Sunday, December 30, 2012

My 2012 In Movies

This year I saw the following films:
  • The King's Speech (2010)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
  • Gulliver's Travels (2010)
  • The Green Hornet (2011)
  • The Wrestler (2008)
  • True Grit (2010)
  • Love and Other Drugs (2010)
  • The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  • The Client List (2010) (TV)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • Rock Star (2001)
  • The Avengers (2012)
  • Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
  • Underworld: Awakening (2012)
  • The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
  • Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Little Fockers (2010)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Safe House (2012)
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
  • Bridesmaids (2011)
  • Fast Five (2011)
  • Men in Black 3 (2012)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • Dark Shadows (2012)
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • The Legend of 1900 (1998)
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
  • Flipped (2010)
  • Country Strong (2010)
  • The Hangover Part II (2011)
  • Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
  • Real Steel (2011)
  • Blue Chips (1994)
  • And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
  • Sucker Punch (2011)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
  • Cars 2 (2011)
  • Bride Wars (2009)
  • The Three Musketeers (2011)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Morning Glory (2010)
  • Days of Thunder (1990)
  • Legends of the Fall (1994)
  • 50/50 (2011)
  • New Year's Eve (2011)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

My 2012 In Books

These are the books I finished in 2012:
  • The Stone Cold Truth by Stone Cold Steve Austin with Jim "J.R." Ross as told to Dennis Brent
  • Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe by Rich Eisen
  • Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter: Five Presidents and Other Political Adventures by James C. Humes
  • Git-R-Done by Larry the Cable Guy
  • If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?: Philadelphia, Its Faithful, and the Eternal Quest for Sports Salvation by Jere Longman
  • All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell
  • Mens Rea and Other Stories by Lakambini A. Sitoy
  • The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
  • Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra
  • The God Equation and Other Stories by Michael A.R. Co
  • About a Boy by Nick Hornby
  • The Rant Zone: An All-Out Blitz Against Soul-Sucking Jobs, Twisted Child Stars, Holistic Loons, and People Who Eat Their Dogs! by Dennis Miller
  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
  • The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy
  • Jeff Gordon: Racing Back to the Front—My Memoir by Jeff Gordon with Steve Eubanks
  • The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
  • A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  • A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin
  • Citizen Soldiers: The US Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Fever Pitch: A Fan's Life by Nick Hornby
  • Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics by "Anonymous" (later revealed to be Joe Klein)
  • The Sounds of Star Wars by J. W. Rinzler
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
  • Predator by Patricia Cornwell
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
The number isn't something to write home about, but I give myself credit for at least doubling last year's total.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PCCL 2012 Finals: Gameday Scenes, 7 December 2012

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 3: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Dec. 7
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Now that is a size disparity.

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 3: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Dec. 7
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Joe Lipa doesn't look too pleased with the UST win. You can take the old coach
out of Ateneo, but you can't take Ateneo out of the old coach. (Probably.)

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 3: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Dec. 7
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

Pido signaling SCSA-style for a cold one.

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 3: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Dec. 7
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

"I'll show you mine if you show me yours."
(Gotta love the reactions of the people in the background.)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dearest Daryl, Mat, And Tala

I am writing this in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

I know it doesn't look it right now, but not everyone in the world is evil or sick in the head. You needn't be scared; your parents will move heaven and earth to keep you safe.

Please don't ever lose faith in humanity.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Blog Discovery: The Peripheral Universe

I recently discovered a (music) blog called The Peripheral Universe. It's relatively new, but the entries are very well-written. I particularly like the "Hear It Is" series, which features interviews with Filipino musicians presented as oral histories. So far they've interviewed the likes of Katwo Puertollano (née Librando), Vin Dancel, Diego Castillo, and Mikey Amistoso and Marie Jamora.

In the latest installment, Mike Villegas shares an intriguing thought about the late Karl Roy:
I’m very careful of how I would call something an icon. I remember—and he’s one of the greatest performers OPM has ever seen—Karl Roy was and is a fucking icon. Pero after "Panaginip," ano yung naaalala mong kanta na ginawa niya? And that’s not to flog the man and what he did for the scene. But I remember fully well that people were calling him an icon when he was still alive, and it may not have been the most positive thing for him, personally. All of a sudden he had to be this thing that performed like that—which is great—but he also had to manifest the naughtiness of the scene every time. It’s like if he didn’t act the way he did or do the stuff he did, the way he did, he wouldn’t be an icon. And I would rather he wrote more music, or he made more of a name for himself as a songwriter or a creator, as opposed to the wild man that he is offstage. He was amazing onstage, but I really think that the icon aspect of his life had more to do with his life off the stage. Don’t get me wrong, I love the man to bits, but I wish he was still alive and sharing more music with us. I mean, "Yugyugan" is a cover.
It's something to chew on, that the fans may have contributed somewhat to Roy's offstage troubles.

Monday, December 3, 2012

PCCL 2012 Finals: Gameday Scenes, 30 November 2012

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tiger, Nov. 30
[Photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan for Inboundpass]

Referee: "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!"

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tiger, Nov. 30
[Photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan for Inboundpass]

Pido Jarencio assures Karim Abdul of his full recovery from
a bout with German measles. Estong Ballesteros remains wary.

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tiger, Nov. 30
[Photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan for Inboundpass]

"Do that again. I dare you."

Sunday, December 2, 2012

PCCL 2012: Greg Slaughter Is Butchering Rims

I think Ateneo Blue Eagles center Greg Slaughter is trying to destroy the basketball rims at the Arena in San Juan. He had four dunks in their PCCL Final Four game against the Southwestern University Cobras alone (he probably was extra-motivated: SWU was a old foe from his days with the University of the Visayas Green Lancers in the CESAFI league), then added two more in the very next game against the San Beda Red Lions.

PCCL 2012 Final Four: UST Growling Tigers vs. Ateneo Blue Eagles, Nov. 21
ADMU vs. UST, PCCL Final Four
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. SWU Cobras, Nov. 23
ADMU vs. SWU, PCCL Final Four
[Photo credit: Nevin Reyes for Inboundpass]

PCCL 2012 Final Four: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. San Beda Red Lions, Nov. 25
ADMU vs. SBC, PCCL Final Four
[Photo credit: Jan Dizon for Inboundpass]

PCCL 2012 Finals Game 2: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. UST Growling Tiger, Nov. 30
ADMU vs. UST, Game 2, PCCL Finals
[Photo credit: Paul Ryan Tan for Inboundpass]

For the record, Slaughter can also dunk one-handed.