That’s it I’m finally done with my DOTA addiction.

Because of this.

Starcraft II or Starcraft 2 -- By Blizzard.jpg

Brb.

 

I have no limbs but I have a little chicken drumstick.

“I have no limbs but I have a little chicken drumstick…”

A little something I stumbled upon today that’ll definitely provide me with the fuel to last all the way.

Try not to tear at the end, enjoy~

“There are some times in life, when you fall down and you feel like you don’t have the strength to get back up. Do you think you have hope?… ”

“I have no arms and no legs and it should be impossible for me to get back up. But it’s not…”

“But if I fail, I try again. And again. And again. And again.. “

A familiar story isn’t it? Umpteenth times that I find myself handicapped and feeling overpowered, like there’s nothing that I can do, and then I give up. Just like that I concede defeat because I fear of exercising more energy that could be used for something else. Then I lose the thing that I’m chasing after. Oh man, this big heart guy is putting me to shame here. Ouch!

“It’s not the end. It matters how you’re going to finish and you’re going to finish strong.”

Confidence: Believe in your self.

Saw this over at StopDoingNothing and I guess it gave both of us the goosebumps.

Okay just one quick question: How many times have you failed to achieve what you really, truly and badly wanted because you told your self that you can’t?

Precisely.

Instant previews from Google searches and why web designers should be in demand more than ever.

Well it’s not like web designers are never in demand, because they still are.

These days, throw a stone in a room and you’ll likely hit someone who knows what HTML,  FLASH and what web design is all about.

Oh hell, ‘cos with WordPress, Joomla or Tumblr (to name a few), I guess anyone can call themselves a web designer / webmaster, and yes it’s that simple today.

Gone are the days when every page in a website is a static hard-coded beast, so hooray technology.

Back to my topic of digestion, that earlier today I googled for “Terrapin+Care” and this is what I initially, and instantly, received on my browser:

Googling Terrapin Care

A host of text results, and not so interesting right, but then I noticed a little magnifying glass next to each search results, and have you ever clicked on them?

My initial thoughts of the icon’s function is to allow a further refinery of your search term, but when I clicked on it, a pleasant surprise greeted me, and at this stage I might have to seek pardon for my simpleton geek-nessicity, cos I might be the last person on earth to have realised what it’s for.

Voila -- Instant previews

Instant previews! No kidding, and here I am still stuck in 1995 with thoughts of how laborious and near impossible it is to be able to do that!

Oh, it’s 2010, nearing 2011 already? Gee..

Anyway, instead of having to manually rummage through links after links to find the info that you desire, this tiny magnifying glass solves your headache of trying to filter out the ‘cheapo’ looking websites from the ‘professionally-done’ ones.

Search outlined

If you move your cursor and hover along the rest of the links, the previews instantly reflect the sites they link to, and if you look closer at the previous image, you’ll notice that they even highlight where your search terms are found within that website!

I guess it’s not just important to look nice, you have to lay your text nicely as well, where if you’re thinking of hiding/camouflaging bunch of texts for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), then think again, cos this ruse can be easily spotted by the alert viewer.

Anyway, I think I love it already especially when I did a quick search and found something that made me all warm and fuzzy inside.

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I thought I’d critic that this web design is nice and simple, but that’s just me. Ahhhhhhhhhh~~~

I’m also thinking that businesses, especially, having a website is just not enough these days, and this means that a really good looking website should be your immediate, or should I say instant goal. I think I know one web design fella who’s kinda free these days. = )

My tiny terrapin is not eating. Do terrapins hibernate?

It wouldn’t be much of a concern had it not been that it’s 12 (or even more) days that I last saw it munching on a piece of dried baby prawns.

Yep, I’ve been feeding TerraBaby (that’s what we like to call the tiny terrapin) but a few days back I got it the standard terrapin pellets, sold over pet shop counters, and it still won’t snap them into it’s mouth.

It looks at the floating pellets as if it’s too high class to be eating lowly creature’s food, snubs them and swims away, still with that ‘I’m high class’ expression.

