ksolaris: (airbender)
Posted this in Plurk a while ago, but I guess we'll never know who might need it out there, so I'm also posting it here.

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HOTLINES:

For those who need help, you can also post here:
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=9724&post=33586&uid=116724526976#post33586

Text hotline for rescue - 0917-2414864/0927-6751981 (provided by Manny Villar)

SEND FULL ADDRESS of friends and family who are stranded to Sen. Dick Gordon 09178997898 or 0938444BOYS Phil Natl RED CROSS NCRPO 8383203 / 8383354 for rubber boat requests

For people who need assistance: National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061.

Help hotlines: 734-2118, 734-2120.

DISASTER EMERGENCY HOTLINES YOU CAN CALL: 911-1873, 912-5296, 912-2665

National Disaster Coordinating Committee
911-1406
911-1873
911-1906
911-5061
912-0984
912-2665
912-3046
912-5296
912-5668

Help hotlines:
734-2118
734-2120

Bureau of Fire Protection, National Capital Region
729-5166
410-6254
413-8859
407-1230

Bureau of Fire Protection, Region III (Central Luzon)
Hotline (045) 9634376

Philippine Coast Guard
527-6136

Red Cross
143
911-1876
527-0000

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
136
896-6000

Taguig emergency hotline
1623

Meralco
16220
0917-5592824
0920-9292824

Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. emergency hotlines
for dumptrucks going to flooded areas for rescue of stranded people:
0917 4226800
0917 2414864
0927 6751981

(taken from http://www.gmanews.tv/story/173224/disaster-emergency-hotlines-you-can-call-911-1873-912-5296-912-2665 )

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061. Help hotlines: 734-2118, 734-2120. Red Cross: 143, 527-0000 Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA): 136 Philippine Coast Guard: 527-6136 Bureau of Fire Protection Region III (Central Luzon) Hotline: (045) 9634376 Victory Fort is opening its doors to those affected by the typhoon. Call 813-FORT

RT @noynoyaquino You may get in touch with Clare Amador from our office at 9285205508 re the NoyMar relief efforts. #manilaflood

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SPREADSHEET TRACKER OF PEOPLE WHO NEED TO BE RESCUED:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/lv?key=tohu9kthNU6anlf21Low08g

SITUATION MAP:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&vps=1&jsv=177f&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=110868206150348750692.00047479b6400ee29bd89


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DONATIONS:
  • If you wish to donate relief goods, please contact Clare DG. Amador (9285205508 ) or Jana Vicente (9285205499) at Balay Expo Center, Cubao.
  • Like Team Manila stores, papemelroti stores shall also be accepting relief goods (canned goods/milk/bottled water/clothes - NO CASH please.
  • 91 Roces Ave. / Ali Mall Cubao / SM City North EDSA / SM Fairview / SM Megamall / Glorietta 3 in Makati / SM Centerpoint / SM Southmall
  • For those who have anything extra to spare, from food to clothes, kindly bring it to Jollibee C-5 beside SM Hypermart 7PM.
  • We need more people to help pack relief goods. 87 sct. fuentebella,Quezon City. look for any coordinator.

DONATIONS TO RED CROSS:


Monetary Donations            

1.  CASH or CHECK
Please send cash or check donations to the PNRC National Headquarters in Manila. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine National Red Cross.  We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

2.  BANK DEPOSIT
Account Name:  The Phil. Nat’l. Red Cross 

    METROBANK
    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.: 151-3-041-63122-8
    Dollar Acct.: 151-2-151-00218-2
    Type of Acct. : SAVINGS
    Swift Code: MBTC PH MM 

    BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS

    Port Area Branch
    Peso Acct.:  4991-0010-99
    Type of Account: CURRENT

    BANK OF THE PHIL. ISLANDS
    UN Branch
    Dollar Acct.: 8114-0030-94
    Type of Account: SAVINGS
    Swift Code:  BOPI PH MM
    
For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.



Credit Card                

Please fax the following info to +632.404.09.79 and +632.527.0575:

Name of card member, billing address, contact nos. (phone & mobile), credit card no., expiration date, CCV2/ CVC2 (last three digits at the back of the credit card), billing address, amount to be donated.

For online donations you may also visit our website at www.redcross.org.ph  .



In-Kind Donations            

LOCAL
Please send in-kind local donations to The Philippine National Red Cross – National Headquarters in Manila.  We could also arrange for donation pick-up.

INTERNATIONAL
  1. Send a letter of intent to donate to the PNRC
  2. A letter of acceptance from PNRC shall be sent back to the donor
  3. Immediately after shipping the goods, please send the (a) original Deed of Donation, (b) copy of packing list and (c) original Airway Bill for air shipments or Bill of Lading for sea shipments to The Philippine National Red Cross–National Headquarters c/o Secretary General Corazon Alma de Leon, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila 2803, Philippines.

The PNRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods.  Though we appreciate your generosity, the PNRC also discourages donations of old clothes as we have more than enough to go around.



