When Geek Goes Artsy-Fartsy

I was idly surfing de-stressing between conf calls at work when I stumbled upon this ghost from my past. Visual Complexity was one of the lovelier finds I had back in the days of my brief fling with graduate studies.

I was drawn to Data Visualization as it was the marriage of 2 things I loved — graphic art + shameless geek-dom. Continue reading “When Geek Goes Artsy-Fartsy”


i heart.

a ‘hearts’ post THIS near to february? coming from me? the world must be coming to an end.

the topic’s usually too sappy for my own taste (oh spare me the accusing looks), but this was too astonishing to just brush off. i came across a post of heart-shaped natural features found in the planet — islands, lakes, forests, you name it. awesome, right?

the first one’s an island called Galesnjak in Croatia, the second one’s a heart-shaped mangrove in New Caledonia, while the last one’s a real forest in Cantabria, Spain. amazing. maybe we can have heart-shaped rice terraces. anyway, if you want more, just click over here to get bowled over.


[nerdox post] Xobni: Friendster for your Outlook

My Outlook’s on steroids. Seriously.

If you’re like any other IT yuppie, then my guess is that the bulk of your time is spent writing emails, responding to emails, classifying your emails and yet later, still checking your email client if there’s anything you missed. If your work revolves around your Outlook, then this freeware will do you wonders. Or entertain you, at least.

What’s exactly so wonderful about Xobni, you ask? It’s not that it indexes your inbox and enables email searching at Google-pace. It’s not being able to draw stats about your email and email buddies, such as who are your top 10 correspondents, the top 10 people who respond to you the fastest, even your peak email hour/day/week/month [according to Xobni, 11 pm Tuesdays = hell for me]. It’s not the profile sidebar that enables you to see each contact, along with your common friends, his email time-habits, your threads and all the attached files in your emails. It’s actually the fact that no matter how shamelessly nerdy you get, it just hooks you in, making you visualize your stats over and over, and you just can’t wait to tell all your email-slaved friends about it.

One downside though — it’s only for Outlook. Well, never were friends with Notes anyway.

If this post wasn’t still as nerdy as hell for you, go check it out or view Xobni’s demo vid below:


Pick-up Lines for the Java Geeks Out There

“Are you an exception? Let me catch you.”

“public class YourWorld extends MyWorld”

“Are you an applet? You make me feel all GUI (gooey) inside.”

“You are my loop condition. I keep coming back to you.”

“Buti pa ang Strings, nag-mamatch.”

“Buti pa ang data type, may value.”

“Buti pa ang Swing components, may Listeners.”

“Are you a double? The thought of you always floats inside my head.”

“Di na tayo kailangang i-cast pa; magkatype na tayo, e…”


hey ya world (finally)

As I’m still reeling from a Chocnut-&-Flat-Tops induced sugar rush, I’m going to take advantage of this sudden urge to type to (finally!) post these imaginary entries that have been piled up in my head for the past few weeks. (whee!)


you can’t help but love youtube. it has done for videos what google has done for, well, everything. want videos of the tv episodes you missed? it’s here. want a break-down of killer dance moves? it’s here. want another run of that SNL skit? guess what? it’s still here. even bored-out-of-my-head videos finally found their place here.

i was scouring for some old 80s & 90s tunes when i came upon this. weird, though, it was the only video for UMD’s Always that i was able to find, perhaps the only video that immortalized what will forever haunt the minds of 90s babies everywhere.


another great site i found was, a network for sharing playlists and music. i find the coolest tracks here, and there’s no need to download them and clog the network for i can play them online. check out this link to listen snow patrol’s cover of Crazy In Love (originally by Beyonce) and an acoustic cover of Hey Ya (I swear, I used to hate this song til now).


new bunch of politically-correct terms

Abortion – Near-Life Experience
Alcoholic – Anti-Sobriety Activist
Alive – metabolically abled
Bad Cook – microwave-compatible
Bad hair day – rebellious follicle syndrome
Blind – photonically non-receptive
Bum – Involuntarily Domiciled
Cannibalism – Intra-Species Dining
Clumsy – uniquely coordinated
Corpse – Permanently Static Post-Human Mass
Crackpot – certified astrological consultant / past-life regression hypnotist
Crime Rate – street activity index
Deaf – Visually Oriented
Dish Washer – utensil sanitizer
Drunk – verbally dyslexic
Fail – achieve a deficiency
Fat – person of substance
Full of Crap – fecally plenary
Gang – Youth Group
Homeless – residentially flexible
Ignorant – factually unencumbered
Incompetent – Uniquely Proficient
Insult – Emotional Rape
Jerk – suffers from rectal-cranial inversion
Learning Disability – Self-Paced Cognitive Ability
Stoned – Chemically inconvenienced
Undress someone with your eyes – Introspective pornographic moment
Unemployed – Involuntarily leisured
Worst – least best


CS 210 Day 2

brace yourself for a geeky post.

damn it, after 2 years, i never thought this day would come. i finally understood the master theorem!!! at first, i got lost with the deltas, omegas, and approximations [felt a lot like my first Calculus encounter. yeech, not a good feeling.], but later on, lo and behold, it finally made sense! it’s been long since i had a Matrix moment — you know, when things just fall into place.

wala lang, i’m just so overwhelmed i had to jot it down. minsan lang to. haha.