Sunday, October 03, 2010

Flaming Explained

An actual paper on the phenomena of newsgroup flaming.

Enjoy my friends. He explains why it is that we do the thinngs that we do.

Flame ON!


Mga Sulat ni Tochs

You know, sometimes you get lucky doing searches for soc.culture.filipino and get something like Toch. He writes about nature and whatever he feels like. But, he has the soul of a Pin@y.

Pin@y Blog of the Day for Oct 3, 2010.


Babaylan in youtube

Many in the US are going back to the powers of the babaylan. I was researching the issue when I found this youtube version. It seemed real. Metaphysically, it probably is.

Philippine mysticism

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Cebu Pacific Flight Attendants

My Dear Pin@ys,

This is why we are proud. We are in synchronicity. We rock. We roll. We rap. We dance. We conquer the world!!!

Cebu Pacific Flight Attendants Dancing

Love you all,

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Question: Butch and Fem

Why is "butch" and "fem" politically incorrect terms when referring to lesbians?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mi Ultimo Adios

A dedication to my Pin@y sisters and brothers who continue to build the world

May you continue to serve yourself, your needs, your family, the Philippines and the world.

Words by Rizal, music by Joey Ayala.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Philippine President Benigno Aquino Inauguration Speech

Ang Presidente ng Republika ng Pilipinas.... Benigno S. Aquino III

Aquino and Marcos...

Two men whose lives molded and shaped the destiny of a small island republic.

In the coming of Noynoy, the son of the hero Ninoy, a promise made a long time ago may gain fruit.

I believe that the Philippines is the truest example of a democracy in the world. For all the problems the country has, its people are able to endure and have successful transfers of power.

Mabuhay si Presidente Noynoy Aquino

Mabuhay ang Republika ng Pilipinas

Naglilingkod sa Bayan,

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Montifars

Want to see some genius?

The Montifar's website is the Pin@y Site of the Day for the 22nd of December, in the year of the Pin@y 2007.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Marne Kilates

Sometimes, you get surprised by what the old folks have to say. Marke Kilates is the Pin@y Blog of the Day for the 24th of June in the year of the Pin@y 2007.

Monday, February 26, 2007

I'm Moving

Just like that, my focus will change. It used to be that I wanted to find all the other filipinos out there. i still do. But that is a smaller part of myself now. So I will leave this blog where it is and visit from time to time. New directions require a new blog. If I am to be a multi-millionaire, gotta start bigger. Come see me at my new blog:


Sunday, February 25, 2007

Take Responsibility for Your Life

There have been many types of messages that have been sent to me lately. But the ones that resonate the most are about personal responsibility. Be an adult. Take care of business. Take care of yourself, then your family. Be a man. Be a human being. Do not give excuses. Do not lie to yourself. Do not, do not lie to yourself. Be honest. Be truthful. Don't delude yourself.

If only the people that I have met can take these advice, their lives will be better.

A long time ago, I cut off people that I considered friends. One slight, out. One mistake, out. I thought afterwards that my standards were too high. That I was losing friends unnecessarily. But in reality, I had high standards. I wanted to be rich. I wanted a life that was enjoyable. I did not want pain. I don't like suffering. I want laughter, joy, and smiles all around.

Five years ago, I began studying in detail how to achieve these goals. I learned that I was going about it all the right way after all. It's nice for the universe to confirm that you were doing the right thing twenty years later.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Last week, the SO and I ended up watching the sister's kids. A set of twins and a single. The kids get excited whenever we come. I guess they know the difference between mommy and daddy versus guests. I guess they know they can get away with more things with the guests.

Very cute. Very cute. It's fantastic to see their development. I can understand why other scientists go into child development. To see the children accumulate data and then process it is an amazing thing to behold. Furthermore, the growth rate of advances is logarithmic. The twins have mastered walking and are trying to master talking. I take some videos so that someday, they can see themselves.

It makes me wonder about my family to be. How will I hold up to the crying for food, food, I'm wet, food, food. It will no doubt be an interesting ride.

As I said, teaching at a law school in Silicon Valley has been a challenge. Clearly, some of these would-be lawyers just don't know how much work is to be done. One guy asked if he could now go into trial after my class. Well, he did have 15 years experience as a law clerk.