SMS and G-CASH (Globe)        

SMS
text RED<space>AMOUNT  to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

G-CASH
text DONATE<space>AMOUNT<space>4-digit M-PIN<space>REDCROSS to 2882


Most urgent needs

Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, cooking oil, monggo beans and potable water

Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases

Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, water containers, water purification tablets, plastic sheetings, and Laundry soap

Rehabilitation Programs: Shelter materials for house repair



Call Hotline 143 or 527.0000

THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL RED CROSS
NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS        
Bonifacio Drive, Port Area,            
Manila 2803, Philippines 

From: http://www.redcross.org.ph/Site/PNRC/wtd.aspx


ksolaris: (dark zelda)
Don't think you're off the hook yet.

NEVER underestimate the powers of Google Cache. You shit on the internet once, it's there forever. Or at least for a certain amount of time, EVEN AFTER YOU'VE REMOVED IT FROM YOUR WEBSITE.

Now, isn't that nice, hmmm?

A big thank you to R who has graced us with this wonderful morsel. XDDDDD

And so, just in case it gets wiped from cache as well, here it is. I took a screenshot of the entire cached page for posterity.

ABS-CBN'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON THEIR WEBSITE THAT THEY WERE GONNA COME UP WITH A DUMB REMAKE OF AN ALREADY-DUMB FILM WHICH IS BASED ON AN EVEN DUMBER BOOK. And yes, this was exactly five days before they started washing their hands of the whole thing, claiming that they NEVER made an announcement, and then blaming Perez Hilton for everything. Personally, I think Perez Hilton should sue their asses off.


Liar, liar... )

Oh, and also, even that Erratum of yours is horrible. All is lost. The network has forever lost credibility in my eyes.

Yes, I do believe that the Spider Queen shall be pleased.

This is the reason why I don't watch local TV anymore. It's worthless.
ksolaris: (word up)
This is just GOLDEN, and I have to thank [livejournal.com profile] kaoko_cow for this tidbit that made my day today.

So, okay.

FIRST, ABS-CBN PROUDLY declares that they have bagged the rights for a local Twilight remake to be called "Takipsilim". And yes, I DO remember clicking on links that DO take you to THEIR WEBSITE. The news explodes, everyone picks up on it and cites the original news article on ABS-CBN's site.

HOWEVER...

ABS-CBS apparently did not expect people to react negatively to such a dumb idea in the first place, because... well... because they thought it would be awesome. SO, days later, the story was pulled from the site.


NOW, ABS-CBN is doing a major backpedal, stating that they NEVER said anything about making a local version of Twilight with an ugly-ass actor playing the supposedly-dashing Edward, and that everything we've read so far, is wrong.


XDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Lol. So, does anyone have any screenies of the original story that was posted on ABS-CBN's website, or did we ALL (yes, all 1 million or so of us web denizens) just imagine it all up? I'd really appreciate it if someone could provide me with it, so feel free to let me know, mmmkay? XDDDD

Oh, and by the way, personally, I just don't think it's such a good idea to start pointing fingers at Perez Hilton or his blog. I mean, if your researchers put a little more effort into it (as in, one click away), it should be noted that the person closer to home that they should be citing would most likely be someone named Edgar O. Cruz instead. Just saying. ^_^;;
ksolaris: (dark zelda)
I thought it was bad yesterday, but for the second day in a row, you have managed to piss me off.

Not only have you issued a stupidly-thought-out and half-assed apology, but I do believe that your bastard of a son is also trying to justify his beating up an old man and a young boy in front of a young lady.

According to the report, your son says that:

he talked with the elder De la Paz in a nice way but the man hit him instead with an umbrella and hurled invectives and twice challenged him to a fight.


Huh.

Dear Sniveling Spawn and Walking Turd. Yes, you, Junior.

So... as a government official, you therefore have the RIGHT to beat the old man senseless. You also have the RIGHT to KEEP BEATING THE BEJEEZUS OUT OF HIM even if he's near unconscious and his young boy is BEGGING you to STOP. Heck, you even have the RIGHT to BEAT THE YOUNG BOY AS WELL for having a "bad attitude", because apparently, begging someone to stop hurting your father is evil and unacceptable. Also, as privileged, righteous and oh-so-wonderful public servants and government officials, you were also JUSTIFIED when you decided to FOLLOW the INJURED family back to the clubhouse AFTER they have retreated, and then KEEP BEATING THEM AND EVEN THREATEN THEM WITH GUNS.

Oh, and yeah, YOU CARRYING GUNS AT A GOLF CLUB WHERE THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE FIRST PLACE, is also JUSTIFIED, because you'll never know when you might decide that you feel like breaking golf etiquette and someone might get upset by it and try to hit you with an UMBRELLA.

All JUSTIFIED. What you did was RIGHT, apparently, because hell, an old man hit you with an UMBRELLA (PROVIDED that that little tidbit that has surfaced JUST NOW is actually TRUE, and you're not feeding us more bullshit, like your type always does...), so THEREFORE, beating him and his 14-year-old boy was the CORRECT COURSE OF ACTION AND IS THEREFORE JUSTIFIED.

Huh.

Oh, and yeah, according to your Daddy's apology:

"Bilang isang government official ako ay humihingi ng paumanhin sa nangyari, hindi naman po kagustuhan ng bawat isa ito (As a government official, I am apologizing for the incident, no one wanted this to happen)," said Pangandaman.


