Mumbai attacks

Like everyone, I’m shocked and saddened by the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that have left at least 80 people dead and 250 wounded.

This is particularly sad for me because I visited Mumbai in 2005 to be a guest speaker at a gaming expo and launch the Indian chapter of the Asian Gaming Journalists Association (back when I was still a journalist).

I found Mumbai a wonderful city filled with hospitable people. Yes, extreme poverty co-existed with extreme wealth, but it was a childhood dream come true for me to visit India, as it’s always fascinated me.

I’ve been watching the videos on the Reuters site, and here are some of the clips showing the tragedy unfolding in Mumbai.

Let’s pray for the victims and an end to these attacks.

YouTube goes widescreen

What do you think of YouTube’s decision to go widescreen? Talk about quietly making the change heh 🙂

Here’s a screenshot of the new widescreen player — that’s the Rohan Online trailer from our official YouTube channel. We’ll switch our videos to the new aspect ratio.

Here’s an excerpt from the brief announcement on the YouTube blog.

We’re expanding the width of the page to 960 pixels to better reflect the quality of the videos you create and the screens that you use to watch them. This new, wider player is in a widescreen aspect ratio which we hope will provide you with a cleaner, more powerful viewing experience. And don’t worry, your 4:3 aspect ratio videos will play just fine in this new player.

And here’s more info from the AFP story.

Personally, I think it’s great because for the past two years, I’ve been advocating the widescreen format and the importance of ensuring that the master files of your videos are already HD-quality, whether or not you’re already offering an HD service. See, content providers have to invest in the future, and make sure they’re protecting their digital assets.

Think long-term.

Rohan Philippines teaser site is online

Check out the teaser site of the newest massively multiplayer online role-playing game Level Up! is bringing to the Philippines, Rohan Online.

Download Rohan wallpapers, subscribe to the official Rohan Philippines Plurk page, and follow the updates on the Rohan Philippines blog.

Remember, vengeance is always an option.

Edge back where he belongs

Yup, obviously I’m an Edge fan, hehe 🙂

In another of the many twists and turns in pro wrestling, Edge is once again the World Wrestling Entertainment champion after winning a match where he wasn’t even scheduled to compete. It’s his first appearance since August, when he was “sent to Hell” after losing his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker at SummerSlam.

Read all about it in this article.

Congrats, Edge! (And yeah, I know pro wrestling is scripted, but I still find it entertaining.)

Sam goes to Luneta

Today was Sam’s first visit to Rizal Park, still better known as Luneta.

Ellen decided that it was time for Sam to experience Rizal Park for herself, as she only reads about it in her books and actually had the impression that it’s somewhere far away (“Sa probinsya ba tayo pupunta, Mommy?”).

Turned out that it was also a chance for me to relive my childhood, as I brought them to the Children’s Playground, which was one of my favorite places when I was Sam’s age.

It’s somewhat strange to see that around 30 years later, the place seemed exactly the same, except it’s a lot dirtier now.

I hadn’t thought of the Children’s Playground in a long, long time, but seeing it again brought back vivid memories, and I marveled not only at the fact that these fixtures were still intact 30 years later, but also that they were exactly as I remembered them — except the area and the statues seemed much bigger back then. Guess everything seemed bigger when I was a small kid.

Here are more photos.

After going to the Children’s Playground, we walked across Rizal Park to go to the monument. By the way, you’ll find lots of stray cats in Luneta.

Here’s a photo of two cats sleeping in the picnic area of the Children’s Playground.

And here’s a big cat I spotted while we were going to the Philippine map area.

While you can’t tell from this photo, that’s a map of the Philippines behind Ellen and Sam — it’s a replica of the Philippine islands.

Kite flying is also a favorite park activity, so we bought one for Sam from one of the vendors here.

Here’s a video of Sam’s first time to fly a kite.

Here’s a pic of me and Sam posing in front of the monument, just in time for the beautiful sunset. Wondering why Sam looks upset? She wanted to keep flying her kite.

What’s she doing in Uganda?

Chatting right now via YM with my friend Vicky Ras, who’s now in — of all places — Uganda!

Seems her company has an event there, and she’ll be there for two weeks.

Actually iniistorbo ko siya sa YM ‘coz she’s uploading photos now to her blog, so just check it out for more on her Uganda adventures 🙂

Di pa niya na-u-upload photos, so swiped these two pics from her Facebook, LOL. Laro ka ng games namin, Vicky hehe 🙂

Ingat sa Uganda, Vicky. Toma when you get back.

Ba’t ako wala pang Gmail theme?

UPDATE: Na-activate na Gmail theme sa account ko 🙂 The Ninja theme rules!

Inggit ako kay Morrigan, na-activate na sa account niya yung Gmail theme. Ako, wala pa hehe 🙂

Here’s an excerpt from her post.

I checked my email today and found something new to my gmail. You can now set a theme on your gmail

Settings >> theme.

I chose the Desk theme

You can get more info on the new Gmail themes from the Official Gmail Blog.

To customize your inbox, go to the Themes tab under Settings. We’ll be rolling out themes to everyone over the next couple of days, so if you don’t see them yet, check back soon.

How about you, do you already have a Gmail theme?