• Pushing Film

    Pounding pavement, pushing film.

  • I’ve been trying to keep my head down and sane, but now I’m as mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore.

  • Reviewing gems in my photo library

  • Cabin Fever

    The new normal will take a while getting used to.

  • Social Distancing

    Working from home until the end of the month.

  • Impostor

    On my own knowledge, or lack therof.

  • Celebrating the small wins in life.

  • Themes

    Looking forward to 2020.

  • Wall Time

    Climbing up walls, literally – or my one physical thing.

  • Heuristics

    My Manila vacation, and dealing with my cognitive miser.

  • Going Dark

    I’ve been toying with the idea for a while now: should I go dark, disconnect from social networks and all, keeping only this blog? How can I do it? And is it worth it?

  • Anxiety

    Coping.

  • A paean to tcpdump(1), or why knowing how to use it is a necessary skill for today’s networked software.

  • Of Varied Interests

    I’m keen to learn a little about everything, but obviously I don’t know everything. Especially sports.

  • Photography

    Photography as a hobby.

  • Catch-up

    I’m behind on my blogging – let me catch you up on the past month.

  • Borrow?

    My penchant for curiousity, borrowing books, and generally being a nosy and smart alec kid back in the day.

  • Luck

    I cannot stress enough how lucky I am.

  • Hilaw/Unripe

    Hindi ko gamay ang pagsulat sa Filipino – ngunit, eto ako ngayon, nagsusulat.

  • Filipino

    What does it mean to be Filipino?

  • Coffee

    I am an inveterate consumer of the black elixir that is coffee.

  • OPM

    I’ve been listening to a lot of OPM (Original Pinoy Music) of late; here are some tracks playing heavily in my library.

  • Winter

    It’s cold out here.

  • Politics

    I’ve avoided talking about Philippine politics for a while now here on my blog – the current political landscape has been very divisive and polarizing. However, recent events have made me reconsider this.

  • Typing and Types

    My ongoing internal debate on static versus dynamic typing, and all that jazz – or why I still like dynamic typing, even with the benefits of compile-time types.

  • Procrastination

    Putting things on hold.

  • Breadth/Depth

    Jack of all trades, master of none – but oftentimes, better than master of one? Maybe.

  • Soul of a New Machine

    Soul of a New Machine: a review.

  • Revisiting my Emacs configuration as a Java almost-IDE, switching to using LSP.

  • print('foo')

    The humble print statement is probably the unsung hero of many a debugging session in my career: it’s what I reach for first before breaking out the debugger.

  • Failure Modes

    The software we write is fallible, precisely we’re fallible. That’s not to say that all software is unusable though. Failure is always an option.

  • Comparison

    It’s inevitable that I compare everything to Manila, even if I would rather not: I have only that data point to use as basis.

  • Journaling

    Since November, I’ve been keeping a journal of my work, as a means of data gathering on my own productivity; it also gives me a sort of timeline of events, should I need to look back.

  • A Good Meal

    Food, glorious food.

  • Bilingual

    Communication when being fluent or conversant in two languages, coming from a culture of code-switching.

  • Models

    The map is not the territory, and often when writing software we’re building maps and models of things – which inevitably encodes our own assumptions.

  • Downtime

    The time I spend outside of work on rest and relaxation – or at least, Not Work.

  • Talk

    On socialization, introversion, and small talk.

  • Retrospective

    Looking back on the year that was

  • Why I Write

    There are various reasons for why I write on this blog (even if I’m not as consistent with my schedule sometimes).

  • Three Months In

    Three months in, and I think I’m fine.

  • On Call

    The operations side of writing software.

  • Locked Out

    The universe apparently has a wicked sense of humor, Or how I locked myself out of my own apartment on a public holiday.

  • The IKEA Adventure

    In which the protagonist goes through sensory overload.

  • Taking A Chance

    I’ve been pretty lucky in my career so far, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned: you have to take a chance on yourself.

  • Emacs as a Java IDE

    Into the forays of using Emacs as Java almost-IDE.

  • Identity

    I am a software engineer. I’m also an amateur photographer, a writer, and a dabbler. Or, at least that’s how I view myself.