Wow. I understand. I mean, you must have REALLY not wanted it to happen when you KEPT BEATING THE BEJEEZUS OUT OF HIM even if he's near unconscious and his young boy was BEGGING you to STOP. You must have also tried SO VERY HARD to avoid conflict when you all decided to FOLLOW the INJURED family back to the clubhouse AFTER they have retreated, and then KEEP BEATING THEM AND EVEN THREATEN THEM WITH GUNS.

You must be so proud. Your parents must be so proud. Your children must be so proud about what such RIGHTEOUS people their elders are.

Well, you know what?


I hope you and your kind get what's coming to you. One way or another.



Murderously Revolted,

~ K
ksolaris: (dark zelda)
Reposting entry from Bambee de la Paz's blog:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2008

The world has gone crazy.

So, I just had the worst day of my life.

At around 1:30 PM today, at Valley Golf and Country Club, Antipolo City, Mayor Nasser Pangandaman, Jr., Mayor of Masiu City, Lanao del Sur, his father, Secretary Nasser Pangandaman of the Department of Agrarian Reform, and company, beat my defenseless 56-year-old dad and my 14-year-old brother to a pulp because of some stupid misunderstanding on the golf course.


Read about the whole ordeal )

More links:
Reyna Elena's post
Inquirer news article

This... this just ABSOLUTELY PISSES ME OFF.

I hope the Universe gives them what they fucking deserve.

Ho Hum.

Dec. 10th, 2008 07:16 pm
ksolaris: (airbender)
Yes. So, Manny Pacquiao won. Again. Ho hum. What's new. Sigh. Next.

...

Don't get me wrong. I'm actually quite happy that the man has won the match against a boxing legend and all. I suppose I'm just... for lack of a word... disturbed at how easy it all seems to be coming along for him. There was something unsatisfying in his latest match. In fact, being the conspiracy theorist that I am, I'm almost on the verge of formulating scenarios and possibilities that all of his matches are rigged. Why would it be rigged? Oh, I dunno. Foreign dollars via corporate sponsorhip? Tourism? False hope? Opiates for the masses? A smoke screen for an elaborate plot involving Afghanistan, terrorists, the Bulgarian mafia, truckloads of Aztec gold, Mickey Mouse and Chuck Norris?

Think about it, and you'll see what I'm talking about. See how almost everything seems to be going so damned perfectly for the man? Hence, see how boring the perfectness all is?

I'm not asking for the current local hero's downfall or anything. I may be discordian by nature, but I'm not inherently evil to rob a nation of possibly the only good thing it's ever had since the advent of LAN gaming. I'm just asking that things be spiced up a little.

Instead of the eight or nine rounds where he seems to have a clear advantage against a staggering opponent who ultimately decides that he wants no more and is happy to hand over the belt with no questions asked, I say let's have a fourteen-round boxing match.

Yeah.

Fourteen rounds with missing teeth, bleeding noses, temples and fists. Sweat pouring off of their foreheads, eyes blazing with inexhaustible determination to fight until the bitter end. Fight for their honor and fight for their own pride. Let them be selfish bastards, forget all that nationalistic crap, and make it all boil down to two men, in a ring, both with a cherished dream to see the other go crashing down in a burning heap. Let the match be so close-set and so evenly-matched, that even the judges will be at the edge of their seats, afraid to breathe lest their collective breath nudges one of the participants by a hair, which in turn causes the fateful opening for the other to take advantage of.

I've read once that men tend to get to know eachother better, and get to develop an even deeper sense of brotherhood after a good, well-fought brawl. Well, this should be a good opportunity for them to get to know eachother more intimately and be BFFs afterwards, right?

And no, despite the misleading descriptions, I am also NOT suggesting that Manny Pacquiao start joining the UFC. I just want Pacquiao to work more for his fancy cars and mansion, and for him to be perpetually on his toes. I want a long, agonizing drama instead of instant gratification. I want strife and struggle instead of rainbows and friendship bracelets. I want volatility that is worthy of a sports/shonen anime series, complete with ultra-tense moments and intensive commentary from onlookers. I want a well-danced battle.

Some may call me cruel, or sadistic, or whiny, but hey... it's MY TV show we're talking about here. If you're gonna make me miss my daily dose of entertainment, at least make me watch something as fun and exciting.

Sigh. Eitherway, congratulations, Manny. You did good, but I still think you can do much better.
ksolaris: (dark zelda)



Assholes.

Seriously. All of you.

Sincerely,
K
ksolaris: (nana)

For the past two days, the office internet connection has been particularly lenient and has allowed us to get to sites that are normally blocked. It being the weekend and all, with very little work to do, I told myself that this would be a good chance to finally catch up on things and start posting entries which have been severely backlogged for months.

Things were going according to plan... until I realized that I can access both Plurk AND Facebook at work.

Needless to say, everything just went down the drain as I spent most of my time either Plurking or replying to people's Plurks, or playing D&D Tiny Adventures (by the way... ADD ME AND BUFF ME!!! KTHNXBAI!!). It's already a good thing that another Facebook app, Pet Society, doesn't load properly here at the office since our version of Flash is outdated. Otherwise, I don't think I'll even be able to do any work at all, and I'll just end up sitting in the office, playing for hours.

