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Sep 2016


  • People always assume I play basketball\n- Have to always be aware of headroom (to avoid accidentally hitting my head)\n- Bus and plane rides can be uncomfortable due to both lack of leg room and seat backs being too low to comfortably rest head/neck on\n- UV express and jeepneys can be a bit difficult too, depending on where you manage to sit, people are really bad at estimating that you need more space to pass\n- Difficult to hide in crowds\n- People always feel like I’m looking down on them (lol)\n- I can reach things in high places easily
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Aug 2016

The API is pretty inconsistent and poorly designed. There’s a lot of articles out there, here’s one: It’s not very elegant, and features seem to be added willy-nilly. Compare to languages like Python and Ruby, where new additions are reviewed with a focus on being “Pythonic” or “Ruby like” so that the entire language has a certain consistency

\nPHP is also the most common introductory web development language (since most Apache installations support it by default), so there is a lot of poorly written beginner code in the wild, leading to more hate against the language

That being said, if that’s what you know, there’s no problem with that, as long as you use it well. But it’s also good to expose yourself to other languages so you can see if there are others that you will prefer

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We Must Speak

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know I have a tendency to be pretty vocal about any problems I have with our country’s erstwhile leadership. But for the most part I’ve restricted it to those channels and have tried to avoid posting about current events in the country on this blog (outside of my personal choices for the election), but I feel that now more than ever those of us who can speak out have a responsibility to do so whenever we can, for several reasons

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Internet History

No, not that kind of history, don’t worry. Twenty-five years ago this month, the first website went up on the world wide web. That was 1991. It took a few years for the Philippines to catch on, the first internet connection in the country was only set up in 1994. My personal experience with the internet came a bit later, during our freshman year in University, sometime in the schoolyear 1995-1996.

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I think it’s better to build trust in the PNP if the organisation itself is able to promote transparency within its own ranks, but I guess it could be anybody

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Jul 2016

Spanish is actually the easiest Duolingo language to pick up for Filipinos, because a lot of the words are similar to either Filipino usage or English usage.

The main issues are (1) word gender (a concept that exists in neither English nor Filipino), (2) subject-verb agreement (unlike English where the choice is simply between singular and plural, Spanish adds the complication of different verb forms depending on first, second or third person, with variations depending on gender and singular/plural), and (3) object pronouns, that shit is hard. These are the main issues you have to focus on in order to have relatively decent grammar.

I’m at 50% Spanish fluency, I started like early 2015. I think I actually got to 60+% fluency but I stopped for a few months so it dropped. When I started I would keep each category at full strength - whenever one of them dropped I would go back and strengthen it again, but that led to slow progress. This time I’m going through all the categories first (I’m down to the last 10 or so categories), then will go back and reinforce them later. Not sure if this will be more effective, but I figure I would go wide first then strengthen those places where I turn out to be weak

As with all sorts of learning, the key is really to practice, practice, practice. Devote time and energy to it. It would help if you had a Spanish-speaking friend you could talk to regularly

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This happened to me back in the late 90s. I think I passed even less than 23 units :p Yes, you will be in probation for one sem. I don’t remember if I wrote a letter of appeal, but it shouldn’t be too hard if you need to, just promise to focus more on your studies and to do better (and you really should! Engg won’t give you another chance)

I suggest you talk to your adviser before following any advice from this thread.

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150k isn’t a lot, it can vanish in an instant if you’re not careful. Put your money in a savings account first, you’ll need it as a buffer for emergency expenses. You only have a year of college left, prioritize finishing that, then look for a decent job.

Try to track your expenses, don’t spend too much on unnecessary things until you have stable income. If you have time, take on some part-time work while finishing your studies.

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Jun 2016

May 2016

We shouldn’t have to keep telling people that Ferdinand Marcos was a terrible president and that the Martial Law he imposed was terrible for the country. Imagine if a significant percentage of German citizens kept insisting that Hitler was a great man and the more sensible Germans had to keep trying to educate them on why that wasn’t true and why World War II was a terrible idea and that they wanted to elect Hitler’s descendant to a position of national prominence.

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Polls open in 3 hours. I find myself unable to sleep.

The past few days I’ve toned my social media posts and tried to tell myself that I can live with whoever the public decides to elect. That I will think positively, and support him when he does well, and call him out when he does not. But now I find my guts feel sick when I think about who the public is likely to elect.

The man stands for violence and authoritarianism. Not only is change coming, change is already here. The campaign period has changed our country, and the change is for the worse. His supporters openly and proudly threaten violence against anyone who disagrees with their opinion. There are even reports of others being threatened or harassed in real life simply for harassing other candidates. They either knowingly spread misinformation and half-truths, or can’t be bothered to verify the information they’re spreading. Forget about being a good example for kids, he’s not even a good example for adults.

