the future of computer games

Got an e-mail from Quentin Staes-Polet, the digital media leader for Asia Pacific of IBM Global Services/Business Consulting Services. Quentin and I did a podcast on the future of online games when we were in Mumbai. This was hosted by Nick Jacobs, who was then with IBM but is now Intel's corporate communications manager for Asia Pacific. Nick was the guy who came up with the idea for the podcast and made it happen.

Quentin told me to check out the IBM homepage, saying "Hey Joey, you are a star" ๐Ÿ™‚ IBM now has a spiffy new section on gaming — click on the "Explore the future" link in the huge "Games grow up" feature.

And yup, if you click on the "More from the experts" link in the gaming section, you'll see our podcast featured. I think that's my face haha but that's not my hair and that's definitely not my body. At least they made me thin again, woo-hoo! Too bad, I was wearing a hackenslash T-shirt during the podcast — what a global promotion for hackenslash that would have been, heh ๐Ÿ™‚

If you haven't listened to the podcast yet, check it out. We had a lot of fun doing it.

Thanks, Quentin! Thanks, Nick!

yellow duckies


Check out the three cute rubber ducks that stood guard over the bathtub of my room at Amari Watergate Hotel and Spa in Bangkok.

They're really cute, huh? I wanted to buy the ducks for my daughter Sam, so I called up Housekeeping.

Me: Good morning. I just wanted to ask if the rubber ducks in the bathroom are for sale.

Housekeeping: I'm sorry, sir… the what?

Me: The rubber ducks.

Housekeeping: Oh, the yellow duckies!

Me: Yes, the, uh, yellow duckies.  

Housekeeping: Yes, they're for sale, sir. Fifty baht each.

Me: Fifty baht for one duck??!

Housekeeping: Yes, sir.

Me: Ah, OK. Thanks anyway. 

Ah well, I got to show this pic to Sam, hehe. They're cute, but I could buy them here for a lot less than 150 baht ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I bought Sam a Piglet stuffed toy to match the Tigger Ellen got her when she was in Bangkok a few months ago. 

Sigh, I miss those ducks, heh.

super san mig light!


While fellow tech journalist Lawrence Casiraya (Computerworld Philippines) and I were in Bangkok last week, we stumbled upon a Filipino restaurant called Mabuhay. You can read more about Mabuhay in my Babelmachine blog post.

We discovered that in Bangkok, they have huge bottles of San Mig Light, the better to compete with local brands that come in that size, such as Leo. I knew San Miguel had a brewery in Thailand, but I had no idea they had this version of San Mig Light, heh.