I wanted to post a #ThursdayTips post, but I could not share anything relevant to Christmas. But anyway, it’s Friday there, and Saturday’s just started here. So let me wish you…


I will be gone for a while, but I might be able to still log in on Christmas Day. Not promising, though. Do have happy holidays, guys!!!


Going Disney #WhatsupWednesday

Hey, wazzup, wazzup! It occurred to  me that for the holiday season, I’d like it to be more merry, so I am sharing some funny stuff. Hope you liked yesterday‘s post 😉

For #WhatsupWednesday, I thought I’d go Disney. (For the record, I never dreamed about being a princess when I was a kid.)

Let’s start with Whitney Avalon singing an original “Anna” song, That Would Not Be Me…

Nice one, Anna–I mean, Whitney. I only found Whitney and her YouTube channel when I chanced upon her impressive Princess Rap Battles features. Props to you, girl!…There are more Disney princess stuff on her channel, do check them out. To be honest, I haven’t seen her non-rap ones yet, though.

Okay, now we go the princess sorority route. We’ve got Rachel Levin and her friends playing Disney princesses in the real world. I think the vids are fun in a kind of silly way. If you want to be entertained, they could work.

I’ve chosen two of my faves, but to be honest, it’s mainly because of the acerbic Elsa. I don’t really have a fave princess, but in this group, that would be her. I laughed when she said, “Jasmine’s sister is creepy”…Elsa merchandise seem to be everywhere, that’s why. To be honest, too, the Disney Princesses vids are the only ones of theirs I’ve checked out so far (well, except the two superheroes videos, which kind of sucked).

Don’t know their real background, if they just happen to be a bunch of pretty girl friends or what, but anyhoo…

So while we’re on putting Disney princesses in real, modern world scenarios, more of ’em below. How about princeses, too? By the way,


How about if they were in not-so-real scenarios? The Princesses are invading The Real Housewives and The Bachelor!

Alright, I’ve had my fill. Done with this Disney stuff. I also enjoyed them so I hope you did, too 🙂

Awesomely Techno-weird Musical Instruments Part 1 #TuesdayTunes

First, let me greet you with this one:

LOL!!! I know, I know, the whole thing leaves a lot to be desired. But what can you expect from an AI writing (and singing!) Christmas songs???

To write the song, the researchers first had the computer produce a story about the festive image. Then, they selected a rhythm of one beat per word, linked the endings of sentences to the endings of the music’s bars, and tuned it so that the vocals would occur in a “natural” pitch range, the scientists said. The neural network then took the song to completion.”

Sadly, you can’t add actual talent to AI, just memory, even if this is the newest innovation. Not yet, anyway. We need more innovative technology for that.

Speaking (playing?) of technology, check out the “untouchable music of the theremin”. I never heard of the theremin until I chanced upon this on TED Talks. Here,

Virtuoso Pamelia Kurstin performs and discusses her theremin, the not-just-for-sci-fi electronic instrument that is played without being touched. Songs include ‘Autumn Leaves,’ ‘Lush Life’ and David Mash’s ‘Listen, Words Are Gone.’ ”

I enjoyed this talk. Part of it was because the theremin was interesting, part of it was because I was in awe of Pamelia’s talent and I loved the music, and still another part of it was because Pamelia was charming in her shy, giggly way. She started off nervously, and actually seemed nervous all throughout, but she made up for it with her anecdotes and funny little jokes. Love her already. Well, this was filmed way back in 2002, but who cares? Oh, and she does not anymore carry the last name Kurstin (from her former marriage), so call her by her birth name Pamelia Stickney.

And while we’re talking technology, who knows it best (my opinion) than Japan? Just ask Maywa Denki…Okay, I’m not really sure what they’re going to say, but these guys are taking technology and music to a funn(i)er level.

Although Maywa Denki is known and appreciated as an artist, its promotion strategies are full of variety: exhibition, live stages, performances, producing music, videos, writing, merchandising toys, stationery, and electric devices.”

The two-men team of Tosa brothers Masamichi and Novmichi are responsible for some of the most fun instruments around. I like them because this is also the way I create sounds when I’m in the mood–I try stuff. I like them more because funny aside, they are actually inventors and have musical abilities themselves, it seems.

Two of the stuff these crazy inventors made:

The popular but absurd otamatone (that’s the funny Novmichi presenting). I want one for the kids! (and me!)

Check out the cute Otamatone Melody, hee hee…

My favorite, so far, because I love beats, Mr. Knocky

They have more inventions so just check out their site. Meanwhile, here’s a cheery little Christmas song. Guess the song 😉

Okay, now we go classic. We’ve got the barrel organ. I still call this “technology” as every generation has its own technology, regardless of whether they’re new or innovated.

The basic principle is the same as a traditional pipe organ, but rather than being played by an organist, the barrel organ is activated either by a person turning a crank, or by clockwork driven by weights or springs. The pieces of music are encoded onto wooden barrels (or cylinders), which are analogous to the keyboard of the traditional pipe organ.”

I find the barrel organ quite interesting, innovative, and judging from this Patrick Mathis tribute to the King of Pop, quite hip despite its history. Trust me, you’ll love this video…

Lastly, for today, we’ve got a truly fantastic instrument called the Marble Machine from Wintergatan. It’s not so much the music that interests me here,  but how the machine was awesomely created by Martin Molin. Such creativity and precision!

