Thursday, July 31, 2008
Man Booker Prize Long Shortlist
2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist (I yellowed my llamado list):
• The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.
• Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold.
• The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry.
• From A to X by John Berger. Plot synopsis: A'ida writes letters to her husband Xavier while he is imprisoned for insurgency.
• The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser. Plot synopsis: A Henry James scholar searches for his lost dog in the Australian bush while flashbacks detail his affair with an artist.
• Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. Plot synopsis: A historical adventure set during the Opium Wars.
• The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant.
• A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif. Plot synopsis: A fictional take on the death of Pakistani dictator General Zia ul-Haq, who died in a plane crash in 1988.
• The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher.
• Netherland by Joseph O’Neill.
• The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie. Plot synopsis: The worlds of Mughal India and Renaissance Florence collide in this historical epic.
• Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.
• A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Superhero: Choose Among the Four
I got this from Cosmopolitan via yahoo
Who he worships: Superman
What it reveals: Superman is the quintessential “nice guy” — he’s loyal, believes that people are inherently good, and is always ready to save the day. A guy who digs the Man of Steel usually has the same traits. So, while you may not need your man to save you from a burning building, he’ll love it if you ask for his advice or help in mini-crisis — whether it’s changing a flat or settling you down after a fight with a pal. In other words? Score! But his desire to rescue people might not stop with you. He’s the type to fill his days helping his mom and doing favors for friends. If you feel like his time is monopolized by being a little too good to others, just pipe up and he’ll be responsive.
Who he worships: Spider-Man
What it reveals: Spider-Man is the underdog of all superheroes. As Peter Parker, he’s sensitive, completely responsible, and a bit nerdy. And his Spidey alter ego is pretty much the same — except for the fact that he also swoops from building to building to rescue damsels in distress. If your man relates to this cobweb-flinging fella, chances are he’s emotionally open, never late, and always feels the need to the do the right thing. The only downside: Just like Spider-Man, your guy may get so caught up in being responsible that he has a hard time being carefree. You’ll just have to show him how to loosen up…
Who he worships: Batman
What it reveals: Batman — aka Bruce Wayne — drives a badass car, dates supermodels, and is rolling in dough...so, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why he appeals to your dude. But the Caped Crusader also has a darker side — his parents were killed by criminals, and that’s why he has set out to fight the bad guys. Batman avoids getting close to most people and is sort of a loner. So, your guy may share his dangerously dashing appeal, but you may also have to work a little harder to get him to open up.
Who he worships: The Hulk
What it reveals: This superhero goes from the quiet, reserved Bruce Banner to the big, green Hulk whenever he gets pissed off. Scary, right? But no worries; this character means well, he just lets his feelings overwhelm him. A guy who tells you that The Hulk is his favorite is likely to be the type who gets caught up in emotions and may even have the occasional outburst. Here’s the bright side: You’ll never have to guess how he feels. That said, if you do sense him getting worked up, it may be best to give him some space until he calms down or figures out his emotions
Move over, Havaianas! Krispy Kreme (?) is coming out with a promo (maybe not valid in the Philippines because it is no longer summer) of free grass flipflops. No, this is not for sale yet. If you take care of your grass tsinelas, you can wear it for four months. Wow!
This old pair of LEVI'S were found in a mine in the Rand Mining District, on the Mojave Desert,. California. They are covered in candlewax from the candle's the miner was using to light the tunnel he was working in. They were found with and old paper bag with the name of a mercantile store which operated between 1895 and 1898 in the town or Randsburg. Their was also a gunny sack with the initials A.P.K. and Randsburg marked on it. A.P.K. is through to be Adam P. Kuffel who was a partner in the mercantile store.
These pants have the cloth label vice the leather label. The label (pictured) indicates that they are size W34 x L33, They are copper riveted with the rivets marked L.S. & Co. S.F. They are buckle back (pictured) with suspender buttons. Buttons are silver in color and are all marked LEVI STRAUSS & CO. S.F.CAL. Tthe pants were made with just one back pocket on the right hand side.
The pants are in excellent condition with two small flaws. One hole just above where the left hand back pocket would be, which can be covered by a Quarter and one missing piece of cloth measuring approximatley 1/2 "by !/2" on the band just to the right hand side of the fly.
