Monthly Archives: February 2007

here’s hoping

I’m not liveblogging the Oscars or anything like that (for one thing, I’m at work, nya ha), but I am monitoring the news updates. I’m not well-versed in the contenders for the major categories (I had to ask someone how come a the last king of scotland turns out to be about a ugandan dictator, what’s up with that?), but what I’m watching out for is for an inconvenient truth to win the best documentary award. And I’m hoping that the award will not just be token gesture of appreciation for Al Gore’s climate change campaign – sige, points for effort, since you made such a big deal about it, giving you the award would be the politically-correct thing to do anyway – but be the start of genuine steps taken towards curbing climate change. taking steps would be inconvenient as hell, granted, but are we ready for the consequences of not caring, and of not taking that extra step?

UPDATE: It won. Hah.


idealistic cheeseball at heart






Peter Petrelli
You scored 66 Idealism, 62 Nonconformity, 8 Nerdiness
Do you ever… get the feeling that you were meant to do something extraordinary?
Congratulations, you’re Peter Petrelli! You are a compassionate, idealistic person, which is great. You’re searching for your identity and purpose in life, and you have a strong desire to be special, and do something great for the world. You’re a bit on the emo side, but you have the best of intentions.Your best quality: Empathy
Your worst quality: EMO
My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on Idealism
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You scored higher than 99% on Nonconformity
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You scored higher than 99% on Nerdiness

Link: The Heroes Personality Test written by freedomdegrees on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

I am such an emo… maybe i should retake the test and change my answers so that I’d be Hiro, he he…

a thousand words

I wasn’t going to do a post today, but the photo in Mika’s Valentine entry called to mind a favorite photo of mine, which I first saw in Cameron Crowe’s 1992 film “Singles.” As it turns out the two photos were taken by the same photographer, Robert Doisneau. Anyway, in the film, Steve (Campbell Scott) was talking about this convoluted break-up story, and finally says in frustration, “How does stuff get so complicated? I don’t know. “

“Sometimes I wish it was as simple as this postcard somebody sent me once.”


“Isn’t that great?”

of hopia and heroes

Sometimes I amaze even myself at the depths of laziness I can sink to.

The whole of Sunday yesterday was basically spent in an inert, horizontal, and mostly unconscious position. Granted, my Sundays are usually lazy, but this one really takes the cake. I was all alone in my room, didn’t go home to Bulacan, so there was absolutely nobody – no nagging mother, no “makulit” nieces, no sense of family obligation (they hardly ever see me) to nudge me out of bed and into the bright and shiny world.

I woke up sometime past 11 AM, gasped, and shrugged. Mentally went over my cache of food, then padded over to get the Eng Bee Tin hopia. Watched a couple of episodes of “Heroes” while lying down on the bed, nibbling on hopia, the laptop sitting atop the laundry hamper.

Took a nap.

Watched “Heroes” again after waking up from nap. This time, I finished up to Episode 14 of “Heroes,” and that of course is as far as I could go, since they haven’t even aired the next one yet.

I also fed myself some rice and canned tuna, which was my only full meal of the day. I told myself that the lack of exercise (lack of movement, really) for the day can be compensated by the lack of food intake. Watched “An Inconvenient Truth” while eating, and, halfway through the film, inexplicably felt very sleepy. It wasn’t Al Gore’s fault, really, it was just my body sensing the day’s trend and wanting all the sleep it could possibly get.

Took a nap, again. Woke up at nearly ten at night, feeling ironically awake and decidedly befuddled. Stared at the ceiling for a while wondering what to do.

At this point I pause in my typing to ask myself, do I really want to blog about this? This is getting more and more pathetic by the minute.

If you love me, you have to take this part of me. This part of me that can be spend 2/3 of a day asleep, unmindful of the very messy room, the tasks unfinished, the dirty laundy, of everything and everyone.

In fairness, the past week had been very tiring; and I’ve been pulling 11-12-hour workdays, topped by a raket that I had to work on until the wee hours of Friday. The question now is this: after a workweek like that, is one justified spending a buhay-baboy weekend, or, should one go out and refresh oneself with non-work stuff – explore the outdoors, spend time with family, do creative stuff? Because after Sundays like this one, I sometimes get the feeling – Where did my Sunday go? I mean, I could understand “Heroes,” it’s amazing, it’s the sort of thing you just have to marathon, but that was just four episodes. Hiro Nakamura teleported all the way to New York in pursuit of a mission, and where was I? I was asleep.

earworm ka dyan

From Wikipedia:

Earworm, a loan translation of the German ‘Ohrwurm’, is a term for a song stuck in one’s head, particularly an annoying one. Use of the English translation was popularised by James Kellaris, a professor of marketing at the University of Cincinnati. His studies appeared to demonstrate that different people have varying susceptibilities to earworms, but that almost everybody has been afflicted with one at some time or another. 

Some sufferers from earworm prefer the term “repetunitis”, “stuck tune syndrome”, “sound virus” or, if sufficiently acute, “melodymania.”

Earworms may be songs or tunes that become stuck in the phonological loop, the part of the brain that rehearses verbal information in Baddeley’s Model of Working Memory.

Medications that are used to treat Obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety can alleviate the symptoms of earworms.”

Can somebody go edit the page and tell Wikipedia that over here we call the phonomenon LSS (Last Song Syndrome)?  I agree with the “particularly an annoying one” part though. Think Boom-tarat-tarat, Macarena, Spaghetting pababa, and do you remember Dayang-dayang?

just because

One of those i-have-to-do-something-like-make-a-brainless-blog-post-or-else-i’ll-go-stir-crazy posts (meme courtesy of gabe):

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times. Um, wala yata. First question pa lang bagsak na ko.

2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater. We sat through two consecutive screenings of Kate and Leopold, does that count? If it doesn’t, there’s always Fellowship of the Ring

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie. Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie. Jessica Simpson. But wait, the question said actor…

5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from. When Harry met Sally

6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs. Not by a long shot

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with. Umm, Moulin Rogue?

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see. Big Fish, Out of Africa

9. Name a movie that you own. When Harry Met Sally. Now you know why I can quote from it. In a few year’s time, this movie will probably be my answer to Question #1

10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops. umm- eep, time’s up!

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? Do we even have drive-ins here?

12. Ever made out in a movie? No. Yung mga maiingay nga gusto kong awayin para maka-focus ako sa movie e, makuha ko pa kayang mag-make out?

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it. Not One Less

14. Ever walked out of a movie? No.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater. Big Fish. Tatlo kaming nagpapasa-pasahan sa tissue box.

16. Popcorn? Pag libre.

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)? Twice a month or so.

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater? Babel. Puro kamalasan.

19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie? Romantic comedy, in case you haven’t figured out yet.

20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? Remember clearly? Natutulog ba ang Diyos? I was a Gary V. fan.

These days, though, I don’t get to watch many movies, but I do get to do marathon viewings of entire seasons of TV shows. My latest addiction: Heroes, even though I’ve only managed to watch three episodes so far. “For all his bluster, it is the sad province of Man that he cannot choose his triumph. He can only choose how he will stand when the call of destiny comes… hoping that he’ll have the courage to answer.” Go, Hiro Nakamura!