Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Final Fantasy

Today culminates one of the best leagues ever conceived this millennium, - The Guwapings Fantasy NBA! Never heard, huh? Of course. It is a virtual and private leagued hosted by Yahoo! This very innovative Yahoo! service gives a whole new light to internet gaming as it emcompasses constant research, strategy formulation and marketing skills as well. How?

Before I dig in, let me give you some info on what I am talking about. Yahoo! fantasy enables its subscribed users to create and/or join fantasy leagues. I, together with my officemates created a virtual NBA league so let' focus on basketball (Yahoo also caters other sports like baseball, golf, auto-racing, hockey and the likes). The league creator (whom we called The Commissioner) has the option to make the league private or public, and can choose the scoring type - either head-to-head or Rotisserie (The Commissioner opted for this option). Each member then becomes virtual team managers. Before the start of the NBA 2006 season, each manager can choose (from the draft and pool of existing NBA players) his players. The start of the real NBA league also becomes the kick-off date of its virtual counterparts. Daily scoring then follows, dependend on the result of the official games. Just search Yahoo! Fantasy Sports for more info coz I'm bound by time constraints as of the moment.

Here are my points earlier:
1. constant research - Sports fanatics obviously have the upper hand, but one has to be updated every now and then to be able to realize individual player's statistical trends, injuries, trades, and other factors which might affect your 'team'.
2. strategy formulation - for basketball, a team is allowed a total of 14 players, and only 11 is allowed to play for a single play date. Thus, you have to shuffle your players constantly, since teams does not play everyday, and positions and slots are limited (3 guards, 3 forwards, 2 centers and 2 utility players). Those 11 active players for the day are the only ones who will garner points for the day (at the early part of our league, I haven't noticed that some of my 'franchise' players were 'benched' which cost me a lot!).
3. personality development - as team manager, you have the option to trade your existing player(s) with free agents and other teams' players as well. In order to get the jucier end of the bargain, you have to use your wits and ingenuity to convince the other party to proceed with the trade.

Having said all that, I've realized that Yahoo! is focusing more on web socialization after the advent of Web 2. "Yahoo! is focusing instead on 'social search,' in which everyday Internet users pool their knowledge to create alternative systems of content that deliver more relevant results - which, of course, can be monetized." (Time, Feb 2006)

The world is creating content of its own. A website owner needs only to create a vibrant community who will feed the content, and the site can evolve on its own (well, with some minor tweaks and turns of course), and sustain its leverage with regard to search engine rankings.

My Yahoo! Fantasy NBA League rank - No 2. Not bad!

Awesome tool this is! try it out sometimes!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

a grammatical thingie

Im not a MassComm graduate nor have a good command of the English language, but I think I have a habit of 'catching' people who suddenly utters grammatically erroneous statements - myself included. I'm not that goood in grammar either and occassionally am guilty of similar mistakes. I guess I think I formed the habit when I was still working in Speechpower as (what the management coined back then) an Information Secretary. I was one of the lucky recipients to attend the company's staff trainings which are as invaluable as the iblog2 summit. Although, I have to admit that after I shifted my career in IT, I was not able to apply those learnings anymore onto my everyday routines.

One of the most common prepositional phrases I encounter everyday is 'with regards to.' I think I heard that a dozen times in yesterday's summit. Correct me if Im wrong, but I understand that it should 'with regard to' without the (s). If you're fond of appending s's, then try mumbling 'as regards to' in place of the former. Well, the phrase always struck me since I used to say the same, and was repeatedly corrected by my colleages.

Another very obvious mistake is redundancy - free gifts, more bigger, etc. But what I'm concerned is when we tend to speak in Taglish. I heard someone yesterday saying 'pinaka latest'. I guess that also falls into the category. It seems to be OK, but after a while, you'd think it over again if it was valid or not. Not sure with this one, though.

A dull piece of writing not worth reading, isn't it? Nevertheless, I just want to voice out my thoughts. Just my two cents...

My First

Okay. So this is my first real stint in blogging. It's been more than a year since I started this blog, and it's only today that I regained interest in posting. Why all of a sudden? What's the reason behind this?

Not much, i guess. Yesterday, April 18, 2006, I found myself in a jam-packed room (that's two (2) rooms for the record), between two 'retards' - Dino a kick-ass web designer, and Reggie - a slick sports writer whose handicapping prowess dwarfs some of those 'pro' cappers. The event was the 2nd iblog Summit hosted by UP's College of Law. And mind you, it was NOT good... it was awesome. To me, and I guess to a handful of participants who are new to blogging and/or haven't tried that stuff, the event served as a renaissance to one of my childhood passions - writing and can very well open up other opportunities as well - for some people, blogging became a pivotal start of something big!

As for me, I guess I'll use this tool as an avenue to polish my skills (and personality, so to speak), and try to earn new friends - thus generating new insights, ideas and concepts.
I was simply inspired by one of the more energetic speakers - Dean, among other speakers.

To the organizers of iblog2, your efforts have not been in vain. I'm looking forward to future events and more power. Keep 'em coming and rock on!