not your average fable.

Good day. Spent most of my Saturday walking around the city with Kuya Jay, his friends and Lara. Apart from a bit of bad attitude & a generally awful disposition—to which I still can’t find a reason for why I was seemingly disliked so much—I ended up doing a lot of stuff today and having a great time as well.

Started the day off with a super huge breakfast quesadilla that I whipped up myself after I realized that Lara wouldn’t be waking up as early as I did. Eggs, bacon, tomatoes and monterey jack cheese equals deliciousness. Once Lara was up and about we decided to go to Café Orlins for breakfast (I just got coffee and orange juice). I bumped into my co-worker Doug as usual (we both go there every Saturday), drank my yummy americano and orange juice then headed to Kmart for a much needed Swiffer Wet Jet. I’m totally gonna bust out this bad boy tomorrow. My floors will sparkle dammit!

I met up with Kuya Jay around 1pm, and we walked around a lot, ran into zombies in Union Square, and spent almost an hour in Paragon Sports. After, we decided to check out the Banksy exhibit in Greenwich Village. Lara met up with us and I have to say, The Village Pet Store & Charcoal Grill totally exceeded my expectations. Some of it was funny, others cool and a lot of it was more than a little unnerving. If you have a chance, I highly recommend seeing it. It’s at 89 7th Ave S, between W 4th and Bleeker. My favorite was definitely the monkey:

After Banksy, we headed to Fat Cat for a couple rounds of ping pong, foosball and chess. Then we headed to SoHo where I bought this awesome purse from Volcom:

Lara and I ended our night at our usual Pho place. It was yummy and just what I needed since it was so cold today.

I’ve also spent the last 2 hours debating on whether or not to buy Fable. Fable 2 is coming out in a few days but it’s only being released on Xbox 360 and since I don’t own one … I think I’ll just stick to the original game for now. What makes me mad though is that the Mac version is $49.95 while the Windows version is only $19.99. What I’m thinking about doing is buying the Leopard OS (I know … I should have upgraded long ago) since I’ve been meaning to do so for a while now, and then run Bootcamp and just play the Windows version that way. Then again, I kind of don’t want to do that since I’m waiting for the Snow Leopard OS to come out since I’ll only have to wait about one more year… Gah. I want this game now. Maybe I’ll just say screw it and buy the freaking Apple version.



Stormtrooper Hoodie by Marc Ecko. I really want to buy this, but it’s already out of stock. Boo.

Hopefully, there will be more in stock soon & if you want to buy it, make sure you do this: Enter ‘STARWARSFAN8’ at checkout and get $10 off orders of $100 or more and free shipping. Deal is good through Saturday [4 October].

Tip from Gizmodo.

Self-Portrait (#1)

Roy Arden / Self Portrait (#1), Vancouver / From Fragments (1981-85)


I’d really like to own my own Rolleiflex. I’ve never worked with medium-format, but I’d rather have a quality camera than buy a low-quality beginner’s camera that I’d outgrow quickly.

I miss my cameras a lot. I really should have at least brought my Pentax. It’s an old camera and pretty basic but it’s reliable and takes great photos. I also still need to get the Nikon that Sam gave to me a while back fixed. Maybe if I had my cameras, it would give me the kick in the butt I need to really discover New York.


The Tmobile Google Android Event is today! Check out Gizmodo’s Liveblog for up-to-date information!

If you’re out of the loop and don’t know much about the new Android technology and TMobile G1 (or HTC Dream), check out this post from Boing Boing:

I played with Android yesterday. I don’t gush over products. At least not in years. But this one makes me feel a bit like I did when I got my Kaypro. It’s a solid device that hints at the beginning of a “golden age” of solid and reliable smart phone technology.

For those of you as uninformed as I’ve been lately, Android is Google’s new cell phone operating system, coming to you any day now on a phone made by HTC – the folks who have been making the Treo (but without their own name on the case).

I’ve played with a lot of phones, but this is the first true “smart phone” that is as easy to use as an iPhone, Sidekick, or Helio Ocean. Unlike the iPhone, it has a real keyboard that slips out from the bottom (and a bit more effortlessly than the one on my Ocean). Real keys, too, that feel good and click.

Oh, did I forget to mention it? Copy and paste.

The touchscreen interface does everything I could think of, as easily or moreso than the screen on the iPhone. Less of that weird delay-jitter. Extreme clarity. Everything in its place. It’s not like trying to operate a laptop through a two-inch screen.

What I like best about Google’s approach (as compared to some other companies who shall remain nameless) is that they’re creating a site where people can just upload the apps that they’ve written for the phone. No licensing, filtering, or requirements – other than they not be malicious. Further – by writing the code in the “sandbox” fashion of the Chrome browser, applications that screw up are isolated from the rest of the operating system. Programs are separated if they don’t play nicely with others.

My fear (what would a post about Google be without a little fear) is that the openness of the Google world really means openness to Google’s advertisers. The World Bank, for example, forces nations borrowing its money to “open” their markets to foreign investment. This means they have to let multi-national corporations build plants, destroy the environment, compromise local agriculture; whatever low standards the WTO has agreed upon become the standards by which the country has to operate. Is “openness” really an ethos for Google, or just a means to a very particular end? Is what’s good for Google good for the entire communications infrastructure? I’m not so sure.

