space oddity

ang dahilan kung bakit gusto kong maging astronaut ay para makanta ang “space oddity” ni bowie from outer space. kaya lang, nalaman ko na ako’y color blind at ang pangarap kong maging astronaut ay naunsyami.

pero salamat kay commander hadfield dahil tinutuo niya ang pangarap ko. i now live my dream vicariously through him.

π

happy π day. mayroon kaming klasmeyt sa notre dame, si pareng egay. kabisado niya ang value ng Pi hanggang sa 35th place. what for? becuase he can.

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Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years

progressive ako sa paniniwala ko tungkol sa science at religion. first of all, disciple ako ni darwin at matindi ang pananampalataya ko sa evolution. hindi ako naniniwala na 5000 years old lang ang mundo natin at hindi rin ako naniniwala na true story ang kwento tungkol kay adam at eve. nung bata ako, parati kong naiisip na kung tutuo talaga ang kwento nila, saan galing yung gagang napangasawa ni cain?

pero kahit naman medyo modern ang beliefs ko, old fashioned din naman ako sa mga ibang bagay – halimbawa, gusto ko ang music ni frank sinatra at ayoko nang walang buhok ang pekpek. sino ba kasing siraulong brazilian ang nagpauso nito?

VESTIGIAL CHARACTERISTICS AS A FORM OF THE MORPHOLOGICAL EVIDENCE OF NATURAL SELECTION

why do male mammals (including human males) have nipples?

why indeed? unless magkakaroon kami ng gatas anytime soon, wala talaga itong function. well, except the fact na nakakapag tanggal ng init ng ulo pag ito’y nadilaan. it also leads to third leg stiffness. BWAHAHA. personally, i kind of like my nipples even though these vestiges are evolutionary dead ends. why do i like them? tumitigas kasi ito whenever i’m aroused. you can read more about natural selection, male nipples as evolutionary dead ends and the legacy of darwin sa latest issue ng national geographic.

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SATURN IS RIGHT BEFORE YOUR ANUS

kung nasa bahay kayo, open your TV sets, pumunta sa national geographic channel (9:30-12:30 GMT+8) at panoorin ang pagdating ni cassini. pagtapos ng pitong taon na space travel, the space craft “CASSINI-HUYGENS” will be inserted into the ringed planet saturn. very tricky nga yung orbit insertion dahil papasok yung space craft sa pagitan ng saturn at ng kanyang mga rings (tapos through the gap in the rings itself). if you’re online and at work, pwede kayong sumilip sa “live webcast”. huwag lang kayong papahuli sa bossing niyo at baka magkaroon naman kayo ng ring around your necks.

kaunti lang ang pinagpapasalamat natin sa mga amerikano lately dahil sa mga kagaguhan ng foreign policy ni dubya and company. but this is one time na ok ang mga kano. this euro-american mission will last for four years (maybe more). in that time, it will bring discoveries that will make us richer as a species. our children will dream and wonder again and perhaps look to a future that is beyond war and poverty and all that crap.

iniisip ko nga, kung nilaan na lang ni dubya sa space exploration ang 87 Billion fucking dollars na ginastos niya sa iraq, baka malayo pa ang narating ng gobyerno niya in terms of goodwill. pwede rin perhaps para sa aids research, or for poverty and third world debt. do you know what $87 billion buys? click here and find out weep.

BRAIN FOOD

“Sex makes you clever”… sinasabi ko na nga ba eh! kaya pala, i’m a fucking genius.

matagal nang palaisipan sa mga scientist ang evolutionary explanation ng sexual intercourse sa propagation ng species. binanggit ito ng idol kong carl sagan sa kanyang librong “shadows of forgotten ancestors”. bakit daw naimbento ang sex para magparami? bakit pa raw kailangang mag engage pa sa kung ano-anong mga rituals and excert so much time and effort just to be able to propagate.

