Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Last November, an inebriated 24-year-old with the woefully apt name of Kyle Drinkwine was found by police in the back of a Wisconsin alley, his hands covered in blood. According to testimony compiled by the Smoking Gun, Drinkwine had spent the evening unwinding at Emma's Bar, a local watering hole that was hosting a karaoke night. Shortly after performing an Eminem song, he allegedly became so enraged by another patron's version of "Holy Diver"—the 1983 anthem by heavy-metal patriarch Ronnie James Dio—that he assaulted the singer and his friend and fled when police arrived. "This had started … over one's ability to sing karaoke," notes the arrest report, which reads like a Mike Judge novella.
Read the Slate story
Playboy Centerfolds. Seriously
Monday, January 26, 2009
The 1,000 Novels You NEED to Read
Bolaño is now the Flavor of the Month
Marilynne Robinson, Home, FSG
Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project, Riverhead
M. Glenn Talyor, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, West Virginia University Press
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kittredge, Random House
August Kleinzahler, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, FSG
Juan Felipe Herrera, Half the World in Light, University of Arizona Press
Devin Johnston, Sources, Turtle Point Press
Pierre Martory, trans. by John Ashbery, The Landscapist, Sheep Meadow Press
Brenda Shaughnessy, Human Dark with Sugar, Copper Canyon Press
Richard Brody, Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard, Metropolitan Books
Vivian Gornick, The Men in My Life, Boston Review/MIT
Joel L. Kraemer, Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization’s Greatest Minds, Doubleday
Reginald Shepherd, Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry, University of Michigan Press
Seth Lerer, Children's Literature: A Reader's History: Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter, University of Chicago Press
Paula J. Giddings, Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, Amistad
Steve Coll, The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in an American Century, Penguin Press
Patrick. French, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, Knopf
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, Norton
Brenda Wineapple, White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Knopf
Rick Bass, Why I Came West, Houghton Mifflin
Helene Cooper, The House on Sugar Beach, Simon and Schuster
Honor Moore, The Bishop’s Daughter, W.W. Norton
Andrew X. Pham, The Eaves of Heaven, Harmony Books
Ariel Sabar, My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq, Algonquin
Dexter Filkins, The Forever War, Knopf
Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the Civil War, Knopf
Jane Mayer, The Dark Side, Doubleday
Allan Lichtman, White Protestant Nation, Atlantic Monthly Press
George C. Herring, From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776, Oxford University Press
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The Logic of Numbers
So Cong. Zialcita as you were saying, the Philippines has no population problem because we are the ones supplying labor to other countries? So now the other countries are laying off their own countrymen so they can hire the Filipinos who are not trained properly anyway because they are busy looking for food and have no money for health and education? Is that your only reason for not supporting the RH Bill? So God will provide for the Filipinos because He loves the poor?
Friday, January 23, 2009
Baguio Minute 3
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Philippines and Israel
Remember this? "Israel's national flag is displayed beside Philippines' national flag on the shore of the Dead Sea November 25, 2007. The two flags, both 100 meters-long (328 feet) and 200 meters wide (656 feet), were displayed together on Sunday to mark 50 years of relations between the two countries, a spokesperson at the Israeli Tourism Ministry said. The Israeli flag, which took 3 weeks to sew and weighs about 5,200 kg (11,464 lbs), was financed by Philippine businesswoman Sister Grace Galindez-Gupana and will compete for a title in the Guinness Book of Records."
Gupana, no need to apologize. Your Israel is not the Israel we have now, killing Palestinian children because they have to live. Theirs is a deranged Israel, thinking they are better than the rest of the world. They are murderers. In the OT kind of sense, they may be the Israelis of old. But someone died on the cross to take us out of that OT violence, this Israel we have now does not deserve your flag.