While I doubt Google will suddenly push ads on the unsuspecting T-Mobile subscriber, I could foresee a Google future in which people get cheaper phone plans for giving Google’s advertisers access to their screens. This could subject those without sufficient funds to buy their way out of marketing to an entirely different communications experience than everyone else.

Still, for the time being, this device, this OS, and the relatively open source model Google is pursuing feels less restrictive, more stable, and just a bit more virtuous than what I’m seeing elsewhere. (Douglas Rushkoff is a guestblogger)

The officials details are finally out! The TMobile G1 is now available for pre-order on the T-Mobile G1 website if you’re an existing T-Mobile customer [Does it count if my parents are?!]. It will be available in retail stores on October 22 and will be sold for $179 with a 2 year voice and data plan agreement. And here are the official features via CNET’s Crave:The Gadget Blog

WiFi, 3G (with dual-band UMTS), multimedia messaging, email support (GMail as well as other POP3 and IMAP email services), instant messaging (with Google Talk as an option of course), full HTML browser, GPS functionality, 3-megapixel camera, the ability to multi-task, a music player with access to the Amazon MP3 store, Bluetooth, and quad-band GSM support. Another very exciting feature (in my opinion) is it has one-click contextual search, which lets you search for anything simply by typing in something with the keyboard. This is very similar to the search feature on the Helio Ocean, in that it can search your contacts as well as the Web just by tapping in a few letters.

As for Google Maps, it will support Google Maps Street View that will let you explore cities as street-level as if you were right there at the street corner. It will also have a built-in compass on the phone and allow you to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by moving the phone around. The aforementioned Amazon MP3 store is also a huge boon for the T-Mobile G1, as all the of songs on Amazon are DRM-free, and you can buy and download the song directly from the store to the device (only if you have a WiFi connection though; you can search, sample, and buy with a cellular connection however). A song is $0.89 while an album is anywhere from $5.99 to $9.99.

Last but not least, the G1 will offer access to the Android Market, which is an application store similar to the iTunes Appstore. Some of the available applications include ShopSavvy, an application that lets you scan the UPC code of a product with the phone’s camera and instantly compare prices with other stores, Ecorio, an application that tracks your carbon footprint, and BreadCrumbz, an application that lets you create a step-by-step visual map using photos. Of course you can also buy games like Namco’s Pac-Man.

It’s important to note that the T-Mobile G1 won’t have Microsoft Exchange support right off the bat, though its open source infrastructure means that can be easily remedied with a third-party application (according to Google anyway). Also, GMail is available as push and yes, you can use it to read MS Office documents and PDFs. There is no stereo Bluetooth, and you can’t use it as a tethered modem. And no surprise here, the G1 is SIM locked to T-Mobile for the time being, though I expect there’ll be efforts to unlock it.

I’m seriously drooling over this phone. I want one in my hands.

happy monday!

Pang-umaga! I hope everyone had a good weekend.

First off, Happy belated Birthday to my most favorite person in the whole wide world.

I love you, Jubberz.

Secondly, thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes … despite the fact that I like to keep my birthday a secret, apparently a lot more of you know about it than I thought. ;o) So thanks again, it truly was a remarkable birthday weekend.

I spent most of my actual birthday at work but later that night had dinner with Lara then went out with some old Santa Cruz friends until the wee hours of the morning. The next day, I spent my Saturday with the aunites—Tita Enoy, Tita Louisa, Tita Arlene and Tita May. We spent most of the day walking and eating but later that night they took me to my very first musical in New York. We saw Grease, which I have to say was awesome. It’s definitely a different experience watching a show on Broadway since the theatres are so much smaller than those in California. I’m hoping to add to my budget one show a month—I seriously forgot how great it is to watch a show. I’d really like to see [title of show], Spring Awakening, Avenue Q, The Little Mermaid and Wicked. Oh and Equus because honestly I think it would be funny to see Harry Potter’s peen.

One more day until the official T-Mobile / Google Android Press event. There have been more image leaks of the new Android phone and it looks SO awesome.

Doesn’t it look cool? I want it … NOW.

Oh and if you haven’t heard, legendary Japanese multimedia artist, Nagi Noda, passed away a couple of weeks ago. This is the last music video she directed before her death:

… ok, time for work. Watch the video and have a happy Monday everyone. ♥

a girl could dream

I need a new cellphone. My Blackberry Pearl has been looking junky ever since I went to Mexico back in May and the clasp on the back of it broke, which is why I’ve been accessorizing it with ever-so-classy blue tape.

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the Blackberry Bold—unfortunately AT&T has yet to make any sort of official announcement of a release date. And with all the 3G problems they’ve been having with the iPhone, I’m a bit hesitant to sign with them anyway.

In the last few days, a lot of tech blogs have been speculating that T-Mobile (my personal favorite carrier) will be making an official announcement for the HTC Dream—the first Android supported phone—late September with a release date purported to be around mid to late October. There still hasn’t been any official images released for the phone, though there have been some leaks and from what I see of the new Android operating system, I’m liking the look it. The phone shell could be a bit sleeker, but with an actual qwerty board and a touch screen I’m really starting to lean towards the Dream.

Then again, since I am a Mac girl … should I just bite the dust and buy the iPhone 3G?

What do you think?