Lowest Score on Super Mario Bros

And by lowest, I mean lowest without dying and actually finishing the game.

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What I’ve been up to

I am deeply sorry for not being able to post anything for like, the past 4 weeks or so.

Here watch this uniquely awesome (and sad) video to show how sorry I am.

Sigur Rós – Sæglópur from Sigur Rós on Vimeo.

Anyways, I was busy with things like doing things…. Aaaahhh, sorry, I don’t know how to put this into words. Also, I was busy creating and maintaining an ARG. You know, “Alternate Reality Gaming”? eh, he, hehe

Whatever then. I just thought I’d stop by and say hi (and I’m sorry)

I promise to post something here for the next days to compensate. (hopefully)

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Kyle the Valedictorian

Mass forwarded email story that goes like this:

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, 

I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.

His name was Kyle…

It looked like he was carrying all of his books.

I thought to myself, ‘Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?

He must really be a nerd.’

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him.

They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt.

His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him…

He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes

My heart went out to him.. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.

As I handed him his glasses, I said, ‘Those guys are jerks.’

They really should get lives.

‘He looked at me and said, ‘Hey thanks!’

There was a big smile on his face.

It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.

As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before.

He said he had gone to private school before now.

I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.

We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books.

He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.

I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends

He said yes…

We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again.

I stopped him and said, ‘Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!

‘He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends..

When we were seniors we began to think about college.

Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke.

I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never
be a problem.

He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship…

Kyle was valedictorian of our class.

I teased him all the time about being a nerd.

He had to prepare a speech for graduation.

I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak

Graduation day, I saw Kyle.

He looked great.

He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school.

He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.

He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.

Boy, sometimes I was jealous!

Today was one of those days.

I could see that he was nervous about his speech.

So, I smacked him on the back and said, ‘Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!’

He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled.

‘Thanks,’ he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began

‘Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years.

Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach… but mostly your friends…

I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them.

I am going to tell you a story.’

I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the first day we met.

He had planned to kill himself over the weekend.

He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.

He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.

‘Thankfully, I was saved.

My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable…’

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.

I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile.

Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions…

With one small gesture you can change a person’s life.

For better or for worse.

 

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Rambling about Animal Fight Gambling

I just found this post through the Internet Archive which apparently had a snapshot of the content and here it is, dated on March 3, 2009

 

Recently, I’ve read this article on the newspaper about stopping animal fights used in gambling. Then the next day, a reaction was posted on the newspaper about the article. I can’t quote the exact message but the concept is like this:

The reader basically says that, why do we want to stop them doing so while we who are more civilized, in the North America, use HUMANS. We put HUMANS in cages or ‘rings’ and make thm fight and beat the hell out of each other. But, we try to stop people in third-world countries from using animals in a similar way. So is there any difference?

And, yes there is. Basically, we are more civilized, thus we use “better” specimens to use for our entertainment (I am just rewording some of the reader’s idea). While the less civilized people use a less “civilized” specimen, which are animals. But, the biggest similarity is that we use them for entertainment and make them fight for their lives (somehow), and just for the money.

I don’t think we have a right to correct them while we here are doing a far worse way of their less-civilized source of entertainment. Until we solve our own problem, we shouldn’t poke on something they have to solve on their own.

Maybe once we solve our own issues, it should be ok to mess with other people’s thing. Right?

** NOTE : I express my opinion in the way I think is right. If you object, your opinion is still treated with respect, as long as you know how to treat other people’s opinion with respect, too.

 

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Korea’s Got Talent: Sung-bong Choi

If don’t know to you, but I teared up almost through the whole thing. It was sad, inspiring, and motivational. Just watch it.

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Understanding Youtube’s new License Option (Updated 062111, check end of post)

As you have noticed, or maybe not, Youtube has added the “License” option to videos you upload, or have uploaded, to Youtube. They added the “Creative Commons Attribution License (reuse allowed)” which paired with the “Standard Youtube License” as you can see below:

So what does this mean? Well, if you are familiar with the Creative Commons License, it allows anyone to share their work and “legally” allow other people to use their work without having to ask permission from the owner of the work. However, there are different types of Creative Commons Licenses, but I’ll particularly tackle the one Youtube is providing at the moment which the CC-Attribution License.

What a CC-Attribution (or CC-BY in even shorter term) allows is that anyone can SHARE THE VIDEO (you can upload it to your own account, or to another website, or to your own website) and REMIX the video with other content (use it in mashups or other kinds of things, I think you already know this anyways). You might ask, “Hey that’s nice, but there’s a catch… what is it?” Well, the catch is, you NEED TO ATTRIBUTE WHO THE OWNER/SOURCE WAS. Yep, you need to explicitly tell who that content was from. If you don’t basically you are not legally following the license given to you.

