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Richard Feynman has the answer to enjoying the beauty of a flower
November 30th, 2007 posted by white garapata under Random Thoughts. [ Comments: none ]

How can non-scientists fully appreciate the beauty of science? Take a rose and ask Richard Feynman. Below is the interview in which he explains his appreciation of science.

“To appreciate nature is not all about its outer dimension,” Feynman said. The most important thing is knowing also its inner structure. That’s the joy of understanding Physics. Knowing not only the outer realm, it’s understanding also the inner structure.

Oh, look how beautiful my purple rose is.



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Alaala ng paniking gutom
November 29th, 2007 posted by paniking_gutom under Uncategorized. [ Comments: 2 ]


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Isang araw na wala akong magawa sa aking kuwarto, napagpasyahan kong mag-ayos ng mga lumang gamit na matagal ko na ring hindi pinapasin (ilang beses ko nang tinangkang ayusin ito pero bunga na rin ng katamaran ay hindi ko nagagawa). Siguro’y may dalawa o higit pang taon na itong nakatago sa cabinet na kinalalagyan nito kung kaya’t sobrang kapal na ng alikabok na bumabalot dito.

     Habang hinahalungkat ko ang mga gamit sa loob ng cabinet, may mga ilang bagay ako na napansin. CD’s (porno, music atbp.), Notebooks at mga ilang litrato na hindi ko malaman kung bakit hindi ko naisipang ilagay sa album. Mga alaala ng lumipas na kahapon. Una kong tiningnan yung dalawang notebook na nakalagay sa isang plastik.
     Yung unang notebook ay may cover na pinagdikit-dikit na ghost fighter na teks. Notebook ko ito ng grade six at first year highschool ako. Binasa ko ang mga nakasulat…
….Take me to your heart
Show me where to start
Got to play the part of your first love…
     Wow! Ito yung mga kantang binabanatan ko dati habang ako’y nagpapa-cute sa mga kaklase at kaibigan ko (Oo, bata pa lang ako mahilig na akong ma-inlove sa kaibigan). Hindi ko maiwasang mapangiti at tuluyang tumawa sa nakita ko. 1998-1999 nung ako ay nasa first year highscool. Wala pang sampung taon ang naklipas, pero, parang hindi yata ako yung nagsulat ng mga lyrics na yun. Lalo na kung pagbabasehan ko ang tugtog ng radyo sa aking likuran. Nakangiti kong ibinaba yung notebook at pinulot yung isa.
     Blue naman ang cover ng notebook na ito at may simbolo ni Batman na nakadikit sa harapan. Ito ang notebook na ginamit ko simula second year highschool at third year highschool. Sa notebook na ito muling nagpatuloy ang kabanata ng aking buhay. Sa mga panahong yun kasi ay medyo nahilig akong magsulat kung kaya ang laman ng notebook na ito ay mga tulang aking ginawa. Karamihan dito ay tungkol sa pag-ibig, pamilya at sa medyo bandang huli ay galit na nararamdaman ko sa mga bagay-bagay. Medyo natuwa rin ako dahil doon ko napansin na simula pagkabata ay nandun na talaga yung angst sa katawan ko. At katulad kanina, narealize ko na parang hindi na ako ang nakikita ko sa tuwing humaharap ako sa salamin.
