9:52 PM

Obligatory April 1 Post

Because April is a special month to me and it's humiliating that almost every blog I'm following blogged on this day. By the way, Plurk, good job on your April Fool's day blog. 8D

April is..

  • a not-gender-specific name.
  • the fourth month of a year.
  • my birth month, along with Xander's.

The author promises a more lengthy and decent post come Saturday. Yes, people, there's a date. So, don't worry.

6:13 PM

"Suddenly, ninjas appeared."

She was a senior citizen who disliked going to the grocery without her lucky green Marks & Spencer Limited Edition underwear. But one day, she found that her lucky underwear had been stolen. She didn't realize that it was accidentally misplaced by her ex-husband, Mr. Tuffles, and it was actually an imitation of someone else's old Barbie panties. One day after she tried to contact her ex-husband, his latest wife called her back and admitted to being a ninja and was assigned to finding her missing underwear within a month or just die trying.

Thus begins the legendary search for the amazing missing Marks & Spencer Limited Edition underwear. With the help of her new cat, Mrs. Tuffles, our daring protagonist went first to the scene of the crime. According to the collected information, she was no where newar the suspected place of misplacement when the cat sniffed something that was fishy. It lead her to the first floor where there was a tuna sandwich being prepared. The cat tried to snatch the sandwich, but was intercepted by another much larger cat. It snarled in disgust when the larger cat ate the sandwich, but Mrs. Tuffles reminded the other cat they still had more sandwiches and their mission was still ongoing.

Disgruntled, the cat went to look again for the most helpful evidence. The search got warmer when the trail led them to an important room: the nursery. Suddenly, ninjas appeared. They have kunais. They are after the infamous sandwich which actually has the secret ingredient needed in creating the perfect jutsu. They also needed a volunteer for finding more ingredients.

She agreed to help, in exchange for helping her find her underwear. They merely stared at her in disbelief, but they eventually agreed. They lent her Pakkun, but Mrs. Tuffles's allergic to dogs. She decided to learn the ninja way of getting to the lost temple of Anti-Allergy. After four months, she was still allergic to dogs, and her underwear was still missing.

Sadly, this story is the end.


Copyright 2009. Fionachu & Riknata.


8:21 PM

I need a break.

Will you look at that, I'm actually updating again. Muse will be pleased, very very pleased.

I'm not using WoD this time, though. I feel like I owe this blog a decent post, and not just the scraps of a typing frenzy. Actually, with all the accumulated junk inside my head, I don't think WoD's a smart thing to use. I have A LOT to dump here.

And because of that, I'll be using bullets for the first time [I think. I'm not sure. Anyway.].

  • Something's wrong with PeeCee-chan. Or I think it's just Winamp. Everytime PeeCee-chan illegally shuts down, Winamp won't work the next time I open it. I have reinstalled that app four times this week already. Not that it affects my mp3 files, really. I always keep tabs on them, and so far so good. It's just a shame to lose all those play counts. If only mp3 files record play counts and not mp3 player-based only. In fact, Damaged by Shayne Ward was already 40-ish times played before Winamp crashed again. Sigh. Now they're all back to 0 again.

  • Speaking of Shayne Ward, I still can't get his song Damaged out of my head. Seriously. Ask the Plurk [and Twitter, I guess] people there how many times I played that song. I don't think it's an extreme case of LSS, though, because I don't hear it playing in my head when I'm not sitting in front of my computer, my Winamp playing. Really, I don't. I don't suddenly sing that thing out loud in random places. Only when my playlist's playing. I don't know. And I don't think this will be resolved soon because I'm not bothered about it. Just stating facts.

  • I have serious issues with procrastination. Like this blog, for instance. I procrastinate on blogging, for pete's sake. And I just realized yesterday that the last day of classes for the second sem is just around the corner, literally. I even remember saying, "Oh my god, I need to change my life now."

    It didn't really help matters that my classmate, Jen, replied with: "I told myself the same thing last sem."

    "Did it work?"

    "I changed. For the worse."

