Showing posts from November, 2010

How a War in the Korean Peninsula Would Affect You

I must admit that my political analysis is very rough on the edges, I have to thank the ordinary rudiments of life for that. Writing many articles on "things" rather than processes tend to dull my ability to bring forth more careful analysis of situations as I was trained to do. 

UPDATE 2: November 29, 2010 (Reuters)
(Reuters) - South Korean and U.S. forces pressed on with massive military drills on Monday as regional powers considered a call by China for emergency talks following North Korea's attack on a southern island. China's proposed emergency consultations come amid global pressure on Beijing to take a more aggressive role in the standoff between the rival Koreas and try to rein in ally Pyongyang using its leverage as its largest source of aid.

UPDATE: (Wall Street Journal Online)

"BEIJING—China engaged in high-level diplomacy to try to cool tensions on the Korean peninsula as the U.S. and South Korea on Sunday started a naval drill that has prompted dire …

Ubuntu 10.10 Cannot Change Monitor Resolution

My wife's Ubuntu 10.10 just arrived, so I installed it on my computer. Hello again free CD. Nice to see you. How are you?

Do you require one day of configuration just to work properly?

Hopefully not.

Whoops, the letters are big.

Oh, same old same old.

Hmmm, let me get back to you once I have the patience to go around ubuntuforums.


Special Project: Christmas Party

We're going to hold a Christmas Party for the cool kids of Barangay Tangway. Here's tentative plan that my wife made.

Christmas Party

Giant Butiki

On a Sunday eve, our little friend came back. It's not really a butiki or a lizard, I think it's a tuko. If you don't know what that is, try googling it to verify.

Anyway, this little bugger was there as I was brushing my teeth.

I would've killed it, but it does not pose as an immediate threat to my family and besides, I wouldn't be able to post a picture of it on the Internet right?

Anyway, if I get the chance I might put it inside an aquarium or something.


Please vote on what I am going to do next.

Support Philippine Tourism

The Department of Tourism is looking for pro active people who can dedicate their talents in the promotion of our archipelago in various capacities.

I heard of the news from Carlo Ople of New Media Philippines.

If you are interested, go to for more details.


1. Foreigner wants to visit the Philippines
word of mouth promotionfamily relationsearch through Googletourist exposmedical tourismadvertisementssocial media 2. Search for tourist destination
Same as above 3. Booking of ticket / hotel reservation online - SEO/SEMindividual sitestelephonewalk insaw an adhas a brochurehas a friend Although much hype has been attributed to new media, the power of word of mouth marketing is still the strongest driving factor for tourism. Most visitors go here because of:
positive experience during business trip - returnsfamily - foreigner weds filipino, friend's word of mouth  

A Visitor Got Lost

Once upon a time, a little baby bird got lost. 

"*Sigh* If only I could go out." said the bird.

"Outside looks good. Gee, my friends are out there. Huh, wait, who's that handsome fella over there."

"Ack some bozo grabbed me. Ouch! Don't ruffle the feathers.  You're squeezing me."

"Maybe if I play dead, this bozo will let me go..."

The bozo, let the little baby birdie fly and the birdy partied with his friends.
Based on a true story. No little birdy was harmed in the creation of this story. Annoyed, maybe, but not hurt. 

Matt Cutts: What Would You Do if You Were Google CEO?

Matt Cutts, made a very interesting blog post that got a little over a hundred comments.

What would you do if you became Google CEO for a day?

It's a double edged sword of a question that's both dangerous and exciting at the same time. Needless to say, the amount of comments reflect the huge dearth of interest for many people. To be sure, the comments that were in the blog post were mostly about innovative and humorous ideas:

Here are some of them:

1. A lie detector. -Flavin
2. Car inventory database. -Deidre Drewes
3. Self driving flying cars -Adam Willis
4. Involvement with One laptop per child -Josh Gachnang
5. A Google banking service -Roch
6. Analytics into the products we use everyday that impact our wellbeing -Scott Cowley
7. Google Ombudsman for Google products -Lauren Weinstein
8. Increased sponsorship of Open Source Projects -Rob Heittman

and many more...

There are many "change the world ideas" that most people can only dream about.

