On Phantom Lancer

September 29, 2010

I played only one hero in DotA for the past two days, and that hero is Azwraith, or the Phantom Lancer. His character design was based on Kimahri Ronso, a central character in the Final Fantasy X video game. He is a hero designed to win games late: that is, after the casters lose most of their viability and power when everyone has toughened up. He is an image hero, and like most image heroes, sucks during the early game but eats enemy heroes during late game.

While I have had good games with him I have not yet experienced dominating the entire enemy team although I have been quite close to doing so in all of the matches I have played with him. It’s either my team lost the game, and being overpowered doesn’t matter with idiots for teammates, or the game has already ended, with shades of my domination very imminent. He is an enjoyable hero to use, and with good teammates, very difficult to play against: his images perform two roles, after all, which are to dissemble opponents unto their deaths and to push like crazy.


On central obesity

September 29, 2010

I don’t think I should write poorly, even if I am only writing to myself.

With that said, I shall attempt to write my reflections with more cogency and cohesion, starting with this post.

I don’t think I gained a significant amount of weight, but I do feel that I have enlarged my girth with my ill-disciplined diet: my nighttime diet usually consists of processed and junk foods, so it comes as no surprise that I’m slowly becoming centrally obese. I don’t like it, and I have taken steps to get my stomach back to fine form, but the time just isn’t conducive for a regimented exercise routine: this week features four exams just by itself, for example.

It is only going to get worse by next week, because it will be our last week for lectures, and exams for the different subjects will probably come out left and right. Since I will have another exam tomorrow morning, and since our group discussion session ended relatively late, I decided against jogging today. If we could end our DotA session relatively early tomorrow (since we won’t have any classes from 3-5 in the afternoon, if the schedule is followed), I think I will entertain jogging for about 30 minutes or two kilometers (whichever comes first). I had already started my HIIT running exercises about two weeks ago, but I failed to continue it after two sessions due to laziness. While I can probably do two sessions a week at best, I’ll try to compensate this lack with a more standard jogging routine. It probably won’t decrease the fat accumulation on my stomach significantly, but it will at least help me trim it down a bit.

I have no problem fitting into my pants or even moving around in my shirts: I just don’t want to look malnourished, and I believe that a little discipline with regard to exercise will go a long way to promoting the quality of my life. I’m currently drinking a cup of green tea right now to counteract the amount of junk I took in my body. Every little bit helps, I guess.


Coleco Bowlatronic should be my last vintage video game of the year [1]

September 29, 2010

I stopped shopping for vintage video games for more than a week now.  I think that’s a personal achievement, although I’ve done it before. All I have to do now is keep on avoiding the vintage video games section of eBay and I’ll be able to save more money in the process. I would have to follow up my queries on the Super Micro, however, but probably in about two weeks’ time, so that Rik can recognize that I’ve been patient enough about the items but am still interested in them.

Should I just ask him right now? That would make me seem too impatient, something I don’t want to entertain.


The eBay menace [1]

September 19, 2010

All it took was a slip, and the soapbar fell into the urine-filled depths of the toilet bowl. It was the last, purportedly heavy-duty soap I had on me, and was probably one of the last I could purchase locally. I was at first filled with disappointment of having wasted perfectly good soap but was quickly pleased with the idea that its eventual melting would sanitize the bacteria in that puddle. At the very least, it would reduce the amount of filth in my excreta, so I didn’t mind as much.

As I wondered what I wanted to do that day, my mind wandered to two things that I often did: I’d check up on newly listed items on eBay, and then wallow in self-pity for some of the items I desire but could not obtain, or I would play DotA. I always thought playing DotA would limit my eBay visits, but they complement each other very well, and I’m left with two addictions instead of one. Frankly, I don’t really mind as much. I’ve been able to stop going on eBay if I really desired to, so it’s not an addiction per se. It’s just another one of the things that help me bide my time. I could start reading, but reading tires me these times. There’s too much reading to be done with medicine and it just eventually grates on one to the extent that he is averse to even the reading he loved so much a few years back. Every free second of one’s free time is often dedicated to enjoyment, especially if one is like me.

