Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One of my Favorite Movies: Office Space

Office Space is a tribute to the Milton in all of us. Moving from one smaller cube to another then finally getting booted off to the basement where he was asked to handle the cockroach issue.

Milton doesn't get his piece of the cake (because the ratio of people to cake is too big) didn't receive his paycheck, Lumbergh deliberately takes Milton's Swingline Stapler and turns off the lights in the basement. There sure is hell to pay.

The coveted Swingline Stapler

Bill Lumbergh and his Initech Mug

Don't forget to turn in your TPS reports!
Using the new cover sheets of course! Did you get the Memo?
Umm...yeaaahhh we’re gonna need you to come in on Sunday..mmk?

Best bare-fisted beat down part scene I ever saw. One of them actually run back while everyone is walking away and start punching at the printer. They had to hold back Michael Bolton from smashing it more.

Memorable Lines from Office Space:

Bob Slydell: You see, what we're actually trying to do here is, we're trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work... so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Bob Slydell: Great.
Peter Gibbons: Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door - that way Lumbergh can't see me, heh heh - and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.
Bob Porter: Da-uh? Space out?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

Peter Gibbons: The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.
Bob Porter: Don't... don't care?
Peter Gibbons: It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob: I have eight different bosses right now.
Bob Slydell: I beg your pardon?
Peter Gibbons: Eight bosses.
Bob Slydell: Eight?
Peter Gibbons: Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.

Bob Slydell: Milton Waddams.
Dom Portwood: Who's he?
Bob Porter: You know, squirrely looking guy, mumbles a lot.
Dom Portwood: Oh, yeah.
Bob Slydell: Yeah, we can't actually find a record of him being a current employee here.
Bob Porter: I looked into it more deeply and I found that apparently what happened is that he was laid off five years ago and no one ever told him about it; but through some kind of glitch in the payroll department, he still gets a paycheck.
Bob Slydell: So we just went ahead and fixed the glitch.
Bill Lumbergh: Great.
Dom Portwood: So, uh, Milton has been let go?
Bob Slydell: Well, just a second there, professor. We, uh, we fixed the *glitch*. So he won't be receiving a paycheck anymore, so it'll just work itself out naturally.
Bob Porter: We always like to avoid confrontation, whenever possible. Problem is solved from your end.

Peter Gibbons: You're gonna lay off Samir and Michael?
Bob Slydell: Oh yeah, we're gonna bring in some entry-level graduates, farm some work out to Singapore, that's the usual deal.
Bob Porter: Standard operating procedure.
Peter Gibbons: Do they know this yet?
Bob Slydell: No. No, of course not. We find it's always better to fire people on a Friday. Studies have statistically shown that there's less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.

Sounds like someone has a case of the Mundays!

(Source: MiltonID, Stapler, Printer, OfficeSpaceQuotes)

All About Cold Porcelain

For an updated version of this DIY, please follow my new post.

There are loads of benefits in having DIY projects. First you get to "Do It Yourself" and experience it first hand, you save a lot of money and the thrill of seeing your work of art, that's priceless. In a couple of tries you get better at it and if you're lucky you might even see a career of it at the end of the horizon.
One of the projects I have worked on this month is making my own Cold Porcelain Clay.
Cold Porcelain dries naturally and there's no need to bake it. Plus, the ingredients can be found right in your own home.

What you need:
3/4 cup white glue (Elmers, or even Stikwell wood glue will do)
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon cold cream (such as Pond's - you can also use 1 sachet of any Ponds cream)
1 teaspoon glycerin - If you have trouble finding glycerin, try a drugstore's skin care aisle, or a cake-decorating store.
(Since I don't have this handy, I skipped it because I checked the Ponds sachet and it already has glycerin)
1 cup cornstarch, plus additional for dusting your hands

Assemble everything before you begin.
These are non-toxic though but I would highly suggest you use your old pan and wooden spoon for this. Don't use your best kitchen utensils as cold porcelain can be sticky.

 Mix the white glue, water, cold cream, and glycerin in a saucepan over medium heat until it's smooth.