Seven day return policy for ful refund less shipping and insurance cost. Seller will pay shipping and insurance. NO OVERSEAS SHIPPING. IF YOU ARE BIDDING FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES YOU MUST PROVIDE A U.S. SHIPPING ADDRESS. PAYMENT FOR BIDDERS OUTSIDE U.S. MUST BE BY PAYPAL.\
I WILL ABSOLUTLY NOT WITHDRAW THIS FROM E-BAY FOR AND OUTSIDE SALE-- YOU MUST BID.
Thank you, and good luck bidding.
Good luck indeed. $17,600 is the current bid with 12 hours to go
Cats R Evilll
Rotten Tomatoes' 10 Worst Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
A Man, A Plan, Na-Canal
A man, a plan, a caret, a ban, a myriad, a sum, a lac, a liar, a hoop, a pint, a catalpa, a gas, an oil, a bird, a yell, a vat, a caw, a pax, a wag, a tax, a nay, a ram, a cap, a yam, a gay, a tsar, a wall, a car, a luger, a ward, a bin, a woman, a vassal, a wolf, a tuna, a nit, a pall, a fret, a watt, a bay, a daub, a tan, a cab, a datum, a gall, a hat, a fag, a zap, a say, a jaw, a lay, a wet, a gallop, a tug, a trot, a trap, a tram, a torr, a caper, a top, a tonk, a toll, a ball, a fair, a sax, a minim, a tenor, a bass, a passer, a capital, a rut, an amen, a ted, a cabal, a tang, a sun, an ass, a maw, a sag, a jam, a dam, a sub, a salt, an axon, a sail, an ad, a wadi, a radian, a room, a rood, a rip, a tad, a pariah, a revel, a reel, a reed, a pool, a plug, a pin, a peek, a parabola, a dog, a pat, a cud, a nu, a fan, a pal, a rum, a nod, an eta, a lag, an eel, a batik, a mug, a mot, a nap, a maxim, a mood, a leek, a grub, a gob, a gel, a drab, a citadel, a total, a cedar, a tap, a gag, a rat, a manor, a bar, a gal, a cola, a pap, a yaw, a tab, a raj, a gab, a nag, a pagan, a bag, a jar, a bat, a way, a papa, a local, a gar, a baron, a mat, a rag, a gap, a tar, a decal, a tot, a led, a tic, a bard, a leg, a bog, a burg, a keel, a doom, a mix, a map, an atom, a gum, a kit, a baleen, a gala, a ten, a don, a mural, a pan, a faun, a ducat, a pagoda, a lob, a rap, a keep, a nip, a gulp, a loop, a deer, a leer, a lever, a hair, a pad, a tapir, a door, a moor, an aid, a raid, a wad, an alias, an ox, an atlas, a bus, a madam, a jag, a saw, a mass, an anus, a gnat, a lab, a cadet, an em, a natural, a tip, a caress, a pass, a baronet, a minimax, a sari, a fall, a ballot, a knot, a pot, a rep, a carrot, a mart, a part, a tort, a gut, a poll, a gateway, a law, a jay, a sap, a zag, a fat, a hall, a gamut, a dab, a can, a tabu, a day, a batt, a waterfall, a patina, a nut, a flow, a lass, a van, a mow, a nib, a draw, a regular, a call, a war, a stay, a gam, a yap, a cam, a ray, an ax, a tag, a wax, a paw, a cat, a valley, a drib, a lion, a saga, a plat, a catnip, a pooh, a rail, a calamus, a dairyman, a bater, a canal - Panama!
The Cassette Obit
I Was as Excited with PGMA's SONA...
Monday, July 28, 2008
New England Patriot
Asian Porn Stars
It was Jun Balde who kind of introduced me to Randy Pausch, the professor whose "last lecture" was a one-hour YouTube phenom and whose book Jun said would be the next great hit in the country. It didn't. Randy died Friday of pancreatic cancer. It's not it wasn't expected. In fact, he was given the diagnosis and Randy was given 3 to 6 months to live. He decided to give his lecture entitled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," at Carnegie Mellon last September. On YouTube, more than 3 million watched that lecture. I watched it only last June only because Jun said and I was touched.
Good for Mindanao. The mangosteen is now a hit in Japan because of its anti-cancer benefits. The problem is, it is Thailand which is reaping the rewards and the credit.