“Wait, so you mean I can use and remix his content for anything as long as I credit him?” — YES

“So can I use it for COMMERCIAL USE, where I can profit from it?” — YES, the license does not say that you can’t

“Are you serious about that last part?” — YES

“Really serious?” — YES, if you doubt me, you can check the page all about the license here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

So what’s the difference between this License and the standard Youtube license? Well, in a standard Youtube License, you declare that you are the owner of the work or has been licensed that you can upload/distribute the video. Basically, you are either a) the copyright owner of the work, or b) the owner of the work has allowed you to upload it to Youtube, and that a) other people CAN’T USE/REMIX your work without your permission. Meanwhile, in the CC-BY license, the video you will upload can be used by other people without even asking you, and that they can upload it or sell it as long as they credit it to you.

So what does CC-BY License does not allow? Well, you can’t assign a CC-BY license to any work that contains copyrighted material that YOU DO NOT OWN. Why? Because once you issue a work a CC-BY license they will have to attribute that work to you (and it’s just wrong to claim ownership of something that’s not yours, right?). What if it only contains parts of the video that has copyrighted content and mostly CC-BY content? No. You still can’t assign a CC-BY license to the video, even if it is mostly yours or mostly CC-BY content. The only way around this is to a) remove content that is copyrighted, or b) NOT upload it at all.

“Wait, so you mean, if a remix CC-BY video and mash it up with my and other people’s CC-BY content I can upload it with a CC-BY license?” — YES, and make sure you credit the people you took content from

“What if a take an already remix content with CC-BY license that has been upload by another person?” — You should still credit the sources that other person has credited, and credit the person who remixed the video.

“What if he just re-uploaded the video?” — Then just credit the people who has their content in that video. You don’t need to credit who re-uploaded the video because he did not add anything to it. He just merely “distributed” it.

Ok, I hope you guys understood the concept well, now. So as my last words, ONLY USE CC-BY AS LONG AS THERE IS NO CONTENT THAT IS NOT COPYRIGHTED.

*** When I say “Copyrighted works” I mean works that are not created by you, works not licensed with CC-BY, and not public domain works (no ownership).

UPDATE: If you do make remixes of videos, do I upload it with Standard Youtube License, or do I need to set a CC-BY License as well o my remix? — Well, either of the two is fine it’s just that if you re-assign it with a CC-BY, other people can use YOUR REMIX for another work, meanwhile if you set it with a Standard Youtube License, you are then saying that you don’t want other people to use your remix. But, that doesn’t mean they can’t go ahead and use the sources you had (CC-BY content you used from other people), reather, they can go to the CC-BY sources you used and use it themselves.

UPDATE: So, I can switch from Standard to CC-BY license by going into the video’s details. What if I re-assign a CC-BY video I have to Standard Youtube License, does that mean I revoke the CC-BY License that I have given people to my work that they might have already used in their own work? — NO, it just means from that point you switched it to the standard license, you started disallowing NEW CC-BY usage of your work, and thus old works done BEFORE you did the toggle still remains to be covered by the previous license you assigned that you basically granted them at the time. (also check above update)

UPDATE: So, what if argue that I have never actually set my content to a CC-BY license and someone has used my content already. Can I claim that he didn’t get the CC-BY license in the first place because I’ll pretend I never set it to CC-BY? — That’s just evil. Be kind. Also, Youtube can check if you did or did not toggle the license option. I’m pretty sure Youtube has seen this ahead of time. Although, Youtube is not legally responsible for anything, they can only provide the fact that you did or did not toggle that license option.

UPDATE: If I upload my remix and credit the owner of the CC-BY content I used, does that mean I basically now own his work? — NO, any work you did is yours such as remixing and adding your own content, however, the content you used form other people still remains as their own and you are just licensed to use it.

UPDATE: What does it take for the owner to revoke the CC-BY license he has given to me? — Well, if he thinks you are completely misusing his content and using it for wrong things, he can revoke the license at anytime he wants to, as he sees fit. However, if you think what you did is reasonable enough, you’ll have to argue that with the owner. (oh and in no way am I can be a legal consultant at this, contact your legal consult, I just merely know and understand the license, that is)

UPDATE (June 21, 2011): What about fair use? If I use copyrighted content that can fall under fair use, can I assign a CC-BY License to my remix (or use it with CC-BY License content)? — That’s a gray area that I don’t want to go deep or answer to. We can’t really be very sure if you are really falling fair use, so I’d say that NO for this one. Just NO, don’t use copyrighted stuff.