  • Trying to get Emacs to work with a whole environment of tools is a lot of work; it pays to look for other Emacs users and ask them how they fit Emacs into the environment.

  • Vocabulary

    Observations on a shared work vocabulary.

  • Week Two

    The second week: looking for apartments, and observations of weather in Sydney.

  • Firehose

    Diving into the deep end: moving into a new city, and starting a new job.

  • Podcasts

    Filling my everyday commute with awesome long-form audio content.

  • Public/Private

    Just what exactly am I comfortable sharing online?

  • Life Changes

    I’m moving to Sydney (finally!): what’s on my plate for the next month.

  • Nuance

    As I’ve said previously: I try to view things critically, and that means understanding that there are usually shades of gray.

  • How to create a gRPC in Clojure and build it with Leiningen.

  • Polyglot

    Learning other programming languages is pretty beneficial, even if you don’t write code in those languages everyday.

  • Compromise

    Engineering involves compromises and trade-offs. But is it a good idea to trade-off quality of code for time?

  • Music

    The music I listen to; suggestions welcome.

  • I’ve decided to reconfigure my Emacs environment, and (re-)learn some stuff, in the service of making the most out of my preferred editor.

  • Food

    I love food; it’s one of the things I splurge on, as my girlfriend can attest.

  • Level Up

    As you gain more experience, you realize that there’s more to writing software than just the technical.

  • Writing Readable Code

    Reading code is a necessary skill— most of a professional software engineer’s time is spent reading code. But how do you write readable code?

  • Cringeworthy

    I have no words to explain it, but sometimes it’s worth looking back at your own past work, cringeing all the way.

  • A New Look

    Off-schedule update: I’ve changed the layout/theme!

  • The Great Adventure

    The Great Adventure; or what’s going on in my life to date.

  • RTFM

    On documentation, the phrase “RTFM”, and writing good documentation.

  • Books

    Recommended reading

  • Confidence, criticism, and why code reviews are hard.

  • Passports and Visas

    On the anxiety of getting a visa as a Filipino.

  • Sensible Commits

    One thing I’ve learned early on is that commit messages are important; it’s the one thing I always read first when reviewing code to understand the context of a particular change.

  • Deadlines

    No one likes deadlines, but I find that having them forces me to get things done.

  • Stupid Shell Tricks

    I spend an inordinate amount of time on the terminal, so it makes a lot of sense for me to learn a few shortcuts and tricks and make the terminal comfortable for my use.

  • Workman's Tools

    Thoughts on Emacs and the other tools in my repertoire.

  • Figuring Out My Voice

    Getting back into the groove of writing is harder than I thought; figuring out my voice is even harder.

  • Design and Entropy

    I’ve come to realize that a lot of design and architectural decisions are a fight against entropy, and it’s a never-ending battle.

  • Freelancing

    Freelancing and consulting work isn’t my cup of tea, but I’ve learned a lot from it.

  • Hello, World!

    Rebooting the blog. Is this mic on?

  • Looking Back...

  • Mother and Child


    Mother and Child
    Originally uploaded by jmibanez

    <p>Diane and daughter Reibel. 18-135mm zoom lens at 38mm, f/4.5 1/60, natural light.</p>

  • Things Have Changed

    Although I dislike having to talk about work issues, I feel I do need to vent this time around. In a few weeks time I will be resigning from Orange & Bronze. It’s time for me to move on. It is no longer the same place as it was; change is inevitable, I guess, but it frustrates me to no end that I feel somewhat powerless to change things. A part of me realizes that I really don’t have a true say in things, technically speaking. But it’s never been this way, or at least it never felt this way before.

  • Sporadic Update #42

    (And Yes, I am Still Alive).

  • Still Alive

    Yes, this blog is still alive, although a little… quiet.

  • Quick Updates

    Two things:

    • Work on tool that will be released as open source. I'm currently finishing up a component that we'll be releasing as open source in the coming week or so, once I get the bits cleaned up and checked in. It's a case of an "itch to scratch", and I'll be using it for a possible work project.
    • Another haircut. I got rid of my long hair today. That is all.