     Sunod kong kinuha ang mga litratong nakalagay sa isang maliit na kahon.
     Siguro’y wala pang sampung piraso ang mga litratong nakita ko. Ang iba rito ay litrato ng libro, mga dating kasama ko sa diyaryo (The Adamson Chronicle) at mga welga at rally na aking napuntahan. At muli, ang mga ala-ala ay nagsipasukan sa aking utak.
     Naalala ko yung mga panahong, papasok ako ng eskuwelahan pero hindi ako papasok ng klase. Sa halip ay didiretso ako sa opisina namin na tila nasa tuktok ng daigdig. Ito yung mga panahong sa halip na nagbabasa ako ng textbook para matuto ng economics, basic programming at biology ay mas pinili ko pang magbasa ng libro ni Marx, Kant, Gibran, Nietzche at Bob Ong (kahit na aminado akong nahihirapan akong intindihin ang mga ito puwera sa huling author). Ito yung mga panahong ang juice, fried chicken, ham, noodles at iba pang pagkain ay nasa iisang inumin lang. Kape. Mga panahong mas makapal pa ang eyebag sa aming mata kaysa sa bilbil ng aming tiyan. Mga panahon ng debate, pakikipagusap sa sarili, paglalaro ng starcraft at pagsesenti sa veranda ng opisina ang libangan. Mga panahong naglahong parang bula. Mga panahong nasayang. Pero kailanman ay hindi pinagsisihan. 
     Sinubukan kong tigilan ang pag-eemote ng makita ko ang ilang CD sa parehong lalagyan kung nasaan ang mga litrato. Subalit hindi dito nagtapos ang paggunita sa mga ala-ala.
     Laman ng mga CD ang huling outing ng mga taga Kronikel sa Balayan Batangas. Ang mga tawanan, kantahan at biruan ng isa’t-isa. Ang mga kasama sa publikasyon na itinuring ng kapamilya at parte ng buhay. Doon ko napatunayan na ang alaala, mga tao, bagay o lugar ay talagang hindi nakakalimutan ng tao. Ito’y nakatago lamang at kinakailangang may mag-trigger upang ito’y muling maisa-isip.
     Hindi lang mga taga-kronikel ang nasa video, siyempre kasama ko dito ang dati kong pag-ibig. Ang taong patuloy na sumuporta (at sumusuporta) sa aking ginagawa. Ang taong pumupuri sa lahat ng achievements ko at ang taong bumabatok sa akin sa tuwing ako’y may pagkakamali.
     Nakakatuwang isipin na naitago ko ang mga bagay na ito. Nakakalungkot lang sapagkat ang mga masasayang sandali ay alaala na lang.
     Ngayon, sa tuwing haharap ako sa salamin, wala na ang eyebag sa mata, malaki na ang tiyan, masarap ang buhay pero nag-iisa. Masaya pero may kulang. Hindi ko alam kung ako pa rin ba ang nag-iisang paniking gutom ng kronikel o isa na rin lang akong alaala. Pero kung iisipin natin, tayo ang gumagawa ng sarili nating kinabukasan. Tayo rin ang gumagawa ng mga alaala. Nasa sa atin kung panghahawakan at ipagpapatuloy natin ang magagandang nangyayari sa ating buhay o ito’y papabayaan natin.
     Para sa mga taga kronikel at sa taong minahal ko at minahal ako ng lubusan, salamat at patawad sapagkat ako’y nagkulang.
_________
     Sa loob ng mahigit dalawang taon, ngayon na lang ulit ako nakapagsulat ng column. Nakakalungkot lang kasi wala ng diyaryong tatanggap nito. Mabuti na lang at may mga websites kung saan puwede ko itong i-post. Salamat sa teknolohiya.



