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Saturday, October 09, 2004
While I was reading e-mail and posting comments earlier, my daughter Sam pointed at the PC and said, "Please, I want to see Shark Tale. Shark Tale dotcom."
Are you Googling and being Googled? Find out how all this Googling can lead to some interesting encounters and mind-boggling questions. Plus check if you have a Googlism of your own. Read "Who's Googling you?"
When I fired up RealPlayer just now to listen to it, my 2-year-and-nine-month-old daughter Sam squealed with delight, saying, "Do you remember?" and started dancing.
We were dancing (well, what passes for dancing for me, hehe) to it and the other Vash tunes last night, and in fact she wants me to dance with her right now but I told her I'm working. No really, I am, hehe, just posting this while editing stuff. She also started singing along a bit: "All is, all is..." though sometimes it comes out "All it, all it...."
As I confessed to her, I'd never heard their music until I downloaded their MP3s last night, but now I can't get "All Is Forgiven" out of my head. The Velvet Ash is a really great US-based Filipino band, but don't take my word for it -- download some of their songs from this page.
You can also go to this page to download Lille's solos.
If you look at the sidebar you'll notice this small chat box.
Yup, am trying out Chatango, which allows you to chat in real time without having to leave my blog. Unfortunately, you can only chat with me, hehe, but I'll also look into other chat solutions after testing this one. If I'm offline, don't worry, I'll get your messages.
Thanks Gabby for telling me about Chatango. You'll hear more about Gabby Dizon and his buddies soon when I share the story of the new company they've built, so watch out for it.
Got an unforgettable Philippine outdoor adventure you'd like to share? E-mail your story (from 500 to 1, 200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos must be sent as JPEG attachments together with your article and should include brief captions. While we can't offer contributor's fees, it's your chance to share your masterpiece with a worldwide audience and see your byline on INQ7.net.
Hey Pauline, Google listened to your complaint, hehe.
Anyway, to all you Gmail users out there, you may have noticed that new features have been activated. For one, you can now save your drafts when composing e-mail. Go, Pauline, hehe.
Also, the Contacts link now appears on the left column and you no longer get a pop-up when you click on it. Apart from being more convenient for locating your contacts and adding new ones, the improved interface lets you see your recent conversations with each contact. How cool is that?
A big thanks to UP student and scientific genius Prem Vilas Fortran Rara for noting that Gmail has new features on his blog, 'coz I didn't notice at first that you can now also indicate a forwarding address in the Settings.
And I'm not just saying Prem, 19, is a genius because he posted two of my old (circa 2000, based on interviews with two of the champions of free and open source software, respectively, Richard Stallman and Eric Raymond) Linux articles on his blog. Prem placed second in the individual category in microbiology at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Oklahoma in 2002, when he was studying at the Mindanao State University.
This was the same incredible year at ISEF when the Philippines also went home with the grand prize for the team category in physics, thanks to Manila Science High School, and the Intel Excellence in Teaching Award won by Dr. Josette Biyo of the Philippine Science High School in Iloilo.
By the way, if you're a Gmail user sending an invite to the Hotmail or Yahoo! addresses of your friends, please warn them that the invitation could end up in the Bulk folder 'coz it might accidentally get deleted. Some people are even speculating that Hotmail and Yahoo! might be blocking the invitations, but that's just a conspiracy theory, right?
So you've tried Friendster, MySpace.com, Multiply.com and all these Friendster clones, er, I mean other social networking engines. And you're a blog addict. Well, then you're gonna love Funchain.
Funchain is a social networking engine and a blogging tool -- and best of all, it's the brainchild of a Filipino. Read this YOU Technogear story and find out how Jason Banico plans to take blogging to the next level.
One of the bloggers who e-mailed me today for a possible YOU Blog Addict feature loves Japanese food.
I was never really a fan of Japanese cuisine, except for tempura, until I met my wife Ellen, so yes, that's another thing I'm grateful to her for, hehe. Now I can't live without California maki, sushi and sashimi. Plus I love unagi -- dunno if you guys like eel, though.
Ironically, when fellow journalist and good buddy Joel Pinaroc and I went to Tokyo in 2000 (when he was still an assistant editor at Metropolitan Computer Times and I was an IT reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer) to cover an HP event, we were barely able to eat any sushi because everything is so expensive there. We also walked all the time, because you don't even wanna know how much the flag-down rate of their cabs is.