  • My git-svn workflow

    I recently gave a lightning talk on git-svn at Barcamp Manila, and I thought some people might be interested in my day-to-day workflow when I work on projects.

  • For those interested in my hacks on top of other hacks to fspanel (i.e. my hacks on top of fsp-h), see here. Source code available via git here, git URL: git://github.com/jmibanez/fsp-h-jmi.git.

  • I’ve been hacking on a small panel for my current desktop environment— I’ve switched to using a really minimal no-frills environment consisting of openbox-3 and a small dock/notification area, since I was getting antsy about the GNOME 2 panel. I only wanted a simple list of open windows on a particular desktop and a clock, and I didn’t need too much chrome on that. I couldn’t quite set up the GNOME 2 panel to not use buttons or alternatively maximize the space for window title text, so I decided to simply ditch the panel altogether.

  • Emacs as a Java IDE

    (Note: Geek post ahead. You have been warned.)

  • Brother Felix Mason, FSC
    1919 - 2008

  • I’ve been trying to find a copy online (or at least a summary of) Gilingang Bato by Edgardo Reyes. The short story was published in the 1960s. It depicts a poor family who own a small millstone for griding rice; they sell rice cakes and other sweets to subsist.

  • Actual occurrence, just five minutes ago:

  • Since I'm a bastard to please, I've again switched away from ion3. I'm now back to using Openbox 3 as my work environment, though I believe it to be suboptimal for my workflow. Call me fickle. Details under the cut.

  • If you’ve ever seen me work, you probably know that I am quite comfortable with the command line. In fact, I prefer opening a terminal or writing a shell script rather than booting up a file manager; I can do a lot more on the command line, without taking my hands off the keyboard.

  • Hiatus.

    On Indefinite Hiatus. Will probably post some twitts.

  • Recently, we’ve been assigned to assist another company in a development/maintenance role. They had an existing web application, written in Java and used by a large number of users— the web application was up and running and they needed to modify the application to interface with an external system, but they did not have the people who knew Java well enough onboard and the previous developers were no longer available to help them in this. That’s where we came in: we provided the needed skills to add the feature in.

  • Ping

    This is a test of the emergency broadcast system

  • VisualDNA.

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  • I am quite interested in a wide swath of technologies, some esoteric, some popular. Particularly, I follow the news on various libraries and tools. I like to keep my toolbox full.

  • Someone on the PLUG mailing list said to an email I sent out:

  • Shanghai, May 2007




    • JM Ibanez is Sanjaya Malakar in disguise.
    • JM Ibanez does not sleep. He just goes into suspend mode.
    • JM is a programming god.
    • JM doesn't troubleshoot computer problems or software bugs; computers are just scared of him.
    • JM Ibanez is actually a bunch of Linux daemons that have become sentient, written and maintained at a secret laboratory somewhere in southern Metro Manila.
  • … when you’re suddenly tempted to do an impression of a dog humping a pole. Or an impression of a monkey in a cage. Or you suddenly have these other crazy impressions fill your head.

  • On our way to dinner last Sunday, my mom inquired as to what restaurant nearby accepted credit cards.

  • I decided to actually write about my experiences and my introduction to computing. I wanted it down for some semblance of posterity. This is part 3; you can read part 1 here, and part 2 here. I don’t intend there to be a part 4, but feedback is much appreciated. Yes, yes— this part is long-delayed.

  • More Git

    So, because I'm such a geek, I'll post more about my Git experience.

  • (...or, JM updates. Finally.)

  • Stupid IE

    I was just bitten by an incredibly stupid bug in IE. While working on a small webapp which had a drop-down menu (built from CSS and ordinary lists), I was miffed to find the menu seemingly going behind a drop-down (select) form field in IE. After trying the obvious fixes (setting a CSS z-order for the menu, resetting the z-order for the controls including the select control), I did a Google search, reasoning that someone must have encountered a similar problem.

  • After using Evolution for quite a bit to read my work mail, and after some deliberation, I decided to switch to Gnus, as I'm already doing a lot of my editing and what-not inside Emacs. I also wanted to keep a small memory footprint, as I'm using my work laptop as a development machine too— Firefox as it is grows to 40% of the machine's memory when I use it, and adding Evolution would mean that running builds on the machine would consume swap as well.

