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rePost :: Transom » Ira Glass

This is something of a notes to friends from my generation. We can’t seem to accept how slow things can be. How slow it is to finally be good at something enough for you to enjoy it immensely. How slow it is to get to the point where you have a sliver of feeling that you are in control of your life.

I bring all of this up to say that if you’re someone who wants to make radio stories (or do any kind of creative work), you’re probably going to have a period when things might not come too easily. For some people, that’s just a year. For others, like me, it’s eight years. You might feel completely alone and lost during this period — God knows I did — and I hope it’s reassuring in some small way to hear that what you’re going through is completely normal. Most people go through it. And there are things you can do during this period of mediocrity that will get you to the next step, that will drive you toward skill and competence.

via Transom » Ira Glass.

Roger Ebert on Twitter: “”Never marry someone who doesn’t love the movies you love. Sooner or later, that person will not love you.” (Roger Ebert)”

“Never marry someone who doesn’t love the movies you love. Sooner or later, that person will not love you.” (Roger Ebert)

What Would I Have Done? Gamitan a film by Quark Henares

I’m starting a new segment for this blog. I’m calling it What Would I Have Done? (Different). It shows my shallowness as a person because held back by so many things instead of creating some kick ass shit of my own I’d rather criticize artist who dared to step forward and allowed themselves to be vulnerable.

 

I saw this in the movie house and if memory serves me right I may have written a short review about this on multiply.com or a notebook.

 

I still really enjoy the scene where maui and wendell discuss the merits of Snake 1 vs that of Snake 2. For the younger crowd this is the game found in old nokia gsm  phones notably the 3210 and 5110 while snake 2 is found in newer (compared to these two models) nokia phones.

 

One of the major things I would have done would be to change the ending a little bit. I’d probably try to make a character probably the sister patricia javier realize that her sister was in on the killing. I’m thinking a handkerchief or some memento with some blood, a necklace with nick on it or something similar.

I find this film under rated. I think the ending was too abrupt and a more drawn out ending would have done more for this piece.

best read::Corruption, too | Inquirer Opinion

you define corruption as the appropriation of taxpayers’ money for personal gain, then this is corruption pure and simple. One sanctioned not just by long-held practice and tradition but by law.

All of which only shows how deeply rooted and tangled corruption is, and how beyond presidential resolve you need other things to push it back. Chief of them public opinion, public pressure, public opprobrium.

Someone like Enrile decides to play Santa Claus with your money, you can’t fight it legally, short of fighting to amend, or scrap, the law itself. But you can fight it morally, by public opinion, by heaping scorn on those who practice it—not quite incidentally by making sure that their children do not get voted into public office and that the values of their fathers are visited upon them.

You can fight it by telling the senators, whether they got P1.6 million or P250,000, whether the division of spoils is “hating  kapatid” or hating  gabi: You should be ashamed of yourselves you have the gall to accept things like this while the street children sleep in the streets, while the traffic cop grows tubercular from inhaling the traffic smoke. You have a heart, you have a conscience, why don’t you donate all that money to the cause of the NHA employees so their retirement pay, which is nowhere near what you get in a month, will remain intact?

I’m glad the commentators have been riled by this, but the question is, when will the public follow suit? When will we all get furious at this? When will we all go beyond making text jokes out of this? When will we start mounting a campaign against the kapal in the way we have done against the epal? This is appalling too, this is disgusting too:

This is corruption, too.

via Corruption, too | Inquirer Opinion.

Musings 2012 03 17

Questions plaguing me now.

  • Do I negotiate for a raise or should I just resign and get a higher salary with my next employer?
  • Do I find work overseas or should my next work still be in the Philippines?
  • If I stay here should I study for a MS and on what?
  • I’m leaning towards Economics, Development Economics, SURP, SOLAIR, Social Work, and Statistics.

 

rePost::Auntie Janey’s Old-Fashioned Agony Column # 24: What a good girl really wants is a bad, bad boy | JessicarulestheUniverse

Dear 27 and (Still) Single Since Birth,

Having read your letter I get the impression that you are a witty, funny, intelligent, decent and, as you have explicitly pointed out, straight man. Unfortunately my friend, these are not enough to snag you a girl or even a boy (boys are actually more picky than girls when choosing boys).

I once had a roommate who had a thing for foreign girls. After months of distant longing for an American girl, he put on his striped long-sleeved polo, puffed up his chest, gathered what confidence he had and approached the girl of his dreams in broad daylight and in front of the whole school. He introduced himself, declared his undying love, and offered her a brand new copy of The Silmarillion. To say that the girl was taken aback is an understatement but at least she had the decency to not accept his gift and to politely decline his affections.

We were not yet roommates when it happened but he told me about it during a moment of frustration about his non-existent lovelife. “I’m a decent guy” he told me with a pained expression and his suffering was evident in his eyes. “Why do good, decent girls go for guys who do not amount to anything? I have a degree (it was more of a certificate for a two-year course) and these guys that they go after will never even finish college!”

I did not have my Auntie Janey powers back then and I was more interested in the fact that he offered the girl a copy of the book I had been longing to read than concerned for his emotional well-being.

Now that I have seen some of the lands that lay beyond the fairy mists that bordered my homeland, I can tell you this: Good, decent girls go for uncouth deadbeat men because these girls are tired of being good and decent and they want excitement and unpredictability in their lives. Yes, this is true even though a lot of educated high-achieving girls would go “Eeeeeeeeewwwwwww” at the thought.

via Auntie Janey’s Old-Fashioned Agony Column # 24: What a good girl really wants is a bad, bad boy | JessicarulestheUniverse.