How expensive are things in Tokyo? Heck, even the Singaporean journalists who were with us kept complaining, "Everything is so expensive!" and quipping that they would just get some soap from the hotel or buy instant ramen at the 7-11 as their gifts for the folks back home.
Even so, we had fun and had drinks with this HP Japan manager whose name is now lost due to alcohol-induced brain damage, hehe. Plus numerous misadventures such as communicating with a cute, smiling anime-looking Japanese girl at the local 7-11 using pseudo-sign language -- hey, we got it right 'coz we found the place we were looking for by following her directions!
OK, now back to the Philippines. If you're in the Libis area, check out Omakase, this great Japanese restaurant that Ellen and I visit every now and then and that my former editorial assistant Michelle also loves. It's on the second floor of Intrepid Plaza, the same building as this wonderful bookstore called Booktopia, so that's another must-see. It also helps that a friendly and helpful guy, Robert, mans that Booktopia branch.
The building is in the same area as the Pizza Hut near Citibank Tower in Eastwood, so it's pretty easy to spot.
The INQ7 Editorial team at Loreland Resort in Antipolo during a recent outing. On the left is our editor in chief JV Rufino and next to him in the blue shirt is our executive editor Leo Magno. Don't look for me in the pic, I didn't go, hehe.
Got poems, short stories and book reviews you'd like to share?
We're beefing up YOU Expressions and looking for more literary contributions from young writers. Unfortunately, this has to be a labor of love since we're not offering contributor's fees, but hey, it's your chance to express yourself and see your byline on INQ7.net.
I've been using the Mozilla Firefox 1.0 web browser for the past few days and I have to tell you, it's cool! It's even more fun to use than another good alternative browser, Avant Browser, which also offers the convenience of Tab-browsing. Try tabs once and you'll wonder why you have to keep opening new browser windows in Internet Explorer.
Of course, Firefox has some glitches every now and then and some sites don't work or don't look right when you use it, but for the most part it's just like surfing with IE. Except Firefox loads faster, eats up less space on your hard drive, offers a very fast search-as-you-type "Find in This Page" feature and a nifty "Add Live Bookmark for this page's feed" RSS button that appears at the bottom right of your browser window whenever you visit a site that offers a news feed.
Since Firefox is a descendant of the once and future browser king, Netscape Navigator, it will be poetic justice indeed if it manages to take back the Web from Microsoft's ubiquitous Internet Explorer.
This free browser has been generating a lot of buzz and gaining new adherents every day, so if you'd like to try it out, click on the Firefox logo on the right sidebar of this blog.
If you haven't seen an episode yet, do yourself a favor and watch "Iron Chef" on ETC, which is Channel 25 on Destiny. Imagine an Iron Chef and a challenger duking it out in a kitchen stadium, creating dishes based on a theme ingredient chosen for that battle, to find out "whose cuisine reigns supreme"? Yup, you guessed it, it's a Japanese show, hehe.
I've been watching it for a few months now and it never gets old, but last Friday was even more entertaining as Ellen and I found ourselves heartily cheering on the female challenger, Katsuyo Kobayashi, in her Potato Battle with Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi. Not only was it a classic battle of the sexes, but also a showdown between the homestyle cooking of Kobayashi and the fine dining cuisine of the Iron Chef.
Poor Iron Chef Chinese, I really feel sorry for him, because he already lost to the first ever female challenger in "Iron Chef" and now chairman Kaga Takeshi picked him again to do battle with the second female challenger. You could tell how nervous he was and, as my wife and I expected, he was wiped out.
Cheering on Kobayashi was made easier by the fact that she was a very likeable, down-to-earth and funny chef, who even went to Kenichi's side of the kitchen stadium to give him some motherly advice! Man, were we in stitches! And, as always, the dubbed blow-by-blow account by the Japanese commentators was priceless. Of course, I usually root for the challenger, except when it's the master himself, Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba, who's doing battle.
So catch "Iron Chef" if you can -- here's the sked from ClickTheCity:
Hey ETC, you should also broadcast the US spin-off "Iron Chef America," which pits two of the Iron Chefs from the original show, Masaharu Morimoto and Hiroyuki Sakai (whom I hate, so I was overjoyed when I caught an episode where this Iron Chef French lost), in battles against three of America's favorite chefs, Mario Batali, Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay.