apple is oceanic, NOT royal.

Purple

Otherwise known as the “royal” color, I did not expect Apple to differentiate all types of purple in different shades and tones. Two of these iPod nanos are actually royal blue or indigo, not really purple/violet.

Slate/Black

I am actually not a fan of the color black, but it’s a good thing that I dyed my hair in this color because again, it makes me whiter (LOL!).

The Beauty in Apple

Actually, I’d say that Apple has been leaping from the business/elite market towards the mainstream/consumer market. This revolutionized the entry of all PDAs as smartphones–also MP3 players were almost a bit standardized into the iPod; it’s only the Walkman that stayed even more solid, withstanding the iPod’s dominance.

Apple has always been the company that people loved to compare, debate or despise. However, in spite of Apple’s shady shenanigans with matching controversies, particularly in Foxconn, I suggest that this company has been one of the reasons why there is such thing as micro-SIM, and with that, Apple has long been a company being compared to Sony and Samsung together with BlackBerry and HTC. There’s non-stop comparison and competition with one another, so Apple should never file a lawsuit not only against Samsung–but to any company, regardless of nationality it would face.

Thoughts: iPod Touch 5th-generation 16GB model


Here’s the video 😀

Okay… there are some features removed and enhanced in some matter: NO REAR CAMERA AND THE STRAP HOOK BUTTON HAS BEEN REMOVED AS WELL.

Black panel at the front… silver at the back.

My take: Now Apple did not allow the iPad mini to be the first device to be the first neophyte device to be incorporated with a retina display. Now I see how backwards Apple really is. They did not actually incorporated video recording function in the iPhone 1st gen model and in the iPhone 3G. That’s something that I’d like to face-palm at. Also, they did not apply higher capacity immediately on the 1st-gen iTouch. They only did that on the 2nd- and 3rd-gen models.

…and then Apple has been suing Samsung for this and that!?

Seriously, Apple never learned a lesson or two. Too bad they only incorporated 8GB on the iTouch 4th-gen as the entry-level model, not the 16GB one. How backwards!

iPhone 5 pros and cons

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So, after owning the iPhone 5, well I could say that I can now compare its specs with the iPhone 4S and weigh in their pros and cons. Now please, do not over-estimate Apple over Android or Windows. That’s often the mistakes of those who embrace propriety over universality. LMAO.

Pros and Cons of the iPhone 5

PROs

1.) 4-inch retina display monitor with 16:9 aspect ratio

  • 1136 x 640 overall dimensions
  • 326 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • conducive for games and movies
  • Well, I’d like to tell you that the 4″ display is a good size for a phone, because we’re not competing with other companies (and should not be/do so) in terms of increasing screen size. You’re using a phone, not a mini tablet.

2.) Lightning Port

  • Lesser space occupied

3.) 1GB RAM

  • fast enough for a mobile phone especially if a power user chooses 64GB internal memory capacity

4.) Grasps Wi-Fi faster and more accurate

5.) Faster and more accurate cellular data feature (auto-3G)

6.) Assistive Touch is optional.

7.) Higher retina resolution

  • Observe when you used to have an iPhone 4S and you love screen-capping. That way, the retina resolution of the iPhone 5 is much greater when uploading screencaps to WordPress.

8.) 8-megapixel camera with better image quality

9.) Video stabilization is improved; video quality is better.

10.) Equipped with EarPods

CONs

1.) Headphone jack is below the phone

  • If it’s above the phone, well, you may insert the phone into your pocket without any problems. Well, IMHO.

2.) The steel/aluminum chassis/finish is highly sensitive (ACHTUNG!)

  • You are required to buy an iPhone case for iPhone 5, and this is no joke. Meanwhile, you just need a screen protector for the iPhone 4S since it’s made of glass in the back part, not some sensitive metal right there.

3.) Some apps are compatible with the iPhone 5, but aspect ratio-wise, updates should be monitored

  • Leme Camera hasn’t updated yet its software, and this is very frustrating since I have been using that app for a very long time. Hope they’ll offer an update soon, for optimization of the 16:9 display.

4.) You need one more lightning port cable to USB as an extra accessory.

  • It is recommended just in case you forgot your lightning cable. At least you have an extra one.

5.) Again, no 128GB memory capacity just yet.

  • 128GB capacity is very conducive and it should be taken note that it is the most conducive one if you’re opting for a 1GB RAM. (:

As a matter of fact, the iPhone 5 offers a very high-resolution retina display which again, could fill up the whole blog entry space of WordPress.

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Therefore, I would recommend the iPhone 5 if you’re really into simple yet elegant mobile phones that has very powerful accuracy and precision in terms of touchscreen selection.