I know I shouldn’t judge other people for the choices they make, but I can’t help but be disappointed when people I know come out in support for the man, people who I believe should know better, who should hold better values. I don’t understand how they could justify supporting him in spite of his violent rhetoric and the significantly good chance that he’s a murderer. It changes how I see these people

I would like to remain hopeful. I would like to hope that one of the other candidates manages some sort of miracle (hopefully of the legal kind) and overcomes the odds. Barring that, I would like to hope that I am wrong about him and that the worst-case scenario does not come to pass. I would like to hope that he would not push our society further in the direction of violence and authoritarianism. I would like to hope that the supporters do not become even more insufferable in the wake of victory. I would like to hope that we can move past the level of vitriol and toxicity throughout this campaign peri

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Elections 2016 -- My Ballot

This has been one of the most divisive and shenanigan-filled election campaign seasons ever, and politics is normally crazy in this country so that’s saying something. There’s a strong use of social media this time around, and it’s led to the internet being a hotbed of opinions and propaganda and memes and lies and half-truths and threats of violence. I was hoping greater citizen involvement via social media and the debates would mean citizens have more information and thus would get to be more discerning, but it seems that things have only gotten worse.

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Apr 2016

I’m 37, thanks for saying na bata pa ako.

So what you’re saying is that it takes more than 3 terms to make things better in the long term right? Kung magsalita kasi si Mayor parang isang pitik nya lang maayos na lahat e. In 3-6 months nga mawawala na ang krimen. Pagkahalal nga nya kakausapin nya lang ang senado’t kongreso ng kung anong gusto nyang batas, in one week meron na agad

Madali mag type na dapat ganito at ganyan, pero having worked in LGU ang hirap.

Pakisabi na lang yan kay mayor

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It’s kind of a testament to how poor his management of Davao City actually was that he goes away for 3 years and things go to shit. Good management means things get better regardless of who is in power, which means strengthening institutions. If Davao City goes to shit whenever he’s not mayor, what happens to Davao City when he dies?

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claimed to have a copy of an audio recording between a “ranking government official” and a “lawmaker” who were supposedly talking about an alleged attempt to cover up the real turn of events on the Mamasapano incident. -

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Highlights from this interview:

  • platform: jobs, education\n- increased employment rate in TESDA from 20+% to 70+%\n- in congress, author of FOI bill and moved to arrest congress members leaving the plenary to avoid the bill being passed\n- He/CIBAC said to have received kickbacks from Napoles (included in 3rd batch of people charged, but he says the NBI cleared him already because the docs used as basis were fake)\n- billboards funded by JIL church\n
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From “Drilon said: Recto is the most hardworking and one of the most productive senators. He has authored bills for free health insurance for senior citizens, special discount for persons with disability, and the scrapping of tax in 13th-month pay bonus.”

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Some highlights from his wikipedia article:

(During GMA’s time) Drilon spearheaded the Senate in confronting the excesses of the Executive branch by authorizing the Senate standing committees to conduct inquiries in aid of legislation and led the Chamber in opposing the Executive Order No. 264 which prohibits the Members of the Cabinet from going into the hearings of the Congress, the Senate in particular without permission from the President and in opposing the Proclamation No. 1017 which imposes state of national emergency in the country

(During Aquino’s time) He likewise primarily authored a law that creates an oversight body of all government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) which would check them from incurring financial excesses and as well as ensuring their financial stability and makes them fiscally responsible . On 2012, after Senator Ralph Recto stepped down as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Drilon as its Vice-Chairman took over as its new Chairman and worked firmly for the enactment of the Sin Tax Law that would impose higher taxes on the cigarettes and liquors. Drilon proudly called it as “anti-cancer law” for he firmly believes that the law would discourage the people from taking cigarettes so that they will not suffer lung cancer.

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He’s one of those guys who works hard but isn’t too noisy, so people don’t really have strong opinions about him either way.

He only really got involved in government service in the 90s, before that it was mostly business.

His martial law experience (from wikipedia):

As a son of Marcos’ political rival, Osmeña was imprisoned in 1972. In November 1974, he embarked on a hunger strike along with his cellmate – ABS-CBN’s Eugenio “Geny” Lopez, Jr. – to protest the unjust detention of thousands of innocent Filipinos. This resulted in the release of 1,022 political prisoners in December 1974. Defiant to the very end, Osmeña and Lopez escaped from their maximum security prison cell in Fort Bonifacio in 1977. This exploit was enacted in the 1995 movie, Eskapo.

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This was for the Dacer-Corbito double murder case. He was cleared of it by the SC in 2011 so he was able to return home.

However, I think it speaks a bit ill of him that he chose to evade the law until he was cleared. (I guess some would say it’s justifiable given our justice system, but as a lawmaker and police officer maybe he should be one of the first to abide by the rules)

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Lacson has been linked to two issues during his tenure in the PNP:

  • the coverup of the Kuratong Baleleng rubout\n- the Dacer-Corbito double murder

Both cases have been dismissed by the courts

More recently, he served to coordinate rehab and recovery efforts after Yolanda.

While in the Senate, Lacson never availed of the PDAF.

In the Senate, Lacson primarily authored the following:

  • Republic Act No. 9160, as amended by Republic Act 9194, otherwise known as the Anti-Money Laundering Act\n- Republic Act No. 9163, The National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001\n- Republic Act No. 9166, An Act Increasing the Base Pay of the Members of the AFP\n- Republic Act No. 9208, The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003\n- Republic Act No. 9416, Anti-Cheating Act of 2007\n- Republic Act No. 9484, The Philippine Dental Act of 2007\n- Republic Act No. 9485, Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007

He also served as fiscalizer by initiating various investigations (details in the Wikipedia article)\n

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