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14 June 2014
Since Michael Jackson's unreleased song "Love Never Felt So Good" in his new album Xscape debuted worldwide last month, I've fallen in love with the song. Its retro Michael Jackson sound makes me relive the sound I grew up with. After each new popular song released nowadays, do a YouTube search and you'll find dozens if not hundreds of versions of each song. Name it you got it: acoustic, acapella, choir, opera, rock or even reggae. So far by the best instrumental version for me of this song is this rendition by Stot Juru Check out his sax lead for "Love Never Felt So Good."
You could check out his other song renditions on YouTube.
I had time to spare and was kinda bored at the hotel in Cebu. I looked out the window around noontime and noticed the cloud formations were ever-changing. Was hoping to take a video using my digicam but unfortunately, the red battery blink of death dawned upon it. Turned to my celphone to take a video but my memory card was full. So it kept me thinking what could I do to record a video. Then I instantly remembered that my new laptop had a very decent built-in webcam.
- Plug laptop especially if you'll be taking long videos
- Set battery to always on (so the laptop won't hibernate)
- Cover background with curtains so the glass window won't show any reflection of the room
Since it was a new laptop, I had Gigabytes of space to use. So I left the laptop recording the Cebu pier area and went down to SM City for lunch. I completely forgot about the laptop and went window shopping afterwards. Came back to the hotel 4 hours after and suddenly remembered the laptop. Stopped recording to check if it saved it all and it did!
Looked around for a good free video editor to speed up the video. The video looked nice at 12x faster but it was a whopping 30 minutes. I wanted something faster and cranked it up to 144x. At this speed, you'll see boats and ships gliding through the water faster than an ant!
So here it is. Taken from the 20th floor of Radisson Blu hotel on a Sunny Saturday afternoon. What do you think?
13 June 2014
Since it's Friday the 13th, let's ponder on the idea that social media superstitions existed. Since they are almost unheard of, here's some possible superstitions and eerie tech scenarios for the sake of satisfying a "what if" moment. If you can think of some, post them here too!
- If the number of your followers reach 666 and stops, you are cursed.
- If you post a selfie underneath a ladder, you will receive #socialmedia bad luck.
- If you're about to be the 13th person to like a status update, wait a while for someone else to like before you do.
- Your tablet picks up two WiFi signals, named "Heaven" and "Hell" and you scaringly await which signal your device will connect to.
- You doubt Google's "I'm feeling lucky" whether it means good or bad luck.
- If you watch a YouTube video about a ghost at exactly midnight, that ghost will watch the beside you.
- If you're in a webchat that says you're all alone, but messages scroll blazing fast coming from you even if you're not typing, your device may be possessed.
- Your smartphone has 3G but no SIM, you have WiFi in a deadspot and your phone is running without a battery!
- You switch your smartphone's camera to front-facing mode to take a selfie. Your entire background can be seen, except you.
- Your phone's display replicates and becomes the exact display of every TV, tablet and phone within your WiFi coverage. Can you say everybody is watching you?
BONUS: Your smartphone's cameras (front and back) are always on and streaming to the world and can not be turned off. The only way you can use it is to turn it sideways (sillently) and peek.
08 June 2014
Thanks to regular daily traffic in the Metro and the Waze mobile app, I've been able to compile several screenshots of heavy traffic patterns good enough to spell something out of it. This one spells a bit.ly address actually directed to this blog.
Here are some tips for forming other letters:
- Roundabout traffic: letter O
- Highway traffic: letter I
- Traffic on a zigzag road: letter S
- Gridlock on an intersection: letter X
Share yours too!Happy WazeArting!