And Then Hangover Cures from National Geographic
Know Your Whisky
In Search for Sid Vicious
The Mexican Suitcase
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Bloggers to Watch This Year
Benn Ray (Mobtown Shank)Edward Champion's Reluctant Habits, The Bat Segundo Show)
Frank Yang (Chromewaves)
Howard Wolfson (Gotham Acme)
Jessa Crispin (Bookslut)nyctaper)
Sean Michaels (Said the Gramophone)
Sean Moeller (Daytrotter)
Whitney Matheson (Pop Candy)
A Time to Dance
Taken only last January 15 at the Liverpool station. Cool. An advertisement for T-mobile
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
The Baguio Minute 2
The Filipino Nation in Daly City
Benito M. Vergara, Jr.
Balatoc Mines of Yore
I got this Carmel C's facebook. She requested me to post this. Here's her notes:
"1931 Rizal Day with Igorot Laborers Camp 3 balatoc mines. "
In the picture is Guy Montague, the resident manager of the the Balatoc gold mine in Balatoc Mines from 1924-1935. His wife, Kate is also in the picture.
"From 1930 to 1935 Kate Bigelow Montague lived in the moutain provice of of northern Luzon where her husband was resident manager of the Balatoc Mines near Baguio. During that time she journeyed deep into the Igorot vilages attending their weddings, their burials and their many festivals. Her love for these people grew and after spending a year in study in Manila in 1937, she knew that one day she would write about them. "Send the Wise Wind" is that book, her first novel."
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It's Recession, Folks, and now's your chance to earn money. Yes, you!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Where to Watch the Double X Movie of Osang
AURORA", the controversial independent film of Rosanna Roces, will have a special one-time screening at the U.P. Cine Adarna this January 19th, 7:30 p.m. The film, directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr., was slapped with 2 "X" ratings from the Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) declaring it "unfit for public viewing." "AURORA" is Roces' first film after La Vida Rosa (2001) which gave her the URIAN Best Actress award. In Aurora, she co-stars with Sid Lucero, who won Best Actor for Selda in the URIAN and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival; Kristofer King, who made waves with his acclaimed performances in Babae Sa Breakwater, Tirador, Serbis and Angeli Bayani who was adjudged Best Actress in the 10th CineManila International Film Festival for Melancholia.
NY Nuns File $17,000 Lawsuit vs Pinoy Couple Over Tuyo and Tinapa
From CRISTINA DC PASTOR of Philippine News
01/11/2009 | 06:45 PM
NEW YORK —It may be a cultural thing, but when you're up against a congregation of nuns and your neighbors in an apartment building in Manhattan, a lawsuit would make an interesting anthropological study in ethnic tension. The Missionary Sisters of Sacred Heart (MSSH) in Manhattan has filed a complaint against Filipino American couple, Michael and Gloria Lim, over a Filipino delicacy called 'tuyo' (dried fish), and its funky cousin, the 'tinapa' (smoked fish). The case is now with the Manhattan Supreme Court.
Reports say Gloria was smoking fish outside her apartment window when the smell – noxious stench to the nuns, divine aroma to the Lims – of the salted fish wafted throughout the Gramercy apartment building. The "foul smell" was too strong the nuns suspected it was coming from a decomposing body and called in the Fire Department. According to reports, the firemen searched every unit of the building and were able to trace the source of the smell to the Lims' unit. They knocked, and when no one came to the door, the NYFD came barreling in. Gloria, a nurse, found her door knocked down and was obviously peeved. It appears the MSSH leases the unit to the Lims and may have authorized the assault. "I cook dried fish," Gloria defiantly declared to the NY Post.
The average American may find it puzzling how one can derive pleasure of the palate from dried fish. Foodie Andrew Zimmern, who has been to the Philippines and braved the "balut" (fertilized duck egg in an embryo) and Soup No. 5 (bull's rectum and testicles soup, believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac) might be able to share the gustatory experience. Gloria was referring to the "tuyo," a Philippine staple usually eaten with steaming hot rice and fresh tomatoes. Some eat theirs dipped in vinegar and crushed garlic paired with fried rice and sunny side up egg. Dried fish is not a Philippine exclusive. It is an essential in the traditional Chinese and Malaysian fried rice along with chopped spring onions, garlic and chili. Sometimes, it is pulled and sprinkled on
chocolate porridge or "champorado. " Food with a strong salty taste like "tuyo" or "tinapa" might be too intense for the morning stomach, but many Filipinos would never leave for work in the morning without having it for breakfast.
