Archive for June, 2008

June 30, 2008

Too many things

  • A curriculum
  • A birthday
  • A presentation ( I have never made/done a proper presentation before, at least not one that wasn’t required by a class)
  • a game
  • an article
  • a life

I was never built to juggle so many things at one time.

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June 27, 2008

Skindred

God I love Skindred.  They’re one of those bands that make you want to start your own band and just fucking rock out.

June 26, 2008

Magallanes v1.0

Very rushed. Need to get material together for a short talk I’m doing on the 11th, namely how to get from this to this:

June 25, 2008

Greenbelt Intramuros

People who think that Intramuros needs to be turned into a commercial complex featuring nightclubs in order to boost tourism need to get their heads examined.

As Aissa requested, here is my letter to the editor to counter the FUN fool:

Dir Sir,

I was inspired to write to you today because of an infuriating letter one of your other readers that was printed out on the June 25, 2008 issue of the STAR.  In it, he claims that FUN is what tourists are looking for and he even lays out the preposterous idea that we turn Intramuros into a commercial complex in order to make it relevant.  This is irrational and is the same idea that leads people to tear down buildings like the Jai alai building in the name of progress.  We are so desperate to become a modern country that we buy into the idea that in order to move forward we must tear down the past.

My girlfriend and I went to Hanoi a few months ago and it was thick with tourists: Caucasians, Asians, you name it, they were there.  You literally could not walk a few meters without seeing a fellow tourist.  A kindly German man took our photograph on a bridge and we were accompanied on our tour of Halong Bay by an Old Malaysian and Thai couple, a Japanese and Australian couple our age, a Japanese woman and her mother, and a Canadian doing social work.  Why were they there, do you ask?  Certainly not to see suntanned bodies and to have fun after hours in Hanoi, which is notorious for going to bed early and waking up even earlier.  They were all in Hanoi for the culture, for the taste of something different that they cannot find in their home countries.  And so were we. And so are thousands of other tourists.

There is nothing wrong with promoting tourist destinations for fun.  Heck, that’s basically the only reason to go to Boracay these days is for the nightlife.  And sure we can turn some of our other beaches like those in Bohol or Samal and turn them into FUN tourist destinations, but to propagate the idea that this is the only way we well get tourists into the country is preposterous and wrong minded, and will not further the tourism industry here in any meaningful way.

June 24, 2008

Come again?

On Cafe Juanita:

The ambiance? Quaint but nice. Maybe some would say it is eclectic. Yeah, like when you don’t know what it’s all about. And then suddenly you get it. It’s about “wala lang.” No theme at all. Just that the owner likes to put nice things together. A charming place really.

Color me bewildered.

June 24, 2008

Zed of Zardoz

You try to avert your eyes…but you cannot!  The damage this picture has wrought on your eyes will haunt you forever.  Witness Sean Connery as Zed in the movie Zardoz!

June 24, 2008

Simple Minds

People whose YM status message always reflects the current summer blockbuster du jour really annoy me.

June 23, 2008

On Pong Pagong and Kiko Matsing

I’ve sent an email to the Children’s Television Workshop inquiring how much it would take to buy back the licenses of Pong Pagong and Kiko Matsing. I wonder if they’ll reply?

June 23, 2008

Magallanes v0.9

This is the hard part, near the end.  When you don’t know quite what to do to finish it off.

June 21, 2008

Magallanes v0.8