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January 29th, 2010

02:55 am - RIP J.D. Salinger

'Catcher in the Rye' Author J.D. Salinger Is Dead at Age 91

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January 26th, 2010

03:50 am - Critical Commons vs. Hitler: resource for free/open media and fair use

Commons vs. Hitler: resource for free/open media and fair use

Critical Commons has created its own entry in the great Hitler in the
bunker remix meme. Steve Anderson sez, "The video is also promoting the fair
use advocacy site Critical Commons, which is a fair use advocacy and media
sharing site, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. This is currently the most
radical media-sharing site on the open internet. Designed for media
educators and students, Critical Commons makes high-quality, copyrighted
media publicly available by placing it in a critical context and informing
users about their rights under fair use."

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January 22nd, 2010

04:10 am - thedailywhat: Infographic of the Day: “What Does

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04:01 am - The Beatles: Working Schedule 1963-1966

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03:59 am - SciFi recast of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude
Sent to you by Paulo via Google Reader: SciFi recast of Gabriel Garcia
Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude via the cupboard under the
stairs on 1/21/10

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano
Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him
to Europa, Jupiter’s moon, to discover ice.

At that time Macondo was a small planet of twenty low impact aluminum
houses, built on the bank of a dry canal full of stones polished by an
ancient ocean that now lie white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs.
This planet was so recent, terraformed only a couple years ago, that
many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was
necessary to point. Every year during the month of March a family of
ragged aliens would set up their tents near the village, and with a
great uproar of pipes and kettledrums, that was how their language
sounded to us, they would display new inventions, older than the ages
for them, but new and wonderful for us. First they brought the magnet.
A heavy alien with an untamed hair, two heads, and sparrow hands, who
introduced himself as Melquíades, put on a bold public demonstration of
what he himself called the eighth wonder of the learned alchemists of
their home planet, unknown to humans and far beyond betelgeuse. He went
from house to house dragging two metal ingots and everybody was amazed
to see pots, pans, tongs, and braziers tumble down from their places
and beams creak from the desperation of nails and screws trying to
emerge, and even objects that had been lost for a long time appeared
from where they had been searched for most and went dragging along in
turbulent confusion behind Melquíades’ magical irons. “Things have a
life of their own,” the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. “It’s
simply a matter of waking up their souls.”

José Arcadio Buendía, whose unbridled imagination always went beyond
the genius of nature and even beyond miracles and magic, thought that
it would be possible to make use of that useless invention to extract
mineral from the bowels of this new land, valuable for the federeation,
and according to him unknown back at earth. Melquíades, who was an
honest being, warned him: “It won’t work for that.” But José Arcadio
Buendía at that time did not believe in the honesty of aliens, so he
traded his mule and a pair of goats, for the two magnetized ingots.
Úrsula Iguarán, his wife, who knew that those animals where given to us
for the colonization of the planet, was unable to dissuade him. “Very
soon we’ll have minerals enough to move to a city in the central
planets,” her husband replied. For several months he worked hard to
demonstrate the truth of his idea. He explored every inch of the
region, even the dry canals, dragging the two iron ingots along and
reciting Melquíades’ incantation aloud. The only thing he succeeded in
doing was to unearth a suit of armor from an ancient race with several
arms, which had all of its pieces soldered together with rust and
inside of which there was the hollow resonance of an enormous
stone-filled gourd. When José Arcadio Buendía and the four men of his
expedition managed to take the armor apart, they found inside a
calcified alien skeleton, strange and astonishing, with a copper locket
containing a human woman’s hair around its neck.

-SF recast of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude

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03:58 am - Choose your weapon.

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October 15th, 2008

07:11 am - VL

Ayan, after 48 years of silence.

Finished writing 2 proposals and one IT Downtime Report, I am now officially on vacation leave. I'll be working again on Friday.

To do:
  • Meet Maridol, Machi, Raph (and probably Fifi) later in the afternoon for coffee
  • Have dinner with family at Vieux Chalet in Antipolo
  • Meet a long-lost friend
  • Plan Thursday itenerary
  • Shop (books, clothes, etc.) with a few friends on Thursday
  • Have dinner with Karla, Fifi, Jay, and BF at Conti's in Trinoma

Yan. I'm excited. But I have to sleep...zzz...
Current Location: apartment
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Fly Like A Bird - Mariah Carey

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September 25th, 2008

08:32 am - From ALSA to OSS
Finally configured Ubuntu on the lappy to produce acceptable sound quality, one that its hardware deserves. For a while I was wondering why the quality sucked, did some research and found out I could change things. ALSA just won't cut it and OSS is better. Followed the instructions and after three hours, I'm smiling as I listen to Love Me After 12AM.
Current Location: apartment
Current Music: We Belong Together - Mariah Carey

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September 22nd, 2008

01:58 am - reality vx.x
I will consider another version of our narrative. I will consider the different versions of our narrative. I will acknowledge them, all of them, as my destinies.

Current Location: apartment
Current Music: Love is a Losing Game - Amy Winehouse

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September 17th, 2008

04:27 am - Lie for Laughs
I woke up at seven pm, turned the laptop on, checked my phones for messages, and saw that I missed a call from Karla. There was also a text message that said, National Bookstore sale. Science of Discworld 3 at 40%. Want me 2 buy u one?

What I had in mind was the illustrated version which costs around a thousand pesos or two if I'm not mistaken. So I called her up and told her I'm poor. But she said it's okay, so I said okay. Got to the office at around ten pm and she gave me this:

as a present for lying to a credit card company when they called to verify her address.

Thanks, Karla!

I love the Discworld Series but I've never read a novelette from The Science of Discworld yet. Here's the plot summary.

I look forward to reading this and laughing my ass off.

Current Location: apartment
Current Music: Did You Wrong - Pleasure

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