Saturday, May 31, 2014

12 Brand New Cable TV Shows

These are the fresh TV shows to watch out for on your Cable TVs. Torrent users will also update their watch list for these brand new TV shows.
  1. Crossbones
    First Episode: 30 May 2014, NBC
    Starring: John Malkovich, Tracy Ifeachor, Yasmine Al Massri
    Premise: Malkovich portrays famous pirate Blackbeard in the 1700s.
  2. Halt and Catch Fire
    First Episode: 1 June 2014, AMC
    Starring: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis
    Premise: During the 1980s PC era, a rebellious trio of techies works to build an unparalleled computer for the future.
  3. Tyrant
    First Episode: 24 June 2014, FX
    Starring: Justin Kirk, Alice Krige, Moran Atias
    Premise: An American family becomes intertwined in the operations of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.
  4. Girl Meets World
    First Episode: 27 June 2014, Disney Channel
    Starring: Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Danielle Fishel, Ben Savage
    Premise: This “Boy Meets World” spin-off follows Topanga and Cory’s daughter, Riley.
  5. The Leftovers
    First Episode: 29 June 2014, HBO
    Starring: Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Liv Tyler
    Premise: After 2 percent of the world’s population vanishes, the remaining people try to make sense of what happening and continue with their lives.
  6. Extant
    First Episode: 9 July 2014, CBS
    Starring: Halle Berry, Goran Visnjic
    Premise: After a year in space, a female astronaut attempts to revive family relationships and cope with the things that occurred while she was away.
  7. The Strain
    First Episode: 13 July 2014, FX
    Starring: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Anne Betancourt, Nikolai Witschi
    Premise: A New York team with the Centers for Disease Control works to stop a viral outbreak -- with ties to an ancient strain of vampirism – from spreading.
  8. Married
    First Episode: 17 July 2014, FXX
    Starring: Nat Faxon, Judy Greer, Jenny Slate, Brett Gelman
    Premise: A long-time married couple facing the challenges of parenthood and debt find strength in their close friendship.
  9. Manhattan
    First Episode: 27 July 2014, WGN American
    Starring: Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham
    Premise: In Los Alamos, N.M., a team of scientists attempts to build the first atomic bomb and keep the Manhattan Project a secret.
  10. The Knick
    First Episode: 8 August 2014, Cinemax
    Starring: Clive Owen, Jeremy Bobb, Lori Finkel, Steve Garfanti
    Premise: This series set in downtown New York in the early 1900s revolves around the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff at the Knickerbocker Hospital.
  11. Outlander
    First Episode: 9 August 2014, Starz
    Starring: John Heffernan, Nell Hudson, Caitriona Balfe
    Premise: A married nurse from 1945 is transported to 1743, where her life is threatened and she develops a relationship with a Scottish warrior.
  12. Legends
    First Episode: 13 August 2014, TNT
    Starring: Sean Bean, Roxana Brusso, David Meunier
    Premise: An FBI agent skilled at taking on new personas for each case starts to question his identity.

Summer-time TV: 12 new shows premiering this season

Friday, May 30, 2014

12 Powerful Words

I was curating content for articles, ideas and information to be posted here at when I chanced upon this youtube video about the 12 powerful words to be learned by students to:

  • Better understand what each question means
  • Become familiar with words that require higher order thinking skills
  • Help to relieve test anxiety
  • Help you achieve better on tests
And the 12 powerful words are:
  1. trace - to outline
  2. analyze - break it down 
  3. infer - read between the lines
  4. evaluate - to judge
  5. formulate - build and create
  6. describe - tell me all about it
  7. support - back it up
  8. explain - tell me why
  9. summarize - the short version
  10. compare - things are alike
  11. contrast - things are different
  12. predict - think about the future
Watch the youtube video posted by Mr Beyah to appreciate the 12 powerful words.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May is Asthma Awareness Month | 12 Facts About Asthma

This late post is still relevant for the month of May which is Asthma Awareness Month.

12 Facts About Asthma
  1. Asthma came from the Greek ἅσθμα which means "panting" and is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm.
  2. Common symptoms for asthma includes wheezing, coughing, chest tightness or pain in the chest, and shortness of breath.
  3. Asthma, historically, was recognized in Ancient Egypt and was treated by drinking an incense mixture known as kyphi and it was officially named as a specific respiratory problem by Hippocrates circa 450 BC, with the Greek word for "panting" forming the basis of our modern name and in 200 BC it was believed to be at least partly related to the emotions.
  4. During the 1930s–1950s, asthma was known as one of the "holy seven" psychosomatic illnesses with its cause was considered to be psychological, with treatment often based on psychoanalysis and other talking cures.
  5. May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month declared by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) because the month of May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers
  6. World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world and it was celebrated last 6 May 2014.
  7. Asthma is incurable and is considered as one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases affecting airways in lungs.
  8. Asthma attacks are also called asthma episodes that are worse than usual which varies from being mild, moderate or severe.
  9. Asthmatic attacks can be triggered by allergens, exercise, smoke, pollution, or airway infections.
  10. In children, boys are more likely to develop asthma than girls, but in adults, women are more likely than men and it is a common myth that a child will outgrow his asthma.
  11. Menstrual cycle affects asthma severity according to Haukeland University Hospital (Bergen, Norway) researchers' report found in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 
  12. Nearly all cases of asthma-related deaths result from a lack of oxygen and not from cardiac arrest (This is significant because rapid oxygen administration can prevent asthma-related deaths).


