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Runescape sets a record

Guinness World Book of Records officially recognizes Runescape as the largest free MMO and the second largest MMO. There are about a million paying members and about five million free account users and since Runescape those not separate players per server it is possible though not plausible to meet them all.

Many changes were applied since I started playing but IMO these changes are for the best in order to avoid an imbalance game economy and discourage cheater though the said same changes have eliminated some of the features that I hated and loved (hated: PVP ambushes, loved: pricing way too low or high).

Runescape does not require the latest CPU or is not a memory hog but having a good PC does help in game play and factor in a fast internet connection however these are not necessary unless you are an ultracompetitive player.

This is not a game for eye candy or jump-whilst-I-chop-your-head-with-a-twisting-slash lovers but this is for people who likes to plan ahead and live in a semi real world.

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/runescape-recognised-as-world-s-largest-free-mmorpg

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September 16, 2008 Posted by | Rant, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Cuisine of Quezon


Cuisine of Quezon is not as rich as say the other provinces but it can hold its own it taste of rather than in quantity of dishes.

Kiping

Kiping

The most famous amongst Quezon’s dishes are pancit habhab (the act of eating directly from a plate or leaf without using one’s hands or utensils) also know as pancit Lucban, longganisang lucban and the colorful yet tasteless kiping which is basically rice flour colored and formed using a leaf as a mold.

Lucena and Tayabas (there isa a debated who started which first) has its lechong lugaw which is a lugaw topped with lechon and adobong lechon.

Pancit Lucban aka Pancit Habhab

Pancit Lucban aka Pancit Habhab

Then there is Lambanog which is common in coconut growing provinces such as Batangas and Quezon and another beverage is Nipa wine aka tuba ng sasa which is basically fermented nipa sap.

Lucena also has its love affair with noodles like Lomi and its famous Chami which right now I am missing terribly.

September 12, 2008 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lucban’s Sausage aka Longganisang Lucban

Longganisang Lucban

Longganisang Lucban

Longganisang Lucban is a sausage native to the Quezon Province in the Philippines and as it is named probably originated in Lucban, Quezon. The recipe is designed for a long shelf life and basically the sausage is self contatined since you don’t need oil to cook it.

The commonly this sausage is manufactured lovingly in the towns of Sariaya, Tayabas, Lucena and Lucban in either backyard industries or large scale operations.

The usual recipe would be like this , do keep in mind recipe varies from household to household

1 kg of cubed (as opposed to chopped or ground) pork with fat.

¼ cup of oregano extract (can be more or less depending on taste)

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of chopped garlic (acts as the preservative)

Sausage casing (pork intestines preferred)

How to cook

Get a pan place the sausages in it and add water till the sausages are half covered. Boil the sausages and prick them so that the casings won’t explode. Cook till the water is all evaporated and what remains is the oil from the sausage.

Longganisang Lucban is best eaten hot either in itself as a viand or part of the infamous longsilog(longganisa, sinangag at itlog). Some prefer to dip it in vinegar with garlic though my personal preference is to dip it in brown sugar.

September 12, 2008 Posted by | Food | , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Personal memories of 9/11

It was between 8 PM and 9Pm then Philippine time and I just came from teaching a class and was walking home when a friend texted me to look at the TV and I was thinking it could just be another one of those useless show in the Philippines.

When I reached home my mother was watching TV and I saw a view of the twin towers from the water. One of the towers was burning and I was in shocked. I’ve always dreamed of going to the World Trade Center since I was a small boy and this bastion of my aspiration was burning. I keep my cool since I remembered that the tower had survived a bomb attack during the 90’s and I did not expect anything worse than a couple of burned floors.

I asked the people in my house what happened and they replied that a plane collided with the building and before that statement was finished another airplane collided with the building. As shocked as I was I watched the entire proceeding until one of the buildings collapsed.

I knew then that the world we live in would never be the same again.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Rant, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Dreaming of Lucena’s Chami

The reason I hate travel is because of noodles. Don’t get me wrong I love noodles (pancit) but I want it cooked the Lucena way.

Chami is like lomi with less broth and it is cooked stirred fried and has become a signature dish of areas near Lucena city such as Tayabas, Sariaya and Pagbilao.The noodles used are fresh egg noodles and usually pork or chicken stock is used to flavor it during cooking.

I won’t get into its origin and how it is cooked because there are hundreds way to cook just like Adobo, every household have their own way of cooking it.

It is a shame that wikipedia has an entry for Lomi but none for Chami. Hope somebody updates wikipedia soon 🙂

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lipstick on a Pig

I am not an American citizen so I can’t understand why people are reacting to what Obama said about a putting lipstick on a pig won’t affect the pigness of the pig.

People read too much meaning into it. However if Obama was implying that Palin was a pig then that is indeed offensive to Palin but if he was referring to to some Republican poltician aside from Palin then I believe that is an insult to the PIG

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Internet woes in Lucena City

WTF has happened to Lucena City’s Internet after sales service? This question right now is ringing in my mind on how and why it is easy to buy DSL connection in Lucena City but after it is sold where is the fucking service?

Let me try to make a brief of the problem that giving me the fits. Lucena City is located in the Province of Quezon and currently its capital. Since the age of dial up it was there were many ISPs in Lucena that were homegrown (franchises or independents). When DSL came these homegrown players died off since they could not compete with the giants PLDT and Digetel.

Now a lot homes in Lucena either have DSL, dial-up 😦 and/or wireless internet connection. So a couple of enterprising persons decided to try and create several outsourcing business which required a STEADY and CONSTANT connection. Examples of them are a defunct medical transcription service , Qtech a Business Process Outsourcing, and several small call centers.