Matt, had to jump in an…

Embed Facebook on Your Brain


"the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc."


Whenever we post an update on facebook, the event that transpires is not merely the broadcasting of a message in a conversation. It is more like thinking out loud in text, pictures and videos.

The ideas are conveyed in a format that transcends words and tells a lot about your temperament, mood or world view. It is also colored by your personality and attitude.

It is not just a message that you wish to convey, that gets sent, but also how you sent it, when, where and why. It is about your choice of words and your civility or lack off.

More importantly, it is about context. We update our "friends" with what we think are relevant morsels on the things that go on in our lives. Before we press the "Post" button, we think once or twice about what the audience will think. We do this by noting other people's updates. Hence, in a way we are not only conversi…

Wow Thank You for Voting

Today, somebody else aside from me voted for me to plant Ginger. Well, whoever you are, thank you for visiting. I have finally adjusted the amount of money that Resort Ville has. Technically it is PHP 2,279. But in actuality, I have separated my personal funds so there's a little bit more.

I stand to make money by selling almost half a ton of paper I have in storage.

At PHP 9 a kilo of used paper, I'm currently looking into the possibility of selling em to generate more funds.

Again, I really appreciate the gesture!


Ah, so many has happened since I last made an entry on this blog. Frankly, I had to concentrate on other matters such as the commercial building and my freelance writing.

But today, Ka Martin and I did a lot of things. We cleaned the clogged drainage, *yucky* and then we moved the dog to a place where he could roam about.

Things are going to get tougher because of some other business concerns.

Cheapest Ford Mustang

For some odd reason, I woke up today wanting this - the cheapest Ford Mustang. In my life, I've had two vehicles - a Toyota Corolla 97 XE and a Hyundai Starex 99. Now I only have Rusty Lopez. If you're a Filipino you would know what I mean *wink*.
Not that I want to buy this junk, but hey, it is the cheapest Ford Mustang in the block. I don't even know if it has a engine. Oh yeah, it does. Just add $465 USD or PHP 20,000.
At  PHP 110,000 or USD 2,557.83, this Mustang is highly suspect and might have the engine of a tricycle. 
Hahaha, anyway, call me crazy, call me old fashioned but I've always wanted to drive around with a real Mustang.

Now we're talking. 
But on second thought. I wouldn't want to drive around carnap bait. If I had this car, I'd always be worried that somebody would try to steal it. So, lets just go back to old dinky doo above.
Anyway, this really is the cheapest Ford Mustang anywhere. Too bad that I am not a mechanic and really don't h…

So I woke up late today and I got 2 emails from a new pinoy start-up named It's a website that features food deals and other deals. "Timely for X-Mas Giving". Normally, I would have been supportive of them simply because they're Filipino, but here's what they did wrong:

They wanted me to buy a kamasutra cake for X-mas. Huh?They sent me two unsolicited emails without my permission using my inactive email account and my main account. Webmaster cannot be trusted with my email so I won't signup.Positive The cake looks lusciously delicious. But I am not going to send a kamasutra cake to anyone for Christmas.50% off sounds good.The website layout looks awesome. But.....You know.... I don't have a clue what it is for. I don't know how they got my old email addresses - which I haven't used for more than a year. It's just plain wrong for people to send unsolicited email advertisements. Sure the deals sound good, the pictures sound good, b…

The Social Network Movie Review

I just saw the movie the Social Network and I can't help but feel suspicious about it. It smacks of one sidedness. It smacks of propaganda. And worst, it smacks of publicity for the popular social network. It's a cliche to mention that 'good and bad publicity is publicity nevertheless.'

Upon reading the Wikipedia entry about the Winklevoss brothers, I can't help but feel that the movie got all of their allegations to the dot. The entry was like a plot summary of the movie.

After watching, my paranoid mind queried:

Zuckerberg didn't claim royalties for a movie about his life. Or did he? The Winklevoss brothers aren't claiming to be the ones behind the movie - but they're so enthusiastic about it in interviews and that they are also not claiming royalties for a movie that involved them. Or are they? My take on this is that this is a publicity stunt. An advertisement that generated revenue. A ploy to keep people asking the question, "Did Mark Zuckerbe…

Social Media and Government

It's great to see that most of the Philippines' government agencies are now putting social media to good and productive use.

