The comments table has been repopulated! I’m currently working on restoring their hierarchy. For ease, I’m working backwards, from the newest to the oldest posts. Please bear with any site instability/sluggishness you might encounter. Cheers! ☺

Blog

Blog
“If you read someone else’s diary, you get what you deserve.” —David Sedaris

This all started off in written form back when I was a kid. As an introverted only child with both parents at work most of the time, I had a lot of time to myself. So when I learned to write and that writing down my thoughts for posterity was a thing people did, I went at it myself.

I still have some of those papers which are basically just short recollections of the current day at kindergarten or elementary. Sometimes funny, oftentimes doodles of robots, I don’t think they’re particularly publishable to the internet at large, much less have an appreciative audience.

The bulk of these entries start off from high school and were largely typed on a then-modern 80386SX in plain text files (anyone remember Wordstar?) saved on 3½″ floppies. They were eventually transferred to Microsoft Word (receiving italics, boldface, tables, and proper typography in the process) and then to XHTML 1.1. They currently exist as XML-typed records in a MySQL database served through a custom PHP-based CMS. How far the times have come!

You’re welcome to comment and message me on these. However, please remember the historical context in which some posts were written. While some posts are mundane (I’ve always been my worst critic), if you read enough, you’ll notice the change in the topics, entry length, grammar and vocabulary, and tone of my writing.

If you see any typos or lapses in grammar, no need to call me out on them. I’ve probably seen them already as I was digitizing the physical copies of these entries and during their conversion from plain text to Word to XML. I’m keeping these as close as possible to their original form.

P.S. Some entries require further explanation or clarification and any editorial additions will be indicated in a box that looks like this.
P.P.S. It’s not readily apparent but there are a number of unpublished entries to this blog and large gaps of time between entries. Let me explain this briefly.

For the unpublished posts, those cover my life as a teenager full of angst and hormonal confusion from 1995 to 2000. While I initially balked at adding these, the thought of losing them won out. For purposes of posterity, these entries have been included in the database. After careful review, however, I’ve considered some of these entries to be too private for general public consumption. Maybe someday I’ll decide to eventually make them public.

As for the long hiatus between entries, I have only life to blame. While life certainly went on during the intervening periods, I just either didn’t see fit to make those entries public (for my own, as well as others’ privacy), events weren’t that important to write about, or I was just too busy at the time to write anything.

If you’re terribly curious about the more private entries, drop me a line and I’ll consider giving you access.

I’ve Got It!

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Saturday, 18 June 1994. Posted in 1994

I’ve got it at last, Windows 3.1!! And this Sunday, I’m going to get my much awaited X-Wing, The Imperial Pursuit!! I have delayed my writing about what happened in the last few weeks because I was so excited about getting Windows at last. I’ve also saved enough money(P 300.00) to copy X-Wing, The Imperial Pursuit PC game. I told you I’d get what I want.

Trapped

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Tuesday, 24 May 1994. Posted in 1994

I’m trapped! A few weeks ago our car got an accident or something. Tomorrow we’ll have to bring it in for repairs at Toyota Bel-Air branch. This will take 5 days. That means it’s very close to school days. And I don’t know if I’ll get to copy X-Wing. But the good news is that I’ve got P300.00 pesos. But I can’t spend it all in one setting. I’ve got a secondary plan to copy at least two to four X-wing disks. In a few days I’ll be going to the supermarket to buy my school supplies, pens, pencils, envelopes, and especially diskettes. Once again I close this log only to open it again. I’ll get what I want someday, someday…

New Game

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Sunday, 22 May 1994. Posted in 1994

I’m talking about a new game I’d like to copy, X-Wing The Imperial Pursuit. It is taken from the Blockbuster movie of George Lucas, Star Wars. I don’t know much about it but I can be sure that It’s a great game. All I know is that it’s the top rival of Mindscape’s Wing Commander I, II and III and It has great 3D graphics which is good enough to make quite an impact on a Super VGA analog display and a medium but reliable 80386 processor. I don’t know when I can get a chance to copy it because It’s a whopping six 5¼” 1.2 Mb disks!! And that will cost me about P300.00 pesos plus I’ve got only four 3½” 1.44 Mb disks. That means I’ll need two more 3½” 1.44Mb disks, which means P90.00 pesos more which brings my total money needs to P390.00!! At least that’s a sign that it’s a wonderful game. Well I’ll tell you when I get it. Adios, Asta la vista, good-bye for now.

Last Day of School

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Thursday, 24 March 1994. Posted in 1994

It’s the last day of school! Now I can use this computer straight for two whole months. I’ve gotten two new great games, New Super Jeopardy and Battletech II the Crescent Hawks Revenge. I hope that by the next school year I will have finished one of them. Well anyhow I’d like to just sit back and enjoy the summer. So…

Level One Diagnostic

Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Saturday, 19 March 1994. Posted in 1994

On this date I am starting this computer log to record my daily activities with my PC. To start it off I have made a very graphical Daily Calendar! © RaymondSoft,Inc. I have made a level one diagnostic just now and have recorded the results. They are very surprising and interesting. I have now made here a graph that contains the level type of diagnostics according to my design.