Filed Under (alien.invasion, LEGO, LEGOmatics, PHTGRPH) by WildFire on 02-03-2012



Filed Under (alien.invasion, LEGO, LEGOmatics, PHTGRPH) by WildFire on 01-03-2012



Filed Under (alien.invasion, miscellaneous) by WildFire on 15-12-2011

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Sources of Insight

RF 059

Filed Under (alien.invasion, LEGO, LEGOmatics) by WildFire on 31-05-2010

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Now... how to squeeze in 11 clients in 4 days..?


Filed Under (alien.invasion) by WildFire on 24-05-2010

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Will edit this tomorrow.

RE 046

Filed Under (alien.invasion, LEGO, LEGOmatics) by WildFire on 20-11-2009

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The sequel to the first photoshoot. This one features the Bionicles in this room.

This has been in the server since April 2009 though. Unlinked and partially hidden.

RE 010

Filed Under (alien.invasion, LEGO, LEGOmatics) by WildFire on 15-10-2009

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Filed Under (alien.invasion, LEGO, LEGOmatics) by WildFire on 16-06-2009

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We don't need to geek out arguing on the existence of a T minus zero, right?


'Do it again. Do it again.'

That was the reaction of our 6 year old when he saw this one.

Of course I have to explain Photoshop to him.


Ever since LEGO365 ended days ago, it left a gaping void in the-keeping-the -sanity-intact parts of my day.

I googled here and there for a similar site. Flickr-ed here and there but I can't find one.

There are good ones. Amazing ones. But not daily. In this current work-related stress-oriented life of ours, I need those LEGO shots daily.

Twice or thrice a day if possible.

T minus 4

Filed Under (alien.invasion, LEGO, LEGOmatics) by WildFire on 12-06-2009

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Note: Girl blowing the flower photo is not mine. I'm still googling who the photographer is.


Filed Under (alien.invasion, miscellaneous) by WildFire on 29-04-2009

Back here inside Dreamweaver.

Tried posting directly from inside WordPress and accidentally clicked the LINK worpress menu instead of the LINK (HREF) formatting options and the previously scribbled things were lost.

(The HUGE difference between a CTRL+S instincts and moving the mouse to a Save Draft button.)

(One more reason why desktop-based (but rich) applications still rule over browser-based ones..!)

Now going back to Celtics versus Bulls. Let me recreate the digitized and hyperlinked thoughts on that one.


A third overtime game in this Celtics-Bulls series. With the Celtics grabbing the win after losing the previous two OTs.

But can they last..?

(Ah the bliss of HREFs. Twitter forced me into using shorteners such as TINYURL and TR.IM)

Most exciting series or a conspiracy filled one..?

Doc Rivers was fined already. Now we have Celtics' Perkins perking up.

The Bulls too are complaining. Can't blame them. There exists an overlapping line between a FLAGRANT FOUL and a PLAYOFF FOUL.

Blood loss involved.

I'm a Celtics fan. But with Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe out, it looks like there is indeed an impending KOBE versus LEBRON NBA Finals collision course this year.

I'm seeing a lot of those type of posters already. In street billboards and in malls.

Makes me wonder what these entities are up to.

Who can forget what they did last year.


Filed Under (alien.invasion, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 27-01-2008

I visited a client yesterday.

One of the few 'they-just-call-us-once-a-year' type of clients.

It's either they really know the program so well that a programmer's interventions are not needed or they're not using the program.

Spent four hours on the road and bus... and just two hours in the client's site.

Yeah... one of those provincial visits where the time consumed by transportation is much more than the actual client interaction itself.

Problem on site is not even programming related.

Hardware crashed... not my scope but I helped anyway.

Besides I need to update some modules.

Main database file shows a record of 1,445 records. They must be using the system.

I had the chance to talk to some heads too.

Two of our main problems with clients for the past year are administration changes without proper turnovers and staff changes, also, without proper turnovers.

Rode the bus home before the clock hit the 12 noon mark.

The bus ride home is always one of the interesting events of this visit.

The previous time I remember I felt like my pony-tail connected to the seat as if it was a cable connecting me to some moving Matrix-The-movie-like vehicle.

I felt like I was one with that bus which is not a bus at all.

Too surreal I can't even describe it.

Yesterday... half asleep, I believe I saw three, not just one, but three buildings that seemed to have transferred from the right side of the road to the left side.

At least they were in the right side during my previous visit.

That was 11 months ago.

I'm quite sure those three huge buildings were on the left side of the road before.

As if in that span of time they have developed movable feet of some sort and uhm... crossed the road.

That and they were able to successfully mass-hypnotize the villagers in that place into thinking that nothing weird happened.

That everything's all right.

You can't fool me, you alien-beings-pretending-to-be-buildings!

I wear my psionic helmet protection all the time.


Filed Under (alien.invasion) by WildFire on 16-01-2008

Previous scribbles in this part were erased by format-lovin' obsessive compulsive three-eyed aliens.


Filed Under (alien.invasion, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 27-11-2007

Strap yourself in boys, we're in for some chop chops.

Chop chops... these are.

Call it refactoring if you want.


Straightening out five year old 'funny codes'. (Though I'm not sure if it will pass the dailyWTF criteria.)

LIBRARY SYSTEM version 2.001 screenshot

Four++ years ago a client asked me to continue a three year old project of theirs.

To be completed in seven weeks... that is.

(The topic of rushed projects have been a recurring item in this blog but no most of our projects are not rushed : )

So seven weeks, I was asked... if I could do it.

Being a proud programmer back then... I accepted it.

For pride... for glory... for the challenge.

(Payment will even be given a year after. Nine months after to be exact... so financial motivation was non-existent.)