  • Just testing. Nothing to see here- move along.

  • Testing

    This is a test of posting via the LJ bot (Frank). To quote Frank the LJ Bot (and resident goat): <blockquote>To post to your journal, message me with “post: “ and some text. To use a subject, do: “post: [Your Subject] Your post….”</blockquote>

  • No Subject

    Random iconage:

  • Camwhore.

  • No Subject

    Yes, I haven't updated in months, and what do I do when I first update?

  • Really Lame Update

    This is a really lame update. Okay, maybe it's not that lame...

  • In no particular order:

  • Ewe is now being hosted by GNA!; I’m in the process of transferring my repository’s contents to the project repository at GNA!.

  • This is a geek post. You have been warned.

  • I decided to actually write about my experiences and my introduction to computing. I wanted it down for some semblance of posterity. This is part 2; you can read part 1 here. I should warn you though— this is much longer than Part 1. Part 3 of this series will come soon enough.

  • I decided to actually write about my experiences and my introduction to computing. I wanted it down for some semblance of posterity. This is it— well, at least part 1. I’ll try writing the next two parts down soon.

  • (Previously mentioned: cyberlizard: ICMP and Path MTU)

  • Mal
    You are Captain Malcolm Reynolds, aka. Mal or
    Captain Tightpants. You saw most of your men
    die in a war you lost and now you seek solitude
    with a small crew that you are fiercely devoted
    to. You have no problems being naked.

    Which Firefly character are you?
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  • Click here.
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    Post your results.
    1) Has been to your house/dorm? No.
    2) If had a superpower, what would it be? I can't say... but I imagine him to be a superhero version of Mr. John Steed from "The Avengers"
    3) Have you flirted with ? Have I? I can't say I have or have not.
    4) What is allergic to? Stupid people. :D
    5) Is an emo? I have no idea. You'll have to ask him.
    6) If was a superhero, who would be his/her archnemesis? Me. Hehehe. :D
    7) Is your best friend? Close, but not quite. :)
    8) How many monkeys could fight at once and win against? Two?
    9) Do you have 's screenname? Yes
    10) How would kill ? Through a battle of wits-- and sharpness of tongue. (You have to meet both of them to get what I mean.)
    11) Is a high school student? No.
    12) Would you set up and ? Hehehe, nope. They can set themselves up though-- they know each other.
    13) If took over the world, who would suffer? Everyone?
    14) Is popular? With her friends, yes. If you mean "ohmygoshit'sher!" kind of popular, umm, no.
    15) Is friends with ? They're perfect strangers to each other.
    16) Would and look good together? Umm... maybe not.
    17) 's hair color? Brown, last time I saw her.
    18) Is single? I don't think so... not sure
    19) Do you have a crush on ? Nope.
    20) Does smoke? Definitely not.
    21) 's eye color? Brown, I guess.
    22) What mental disorder does remind you of? Amnesia.
    23) Would be a better ninja or pirate? Ninja.
    24) What do you agree with about? I can't say...
    25) Is athletic? Not really.
    26) Do and go to the same school? Nope.
    27) What is 's favorite band/artist? I have no clue.
    28) Would go out with ? Hahaha, maybe, if they met. Maybe.
    29) What is 's shoe size? I'm guessing a 9.
    30) How tall is ? Tall enough.
    31) Would you ever date ? No, sorry.
    32) Would you wrestle in jello? Hahahaha, maybe...
    33) If and were spliced together, what would it be like? Really interesting-- as they both are in IT.
    34) Is a college student? Not anymore.
    35) What animal should be combined with? A butterfly.
    36) Would you make out with ? Hahaha, secret.
    37) Could you see and together? Not really. Someone'll get jealous. (Hello, Marcelle)
    38) Do you think is hot? Yes.
    39) Has dyed their hair? Nope, not that I know about.
    40) If were hanging off a cliff, what would do? Save her? What else???
    </lj-cut>

  • with a dog leash. Good grief.

