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My Thoughts on President Noynoy’s SONA

Jul 27, 2010

I would have to admit that the State of the Nation Address delivered yesterday by President Aquino sounds good. It could have been delivered better: I can sense some nervousness in his voice and I can’t help but twitch when I heard his mispronunciations. But it was one of the more sincere speeches I’ve heard in a long, long time.

(Incidentally, I now know the identity of Pres. Aquino’s speechwriter, haha…)

However, a closer look at the contents of his SONA made me realize that beyond his pet idea of public-private partnerships, it lacks content. Sure, he described in detail what he plans to do with corrupt officials. (He should, his entire campaign is based on that promise…) But corruption is not the only problem in the country. And his silence on these other issues is a bit disturbing. This is the main reason that I hesitated to pick him as my presidential candidate. If he will concentrate all of his policies on the crackdown of corrupt government officials, he might not have time to deal with the other concerns. We might end up worse than what happened in the previous administration.

I have other concerns regarding the public-private partnerships, but that deserves a separate blog entry. Let it brew for a while, and wait until I review my economics.


My Own Toy Story

Jul 16, 2010

Okay, I couldn’t resist watching Toy Story 3 after hearing my friends say that they cried right after watching the movie. Yes I was no different from my friends, I also cried my heart out when I saw the ending. And it did make me look back at the toys I used to own as a kid. It’s been a long, long time.

But before I tell you the fate of my toys, let me give you a little background. My earliest memories were from the year before I went to school. I was 4 years old then and my brother was just 2 years old. We lived next to our “tita” (actually she was the sister of my grandmother) and next to the landlord who had a teenage kid and a pet dog. We also had an old lady as a neighbor, but once in a while her relatives (and their kids) would come to live with her for a few months or so. There was also a stray cat that my mom adopted. When I was six years old, my younger brother was born. My mom’s adopted cat also gave birth, so I had my own pet that I took care of since she was born. So for most of my childhood, I played with my two brothers, the neighbor’s dog, and my pet cat.

Now for my version of the Toy Story.

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Academe vs Business

Jun 17, 2010

My meeting with my supervisor was briefly interrupted by his colleague, and from my limited knowledge of the French language I realized that they were talking about research funding. Seeing that I was curious, my supervisor explained to me that they have 2000 euros that they should spend immediately. Otherwise, the people who funded the project will withdraw the money and give them less money for the following year.

If I was the one funding the project, this definitely makes sense. Because there is money to spare, that implies that the people involved in the project overestimated their budget. I own the money, so I have the right to reallocate it as I please. So from my point of view, this is logical.

My supervisor thinks otherwise. He says that this is a stupid policy, why not let the people involved in the project keep the money so that they can save it and use it next year? I started to protest, but he mentioned a word that made me realize that we are looking at it from entirely different perspectives. It is an obligation, he said.

I shrugged and merely said that I am looking at it from the capitalist point of view. His point of view is clearly socialist in nature.

I could dwell on the right balance between these two ideologies that will make this world a better place to live in, but one idea dominated my thoughts at that moment: Damn, I wish I had that amount of money to spend.

Cleaning Up

Jun 9, 2010

A blog entry for the sake of having a blog entry. That doesn’t sound like a good reason to update my blog, isn’t it? But alas, I’ve been staring blankly for several weeks now and I desperately need a distraction while I wait for that stroke of inspiration. Might as well say something on what’s been bugging me for the past few months.

To be honest, I’ve been cleaning up on my online presence. With the Facebook privacy issues surfacing nowadays, I’ve been deleting photos and untagging myself in Facebook photos. I guess it is the introvert in me kicking in. I’ve been adding several people I don’t know in Facebook, either batchmates of former students of mine or people who are also playing Restaurant City (the only Facebook game I’m obsessed with). They do not need to know every single detail of my life now, do they? I save my daily brain fart in my Plurk account (only accessible to the people I know personally).

I’ve also deleted my Friendster account (the new logo is simply horrifying) and several blogs I started here in WordPress. To my annoyance, I cannot delete a blog I started 2 years ago. It was supposed to be a blog for my numerical analysis class, but it was hosted on a domain I once owned and allowed to expire. So for those WordPress experts out there, any ideas on how to delete a linked blog from your WordPress acount?

The time is not ripe for a major overhaul of my online presence. Hopefully I can do that after I finish this madness I’m currently doing.

Cat Stories

May 4, 2010

I am a cat person for as long as I can remember. It’s no surprise then that I cried when I saw this video.

One would certainly wonder if the uploader of this video had the correct interpretation of that cat’s actions. Is that cat trying to revive the other cat by using cardiac massage? Or are we misinterpreting the actions of the cat?

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Things You Should Not Say To A PhD Student

Apr 14, 2010

This is especially true if the PhD student in question is under stress trying to keep three of his/her bosses happy.

  1. Pa-download naman ng paper na ito: [insert list of papers here]. – You haven’t emailed for a long, long time, and that’s the first thing you ask? Not even something like, “Hi there, how are you?” If you only remember someone when you need something, you better make it less obvious.
  2. Kumusta ang thesis? – If things are going well, that PhD student is going to announce it to the entire world via Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, or whatever social network. Otherwise, just shut up or risk being punched in the face.
  3. How’s your French? – It’s either you study math intensively or you study French intensively. It can’t be done both ways. Quit it.
  4. Kumusta ang pag-aaral sa compre? – The biggest WTF question of them all. No one should be allowed to do research without completing the f*ing comprehensive exam.

Partylist, Complete with Nominees

Apr 13, 2010

Geez, I wish they had released this earlier for the benefit of those who will participate via Overseas Absentee Voting. Not that it matters, I have decided on my partylist a long time ago.

Pardon me if I don’t have time to type everything. I’m not sure if WordPress will embed this properly, so here’s the link to the document:

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Special thanks to for the list.