Anyway, I'm gonna try to make a coherent post. Remember, the key word here is "try"...

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At the office, one of the first things that I do upon clocking in, is to check CNN for headlines as well as weather updates, since our work volume is pretty much dictated by how bad the weather in the US is. Now, what amazes me the most is how it is actually still possible to go to such a trusted news source and still come accross the siliest headlines. Like these, for example:


other prime examples of CNN lulz )

Now, I'm really fond of getting my daily dose of lulz online but, I supposed I just didn't really think that CNN would be such a good source for such things. I stand corrected, though. XD

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Some time last month, a good friend of mine who doesn't have an eBay account of his own asked me to get him some perfume from eBay. I got it for him, and when we met up so that I can give him the product and he can give me the payment for it, I ended up being curious about this whole obsession with expensive scents.

To be honest, the most money that I've ever spent on scents would be for a 400-peso bottle of Plum Blossom-scented cologne-body-spray-whatever from Bath and Body Works. My friend, on the other hand, paid 1800 pesos for a 100ml tester bottle of perfume from Bvlgari, and at that rate, he claims that it was already very cheap as compared to its actual retail price in malls. When I asked him why he likes these things so much, he emphasized the importance of smelling good in all situations, all the time.

This whole conversation got me thinking about my one and only bottle of Clinique Happy (a gift from a relative) sitting in our bathroom for the past, oh, four or five years? Despite having had the thing for so very long that its shiny chrome cap is already starting to rust, the bottle still has about 25% of its original contents left. This suddenly made me very conscious, and I wondered how much I've been stinking all these years (yes, sometimes I'm thankful that I have gay friends who force me to realize things like this).

I then decided to try it out, and I asked my friend for some recommendations. He easily named three top picks:

- Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue
- La Coste's Touch of Pink
- and GAP's Dream

With a shortlist like this, I felt a bit ready to try experimenting, but my next dilemma stems from the fact that:

- I'm poor and can't afford X thousand pesos worth of perfume that I may or may not like in the end
- I have no patience to go to a department store and strart harassing the perfume counter attendants
- I have no confidence to go to a department store and try to pick out a scent since I have no idea on what I'm doing
- I'm afraid of being pressured by a really good salesperson into buying something that I'm going to regret later on.
- I can't seem to trust my own nose, since more often than not, what I find strange has been well-liked by people around me, while what I thought to be nice turned out to be rather unpleasant.

So, I decided that I will have to find a way to acquire the perfume at much lower costs, AND I will also need to be able to "test drive" it, i.e. use it for a full day and see how it goes, before I settle on something that I would be willing to spend my money on. I looked up the prices of the perfume that my friend recommended and I nearly gagged, but thankfully, I discovered that the answer to all this was to buy sample bottles from eBay.

The whole thing is perfect, I tell you.

I get to buy and use authentic scents for really low prices, AND the sizes of the bottle seem to be just about right for me since I don't use it very often, as I've discovered that one apparently doesn't need very much of it in order to be smelled from accross the room. Also, as with most designer scents do, the scent lingers for the rest of the whole day and even sticks to your clothes even after it's been washed (this discovery, in turn, has led me to wonder how in the world some people can bear to spray themselves with strong perfume several times, about thrice a day, when a drop or two is actually sufficient). The fact that the bottles are tiny are also helpful since I can slip it into my bag or pocket with no problem.

So far, I've been very satisfied with the scents that I've tried, namely:

D&G Light Blue, which reminds me so much of the scent of goods when you've opened a balikbayan box from New York (all my relatives from my dad's side are there, and dad also sent us a lot of stuff when he stayed in New York for several years, back when I was in college).

Kenzo L'eau Par for Ladies, which was a gambit since I've never heard of it before, and which I only bought because... well, it was there. XD I'm actually very fond of it since it smells so very sweet, like some tasty, sticky, yummy fruit or flower. Hehehe. And yeah, Ian likes it, too, since the scent is light enough for his sensitive nose (not sensitive as in "picky, but sensitive, as in, he gets allergic and starts sneezing like crazy when he smells something harsh, like strong perfume.)

Hehe... I'm quite happy with my purchases and I'm thankful that I took up my friend's suggestions. I'm even happier that I found out that I can just do this, and at the rate things are going, I may end up just buying these tiny bottles from now on, since it fits my budget, my bag and my needs, and is relatively low-risk. So, YAY for gay friends and YAY for eBay! eBay has all the answers to life's little troubles! :D
ksolaris: (Default)
Just a short intermission before I go on: Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao, for another win! Hehe... let's just hope it doesn't all go to his head though. In the meantime, I just want to say for the record that I agree with his trainers that letting him do his training here in the Philippines is a bad idea, as showbiz and politics takes too much of the boxer's time whenever he's home. So yeah, the next time he has another match coming up, I say cancel all those TV appearances, concerts and what-have-yous, ship him back to California, and lock him up in a gym for a couple of months.

Moving on...

