Saturday, June 26, 2010
Heh. This high-tech shower they're selling at Gaisano Mall looks just like a time machine. I want, I want.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Your account was disabled because your behavior on the site was identified as harassing or threatening to other people on Facebook. Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to:
• Sending friend requests to people you don't know
• Regularly contacting strangers through unsolicited Inbox messages
• Soliciting others for dating or business purposes
After reviewing your situation, we have determined that your behavior violated Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. You will no longer be able to use Facebook. This decision is final and cannot be appealed.
Please note that for technical and security reasons, we will not provide you with any further details about this decision.
I asked about my account a few months ago when they disabled it, not with the intent of reactivating it but so that I'd be sure I properly deleted it.
I'm less than thrilled at what they accuse me of because, well, none of it is true. My response to them:
I have done none of the things you listed below. But I was in the process of deleting my photos when you disabled my account. Nevertheless, I had already unfriended all my contacts, so that's all right. That's the end I was looking for anyway, I just want to be sure my account is properly deleted.
Without enmity or sarcasm, let me say that life without Facebook has been great. I felt great relief and satisfaction after you took away my access.
You will make sure my account is deleted, will you? Thanks.
"You will no longer be able to use Facebook" Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Now, I don't know Chen personally, but I take it that he (she?) is among my biggest fans. Chen visits my blog regularly and leaves comments that have nothing to do with my post. Instead, they invite me and other unsuspecting readers to visit some other blog.
I really should be annoyed with Chen, and I was for a time. It's a pain deleting spam messages (and it's for this reason that I've enabled comment moderation on past posts.) But darn it, his (her?) persistence in visiting my blog is flattering; and hey, even if Chen doesn't actually bother reading my posts, a visitor is still a visitor.
And so, 宛齊陳, from the bottom of my heart, I extend to you a hand in friendship from across the water. I will still delete your spam, but if you should ever care to leave a message as a real person, I would be much obliged.
Friday, June 18, 2010
so What if your not Filipino but your story centers around Filipinos, I.E. my main characters are Filipino's does this count??? as Filipino Sci Fi ???
I'll wait for the final published product before passing judgment.
hmmm well i've spent over 30 years on it i doubt i'll ever be done lol. but if your interested in seeing what i have other then what's posted on my blog let me know. the book is 95k word count over 430 pages and the graphic art is being done by rio villegas from the cebu sun times.
When i first thought of this book in 1979 they we're all american such as me, but after discovering the amazing people in the philipinees i switched my characters to a multi national cast. there are 9 books in the series, and i did imbue onto my characters characteristics and personality types i came across in each culture.
What makes a fiction filipino?
character's ethnicity? no
philippine issues? no
local plot? no
filipino theme? no
An american author who has lived in the philippines for awhile can employ all of the above. His work could be either american or filipino. It all depends on the truthfulness and sensibilities depicted in his writing.
There are truthfulness and sensibilities unique to us Filipinos. We can sense it through settings/scenes, characters' interaction, dialogue, and the way the characters think. We see the filipino-ness of a literature along its margins such as the kind of soap a character uses or a bowl of soup another character sips. The way she takes a bath or the loud noise he makes when he sips his soup also scream filipino-ness.
What makes arundathi roy's work indian are the scent of marigold, the stench of the gutter, the vedic chants, the amber of safron, and other little things we don't consider important in her novel.
Filipino-ness can be read along the margins.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
How are you? I am so thankful coz ive learned a lot from your subjects before especially in our Ubuntu class. though i might not be so attentive all the time. :p Now i see the importance of what you've taught us. Linux commands are so useful.:) Im currently working now in Singapore as a web-developer, we are using the MVC Framework. thanks to you because you were the one that introduced it.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
In the picture are Isabelle (Julia in an earlier set) and Moi. Isa was certainly very popular among the photographers. I think you know why.
Again, I don't know who these characters are. Any help with ID greatly appreciated.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
That said, I did have fun. I now see the appeal of a long lens camera, that it isn't all Freudian in nature.
Cosplayers below are Jen and Isa. I recognize Isa's character as Julia from Tekken, but I quite forgot who Jen is playing.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Excerpt from an article I wrote for publication elsewhere:
In what must have been a first for any writers workshop in the country, last summer's Ateneo de Davao Writers Workshop featured stories from the genre of fanfic. As the screener for the applications, I take responsibility for the ensuing misadventures; but I confess I also found much amusement in the resulting collision of cultures between the panel and the fellows.
Fanfic, if you're not aware of the term, is short for fan fiction. Its writers take characters from juvenile books, TV series, video games, and anime and cobble together new stories around them. Because of this lack of originality, the genre doesn't get much respect. But because of the popularity of the source material, many young people gravitate to the genre, either as readers or writers.
For our panel of award-winning Davao writers, fanfic was a new and confusing – and perhaps also mildly unpleasant – experience. The fanfic stories in the workshop drew heavily from Final Fantasy, a Japanese video game, and Gossip Girl, a scandalous American teen television drama. While the language was competent, the final product came out awkward, stilted, and inauthentic. Quoting one panelist, the poet Don Pagusara: "Why are you writing this?"