Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Limbo review

Ah, love at first sight. That was exactly how the video game Limbo enthralled me. When first I laid eyes on its minimalist black and white art, my heart was all a-flutter. Here was a delicious game unlike any other about a boy who opens his beady glowing eyes in some kind of HELL. When I downloaded the demo and died my first fantastically violent death in Limbo, my heart swooned. This game was a 2D platformer, a puzzle game, and it featured children and violence to the extreme. Ahhh, l'amour... Then Limbo revealed its true beauty to me -- in the shape of a giant killer spider intent on devouring me. I knew I couldn't live without this game. I had to have it. So I bought it.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Olympus E-PM1: so cute!

This one's for the wifey. She's been saying lately that she wants a small camera. In pink. I told her that since she's always using the micro four thirds camera, it makes no sense to get a compact camera. She'll just end up disappointed by the quality of a compact, plus they aren't that much smaller anyway. I have a solution for her: the Olympus E-PM1. It's smaller than my E-P3, takes all the lenses I have for the system, and it comes in pink. All for $500. Let's see if the wife agrees. I think she will be unable to resist the pink one. More pictures after the jump.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sony NEX-7: it's a pro!

Okay, this mirrorless camera battle is really heating up. In one corner you have the Olympus E-P3 (which I just bought) with lightning fast autofocus. In the other corner you have this 24-megapixel beast from Sony, the NEX-7. Unlike the E-P3, the NEX-7 is touted as a pro camera, and who else needs 24 bloody megapixels in an APS-C sensor? Tiny size, mirrorless design, metal body, one brute of a sensor, this is one interesting camera…

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Olympus E-P3 unboxing

At long last, the Olympus E-P3 arrived. It was like a week overdue and I was already getting anxious. Amazon (and their supplier Ace Photo) was gangbusters, delivering to Johnny Air in NY in just 2 days (after promising 3-7 days). Even the credit card company did their part, flagging a large online purchase. I actually felt safer, despite the hassle. I think I messed up the receiving name with Johnny Air though, accidentally using their corporate business instead because that's where my camera ended up. It stayed in their corporate office for a week before it made its way to the consumer outlet in Megamall. I guess I can't complain because it was partly my fault, but anyway, the package is here! Here's the Olympus E-P3 in all its glory.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

OS X Lion Bites

Almost everything I heard about OS X Lion was bad. So I stayed away. But a couple of days ago, curiosity got the better of this cat, and I downloaded it. And installed it. And surprise surprise, I discovered that everyone was right.

In return, I got a taste of Apple's laptop future. Spoiler alert: it's suspiciously iPad-like. I'm also first in line for Apple's cloud services. Worth it? Not really.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bladeless Fans from Cash Cash Pinoy

Ever since Dyson designed and released their bladeless fan, I've always wanted one. Never thought I'd actually be able to buy one because Dyson notoriously overprices. Alright alright, they deserve every penny for their revolutionary designs, but the third world nerd in me will never spend that much money (around $200) for a desk fan. Thank God for the group buying site, Cash Cash Pinoy, then. They have a promo today that gives you 34% savings on a P4,990 bladeless fan. Do the math: that's just P3,298. Okay, it's not a Dyson, but it works on the same principle. It even has similar colors. I've actually seen this model in action at Cash Cash Pinoy's offices, and the bladeless fan is a thing of beauty. Offer expires in around ten hours. Hit the link!


Star Wars x Adidas

I used to be a sneaker freak. But I got distracted. Haven't bought a pair of funky kicks in a while now... I wish I hadn't seen these. Now I want to buy sneakers again. Hey adidas, have you got these here?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Leather fetish

I've been thinking about leather a lot lately – mostly because I'm now in the leather business. (In case you missed it, click here to see our handmade leather bags.) I've been thinking of making leather iPad or iPhone cases, like the Dodocase, the "Rolls Royce" of iPad cases, the BookBook iPhone case, or even these iPhone/iPad cases from Montblanc.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Puma Faas 500 – Wild!

I believe in going  all out when it comes to shoes (especially sneakers!). But I never thought I'd go this crazy because Puma's Faas 500's are really over-the-top bonkers with their radioactive colors and funky futuristic design. What's surprised me more is that I've grown very fond of these wild shoes.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's promo time!

I love promos. Most people are jaded by promos, thinking that a) these things are rigged or b) they don't have a chance of winning. As someone who used to work in advertising, I can tell you they're mostly not rigged. And I'll let you in on a secret: some promos give you a better chance of winning than others. Which ones? Hit the read more button…

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lexdray bags

While we're on the topic of bags (I wrote about my new camera bag the other day), I stumbled across this press release from Lexdray. At first glance, these bags looked to me like sensible, conservative bags. Upon deeper inspection, I noticed the dearth of pockets in each bag. And like any good nerd, I love pockets. I go absolutely gaga about them. Bonkers. Mental.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Crumpler Local Identity camera bag

Visited the local Crumpler store, and to my surprise I found a camera bag that I had just been reading about here.

The site said it cost AU$270, which is around P11,500. But it turned out to be just P7,500 over here. Plus I got a 10% discount from my Enjoy card. (Love that card. Get one.) Now that's pricey for a bag, but after a recent trip abroad, I realized that I truly needed a specialized bag for my camera. It was a pain juggling my camera, travel documents, and a baby all at the same time. So I bit the bullet and bought it.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Olympus E-P3 incoming!

If all goes well, the Olympus E-P3 will be landing in my grubby mits any day now. I'll be doing the traditional unboxing and a full review when it lands.

As this blog's name goes, I'm just a poor third world nerd, but I do hope to buy a kick-ass camera system one lens at a time (now that the kick-ass camera body is on its way to our banana republic).

Here's my dream setup. It's decidedly retro, with three (or four) fixed lenses when most of today's photogs are happy to shoot with one high quality zoom lens. But I find that fixed lenses really do deliver on the image quality front. Here goes...