Then again, if you’ve been keeping terrapins as pets, you’d know that that’s their natural expression, and they don’t really have any other.. do they?

Terrababy

Terrababy 'Sleep-Floating'...

You know what terrapins eat? Meat chunks, water snail, earthworms, bloodworms, prawns, oily fish and even lettuces, water cresses, and in short, they eat almost anything — as long as they aren’t cooked and are raw.

But Terrababy seems to be avoiding them all, and I know cos I even went to the extent of heading to the wet market and got it raw fish!

Yep, it gave me that expression again and as of now, I’m stumped as to what I can feed it with.

It’s not eating, but the good news is that it’s been sleeping a lot and still alive and kicking!

I wonder.. is it hibernating? ‘Cos my office can be really cold at times.

As for this fella here, I’m pretty sure she’s not hibernating:

Jack sleeps..

Jackness

Okay people, say ‘Hello Jack!’.

Minecraft (Alpha): A quick introduction into a simple world of pixels and blocks.

What’s the hottest craze that’s hitting gamers all around the world and made one programmer seriously swimming in a paradise of Euros (and starting his very own gaming studio with all that cash~)?

Minecraft.

The graphics are pixelated and rudimentary, the polygon counts are atrocious and without a mission or aim within the gameplay, what makes this game so special (and it’s creator so bloody rich)?

Let’s see..

Or say, if you’re a fan of Inception, here’s an Inception-inspired teaser..

Rudimentary and kiddish, I know, but there’s definitely a kid in all of us that’s waiting to be unleashed on a sandbox of infinite possibilities.

Indeed that there’s no mission or anything to be accomplished to ‘end’ the game, because there really isn’t an end to the gameworld of Minecraft.

Think of it like The Sims, an open world, except you don’t age (but you do get to possibly die when the bad guys come after you~).

As of this post, there’s just over 600,000 purchases for the game, which makes the creator, Markus Persson, richer by more than 6 Million (Dollars/Euros/Rupees?.. who cares~) ever since the game launched (for free back then) on 10th May 2009.

Talk about an indie developer’s success story, and those figures sure beat being an iphone or ipad developer, cos Markus nets every single dime of every purchase of his simple game — he built it himself, market it himself and sold the game himself.

A cool profit margin of 100%, but is it really that simple?

Gamers have built massive stuffs including computer hacks, a starship enterprise, you could join a multiplayer and build megacities like these, or if you’re an artist, then pixel art like these should make you wet.

Yes it is that simple, and almost like what I’ve mentioned in my previous post, the game is very simple, but it’s the people that makes it go beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Of course games like Minecraft won’t put the big boys like Valve and Blizzard into bankruptcy, but hey, at least it’s making them notice that in an age where technology pushes you to go into a race for the best graphics cards, it really is all about the gaming experience after all.

The two trailers should sufficely show you what the game is all about, and if you’re still clueless, then play the free version (Minecraft Classic) for yourself and see how it goes.

Or you could purchase Minecraft Alpha (50% off at the moment) and see what the fuss is all about, plus it won’t hurt to support a fellow indie developer right?

Minecraft, the best thing since slice bread.

Hmmm, time to go back into my mining world and slash some zombies, meanwhile I’ll see you in your world eh?

Unintended Hiatus – Part II

It’s not that I’ve lost the desire to blog again, but everytime I whip out Marsedit and a new post, I end up deleting the draft within half an hour.

Then I slip back into my ‘gaming-addict’ mode, and indulge in a few rounds of DOTA, Minecraft or start watching Ugly Betty and The Big Bang Theory all over again.

I guess I’ve yet to grow up if growing up is all about dealing with the issues that you face in life, and there are issues that I face in life that I’ve yet to face up to, like relationships, for example.

Relationships are simple, but unfortunately people aren’t.

There are those whom I’ve crossed paths with that claim to be disillusioned with love (and relationships) and losing faith in it, but why should you lose faith in love and all its glory when it’s really people that’s wrecking everything?

Me? I’ll always believed in that elusive and shy thingy called love and as such, I’ll never turn away from a fresh start.