Yoga and Asthma
What happens during an asthma attack?
Courtesy of the Department of Health South Australia

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

12 Recommended Tech for Entrepreneurs

1. Dropbox
2. Sharefile
3. Appy Pie
4. Skype
5. Google Hangouts
6. SurveyMonkey
7. Evernote
8. WorkFlowy
9. Basecamp
10. Rapportive
11. 1Password


12 Time-Saving Tools for Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rachel Louise Carson

  1. Carson was born on 27 May 1907 to Maria Frazier (McLean) and Robert Warden Carson, an insurance salesman at Springdale, Pennsylvania, just up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh.
    Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring. Official photo as FWS employee. c. 1940. (wikipedia)
  2. Carson attended Springdale's small school through tenth grade, graduated in 1925 at the top of her class of forty-five high school students in nearby Parnassus, Pennsylvania, originally studied English but switched her major to biology in January 1928 and due to financial reasons was forced to remain at the Pennsylvania College for Women (today known as Chatyham University) and later on graduated magna cum laude in 1929.
  3. Carson took a summer course at the Marine Biological Laboratory and continued her studies in zoology and genetics at Johns Hopkins in the fall of 1929 and became a part-time student assistant in Raymond Pearl's laboratory working with rats and Drosophila for her tuition, completed a dissertation project on the embryonic development of the pronephros in fish and earned a master's degree in zoology in June 1932.
  4. Carson intended to continue for a doctorate but was forced to leave Johns Hopkins in 1934 for a full-time teaching position due to family reasons and in 1935, her father died suddenly making financial situations more difficult while she took care of her aging mother.
  5. Carson got a temporary position at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries at the urging of her undergraduate biology mentor Mary Scott Skinker and her temporary task was to managed fifty-two seven-minute programs series entitled "Romance Under the Waters" that focused on aquatic life and was intended to generate public interest in fish biology which was never done by several writers before her.
  6. Carson outscored all other civil service exam applicants when she took it and became the second woman to be hired by the Bureau of Fisheries for a full-time, professional position, as a junior aquatic biologist in 1936.
  7. Carson wrote five books with the last one posthumously published. The titles of these books are as follows: 1) Under the Sea-wind - first edition was in 1941, Carson’s first book and her personal favorite; 2) The Sea Around Us - first edition was in 1951, based on post World War II geographical and oceanographic studies of the sea, which also won the National Book Award in 1952; 3) The Edge of the Sea - first edition was in 1955, is a practical guide to identifying sea inhabitants; 4) Silent Spring - first edition was in 1962,demonstrated pesticides could cause cancer and that their agricultural use was a threat to wildlife, particularly to birds; and 5) The Sense of Wonder - published posthumously, Carson's philosophy about adults and their child's inborn sense of wonder about the natural world.
  8. The book "Silent Spring" led to a worldwide ban of DDT, a colourless and crystalline organochloride with insecticidal properties, and pesticides which was formalized under the Stockholm Convention, but its limited use in disease vector control continues to this day and remains controversial.
  9. Carson was also credited with being an inspiration for the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency which is a US government agency focused on protecting human health and the environment.
  10. Carson died on 14 April 1964 at the age of 56 due to heart attack having battled breast cancer for many years.
  11. Carson's birth centennial was on 2007 and on Earth Day last 22 April 2007, the "Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson" was released as "a centennial appreciation of Rachel Carson's brave life and transformative writing" which was a collection of thirteen essays by prominent environmental writers and scientists.
  12. Carson was posthumously awarded on 9 June 1980 the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Screenshot of Google's doodle for the Rachel Louise Carson's 107th birthday depicting her surrounded by a variety of sea creatures and birds which highlights her love for nature.

Rachel Carson
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
Rachel Louise Carson birthday: Environmentalist author of 'Silent Spring' whose work led to pesticides ban
Google celebrates American marine biologist Rachel Louise Carson's 107th birthday with a doodle
Wild thing! Google Doodle celebrates nature author Rachel Louise Carson's birthday

Monday, May 26, 2014

Top 12 Ubuntu Games

These are the top 12 games you can play in your Ubuntu lappy (slang for laptop) as recommended on Ubuntu Linux Help.

  1. Tremulous (
  2. Gridwars (
  3. VDrift (
  4. World of Padman (
  5. Nexuiz (
  6. Scorched 3D (
  7. Glest(
  8. Flight Gear(
  9. Battle for Wesnoth (
  10. RTCW Enemy Territory (
  11. Alien Arena 2007 (
  12. Action Cube (


Top 12 Best Games for Ubuntu Linux

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Best World Cities

This post is based on Trip Advisor Second Annual World Cities Survey.

  1. Best overall experience - Tokyo
  2. Best for nightlife - New York City
  3. Best for culture - Rome
  4. Best for attractions - Rome
  5. Family-friendliness - Stockholm
  6. Best for hotels - Dubai
  7. Best for restaurants - New York City
  8. Best for shopping - Dubai
  9. Comfort traveling alone - Singapore
  10. Best value for money - Budapest
  11. Ease of getting around - Vienna
  12. Friendliest taxi drivers - Dubrovnik
See more details at this blog post.


Survey: Tokyo Tops List of World Cities for Best Overall Experience

Saturday, May 24, 2014

12 Tips To Be Productive

  1. Waking up early in the morning when there is less distractions.
  2. Planning your day the night before for about 15 minutes.
  3. Having company headphones to avoid disruptions.
  4. Bundling similar tasks together for efficiency.
  5. Finding your golden hour when you are at your best.
  6. Finding a mentor who is willing to give time to you.
  7. Using Cloud notes which is a practical way to make lists nowadays.
  8. Listening to your body's natural rhythm by taking rests if it is needed.
  9. Hitting 'Reply' button to answer emails.
  10. Working from home as an alternative productivity method.
  11. Making a To-Do list as an effective tool for accomplishing tasks.
  12. Not eating breakfast by saving a big meal later for the day.
Based on 12 Productivity Hacks for Entrepreneurs post of Scott Gerber at blog.

Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 Top 12 World Destinations

This list was based on the April 8 post in tripadvisor blog. For the complete list, see this post's references.
Screenshot of Istanbul from Wikipedia
  1. Istanbul, Turkey
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. London, England
  4. Beijing, China
  5. Prague, Czech Republic
  6. Marrakech, Morocco
  7. Paris, France
  8. Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  10. Shanghai, China
  11. Berlin, Germany
  12. New York City, New York

The World’s Top Destinations for 2014 – Travelers’ Choice Awards

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bitcoin Pizza Day Today 22 May

Original forum thread from
I'll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day.  I like having left over pizza to nibble on later.  You can make the pizza yourself and bring it to my house or order it for me from a delivery place, but what I'm aiming for is getting food delivered in exchange for bitcoins where I don't have to order or prepare it myself, kind of like ordering a 'breakfast platter' at a hotel or something, they just bring you something to eat and you're happy!

I like things like onions, peppers, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, pepperoni, etc.. just standard stuff no weird fish topping or anything like that.  I also like regular cheese pizzas which may be cheaper to prepare or otherwise acquire.

If you're interested please let me know and we can work out a deal.

  1. The post above started the trade for pizza and other commercial goods using bitcoin which happened in 2010, the offer was posted 18 May 2010 at 12:35:20 AM and the pizza was reportedly received successfully on 22 May 2010 at 07:17:26 PM. See the original forum thread.
  2. Laszlo Hanyecs is a BTC fan and programmer who offered 10,000 Bitcoins – about $40 at that time – for two Papa John’s pizzas.
  3. In 2013, those Papa John's pizzas were worth $6 million a piece and is considered as one of the best trades in the history of commerce.
  4. The trade was considered in the cryptocommunity as the first real world transaction/purchase using Bitcoin.
  5. May 22 is now known as Bitcoin Pizza Day.
    Bitcoin Pizzas. Source:
  6. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system introduced as open source software in 2009 by developer Satoshi Nakamoto.
  7. The payments in the system are recorded in a public ledger using its own unit of account, which is also called bitcoin.
  8. Though not considered a real currency, bitcoin is commonly referred to as a digital currency, virtual currency, electronic money, or cryptocurrency.
  9. The bitcoin system is not controlled by a single entity, like a central bank, a company or even a government making bitcoins more resistant to wild inflation and corrupt banks.
  10. Bitcoins are sometimes described as digital cash because it can be transferred directly from one person to another.
  11. Bitcoin Foundation standardizes, protects and promotes the use of Bitcoin cryptographic money for the benefit of users worldwide.
  12. Bitcoin is the currency of the Internet, distributed worldwide and is a decentralized digital money.

