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Thoughts on SMART myTV

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SMART finally launches their mobile TV service in partnership with MediaQuest. The time between now and my Boracay trip last April dictates the several weeks of preparation of the guys from SMART to go live with the service.

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Coming Soon: Yoga on the Nintendo Wii

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Been reading a lot about the upcoming peripherals for the Wii. One such interesting product is the Wii Fit peripheral that converts your Nintendo Wii into a personal trainer. Gamespot reports:

As we saw with the Reggie, you can’t play Wii Fit without first letting the game calculate your BMI. This figure is apparently a realistic indication of fitness based on height, weight, and age. Once the game has this information, it can set goals to help you lose or gain weight and reach your optimum BMI level. [SOURCE]

The Wii Fit will be available in the US come early 2008 but will debut in Japan sometime late this year. I guess if you’re a couch potato gamer and want to really work those flabs, Wii Fit might be a good way to reach a compromise. The game also comes with some yoga exercises:

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As well as “games,” the early demo build of Wii Fit includes some yoga and balance exercises. On the yoga side, you need to adopt poses such as the half moon pose, the tree pose, the single-leg stretch, and the sideways twist. The idea is to adopt the postures for as long as possible, stretching more and more as you progress. When you’re finished, you can see how well you stayed within the optimum zones with a line diagram that shows how much you shook and stayed within the parameters. On the balance front, there are two-legged and one-legged exercises, as well as an overall body test; but our limited time in the Nintendo booth prevented us from checking these out.

Hmmm, something Jane would like perhaps? I’m quite impressed with how the Wii has changed the way we play games. I’ve reorganized my room just to allow a wider space for me to play Wii Sports (I have a mean backswing!!). Next goal is a bigger television.

Wii Fit images courtesy of Gamespot

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LG Releases Cheapest “3G for All” Mobile Handset

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The LG KU250 was released by the LG Mobile group. I was able to attend a small luncheon courtesy of Globe Telecommunications to celebrate the launch of the handset that costs P6,250.00 till June 30 2007. This is a move to bring down 3G to the masses since Globe’s video calls AND voice calls are charged the same rate.

I believe SMART is also offering the same handset with their own pricing scheme.

Extreme Niche Blog: Let’s Learn Latin–?!

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Err okay maybe I do have a lot of time on my hands. I’ve been wanting to start this project for quite some time but I was debating on whether I would have enough content to fill this blog up. It’s a dead language you know, and only the ancient scholars of the past as well as the Vatican still speak this. If you want to take a lighter look at the language I tried to learn for four years back in high school, then do subscribe to this blog. I hope I can update it often. I’ve actually took the time to dust off my old text books and ancient scrolls.

The comic above is an excerpt from Asterix the Legionary but the text is in Latin. These are collectibles nowadays and I should have bought a few of these when I was in Rome several years ago.

A short history should suffice: I went to PAREF Southridge School for Boys and there were over 64 of us in the batch divided into two sections. We took up Latin twice a week, 40 minutes per session and it was hell. Which is why the tag “Latin killed the Ancient Romans, and now it’s killing me too” was very prominent and engraved in our hearts in the same way that Spartans were trained to kill.

So why am I doing this? I have absolutely no friggin reason. I just felt that it would be an interesting as well as humorous exercise to brush up on some of my mediocre (mediocritas, – tatis: n; in the middle, moderation – quite a far fetched meaning from what it means today) Latin skills. Note that I do not speak Latin. I can only translate. Speaking Latin is like … trying to resurrect the Betamax. [source]

I humbly present my Latin blog www.latin.jayveefernandez.com Ad astra per aspera! (to the stars through difficulties!)