Lem and I spent yesterday just relaxing. After I got home from work at about 5:30am, we slept until almost noon, before we finally woke up and decided that we were getting a little hungry. We intended to head to the Legazpi Village Sunday market because we really missed the takoyaki and Hong Kong style noodles that are sold there, but we were worried that we wouldn't be able to catch a ride on anything and commute to Legazpi Village because of Pacquiao's match. After all, as we all know, whenever Pacquiao has a fight up, the whole country just simply grinds to a halt to watch TV.

Anyway, we decided that it would probably be a good idea to try to head out before Pacquiao's match started, and we were able to easily catch a jeepney to the Don Bosco area. It was drizzling at that time, so we figured there wouldn't be too many people at the Sunday Market, but lo and behold, it turned out that it was still packed even though some of the regular vendors didn't show up for today.

Upon getting there, one of the first things that caught our attention was the fact that the small tent that's set up in the area which was normally reserved for a small Catholic mass (presided over by a priest from Don Bosco Makati) has been converted into a small, make-shift theater. It basically housed two television sets on one side, and the TVs were facing slightly away from eachother. Except for a small area directly in front of the TVs, the rest of the space under the tent, as well as the whole area beyond the tent's cover, was occupied by fans who had their eyes riveted to what was going on on the TV screens.

Apparently, between the time that we closed the apartment door behind us, and the time that we arrived at Legazpi Village (which is about... ten minutes), Pacquiao's match started, and it was already well into the fourth round by the time we got there.

Now, I mentioned earlier that it's been drizzling when we left our apartment, and it still was when we got to the Sunday Market, but the people who couldn't find cover under the tent just simply stood around with umbrellas in order to watch the fight. It was quite a scene, seeing a bunch of foreigners mixed in with the locals, and then seeing them all "HAH!", and "OH!", and "GAH!", and flinch in perfect unison whenever something interesting happened to Pacquiao's match against Diaz.

Yep. Have you ever seen a tightly-packed group of about 30-40 people flinch in unison? It's fun. It reminds me of a school of Moonfish. Hehe.

With everyone distracted and all, Lem and I were able to easily find a table and order the food items that we've been craving for. We shared a box of takoyaki, Lem got himself a nice quarter-pounder from Monster Burger, and I headed for Manvy's for a bowl of those seafood stir-fried noodles that I've been craving for for months. I swear, food always tastes twice as good when you finally get to eat it after craving for it for so long! And the best part was that there were no lines at all the food booths because everyone else was busy watching the match!

By the time the match ended, Lem and I were already enjoying our mango smoothies to finish off our meal, and we figured out the result of the match from... well, from almost every person who passed our table. It was also easy to tell since everyone left the tent smiling, and people were congratulating eachother, and telling the vendors at the food stalls all about it as they finally started lining up to buy snacks and meals.

The match, as well as our meal also ended just in the nick of time, since about 20 minutes after Pacquiao was declared the winner, the rain suddenly started to come down really hard. By that time, I was already settled inside a nearby 7-11 branch, and Lem was at our apartment as he had to go back to get some money so we could watch a movie.

We watched Wanted at WalterMart, and despite what the comic book version purists have to say about it, IT WAS GREAT. True, it had a lot of deviations from the source, but for the love of God, it has Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, and it has Gun-Fu. End of Story. WHAT MORE DO YOU POSSIBLY NEED?? Rawr!

But all that's for another post.

(PS. I love, love, love being able to post via email. XD)
ksolaris: (nana)
I found this on the news today:
from
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=avd8IiyNuA6M&refer=muse

George Carlin, 71, 'Seven Dirty Words' Comedian, Dies (Update1)

June 23 (Bloomberg) -- George Carlin, a Grammy award-winning comedian whose
routine about "The Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" was the
subject of a U.S. Supreme Court decision, died of heart failure in
California yesterday. He was 71.

Carlin went to St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica, yesterday after
complaining of chest pain and died at 5:55 p.m. local time, publicist Jeff
Abraham told the Associated Press. Abraham didn't immediately respond to a
call requesting confirmation.

Carlin was one of the country's best-known comedians in the 1970s, an
anti-establishment icon who appeared on popular television programs such as
"The Tonight Show." He wore long hair and a beard when most comedians were
clean cut, and combined a bug-eyed stare with irreverent observations on
politics, religion and modern life.

He was arrested for violating obscenity laws in 1972 in Milwaukee and his
"seven words" routine, in which Carlin describes at length the words that
are banned on television and radio, found its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1978, the justices ruled 5-4 that the Federal Communications Commission
has a right to regulate spoken-word performances on public airwaves to
prevent children from hearing profanities.

* 'Anti-Authoritarian'

"I've always been sort of anti-authoritarian and I really don't like
arbitrary rules and regulations that are essentially designed to get people
in the habit of conforming," Carlin said in a National Public Radio
interview on Nov. 1, 2004.

Carlin was born May 12, 1937, and grew up in New York City. After serving in
the Air Force in the 1950s, he began to work as a radio DJ before he
developed his comedy act, initially a duo with partner Jack Burns. He first
appeared on the Jack Paar- hosted "The Tonight Show" in October, 1960. He
would appear on the show more than 130 times in his life.

He continued to hone his stand-up act in open-mike venues and folk clubs in
New York as a clean-cut solo act. In 1968, he had a role in the film "With
Six You Get Eggroll" with Brian Keith and Doris Day.