  • “Whaddaya Mean, You Can’t Find Programmers?”, a look into hiring programmers. Although written way back in 2000 (which kinda sounds almost like ancient history now), it is still pretty relevant, given SpecOps recent position on the local talent pool.

  • Oh Good Grief...

    From Slashdot: On Google and Microsoft and Being Evil: a Slashdot user’s comment on it all.

  • From Slashdot: Google has recently released Google Talk, an IM service running on the Jabber/XMPP protocol (which means anyone can connect to the service using their favorite open source client). According to their helpful developer pages, they plan to provide federated service and are in talks with Sipphone and Earthlink. The protocol they are using to carry VoIP is still under wraps, but they are planning to document it and open it up to allow other IM clients to support VoIP.

  • Or, Why C and assembly can be better teachers of the art of programming

  • Caveat: I am currently enrolled in a certain IT education system known for its ads featuring two teen actresses, one of which is associated with the so-called "jologs" and "bakya" crowd, with the other being too sugary-sweet and having a gratingly high-pitched voice. The opinions presented herein are my own and not my school's— besides, I honestly dislike the place, and am there on a mere formality (I need a damned diploma).

  • Or, Why C is The Worst Language To Teach Beginners In

  • There will be an online meeting tomorrow evening at 9pm for the Software Freedom Day this September. The meeting will be held over Yahoo! Messenger. If you're interested in helping out, feel free to join us tomorrow. Contact me by sending an IM to Y!ID cyberlizard0 tomorrow evening to join in.

  • (Or, Putting Six Plus One Geeks In One Room Ain't So Bad, If You Think About It)

  • Total number of books owned: I haven't done inventory on my shelf yet, but I estimate between 70 to 120 books, mostly non-fiction books, reference material, and sundry manuals.

  • Another Haiku

    The Proverb of Hunger To a hungry man Even the blandest of scraps Is tasty and good.

  • No Subject

    From my journal entry on April 30, 2005:

  • Haikus

    Paper A vast field of white Taunts, teases me to tame it, Plow it with my pen.

  • In bullet points...

  • YAM/Q: Seven Things

    A meme that I've already answered to some extent, but will answer anyway. :P

  • Quotable Quotes

    Clair: Hahaha! Solo kita bukas. I won’t have to share you with Kel or Sean.

  • Words and Music by Vienna Teng

  • The Tower Vienna Teng

  • After lunch…

  • Random

    Take the MIT Weblog Survey

  • Amazingly Dazed

    To say that the past month or so has been a wonderful whirlwind for me would be like saying the universe started off with a bang: pure understatement, and it doesn’t quite describe the impact of it all, and You Simply Had To Be There to really, really understand it. I’m living a semi-charmed life. I attended the first live jazz performance of my life, I got to talk to a real life jazz artist, I am surounded by wonderful friends, I am doing something I love while studying— so on and so forth, including certain events I will perhaps divulge one day.

  • Angel's Fall/Innocence Lost

  • Because of an abysmal turn of events, I have caught the cold. My throat feels like someone has been rubbing it with sandpaper— or rather, it feels like someone rammed a sanding machine down my throat and put it on high while humming the opening bars to Bohemian Rhapsody. My nose is a frickin’ faucet, with the strange thing being that it seems only one nostril is blocked. Makes me wonder whether this rhinovirus has a cruel sense of humor— yeah, block one of his nasal passages and keep him alive by keeping the other free. Go figure.

  • Skunkworks to Startup

    Just came from a meeting with the head honcho on the side project I’ve been working on recently. Briefly: I’ve been working on a side project to keep me from stagnating, in the guise of a skunkworks for my former employer. That same employer, or at least one of the directors directly involved in the project, met up with me and the others involved in it to discuss the direction of the project. Since the company isn’t into this line of business, so to speak, there has been a decision to form a separate company to develop the project and get investment— a startup.

  • Saturday was a most beautiful day.

  • No Subject

    Since LiveJournal now supports tags, I don’t want to have to login to another account to post tech items. Because of this, I’ll be keeping active just for older entries, and will now post tech items here.