The gout is still with me. I'm just going to need to eat vegetables. Oh, if you are in the Oakland Area, I suggest MEZZE in Grand Avenue. Delicious food!

I had the Caesar salad, the filet mignon and the chocolate mousse. The SO had tuna tartare, duck breast, and Pear Napoleon. Absolutely lipsmacking awesome.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Rotation of a Bowling Ball

114, 191, 158.

It started off pretty badly tonight. I could not figure out what was going on. I was thankful of getting a 100 score. Then in the second game, I experimented with increasing the rotation on the ball. I kept noticing that people with a lot of rotation did not seem to have a problem with the game. So I joined in the fun.

We actually took 2 games out of 4. The last game, we won by 1 pin. The sister-in-law broke 200+ game. Awesome!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

I admit, I like synthesizers

Analyzing the music that I listened to while in college and grad school, I realize that I like the technolike sound. Depeche Mode, New Order, Erasure. I never did get into the garage band sound of Seattle and Nirvana. Too much angst even for me. I mean, I like sad, but I prefer happy over sad.

In selecting music for my ipod, I am conscious about how it affects my mood. I want upbeat lyrics. Or upbeat music. I choose to be the master of my life. I choose happiness.

Been speaking with the SO about life and how people make decisions. We break down how other people we know are leading life and we compare how we would do it if placed in the same situation. Certainly, it is not for the weak for there are some situations where the hopelessness can only be cured with a 180 degree change in attitude and dedication.

And so it is with the music. I find I still like a capella. I find that I like easy listening. I find that I like jazz.

Testing the New Blogger

You know, change is part of life. Blogger has switched to a new version. I delayed switching for the longest time, but now, I have made it.

Have been busy teaching the class at the Silicon Valley business school. You will be surprised by the amount of bitching and moaning I am encountering from the students. It's as if they came from high school and don't know any better. One guy complained about the write-up of his proposal for the entrepreneur class that I am teaching. He did not even use complete sentences. Bwahahahhaha!

We went to an a capella concert after not having gone for quite a while. What a magnificent show. The BYU Vocal Point won the Western sub-regional. Last year, they won it all. Pretty good showmanship and effort. My favorite was the Michael Jackson Thriller, complete with dance moves.

Have also completed the ripping of my old CDs. Overall, my taste can stand the test of time. I have a capella CDs from the 1990s, Miles Davis, Beatles White Album, Depeche Mode, Eraseure, Filipina singers and a lot of jazz.

The gout has been acting up. Gotta keep eating the leafy vegetables. It's weird when I buy Ranch 99 vegetables. They actually let the plants grow to flowering.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Marshall's Farm Natural Honey

Going to the San Francisco Wine Festival this past year was a fun event. ONe of the vendors that we saw was Marshall's Farm which sells honey. It was the first time I ever tried blue cheese and honey. EXQUISITE!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sometimes, You Figure it Out

117, 187, 194

Not bad. I missed the 500 series by 2 pins. I ended up using the Infinite One from Ebonite. In the first game, I tried to bowl from the middle of the lane. That did not work as well as it should have. So, I went instead to bowling from the outside lane. I ended up controlling the ball through 5-11 oclock and 6-12oclock holds.

Monday, January 15, 2007


My mother used to tell me stories about napepesteng manok. Now I understand just what that meant.


Another year and another birthmonth has passed. Life has been pretty darned good lately. That might be because I have been trying to control my thoughts and going for endorphins instead of cortisol. You know the drill. Don't wallow in self-pity. Improve yourself 1% each day and pretty soon, you will be a good human being.

On Sunday, we went to a bridal fair to try and get the business going. There were many lessons to be learned.

1. Don't be too shy.
2. You are offering a service. It's okay to talk to them.
3. Don't take photos of bride and groom. They are just not ready for it on a Sunday.

The experience made me think about selling and interacting with people. Photography deals with a lot more of selling yourself more than anything else. It's difficult to change, but you pretty much have to. I have to change. The world has already changed from an income based world to an asset based world.

In some ways, it will be easier to sell myself now as a photographer than if I have to work at the age of 65. I better change my philosophical framework now.

I Was Not Alone

Apparently, there are a lot of nasty, evil people out in the world of the sciences.

I'm still recovering from my experience with two less than worthy individuals during my post-doc years at Cal. I can only hope that justice has beaten them back and that I can find the will to forgive.