Monday, November 30, 2009

Para sa aking mga kababayang Kapampangan

Mga kababayang Kapampangan:

Parang awa niyo na po, huwag niyo nang ihalal si GMA bilang inyong kongresista. Malaki man ang utang na loob ninyo sa kanya dahil sa puri at kasaganahang naidulot sa inyo, isipin niyo rin sana ang kapakanan ng buong bansa. Hindi ko na po siguro kailangang ipahiwatig kung bakit.

Kung talaga pong mahal na mahal niyo si GMA, isipin niyo rin na lang po na pagkatapos ng halos sampung taong nakaupo bilang pangulo ay kailangan na niyang magpahinga, kahit na lang para sa kalusugan niya.

Konting unawa lang po. Salamat po.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Shame, mourning, and anger

Handpainted banners up at our street corner. Ordinarily these signs decry the military or the government; today, in the wake of the Ampatuan Massacre, they're aimed at private armies.

I also received a message from the Makati Business Club. Ordinarily I ignore unsolicited mail, but this one echoes my sentiments, and therefore I am reproducting it below:

57 candles

Lighting candles for the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre. Held outside the Atenews office.

Indignation rally

Indignation rally led by Gabriela yesterday, decrying the Ampatuan Massacre.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I haven't the same drive to blog as I used to, hence the less frequent updates on this space. I like to think that it's because I'm busy with other things now. That's true, up to a point. But there are other things as well:
  • Microblogging, or specifically for me, Plurk. I find the small updates easier; at the same time, they're also less substantial.

  • Polarization of the blogging community. I find the blogging community nowhere near as vibrant as it used to be. Maybe it's because of Facebook and Twitter, but I also think that bloggers have already clustered around their own groups and activities and -- good Lord, even blogging platforms. That doesn't leave much room for unaffiliated bloggers like me. Welcome to the age of groupthink, boys and girls; no more discourse, just "I agree."

  • Probloggers. Nothing's more discouraging than measuring up your tiddly readership against kids who boast of daily page counts in the thousands and hundreds of thousands-- and earning megabucks from it.
Maybe this blog just isn't interesting enough. Maybe I should write about this or that. Maybe I should link to this guy and that guy. Maybe I should write like this. Maybe, maybe, maybe.

But that wouldn't be me.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Two events

Tomorrow night, Nov. 20, I'll be part of Davao Writers Night of the National Book Development Board publishing conference at Ateneo de Davao University. I'll be reading an excerpt from my short story "Matrice" (and yes, I am dying of embarrassment already). Event starts at 6PM.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Don Pagusara's "Madonna Brava ng Mindanao" will play at Gaisano Mall theater. Show times are 2:00PM and 7:30PM. They play is expected to run for two hours.

Where's Dom?

Asia Source 3 group pic: can you guess where I am?

Asia Source 3

Press release I (re)wrote for Asia Source 3.

While most technology conferences happen as swanky, slick, and well-rehearsed events, the recently concluded Asia Source 3 took the opposite track and ran a camp that was spartan yet spontaneous. From November 7 to 12, 2009, Asia Source 3 gathered 150 representatives in the Yen Center to discuss developments in open source. For those six days, the campers lived in a communal environment that married fun and relaxation with exchange of ideas.

Asia Source 3 campers represented a large cross section of non-governmental organizations, small businesses, youth networks, and technology entrepreneurs from 15 countries (see full list below). While technology issues permeated the discussions, it took place with an emphasis on the economic and social context of cooperation among developing countries.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In case you were wondering...

Last entry: November 5. Eeep.

In case you were wondering, I'm still around; it's just that after an extended period with choppy Internet access in Silang, Cavite from November 3 to November 12, I've been stricken with inertia blog-wise. Though I've had a decent connection in Manila since November 13, I've opted to spend more time out with friends than writing blog posts.

And since November 15, when I returned to Davao? Busy with classes, among other things.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Risk the Movie

Risk -- yes, the board game -- will become a movie, courtesy of Sony Pictures. How they will make this work, without devolving into an outright Napoleonic shootout or a tournament movie is beyond me. But considering that the game is owned by Hasbro, the same toy company behind GI Joe and Transformers, I demand nothing less than Michael Bay or Stephen Sommers as director. And, yes, explosions, lots of explosions.

After that, I also want to see Scrabble: The Movie. Also with lots of explosions.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The High Crusade

Although I was somewhere in the middle of "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell", the book proved too heavy to bring with me on the flight. So I settled on literally lighter fare instead with Poul Anderson's The High Crusade. It turned out to be an extremely good choice: High Crusade was riotously funny yet at the same time thought-provoking.

Intriguing premise from the get-go: aliens land in 12th century England, to be precise, in a small barony preparing for the war in France. Lasers vs. lances, you'd think the outcome foregone. Wrong! The English slaughter the invaders! Then the baron has this brilliant idea of using the spaceship to ferry troops to France, then on to Jerusalem, but ends up conquering outer space instead. Hilarity ensues.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Nanowrimo 2009

I don't quite think I have it in me to complete another Nanowrimo event anymore: 2006 was so far the only one that I actually completed. Still, I can't help but dip my fingers into the pot, so to speak; if all I can get out of this is a short story (as was the case way back when), then it would have been worth it. Going will be slow, considering my schedule over the next few weeks.

Note: I only got as far as 100 words. Ha ha.

At AsiaSource3

Through the 13th of November, I will be attending AsiaSource3 in Silang, Cavite. AsiaSource is an event for capacity-building in open source aimed at NGOs and other community organizations. There'll be 135 participants from all over Asia; I'm in the event as a facilitator. More reports to come in the following days.