  • For You Puzzle Fiends

    Picked up from Charles Miller’s quick links: Sudoku (and pursuing Sudoku with pseudocode, as well as the Wikipedia on Sudoku).

  • Seven Thirty

  • Ignore this...

    This is just a test of LiveJournal’s tagging system (web client has the interface).

    1. I have double-jointed thumbs and can bend them backward.
    2. I confessed my love to a crush I had at the time, in the middle of Math class.
    3. I love ube jam
    4. When bored, I read random articles in the encyclopedia we have at home.
    5. I yet to break a bone in my body
  • YAM/Q: "about you"

    1. Reply with your name and I will write something I like about you.
    2. I will then tell what song/movie/icon reminds me of you.
    3. If I were to apply an o'clock to you, it would be...
    4. I will try to name a single word that best describes you.
    5. I'll tell you the most memorable moment I've had with you.
    6. I will tell you what animal you remind me of.
    7. I'll then tell you something that I've always wondered about you.
    8. Put this in your journal. (Optional for me— if you want to then put it.)
  • Pam is responsible for making me do this. Meanie.

  • Well folks, it's been weeks since I last updated with anything substantial (the last entry, YAMQ, doesn't count). It's been a busy month for me so far. I'm back to school, I'm now twenty-three, and I just attended one amazing live jazz performance, among other things.


  • You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Mankind is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.

    Existentialist

    81%

    Postmodernist

    69%

    Cultural Creative

    50%

    Idealist

    44%

    Modernist

    44%

    Materialist

    31%

    Romanticist

    31%

    Fundamentalist

    19%

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  • Name

    Had a brilliant conversation with my long-time friend, Leandro last night. We caught up with each other’s lives, and talked about each of our own passions— computers in my case, and architecture. Such conversation was something I truly miss. We talked about how architecture was about solving problems. Leandro asked me if I had heard about Christopher Alexander; I replied that the name was familiar to me. It was, because I realized belatedly, after Leandro described Alexander’s major work, A Pattern Language, that Alexander influenced current-day thinking into the production and design of software— he is considered the father of the pattern language movement in computer science. We talked about the intersection of the two fields. And we talked about the opposite sex, about love, about life.

    1. While walking to Glorietta from school, what with the transport strike and there being no jeeps, and besides the fact that I like walking, I actually thought it was a weekend.
    2. On my Linux desktop, two apps that weren't supposed to fight over the sound card did and locked up the sound system (i.e. no sound, and no way to kill the processes, as they were blocked on I/O).
    3. On Undernet, I get G-lined, told off that, quote, "G-lined ([0] infected! Advertising infecting web sites. Clean this computer!". On X-Chat. Running Linux. With a very strict firewall. On a side note, Zak also tried connecting to the Undernet, first by connecting directly, then by tunneling to a machine outside the PH netblock. (Apparently, either someone screwed up or a whole slew of IPs got G-lined. For one reason or another. I do believe someone shot himself on the foot.)
    4. I can't stop something on Emacs by the magic 'C-g'.
  • Subic

    Spent my Easter weekend at Subic. ‘Twas hot, but strangely enough Subic was cooler this year than last year. Anyhoo, interesting weekend, as my cousins ( included) can attest to— dude, ano, inuman na lang? Hehehe.

  • Weird Nightmares...

    I just had the weirdest nightmare.

  • Taken moments after I connected to IRC’s Undernet.

  • I apparently have some sort of stalker or what have you. Some stranger has gotten hold of my phone and has been annoying me. He (as I have called said person back) has been harassing me by not answering questions, asking me where I am at the moment, what I am wearing, etc. And he’s been calling my phone and hanging up at the first ring. Which pisses me off.

  • Stillborn

    I’ve been looking through my notebooks and files. I apparently have a lot of story fragments lying around, waiting to be fleshed out properly, or to be polished. They’re my stillborn children— the corpses of stories never born into the world. Sometimes I wonder whether I really have the gift of writing. I am, for good or bad, my greatest critic. But no matter: I will still write for the love of writing, even if I criticize myself harshly, even if I feel my prose is poor. One must try and experience such things; otherwise, why live at all?

