Saturday, November 20, 2010


My week started with this e-mail from ADMU's Office of University Development and Alumni Relations:
We are happy to announce that the Ateneo de Manila University partnered with Google to provide lifetime Ateneo-domain email addresses for all its alumni. Because of the number of our alumni, we are slowly rolling out the addresses by batch and not sequentially. You are receiving this message because your Google-hosted account in the Ateneo domain has been activated.
Awww, right?

But then again there's this article that says:
And if you're more than a few years out of school, dump the alma mater's account. If you're still using 20 years after graduation, you'll just be the digital equivalent of the middle-aged guy still trying to squeeze on his letterman's jacket.
Screw it, I'm keeping that new e-mail account. It's not an address, after all, but an one. There's a difference. And besides, it hasn't been twenty years since I graduated. Yet.

[Hat tip to J for sharing that piece.]

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GPOYW: Bang-Bang Practice

And I do mean practice. This photo will do nothing for my street cred:

practice makes perfect

That's from the same December 2004 gun shoot I already wrote about. I forget who that is beside me.

[Hat tip to C. "Baby VC" Javier for the photo.]

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I know lawyers earned the right to put those four letters and a period before their names, but methinks this is ridiculous:

However, if that dude's first name really is "Atty," forget I ever said anything.

This one is worse:

The hubris coupled with wrong grammar makes it all the more hilarious. Talk about a self-defeating claim.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Averages, Law Of

Last Monday, the first day of the rest of our lives that won't have NU107 in it, Lifestyle Network announced that ST made it to the Top 2 on Clash of the Toque-en Ones. Even as I'm aware that those two aren't comparable developments, I am grateful that the universe has started—in my case, at least—to even things out a bit in the good news, bad news department.

NU's last song, not counting the Philippine national anthem, was "Ang Huling El Bimbo." Not bad.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Retconning, AFP Style

I found it très cool that the Philippine Army has a Medal of Valor awardee, Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz, as its 53rd commanding general. Since that is the stuff the Filipino action films of my youth were made of—remember Medal of Valor: Habang Nasusugatan Lalong Tumatapang starring Lito Lapid?—I dicked around the Interwebs looking for Gen. Ortiz's MoV citation.

This is what I found on the Philippine Army website:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, during fierce firefight with about 200 numerically superior rebel at Sitio Wanepolon, Pandaran Murcia, Negros Occidental on 6 April 1990. While serving as commander of five joint Leons of the 606th Special Forces Company and CAFGU ELEMENTS. Captain Ortis acted on information on the presence of a terrorist camp in Murcia and initiated the planned rail. Leading his troops through tough terrain, they successfully infiltrated the camp and engaged the enemy in a 2-hour gun battle that resulted in the death of 85 terrorists, the capture of 8 more and the recovery of assorted firearms and ammunitions.
Meanwhile, this is what retired Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Ramon J. Farolan wrote in his Philippine Daily Inquirer column "Reveille":
Maj. Gen. Art Ortiz, a soldier of valor

x x x

As his Medal for Valor (MFV) citation reads: "The two-hour gunbattle resulted in 84 terrorists killed, with 22 dead bodies counted, including 17 recovered on-site, eight captured and several others wounded and missing as reported by the Negros Regional Party Committee. Recovered from the enemy were 33 assorted firearms, 21 rifle grenades, several hand grenades, five ICOM radios, and other enemy equipment.

"By this display of exceptional courage and high degree of leadership, Capt. Ortiz distinguished himself in the field of combat in keeping with the highest tradition of Filipino soldiery."

Full story …
Astig. I think, though, that neither of those two is exactly how Gen. Ortiz's citation originally went. After all, it was only post-9/11 that the New People's Army was labeled a "terrorist organization"; in the 1990s, NPA members were still "rebels," not "terrorists."

Friday, November 5, 2010

So This Happened

Fifteen-year-old me just gave me a high five. Now he wants us to listen to the hidden track on Album Na Walang Pamagat.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

An End Worthy Of Song

The horizontally-challenged adult female has uttered words in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulations: as previously rumored, NU107 will indeed be signing off for the last time. Below is the station's provisional schedule in its last five days. It promises to be epic.

[Image grabbed from here.]

Thank you and goodbye, NU. I hope your last-ever song will be perfect for the occasion.

[5 November 2010 Edit]

Here is the confirmation from the NU107 station manager.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Project Exodus: July 2005

Uh-oh, Moses has finally seen what these posts from July 2005 have been doing while he was away.