When it is nice and smooth add the cup of cornstarch and begin stirring continuously, you will see the mixture rapidly become stiff.

When you mix in the cornstarch it will look like cottage cheese

Then it will quickly stiffen into something that resembles mashed potatoes.
When it forms one clump and pulled away from the sides of the pan, it's done. 

Since the clay is still very hot at this point.
Get a clean, wet dish towel over a plate and put the clay on it.
While this cools off a bit, gather the utensils used and run it with hot, soapy water.
Wash them later on. You can now knead through the clay over the wet towel.
Pause every once in a while, pulling the towel from the clay.
Dust a bit of cornstarch as you knead to avoid sticking.
When the clay is cool enough to handle, continue kneading with your hands.
Dusting with cornstarch every now and then so it doesn't stick in your hands.
You may also dust your work surface with cornstarch as needed.
After a few minutes of kneading, your clay will no longer be sticky but instead will become elastic, just like a Play-Doh clay.
If you want to add color to your clay, knead in a little acrylic or oil paint at this point. If you add the acrylic into your clay before sculpting it, it will give a more vibrant color. You can also opt for painting it all later, depending on how creative you want to be.
Place your cold porcelain clay in an airtight container (I use Reynolds ziplock plastic bags) while you proceed to wash your utensils.
One of the many projects you can do with Cold Porcelain Clay.
These wonderfully crafted pieces are hand sculpted by Ibenia C.
These may take up to several days to dry depending on the thickness of your sculpture.
Others also encountered problems with getting cracks in their clay, some have tried excluding water in their ingredient. While some people just filled the cracks with clay (if you just want to get it done and your not after an über perfect porcelain).

(Source: Coldporcelaindesigns, Craftstylish)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Recipe: Yummy Bistek

I am absolutely craving for a beef steak right now (Bistek, as we call it here).
It is one of my comfort foods like Sinigang, Adobong Manok, Tinola and Lugaw. All yummy.
Well I am not going to tease you any further, let me show you how it's done.

1/2 kilo Beef (round, sirloin or tenderloin), sliced 1/4-inch thick
4 tbsp of kalamansi (native lemon) juice
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
Ground Pepper
1 tsp Minced Garlic
2 large Onions, cut into rings
2 tbsp Cooking oil

Marinate Beef:
In a bowl, mix kalamansi (or lemon juice) and soy sauce.
Add beef, garlic and ground pepper.
Mix well. Let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a skillet. Lightly fry the onion rings.
Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels. Keep warm.
Reheat oil until pan is very hot.
Pan-fry the beef slices in batches, removing them as they brown.
When all the beef has been cooked, pour the marinade into the skillet and boil for 1 minute.
Arrange beef slices on a plate and place the slightly fried onion rings on top.
Pour the sauce over the onions and beef. Serve at once.

You will instantly become a fan of this easy to cook and undoubtedly delicious recipe!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

5 Cutest Dog Breeds Ever!

Hungarian Puli
The Hungarian Puli Dogs identifiable feature is that it resembles a Mop!
These are high maintenance doggies. With furs that are wiry like these requires constant grooming and would take a day to completely dry after washing.
It's ideal to be cared for in cooler climates and must be protected from heat.
(This mostly applies to all thick haired doggies!)
Caring for these fun-loving Puli's can be very much rewarding as they are smart, animated, affectionate and loyal to their masters.
They are also excellent Sheepdogs that are wary of strangers, watchful and courageous. Puli's stand about 16-17" and mostly weigh up to 25-35 lbs.
They live to about 13 years at most.



Bichon Frise
A Bichon Frise (pronounced Bee-shon Free-zay)
(Which in French means curly lap dog) is larger than the Maltese, non-shedding and like many furry dogs requires daily grooming.
They weigh around 10-18 lbs and stands 9-15".
These bright little dogs are suitable for people with allergies, as they are bred to be hypoallergenic.
The only thing you need to work on would be the frequent trimming, brushing, and bathing (once a month).
Bichon Frise are definite companion dogs, obedient, gentle mannered and affectionate. They get along well with little kids and are fine in the company of other animals.