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Erap and PGMA’s Nativity Scene in Cebu
November 22nd, 2007 posted by sir Kramic under Current Events, Media & Entertainment. [ Comments: 1 ]

Yup di ka nananaginip si PGMA at Erap yan, more pics on my blog



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Revisiting the old Adamson Chronicle office
November 20th, 2007 posted by JB under Adamson Chronicle. [ Comments: 54 ]

Adamson Chronicle

These are videos from “Invaderzim” (who’s probably former Chronicler Michael Gallego former graphic artist Alfred Jurcalis), showing a bunch of folks revisiting the old Adamson Chronicle office at the SV Penthouse. We have no idea when these were taken, so Invaderzim, please provide the context.

Anyway, the high point of the second video below is when the cameraman finds the old framed photo of the Adamson Chronicle (snapshot above). It was I think made in the late 1980s and shot by photographer Randy Rivera (who’s working in the US now with his family). Randy has tons of stories how they came to composing the shot, and the surrounding circumstances (it was a time of fervent student activism), and he’d probably freak out if he’d see it just sitting there waiting to be thrown out.

Video 1:

Video 2:

This last video feels like finding an archaeological relic: the white board. The old “writings on the wall” are still there, the last messages of desperation and hope. Well, alright, I don’t wanna sound like people died or something, but despite what resentment I feel about the last batch of Chroniclers (I still tend to “blame” them for bringing about the end of the paper’s old era), I can’t help but empathize.

And one more thing: there’s something missing in the view from the terrace: the old Jai Alai building. I’m sure many of those from my batch and earlier would say that single building alone was witness to many sessions of making out with their partners. LOL!
Video 3:

Bottomline: there’s a new batch, closely supervised by the admin and advised by one fine human being (Miss Arlene, just tell me when to stop being a cloying suck-ass. lol), and all I can say is: I hope this new setup will allow the student paper to reach its full potential (just like what they say in Lactum commercials). First, there should be more funds now (the 300 thousand or so per sem was so insufficient, it had been making the old Chroniclers cut one another’s throats), and I hope this new batch will fully make use of new technologies.

Let me just say this: they are so darned lucky. So I really hope that kind of luck works for them.



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The Dreamers
November 14th, 2007 posted by bondgirl4ever under Uncategorized. [ Comments: 3 ]

I will write the story and the screenplay. Mike will be our director, barnone. Erwin will do the video editing. Pule will be our lead actor, or he will do the casting because he proudly played the tramp and the caveman and the psychopath before. Ken will be our camera man. And Norman, he’ll be our artistic support from being belligerent to being bohemian to being drunk to being able to verify reality. That’s what made us swarm free film festivals and movie screenings of art films and foreign films (not those commercial films which will require us pay more than a hundred bucks). Gone are the days when we would watch a Lars von Trier or Akira Kurosawa then dream. We just fancied of having a video camera soon, or having enough money to do our production, we were full of storylines between beers and videoke and failing romantic relationships.

Morning comes, we are still dreaming.



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Remembering ‘Inkblot’
November 10th, 2007 posted by JB under Bits & Pieces. [ Comments: 3 ]

the Inkblot

Sometime in 2000, I started a little website called “Inkblot.” Blogging wasn’t yet the “in” thing back then, so I had to do everything (design, HTML coding) by hand. It was an arduous process, that’s why I “updated” it only once every quarter. And the content was no biggie: I read some of the stuff I did then, I cringe. It all seems so juvenile from where I currently stand.
Anyway, Freeservers “killed” the site after I unwittingly hotlinked some images from my blog sometime in November 2004. But for anyone who’s curious, the Inkblot’s old issues and “evolution” can still be seen in the Wayback Machine.



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I for one welcome our new Adamson Chronicle overlords
November 10th, 2007 posted by JB under Adamson Chronicle. [ Comments: 8 ]


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For those who haven’t been to the forum lately, Josh has some “news” on the newly reconstituted, vitamin-enriched Adamson Chronicle:
[forum text]

The Adamson Chronicle is now functioning after one whole semester of preparation. After a few years of closure, the portal on the SV building rooftop is now being cleaned for “temporary” use of the new Chroniclers.

cramer wrote:
how soon can we expect an editorial board list?


Check it out on the maiden issue that will be out before Christmas. Some names will surely ring a bell on the last batch of the old Chronicle.

Wink

cramer wrote:
do we already have one?


Yes.

cramer wrote:
what changes can we expect from these new batch?


They must be good because the screening process is said to be tough, courtesy of OSA.

cramer wrote:
are there any existing binding policy between the editorial board and the admin?


The Admin will guide the new Chronicle, not necessarily control the publication.

cramer wrote:
are there conditions as to how the org will manage the board, publication, the paper?


The bylaws are not yet completed and OSA and the new Chronicle is now working hand on hand for that.

cramer wrote:
will the admin plays a vital role in its circulation?


No. Mam Arlene will be their Adviser but the EIC will be in full control of the paper.

[forum text]

Now, they’re being managed by Miss Arlene, so I’m sure the new guys are in good hands. And knowing how these things go, I bet the new batch is having the wildest time of their life preparing their maiden issue. Let’s see what happens. And as Josh said, ask him your questions.



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