Thursday, May 31, 2012

"Journalism," being OA over OA, and life [prustrations]

Or not. Image from
A news article comes out with the title:
"Country sad about popularity contest loss."
When I read the article, 509 comments were posted on the news article, mostly with one of two types of messages:
"How OA (over acting) are those people in that country!"
"How OA is this article!"
But, really? 500+ comments over this "news" article? Isn't that OA as well? Isn't this a case of "ang magnanakaw takot sa kapwa magnanakaw ("a thief is wary of other thieves")"? Or pointing one finger at others, without knowing that they're pointing three at themselves?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The joy is in the journey [quote them]

Tim Cook, current Apple Inc. CEO, when asked what things he learned from the late former CEO Steve Jobs, said:
"He (Steve Jobs) also taught me that the joy is in the journey..."

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The cure for everything [quote them]

"The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea."
Quote attributed to Karen Blixen, says WikiQuote, which also mentions that the quote has appeared in a Reader's Digest magazine in 1964 where she might have said,
"I know a cure for everything. Salt water ... in one form or another, sweat, tears or the salt sea."
Oh how I miss the sea. There's a couple of other salt water things I can think of, though. One is a hot water bath with bath salts. Another one is not something you'd think of as a cure for anything, but then who knows. You know what I'm talking about? :D

Thanks to my friend DM for sharing this quote!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

To tell or not to tell the painful truth [quote them] [quote me]

A quote from Paulo Coelho:
Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile.
Do you agree? Let me know your thoughts, through this link.

To me, a lie is a sin, while hurting the feelings of someone who is in the wrong but won't admit to it is not necessarily a sin. It's not what you say, it's how you say it. And it's when you say it. If you tell the truth, in a loving way, and he/she still cries, well the only thing you can do is to leave things up to God. The ball is in his/her hands. But making someone smile? With a lie? Sin. It's akin to "Robin Hooding," or feeding your children with stolen money. The end does not justify the means. That's what I think. But you could think otherwise. Let me hear your thoughts at this link.

Thanks to JS for sharing this quote.

Monday, May 14, 2012

[who is] Gosh, I hate trolls.

Gosh, I hate trolls. I just can't stand them. Maybe that's just me, but hear my story out first, will you.

I wish to comment on stuff on the internet, and maybe get in on healthy intellectual discussions/debates particularly if it's on serious stuff. But some people just don't get it, and then they just hit you with insults from out of nowhere, instead of a well-formulated and well-informed counter-argument.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

[who is] I'm a "Mandarin."

This explains it. Or not. Try the "Talent? Lifer? or Mandarin?" test as well for yourself.

I'm a Mandarin!

You're an intellectual, and you've worked hard to get where you are now. You're a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world's problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you're determined to try.

Talent: 38%
Lifer: 46%
Mandarin: 54%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

[did you know?] red skies

From Wikipedia:
"Weather systems typically move from west to east, and red clouds result when the sun shines on their undersides at either sunrise or sunset. At these two times of day, the sun's light is passing at a very low angle through a great thickness of atmosphere, the result of which is the scattering out of most of the shorter wavelengths — the greens, blues, and violets — of the visible spectrum, and so sunlight is heavy at the red end of the spectrum. If the morning skies are red, it is because clear skies to the east permit the sun to light the undersides of moisture-bearing clouds coming in from the west. Conversely, in order to see red clouds in the evening, sunlight must have a clear path from the west in order to illuminate moisture-bearing clouds moving off to the east."

Sunday, May 6, 2012

[did you know?] You can spam in many ways thru Facebook.

Image taken from
Spam and e-mail are not mutually inclusive.

I'm writing this as a reaction to all the spam I've been receiving on Facebook, and after I found this Gizmodo article about one way to "filter" spam on Facebook that might be really useful to us all. This is quite long at well over 3,000 words, but I have a 10-point summary version near the end of this article if you just want the gist of it.

First of all, what is spam? [Source: Duh, what else. Wikipedia]

In case you haven't yet heard of the term, "Spam," electronically speaking, is the act of using electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately. The word "spam" itself is related to the popular canned processed meat of the same name. As to the term we are talking about today, it started out in e-mail, where marketers would send out an e-mail in bulk to a large number of people.