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The Chosen One

I just thought it was really funny, hahahaha

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Who said he needed ramps?

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I’m just quite busy + Anxious (short film)

OHAI! Sorry if I haven’t posted as much as I could quite recently… Well, it’s all just because I was busy with A) Doing my final projects/assignments, B) Playing Portal 2, C) So much thing happening I forget that I have a blog, and D) I LOVE YOU.

Anyways, I’ll post here one of my final projects. It’s the one for my Camerawork course, and it’s just friggin awesome! I would really want to thank my friends who made the time and effort to help out. I really really really appreciate it. 😀

Main Music:
Relief by Gurdonark — ccMixter.org
Licensed: CC-BY-NC
Credits Theme:
Your Mouth on my Mouth by urmymuse — ccMixter.org
Licensed: CC-BY

Cast (in order of appearance):
Kathleen Gatdula
Danny Anthony Perez
John Leo Mayo

Director, Producer, Writer, Cameraman, and Editor:
Ivan Lapis

All I could say is that I’m very proud of this fine work. Really. I’m in love with it. hahaha, no not that video exactly, I mean the process of making these. It’s just awesome and very satisfying.

I also have another video, a timelapse video actually, of the sun rising at the usual place which is the Scarborough Bluffs. It’s actually looking pretty epic this time. I hope to get another chance to do this, unfortunately, we’ll be moving away (to a new house) and heading to the bluffs early in the morning now requires either A) a car, B) a friend’s car, or C) camping at the Bluffs. haha, I haven’t upload that new video, yet. I should do it soon though. I’m really very happy with it.

Oh, about us moving to a new address? Yep, should happen by the end of this month (next week) I might post a few pictures later on on my photo journal (and yep, I haven’t updated that, too in a while, might do it after this)  about our move. No, I can’t disclose where I live. heh.

P.S. You can view the rest of video portfolio here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F8B3CDDA18C019DD and see other things I have made/participated in.

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Rogers and Fido Android APN settings + LTE

Just wanted to re-post, so that I don’t have to go look for it from a far far away place… haha

Update: Rogers and Fido LTE Settings added at bottom of list…

Rogers Access Point Settings

  • APN: rogers-core-appl1.apn
  • Proxy: <not set>
  • Port: <not set>
  • Username: <not set>
  • Password: <not set>
  • Server: <not set>
  • MMSC: http://mms.gprs.rogers.com
  • MMS Proxy: 10.128.1.69
  • MMS Port: 80
  • MCC: 302 (retrieved from SIM)
  • MNC: 720 (retrieved from SIM).
  • Authentication type: <not set>
  • APN type: <not set>

Fido Access Point Settings

  • APN: fido-core-appl1.apn
  • Proxy: <not set>
  • Port: <not set>
  • Username: <not set>
  • Password: <not set>
  • Server: <not set>
  • MMSC: http://mms.fido.ca
  • MMS Proxy: 205.151.11.13
  • MMS Port: 80
  • MCC: 302 (retrieved from SIM)
  • MNC: 370 (retrieved from SIM).
  • Authentication type: <not set>
  • APN type: <not set>

SOURCE: http://redboard.rogers.com/2010/putting-the-eh-in-android-googles-nexus-one-my-account-and-paid-apps-now-available-in-canada/

Rogers LTE APN Settings

  • APN – ltemobile.apn
  • Proxy – <not set>
  • Port – <not set>
  • Username- <Not set>
  • Passwors – <not set>
  • Server < not set>
  • MMSC – http://mms.gprs.rogers.com
  • MMS – proxy 10.128.1.69
  • MMS – Port 80
  • MMS protocol – Wap 2.0
  • MCC – 302
  • MNC – 720
  • Aythentication type – < not set>
  • APN type – internet + mms ——-If that doesn’t work try “*” yes, just an asterisk

Fido LTE APN settings

Fido Access Point Settings

  • APN: ltemobile.apn
  • Proxy: <not set>
  • Port: <not set>
  • Username: <not set>
  • Password: <not set>
  • Server: <not set>
  • MMSC: http://mms.fido.ca
  • MMS Proxy: 205.151.11.13
  • MMS Port: 80
  • MCC: 302 (retrieved from SIM)
  • MNC: 370 (retrieved from SIM).
  • Authentication type: <not set>
  • APN type: internet + mms —— same as rogers, if it doesn’t work, use an asterisk
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