The Last Komikero Anthology

I had been on hiatus again for two months. Wasn’t in the mood to even greet you guys a happy 2020 (but since we’re here, HAPPY 2020!!! I do mean it). I just decided to “break the silence” because I want to share Jonas Diego’s post.

RIP to both Sir Gerry Alanguilan and Johnny Danganan.

Jonas Diego

As you may know, Gerry Alanguilan passed away a few months ago.

He has been sick for some time, developing kidney problems sometime in the early 2000s and has been undergoing dialysis since 2011. Gerry routinely went to the hospital three times a week for a 4-hour dialysis session. He has spoken about this at one point or another in his blog and in one of his comic books (Crest Hut Butt Shop #4).

Before he passed on there were plans of putting together another Komikero Anthology, one that he would print himself through Komikero Publishing. Unfortunately, Gerry passed away before we were able to start work on it but we’ve decided to push through anyway. This will be the Last Komikero Anthology, the Komikero Artist Group’s way of paying tribute to Gerry Alanguilan.

It’s also important to say that 2020 will also be the last year…

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Sick and Tired (For Real)

More than two weeks ago, I was preparing to share a new post. I was excited. The topic was near my heart and very timely, too!

Then the weekend happened and I had to take care of things at home. I was already sneezing like crazy. Sunday night came and — uh, oh — why was I feeling cold? By very early Monday morning, I was with a fever. Darn it. Had to take a whole-day leave from work. Thankfully, I was better by evening. So off to work, I went the next day…Next weekend! I wasn’t feeling 100% by Friday, but I was okay even with a slight case of sinusitis and a teeny bit of coughing.

I was happy as I finally got to meet up with an old friend by Saturday. We live in the same city and yet we weren’t in touch for years! It’s really a long story. But her new bakery is making waves and being featured by several shows, she became a bit active on social media. It was a good time to reconnect. It was already evening when our boy and I got home. Only then did I attack various chores till the wee hours of Sunday morning. I wish I could tell you I did not expect to be sick. But I was coughing like crazy and getting the chills already. I pretended to myself that it was nothing. My body started to ache, too. Honestly, I was a bit worried that it could be dengue.

It wasn’t, but it was a full-blown flu that lasted till Tuesday. Apparently, the flu was going the rounds and I had to be the stupid idiot to welcome it. Wednesday, I was back at work. I still felt the cold a bit but that went away by evening. It’s the coughing and sinusitis that didn’t really stop. The worse part was my husband, my caregiver, got the flu! And obviously, I unwittingly gave it to him. Just when I went back to work. Poor guy.

We don’t have the flu now, but frankly, we’re not all-okay yet. We still get tired easily, like the slightest chores make us lose our breath. We’re still coughing (his is dry cough, so it sucks more for him). Me, I’m just beginning to really get well.  Let’s cross our fingers, shall we?

So where was my writing in all of these? Nowhere. First, I got busy. Second, I just suddenly didn’t feel like doing it in the past two weeks. I didn’t even have the heart to turn on my laptop, Not even to watch anything or edit videos. I only went online mostly to communicate with my husband and get updates about my sister from my brother-in-law. I just didn’t have the energy!

Now that I’m better, I have decided to go at it again. I have decided to postpone the post that I wanted to share and save it for November. I think it would be nice to use it for Nano Poblano 2019. It’s my first time to join, It’s the right timing as I’ve been thinking about pushing myself to write again anyway. It’s doable also, less pressure. I find that the more pressure, the less productive I am. Therefore, less pressure is ideal.

As of this writing, I’m feeling much better. Got my taste buds back at almost 100%. Appetite is still weird, though. Sense of smell is back BUT, for some reason, I’ve gotten more sensitive than usual regarding scents. I haaaate scents, regardless if they’re supposed to smell nice. I just want to throw up, honestly…Be they perfume, sweet-scented sprays, detergents,…UGH. Just thinking of them makes my stomach turn a bit.

So that’s me right now. Just thought I’d update you. I hope you’re having better lives…

“FLOWERS OF MAY” / “FLORES DE MAYO”

Unfortunately, this never gets old. It’s election season once again and they are everywhere!

The End Justifies the Journey

NOTE:I wrote this in May 2004 (the Filipino version is the original), when the elections were coming up. It still is relevant because every elections, we get duped…

FLOWERS OF MAY (May 2004)

‘Tis the season once more for the Flowers of May.
A joyous parade for fools and so-called wise.
The Kings and the Queens of masked jesters all,
the cunning monkeys and the chameleons.