I’m pious when it comes to second chances, and the notion that people can change for the better, because I’ve seen how people can change when you give them a reason to.

Anyway, about this hiatus, let’s start with the most recent event and that is my NS Reservist training with my unit, and it sure feels damn good to have a break from the chaos that is work and to meet up with old, familiar faces.

I love my unit, I really do, and I think I’m blessed with such a cohesive bunch of men from all walks of life, and indeed it’s been a privilege to serve my time with them.

Strangely I don’t need any forcing to make myself sleep before 10pm during my NS period, because as soon as I reach home from camp, which is about 8-9pm, I immediately lay down on my bed and the next thing I know, it’s 5.30am and it’s time to get ready for camp again.

For 4 and a half days, life was so, and yesterday I was back at the office, and I realised that the company can, and doing it well too, cope without me around — and this is definitely a great piece of news for me!

It means I can finally go on that long awaited sabbatical next year, which when you think about it, is my 7th year of plundering along in this industry.

I have longed for a chance to diverse myself into another industry and last year, when I thought that I’ve found one, events unfolded itself this year to wreck all my plans and resources and, like a beached whale, I’m left stranded and seemingly helpless.

Like I said earlier, relationships are simple, but people aren’t and unfortunately for me I fall hopelessly in love ever so easily.

And because I keep my faith that love is possible and that in its essence it’s a beautiful thing to give and share, I trip up ever so often as I allow myself to dive in easily, and maybe hastily as well.

Like my passion for gaming, soccer, studying, working and everything that I do, I tend to dive right in and try to be as good and as effective as I can, but I’ve learned that not everyone plays it the way I do.

Some like to take it slow, and some are just shy. *winks*

No matter how similar and compatible two people can be, there’s always a black swan lurking, and until both parties are able to embrace one another, the black swan lurks quietly.

The trouble with being a simple person, is that you think that everyone else is simple too.

And then when you get your heart broken again, and again, and again, you know that you’re still that good and simple person, but you learn to lookout for yourself a little bit more and you learn to make your heart a little bit colder.

Like a tattoo that’s never easily erased, relationship scars, but it’s definitely worth every little precious moments spent with, the ones whoose path you’re blessed to have walked on and been a part of.

And then sometimes, you just know that you can’t stay on that path any longer.

With a heavy, fragmented and tourniqueted heart, I go.

I can’t waste time.. So give it a moment.. I realize nothing’s broken..
No need to worry about everything I’ve done.. Live every second like it was my last one..

Tattoo by Jordin Sparks

(Damn emo blog has been lately lah, but I guess that’s a part of what blogging’s all about? Chronicling it out into the empty space when there’s just nowhere else to turn to. Life gets unexpectedly lonely, when it really shouldn’t be. But when people keep to themselves, you just can’t run away from it.

On a side note, this gaming addiction that I’m on stops me from thinking about the issues that I’m facing. I guess I’m still a kid inside. Heh.)

Unintended Hiatus – Part I

An unintended hiatus that I’m back from, but it’s really just me unable to find words.

Funny how you keep writing all these years and yet words slip like a worn out, old shoe on a rainy day.

You just can’t run with ’em.

Thankfully there are songs that says it all, like Sum 41’s Pieces:

I tried to be perfect, but it just wasn’t worth it.. nothing could ever be so wrong.
It never gets easy.. I guess I knew that all along.
(More lyrics – Listen to MP3)

And you’ve sincerely tried.

And you’ve sincerely tried.

And for when you know you’ve sincerely tried and gotten misunderstood, then there’s Marinas Trench’s Say Anything, live version. Raw emotions.

I never took you for a trip but sometimes.. I don’t know what you want.
I can take it if you need to take this.. out on someone.
(More lyrics – Listen to MP3)

And you breathe again.

And you breathe again.

And for when it hurts you to stay and kills you to leave, there’s Sara Bareilles’ Breathe Again, which makes me sober all over.

Still I’m searching for something.. Out of breathe I am left hoping someday.
I’ll breathe again.. I’ll breathe again.
(More lyricsListen to MP3)

No pain no gain huh?