  • I can no longer join the proud proclamations of people saying fanfiction is their antidrug. It's my high. Seriously. I mean, my tagline should be like "Why take drugs when you have fanfiction? Better than drug-induced hallucinations, you know." Or something like that.

  • Random note: my Twitterfox's logo is currently red. Should I be worried?

  • I'm reviving my love for Hidden Objects games. Yey me. I just finished Hidden Expedition: Titanic and HE: Everest within two weeks [note: aforementioned two weeks were hell weeks]. Titanic was cool, and it will always have a special place in my gamer's heart being the first ever hidden object game I played. Everest was more challenging, though, and weirder. I didn't know Everest also gained popularity in the alien fanatic mainstream. I mean, there were alien-ish objects popping up on the scenes by the time I got to the middle. And the last one? Hooooyeaah. I was like "Wait, what? Huh?" for three minutes before realizing I need to solve the puzzle, too. Also, most of the time I was "I'm currently in Africa. What's the game title again? Everest? What am I doing here in Africa?"

    I tried HE: Amazon before but dropped it right after the first trial. For one thing, it's sooo slow on my computer, and that's a major turn off. Also, there was something in the game plot that made me lose interest. I just forgot what. So far no new releases for the HE series, so I opted to try other Bigfish games.

    By the way, I really really like Bigfish.

    Yesterday, I downloaded Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate. Another Bigfish baby that caught my attention for some unknown reasons [we'll get to that later]. Game was loading pretty fast, but as soon as I got to see the first scene, I was like jkdsalkdjjsaixocnjsduiwoefsdfjlksdjcm,nvmncvuoieI'vealreadyplayedthisdamnthing.

    Yes, muttering under my breath with profanities my mother should never hear me speak. That was then I realized why the game title caught my eye. I've played that damn thing before and it was the reason why my eyes actually got so tired I have to rest for a whole day without doing anything except stare at green sceneries. The game play was so sadistic. You could find five goddamn objects in a single corner if you look very very close enough [as in two-inches-from-the-screen close].

    I never made it past a fourth of the plot. And I'm not regretting quitting that early, either. And I'll never play another MCF episode again.

    The newest one I'm trying to solve is Undiscovered World - The Incan Sun, another Bigfish, but not that popular I think. I mean, I wouldn't have seen that one if I haven't browsed the Bigfish website. Found a copy somewhere, installed it, and now trying it out.

    So far, the game looks promising. Easier than HE, though. But it runs faster! And the game gives generous hints.

  • Yey, I finished recovering my playlist. Current song count: 891, excluding the Christmas and Chipmunk Christmas songs. Just sharing.

There, I'm done, for now. I'll probably plu-post more tomorrow.

Also, hello to those who subscribed to my blog's feeds. 8D

9:23 PM

On internet browsers.

After so many distractions, I've finally managed to blog. And no time limits this time, I'm having a heart attack as it is trying to stay within the grace period. My real alarm clock will ring after fifteen minutes anyway.

Also, strict KAMIKAZE mode people. Whatdaheck---

Also, I am once again balancing spontaneous typing and trying to maintain decent conversation. Multi-tasker is me, people, yeah.

Anyway, I'll probably do random reader a favor and continue where I left off (assuming I do have a reader, anyway).

PeeCee-kun is one hell of a computer unit. Really. It's running on Windows XP Professional SP3, and yet the CPU has an Ubuntu sticker on it. And lots of Post-It's, too. Don't worry, I never let a Post-It remain sticking on the CPU's surface for more than two days. That's part of the motivation of my To-Do lists: I never remove notes until I've complete done as specified within that note.

So, yeah. Expect lots of notes around the room come cramming periods (finals, mid-sems).

Firefox runs faster here, too. I've tried Safari 3 and Safari 4 Beta, Google Chrome (I don't know if they have versions), and Opera. No, I didn't bother comparing my Firefox performance against Internet Explorer, because that's already a given. Heck, you should see Safari's boast about the browser: 8 times faster than IE, 4 times faster than Firefox, and from what I generally see on Techblogs, 2-3 times faster than Google Chrome. What does that tell you? IE sucks, big time.