In the lawsuit filed by the nuns, Gloria was even more adamant. She was quoted as saying that "she is causing the smell by cooking and/or smoking fish, and she is going to continue to do it." The complaint appears to divide the apartment tenants, some finding themselves squarely on the side of the sisters who find the smell "potentially dangerous to life and health," and some defending the FilAm family's right to eat their own ethnic food in the privacy of their home.
"This is plain racist," comes a shout-out from a supportive blogger. The complaint says some tenants closer to the Lims' unit have moved out, and that the Lims have been warned repeatedly about the smell emanating from their 16th floor apartment unit. Gloria, a 30-year resident of the U.S., denies this. Which side to take, undecided tenants turn to what's stated in the housing rules: Cooking smelly food is not allowed. The nuns are seeking $75,000 in damages. They made it clear that they have nothing against Filipinos as a people.
Monday, January 12, 2009
The History of Reggae: a Documentary
Saturday, January 10, 2009
New Year Postcards 100 Years Ago
Hardest Literary Quiz
Telegraph treated its readers recently with a very hard but interesting literary quiz. One of the hardest I encountered considering I won the university-wide literature contest when I was in 2nd year and has been beating Jeopardy rivals, virtual or otherwise, when the topic is "Literature." Here are the questions:
1 Which literary character's first words to whom are: "How are you? You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive?"
2 Who was the first British writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature – in 1907, if that helps?
3 What's the only book for children by James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming?
4 Who is the only person to have been both shortlisted for the Booker Prize and to have played a girlfriend of Ken Barlow's in Coronation Street?
5 What did Jane Austen's father do for a living?
6 To which public figure is Austen's Emma dedicated?
7 What was the first novel by E M Forster?
8 What is the title of John Betjeman's blank-verse autobiography?
9 In Wodehouse's name, what do the P and the G stand for?
10 What is Jeeves's first name?
11 Whose first two novels were Hideous Kinky and Peerless Flats?
12 Frederica, Venetia and Black Sheep are among whose Regency romances – a genre she's generally credited with inventing?
13 In which language did Franz Kafka write?
14 Who, in the 1950s, wrote the highly influential food books French Country Cooking and Italian Food?
15 What is the main title of the Bill Bryson book that is subtitled Travels in Europe?
16 What was Thomas Hardy's first profession?
17 In his later years, what was the geographically significant name of Thomas Hardy's dog?
18 Which classic novel of the Second World War begins: "It was love at first sight"?
19 In which war did Lord Byron die?
20 In Homer's Iliad, who kills Hector?
21 Name all five of the Famous Five.
22 Which Enid Blyton character was described in Encounter magazine in 1958 as "the most egocentric, joyless, snivelling and pious anti-hero in the history of British fiction"?
23 What kind of animal is Beatrix Potter's Jeremy Fisher?
24 Who is the most famous literary creation of Jean de Brunhoff?
25 What is the only Shakespeare play with an animal in the title?
26 In the novels of John Mortimer, how does Rumpole refer to his wife?
27 Which 19th-century literary character marries Isabella Linton?
28 In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, how many times has the Wife of Bath been married?
29 John le Carré's breakthrough novel was his third, published in 1963. What was it called?
30 Which country is the main setting for le Carré's The Constant Gardener?
31 Name any Iris Murdoch novel with a colour in the title.
32 In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, how is the nightmare totalitarian future reflected in the way beer is served?
