Sunday, May 29, 2005

Sad + Addled = Saddled

A friend said that ketamine (street name "Special K" or "K"), a tranquilizer for horses and other large animals, is fast becoming an drug of abuse in the Philippines. I'm not surprised. There's a progression, after all—first, the use of horse shampoo comes into vogue, then the abuse of horse medication. But what's next, the kind of equine love Russia's Catherine the Great is (incorrectly) said to have died of?

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Peeve

I hate it when people recount the quantities of alcohol they drank in the past, especially when the tone is along the lines of, Aren't I tough? What exactly is the desired response, that everyone at the table prostate themselves and chant We're not worthy? Sorry to disappoint but they won't get it from this punk. I mean, I've been in uncountable drink-'til-die sessions; I've imbibed more than my fair share of alki-hell. But I don't bring them up as if they were achievements. When the conversation reaches that point I just keep my mouth shut and smile inside. I'm tempted to say, Let's talk when you've progressed to drinking a longneck Tanduay Rhum or a Ginebra San Miguel cuadro cantos at one sitting, but that would be the height of rudeness, right?

Friday, May 27, 2005

The Punk Has Not Left The Building!

The people at i.ph gave me a free one-year account so I've been blogging there these past few weeks. Based on my limited experience, their blogging interface is sophisticated yet easy to use. The resulting blog is not bad.

Last night, however, J alerted me that when he visits my i.ph blog nowadays he gets the following message:
Bandwidth Limit Exceeded

The web page or file that you requested is temporarily unavailable. This website has been so popular this month that it exceeded the maximum allowed monthly traffic. Access to this website will be restored on 12 MN of June 1, 2005 (GMT +800) or when the owner upgrades his account.

If you are the owner of this Website, you may upgrade your account to restore this website. Please click here to view your account information.
The bandwidth limit of my free account is good for up to 14,000 page views a month, so the "this website has been so popular this month that it exceeded the maximum allowed monthly traffic" bit flatters me. Or it might be an anomaly.

However, wouldn't it suck for my blog to keep being "temporarily unavailable" at the close of each month? I can upgrade my free account, but shelling out $50 a year to blog isn't a good idea. Why pay when Blogger is for free?

Long story short, the experiment has ended—this punk will once again blog here. Good thing I had the foresight to back up every entry. Now if I can just migrate the post and tagboard comments ….

Shoutout

Appy burpdei, 'Te K!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Permit To Carry

A couple of nights ago a friend texted me this:
According to Men's Health magazine, ejaculating 21 times a month decreases the risk of prostate cancer by 33 percent! Carry on, gentlemen!
I'd like to shoot for a hundred percent decrease, but it sounds like it's going to take a lot of work!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Making The Video

Last year I blogged about seeing a Gary Valenciano music video shoot at the Barangka Elementary School. This past Friday, I finally saw the finished product air on a government-owned TV channel. The song and the video promote the Brigada Skwela - National Schools Maintenance Week project of the Department of Education. Last May 16-21, teachers, parents, and locals trooped to different public schools to make school repairs ahead of the opening of classes this June. I don't know whether Gary V charged DepEd to do the project, but it was nice of him to support a such a good cause. May his tribe increase.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Homecoming

This news should be of interest to Bicolanos everywhere:
'Sarong Banggi' composer's remains comes home
Michael B. Jaucian, PDI Southern Luzon Bureau
Philippine Daily Inquirer

LEGAZPI CITY -- After six decades at the La Loma cemetery in Metro Manila, the remains of the late Bicolano musician Potenciano "Lolo Potin" Gregorio, composer of the popular ditty, "Sarong Banggi" (One Night), was brought home yesterday to his native town of Sto. Domingo, Albay.

Continued...
Everyone from Bicol grows up knowing the lyrics of "Sarong Banggi" by heart. Most of us, however, are not familiar with the story of the man who composed it. That should change, because the song forms part of the Bicolano's identity and proud heritage.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Hot Damn!