Bitcoin Foundation Freeing People to Transact on Their Own Terms.
Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money.
Bitcoin is a digital currency you can use for personal transactions or business at high speed and low cost.
Images of the Papa John's Pizza
Bitcointalk Original Forum Thread

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

12 New Words Added To Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Latest Edition

  1. catfish n (1612): (second definition) a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes
  2. crowdfunding n (2006): the practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people, especially from the online community 
  3. dubstep n (2002): a type of electronic dance music having prominent bass lines and syncopated drum patterns 
  4. fangirl n (1934): a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something
  5. freegan n (2006): an activist who scavenges for free food (as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants) as a means of reducing consumption of resources
  6. gamification n (2010): the process of adding games or gameline elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation
  7. hashtag n (2008): a word or phrase preceded by the symbol # that classifies or categorizes the accompanying text, such as a tweet
  8. selfie n (2002): an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera, especially for posting on social network
  9. social networking n (1998): the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships, especially online
  10. steampunk n (1987): science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
  11. turducken n (1982): a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck stuffed into a boneless turkey
  12. tweep n (2008): a person who uses the Twitter online message service to send and receive tweets

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

take-out or to go

  1. take-out or takeout - North American English
  2. take-out or takeout - Philippine English 
  3. carry-out - in U.S. English
  4. carry-out - in Scottish English
  5. take-away - in United Kingdom (to take away or to eat out)
  6. take-away - in Australia
  7. take-away - in New Zealand
  8. take-away - in South Africa
  9. take-away - in Hong Kong
  10. take-away - in Ireland
  11. parcel - in Indian English and Pakistani English
  12. to go - in the United States and Canada (especially at fast food outlets, the term is to go)

Take Out (disambiguation)
Word Reference Forum

Monday, May 19, 2014

Rubik's Cube 40th Anniversary, 19 May 2014

  1. The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik who was born on 13 July 1944 in Budapest, Hungary during World War II.
  2. Erno Rubik Sr., who was a highly respected flight engineer at Esztergom aircraft factory and Magdolna Szanto, who was a poet and was Erno Rubik's parent.
  3. Erno Rubik studied sculpture and architecture at a small college in Budapest called the Academy of Applied Arts and Design wherein he became a teacher at the Department of Interior Design.
    Screenshot of Images of Erno Rubik
  4. It was during his time as professor that he became intrigued with a structural design problem and his cube was intended to be a working model for explaining three-dimensional geometry and it took one month before Erno Rubik was able to solve the Cube for himself.
  5. Rubik obtained Hungarian patent HU170062 for his "Magic Cube" in January 1975 and the first batch of cubes were made and distributed by Politechnika.
  6. It was first called the Magic Cube (Bűvös Kocka) and since 1970s, imports and exports were tightly controlled in a Communist regime which greatly affected the sales of Magic Cube.
  7. The Hungarian businessman and amateur mathematician, Tibor Laczi, discovered the use of the toy when it was being played by a waiter and after this incident, he asked permission to sell the Cube in the West from Konsumex which is a state trading company.
  8. Tibor Laczi demonstrated the game during the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1979 where he met Tom Kremer who was able to licensed the Cube to the Ideal Toy Company in 1980 and the latter later renamed Magic Cube to its present name, Rubik's Cube.
  9. Since 1980, more than 350 million Rubik Cubes have been sold and because of this, Erno Rubik became the first self-made millionaire from a communist country.
  10. Erno Rubik also invented Rubik's Magic, Rubik's Magic: Master Edition, and Rubik's Snake.
  11. Google has celebrated the 40th birthday of the Rubik's Cube with an animated doodle that allows you to try to solves the puzzle online.
    Screenshot of Google's Doodle of Rubik's Cube 40th Anniversary
  12. Speedcubing (or speedsolving) is the practice of trying to solve a Rubik's Cube in the shortest time possible. 
  • The first world championship was organised by the Guinness Book of World Records in Munich on 13 March 13 1981 and the official winner was Jury Froeschl of Munich with a record of 38 seconds.
  • The first international world championship was held in Budapest on 5 June 5 1982 and was won by Minh Thai (a Vietnamese student from Los Angeles) with a time of 22.95 seconds.
Stamp commemorating the First International World Championship in Budapest on June 5, 1982.
  • The current world record for single time on a 3×3×3 Rubik's Cube was set by Mats Valk of the Netherlands in March 2013 with a time of 5.55 seconds at the Zonhoven Open in Belgium.
  • The world record for average time per solve was set by Feliks Zemdegs at the Melbourne Cube Day 2013, with a 6.54 second average solve time.
  • For one-handed solving, a time of 9.03 seconds was made by Feliks Zemdegs at the Lifestyle Seasons Summer 2014.
  • For feet solving, Fakhri Raihaan solved a Rubik's Cube with his feet in 27.93 seconds at the Celebes 2012.
  • For group solving within 12 minutes, the record set by 134 people on 17 March 2010 by school boys from Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Amersham, England, breaking the previous Guinness World Record of 96 people at once.
  • For group solving within 30 minutes, the record was set on 21 November 2012 at the O2 Arena in London with 1414 people breaking the previous Guinness World Record of 937 with the event being hosted by Depaul UK.
  • For blindfold solving, the record was set by Marcin Zalewski of Poland in 23.80 seconds (including memorization) at the Polish Nationals in 2013.
  • For multiple blindfold solving, the record was set by Marcin Kowalczyk of Poland, who successfully solved 35 of 41 cubes blindfolded at the Polish Nationals 2013.
  • For fewest moves solving, the record was 20 moves held by Tomoaki Okayama (岡山友昭) of Japan at the 2012 Czech Open.
  • For non-human solving, the fastest non-human time for a physical 3×3×3 Rubik's Cube is 3.25 seconds, set by CubeStormer III, a robot built using Lego Mindstorms and a Samsung Galaxy S4.