I can clearly remember why I decided to abandon IE and switch to Firefox: the tabbed browsing's too damn slow. I used to click the New Tab button several times before a new tab actually appeared. And, yeah, have I told you browsing's abnormally slow?

So, I've been using Firefox for almost a year now (wait, if I'm not mistaken, it HAS been a year since I started using Firefox). And it seems that PeeCee doesn't want anything else, either. Safari is, indeed, faster than Firefox here but it lacked the keyboard shortcuts I normally use. I think the only big time point there is the Mac GUI. I admit, I have an Apple app-GUI fetish. Heck, for two months, my Firefox looked like a Safari browser. But that's it. Well, yeah, it's fast, and it looks like Mac, but it's not really that convenient for me.

Chrome on the other hand, made me go "wtf". It claimed to be faster than Firefox, and is claimed to be by other trustworthy techie-bloggers. So, why oh why, is it damn slower than Firefox? Once again, I can only name two features that I gave two-thumbs up: the GUI, and the independent tabs system thingy (I don't know the technical term for that, and even if I do, I probably might not mention it here. For no reason at all. 8D).

I have a thing for fancy and/or minimalistic and/or futuristic interfaces. And Chrome has that. So, plus points. Also, for someone like me who tends to work with 20+ tabs open at the same time, the browser tends to lag or at worst, crash. Chrome somehow remedies that using the independent tab thingy (which I am going to call ITT for short). Should one, or several, of the tabs slow down, it won't affect the browser in general. I can browse other working tabs without any fuss.

But, yeah. It's slow, alright? So, boo.

567 words people, I'll stop now.

9:43 PM

"Genki desu, PeeCee-chan?"

(I'm under EVIL grace period and 10-minute time goal. Let's see where I'll go from here.)

Well, I'm going to say this once again, with feelings: I CAN FEEL THE PRESSURE RIGHT NOW. And it's not just the MP.

March has officially set in, and I just realized that around 10 o'clock this morning by the way, and that only means the finals are getting nearer and nearer.

(I just realized I probably won't get very far: my mother keeps on talking to me and it's hard to keep track of what I'm typing when I'm trying to maintain a decent conversation without actually being rude.)

And it's not just the exams that are bothering me (but they DO bother me BIG TIME, for clarifications), but the major requirements as well. And it's always, ALWAYS depressing when you get to talk to your high school batchmates about requirements and stuff.

One famous analogy:

their lecture = our introductory remarks
their exercises = our lecture examples
their projects = our take-home activities
their ___?____ = our projects

I seriously don't want to complete that. Because it's frustratingly stupid and unfair. And THEY get higher grades. T_T


And yes, I do have a basis for comparison, so shut it, Jareth.

Sucks to that my computer's acting up again. I probably should buy new components for him pretty soon. Wait, I already did, and it was worth P700 flat. Huh.

"PeeCee-chan, what's wrong with you? Genki desu?"

I mean, come on. He (Yes, a guy.) is perhaps the sole unit that defied the common opinion regarding the three major internet browsers today. So far, here's my computer's feedback:

Firefox works really well and ----------

OH LOOK, 10 MINUTES IS OVER: Overall word count: 266, excluding this line.

5:14 PM

Procrastination, me, and some others.

I'm under strict grace period here.

Huh. Well, so much for the daily typing exercise. I'm seriously abusing my body these days: no exercise (neither walking nor the weekly-increasing number of jogging laps count), no sleep (for real), strained eyesight (as if my eyes need any more damaging). It's amazing I have not dropped dead, yet. Hopefully we won't have to come to that point. Still, it's never good to test one's limits.

Speaking of limits, random fact. Our Sociology teacher said that the average mind can only maintain 7 hours of pure concentration every day.

Pity the admin who assigned us the ebil Thursday wasn't aware of that fact. Seriously. 8 hours of nonstop discussions, labs, and more nose-bleeding discussions? The hell. Also, someone I know once said that UP has this unique ability to turn your favorite class into torture chamber*.

Technically, my favorite subject is English, and up to the present, that's hasn't happened to me. Then again, I love my course (BS Computer Science), too. And I will willingly stab anyone in the front who will say this course is a damn breeze. Because IT. IS. NOT.

