A New Look

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In case you haven’t noticed, I just updated the look and feel of this blog. That’s because I recently switched hosting providers, and practically had to setup everything from scratch again, and in the midst of it nearly killed my own blog. Whew!

Since everything’s fresh and new, some of the embedded images may not show correctly (if at all). I’m still trying to fix that (if possible). Meanwhile, I welcome feedback on the new and (hopefully) improved blog, or any hiccups that you may experience during this transition period.

A quick update on myself. I’m still alive, but awfully busy on the new job (for almost 2 years!). Lot’s of new challenges, technically as well as in terms of working with different types of personalities. Some of my ex-colleagues have mentioned that I’ve “grown up” in the past 2 years, and I can feel it too. Meanwhile, I’m trying my best to put out fires and slaying dragons, while desperately trying to keep my head above the waters of the sea of tasks pending my attention.

I’ve just added 2 babies to my collection of gadgets, so I’m hoping to find the time to do some reviews on the 2 devices, some time in the near future.

I probably also need to spend some time cleaning up the “Links” and “Podcasts” pages.

Until next time, adios and take care!

UPDATE (27th Aug 2014)

  • I just “resurrected” the “Site Map” page, after installing the necessary plugins.
  • “Photos” page has been taken down since the plugin required is no longer available for download, and I’ve not been updating my Picasa albums (if you still call them that).

R.I.P. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

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I was never an Apple fan to begin with and I do not own (and have never owned) any Apple products. However, I still appreciated them for their creativity and ingenuity when it comes to design and user-intuitiveness. A quick look at the smart phone market will immediately show how everyone is trying to imitate Apples technology and/or design. It’s probably safe to say that Apple revolutionized personal computers, music and smart phones. Steve Job’s vision changed the way people work and play today.

I particularly loved watching Steve Jobs giving his signature keynote speeches. His onstage charisma is incomparable. Apple would have never become what it is today without the lead of Steve Jobs.

Steve, rest in peace. You will be well missed by all.

Promoting Catholic Media

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Today (15th March) is Catholic Media Promotion Day. In celebration of the inaugural 1st CMPD, here’s a list of my favorite Catholic stuff:

3 Favorite Catholic Podcasts (SQPN)

3 Favorite Catholic Podcasts (Catholic Radio)

3 Favorite Catholic Podcasts (Others)

3 Favorite Catholic Blogs

3 Favorite Catholic Apps (Android)

My current project is this blog, of course. I try to review podcasts, blogs, apps, etc, Catholic or otherwise, but I’m a little behind since work has been piling up. Still slowly trying to clean-up broken links and obsolete items.

Podcast Awards 2009 Nominations Open!!!

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Yes, it’s that time again! Nominations are open for Podcast Awards 2009! If you love listening to podcasts, it’s time to get to work and start nominating your favorite podcasts at Podcast.Awards.com. If you’re in need for suggestion, or perhaps you’re not sure about the URL address of the podcast you support, you can always hop over to the Podcasts tab on this blog.

Please note that you can only submit the nomination form ONCE. The same show is not to be nominated for multiple categories within the same submission. Get more details at Podcast.Awards.com.

P.S.: If you’re a supporter of SQPN, I suggest you wait for Father Roderick’s “official” suggested nominations list. Meanwhile, let’s work together to try and bring this to Father’s attention. The poor padre is so loaded with work that I think he missed my plurk last night. :-p

3 New SQPN Shows!

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Hurray! SQPN has added 3 new shows to it’s stellar line-up of fantastic Catholic podcasts! Woo hoo!

ROSWELL, GA – To wrap up a summer of fun and gear up for the fall season of new activities, the Star Quest Production Network proudly announces the addition of three new podcasts to the SQPN family. Each show casts a unique spin on how Catholics live their lives. They serve the growing interest, not only in Catholic living, but in living well.

“In answer to the Church’s call for evangelization via the new media, SQPN is constantly searching for ways to reach out to new audiences,” says Fr. Roderick Vonhogen, founder and CEO of the Star Quest Production Network.

“The three new shows in our line-up do exactly that: Pat Gohn’s ‘Among Women’ reaches out to women, while Nick and Pat Padley cater to young adults with ‘In Between Sundays’, and Jeff Young, ‘the Catholic Foodie’ targets people that love to share faith and good food with friends and family.”

More details here.

And in case you were wondering, yes the Podcasts page has been updated accordingly. 😉

In Preparation For Lent

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Guess what folks? Lent is here again! God is good, for sure. I mean, after all that binge eating & drinking during the Christmas/New Year season, as well as all the festive goodies during the Lunar New Year season, AND chocolates from Valentine’s Day, God gives us the *PERFECT* reason to control our desires for food and other worldly stuff, and focus on HIM.

Apart from the usual fasting and abstinence routine that I normally follow during Lent, I wanted to do something different. Something *slightly* more significant. Especially since I’m not *that* fond of meat anyway, so abstinence from meat doesn’t really affect me all that much. I was invited to join a Giving up Facebook for Lent group in Facebook. Although I didn’t join it immediate, it did set me thinking. Am I spending *too* much time on Facebook? Looking back, I realized that the answer was a big fat “YES“! I’ve been logging in religiously, processing requests received, checking on the statuses of my many Facebook friends, playing Lexulous (previously known as Scrabulous) and Bejeweled Blitz. I guess it probably will do me some good to give up Facebooking for the next 40+ days. At the very least, I’ll have more time to catch up on my reading required for the next big project at work. So yes, I’ve joined the group and pledged my determination to rid my attachment to Facebook, and do something productive instead. So if you noticed that I’m kinda quiet over at Facebook, you know it’s all for a good cause. :-)

In addition, I’ll be giving up computer games, particularly PopCap games, for Lent too. I’ve currently got 8 PopCap games installed on my notebook, and I’m beginning to feel that I’m spending too much time on them. Less time on games, means more time to read, means more productivity. :nerd:

Naturally, I considered whether I should give up Twitter and Plurk as well, but since they’re my primary connection(s) to my friends from across the world, I’ll probably maintain status quo on those, though I most likely *will* reduce the time I spend there. Thank goodness for Ping.fm, I can easily update all my social network sites at one go with the click of a button. :yes:

So there. That was my update on what I’m planning for Lent. What are your plans for Lent? Is there anything you’re giving up? Is there anything you’re doing extra? Let me know by leaving your comments. It’ll be interesting to “compare notes” 😉