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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Reality Bites.

Yeah. After graduation on April 20, my batchmates and I will all be officially "unemployed" as we are no longer students, at least until June, that is. 

It's true. Though a friend of mine was right in mentioning that Employment is a choice, not a chance. Truest stuff I've read so far in the past few days unlike the numbers game presented by the prosecution team of CJ Corona's trial.

Just some random thoughts.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Numbers Game

First it was 45.

Then it became 21.

Now, we have 5.

The prosecution sure has a lot on its hands at the moment. They gotta explain this numbers game to the public properly now because it looks as if they made up the whole thing just to kick the CJ out of the Supreme Court. Oops. Just saying.


Of False Warps and Fair Gaming

So tonight was another War of Emperium, 2nd Edition for our server, pRO Valhalla. 

Guess what? The guild I was in tonight experienced false warping at its finest. Some of my guildmates were trapped in maps without move tiles (or whatever you call them haha!), so it, sad to say, effectively destroyed our siege plans because we became disoriented and disorganized, trying to move from one save point to another while storming a castle.

That acolyte with an attitude even taunted us that we were losers, and he even told off one of our Suras that his Guillotine Fist skill was "weak". That got me thinking that this guy's main character most probably belonged to the three guilds we were battling tonight, because he knew the damage of our Sura's skill and he taunted the Sura, calling him weak.

If you were to ask me, this asshole deserved my fist in his face. Personally, I suspect that he belonged to one of the guilds we were battling tonight because of his taunts. I can't fucking believe that these guys can be so desperate that they resort to dirty tactics just to win. 

IMO, these assess got no gaming talent and no sportsmanship. Yeah I know, its just a game, but that's the point: IT'S JUST A GAME. Do you have to resort to below the belt tactics? Can't you all just enjoy the whole WoE? I enjoyed it, honestly, even if we didn't get a castle tonight, because for crying out loud IT'S JUST A GAME. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. That's life, bros. Think about it.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Survey and Polls: A propaganda?

47% Say Corona is Guilty, An article from Philippine Daily Inquirerfrom the PDI website, article not mine, but opinion here is all mine.

This is funny. As you can see from the results of this poll presented in the article, "56% had little knowledge about the impeachment case, while 11% had almost or none at all. Only 8% had a great deal of knowledge about the trial while 24% had sufficient knowledge."

WTF? Some of the 47% who said Corona was guilty did not even have sufficient knowledge on the trial.   This shows that the people don't even understand what the hell is going on in the trial and yet they say the CJ is guilty.

And this survey somehow smells like propaganda. Other readers commented that "This could be another anti-Corona smear campaign by the Administration in order to foul the minds of readers". Personally, I agree with the comments, and I would not take the significance of the statistics seriously. A large portion of those they interviewed did not even have significant knowledge on the issue at hand and yet Pulse Asia still went ahead to publish the survey. Yeah, credits to them that they did include in their published results that more than half of their respondents did not know what was truly going on in the trial, at least it is scientific in a way, I guess.

But it still goes on to show that we keep on jumping to conclusions based on what we hear without even analyzing the situation first. And it also shows the information gap among our fellow Filipinos... Thanks to a Noynoying President who doesn't even have a definite plan for EDUCATION FOR ALL!

See how it all connects together? Information gap, no definite plan for education.. tsk.

Just my 2 cents.

Noynoying now on Wikipedia!

Check out this article on Noynoying, on Wikipedia!

We beg to differ, Edwin Lacierda, but I don't think Noynoying will die out as a fad anytime soon..

We would keep this up for as long as PNoy keeps on Noynoying, if you get what I mean.

Article from Wikipedia, but opinion and post here are all mine

pRO surprise this week! (the first!)

Check it out on Facebook: Philippine Ragnarok Online Official Page

Damn, another week of spending roks for Tokens, Insurance, and ESBs! Bossnia is an awesome way to level up with your friends in pRO (Valhalla is my server btw).

There is a trick in the dungeon where you just have to locate Ifrit in his spawn area. Once you kill Ifrit, another one will spawn in that area immediately, so its kind of an unlimited way of gaining experience points, especially for those characters that have had their job levels left behind their character base levels!

Here's the catch though: You can't be resurrected inside Bossnia, so you have to depend on your tokens of ziegfried (thus you gotta spend lots of roks for lots of these @_@)

Photo from the PRO Official Page on FB. Image is not mine.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Another 2 cents.