Here's a recent view of the traffic conditions along Epifanio delos Santos Avenue. Good thinking!

Nike: Just Do It

Excellent placement by photographers to remind those who are complacent and tired like me to grab some of the vitriol of their youth and to - you know. JUST DO IT.

Bob Parsons: 10 Tips on How to Get Lucky

Didn't know that the founder of, a web service that sold domain names, had his own wacka doodle doo blog. Well, here's one of his video blogs.

Simple ideas. Awesome presentation. Man, I wish I could blog like the guy. Maybe someday I'll get lucky :)

Philippines Cited as World's Top Outsourcing Center

"MANILA, Philippines – For the third time, the Philippines was cited as the “world's leading global outsourcing center” when it was awarded the Offshoring Destination of the Year Award for 2010.

The country first bagged the coveted title in 2007. The Philippines also beat other countries in the same category last year, making this year a back-to-back win.
The honor was given during the National Outsourcing Association (NOA) Awards Night, held at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London last week."
This is obviously good news that should at least make the head honchos of the outsourcing industry happy amidst the strengthening of the peso.

Google Buzzinga!

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (, a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users' concerns. In addition, Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. w…

Convert RSS to Javascript, PHP, AJAX, ASP

I am making a new blog that's going to focus on my online job as a freelance writer. It will be a no nonsense blog dedicated solely to freelance gigs. Along with my online gigs, I'm going to put in some rss feeds from other websites so that I could have all the gigs that I want in one location.

Along the way, I discovered a nifty tool that converts rss feeds into AJAX, iFrames, PHP or Javascript.

It's called WebRSS and it lets you design the look of the feed with a very simple interface.


Here's how it looks like:

Globe Wimax Rain

Thinking of getting Wireless Internetless access? Get Globe Wimax Rain for your home. If it rains in your vicinity, we can guarantee speeds like Internet Dial Up. In fact, you'll get so amazed by how low our company can get.

Technical Support

When you subscribe to Globe WiMax rain, and as expected, you don't get any Internet connection at all, you'll be pulling your hair out of sheer frustration.

Then as a value added service, we'll sell you something that our company is really known for - hair nothing growers. Simply apply them on your neck, your balding head and your chin and nothing will happen!

Technical support? Oh, right, we'll make our technical support misrepresentatives all the more effective by asking questions like,

"Did you plug the switch?"
"Is it turned on?"
"What color is your eye?"
"Please restart your computer!"
"Ah, ah, we are upgrading our systems and we're smarter than you so get a piece of pen o…

Help Harvey Bring Books to Children in the Philippines

A socio civic leader here in the Philippines, Harvey Keh, a person that  I admire and respect has the noble goal of providing books for public school children.

His message:

The Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation aims to help promote quality basic education for every Filipino child by helping communities build functional public elementary school libraries. Since 2006, we have already helped build 37 public school libraries which currently benefit more than 80,000 students. 

Each Pack of 3 AHON Christmas Cards is worth P 300.00 only! Proceeds will help us in buying new books for public elementary schools all over the country. To order, please contact Herbel at (02) 355-1567 or send an email to . 

We offer free delivery within Metro Manila for orders worth P 1,200.00 or more. For more information about AHON Foundation, please visit our website at

Yet Another Globe Wimax Review

I’ve been a Globe Wimax subscriber for at least 6 months now. So far, I could tell you that my experience is wrought with both pleasure and pain. There are times when my wireless Internet connection would let me download torrents at 100+kbps and there times when it would let me download at 0.06kbps. Considering that I live to an almost jungle like setting, I guess that’s acceptable
Live in a Rainy Area? Don’t Get Globe Wimax
It just plain doesn’t work whenever it rains. Even if it’s just a soft drizzle, it just plain sputters like an old car with an old battery and a worn out spark plug. Simply put, you’ll be annoyed to death.
Globe Wimax Hates uTorrent
In their contract there is some sort of cap to the amount of torrents you could download in a month. If I am not mistaken, they set the limits to 20% of your downloads.
I’m not so sure if they follow through on that threat though. My hard and fast rule is to leave it to download at night and you have yourself something to watch for tom…