Rubiks Official Website
Rubik and the Cube - Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube invention: Google Doodle celebrates 40th anniversary of puzzle that has become a retro favourite
History of the Rubik's Cube
Burlesque Philately Fridays
Rubik's Cube
Ernő Rubik
Erno Rubik
Erno Rubik and the Invention of the Rubik's Cube
Erno Rubik Quotes
Creator of the Cube: Erno Rubik
Rubot II - the Rubik's cube robot
Shelley Chang: 17.60 Official Rubik's Cube Average

Made in Hungary
Rubik's Cube the mental exercise that became a best-selling toy
The World’s Most Hated and Loved Hungarian Invention

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ilo Ilo

  1. The movie Ilo Ilo translated into Chinese is 爸妈不在家
  2. The movie is different from the province of Iloilo in the Philippines. (Although, it was the province where Auntie Terry, the nanny, came from and one of the few things Director Chen remembered about her)
  3. Ilo Ilo is a Singaporean movie that deals with the relationship of an Ilongga (Filipina born in Iloilo province) domestic helper along with the family she had served.
  4. The nanny in the movie was portrayed by a Filipina actress, Angeli Bayani (angelibayani blogspot), who was nominated for the Best Actress award in the 56th Asia Pacific Film Festival.
  5. It was the directorial debut of Anthony Chen.
  6. It also starred Yann Yann Yeo or Yeo Yann YannTian Wen Chen or Chen Tianwen, and Jialer Koh or Koh Jia Ler.
  7. It was inspired from the real life 8-year working relationship of Teresita Sajonia with the Chen family in which Anthony Chen was the eldest of three boys Sajonia took care of from 1988 to 1997.
  8. The setting of the movie was during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
  9. It was partially funded by Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Singapore Film Commission.
  10. It won numerous international awards including the prestigious Camera d'Or award which recognizes the best debut feature film in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The Camera d'Or award was a first for a Singapore film to have won in a prestigious international film awarding festival.
  11. It was the movie we watched at Cinematheque Baguio for a memorable celebration of the 32nd birthday of Jen.
    Ilo Ilo at Cinematheque Baguio
  12. The official website for the movie Ilo Ilo is iloilomovie or


Anthony Chen made changes to ‘Ilo Ilo’s’ script because actress Yeo Yann Yann became pregnant
Child actor stripped for shower scene (Ilo Ilo Pt 2)
How Filipino song became theme of Singapore film
Pinay who inspired Cannes film now living in poverty
Ilo Ilo
Ilo Ilo (2013)
Nanny beloved from Iloilo now nanny, the movie
Ang Lee calls ‘Ilo Ilo’ star Angeli Bayani a ‘national treasure’
Everybody will know Angeli Bayani
Angeli Bayani Blogspot

Yann Yann Yeo 
Yeo Yann Yann 
Tian Wen Chen
Chen Tianwen 
Jialer Koh 
Koh Jia Ler
Camera d'Or

Saturday, May 17, 2014

32nd Birthday

  1. Drank Avocado smoothie.
  2. Checked emails.
  3. Bathe Ikkyo, our heterochromic Siberian Husky.
  4. Take out brunch at Barneys Burger.
  5. Take out milk tea at Milk Tea Republique.
  6. Watched "Ilo Ilo" movie at Cinematheque Baguio.
  7. Early dinner at the mezzanine of Yellow Cab Session.
    Yellow Cab Pizza and Charlie Chan Pasta
  8. Gave extra food to two economically challenged visually-impaired persons. (thumbs up, "its better to give than to receive")
  9. Light candles and offer prayers at the Baguio Cathedral candle prayer area.
  10. Waited in front of Sky Zone while it was raining.
    Sky Zone
  11. Attended 6PM anticipated mass at Baguio Cathedral. (Homily words from the priest which was unforgettable: "You must always be awake because you do not know when God will tell you 'this is your last supper'")
  12. Went back home and cleaned up the mess of Ikkyo (for the nth time).