‘Noynoying’ Poses Challenge to Philippine Leader (taken from the blog of WSJ; but the opinion here is all mine)

This article from the blog of Wall Street Journal talks of the new protest "fad" which is Noynoying. The tactic is funny because it involves protesters sitting around doing nothing, stifling yawns "as a protest against what they view as the government’s reluctance to stop gas prices rising.", according to the article.

The article also talks of how PNoy mentioned that people just don't want to recognize his achievements. I think that's impossible, because people do mention his achievements in the newspapers, on the internet and in other media... However, these are achievements of his are really, really too little/small/obscure compared to all the accusations thrown at him like his laziness and incompetence. 

No wang-wang policy? Come on. That achievement is so freaking small, and comparing that to an achievement like regulating the oil prices (which we won't be seeing anytime soon), the no wang-wang policy looks like a joke. 

Oh, and I have to agree with one comment on the article:
8:29 pm March 20, 2012
Bokyo wrote:

The Filipino people hired/elected a manager who clearly did not have qualifications but had popular parents. We are now complaining that he is not fit for the job. Good job pinoys!
Hey, this guy certainly hit home, didn't he? People voted him because of his name, his family history and not because of his qualifications. 

Congratulations, fellow Pinoys who voted for PNoy. I see what you did there.


Yes, I'm selling... (pRO Valhalla Only!)

Oh look, I'm selling stuff! pRO Valhalla server only xD


That exciting feeling...

You all know the feeling.

The butterflies in your stomach, the machine gun heartbeat pounding inside your chest, the shivers, all that adrenaline, every single day while waiting for something to come or to be announced. Yeah, that exciting feeling.

Waiting for PLM to release its list of Med Students for 2012-2013 is killing me. How long do we still have to wait?


A simple Hybrid Type Rune Knight Guide (pRO Valhalla)

Note: I am from Philippine Ragnarok Online, Valhalla Server, so some settings and re-balancing have not yet reached us as of today, March 20th. We expect this around September-October. My character is Slim.JVBoy, btw xD

Hello, let me just share my Rune Knight's build and I guess, some tricks to effectively play as a hybrid RK.

First off, stats:
My Rune Knight is a hybrid type, meaning I can dish out decent Dragon Breath damage without sacrificing too much agility for vitality, and I have enough Intelligence to provide immunities to freezing and silencing.

STR 95+4
AGI 79+4
VIT 95+5
INT 90+10
DEX 75+8
LUK 31+2

PROS - Stun proof, Freeze proof, Silence proof, decent attack, ASPD, Crit, Hit rate, decent resistance to sleep as well. Decent Storm Blast damage (before nerf)

CONS - have to use LOTS OF BUFFS TO ATTAIN 193 aspd! Also, you have to have the need for fast fingers for switching armors, etc. 

Anyhow, as you all can see, with lots of immunities and resistances, I already have an advantage in WoE while breaking the emp, especially when I'm doing it solo. My Agi would also somehow give me resistance to Gloomy Masquerade, and with AGI+20 food it is kind of possible to be immune to Gloomy, AFAIK. The only thing i hate would be dispell from the Sorcs /e1. Drat!

Usual Buffs

  • Giant Growth Rune
  • Isia Rune/Vitality Activation
  • Fighting Spirit Rune
  • Stone Skin Rune
  • Millenium Shield Rune(Advantage in 1v1 at PVP; advantage during WoE and when you are breaking the emperium; Use wisely; has a 1 minute Cooldown)
  • +20 Food Buffs/+10 Food Buffs
  • Guarana Candy
  • Berserk Potions & Celermine
  • Abrasive (adds to Critical Rate)

With these buffs its possible to attain 192-193 ASPD (193 usually with buffs from ABs). With high ATK, High Crit, High hit rate and advantage against melee enemies (Stone Hard Skin!)

Guarana Candy adds 10% IAS and also allows for Increased Movement speed, useful for rushing toward the emperium.

