Monday, September 1, 2008

Making The Switch

This Blog has Moved!!


Hello everyone, I have recently moved my blog from Blogger to Wordpress. Please visit the new Psycho.Sanctum. Also, please update your blog roll and link lists accordingly. I am still in the process of transferring all links to the new blog.

Thanks and hope you keep reading!

Dex

Friday, August 15, 2008

Reanimation

It has been 57 days since I last updated this blog but it already feels like months. To say that the last one and a half months has been eventful is a gross understatement. In those 57 days, nothing short of a seismic shift in my professional and personal life has happened. The quietness of this blog contrasts with the upheaval happening in real life, brought by changes, choices and the chaos that follow.

You may wonder what kept me from blogging for 57 days. I guess there was just too much to think of and say. And there was too little time and opportunity to express those thoughts in a manner that will give them justice. But you can't keep water from a wellspring from flowing and you can't keep a writer from expressing.


That's why I'm back, ready to reanimate this little virtual sanctum of my psyche. I owe it to this blog's handful of readers, and to friends who take a peek once in a while. But more than anything else, I owe it to myself to keep this thing going. Blogging may mean a whole lot of different things to different people; but to me, it's simply good ol' self-expression and sharing stuff that I know and am interested in.

BTW, I'm happy that even without updating for so long, this blog's traffic still reached a personal all-time high last month. It may not be that much but for a stat junkie like me, It feels good to know that what I've posted here over the last two years are interesting enough to gain at least a few readers. It is a well worn statement but really, thanks for dropping by. PsychoSanctum reanimation is on.

Photo from Getty Images

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Albay in Google Earth

In the most recent Google Earth update last month, several towns and one city in the province of Albay now have high-resolution satellite imagery. These newly high-res areas include Ligao City, Guinobatan, Oas, Libon, Tiwi, Manito, Jovellar and Malinao. Camalig is also on high resolution but is partly hidden by clouds.

Among Albay's municipalities and cities, only Rapu-Rapu, parts of Polangui, and Pio Duran remain in low resolution. Legazpi City and Daraga first went high-res back in June 2006. The city of Tabaco and the towns of Sto. Domingo, Bacacay and Malilipot followed suit a few months later.

Browsing Google Earth is one of my favorite time wasters. Exploring both familiar and unfamiliar places through satellite imagery is what I call Google Earth sightseeing. It certainly provides a different perspective of the world around us. A great blog about Google Earth sightseeing is Vista Pinas, which features Filipino sights as seen from satellite images found in Google Earth and Google Maps.

Here are some screen grabs (click to enlarge) of newly high-res areas in Albay. Screen shots won't do justice, though. The best way to view these satellite images is through Google Earth.


Ligao City


Guinobatan


Manito

Jovellar

Tiwi

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Waiting for 'The Echo'

Now that post-production work on 'The Echo' has wrapped up according to director Yam Laranas' blog, I can't wait for the official release date of this film. They have already released the teaser poster last month as well as some stills and so far it looks great.

The anticipation is further heightened by two positive initial reviews of the Echo so far. Todd Brown of twitchfilm.net, in the first review of the film, takes note of the impressive cinematography and sound design. Beyond Hollywood describes 'The Echo' as "... many things - both art-house and commercial, both subtle and shocking — but one thing it certainly is — it’s a gem of a ghost story".

I loved 'Sigaw' when I saw it for the first time last year that I even blogged about it. I hope 'The Echo' will succeed in the cutthroat world of Hollywood and becomes another triumph of Pinoy talent in the international scene.

Update [06.13.08]:

The teaser trailer for 'The Echo' has just been released. Check it out: