Feb 15 2016

Another birthday

Adel Gabot

8:09AM

54.

I turn 54 today.

Sheesh. I guess I should stop counting already. Pretty soon it’ll be 60, then 70, and who knows from there. Although I seriously don’t think I’d actually get that far.

It’ll be a quiet day today, as I try to fold into myself and not make any fuss. I just want this day to be over, really.

See you guys tomorrow.


Dec 14 2015

Shopping Nightmare

Adel Gabot

8:12AM

Spent the weekend doing crazy Christmas shopping—for my brother’s friends and co-workers. Again.

I don’t have that wide a circle of friends and co-workers anymore, not a lot I keep up with anyway, so I just have a few left, and some relatives and loved ones to shop for, but even so, I did all that a lot earlier just to get it out of the way. I hate all the shopping frenzy, the big crowds at the malls, the long lines at the counters and all the lousy traffic, so I do my shopping early so I can just sit pretty during the actual Christmas season.

Little did I know I was going to get roped into it anyway.

My brother invited me to lunch last weekend, and after we ate, he asked if we could go for a little bit of shopping for his officemates and friends. A little? Ok. I wasn’t going to do much that day anyway.

Crap. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

Then this Friday, I reinstalled everything on his Mac as a favor, and to thank me (and get his computer back), he asked to meet up and treat me to lunch Saturday. Same thing happened—shopping for his co-workers.

Then when I got home, I found that all of the HDMI ports on my trusty old TV refused to work—but I wasn’t sure it was the TV itself that was screwed up. I needed to test that the PS4’s HDMI output hadn’t been the one that borked (in which case I was royally screwed). So I needed to test it out, and figured I could go to his condo unit in Boni and try it out there on his TV the next morning.

So I went yesterday morning and tested it (it wasn’t the PS4, thank God). Before we went for lunch asked me if we could shop one last time for the few straggling, hard-to-find gift items in Greenhills, pretty please.

Greenhills? A couple of weekends before Christmas? That would be the crazy epicenter of all Christmas shopping in the city. Parking alone would be impossible. But again, I was just waiting for word from the printing press about the book, so I wasn’t doing much anyway. I reluctantly said ok, and so we went.

My God. I think we spent close to an hour driving in all that traffic to get to the Greenhills Shopping Center (it was geographically very near, but traffic-wise it might as well be in Timbuktu) and another hour driving around and around inside the packed parking structure looking for a place to park the car.

Then the crowds! Man, it looked as if all of Metro Manila had chosen that day to do their shopping. We had to wade through the rabid crowds.

Nevertheless, we found almost everything we came for, except for a Bluetooth keyboard which was nowhere to be found. I actually had an extra one at home, just sitting there, and in exasperation I offered it to him, and he agreed, so that was that.

We could finally go home. To my busted TV. Sheesh. What a life.

 


Nov 28 2015

My Christmas 2015 Wish List

Adel Gabot

9:40AM

I realize making lists like these is really, truly “wishful” thinking. Nobody would ever actually give me anything on my list, especially because most of the things here are really expensive. I don’t have that many rich friends and relatives.  But hey, it’s my blog and I’ll write whatever I want.

So, to start:

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  • 4GB (and up) Thunderbolt external drive

This I really, really want. Even a USB drive would do, actually, if not for the Big Glitch. I recently lost easy use of my external drives because Apple‘s new USB connections under El Capitan really suck. And who wouldn’t want more storage space? I don’t want to have to keep being really picky with what movies I want to save just because I don’t have the space to store them.

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  •  128GB MiniSDXC card and Hyperdrive Adapter

To butress my MacBook Pro‘s storage. I only have a 256GB SSD drive in there, and I’d like some more breathing space. And make it as unobtrusive as possible—the Hyperdrive adaptor makes the SDXC card virtually disappear into the MacBook’s side, and that’s really cool.

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  • 128GB iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Who wouldn’t want of these 12.9″ behemoths, huh? But actually, I’m torn between a new iPad mini and its portability. It’s a choice between the Pro’s big size and being able to carry a mini around. If ever I get a Pro, I’ll probably keep using the MacBook bags for it. Ever since I sold my iPad 3 in exchange for a MacBook Pro I’ve been regretting it, and miss it terribly.

The Pencil is there just because.

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  • 2TB 2.5″ internal drive

For my PS4. You can never have too much storage space.

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  • 128GB iPhone 6s Plus

So I don’t have to wait for my retention plan to be renewed to get one. It would be nice to have a phablet. But seriously, I could settle for a 6s, and just buy an iPad.

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  • Xbox One

To see if the grass is greener on the other side. Not really essential, but it would be nice to have. And while you’re at it, you could give me some Xbox One-exclusive games, like Halo, Rise of The Tomb Raider, Gears of War and Forza too. Heh.

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  • 60″ flatscreen LED TV (or bigger; any brand)

Hey, who couldn’t use a bigger TV?

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  • new Bluetooth in-ear headset

This is probably the most realistic one in this list. Affordable, and easy to get. I already have tons of headsets, some I bought, some from my days as a Technoodling reviewer, but my beloved Bluetooth one gave up the ghost last year, and I miss that a lot.

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  • 27″ iMac

My current 27″ iMac is getting long in the tooth. I love it to bits, but really, it’s showing its age. It’s becoming progressively slower with each new upgrade to the Apple OS, and it’s performance isn’t quite up to par. I think the internal speakers are basag now, and the headphone jack is acting up. I can live without the retina thing and thinness of the newer iMacs, but I’m more concerned with the performance.

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  • BB-8 Droid by Sphero

Because I’m a kid at heart. A geek kid.

I’ll add to this if I can think of any more.


Nov 17 2015

Hairless

Adel Gabot

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1o:15AM

A thought occurred to me the other day. What if you shaved Chewbacca hairless, what would he look like? Horrible, I guess.

I thought too that it can’t be that I was the first to think about this. So I searched the internet, and lo and behold, some people actually have, and even took it to the next level. They actually shaved him on Photoshop.

See here.

The result is abominable, and now, much as I try to, I can’t unsee it.

Oh, the horror.


Nov 14 2015

Side Thoughts

Adel Gabot

5:25AM

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