May you find peace

Posted On 5:17 PM by nerdluck | 3 points of view

Following up on the last post and in response to a call to prayer and sobriety by Ding of Inkblots and Sir Eric Isaac of Wish you were here, I looked up this picture I took last easter and offer it to the families of the Glorietta 2 blast a few days ago. I hope that our sympathy somehow helps you get through these hard times. Nothing is as painful as the premature loss of a loved one. May God guide you to accept the loss and grant you peace in your heart.
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Terror at the Homefront

Posted On 10:40 AM by nerdluck | 0 points of view

I thought I could keep myself from blogging about politics and religion. I swore to myself never to alienate or antagonize any of my readers by means of an irresponsible impulsive rant against anyone from another ideology so I elected to stay away from ANY discussion about gods and demons of both celestial and human government. But in light of the recent Glorietta 2 blast, I'll have to bend my stand a little on this one. Do take into consideration that this is more personal than political.

It has been three days since the tragedy. I was so stunned when I got a message about a blast in a mall at the CBD (Central Business District) of Makati. I never thought something like this could happen anywhere near where I live. I felt a chill in my spine when news came out that there is a possibility that the blast was a terrorist attack. "Not here!," I thought. "please, not here!" After the initial shock, I felt despair for the victims and their families. I felt that it could have been anyone I knew.. My family... friends... colleagues... this was a mall we would frequently hang out in. It was so close to home... so close to home. Anger found its way soon after. How can anyone JUSTIFY the taking of innocent people's lives? It was all so senseless. To die so senselessly... for something they did not have no clue about. I was gripped with fear, there is no assurance that my family can be safe anymore. I felt helpless.

Nothing could have prepared me for what I heard on the news that night. Sen. Trillanes boldly claimed that he has reasons to believe that the blast was a machination of our own military to divert public attention from the recent scandals the palace has gotten its sorry ass into. I hope he's got data to back this one up 'coz this is one helluva thing to say right after a tragedy of this magnitude. I have no love for the palace resident but I would be damned to accept that bullshit. It just stink so much of opportunism to say something like this. It is irresponsible for a man of his designation and stature. I also don't think the concerned people are going to let him off easily if he is mistaken. Unsolicited advice mister senator... you can learn so much from Senators Lacson and Cayetano's experience. Get your facts straight before making such statements. Present it to the media with verified data and nail them in the ass. Otherwise, shut up. The families of the victims will appreciate that very much.
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Posted On 11:28 AM by nerdluck | 1 points of view

I can never stress enough the importance of a good network for a designer. In this case, ANYONE in ANY creative field. A good network shares its knowledge of the industry with each other and helps the rookies "learn the ropes" and run along with the big boys (or girls or people, if you prefer to be politically correct). A rich creative network is also a breeding round for new ideas and gives new direction in design. One such network is The Behance Network.

According to them:

The Behance Network is a platform for creative portfolios, projects and collaborations.

Represent your work.

Build a dynamic portfolio of your latest projects, open to all or shared selectively.

Connect and collaborate in "circles."
Join or create groups of creative professionals, gathered around interests, to share content and ideas.

Discover job opportunities.
Behance's GigList features great work opportunities for creative professionals. Creative industry leaders are also able to mine the network for talent.

Share tips and industry knowledge.
Behance's Tip Exchange is a lively exchange of insights and helpful resources, all categorized and searchable.

Access resources that boost productivity.
The Behance ThinkTank features knowledge, interviews, and products for the creative professional community.

Some may argue that the best network for us local designers (the author resides in the Philippines) is a local network who understands local culture. I agree to some extent but (I believe) it is also important for us to be in touch with our counterparts from all over the world and take note of the global industry trends that affect our own. We exist in a global industry and good design is not subjective to any local culture. It is universal.

Many thanks to fretwire84 for letting me in on this "secret society" of creative people. Even if some of the stuff in my portfolio was already posted in this blog,
please do take time to browse and appreciate our works if you find the time.
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October Issue Now Available

Posted On 4:36 PM by nerdluck | 0 points of view

It's Here!!! The 11th Anniversary Issue of THE Baby Magazine. As usual, this issue is packed to the brim with almost everything we need to know about raisin' our own mini-me's but in this issue, we are giving our readers something to thank them for all 11 years of continued support. Grab a copy and take part in the Baby Magazine Anniversary Giveaway. The strapping young lad is Guyoito Larrazabal. Cover photo by Ralph Alejandrino

Baby Magazine is available in Major National Bookstores and Powerbooks Branches and Selected Mag:Net outlets. For subscription inquiries, you may contact Baby magazine through the following:

Phone: (+63 2) 728.36.55

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