Scientists: Breaking Stereotypes (and protocols)
The most painstaking part of conducting a research is of course the experiment proper. Sometimes I wish data would just magically pop out of nowhere so that I would not have to undergo the arduous process of experimentation. Sometimes you will fuck up in the middle of the experiment and you have to do it all over again. And then when finally you have your data, you don’t even know what to do with it. Science is more often like a mother having PMS, you just don’t understand her. That’s why you do everything just to avoid her wrath, like…EVERYTHING.
I might be out of the country, but I still keep myself updated with the crazy political news happening in the Philippines. Of course I would not miss the chance to comment on the upcoming midterm elections even though we failed to register for the absentee voting. (Truth be told, we were just too tired and lazy to find the Philippine embassy in Seoul after walking around Myeong-dong for hours.)
But if there’s one thing to commend about Ross’ directorial technique, it was how the tracker-jacker hallucination scene was crafted and played out. And I cannot emphasize how beautiful it was. Fear and uncertainty were very evident in Katniss who cannot distinguish reality from her hallucinations. It was happening to her all at the same time (being haunted by her father’s death, to her life and house crumbling down, and then back to Peeta telling her to run to safety), and it was a scene that could have gone awfully wrong if it wasn’t for the guidance of Ross.
- Neil Tupas Jr. may or may not have been a declamation contestant during his younger years. It sure was an enjoyable opening
declamation piece statement, given all the hand gestures and voice intonation.
- A failure of epic proportions for the prosecution panel at day two of the trial. Too many to mention, just read. Mahiya nga kayo kay Senator-Judge Franklin Drilon.
- On Franklin Drilon: Wait, I thought member ka ng prosecution panel?
(Sorry, I can’t help myself. I made this Drilon meme.)
One Book, One DVD: Week 1
So for the remaining 51 weeks of this year, I shall be doing this. I may bend some rules along the way, but the goal is to have 52 books and 52 DVD titles by the end of the year. Challenge accepted!
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by GMA-Kamuning,
That a manager there lived whom you may know,
By the name of ANNABELLE RAMA;
And this manager she lived with no other thought
Than to fight and be feared by artists.
For the moon never beams without bringing me nightmares
Of the dreadful Annabelle Rama;
And the stars never rise but I feel the condescending eyes
Of the frightful Annabelle Rama.
What Came to Mind When I Heard of “Put the Little Girl to Sleep”
Spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn revealed earlier today plans for the assassination (or murder, no one is sure) of her boss Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Although the phrase Oplan: Put the Little Girl to Sleep is longer and taller than the target, I have to give credit to whoever came up with this creative name. It surely got the attention of the country as the online world went abuzz as soon as the plan was bared. As creative as it may sound, and as serious as it should seem, Put The Little Girl to Sleep is just too fancy a name for a murder plot. So here’s a list of what came to my mind upon hearing it on the news:
[Above: Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair as Brooke and Helena, part of an untitled Hollywood film about a young girl’s rise to power.]
The Marquez Restoration of 2012
It was an ungodly sight.
Years worth of collected books, decimated by severe termite infestation. I couldn’t recognize the Dan Brown books, and couldn’t distinguish Animal Farm from Catcher in the Rye. It was painful to think that the books that were supposed to be part of my mini-library were gone. Spared from the destructive wrath of the termites were several reference books from high school and college, including World History by Perry and Organic Chemistry by McMurry.
And so I thought of the greatest restoration project this household has seen: The Marquez Restoration of 2012. Starting next year, every week or two, I shall be purchasing the following titles to replace those that were destroyed from my collection:
- Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) and an unofficial walkthrough
- The da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) and an unofficial walkthrough
- Deception Point (Dan Brown)
- Digital Fortress (Dan Brown)
- The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)
- The Last Templar (Raymond Khoury)
- Twisted Series (Jessica Zafra)
- The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
- Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
- The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain)
- The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
- Poon (F. Sionil Jose)
- Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
- The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli)
- Animal Farm (George Orwell)
- A book from the Alex Cross series
- A motivational book from my 4th year high school curriculum and student government adviser (with dedication)
- A Kinky Friedman book
- Five books which are all 40 years older than me, including Casablanca and a Mario Puzo novel
- 20+ Archie Digests and Double Digests
- And several more.
All that’s left to say is: challenge accepted.
Yesterday: “Something European” Kris Kringle + Meat” of the Human Body Exhibition + Paosee’s Pre-Birthday Celebration