Realizing that I would be spending most of my time going around the world on errands I asked my mother to get a DSL line from PLDT for the house so I can email or message all my concerns to them. So they did just that. It got installed and lo and behold it sort of worked. The hitch however is that they have not activated so I waited for several days but still no activation.

One day I needed to have a message sent to the house and knowing that PLDT has not activated the DSL over there I decided to contact my friends at Quezon-tech aka Qtech and then I saw that they were all offline which puzzled me since I knew that they were subscribing to Digitel DSL so in the end I had to use other means to contact them. This scenario was repeated for two days.

When the Qtech people got online again I asked why they were offline and they said that their ISP did had a slow tech support. 😦 .

So PLDT has slow tech support in Lucena and Digitel has slow tech support too. OMG. How does an outsourcing business survive in Lucena? Most outsourcing business start with a small bandwidth usage but later they require more and more bandwidth which is used to do their day to day business activities.  Most outsourcing business depends on the reputation they build up. A delay on delivery can affect one’s image and I doubt that majority of the contracted parties will take “my ISP is down” as an excuse.

Can I conclude that these companies are not really interested in the welfare of their customers?

links of mentioned companies are :

http://www.qtechbpo.com/

http://www.scribetech-ph.com

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Rant | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bem Ermii is not MacDonald’s

I am writing this post to show my indignation at another blogger’s comment comparing Bem Ermii to MacDonald’s.

Before I get further into the subject I would divulge that I am not Palauan and I don’t have any stake in this.

Bem Ermii’s burgers are way better than the fast food burgers MacDonald’s serve at their stores.  I am horrified at the thought that Bem Ermii’s burgers  are being compared to MacDonald’s.  Unless somebody can show me a MacDonald’s burger that has the same quality as that of Bem Ermii’s then I will retract my statement otherwise my opinion will stand.

 

Bem Ermii’s burger is very much superior to that of MacDonald’s IMO.

Bem Ermii is a gem in the Palauan food scene

September 6, 2008 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

WTF is an Interface?

A lot of people are confused  on WTF an interface or what is its usability.

An interface is basically a reference type that has abstract (or only has names but no implementation) members that must be implemented by the inheriting class. In simpler words you just make and interface and all its members (methods) must have names, accessor, return/parameters but you don’t write any code for it AND the first concrete class that implements it must write the method’s content for it if it is not implemented already.

WTF is it good for? Ok imagine you and a team is working on a very large project so each member makes his/her own component. Even if they are able to implement and follow a naming convention chances are there will still be some problems in creating a generic ode that can handle or the coding. Here is an example

public class noInterface {

              /* rest of code omitted for clarity */

             public  printThis(Object toBePrinted) {

                        toBePrinted.Print();

            }

}

Problem solved? Not really since you cannot call the Print method from an object. You can go about this another way such overload the printThis method but if you have to create all the methods for each type you pass this beats the reuse concept of OOP. Another possibility is to use reflection on the object but this is not the way since this is against the KISS approach.  A smart ass answer would be “why not find a language that allows reflection etc etc etc” well I must admit there are languages out there that complies with this but still there is no way of knowing whether the object passed has the print method without checking for it explicitly

WTF are we supposed to do? use an interface. Here is what I mean

create an interface e.g

 

public interface printInterface {

 

    void print();

}

create classes that implement that interface e.g.

public class Test1 implements printInterface{

    public void print() {

        System.out.println(“test1”);

    }

}

//

public class Test2 implements printInterface {

 public void print() {

        System.out.println(“test2”);

    }

}

and an example run is

public class Main { 

public static void main(String[] args) {

        Test1 xxx = new Test1();

        Test2 xxxx = new Test2();

       /* an alternative will be 

       printInterface  xxx = new Test1() ; // this is allowed since Test1 implemented printInterface

       printInterface  xxxx = new Test2() ; // this is allowed since Test2 implemented printInterface

       end of alternative

       */

 

        Main yyy = new Main();

        yyy.doPrintInterface(xxx);

        yyy.doPrintInterface(xxxx);

    }

    public void doPrintInterface(printInterface z){

        z.print();

    }

}

Now if the object passed to the doPrinterInterface method  did not implement the printinterface interface then a compile time error will be detected, you can pass any object to the method and be assured that it will have the print method.

Why not use an abstract call instead? There are many reasons but one of them is that several languages don’t allow multiple inheritance from classes but allows it from interfaces. Yes you can implement multiple interfaces in Java and C#.

Note: I used java

for a C# example kindly see http://www.codeguru.com/csharp/csharp/cs_syntax/interfaces/article.php/c7563

 

 

September 6, 2008 Posted by | DumbAss's Guide, Java Bits | , , | Leave a comment

The Gem of the Pacific

Sometimes when you get some information on how good some food items or recipes are more likely or not it is either hype designed to make an initial sale or a local preference that your traveler’s palate might not take into liking or just plain BS.

However all this stuff is not true when you talk about a burger stand here in Palau which I would say is one of the best burgers I’ve tasted.  Another Filipino introduced me to a hamburger stand here in Palau and I can say I am hooked.

I don’t know what the secret is since the contents seems just the same old patty, veggies, tomatoes and sauces. This burger is so good that even after being in the fridge does not affect its taste and its flavor. Words won’t do justice to how it taste and I believe I don’t have the eloquence to describe the taste and flavor and juiciness.

Anyway when you’re in Palau look for a Bem Ermii stand and you will know what a real burger is.

August 30, 2008 Posted by | Food | , , | Leave a comment