Plus back then I felt like I was an ultra-bionic coder with 28 fingers and 42 mind-to-fingers 2048-bit internal buses that can tap three alternate universes for quantum fueled code-pounding mojos.

And I have FoxPro... of course.

VFP6 was the main weapon back then.

The client's old project was done in Visual Basic 5 if I'm not mistaken. (With multiple ocx files)

So if you're me faced with a rushed project to be finished in seven weeks... the best thing to do first is of course to convert things to Visual FoxPro.

I knew VB back then... but I'm more familiar with the Fox.

In pressured situations you tend to go with those you are familiar with.


Raw slashin' instincts.


Imagine this. You're fighting a swarm of droolin' aliens. You have a choice between an advanced AKzVROOMzerg 19281 rifle with 1029 technicolored (and beautifully gradient) buttons you don't understand but can wipe out 200 aliens in one blow.

Or an old used knife purchased in eBay.

If aliens are miles away you might try fidgeting with the rifle.

Read the effin' manuals perhaps.

But if the aliens are just three feet away you'd grab the knife.

Instincts dictate you do do so.

(I know humans learn something from watching Rambo films. (Charlie Sheen spoof film included.))

FoxPro is that knife.


Going back to that project and aliens aside, I did retain the structure of the old databases.

Besides it contains a lot of data already.

I carefully imported them into independent FoxPro tables.


Fast forward to June 2007 and 8 clients later... I've decided it's about time for an upgrade.

There were of course updates... fixes and all on version 1.00 but I want a major change.

Including a rehaul of those imported databases.

A complete restructure from top to bottom.

I don't feel like I'm that ultra-bionic coder anymore but I did learn a lot.

Slashing instincts are still there though.

Plus we have new coding conventions.

And qs and I (who now codes with me (sometimes codes more than me)) have developed new engines. New frameworks.

(With new bugs. More advanced bugs. Bugs unseen to the naked user's eye.)

So I started coding and restructuring. Laughing in between at old funny codes and flows.

Mid-August a client asked for a feature. A needed feature.

Thinking it was just easy we accepted it.

I fired up two logs. One for version 1.00 and one for version 2.00 with a sub part in the old log that points out to 'codes/modules/forms modified in version 1.00 that are to be modified in version 2.00'.

Three months after I'm still working on that feature.

On both versions.

Pingpong-ing codes and chopped PRG files in between projects. A major change of database structure also made things harder. Think of the buffered variable names and flows I have to store in my mind to accomodate simultaneous processes.

Plus I'm already used to the new framework/engine of ours that uses a common library/codes folder. Much easier for lazy coders like me.

And I'm older now.

And unfocused.

I'm older and unfocused.

And more whiny.



Filed Under (alien.invasion, GFX, Random.links) by WildFire on 30-10-2007

Why we fight the UFO/ET information war.

Why indeed, when we can just use our PCs to hack the US military, Pentagon or NASA and search their databases for alien related documents..?

Like what Gary McKinnon did.

This setup (image below) should protect those information from hackers... hackers like Gary and my pet Ikia.

Though right now they (Yes 'they' (Inanimate objects have life (No not Gary and Ikia but those PS3s))) are being used to measure 'theoretical gravity waves - ripples in space-time that travel at the speed of light'. (Please don't tell me you need hyperlinks for that.)

(Photo in the left from Gaurav Khanna (via Right is another Terai Yuki render... : )


Why bother with aliens when we can have mind readers... from Microsoft.

Start gathering the pitchforks!\LEGO

Filed Under (alien.invasion, LEGO) by WildFire on 20-10-2007 \ search: 'LEGO'

Sort: Most Interesting.

Found some very cool mecha/machine/futuristic-related creations from CHUCKC and Soren.

Also... discovered what Darth and yoda are up to these days.

Just in case you're interested... : ]


Filed Under (alien.invasion, Random.links) by WildFire on 09-10-2007

Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination. QUID. Designed for intergalactic travellers.



They're preparing us you know. Some of them went soft, I guess... and decided to push this.

Go figure that out.

Beautiful DAY

Filed Under (alien.invasion, GFX, Random.scribbles, work.BLOG) by WildFire on 05-03-2007


This is the part where we have an awkward moment with an entity whom we haven't had conversation with for quite some time.


No posts for more than three months to be precise.

Christmas 2006 went by... New Year 2007... Valentine's day and even this blog's third year online and I haven't been able to pushe myself into posting anything here.

I got tagged too. (I'll post a separate scribble for that.)

And, Yes... foxpro.catalyst is three years old... : )

Ah three years of encrypting anti-alien-invasion code maps and schematics in the guise of FoxPro-related materials for covert cybernetically enhanced humanoids in seven areas of this planet.

(The old process was to embed in each image posted an encrypted message which you can extract through its RGB/HSL/dimension values, and decode using a dynamically-modified key stored somewhere in this site. (Again old process so I'm revealing it now.))

Seriously... thanks for all the fish, the visits, the rss grabbin', the linking, and reading.


So where were we for the past few months..?

The easiest answer is to barf out that b--- word, which every human, including (but not limited to), those who discovered porn, use these days.

The world, our world is slowly being filled with humans who tend to be always busy.

(And pretending to be busy.)

(There's that space between Task.001 and Task.002 so we invented blogs.)

So where were we really..?

Let's just say qs and I decided to take this little work-quest that we have started around five years ago to another level.

I will share the specifics, some keypoints, random roadblocks, issues, fruits and some details of this journey.

Filed Under (alien.invasion, Random.links) by WildFire on 21-11-2006

Earthling, meet Miss Dewey.


Filed Under (alien.invasion, Random.scribbles) by WildFire on 09-10-2006

Alien ate this portion. We'll retrieve that post later.