Friday, August 31, 2007

No Battlestar Galactica For Kevin Smith

A couple days ago Kevin Smith announced that he would be directing an upcoming episode of Battlestar Galactica, but alas it doesn’t seem like it will come to be. Galactica showrunner Ronald D Moore told fans at the official SciFi Channel Web site that a “scheduling conflict” has come up and that Smith is no longer attached to direct an episode."

Which is of course too bad. It looks like it is just going to be Heroes only and Galactica wont be included on his list of works anymore. I've always liked Smith's various creative story lines. Dogma was the best of them despite the controversy.

Oh well, I guess you cant have everything.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Taiwan's Acer to buy Gateway

Taiwan's Acer Inc will buy Gateway Inc for $710 million to double its U.S. presence and unseat China's Lenovo as the world's No. 3 PC maker, while dealing a blow to its efforts to grow in Europe.

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Kevin Smith To Direct Battlestar Galactica & Write/Direct Heroes Episode

The Clerks director has signed on to direct an episode of Battlestar Galactica...Smith also revealed that he will not only direct an episode of the Heroes spin-off show Heroes Origins, but he has also been given full creative control to write the episode and create the character.

This is of course all awesome. I have not seen Kevin Smith direct something along the lines of this kind of genre. Then again, I dont really see much of Kevin's work.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Things You Shouldn't Be Saying When Assisting In Surgery

This piece of advice is dedicated to one of the few friends I know in the field of medicine, Peter Mark who just passed the local Nursing exams. So Mark, How does it feel to be a male nurse eh? Ha ha ha ha

Anyway, you deserve it. When was the last time we really saw you and don't include those times where you just eat and drink at a party (That ain't fair!)?!?!

You owe us a big one before you flutter off to the other side of the world. Next step would be the NCLEX exams. So you study hard and party harder!!!! Woot!!

Here's my 39-part piece of advice....

1. That's cool. Now can you make his
twitch by pressing that one?!

2. Wait a minute, if this is his
then what's that?

3. This patient has already had some
kids, am I correct?

4. Oh no! Where's my Rolex?!?!

5. Ya know, there's big money in
kidneys... and this guy's got two of 'em...

6. Well folks, this will be an
experiment for all of us.

7. No, no, no, no, NO!! Dammit..... Oh

8. There go the lights again!

9. Could you stop that thing from
beating; it's throwing off my

10. Sterile schmerile. The floor's
clean, right?

11. Rover! Come back with that. Bad

12. Oops! Hey, has anyone ever survived
from 500 ml of this stuff before?

13. OK, now take a picture from this
angle. This is truly a freak of nature.

14. FIRE! FIRE! Everyone get out!

15. What's this doing here?

16. What do you mean "You want a

17. I hate it when they're missing
in here.

18. Oh no! Page 47 of the manual is

19. I wish I hadn't forgotten my

20. Everybody stand back! I lost my
contact lens!

21. Better save that. We'll need it for
the autopsy.

22. Hand me that... uh... that uh...
that thingy there.

23. Accept this sacrifice, O Great Lord
of Darkness.

24. What do you mean he wasn't in for a
sex change...?

25. Someone call the janitor - we're
going to need a mop.

26. Holy cow! What's that?

27. I was at a wine tasting when they
called me in for surgery.

28. Don't worry. I think it is sharp

29. Nurse, did this patient sign the
organ donation card?

30. Anyone see where I left that

31. "Pass the scalpel" ..."Sure! Here
you go, Dr. Kevorkian!"

32. So you think its this one? I think
its that one, lets toss a coin

33. Coffee break time

34. Can you hear me now?

35. Quick, hide the stash!

36. I know this face, that is the cop
that pulled me over last week

37. Ya, think we should have waited for
the surgeon?

38. Don't worry, she can't hear you!

39. I've done this a million times,
lets see if I can do it with my eyes
closed....ooops, guess not!

Enjoy and Congratulations!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

People Who Fidget Are Less Likely To Be Obese

Scientists working in Germany and the US say they have found a "fidget" molecule and if you have it in your genes you are less likely to be fat. Fidgeters of the world say, "well, duh, all that moving around is good exercise".

Well, DUH indeed. I do tend to fidget sometimes when I'm bored. In reading the article from the BBC it seems people who fidget have less chances of being obese. Genome mapping still has a far way to go and we are discovering more intimate details of what builds up the human body.

Nevertheless, diet and exercise is still the best approach to a great bod!

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Friday, August 17, 2007

I Finally Have A Chance At Showbiz!

It was a typical day at work.

Cases to resolve, shouting matches to be heard and the usual quips between team mates and bosses.

The D then just turned off those big ass speakers of his, and candidly announced on who wants to show up for a shoot as his friend is looking for some extras for a short commercial for Eastwood(ugh! but it's a start).

Everyone started chatting up and at this stage you can seperate those who have guts with the ones with the huge cojones (or really huge ego's!). I'm in for the latter so I signed up.

Take note, two of my team mates have been through this cycle before, I believe Andi did it professionally for a while. Nap did it just for the money in Darna on GMA. I know what you are thinking right now, do we get paid or do we get laid?


They did pay us in food and 2 free movie passes with certain exclusions. (Bah! It doesn't matter, The nationwide television audience gets to see moi in the boobtube!)

When the phones clocked 8AM, we all raced down to the ground floor off the building and met with the D's friend, whose a looker but not my type.

We were all anticipating what would happen next and everyone was in a good mood and elated at the fact that the commercial will be shown in local cable channel ETC.

I started chatting up the group asking where the hell my personal PA is and who will be doing my makeup? (At this point, I wish I wore a better shirt) Everyone laughed of course.

We took a walk up to Eastwood Cinema 1 and they were already starting the shoot with a preview of Surf's Up (boring movie, really!). I was expecting a lot of pretty people scampering about doing some tweaking but no, it was just a bunch of people sitting around with the Director huddling with his production crew on how to get the best effect for the commercial. There were 3 models in the middle aisle of the 3 row from the bottom, All pretty and dolled up but again, not my type. I am not a big fan of make up. I detest it in fact, but of course, always patient when they insist.

Anyway, we were instructed to sit on some of the top rows off-camera and the Director provided some instructions on how we should react once the camera pans over to us. "Just laugh as if you are actually enjoying yourself." says the Director. We were all provided some popcorn on top with gobs of tissue at the bottom and some empty plastic cups for sodas. (How impressive is that?)

The Director started hollering "Action!" and in a few secs he signaled us to laugh which we did. It was awkward at first but since the awkward ambiance was laughable I started feeling giddy and really did laugh. Alan who was just on front row, started throwing out his popcorn on the back row (me!) and I started cursing him like a marine. (I felt insulted about the popcorn which typically had no flavor at all, If it had some real butter on it I would not mind as I would catch them by my mouth! he he he)

That took about 3 or 4 takes. It didn't seem funnier after the first two but hey, it still a shoot and it ain't everyday you get the chance to be shown on TV.

We were asked to move around and the D, Nap and I ended up in the left side of the theater just a 5 or 6 rows from the bottom. I had a better view of the commercial models and I am still unimpressed. Then a couple came in and it was like someone puked one of those girly model magazine's on them. According to Nap she looks like Katrina Halili, I really could not see because it was too dark, even with my glasses on.

During this particular scene, The Director asked us to do the same as previous but when Nap heard the director say action, he started laughing before the signal, I started laughing also!

It was another 2-3 takes and I was starting to grow bored. When it was all over we were asked to go to Something Fishy. It was the usual bad breakfast buffet. I don't know why people are that impressed with their food. It sucks, I was better off eating at home but I can't complain as it was free.

We were all chatting about the events that transpired hours ago. I checked my watch and it was 11AM. Sigh, I had to scramble for home.

Overall, it was something to be proud of. I sure hope our scenes don't get cut out of the commercial. I'll wait for the soft copy and probably try out the video blogging feature in blogger and do an upload.

Till next time.


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Kevin Smith To Direct Heroes Spinoff.

Announced at Comic-Con, The crowd was abuzz on the latest hit in TV Seriesland. If you have never watched the series, by gods man! You are certainly missing a lot!

-Story provided by Reuters

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