July 2007


These videos have become headlines and continue to be viewed by thousands all over the world. Reactions vary. While most are amused — even amazed, others call it weird and some even view the whole thing with derision (how exactly do these dance productions help to rehabilitate the inmates?).

We can never really know how these dance routines have helped enrich the lives of these inmates from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. The news features didn’t mention if, since the regular dance training/exercises, there have been fewer fights and more good vibrations within the prison. But you have to agree, they are quite entertaining and you couldn’t fault them for sloppy performances. It also tugs at your heart a bit I guess, for even though they committed crimes in the past, you know that these people — deemed criminals by society — in these productions are doing something right.

The Thriller

Radio Ga-Ga

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Interesting trivia: as Gloria Arroyo was giving her State of the Nation Address which was aired in almost all of the local free tv networks, QTV 11, a sister-company of GMA 7 was airing an episode of this—

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the 1966 Batman tv series.

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PC World recently came out with Great Free Finds: 20 Fantastic Open Source Downloads which once more strengthens my resolve to switch to Linux— even at least partially (come on Adobe, go Open Source!). The article gives a list of applications for different personal and professional needs: graphics, multimedia, utilities and other applications like the K-Meleon browser, similar to Firefox but without consuming as much memory—complaints that Firefox users have been uttering lately. I noticed this too, especially since very recently we have decluttered our hard drive as we were transfering our files to a new PC. Firefox and McAfee are sure eating up a lot of memory. According to the PC World article, K-Meleon is a return to the days of the lean, mean browsers. Ooh, this I’d like to see.

The article also supplies links where you can immediately download the program you’d like to try.

Now claimed to be a hoax, the video showing a siopao maker in China stuffing cardboard into the buns was said to be manufactured (no bun, er, pun intended) by the video’s producer. The reporter/producer is now being held by the Beijing police as the case is ongoing investigation. A report in the China Daily says that investigations by the police have revealed that the reporter, known only by his surname Zi, “fabricated the report to garner higher audience ratings.”

With all the flak China has been receiving for its lack of food safety measures, we don’t really know if this is just a case of its government doing damage control.

But hoax or no hoax, China vows to improve food safety in wake of health scares.

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Science. Wisdom. Knowledge. Education.

“The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluctuation, particularly when it comes to your moods.”

My tarot self has been revealed to me. I am The High Priestess. Bow to me.

I have always been drawn to mysticism and the occult. It started with astrology and numerology books that my parents strictly told me to keep my hands off. At first I was simply fascinated by the artwork which both scared and amazed me, my mind too young to comprehend the dark and mysterious images. It was much later that I started to read the text and much later still for me to actually understand what it meant.

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I have been avoiding reading the papers and watching the newscasts these past few days and this morning I went against my better judgment and browsed through my regular news sites. This article from, ABS-CBN News caught my eye: Go bets in last-ditch effort to reunite. Although everything the article mentioned wasn’t news to me, since last night after coming home from a meeting with different media practitioners, Curlytop had told me how this had been talked about during their quite informal gathering. But reading it on print really made me sick to my stomach. Up until I had begun reading this piece of news my coffee was sweet, and as I read on it had slowly turned more and more bitter.

I don’t know why I am even surprised, this is the Philippines after all. Maybe I actually thought better of some of the characters mentioned. But as most political analysts have said, everything is about 2010 now, especially with several presidentiables in the Senate. Well maybe we can give these guys/gal credit for thinking – or hoping – that there will actually be elections in 2010. As Conrad de Quiros said in his column, “The girl who cried wolf”, to wannabes Villar, Legarda and Roxas: “Stop dreaming. When GMA talks of leaving a lasting legacy, she means herself.”