Having said that, I truly wonder whether the shipping for that TV Tennis game is 30 USD. It just seems to big to ship for only 30 dollars, although I would willingly bid on it (having about 4000 as stock money here) if the price doesn’t go so high and the shipping isn’t prohibitive. I believe I need to let go on my desire for the Light Games Projection System, even if it’s a complete lot because I am expecting myself to be unable to spend for it. I’m convincing myself that a lot of people are going to be interested in it, because I don’t want to heighten my expectations only for these to be shot down at the end: I’ve been doing that a lot here in medicine, and I’ve only kept on frustrating myself.

Sometimes, one’s best just isn’t good enough, and I am being reminded of that fact every time I am faced with classmates passionate about the subject and extremely diligent at it, too.  I think that it is a valid reason not to pay for the item and cancel the transaction should the shipping cost a lot more than the price quoted. As long as I don’t delete the email exchange I will have enough evidence to prevent the transaction from its completion: 30 USD is already quite a sum for shipping expenses, but more than that would be extreme, at least for me. While I do plan on purchasing vintage video games, I always try to recall my financial and personal limitations and not go past them: folly is the only outcome otherwise.

Folly has already been the outcome with my purchases. I have never regretted any purchase I have made, although I would want to spend the money on more fruitful endeavors on retrospect. Other than that, however, I still want to obtain that Bowlatronic game by Coleco, even though I’m not as interested anymore.

Whew. That was a great catharsis. I feel much better now.


Marx Toys’ TV Tennis

September 19, 2010

Although I have been able to save a good sum of money, I spent about 360 pesos today for grooming and tidying myself up. I haven’t had a haircut for two months, and I haven’t shaved for nearly three weeks: it’s been a while since I’ve looked clean. While I still have a significant amount in my pocket, I’m wondering whether to start saving money once again, as I want to obtain a pretty rare item: that item is the PlayTime Light Games Projection System, one of the rare LCD projection games of the past. Because the package is a complete one – it also has practically all the games produced for the system, I think it’s going to fetch a hefty price from the more avid collectors. I’m quite certain that it has more than one person interested in it, and that the price will only grow as the bidding nears its end.

I made a post on it at the HandheldMuseum forums so that other interested bidders can participate in its bidding. Aside from the fact that I want them to know about it, I also want to accept the fact that I can’t spend for it because of my monetary limitations. I know I’m spending like a wastrel, but I also recognize what is acceptable from what is borderline stupid, especially with my Super Micro purchase some months ago. Instead, I’m aiming for two items: one is an electromechanical Pong rendition; the other is a Coleco Bowlatronic game. I’m hoping I can get both at manageable prices, but if I can’t, then c’est la vie.

I think I can already move on from the Light Games Projection System since I’ve already made a post announcing it to certainly interested people.


Wastrel ~ Tomy Racetrack edition

September 17, 2010

I wonder when I will stop going on eBay. I mean, I haven’t spent much these past few weeks (about 1,500 from my savings), but I’m thinking about getting the Tomy Racetrack game just because it’s vintage and it looks cool. I guess I plan to spend about 1700 maximum from my savings for that item, in addition to the possible ~950 I’m probably going to spend with the Bowlatronic game. That’s going to leave about 900 for my savings!

I need to stop spending on vintage video games.



September 14, 2010

I left my air-conditioner on for about seven hours without even knowing it was on. I just totally forgot, and it’s pissing me off.  I’ll probably subsist on my trusty electric fan that’s somewhat finicky.

I was planning to write about Spitball Sparky, but right now I don’t really even care whether I get it or not. I’ll probably mind tomorrow, or I probably won’t. It would be interesting to see how expensive it will go, but if there’s a chance I can capitalize on it, I will. I don’t really think about it much.

I think I should stop going on eBay: I should just wait for Rik’s reply and hope that he’d sell me some of his cartridges, because I want to play with a loose system with the other cartridges. Seeing that it’s going to take some time, however …

Should I just play more DotA?  There haven’t been much updates on his forum, too, so it can be thought of as him being quite busy. I thought I was pretty bad on my game with Morphling. I need to be a better and more consistent farmer, and I need to die less. Five deaths as Morphling is just too much: I should be the king of last hits and kill steals.

As I’ve just learned, Ethereal Blade doesn’t stack with Adaptive Strike. I should pursue a more conservative build focused on farming for the late game. Early Wraiths, maybe a Wand for a nuker lane, but a certain Bottle and then BoT immediately for the pushing prowess. The target is to die as little as possible, and to waste the enemy and not myself.