Carlin's image changed at the beginning of the 1970s when he grew a beard,
joined the counterculture movement and started to use hard drugs, according
to his Web site. In October 1975 he hosted the debut episode of "Saturday
Night Live" while he was "loaded on cocaine all week long," Carlin said.

* Stand-Up Master

The comedian's main medium was the stand-up routine. He made 23 comedy
albums and appeared in 14 HBO specials. Carlin also received four Grammy
Awards and was nominated for five Emmys. He performed last week at the Las
Vegas Orleans Casino and Hotel.

He combined a cynic's attitude with a street-wise New Yorker's love of
verbal wordplay.

In his routine "Baseball and Football," he compared the contrasting natures
of two popular U.S. sports -- without a single swear word.

"Baseball is a 19th century pastoral game. Football is a 20th century
technological struggle," he observed. "Baseball is played on a diamond, in a
park -- the baseball park! Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium,
sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium."

Born a Roman Catholic, Carlin regularly mocked organized religion, claiming
he believed instead in the sun because "unlike some other gods I could
mention, I can see the sun."

* Kennedy Center Honor

The comedian had health problems, suffering his first heart attack in 1978.
He's survived by his daughter Kelly Carlin McCall and second wife, Sally
Wade; his first wife, Brenda, died in 1997, AP reported.

The Kennedy Center announced five days ago that Carlin was to be awarded the
Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

"In his lengthy career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has
not only made us laugh, but he makes us think," Kennedy Center Chairman
Stephen Schwarzmann said in the announcement of the award. "His influence on
the next generation of comics has been far-reaching."

"Thank you Mr. Twain," Carlin responded, according to the release. "Have
your people call my people."

The comedian said the origins of his comedy could be traced to being a
teenaged class clown.

"I'm an imperfect student," Carlin said in an interview in March. "I quit
school in ninth grade...I still get to show off, like the little kid in
fifth grade -- I still get to take these things I write and go out on stage
with them and show off."

I'm gonna miss you, you dirty old bastard.

So remember kids:

The original seven words were, shit, piss, fuck, cunt,
cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.
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Yep. I'm still at work, a mere two hours away from clocking out for the day. Being bored and struggling to stay awake at the moment, I checked the local news only to discover that the city that I'm in right now is currently under a Signal Number 3 Typhoon warning. This news makes me a feel a bit uneasy, considering the fact that I'm still slightly traumatized from the last big typhoon that we had to deal with. It also doesn't help knowing that I'll be alone at our apartment today, as Lem has gone home to Fairview for the weekend.

Well, I suppose there isn't much to worry about, except maybe for the slight possibility of a black out at our apartment building if the weather gets harsher.

Mmm... a cold rainy day. Cold sheets. A lot of nice, deep sleep. I can't wait to get home. ~______~

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I've always found it funny that the the beginning of the school year here in the Philippines coincides with the beginning of the typhoon season. The typhoon, in turn causes classes to get cancelled. Even though I have a lot of good memories which involve stormy days and cancelled classes, I still do have a lot of gripes about this particular arrangement.

Even back when I was a student, I already had a slight dislike for it despite all the wonderful opportunities to not go to class that it presented to me, and I now have a feeling that I'm going to hate it even more the moment we have our own kid whom we have to take to and pick up from school when streets are already filled with waist-high floodwaters, or something. It also doesn't help that announcements for cancellations of classes also have the tendency to be made AFTER everyone has already left their homes and are already stranded somewhere. The bad part is that as much as I complain, I'm not quite sure what should be done about it either, so that's no help.

Oh well. Only in the Philippines, I suppose. XD
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I was watching NHK earlier to check out the Shinjuku Eco Live performance, when after a few sets, they cut to a news break to report a stabbing spree in Akihabara. I checked CNN and BBC, and they were running the report too. It was pretty weird, because when they first ran the report on NHK, they said that 3 men have died, and then a few more song numbers later, the report was changed to 6 casualties. Now that I'm checking it on CNN.com and NHK's site, the number is now 7, with the latest victim being a young woman.

It's pretty scary, isn't it? I mean, the middle of a  busy intersection, in a part of the city filled with kids and tourists, on a weekend, in broad daylight. Brrr... :(

On a side note, I have to admit that my first thought when the report came on was, "Oh my God, did any cosplayers get hurt?"

I fail at life, I know.
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I woke up at noon today, which is pretty early for me, considering that I normally sleep at about 7am everyday, since my work ends at 5am. Unable to go back to sleep and trying to figure out what to eat for breakfast, I turned on the TV for some background noise and somehow ended up settling on Al Jazeera which, besides BBC and CNN, actually has a lot of interesting things featured once they finish reporting on political crises, explosions, accidents, scandals and stock market tragedies.