Some Tricks and Tips:

  • Never be afraid to use your runes, but at the same time, use them wisely, especially the Verkana (Millennium Shield) and the Rhydo (Crushing Strike, pre-balance patch). You can use runes while asleep (but not Deep Sleep), while cursed, stone cursed, Curse Circled/Root since these runes are item-based skills
  •  Status weapons help alot; be they spears or swords, they can give you an advantage over your enemies.
    • Sura - Sleep
    • GX - Freeze, Stone Curse/Curse, Stun, Silence
    • RK and RG - Curse, Stone Curse, Freeze (usually)
    • AB - Curse, Sleep, Stone Curse
    • SC - Try Cursing/Stone cursing them; truth be told they are hard to beat.
    • WL and Sorce - Sleep, Curse, Stun 
    • Others - Curse, Stone Curse works well
  • Status effects carry over with Dragon Breath, Ignition Break, Spear Boomerang, Sonic Wave, Hundred Spears, etc.
    • Spear Boomerang for single target (low cast delay)
    • Ignition Break/Dragon Breath for area of effect status
  • Use Frenzy (Berserk) wisely; it is usally best to use it when breaking the emp. During 1v1 situation, only use it when you have no healing items left, because it can be easily countered by your opponent; however, you still are a "howling mad, raging slashing machine!"
  • Death Bound kills; know which skills in RO are melee/physical for you can Dbound them. Make sure you  are facing the opponent when casting Dbound or else it won't work at all. Melee Physical Attacks can be Dbound too; just time it properly
    • The timing would be when you cast Death Bound, you will glow with an aura (for around 1-2 seconds); during this time, any attack you receive will be amplified and reflected back at the enemy while you yourself receive a portion of the damage too
  • Gloomy + Lex Aeterna + Clashing Spiral = 1 hit K.O.
  • Dragon Howling pwns, especially when you are up against high flee classes
  • It is possible to kill a Sura who is going to Guillotine Fist you with Parry + Reflect (Valk Manteau, Orc Lord Card/Scroll); you parry the attack but the Sura eats the reflect damage and dies ;)
  • Practice Spam-Bashing. Stun Prone enemies die quick this way
  • The effects Atlas Weapon (Atroce's Blade), Mailbreaker and Swordbreaker carry over with Dragon Breath; use it to break you enemy!

Well, that's all I have for now. Will update this anytime :)

Job Fair @ MOA

Photo from: GMA News TV

You might find your perfect job here at the GMA News TV & The Philippine Star’s May Trabaho Ka Job Fair! March 19 and 20, 10am to 6pm at SMX Convention Center.

It is a good thing that companies and organizations hold job fairs like these in order to help our fellow Filipinos. 


Monday, March 19, 2012

Education: Faded Glory, my 2 cents

The Philippine Star published today an opinion column from Ms. Ana Marie Pamintuan entitled "Faded glory", where here she notes that there is a decline in the quality of Philippine Education, given the latest international rankings where not one Philippine University made it to the rankings. Even in a recent Asian universities ranking, we did not make it as well.

As stated in her column, people have questioned the methodologies of the Times Higher Education survey (THE) and the London-based education and career company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), claiming that there are factual errors in both groups' studies. 

But no matter what critics say, I agree with Ms. Pamintuan on the fact that we have been left behind by our Asian neighbors. I'd say this is thanks to the lack of concern by our government and this is an insult at the same time, because we used to be on the forefront as a regional learning center. Di ka ba maiinis when those who trailed you before are now the ones whom you are trying to catch up with?

Thanks to our government in issuing budget cuts, we have experienced an all time low in education standards. As a UPM Bio student, I can attest to that. Our lack of facilities force us to exercise resourcefulness, and more often than not, we resort to theoretical data in most of our experiments because of the lack of materials and equipment. 

Let us not forget the high rising costs of tuition fees. Education HAS NOW BECOME A LUXURY AND NOT A RIGHT for most of our fellow Filipinos. For God's sake, do you all know how unfair that is? IT IS AN OUTRIGHT SUPPRESSION OF ONE'S RIGHT TO EDUCATION!
Edukasyon ay karapatan ng mamamayan!

But that is only from my POV as a student. How about the teachers? First off, they are already underpaid and overworked, and as a result most of them are leaving the country, shifting to a course that is "of the rage" now (at the moment, Culinary Arts seem to be it) and getting themselves employed overseas where they get paid more than what they get from their original profession. 

This is the sad truth, yet the government is proud to have OFWs because they can render service and foreign dollars into our economy, but then, are we going to be OFWs forever? Can't we actually generate jobs which can have a strong impact on our economy? Can't we raise the salaries of teachers and all our laborers? Don't you think it is unfair that OFWs have to face the possibility of suffering overseas due to illegal recruiters and abusive employers? 