Friday, May 16, 2014

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi, 296th birthday today, 16 May 2014
  1. Italian mathematician and philosopher.
  2. She was born on 16 May 1718 to a wealthy and literate family.
  3. She was the oldest of 21 children after her father remarried twice when her mother died.
  4. She was a child prodigy, spoke French and Italian at the age of five.
  5. She was referred to as the "Seven-Tongued Orator" having mastered Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish and German by the age of nine.
  6. She was credited for writing the book Instituzioni analitiche ad uso della gioventù italiana, (Analytical Institutions for the Use of Italian Youth) which was published in Milan in 1748 and was translated to English as "Analytical Institutions" by John Colson which was about differential and integral calculus. This book was intended to be a textbook for her brothers.
  7. She published a collection of essays about natural science and philosophy which was called Propositiones Philosophicae, in 1738, expressing her conviction that women should be educated.
  8. She is best known from the curve called the "Witch of Agnesi" which is a versed sine curve called a versiera which is a derivative of the Latin word vertere which means 'to turn' but was also an abbreviation for the Italian word avversiera, meaning 'the wife of the devil'". It was during an English translation that the word versiera was confused with "witch", and the curve came to be known as the witch of Agnesi.
  9. She was the second woman ever to be granted professorship at a University when she was appointed as chair of mathematics and natural philosophy and physics at the Bologna Academy of Sciences but there was a debate if she did served as honorary faculty member because her father died in 1752 during which she already gave up any mathematical works.
  10. Maria Teresa Agnesi Pinottini, clavicembalist and composer, was her sister.
  11. She was a very religious woman devoting her life to the poor and homeless sick people, especially women and she appointed as director of the Pio Instituto Trivulzo taking care of ill and dying women until her own death on 9 January 1799.
  12. Google honored her 296th birthday by creating a Doodle.
Screenshot of Google's Doodle for the 296th birthday of Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Maria Gaetana Agnesi May 16, 1718 - January 9, 1799 Written by Elif Unlu, Class of 1995 (Agnes Scott College)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

How to Print Photos on Canon iP2700 series printer

How to Print 1x1 Photos on Canon iP2700 series printer

This procedure was done using Windows XP locally connected on several printers including Canon iP2700 series.

12 Assumptions:
  • You are using Windows XP.
  • You are using the default image viewer of Windows XP. (Although other image viewer might work,too).
  • A half (1/2) A4 size paper was already loaded on the printer. (Half (1/2) A4 size paper was used so as not to waste paper and only limited number of photos were needed by the client.)
  • Canon iP2700 series was already selected.
  • Printer was on.
  • There are still available color and black ink in the printer.
  • A photo was already selected.
  • The photo was edited for a 1x1 size.
  • You can see the "Welcome to the Photo Printing Wizard window" that appeared when printer icon was clicked.
  • You clicked Next button.
  • You selected the CORRECT picture for printing.
  • You are sure it had a check mark on it. (Or it was really selected or highlighted).
12 Recommendations at the Photo Printing Wizard module:
  1. Click Printing Preferences TAB
  2. Check 2-on-1 printing
  3. Media Type should be Plain Paper
  4. Print Quality should be High
  5. Uncheck Borderless Printing, Grayscale Printing, Fast (Speed Priority)
  6. Printer Paper Size should be A4
  7. Click Main TAB
  8. Check High on Print Quality
  9. Check Auto on Color/Intensity
  10. Choose A4 on Page Size and Printer Paper Size
  11. Choose Page Layout (the icon with number 2 on it) on Page Layout and click OK button at the bottom part.
  12. Click Next and the Layout Selection module of the Photo Printing Wizard will appear and click on Full page fax print centered and rotated to fit and click Next button 
The Printer

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

12 Types of Procrastinators

SOURCES: Comic illustration by Angela Liao at twentypixels | mashable | tastefully offensive 

Procrastinate - to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc. (Merriam-Webster definition)

Procrastination - the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time (The Free Dictionary Thesaurus definition)