One of their reports stated that the anime Jojo's Bizarre Adventure received flak from the Muslim community for a 3-second shot featuring a baddie flipping through the pages of a Koran, right before he orders a hit on the show's main protagonist. Shueisha was very apologetic about it and pulled out all DVDs that showed the scene, which was very nice of them to do. However, this report also sent thoughts racing through my head, two of which were:

"It was 3-seconds long. How did they find this? A Muslim anime fan? Or do they have a committee that's tasked to watch, read and listen to ALL media ever invented, as they try to find anti-Muslim material? Hmm... that reminds me of some people..."

and

"Well, you don't hear ANYONE complaining about hentai, though. Nope. Not hentai. Never hentai." XD XD

After that snippet, they also ran a short report on how a local government-run Myanmar TV station has been airing ads, stating that companies like BBC and VOA are "destructionists" and should not be listened to.

Yes, even if you're living in a tent, have to line up for 4 hours for rice and water rations, struggling with disease and have several dead family members from the recent natural disaster that struck your city, you are NOT to believe the white dudes way over there who are telling everyone else that... that... well... that you're living in a tent, that you have to line up for 4 hours for rice and water rations, that you're struggling with disease and that you have several dead family members from the recent natural disaster that struck your city. No, no, no.

Really, that's just silly. T_T;;

Speaking of silliness, though, here's another Al Jazeera feature that was gleaned from the int3rwebs. Japan Binocular Football!! See it to believe! XD XD


And now, back to our scheduled program. And yes, most of my mornings are like this, though I normally get strange, silly news like this from Fox TV and not Al Jazeera. Today may have been an exception.
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I just finished a lovely breakfast, and it's payday today, and I really should be pretty excited. Unfortunately, as I mentioned in my previous post, because I am now paying Php2,500 a month for my parents' healthcare, and there are bills and rent to pay, as well as groceries to buy, by the time all my obligations have been taken care of, I am left with a grand total of... not much. And I suspect it will be this way for a VERY long time, until I win the lottery and/or replace our current CEO (shhh, don't tell him yet...).

Sigh. Oh well. Love is such a hard thing, especially for one as capricious as myself. I can't help it if I have chronic stuff-itis.

At least I get some peace of mind, knowing that my parents could easily run to Makati Med should they ever need to. In fact, I've been encouraging both my parents to do just that at the slightest hint of an ailment, and make the most of whatever coverage their Maxicare cards offer. They're slowly getting used to the idea, which in itself is already a feat for me as both of them have long feared going to hospitals as they're too afraid of whatever costs it may incur. Hopefully, that attitude will change soon.

Yes, this is me consoling myself because my budget for a new pair of glasses has just been consumed by love. Bear with me.

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If you watch the news enough, you'd be amazed at the sheer amount of silliness there is in this world. Just this morning, as I was watching TV and waiting for Lem to finish getting ready for work so that I could shoo him out of the apartment and get some cleaning done, CNN had this short news feature.

According to CNN, a Japanese manufacturer has released a line of solar-powered bras that can produce enough energy which can be used to recharge cellphones. Of course, my initial reaction was a big, giant, "WHUT?????????" which was immediately followed by an indignant, "Japan, what the hell are you doing to your women???"

It HAS crossed my mind that the playing field should be leveled, and that a similar garment should be produced for men, though it WOULD of course be quite a sight.

Imagine speaking with a well-groomed Japanese businessman in a crisp, dark suit, and as he's texting, his phone battery dies out. As you're about to offer your own phone to be used, the Japanese man raises a finger, excuses himself, and proceeds to unzipping his pants. To your shock, he pulls out a wire out from his crotch and proceeds to plugging it into his phone. His phone is now connected to his groin. The phone starts charging, he goes on to finish sending off his text message, and he nonchalantly continues your conversation exactly where you left off, as you struggle to pick up your jaw from the floor.

... It almost sounds like a scene taken from Ultimate!! Hentai Kamen, doesn't it?

In other news, I also just finished reading an article in today's issue of the Philippine Star on how a Filipino family who was immigrating to Winnipeg, accidentally left their two-year-old in Ottawa as they scrambled to catch their connecting flight. The toddler was eventually found by Air Canada staff, calmly exploring the departure gate area. He was taken into their offices and babysat by AC's office staff, while the kid's dad took another flight from Winnipeg, back to Ottawa, got his kid at the airport, and then boarded yet another plane back to Winnipeg, this time with his kid on his lap. Apparently, it was another case of "I thought he was with YOU!!".

Susmaryosep. XD XD

Meanwhile, the Vatican's premier astronomer has just announced that they are not discounting the possibility that we may have brothers and sisters scattered throughout the galaxy. Calling all conspiracy theorists! On your mark, ready, set, GO!! XD

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To be honest, news like this cheers me up, considering just how much bad news has been floating around recently.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I now have to shop for enough groceries to keep us from ever having to eat out until next payday. T_T;;
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(as ganked from ruk...) 

A handwriting analysis from http://www.handwritingwizard.com

It's pretty interesting since some things were spot on...

Wheee~! )

In the meantime, I also recently ran into a hilarious article about how Uwe Boll was flat-out rejected by Blizzard when he offered to make a WoW movie. XD Haha! Nothing says "Stay the hell outta my fandom" than "we will not sell the movie rights, not to you.... especially not to you."

Ouch! XD

Krakowska!

Mar. 18th, 2008 11:18 pm
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It's been a while since I last posted, so you can probably tell that it's my day off today. Hehe. Anyway, before I begin, I just wanted to comment that there has GOT to be something VERY wrong with this world when the Dalai Lama is being accused of inciting violence.

