Mar
31
2009

Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever.

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out.
It doesn’t matter much to me.

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever.

No one I think is in my tree, I mean it must be high or low.
That is you can’t you know tune in but it’s all right.
That is I think it’s not too bad.

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever.

Always no sometimes think it’s me, but you know I know when it’s a dream.
I think, er No, I mean, er Yes but it’s all wrong.
That is I think I disagree.

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever.
Strawberry Fields forever.
Strawberry Fields forever.

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Mar
31
2009
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Damn this just made my day, It seems that amazon has a nice vinyl store and  they ship here in the Philippines!

I’m still hating on them for not allowing electronic items to be shipped here.(I am personally blaming them for not shipping keyboards here; for what for me feels like repetitive stress disorder, or the pain I feel in my fingers, hand and arms because of too much typing .)

I am like a kid left alone in a candy store(considering that I could get the beatles album for around 15-30 dollars each, I consider this a bargain!)

Thanks Amazon! Hope you finally ship electronic stuff , and allow music downloads here in the Philippines!

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Mar
30
2009

got this from Hacker News

It’s a talk a Stanford dropout gave, I really enjoyed it, I just didn’t relish the wierd looks I got from my officemates whenever I laughed out loud!

the talk is here:

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Mar
30
2009
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I graduated from UP (University of the Philippines). In the Philippines there is really no comparison with other universities here in my country (although a few friends would definitely disagree, this is my blog so bugger off).  I’d have to say that one of the major reasons that UP is different is the diversity you have when your tuition fee is worth not even half a Play Station Portable and only a handful of your science programs are not the centers of excellence of your country(Electrical Engineering program in UP is the center of excellence for EE in Phils., It’s really disheartening that a few departments have the swagger but not the chops to be the best at least in the Here and be respected elsewhere). from my own experiences a UP diploma is good enough for a middle to upper middle income household if you start from scratch, and in a lot of ways helps open doors for you. I’ve always wondered about the people who refuse to study what they really want to study in lieu of studying something because that is the course that they got into in UP. It’s probably because of this, I think that either the median income of most professions in the Philippines really fall within a narrow field and this makes where you graduate almost as important as what was your course when you graduate. Well what do I know??

Returns to good universities

New research confirms what we’ve long suspected but not quantified – that it does matter what university you attend.

This paper shows that there are significant differences in graduate earnings, depending upon the quality of university. For example, if a university has an RAE score one standard deviation above-average, its graduates earn, on average, 4% more than the average graduate. And a graduate of a top quartile university earns 10-16% more (depending on which measure of quality is used*) than a graduate of a bottom quartile institution.

These differences control for students’ A level scores and other things, and so try to correct for the fact that better universities attract better applicants.

There seems to have been a rise in these returns over time, which suggests that as university numbers have expanded, so too has the premium upon attending a better one.

via Stumbling and Mumbling: Returns to good universities.

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Mar
30
2009

thanks to /film for the pointer here

I got giddy when I watched the trailer(just as I felt when I saw the trailer for Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), hope It overshoots my expectations! Low Expectations are for losers! hehe!(Although it really is the secret to happiness)

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Mar
29
2009

Where are you going
With the long face pulling down
Dont hide away like an ocean
But you can see, but you can smell and the sound
Of your waves coming down
I am no superman not at all
But I have no answers for you
I am no hero, and thats for sure
But I do know one thing
Where you go, is where I want to be
Where are you going?
Where do you go?
Are you looking for answers
For reasons under the stars
If along the way, you are growing weary
You can rest with me until a brighter day
I am no superman, thats for sure
And I have no answers, yeah
I am no hero, oh dont you know~
But I do know one thing,
Where you are is where I belong
Where you go, I do know, is where I belong
Where are you going, with your beautiful face looking down
Dont hide away
You are like an ocean
That I cant see, but I can smell and the sound
Of your waves coming down
I am no superman, thats for sure
I have no answers for you
I am no hero, oh not at all
I do know one thing, where you are is where I belong
Where you are is where I want to be.

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Mar
27
2009
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You cannot quit me so quickly
There’s no hope in you for me
No corner you could squeeze me
But I got all the time for you, love

The Space Between
The tears we cry
Is the laughter keeps us coming back for more
The Space Between
The wicked lies we tell
And hope to keep safe from the pain

But will I hold you again?
These fickle, fuddled words confuse me
Like ‘Will it rain today?’
Waste the hours with talking, talking
These twisted games we’re playing

We’re strange allies
With warring hearts
What wild-eyed beast you be
The Space Between
The wicked lies we tell
And hope to keep safe from the pain

Will I hold you again?
Will I hold…

Look at us spinning out in
The madness of a roller coaster
You know you went off like a devil
In a church in the middle of a crowded room
All we can do, my love
Is hope we don’t take this ship down

The Space Between
Where you’re smiling high
Is where you’ll find me if I get to go
The Space Between
The bullets in our firefight
Is where I’ll be hiding, waiting for you
The rain that falls
Splash in your heart
Ran like sadness down the window into…
The Space Between
Our wicked lies
Is where we hope to keep safe from pain

Take my hand
‘Cause we’re walking out of here
Oh, right out of here
Love is all we need here

The Space Between
What’s wrong and right
Is where you’ll find me hiding, waiting for you
The Space Between
Your heart and mine
Is the space we’ll fill with time
The Space Between…

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Mar
27
2009

I just love The Office. It’s just one of those things that hehehe, Let’s just say I know I am irritating a few of my friends when I say you have to watch The Office. I’ll post something longish about what what I like about The Office!

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Mar
27
2009

Slow Dancing In A Burning Room by John Mayer

lyrics from here

It’s not a silly little moment
It’s not the storm before the calm
This is the deep and dyin breath of
This love we’ve been workin on

Can’t seem to hold you like I want to
So I can feel you in my arms
Nobody’s gonna come and save you
We pulled too many false alarms

We’re goin down
And you can see it too
We’re goin down
And you know that we’re doomed
My dear
We’re slow dancing in a burnin room

I was the one you always dreamed of
You were the one I tried to draw
How dare you say it’s nothing to me
Baby, you’re the only light I ever saw

I’ll make the most of all the sadness
You’ll be a xxxxx because you can
You try to hit me just hurt me
So you leave me feeling dirty
Because you can’t understand

We’re goin down
And you can see it too
We’re goin down
And you know that we’re doomed
my dear
We’re slow dancing in a burnin room

Go cry about it why don’t you
Go cry about it why don’t you
Go cry about it why don’t you
My dear, we’re slow dancin’ in a burnin’ room,
Burninl room, burnin’ room
Don’t you think we oughta know by now
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we oughta know by now
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we oughta know by now
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow

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Mar
27
2009
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This makes me wonder what is far stronger the need to signal what you are reading or the ability to hide what you are reading?? See, I’ve read a few books that I’d call my guilty indulgences, books I wouldn’t read in public or without their covers covered. And yes if you look at my desk I have a couple of these books, and with the ability to hide them effectively they would comprise a larger percentage of the books I own.

I wonder if Kindle advocates are underestimating how important it is for people to show those around them not just that they like to read, but also what they like to read?

via Marginal Revolution: Tom Foster on the Kindle.

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