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Blog Space for Rent

Posted: February 16, 2010 in next to nothing

Wow, I’ve missed this space. More than a month into 2010 and I haven’t blogged anything not even once until now. Guess I’ve been really busy. Or maybe I was just too lazy to blog. I guess it’s time to get back.

I still prefer to blog the traditional way versus Tweeting, and Google’s new Buzz, or whatever fancy things people are inventing and everyone is so hyped about at the moment. I liken blogging to an image. Tweeting would be that of a moving image, more like a video or an animation. While it may be fluid and dynamic, it also dies down fast similar to a trend. The traditional way is well.. . traditional. Like an old picture of you playing a ball when you were 5 years old. Looking at that picture and then you are filled with memories. Strong and vivid memories of who you are and what you’ve done.

So what have I done?


A programmer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.” He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke up again and said, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week.”
The programmer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket. The frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I’ll stay with you and do anything you want.” Again the programmer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.
Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess that I’ll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?” The programmer said, “Look, I’m a programmer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend — but a talking frog, now that’s cool.”


the barrio system effect

Posted: August 18, 2009 in next to nothing

A barrio is a Spanish word which means district or neighborhood.

In the Philippines it is the smallest administrative division or form of local government unit, and is officially referred to today as Barangay.

In popular Bisaya references, when someone says “barrio barrio,” it would generally mean that in a gathering, people are  grouping up according to their political or regional affiliations.

Say for example in a party, were majority of the people invited know each other, an individual is most likely going to  group up with others who he or she is familiar with in terms of the school another may come from, or from a certain neighborhood in the city where he or she lives in.

If you came with a group, it is more likely that you will stick around with your group, rather than mingle around with the rest of the guests in the party.  Such is the nature with most traditional gatherings, as I have observed, in the Bisaya-speaking regions of this country.

“Barrio-barrio,” may also be perceived negatively, in that in an organization where everyone presumably has a common goal or purpose, it is but natural for people to try and work, or be affiliated, only to a select few others, with the purpose of achieving that common goal by themselves.  To each his own, and in this case it’s my group first.

Now in an organization, whether it be big or small, people are usually broken down into smaller units.  It usually depends on a common criteria, such as a role one plays in that organization.  While this may be a good way to get things going fast, sometimes with the crab-mentality that is common for people in this region, it may come down more as a hindrance to the organization.

It is only normal, after all, to be competitive.  But when it comes down to grouping just for the sake of one’s own selfish desires, instead of the organization’s common goal, then that may be the start of the downfall of an organization.

The barrio-barrio effect also negatively impacts an organization working for a common goal in that people who have been grouped together for a long time, tend not to be so open to newer members.  If one is asked to help out or transfer to another group, it might be seen as a disturbance to what he/she has with his/her current group, forgetting in the process that it is, after all, for the common goal of the organization that he/she became a member of in the first place.

In the end, there is no easy way to cure this effect.  While a good leader will always remind the members of their common goals, uncooperative members will always be a pain in the head.  Leaders will become subject to the barrio-barrio effect too.  It is always hard for the leader to be purely unbiased.  After all, the leader would have come from a certain “barrio” too.

tuesday clean day

Posted: July 14, 2009 in next to nothing

mmouse_n_broomstuesdays are “clean my room” days.  at least that’s how i planned it to be.  but in between doing something else, or pretending to do something else just so i can excuse myself from cleaning my room, and actually cleaning my room,  the first one wins most of the time.

surpise, surprise!  i do manage to clean my room several times a month.  if it’s not really cleaning, then it’s partially doing what is close to cleaning or arranging stuff  that is lying about everywhere in my ugly mess of a room.  but hey, i’m a guy, that’s normal.. .  😛

for this day however, i mustered enough will to get off of my lazy ass, drag my feet to the nearest grocery store and purchase some cleaning materials.  yep, it was quite a feat for me. i didn’t want to do it today.  i woke up very late and the weather outside was a bit gloomy.  no sun, cloudy and looks like it was gonna rain. but then somebody has to and there is certainly nobody else to clean my room except myself.

two hours later, my room is organized and my bathroom spic and span!  i gathered my clothes for the laundry and off they went to the cleaners.  phew!  that wasn’t hard.  i have got to do this more often.  hahaha.. .

after taking a bath and a smoke break, i liked what i was seeing before me.  a clean room!  and to top it all, my toilet bowl was so clean and shiny, i actually didn’t wanna shit on it.  🙂

PC hardware problems

Posted: July 13, 2009 in next to nothing

just great!   just a week or so after my NVidia 8800 GT died, my primary hard drive becomes unreadable.  it’s an old 80GB IDE drive from SeaGate, where my bootloader and Kubuntu 9.04 resides.  it is a good thing i made the Windows drive the secondary.  at least the default option to write MBR upon installing Kubuntu defaults to the primary disk,  or i would’ve had to do something with it on Windows.

and so everything in that drive is lost.  i think it is.  BIOS can still recognize the drive but it takes forever to read it.  there goes the movies and everything.  and my freakin pictures in HK, Singapore and all those i’ve collected through my years of stay here in Cebu. . .  shit!  now i just realized that i don’t have backups of it.  waaaaa! =(  i do have selected pictures uploaded but the originals.. .

the joke’s on you

Posted: April 1, 2009 in next to nothing

April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day, although not a holiday in its own right, is a notable day celebrated in many countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on fool’s errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, the jokes only last until noon: like UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, someone who plays a trick after noon is called an “April Fool”.[1] Elsewhere, such as in Ireland, France, and the USA, the jokes last all day. Another origin is that April 1 was counted the first day of the year in France. When King Charles IX changed that to January 1, some people stayed with April 1. Those who did were called “April Fools” and were taunted by their neighbors.  more at.. .

on vacation, brb.. .

Posted: March 23, 2009 in next to nothing

weee! i’m going on a trip. Hong Kong here i come. this is gonna be fun. it’s been a long time since i’ve travelled. yes too long. there’s always something about going on a trip. but God, how i hate being on a plane for hours. good thing it doesn’t take too long to get there. still i hate flying.

.. .a well-deserved break before the big plunge.  it’s gonna be a bit bleak for me after this.  but i think i’m moving on.  i’ve waited for too long.  bah, drama!  i’ll not let anything ruin this vacation for me.  🙂