I am not saying that the OFWs have not done anything for the country. As I stated earlier, they do bring in foreign currencies to our economy and are vital to the structure. However, given that most of them suffer overseas without compensation and such, it is as if we are sending OFWs abroad as slaves. Sorry for the harsh term, but YES, SOMETIMES this happens... and our government usually fails to prevent this...

Back to the issue at hand, if the government does not do something right now to try to improve the quality of our education, then, as Ms. Pamintuan said, we are only going to be left with recollections of our past glory. Where, in the past we were in the front lines of education, today, we are sinking way, way below.

Another wake up call, Mr. President. Stop Noynoying.

Original article from Philippine Star, by Ana Marie Pamintuan. Opinion here all mine; Just my 2 cents here.

Pulis: Ang numero unong Traffic Violator

Saw this image from ABS-CBN News Anchor Julius Babao's (@juLiusbabao) instagram while checking out my Twitter feed..

Wow. What can I say? This is ironic. I guess this is why we do not trust our Police Force too much. The PNP should really clean up its ranks, enforce the law PROPERLY and instill DISCIPLINE.

That's what we ALL LACK. Discipline. For crying out loud..


Google AdSense & Nuffnang: Clarifications

I am in need of some clarifications.. I am not sure whether Google AdSense would allow me to use Nuffnang as well. 

Nuffnang mentioned that I "shouldn't have any problems with putting Google AdSense and Nuffnang in one page because Nuffnang was designed not to look like AdSense"..

I hope I'm not doing anything wrong though. Any tips?


The dreaded bX-e0spcu error!

Ok, for all you Blogger users, probably most of you have already experienced this error. I just did, earlier, and while searching Google for possible answers/solutions to this problem, I realized there wasn't any. Seriously, even in the help forums for Blogger.

So what to do now? I found a possible solution, and that is to delete any existing custom CSS that you might have put in. It seems that this is what is causing the error. 

Go to Blogger Template Designer > Advanced > Add CSS, then delete your custom CSS. I did this earlier (Added some custom CSS, got the bX-e0spcu error), but when I deleted the custom CSS, everything was back to normal.

Well, I hope this is useful to all my fellow blogger users. All images are mine, btw. 


Enrile: ‘Noynoying’ tag should not be taken seriously (From GMANews.tv)

I just saw a GMANews.tv article on facebook. It's about name-calling and how to deal with it, kind of an unsolicited "tip" from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to President Noynoy Aquino.

I guess Enrile is just doing his job as Senate President and as a member of the Aquino Administration and the Senate to try to help the President in the best way he can. I have to agree with Enrile on how sometimes critics resort to name-calling when they have nothing better to do. 

However, "Noynoying" as term now commonly used especially in social networking sites (also used by me xD) should serve as a WAKE-UP CALL for the President. Come on, it's almost 2013, he's halfway through his Presidency and still we Filipinos are waiting for the "change" that he promised us when he was running for the top position in the government. 

I always base my opinions on news reports and on opinion columns. Most columnists mention that comparing Noynoy and Gloria, the latter did MUCH MORE than the present admin. Of course, I admit I am no PolSci Major, and that I probably won't be able to do a much better job than PNoy in running the country. But as a member of the society I believe I have a better view than the President on what really is happening around us, and thus, I also believe my opinion would be of help to him, kasi tayong mga masa yung nabubuhay at nakaka-experience nung mga pag hihirap, etc., at tayo rin mismo ang makakapag-sabi kung epektibo ba ang mga programa, reporma, at kung ano ano pang ginagawa ng administrasyong Aquino para sa bansa, kasi tayo nga yung nasa receiving end nung mga programang pambansa eh... However, I don't think we can say much about the programs, reforms, etc., at present because there seems to be none xD Noynoying mode ang ating Pangulo.

WAKE UP, Mr. President! The country needs you to LEAD for Christ's sake!

/no1! The article was from GMANews.tv. Just my 2 cents here. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Google+ Profile URL: So many numbers!

Ok, so I was customizing my Google+ earlier today, and I noticed that my profile url consisted of a LONG STRING OF NUMBERS!

Well, it wasn't really that long, but still, you all get my point. Its annoying (well, for me) and its better if it is customized (like Facebook's).

Searching on Google (kinda ironic, I know), I found this site, but I haven't tried it out yet.. the URL's http://gplus.to/. Anyone tried it out? Do comment here please.

Thanks. /no1!

A New Beginning

This is a new blogsite for me. Just to kill time, and talk about stuff.