And the 12 Top Highest-Rated Definition of Procrastination from Urban Dictionary (NOTE: Likes and Dislikes as of today, 14 May 2014)
  1. I'll put up a definition later. Ill put up an example later. 6816 Likes 427 Dislikes
  2. A similar experience to m@sturb@tion, it feels good while you're doing it, but it sucks afterwards when you realize that you just fu cked yourself.  5010 Likes 561 Dislikes
  3. What you're probably doing right now I meant to do my paper, but went procrastinating at urbandictionary instead  3876 Likes 77 Dislikes
  4. Avoiding doing something for as long as possible, sometimes not doing it at all. I have not yet begun to procrastinate. 1178 Likes 295 Dislikes
  5. The reason that many intelligent children fail to make it into a (good) college. Kevin: Actually, I'm not stupid at all. I just have an awful tendency to procrastinate. Diggity Monkeez: Oh. And to think that for all these years I had assumed that you were stupid. 856 Likes 208 Dislikes
  6. Waiting till the last minute to get something done. "I procrastinated on my English paper by starting in the night before it was due and got a zero." 614 Likes 187 Dislikes
  7. Establishing an environment in which the creative juices can flow. My best work is always done at the last minute, whether it be working on a project or studying for a test. I just take my time, and the ideas begin to flow. 559 Likes 215 Dislikes
  8. If you are on, you probably are already doing this. It means you are putting something off until the last possible second (by doing pointless things in most people's cases). He is awesome at procrastination: the day before a big project was due, he watched 6 t.v. shows, took a really long shower (a.k.a. a procrastishower), and didn't start his project until 3 a.m. 339 Likes 72 Dislikes
  9. I give up.
    I stay awake till 5:27 AM trying to finish some stupid History movie review, and i just end up wasting a good 8 hours browsing Urban Dictionary and talking to myself. From now on im gona accept that im incapable of doing homework and use my time on other things such as homework or msn, or URBAN DICTIONARY.
    Thats procastination for ya. Im not even gona try to do homework at home. Only at about 6:00 AM do i work efficiantly or in lunch during shcool.
    329 Likes 64 Dislikes
  10. Get back to work. No, seriously. Get back to work. Now. You're procrastinating. I know it. You looked on the definition of 'Procrastination'. You must be doing it. Go. NOW. 308 Likes 44 Dislikes
  11. The driving force behind writing a research paper. I procrastinated too long, and now the paper is due tomorrow! I haven't even started on it yet!! *starts writing nonstop* Procrastination brings about the most busy day of your live eventually if you keep doing it. 201 Likes 32 Dislikes
  12. Things i have done while procrastinating
    1. Taken really good shits (when i felt like it)
    2. Fu cked many hot women (while sleeping)
    3. Learned that Cattle are the only animal that pees backwards (From some obscure website)
    4.Blown many a load
    5. Pwned many a n00b in C&C Generals
    6. Learned Stairway to Heaven (plus solo)
    7. Eaten many a hot pockets
    8. Listened to Hotel California over and over and over...... What great things we have accomplished from procrastination.
    242 Likes 112 Dislikes

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tribeca Film Festival 2014

This is a late post already.
  1. Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002.
  2. Its founders were Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff.
  3. Its mission is "to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience." (wikipedia)
  4. Its vision is to make New York City a major filmmaking center.
  5. Its goal is to contribute for the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.
  6. It includes documentary films, narrative films, short films and family-friendly films as a line-up for its program.
  7. Tribeca Cinema is a former theater which was bought by Robert De Niro at the end of 2003 and became one of the venues of the festival.
  8. Tribeca Film Festival expanded internationally in 2006 which started by bringing films to the Rome Film Fest and was awarded the first ever "Steps and Stars" award, presented on the Spanish Steps.
  9. Barron's list of the world's top 25 philanthropists in 2009 named Rosenthal, Hatkoff and De Niro number 14 on their list for their role in regenerating post-September 11 economy of Tribeca.
  10. Tribeca Film Festival is currently run as a business by Tribeca Enterprises as of 2010.
  11. L.A. Noire became the first video game to be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival.
  12. The 13th annual edition of Tribeca Film Festival on 2014 introduced a new award which was the "Best Narrative Editing" sponsored by Manhattan Edit Workshop.
Below are the 12 Documentary Films shown on the 13th Tribeca Film Festival:
  1. 1971 Directed and written by Johanna Hamilton, co-written by Gabriel Rhodes 
  2. Ballet 422 Directed by Jody Lee Lipes
  3. Dior and I (Dior et moi) Directed and written by Frederic Tcheng
  4. Fishtail Directed and written by Andrew Renzi, co-written by Tylee Abbott
  5. Garnet’s Gold Directed by Ed Perkins
  6. Mala Mala Directed by Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini
  7. Misconception Directed by Jessica Yu
  8. Ne Me Quitte Pas Directed and written by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden Best Editing in a Documentary Feature
  9. Point and Shoot Directed and written by Marshall Curry Best Documentary Feature
  10. Regarding Susan Sontag Directed and written by Nancy Kates, co-written by John Haptas Special Jury Mention
  11. Tomorrow We Disappear Directed by Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber
  12. Virunga Directed and written by Orlando von Einsiedel
Below are the 12 Documentary Films shown on the 13th Tribeca Film Festival:
  1. Brides (Patardzlebi) Directed and written by Tinatin Kajrishvili
  2. Five Star Directed and written by Keith Miller Best Editing in a Narrative Feature Film Edited by Keith Miller
  3. Gabriel Directed and written by Lou Howe
  4. Glass Chin Directed and written by Noah Buschel
  5. Goodbye to All That Directed and written by Angus MacLachlan Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film Paul Schneider as Otto Wall
  6. Gueros Directed and written by Alonso Ruizpalacios, co-written by Gibran Portela Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film Cinematography by Damian García
  7. Human Capital (Il capitale umano) Directed and written by Paolo Virzì, co-written by Francesco Bruni and Francesco Piccolo Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as Carla
  8. The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (L'Enlevement de Michel Houellebecq) Directed and written by Guillaume Nicloux Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film
  9. ​Loitering with Intent Directed by Adam Rapp, written by Michael Godere and Ivan Martin
  10. Something Must Break (Nanting Maste Ga Sonder) Directed and written by Ester Martin Bergsmark, co-written by Eli Leven
  11. X/Y Directed and written by Ryan Piers Williams
  12. Zero Motivation Directed and written by Talya Lavie The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature
For other awards, click here.