You might see someone you know here. If some of the answers sound dated, it's because I submitted them many months ago. But who's complaining? And oh, before I forget, air kisses to the one who took the photo.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Type First, Think Later

Man, oh man, oh man. Kylie Minogue has breast cancer and will have surgery this week. My twenty says not a few men are lighting candles and/or sacrificing goats, praying the procedure isn't a mastectomy. On any woman it would be unfortunate, but a mastectomy on Ms. Minogue would be tragic, akin to defacing a work of art. I also wouldn't be surprised if some sicko is now thinking, "When I grow up I want to be a cancer—it's the only chance I have at touching Kylie's puppies."

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Complimented?

There was a mild stir at the office yesterday when I came to work completely bald. It wasn't meant pour ├ępater le bourgeois, just something I've done each summer since high school. Most of my officemates said the look suited me. But one went so far as to suggest I keep that hairstyle. According to her, it made me look more mature and—get this—manly.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Awww

Last week I saw a pregnant officemate folding maternity dresses at her desk. The clothes looked nice so I asked for how much did she get them. She said they weren't hers—another officemate was lending them to her for the next couple of months. She added that it was the usual practice among the women in the office. Isn't it sweet? Economical, too. I wracked my mind and I couldn't find an equivalent practice in men.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Overshare

[Image taken from here.]

The Rock Says... this about the first time the self-proclaimed People's Champ got it on:
When the sky suddenly lit up, I thought at first that maybe it was just some sort of orgasmic flash, a beautiful and illuminating postcoital rush, like the fireworks you see in cheesy romantic movies. No such luck. The patrol car had sneaked up on us while we were fully engaged, and therefore totally oblivious to our surroundings.
Nice work, Dwayne, you put the all in tell-all.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Unequal

Someone said that if a guy buys a girl her sanitary napkins he'd be thought of as sweet. If a girl buys a guy his condoms, on the other hand, she'd get dirty looks. Based on personal experience, however, the former is just as likely to merit weird looks. This shows that people can't mind their own business.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Back Story

For those wondering, yes, that is Frank Sinatra's picture in the sidebar. The mug shot dates back to 1938, when Ol' Blue Eyes was twenty-three. Here is the story behind that interesting photo.

Monday, May 9, 2005

Meet And Greet

Last Saturday I attended iBlog - The 1st Philippine Blogging Summit at the NISMED Auditorium in UP Diliman. It was well-attended, although a lot of those who registered online didn't show up.

The summit participants came from all over. There was a grandmother who admitted she knew nothing about blogs but wanted to connect with her grandchildren. She got a big hand. There was also a girl, no older than three, who accompanied her mother and spent the afternoon sleeping on a chair. Everybody found her cute, even when her crying interrupted one speaker.


Before the summit ended one participant approached two of my companions and confessed to reading their blogs. No one approached me.


During the morning introductions I said something along the lines of, "My name is Tibibord and I'm an alcoholic… Uh wait, this isn't one of those meetings. Let me try that again: my name is Tibibord and I blog."

During the open forum later in the morning, another participant said almost the same thing in introducing himself. Perhaps he came in late and missed my introduction. One of my companions couldn't help himself and said, "That's been done, that's been done!"


I could have skipped the morning session (where they discussed blogging basics) because I didn't learn anything new. Only the afternoon speakers commanded my full attention.

Dean Alfar's segment was the liveliest, hands down. It was also very educational. He discussed how a blog can be a writer's medium and shared a few tools of the trade that worked well for him that others could also try.

Dondi Mapa, meanwhile, talked about blogging and governance. He plans to put up three blogs about the information and communication technology, as well as the government's policies and action plans for that sector.

I've toyed around with a similar idea, albeit focusing on the urban poor sector. The general concept is there but I haven't fleshed it out enough. When that happens I'll run the idea by my boss, who is always willing to try non-traditional communication strategies.

Sunday, May 8, 2005

Requiem

Coffeeheads, the cafe across Ateneo co-owned by a friend, closed down. When I went there a few days ago it looked like a hurricane passed through. All my friend said was that she and her co-owners couldn't manage the business as well as they liked. I can imagine. She has a regular job and her masteral studies. Her partners, on the other hand, are also busy with their own pursuits. The closure was therefore only a matter of time. The good thing was they timed the closure well. My privilege card expired yesterday.

