What if American politicians played Dungeons and Dragons

Have you ever played the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game (RPG)? I remember the good old days when my friends and I “partied” differently. We would sometimes go for a couple of days without sleep, playing extended D&D campaigns.

For D&D fans, here’s an interesting “What if” for you – What happens when Obama, McCain and the rest of today’s US election campaign trail politicians go for a different kind of campaign? One with bugbears, goblins and dragons, that is.

Here’s somehedgehog’s funny take on this – Adventuring Party Politics: The Campaign is Getting Ugly

Here’s an excerpt:

GM:  OK, the bugbear attacks you.  What do you do?

OBAMA: I send one of my 672 henchmen after it.

MCCAIN:  OK, seriously.  Why does he have so many henchmen?  I’m a level 72 ranger and he’s only a level 8 paladin.

Note: You won’t get it unless you’ve played D&D before or know who Gary Gygax, or what a Hand of Vecna is.

Cheers and happy reading! *fireball…*

Adventuring Party Politics: The Campaign is Getting Ugly

Indiana Jones 4: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Are you an Indiana Jones fan? If you are one, just like me, then guess what, the man with the hat is back! (Or better yet, the man with the bullwhip, fedora, leather jacket and morbid fear of snakes!)

The newest Indy film that is currently under production is entitled Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Harrison Ford reprises his role as Dr. Indiana Jones, a fictional professor, archaeologist and adventurer. The film is set in the 1950’s.

The film is directed by Steven Spielberg and is produced by George Lucas under Lucasfilm, Ltd..

Gatorade ad campaigns: Subliminal advertizing?

There’s this pretty interesting “conspiracy” theory topic posted at the Basketbawfull website on how certain companies make use of subliminal messages in their marketing campaigns. The site specifically singled out Gatorade.

Check out the graphical summary of the above-mentioned site and see if you their conspiracy theory makes sense. To sum everything up in 2 words: Sex Sells.

Hmmm… What do you see?

Ok, let’s take a closer look. Anything familiar?

Why, it’s a Gatorade bottle, of course! What were you thinking of?

Does this suggest anything? Uhm-hmm…

Under a black light, Gatorade looks like…

Experience the many different fruit flavors…

She’s looking pretty happy…

Wowowee Wilyonaryo: What was the design flaw?

This is in reaction to what ABS-CBN says as a “corrected game design flaw” on the “Wilyonaryo” game segment of the popular show, “Wowowee”.

But why should there be such a “design flaw” in the first place?

Let’s focus on the props used for the “Wilyonaryo” game segment. If a responsible person or game designer were to make a good design, then one of the top design criteria would be to ensure that the box would only accommodate a single number card at any given time.

So what exactly was the design flaw that was corrected?

1) Did they make provisions on the box for additional number slots? If so, why would they? Every box would have to be cleared of its contents and shuffled prior to every episode anyway, right?

2) Was it an operational design flaw on their pre-game preparations? Which is doubtful since it’s highly unlikely for a person to inadvertently put in more than two numbers inside each box, unless…

As a learning experience, it would be better for the Department of Trade and Industry to inspect and approve all props and game design operations for all Filipino TV shows, or any DTI sanctioned event for that matter, prior to giving out permits from now on. Or is this being done now?

And in the interest of truth and public welfare, perhaps the studio should have clearly explained what the design flaw was. This would have eliminated some of the questions that have been nagging a lot of people.

So what do you think?

Related Blog Entries:
The Wowowee Wilyonaryo “Scam”
Wowowee Wilyonaryo: The Senate Probe

The Wowowee Wilyonaryo “scam”

The controversial, yet highly popular, Filipino ABS-CBN noontime show, “Wowowee”, has been under heavy fire and public scrutiny due to its August 20 episode where host Willie Revillame’s blooper inadvertently showed that one of its game segments appear to be “rigged”.

The controversy stemmed from the “Wilyonaryo” segment of the said episode where two signboards bearing the numbers “0” (indicating no prize was won) and “2” (indicating the jackpot prize of 2 million pesos) were seen in the same violet-colored box that Willie said the jackpot was to be found.

According to ABS-CBN, the error was “due to a design flaw”, but judging from the videos of the particular show segment that are scattered across the internet, particularly in YouTube – plus all of the questions left unanswered by ABS-CBN and the show’s management – it appears everything BUT.

Perhaps Joey de Leon, one of the iconic hosts of GMA Network’s “Eat Bulaga!”, a popular rival show of “Wowowee”, was justified in telling Willie to “explain before you complain” because it appears that those involved in the alleged “scam” have been trying to skirt the issue by focusing on other things.

In any case, all those involved sure have a lot of explaining to do, especially since the Philippine Senate has asked for an investigation on the matter.

So, what’s your opinion? Check out the video clip below and you be the judge.

Related Blog Entries:
Wowowee Wilyonaryo: What Was the Design Flaw?
Wowowee Wilyonaryo: The Senate Probe

The number 5

Thanks to Chrissy, here is yet another meme for you to read (and participate in) 🙂

INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.

1) Pointless Drivel
2) Shelli’s Sentiments
3) Curiosity Killer
4) Chrissy
5) PJ

Next select five people to tag: (if you haven’t done it already)
1) Conne
2) Berne
3) Mark
4) Kimmie
5) Maan

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was still in college picking my nose and taking up Computer Engineering. 😀

What were you doing 1 year ago?
I was based in Clark, Pampanga, working for Wallem Innovative Solutions as the Technical Services Group Manager. I remember that I was really having a hard time then trying to adjust to living away from my family and coming home only during weekends. CJ was only a few months old then and I had some trouble bonding with him since he’d usually cry every time I tried to carry him. Being a new dad, who misses his family, it was really devastating for me. I’m glad we were able to get through it.

Five snacks you enjoy
1) Instant Noodles – the spicier the better!
2) Goto
3) French fries
4) “isaw” and other Filipino barbecued snacks.
5) fish balls, squid balls, “kikiam” (que-kiam) and one-day-old chicks.

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:
1) More Than Words by Extreme – the first complete guitar piece I learned.
2) Only You by the Side A Band – one of my favorite local bands
3) The Alphabet Song (A, B, C, D, lah-dee-dah)
4) Nursery rhymes (Hey, you gotta learn these things if you’re a parent!)
5) Some religious songs (This was from singing class at school when I was a kid)

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1) Give some of my money to my parents and brothers
2) Donate to the church and other charities
3) Go on a trip around the world with my family
4) Put up several businesses
5) Build my dream house

Five bad habits:
1) I sometimes don’t think before I talk
2) I sometimes don’t put things back where I got them from
3) I am a terrible procrastinator
4) I sometimes forget to remove my contact lenses
5) I have a terrible temper

Five things you like doing:
1) spending time with family
2) cooking (yes, I do know how to cook, thank you)
3) reading
4) blogging
5) watching TV

Five things you would never wear again:
1) a dress and makeup – I had to wear these in a contest I entered (and unfortunately won), ha!
2) adult diapers – My teammates and I wore these as part of a gimmick for our college intramural opening rites.
3) dirty contact lenses – I had a terrible eye infection the last time I did this stupid stunt.
4) my lucky shirt – because I don’t have a lucky shirt 😉
5) my pride – really hard, but hey, I’m trying.

Five favorite toys:
1) my laptop
2) my cell phone
3) my car (yeah, it’s a toy)
4) my old Lego set
5) CJ’s toys! (A dad’s gotta do some quality control, if you know what I mean.. ;-p)