Wednesday, September 24, 2008

X'mas Postcard

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Has it all finally come to dis (disarray, disrespect, dissension-dissertation)?  The whole world is besieged with everything black and white...well, drab.  Let deBlob save the future!  Color, after all, is power.


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Josh Groban: 60th Annual Emmy Awards

A musical clip from Sunday night's Emmy Awards. Basically my only glimpse of the show. Un42nately, we weren't one of the 47 countries where this was shown L I V E.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

i i Captain

Just wanted to blog anything at this point.  Guess what?  It had to be the iPod touch.  

Knowing I have no finances to acquire one, I guess I won't find out what's so funny about it 'til muuuch later.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cinema Europa : Truly A Joy

Yesterday, through the kindness of a family friend, a well-known writer and one of the most beautiful people I know, I was able to watch the Czech film Kráska v nesnázích (2006) / Beauty in Trouble after a long hibernation from Euro films. I'd like to think we had a date of sorts. And to think we were planning to watch Hellboy 2: The Golden Army because it was opening this week. That would have been tiring.

I remember enjoying Art Films we were introduced to (from all over the world) when I was taking up Film in College and I really enjoy watching European Films that aren't too commercial in nature. I always felt they were better made because of their intrinsic value anyway. Of course, it helps a lot when the films are being shown for free. This ongoing Film Festival is a diehard's or any moviegoer's dream come true for that matter, given the cross-section of the audience I saw when they flipped the lights on.

If only the movie house wasn't far from our place and I had the chance of watching most of them through the course of the week, I would. But it is and at this point, I would like to soak in the importance of seeing a well-written, competently played-out, and decently directed movie from far-flung Czechoslovakia. I miss watching those, with all the Hollywood hullabaloo we're bombarded with and the Filipino formulaic "try-hards." Sometimes, I feel we're so bipolar in our taste of entertainment when what we're constantly being shown is a simplistic combination of a multi-million dollar Hollywood production with all its glitterati and golden smiles on one end and a Third World movie whose only aspiration is to be its own mini-Hollywood on the other, no matter how absurd. I hate putting them all in a box (labeling/stereotyping) but that's how it feels sometimes when they're your only source of movie exposure which is the case for the average Filipino moviegoer, me for instance.

As a country with Movies as its national pastime, I think we would all benefit from watching European Films for the sheer delight and freshness they have to offer. If I had something to do with film distribution, I'd recommend implementing this festival to more theaters around Metro Manila more often. Beauty in Trouble would not have cost more than $ 5M to make (I'm guessing) but it works in all its simple grandeur! Never mind that it's award-winning!  It was thoroughly entertaining even if you had the attention span of a 13-year old child which I do sometimes, not to say that it's juvenile. It only goes to prove that story above all else makes the difference and it all starts from a commitment to that. That's all and that's it! I hope the kids are watching.

Note:  these links will probably expire soon.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Games I Play

Games on my PSP:
  1. Virtua Tennis
  2. Ridge Racers 2
  3. Ratchet and Clank : Size Matters
  4. 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
  5. Puzzle Guzzle
  6. Hot Shots Golf Open Tee 1 & 2
  7. Others

Games on my Wii:
  1. Top Spin 3
  2. Sega Superstars Tennis
  3. Super Mario Galaxy
  4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  5. Rockstar Presents Table Tennis
  6. Tiger Woods PGA Golf 2007
  7. Pangya Super Swing Golf
  8. Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess
  9. Wario Ware: Smooth Moves
  10. Countless Others
What I wish I had this Christmas:
  1. A new battery pack for my fat PSP; not the fake one which dies down after two measly hours of gameplay.
  2. Guitar Hero for my Wii including Guitar and Software.  Whooo.
But just being able to play those that I already have (and the titles are so many) is Christmas enough for me.  They help keep me focused.  Merry Christmas thinking on this rather fickly/blustery day of September.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Proof Positive of "X" man

Just to prove how ingeniously interactive my "X" man is:

Who ever heard of a garbage collector collect garbage and shout to the top of his lungs on a very rainy day at 12:45pm, lunchbreak?  I know these people work for NGO's (non-government organizations), but who actually paid them to do this today of all miserable days?

I didn't have to look/scowl outside the window.  I can smell them one room away from my bedroom.

And how was your day?

How is YOUR day going?