The Chow Chows are most commonly kept as a companion dog.
They are extremely loyal to its own family and will bond tightly to its master. The Chow typically shows affection only with those it has bonds to, so new visitors to the home should not press their physical attention upon the resident Chow as it will not immediately accept strangers in the same manner as it does members of its own pack.
The two most distinctive features of the Chow Chow are its blue-black tongue and its almost straight hind legs, which makes it walk rather stilted.  The ears are small and rounded and there is a huge ruff behind the head, which gives it a lion like appearance

Most Chow Chows like to dominate other dogs, but in contrast, they are quite good with children. They must be extensively socialized when very young to combat potential over-protectiveness as an adult. They need firm training right from the start. Their personality is mainly due to their past treatment.

History: In China the Chow Chow was used for guarding things and for pulling carts. Its flesh was eaten and there was a market for its fur. This sad history, plus the lack of a single master (due to being a working dog) has dampened the personality of this extremely beautiful dog. It thus sometimes appears introverted, detached, and indifferent. Breeders have been working very hard to breed a Chow with a "family" temperament and with some success too. A well-bred and well-socialized Chow Chow can be just that - an excellent family dog.

Regular brushing of the long coat is important to maintain the lifted, standing-out look. Chow chows stand to about 18-22" and can weigh around 45-70 lbs
They can live up to 15 years like the Japanese Spitz.

Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdog is a large dog, often used as a herding dog in farms.
They are recognizable with their shaggy coats and fur covering their faces.

The Old English Sheepdog is an athletic animal, filled with clownish energy, and therefore requires regular exercise or a job to do. Although affectionate with his family, he may try to herd people or other objects by gently bumping them.
Their height are about 24" and can weigh around 101 lbs for larger ones.

With wide open spaces being the ideal setting for an Old English Sheepdog, the breed is a natural fit in a rural setting, such as working on a farm; although they are perfectly comfortable with a suburban or urban lifestyle (with proper exercise). Their remarkable, inherent herding instincts, sense of duty, and sense of property boundaries may be nurtured and encouraged accordingly, or subdued by their owners. Old English Sheepdogs should not be deprived of the company and the warmth of people. They are an adaptable, intelligent dog of even disposition, with no sign of aggression, shyness or nervousness.


Japanese Spitz
The Japanese Spitz is a bold, loyal, active, playful, affectionate and happy companion. He seems to be smiling all the time! He thrives on being with his owner, and wants to go with you wherever you go. He can sit and warm himself in your lap, but he is not the kind of dog who sleeps all day--he's lively and full of fun.
(with the exception of Eve, she sleeps all day and only energetic around eating time)
I think she picks up on whatever the family does. Since we are very laid back she's laid back as well. She doesn't bark a lot only when she senses strangers in front of the house. Spitz are also very easy to housebreak.

The Japanese Spitz are generally good with other dogs and pets, especially if they're raised with them as a puppy. They are good with children, and has the patience and playfulness to be a companion to young ones. Around strangers they are slightly suspicious, and will bark loudly at visitors until they get to know them (very true).
Approach them very gently rather than rushed toward.
They are a good watchdog because they are very protective of their family, and has keen senses along with a loud and forceful bark.
The Japanese Spitz can sometimes bark too much and must be taught to quiet down on command. They're is easy to train and learns quickly. Eager to please, but can occasionally be independent and demonstrate a strong will of their own.
You must be fair and consistent to train a Japanese Spitz.

Despite the appearance of the Japanese Spitz’ pure white coat they are in fact a low maintenance breed. They are a very clean dog and do not have a doggy odor, due to the texture of their coat mud and dirt fall off or can be brushed out very easily. Provided they are kept well groomed, they should only require a bath every couple of months (common sense prevailing). They have a major coat shed once a year, but like most dogs shed minimum all year round

The Japanese Spitz is 12 to 15 inches tall (to shoulders) and weighs 11 to 22 pounds. He has a medium-length, double coat consisting of a straight outer coat and a short, soft, thick undercoat. His coat color is white.