  • Knowledge/Schooling

    It just occurred to me that I do have a voracious appetite for knowledge, but dislike formal schooling (in its current incarnation).

  • More Books

    ... Or, why JM Ibañez tortures himself by dropping by Powerbooks and Booksale when he has no money to buy books. At all.

  • No Subject

    Interesting article on the chemistry of HCN, the major compound in the pesticide Zyklon-B used in the gas chambers of the Shoah (or Holocaust), and arguments using chemistry to disprove the “Holocaust deniers”, who themselves have used chemistry to try to disprove the gassing of Jews.

  • No Subject

    While waiting for Mnemosyne to be completed, I’ll be posting some “private” entries here.

  • Books I Hunger For

    Books I currently hunger for, because a) I don't have the money for them, b) they aren't available here in the Philippines, or c) both of the above:

  • Insanity grips me as I try to wrest control stupidity, you are sheep and I go against the flow

  • YAMQ

    You scored as Neutral Good. A Neutral Good person tries to do the 'goodest' thing possible. These people are willing to work with the law to accomplish their goal, but if the law is corrupt they are just as willing to tear it down. To these people, doing what's right is the most important thing, regardless of rules, customs, or laws.

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    Neutral Good

    65%

    Lawful Good

    60%

    Chaotic Good

    55%

    True Neutral

    55%

    Lawful Evil

    50%

    Lawful Neutral

    40%

    Chaotic Neutral

    40%

    Neutral Evil

    35%

    Chaotic Evil

    25%

    What is your Alignment?
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  • Happy New Year!

    … and I’m spending it in the most boring way possible. Hehehe :D May this new year bring something good to all of us.

  • On A Related Note...

    It’s interesting to read this article and be able to relate. I have had to focus on several projects, and it was very tiring, and I had a tough time pushing things to completion.

  • Final Decision

    I’ve made a decision. I am quitting my job for now, and am going to focus on my studies. Simply put, I’ve chosen to think long term and finish the course (hah, right). Of course, this means slogging it through for at a year more on the inside, and two or three at the outside.

  • Meme weirdness

          
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  • Just when I thought I had it down pat, another thing comes in to shake things up…

  • (Damn you, Tato. Now I have a really really hard decision to make. :P)

  • I am very, very, very happy. I have been looking for jazz venues for so long— and I’ve bumped into this just now! Bwahahahahahah!!! Finally!

  • No Subject

  • No Subject

    Just learned my lola, who was suffering from complications from diabetes, has passed away.

  • Drained

    I feel completely and utterly drained.

  • Handwriting analysis

    (cf. various other LJ posts; cf. site)
  • Some levity...

    I am not a word nerd! I am a tech/computer geek! Bah!

  • Earthquake?

    Unlike the previous earthquake, which I felt, this one passed almost unnoticed. Had it not been for my mom texting me about it, I wouldn’t even have known that an earthquake hit. (For the record, I didn’t feel it because I was on my way home, on a shuttle van running ~60 kph on Macapagal.)

  • Separation Anxiety

    It feels weird that I feel separation anxiety— towards the laptop that’s been assigned to me.

  • Recent Books

    Recent finds at Book Sale:

  • No Subject

    Just got home from the hospital. My dad’s finally discharged, though he’s still undergoing a lot of medication. (It was a blood clot/hemmorhaging somewhere in the frontal portion of his head; the doc mentioned it was in the arachnoid IIRC; also the word ‘ischemia’ was mentioned, but I’m hazy about that. Either way, there was and still is bleeding in his head, so they’re giving him medication to relieve that.)

  • No Subject

    I’m still here at Las Piñas Doctor’s Hospital, keeping watch over my dad. The in-room phone has a socket for plugging the modem, which I did, hence the Internet connection. My dad’s fine now, more or less, though his blood pressure’s risen recently. They did some tests on him— blood sugar, urinalysis, CT scan, ultrasound. Results aren’t in, I’m told. I do know, however, that my dad has sinusitis, and I overheard the doctor tell my mom that there is a polyp growth (benign) in his sinus (IIRC, they did an ultrasound scan for that, can’t remember the exact details how.)

