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More than 10 months since my last entry here in LJ. Interesting. Twitter & Facebook put together killed my LJ. Oh and Plurk as well.  I wasn't really planning on reviving my LJ account anymore, as maintaining Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, are taking up all of my online time.  My Multiply & Friendster accounts are also neglected, except for the occasional confirmation of a friend request.  So why a post all of a sudden?  The Chinese Government apparently limits the use of online services that allow for freedom of expression.  I can't access my Facebook, Twitter and Plurk accounts here.  Friendster is ok, Multiply is not. Can't open YouTube either.

Makes you wonder why is it that the Chinese Government restricts information access so much.  What is it that they really fear? An enlightened citizenry? I should stop my speculation here, as Big Brother is watching.  If you guys don't hear from me soon in the next few days, that probably means they detained me at Immigration. :P
For my fourth entry, I wrote a comment instead to an article written by my classmate on the subject of e-persecution. I've provided the link to her article below so you may view the other comments, and so that you may familiarize yourself on the context of my comment.

lawandict.blogspot.com/2008/12/e-persecution.html





Here's the third blog entry I wrote for my Info Tech class, as part of the course requirements is a weekly blog entry on anything and everything ICT a.k.a. Information & Communications Technology. Each entry should not exceed 200 words. The one posted below is exactly 200 words. XD

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For those who have never heard of Plurk, it is an online service that allows users to keep “a social journal for their life” through micro-blogging or posting of entries not longer than 140 characters each. For those who are more familiar with Twitter, think of Plurk like Twitter on a Gantt chart, with each entry pegged on a timeline corresponding to the actual time the entry was posted, instead of the usual chronological arrangement. Because of the 140-character limit of each entry, plurkers are compelled to write as briefly as they can. The result of this is that people on Plurk generally just provide status updates about what they’re doing at a particular time. Unlike a regular blog entry, wherein one has to think of an attention-grabbing title, a body consisting of a coherent train of thought, and an ending with a mind shattering conclusion or profound food for thought, Plurk (or Twitter) does not require you to think and ponder and stew in your creative juices anymore. All you need to do is type what you’re doing, and voila, you got yourself a blog entry, albeit a micro-sized one. And it spelled the death of my LiveJournal account.

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This is why I really have to start resuscitating my LJ account.

resuscitating my LJ account

Just like defune_hime once predicted, my signing up for a plurk account definitely occupied me enough to keep me from posting anything on LJ. So from this day forth, I'll be re-posting my weekly Info Tech blog entries here. I enrolled in Info Tech Law elective class this semester, and part of the course requirements is for me to write a blog entry about anything and everything Info Tech related every week, with each entry limited to 200 words maximum. So far, I've written two (2) entries, both of which are reproduced below.

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Info Tech blog entries 1 & 2Collapse )

renewed faith in people

"Tobacco use is a silent epidemic that kills 10 Filipinos every hour. That's 240 senseless deaths every single day. We can stop this epidemic by informing people through pictures of what smoking can do to them. We need pictures more than words because pictures transcend language. Pass the picture-based health warning bill now!"

Such was our call in the stickering campaign we had earlier today, when we engaged unsuspecting Eastwood denizens in informal discussions of how to communicate the dangers of smoking more effectively. But a month ago, I wasn't too sure that we'd even get as far as we did today.

Then, I could never imagine that there were celebrities who would be willing to devote their precious time and energy to do advocacy work. I thought the concept of celebrities being socially responsible was a mere Hollywood fad that could never catch on here in the Philippines. And I'm glad that I was proven wrong.

On behalf of The Breathewell Initiative, I would like to thank Bianca King, Champ Lui-Pio, Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, Roxanne Barcelo, Valerie Bariou & Onemig Bondoc for taking the time, effort and energy to be a part of our campaign against smoking. Thank you for sharing your personal stories and for helping us bring the issue of tobacco use to the attention of the public. We hope that we'll be given another opportunity to work together in the near future for this very cause.

For Di

Dear Di,

You would really find this funny:



Exotic Dancer Name Is...



Trixie




Love,
Trixie

EQ time

Got this meme from Gem and Cheens. :p

Thank you Dad, for teaching me your "ham-ham" [for those who understand Fukien, you'll know what I mean] philosophy. I can't translate it into English or Filipino for some strange reason. The events of the past two years were great teachers of life's lessons. I may have come out of it battle-scarred, but I'm still alive nonetheless. I guess this is what they mean by "counting your blessings." :)

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Your EQ is 167



Two possibilities - you've either out "Dr. Phil-ed" Dr. Phil... or you're a dirty liar.



Seriously though, your whole "Don't Worry, Be Happy" philosophy is really what defines emotional intelligence.

You're warm, open, and very optimistic. You know how to act appropriately, even if you don't feel like it.



You are a good communicator, and you have little difficulty with personal relationships - even when you're dealing with difficult people.

In general, you are successful, capable, together person. You get what you want out of life.

"If you loved me, and we could never, ever touch, wouldn’t you eventually get over it and move on, letting someone have the slightest hope that you might move on with them?"

"If I loved you, then I would love you in any way I could. And if we could not touch, then I would draw strength from your beauty. And if I went blind, I would fill my soul with the sound of your voice and the contents of your thoughts until the last spark of my love for you lifts the shabby darkness of my dying mind."

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I'd love to meet the person who wrote this script. *sniff sniff*

fancy paying P156M for a book?

That's how much Amazon.com paid for a handwritten book by J.K. Rowling. 1.95 million British pounds to be exact, or roughly about 156.82 million Philippine pesos. Entitled "The Tales of Beedle the Bard", there are only 7 copies in the world, all handmade/handwritten. Mind-boggling how much one book can cost. @_@

See full article here.

obsolescence - another brain fart XD

While I was taking a break from working on my take home spec pro midterm exam, I remember a quip from a female professor during our PRIL class:

"Men. If it weren't for your sperm, you'd be obsolete."

So being the inquisitive/curious person that I am, the next question that popped in my head was, "How long does frozen sperm last?" And because of the wonderful world of the intarweb, I found my answer - up to an astounding 20 years! To my surprise, there are actually quite a number of companies who offer their sperm banking/cryogenic semen storage services for a fee. And they have a donor catalogue! This leads me to conclude that the obsolescence of the male species is quite plausible. :p

These are the links I visited:
http://www.canamcryo.com/resources/faq.html
http://www.nycryo.com/faq.html