Side note remark: our COMM2 professor said to the Americans (or British, not sure), the word "shall" is considered obsolete. They now use the general word "will".

So, will we dance? Yes, we will.

Anyway, back to the topic. Yes, I admit. I am in deep shit right now. Really frightening, if you ask me since this is only my first year. Hmm, I think I mentioned that in my previous post, or Plurk. Whatever.

Another thing: I have major issues with Procrastination.

Sure, our relationship is mutual and oddly satisfying, but that's the real deal.

Makes sense? No? Good. It's not supposed to. This is a Write or Die frenzy so anything I'm typing right now isn't supposed to make any sense.

Actually, this whole thing is just between me, my PC, and my blog. I don't know why you're reading this. Not that I mind, honestly, but... Oh well.

*I cannot recall what he exactly said. The phrase "torture chamber" came from me, so if you somehow were offended by that, sue me.


9:45 PM

Dump, and whatwhat.

Let me explain things first.

So, my keyboard and mouse got busted last Monday so Mom and I went to SM Manila to buy new ones. I'm so thankful that the admin people created the concept of Cyberzone because all the computer stores there were able to expand their lots. Anyway, long story short, we bought decent replacements (at least, I hope they really are. I coughed up P700 for those gadgets).

The dilemna: the mouse I bought was highly sensitive, sleek and shiny, has a rotating wheel, AND it's uber-small. Notebook-type small. And my right hand is not used to it.

Maybe it's just my paranoid mind controlling my body but somehow, with a mouse that small it tends to strain the palm a lot.

Sooo, to exercise my palms, one of the clerks at Octagon suggested that I do typing exercises everyday to relax the joints. And that's what I'm doing right now.

Haha, I get to kill two birds with one stone.

Most likely, HOPEFULLY, my blog will be revived this way.

[Normally, this is enough exercise already, but I'm using Write or Die [amazing application, by the way, I highly recommend this] and I'm on a roll. 'Sides, it's only 200 words.]

With that, I'm rather ashamed to announced that I'm really ready to ditch that official 2009 Welcome post. Why? Because, seriously people, March is about to set in. It'll be completely irrelevant now, not to mention a waste of time, and utterly awkward to read AND write. I'll probably just stick to this daily typing exercise and see what my hands will produce.

Only 260+ words. Shame. Let's try to make this thing reach 500. It's the least I could do for my starved blog.

Life's been pretty groovy. Outside class, that is. I'm starting to appreciate those social network sites (particularly Multiply, Facebook, Plurk and Twitter). Hooha for Friendster, though. I don't think I'll be able to fully appreciate that one. It's too...gangly (is that the right term?)...for my taste. Though from what I hear from third-hand accounts, MySpace can sometimes be worse. Ugh.

In defense though, I only, TRULY use Plurk, Twitter and Facebook. I only use Multiply to access those protected accounts of my friends. Now though, I found Multiply to be an excellent publishing site for my memes. It's more fun there. :3

Oh, yeah, by the way. I have good news for you, bloggu! No more memes here! I'll only post really posts here, so no more senseless Q&As for you. I'll just dump those at my Multiply account.

420. That's fast.

Random thought, probably my last for this post: I'm in deep shit. Seriously. I think I need to reassess my strategies. It's kind of frustrating not to be able to understand those things I seriously need to pass this course, but wow. This is the first time I'm sitting in class and staring at board with nothing going on inside my brain. It's like my brain waves suddenly got blocked or something. I dunno, brain overload maybe, and system still hasnt' recovered lost data.\

505. You're good.

Over and out.

11:20 PM

Write or Die dump.

i'll probably post this raw on hush, just for the sake of an update. i need to refresh my mind (actually, i was supposed to do this mind dump five days ago but what the heck, procrastination is me).

actually, while i'm typing this, biochem 08 and comsci 08 are having a conference, duh peeps are having 09's first ever word war (i volunteered as referee. it's not fair if not: my mind's filled with math equations, tectonic plates, and sedimentary rocks, no fancy words.), my neighbors are having a party for some gaddamn pathetic reason (one of their classmates passed an exam "for the first time". ew. if i'm not mistaken they're college people already.). on any other occassion, i have no qualms about the noisy environment (aka i'm used to it) but my first school week wasn't exactly fine and dandy (more on this on my official first 09 post, wait for it) so...yeah...whatever.