The DALAI LAMA is being accused of inciting VIOLENCE.

See? That sentence doesn't seem to work at all, does it? The very way that those specific words were placed together in that specific order is, in itself, quite wrong I think.

Sigh.

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There. Now that I'm done at shaking my head at the sadness of the world, let's talk about nicer things.

I passed by Donau Gourmet again this morning to pick up some pretzels (or Brezels, as indicated on the receipt) as a small treat to celebrate the end of yet another workweek. I was pleasantly surprised when Mrs. Sager recognized me when I came in the store, and she got the pretzels for me. She also gave me a couple of Kaiser buns with roasted poppy seeds on it, and I decided to pick up a couple of polska kielbasa as well.

Unfortunately for me, I never got to taste the kaiser buns since Lem wolfed them down when I got home. T_T

Speaking of which, it was also nice that Lem made a batch of soup for breakfast/dinner (it really depends on what time your actual day begins). He was just done cooking by the time I got back to our apartment, and it was such good timing too, since the pretzels and the soup went very well together. I imagined that we can eat the bread with liver spread or something, but the soup worked wonderfully, and it ended up being quite a filling meal.

As for the kielbasa, it's in the fridge now, and I'm planning to cook it tomorrow with some button mushrooms and greens on the side. ^_^

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It's summer now.

You can tell. It's in the air. I could taste it.

I can't wait to go to the beach! ^___________^
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Found this on the YM status of one of my old college buddies...'

Heath Ledger's death not suicide, says family )

Is dying in fashion in Hollywood right now...? Jeebus....
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(UPDATE 14) Tank breaks into hotel lobby
November 29, 2007 11:15:00
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines -- An armored personnel carrier has broken into the lobby of the Manila Peninsula Hotel where Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and his supporters have been holed up since Thursday morning, according to INQUIRER.net reporter Thea Alberto.

Before this, tear gas was lobbed into the lobby as an armored personnel carrier fired bursts of machinegun fire towards the hotel, according to INQUIRER.net Joel Guinto. (---snip!---)

I still feel sorry for the hotel, and it's painful to see looping videos of that pretty door having to get smashed, and all because of some doofus hiding behind the said door. Could you imagine just how bad for business this all is??? That marble floor is just not meant for tanks! T_T

Ugh, it's all so shtoopid, it's unbearable...

Trillanes, if you're reading this, I hope you know you're an asshole, and I hope you have enough money to pay back the hotel for this shit you've made. The next time you decide to coop yourself up somewhere... do it inside your own house, shithead.
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From the looks of it, if I'm late for work today, I'll have these idiots to blame. It's raining, it's cold, I'd rather stay home snug and dry, the noise of construction work is outside our door, and I'm simply not in the mood for this sort of crap today. =_=;;

And they had to do it on a main thorughfare, on a stormy day in the middle of the workweek.

Geez, I can just imagine the traffic later.

Honestly...

I know they have their reasons and all, but isn't there a way to go about all this without disrupting the busiest part of the financial district, and without being a hassle to the people trying to make a living in that area, and without scaring away the guests at the Peninsula Hotel who could possibly be investors scoping out the place?

When this happens once or twice, it's shocking and it gets me worried, but when things like this happen at this frequency, it just starts to get annoying.

Sigh. I know, I know. I'm being obnoxious and apathetic and insensitive and unpatriotic, etc etc etc, and I have completely no idea of what I'm talking about.

...

Looks like they're about to storm the hotel. Let's just hope they're all smart enough not to get anyone killed.

EDIT:
According to the news ticker on GMA 7, a series of gunshots are now going off inside the hotel.

Sigh. So much for hoping.

That's it. Fuck that. I'm going back to bed.

EDIT 2:
HOLY SHIT. THEY WRECKED THE HOTEL'S FRONT DOOR TO GET A FUCKING TANK INSIDE. X(

I feel so damned sorry for the hotel.

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We've finished Lucky Star. I think I'll just pop in The Producers in the DVD player again...

Bada bing bada boom, bada bing bam bing bam boom...
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Ian's mom just called me to let me know that there's been a couple of explosions in Glorietta 2, about 40 minutes ago. According to the GMA and ABS-CBS flash reports, at least 3 people are dead.

They're still investigating the cause, and I'm wondering if it's a busted LPG tank, since I do remember that some time earlier this year, one of the restaurants inside the mall caught fire. They were able to quickly put out the flames that time, though, and only part of the restaurant's ceiling got burned. The restaurant was back in business after about a week.

Nobody died that time, though, so yeah, this scares me.

I can hear sirens outside. Not pretty to wake up to after this morning's CNN surprise. I don't like today's recurring theme...

EDIT:
Ian just called me to check on me. I told him not to take the train back home today, just to be safe. I've also called my folks to let them know I'm okay since I know that they'll panic once they do decide to tune in to the 6pm news later.

More sirens are blaring outside, and I can tell that they're speeding along Evangelista street right now, just two short blocks from our condo.

News like this hits hardest when you know that people you love or know may possibly be in danger. Then everything just changes, doesn't it?

Another linkie that seems to have more updates:
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view_article.php?article_id=95462

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