Archive for November, 2010

It’s time to unbox my preordered Prince Dastan of the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time movie, made by Hot Toys.

When I claimed the toy two weeks ago, I was a little miffed about the box. Unlike other HT toy boxes, this one seems to have not gone through a lot of thought. Basically, they wrapped a piece of soft cardboard paper around the main box. You had to slide that outer cover off the box to see the package inside. It’s not elegant. Quite the contrary, really. It doesn’t feel like you are buying a top-of-the-line figure.

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The good news is that the figure comes with a lot of accessories, as these images show:

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The figure also comes with another set of wardrobe (not pictured). It’s neatly tucked behind in its own plastic container. It comes with a piece of paper with instructions on changing Dastan’s wardrobe as well as putting on some of the accessories, i.e., the swords.

Right out of the box, Dastan looks like this:

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I don’t know but I don’t think they quite captured Jake Gyllenhaal as he portrayed Prince Dastan in the movie. The headsculpt still looks kick-ass but it does worry me that Hot Toys seems to be slipping ever so subtly on a lot of details on their releases of late. It makes you wonder if they wouldn’t mess up the Iron Man series, or Superman, for that matter.

I still have Mark IV and Mark VI, plus the Mark V Bust, to look forward to. Until then, enjoy these shots of this latest haul.

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From this angle, does it not look as though the head’s too big? The body sculpt also could use some tweaks, as I see it.

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Scrum Team

Posted: November 26, 2010 in Blurbs, Workplace
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The pressure is on as we take on the challenge to be a self-managing cross-functional team. Despite the very short sprints and a mountain of challenges and impediments, Batch 1 Dash 4 Scrum Team will push on.

With or without coffee!

But all work and no play makes for a dull team. Come on, you honestly think a group of 9 men won’t goof off when left on their own?

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The First Week

Posted: November 20, 2010 in Workplace
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Monday: Report for work.

Got to the site early. Turns out buses were on strike.

Met 5 other people who were starting that day. One of them I’ve already met previously, so it smoothed out the awkward conversations you usually have when meeting new people.

We were introduced to each other, given brand new laptops and tasked to make a presentation due on Wednesday.

Tuesday: Holiday.

Wednesday: Presentation Day.

Got a scare thinking I’d be late. It was impossible to catch a ride on FXs. By 8, I had to decide. I had to commute to EDSA and catch a Bus there. I barely made it on time.

We kept busy with our research. Discussing topics that are unclear amongst ourselves. We made some nice PowerPoint presentations, but the show won’t be until 5.

5:00 P.M. Preparations and invitations set us back to almost half an hour. Presentation began in a jam-packed room filled with people who’ve been there and done that. We were nervous as hell but we pulled through.

Questions came flying around throughout the entire presentation. It was apparent during the first speaker’s turn that the presentation was going to take longer than scheduled, and the live Q&A made it worse.

Nonetheless, it was a really good presentation, and I couldn’t be any prouder for it.

Thursday: E-Learning.

HR gave us timesheets and gave us some details regarding salary. There were some good news.

The activity we were supposed to undertake wasn’t quite ready so they gave us some online materials to study for the rest of the week.

Friday: E-Learning II.

We get a visit from another co-employee who’s yet to report for work. He’s starting next week. SB and G wanted him and one of the guys in the team to work out a suitable test to measure applicants’ skills.

Continuation of E-Learning. Too many information to digest. One of the guys has ideas about the topics we need to learn and gave some explanations on some of the items we’ve gone through.

5 P.M. Time for Team 3’s second sprint presentation. No G in sight, so the first 2 teams took it upon themselves to grill Team 3 at their presentation.

Going home was a huge hassle. A lot of shoving at the MRT, and it was very hard to catch a ride home. So I ended up walking the long way home.

A new player in the browser pool has been announced. Introducing RockMelt, a new approach to web surfing and social networking.

The browser is in its early beta stages, and trial is by invitation only. I haven’t tried it out for myself yet, but it’s interesting how this new kid in town fares against its more traditional competition when it’s finally released to the public.

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Want to give it a go? Point your browser to http://www.rockmelt.com/ for more.

These are screenshots taken from the in-game figures collection. Lighting gets a little off on some characters (possibly due to my video settings), but they all make nice wallpapers nonetheless. Click on any image to view a larger version.

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Just when you think HT is losing it, what with the delays and issues regarding head sculpts and proportions of their releases, they go and give us something to cheer upon.

Lately HT’s been way off its delivery targets, but the Mark IV looks good judging from these snapshots they’ve recently posted. Take a look:

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All that remains to be seen now is when the figures will be rolled out to customers. I’m dying to get mine.