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BIOLOGICAL CHANGES OVER TIME

yung state of georgia, ewan ko kung anong nakain: balak nilang i-ban ang salitang “evolution” sa mga schools. ang gusto nilang ipalit ay isang bagong euphemism called, are you ready for this… “biological changes over time”. bwakanginangyan. what’s next? a bill saying the world is flat and volcanic eruptions are caused by angry gods.

while we’re at it, paki explain nga rin tuloy sa akin: kung si adan at eba ang mga unang tao, at si cain at abel yung mga anak nila, saan nakakuha ng asawa si cain after siyang palayasin sa paraiso?

isa pang tanong. bakit di pa nilunod ni noah yung mga lamok, langaw at ipis nung magkaron ng delubyo. kakainis yung mga yon eh.

A COSMIC SUICIDE FOR AN OLD FRIEND

farewell, galileo! fare you well, old friend. ngayong linggo na magpapakamatay ang space craft galileo. mawawalan na kasi ito ng kili-kili power at hindi na makokontrol ng NASA ang pagtakbo ni galileo pag nangyari ito. eh ano ngayon?

yung europa kasi (one of the sixty-one jovian moons), has an ocean underneath it’s icy cover. alam nating lahat that life started in the oceans of the OUR world. kung kaya, mayrong malaking posibilidad that there is life in the oceans of europa. to avoid any possible contamination from earth’s microbes, should galileo accidentally crash into europa, the scientists at NASA decided to purposely plunge the spacecraft into the atmoshpere of jupiter. and so, this sunday, galileo will commit (a sort of) cosmic suicide for the benefit of the possible (or FUTURE) life forms in europa.

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MY VERY 1ST PERSONAL COMPUTER

ang una kong personal computer.... (tanta-ra-ran TOROTOT EPEKS) the TRS 80 Model III
ito ang unang unang personal computer na ginamit ko. ang Tandy/Radio Shack TRS-80 model III. mayron siyang Zilog 8-bit Z-80 microprocessor, running at a whopping 2.03 MHz. malaki ang kanyang 4K na RAM at marami ka nang mapapatakbong program dito.mayron siyang 12″ na black and white monitor na may 16 X 64 text (what pixels are you talking about?). dalawang 5.25″ na floppy drive na may malaking 178K na storage. kasya na rito ang buong TRS-DOS operating system.

ito ang PC namin sa school nung 1983. medyo mahirap pa si bill gates nung time na ito at kasulukuyan pa lang niyang pinasisikat ang MS-DOS. dito ako natuto ng BASIC, COBOL at FORTRAN.

i remember the very first machine problem given to me by my instructor… it was a simulation of a falling ball. gumawa raw ako ng program that will compute the rate of acceleration ng isang bumabagsak na bola. the height of the drop is to be entered by the user. your program must be able to give the rate of acceleration at any point of the ball’s drop that is also given by the user. in your computation, please use this “so and so i forgot oh it was so long time ago” branch of integral calculus that makes use of “so and so i forgot oh it was so long time ago” fibonacci series. man, i was hooked.

ACCORDING TO YOYOY VILLAME

according to our geography, the internet is a great country

ang internet ang “great equalizer”. yan ang maganda rito: lahat tayo pantay pantay. walang puti o itim o kayumanggi. walang mayaman at mahirap. di natin nakikita ang mukha ng isa’t isa kaya wala tayong notion ng kapogian o kagandahan. di ka rin kailangang maligo o magsuklay o mag tooth brush para makiharap sa mga tao. nagpapalitan tayo ng mga istorya nang walang mga distractions na minsan bumubulag sa atin. eh ano ngayon kung pandak ka, o mataba, o tigyawat ka na tinubuan ng mukha. eh ano ngayon kung biglang may sumulpot na betlog sa noo mo. it does not matter. if there is such a thing as “it’s all in the mind” then this is it baby. hahaha – mind over matter! to put it simply, it’s the mind that matters.

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KUMAIN NG MONGGO CONTRA SARS

i shit you not, this is a true story

balita ngayon sa cnn… doon daw sa cambodia, may mga taong naniniwala raw na kapag kumain ka ng ginisang monggo tuwing alas dose ng madaling araw ng miyerkoles, di ka magkakaroon ng SARS.

(pregnant pause…)

ang paniniwala ko naman, pag kumain ka ng ginisang monggo at saka lechon kawali na may sawsawang sukang maanghang na may toyo tuwing lunes ng gabi, eh mabubusog ka.