2007: November

%#$@ Curfew!

2:13 am PHT

I’m not stark raving mad, but I’m definitely fuming.

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Did the Earth Just Move?

12:36 pm PHT

An earthquake occurred about three minutes ago. Did anyone else feel it? (See a related blog post in 2006 or the one in 2004.) The shaking took only a little time, no more than 10 seconds, but it was quite strong. I’ll update this post when I get more information.

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Blogenyo: Misrepresenting the Pinoy Blogging Community!

2:45 pm PHT

I’m extremely pleased to announce the launch of my new blog, Blogenyo! As you can probably tell from the accompanying illustrations, Blogenyo is a webcomic and its focus is on events, intrigues, controversies, issues, and trends that surround the Pinoy blogosphere. The year 2007 has seen a lot of such things happening and I think it’s quite timely that a comic strip about it is launched.  ;)

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The Wensha Spa Experience

1:58 pm PHT

Would you believe that I have never availed of any massage treatment at a spa before? The only massages that I’ve had was from your local manghihilot and a beach massage in Puerto Galera back in 2004. So I had placed “get a massage at a spa” on my proverbial things-to-do-before-I-die list and finally crossed that item out last weekend.  :D

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Google TechTalk

1:39 am PHT

Thanks to Andrew I was able to snag a slot at the recently held Google TechTalk, which was held in Makati last Monday, November 19. This event was organized by Philippine Google Country Consultant Aileen Apolo. Two Filipino American Googlers from the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA, Jay Aguilar and Franklin Naval, visited the country to promote awareness about some of the tools and resources Google has made available for developers.

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Vista Pinas is Ratified within the Top 100

12:00 am PHT

Andrew finally updated yesterday the PageRank data of the blogs in after the PageRank kerfuffle three weeks ago. Go check it out!

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Google’s Android and Sun’s Java

2:38 pm PHT

There are two technology fields that Google has recently entered and will prove to be interesting battle grounds: one is the cross-platform mobile application development space, and the other is the social-networking Web application space. Google entered the former by announcing the Android platform and launching the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), which includes Intel, Motorola, and T-Mobile, and the notable absence of Microsoft, Apple, and Nokia. Google forayed into the latter field by releasing the OpenSocial API with notable partners Friendster, hi5, imeem, MySpace, Six Apart, and LinkedIn, and the notable absence of Facebook.

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My Western Union AdSense Experience

1:08 am PHT

It’s been quite fashionable in the past week to talk about one’s experience with Google’s Western Union AdSense Payment option. For instance, here are several stories coming from the local bloggers:

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Earn Money by Contributing to Wikipedia?

1:31 pm PHT

In an announcement that’s sure to raise a whole lot of questions, the Wikimedia Foundation (the organization that handles Wikipedia as well as other free-content websites like Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikiquote) has resolved that it has received a $20,000 grant from Philip Greenspun, an Internet entrepreneur, to create various free-licensed illustrations for use on Wikipedia and other websites.

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Antipolo Joyride

12:22 am PHT

Funnily, I don’t recall ever going for an out-of-town trip this year. Well, my group in the office had a team-building activity about a month ago in Laguna, but I don’t consider that as a “real” trip. So when a good friend of mine invited me to go to Antipolo just for the heck of it, I took up the offer and drove there the other Saturday.

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See the Barasoain Church from Space

6:14 pm PHT

Shown to the right is a satellite image of the historic Barasoain Church. Unexpectedly, this is from Microsoft’s Live Maps. Yahoo! Maps also has the same satellite image but with a different kind of image post-processing. Google Maps, on the other hand, doesn’t have any high-resolution satellite imagery of this place of worship. In fact, their imagery of the spot is quite a tease, just being 500 meters short of the nearest hi-res area—and that hi-res area is actually one of the very first places in the Philippines to have hi-res satellite images in Google Maps. Update (September 6, 2008): Google now has satellite imagery of the Barasoain Church.

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