Let and behold the Flowers of May.
Each to its own charm, each to its own scent.                                                                                   All to be considered saints,                                        …

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I’ve missed you, WP and A-Z!

Yep, that’s right. But I’m back! All I can say is every day, I wanted to write here.  My only comfort was I was writing for work and liked seeing my stuff published even without a by-line. I don’t think I’ve ever written as many articles as I have until now. I’m just sorry I can’t link to those pages from my portfolio blog.

My articles list spreadsheet is looking better and better, though. The thing is, I’m not done collating my past works especially those from back in the day (okay, I feel so old now talking like that). So that portfolio blog still seems empty. It isn’t, not really. I will be doing some actual posting there, too, soon.

I did especially feel the pressure to blog last April when I knew other writer-bloggers had been participating in the A to Z Challenge. It was torture.

I knew long before that I couldn’t participate this year. I knew I wouldn’t have much time due to several factors, so I didn’t even try. Too bad ’cause I really enjoyed last year’s A to Z Challenge. My only problem then was Holy Week fell in April. It affected my personal writing schedule. Long story short, I skipped my L and M then was unable to do W to Z.

I came to a decision as early as last February: I am going to complete last year’s A to Z. I could’ve done it last April but thought it would not be fair to those participating this year. Even though I am no power blogger, I felt that that would still be like stealing attention from those who truly deserved it for the hard work they were putting in.

Now that April’s gone, however, May is going to be my writing pal. Next week, I’ll be posting for a week to make up for the missing letters. I think that’s fair enough, right? After all, the point is to write and be productive. Then maybe, I’ll go backwards and complete those I left in the years 2015 and 2014 in the next weeks or months. Nothing definite yet about that second plan.

That’s not my only announcement. I will be bringing back my #MonthlyRecaps. Early last year, I unintentionally suddenly stopped my recaps. That was very foolish. My new idea will take care of that. Each post is going to be like a two-in-one thing. What’s that? You’ll see. Also, I’ll continue my mini-TV reviews like Thrones, Faerie Tales, Serial Killers, Zombies and Science, Space, Elementary, my dear Lizzie. They were supposed to be a quarterly thing, but obviously, I’m way behind.

Frankly, I have various ideas I should get back to. You’ll know them when things actually “restart”. Right now, the other things that keep me interested are, as you probably have already guessed, watching TV series and playing Soda Crush (so sue me).

Just finished the latest seasons of Game of Thrones, The Good Place, and Once Upon A Time. Before that, I finished the first season of Star Trek: Discovery and all the seasons of NCIS that Netflix could offer in the meantime. So I’ll be waiting for quite awhile for all the new episodes to be available. I was watching Sherlock, but my access is temporarily interrupted *sigh*

Also, a few nights ago, I watched the series finale of Lost. I think I’m gonna do a longer review of it and of Dexter, but I’ll do something a bit different than the usual. I am currently only watching Season 2 of Big Bang Theory (serves as my backup show whenever I can’t watch others online) and just started with Grimm the other night. I did get to watch Charmed on iFlix, but they only have the first season and nothing else. Netflix doesn’t have it at all.

So you see, there’s really a lot for me to catch up on. Read me next time, alright? And share YOU, too!

“WHERE WHITE CROWS DWELL”

I can’t help but reblog this (I may have reblogged this already before). I am very sad with what’s been happening in the world right now. Well, these past years. It seems there are people who are hell-bent on making things, well, hell for everyone, and ironically, it’s usually for the sake of religion supposedly…I don’t want to write about it anymore because it will just drain me. So this will be “it”.

The End Justifies the Journey

When it comes to stating my views, I can be a very passionate person. You can get a glimpse of that once in a while from my Facebook account, if we’re buddies. But lately, I have been trying to not say anything. The ISIS executions, the Charlie Hebdo incident, and now, the Fallen 44.

I so have my opinions on them but I have refrained from saying anything because it is not going to solve anything. I do not anymore want to spread the negativity further. What we need is to pray to whoever is our personal god for peace.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO HATE RELIGIOUS HATE!

HATE ANY KIND OF BIGOTRY AND INTOLERANCE!

But let us SPREAD THE LOVE.

This is my first post for February. In observance of its significance, I am posting things in relation to love this month. I start with this poem I wrote maybe…

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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!!!

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

Outline:
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
b.)…

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