Martin explains how he thought of this mechanical-slash-musical instrument: Martin Molin tells all on his Marble Machine. His marble machine is said to be not the first of its kind, nevertheless, what a marvelous invention!


I know you enjoyed this post as much as I did. Love you, guys!!!

My Decade-Old Grown-up Christmas List (post-)#MondayMemoirs

More than ten years ago, I listed down this list. Looking at it now, I can’t help but be amused by the antiquity of it. Obviously, either I’m done wishing for many of them already, or I got my wishes the next years. It does make me sad that I still wish for the last three, the most important ones.


How about you? Do you remember your wishes years ago? What happened since then?

Hippie’s Guide to the Multiverse

I was supposed to post something else, but this got my attention when I visited the blog.

A few weeks ago, I shared his mom’s post. I also added links to their blogs in my November recap. Find out with this post why I thought it would be awesome to include Cole in the list! He is such a talented young man. You should see his art and hear him play his guitar! And as you will witness here, he can write as well, intelligently, I should add…Definitely his mother’s son 🙂

We Have Hippies for Parents

My parents and I were having a conversation over lunch about possible alien life in the universe and the theory of multiple universes or dimensions. My mom noticed that I’m interested in the topic and so she challenge me to write a report about the multiverse theory to make her understand it more as well as appreciate it as much as I do. I finished this a couple of months ago and I figured I should share it here on my blog.

Multiverse Report
Subject: Science
Date: September 23 – September 28 2015

I. Concept of a multiverse
a.) Possibilities if the multiverse is real.
b.) Who supports the multiverse theory?

II. Theories of the creation of the multiverse and possible types of multiverses.
a.) What kinds of multiverses might exist?
b.) Max Tegmark’s Four Levels

III. What could have caused the multiverse?
a.) Multiverse in pop culture

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The Legend of the Fifth Turtle

Times like this, I think it’s okay for me to reblog a post like this. For you to hopefully understand me a little better; for ME to understand me a little better…

The End Justifies the Journey

Did you know that aside from Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello, there was a fifth Teen-age Mutant Ninja Turtles member?

This fifth member was a shy little girl in gradeschool. Then high school happened. The fact that she had to make new friends with kids who knew each other since gradeschool, were mostly more outspoken and liberated, were mostly more well-off, seemed like a smart lot, and mostly lived in the same freakin’ town…Well, that was a lot to bear. Hey! She was thirteen! Just starting her teens. Psychologists are right when they say that the teen-age years are times for a lot of confusion and insecurities.


She soon again proved psychologists right. A change in her became noticeable. Short kid that she already was, she became shorter and developed a kind of humped back. She didn’t even know. So her parents would say, “Stand straight! You’re slumping again.” She…

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How to Properly Use Sitelink Extensions #ThursdayTips

If you’re not new to Google AdWords, then you know about sitelink extensions. If you have never heard of it, you have probably seen samples already and don’t know it yet.

Sitelink extensions are those extra two to six links that appear below text ads in search engine results, four if you’re using mobile. They lead to more specific site pages owners would like searchers to visit. They maybe links to the products page, contact page, store hours, any page they have identified as likely to entice visitors.

These extensions can help boost website ranking and, therefore, the business. There is always a right and wrong way to do it, but why not stick to the best?

Best Practices in Sitelink Extensions Setup

Businesses like yours will do well maximizing advertising services by following these practical tips:

  1. Keep it brief. There is a limit to the number of characters to use, which is 25, but 12 for languages which characters take up more space (Japanese, Korean, Chinese, etc.). Do this so your texts do not get cut. Less is more, that’s the key. People don’t have to wonder what it is they are missing. The shorter (but clear) the links, the more links you get to exhibit at the SERPs.

  1. Use space wisely. Make your 25 characters count by making sure users can quickly get a grasp of what it is you are linking to. It has to be connected to your chosen landing page, so choose the right words and the right pages to link to. Refer to the navigation bars for ideas.

  1. Avoid the restrictions. To avoid getting your links disapproved, it is relevant to follow the policies:

        • Each sitelink must have a different name.

        • Link URLs should be no more than 2048 characters.

        • Download links are forbidden.

        • Leave punctuation marks and symbols out of link texts.

        • Keyword insertions are not allowed.

        • No adult or non-family contents anywhere, please.

        • Tread lightly when using trademarks and refer to specific policies on this.

  1. No sitelinks are the same. Regardless of whether they belong to the same campaign or ad group, no two sitelinks should share the same landing page and/or contents with each other, not even with that of the ad itself. Not only is it redundant, but you miss the chance to show them whatever else your site’s got. The rule is, “unique contents, all the time”.

  2. Write good descriptions. Help searchers understand your links further. While they do not affect the number of links, still, be concise but clear in explaining what the pages are about. Meanwhile, third-party links are allowed, as long as they remain properly descriptive, e.g. “Follow us on Facebook”. There is no room for misinterpretation.

Be mindful of all these best practices and lessen chances of ads being disapproved, sitelinks not showing, domains being disabled and, worst, your whole account getting suspended. It certainly is not worth all the trouble. So remember to always play by the rules and you’ll never go wrong.