Thursday, January 29, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire Dance Number

Very good movie! This part though reminds me of an aspect of old pinoy movies I'm not quite fond of.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Damn SVD, Locally Weighted Linear Regression and Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Better luck next exam. Hafta sleep now. Good night!

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1 month after the chicken pox

Group studying without the group

05:23 AM - I just came back from a futile overnight solo Machine Learning "group study" at the newly renovated McDonald's katipunan (it now has a built-in McCafe). The futility must probably be due to the lack of a Cath Paras or a Paulo Guanio with me. They were always present and willing to discuss the subject matter back when we were still in college. Of course, group studies wouldn't be complete without the Marvin Victorias and Oscar IdaƱos who were also there to lighten things up. It's so much different when you don't know a lot of your classmates in school. Judgement will come later when I take the exam. I hope to at least get a passing mark.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Team Sabado ABL Game 2 Season 3

me, my oversized ABL jersey and my undersized shorts (and skinny built)

Although the game ended in a dismal loss, I had a lot of fun seeing the guys and playing with them, after missing the first game of the season due to chicken pox. We actually lead the game during the first quarter, with a high of seven points, only to see it evaporate during the second period with a two-point performance from the whole team for the entire period. Everything was uphill from there, with the game ending in I think more than a 20 point lead by the opponent (dunno the name of the team).

Personally, I don't expect much from the team. During the past two seasons, we were virtually win-less. But the fact that we try to enjoy the games and do whatever we can to give our opponents a run for their money is something that makes me want to play every game. Improving our team work, communication inside the court and offensive mindset and strategy though are things we must improve on if we want to see a non-zero value in our win column in the standings.

With regards to my performance, aside from the fast break three point play during the first few minutes of the game and a few steals, my presence in the court had almost no impact for the team. I had one traveling violation and a lot of turnovers because of tight passes that were easily anticipated by our opponents who were very long and athletic. Offensively, I also attempted very few shots and got thirsty and tired easily (no drinking fountain in the area). As such, for the next game, these are my targets (I'll try to convince everyone in the team to have targets too):

1. Bring 1.5L Gatorade
2. Be aggressive offensively. Measure of success: four attempts within the shaded area
3. Move and make myself available. Measure of success: receive two assist passes from teammates
4. Encourage team mates to move the ball and make themselves available to receive passes. Measure of success: total of 7 assists for the whole team
5. Suggest a system in half-court offense wherein at least three players must touch the ball before any attempt is made

Friday, January 16, 2009

Goodbye 10-22mm, Hello _____

I recently sold my 10-22mm lens for about the same price I got it. This is testament that lenses don't depreciate much (as compared to the camera bodies).

Now, what do I replace it with? The options that come to mind are:

1. Tamron 17-50mm f2.8

2. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS

3. Canon EF 35mm f2

Of course I'm still dreaming of the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM lens and a 5D body with 24-105 f4L IS lens. hehe.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Coming soon on billboards nationwide

A photo I sent the girlfriend about 3 days ago.
Was supposed to put daily photos of chicken pox spots and blisters development but I was almost paralyzed for 2 days, lying in bed the whole time.
Please be warned that the photo you are about to see may induce vomiting or utterance of "eeeeeewwwwww WTF!?!" Scroll down if you're brave enough. :-)