A/N: Don't blame me if you acquired migraine, nosebleed, or whatever physical malady for reading this.

...i honestly fear what i'll eventually type here...

since this is just a mind dump and all that jazz, i'll try my subconscious best to avoid the topics i plan to include in my official 09 post, which include:

08 mistakes
09 hopes
08 thoughts
08 quirks
08 ...or 09...oh dear...i forgot...

it'll come back...eventually...

hey! don't spam swearwords, nan!! dsfdvcvcxxf...

oops. sorry.

anyway. where was i?

oh yeah, nothing. seriously, don't give a serious damn on this. i'm just ranting my brain off.

so, i'm cafeine-deprived, sleep-deprived, fanfiction-deprived (i can't find decent ones anymore! me thinks i've read all that fanfiction.net's gotta offer. *major sob*). only facebook (thanks to abby for convincing me to join, t'was actually fun) keeps me grounded. plurk doesn't cut it anymore. my timeline's filled so much plurks that make me think 'hey, why the hell can't i relate with the people here? oh, wait. it's because most of them aren't personal acquaintances in the first place. boo.'

what do you get in return? an insaner than usual rik. that's not a good thing mind you. a little insanity's good, but in large doses...

*off-topic alert*

i pity my blog. actually. it's the brunt of my sentiments, out-of-character moments, wangst, and everything a boyfriend couldn't, shouldn't and wouldn't handle (hi xander! i know you're reading this.XD). come to think of it, i should name blog1 as boyfriend1 and blog2 as boyfriendA. see. both are the first in their respective categories. so, no competition. lol. though, i must admit, bfA's probably more battered. i post war conferences there. *doh*

i miss my three-year-old ego. i can't daydream properly without her. it would take me about five minutes doing nothing to enter dreamland on my own. with my tyo e, it only took three seconds. why you ask? because she has vip passport. i only have a visiting visa.

i also miss my critic ego. he personally requested a month long vacation this january. apparently, i drove him nuts during the nanowrimo thingamajig. poor thing, though. he was dead beat. still, i miss him. wish he's having fun, wherever he is.

oh wait. i also miss my college ego. why? because he's the one that's supposed to be working, damnit! i'm in freakin' college. he's supposed to be doing the job, not me!! i'm just the manager!!

*sigh* i'm really underpaid here.

11:03 PM

Wrapping up 2008 (Meme Style)

What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
>> I spent P200+ for a single gun-shooting game. The name? House of the Dead series. It took me that amount of money to finish the story, alone. Oh, and the money's legal. My mom knows that I've spent that much on arcade stuff. Which reminds me, Cmae, how about another game next time? Let's see how many coins we have to use to finish the whole lot. Haha.

Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
>>I never make new year's resolutions. It's a waste of time. Why make promises you're not even sure you'll be able to keep.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Did anyone close to you die?
>>Fortunately, no.

What countries did you visit?
>>I have not even been out of the country since I was born. So, nyah.

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
>>Straight 1s in my class cards. Seriously.

What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
>>No date in particular. I've never been one to remember dates. Heck, I've attended too many History classes for my own good.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
>>Nada. I'm a major epic PHAIL.

What was your biggest failure?
>>See above answer.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
>>I'm allergic to morning dust. Does that answer your question?

What was the best thing you bought?
>>Nothing. My target product is still unfortunately unreachable. (For more info, dig up my Wishlist post. It's there...somewhere.)

>>Whose behavior merited celebration?
>>O.o What?

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
>>'Tis a private topic and should only be discussed with those concerned.

Where did most of your money go?
>>School: books, notebooks, ballpens, pad papers, blue books, modules, you get the idea.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
>>Departmental exams. Oh wait, perhaps "excited" is not the right term. More like "anxious" really, but hey, at least in terms of pulse rate they're similar.

What song will always remind you of 2008?

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier, thank heavens.
ii. thinner or fatter? Throughout this year, I've been thin. I gained a few pounds only this Christmas break (and up to now I can't decide whether I should be thankful with this. I miss my former physique.)
iii. richer or poorer? Boo.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
>>Studied more.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
>>Procrastinated less.

How will you be spending Christmas?
>>(Question should be in past tense.) Do projects. Procrastinate. Photoshop. Procrastinate. Sleep.

Did you fall in love in 2008?
>>I'm always in love. *grins*

How many one-night stands?
>>Don't do that. Only ninjas are licensed for one night stands.

What was your favorite TV program?
>>For this year? Criminal Minds and Dirty Sexy Money.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
>>I don't hold grudges.

What was the best book you read?
>>For this year? C Books by Deital and Calc by Leithold. Seriously! You'll learn a lot with this books!!

What was your greatest musical discovery?

What did you want and got?
>>I wanted a laptop and I didn't get it.

What was your favorite film of this year?
>>I've only watched one movie this year and it's Desperadas 2, so I really don't have a basis for comparison.

What did you do on your birthday?
>>I ate cake, ice cream and went to Mass.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
>>A handy dandy laptop. Wait, scratch that adjectival phrase. Replace it with "powerhouse".

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
>>Loose shirts and an occassional touch of eccentricity.

What kept you sane?
>>Writing, blogging, filling up old notebooks with random thoughts and doodles, and Google Reader.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
>>Johnny Depp.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
>>American election. Seriously, it's like the only American politic news that made it big time. (Recession not included since it mostly concerned economists, big time monopolist, and bankers.)

Who did you miss?
>>My three-year-old self.

Who was the best new person you met?
>>Block 12. It's one of the best karambola crowd I've ever had the luck of being part of.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
>>Procrastination...saving the world of its problems...tomorrow.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
>>Er..."When I grow up" *lol, imagination PHAIL*

9:32 PM

Blog Dump #5: Elementary Nostalgia Meme

Can you name 13 of ur classmates in ELEMENTARY that u can think of right off the top of your head. Don't read the questions underneath until you've written the names of all 13 people. This is a lot funnier if you actually randomly list the names first. No Cheating!

(Dear kami, txt lingo is a pain to read when it's not on a cellphone screen.)

1. Nicole Santiago
2. Monica Sagad
3. Sherwin ___(?)___
4. Geraldine ___(?)___
5. Kimberly __(?)___
6. Arissa Eusebio
7. Alexa delos Santos
8. Danica Panelo
9. Izell Madera
10. Lou Arteche
11. Cymbelin Abariso
12. Arianne Mendoza
13. Josephine Guevarra

How did you meet 10?
Classmate from Grade 5 to 6.

What would you do/what would happen if you had never met 1?
What (or who, in this case) I don't know won't kill me.

What would you do if 6 and 2 date?
Er, shocked, I suppose. It's not everyday I get to know authentic homosexual relationships, not that I seriously mind.

Have you ever seen 4 cry?
Yes. If I'm not mistaken it was her bag that got mysteriously lost one school day only to reappear in the classroom the following day.

Do you think 10 is cute?
Last time I saw her, yeah.

What's 7's Favorite color?
I honestly don't know. We weren't best buds during elementary days.

What would you do if 5 confessed he/she loved you?
Woah, no chance at all. We're both waaaay out of each other's leagues. And I can't imagine her swinging that way.

Fact about 9:
She, 8, and 10 are best buds.

Who is 4 going out with?
I don't know. Last time I saw her, we were in Grade 4.

What is number 5 to you?
Former classmate.

Would you ever live with 13?

Is 2 single?
I don't know.

Where does 7 live?
I don't know.

What do you think about 12?
Indifference. Honestly, can you harbor sentimental thoughts on someone you haven't seen since Grade 6 and is not even that buddy-buddy with in the first place?

What's the best thing about 8?
She's pretty easy to rile up. I spent a quarter of my Grade 5 and 6 lives doing that.

Who is 11 to you?
Former classmate.

Favorite Memory with 1?
Nil. We're not that close. Though it's pretty amusing that out of all the people I named, she was the one I got to be classmates with twice in highschool.