33 Who wrote the dramatic monologue, originally for television, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee?
34 A taste of which foodstuff prompted the Proustian rush?
35 What is the third word of the poem To Autumn?
36 In 1819, who became Keats's fiancée?
37 Which Keats poem contains the line, "And no birds sing"?
38 Which phrase was written, at his own request, on Keats's tombstone in Rome?
39 With which novel did Ian McEwan win the 1998 Booker Prize?
40 Which literary novelist wrote the first ever episode of the TV series Upstairs, Downstairs?
41 What's the name of Sherlock Holmes's older and even more brilliant brother?
42 Which 12-novel sequence is narrated by Nicholas Jenkins?
43 Name any book in Philip Roth's original Zuckerman trilogy.
44 Which British Nobel Prize-winner's first novel was The Grass Is Singing?
45 What event of July 1986 was the subject of the poem The Honey Bee and the Thistle by Ted Hughes, the poet laureate at the time?
46 What is the only Shakespeare play whose title contains an English place name?
47 To the nearest thousand, how many direct descendants of Shakespeare are thought to be alive today?
48 Who is the most famous literary creation of the Reverend Wilbert Awdry?
49 What's the first phrase of Virgil's Aeneid (in English or Latin)?
50 What was Alice Sebold's bestselling debut novel?
51 Which of his novels did Dickens say was his favourite?
52 Which Dickens novel has a plot that centres on someone leaving money to his nephew's lover's guardian's brother's youngest daughter?
Christianity is the Root of Slow Scientific Progress
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
50 Special Effects that Paved the Way
The SFX that took you off your seats
What Happened to Baguio (1)
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
The Best New Yorker Stories in 2008
Roddy Doyle: “Sleep.“
Yiyun Li: “Gold Boy, Emerald Girl.“
Daniel Alarcón: “The Idiot President.”
Why Manila Is Not Good For You
"The mind is a limited machine,"says Marc Berman, a psychologist at the University of Michigan and lead author of a new study that measured the cognitive deficits caused by a short urban walk. "And we're beginning to understand the different ways that a city can exceed those limitations."
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Rent, 40 Seconds and Paper City
How about this 40 seconds of a year?
Nice, no? But this one make me squirm. Galing! From the 4th estate
This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Calvin, Hobbes and New Year's Resolutions
Susano the Hypocrite
While waiting for Jawo in Pizza Volante, I read this Bulletin:
Rep. Annie Rosa L. Susano of Quezon City’s second district where INC main church and its school New Era University are located, said she feels honored to convey personally her congratulatory message to Manalo knowing that INC serves not only the spiritual and material needs of its flock but also of many other marginalized Filipino families through outreach programs on education, youth development, family conseling, health, and socio-economic community extension services. Susano, chairperson of House of Representatives Committee on Metro Manila Development, authored the House resolution which was the basis of President Arroyo’s proclamation designating July 27 of every year as Felix Y.Manalo Day.
What bull! Susano is the most vociferous opponent of the RH Bill. Didn't she know that the INC is for the bill and that the Manalos knew about her cruel antics in the House. What hypocrite this Susano is and she's running as Mayor of QC? Aynaku! I'm so glad I'm a fan of Flordeluna. Herbert B for Mayor!
And speaking of RH, here's one eye-opener. Girls pledging to be virgins until they get married are likely to have sex as those who didn't pledge. So where does the True Love Waits Movement go?
Thursday, January 01, 2009
New Year's Resolutions
1) For the centennial of Baguio, I decided to give a weekly update of the irreverent, crazy Baguio news every Wednesday. This would be similar to Harper's Weekly
2) Write all my book purchases so that those who desperately want a particular book would know where to go. Today I got:
Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany -- In 155 pages, Ben Schott came out with a culinary history, cookbook, trivia and household guide and it's funny, witty and useful
When Boston Won the World Series -- another book to pester my Yankee-loving editor
Jim Crace's The Devil's Larder -- 64 very short fiction on food, sex and desire
3) To join all artist exhibitions of my friends. My "Shadow+Book+Sing or, The Love of Manny Is The Root of All" was featured in ABS-CBN Local!!