Screenshot of the TFF 2014 at

Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival Documentaries 2014Tribeca Film Festival Narrative Films 2014
TFF 2014 Award Winners

Monday, May 12, 2014

Miss Philippines Earth 2014

Some trivia about the said event. Plus the winners.
  1. Miss Philippines Earth was originally called "Miss Philippines" but is different from the Miss Philippines (original) during 1952 to 1963 whose winners represented Philippines for Miss Universe pageant.
  2. It was formally launched on April 3, 2001 by the Carousel Productions, an organization that owns Miss Earth and Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageants.
  3. Carousel Productions have won 2 Environmental Awards already, "Loren Legard Environment Award" and "Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism".
  4. In 2004, Carousel Productions Inc. formed the Miss Earth Foundation which focuses in environmental youth education.
  5. Miss Philippines Earth is different from the pageant "Binibining Pilipinas" whose winners represent Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Supranational pageants.
  6. Miss Philippines Earth winners represent Philippines in the Miss Earth pageant.
  7. The contestants in Miss Philippines Earth are called "Beauties for a Cause".
  8. Karla Paula Ginteroy Henry (born 23 May 1986 in Limay, Bataan, Philippines), former Miss Philippines Earth 2008 was the first Filipina and Asian to have won Miss Earth in 2008.
  9. Miss Philippines Earth also produced runner-up winners in Miss Earth. They were Catherine Yu Untalan (2006) Miss Earth-Water 2006; Sandra Inez Suravilla Seifert (2009) Miss Earth-Air 2009; Athena Mae Duarte Imperial (2011) Miss Earth-Water 2011; and Stephany Dianne Damondamon Stefanowitz (2012) Miss Earth-Air 2012, respectively.
  10. Miss Philippines Earth 2014 held on 11 May 2014 was the 14th edition of Miss Philippines Earth.
  11. 19-year old Jamie Herrel from Cebu City was the winner in the recently concluded Miss Philippines Earth 2014.
  12. The four elemental court (runners-up) for Miss Philippines Earth 2014 were Diane Carmela Querrer of Tanauan City named Miss Earth Air; Kimberly Covert of Dumaguete City named Miss Earth Water; Maria Paula Bianca Paz of Gapan City named Miss Earth Fire; and Monique Teruelle Manuel of Dinalupihan, Bataan named Miss Earth Eco Tourism, respectively.
Screenshot from Miss Philippines Earth

Cebu City Wins Second Miss Philippines Earth Crown!
Ms Cebu City is Miss PH-Earth 2014 
19-year-old Cebuana is Miss Philippines Earth 2014
Updated List: Jamie Herrell is Miss Philippines Earth 2014 winner
Miss Philippines Earth
Miss Philippines Earth 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The 12 Children of Ina

"Ang Tanging Ina" is one Filipino movie that tackles about motherhood in a light and funny way. Although it did have some short serious moments, too. It is one of the highest grossing movie in 2003 and is a comedy film which centers its theme to a woman named "Ina Montecillo" who was a mother of 12 children. This movie is the first major movie of Ai-Ai de las Alas and this mother-themed comedy film had three sequels, Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat (2008), Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!) (2010) and Enteng Ng Ina Mo (2011). Although the latter is a cross-over film for the movies "Enteng Kabisote" and "Tanging Ina" It also had an ABS-CBN TV sitcom of the same name shown from August 17, 2003 – June 5, 2005 at Channel 2.

Below are the names of the 12 children of Ina Montecillo:
  1. Juan Montecillo (Marvin Agustin)
  2. Getrudis "Tudis" Montecillo (Nikki Valdez)
  3. Dimitri "Tri" Montecillo (Carlo Aquino)
  4. Portia "Por" Montecillo (Heart Evangelista)
  5. Tirso "Pip" Montecillo (Alwyn Uytingco)
  6. Sixto "Six" Montecillo (Marc Acueza)
  7. Severina "Seven" Montecillo (Shaina Magdayao)
  8. Catherine "Cate" Montecillo (Serena Dalrymple)
  9. Samuel "Shammy" Montecillo (Jiro Manio)
  10. Martin "Ten-Ten" Montecillo (Yuuki Kadooka)
  11. & 12. Connie & Sweet Montecillo (Bianca & Janelle Calma)

It is a recommended movie that can be watched today, Mother's Day.

Google's Doodle for 2014 Mother's Day


Ang tanging ina
Ang Tanging Ina
Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat
Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!)
Enteng Ng Ina Mo
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