Saturday, May 7, 2005

Yay!

Thanks to a friend's spring cleaning, I'm now the proud owner of five Elmore Leonard books. I've decided to read them in the order they were published. That should keep me occupied for the next three weeks.

Thataway

For the next couple of months, this punk will blog here.

Friday, May 6, 2005

"You've Got The Touch, You've Got The Power"

There was a power outage Wednesday afternoon that transformed our office into a sauna. It turns out a billboard across SM North toppled and knocked out some power lines. Since it would take some time before electricity was restored, I sent everyone home (with the boss' concurrence, of course, which I obtained over the phone). It sure was fun to cut short a 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. workday by two-and-a-half hours. Judging from everyone's reaction, I would've won any election held that day. I never felt more popular.

Monday, May 2, 2005

High Fives

Inspired by Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, here are my all-time, desert island Top Fives.
Books
1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Without Remorse by Tom Clancy
4. The Shining by Stephen King
5. Animal Farm by George Orwell

Films
1. The Crow (1994)
2. The Professional (1994)
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
4. Love Actually (2004)
5. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Subtitled Films
1. Kolya (1996)
2. Hero (2002)
3. Nikita (1990)
4. Dreams (1990)
5. My Sassy Girl (2001)

Recording Artists
1. Rage Against The Machine
2. Eminem
3. 311
4. Stone Temple Pilots
5. Eraserheads

Albums
1. MTV Unplugged in New York by Nirvana
2. 311 by 311
3. Circus by Eraserheads
4. Evil Empire by Rage Against The Machine
5. The Fat of the Land by Prodigy

Songs
1. "Light Years" by Eraserheads, off Fruitcake
2. "Cathedral of Space" by Wolfgang, off Semenelin
3. "Interstate Love Song" by Stone Temple Pilots, off Purple
4. "Di Mo Lang Alam" by Indio I, off Indio I
5. "What I Got" by Sublime, off Sublime

Track 1's
1. "People of the Sun" by Rage Against The Machine, off Evil Empire
2. "Down" by 311, off 311
3. "Block Rockin' Beats" by Chemical Brothers, off Dig Your Own Hole
4. "Back to School (Mini Maggit)" by Deftones, off White Pony
5. "Halik ni Hudas" by Wolfgang, off Wolfgang

Bands Or Musicians Who Will Have To Be Shot Come The Musical Revolution
1. All boy bands
2. All ex-members of boy bands
3. Martin Nievera
4. Bon Jovi
5. Kenny G.

Women Who Don't Live On My Street, As Far As I Know, But Would Be Welcome If Ever They Decided To Move Into The Area
1. Jeon Ji Hyun
2. Joey from Dawson's Creek
3. DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman
4. Dawn Zulueta
5. Danielle from The Girl Next Door

Dream Jobs
1. Wide receiver for the 1975-76 Oakland Raiders. Play for coach John Madden, catch quarterback Ken Stabler, win Super Bowl XI, and look kick-ass in silver and black.

2. Writer for Rock & Rhythm magazine, 1994-97. Get to meet Keltscross, The Youth, Philippine Violators, Datu's Tribe, Wuds, Rizal Underground, et al. get to impose my musical tastes. Get tons of free albums.

3. United States Supreme Court Justice, 1971-76. In those years the liberal wing of the Court was almost always outvoted. They could have used an extra man.

4. Center for the 1993-95 Chicago Bulls. They were eliminated by Patrick Ewing- and Shaquille O'Neal-led teams in their first two postseasons following Michael Jordan's first retirement. Had they won the title in '94 and '95 they would've tied the Boston Celtics for most consecutive championships with eight.

5. Catcher in the rye.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

He Hurts Me So

[Image taken from here.]

In his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, bestselling author Stephen King says:
"Informal essays are, by and large, silly and insubstantial things; unless you get a job as a columnist at your local newspaper, writing such fluff is a skill you'll never use in the actual mall-and-filling-station world."
Ouch. What does that make of this blog?

Experiment No. 311

I think it's nifty there's a "Today in History" link to each entry here. Like they say, "Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan kung matinik ay malalim."