Can We Ever Forgive Her?
An author came out with her memoir that would give literary historians the shivers. Lee forged dozens of "letters" from famous people and sold them to dealers. "Can You Ever Forgive Me" is her book which is all hers about how she "wrote" 400 letters supposedly written by Noel Coward, Louise Brooks and even Dorothy Parker on the right:
Titonic and the Princess of Sulpicio
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Forget Nurses. What US Needs Are Radiographers, Respiratory Care Practitioners and Other Allied Health Professionals
This is the LA Times Headline:
Most people have heard about the nationwide nursing shortage. But the country is also experiencing a shortage of trained workers in the "allied health professions" -- respiratory care practitioners, medical transcriptionists, radiographers and about 200 other occupations that make up about 60% of healthcare workers.
First Solar Eclipse on August 1
The first solar eclipse would happen on August 1.
The total eclipse begins at sunrise over Northern Canada's Queen Maud Gulf, where the moon's umbra will first touch down on the Earth, resulting in Canada's hosting its first total solar eclipse since February 26, 1979.
As the sun comes into view over the north-northeast horizon its disk will become completely blocked by the moon. This is in the area of the famous Northwest Passage, a sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Arctic archipelago of Canada. The various islands of the archipelago are separated from one another and the Canadian mainland by a series of Arctic waterways collectively known as the Northwestern Passages. Politically, this region belongs to , the largest and newest of the territories of Canada; it was separated officially from the vast Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999.
Although the umbral shadow narrowly misses the towns of Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island, and Resolute on Cornwallis Island, its northern edge just clips the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world: Canada's remote outpost of Alert, which lies just 508 miles (817 km) from the North Pole and has a population of just 5. Here, totality will last 43 seconds.
Crossing the open Arctic, the southern half of the totality path slides across the many fjords of northermost Greenland, coming to within 450 miles (720 km) of the North Pole at 9:38 UT over the Arctic Ocean before turning southeast. Totality sweeps over the Norwegian island group of Svalbard, while the northern edge of the umbra's path just grazes Russia's Franz Josef Land island group, then cuts across the crescent-shaped island of on its way to central Asia. The umbra first touches the Russian coast on the Yamal Peninsula. Not far inland, greatest eclipse, producing 2 minutes 27 seconds of totality, is attained near the town of Nadym (pop. ~46,000), just inland from the boot-shaped Gulf of Obskaja.
Spending part of your summer in Siberia may sound a bit more appealing upon hearing that the central path passes almost directly over the city of Novosibirsk, Russia's third most populous city (pop. ~1.4 million) where totality begins at 10:44 UT and will last 2 minutes 18 seconds. The center of the path will then follow the-China border for several hundred kilometers, with Olgij, Mongolia getting 1 min 36s of totality. Totality finally whisks into north-central China, crossing the west end of the Great Wall before leaving the Earth at a point northeast of the major city of Xi'an (pop. 3.9 million).
The northern half of Maine as well as the Canadian Maritime Provinces will experience a partial eclipse at sunrise.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Shaolin Soccer without the SFX
Frank Cimatu's SONA Part II
Hai! I'm Timba Man from Timbaland
and for Our Leader's SONA, we give this counter-SONA.
Yes, she will not apologize but we won't accept her apologies anyway. let's all sing our anthem:
I'm holding on your rope,
Got me ten feet off the ground
I'm hearin what you say but I just can't make a sound
You tell me that you need me
Then you go and cut me down, but wait
You tell me that you're sorry
Didn't think I'd turn around, and say...
It's too late to apologize, it's too late
I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late
Mykel A's SONA
ni Mykel Andrada
Hayan na, hayan na di mo pa makita.
Korner na, korner na, sipa pa, sipa pa!
Baka ko sa Maynila, hanggang dito, dinig ang unga.
Baka ko sa Malakanyang, hanggang Estados Unidos, dinig ang pag-”oo nga!”
Ako ay may kaibigan, kasama ko kahit saan.
Siya ay may kaibigan, pang-suhol dito, pang-suhol diyan.
Ang alaga kong hugis bilog, barya-barya ang laman-loob.
Ang alaga kong bilog ang nunal, milyon-milyon ang nilolooban.
Sa liwanag ay hindi mo makita, sa dilim ay maliwanag sila.
Sa liwanag ay nakapamulsa, sa dilim ay nagbibilang pala.
Palda ni Santa Maria, ang kulay ay iba-iba.
Pera ni Santa Santita, ang kulay ay iba-iba.
Nagsaing si Hudas, kinuha ang tubig, itinapon ang bigas.
“Nagsaing” si Gloria, itinapon ang tubig, itinapon ang bigas.
Bahay ni Tinyente nag-iisa ang poste.
Bahay ni Presidente, mabuway na ang mga poste.
Bibingka ng hari, hindi mo mahati.
Bibingka ng Reyna, iniluluwa.
Ate mo, ate ko, ate ng lahat ng tao.
Ate mo, ate ko, ate ng lahat ng tuso.
Hiyas na puso, kulay ginto, mabango kung amuyin, masarap kung kainin.
Nunal na puso, kulay abo, magaspang kung hawakan, masarap tirisin.
Butong binalot ng bakal, bakal na binalot ng kristal.
May butong maitim pa sa tubig-kanal, may boses na tila nabasag na kristal.
Nagtapis nang nagtapis, nakalitaw ang bulbolis.
Nagsinungaling nang nagsinungaling, nakalitaw ang dalawang higanteng ngipin.
Aling pagkain sa mundo ang nakalabas ang buto?
Sinong presidente sa mundo ang sing-itim ng nunal ang buto?
Heto na si Ingkong, nakaupo sa lusong.
Heto na si Gloria, nakaupo sa pera.
Nakatalikod na ang prinsesa, mukha niya’y nakaharap pa.
Pinalalayas na ang Reyna, mukha niya’y nakangisi pa.
Balat niya’y berde, buto niya’y itim, laman niya’y pula, sino siya?
Balat niya’y kayumanggi, buto niya’y itim, laman niya’y pera, sino siya?
Kung tawagin nila’y santo, hindi naman milagroso.
Kung tawagin nila’y Gloria, wala namang ibinibiyaya.
Bahay ni Mang Pedro, punung-puno ng bato.
Bahay ni Aling Arroyo, punung-puno ng demonyo.
Nanganak ang birhen, itinapon ang lampin.
Nanganak ang Reyna, ipinaampon ang masa.
May langit, may lupa, may tubig, walang isda.
Nakatingala sa langit, nangamkam ng lupa, pinagmahal ang langis, pinagdamot ang bigas.
Bunga na ay namumunga pa.
Mayaman na ay nagnanakaw pa.
Hindi prinsesa, hindi reyna, bakit may korona?
Naging Prinsesa, ngayon ay Reyna, tinatanggalan ng korona!
Isang magandang dalaga, di mabilang ang mata.
Isang hambog na Ina, di mabilang ang sala.
* Ang mga linyang nakahilig o italicized ay mga bugtong na mula sa mga sumusunod na website: http://hubpages.com/hub/Bugtong_Filipino_Riddles_ at http://hubpages.com/hub/Bugtong-Filipino-Riddles-II. Ang mga lingyang hindi nakahilig ay politikal na adaptasyon ko ng mga nakahilig na bugtong.
(Ka)ramdam(an) ang Kaunlaran, SONA 2008
Bulsa ko ay ninakawan
ng kamay ng Malacañang;
butas-butas, walang laman
ni pambili ng Alaxan
sa sakit ng kalingkingang
dama ng buong katawan.
Mas mabuti pa si Pacman
Bugbog-sarado ang yaman.
-Richard R. Gappi
Friday, July 25, 2008
Elmer Ordonez Hails Joi B and Chris M
The protests then in the early 80s revived the student movement in the midst of repression. Joi and Chris, both theater majors in UP Diliman, founded along with others Tropang Bodabil which presented Ilocula (Ilocano Dracula) in street demonstrations. Tropang Bodabil evolved into Peryante , and it is in one of its shows in 1982 that I first saw Joi as a performer. She would become a committed dramatist, poet, and Ph.D. credited with many scholarly and creative works.
I saw Chris Millado’s first play Buwan at Baril in Eb Major at the Faculty Center in 1985. His Panata sa Kalayaan (Ode to Freedom) in 1986 presented worldwide by PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) and other groups like Patatag would mark the celebration of people power after toppling the dictatorship. Chris directed Dong-Ao, (translated by Rody Vera), an Ilocano wake play where Pepe Samson, the activist character of Jose’s novel Mass, is mourned. Here type characters of the novel come alive and give comments on the life of Pepe.
Two other plays, Pamantasang Hirang (Sa Dilim Man) written by Tim Dacanay and directed by Hazel Gutierrez, a satire on fraternities and politicians, and Masaganang Ekonomiya written by Allan Lopez and directed by J.Victor Villareal, an expressionist and absurd rendering of state torture of insurgents against the backdrop of government claims of economic prosperity, constitute the political drama of that evening.
The launching of Savage Beast was preceded by a reading of excerpts from plays presented over the years by the Ma-yi Theater Company– plays included in the volume edited with a well-researched introduction and three more essays by Joi.
Joi says that the “naming” of Ma-yi (a precolonial term) theater company (founded in 1989 by Filipino-Americans in New York City) was an act of decolonization. Choosing not to take part in “the assimilationist discourse that dwells on Accept us, America!’, Ma-Yi, (says Joi) has concerned itself with the struggles of sovereignty in the homeland, the class struggles articulated by Carlos Bulosan, and the continuing tensions brought about by the global war on terror and neocolonial globalization.
She points out that the concept of pagdamay or empathy in the pasyon has led Ma-yi to transform itself into an Asian-American company. So far, my wife and I have watched only one full performance The Romance of Magno Rubio based on Bulosan’s writings, and the dramatic readings of three other plays included in Savage Beast. The book (available in Solidaridad, Fully Booked, Power Books, and A Different Bookstore) deserves a full treatment next time.
On the other, Jose’s Dong-ao seems to put a closure on the fate of Pepe Samson who in Mass is last seen saying good-bye to Tia Nena and Fr.Jess as he joins the NPA. There is a reference to Pepe in Jose’s later novel Viajero—a meditation on revolution.
I had wished for Frankie Jose to write a sequel to Mass (excerpted in Kamao, post-EDSA CCP’s anthology of protest literature) and was surprised that he had already written the play. Here Jose resorts to his device of getting different perspectives as in Vibora, a novel about Artemio Ricarte. In Dong-ao the other characters of Mass take turns remembering, eulogizing, and also chiding Pepe for living the life of an insurgent.Inevitably speakers tell the audience more about themselves. The colonel (then the lieutenant who arrested Pepe) and Senator Reyes represent the views of opportunistic/corrupt members of society. Dr. Hortenso (said to be modeled after a marxist U.P. professor) comes off as an ineffectual revolutionary in his “I told you ” manner of addressing the bier of Pepe Samson. Fr. Jess is ever the sacrificing priest doing apostolate work in a poor parish in Tondo. It is the old woman in black (“the chieftest mourner”) who grips the audience as she wails with an exhortation that moves the youth among the mourners to rise and carry on the struggle of Pepe Samson –a denouement worthy of activist drama. Isang bagsak!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Concentrate!! No, Google Destroyed that Ability for Us
Chronic distraction, from which we all now suffer, kills you more slowly. Meyer says there is evidence that people in chronically distracted jobs are, in early middle age, appearing with the same symptoms of burn-out as air traffic controllers. They might have stress-related diseases, even irreversible brain damage. But the damage is not caused by overwork, it’s caused by multiple distracted work. One American study found that interruptions take up 2.1 hours of the average knowledge worker’s day. This, it was estimated, cost the US economy $588 billion a year. Yet the rabidly multitasking distractee is seen as some kind of social and economic ideal.
Environmental graffiti again came up with its impressive Top 10 list. This time, the top 10 meteor craters. How big were they? The last one, the Chicxulub (which means “the tail of the devil” in Mayan) crater in Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico was caused by an asteroid as big as a city (equivalent to 100 teratons of TNT) and caused the extinction of dinosaurs. The green one is Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana. It is its only natural lake and caused by the impact of a meteorite some 1.3 million years ago. Surrounded by dense rainforest, the Ashanti people consider it to be sacred. They think it’s the place where souls of the dead come to bid farewell to the god Twi. Then the last image is the Kara-Kul in Tajikistan, at an altitude of 13,000 feet above sea level. The lake is actually located within a 28 milewide circular depression, which was hit by a meteorite approximately 5 million years ago, Kara-kul was only discovered recently, through satellite. So this is where our caracol came from?