I don't know if this applies to other dogs as well but the Spitz can be very sensitive at times and will demonstrate rebellion by not eating or hiding away in corners.
Take Blanca (or Eve) for example, when we scold her or cut/shave her hair (which she does not approve) she hides away as if ashamed to go out. They can be weird at times because Eve gets nightmares all the time.

All of these dogs live to about 12-15 years enough to add so many memorable events in a humans life!

(Source: Dogsindepth, Oldstersview, Englishpeople, Pedigreedatabase, Kelly&Kia, Bachi, Dogpage, Gopetsamerica, Breederretriever, Bestofbreeds, Wikipedia, Akc, Allsmalldogbreeds, Spitz)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ninjai: The Little Ninja

I honestly have graduated from liking Anime cartoon, but this one brought me right back in.

Like many others I have been waiting for the next installment from the 12 part series of flash animation which can be seen here.

It is a story of a very deadly ninja, battling different types of bad people crossing his path. He sorta lost his memory which explains why he kept asking who he really was. Oh and by the way did I mention that the deadly ninja is a just little boy? Yup, he battles and defeats rouges and characters he often refers to as demons.

Ninjai goes on a quest to discover his true identity together with his cute and reliable friend "Little Bird". If you love Kill Bill action with all the sword fighting and the cartoon stuff added in you will easily become a fan of this. No wonder Quentin Tarantino admitted being a fan of Ninjai as well.

This cartoon however isn't suitable for very young kids as it can get very graphic and violent. Anime addicts and cartoon lovers alike will definitely get hooked to this animated sensation.


Plus, there's wonderful news from the Ninjai Gang.
They announced in 2008 of releasing a feature length movie
that will be high quality and will soon appear in theaters.
I can't wait!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Featured Artist: Lorena Alvarez

I am so lucky to have stumbled upon the work of a brilliant illustrator from Colombia, Lorena Alvarez-Gomez.
You will love me for showing you yet another talented individual who makes such wonderfully elegant illustrations (aside from her artworks she does photography too).
The merge between traditional drawing techniques and digital media can be seen in her art. You can see her work anywhere now from childrens book (she creates so many cute and interesting characters) to various fashion spreads.

She also is in the 2009 Kokeshi Exhibition

And by the way she makes Plushie Toys too.
Aren't they adorable?

This diorama reminds me of James and the Giant Peach and Coraline.
If she continues on this path she can someday be making stop motion animation. Wow!

Her dream interpretation series in TU magazine.

From one of her childrens book. Very nice.

There's a lot more of these and if you want to see more and I know you want to
please check out her blog, flickr and website.

(Source: Mentioned and linked above)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Nickolas Muray: Portrait of an Artist

The Famous Frida Kahlo Photography by Nicholas Muray

Nickolas Muray apart from being a famous photographer, is also famous for his love affair with Frida Kahlo (with the famous unibrow shown on top). She became one of his main subjects for his photography and a lot of those are considered masterpieces now.
I wonder why famous photographers don't get to have wonderful shots of themselves, its so unfair, they have excellent photos of others but never of themselves. ☺
He is considered the "Master of the three-color Carbro Process" which was pretty famous back then but proven over the years to be a health hazard in photography.

The main hazards of carbro and three-color carbro printing result from exposure to the bromide developer and to the sensitizer for the carbon tissue.
Amidol is used as the developer and is a strong skin and respiratory irritant that causes severe skin allergies and bronchial asthma. The compound is also a systemic poison and can be absorbed through skin to cause severe systemic damage.
The sensitizer used is a Potassium Dichromate which is suspected human carcinogen. The Bromide powders are more hazardous by inhalation.
The magenta reducing solution containing methyl alcohol is highly toxic by ingestion and hazardous by skin contact and by inhalation, not to mention being a Fire Hazard.
More info on this check out the book: Overexposure

I bet you'll forget all about the above info once you delve into these amazing photos done through three-color carbro process.

I can't imagine how one won't adore these images. Looking at all the wonderful pieces they left behind from that era, I can gaze at these photographs all day.

Pretty swell pictures huh? I'll bring in more good stuff next time. Have a good weekday ahead!


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