 First you had trouble getting out of bed 

You had a stiff neck

You washed your hair and couldn't do a thing with it

You felt like you had a hangover and you weren't even drinking last night 

Your new diet really doesn't seem to be working out 

You pulled a muscle when you tried to exercise 

  Your new hat looked better on you at the store

You keep losing things

The boss chewed you out at work

You got caught in the rain at lunchtime

 Then the lunch you had didn't seem to agree with you

You feel trapped

Uninvited guests showed up at dinnertime
On top of that you think you're coming down with the flu

  And finally, you're alone in the house at night when you think you hear a noise in the basement

Asking yourself the ultimate question


Have you ever asked yourself why you or I are here?  


What are we doing here?  (the existentialist question to ask) 
...If not, isn't it about time you asked?


If I know I'd be happier basking in the sun of Southern France drinking Kool-Aid or something more exotic, just know I will definitely be more productive doing it (like thinking of the next successful movie I'm making in my head), and feel I badly deserve it; yet I find myself sitting at home watching some awfully-produced cable program at 9:30 in the morning day in and day out waiting for the next worse program to air for the last 20 years; then what the hell am I doing here?  

Why can't I be where I feel I truly belong?  In the company of truly remarkable people I can relate to.  Why can't I have a life I truly love and not something I feel I don't even have to face or do?  What am I waiting for?  My insignificant (ie minute in a bigger context) neighbors' demise? My own, perhaps?  Someone else's I have yet to figure out who?


  First of all, the answer is not 42.

As a person forced into inner exile, in other words, truly boxed-up for many years now, so many that I've grown tired of complaining at least while I'm writing this, I have always found that the answer to my ultimate question is that ultimately, it's not my choice...but someone else's that has been granted to reconfigure my own life.  
That other person is still an "x", an unknown, a mystery.  And as far as I'm concerned, at least to this day, I don't deserve this piece of pie I have been entrusted with.  Having said that though, it's the only piece of pie I have ever dealt with and would have to contend with its elemental value, no matter its flatness.

A rather rude awakening that I answered much to my delight.  A little welcome intellectual journey.

Knowledge of the Dwarf : Acknowledgment of my Neighbor


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Men hur kommer man in i berget,
frågade tomtepojken

("But how do I get into the mountain?"
the young dwarf asked.) by John Bauer.
Grouping:Mythological creature
First reported:In folklore
Country:Northern Europe

dwarf is a creature from Germanic mythologiesfairy talesfantasy fiction, and role-playing games. It usually has magical talents, often involving metallurgy.

The original concept of dwarves is very difficult to determine. The sources closest to the original Germanic mythology come from Norse Mythology, but even these are scarce and varied. Sources have gradually given dwarves more comical and superstitious roles.[1]Dwarves were certainly humanoid, but sources differ over their height, their lifestyles, and their similarity to elves. Considering early sources, and considering the dwarves' nature, original dwarves seem fully human height. They had strong associations with death[2][3]: paled skin; dark hair; connections with the earth; their role in mythology. They followedanimistic traditions, showing similarities to such concepts of the dead. They were similar to others from the 'Vættir' family, such as elves.[2]

As their mythology evolved, the most notable changes have had them become more comical and more mysterious. They adopted the modern image of short height and ugliness. Their associations with the underground became more predominant. Dwarves were magical creatures with huge skill at metallurgy, taking fame for making great artifacts of legend. Late Norse concepts of dwarves became quite different from the early ones. The Legendary sagashows the new trend. The remnants of the original dwarf formed later fairy tales and folklore(see German folklore, and Dutch folklore). They had become unseen magical creatures like fairies; users of charms, curses, and deceit.

Modern fantasy and literature have formed an intriguing web of concepts, from that of the original dwarf, to the dwarf of later Norse mythology, the dwarf of folk-tales, and of other mythology. The typical modern dwarf has distinctive features such as short stature, excessive hair, and skill at mining and metallurgy. However, modern literature draws from a wide range, and dwarves vary in fidelity to historical notions. Many fantasists devise new powers or images for dwarves. Modern dwarves have no strict definition.

The conception of dwarves as short is probably the most tenacious, and the term 'dwarf' can now describe short humans, regardless of its mythical origins. The universal modern description of a dwarf is something short, usually associated with magic, fantasy, and fairy tales.

"Soon, their cave of golden treasures will turn into a solid stone, as if it was never there."---S.W. Chronicles