  • Stress

    (I’m too stressed out. I have to let it all out).

  • Weirdness at home

    I'm here at home, downloading stuff off Kazaa, listening to a newly bought CD, with a beer in my hand.

  • No Subject

    Ugh. I hate this. Aside from the bad caffeine crash, I have a fscking bug that's stumping me. Now. At this moment. And I have to get it fixed yesterday.

  • Reading list

    (Was previously a draft)

  • In no order (except blogs first, LJs next, communities last):

  • ... Or, how to slaughter a list of 101 cliche ideas from some (I'm guessing) teeny-bopper. Here and here. Was trying to suppress my laughter while reading the two.

  • Push

    Seeing how everyone else is doing somewhat depresses me. Makes me want to push.

  • Seen: Along Tramo, a giant billboard: Cebu Pacific now serves Jollibee on Manila-Cebu-Manila and Manila-Davao-Manila flights.

  • How come I find this terribly... apt?

  • For the Record

    • I am agnostic. No, not atheistic, agnostic. I currently don't believe in organized religion as such. I don't know whether God/gods/omniscient being(s) exist(s) or not (neither do I deny nor affirm His/their/its existence). I have been educated as a Roman Catholic, and am well aware of the history and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. I go to church on Sundays, both out of habit and out of a desire to reflect, and ponder on the existence of God.
  • Unfortunately for me, I have this really big problem with bumping into people I know; I mentioned this in a previous post.

  • Yearning

    I'm yearning to go to a better school, to push my potentials. However, as always, there is a tinge of regret.

  • ...

    You are an SEDF–Sober Emotional Destructive Follower. This makes you an evil genius. You are extremely focused and difficult to distract from your tasks. With luck, you have learned to channel your energies into improving your intellect, rather than destroying the weak and unsuspecting.

  • The annoyance of my current state is that I have no more time to do a lot of things, including playing around with my home box and writing on my journal (whether public or private). I want to update this journal more, and I find that I have no more time to do so.

  • GMail Invites

    I now have some GMail invites. Friends are invited to grovel.

  • As my Blogger account has been gathering dust, I've decided to republish and restart a blog I put up before: Metro, A Personal Narrative of Metro Manila.

  • Angsty, ain't it?

    Love the weather. Fits my mood (more or less).

  • Meme: I've never ...

    Bored, so decided to do a meme. Ignore, if you want to.

  • No Subject

    As I type this on my phone, I’m on my way home from work. I am honestly tired. I am also a bit melancholy. For one reason or another, i get bouts of sadness. More when i get home.

  • I can't help it... I must post this link (and because I have a lot of better things to do...): Structured Procrastination.

  • Behind

    So, I’m pretty behind on a lot of stuff. I haven’t had a connection at home for half a month, and so had to spend the majority of my time yesterday downloading my backlog of email. I’m behind on my work, and I’m behind on a lot of personal stuff.

  • Interesting. Recently, I’ve been working on a .NET-based project, and guess what— I’m here at Microsoft’s Philippine offices, doing development work. Microsoft Philippines is mostly sales, so there isn’t any development work going on here, at least not in-house. Microsoft is a partner in this particular project, and has provided us with the development space and some of the machines (the other partner, the client, provided us with the rest).

  • Music: Sugar Hiccup

    Rediscovering some Pinoy bands— Sugar Hiccup in particular. Interesting vocals and musical style. Can’t describe what band they remind me of right now, but I can say I definitely like it.

  • Story: Sleep

    New story over at CyberLizard productions: Sleep. I recently found this in my notebooks. I remember writing it, as well as soliciting comments on it. Don’t try to read too many meanings into it though.

  • Coffee

    I have a weakness/affinity for coffee. I can’t explain it— programmers seem to have this craving for caffeine/nicotine/chocolate that seems totally unreasonable.

  • No Subject

    Just wanted to test the rich text edit control for LiveJournal. Don’t be alarmed; we will return to your regularly scheduled blog.

  • Moving...

    Eventually, I’ll be posting my personal and non-tech entries here. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll reboot Asylum into this journal. Or something. Don’t count on it though.

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