31 May 2010

Literary Mash-ups

I know how vampires have invaded our pop culture with the growing fan base of  Edward Cullen, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, and Bill Compton but these?
What are they doing to our classic literature?

Disclaimer: of course... I don't own these pictures.

Usher! One more time...

I've seen Usher perform live and I don't mind going to his concert again, even though I'm not so crazy about the Here I Stand album. I think My Way and Confessions are the best albums he ever released. I am yet to listen to all the tracks in the latest album Raymond v Raymond

When he had the Truth tour in the UK back in '04, my sister and I made sure we didn't miss it.

Now, 6 years and 2 albums later, I'm gonna have the chance to see him perform live again as he is having a concert here in Manila in July 9.

My telephone! M-m-my telephone!

Cellphones, mobile phones, who does not own at least one? Kids as young as 13 or maybe even 10 have mobile phones. The very first cellphone that I had was a second hand Bosch:

it was previously owned by my brother and he sold it to me when he upgraded io a new one. This was in 1999 and back then, you buy a phone, it will be in use for at least a year or maybe more. Now, I don't know what happened, I can't believe I've changed phones this much:

I'm sure there are a few more that I've forgotten. The cycle was buy, sell, buy, and so on... i realize now how much I could have saved.
The best phone I've had, so far: The HTC Hero
The things I love about this phone: the pre-installed apps(twitter, facebook, youtube); when you view your contacts, you can see their social network updates; GPS; android OS; SMS threaded view
Full specs here.

My niece accidentally broke my no-camera-single band-no-bluetooth samsung 2nd(more like back-up) phone recently, so I have this coming next week:

and I hope the madness ends here... well at least for now and the next few years.

18 May 2010

Precious Moments' Cory Tribute

          I remember having a Precious Moments calendar when I was in grade school. My sister had one as well. Those were the very first Precious Moments we had. It had the cutest illustrations and not to mention the quotations were really nice. I'm sure that we somehow grew up with the variety of PM products,  notebooks, stationary, stickers.. etc. My nephews and niece even had the PJs. 
          The creator has now added a Cory figurine to the collection in honor of the late Former President Corazon Aquino.
Precious Moments Inc. was formed in 1989 by illustrator, Samuel J. Butcher, who now resides in Aklan, Philippines. The current CEO of the company is Jon Butcher, Samuel's son.

14 May 2010

Eyjafjallajökull Timelapse

for those who live entirely on a different planet, Eyjafjallajökull is one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland that covers volcano that erupted and caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe over an initial period of 6 days in April 2010

Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull - May 1st and 2nd, 2010 from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo.

via Buzzfeed

11 May 2010

PCOS machine

There's a new star in Twitterverse...
@PCOSmachine -over 6000 followers 9 hours after account was created - I wonder who's behind this account, very funny, takes away the stress brought by the elections.


         Congratulations to all of us Filipinos, we survived a historical day amidst election-related violence, faulty PCOS machines, some vote buying, wrong ballots in some precincts, long lines and a few other issues. It turns out, 75% of the more than 50 million registered voters(the highest in history) were able to cast their votes. Not bad at all. In the precinct were I voted, not much irregularities were observed.
long queue at 8:30 am

the same at 2:30 pm

I hope that the candidates who paid anyone, even kids, to distribute unnecessary lists to voters will also pay people to have these cleaned.

At a little past 5 pm, we finally made it.


5 hours after the historical election in The Philippines and it seems like everything is really just starting. Counting has begun and because the election was automated, the results are coming in pretty fast. I don't want to put it in my head yet because it's just almost 50% done but I think I'm gonna be heartbroken with the Vice Presidential results. I'm taking a quick break from all the intensity of these tallies  to find a lighter side of this political brouhaha... look what I found: The Professional Heckler, my new favorite blog. Check out this funny entry:
Photos of the Weak

Ano ang sinasabi ng dalawang lalaki sa larawan?
A: “Alam n’yo ser, sorbey lang ‘yan. ‘Di dapat iniiyakan ‘yan! Mas masakit pa nga d’yan ang mga suntuk ni Cuttu eh.”
B: “’Di naman ‘yung survey ang iniiyakan ko eh! Si Quiboloy! Pinaasa niya ako sa endorsement. Wala rin naman pala. Hu-hu-hu!”
C: “Tawagan mo nga si Welli Rivillami! Ayaw tumahan eh. ‘Pag ‘di pa ‘to tumigil sa kakaiyak, uupakan ko na ‘to!”
D: “Sobra na Pacman. Hindi ko na kaya! ‘Yung Iglesia, nag-promise din sa akin tapos sabi sa diyaryo, si Noynoy na raw?!? It’s unfair! It’s unfair!”

Ano ang sinasabi ng mga tao sa larawan?
A: “Nabasa mo ba ‘yung psychiatric report ni Guido Delgado? Kinabahan ako do’n mare. Akala ko authentic.”
B: “Quiet ka lang Shawie. May area sa likod ng stage kung saan puwede tayong mag-yosi. Tara!”
C: “Talaga?!? May alam ka sa babae ni Kiko? Sige nga, kwento mo!”
D: “’Wag ka sanang magagalit Sha. Ipinapatanong ng organizers ng rally kung puwedeng mamaya ka na lang daw umakyat ng stage. Baka bumigay eh.”

Ano ang sinasabi ng dalawang lalaki sa larawan?
A: “’Di mo sinabi matulis ka rin pala Jojo! Sino ‘tong kasama mong chick sa picture na nasa diyaryo? Ang kiniiis!”
B: “Eh saan pa ba ako magmamana? Kaya nga tandem tayo eh.”
C: “Alam mo ba ang ginawa ko kay Doktora Ellen nang mahuli niya akong may chiching? Siya ang pinatakbo kong mayor sa Makati! Ayun, tumahimik!”
D: “Ngayon ko lang napansin Jojo! We have a lot of things in common pala! Naging mayor ka, naging mayor ako. Doktora ang asawa mo, doktora ang asawa ko. May naging kabit ka, may naging kabit ako. Naku! Sana naman ngayong eleksyon, pag natalo ka, manalo naman ako! For a change!”

via: professionalheckler.wordpress.com

07 May 2010

Wikipedia Now Lets You Order Printed Books

Wikipedia’s launched a new feature for English readers: The ability to create custom books from Wikipedia’s huge bank of free content. Because of the way Wikipedia’s images and copy are licensed, they’re free for anyone to access, use and share in this way.
PediaPress is a book publisher for wiki content; it’s in a long-term business relationship with Wikipedia to print these books. PediaPress now offers paperbacks and will soon add hardcover books to its catalog, as well.
The price of each book varies, depending on the number of pages; paperbacks start at $8.90. Users can also simply download a PDF of the “books” they create.
he book-creating tools are built into the website. Starting today, users will see a “create a book” button in the print/export section of the left sidebar. Here’s a short demo video explaining how the book creator works:

via: mashable.com

06 May 2010

My 90s

Taking a break from the campaign and election fever...
Last Sunday, Tears for Fears had a concert in Araneta Coliseum. a lot of people, especially those who were in their youth during the 1980s were so happy and the concert was sold out. Even the band expressed how overwhelmed they were(via their twitter pages) by the Manila crowd. This got me reminiscing about my own youth: what I loved watching and listening to. So here... let me share: